Wrestling: North Hills junior has wrestling in his blood

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles North Hills wrestling standout Gage Curry. Read his story below.

It's no surprise to hear that North Hills junior Gage Curry comes from a wrestling family.

After all, a lot of high school wrestlers have a father or uncle who competed while attending high school — but Curry's case is a little different.

"My mom and dad wrestled when they attended Northgate High School," said Curry, referring to his parents, Derrick and Linetta. "So I've been wrestling since I was 3 or 4 years old."

The Curry family now lives in Ross Township and Gage has become one of the best lightweights in the WPIAL.


2014 North Male Athlete of the Year - North Hills' Noah Bostick

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the 2014 Post-Gazette North Male Athlete of the Year, North Hills' Noah Bostick.

"Karen Bostick told her son that he could start playing any sport he wanted to, so long as he did not quit it.

Noah Bostick heeded those words from his mom.

As a freshman at North Hills High School four years ago, Noah Bostick was on the diving team. As a sophomore he decided to add soccer and track and field to his list of varsity sports. As a junior he added volleyball.

And this past school year as a senior, Bostick finished his varsity career in all four sports ... without quitting any of them."



Alumni Update - Jess Rectenwald (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon's Jess Rectenwald has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches AssociationRectenwald Gannon (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region second team released Thursday afternoon.

Rectenwald earned her first career all-region accolade as a utility pitcher. The junior was previously named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division first team at the same position. She started all 45 games this season with 24 starts coming in center field, 21 on the mound and 21 as the designated player.

The North Hills graduate led Gannon in average (.455), slugging percentage (.658) and on-base percentage (.477). Her batting average tied Jaclyn Corroto for third-best on the program's all-time single-season list. She also led the team in hits (65) doubles (18), triples (2), runs scored (33), total bases (96) and stolen bases (3). In addition to a team-best 19 multiple-hit games, she hit three home runs and recorded 24 RBIs.


Baseball: North Hills set for first playoff game in seven years

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Drew Karpen profiles the North Hills baseball team.

2014 0515 NorthHills Baseball(Photo: North Hills pitcher Josh Kaminski plays a key role for the Indians baseball team as a pitcher, catcher and leadoff batter. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"It has been a while since North Hills was able to cheer for a winning baseball team. The previous time the Indians made the playoffs was in 2007 and the most recent winning season was in 2009. All that changed when they brought Randy Miller on board.

Coming off a two-win season in 2012, the Indians hired Miller, who started to change the outlook of the program last year before reaching a new level of success in 2014.

"I am very happy and proud of our kids and the program," Miller said. "When I came in here last year I guaranteed them we would change the culture of North Hills baseball. We have accomplished a lot but not everything.

"They understand our philosophy of don't accept being average. The kids didn't know what it took to win. What I tried to instill in them was good work ethic and winning values.""


Alumni Update - Ernesto Rizzitano (Pitt-Johnstown)

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Kutztown University did all of its scoring in the top of the first inning en route to eliminating the MountainRizzitano PJU Cats with a 6-2 win in Friday's semifinals of the 2014 PSAC Baseball Championships at Butler's Kelly Automotive Park in Butler. Pitt-Johnstown's season came to an end with a 23-23 overall record.

Ernesto Rizzitano, a North Hills graduate, collected two of the Mountain Cats' nine hits and drove in Pitt-Johnstown's lone run.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Johnstown)