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Swimming: Moon looking to find wins in brutal Section 2-AAA

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Wins are often tough to come by in Section 2-AAA, a dominant section of large schools headlined by North Allegheny. Moon is the smallest school competing in the section that also features Butler, North Hills, Pine Richland, Seneca Valley and Shaler. The Tigers finished 2-10 last season but they qualified five swimmers and one diver for WPIALs. They did not place any points at WPIALs but they did finish fifth at the MAC championships in February.

Coach Zac Gebhardt's top returner is junior Andrew Morgan. A talented distance freestyler, Morgan qualified for WPIALs in the 200 and 500 freestyle last season where he placed 36th and 30th respectively. Joining Morgan is junior Ryan Merow and sophomore Liam Vespignani, two swimmers who qualified for WPIALs as parts of relays last season. Senior diver Mitch Skidmore also returns this season. He reached the WPIAL diving championships a year ago.

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Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Moon's Maddy O'Shea

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Name: Maddy O'Shea
School: Moon
Sport: Girls Basketball:
Grade: 12
Position: Forward

Background Info: Maddy is a two-year starter and is one of the Tigers' four co-captains. She is averaging 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals per game. Maddy is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

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Girls Basketball: Moon hopes for a healthy lineup soon

Written by Joe Koch on .

Four games into the season, Moon is sporting a 1-3 record with at least one key player hoping to begin her season soon.

Junior forward Megan Toomer is perhaps days away from being cleared to play following ankle surgery in September.

"She's an extremely important part of this team," said Moon coach Doug Saklad. "She was hoping to play (last week against Mt, Lebanon in the Section 4-AAAA opener), and she's close to being able to play. Her doctor has cleared her, but she needs to be cleared by physical therapy. We're hoping for her to come back against Peters Township (on Dec. 22), it not sooner. That's our last section game before the holidays."

Along with regional rival West Allegheny, Moon moved up to Class AAAA this year, and the Tigers along with the Indians have been placed in Section 4-AAAA.

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Swimming: Moon bolstered by returning WPIAL qualifiers

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Moon won only two meets last season, but the Tigers did have a lot of individual success and this season they return a lot of individual talent. Senior Peter Jackson and juniors Andrew Morgan and Ryan Merow headline the returnees. Morgan is the top distance freestyler on the team. He qualified for WPIALs in both distance freestyle events, the 200 and 500 freestyle. Coach Zac Gebhardt will have to replace Connor Evans, Tyler Logue and Mason Prickett who all qualified for WPIALs last season but also have graduated. Moon did not score any points at WPIALs last season but the Tigers did finish fifth at the MAC championships. With senior diver Mitch Skidmore returning also, Moon has a very good chance to get on the scoreboard this year at WPIALs.

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Hockey: Tigers record signature win over Armstrong

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Moon has been one of the top teams in Class AA this season, but for the most part the Tigers were beating up on teams well below them in the standings.

 

Last week, though, Moon (7-2-1) threw down the gauntlet that it is a team to contend with as it came away with a stunning, 4-2, come-from-behind victory against traditional powerhouse Armstrong.

 

Luke James scored two goals, including a shorthanded tally early in the second period to give Moon its first lead of the game. He later added an empty-net goal to close it out for goaltender Ryan Durkin, who made 19 saves to pick up the win.

 

Though this was a signature type of victory, Moon has another challenge tonight when it hosts Hampton (6-1-1) at the Airport Ice Arena.