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Alumni Update - Luigi Lista-Brinza (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, PA – The IUP defense gave up just 146 total yards while the Crimson Hawks ran for 215 on the ground alone in a dominatingList-Brinza IUP 41-7 defeat of Mercyhurst in the annual IUP Athletic Hall of Fame Game at Miller Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

The IUP offense was well balanced in its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West opener, with Luigi Lista-Brinza, a Central Catholic graduate, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries.

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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Alumni Update - Frannie Crouse (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Frannie Crouse was named the Big Ten Women's Soccer Freshman of the Week for the second straight week after scoringCrouse PSU five goals in matches against Bucknell, Northwestern and Illinois.


Crouse, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, scored three goals, dished out one assist and took nine shots over three games this weekend. Against Bucknell, she netted a pair and notched an assist for five points, the most in a single game for any Nittany Lion this season.


Crouse scored Penn State's first goal against Illinois and versus Northwestern, she took two shots, both of which were on goal.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State University)

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Alumni Update – Alex Hall (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Thiel College women's volleyball team lost a hard-fought match to the Penn State-Behrend LionsHall Thiel Thursday, 3-0 (25-14, 33-31, 25-21).

Senior Alex Hall (Norwin, Pa./Norwin) and freshman Veronica Brueggman each recorded 11 kills for the Tomcats.

Hall, a Norwin graduate, also notched 10 digs to earn her fifth double-double of the season.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

 

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Alumni Update - Amanda Steffey (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- After leading W&J to its first win over Stevens since 2007, sophomore Amanda SteffeySteffey WJ has earned Empire 8 Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week honors.


Steffey, a Penn-Trafford graduate, scored two goals, including the game winner with 4:41 remaining, to lead the Washington & Jefferson field hockey program to its first win over Stevens (N.J.) since Oct. 2007. The 11-match losing streak followed a 1-0 win by the Presidents on Oct. 27, 2007 in Hoboken, N.J.


She also netted the first goal of the match just 57 seconds into the contest to jump out to an early lead. She attempted 12 of W&J's 24 shots, 10 of which were on goal. The two scores also represented her third multi-goal game of the season and moved her back into the team lead in scoring with 17 points and eight goals.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Alumni Update - Jawan Turner (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

California's Jawan Turner recorded 3.5 sacks for 15 yards and 4.0 tackles for loss on Saturday, as Cal U earned a 34-16 victory overTurner CalU Edinboro. He finished the game with five tackles, three solo, and also added two pass break-ups.


Turner, a Woodland Hills graduate, helped the Vulcans tally a season-high seven sacks, as the Vulcans limited the Fighting Scots to negative-12 rushing yards, the third-fewest total in Edinboro history.


His performance earned him PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Football: East Top Games - Week 6 (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving East teams in Week 6.

North Hills (4-1, 3-1) at Central Catholic (5-0, 4-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Highmark Stadium in Station Square will be the setting for this Class AAAA Northern Conference duel. Just like last season, the Central Catholic defense has been nearly impenetrable. The top-ranked Vikings have allowed only 14 points, giving them the No. 1 scoring offense in Class AAAA and the second-best in the WPIAL. The Vikings have outscored their opponents, 212-14. Last week, the Vikings walloped Connellsville, 56-7, with Mike Navarro hooking up with John Petrishen for three touchdown passes. Running back Grant Foster leads the Vikings with 10 touchdowns. North Hills is coming off its first loss, a 32-15 decision to Pine-Richland. Jake Bruder has passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns. A year ago, Central Catholic topped North Hills, 24-0, on its way to winning the WPIAL title.

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Football: East Feature Athlete - Jeannette's Julian Batts

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Julian Batts
High School: Jeannette
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Quarterback

Background: Batts (6-feet, 165 pounds) has come into his own in his second season as a starter, putting up strong numbers and helping Jeannette get off to a 5-0 start. Batts has been nearly flawless passing the ball, going 24 of 26 for 317 yards and seven touchdowns. A dual-threat, Batts has also been excellent running the ball, rushing for 371 yards and four touchdowns. A terrific athlete, Batts is also a standout point guard on Jeannette's basketball team. Jeannette travels to Clairton (5-0) for a much-anticipated Class A Eastern Conference showdown Friday.

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Football: Penn Hills duo rushing towards 1,000

Written by Brad Everett on .

Penn Hills is on the fast track to accomplishing something that only three WPIAL teams achieved last season.

Te'Shan Campbell (546 yards) and Bill Kisner (488 yards) are both on pace to rush for more than 1,000 yards. The only teams to feature a pair of 1,000-yard rushers last season were Aliquippa (Terry Swanson and Dravon Henry), Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (P.J. Fulmore and Jerome Turner) and McGuffey (Patrick Frey and James Duchi).

Campbell is averaging 7.5 yards per carry and Kisner 7.1 for Penn Hills (4-1), which is coming off a 63-35 win at Baldwin. Kisner rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns, and Campbell rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown.

