Girls Soccer: Norwin ranked No. 10 nationally in preseason poll

Written by Brad Everett on .

With eight starters back from a team that won a WPIAL title last season, Norwin is expected to be one of the top teams in the state this fall.

One website believes the Knights could be one of the best teams in the country, as well. recently released its preseason Fab 50 national rankings. Norwin is ranked No. 10.

Here is what the website had to say about the Knights:

Rutgers commit Emily Harrigan was the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year last year, and could lead a strong Norwin squad this fall. Already, the GDA has effectively taken a few of the Mid-Penn and Eastern Pa. powers out of the state title conversation, leaving it wide open for another strong Pittsburgh showing in November. In addition to Harrigan, GK and Ohio University commit Samantha Wexell should be back.


Baseball: Norwin grad drafted by Astros on first day of MLB draft

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Tyler Pecyna reports that former Norwin star J.J. Matijevic was selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of Monday's MLB draft.

"The Houston Astros selected Arizona infielder J.J. Matijevic with the 75th overall pick in the MLB draft, making the former Norwin High School standout the second WPIAL product drafted Monday.

Louisville pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, a Blackhawk graduate, was taken fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays. McKay was rumored as a possible pick for the Minnesota Twins at No. 1.

Matijevic was widely considered a top-100 prospect entering the draft, though it was possible he could slip out of the first day, which encompassed the first round, a competitive balance round, the second round and a second competitive balance round. He hit just .238 as a freshman at Arizona but improved to .287 as a sophomore before breaking out with a .383 average this season. He also hit 10 home runs and posted a 23-38 strikeout to walk ratio in 59 games.

The Astros took Matijevic, a left-handed hitter, with the final pick of the draft's first day. His approximate pick value is a little more than $767,000. He was drafted out of high school in 2014 by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round but opted to attend Arizona."



Baseball: Norwin grad Matijevic's bat is music to Arizona's ears

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Joe Bendel profiles Norwin graduate J.J. Matijevic, who is now a standout baseball player at Arizona.

"As the son of a man known as "D.J. Fireman Joe," J.J. Matijevic knows a thing or two about puttin' on the hits.

His playground, however, is not the Rialto in Greensburg — where dad plays music when not on duty as the Jeannette fire chief — but on the baseball field as a smooth swinging junior first baseman at the University of Arizona.

"I'm a music guy, too," said Matijevic, a Norwin High grad. "He plays everything. Me? I listen to a lot of rap, that type of stuff. Music is definitely a big part of my life."

The sound of Matijevic's bat striking the ball has been music to the ears of Wildcats fans, who are witnessing a Ted Williams-like run by the left-handed hitter."


Girls Tennis: Norwin star commits to Cincinnati

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The top girls tennis player in the WPIAL will complete her junior year this week, but she has already decided where she will play in college.

Norwin's Maria Santilli recently announced that she will attend the University of Cincinnati. She picked the Bearcats over her other finalist, Duquesne.

"I chose Cincinnati for the coach, the campus and the great business program," said Santilli, who has been playing the sport since she was four years old.

Santilli will head into her senior season with a huge target on her back. She is the reigning WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A singles champion. At last season's WPIAL championships, Santilli defeated Upper St. Clair's Marlo Schiffman, 6-3, 6-2. Santilli then claimed the PIAA title by defeating George Washington's Marlo Schiffman, 6-4, 6-4.


Track: Norwin to be represented well at WPIAL championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Norwin track and field team will have several athletes compete at the WPIAL championships Thursday at Baldwin. After taking third (boys) and fourth (girls) at the Class 3A team finals, focus will shift to individual championships.

The girls team had two girls qualify in multiple events. Sophomore Jessica Kolesar qualified in the 200-meter dash and the long jump. Sophomore Emily Brozeski will compete in the 100 hurdles and the high jump.

Other qualifiers include senior Kelly Giles (1,600), sophomore Courtney Kosanovic (3,200), sophomore Rachel Milke (300 hurdles), sophomore Laurel Noe (800), Shelby Miller (long jump), sophomore Lexi Gray (triple jump) and sophomore Alexis Kirkland (discus).

On the boys side, senior Nicholas Coleman will compete in the 400-meter run alongside senior Kyle Turcovsky. Pedro Schmidt will compete in the 300-meter hurdles despite also qualifying for the 110 hurdles.