Football: Big games ahead for North Hills

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The second half of the regular season is going to be key for the North Hills football team. If the Indians want to lock up a postseason berth out of the Allegheny Nine Conference, they'll need to win some big games down the stretch.

North Hills (3-2, 2-2) won its second straight game last week with a 29-12 victory over Moon. The Indians scored 20 points in the second half on the road against the Tigers. Nick Santucci, Tyler Brennan and Melvin Blanks each scored touchdowns while Dan Wagner notched a pair of field goals.

This week, North Hills plays host to Baldwin (1-3, 1-3). Next week, the Indians will host perennial-powerhouse Woodland Hills (4-1, 3-1) before closing its conference schedule the final week of the season against Hampton (0-5, 0-3).

Through five games, Will Hirt has completed 39 of 70 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns. Santucci leads the team in scoring with six touchdowns.


Alumni Update - Killian McNally (Pitt-Johnstown)

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Killian McNally, a North Hills graduate, finished in 10th-place at 17:14 held the Pitt-Johnstown men's cross country team open the seasonMcNally PJU with a fifth-place showing with 127 points at Friday's 2016 Saint Francis University Father Bede Invitational in Loretto.  

Connor Rog finished first overall to lead Sacred Heart to the team championship with 33 points. 


(photo courtesy od University of Pitt-Johnstown)


Alumni Update - Mark DeVita (Gannon)

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ERIE, Pa. - Gannon has landed four student-athletes on the  American Baseball Coaches AssociationDeVita Gannon (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Atlantic Region teams released Wednesday morning. Jared Wiesen (Girard, Ohio/Liberty) was named to the first team while Mark DeVita, Nico DiPaolo and Nate Cardy (Franklin, Pa./Franklin) earned second-team honors.

The teams were voted on by members of the ABCA in their respective regions. The first-team members now advance to the national ballot for all-america consideration announced May 30.

DeVita earned his first career all-region accolade three weeks after being named to the All-PSAC second team. The redshirt senior second baseman was lights out during his final collegiate season with a .351 average, .503 slugging percentage and .420 on-base percentage. He generated 42 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 37 RBIs, 86 total bases, 14 walks and 16 stolen bases in 45 games. DeVita hit .431 (47-109) with runners on base, .500 (4-8) with the bases loaded, .370 (27-73) with runners in scoring position and .476 (20-42) with two outs.

The North Hills graduate recorded 17 multiple-hit games and nine multiple-RBI efforts. DeVita had a hit in 37 of 48 games this season. He produced a 10-game hitting streak March 15-April 1. DeVita ranks ninth all-time at Gannon in doubles (32), 12th in slugging percentage (.441), 12th in stolen bases (37), 12th in runs (85), 13th in triples (5) and 16th in RBIs (69).


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Alumni Update - Lauren Williams-Wiles (Washington and Jefferson)

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Four qualified Presidents traveled to Westfield State to compete in the 2016 Eastern College Athletic ConferenceWilliams Wiles WJ Outdoor Championships to finish the season.

Lauren Williams-Wiles, a North Hills graduate, competed in the women's long jump, placing eighth out of 26 competitors after landing at 5.29 meters.


(photo courtesy of Washington and Jefferson College)