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Lacrosse: North Allegheny has plenty of talent returning

Written by Joe Koch on .

North Allegheny would very much have liked a long playoff run following the Tigers' 9-7 victory over Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Division 1 championship game at Highmark Stadium on May 27.

But those dreams were dashed when the Tigers saw their 13-9 season end with a 10-9 overtime loss to District 3 runner-up Manheim Township in a PIAA first-round game on June 1.

But as the sticks and equipment were put away for the season, the Tigers could reflect on a season where they bounced back from a midseason three-game losing streak to win seven of their last 10 games.

Following a 9-8 overtime loss to Pine-Richland in the section finale, North Allegheny bounced back to win four games in a row before their season ended with the loss to Manheim Township.

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Alumni Update - Brandon Bergstrom (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

ERIE, Pa. - The Penn State Behrend baseball team announced their team awards Wednesday, after finishing theirBergstrom PSUB season runners-up in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships with a 30-18 overall record.

Brandon Bergstrom, a North Allegheny graduate, was awarded the Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive play during the season. In his 83 total chances in conference play, he committed only one error to post a .988 fielding percentage, the fourth-best percentage for any player with more than 80 chances. Bergstrom was first in the conference in assists with 62 during conference play and second overall with 167 all season.

 

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)

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Track: Point Park sophomore using disappointing finish as inspiration

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles North Allegheny graduate Katie Guarnaccia, who is now a track and field standout at Point Park.

"Sophomore Katie Guarnaccia competed in the 10,000-meter run zero times for the Point Park women's team during the regular season. And yet there she was May 26 in Gulf Shores, Ala., challenging the elite in her division at the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

This North Allegheny graduate was hard to miss, too, her nose piercing and tattoos announcing her presence, and eccentricities, at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.

"I don't try to send any messages," said Guarnaccia, a future filmmaker as a cinema production major. "It's just who I am. I go out there to compete."

That she placed 11th out of 14, missing out on a coveted top-eight finish that would have garnered All-American honors, did nothing to diminish Guarnaccia's unique journey."

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Alumni Update - Anthony Peluso (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Two members of the Seton Hill men's lacrosse program have been selected to play in the 75th United States Intercollegiate LacrossePeluso SHU Association/Nike DI/II North-South game. The two seniors are attack Erik Hultgren and faceoff specialist Anthony Peluso.

Last season Peluso, a North Allegheny graduate, was a third team USILA All American along with being a first team All ECAC selection and an ECAC All Tournament Team member.  

Peluso played in the final 8 games of the regular season. He was 115-189 in faceoffs (.608). Peluso added 35 ground balls.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Boys Tennis: North Allegheny tandem comes up short at PIAA tournament

Written by Keith Barnes on .

North Allegheny's doubles team of Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann was seven points away from making history.

They won the first set of their PIAA Class AAA championship match against Joe and Matt DeMarco of Cathedral Prep and only had to win a second-set tiebreaker to bring home their second consecutive title as a team and the third in a row for Isaacs.

Only it didn't go down that way.

Instead, the Ramblers won the second-set tiebreaker, 7-1, then took the deciding third set, 6-3, to give Cathedral Prep their first state doubles title since Alex Brzozowski and Mario Nicolia won it all in 2012.