Swimming: East Feature Athlete - Monica Sowinski, Latrobe (2015)

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Name: Monica Sowinski
High School: Latrobe
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Monica Sowinski reached the championship finals in both of her relays and both of her individual events last year at the PIAA Class AAA championships. Now in her final state meet, Sowinski hopes for similar results. Sowinski won bronze at WPIALs in the 200 freestyle but her seed time of 1:50.74 places her as the fifth seed in the state in the event, a testament to how fast the event at WPIALs was. She is seeded less than one second off the top seed time owned by North Allegheny sophomore Lauren McGrath. Sowinski won bronze at WPIALs in the 100 freestyle. At states she will be seeded fourth in the event with a time of 50.99.


Swimming: Latrobe freshmen will try to fill relay void

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Latrobe qualified two relays last season for the PIAA Class AAA championships. Not only did the relays reach states, they reached the championship finals and medaled. Kayla Owens, Gina DeFrancesco, Megan Douds and Monica Sowinski swam the 200 and 400 freestyle relay. The 200 freestyle relay took fifth and the 400 freestyle relay too fourth. Coach Grey Arrigonie had a tall task this year in rebuilding those relays with Owens and DeFrancesco graduating. The cupboard was not bare as he had Douds, now a junior, and Sowinski, now a senior, returning. To replace his departed seniors he turned to some underclassmen including a pair of freshmen. Freshmen Rylee Jackson and junior Courtney Kinkead joined Douds and Sowinski in the 400 freestyle relay that finished fourth at WPIALs. It was Jackson and another freshmen, Abby Pacek, who joined Douds and Sowinski in the 200 freestyle relay that finished sixth at WPIALs. Both have qualified for states. The 200 freestyle relay is seeded 12th with a time of 1:38.18 and the 400 freestyle relay is seeded 18th with a time of 3:35.09. The top 16 times qualify for the evening finals with the top eight reaching the championship finals.


Alumni Update - Shelby Noel (Saint Vincent)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. - A pair of Saint Vincent softball players were lauded by the Presidents' Athletic Conference after helping guide the team to a 6-2 record last week during the team's Spring Break trip to Florida.


Freshman Shelby Noel used a solid opening week at the plate to earn PAC Hitter of the Week, while sophomore Samantha Emert putNoel SVC together a perfect 3-0 record to earn the conference's Pitcher of the Week honor.


Noel put together a strong start to her collegiate career, hitting .400 with a home run and seven RBIs as she helped pace a strong Bearcat offensive attack.


Noel collected 10 hits, scored six runs, added three roubles and totaled a team-best 16 bases during the week.

The Latrobe graduate slugged .640 and had an on-base percentage of .484.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Hockey: Latrobe’s early lead doesn’t last long in quarterfinal loss

Written by Keith Barnes on .

For a moment it appeared Latrobe might have enough to pull off an amazing upset and move into the PIHL Class AA semifinals.


After all, when Jacob Halula scored at 4:21of the first period, the Wildcats had a 1-0 lead on Cathedral Prep, the best team in the classification during the regular season and one that entered the tournament riding an 11-game winning streak. Falling behind just wasn’t in the Ramblers makeup of late.


That euphoria lasted only 35 seconds, though as Ben Eliason scored at 4:56of the period to tie it up, the Cathedral Prep picked up a pair of second period goals – including Eliason’s second of the night – to forge a 4-1 victory that ended the season for the 2013 state champs.


Latrobe only made it to that game thanks to some late-game heroics against West Allegheny when Brendan Johns scored an unassisted overtime power play goal to give the Wildcats a 4-3 victory over the Indians at BldeRunners in Harmarville.

Latrobe finished the season 11-9-1.


Hockey: Latrobe prepares for playoff opponent

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Keith Barnes profiles the Latrobe hockey team.

"Two weeks ago, Latrobe had an opportunity to perhaps move up as high as second in the Eastern Conference and maybe earn a bye in the first round of the PIHL Class AA tournament.

Blowout losses to both Armstrong and Hampton, the two teams immediately in front of them in the standings, kept the Wildcats from moving up. Because of those two defeats, Latrobe has known for 10 days exactly where it will finish in the standings.

That fourth-place finish in the conference also means Latrobe (10-8-1) will be at a neutral site for a play-in game as early as Monday. And the Wildcats knew for a week that their opponent was going to be West Allegheny, the fifth-place team out of the Western Conference.

About the only thing they don't know is where and when this preliminary round game will be played."