Hockey: Rupprecht shining for title contender Deer Lakes

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Since returning from a one-year hiatus two years ago, Deer Lakes has steadily climbed the ladder in Class A.

This season, the Lancers look like a real title threat.

Deer Lakes is 3-1, including a 13-2 victory over 2014 Penguins Cup runner-up Thomas Jefferson last Thursday.


Alumni Update - Danielle Kearns (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA – Senior Haley Henderson (Pickering, Ontario/Dunbarton) and sophomore Danielle KearnsKearns CalU each scored a goal, as the No. 12 California University of Pennsylvania women's soccer team posted a 3-1 win over Millersville in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action on Saturday evening at the Phillipsburg Soccer Facility.

Opening up the home portion of their schedule, the Vulcans improved to 2-0 overall with both games in league play. Meanwhile, the Marauders fell to 1-1 this season with both games against conference opponents.

Kearns, a Deer Lakes graduate, started the scoring in the 10th minute when she found the back of the net on a direct shot from just outside the 18-yard box off an assist from senior Chelsea Crockett (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford).


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Trasi Pollino (Waynesburg)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its annual preseason women's soccer coaches' poll and its "Players to Watch" list Tuesday. Waynesburg University was picked to finish fifth out of the 10 conference programs.

The Yellow Jackets received 58 total points from the coaches after finishing tied for fourth in the PAC standings in 2013 with a 5-3-1 conference record (8-8-1 overall). Preseason favorite and defending conference champion Thomas More College garnered 99 total points and nine first-place votes. Grove City College received the other first-place vote, and was slated in the second spot with 88 points. Westminster College (70) and Washington & Jefferson College (68) were picked to finish in third and fourth place, respectively.

On the same day the poll was released, the conference also unveiled its 60th anniversary team, which celebrates the PAC's organization in 1955.

Trasi Pollino was a four-time All-PAC pick, including first team selections after her sophomore, junior, and senior campaigns. She totaled 14 goals and eight assists as a senior for 36 total points. Pollino, a Deer Lakes graduate, finished second in the conference in goals and total points during her final season for Waynesburg.



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.


Softball: Great run ends for Deer Lakes

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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."