Boys Basketball: Mars standout commits to Notre Dame

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that Mars standout Robby Carmody committed to Notre Dame on Thursday.

"Mars High School basketball star Robby Carmody was on an official visit to Notre Dame on Wednesday. When he walked into coach Mike Brey's office, he couldn't help but get a big laugh at Brey's attire.

"He had a Penguins jersey on," Carmody said. "Ian Cole."

In the future, Carmody will take a Notre Dame jersey from Brey.

Carmody, who will be a senior at Mars, made a verbal commitment Thursday to Notre Dame. Carmody is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard who is one of the most heavily recruited players in the WPIAL in the past decade."



Lacrosse: Strong PIAA run concludes great season for Mars

Written by Joe Koch on .

If there is one prevailing emotion to take away from the just-completed season for the Mars boys lacrosse team, it's this: the Planets have a team that will compete with just about any high school team in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In its first season of Class 2A competition, Mars put together two nine-game winning streaks en route to a 21-3 season, a WPIAL 2A championship and an appearance in the PIAA 2A semifinals, where it fell to West Chester Henderson, 20-9. Not bad for a program that just concluded its sixth season. For its part, West Chester Henderson plays in the strongest district in the state -- District 1 -- for boys lacrosse. Henderson, the No. 2 team in the district, meets a familiar rival, District 1 champion Springfield -- the overall top seed -- in the 2 p.m. championship game today at West Chester High School.

So, where does this leave Mars? As it turns out, the Planets are in a pretty good place. Of the 10 players listed on the Planets' roster for its PIAA first-round game with Erie Cathedral Prep, just two of them were seniors. Still, goalie Jack Austin and defender Joey Croganale were two of the most important players on the team.

Austin recorded six solid saves in the 18-8 victory over Cathedral Prep, and Croganale was mentioned often by players and coach Bob Marcoux as the glue to a defense that yielded 10 or more goals on just six occasions, the most being the 20 goals yielded in the loss to West Chester Henderson.


Carmody's Corner: It's getting closer to decision time (June 9, 2017)

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

"Robby Carmody is a 6-foot-4 guard on the Mars High School basketball team who is ranked among the top 100 juniors in the country by some scouting services. He is one of the most heavily recruited basketball players in the WPIAL in a decade, with scholarship offers from many colleges across the country. 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.

Robby has always wanted to decide on a college before the start of school his senior year and he's getting closer to a decision.

We've been to so many colleges, but he will make official visits this month to three schools — Purdue (June 16-18), Notre Dame (June 20-22) and Michigan (June 29-July 1)."


Lacrosse: WPIAL champion Mars gets date with Hershey

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Since a 9-7 victory over Hampton that earned it a section title, the Mars boys lacrosse program has perfected the art of dominating triumphs. Since that meaningful two-goal victory over the Talbots, Mars won four of its next five games by double-digit margins, the latest an 18-8 triumph over Erie Cathedral Prep in a PIAA Class 2A first-round game this past Tuesday at North Allegheny's Newman Stadium.

Now on an eight-game winning streak, Mars travels to State College High School for a 2 p.m. game Saturday with District 3 runner-up Hershey in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals. The 16-7 Trojans advanced with a 16-6 victory over WPIAL runner-up Quaker Valley. Hershey's three-game winning streak was snapped with a 9-8 loss to Palmyra in the District 3 championship game. Any hoped-for rematch for the Trojans with Palmyra was vanquished when the Cougars lost a first-round game to Strath Haven, 15-9.

A year ago, some of Mars players -- particularly the seniors -- were somewhat wistful as they knew they wouldn't get the chance to compete in the first-ever PIAA Class AA boys lacrosse tournament.

But for awhile this past Tuesday against the District 10 champion Ramblers, it appeared as if the Planets' first foray beyond a WPIAL tournament would be a short one.