Peters Township 2015 Football Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Looking back at last season when the team dropped its final five games and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2009, Peters Township went into its 2015 preparations with one goal in mind.

"We talked the whole offseason about how we wanted to be tougher, more aggressive, more intense, and the intensity looks like it's up," coach Rich Piccinini said. "We looked better on the field and we look like we have more enthusiasm and more intensity."

One of the reasons for optimism is the offensive line, as Peters Township started four sophomores up front at one point last season. With another year under their belts, the junior-laden offensive line led by Michael Burket (6-0, 225) and Logan Stahl (6-3, 255) is better prepared for what opposing defenses will throw at it.

"Last year, being so young, I don't think a lot of guys knew what to expect," Piccinini said. "Now, with a year under their belt, things are starting to go a lot more smoothly."


Alumni Update - Sean Baxendell (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. -  Pitt-Greensburg men's soccer player Sean Baxendell has been selected as one of the Allegheny MountainBaxendell PGU Collegiate Conference's Players to Watch in 2015.

The junior defender from Peters Township was an integral force in the Bobcats soccer resurgence in 2014.  Baxendell started 18 games as a member of a defensive unit that ranked third in the AMCC in goals against and goals against average last season.  

Baxendell also finish the season tied for third on the team in assists.

The Bobcats have been selected to make back-to-back playoff appearances and finish fifth in this year's AMCC preseason poll.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Alumni Update - Justin Magnotti (La Roche)

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The La Roche men's soccer team was picked to finish third in the AMCC Preseason Poll for the third consecutive season. The RedhawksMagnotti La Roche have made the AMCC Conference Playoffs for eight consecutive years including semifinal appearances in two of the past three seasons.

Junior defender Justin Magnotti and sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Wolfe were named AMCC Players to Watch.

Magnotti, a Peters Township graduate, is a Player to Watch after earning AMCC All-Conference Third Team honors last season. He started nineteen games on the backline and finished with a goal and two assists. Magnotti's first career goal was an overtime winner against Hilbert College.

The Redhawks open the season on Friday, September 4 when they take on Carnegie Mellon in the CMU DoubleTree Showcase. They host St. Vincent in their home opener on September 12.


(photo courtesy of La Roche College)


Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Jordan Jankowski (Peters Township)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Jordan Jankowski is only one step away from the major leagues.

The right-hander from Peters Township is a relief pitcher with the Houston Astros' Class AAA Fresno farm club in the Pacific Coast League. He has worked exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year professional career after splitting time between starting and relieving.

Jankowski, 26, is 3-2 with one save and a 3.75 ERA in 31 games. He has allowed 40 hits in 36 innings while striking out 40 and walking 20.

That Jankowski is a pitching prospect is a bit of a surprise as he made his mark as a power-hitting catcher in high school. He hit 36 home runs in four seasons while leading Peters Township to back-to-back WPIAL titles in his final two years.