Alumni Update - Matt Getsy (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team won, 83-71, overGetsy Westminster the visiting Nittany Lions of Penn. State Beaver in the final game of the 23rd annual Buzz Ridl Classic.

Sophomore Matt Getsy and junior Charlie Wallander were both named on the All-Classic team for Westminster.

Five Titans scored in double digits, led by Getsy, a Mars graduate, with 20.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Girls Soccer: Mars bows out in PIAA tournament

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mars girls soccer team.

"From 2010 to 2012 the Mars Area girls soccer team played in three consecutive WPIAL Class AA finals, winning them all.

Last year after receiving a first-round bye, the team was upset in its first WPIAL playoff game. This year a young and inexperienced Mars team reached the WPIAL final again, doing a lot to erase the bad taste from last year and with nine starters returning next year, doing a lot to build for the future.

"I think it was nice to get to that WPIAL final again, especially with a group as young as we had and the inexperience we had," Mars coach Blair Gerlach said. "We got a lot of really good experience for those younger players this year."

There was a lot of good experiences this year for Mars. It won 19 games, went 12-0 in Section 2-AA to run its section unbeaten streak to 73 games and capture an outright section title in the process."



Hockey: Planets once again one of the best in Class A

Written by Ryan Riordan on .


Last season, for the first time since 2007, Mars didn’t play in the Class A Penguins Cup championship.

The Planets were beaten by Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals to snap the Planets’ six-year run in which they won three titles and finished second three times.

The Planets will look to start a new streak this season and are off to a good start with a 5-1 record that includes a 6-2 win over a strong Hempfield squad last week.


Football: Perseverance pays off as Mars makes quarterfinals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mars football team.

"When the bright lights of the WPIAL playoffs and Root Sports shined on the Mars Area football team Friday night, the Planets shined even brighter.

Mars knocked off Montour, 42-27, to reach the WPIAL quarterfinals for the third consecutive year.

Some might consider it an upset.

Mars (7-3) was seeded No. 10 and Montour (7-3) was seeded No. 7 and Lou Cerro-led Seton-LaSalle and Montour teams had success against Mars teams in the past."



Football: North Feature Athlete - Mars' Ori Rinaman

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Name: Ori Rinaman
High School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: A 6-foot, 190-pound running back, Rinaman rushed for a career-high 239 yards and an impressive six touchdowns on 34 carries during last week's 42-27 WPIAL Class AAA first-round win against Montour. He scored on runs of 3, 6, 9, 21, 35 and 5 yards. Rinaman entered the playoffs after rushing for 1,241 yards during the regular season. He also played a valuable role in helping the Planets (7-3) advance into the quarterfinals (Class AAA or AA) for the eighth time in the past 10 seasons.