Field Hockey: Penn-Trafford in line to be top seed in Class 2A

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Shortly after Penn-Trafford's 5-1 loss to Pine-Richland in a Class AAA, Section 1 game last week, Warriors coach Cindy Dutt said the team she and her team had established before the season was to win the section title.

That road, however, became more difficult after the Warriors fell to visiting North Allegheny, 1-0, this past Thursday.

Since the PIAA decided to add another classification to field hockey, however, the Warriors have plenty of incentive as they are grouped in with Oakland Catholic and Woodland Hills in the newly-configured Class AA.

Both of those teams compete in Section 2, but Penn-Trafford played both of those teams in the early stages of the season. The Warriors rolled to an 8-0 victory over Oakland Catholic on Sept. 8, and they followed that up four days later with a 10-0 victory over Woodland Hills.


Field Hockey: Penn-Trafford off to a solid start

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Following victories this past week by margins of 4-1 and 4-0, respectively, over Section 1 rivals Hempfield and Latrobe, Penn-Trafford High's field hockey team was 6-0, a record that included shutout victories over Aquinas Academy, 6-0, Oakland Catholic, 7-0, Woodland Hills, 10-0, and Latrobe, 4-0. The other victory was a 2-1 overtime victory over Upper St. Clair.

While the victories over Oakland Catholic and Woodland Hills came against non-section opponents, both wins were significant. That is because all three teams – Pine-Richland, Oakland Catholic and Woodland Hills – have been classified in Class AA by the PIAA. These three goals will compete in a two-round mini-tournament at the end of the season.

Since Penn-Trafford has defeated both the Eagles and the Wolverines, it gives the Warriors a significant advantage, and they likely will be the top seed in the mini-tournament.

Eight players scored for Penn-Trafford in the victory over Woodland Hills. Alayna Wagner and Cassie Sebak each scored two goals. Emily Polakovsky, Danielle Ochendowski, Lauren Kelly, Natalie Norman, Jessica LeVeille and Natalie Wilson each had one goal.


Football: Laffoon takes reins from older brother as Penn-Trafford quarterback

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Brian Batko profiles Penn-Trafford football player Cam Laffoon.

"Penn-Trafford quarterback, cerebral, leader.

Cam Laffoon or Brett Laffoon?

Tall, thick, downhill runner.

Cam Laffoon or Cam Newton?

The current Penn-Trafford quarterback, junior Cam Laffoon, isn't much for comparisons, whether it's his older brother or one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. For the record, he sees himself as more of an Andrew Luck-style player anyway. But so far, his first season leading the Warriors offense has been a success."


Field Hockey: Penn-Trafford takes leg up among Class 2A teams

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While Penn-Trafford, Oakland Catholic and Woodland Hills will be competing against Class AAA teams during the regular season, the schools have been designated as Class AA schools for the WPIAL and PIAA tournaments.

So, that makes any game among the three schools doubly important.

This past week, Oakland Catholic defeated Section 2 rival Woodland Hills, 3-0. The following day, on Sept. 8, Penn-Trafford rolled to an 8-0 non-section victory over the Eagles. Penn-Trafford completes its min-series against Class AA competition when it visits the Wolverines at 7 p.m.

Monday. Then, the Warriors won't see the other two Class AA teams until the postseason. Woodland Hills and Oakland Catholic, meanwhile, conclude the regular-season series on Sept. 29 at the Wolverena.