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Alumni Update - Renny LaRue-Holloman (Saint Vincent)

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Renny LaRue-Holloman posted eight tackles (6 solo), a pair of tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and 51-yard fumbleLaRueHolloman SVC recovery for a score in Saturday’s 31-14 Homecoming victory over Grove City.


The Fox Chapel graduates performance earned him PAC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Alumni Update - Jorden Alfery (Grove City)

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's golf team sits in second place after shooting a 319 on the first Alfery GCday of competition at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Fall Championships, held at the New Castle Country Club on Monday.


Freshman Jorden Alfery, a Fox Chapel graduate, finished his round second on the team and tied for eighth overall with an 80.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Alumni Update – Emily Rabenold (Grove City)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DANBURY, Conn. --Junior Emily Rabenold has been named the Corvias-Eastern College Athletic ConferenceRabenold GC (ECAC) Division III South Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week, as announced by the league office Wednesday evening.


Rabenold, a Hampton graduate, who on Monday was also named Presidents' Athletic Conference Runner of the Week for the third time this season, received the honor after a standout performance at Dickinson College's Long-Short Invitational, held at Big Spring High School on Saturday morning.


She completed the six-kilometer long course in 22 minutes, 31.39 seconds to finish first in the 265-runner field that contained NCAA Division I Bucknell, multiple NCAA Division II programs, and nationally-ranked Division III programs Dickinson and Haverford. Rabenold finished 33 seconds ahead of the field and 38 seconds ahead of the nearest D-III runner.


The individual victory was the third in three meets this season for Rabenold, who also won races at Buffalo State and Bethany.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Alumni Update - Meghan Kelly (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - The Edinboro women's soccer team extended its winning streak to three games with a 4-0 victory at Pitt-JohnstownKelly EUP on Saturday afternoon. Four different Fighting Scots scored in the contest with each recording their first of the season.


Edinboro controlled the game throughout firing off 31 shots to just five by the Lady Cats. The Scots improved to 3-4-1 overall and in the PSAC while Pitt-Johnstown fell to 0-8-0 overall and 0-7-0 in conference.


Meghan Kelly, a Mars graduate, recorded her 19th career shutout as she is closing in on being the first goalkeeper in Edinboro history to record 20 career shutouts.

 

(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)

 

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Alumni Update - Mike Magdic (Washington & Jefferson)

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WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson men's water polo team picked up a pair of victories overMagdic WJ Mercyhurst and Gannon to run its winning streak to five games.


The Presidents improve to 7-4 on the season after opening 2-4. During its current five-game winning streak, W&J has out-scored its opponents by 5.4 goals per game. The victories were both Southern Division, West Region match-ups and improves the Presidents to 3-0 in the Region.


Mike Magdic, a North Allegheny graduate, recorded a hat trick in the fourth quarter as W&J finished out the 15-9 win. Magdic's four goals were a game high.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Alumni Update - Carolyn Jack (Grove City)

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's golf team sits in third place after Day One of competitionJack GC at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Fall Championships, held at the New Castle Country Club on Monday.


Freshman Carolyn Jack, a North Allegheny graduate, posted a 94 in her first conference championship round to rank fourth after the first day.

 

(photo courtesy of Grove City College)

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Alumni Update - Katie Guarnaccia (Point Park)

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Freshman Katie Guarnaccia set at Point Park University women's 6K school record, and the Pioneers' women's cross country team placed 11th of 15 teams at the Lock Haven Invitational on Satuday.

Guarnaccia, from North Allegheny High School, finished in 23:23 to place 23rd of 171 runners in the field. She bested the previous school record in the 6K of 23:54 set by teammate Hanka Jiraskova at Waynesburg in 2013.

Saturday continued a strong two-week stretch of Guarnaccia, who was named the KIAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week last week for finishing 10th in the St. Vincent 5K race with a time of 20:44.

 

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Football: North Top Games - Week 6 (2014)

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving North teams in Week 6.

Franklin Regional (4-1, 4-1) at Hampton (5-0, 4-0), Friday, 7 p.m. - This Greater Allegheny Conference contest features two of the top ranked teams in Class AAA. Franklin Regional, which is ranked No. 5 this week by the Post-Gazette, is coming off last week's 61-2 romp over Yough. Brett Zanotto led the Panthers with 176 yards and three touchdowns. Zanotto leads his team in scoring with 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Santino Birty also likes to run the ball and presents a dual threat within the Panthers' offense. Franklin Regional is riding a four-game winning streak since losing to Knoch in Week One. The Panthers are outscoring opponents by an average of 31.2-13.2. The No. 4-ranked Talbots have given up a mere 29 points in five games and are outscoring opponents by an average of 38.6-5.8. Hampton is off to its best start since 2005 and is coming off a 33-10 victory over Knoch. Quarterback Nick Grabowski and running back Matt Rech remain big keys to the Talbots' offense. Grabowski targeted Jack Werling, Gus Schmitt and Rech for touchdown receptions last week. Hampton lost last year's meeting against Franklin Regional, 33-12.

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Football: North Feature Athlete - Pine-Richland's Connor Slomka

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Name: Connor Slomka
High School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: A 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back, Slomka rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns to help guide Pine-Richland to a 32-15 Northern Eight Conference victory last Friday against North Hills. Once committed to play lacrosse at Ohio State, Slomka changed his mind before this season and verbally committed to play football for Army. As a junior, Slomka rushed for 1,144 yards and 17 touchdowns. After five games, he has rushed for 401 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Football: Hampton remains tough to beat

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Entering Week 6 of the high school football season, Hampton was one of four Class AAA teams still undefeated. Top-ranked West Allegheny and No. 3 Central Valley in the Parkway Conference, No. 2 Thomas Jefferson out of the Big Nine as well as the No. 4 Talbots have yet to suffer a loss.

