Hockey: Wildcats getting hot in second half

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Latrobe appears to be heating up just in time to make a run at the PIHL Class AA playoffs.


Not only are the Wildcats 4-1-0 in their last five with three consecutive victories, they are moving up the standings. Heading into last night’s games, they were just two points behind third-place Armstrong (8-3-1) and one ahead of Fox Chapel (6-7-2) for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.


Latrobe is being led by all-star junior forward Brendan Johns, who is tied for fifth in the classification with 18 goals. Defenseman Dan Staffen and goaltender Tim Ruppen, who anchor the Wildcats defense, were also selected to play in the PIHL All-Star game on Feb. 8at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex.


Alumni Update: Valerie Dunlap (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Senior Valerie Dunlap eclipsed 1,000-career points as the Washington & JeffersonDunlap WJ women's basketball team downed Bethany, 90-72.

Dunlap, a Latrobe graduate, entered the game needing 12 points and reached the milestone 1:26 into the second half after scoring 11 points in the first half.

The 6-3 center finished with 19 points and a team-best 10 rebounds for her 31st career double-double in the Presidents' Athletic Conference victory that improved W&J to 11-4 overall and 5-3 in the PAC.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Boys Basketball: Latrobe still in chase for Section 1-AAAA title

Written by Justin Criado on .

Latrobe (11-3, 6-1) scored 29 fourth-quarter points to defeat Penn-Trafford, 78-74, Jan. 16 in Section 1-AAAA play.

Austin Butler led the Wildcats with 28 points, while Sean Graytok and Jake Biss 24 and 13 points, respectively.

With the win, Latrobe is one game behind Hempfield (14-1, 7-0) for the section lead.

The two teams will meet again on the last day of the regular season, Feb. 6. Hempfield defeated Latrobe, 74-54, early in the season.


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

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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

Background: Senior Monica Sowinski is yet another college-bound swimmer coming from the Latrobe varsity swim team. Before the scholastic season, Sowinski made a verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky to swim next season. As a junior, Sowinski captured WPIAL gold in the 200 yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season. She took second place in the 100 freestyle at the same event last season. Since that meet she has competed at the Speedo Champions Series in Christiansburg, Virginia in March and the Speedo Champions Series LCM in Buffalo, New York in July. Sowinski excels in mid-distance freestyle and the butterfly. Sowinski is a major reason the Wildcats have started this season 4-0.