Alumni Update - Brian Graytok (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Presidents opened up the 2015-16 season with a 79-60 nonconference loss to BaldwinGraytok WJ Wallace at the Henry Memorial Gymnasium.

Washington & Jefferson ushered in a new era under the direction of first-year head coach Ethan Stewart-Smith, the first game of his head coaching career.

In his first game for Washington & Jefferson, Brian Graytok led all players with 16 points while playing a game-high 36 minutes.

He connected on seven of his 11 shots from the floor and made two of four free-throw attempts.

The sophomore from Greensburg Central Catholic filled out a balanced stat sheet with three steals, two rebounds, a pair of assists and two blocks.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update Justin Nolfi (Washington & Jefferson)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Four Washington & Jefferson men's soccer players earned 2015 All-Presidents' AthleticNolfi WJ Conference laurels, with three landing on the Second Team.

Senior Benny Wilt, junior Justin Nolfi and freshman Paul Mokrzan (Hilliard, Ohio/Watterson) all collected Second Team All-PAC laurels. Freshman Tyler Rapposelli (Reading, Pa./Fleetwood) garnered Honorable Mention accolades from the league's coaches.

Nolfi, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, was W&J's leading scorer, totaling five goals and two assists for 12 points. His 39 shots were second on the team and 22 shots on goal led the squad.

He started all 18 games for the Presidents.


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Girls Volleyball: Greensburg C.C. falls short of goal

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2015 1120 GCC GVolleyball(Photo: Greensburg Central Catholic's Mikayla Bisignani led the team with 25 kills in a 3-2 loss against Cochranton in the PIAA playoffs. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team fell short of defending its PIAA Class A title, but coach Heather Meyer was pleased with what the Centurions were able to accomplish during the 2015 season.

"It was a pretty good season," said Meyer, who completed her ninth season as Greensburg Central's coach. "We had some ups and downs, but overall it was a good season."

Greensburg Central's season came to an end with Saturday's heartbreaking 3-2 loss to District 10 champion Cochranton in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.

"I had a talented bunch of girls, but we struggled with the mental part of the game at times," Meyer said. "Talent-wise we were there. We just lost our focus at times."


Football: Season over, but future bodes well for Greensburg C.C.

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Jasper Wilson profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic football team.

"Though the Greensburg Central Catholic football team's season ended with a loss last week in the first round of WPIAL playoffs, coach Dan Mahoney took away positives from a performance he hopes the team can build on for the future.

"The best thing that probably happened for those young guys was to see the emotional feeling after the game by our seniors. Those kids are sitting in the locker room crying. They gave everything they had as a senior group, [and] they obviously wanted to go further," Mahoney said about the 35-28 defeat at Bishop Canevin. "Them seeing that and what it meant to them was a good example and a good sign. And I got the sense that those juniors felt the same way."

Every year, the team's goal is to win to the Eastern Conference, according to Mahoney. While the Centurions (7-3, 6-2) fell short, and also haven't won a postseason contest since 2011, they made tangible progress from past years. Led by a 16-player senior class, all of whom contributed, Greensburg Central Catholic finished third in the league — behind powerhouses Clairton and Jeannette — and received a No. 10 seed in the postseason. In 2014, they earned a 14th seed in the playoffs after finishing fourth in conference at 5-5, 5-3.

Mahoney attributed the difference to improved focus from his players, which led to their not overlooking any opponent, regardless of record."


Girls Soccer: Success continues for Greensburg C.C. girls

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Marky Billson profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team.

"Sometimes it seems as if Greensburg Central Catholic is less of a girls soccer team and more of a machine.

The Centurions won their second consecutive WPIAL Class A title Saturday at Highmark Stadium with a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Charleroi. It was Greensburg Central Catholic's fourth crown in five years. The season they didn't win the WPIAL championship, 2013, they were runner-up and won their second consecutive PIAA championship instead.

"I know it sounds like a cliche, but it's the tradition," third-year coach Bryan Cartwright said when asked why his team was so successful. "These girls know what is expected of them and do not want to be the team that doesn't win a championship."

This year's edition of the Centurions was led by Bailey Cartwright, who needed two goals entering the state playoffs to set the all-time single-season goal-scoring record in Pennsylvania, currently held by Bishop Guilfoyle's Alyssa McGhee with 78."