Track: Planets hosting annual event Friday

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

39 schools are scheduled to attend the Mars High Annual Track and Field Invitational Friday.

The coaches meeting is scheduled to start at 12:15, with the field events and prelims for the first track event, the 100 meters, scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Among the teams scheduled to attend are Fox Chapel, Gateway, Hampton, Morgantown, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Vincentian Academy and Woodland Hills.

At last season’s Mars Invitational, Seneca Valley and Gateway tied for the top spot in the boys standings with 79 points. Morgantown won the girls competition with 52.5 points. 


Alumni Update - Christian Locher (Grove City)

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Christian Locher earned medalist honors at the Bethany Invitational, hosted by the Wheeling CountryLocher GC Club, on April 9 by shooting a one-over 73. The Mars graduate won the event by three strokes.

His performance earned him PAC Men’s Golfer of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Softball: Mars needs extra innings to triumph over section rival

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Mars earned a crucial section win on the road against section rival Knoch. The two section favorites played on April 10 and it is no surprise that seven innings were not enough to settle the score. The visiting Planets took a two-run lead in the top of the eighth innings on RBIs from Nikki Shlegel and Jeanna Sybert.

The win created a three-way tie atop Section 5-AAA with Mars (5-1, 3-1), Highlands (3-1, 3-1) and Hampton (3-2, 3-1) all tied for first ahead of Knoch (4-3, 2-2), Kittanning (1-4, 1-3) and Indiana (1-4, 0-4). Mars begins the second half of its section schedule on April 17 when it hosts Indiana. A major section showdown on April 22 between Mars and Highlands could very well decide the section.



Tennis: North Feature Athlete — Mars’ Josh Raymundo

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Name: Josh Raymundo
School: Mars
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Raymundo qualified for the PIAA Class AA singles tournament this week, finishing second in the WPIAL event to Sewickley’s Luke Ross. Raymundo also finished second to Ross at the Class AA Section 3 tournament last week. Raymundo won the section singles title last season, but was unable to compete in the WPIAL tournament because of an appendectomy. He did qualify for the PIAA doubles and team tournaments.

Mars coach Chris Knauff: “I just think he’s playing more consistent this year. I think the tools he has haven’t changed that much, just his maturity on the court and his consistency have improved.”