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Basketball: Former Pittsburgher Swetoha goes from ticket sales to president of D-League team

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles North Catholic graduate Steve Swetoha, who was recently named President and CEO of the D-League's Greensboro Swarm.

"Steve Swetoha never played high school or college basketball, but it hasn't stopped him from making a living with front office jobs in pro basketball.

Not long ago, Swetoha was the general manager of a WNBA team. Now he adds this to this resume:

President of a new D-League team.

Swetoha's story is one of a Pittsburgh kid done good in the world of pro basketball. He has proven you don't have to play it to know it. Swetoha has been named the president of the Greensboro Swarm, the fledgling D-League team of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. The D-League is the minor league of the NBA and has grown in popularity in the past four to five years. The league had only eight teams in its first season (2001-02), but will have 22 next season. About 40 percent of players on NBA rosters this past season spent some time in the D-League."

 

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Softball: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic wins first section title in 16 years

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Coach Ron Shanahan knows the feeling, but none of his players did. Shanahan previously coached the softball team when North Catholic was on Troy Hill and still called North Catholic. That stint last from 1994-2003 and featured the program's last section title, in 2000. Shanahan returned to the program, now in Cranberry and named Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, in 2010. This season the Trojans finally broke through again, finishing Section 3-A play undefeated at 10-0 to snap the decade and a half long drought.

"I couldn't be happier," Shanahan said. "It has been a long time coming."

North Catholic started the season 0-2 after dropping its season-opener on the road to Chartiers-Houston and losing the first game at the Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach to Worthington Christian, Ohio.

"We started the season 0-2 but we ran off 13 games in a row and we beat a good Double-A team in Avonworth," Shanahan said. "We are having a pretty good season."

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - North Catholic's Tayjah White

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Tayjah White
High School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: First Baseman

Background: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic wrapped up its regular season with a 13-4 overall record. The Trojans won the Section 3-A title and are legitimate contender in Class A. Junior Tayjah White has been an offensive catalyst for North Catholic. White was batting .590 with a team-high six home runs and 26 RBIs. She bats fifth in the lineup.

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - North Catholic's Alayna Derzak

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Name: Alayna Derzak
High School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Maintaining an ERA that starts with a one for an entire season is difficult enough. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic pitcher Alayna Derzak has maintained an ERA of under 1.5 for two seasons now. She has been a catalyst behind the Trojans' run to their first section title in 16 years. North Catholic is 13-2 overall and finished Section 3-A play with a 10-0 record. Derzak has committed to play at Penn State Behrend next season.

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Baseball: Trojans horse Taylor helps make North Catholic a contender

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Brian Batko profiles Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball player Erick Taylor.

2016 0506 NorthCatholic Baseball(Photo: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic pitcher Erick Taylor has been a big reason for the Trojans' success. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"An imposing 6-foot-4 frame steps out of the dugout and onto the mound, and it's a good bet Erick Taylor's going the distance for the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball team.

He gives some instructions to his third baseman — "Even with the bag, even with the bag." He shakes off his catcher. He waves back an outfielder.

It's fitting that Taylor, a senior, seems like a quarterback on the mound. He's in his third season of excellence for the Trojans, in the sense that he was a star in football and basketball, and is now doing the same in his first year playing high school baseball.

"It definitely comes as a surprise to a lot of people that I play baseball and I can pitch the way I can," said Taylor, in his first and only full year as a North Catholic student. "Coming from football, being a big quarterback, everybody always makes fun of me. Then going to basketball, people didn't think I was quick or I could do the things I could do on the court.""