Track: Peters Township grad finishes fifth in Peru

Written by Brad Everett on .

Whether it's in Peters Township or Peru, Nick Wolk shines on the track.

Wolk, a former WPIAL champion, competed Friday at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Trujillo, Peru. Wolk did very well, too, finishing fifth in the 5,000-meter run.

A rising sophomore at Pitt, Wolk finished the race in 14:59.88. The other Team USA runner, Alec Haines of Oklahoma State, was fourth with a time of 14:58.00. Carlos Hernandez Samaca of Colombia won in 14:53.93.

Wolk qualified for the meet by winning the title at the USATF Junior Championships last month in Sacramento. The top two finishers in each event qualified.


Lacrosse: Peters Township catches fire at right time

Written by Joe Koch on .

There might well have been the feeling that Peters Township might well have been overmatched as the 2017 season began to wind down.

But the Indians displayed a will that showed up when the WPIAL tournament began as the tournament's No. 7 seed. Following a first-round 19-4 home-field victory over Sewickley Academy, bus rides became a familiar refrain for the Indians. Their first venture involved a trip to Pine-Richland for a game with the No. 2 seed Rams in the quarterfinals. The Indians emerged with a heart-stopping 11-10 victory the Rams. Next came a 7-6 overtime victory over No. 3 seed Shady Side Academy in the semifinals.

But the most impressive victory of all came against Mt. Lebanon, itself riding a wave of upset victories, in the WPIAL championship game.

On April 18, Peters Township earned a 10-5 section victory over Mt. Lebanon, a victory many believed was the first in the long history between the two schools. While the win was an impressive one, it did not foretell a lengthy string of victories. In fact, the Indians lost successive section games to Upper St. Clair, 13-12, and Bethel Park, 11-6. After a pair of victories over Sewickley Academy, 12-4, and Canon-McMillan, 18-8, the Indians would drop a 9-3 decision to North Allegheny, a team that would emerge as the WPIAL tournament's top seed.


Photo Journal: Boys Lacrosse WPIAL 3A Championship - Peters 12, Mt. Lebanon 11 OT (May 26)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The 2017 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Championships were held Friday, May 26 at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium. In a cliffhanger game, it was 11 all at the end of regulation.  Danny Bacchioni scored a goal in overtime to give Peters Township the title.  Both teams will compete in the PIAA playoffs.

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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Lacrosse: Clutch goal caps historic win for Peters Township

Written by Joe Koch on .

For a long time, Peters Township's boys lacrosse team has battled with vaunted section rival Mt. Lebanon, achieving little more than moral victories.

All of that changed on Friday night as Danny Bacchiochi hit a spinning shot from about 15 yards out with 2:41 left in the second overtime to give the Indians a 12-11 victory over the Blue Devils in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game at Robert Morris.

Bacchiochi was reveling in the moment: for both himself and his team.

"It's the first time in Peters history [to win a WPIAL boys lacrosse championship]," he said. "It feels pretty good. I knew someone had to make a play, and we were struggling to put the ball in the net. I pushed it top-side, spun back and shot it left-handed and hoped it would go in. I couldn't smile hard enough. It was great to just bring a WPIAL title back to Peters for once."