Boys Basketball: Northgate in playoff pursuit

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Northgate boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"The normal assumption for a high school athletic team is that team chemistry is often based on the amount of time spent together.

Athletes grow up through the system together and finish together as seniors.

That couldn't be further from the truth for the Northgate boys basketball team. The Flames have made the playoffs each of the past three seasons but don't count on playoff experience to play a factor in their final stretch run of the regular season.

Out of the five seniors on the team, only one has been through it all from start to finish. Mark Lodge has experienced the ups and downs with the Flames and is the only one who can relate to the Flames postseason run the past three years."



Football: Northgate's Girvin ignites Edinboro

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Post-Gazette writer Rick Davis profiles Jon Girvin, a Northgate graduate who is the starting quarterback at Edinboro University. Click here to read his story.

2013 1031 Edinboro Football(Photo: Edinboro University quarterback Jon Girvin, a Northgate High School graduate, has stepped in to lead the Fighting Scots. Edinboro University Photo)

"As a quarterback at Edinboro University, Jon Girvin is helping to prove that size really doesn't matter.

Northgate is a tiny high school located on Union Avenue in Bellevue, just north of Pittsburgh off Ohio River Boulevard, not exactly a hotbed of collegiate football talent being bombarded by salivating college coaches.

"We're not a big school, but there are some good players coming out of there," Girvin said. "I guess since it's a small school, Northgate doesn't get looked at very much.

"It is different playing in a little Single-A school against a bunch of Single-A football teams then coming here and playing against huge people. The PSAC has a lot of Division I dropouts.""



Northgate 2013 Football Preview

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The Flames look to build on last year's 5-4 season, but with only four seniors on the roster, this will be a young and inexperienced team.

Star quarterback Cody Walter (more than 1,600 yards offense last year) has graduated, and the position will be taken over by either Alex Marusic (6-0, 190, Sr.,) or Johnny Camello (5-10, 160, Jr.,). Camello threw four touchdown passes in a a part-time role at quarterback last season.

Marusic, a first-team all-conference running back last year along with Walter, is expected to help out in various roles.

"Marusic is going to be a 'do-everything' kind of guy for us and I'm excited to see what he's able to put together as a senior," first-year Flames coach Brandon LeDonne said.