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Alumni Update - Mick Fennell (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Behind a 10-run sixth inning in Game 2, the Vulcans managed a doubleheaderFennell CalU split with Clarion in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play on Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Park, falling 6-4 before winning 12-5.


In Game 2, the Vulcans entered the bottom of the fifth trailing 5-2 before scoring 10 runs on six hits, three walks and one error. Five different players collected two hits in the victory and four players tallied at least a pair of RBI. Sophomore third baseman Mick Fennell went 2-for-3 with two walks, three RBI and two runs scored from the leadoff spot.


Fennell, a Butler graduate, also picked up the win, going 1 ⅔ scoreless innings in relief.
 

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Alumni Update - Jess Rectenwald (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - The Gannon softball team was swept by No. 22 California (Pa.) in Pennsylvania State AthleticRectenwald Gannon Conference (PSAC) doubleheader action at Gannon University Field Monday. The Lady Knights opened the day with a 12-3 loss to the West Division leading Vulcans in six innings before falling in the nightcap, 9-0, in five innings.


The Lady Knights dropped to 15-19 on the season and 8-12 in divisional action, while the Vulcans improved to 27-4 and remain undefeated in divisional play at 20-0.


Junior Jess Rectenwald a North Hills graduate, went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Gannon University)

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Alumni Update - Mark DeVita (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Mark DeVita, a North Hills graduate went 4-for-4 with four RBIs as the Gannon baseballDeVita Gannon team held off a furious Indiana (Pa.) rally during a 12-9 victory Saturday afternoon.


The nightcap victory at Gannon University Field gave the Golden Knights a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division doubleheader split after falling 3-2 in the opener.

 

(photo courtesy of Gannon University)

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Alumni Update - Drew Hayden (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, PA – On a day in which IUP celebrated Senior Day and sophomore Drew Hayden broke theHayden IUP program's single season goal scoring record, the seventh-ranked Crimson Hawks were upset by West Chester, 14-13 in a women's lacrosse matchup on Saturday.

 

Hayden, a Pine-Richland graduate, broke the record with her fifth goal of the game, which came with just under 30 seconds to play in the game and cut West Chester's lead to one. It was her 56th of the season, breaking the mark of 55 set just last year by Alexa Lodovici (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional). 

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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Alumni Update - Chad Albert (Juniata)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – After a year that saw the Juniata College men's volleyball team spend five weeksAlbert Juniata at the top of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, Juniata placed four on the AVCA's All-America teams. The third ranked Eagles tied Springfield College for the most selections. Juniata has had an All-American named in all 11 years of the AVCA's squads.

Juniors Joe Bortak and Paul Kuhn (York, Pa./Central York) were named first teamers, while redshirt junior Alex McColgin (Buffalo, N.Y./Hamburg) and sophomore Chad Albert earned second team honors. The foursome are the Eagles kill leaders and mark the first time since 2007 Juniata earned four All-America spots.

Albert, a Seneca Valley graduate, has had a break out season in 2014. He leads the team and ranks ninth nationally in blocks per set.

 

(photo courtesy of Juniata College)

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Alumni Update - Timothy O’Shea (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Carmen Papa (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca Central) and Timothy O'SheaOShea Thiel combined for eight goals and 14 points to lead the Thiel College men's lacrosse team to a 20-12 win over the La Roche College Redhawks at Alumni Stadium Saturday.

O'Shea, a Seneca Valley graduate, totaled four goals and two assists in a game in which the Tomcats never trailed.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Alumni Update: Ian Bangor (Carnegie Mellon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BELLE VERNON, Pa. – The Carnegie Mellon University golf team competed in the one-day, 36-hole,Bangor CM 101513 Vulcan Invitational hosted by California University of Pennsylvania at the Cedarbrook Golf Course, Saturday, April 19. The Tartans carded team scores of 318 and 301 to finish second out of seven teams with a 619.


Senior Ian Bangor and freshman George Qian (Bettendorf, Iowa/Montverde Academy) tied for ninth individually with a 154. Bangor, a Sewickley Academy graduate, carded an opening round of 81 before ended the day with a one-over par 73.

 

(photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University) 

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Alumni Update - Sarah Giebel (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CRESSON, Pa. -  The Pitt-Greensburg softball team dropped a pair of road conference games, 7-2 and 10-Giebel PGU8 to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe, Mount Aloysius.  With today's losses the Lady Bobcats fall to 11-13 on the season and 5-7 in conference play. The Mounties improve to 17-9 overall and 8-4 in the AMCC.


UPG hit much better in game two registering 12 hits. Sarah Giebel, a Shaler graduate, was solid, posting a 4-5 performance with 3 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Track: Planets hosting annual event Friday

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

39 schools are scheduled to attend the Mars High Annual Track and Field Invitational Friday.

The coaches meeting is scheduled to start at 12:15, with the field events and prelims for the first track event, the 100 meters, scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Among the teams scheduled to attend are Fox Chapel, Gateway, Hampton, Morgantown, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Vincentian Academy and Woodland Hills.

