Boys Tennis: Cenkner looking for another chance to make states

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Noah Cenkner will have another opportunity to qualify for the PIAA Class AA finals in Hershey on May 22-23.


Only this time it won’t be in singles.


Cenkner, who was forced to withdraw from the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament because of an ailment, paired with Alex Temple and breezed past Ryan Hartz and Jake Robbins of Brownsville, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Section 1 doubles titleon Tuesday.


The top four finishers in each section qualify for the WPIAL Class AA tournament, which will open Monday at Shady Side Academy and wrap up with finals and consolations on Tuesday at Norwin.


Cenkner had made it to the WPIAL semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Luke Phillips of Carlynton. He would have played California’s John Monroe, against whom he also retired while leading 6-2, 2-5, in the second set of the section singles finals.


Boys Tennis: Illness prevents Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner from playing third-place match

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Noah Cenkner had an opportunity to earn the third and final slot in the PIAA Class AA tournament on Wednesday.

All he had to do was beat California sophomore John Monroe, the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL bracket, who was upset by Sewickley Academy’s Sam Sauter in the semifinals.

Showing up probably would have been a plus as well.

Cenkner notified the WPIAL that he would be unable to compete in the Class AA third-place match against Monroe because of illness. That gave the Trojans their first player in the boys state finals since Sarah Shashura won the WPIAL title in 2010.

Mount Pleasant has not had state tennis qualifier since David Cenkner in 2011.


Baseball: Mount Pleasant on the wrong end of some tight games

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Mount Pleasant has just a 2-5 overall record and is 1-1 in section play, but the Vikings have been been very competitive in just about all of their games.

Four of the Vikings' five losses have come by a combined nine runs. They lost to Brownsville, 4-2; Penn-Trafford, 10-7; Connellsville, 10-7; and Class AAA Section 2 rival Greensburg Salem, 4-3. Their only lopsided defeat came in their last game against Neshannock, 14-1.

Coach Tom Hudzema, who is in his seventh season, has guided the Vikings to wins against section foe Kittanning (8-2) and California (18-8).

Mount Pleasant is led by junior catcher Brandon Leeder, junior first baseman-pitcher Jared Kristoff, junior second baseman-shortstop Joe Loughner, junior shortstop-pitcher Jeremy Paul and sophomore third baseman-catcher-pitcher Jason Beranek.


Swimming: Mount Pleasant girl has her eyes on a title

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Keith Barnes profiles Mount Pleasant swimmer Fallon Nelson.

"Mount Pleasant senior Fallon Nelson has gone through all the prep work to win a WPIAL Class AA individual swimming title.

"You don't really think about it, but you just have to do it," Nelson said. "I was probably swimming around 7,000 yards a day during the height of the season and I had morning practices with 4,000 yards in the morning and another 7,000 after school at night, so it was like being a college swimmer."

Nelson plans on swimming in college, but she's not ready to make an announcement. Before that, though, she has to complete her high school career and will compete in the two-day WPIAL Class AA championship meet beginning today at Pitt's Trees Pool.

Nelson has had several solid performances at the WPIAL meet and has stood on the podium several times. What she has never done is climbed to the very top and claimed a gold medal as a champion."



Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant looks forward to postseason

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With several quality wins and a few close losses, Mount Pleasant had an opportunity to bump up ahead of a couple of section champions and perhaps lock up one of the top four seeds in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

That all changed over the last couple of weeks, though, as the Vikings suffered a couple of critical defeats that will have the committee shaking their heads as they meet to shake out the pairings before the postseason brackets are unveiled Tuesday at the Doubletree in Green Tree.

Mount Pleasant (15-7) finished 12-2 in Section 3 with its only losses coming to Indiana, but it was the 3-5 mark in non-section games, including questionable defeats late in the season to a McGuffey team that barely qualified for the tournament and a season-ending 12-point loss to Section 4 champion Elizabeth Forward (15-7) that could prove problematic.

Either way, the Vikings will have to ride senior guard Alexa Szelong as far as she can take them. She remains among the WPIALs leading scorers, averaging 19.5 per game and has accounted for nearly one-third of the team's scoring this season.