Girls Soccer: Different day, same result for Penn-Trafford's Biondi

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It is no surprise when a team like Penn-Trafford is able to score goals in droves or when a team with a defense like Penn-Trafford is able to shutout a team. And it is certainly no surprise when Penn-Trafford's senior forward Italia Biondi is able to score a hat trick in a game. But it is somewhat of a surprise when it happens twice only 16 days apart – against the same team.

Penn-Trafford shutout Albert Gallatin 10-0 in a Section 1-AAA contest and Biondi netted a hat trick. It happened on September 8 at Albert Gallatin and it happened September 24 at Penn-Trafford. The strange déjà vu is tough to explain but what is not tough to explain is that Biondi, a former Greensburg Central Catholic transfer, is one of the top scorers in Class AAA and Penn-Trafford (7-1, 6-1) is one of the top teams in Class AAA.


Field Hockey: Penn-Trafford improves to 7-2

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following an 8-0 nonsection victory over Greensburg Central Catholic, the Penn-Trafford field hockey is 7-2 overall and is in third place in Section 1-AAA with a 3-2 record.

The Warriors have plenty of big games in store in the next two weeks. After visiting Peters Township in a nonsection game on Saturday, the Warriors return to section play with rematch games this week against Section 1-AAA leader North Allegheny and Westmoreland County rival Latrobe. In earlier meetings, the Tigers earned a 5-0 victory over the Warriors, and Penn-Trafford shut out Latrobe, 8-0.

The Warriors host North Allegheny at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and visit Latrobe in another 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

The following week features a nonsection game at Upper St. Clair followed by successive Section 1-AAA home matches with Pine-Richland and Norwin sandwiched around a road game at Hempfield.


Cross Country: Penn-Trafford girls finish seventh at Carlisle Invitational

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The Penn-Trafford girls cross country team placed seventh at the 22nd Carslisle Invitational on Saturday.

Lindsay Johnston took 18th place in 21 minutes, 28.1 seconds. The next three runners for Penn-Trafford held a tight pack to make it across the line in the top 40.

Angelica Brennfleck placed 30th in 22:07.9. April Miller and Mckenna Phipps crossed the finish line together in 36th and 37th.


Football: Penn-Trafford boasts a lethal duo

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles Penn-Trafford football standouts Brett Laffoon and Tim Vecchio.

2014 0925 PennTrafford Football(Photo: Penn-Trafford's Tim Vecchio is among the leading receivers in the WPIAL with 16 catches. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"One of the beauties of high school football is it is traditional.

While higher levels of football depend more and more on passing, at the prep level the basics of ball control are still paramount.

The Penn-Trafford Warriors are no exception. Ask coach John Ruane and he'll say running back Devin Austin, the WPIAL's 11th leading rusher with 459 yards, is the focal point of his offense.

But what makes the Warriors such a dangerous team with a 4-0 record and 175 points scored this season is one of the hottest passing combinations in Western Pennsylvania, Brett Laffoon to Tim Vecchio. The bad news for opponents is both are only juniors."


Boys Soccer: Defense is first priority for Penn-Trafford

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Stephen Catanese profiles the Penn-Trafford boys soccer team.

"Call it a motto or even a mission statement, but the Penn-Trafford boys soccer team knows exactly what it wants to do.

"First thing they say before they walk on the field is 'No goals against,'" second-year Penn-Trafford coach Jeff Nese said. "With the guys we have up front, we're going to score goals, we just have to make sure not to concede them."

A team-wide focus on defense has certainly been a recipe for success seven games into the 2014 season — the Warriors (7-0, 5-0) are one of the few remaining undefeated teams in the WPIAL and the only one that hasn't conceded a goal."