Track: Kiski Area hurdler a state champion

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Kiski Area had several runners post top performances at the PIAA Class AAA championships.

Senior Jace Roundtree finished his career by taking gold in the 110-meter hurdles. He broke the tape in 14.18.

Eric Kennedy had a top-10 finish. The junior ran 4:18.26 for an eighth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run. Cam Turner took 11th place in the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches.

For the girls, Naudia Johnson took seventh place in the shot put with a throw of 38-9 3/4.


Track: East Feature Athlete - Kiski Area's Eric Kennedy

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Name: Eric Kennedy
High School: Kiski Area
Grade: 11
Sport: Track and field
Event: 1,600

Background: Kennedy finished second in the 1,600 at the WPIAL Class AAA championships with a time of 4:17, which is the third-fastest mile in school history. Academically, Kennedy is one of the top students at Kiski Area. He is also a member of the Math Team.


Baseball: East Feature Athlete - Kiski Area's John Bowser

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Name: John Bowser
High School: Kiski Area
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Outfielder

Background: Bowser, a senior right-hander and Cal (Pa.) recruit, has been dominant on the mound for Kiski Area, which has clinched a playoff spot in Class AAAA Section 3. Bowser was 5-1 with a 0.77 ERA heading into Monday's action. In 36 ⅓ innings, Bowser had struck out 40 and walked six while giving up only six runs (four earned). Opponents were batting .208 against him. Offensively, Bowser, a three-year starter, was batting .261. The Cavaliers are 10-5 overall and 5-5 in section play.


Baseball: Kiski Area seizes postseason spot

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Kiski Area is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Cavaliers (10-5) grabbed a playoff spot in Class AAAA Section 3 with a 5-5 record. Shaler won the title, Fox Chapel was the runner-up, and the Cavaliers and Woodland Hills tied for third.

Two section wins late last week turned out to be the difference between Kiski Area extending its season or seeing it come to an end when the regular season concluded. Kiski Area fell to 3-4 in section play after an 8-6 loss against Shaler last Monday, but the Cavaliers responded with a 3-2 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday and a 10-9 triumph against Penn Hills on Friday. The Cavaliers lost to Fox Chapel, 5-1, yesterday.

A season ago, coach Joe Culler's team came up just short of reaching the postseason after placing fourth in the section with a 4-6 record. The section's three playoff qualifiers all went on to have successful postseasons. Central Catholic won the WPIAL title, Shaler reached the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals, and Fox Chapel advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.


Alumni Update - Bryce Nelson (Grove City)

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's track and field team posted the best finish among Presidents' Athletic ConferenceNelson GC schools in seven of 19 events as the Wolverines won the 2016 PAC North Quad in conjunction with the Slippery Rock University Open on Thursday afternoon and evening at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

Sophomore Bryce Nelson, a Kiski Area graduate, also earned an overall event win by claiming the 3000 steeplechase in 10:57.46.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)