It was a major clash of WPIAL heavyweights Saturday at Highmark Stadium. In the first ever WPIAL Class 4A final, undefeated Norwin met undefeated Canon-McMillan. No. 1 Norwin (20-0-1) held on to defeat the Big Macs (18-1-1) 3-1. Even with the magnitude of the game, one cannot help but wonder that Norwin has its eyes on a bigger prize this year. The Knights have only lost one game in two years and it was in the state playoffs last year against Upper St. Clair, the same team they defeated in the WPIAL final last year. Norwin begins its PIAA redemption tour against a WPIAL opponent on Tuesday when it meets Fox Chapel at Mars High School at 6 p.m.
Maria Santilli has been under her share of pressure this year.
Not only was the junior expected to win the Section 1 singles title, she was also a frontrunner for the WPIAL 3A title.
So far, so good.
Despite recovering from a broken foot at the start of the season, she won the section title without losing a game in four matches. Then, after North Allegheny senior Anna Li was forced to withdraw from the Section 2 singles tournament with a shoulder problem, she was inserted into the top spot on the WPIAL bracket.
Name: Brock Dieter
Background: Dieter is having a breakout season for a Norwin team that has qualified for the playoffs for the third year in a row. A first-year starter, Dieter entered last Friday's game against Central Catholic having completed 79 of 129 passes for 1,314 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's thrown for more than 300 yards twice. He passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns against Peters Township and 309 yards and three touchdowns against Butler. Norwin is 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Class 6A Southeastern Conference. The Knights host Hempfield in Friday's regular-season finale.
CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion volleyball team rebounded from a sluggish start and dominated down the stretch, winning three straight sets to close out a 3-1 (21-25, 30-28, 25-17, 25-13) win over Seton Hill at Tippin Gymnasium.
The Golden Eagles (13-10, 7-4 PSAC) withstood a late flurry from the Griffins in the second set and cruised to wins in the final two for the victory.
Catherine Ferragonio, a Norwin graduate, recorded 22 digs to make her the latest Golden Eagle to surpass 1,000 career digs.
(photo courtesy of Clarion University)
MEADVILLE, Pa. - After a back-and-forth opening three sets, the Allegheny volleyball team was unable to earn a comeback win against Denison, falling 3-1 to the Big Red.
Playing in front of a spirited home crowd, the Gators earned a convincing 25-19 third-set win to pull to within 2-1, but the Big Red closed the match out with a 25-9 victory in the fourth and final set.
Hannah Cubarney, a Norwin graduate, totaled a team-leading 10 kills for the Gators.
(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)