Girls Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Mars' Sabrina Edwards

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Sabrina Edwards
High School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Edwards is a returning starter for the Mars girls soccer team. Edwards has been starting since her sophomore year when the Planets won a WPIAL Class AA title. In her career she has never lost a section game. Edwards is also a team captain and the leading scorer on the team with 15 goals. She is one of only two seniors on the roster.


Golf: Mars freshman in final pairing at WPIAL Class AAA girls final

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mars High freshman Natalie Walsh showed that she is one of the top golfers in the WPIAL as she fired a 2-under-par round of 70 at the Section 1-AAA qualifier held at Blackhawk Golf Course.

On Monday, at the WPIAL Class AAA girls championship at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo, Walsh will tee off in the final threesome at 10:12 a.m. along with two stellar golfers, Central Valley junior Maddy McDanel and Lauren Waller, a Canon-McMillan senior who is the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion.

Waller shot a even-par round of 70 to win her Section 4-AAA qualifier by a six-stroke margin. McDanel's 72 netted her runner-up honors at the Section 1 qualifier, two strokes behind Walsh.

There are plenty of other North-area golfers competing at the 30-player event. They include Mars junior Bridget Merton, who is teeing off in the 10:04 a.m. group along with Hampton junior Marissa Balish.


Boys Soccer: After strong first half, Mars wary

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Mars boys soccer team.

"They made the first half of the section schedule look easy, now the Mars Area boys soccer team is well aware the second half will be anything but easy.

The Planets swept the first half of Section 1-AA, winning all seven games and not conceding a goal. They outscored Deer Lakes, Kittanning, Shady Side Academy, Highlands, West Shamokin, Freeport and Knoch by a combined 48-0.

Sprinkled among the section wins were non-section wins against Hampton and Gateway. Overall, Mars has only conceded one goal all season in a 4-1 win against Gateway.

But taking a closer look, the second half of section play, that was scheduled to begin Tuesday against Deer Lakes, could be quite a challenge for Mars to stay perfect."



Alumni Update - Christian Locher (Grove City)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's golf team fielded a pair of five-man teams for its seven-team Fall Invitational onLocher GC Wednesday afternoon at the Grove City Country Club.

The Grove City "Red" team finished second with a 318, just one stroke behind team champion Saint Vincent's 317, while the "Black" team finished fifth in the seven-team field with a 346.

Senior Christian Locher, a Mars graduate, finished his day one stroke over par with a 73 to earn medalist honors by two strokes over Saint Vincent's Jake Reed. With the victory, Locher has now earned medalist honors in four consecutive home invitationals.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Boys Soccer: Everyone chasing Mars in Section 2-AA

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A third-place finisher in the section a year ago, Mars finds itself on the top of the heap in Section 2-AA, halfway through the section schedule. Mars went a perfect seven for seven through the first half of the schedule, including a 1-0 win over Shady Side Academy, the defending section champion. The Planets (9-0, 7-0) have a one-game lead over the Indians (7-2, 6-1). Also battling for postseason spots in the section are Knoch (6-3, 4-2), Freeport (6-3, 4-3) and Deer Lakes (7-4, 3-4).

"The Knoch game was a huge win for us because we know that Knoch and Shady Side Academy are very good teams and to build a little bit of a cushion to start is huge," Mars coach Chris Knauff said. "The Knoch and Shady Side games were very close, and the Freeport game was too, they played a very smart game against us. They were very strong defensively and they counter attacked. They were dangerous going forward. They had chances to score, we were on our heels a couple of times. I think the section has been interesting."