Track: Bentworth’s Cavanaugh recovers from fall to become a PIAA champion

Written by Brad Everett on .

Bentworth's Brenna Cavanaugh almost didn't make the final of the 100 hurdles at the PIAA Class 2A championships.

In a semifinal heat, the WPIAL champion fell to the track after clipping the final hurdle, but she somehow sprung to her feet quickly, finished the race and became the eighth and final qualifier.

Her run in the final went much smoother.

Cavanaugh sprinted to the state title after finishing in 14.44. Runner-up Skyla Wilson of Susquehanna (14.77) was the only other runner to break 15 seconds. Cavanaugh had ran a 14.64 to win a WPIAL title a week earlier.


Track: Bentworth standout twice golden at WPIALs, earns No. 1 seed at state meet

Written by Brad Everett on .

A lot was expected of Bentworth star Brenna Cavanaugh at the WPIAL Class 2A championships, which comes with territory when you're the top seed in three events.

Cavanaugh lived up to the hype.

Few athletes put forth a bigger performance at WPIALs than Cavanaugh, a junior who claimed two gold medals and a silver to go along with a fifth-place finish. Cavanaugh won the 100-meter hurdles and long jump, was the runner-up in the 100, and placed fifth in the triple jump.

Cavanaugh was most impressive in the 100 hurdles, running a time of 14.64 that easily topped a field that included runner-up Elsa Antal of Riverside, who finished in 15.43. Cavanaugh's time earned her the No. 1 seed in the event at this weekend's PIAA championships at Shippensburg University. No other athlete ran a qualifying time under 15 seconds.


Track: Bentworth’s Cavanaugh puts forth a monster performance

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Bentworth's Brenna Cavanaugh had a good showing at last Saturday's Washington-Greene County Championships.

OK, so it wasn't just good, it was fantastic.

Cavanaugh claimed four gold medals in the event held at Canon-McMillan. She won the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, triple jump and long jump.

The 100 hurdles is Cavanaugh's top event. She's one of the best in the state in that race. She was the runner-up at last year's WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A championships. Cavanaugh, a junior, ran a time of 14.71 at the WGCC. Runner-up Chyna Beck of Canon-McMillan finished in 15.30. Beck is one of the top hurdlers in 3A.


Alumni Update - Hunter Neely (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Sonnieboy Blanco (Burlington, N.J./Burlington City) and Hunter Neely both won individual titles as the Washington &Neely WJ Jefferson wrestling team took second place at the 2016-17 Presidents' Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships.

The Presidents recorded 81.5 team points in the new format with the addition of Thomas More this season. The Saints finished fourth with 59.5 points, Thiel was third at 78.5 and the team title went to Waynesburg at 119 points.

Neely, a Bentworth graduate, was seeded first in his weight class, 157, received a bye in the quarterfinals and then earned a 6-0 decision in the semifinals and a 4-1 decision in the finals against Thiel's Austin Bonacci. 


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Wrestling: Family wrestling with success at Mercyhurst

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Joe Bendel profiles Bentworth graduate Francis Mizia, who is now a standout wrestler at Mercyhurst.

"The Mizia boys could be a handful for mom Carrie. They competed with each other in everything from wrapping Christmas gifts to eating contests to battle royale wrestling matches.

Their trips to the grocery store in Bentleyville would often lead to double-takes by passersby.

"I can remember people saying to my mom, 'Are these three all your boys?,' said August Mizia, the eldest sibling and a graduate-assistant coach for the Mercyhurst University wrestling team, which features brothers Francis and Paul. "Then they would say, 'God bless you.'"

During the recent holiday, the Mizias held a 100-game pingpong tournament. Middle brother Francis came out the victor."