Boys Basketball: History repeats for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic boys basketball team.

"Standing outside a somber Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic locker room one floor below where his Trojans had suffered an 89-86 overtime loss to bitter-rival Vincentian Academy Jan. 12 at North Allegheny High School, longtime Trojans coach Dave Long sighed.

"We had an answer for just about everything except that last shot," he said. He was referring to a successful 3-point shot from the deep corner by Vincentian senior guard Ian Taylor with 3.2 seconds left in the extra period that gave the Royals the victory and outright possession of first place in Class A, Section 2.

"I didn't think he'd be the hero of the game, but surprise, surprise [he was]," Long continued. "I'm tired of giving the fans a good game. I'd like to give them a good game and end up on top [of the Royals] one of these times."

In the past three meetings between the two rivals, Vincentian has won all three games by identical three-point margins."



Girls Basketball: C.W. North Catholic regroups after loss to Vincentian

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It didn't take long for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's girls basketball game with Vincentian Academy this past Monday to get out of hand. At times, the Trojanettes trailed the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champions by more than 30 points before finishing on the short end of a 72-44 decision before a large crowd at North Allegheny High School.

Coach Molly Rottmann believes her team -- which is 9-4 overall and 6-1 in section play following an 87-61 victory over St. Joseph this past Thursday and a 63-53 loss to Class AAA No. 2 Ambridge at the Pittsburgh Classic -- will regroup heading into today's home game with Springdale. The Dynamos are the worst-scoring team in the WPIAL, averaging 12.6 points a game while yielding 49.5 points per game.

North has some work to do. The Trojanettes committed 37 turnovers and trailed 45-17 at halftime. That 28-point margin stood up at the end of the game.

North was missing freshman standout Mary Casamassa to an illness. But Rottmann was buying any of that as a reason for the loss.


Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic vs. Keystone Oaks (Dec. 29)

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

Enjoy some photos of the 2014-15 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls' basketball team. These photos were taken alongside video clips; you can view the video clips by clicking here.) All photos and video clips in this post were taken on December 29, 2014 as the Trojans defeated Keystone Oaks 61-31 at Keystone Oaks' tournament.



Football: North Catholic's Ravenstahl retires

Written by Mike White on .

Bob Ravenstahl, who coached the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic football team to its only WPIAL and PIAA titles, retired after nine seasons on the job.

Ravenstahl guided North Catholic to a 16-0 record and WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles in 2013. His teams last season and this past season had a 27-game winning streak, the seventh-longest run in WPIAL history.

Ravenstahl, father of former Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, had a 74-30 record with the Trojans. He is a 1972 graduate of North Catholic and was an assistant coach at the school before taking over in 2006.