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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.

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Boys Soccer: McGuffey fighting for playoff spot

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

McGuffey earned the first playoff win in school history last year when it knocked off Quaker Valley in the opening round of the Class AAA WPIAL playoffs.

This year, the Highlanders are in a dogfight to reach the postseason.

With record of 6-6 overall and 5-4 in Section 6-AA, McGuffey is tied with Laurel Highlands for the final playoff spot in the division with three games to play. If both teams end the season tied, they'll each qualify for the playoffs.

Coincidentally, they'll meet in their final section game of the season on Oct. 7, a game that could have everything on the line.

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Boys Soccer: McGuffey hoping to keep momentum

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McGuffey scored an important first in 2013, notching its first playoff win. With a solid start, the 2014 version of the Highlanders look capable of at least equaling what they accomplished last year.

Led by junior midfielder Aaron Harris, McGuffey has jumped out to a quick start in the section with a pair of shutout victories over Uniontown and Ringgold by a combined score of 15-0.

Though 1-2 in non-section play, the two losses came against Class AAA power Canon-McMillan and 2013 WPIAL Class AA finalist South Fayette, with the latter defeat having been suffered by only a single goal.

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McGuffey 2014 Football Preview

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One of the top running backs in Class AA will try to carry McGuffey into the playoffs after the Highlanders fell short the past two seasons.

Senior James Duchi (6-0, 201) rushed for 2,579 yards the previous two years, including 1,065 yards and 11 touchdowns a season ago. He'll be counted on even more this season due to the graduation of all-conference performer Patrick Frey, who rushed 1,290 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Third-year coach Ed Dalton said he believes the Highlanders have a chance to have an explosive offense. They averaged 30.9 points per game last season en route to a 5-5 record and fifth-place finish in the Century Conference. The Highlanders are now in the Interstate Conference, along with Washington, Mount Pleasant and Charleroi.

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2014 South Female Athlete of the Year - McGuffey's Sammie Weiss

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette South Female Athlete of the Year, McGuffey's Sammie Weiss.

"When it comes to garnering the athletic attention of the greater Pittsburgh area, McGuffey athletic programs often face an uphill climb.

A mid-sized school district in rural Washington County, McGuffey is about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh. The school has rarely been known as an athletic hotbed.

Over the past three years, however, some athletic programs at the high school, specifically the girls basketball and softball teams, have been garnering some attention.

The softball team has reached the WPIAL playoffs three consecutive seasons, winning at least 14 games each year and reaching the district quarterfinals twice."