Boys Tennis: Mount Pleasant duo is bound for PIAA tournament

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Keith Barnes profiles the Mount Pleasant boys tennis team.

"It hasn't been an easy month for Mount Pleasant junior Noah Cenkner.

After losing to top-seeded and eventual champion Luke Phillips in the WPIAL Class AA tennis singles semifinals, the 29th-ranked junior in the state looked forward to playing California's John Monroe in the third-place consolation match. Not only would a win have meant a trip to the PIAA Class AA singles finals at Hershey Racquet Club on May 22-23, it would have been a better finish than what happened when the two squared off in the Section 1 final when Cenkner had to concede the match because of injury leading, 6-2, 2-5.

In an ironic twist, history repeated itself and the Vikings No. 1 player had to beg off the WPIAL consolation match on the morning of the event because of illness. Walking away meant that Monroe earned the WPIAL's final spot for the state tournament and would play the District 6 champion in the opening round.

"I woke up that morning with a fever and I couldn't even get out of bed that day," Cenkner said. "That was really disappointing for me.""



Boys Tennis: Cenkner looking for another chance to make states

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Noah Cenkner will have another opportunity to qualify for the PIAA Class AA finals in Hershey on May 22-23.


Only this time it won’t be in singles.


Cenkner, who was forced to withdraw from the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament because of an ailment, paired with Alex Temple and breezed past Ryan Hartz and Jake Robbins of Brownsville, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Section 1 doubles titleon Tuesday.


The top four finishers in each section qualify for the WPIAL Class AA tournament, which will open Monday at Shady Side Academy and wrap up with finals and consolations on Tuesday at Norwin.


Cenkner had made it to the WPIAL semifinals where he lost to eventual champion Luke Phillips of Carlynton. He would have played California’s John Monroe, against whom he also retired while leading 6-2, 2-5, in the second set of the section singles finals.


Boys Tennis: Illness prevents Mt. Pleasant’s Cenkner from playing third-place match

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Noah Cenkner had an opportunity to earn the third and final slot in the PIAA Class AA tournament on Wednesday.

All he had to do was beat California sophomore John Monroe, the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL bracket, who was upset by Sewickley Academy’s Sam Sauter in the semifinals.

Showing up probably would have been a plus as well.

Cenkner notified the WPIAL that he would be unable to compete in the Class AA third-place match against Monroe because of illness. That gave the Trojans their first player in the boys state finals since Sarah Shashura won the WPIAL title in 2010.

Mount Pleasant has not had state tennis qualifier since David Cenkner in 2011.


Baseball: Mount Pleasant on the wrong end of some tight games

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Mount Pleasant has just a 2-5 overall record and is 1-1 in section play, but the Vikings have been been very competitive in just about all of their games.

Four of the Vikings' five losses have come by a combined nine runs. They lost to Brownsville, 4-2; Penn-Trafford, 10-7; Connellsville, 10-7; and Class AAA Section 2 rival Greensburg Salem, 4-3. Their only lopsided defeat came in their last game against Neshannock, 14-1.

Coach Tom Hudzema, who is in his seventh season, has guided the Vikings to wins against section foe Kittanning (8-2) and California (18-8).

Mount Pleasant is led by junior catcher Brandon Leeder, junior first baseman-pitcher Jared Kristoff, junior second baseman-shortstop Joe Loughner, junior shortstop-pitcher Jeremy Paul and sophomore third baseman-catcher-pitcher Jason Beranek.


Swimming: Mount Pleasant girl has her eyes on a title

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Keith Barnes profiles Mount Pleasant swimmer Fallon Nelson.

"Mount Pleasant senior Fallon Nelson has gone through all the prep work to win a WPIAL Class AA individual swimming title.

"You don't really think about it, but you just have to do it," Nelson said. "I was probably swimming around 7,000 yards a day during the height of the season and I had morning practices with 4,000 yards in the morning and another 7,000 after school at night, so it was like being a college swimmer."

Nelson plans on swimming in college, but she's not ready to make an announcement. Before that, though, she has to complete her high school career and will compete in the two-day WPIAL Class AA championship meet beginning today at Pitt's Trees Pool.

Nelson has had several solid performances at the WPIAL meet and has stood on the podium several times. What she has never done is climbed to the very top and claimed a gold medal as a champion."