Hampton (5-0, 4-0) is off to its best start since 2005 and pretty much won its first five games with ease. The Talbots sit at the top of the Greater Allegheny Conference standings and are outscoring opponents by an average of 38.6-5.8.

"We just want to really methodically go down the field and do the best that we can," Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said. "Defensively, we really think we can distract people and get after things. I think that's been a formula that's been working for us so far."

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Football: North Week 5 Stat Leaders (2014)

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among North area players in Week 5, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
202 -- Ori Rinaman, Mars
168 -- Connor Slomka, Pine-Richland
141 -- Lamont Wade, Clairton
140 -- Elijah Jackson, Highlands
137 -- Jake Rosswog, Mars
135 -- Josh Bergman, North Allegheny
124 -- Stefon Adams, Northgate
123 -- P.J. Fulmore, C.W. North Catholic
123 -- Cody Milsom, Knoch
120 -- Carrington Vaughn, Fox Chapel
107 -- Tre'Won Marshall, Quaker Valley

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Boys Soccer: North Allegheny keeps section title hopes alive

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Not ready to concede the Section 2-AAA title to red hot Seneca Valley, North Allegheny knocked its section rival last week, 2-0. The Tigers do not control their own destiny when it comes to vying for the section title but they are very much in the thick of things if Seneca Valley was to stumble. North Allegheny has caught fire as of late, stringing together five consecutive section wins over Shaler, North Hills, Seneca Valley, Hampton and Butler.

Seneca Valley (10-1, 8-1) remains in first place ahead of North Allegheny (8-3-1, 7-1-1).

"North Allegheny is a good team and they played very well," Seneca Valley coach George Williams said of the Tigers. "I don't think it was that we didn't play well, they just played better. It is difficult to beat teams twice, especially good teams. We were disappointed because we were on a good streak there."

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Boys Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Seneca Valley's Bryce Benjamin

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Bryce Benjamin
High School: Seneca Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background: Senior Bryce Benjamin takes over in net this season for the Seneca Valley boys soccer team. Benjamin replaces former standout Colton Smith. Benjamin has come up big this season for the Raiders who lead their section. Benjamin stopped a penalty kick in a win against Hampton earlier this year.

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Video: Quaker Valley Girls Soccer 2014 Clips

Written by Cara De Carlo on .

 

We've got a fresh set of WPIAL girls' soccer videos on this Sports Town girls soccer Monday. In these clips, check out the Quaker Valley girls soccer team off to a good start in 2014.

 

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Girls Soccer: Quaker Valley keeps playoff hopes alive with improbable road win

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It was the third section game of the season and Quaker Valley was coming off a 3-2 loss at Hopewell. The Quakers faced the unenviable task of playing the defending WPIAL and PIAA champions, Central Valley. The Quakers were overwhelmed in a 5-0 defeat. Fast forward 16 days later and now, following another 3-2 loss to Hopewell, and Quaker Valley had to play Central Valley again. This time the Quakers needed a win to keep their postseason hopes alive and this time the game was on the road. However Central Valley was reeling, hit with injuries and having lost and tied its previous two games. Quaker Valley took advantage of the reeling Warriors and pulled off a 2-0 upset win to shake up the Section 3-AA standings.

Hopewell (9-2, 8-1) leads the way ahead of another surprise in Montour (8-2, 7-1). Central Valley is currently sitting in the third and final playoff spot at 5-2-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the section ahead of Quaker Valley (6-5, 4-5). The Quakers have a major section contest today at home against Blackhawk (4-6-1, 2-6-1) that could further revive their playoff hopes with a win.

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Girls Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Mars' Sabrina Edwards

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Sabrina Edwards
High School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Edwards is a returning starter for the Mars girls soccer team. Edwards has been starting since her sophomore year when the Planets won a WPIAL Class AA title. In her career she has never lost a section game. Edwards is also a team captain and the leading scorer on the team with 15 goals. She is one of only two seniors on the roster.

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Girls Soccer: Interesting matchups ahead in Section 2-AA

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Since moving down to Class AA five years ago, Mars Area has never lost a section game. It's section unbeaten streak dates back to 2009 when it was playing in Class AAA. Eight games into Section 2-AA play this season and it is apparent that it will be extremely tough to catch the Planets (9-1, 8-0). But after Mars, there is a wide open race for postseason qualifying and seeding in the postseason. Knoch (8-3, 6-2), Freeport (7-4-2, 5-2-2), Burrell (8-4, 4-4) and Highlands (5-6-1, 3-5-1) are all very much alive in the playoff picture.

"There is a lot of good players in our section," Mars coach Blair Gerlach said. "Knoch is similar to us, they are not real old, just a couple of seniors and it was a good energetic game when we played them. In our section, some of the games are on turf one night and a football field another night with no width and the grass hasn't been cut in two weeks and there are pot holes. You are just trying to find a way to play. You are dealing with a lot of intangibles, it is a completely different game. You just try to prepare for each game."

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Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Fox Chapel vs Kiski Area (Sept. 23)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In a WPIAL AAA Sec. 3 Boys Soccer match, Fox Chapel met Kiski Area at Davis Field in Vandergrift, PA.  Both teams were 4-2 in the section.  After a hard fought game, Fox Chapel, after a double overtime, brings home the win of 4-3 over Kiski.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Video: North Allegheny 2014 Field Hockey

Written by Cara De Carlo on .

 

Happy Sports Town Field  Hockey Sunday. The North Allegheny field hockey team is scoring big again. Check it out: