Girls Lacrosse: Bernard steps down as North Allegheny coach

Written by Joe Koch on .

Kendra Bernard, who was hired in January to succeed Shannon Hadaway as the girls lacrosse coach at North Allegheny High School, has resigned for personal reasons, according to Bob Bozzuto, the school's athletic director.

"She resigned for personal reasons," Bozzuto said of Bernard, who was succeeded by Emily Camerota and Chris Omasits. Prior to this move, Omasits was the junior varsity head coach and a varsity assistant coach. Camerota was hired as a varsity assistant coach.

"(Omasits and Camerota) will assume the responsibilities this year," Bozzuto said. "Right now, they are in charge."

Bernard did not respond to email or telephone requests for a comment.


Wrestling: North Allegheny coach is stepping down

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Jamie Kyriazis, who recently stepped down as North Allegheny's wrestling coach. Read his story below.

When Jamie Kyriazis made his return to North Allegheny in 2000, the 1990 Tigers alumnus thought he would be serving as an assistant to George DeAugustino.

"Shortly after I was hired, George stepped down as head coach and I was promoted to head coach before we held our first official practice. The rest is history," said Kyriazis, after coaching his final match March 15 at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic.

"I've been thinking about retiring for a couple years. It was a lot of little things that led to this decision, not one big thing. It was a very tough decision, but it's time. It's the right decision."

Kyriazis steps down at age 42 after 15 seasons at North Allegheny. The Tigers posted a 217-68 record during his tenure and qualified for the WPIAL team tournament all 15 years. He led the Tigers to 12 outright section titles and two shared titles. He also led North Allegheny to the WPIAL title match in 2012 before losing to powerhouse Canon-McMillan.


Alumni Update - Vince Tonzo (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA, Pa. - The Saint Vincent track team opened up its outdoor season at the California University of Pennsylvania Early BirdTonzo SVC Invitational. SVC was led by several strong individual performances at the meet.

On the men's side, the Bearcats had two individuals take the top spot in their respective events.

Sophonore Vince Tonzo, a North Allegheny graduate, took the top spot in the 800 Meter Run, finishing with a time of 1:55.57.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - Jen Bahm (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Jen Bahm posted at least one hit in all six games (4-2) last week to run her current hitting streak to nine games, and totaled three hitsBahm WJ against both Allegheny and Calvin.


She finished the week hitting .600 (12-for-20) with four doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored.


She had the Presidents' lone RBI vs top-ranked Tufts and against Hamilton she finished with a double and two RBIs.

The Mt. Lebanon graduate earned PAC Hitter of the Week for her performance.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Katie Guarnaccia (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- The first-ever outdoor track and field meet in the history of Point Park University was Saturday at the Cal U Early Bird Meet.

The Pioneers were represented well on the women's side with the highlight being Katie Guarnaccia winning the 5,000 meters by 39 seconds over the rest of the field.

Guarnaccia, a freshman from North Allegheny High School, raced to a time of 18:39, and the second-place finisher came in at 19:18.

Guarnaccia led from start to finish and was lapping other competitors early on in the race. It highlighted the day for the Point Park women.