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Track: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Claire Schreiber

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Claire Schreiber
High School: Shaler
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: Triple jump and long jump

Background: Schreiber is an honors student at Shaler. She recently placed third at the Butler Invitational in the triple jump with a personal record of 36 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Schreiber is a multi-sport athlete as a member of the varsity soccer team in addition to track and field.

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Track: North stars represent WPIAL at Penn Relays

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The North region of the WPIAL sent two athletes to the Penn Relays last week.

Knoch's Jordan Geist won the shot put with a throw of 73 feet, 3/4 inch. Not only did he break his own state record and top his previous personal record of 72-9 1/2 from the indoor season, but he also earned the US #7 all-time spot and the national junior class record. Last year, Geist threw the shot put a distance of 67-1 for first place.

Seneca Valley's Mike Kolor also competed at the Penn Relays. The senior took seventh in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 16.30 seconds. It was the first time Kolor participated in the event. His best mile time from this year is 4:15.04 earned at the Butler Invitational.

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Track: Seneca Valley boys take second at Mars Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Seneca Valley boys took second at the Mars Invitational last week. The Raiders earned 69 points towards their silver medal, just one point behind Hickory.

Justin Gaydos earned the only gold medal of the day in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 2 seconds.

Mark Smith took silver in the 300 hurdles with a mark of 41.11, after claiming third in the 100 (11.47). Matt Sloan jumped a distance of 42 feet, 5 inches for second place in the triple jump. He finished six inches behind Shaler's Michael Bagwell.

Sam Owori just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 (4:30.75). Ben Bachik also took fourth place with a distance of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump. Zach Gehm and Ryan DeBoer took fourth and fifth in the discus, respectively. Josh Panizales closed out the day with a fourth-place finish in the javelin (136-10).

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Track: Quaker Valley girls place third at MAC championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Quaker Valley girls took third at the Midwestern Athletic Conference championships last Wednesday. The Quakers earned 60 points to put them behind first-place Shenango (78) and runner-up Beaver (71).

Hannah Bablak started the rally with a victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 19.24 seconds. She went on to grab gold in the 1,600 with a time of 5:12.37. Audrey Durbin placed third in the 3,200, missing second by two seconds with a time of 11:47.56. Bryn Tomczak ran a 16.02 for bronze in the 100 hurdles.

The 3,200 relay team of Durbin, Lucie Kubinski, Tarris Bearett and Bablak grabbed gold with a time of 10:04.25. Mars grabbed silver just six seconds behind them. Kubinski, Tarris, Bablak and Julia Stinson took third in the 1,600 relay with a mark of 4:11.60.

On the field, Franzi Nace took silver in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 9 inches, just 1/2 inch behind Shenango's Miranda Schry.

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Luke Ross
High School: Sewickley Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Ross is the reigning WPIAL Class AA singles champion and he also won the title as a freshman in 2014. Ross took off last season to pursue tennis training in Florida. He has solidified an already formidable Panthers lineup and will be the team's No. 1 player when the team championships open today.

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Boys Tennis: Sewickley Academy heavy favorite to win 13th WPIAL title in a row

Written by Keith Barnes on .

When it comes to WPIAL Class AA boys tennis, it all comes down to Sewickley Academy and everyone else.

That's what happens when a team has won 12 consecutive titles and might possibly have the best unit, top to bottom, it has ever had.

Sewickley Academy's top singles player, junior Luke Ross, is the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion and also took the title in his only other appearance in 2014, while No. 2 Sam Sauter was the runner-up last year and will be heading to states as the third-place finisher this year. The Panthers doubles teams have always been impressive and will have two qualifiers for the state finals including Ryan and Don Gex, who won the WPIAL title for the second consecutive season.

This year they will start their title defense with a match against Neshannock today at 3:30 p.m.

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Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Christian Fedko

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Christian Fedko
High School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Fedko was an all-section performer as a sophomore and has already committed to play at Connecticut. He has been considered one of the best hitters in the WPIAL for the last two seasons, but showed everyone in the country what he's capable of last week when he hit two grand slams in an inning during an 18-1 victory over St. Joseph. His eight RBIs in an inning were the third-most in NFHS history.

 

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Alumni Update - Jansen Hartmann (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

EDINBORO, Pa. – The Edinboro University Athletic Department recognized its 2016 Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year andHartmann Boro Coach of the Year on Saturday, April 30 at the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. Women's soccer coach Gary Kagiavas and men's and women's tennis coach Lee Underwood shared Edinboro's Coach of the Year, while women's soccer standout Jansen Hartmann was selected the Nancy Acker Award recipient as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year and men's basketball  standout Henri Wade-Chatman was selected the Sox Harrison Award winner as the Senior Male Athlete of the Year.


