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Baseball: Peters moves to the top of Class AAAA Section 5 title race

Written by Brad Everett on .

Peters Township fell short of the playoffs last season and started off this season 0-2.

Since then, the Indians have excelled just as they normally do.

The Indians have won five straight and eight of nine to take over the lead in a tightly-contested Class AAAA Section 5. The Indians are 8-3 overall and 4-1 in section play.

Coach Joe Maize has seen his team both pitch and hit well during the current run. In their eight wins, the Indians have outscored their opponents, 60-13. Of those 13 runs, seven came against Canon-McMillan. In their past two games, the Indians defeated Shaler, 7-0, and Albert Gallatin, 14-0.

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Tennis: Indians young but talented

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Peters Township coach Brandt Bowman said this season’s team is one of the youngest he’s ever had.

But that hasn’t stopped Peters Township from being in control of its own destiny to win its third consecutive Class AAA Section 5 champions.

The Indians entered the week 8-0 in the section and are led by senior Mitch Kreider, who won a section singles title in 2012 and 2013 but didn’t play this season due to a conflict the following week at WPIALs.

Kreider is just one of two seniors in the starting lineup, along with doubles player Jordan Dollard.

Dollard’s brother, sophomore Brendan Dollard, plays No. 2 singles. Three freshmen — Ryan Farrell, Miguel Ascenscio and Nathan Wang — are regular starters, and two more freshmen, Joe Grzyb and Anthony Castelone, have started at times. 

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Boys Tennis: Despite youth, Peters Township wins

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan profiles the Peters Township boys tennis team.

"Peters Township's youngest team in a long time may also be its deepest.

The Indians, who have five freshmen on their varsity roster, have a 9-2 overall record, including a perfect 9-0 mark in Class AAA Section 5.

"We're very young, but we're also very deep," Peters Township coach Brandt Bowman said. "I think this is one of my better teams over the past seven or eight seasons."

Peters Township has won the section title each of the past two seasons and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals in five of the past six seasons, but the Indians haven't made it to the semifinals since 2007."

 

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Alumni Update - Kelsey Cunningham (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Kelsey Cunningham helped lead the Presidents to three doubleheader sweeps last week, hitting .478 (11-Cunningham WJfor-23) with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage.


She clubbed three home runs in Wednesday’s road sweep of Chatham and scored four runs in W&J’s 13-10 game two victory at Penn State Behrend on Sunday.


Cunningham, a Peters Twp. graduate, scored 10 of the Presidents’ 46 runs from her leadoff spot in the lineup. She is currently leading the league in hits (35), home runs (4) and runs scored (25).


Her performance earned her PAC Hitter of the Week.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Boys Volleyball: Peters targets a return to playoffs

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Peters Township boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 0403 PetersTownship BVolleyball(Photo: Peters Twonship's Xander Browell soars to spike a shot against Baldwin as teammate Shawn McNally moves in on the play. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

The Peters Township boys volleyball team has made four consecutive appearances in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament and keeping the streak alive is a goal coach Chris Kelly and the Indians have set for this season.

"One goal we set every year is to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs," Kelly said. "We lost a lot to graduation, but our goal has not changed."

Five players, including four starters, graduated from last year's team.

"Our biggest concern was replacing Gabe Pritz," said Kelly, referring to an athletic 6-foot-5 right-side hitter from last year's squad who was recognized on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team. "We certainly had concerns about who would be replacing Gabe."