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.


Girls Basketball: Magical ride ends for McGuffey

Written by Joe Koch on .

The 2014-15 season contained some terrific moments for the McGuffey High girls basketball team.

On a wintry January night, senior standout Sammie Weiss achieved a feat accomplished by few as her driving layup and ensuing free throw resulted in her scoring her 2,000th point in a 74-40 Section 5-AAA victory over Quaker Valley.

Other honors were achieved when the Highlanders qualified for the WPIAL playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals where they lost to Elizabeth Forward, 67-51.

That relegated McGuffey to the PIAA Class AAA play-in round where they earned solid victories over South Park, 74-59, Trinity, 68-59 and South Fayette, 59-46.


Girls Basketball: Rally tells tale for McGuffey

Written by Joe Koch on .

As Rachel Czulewicz sees it, the McGuffey High girls basketball team has become quite familiar with come-from-behind rallies.

"This is the third time we've done that," she said after the Highlanders rallied from an early 11-point deficit to earn a 59-46 victory over section rival South Fayette in a first-round PIAA game played this past Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

The victory puts the 20-8 Highlanders into a second-round game against West Perry, the No. 4 team from District 3, on Wednesday Altoona at 6 p.m. The victory was the first PIAA tournament victory in McGuffey High girls basketball history.

The win gives the Highlanders the season series as they split with the Lions during the regular season.


Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Sammie Weiss, McGuffey

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Name: Sammie Weiss
School: McGuffey
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Sammie is a four-year starter who is a captain on this year's team. She surpassed the 2,000-point barrier this past Thursday night when she scored 26 points in a 74-40 Highlanders' victory over Quaker Valley. The total gives her 2,011 points for her career heading into Monday's game with Montour. Sammie is averaging 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She has converted 80 percent of her free-throw attempts. Sammie has signed with California University of Pa. where she will study Business Administration while playing basketball. She earned all-state and all-WPIAL and all-section honors. She has earned Fab Five honors from the Post-Gazette on three occasions. She played softball her first three years of high school, but plans to compete in track and field this spring. Sammie is a member of the National Honor Society and is a member of Teen Action, which is a Community Service organization at McGuffey. She also is a member of McFriends, a McGuffey High organization that works with Special Needs students at McGuffey.


Girls Basketball: McGuffey's Weiss surpasses rare milestone

Written by Joe Koch on .

McGuffey senior standout Sammie Weiss knew this past Thursday's Section 5-AAA game at Quaker Valley would be important for many reasons.

Sure, she was just 15 points away from the milestone that is 2,000 points for a high school career. But a bigger concern was that in the first game held at the Highlanders' gym back on Dec. 11, the Highlanders dropped a 54-52 decision to the Quakers.

"I know I was going for a milestone, but I wanted to win since we lost to them the last time," said Weiss as she accepted congratulations from teammates and well-wishers following the Highlanders' 74-40 victory over the Quakers that featured her surpassing the 2,000-point mark with 1:42 left in the third quarter on an old-fashioned three-point play where she converted a layup and sank the ensuing free throw. "The important thing is that we needed the win."

She led her team with 26 points, and she enters tonight's section home game with Montour with 2,015 points.