Baseball: Jeannette hopes to make some noise this season

Written by Brad Everett on .

With perennial power Greensburg Central Catholic in its section, the Jeannette Jayhawks know that winning a section title won't be an easy task.

But this Jeannette team is no pushover, and the Jayhawks could have the parts in place to make a run at the section crown and perhaps make a deep run in the WPIAL playoffs.

A playoff team the past two seasons, Jeannette will try to extend its postseason streak to three this spring. So far, so good. The Jayhawks are 3-1 overall and have won their two Class 1A Section 2 games by scores of 12-2 and 11-1.

After getting little production from its offense in a 5-0 non-section loss to 3A Burrell, Jeannette has seen its bats come alive the last three games. After thumping West Greene, 12-2, the Jayhawks returned to the field two days later and outlasted Springdale, 14-11. Tyler Elliott had three hits and four RBIs and Mike Pompei chipped in three RBIs against West Greene. Pompei and Brendt Billeck each went 3 for 4 against Springdale. The Jayhawks blasted Mapletown, 11-1, Monday.


Boys Basketball: Jeannette on a roll, section title still in sight

Written by Keith Barnes on .

There are plenty of reasons why Jeannette could have gone in the tank this year.

There was the carryover from its devastating loss to Sewickley Academy in last year's WPIAL Class 1A semifinals, the stress of the move up to Class 2A, key losses from last year as well as losing Allderdice transfer Anthony Johnson after his move was quashed by the WPIAL and PIAA and opening the season with four consecutive losses.

Since that time, however, the Jayhawks (9-8, 7-1) have put it together, are in second place in Section 1 and have clinched a playoff spot.

Now all they have to do is win out and set up a showdown with undefeated Greensburg Central Catholic (16-0, 9-0) in the section finale on Feb. 10. This time it will be on the Jayhawks home floor after a disappointing 65-49 loss the first time around on Jan. 17.


Boys Basketball: WPIAL rules Jeannette player ineligible

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Jeannette basketball player Anthony Johnson was ruled ineligible Wednesday.

"Anthony Johnson had played four games for the Jeannette High School basketball team and averaged 27 points. But Johnson will not play again after the WPIAL ruled him ineligible for the rest of the season, claiming he transferred from Allderdice a few weeks ago for athletic reasons.

The WPIAL made the ruling after a hearing Wednesday with Johnson at the league offices in Green Tree. Johnson is a sophomore, but Jeannette is his fourth school in a year-and-a-half. The league made Johnson ineligible for one year from his date of transfer (Dec. 19).

The WPIAL made its decision based on a PIAA rule that states athletic intent might be involved if a student-athlete leaves a school and transfers to another school and "seeks to avoid or nullify the effect of actions or anticipated actions by the previous school relating to sports eligibility."

In short, an athlete can't transfer and be eligible if he was removed from a team at the previous school."



Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Jeannette

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 61 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.