Boys Soccer: Veteran Trinity aiming for a section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

From 2008 to 2011, Trinity didn't win a section game.

The Hillers then won four section contests in 2012 and 2013 before finishing as the runner-up last season.

Now the team hopes to take the next step by winning a section title.

Trinity has a good bit of talent back from last year's team that went 8-1-3 in Class AA Section 6 -- Ringgold won the section -- and finished with an overall record of 12-4-3 after falling to Knoch in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Six full-time starters return and nine seniors are in the starting lineup.


Trinity 2015 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Jon Miller may be a graduate of Peters Township, but he feels right at home at Trinity.

Miller is the Hillers' new coach. He was hired in March, then received a bonus in June when the district hired him as an English teacher.

"We live near the Meadows [in North Strabane Township] only 10 minutes from the high school," Miller said. "I'll be working at the high school teaching English. I couldn't ask for a better scenario. It's important for a coach to work in the district."

Miller replaced Ryan Coyle, who had a 10-18 record in three seasons, including a 4-5 mark last season. Miller, 38, served as head coach at Moon from 2009-10, going 3-15. He also served as a head coach in Florida for one season before returning to Pennsylvania in 2013. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant at North Hills and Bethel Park.


Position at Trinity is a dream job for Rich

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John D'Abruzzo profiles new Trinity athletic director Ricci Rich.

"As far as dream jobs go, the athletic director position at Trinity High School always was at the top of Ricci Rich's wishlist.

A 1996 graduate of Trinity, Rich spent the past eight years as Moon Area's athletic director. He returned to his alma mater last month after officially being hired by the school district in June.

"For me, the move makes a lot of sense. It's home," said Rich, who lives in North Franklin Township. "Trinity is where I went to school and where my wife went to school. We built our house here and it's just two miles from the football stadium, and our two little girls will go to school here.

"This is the job I want to have when I am able to retire and my girls are out of school.""



Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Joey Havrilak (Trinity)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Joey Havrilak is rebounding after a slow start to his professional career.

Havrilak, a Trinity graduate, batted .067 in five games as an outfielder with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Tigers after being chosen in the 18th round of this year's amateur draft from University of Akron.

However, he has batted .245 with two doubles and one home run in 13 games since being promoted to short-season Class A Connecticut in the New York-Penn League. He also has two walks, six strikeouts, a .269 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage.

Havrilak hit .347 with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 58 games for the Akron this spring, which turned out to be the last season for the program as the school dropped baseball last month. He was 78-for-225 with 47 runs scored, 15 doubles, three triples, 32 walks, 31 strikeouts, 17 stolen bases, a .436 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage.


Softball: Trinity comes up a few runs short of state title

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Keith Barnes profiles the Trinity softball team.

2015 0619 Trinity Softball(Photo: Trinity High School players, from left, Kim Dunst, Lauren McGavitt, Maddie Rush and Sara Beecha show their team unity after losing to Bethlehem Catholic, 2-0, in the PIAA Class AAA championship last Friday at Penn State University. Craig Houtz/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"During the season the Trinity softball team became a bit superstitious and had quite a few rituals that came into play.

"Everybody on the team wears the same thing and I wear green socks every game," Hillers third baseman Shelby Clemens said. "We make sundaes on the bases, like Michigan does with making pizza, we get on first and scoop the ice cream, on second we sprinkle it, on third we put the syrup on and we eat it when we score."

When Trinity played District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic in the PIAA Class AAA championship game last Friday, the Hillers were hoping for a lot of on-base sundaes followed by the real thing to celebrate the school's first state championship at the Berkey Creamery on Penn State's campus. Only there were no sundaes on the basepaths as Trinity's run ended at Penn State's Beard Field in a 2-0 loss to the Golden Hawks in its first ever appearance in the finals.

"It was a wonderful ride and it was a lot of fun for the girls and I didn't regret anything and we had a great experience," Trinity coach Shawn Gray said. "At the end of the day the girls had no regrets. They were obviously disappointed, but they weren't upset about the way they played because they went out and did the job they felt they had to do and just didn't get the timely hits they needed to win the game.""