Hartmann, a North Hills graduate,capped an outstanding career by leading the women's soccer team to its finest season in school history. Edinboro would tie the school record for wins in a season at 15-8-1 while reaching the PSAC Championship game and the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.


Hartmann started all 24 contests and finished as the team's leading scorer with 33 points on 12 goals and 9 assists. She ranked second in the PSAC in total points, fourth in points per game, tied for second in goals, tied for fifth in goals per game, while leading the PSAC in assists and ranking fourth in assists per game. \


In addition, she was 19th in Division II in assists. Hert 33 points was the third-highest total in a season at Edinboro, while the 12 goals were tied for fourth, and the 9 assists ranked third. She finished with five game-winning goals, ranking second in the PSAC and 28th in Division II.

 

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Alumni Update - GJ Senchak (California University of Pennsylvania)

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa.  — The California University of Pennsylvania baseball team ended the regular season by splittingSenchak CalU a doubleheader against Pitt-Johnstown at Point Stadium in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West action on Saturday night, winning 9-1 before suffering a 13-6 loss.


With the result, the Vulcans close the regular season with a 26-20 record behind a 17-11 mark in divisional play. Cal U finished as the fourth seed in the West and will play Millersville, the No. 1 team in the country, on the initial day of the PSAC Tournament.


Meanwhile, the Mountain Cats end their season at 18-27 on the year with an 11-17 conference record.


Senior GJ Senchak, a New Castle graduate, earned the win to improve to 4-3 this year after allowing only one run (earned) on nine hits in a complete game (100 pitches).
 

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Alumni Update - Samantha Crilley (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -The Chatham University Softball team welcomed the Golden Tornadoes from GenevaCrilley Chatham College to Varsity Field yesterday afternoon in a 2 game double-header.


This would be the final two home games of the season for the Chatham Softball team. The Cougars would recognize three terrific Seniors yesterday in what was Senior Day.


In game one, freshman Samantha Crilley would go 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple.


Crilley, a Seneca Valley graduate, would shine for the Cougars in game two going 3 for 3 at the plate with another triple.


On the day Crilley would go an impressive 5 for 6 at the plate with two triples, and two runs scored.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Chatham)

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Baseball: Red-hot Shaler claims section title

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Shaler was one hit away from making it to its first WPIAL championship game since taking its most recent title in 1999.

That was when Central Catholic came up with a four-run ninth inning in a 6-2 victory in the Class AAAA semifinals last year.

Then again, perhaps that was only a taste of what the team was capable of this season.

Heading into Monday's game against their Section 3 rival and the reigning WPIAL champion Vikings (6-8, 3-6), the Titans (11-4, 8-1) had reeled off eight consecutive victories and had moved into first place in the section.

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Baseball: North Catholic hopes to make noise in postseason

Written by Keith Barnes on .

When Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic came back from its season-opening road trip to Myrtle Beach, the team didn't look like it would be a WPIAL Class A playoff contender.

Not only were the Trojans 2-2, they had just lost their final game of the Ripken Experience to North Buillit, Ky. in a 16-0 fashion.That was also the last time they lost a game.

North Catholic (11-3, 8-0) had reeled off nine consecutive wins heading into its Section 4 first-place showdown with Vincentian (11-3, 7-1) on Monday and already had a 7-6 victory over the Royals earlier in the season. Considering that the Trojans only returning all-section player was senior outfielder Robert Schad, they are still in a great position to take a high seed once the playoffs open and could be among the favorites to win their first title since taking Class AA in 2007.

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Baseball: Quaker Valley faces challenging week

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Quaker Valley has had its share of scares the last couple of weeks, but somehow the team has been able to find a way to win.

How well they do that this week will go a long way toward determining its postseason seeding.

After Monday's game with Fort Cherry (6-9, 3-8), the Quakers (11-1, 10-1) have three more on the slate for this week, including a first-place showdown with Avonworth (12-1, 10-1), the only team that defeated them this season.

Since that 7-6 loss on April 13, Quaker Valley has reeled off eight consecutive victories, including three of the last six by two runs or less. The Quakers are 3-1 in one-run games this year.

