North Hills 2015 Football Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

North Hills is up front about the notion that its strength this season will be along the offensive and defensive lines.

After all, those units have several starters returning and will be led by Jacob Buccigrossi (6-4, 280, Sr., T), who in June committed to play collegiately at West Virginia.

What might be a problem for the Indians is developing players at the skill positions to replace several key departures, and it's a process that must occur quickly if they are to make a return trip to the playoffs.

"I think part of that is playing consistently throughout the conference and, secondly, you have to hope you get to the playoffs in a somewhat healthy condition," coach Pat Carey said. "It would be nice if we could have our kids play one way, but we're not the kind of school, size-wise, that has a lot of depth. But the next step for us is to get past the first round and do some damage in the playoffs."


Alumni Update - Jess Rectenwald (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – Senior Jess Rectenwald of the Gannon softball team was selected the Eastern College AthleticRectenwald Gannon Conference (ECAC) Division II Softball Co-Player of the Year announced by the conference this week.


Rectenwald and sophomore Jen Moran were named first-team selections and junior Alyssa Bates claimed a spot on the second team.


Rectenwald shared ECAC Player of the Year honors with Casey Williamson of Indianapolis. Rectenwald also claimed the program's first All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Athlete of the Year award. In addition, she earned a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region First Team and the Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team.



Wrestling: North Hills' Curry is all American

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles North Hills wrestler Gage Curry, who has committed to American University. Read his story below.

Gage Curry had already made three official recruiting visits to colleges and had another scheduled when he visited the campus of American University in Washington.

"I really liked what I saw," said Curry, who is nearing the end of his junior year at North Hills High School. "I really liked the coaching staff and the campus. It's a great fit for me."

Curry had already made visits to Bucknell, Virginia and Pitt, and still had a visit scheduled at Maryland when he made the important decision of where to continue his academic and athletic career.

"After meeting with coach Moore and his staff, I decided to commit to American," said Curry, who then cancelled his visit to Maryland.


Track: North Hills girls runner-up at Butler Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The North Hills girls team took second place at the Butler Invitational last Saturday.

The Indians totaled 52 points to finish behind Baldwin, which had 56.

Ava Pietrzyk campaigned the efforts for the Indians, taking silver in the 1,600-meter run (5:16.08) and third in the 3,200 (11:05.43).

Lauren Wiles (100, 12.75) and Emma Bagnato (400, 59.59) both took second place in their respective events.

Amberly Valeriano grabbed the final individual medal for the Indians, taking third in the 100 hurdles (16.08).