Baseball: Penn-Trafford contending for section title

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Drew Karpen profiles the Penn-Trafford baseball team.

2014 0417 PennTrafford Baseball(Photo: Hempfield's Joey DeFloria slides home with a run despite the efforts of Penn-Trafford catcher Scott Koscho. That was one of the few low points for the Warriors as they dispatched the Spartans, 13-2, last Friday in a Section 2-AAAA victory. Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"It seems as though everyone from Pittsburgh knows something about the 1979 Pirates, even if they hadn't been born by then.

The team that came to be identified as the "We Are Family" group showed why it was tagged with that slogan after winning the franchise's fifth World Series title and second in the decade of the 1970s.

That wasn't the only local historic baseball moment in the Pittsburgh area. That was the first year that Ron Evans began his long and illustrious career with the Penn-Trafford High School baseball program.

"This is my 26th year as head coach at Penn-Trafford," Evans said. "I have been there all my [adult] life. I was an assistant for nine years before that. I have been involved with the program since 1979. I just retired from teaching last year. I taught at Penn-Trafford for 36 years.""


Alumni Update: Chansler Poole (Saint Vincent)

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Chansler Poole’s 1,500 time (3:49.22) in the Invitational division of last weekend’s Bucknell OutdoorPoole SVC 101013 Classic is the top time in the league and currently ranks third among all Division III competitors.

The Penn-Trafford graduate, also helped the Bearcats’ winning 4x800 relay (7:46.25) establish a new school record while posting Division III’s third-fastest time in the event this season.

His performance earned him PAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Tennis: Price wins first WPIAL singles match

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Penn-Trafford senior Cullen Price has been to the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament each of his four years of high school.

On Monday, he recorded his first win in the event.

Price defeated Upper St. Clair’s Dom D’Amico, 10-7, in the first round before falling to No. 1 seed Mike Santa-Lucia of Central Catholic, 10-4, in the quarterfinals.

Price is a four-time Class AAA Section 1 runner-up, losing in the final to Latrobe’s Chad Kissell each of the past three seasons. 


Alumni Update - Derek Lingafelt (Saint Vincent)

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Derek Lingafelt carded a two-under 70 to earn medalist honors and finish six strokes in front of the second-place finisher at Saturday’s Tam O’Shanter Invitational, hosted by Thiel at Tam O’Shanter of Pa. Golf Course in Hermitage, Pa. The Bearcats claimed the team title with a 304, 14 strokes ahead of Thiel’s “Blue” squad.

His performance earned the Penn-Trafford graduate PAC Men’s Golfer of the Week.



Hockey: Warriors’ Miller named one of league’s best for February

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced last week that Penn-Trafford senior Jake Miller was one of the Highmark PIHL Players of the Month for February.

Miller had seven of his PIHL Class AAA-best 54 points in the month of February. Miller finished the season with 23 goals and 31 assists for the Warriors, who went 12-8 during the regular season.

But Miller’s biggest goal came in the postseason, when he scored in overtime to beat defending Penguins Cup champion North Allegheny in the Penguins Cup quarterfinals. Miller had four goals and two assists in three postseason games.