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Wrestling: McGuffey stands tall among the big boys

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the McGuffey wrestling team. Read his story below.

2016 0115 McGuffey Wrestling(Photo: McGuffey's Gage Nicolella, top, advanced to the finals at the Tri-County Wrestling Tournament. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The eighth annual Tri-County Wrestling Tournament, held Saturday at Albert Gallatin High School, was dominated by Class AAA schools. Five of the top six finishers were Class AAA squads.

The only Class AA squad to finish among the top six was McGuffey. The Highlanders placed fourth behind Class AAA powerhouses Canon-McMillan, Waynesburg and Trinity.

"We had a few guys who could have placed higher, but overall I'm very pleased with our performance," McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey said. "We had eight kids place [among the top six in their weight class]. That shows good balance in our lineup."

Caffrey had two wrestlers advance to the finals, but both had to settle for a silver medal.

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - McGuffey vs. Central Valley (Dec. 5)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

McGuffey and Central Valley meet in the second round of the Montour Girls Basketball Tip Off Tournament, Saturday, December 5, 2015.  Play was energetic and highly competitive with Central Valley getting their second win of the season defeating McGuffey 60-46.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Golf: McGuffey making some noise

Written by Joe Koch on .

Burgettstown has been one of the more consistent teams in boys golf, first as a member of Division II in the WPIAL, and after the district realigned golf into Class AAA and Class AA, the Blue Devils were a solid competitor in the smaller schools classification.

This year, the Blue Devils are facing a strong challenge from a neighboring school.

At the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association Championship at Village Green Golf Course last month, the McGuffey Highlanders won the Class AA team title with a score of 433, while Burgettstown was second with a score of 436.

The two teams played again this past Wednesday in a dual match, and there was a little more separation between the two teams as McGuffey had a team total of 207, and Burgettstown had a round of 221.

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McGuffey 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

In one way, McGuffey had a gift and a curse on its hands last season. The gift was James Duchi, who finished his stellar career with more than 4,000 yards rushing. The curse? Well, the Highlanders now face the challenge of replacing him.

The Highlanders are coming off a 7-3 season which saw them place third in the Interstate Conference. The win total was the program's highest since 2009.

Coach Ed Dalton believes this team can be just as good, if not better. Five starters return on both sides of the ball, and Dalton said the depth is the best he has had in his four seasons. Aiding the Highlanders is the fact they play their first four conference games at home. Last season, their first four were on the road.

There are four new starters on the offensive line, but most of the skill players are back. Leading the way are Marcus Czulewicz (6-2, 195, Jr., QB-DB), Shaun Sanders (6-0, 195, Sr., WR-DB) and Nick Haynes (6-2, 205, Sr., WR-DB). Dalton said Czulewicz "has all the tools to be a great one," and added "this is possibly the best receiving group I have ever coached." As for filling Duchi's void, the Highlanders will turn to Adam Townsend (5-11, 180, So., RB-LB) and Spencer Gillispie (5-10, 180, Jr., RB-DE).

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Baseball: McGuffey looking for improvement

Written by Brad Everett on .

It's been 11 years since McGuffey last finished with a winning record. And while recent history suggests the Highlanders will fall well short again this season, improvement is not out of the question.

New coach Scott Henson takes over a program that has struggled mightily over the past decade. Since going 8-6 and reaching the playoffs in 2004, the Highlanders have won more than four games just once. They've had two winless seasons and two one-win seasons in that span. Last season, the Highlanders finished 1-13.

But one would think McGuffey's fortunes will take a turn for the best at some point. Who knows, maybe it will be this season.

The Highlanders will have to do it with a young lineup, however. Pitcher-infielder Matt Chambers is the lone senior. A promising junior class includes infielders Dan Orr, Dakota Wilkinson and Bryce Roscoe, outfielders Joe Townsend and Shawn Sanders, infielder-outfielder Jared Whirlow, and pitcher-infielder Trey Belleville.