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Boys Golf: Seton's Deegan back to Peters Township

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan profiles Peters Township golfer Joe Deegan.

"Last season at Seton-LaSalle, Joe Deegan tied for the team lead with a 39 scoring average over nine holes and advanced to the WPIAL Class AA individual tournament, where he finished 23rd.

If he wants to make districts again this year, it'll be in Class AAA, as Deegan is transferring back to Peters Township, where he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons.

But he said his main focus right now is just on making the team.

"There are no guarantees on our team," said David Kuhn, Peters Township's head golf coach for the past 15 years and also Deegan's personal golf instructor since fourth grade. "Every player has to make the team each year. It's highly competitive, so he knows he needs to come in ready to compete. We have a lot of talented kids.""

 

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Boys Golf: Peters junior mows down competition

Written by Hayes Gardner on .

Hayes Gardner profiles Peters Township golfer Jake Sollon.

"Winning is nothing new to Jake Sollon, a Peters Township golfer. Winning by 10 strokes, however, is.

Sollon, who will be a junior at Peters Township High School, first won a golf tournament when he was 8 years old and has won a few since then. But he's never dominated like he did at the West Penn Junior Championship on June 23 at Youghiogheny Country Club in Elizabeth.

A left-hander, he shot an even-par 144 for the 36-hole tournament, 10 better than the three players tied for second place — Brendan Kelly, Zack Taylor and Dom Stevens. In all, 27 players shot between 154 and 164, yet none were able to finish within single digit strokes of Sollon."

 

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Baseball: Minor League Update - Jimmy Rider (Peters Township)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(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.)

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Jimmy Rider has done just about everything in his first season in the Boston Red Sox's organization.

The Peters Township High School graduate has played all four infield positions for low Class A Greenville in the South Atlantic League and even pitched in relief in one gamer. Rider, 24, is hitting .249 with two home runs and 27 RBIs in 61 games.

"He's been great for us this year," Greenville manager Darren Fenster said. "He's been a very reliable guy."

The Red Sox purchased Rider's contract from the Pirates' organization last October.

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Tennis: Peters' Riske advances to third round of Wimbledon; Plays Sharapova next

Written by Brad Everett on .

For the second year in a row, Alison Riske has made it to the third round of one of tennis' biggest tournaments.

Riske, a former WPIAL and PIAA champion at Peters Township, punched her ticket to the third round of Wimbledon Thursday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-2 win against Italy's Camila Giorgi in London.

Riske's third-round opponent is one of the best players in the world: Russia's Maria Sharapova. One of the most recognizable names in the sport, Sharapova is ranked No. 5 in the world. The two will play Saturday.

Sharapova, this year's French Open champion, defeated Riske in their only meeting, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, in the Aegon Classic in 2010. That match was on grass, just as this meeting will be.

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

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature 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.)

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Jordan Jankowski was a low-round draft pick by the Houston Astros --- twice --- but he is one the rise in their farm system.

The right-handed pitcher and Peters Township High School graduate is having a solid year as a swingman at Class AA Corpus Christi in the Texas League. Jankowski, 25, is 1-2 with two saves and a 3.46 ERA in 17 games, including five starts.

The Astros chose Jankowski in the 34th round of the 2008 draft following his senior season at Peters Township when he was chosen as the Post-Gazette High School Baseball Player of the Year. However, Jankowski opted to play at the University of Miami.

Jankowski transferred to Catawba College, a Division II school in North Carolina, after two seasons with the Hurricanes. The Astros again drafted Jankowski in the 34th round in 2012 after he won the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year award.