Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - David Bednar (Mars)

Written by John Perrotto on .

David Bednar certainly isn't pitching like a 35th-round draft pick in the early going of his professional baseball career.

The right-handed pitcher and Mars High School graduate has yet to allow a run in six relief appearances for the San Diego Padres' short-season Tri-City farm club in the Northwest League.

The Padres made him a late-round pick in last month's amateur draft after the 21-year-old spent three years playing at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Bednar has a 1-0 record and one save. He has yet to walk a batter in eight innings while allowing six hits and striking out 11.


Boys Basketball: Carmodys Corner (July 8)

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White has the latest on the recruitment of Mars basketball player Robby Carmody.

"Robby Carmody is a 6-foot-4 guard on the Mars High School basketball team who is ranked the No. 47 junior in the country by ESPN and is one of the most heavily recruited basketball players in the WPIAL in a decade. Carmody's father, Rob II, is in the middle of it all as dad, head coach at Mars and also assistant for his son's AAU team (Ohio Basketball Club). The following is another installment of Carmodys Corner, a diary from the elder Carmody that will appear periodically in the Post-Gazette, as told to P-G writer Mike White.

On June 15, this recruiting process changed a lot for Robby. It was a crazy day.

That was the first day college coaches could make personal contact with a player from the class of 2018. Before, coaches could call me, but only because I'm his high school coach.

At 12:01 that day, he started getting text messages from coaches. Most coaches might not call at 12:01, but they started to text. The rest of the day was kind of like a whirlwind. Robby would be on the phone and another coach would call. You try to manage that while still trying to get a workout in during the day."



Lacrosse: Mars boys ranked 196th by

Written by Joe Koch on .

More than 3,800 teams competed in boys lacrosse nationally this season, according to, and going into Saturday's PIAA boys championship game, Mars, the WPIAL Division 2 boys championship team, was ranked No. 196.

Mars finished the season with an outstanding record of 19-1, and the Planets ended the season with a 15-10 victory over Hampton in the WPIAL Division 2 championship game. With the PIAA reconfiguring the sport to class alignment, Mars will be in Class AA, and thus be eligible to compete for a state title as there will be Class AAA and Class AA groupings.

Today's state championship contenders: LaSalle College High School and Springfield-Delco also are among the top 150 teams nationally. LaSalle is ranked No. 76 and Springfield is No. 144.

Upsets were taking place in the playoffs this season. District 1 champion Upper Dublin saw its season come to an end with a 10-9 loss to another District 1 team, Strath Haven, in the quarterfinals. In the latest rankings, Upper Dublin is ranked No. 42.


Baseball: It's one and done for Mars in PIAA playoffs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Mars appeared to get its game together after a 3-1 victory over Knoch in the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation game ended the reign of the defending state champions.

All the momentum the Planets gained in their win against the Knights evaporated quickly in their first – and last – game of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

In its first taste of the state playoffs since the state first expanded to three classifications in 1999, Mars (15-7) took an early 1-0 lead before Cathedral Prep (19-3) jumped all over starter Dave Anderson for seven earned runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings as the Ramblers rolled to a 13-2 victory over the Planets at Ainsworth Field in Erie.