Boys Soccer: Monessen captures Section 4-A crown

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Monessen (14-1-1, 10-1-1) capped off an impressive season with a flourish, winning its final six games and capturing the Section 4-A title in the process.

Monessen last captured the section title in 2010, before being upset in the first round of the playoffs by Neshannock.

This year, the Greyhounds will believe – and rightly so – that they're capable of more.

Monessen suffered only one loss over the course of the season, a surprising defeat at the hands of California.


Boys Soccer: Monessen passes test

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Monessen's flying high in Section 4-A so far with a 4-0 record in section play to go with a 5-0 mark overall. Perhaps the most important of the Greyhounds' victories was a 2-1 win over Beth-Center on Monday.

Last season, Beth-Center captured the section title with Monessen finishing in second place. Beth-Center won both games against the Greyhounds en route to the title.

Monessen's early-season victory puts it in pole position in Section 4-A. But the Greyhounds have little time to rest with their second game in two nights coming tonight on the road at Bentworth.

If there has been a key to Monessen's early season run, it has been an impressive defense that's only allowed three goals in five games. Overall, Monessen has outscored its opponents, 26-3.


Monessen 2014 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

When a team loses 13 seniors from a Class A football team, some may think that the following season could be a problematic one.

That might be true for some teams, but not for Monessen. Coming off a 10-2 season that saw the Greyhounds reach the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals, coach Andy Pacak said his team's goals are the same every year.

"We don't set out to make the playoffs," said Pacak, who is entering his 11th season as the team's coach. "We expect to win the [Eastern Conference], win the WPIAL and win the state championship. We're going to be a team that has quality, but not much quantity."

When practice started, the Greyhounds had 30 players in camp. But, as Pacak noted, there is plenty of quality on both sides of the ball.


Boys Basketball: Monessen falls short

Written by Brad Everett on .

Monessen stormed out of the gates to take a 7-0 lead against Lincoln Park last Friday in the WPIAL Class A boys championship. When Monessen coach Joe Salvino was asked after the game about the final outcome, he couldn't help but show a little humor.

"I know that if we would have quit after the seven-point lead we would have been fine," he said.

For Monessen, it turned out to be no walk in the park against Lincoln Park. The much-taller and more-talented Leopards had their way on the inside and outside, and went on to throttle Monessen, 85-41. The margin of victory was the largest in WPIAL Class A history.