Boys Volleyball: Penn Trafford loses PIAA semifinal to Penn Manor

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The most successful season in Penn-Trafford boys volleyball history came to an end Wednesday, one win short of a PIAA championship berth.

The Warriors, who claimed their first WPIAL title May 27, dropped a 3-1 decision to District 3 champion Penn Manor in the semifinals of the PIAA Class AAA tournament, a match played at Chambersburg High School.

Penn Manor posted a 25-20 victory in the first set, but Penn-Trafford countered with a 25-21 win to tie the best-of-five match.

Penn Manor clinched the victory and earned its first PIAA title berth with wins of 25-13 and 25-22 in the final two sets.


Alumni Update - Chris Common (Pitt - Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  After a record breaking conference regular season, eight members of the Pitt-Greensburg baseball team have earnedCommon PGU 2016 All-AMCC distinctions. Anthony Bozzuto highlights the group with his second straight first team selection. Chris Common, Ryan Dodson, Matt Moyer, and Cam Smith pick up second team honors.

Common, a Penn-Trafford graduate,doubles up the awards with a second team selection and the Newcomer of the Year nod. The freshman outfielder was outstanding during AMCC play, ranking top 10 in a number of conference play categories. Common finished ranked seventh in batting average (.435), fifth in hits (27), fourth in home runs (4), sixth in runs (18), RBI (19), and slugging percentage (.758).  He'd also place seventh in doubles (6) and ninth in on base percentage (.478). 


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Lacrosse: Penn-Trafford hopes to shut door on Norwin

Written by Joe Koch on .

Penn-Trafford vaulted a huge hurdle when the Warriors defeated Latrobe, 11-10, in a crucial Division 2, Section 1 showdown this past Wednesday. Following today's non-section game at Vincentian Academy, Penn-Trafford, 8-3 overall, can seal a Division 2, Section 1 championship on Wednesday at Norwin.

But it won't be easy. The Knights are right on the Warriors' heels. Penn-Trafford is 4-0 against section rivals. Norwin is 3-1 and 9-4 overall. The Knights' only section loss was a 12-7 setback on April 14 that came amid a three-game losing streak. The other losses in that skid came against Division 2 rival Shaler, 8-4, and Division 1 member Central Catholic, 11-6. Since that loss Central, Norwin has won six of its past seven games, the latest 14-8 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic on Thursday.

Penn-Trafford has been playing well recently. Following successive losses to Shaler and Baldwin, the Warriors have won five games in a row. That included a 10-6 victory over Division 1 member Franklin Regional.


Alumni Update - Mark Merlino (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Washington & Jefferson needed just 12 hits to secure a doubleheader sweep at Bethany,Merlino WJ besting the Bison 2-0 in the opener and 4-2 in the night cap.

W&J runs its winning streak to six as the Presidents improve to 20-14 overall and 13-7 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. It marks the 12th 20-win season for the program in the last 13 years.

Both of W&J's runs in the first game came via solo home run. Mark Merlino, a Penn-Trafford graduate, homered in the top of the second, his first round-tripper in college,


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)