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Girls Basketball: Penn-Trafford looking good in Class AAAA Section 1

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Outside of Section 1-AAAA, the going has been tough for Penn-Trafford this season. The Warriors are only 1-4 outside of the section, winning their opening game against Plum before dropping four straight to non-section opposition.

But in the middle of that non-section skid, Penn-Trafford managed to win three-straight section contests and move to the top of Section 1-AAAA. The Warriors are currently tied with Norwin (5-4, 3-0) for the top spot.

Last year marked the end of Penn-Trafford's three-year reign of Section 1-AAAA dominance, a stretch in which the Warriors won the section title each year. Hempfield laid claim to that honor last year.

That's who Penn-Trafford will face in their next game on Jan. 4. With Hempfield already having lost a game this year, a win for Penn-Trafford would give it a big leg up going forward, and some momentum heading into its first meeting with Norwin five nights later.

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Swimming: Penn-Trafford boys flexing muscles early in the season

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Last season at the WPIAL Class AAA championships, Penn Trafford finished ninth in the team standings with 109 points, just ahead of Hempfield (107.5) and Penn Hills (104). The Warriors now look like another top ten team and with more margin for breathing if the early season scores are any indication.

Penn Trafford has posted dual meet wins against Plum, and Gateway already this season. Penn Trafford defeated Plum 92-78 and it defeated Gateway 99-87. It has one of the best divers in the area with Joe Ference who set the program record already this season. He broke the seven-year old record of 251.9 with a score of 271.25 against Gateway. Ference is obviously headed for the WPIAL championships and the Warriors will have a solid contingent of individual swimmers there as well.

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Swimming: Penn-Trafford diver sets school record

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Joe Ference waited little time during his high school career to rewrite to Penn-Trafford diving record book. Ference also wasted little time during his sophomore campaign to do it. Ference scored a 271.25 during a dual meet against Gateway in early December. He broke a seven-year old record of 251.9 previously held by Christopher Vukas.

At the WPIAL Class AAA championships last February, Ference finished 11th overall. With his performance thus far in December he has a very good shot of cracking the top ten and vying for a PIAA championship berth. The top eight divers advance to the PIAA championships.

Ference's performance against Gateway also helped the Warriors notch their first win of the season as Penn-Trafford edged the Gators 99-87.

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Swimming: Penn-Trafford girls defeat a pair of neighboring rivals

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Penn-Trafford notched a pair of significant wins in December against a pair of strong swimming teams from the East Zone. The Lady Warriors defeated Plum 90-75 and they followed up that win with a 98-82 triumph against Gateway. Along the way Penn-Trafford also notched some WPIAL qualifying times with sophomore Emily Graziani accomplishing the feat in the 200-individual medley and 100 backstroke in the meet against Gateway. Other winners against Gateway included senior Cassie Szmyd (100 butterfly and 200 freestyle), freshman Emma Winchell (50 freestyle and 100 freestyle), junior Audra Ragan (500 freestyle) and sophomore Allison Bacco (100 breaststroke).

Penn-Trafford finished 18th with 26 points at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season. They were tied in 18th with Plum and ahead of 24th-place Gateway.