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Softball: Daunting task staring down Latrobe

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

After a 10-run outburst in the first-round, Latrobe hopes it saved some runs for the quarterfinals, because it will likely need it. No. 7-seeded Latrobe (15-5) will play No. 2 seed Shaler Area (19-1) in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal Monday at 4 p.m. at Hampton. The Titans had a first-round bye, while Latrobe went up against No. 10 Bethel Park. Against the Black Hawks, Meredith Carr allowed two hits in the five-inning shortened game. Carr was 11-3 during the regular season with 81 strikes. She will go opposite of Shaler's dominant pitcher, Bri Dobson. Dobson led the WPIAL with a 19-1 record and she struck out 100 batters. The teams last met in the 2014 PIAA playoffs with Latrobe winning, 6-4.

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Baseball: Kollar leads Latrobe to first-round win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Jared promotes itself as the Galleria of Jewelry.

Well, Latrobe's Jared pitched a gem Monday.

Jared Kollar was magnificent on the mound for Latrobe, which defeated North Allegheny, 1-0, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at Shaler. It was Latrobe's first playoff victory since 2011.

Kollar, a junior, fired a one-hit shutout and struck out eight. The only hit he allowed was a bad-hop single in the fifth inning. Kollar set down North Allegheny 1-2-3 in the seventh, getting a strikeout, groundout and popout.

Latrobe scored the game's only run in the bottom of the third. After drawing a leadoff walk, Cody Helfrich was sacrificed to second and moved to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Zach Kokoska came through with a run-scoring single.

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Lacrosse: Latrobe girls run table in Section 1, look forward to playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

On the heels of a 12-1 regular season that included a 10-0 record in Division 2, Section 1, the Latrobe Wildcats girls lacrosse team is looking forward to a playoff run that lasts longer than their first trip to the postseason a year ago.

The tournament's top seed in 2015, the Wildcats won a first-round game over Baldwin, 10-9, before falling to eventual runner-up Blackhawk, 10-6, in the semifinals.

Against section rivals this year, Latrobe won six of those games by double-digit margins. But they also showed the ability to hang in close games with a 10-7 victory over Baldwin, a 9-5 triumph over Indiana. The Wildcats clinched the section title with a 13-6 victory over Hempfield. That was coupled with the Wildcats 10-5 victory over the Spartans earlier this season. Those two setbacks were the only ones suffered by Hempfield this season.

Latrobe earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The Wildcats host Division 2, Section 4 co-champion Hampton at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Talbots and Shaler tied for the section title with 9-1 records. The two teams split during the regular season. Shaler, though, was 12-5 overall, and earned the No. 3 seed. Hampton's overall record entering the playoffs is 11-6.

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Alumni Update - Jake Reed (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Jake Reed finished 9 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor to win the Presidents' Athletic Conference MVP award,Reed SVC and the Bearcats finished second as a team in the 2016 Championships, held at the Grove City Country Club.

Reed, a Latrobe graduate, shot a 74 in the final round, following a 73 in round three. He shot 73-70 in the opening two rounds, which took place in the fall at Cedarbrook Golf Course.  

Reed finished with a score of 290, nine strokes better than second place Jorden Alfery of Grove City. 

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Alumni Update - Shelby Noel (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Shelby Noel set a single-season record with 9 home runs as the Bearcats split a doubleheader with Bethany CollegeNoel SVC to conclude the regular season in Latrobe.

Bethany won the first game, 8-6, before SVC came back to win game two by a 9-3 margin.  

Noel, a Latrobe graduate, hit two home runs in game two for her 8th and 9th blasts of the season, establishing a new school standard. 

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)