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Swimming: Mount Pleasant boys led by returning relay qualifiers

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The Mt. Pleasant boys swimming team will lean heavily on its returning WPIAL qualifiers this season. Small schools can often be impacted by the loss of numerous WPIAL qualifiers, of course they can just as easily be positively impacted by returning WPIAL qualifiers. The Vikings top relay last season featured Dylan Ringer, Adam Patula, Zachary Remaley and Cole Dombrosky. All but Ringer return this year. Patula and Remaley are seniors while Dombrosky is a sophomore. The team is coached by Sandy Felice.

Dombrosky is one of the top distance freestylers on the team. He finished just outside of the top ten in the 200 freestyle at WPIALs last season, taking 11th place. In the longer distance event, the 500 freestyle, Dombrosky took tenth place. Junior Gavin Swartz was another WPIAL qualifier last season. He swam on the 12th-place 200 freestyle relay with Patula, Ringer and Dombrosky. Senior Jacob Hostetler also qualified for WPIALs on a relay, swimming the 400 freestyle relay with the since graduated Noah Chovanec and Swartz and Patula.

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Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete – Mt. Pleasant’s Brooke Lazur

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Name: Brooke Lazur
School: Mt. Pleasant
Grade: 12
Sport: Tennis

Background: Lazur led Mt. Pleasant as the No. 1 singles players this year as the Vikings finished 7-3 in Section 1-AA under first-year head coach Allison Homulka. Mt. Pleasant qualified for the Class AAA WPIAL team tournament.

Mt. Pleasant coach Allison Homulka: "She's a very good player and has a lot of tennis talent. She's quick, has a good serve and works very hard."

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Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant goes on a roll

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Stephen Catanese profiles the Mount Pleasant boys soccer team.

"Down on their luck and in a precarious position in Section 1-AA, something seemingly clicked for the Mount Pleasant boys soccer team after Sept. 16.

It was on the 16th that the Vikings fell at Burrell, 3-1, dropping their record to 2-2 in Section 1-AA and 3-3 overall.

Looking at what was rapidly becoming an uphill battle to even qualify for the playoffs for the second season in a row, seventh-year coach Floyd Snyder's side made a couple of adjustments — tactically and, perhaps more importantly, mentally.

"We have a group of seniors realize it was their last go-round and picked their play up," he said. "They really turned it on the last half of the season.""

 

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Football: Mount Pleasant standout putting up big numbers

Written by Brad Everett on .

When Mount Pleasant coach Bo Ruffner calls a running play for Trevor Salopek, he likely knows a big gain will directly follow.

It doesn't take Salopek many carries to rack up big yardage. In his past two games – both Mount Pleasant wins – Salopek has carried the ball nine times for 366 yards and five touchdowns. In a 71-14 rout of Charleroi last week, Salopek had four carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and added a touchdown reception. A week earlier in a 40-0 win against Brownsville, Salopek had five carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

Salopek, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior, has rushed for 758 yards on 43 carries this season. That's an average of 17.6 yards per carry. He leads Mount Pleasant with 14 touchdowns.

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Boys Soccer: Mount Pleasant secures Section 1-AA title

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

After opening the season splitting its first four games in Section 1-AA play, Mount Pleasant went on an eight-game unbeaten run against section opposition and captured its first section title since 2003.

The Vikings (11-5, 10-2) finished ahead of second-place Indiana (14-3, 9-3), along with Burrell (10-6, 8-4) and Southmoreland (9-7, 8-4), who tied for third place.

Burrell and Southmoreland both earned playoff bids as they split their season series.

Impressively, the Vikigns finished the season with a 5-1 mark against the three teams finishing right behind them.