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Field Hockey: Ellis, Winchester Thurston among five teams battling for four playoff berths

Written by Joe Koch on .

Ellis School and Winchester Thurston are both making strong bids to be among the four teams competing in the WPIAL Class AA field hockey playoffs.

Ellis School currently sits in second place with a record of 5-1 against Class AA teams. Winchester Thurston is currently tied for third place with Sewickley Academy. Both teams have Class AA records of 4-3.

This week shapes up to be an important week for both Ellis and Winchester Thurston.

The Tigers are coming off a 3-0 victory over Sewickley Academy this past Thursday, and following Tuesday's home game with Vincentian, the Tigers visit front-runner Shady Side Academy at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The Indians are the current Class AA leader with a 6-1 record.


Field Hockey: Latrobe goalie having a busy season

Written by Joe Koch on .

Latrobe High's field hockey team is having a challenging season, but the Wildcats are getting a stellar effort from goalie Libby Jones.

In the past three games, Jones has recorded double-digit figures in saves. In a 10-0 loss to Pine-Richland on Sept. 24, Jones recorded 18 saves. Jones had 16 saves in a 0-0 tie with Hempfield on Sept. 29, and she had 22 saves in a 6-0 loss to North Allegheny this past Thursday.

Jones and her teammates will have their hands full this week with a home section game against Norwin on Tuesday and another section game at Penn-Trafford on Wednesday.

Both Norwin and Penn-Trafford aspire for one of the two playoff spots. Norwin, currently is in third place with a section record of 3-1. Penn-Trafford is 2-3.


Cross Country: Norwin girls run to tri-meet win

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Norwin girls won against Yough and Latrobe on Thursday.

Courtney Kasanovic took first place with a time of 20 minutes, 11 minutes. Her sister, Caitlin, was the second runner to come in for the Knights in fourth place. Norwin took the remaining spots in the top 10.

Matt O'Neill took first place for the boys with a time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds. He was followed by Tyler Laughery and Dylan Colcombe, who took second and third, respectively.



Cross Country: Central Catholic hosts invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Central Catholic hosted the Central Catholic Invite at Schenley Oval on Saturday.

The Mt. Lebanon boys won, while the Blue Devils' girls team took fourth. Last year, North Allegheny (Seeded A) and Beaver (Seeded B) won for the boys, while Beaver took first place for the girls.


Golf: Gateway's Beehner, Greensburg C.C.'s Zambruno vie for titles

Written by Joe Koch on .

Both Johnna Beehner of Gateway and Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Zambruno will have titles on their minds at the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA Individual Girls Championships on Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Beehner qualified for the final with a 4-over-par round of 74 at her sectional championship, and she will tee off in the third grouping at 9:16 a.m. with Shady Side Academy junior Casey Morrow and North Allegheny freshman Christina Lewis.

Zambruno will begin her quest for the Class AA title a little more than an hour later at 10:28 a.m. She was the only player to break par in the sectional qualifier, and her 3-under-par round of 69 is 13 strokes better than the matching qualifying scores of 82 compiled by playing partners Audrey Dougherty of Freeport and Marisssa Kirkwood of Neshannock.


Golf: Penn-Trafford senior, Latrobe freshman qualify for Class AAA boys final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Penn-Trafford senior Justin Guzik and Latrobe freshman Brady Pevarnik qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual championship this past Monday at the Class AAA individual semifinal at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth.

Guzik finished in 10th place with a 1-over-par round of 73 and joins 17 other qualifiers from the semifinal at the WPIAL Class AAA championship which features 36 competitors on Oct. 8 at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg.

He'll be joined by Pevarnik, who finished in a 5-way tie for 13th place with a 3-over-par round of 75.


Football: East Game of the Week (Oct. 2, 2015)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett takes a look at this week's East Game of the Week ... along with a few other good ones.

"Washington (4-0, 4-0) vs. Mount Pleasant (4-0, 4-0)

Data: 7 p.m. today at Viking Stadium, Mount Pleasant.

Coaches: Mike Bosnic, 7th year at Washington. Bo Ruffner, 8th year at Mount Pleasant.

