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Baseball: North Catholic eliminated in quarterfinals

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's baseball season came to an end Monday following a 1-0 upset against No. 14 Bishop Canevin at West Mifflin. The Trojans finished their season with a 14-8 overall record.

As the No. 6 seed in the WPIAL's Class A bracket, North Catholic advanced to the second round following a 2-0 victory against No. 11 Rochester. Senior pitcher Nick Tunstall allowed just four hits during the shutout win. Jack Anderson and Danny Lynch each knocked in runs for the Trojans.

North Catholic entered the playoffs following an 8-2 run in Section 4-A. The Trojans finished second in the section standings behind Vincentian. Both of these section losses came against the Royals, who were eventually eliminated in the first round. After opening the season losing five of their first 10 games, the Trojans posted an impressive seven-game winning streak to keep them in contention. North Catholic actually scored 10 runs or more in every game during that stretch.

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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - C.W. North Catholic's Nick Tunstall

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Name: Nick Tunstall
High School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Center fielder

Background: A‭ 5-foot-10, 150-pound left-handed pitcher, Tunstall is expected to be one of the area's top starters in Class A this spring. He helped Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic pick up an early-season victory March 26 over perennial-power Neshannock. Tunstall went the distance and tossed a complete game while earning a 9-1 non-section against the Lancers‬.

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Baseball: Experience expected to guide North Catholic

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After returning from a spring trip in Georgia, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball team believes it is ready to compete among the top teams in Class A. Despite opening the season with a pair of losses down south, the Trojans returned to Western Pennsylvania and won two of their next three games.

North Catholic (2-3) opened its schedule March 19 with a 12-3 loss to Evans High School (Ga.) before dropping a 10-0 shutout to Greenbrier High School (Ga.). The Trojans, however, picked up two non-sections wins against Neshannock and Mars, respectively. They toppled Neshannock, 9-1, on March 24 and then narrowly slipped past Mars, 9-8, on March 31.

"We've had moments where we've shown to be one of the top teams in the WPIAL and then we've had moments where we struggled, but the thing is this is still an excellent ballteam," North Catholic coach John Haggarty said. "We beat two really good teams, but we still have a lot of work to do."

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic's PIAA run halted by Blairsville

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This past Saturday's 58-47 loss to District 6 champion Blairsville in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals certainly wasn't the way Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic wanted to finish its season.

But a cold second half -- where the Trojanettes were held to 23 points -- sealed the way for a trip to the postseason sooner than Coach Molly Rottmann and her team had sought.

A positive gleaned from this loss was that sophomore standout Sam Breen surpassed the 1,000-point mark in this game. She was the Trojanettes' only player in double figures with 16 points.

North finished with an overall record of 22-7, and the Trojanettes had two winning streaks of six games and one of four games. Three of their losses came against PIAA semifinalist Vincentian -- two in section play and the third in the WPIAL Class A championship game. Vincentian meets Blairsville in the semifinal game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Plum.

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Girls Basketball: Strong second half boosts North Catholic

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Sam Breen scored 19 of her 29 points in the second half as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic broke away from a 20-20 halftime tie to defeat Cochranton, the District 10 runner-up, 54-40, in a game played at Canon-McMillan. North Catholic improved to 21-6.

The victory sets up a second-round game with California, the No. 5 team from the WPIAL. The game will be played Wednesday at Canon-McMillan a 6 p.m. California improved to 25-2 with a 40-28 victory over Venango Catholic in a game played at Clarion University. North Catholic should have plenty of incentive. A year ago, California ousted the Trojanettes from the WPIAL playoffs with a 45-43 victory in the quarterfinals.