Softball: East Feature Athlete - Nicole Smith, Penn-Trafford

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Nicole Smith
High School: Penn-Trafford
Grade: 12
Sport: Softball

Background: Penn-Trafford boasts one of the top returning pitchers in Section 1-AAAA with senior Nicole Smith back in the circle. Smith debuted last year as the full-time starting pitcher and quickly evolved into an all-section talent. In her first scrimmage of the year, Smith was hitting 64-66 miles per hour on her fastball.


Softball: Veteran pitcher Smith to anchor Penn-Trafford

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles Penn-Trafford pitcher Nicole Smith.

"It was the first day of practice and Penn-Trafford softball coach Monica Cox was preparing to break in four new infielders.

Without hesitation as the team hit the field for its first practice, everyone ran to their positions, even the new players.

"They just ran out there," Cox said. "They ran to where they knew they were going to be. They knew what was expected."

The new starters sat in the shadows behind seniors last year but if there was an injury, they were ready to fill in at a moment's notice."



Alumni Update - Alexis Ryan (Allegheny)

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CLERMONT, Fla. –Behind sophomore Alexis Ryan's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning, Allegheny closed out its 2015Ryan AC spring break excursion to Florida in fine fashion, as they defeated Keene State 4-3.

Ryan, a Penn-Trafford graduate, singled, which allowed Belle Mazurik to cross the plate with the winning run, capped off the comeback win for the Gators, who trailed 3-1 in the fourth inning before scoring the game's final three runs.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Alumni Update - Chelsia Poole (Seton Hill)

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The track and field team returned home from spring break and took part in the CalU Early Bird Meet on Saturday afternoon.Poole SHU

On the women's side, Chelsia Poole, a Penn-Trafford graduate, won the Steeple Chase in 11:41.90, a PSAC Qualifying Mark.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Hockey: Warriors showed flashes during tough season

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It was a difficult season to say the least for Penn-Trafford.


Not only were the Warriors coming off a year in which they made an appearance in the PIHL Class AAA semifinals, there was hope that the newly reformed classification after the league’s realignment would prove competitively fruitful for every one of the top tier teams.

And there were flashes.


Penn-Trafford (3-18-1) nearly beat the team with the best record in the league, North Allegheny, but gave up a goal at 2:23of overtime in a 4-3 loss in the second game of the season. In their next game, the Warriors skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with Penguins Cup finalist Butler.


Those were close games, but Penn-Trafford even had a signature win, a 1-0 shutout of a Seneca Valley team that was the No. 5 seed in the postseason tournament.


Those may seem like small victories. But considering how the season went, they are all the Warriors have to build on for next season.