Football: Penn-Trafford aiming for first WPIAL title

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It's been 18 years since Penn-Trafford last played for a WPIAL football title, and that championship game was contested at Three Rivers Stadium.

Needless to say, the Warriors were overdue to reach the final again.

Penn-Trafford will try to its first WPIAL title when the Warriors (12-0) play Central Catholic (11-1) in the Class AAAA final Saturday at Heinz Field at 2 p.m.

The Warriors are making just their second appearance in the championship. They lost to Upper St. Clair, 28-27, in the 1997 title game.


Hockey: Warriors outlook improves with move to Class AA

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Penn-Trafford went to the PIHL Class AAA semifinals in 2014, but suffered through a miserable year in 2014-15 and wallowed near the bottom of the standings throughout the season.


Now the Warriors have a new classification, a new lease on life and are postseason contenders once again.


Because of the PIHL’s annual realignment, Penn-Trafford dropped down from Class AAA to Class AA and has moved into the thick of the playoff hunt. The Warriors are 3-3-0 and have already equaled their win total from last season.


Football: Penn-Trafford duo continues to stand out

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Brett Laffoon throws a touchdown pass to Tim Vecchio.

Repeat three times.

Penn-Trafford, the No. 2 seed in Class AAAA, can beat opponents in a lot of ways, but the Warriors stuck to their most potent recipe in a 56-7 romp against visiting North Hills in a WPIAL first-round game.

Laffoon connected with Vecchio for four touchdowns – 12, 52, 44 and 39 yards – to help Penn-Trafford race to a 42-0 halftime lead. Laffoon played a part in each of the Warriors' six first-half touchdowns, throwing for five – the other went to Tyler Bruno – and rushing for another. Laffoon finished 11 of 15 for 241 yards, while Vecchio had six catches for 159 yards.


Alumni Update - Matthew Baurle (Westminster)

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Matt Baurle helped Westminster remain perfect in dual meet competition this season with a 164-102 win overBaurle Westminster Allegheny Saturday.

He was a part of 29 total points in the win, earning individual victories in the 100 breaststroke (59.99) and the 200 breaststroke (2:13.64) and swimming the second leg of the winning 400 medley relay (3:34.79).

The Penn-Trafford graduate won PAC Men’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Alumni Update - Amanda Steffey (Washington & Jefferson)

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WASHINGTON, Pa. -- For the second time in the final three weeks of the regular season, Washington & JeffersonSteffey WJ junior Amanda Steffey has earned Empire 8 Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Steffey, a Penn-Trafford graduate, led the Presidents to a return trip to the Empire 8 tournament with a pair of wins to run their overall winning streak to seven straight games.

On the week, she totaled nine points with three goals and three assists. Wednesday night against Oberlin, Steffey played a role in four of W&J's six goals, tallying a pair of goals and a pair of assists. In Saturday's E8 finale versus Houghton, Steffey established new career highs with 13 goals and 33 points as she registered a goal and an assist to punch W&J's ticket back to the E8 tournament.

Through 18 games, Steffey third in the conference at 33 points, while her 13 goals rank fourth.

As her junior season winds down, Steffey currently ranks third in program history with 34 career goals and is in fourth for points at 82, one behind Erin Barno for third place.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)