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Softball: Shaler gets Hempfield monkey off back

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Last Wednesday's heavyweight clash between Shaler and Hempfield, the top two teams in Class AAAA, was a non-section matchup and very well could be the first of two or three meetings between the teams. The game would likely give the playoff pairings committee an easy decision to make regarding who to seed No. 1 and who to seed No. 2. The game must have had a bigger meaning for veteran Shaler manager Skip Palmer. The game presented an opportunity for the Titans to exercise some demons against the Spartans. Shaler had lost six consecutive meetings to Hempfield. The seniors on Shaler were 0-4 against Hempfield. In 2012, Hempfield defeated Shaler 7-1 in the regular season. In 2013, Hempfield won, 5-2, in the regular season and eliminated Shaler from the WPIAL playoffs in the quarterfinals. In 2014, their regular season meeting was rained out. Last season, Hempfield blanked Shaler, 1-0, in the regular season and then proceeded to defeat Shaler, 9-1, in the WPIAL semifinals and 6-1 in the PIAA first round. On Wednesday, the Titans were finally able to get the Hempfield monkey off their back with a 5-2 win at Shaler's Hilltop Field. Shaler (15-0, 10-0) and Hempfield (11-2, 10-0) are leading their respective sections and nobody would be surprised to see postseason meetings between the teams.

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - North Hills' Darian Richards

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Darian Richards
High School: North Hills
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball
Position: Catcher

Background: Darian Richards is a senior and returning starter for North Hills. She is a senior captain for a team currently in playoff contention in Section 3-AAAA. Richards' experience has been valuable to an overall young Indians team. She catches for sophomore pitcher Anna McNickle, who started the season 6-2 with 50 strikeouts. Richards was batting .286 with a triple and one home run through eight games.

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Softball: North Hills closing in on first playoff berth in six years

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

North Hills has not been to the postseason since 2010. The Indians can make a big step to returning to the postseason for the second time this decade when they visit Moon on Tuesday in the biggest game of the season for both teams. North Hills defeated the Tigers, 13-0, back on April 8.

"Coming into the year, we knew we had a chance to compete," North Hills coach Libby Gasior said. "We knew that we had some young talent coming up. This is a very unique team, I haven't really coached a group like this. We have one senior, two juniors and three sophomores and that looks like we are really young but they are all six starters who returned. We had some really good youth coming up from the freshmen and expectation wise, we expected to compete."

Compete they have. Entering Tuesday's showdown, North Hills (10-4, 7-4) is clinging onto third place behind Shaler (10-0, 15-0) and North Allegheny (12-1, 9-1). Moon (8-5, 6-4) still has the chance to play spoiler.

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Video: Girls Lacrosse - Quaker Valley defeats Canon McMillan (Apr. 30)

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

Enjoy Sports Town's video clips of the Quaker Valley girls' lacrosse team. The clips were taken today as the Quakers routed Canon-Mac (at Canon-Mac). The video also features commentary by Quakers' assistant coach Kristin Yoviene.

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Lacrosse: First place at stake for Pine-Richland, Quaker Valley

Written by Joe Koch on .

Plenty will be on the line at 5:30 p.m. Monday when Quaker Valley hosts Pine-Richland in a girls lacrosse game at Chuck Knox Stadium. The game was initially scheduled to be played on April 21, but was postponed until Monday because of persistent lightning.

The Quakers won a heart-stopping 14-13 victory over Fox Chapel this past Thursday when they scored two goals in the final 47.4 seconds of the game.

Emily Kraus tied the game with 47.4 seconds left on a free position shot, and Aubrey Bouchard picked up a loose ball with about 15 seconds left, raced the length of the field and scored with 6.3 seconds left.

"My teammate Rachel Bould got an amazing check," she said. "I saw there was 15 seconds left, and she could have taken the ball in. But I was open right in the middle, and she got the ball to me. As a senior captain, I didn't want to let the team down. I just sprinted down the field, squared my hips up and hit the [left] corner."

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Lacrosse: North Feature Athlete - Shady Side Academy's Clayton Krol

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Clayton Krol
High School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Lacrosse
Position: Attack

Background: Clayton is a three-year starter for the Indians, and he has committed to High Point, N.C., University. He scored seven goals in a 9-5 victory over Sewickley Academy, the winning goal in a 9-8 triple-overtime victory over Mt. Lebanon and three goals in a 10-7 victory over Pine-Richland. For the season, he has 25 goals and 13 assists. He also is a running back/defensive back for the Shady Side Academy football team. He is an Honor Roll Student and a member of the school's Personal Finance Club.

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Lacrosse: Mars girls hope to close out section with perfect record

Written by Joe Koch on .

Heading into next week, the Mars girls lacrosse team is 9-2 overall. But for playoff positioning, the Planets are in the hunt for a favorable seed in the postseason tournament with a 6-0 record against Division 2, Section 3 opponents.

Mars only losses have come against Division 1 stalwart Pine-Richland, 15-7, and 2015 WPIAL Division 2 finalist Blackhawk, 12-9. The game was the second in a home-and-home match. Blackhawk won the first game, the season opener, 9-7.

Mars has a challenging schedule this week with successive section road games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday against Butler, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Knoch.