History: Since Washington relocated to the Class AA Interstate Conference in 2012, the winner of this game has won the conference title every year. Washington hosted the previous two matchups, winning 34-15 last season (they scored the final 20 points) and losing 47-22 in 2013. Mount Pleasant owns a 15-game home win streak, its last loss coming to Washington in 2012."




Hockey: Central Catholic hoping early success pays off

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Central Catholic hockey team.

"Central Catholic was hoping for a positive barometer to the upcoming season when it competed in the St. Margaret Fall Face-Off.

Though the Vikings didn't get the result they wanted – they lost in the championship game and had to settle for second to Pine-Richland – the way they made it through the tournament gave them an optimistic view heading into their season opener Tuesday at Seneca Valley.

"I guess we didn't finish how we wanted, but we made our way to the championship game," Central Catholic coach Bill Connelly said. "We're proud of that and we're going to take some positives out of the tournament."

If the tournament was any indication, though, Central Catholic will be one of the higher scoring teams in Class AAA and might make some noise as the season progresses. The Vikings went 4-1 in their five games and finished with a whopping 36 goals and had three players, Ryan Haag, Ryan Kingerski and Antonio Misiti, finish 1-2-3 in the tournament in scoring."



Wrestling: Franklin Regional's Lee down, but not out

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Franklin Regional wrestler Spencer Lee. Read his story below.

For the second consecutive year, Spencer Lee sustained a serious injury prior to the World Wrestling Championships. The Franklin Regional phenom didn't let either injury keep him from reaching his goal of becoming a world champion.

But this summer's injury turned out to be much more serious and Lee will miss most of the upcoming high school season after having surgery for a torn labrum.

"My shoulder started hurting on Aug. 4, 11 days before the tournament," said Lee, referring to the Junior World Championships, which were held in Salvador, Brazil. "I really don't know how or when I hurt it, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from reaching my goal."

Lee was cleared to participate and became the first wrestler in WPIAL history to win two world titles. And this title came in the Junior Division, which is quite a feat for a 16-year-old.


Alumni Update - Kim Bonnett (Pitt-Johnstown)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

An overtime goal from Kierstin Zerbe led the Crimson Hawks to a 2-1 PSAC victory over the Pitt-Johnstown women's soccer team,Bonnett PJU Saturday afternoon in Indiana. The Lady Cats slipped to 0-8-0 overall and 0-8-0 in conference-play.

Nearly halfway through the first half, Jenny Vietmeier put Indiana University (PA) on the board with a goal in the 25th minute assisted by Lexie Palluconi, leading the Crimson Hawks to a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Lady Cats answered in the 72nd minute with a goal from Kim Bonnett, a Penn Hills graduate, to keep Pitt-Johnstown in play and tie the game 1-1, ending regulation time.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Jaquan Williams (Mercyhurst)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) intercepted four Mercyhurst passes onWilliams Mercyhurst Saturday afternoon, returned three for touchdowns, and defeated the Lakers 35-14 on Homecoming weekend at Tullio Field.

The Lakers saw a ten-game winning streak, longest in program history, come to an abrupt halt as their record dropped to 3-1 overall and to 0-1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division. IUP improved to 2-1 and 1-0 respectively.

The Crimson Hawks were the last team to defeat the Lakers, back on September 27 of last season, when they handed Mercyhurst a 41-7 loss at Indiana.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Lakers against their PSAC West rivals after winning two of the first three meetings between the two programs.

Senior Jaquan Williams, a Penn Hills graduate, added six catches for an even 100 yards and a touchdown.


(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)


Girls Tennis: Wildcats’ Steeley, Rutigliano move on to WPIALs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It’s been a tough year for the Wildcats in the tennis singles tournaments – no one was able to break out of sectionals and qualify for the WPIAL finals – but the team will be represented when the WPIAL Class AAA doubles championships, which open Tuesday at Shady Side Academy.


Senior Emily Steeley and junior Tori Rutigliano defeated Jessica and Lauren Hartner of Norwin in the second round, then knocked off Maddie Yu and Kurlya Yan of Franklin Regional, 10-5, in a pre-set match to make it to the semifinals.


