Hockey: North Feature Athlete – Mars senior Tyler Spreng

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Tyler Spreng

School: Mars

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey


Background: Was selected to play in the PIHL Class AA all-star game on Sunday at Brady’s Run and made nine saves on 13 shots. Leads the classification with 13 wins and a 2.05 goals-against average this season and is third behind Fox Chapel’s Chad Veltri and Moon’s Ryan Durkin with a .899 save percentage. Was 16-3-1 last season and led Mars to the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup title.


Boys Basketball: With concussions on the brain, Mars standout shuns football for basketball

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Mars basketball standout John Castello.

"Wednesday is a big day for high school football players as thousands around the country will sign letters of intent that mean they have formally accepted college scholarships.

Mars High School senior John Castello could have been part of the excitement, signing with one of the many colleges that offered him a full scholarship.

But his head just isn't into it.

Castello's recruiting story is a most unusual one, a tale of a kid turning down more than a dozen football scholarship offers. But Castello's story also indicates the effect concussions — and the thought of head injuries — now are having on football and kids."


Alumni Update - Ali Goetz (Penn State - Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESSON, Pa. - Breana Kendrick came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, making clutch free throws downGoetz PSUB the stretch to lead Mt. Aloysius past Penn State Behrend 60-52 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) action on Saturday afternoon.

Behrend got a team-best 15 points from Ali Goetz, a Mars graduate.


(photo courtesy of University of Penn State - Behrend)


Boys Basketball: Super sophomore makes Mars a destination

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White proiles Mars basketball player Robby Carmody.

2016 0117 Mars BBasketball(Photo: Mars sophomore Robby Carmody has a number of major colleges courting him. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Did you know they now make GPS units that can get you to Mars and back? Yep. Some ma­jor-col­lege bas­ket­ball coaches are us­ing them.

In the past few months, coaches from Duquesne, West Vir­ginia, Penn State, Day­ton, Ohio State, Vir­ginia, Pur­due and North­west­ern have all landed on Mars. They've found bas­ket­ball life in the form of Robby Car­mody.

Car­mody is a soph­o­more bas­ket­ball player at Mars High School. He's a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard who has loads of ath­letic abil­ity and tal­ent, and is hav­ing a sen­sa­tional sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 20 points a game and shoot­ing an as­ton­ish­ing 71 per­cent from the field.

And it's not an over­state­ment to say Car­mody is likely one of the most heav­ily re­cruited soph­o­mores ever in the WPIAL."


Hockey: Planets atop Class AA Western Conference

Written by Keith Barnes on .

For most of the season Mars has been relegated to second place in the Western Conference and in chase-mode trailing behind Moon.


Not anymore.


Now the Planets, who have gone through some severe growing pains after losing 2014-15 leading scorer Paul Maust to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s junior team and making the move up to Class AA after winning the Class A title a year ago, is now the team to beat after reeling off a 4-0-0 streak to move three points ahead of the Tigers, who have a game in hand.


As it has in the past, Mars (11-3-0) is doing it at both ends of the ice as the team, led by Noah Raymundo’s 16 goals and Josh Kowalkowski’s 24 points, is leading the classification with 83 goals. Goaltender Tyler Spreng’s 11 wins and 2.03 goals-against average also lead all starting goaltenders in Class AA and has contributed mightily to the team allowing a classification-low 28 goals.