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Football: East Week 5 Stat Leaders (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among East area players in Week 5, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
188 -- Kevin Brown, Plum
176 -- Bill Kisner, Penn Hills
173 -- Brett Zanotto, Franklin Regional
131 -- Grant Foster, Central Catholic
130 -- Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
122 -- Te'Shan Campbell, Penn Hills

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Boys Soccer: Kiski Area nearing showdown with Gateway

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

As newcomers to Section 3-AAA, Kiski Area has seen its share of ups and down this season.

At 7-5-1 overall and 5-3 in the section, the Cavaliers are currently tied with Gateway for the third and final playoff spot in the section.

With that in mind, Kiski Area enters a key portion of its section slate this week as it hosts Plum tonight before traveling to Gateway on Thursday.

Kiski Area earned wins against both teams earlier in the season, defeating Plum 2-1 and Gateway 3-0.

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Boys Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Penn-Trafford's Galen Kreutzberger

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Name: Galen Kreutzberger
High School: Penn-Trafford
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer

Background: Still undefeated at 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Section 1-AAA, Penn-Trafford has impressed with a stingy defense and capable offense. One of the most important players for the Warriors has been Kreutzberger. The team's leading scorer, he's already broken into double-digits as Penn-Trafford looks to capture its first section title since 2008.

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Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant catches Burrell as playoff picture in Section 1-AA grows cloudy

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Mount Pleasant (7-4, 6-2) fought its way into a tie with Burrell (7-4, 6-2) for second place in Section 1-AA after a pair of impressive wins over Derry and Valley by a combined score of 15-1.

Now, the Vikings face a pivotal match-up with the Bucs at home on Thursday.

Burrell defeated Mount Pleasant earlier on Sept. 16 by a score of 3-1. The Bucs have defeated the Vikings in five of their last six encounters.

Southmoreland, meanwhile, will be eagerly watching the scoreboard this week as they sit at 6-3 in section play, only a half-game behind Burrell and Mount Pleasant.

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Girls Soccer: Yough yet to concede a goal in section play

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There are a number of teams perfect in section play but only a few defenses that are perfect in section play. Yough boasts one of those perfect defenses. Through seven section games the Yough defense has yet to concede a goal and that is a big reason why Yough is 7-0 in section play. Senior Leigh Appolonia, daughter of coach Dann Appolonia, is a returning starter in net. She has 35 career shutouts.

In front of Leigh Appolonia is a defense with three returning senior starters, Alex O'Brien, Taylor Powell and Danica Pills. There is also experience in the midfield with senior Natalie Luppold and Theresa Merlino and junior Corynn Appolonia, another of coach Dann Appolonia's daughters, returning as starters.

"It certainly starts with the midfield and goes back," Dann Appolonia said of his team's defensive strength. "It is an experienced midfield and they do a tremendous job getting back defensively and transitioning offensively. They are constantly back lending their support. Because they have been playing together for so long, they have developed that chemistry. They know who need

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Girls Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Yough's Hannah Ponitz

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Hannah Ponitz
High School: Yough
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: After a breakthrough freshman year and a solid sophomore season, Ponitz was expected to be one of the WPIAL's top playmakers last season. Then she sustained a knee injury that cost her the season. Ponitz returns healthy this year for a Cougars attack that is one of the best in the classification.

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Girls Soccer: Different day, same result for Penn-Trafford's Biondi

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It is no surprise when a team like Penn-Trafford is able to score goals in droves or when a team with a defense like Penn-Trafford is able to shutout a team. And it is certainly no surprise when Penn-Trafford's senior forward Italia Biondi is able to score a hat trick in a game. But it is somewhat of a surprise when it happens twice only 16 days apart – against the same team.

Penn-Trafford shutout Albert Gallatin 10-0 in a Section 1-AAA contest and Biondi netted a hat trick. It happened on September 8 at Albert Gallatin and it happened September 24 at Penn-Trafford. The strange déjà vu is tough to explain but what is not tough to explain is that Biondi, a former Greensburg Central Catholic transfer, is one of the top scorers in Class AAA and Penn-Trafford (7-1, 6-1) is one of the top teams in Class AAA.

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Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Kiski Area vs. Fox Chapel (Sept. 23)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In a WPIAL AAA Sec. 3 Boys Soccer match, Fox Chapel met Kiski Area at Davis Field in Vandergrift, PA.  Both teams were 4-2 in the section.  After a hard fought game, Fox Chapel, after a double overtime, brings home the win of 4-3 over Kiski.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Field Hockey: Penn-Trafford improves to 7-2

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following an 8-0 nonsection victory over Greensburg Central Catholic, the Penn-Trafford field hockey is 7-2 overall and is in third place in Section 1-AAA with a 3-2 record.

The Warriors have plenty of big games in store in the next two weeks. After visiting Peters Township in a nonsection game on Saturday, the Warriors return to section play with rematch games this week against Section 1-AAA leader North Allegheny and Westmoreland County rival Latrobe. In earlier meetings, the Tigers earned a 5-0 victory over the Warriors, and Penn-Trafford shut out Latrobe, 8-0.

The Warriors host North Allegheny at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and visit Latrobe in another 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

The following week features a nonsection game at Upper St. Clair followed by successive Section 1-AAA home matches with Pine-Richland and Norwin sandwiched around a road game at Hempfield.