Alumni Update - Jared Isaacs (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

HARRISONBURG, Va. -James Madison’s Tate Steinour outlasted Dane Bendel at No. 6 singles to clinch aIsaacs Duq 4-3 victory for JMU on Saturday afternoon at the Hillside Courts.


James Madison opened up the match by taking the double point, although the No. 2 team of Tim Kane and Jared Isaacs won their match 7-5.

Isaacs, a North Allegheny graduate, also won his singles match at No. 4.


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)


Girls Basketball: North Allegheny falls in season finale; prospects bright for 2017-18

Written by Joe Koch on .

It was a season of historic proportions for the North Allegheny High girls basketball team.

Even with the 46-35 loss to Boyertown in the first-ever PIAA Class 6A championship game still etched in their collective memory, the Tigers have a lot to look forward to when practice begins next season.

For one thing, just one player graduates from this team. Stony Brook recruit Hailey Zeise was an integral part of the Tigers' team for the entirety of her career. She was, however, the only senior on coach Spencer Stefko's 18-player squad.

North Allegheny was a team that relied on the sum of its parts for its success. None of its players averaged more than 12 points a game, but there was plenty of balance, led by sophomore guard Rachel Martindale, who averaged 12 points a game.


Boys Volleyball: Host Tigers win North Allegheny Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

NA Team xNorth Allegheny opened the boys volleyball season by winning the 16-team North Allegheny Tournament. The Tigers had a 2-1 record in the first round of pool play, then had a 6-0 mark in the second round of pool play. In the playoffs, the Tigers beat Central Catholic, Central Dauphin, Seneca Valley, and Central York (25-18) in the title game.

North Allegheny Tournament

North Allegheny 25, Central York 18

North Allegheny 25, Seneca Valley 14
Central York 25, Manheim Central 22


Girls Basketball: North Allegheny falls to Boyertown in PIAA 6A final

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer covered Friday's PIAA Class 6A championship between North Allegheny and Boyertown.

2017 0325 NorthAllegheny GBasketball(Photo: North Allegheny's Madelyn Fischer looks to get a loose ball against Boyertown's Victoria Boalton and Alli Marcus in the PIAA Class 6A championship Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. — With a silver medal dangling from his neck, North Allegheny coach Spencer Stefko had a simple message for his team after its 46-35 loss to Boyertown in the PIAA 6A girls championship Friday at Giant Center.

"I tell them that I love 'em," Stefko said. "I tell them that I'm as proud of them in defeat as I would have been in victory. I tell them that I've been blessed with a PIAA gold medal [at Seton-LaSalle], and that this one means as much to me as that one does. I tell Hailey [Zeise] that I miss her already."

Minutes after the loss, North Allegheny's team filed out of the locker room and huddled around Stefko.

"And I tell them to go," Stefko said, laughing as the players smiled and headed to greet families."


Girls Basketball: 2017 PIAA Class 6A Championship Preview - North Allegheny vs. Boyertown

Written by Brad Everett on .

The game: PIAA Class 6A championship
The teams: North Allegheny vs. Boyertown
Where and when: Giant Center, Hershey, Friday, 6 p.m.

North Allegheny
Record: 28-1
District finish: WPIAL champion
Coach: Spencer Stefko
PIAA titles: 0
Last time in the final: First appearance
How they got here: (First round) Hempfield, 50-34; (Second round) Mt. Lebanon 56-52; (Quarterfinals) Penn Hills, 50-38; (Semifinals) Souderton, 32-31.
Scoring offense: 52.4 points per game
Scoring defense: 37.9 points per game
Probable starters: Madelyn Fischer, G-F, 5-11, Jr.; Hailey Zeise, G-F, 5-11, Sr.; Piper Morningstar, G, 6-0, Jr.; Courtney Roman, G, 5-8, Jr.; Rachel Martindale, G, 5-8, So.
What you should know: North Allegheny players have said that while winning a WPIAL title was great, winning a PIAA championship has been their No. 1 goal all season. The Tigers got there ... barely. A year after losing a heartbreaker in the semifinals, the Tigers broke some hearts when Rachel Martindale hit the front end of a one-and-one with 0.9 seconds left to give her team a 32-31 win against Souderton. The Tigers have won 18 games in a row since their only loss, which came to section rival Pine-Richland. Coach Spencer Stefko's squad has relied on offensive balance and an outstanding defense that has limited foes to 37.9 points per game. The Tigers have opened some eyes nationally, too -- they are ranked No. 20 in the country by USA Today.
Player to watch: Rachel Martindale is an outstanding athlete who has scholarships in two sports. A Pitt softball recruit, Martindale might be just as good on the basketball court and leads the Tigers in scoring with 12 points per game while adding 6 rebounds and 4 assists a game.