At last season’s Mars Invitational, Seneca Valley and Gateway tied for the top spot in the boys standings with 79 points. Morgantown won the girls competition with 52.5 points. 

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Track: Talbots’ Smithco has top triple jump this season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

On April 11 at the Butler Invitational, Hampton’s Caleb Smithco achieved the best triple jump in the WPIAL this season.

Smithco recorded a jump of 48-1, which was good for first place in the event, beating defending WPIAL triple jump champion Gary Jackson of Baldwin by more than two feet.

Jackson’s mark at the Butler Invite is the second best jump in WPIAL Class AAA this season.

Smithco’s jump also broke the Hampton school record. Additionally, he holds the Talbots record for the long jump at 21-9, which he set last season.

Smithco finished fourth at the Butler Invitational in the long jump. 

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Track: Foxes’ Ethan Martin out for the season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Fox Chapel senior Ethan Martin will not compete this outdoor track season, Foxes coach Tom Moul has confirmed.

Martin, the defending state champion in the 3,200 meters, injured his Achilles in the fall during cross country season and it was questionable whether he would be able to compete this season.

But the injury hasn’t healed enough and Moul said Martin’s trying to make sure he has recovered by the time he and his twin brother, Colin Martin, run for the University of Michigan in the fall. 

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Track: North Feature Athlete — Fox Chapel’s Brandon Mitchell

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Brandon Mitchell
School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 12
Sport: Track

Background: Mitchell is the reigning WPIAL 300 meter champion, but he missed the start of the outdoor season after breaking his collarbone during the indoor track season. His first meet back was April 8 and on April 11 he won the 300 hurdles in the Butler Invitational.

Fox Chapel coach Tom Moul: “He looks great. He’s such an amazing athlete that he’s been able to come back and look like he hasn’t missed any time.”

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Baseball: Pine-Richland still on top in Class AAAA Section 4

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The next few weeks will likely be pretty important for teams in Class AAAA‭'‬s Section‭ ‬4.‭ ‬Entering this week,‭ ‬Pine-Richland‭ (‬9-4,‭ 4-1‭) ‬paced the six-team section standings slightly ahead of Moon‭ (‬6-1,‭ ‬3-1‭)‬,‭ ‬Shaler‭ (‬6-4,‭ ‬3-2‭) ‬and Penn Hills‭ (‬4-5,‭ 3-2‭)‬.

Pine-Richland,‭ ‬which the Post-Gazette has ranked No.‭ ‬5‭ ‬in Class AAAA,‭ ‬had a four-game winning streak snapped last week.‭ ‬The Rams suffered back-to-back non-section losses against Upper St.‭ ‬Clair and No.‭ ‬3‭ ‬North Allegheny,‭ ‬respectively.‭ ‬Leading up to those defeats,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬they won four section games against Moon,‭ Allderdice,‭ ‬Woodland Hills and Shaler.‭ ‬Pine-Richland outscored those four opponents by a total of‭ ‬37-6.

During the Rams‭'‬ 5-3‭ ‬win over Shaler,‭ ‬senior infielder Bennett Zynn supplied a double and drove in a pair of runs.‭ ‬Jamie Switalski,‭ ‬a right-handed pitcher and Maryland–Baltimore County recruit,‭ ‬struck out eight to earn the win.‭ ‬He also hit a double during the team‭'‬s‭ ‬3-2‭ ‬loss to Upper St.‭ ‬Clair.

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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - North Catholic's Nick Tunstall

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Name:‭ ‬Nick Tunstall‭
High School:‭ ‬Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade:‭ ‬11
Sport:‭ ‬Baseball
Position:‭ ‬Pitcher/Outfielder

Background Info:‭ ‬A‭ ‬5-foot-10,‭ ‬150-pound left-handed pitcher,‭ ‬Tunstall played a crucial role in a pair of big section matchups last week.‭ ‬Tunstall,‭ ‬who earned all-section honors last year as a sophomore,‭ ‬struck out‭ ‬11‭ ‬batters during a‭ ‬7-4‭ ‬Section‭ ‬4-A victory against Springdale on April‭ ‬14.‭ ‬Two days later against St.‭ ‬Joseph,‭ ‬Tunstall supplied some offense by going‭ ‬4‭ ‬for‭ ‬4‭ with a double and two RBIs in the Trojans‭' ‬6-2‭ ‬section win.

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Baseball: Butler leading Class AAAA Section 1 standings

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The Butler Area varsity baseball team won just two games last season.‭

‬This year,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬the Golden Tornado has spun‭ ‬-‭ ‬ahead of usual frontrunners North Allegheny and Seneca Valley‭ ‬- toward the top of Section‭ ‬1-AAAA.

