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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.

 

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic coach turns focus to PIAA tournament

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Following Saturday's 74-35 lost to Vincentian Academy in the WPIAL Class A basketball championship at the Petersen Events Center, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann was in an upbeat mood as her team prepares for a first-round PIAA tournament game with District 10 runner-up Cochranton on Saturday.

"We've had a very good season and accomplished some things," said Rottmann, who noted that her team is 20-6 heading into the PIAA tournament.

"Obviously, winning is always better," she said of her team's appearance in the WPIAL final. "I'm proud of our kids, and I'm very happy for our senior class as they got back (to the WPIAL final) for the first time since their freshman year."

She also was happy that her younger players had the opportunity to compete in the championship on Pitt's home court. "Our younger kids will know what they're fighting for because they've actually been here."