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Boys Tennis: Latrobe junior earns PIAA berth

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Ryan Riordan profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.

2014 0417 Latrobe BTennis(Photo: Latrobe's Chad Kissell returns a shot against Central Catholic's Adam Blasinsky in the WPIAL tournament. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"A three-sport athlete, Greater Latrobe junior Chad Kissell didn't play as much tennis in the offseason during his freshman and sophomore years as many of the other top players in the area because he was concentrating on golf or basketball.

But this past year, he made a concerted effort to focus on tennis, even while participating in his other two sports. The added work has paid off.

Kissell finished second last week at the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament to qualify for the PIAA tournament May 23-24 in Hershey.

"Last year, I wasn't quite focused on tennis," said Kissell, who lives in the Hostetter section of Unity Township."

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Alumni Update - Connor Furwa (Waynesburg)

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CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Waynesburg University baseball team traveled to Thomas More onFurwa Waynesburg Sunday for the third-and-deciding game of a weekend series with the Saints. The Yellow Jackets struck first, but couldn't make the lead stand up, as Thomas More, the number-two team in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, nipped the fourth-ranked Jackets 9-8.

 

Sophomore Connor Furwa got the start on the mound and logged five innings in a no-decision. The Latrobe graduate, allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, on 10 hits and a walk.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Track: East Feature Athlete - Maddy Mueseler, Latrobe

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Name: Maddy Mueseler
School: Latrobe
Grade: 11
Sport: Track
Events: 100 hurdles, 300 hudles, 100, 200 and 3,200 relay.

Background Info: Mueseler placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.24) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.33) at the Lady Spartan Invitational last Saturday. She was a part of both the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams that placed in the top five. Mueseler placed third in the 300 hurdles (45.49) and was part of the first place 1,600 relay team at the 2013 WPIAL Class AAA championships. Mueseler also competes on the soccer and indoor track and field teams.

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Tennis: East Feature Athlete — Latrobe’s Chad Kissell

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Chad Kissell
School: Latrobe
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Kissell qualified for the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament for the first time by finishing second in this week’s WPIAL tournament. He also won his third section championship this season. Kissell, who also plays golf and basketball, comes from a tennis family, as his three sisters — Michaela, Joelle and Stacia — all went on to play NCAA Division I tennis. 

Kissell: “Last year, I wasn’t quite focused on tennis. I was on other sports. But this year, I started concentrating on tennis, started training harder and startd playing more tournaments, so obviously the training I’ve done has paid off.”