Girls Soccer: Penn-Trafford enjoyed a strong closing

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

"In years past, the Penn-Trafford High School girls soccer team has had plenty of success in section play. The Warriors won at least a share of the Section 1-AAA title the past three seasons.

This season, they were seeking something more.

Section titles the past two seasons translated into zero playoff wins. Penn-Trafford was eliminated, 1-0, in the first round by Pine-Richland last year and 3-1 in the first round by Canon-McMillan two years ago.

"We talked about that in the preseason," coach Rick Nese said. "We have had our success in the section, and going into the season I asked the girls what would we rather have if they had to pick and choose, a section title and go out early or no section title and a deep playoff run. Everybody was on board. We needed to not put as much stock in a section title.""



Alumni Update - Matthew Baurle (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Matthew Baurle swam to individual victories in the 100 (1:01.67) and 200 (2:17.04) breast in Saturday's victory overBaurle Westminster Allegheny.

He was also triumphant in the 400 medley relay (3:37.64), teaming up with Mitch StaharaSteven Brooks and Brad Kolesar. Westminster improved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

The Penn-Trafford graduate earned PAC Swimmer/Diver of the Week.

(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Football: East Feature Athlete - Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Devin Austin
High School: Penn-Trafford
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: After his team fell behind, 13-10, at the half, Austin scored three third-quarter touchdowns to help the Warriors rally to defeat Fox Chapel, 40-13, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game last Friday. Austin rushed for 157 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 48 and 7 yards. He also hauled in a 13-yard touchdown from Brett Laffoon. The win advanced the No. 2 seeded Warriors (10-0) to Friday's quarterfinals, when they will meet No. 7 North Allegheny (8-2) at Fox Chapel. For the season, Austin has rushed for 1,266 yards and has scored 19 touchdowns, both team highs. He is also an outstanding wrestler who has a good chance of reaching the 100-win plateau for his career this winter.


Football: Success continues for Penn-Trafford kicker

Written by Brad Everett on .

Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said that kicker Casey Aunkst has only missed two kicks all season – one field goal and one extra point. Other than that, the senior has been perfect.

Not bad for a girl, eh?

Aunkst is one of most consistent kickers in Class AAAA. In Penn-Trafford's 40-13 first-round win against Fox Chapel, she booted a 23-yard field goal and was a perfect five-for-five on extra points. For the season, Aunkst has made three field goals and 49 extra points. Her 58 points are the third most on the team behind running back Devin Austin and wide receiver Timmy Vecchio.