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Wrestling: New coach hopes to make Knoch a factor on the mats

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Ken Wunderley previews Knoch and the rest of the North Xtra teams competing in WPIAL Class AAA. Read his story below.

2014 1127 NorthAllegheny Wrestling(Photo: North Allegheny's Zach Smith, top, defeated Norwin's Drew Phipps, 7-4, in the championship match at 195 pounds of the 2013 Eastern Area Invitational Tournament last year. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Steve Carney has returned to the sport of wrestling, this time as a coach.

Carney, a 2002 graduate of Kiski Area High School, is the new head coach at Knoch.

He has replaced Mark McLaughlin, who started the program 10 years ago at the Butler County school. After two years as an independent team, Knoch made its WPIAL debut in 2006.

"Everybody has to start somewhere," Carney said. "I've always enjoyed wrestling and wanted to get back into the sport as a coach. I just didn't expect it to be as a head coach so quickly."

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Football: Knoch gets back in playoff chase

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Justin Criado profiles the Knoch football team.

"It may have taken seven weeks, but Knoch coach Mike King believes his Knights squad is finally learning how to compete at a high level in the uber-competitive Greater Allegheny Conference.

"I would have to say that our kids are starting to understand what it takes," King said.

Knoch (3-4, 3-3) defeated Mars Area, 14-7, last Friday night to break a four-game losing streak and force a five-team tie for third place in one of Class AAA's most balanced conferences.

"The crazy thing about all that is that we did move the football," King said of his team's midseason woes. "We did everything we needed to win, we just didn't put it in the end zone enough.""

 

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Cross Country: Knoch boys claim Slippery Rock title

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Knoch boys varsity cross country team took won the team title at the Slippery Rock University Mack Cooper Invitational on Saturday.

The Knights earned 84 points to defeat Central Catholic (99 points) and Baldwin (105 points).

The Knights had only had one runner place in the top 10, but their tight pack helped them steal the win. Brandon Brumski was the first Knight to cross the line in ninth place in 17 minutes, 30.8 seconds. He was followed by teammate Preston Carlsson, who took 12th place.

Sewickley Academy's Griffin Mackey won the race in 16 minutes, 35 seconds.