Track: Hopewell’s Ranieri hopeful a championship day awaits

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Hopewell's Dantae Ranieri had a day to forget at last year's WPIAL Class 2A championships. He competed in the high jump and long jump, but did not successfully complete a jump in the high jump and was disqualified in the long jump.

Needless to say, Ranieri hopes things go much smoother Thursday.

Ranieri, a junior, has had a tremendous spring. His success earned him high seeds in three events. He's the No. 1 seed in the long jump, No. 4 in the high jump and No. 4 in the 100-meter dash.

Ranieri's season bests are 22-11 1/2 in the long jump, 6-4 in the high jump, and 11.16 in the 100. Union's James Thomas and Valley's Darius Johnson are the No. 1 seeds in the high jump. Both have jumped 6-6. Thomas is the defending champion. Shenango's Dom Data is the No. 1 seed in the 100 with a time of 11.04.


Boys Tennis: Hopewell hopes to make some noise in WPIAL playoffs

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Hopewell has never won a WPIAL Class 2A tennis title, but will have an opportunity this season when the team makes a return trip to the tournament.

If the Vikings are to make a run, they will need big performances out of their singles players, led by senior Eli Loncar, who has already faced some of the best players in the WPIAL. Junior Miles Collins has also seen several upper echelon performers at the No 2 spot, while senior Alex Pfeifer holds down the No. 3 spot.

And it's not like Hopewell will get any surprises. The Vikings have already played 13-time defending champion Sewickley Academy and made it to the third-place consolation match a year ago.


Track: Hopewell’s Ranieri shines at South Hills Classic

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Chances are Hopewell will compete in some events this season on days when it is warm and sunny.

That doesn't mean there won't be a strong chance of Ranieri.

Dantae Ranieri is a standout junior at Hopewell who showed his huge potential by having himself a day at last Saturday's South Hills Classic. Ranieri competed in four events and did very well in all of them. He won the long jump, took second in the 100-meter dash, finished in a tie for second in the high jump, and helped Hopewell's 400 relay team take second.

Ranieri's mark of 21 feet, 9 ½ inches in the long jump was the most impressive. That would have tied for fifth at last year's WPIAL Class 3A championships. Ranieri ran an 11.50 in 100, high jumped 5-10 ½ and helped the 400 relay team finish in 45.39. That team also included Anthony DeRose, Jack Georgetson and Chris Jones. Georgetson took second in the pole vault.


Boys Tennis: Hopewell could be ready to break out

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A year ago, Hopewell made a run to the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals and lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Indiana and followed it up with another 3-2 loss to Quaker Valley in the third-place consolation match.

This year the Vikings might be ready to break out.

Hopewell has a solid lineup led by senior Eli Loncar, who was the team's No. 1 singles player last year and had a battle with Indiana's John Appolonia in the opening round of the WPIAL ingles finals. Junior Miles Collins is in as the team's No. 2 singles player and No. 3 is a veteran in senior Alex Pfeifer.

No matter what happens, the Vikings will be battle-tested if they make the team playoffs as they will face Sewickley Academy and Carlynton during the regular season, which features two of the best singles players in the state in Luke Ross and Luke Phillips.


Alumni Update - Stefan Mrkonja (Point Park)

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Point Park University smashed three home runs to win game one of a River States Conference baseball doubleheader over WVU Tech, 10-4, on Saturday to clinch a win in the weekend series.

The Pioneers lost the second game of the day, 7-0, but still won the series, 3-1.

Stefan Mrkonja, a Hopewell graduate, was 2 for 4 with an RBI double.