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Boys Soccer: McGuffey hoping to keep momentum

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

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

Written by Brad Everett on .

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."

 

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McGuffey 2013 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Coach Ed Dalton helped engineer an impressive turnaround in his first season as McGuffey's coach.

His second year could reap even more dividends.

The Highlanders had gone winless the season prior to Dalton arriving, but they went 5-5 last fall, narrowly missing out on a spot in the postseason. The Highlanders won three of their final four games.

Offensively, the Highlanders return nine starters. They have one of the best running back tandems in Class AA with James Duchi (6-0, 201, Jr.) and senior Patrick Frey (5-11, 205, Sr.). Duchi rushed for 1,514 yards last season (fifth best in Class AA) and scored 12 touchdowns. Frey transferred from Trinity, where he rushed for 940 yards and nine touchdowns.