Girls Basketball: Mars won't hold anything back

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mars girls basketball team.

"In years past, the Mars Area girls basketball team would stick with its basic defense and run standard offensive sets.

This year with three four-year starters returning, Planets coach Tony Howard thought now might be a good time to open things up.

He wasted no time in doing so.

After a season-opening 71-49 win against California in the Slippery Rock tipoff tournament, Mars advanced to the finals to play the host team.

"In the past, we had been a one-horse show," Howard said. "With our experience coming back, we were able to change up some defenses on a short rest and execute.""



Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - John Castello, Mars

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: John Castello
School: Mars
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Castello made the winning basket with seven seconds left to give Mars a 51-49 win against Class AAA No. 1 Ambridge in the championship game of the Mars tournament Saturday. Castello, a 6-foot-5 junior, is the top returning player for a Mars team that could be among the best in Class AAA. As a sophomore, Castello averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds per game and was named all-section. He also plays defensive end and tight end for the Mars football team.


Hockey: Mars on seven-game win streak

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Since a 6-4 loss to Deer Lakes Oct. 13, Mars has been unbeatable, winning seven games by a combined score of 56-13.

A key has been the play of the defense, which is tied for second in the league in fewest goals allowed with 21. Goaltender Tyler Spreng is 8-1 with a 2.33 goals against average and has an experienced blue-line in front of him, led by Ian Houk-Graves and Michael McCann.

Offensively, Kyle Thomas is leading the way with a team-best 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists). Keaton Hanna (12 goals, seven assists), Paul Maust (11 goals, seven assists) and Beau Heakins (10 goals, six assists) have also played large roles in helping the Planets rank second in Class A in goals scored with 68.

In a matchup of the past seven PIHL Class A Penguins Cup winners, Mars and Quaker Valley will faceoff tonight at 8 p.m. at Bladerunners Warrendale. 


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)