Girls Basketball: Trinity shakes off mid-season slump

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Trinity girls basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"As his team exited the locker room after a tough loss at South Fayette, their fourth consecutive, Trinity basketball coach Bob Miles sensed some disappointment from his players but he did not sense panic.

After an 8-0 start this season quickly turned to an 8-4 record, Trinity relied on its leadership and experience to turn things around.

"I think when they walked out of the locker room there was obviously some disappointment," Miles said. "They became determined they weren't going to allow this to take them over. We got back to work, we relied on the defense and the kids responded."

The team was aided by a schedule that had them back in the gym the very next night for a home game against Ringgold."



Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Trinity's Sierra Kotchman

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Name: Sierra Kotchman
School: Trinity
Grade: 9
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background info: Sierra is starting in her freshman season for the Hillers, who are in second place in Section 5-AAA with a record of 6-2 following a 66-59 victory at Moon Area High this past Thursday night. She scored a team-high 18 points against the Tigers as the Hillers improved to 12-4 overall. In the fourth quarter of that game, Sierra converted five of eight free-throw attempts to secure the victory for the Hilers. She also is effective from the perimeter as she had three 3-point field goals. Sierra is averaging about 12 points and four assists per game. She is the daughter of former Trinity coach Jackie Kotchman. Sierra is an honor student.


Girls Basketball: Trinity off to outstanding start

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When Bob Miles was coaching the girls basketball team at Fort Cherry, he guided the Rangers to some lofty heights in the Class A grouping.

While it's too early to tell how things will go this season, Miles appears to be weaving a similar story with the Trinity High girls basketball team.

Even with a 66-51 loss to Serra Catholic this past Saturday in the Eagles' holiday tournament, the Hillers are 8-1.

Numbered among those eight victories were section triumphs over Keystone Oaks (56-45), Quaker Valley (45-32) and Moon (49-42). Admittedly, Keystone Oaks and Quaker Valley both had sub-.500 records against section opposition. But Moon appears to be making a concerted effort to turn things around, and with an overall record of 6-3 and a section mark of 1-1, the Tigers appear to be improving.


Wrestling: 'Old school' win gives Trinity a lift on the mats

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ken Wunderley profiles the Trinity wrestling team. Read his story below.

Trinity's 42-31 victory against McGuffey in a Class AAA Sub-Section 4A opener on Dec. 11 was more than just a victory for the Hillers.

"It was a return to old-school dual-meet wrestling," said Mark Powell, who enters his second season as Trinity's head coach. "It was vintage McGuffey versus Trinity. We had more than 1,000 fans show up [at Trinity]. It's been years since I've seen a dual meet with this much excitement. The fans on both sides were just great. I wish every dual meet were this exciting."

McGuffey entered the match as the favorite, but Trinity was poised for the upset. The Hillers opened with a surprise, as Tristan Buxton pinned McGuffey's Gage Nicolella at 113 pounds.

"Tristan was trailing 1-0 in the third period when he scored a takedown and pinned Nicolella in the last 11 seconds," Powell said. "That gave us the start we needed."