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Boys Tennis: Latrobe's Kissell set for sizable challenge

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.

"Chad Kissell has spent the entire high school tennis season playing the role of prohibitive favorite.

Not only is this Valparaiso University recruit the 63rd ranked high school senior in the country, he is No. 15 in the Middle States Region and No. 4 in the state. So far, Greater Latrobe's top singles player has lived up to his lofty rankings as he is the reigning WPIAL Class AAA singles champion and will head into the two-day PIAA Class AAA tournament today at Hershey Racquet Club as the person to beat.

"I'm going in likely as the favorite, but I can't think that way," Kissell said. "I'm going to have to play every point and not take anybody lightly. I'm going to go in there and try my hardest and hopefully the outcome is what I hope it will be."

What Kissell is hoping for is to wrap up his high school career the same way as his older sister, Joelle, did. In her final match, she knocked off defending state champion Tessa Lyons of Strath Haven in 2009 and walked off the court with a victory in her final match."

 

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Track: Latrobe hurdler wins her first WPIAl gold

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles Latrobe hurdler Maddy Mueseler.

"Heading into her senior year, Greater Latrobe's Maddy Mueseler was missing some major accomplishments on her high school track resumé — one of which was a WPIAL individual championship.

After winning the 300-meter hurdles event last week at Baldwin High School, she can check that off her list. Mueseler captured her first WPIAL gold medal in her high school career . . . and she did it with style. She set a WPIAL championship-meet record in the event, covering the distance in 42.70 seconds.

"It was definitely exciting," Mueseler said. "It was such a close race. It meant a lot."

Mueseler edged Pine-Richland's Kat Quigley, who had already won the 100-meter hurdles event, by .08 of a second."

 

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Alumni Update - Kaity Finley (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA – The top-seeded California University of Pennsylvania softball team captured the NCAA SuperFinley CalU Atlantic Regional Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in school history on Saturday afternoon with a 6-2 extra-inning victory against second-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan at Lilley Field.

 

With the win, the No. 21 Vulcans improve to 41-11 overall and will face No. 4 Dixie State (Utah) on Thursday, May 21, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the No. 22 Bobcats close the year with a 38-10 overall record with the three of their losses coming against Cal U.


Kaity Finley, a Latrobe graduate, went 3-for-5 with one RBI for her 22nd multi-hit game while hitting leadoff.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Track: Latrobe's Mueseler breaks hurdle record at WPIALs

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Latrobe's Maddy Mueseler continues to break records.

The senior won the 300-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last Thursday.

She broke Hampton's Julianna Reed's record with a time of 42.70.

The Robert Morris recruit also qualified for the PIAA championship meet with her fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She also ran on the second-place 1,600-meter relay team.

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Lacrosse: Latrobe girls put unbeaten record on line against Blackhawk

Written by Joe Koch on .

It's been a banner season for the Latrobe High girls lacrosse team.

The Wildcats have been tested -- but they haven't lost -- this season. They put a 16-0 record on the line when they meet Blackhawk in a WPIAL Division 2 girls semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny. That game follows the other semifinal between Shaler and Moon that begins at 6 p.m.

This will be the first time Latrobe and Blackhawk have met this season. Latrobe won all 12 of its section games. The Wildcats have had two close calls this season. They edged Fairmont, W.Va., Senior, 9-7, in the season opener on March 20. But since a 9-6 victory over Butler on March 30, Latrobe's victory margin has been by at least five goals except for a 16-12 victory over Ellis and a 10-6 triumph over Hempfield in the regular-season finale. The Wildcats advanced with a 13-8 victory over Baldwin.

Blackhawk advanced with a 14-4 victory over Hempfield. The 14-2 Cougars split a season series with Moon. Their other loss came against Seneca Valley, a team which just missed qualifying for the Division 1 playoffs.