Boys Lacrosse: Moon's Pollastro to play in interstate event

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Joe Koch profiles Moon lacrosse player Salvatore Pollastro.

2015 0626 Moon BLacrosse(Photo: Moon Area's Salvatore Pollastro has been selected to play in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic next Monday through Friday at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond, Va. Bob Millorino/Timesmart Images)

"Moon Area High School lacrosse standout Salvatore Pollastro had a solid year for the Tigers boys team that advanced to the first round of the WPIAL Division II tournament last month.

Now, Pollastro, a rising senior midfielder, has the opportunity to showcase his abilities for a greater audience when he and several other WPIAL athletes compete in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic from next Monday through Friday at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond, Va.

"There were two tryouts," said Pollastro, who scored 34 goals and dished out 26 assists for the Tigers during the past season. "There was a tryout in February at Pitt, and then there was a second tryout to pick the state team at Dickinson College in Carlisle on June 6."

Players from three regions of Pennsylvania — West, Central and Eastern — were at the final tryout, and Pollastro said the final roster consists of 20 players."


Alumni Update - Kylie Downs (Slippery Rock)

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – First-year Slippery Rock University women's soccer head coach Jessica Griggs has announced the addition of 10 student-athletes that will join the program for the upcoming 2015 season.


Griggs' first recruiting class at Slippery Rock consists of Emily Aldridge, Sarah Blue, Kylie Downs, Charlotte Elrod, Julianna Esposito, Skye Kramer, Talia Suglia, Taylor Sweeney, Brooke Testa and Mariah Varner.


The deep group is comprised of four student-athletes from Pennsylvania, three from Ohio, two from New York and one from Illinois. The recruiting class joins a Slippery Rock soccer program that has recorded 19 consecutive winning seasons, three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships and nine NCAA Tournament berths.


The Rock's 2015 season starts Sept. 3 with a regional match at Notre Dame College (Ohio) of the Mountain East Conference.

A captain as a senior, Downs guided Moon to a 20-3 record in 2014. For her efforts Downs earned all-section and All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) accolades. As a junior, Downs was also awarded all-section and All-WPIAL recognition in addition to being an all-star selection by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



Football: Moon's new boss set to go

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Drew Karpen profiles new Moon football coach Brendan Hathaway.

"When the high school football season commences, there will be a new face patrolling the sidelines for the Moon Area High School Tigers.

As district coaches get ready for a new season, Moon will welcome Brendan Hathaway to the Western Pennsylvania spotlight.

"I went down to Moon and saw the district and community," Hathaway said. "I am from the Pittsburgh area and it was a great opportunity to coach in the WPIAL, where I grew up."

Hathaway, 36, graduated from Shaler Area High School in 1997. After graduating, Hathaway went to Edinboro University where he played wide receiver. He stayed only one year before he enlisted in the Marines and spent three years as a Leatherneck."



Lacrosse: Moon senior to play in showcase event

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Salvatore Pollastro, who will be entering his senior year this fall at Moon Area High School, will be competing in the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic from June 29 to July 2 at the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va.

Pollastro, a midfielder, is the son of Paul and Alison Pollastro. He was named to the all-WPIAL Division 2 team and the all-section team in Division 2, Section 3. He will be competing for a team that is representing Pennsylvania at the Brine event.


Baseball: Moon limps to finish

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the Moon baseball team.

2015 0515 Moon Baseball(Photo: Brian Casper was a standout at third base for Moon Area this season, batting .412 with a team-high 14 RBIs. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Things just didn't work out this season for Moon Area's baseball team.

One year after advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs following a win in the WPIAL's third-place consolation game, the Tigers failed to qualify for postseason play for the second time in four years.

"It's not that we didn't play well this year," veteran Moon coach Dom Santeufemio said. "We had some guys who could hit the ball well and we had some great pitching, but we just had some bad luck."

Moon completed its regular season with a 12-6 overall record. After opening the year with six consecutive wins, the Tigers struggled during the heart of its section schedule and lost six key games during the month of April before ending up 4-6 in highly competitive Section 1-AAAA."