Track: Knoch's Geist nearly earns trip to Colombia

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Knoch shot put phenom Jordan Geist won WPIAL and PIAA titles this spring. Throwing against some of the top high school throwers in the country this week, Geist almost earned a chance to put his talents to the test on the world stage.

Geist, a rising junior, was one of several WPIAL athletes who competed in the USATF World Youth Trials at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. The top two finishers in each event advanced to the IAAF World Championships later this month in Cali, Colombia.

No local athlete qualified, but Geist was close. His throw of 65 feet, 3/4 inches placed fourth. It was just short of a personal best. Adrian Piperi of Texas (69-1 1/4) and Isaiah Rogers of Georgia (66-4 1/4) finished first and second, respecitively.

Also representing the WPIAL were Hempfield javelin thrower Hayden Fox, Penn-Trafford 800-meter runner Nick Wagner and Greensburg Salem's Julia Howard, who competed in the hepathlon. Fox placed fifth (176-5), Wagner seventh (1:54.45) and Howard 14th.


Baseball: Knoch captures first state title

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Brad Everett profiles the Knoch baseball team.

2015 0619 Knoch Baseball(Photo: Knoch High School players celebrate their 7-5 win against Abington Heights in the PIAA Class AAA championship June 12 in State College. Craig Houtz/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"Last Friday morning at 7 a.m., the Knoch baseball team departed Saxonburg on a bus destined for Penn State.

Before the Knights left, fans were on hand at the school to offer encouragement. When the bus pulled away, it was led out of town by a police escort.

The Knights arrived back home that night amid even more fanfare, as people lined the street for a special parade.

In between, the team made history and provided the final chapter to what coach George Bradley called "a storybook season."

Knoch entered the spring having won just one postseason game in school history ... and that came last May. The Knights (23-2) finished this season as WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champions."


Baseball: Knoch wins PIAA Class AAA title

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Mike White covered Friday's PIAA Class AAA championship between Knoch and Abington Heights.

2015 0613 Knoch Baseball(Photo: The Knoch High School baseball team celebrates its 7-5 win over Abington Heights in the PIAA Class AAA title game. Craig Houtz/Special to the Post-Gazette)

"UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A rain shower briefly delayed the PIAA Class AAA championship Friday in the sixth inning. Not long after the tarp was pulled off the field, lightning struck and Knoch got just the jolt it needed.

Knoch got four hits and two runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, and the two-out lightning gave the Knights a state championship.

Knoch defeated Abington Heights, 7-5, at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The victory made the Knights the first PIAA Class AAA champion from the WPIAL since Pine-Richland in 2006. This from a team that had won only one postseason game before this season.

"Unbelievable. That's all I can say. This is unbelievable," Knoch center fielder Dom Bucko said."



Baseball: Knoch's seniority system works well

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Marky Billson profiles the Knoch baseball team.

2015 0612 Knoch Baseball(Photo: Knoch's Cole Shinsky has been the ace for a Knights' team that has gone deep into the PIAA playoffs. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Much has been written about the Knoch Knights' outstanding pitching staff, led by left-handers Cole Shinsky and Alex Stobert.

The duo has posted a 15-0 record to lead the team to the Class AAA state semifinals, which were scheduled to take place Wednesday against Donegal at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.

What has been overlooked to some extent is that the Knights have three and possibly four position players who likely will be playing college baseball next fall.

Jordan Kowalski, the Knights' .337 hitting designated hitter, will play at Waynesburg while Chris Law, the starting shortstop, will enroll at Seton Hill."


Knoch's Cole Shinsky has been the ace for a Knights' team that has gone deep into the PIAA playoffs.

Baseball: Knoch breaks out offensively in PIAA semifinal victory

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Pitching had been the main storyline for Knoch during the postseason before Wednesday when the Knights' hitters pushed their way into the spotlight .

Knoch went batty and beat Donegal, 8-2, in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal at Mount Aloysius College.

Every Knoch player had a least one hit and the Knights finished with 12. Knoch had scored 20 runs in six previous playoff games and nearly had half that total against Donegal.

"The coaches were talking on the bus that in the playoffs, the hitters haven't had their best game yet," said Knoch coach George Bradley. "This game might have been it."