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Hockey: Johns, Johnson help Latrobe crush conference-leading Armstrong

Written by Keith Barnes on .

After a couple of losses, Latrobe has rebounded well and is now within three points of first place in the Eastern Conference leading Armstrong with four games remaining in the regular season.

 

Latrobe (13-5-0) has outscored its last two opponents, 18-6, including an 11-3 victory over Armstrong that pushed the Wildcats back into conference title contention. In those two wins, Daniel Johnson has come on with five goals and eight points to key their victories.

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Alumni Update - April Krivoniak (Robert Morris)

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Geneva, Ohio – Junior April Krivoniak came within a few inches of setting a new school record in the shot put as her performance waskrivoniak RMU one of the highlights for the Robert Morris University indoor track & field team as it continued its campaign in the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open Saturday at the SPIRE Institute.

Krivoniak, sophomore Rachel Crane and freshman Lilly Harnish all placed among the top four in an event while contributing a mark that is among the top five in school history.

Krivoniak, a Latrobe graduate, placed third in the shot put with a new career best mark of 13.93 meters. In doing so, she qualified for the ECAC Championships for the second time in two indoor campaigns and contributed the second-longest toss in program history.

Her distance from Saturday represented an improvement of more than a half-meter from her previous season best.

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)

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Boys Basketball: Latrobe seeking outright section title

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After suffering its first loss of the season last week against Norwin, Latrobe (18-1, 9-1) rebounded with a non-section blowout victory over Hollidaysburg.

Now, though, the Wildcats have to win at least one more game, either tonight against Kiski Area or Friday at Hempfield, to clinch a share of the Section 1-AAAA title. Wins in both would give them the outright championship and, likely, one of the top four seeds when the WPIAL pairings are announced Feb. 9.

In that win over Hollidaysburg, senior guard Sean Graytok joined Austin Butler in the school's 1,000-point club. Both players eclipsed the milestone within two games of each other as Butler did it in a win against Albert Gallatin on Jan. 21.

 

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Basketball: Graytoks dominate the court at Latrobe

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Ed Phillips profiles Latrobe basketball players Sean and Laura Graytok.

"It was usually after a Steelers game when the real action began.

That's when Latrobe siblings Laura and Sean Graytok, plus a few other neighborhood kids, gathered in the Graytoks' basement for basketball games played on a 5-foot tall hoop. More often than not, the most vicious plays took place on the concrete floor of that basement rather than the gridiron on those Sunday afternoons.

"Oh yeah," said Laura. "It got a little rough. We got a couple bumps and bruises."

It's safe to say that what didn't hurt them [too badly, at least] only made them stronger. Nowadays, Laura and Sean have teamed up, as the siblings train together and are regulars in the stands at each other's games."

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Hockey: Latrobe sending three to All-Star game

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Even though Latrobe has been among the best teams in Class AA throughout most of the season – and even led the Eastern Conference briefly before the holiday break – the Wildcats only picked up three selections to the PIHL Class AA all-star game on Jan. 31.

 

And all three are extremely worthy.

 

Senior Brendan Johns was selected for the second time and has been the catalyst for a Latrobe offense that is fourth in the classification with 82 goals in 15 games. He has had a hand in 45.1 percent of the team’s goals as he has netted 20 himself and helped out on 17 others.

 

Defenseman Jack Schultheis has only two goals and 17 points this season, but his work in front of the net has cleared the way for the third selection, junior goaltender Ryan Pal, to have a breakout first season as a starter. Pal has compiled a 10-4-0 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage after not playing in a varsity game in two seasons.