Up against one of the strongest WPIAL Class AA girls swimming teams, Northgate's Anna Wagner had one of her strongest meets of the year. Individually, Wagner swam the 200 IM in 2:28.18 to edge South Fayette's Faith Ruehle by 0.60 seconds. She complemented that individual win with a relay win. She helped the Flames 200 medley relay take first place with a time of 2:06.51. Wagner was joined on the relay by Becca Volk, Carrie Haney and Maura Scrabis. Wagner also recorded a fast time of 1:09.05 in the 100 butterfly to finish third in that event and she led off Northgate's 200 freestyle relay that placed third. She swam her leg in 27.37.
Competing in a state championship in any sport can be a heady experience for any athlete, particularly if it's the first time an athlete is competing on such a lofty level.
Northgate junior Caroline Carlson gained some valuable experience at the PIAA Class AA Girls Individual Championship held at York's Heritage Hills Resort. After shooting a 100 in the opening round, Carlson shot five strokes better in the second round to finish with a total of 195, which tied her for 16th place with two seniors, Lewisburg's Emily Conrad and Villa Maria's Lia Fatica. Carlson will have one more chance to compete on the statewide level a year from now.
Northgate junior Caroline Carlson competed on a boys team for the balance of the 2014 season.
After Tuesday's Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville, Carlson proved her mettle against the best of Western Pennsylvania by placing eighth with a 15-over-par round of 87 and earning one of the 11 berths in the PIAA Class AA Girls Golf Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort.
The two-day event begins Monday and winds up on Tuesday.
Four other WPIAL golfers will compete in the PIAA Championship along with Carlson. They are Seton-LaSalle senior Joey Walz, Neshannock junior Marissa Kirkwood, Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore and WPIAL Class AA champion Olivia Zambruno and Freeport junior Audrey Clawson.
Northgate welcomes back T.J. Wiley as coach as he returns following a one-year stint at Deer Lakes.
Wiley returns to a program that produced a 2-8 overall record last year, including a 2-6 mark in the Eastern Conference. The Flames will play in the reorganized Black Hills Conference this season.
The Flames' primary offensive threat is 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior quarterback Johnny Camello, a two-year starter who has seen varsity action since his freshman season.
Tailback Brett Howell (5-11, 185, Sr.) played his first two years at Northgate before transferring to Pickerington North in Ohio for his junior year. He returns to Northgate for his senior season. He brings some legitimate speed to the Flames offense, having been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Joe Koch profiles new Northgate football coach T.J. Wiley.
"Second chances don't come often for too many people, but for T.J. Wiley, the former — and new — football coach at Northgate High School, a second chance is what he believes he has been offered.
Wiley resigned as Northgate's coach in 2012 to take the same job at Deer Lakes. His move followed a 2012 season that saw the Flames miss the playoffs when they lost their final regular-season game to Avonworth, 25-24.
But after a year at Deer Lakes, which saw the Lancers go 0-9, Wiley learned the football job was open at Northgate. He applied for the job and was appointed in February."