Each section sends four qualifiers to the WPIAL finals.


Girls Tennis: Knights’ duo wins section title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Maria Santilli still has an opportunity to win her first WPIAL Class AAA tennis title.


She’ll just have to do it in doubles.


Norwin’s four-star sophomore teamed up with freshman Anna Lanyi to win the Section 1 doubles title with a thrilling, three-set, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 come-from-behind victory over Jenna Bailey and Alison Simpkins of Franklin Regional. With the victory, the Knights tandem will likely get one of the top four seeds when the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tournament opens Tuesdayat Shady Side Academy.


Santilli was eliminated in the WPIAL singles quarterfinals, 10-7, by Upper St. Clair senior Charlotte Madson.


Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete – Derry’s Maria Palumbo

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Maria Palumbo

School: Derry Area

Grade: 12

Sport: Tennis


Background: Competed in the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament as the No. 9 seed and lost in the first round to No. 8 Moriah Bridges of Beaver, 10-3, in a pro-set format match. Will have another opportunity to win a WPIAL title when she takes the court Tuesdaywith partner Kate Enos in the Class AA doubles tournament.


Alumni Update - Frannie Crouse (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Penn State women's soccer team returned to its winning ways with a 5-1 victory over IowaCrouse PSU Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Soccer Complex.

Four Nittany Lions scored in the contest, including Frannie Crouse, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, who tallied two goals.

The Nittany Lions improved to 7-2-2 (2-1-1) on the season, while the Hawkeyes fall to 6-5-0 (0-4-0) on the year.


(photo courtesy of Penn State University)


Alumni Update - Arden Fisher (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Loretto, Pa. – Veteran leaders senior Kristin Thompson and junior Arden Fisher set the tone for the Robert Morris University volleyballFisher RMU team with impressive individual performances and helped the Colonials to a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-17, 25-11) win over Saint Francis U in their Northeast Conference opener Saturday night at DeGol Arena.

Robert Morris (6-8, 1-0 NEC) improved to 55-9 all-time versus Saint Francis U (2-14, 0-1 NEC).

Fisher, a Riverview graduate, continues to be outstanding for the red, white and blue and recorded her eighth double-double of the season and 30th of her career with 15 kills and a team-leading 18 digs.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Football: East Top Games - Week 5 (2015)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving East teams in Week 5.

Washington (4-0, 4-0) at Mount Pleasant (4-0, 4-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – The Class AA Interstate Conference championship is essentially on the line in this one, as these two are the only unbeaten teams in the league and neither will likely get a stiffer test the rest of the way. Washington has won its games by lopsided scores of 48-0, 62-7, 42-0 and 42-6. The rushing attacks should take center stage. Mount Pleasant features Chris Wagner (528 yards, seven touchdowns), while Washington is led by Kurt Adkins (437 yards, eight touchdowns).

Upper St. Clair (2-2, 2-1) at Woodland Hills (4-0, 3-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Two of the WPIAL's top programs and coaches collide in this Class AAAA Southeastern Conference contest. Upper St. Clair's Jim Render (381) and Woodland Hills's George Novak (290) have combined for 671 wins. Top-ranked Woodland Hills is led by the potent rushing tandem of Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw. The two have combined to rush for more than 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. Upper St. Clair started 2-0, but has since lost to Bethel Park, 30-7, and North Allegheny, 31-6.


Football: Running back Lisbon gives Penn-Trafford balance offensively

Written by Brad Everett on .

One of the top teams in Class AAAA features a passing attack that is among the best in the WPIAL.

But what makes the Penn-Trafford offense so difficult to stop is a talented running back who has enabled the Warriors to not only pass over foes, but run through and around them, as well.

Senior Jonah Lisbon has played a big part in the unbeaten Warriors having an offense that is anything but one dimensional. Lisbon has rushed for a team-high 425 yards – averaging 10.6 yards per carry – and has scored five touchdowns for the 4-0 Warriors.

Lisbon has picked up right where Devin Austin left off. Austin, a 2015 graduate, was Penn-Trafford's primary running back the previous two seasons, rushing for 1,417 yards in 2014 and 1,275 yards in 2013.