Wrestling: Moon wrestler overcomes brain surgery

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Moon wrestler Nathan Barcaskey. Read his story below.

2016 0205 Moon Wrestling(Photo: Nathan Barcaskey of Moon Area controls Rasaun Culberson of South Fayette in the 220-pound final at the Allegheny County Tournament. Barcaskey stopped Culberson, 9-1, to win the title. Susan Wentzel/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

At the age of 12, Nathan Barcaskey was told by doctors that he would never wrestle again after having brain surgery.

"In seventh grade, I was diagnosed with a disease called moyamoya," said Barcaskey, a senior at Moon Area High School, referring to a disease in which certain arteries in the brain are constricted.

"It was a lack of blood flow to the left side of my brain. I had to have corrective surgery to fix it."

Barcaskey was a member of Moon's junior high wrestling team at the time.


Hockey: West Feature Athlete – Moon senior Luke James

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Luke James

School: Moon

Grade: 12

Sport: Hockey


Background: Was selected to play in the PIHL Class AA all-star gameon Sunday at Brady’s Run Recreational Complex. Is the leading scorer for the Tigers with 15 goals and 28 points. Has scored goals in his last four games and has six goals and nine points in that time. Had a hat trick in an early-season game against Chartiers Valley.


Swimming: West Feature Athlete - Moon's John Morton

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: John Morton
High School: Moon
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: The Moon boys swim team is led by seniors John Morton and Andrew Morgan. Morton swam all three relays last year for Moon at WPIALs: 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. Individually he qualified for WPIALs in the 100 breaststroke, where he finished 16th. With more depth and versatility on the team this season, Morton will likely be able to swim two individual events and two relays at WPIAL.


Hockey: Moon preparing for grueling finishing schedule

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It might be four weeks away, but Moon has a date scheduled with Mars for first place in the Class AA Western Conference title on Feb. 22.


Before that happens, though, The Tigers have three games remaining, all against potential PIHL Class AA playoff teams.


Moon will start its run through potential postseason foes on Thursday, when the Tigers will take on a Baldwin team that handed them a 4-2 loss on Oct. 26. They also lost to one of their other three opponents, Bishop Canevin, 6-4, on Nov. 5.


In its last game, Moon (12-4-2) rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Quaker Valley with a 7-2 win over Chartiers Valley. The Tigers got two goals from Nicholas Hart in the win while goaltender Ryan Durkin stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced for the win.


Alumni Update - Umar Moore (Bethany)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Umar Moore helped lead the Bison to a third-place team finish at Saturday’s Otterbein Invitational by winning the tripleMoore Bethany jump with a jump of 45 feet, 4.50 inches.

He also recorded a third-place finish in the long jump (21-08).

The Moon graduate earned PAC Field Athlete of the Week for his performance. 


(photo courtesy of Bethany College)