Track: Knoch's Geist breaks another record

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Knoch's Jordan Geist refused to slow down at the Butler Invitational last Friday

The junior broke his own meet record in the discus with a throw of 182 feet, 10 inches. Geist also had high marks in the shot put. He won the event with a throw of 69-7 1/2.

Greensburg Salem's Lawson Monta was the closest to Geist in both events with a distance of 55-6 1/2 in the shot put and 162-1 in the discus.

Geist will move on to face top competition at the Penn Relays where he will defend his title in the shot put. Last year he threw 67-1 to claim top honors.


Baseball: Despite struggles, Knoch holds on to Section 5-AAA lead

Written by Keith Barnes on .

After having one of the most dominant seasons for a WPIAL Class AAA team in recent years, Knoch has come down to join the rest of the mortals this year.

Despite having one of the most dominant 1-2 punches on the mound in seniors Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert, the Knights went into their game Monday at Valley with only a half-game lead over Mars (6-4, 5-2) in Section 5 and already have twice as many losses (7-4, 6-2), both in section and overall, that they did a year ago when they won both the WPIAL and PIAA titles.

Last week, they were handed their worst section loss in two years when Hampton sent them to a 7-1 defeat. In its four losses, Knoch has been outscored, 27-6. The Knights only gave up 52 runs in 25 games, including the playoffs, in 2015.


Track: Mother knows best for Knoch's Geist

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Knoch track and field star Jordan Geist.

2016 0415 Knoch BTrack1(Photo: Knoch's Jordan Geist with his mother and coach, Judy, at the high school. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Jordan Geist bench-presses 375 pounds, throws a 12-pound metal ball around like it's a softball, has shoulders as wide as a queen bed and sports a goatee that adds a certain toughness to his image. Heck, he looks like he would have beaten that dang bear in "The Revenant."

But when the teenage kid with the brawn and beef needs pointers or help with throwing a shot put, he turns to ... mommy?

OK, so Jordan Geist doesn't call Judy Geist mommy. But he does call her coach.

Knoch junior Jordan Geist is the best high school shot putter in the country this year, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound youngster who won the national indoor title in March and recently heaved the shot farther than anyone in the history of Pennsylvania high school track and field. He has Olympics on his mind down the road, and the coach who has played such a huge role in Jordan's development is his mother."


Track: Knoch's Geist to defend title at Penn Relays

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The list of entrants for the Penn Relays was released Monday and Jordan Geist was on it. The Knoch junior will be competing in the shot put at the relays April 28-30.

Geist participated in the event last year. Geist took first in the shot put with a distance of 67 feet, 1 inch. He has already surpassed the mark this season with a record-breaking 71 feet, 9 1/4 inches at the Knoch Relays. Geist threw the discus 145 feet, 6 inches at the same event last year for a season best.

Mike Kolor of Seneca Valley will also be participating at the Penn Relays this year. The senior will compete in the mile. He holds a season best from last year of 4:11.21 from the PIAA championships.


Baseball: Knoch dealt two early losses

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Only four games into the season and Knoch has as many losses as it did in its WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championship run a year ago.

Playing three games in a row last week, the Knights defeated Hampton in their Section 5 opener but then lost their next game to Deer Lakes, 4-1, then were drubbed, 12-1, at Consol Energy Park by Class AAAA Canon-McMillan.

It was a stunning turn of events for the top-ranked Class AAA team coming into the season, one that was coming off a year in which it went 23-2 and did not lose its second game until May 7. That loss, too, came against a Class AAAA team -- Pine-Richland – in the last regular season matchup before the team's postseason run.

Then again, Knoch (2-2, 1-1) also lost its second section game against Deer Lakes last season before reeling off 12 consecutive wins and winning the section title.