Alumni Update - Anna McNurlen (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Akron, Oh. -  Clarion junior Gabriella Schaffer (Jr. Reading), senior Anna McNurlen swam NCAA "B" cut times onMcNurlen Clarion Sunday night leading the Golden Eagle Women's Swimming and Diving team to fifth place team finish at the Zippy Invitational hosted by Akron University.


Held at the Ocasek Natatorium, Akron won the team title with 1734 points, Illinois State was second with 1615, Marshall third with 1595, Bloomsburg fourth at 977 and Clarion fifth with 880 points. Ten teams participated.  


McNurlen, a McGuffey graduate, placed fourth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.87, also an NCAA "B" cut time.

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Girls Basketball: McGuffey prepares for a step up in class

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the McGuffey girls basketball team.

"A new challenge awaits the McGuffey High School girls basketball team this season as it moves up to Class AAA.

Luckily for the Highlanders, they will be armed with one of the WPIAL's top players in senior Sammie Weiss.

Weiss is already the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,651 points. A 5-foot-11 guard, Weiss averaged 23.4 points per game last season, tops in Class AA and No. 3 among the entire WPIAL. She was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press.

She topped 30 points on three occasions last season and scored 20 points or more 21 times."



Football: South Feature Athlete - McGuffey's James Duchi

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: James Duchi
High School: McGuffey
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: Duchi rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns to lead McGuffey to a 34-14 win against Waynesburg last Friday. Duchi has had an outstanding season for the Highlanders, rushing for 1,160 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns. Two weeks ago in a 35-0 win against Burgettstown, Duchi became the 61st player in WPIAL history to rush for 4,000 career yards. McGuffey (7-1, 6-1) can claim a share of the Interstate Conference should it win this week against visiting Washington (8-0, 7-0). The Highlanders have not won a conference title since 1994, also the year they won their last WPIAL championship.