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Deer Lakes 2014 Football Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

Steve Sciullo is a "football lifer."

When he was named the Lancers' new head coach in April, Sciullo, a former NFL lineman, couldn't wait to get to work.

"We want to raise the competitiveness of what we're doing here," said Sciullo, who spent four years in the pros. "Sometimes when you have some lean years, you sort of lose the competitive edge to really compete with these guys. I think we can."

Deer Lakes suffered through a winless campaign a season ago under T.J. Wiley, going 0-9 overall and 0-8 in the Allegheny Conference, but Sciullo thinks the returning starters will make a big difference this year.

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Softball: Great run ends for Deer Lakes

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Deer Lakes softball team.

"The rise of the Deer Lakes High School softball program has been a steady one beginning in the mid-2000s.

First came a WPIAL playoff berth in 2005 then the program's first section title in 2006 and then a playoff win in 2009.

This decade, the rate of ascension has spiked.

After missing the playoffs in 2010, the Deer Lakes softball program has put together a stretch of success that can rival nearly anyone in the WPIAL.

The Lancers have reached the WPIAL semifinals four consecutive seasons, the WPIAL Class AA championship game three consecutive seasons and the PIAA playoffs three consecutive seasons."

 

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - Deer Lakes' Siera Sarver

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Siera Sarver
High School: Deer Lakes
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball

Background Info: The lone senior on her team, Deer Lakes first baseman Siera Sarver provided invaluable experience and leadership to the Lancers. She also provided a lot of big hits. Sarver batted cleanup for the Lancers and helped lead the team to a third consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship game. She led the team with walks and finished with 26 RBIs batting out of the fourth spot in the lineup.

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Softball: Deer Lakes' four-year run one of the best in the WPIAL

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Throughout all WPIAL sports, it may be tough to come across a program that has had as much continued success as the Deer Lakes softball team over the last four years.

After missing the playoffs in 2010, all Deer Lakes has done is reach the WPIAL semifinals four consecutive seasons, the WPIAL Class AA championship three consecutive seasons and the PIAA playoffs three consecutive seasons. Two years in a row Deer Lakes did not lose its first game until the WPIAL final.

"The season might not have ended the way they wanted it to," Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani said. "But they played well and had a lot of good experiences. I think they were pretty proud to go back to a third consecutive WPIAL title game."

Deer Lakes is 57-6 over the last three years and 39-1 in the section with three outright section titles. The team has also produced back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and a WPIAL title in 2012.