Football: Montour's McGowan chooses California (Pa.)

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Gary Dunn will be entering his second season as the head coach at California University of Pa., and the native of Pittsburgh is making sure he is locking up his own territory.


On Tuesday, Dunn received another commit from one of the top defenders in the WPIAL.


Montour’s Zach McGowan announced on Twitter that he will be spending the next four years of his playing career as a Vulcan, competing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).


The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior played middle linebacker for the Spartans, helping them advance to the playoffs every year he was there.


McGowan also had an impact on offense, rushing 69 times for 312 yards and two touchdowns.



Football: Montour's Colliers commits to Clarion

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Montour’s Cameron Colliers spent his time as a Spartan holding down the top receivers in the WPIAL. Now he will be asked to do the same at the next level.


On Sunday, Colliers announced his commitment to Clarion University on Twitter. The Golden Eagles compete at the Division II level in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).


The 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior is a 3-year letterwinner and captain for the Spartans. He made first team all-conference as a defensive back as a senior. He also was a recipient of the Positive Athlete of Pittsburgh award for the best student-athletes and the Best of the Batch Awards.


Colliers was also the second leading receiver for the Spartans this past year with 15 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns.



Football: Macek stays close to home, commits to Duquesne

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Duquesne football got another commit from Montour with Roman Macek announcing Wednesday on Twitter that he will become a member of the Dukes family. Other Montour graduates who are enrolled or recently graduated from Duquesne include Dillon Buechel and Tom Sylvester.


Buechel was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Dukes. Sylvester will be a sophomore receiver this upcoming year for Duquesne.


The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Macek played defensive end and offensive guard for the Spartans. He was recruited as a defensive tackle, where he did most of his damage in high school.


In his senior season, Macek recorded 62 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks. Macek was a two-way player for three seasons and was named first team all-conference for his junior and senior seasons.


Duquesne competes in the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.


“During my official visit, I had that home feel and felt like I fit right in with the other players,” Macek said. ”The coaching staff at Duquesne is full of great coaches. Coach Papley (defensive line) is an awesome coach and an even better person.”


Macek is also a member of the Montour wrestling and track and field teams. He has a career record of 98-26 and is 18-0 this year. He is a section champion.


In track and field, he throws shotput and discus and qualified for the WPIALs.


Macek has nine career letters which qualifies him for the AW Wall of Fame at Montour.



Hockey: Montour remains in the middle of the pack

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Montour had a tremendous opportunity to send the Class 1A West Division on its ear with a win Monday against first place Chartiers Valley.

Instead the Spartans (7-5-0) stayed vulnerable and in the middle of the pack with a 5-3 loss to the Colts.

And it wasn't even that close as Montour spotted Chartiers Valley a 4-0 lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before the team scored three goals in 3:19 to make it close.

Things don't get any easier for the Spartans, but they can still distance themselves from the bottom of the pack. To do so, they will need a win Monday on the road at South Fayette (8-5-0), which is beginning to heat up for a stretch run. The Lions have won four in a row.