Entering this week riding a five-game winning streak and ranked No.‭ ‬2‭ ‬in Class AAAA by the Post-Gazette,‭ ‬Butler was a perfect‭ ‬5-0‭ ‬in section play with an‭ ‬8-2‭ ‬overall record.‭ ‬The team also had allowed just one or no runs in eight of‭ ‬10‭ ‬games.‭

Golden Tornado coach Todd Erdos has received some all-around production from seniors Jesse Savisky,‭ ‬Kyle Campbell,‭ ‬Nick Reemer,‭ ‬Cory Wheeler and Ryan Denny as well as juniors Mark Gross,‭ Lake Sankey,‭ ‬Nick Patton and Wyatt Daugherty.

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Baseball: North Catholic regroups after rough start

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

With only a‭ ‬12-man roster, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball team has remained competitive and still is in the playoff hunt.‭ ‬The Trojans entered this week‭ ‬4-5‭ ‬overall and‭ ‬4-0‭ ‬in Section‭ ‬2-A.

That record,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬was quite different than the one the team had earlier in the season.‭ ‬North Catholic opened its schedule with four consecutive exhibition losses against Neshannock,‭ ‬Seton-LaSalle,‭ ‬Ringgold and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,‭ ‬respectively.‭

"We‭'‬re in a weird situation where we‭'‬ve had to use our non-section games to get better,‭"‬ second-year coach Max Zingle said.‭ ‬"We have a very small team,‭ ‬but we have some very good players.‭ ‬We‭'‬ve done what we‭'‬ve needed to do to win in our section.‭

"The guys understand what we want to do and know we want to put our best team on the field in order to compete.‭"

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Softball: North Allegheny nears playoff berth

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

If North Allegheny wants to defend its section title from a year ago, it will need help. The Tigers have two section losses and they trail Seneca Valley in the Section 3-AAAA standings. The Raiders are 6-0. North Allegheny has a major section showdown Tuesday at home against the Raiders but they would need to win there and need another Seneca Valley slip up to at least create the possibility of a shared section title. But more importantly for North Allegheny, a playoff berth is all but theirs thanks to a three-game winning streak with section wins against North Hills, Pine-Richland and Butler.

Senior pitcher Sami Beining tossed a complete-game three-hitter against Butler, in a 2-1 win. Senior third baseman Mary Funderlich knocked in junior courtesy runner Olivia Schweiger for North Allegheny's first run. The winning run came across the plate when junior right fielder Anna Sardon came through with a two-out single to drive in designated player Casey Ginocchi who led off the fourth inning with a double.

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - Seneca Valley's Elayne Nagy

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Elayne Nagy
High School: Seneca Valley
Grade: 9
Sport: Softball

Background Info: On a senior-laden experienced team like Seneca Valley, it might be easy to get buried in the depth chart as an underclassmen. It might be really easy to get buried as a freshman. But that has not stopped freshman Elayne Nagy from emerging as one of the top bats on one of the top teams in the WPIAL. An outfielder, Nagy was batting close to .600 early in the season. She has helped the Raiders to a perfect 6-0 start with all the wins coming in Section 3-AAAA to vault the Raiders into first place.

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Softball: Crucial week looms for North teams in Class AAA Section 5

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It seems as if this coming week is a big week in all the sections in the WPIAL and it is no different in Section 5-AAA where the top four teams are all tied for first place, with many on a collision course to meet this week. Mars (5-1, 3-1) has the fewest losses in the section while Knoch (6-3, 4-2), Highlands (4-2, 4-2) and Hampton (4-3, 4-2) all have identical section records.

Mars has somewhat of an advantage as the Planets have yet to play a home game and will close out their season playing almost entirely at home. This week Mars hosts Highlands on Tuesday in its first home game of the season. Two days later it will host Hampton. The Planets will likely need to win both if it wants to keep its dream alive of a third consecutive section title.

"A lot is going to happen this week," Mars coach Michelle Goodworth said. "We will know a lot more by the end of the week. Whoever shows up and is mentally prepared and doesn't make mental mistakes will be winners."

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Lacrosse: Both Quaker Valley teams remain unbeaten

Written by Joe Koch on .

Heading into the Easter break, both Quaker Valley High lacrosse teams are having stellar seasons.

Although it plays in Division 2, the Quakers' boys team is the top-rated squad in Western Pennsylvania with an 8-0 record, according to Laxpower.com. Coach Bill Marcotte's team has faced few challenges thus far. Their closest game was a 12-7 victory over Shaler in the season opener. Since then, the Quakers have earned double-digit victories over Knoch (18-4), Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3), North Hills (18-2), Cave Spring, Va. (13-1) and New River Valley, Va. (16-3).

Quaker Valley returns to action Tuesday with a nonsection game at Latrobe.

On the girls' side, coach Nellie Kraus' team has had similar success, also entering the break with an 8-0 record. Their most significant victories came against No. 9 Pine-Richland (14-4) in the season opener, No. 6 Seneca Valley (14-7), No. 8 Fox Chapel (19-14) and No. 10 North Allegheny (11-8).