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Track: Peters Township’s Wolk narrowly edged out in state final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Nick Wolk didn't win a PIAA track title last weekend.

But, boy, did he come close.

Wolk, a senior at Peters Township, was narrowly defeated by North Pocono's Matt Kravitz in the PIAA Class AAA 3,200-meter final. Less than a second separated the two. Kravitz finished in 9:09.34, while Wolk finished in 9:10.25. Fellow WPIAL runners Marc Migliozzi (North Allegheny), Jake Susalla (Plum) and Todd Gunzenhauser (Mt. Lebanon) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Wolk was trying to add a PIAA gold medal to the WPIAL gold medal he earned a week earlier. Wolk ran a 9:13.68 to top the field at the WPIAL championships after placing fourth last year.

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Baseball: Peters Township hopes to plate runs against Fox Chapel’s stingy pitchers

Written by Brad Everett on .

Peters Township has an excellent offense which features WPIAL home run leader Tor Sehnert, but how will the Indians fare against one of the area's best pitching staffs?

The 8-9 game should be a good one in Class AAAA, as No. 8 Fox Chapel plays No. 9 Peters Township today -- weather permitting -- at West Mifflin.

Fox Chapel (14-5) has eight shutouts on the season, the most of any Class AAAA team. The Foxes finished the regular season with three consecutive shutouts, each coming against playoff teams (Mt. Lebanon, Shady Side Academy and North Hills). Take away a 14-4 loss to undefeated Plum, and the Foxes are allowing only 1.4 runs per game.

Peters Township (12-7) has won six of its last seven games, scoring at least nine runs in four of those wins. The Indians are averaging eight runs per game in their wins.

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Alumni Update - Mike Bittel (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seniors Mike Bittel and Matt Malacane earned another award on Thursday afternoon when they were named to the CoSIDA AcademicBittel SHU All District Team. The 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ Baseball  Team,  selected by the SIDs at the Division II level in the district, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Bittel owns a 3.60 GPA in business/marketing while Malacane has a 3.33 GPA in accounting.

Bittel, a Peters Township graduate, was an ABCA (1st), Daktronics (2nd), and NCBWA (2nd) All Region Selection and PSAC West first team selection following his sophomore season.

Bittel finished the regular season with a 7-2 record with 1 save and a 3.93 ERA.  In his 68.2 innings, Mike allowed 34 runs on 69 hits while striking out 74.  He has worked 6 complete games including two shutouts.  Opponents are hitting .257 off of Bittel. 

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Track: Another big-time performance by Peters runner

Written by Brad Everett on .

Nick Wolk is on a roll.

Peters Township's standout distance runner won two gold medals at last Friday's Baldwin Invitational. A week earlier, Wolk won gold three times at the Washington-Greene County Coaches Championships.

At Baldwin, Wolk took top honors in the mile and 3,200. He was one of four boys to win two gold medals, joining Knoch's Jordan Geist (shot put and discus), Central Catholic's Bricen Garner (long jump and triple jump) and North Allegheny's Ayden Owens (200 and 300 hurdles). Wolk finished with a time of 4:16.71 in the mile. North Allegheny's Jacob Stupak (4:19.11) was the runner-up. Wolk ran a time of 9:12.38 in the 3,200. North Allegheny's Marc Migliozzi (9:13.76) placed second.

Wolk's outing came a week after he won MVP honors at the WGCC Championships. He claimed titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.