Baseball: Deer Lakes dials up another win against Knoch

Written by Keith Barnes on .

For some reason, Deer Lakes seems to have Knoch's number.

Last week the Lancers handed the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champion Knights their first loss of the season in a 4-1 victory in the first of the two meetings this season as Zach Lubick tossed a complete game and Jake Spirnock drove in two in a 4-1 victory.

Even more impressive, Deer Lakes (5-2, 2-0) handed Ohio University recruit Cole Shinsky his first loss in two years. The senior left-hander was 10-0 last season.

In the grand scheme of things, the Lancers win wasn't much of a surprise. Last season, Deer Lakes finished the season 10-10 and 8-4 in Section 5, but also ousted Knoch, 6-3, in the first meeting of the season, one of only two losses the Knights were dealt.


Softball: North Feature Athlete - Deer Lakes’ Maria Taliani

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Maria Taliani
High School: Deer Lakes
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Outfielder

Background: It's a family affair at Deer Lakes, where three members of the Taliani family contribute to the team's on-field success. Maria is a three-year starting outfielder. Sister Katrina is a freshman reserve. Father Craig is the head coach. Maria Taliani is a returning all-section pick who led the Lancers to the WPIAL Class AA title last season when she belted three home runs in the championship game. A Gannon recruit, Taliani is batting better than .400 this season for a Lancers team that is 5-1 overall and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.


Softball: Deer Lakes led by outstanding outfield

Written by Brad Everett on .

Rachel Tanilli, Maria Taliani and Maureen Hutchinson are three of the top outfielders in Class AA.

The fact that they play on the same team gives defending WPIAL Class AA champion Deer Lakes one of the best outfields in the entire WPIAL.

Tanilli, Taliani and Hutchinson are all seniors and three-year starters. Tanilli and Taliani were all-section picks last season. Taliani and Hutchinson are both hitting better than .400. Taliani and Tanilli will be teammates even after this season. The two signed with Gannon.

"That's a special group," said Deer Lakes coach Craig Taliani, who is Maria's father. "To have those three out there for a couple of years. That's a lot of experience, innings, at bats, big games. They hope to put together a good season. The senior class overall has really seen a lot."