Print

Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Brian Lovasik, North Hills

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Brian Lovasik
High School: North Hills
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: North Hills senior Brian Lovasik is headed to Bucknell University this week and is within striking distance of a state championship. Lovasik, a two-time WPIAL champion, is seeded in the top three in both of his state championship events. Last year as a junior Lovasik qualified for the championship finals in both his events, finishing as high as fourth in the 200 freestyle. He also took seventh in the 100 freestyle.

Print

Boys Basketball: North Hills awaits another chance

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the North Hills boys basketball team.

"For the most part, looking at a team's record is a good indicator on how well it is performing, but that is not always the case.

Take North Hills for instance. The Indians, who competed in Section 3-AAAA, are 13-11 overall and entered the WPIAL playoffs with an 11-10 record, but had arguably one of the tougher schedules in the WPIAL. The Indians lost to Hampton twice, Allderdice, Fox Chapel and North Allegheny, to name a few district powers.

"I thought we played a good schedule," North Hills coach Buzz Gabos said. "We had two losses to Hampton, lost to Allderdice and Gateway and all teams that were playoff teams. We lost a lot of really tough games. We felt like we were challenged."

The Indians are now prepping for the PIAA playoffs, thanks in part to that brutal schedule. After being battle-tested, they were able to knock off two formidable opponents in the WPIAL playoffs, defeating Plum and Mt. Lebanon before losing to Chartiers Valley in the semifinals."

 

Print

Swimming: North Hills' Lovasik takes down six-year-old WPIAL record

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

As far as WPIAL records go, six years is an eternity. And when that record is associated with a swimmer named Buerger from North Allegheny, it takes on special significance is someone is able to best it. North Hills senior Brian Lovasik did just that at the WPIAL Class AAA championships this year. He held off two North Allegheny swimmers, freshman Mason Gonzalez and sophomore Eben Krigger and broke North Allegheny alum Jonathan Buerger's 2009 record of 1:39.11. Lovasik won the event with a time of 1:38.39 to break the record and hold off Gonzalez (1:39.63) and Krigger (1:39.68). That was on Friday. One day later, Lovasik took his pen and eraser to the WPIAL record book again, this time in the 100 freestyle. He swam the event in 45.02 to break Mt. Lebanon's John Nappi's 2011 record of 45.14. He won the event by 0.75 seconds, defeating Penn Hills junior Norman Gregory. Lovasik will now advance to the PIAA Class AAA championships at Bucknell University in both events.

Print

Alumni Update - Brittney Traynor (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BEREA, Ohio -- Competing at the Harrison Dillard Track for the second time in three weeks, the Washington &Traynor WJ Jefferson teams took part in the Mid-February Meet at Baldwin Wallace.

Brittney Traynor, a North Hills graduate, won a pair of events to lead the Presidents. She scored a victory in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.57 seconds, outracing the field by .03 and breaking her school record from last season (7.65).

She then earned a 200-meter dash victory by .42 with a time of 26.94.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)