Girls Basketball: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic star picks Dayton

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One of the top girls basketball players in Pennsylvania made her college decision late Wednesday night.

Sam Breen, a rising senior at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, committed to the University of Dayton, choosing the Flyers over about a dozen of other offers. Dayton has won at least 21 games eight of the past nine seasons, qualifying for the NCAA tournament six times.

Breen is a 6-foot-1 forward who averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds per game her junior season when she led Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic to the PIAA Class A title. She averaged 28.8 points in the PIAA playoffs. She was named Class A state player of the year and was selected to the Post-Gazette's Fabulous 5 team.


Softball: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic progression continues

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After the 2013 softball season, North Catholic moved from Troy Hill to Cranberry Township. Since the Trojans have moved further from the city, their softball team have also moved further into the postseason. In 2014, North Catholic won six total games and five section games and missed the playoffs. In 2015, it won nine games, including eight section games to reach the WPIAL first round where it lost a one-run game to Monessen. This year the Trojans pushed further winning 16 total games and a Section 3-A title with a perfect 10-0 record. In the postseason, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic reached new highs under its new name. The Trojans reached the WPIAL semifinals and state tournament. They qualified for the PIAA playoffs after defeating Monessen, 3-2, turning the tables on the Greyhounds after losing to them in the first round last year. North Catholic's postseason inexperience finally come up to them in the PIAA first round when they committed five errors in a 9-5 loss to Saegertown at Penn-State Behrend. Saegertown was the District 10 champion.


Softball: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic qualifies for state tournament

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic is PIAA playoff bound for the first time since becoming Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The Trojans bounced back from a 3-1 loss in the WPIAL Class A semifinals to defeat Monessen, 3-2, on May 31 in a third-place consolation game to qualify for the state playoffs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic will travel to Penn State-Behrend on Monday to play District 10 champion Saegertown. The winner will play the winner of the meeting between WPIAL champion West Greene and District 9 runner-up Clarion.

North Catholic was defeated by Chartiers-Houston in the WPIAL semifinals when Kaitlyn Dittrich fired a three-hitter against them. North Catholic hopes it can rediscover its bats that were some of the hottest in the WPIAL in the early goings of the playoffs. The Trojans blasted Bishop Canevin, 13-6, in the first round and scored 16 runs in big win over Western Beaver.


Alumni Update - Nick Tunstall (La Roche)

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APPLETON, WI – The Redhawks record-setting season came to an end in the NCAA DIII National Semifinals as they lost to Keystone College 5-4 in ten innings.

Freshmen starter Nick Tunstall cruised through the first two innings getting three groundouts in the first inning and three flyouts in the second.

Tunstall did not allow a hit until the fourth inning when Keystone tied it up on a Bill Nelson RBI single to left centerfield. Tunstall limited the damage getting a flyout to escape a jam with men on first and third.

Tunstall, a North Catholic graduate, allowed just one run while scattering five hits over seven innings of work.



Softball: Feast or famine for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic playoff bats

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic is vying for a spot in the PIAA Class A playoffs. So far this postseason, it has been feast or famine for the Trojans' bats. On Tuesday at West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class A third-place consolation game, North Catholic will need its bats to feast if it wants to get into the state playoffs. The sixth-seeded Trojans blasted No. 11 Bishop Canevin in the first round, 13-6. In the quarterfinals, Mina Shaw drove in four runs and Lillia Smyers added three RBIs as the Trojans rang up 16 runs in a five-inning mercy-rule shortened 16-5 win over No. 14 Western Beaver. But the bats went silent against No. 2 Chartiers-Houston, as North Catholic could only muster three hits and one run in a 3-1 loss.

North Catholic (15-5) will be playing a team that has had a similar storyline in the playoffs. No. 5 Monessen (15-6) has scored 1, 10 and 0 runs in its three playoff games. The winning team advances to the PIAA playoffs.