Hockey: Peters Township deals with goalie riches

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Marky Billson profiles the Peters Township hockey team.

2015 0227 PetersTownship Hockey(Photo: Peters goalie Tony Lejeune provides just one option from which coach Rick Tingle can select a starter. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"It is often said that a team will go as far in the playoffs as its goalie will take it.

The question at Peters Township is: Which goalie do the Indians wish to use?

Junior Tony Lejeune has started the most games for the Indians this season, going between the pipes 13 times. His .905 save percentage ranks fourth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League's Class AAA.

Senior Kyle Madore was named to the PIHL All-Star team based on his reputation, though he declined to play in favor of Seneca Valley's Alyssa Peterson. The third in a line of brothers to play at Peters, Madore is regarded as a Juniors hockey prospect, but has only played four games for Peters this season and just once since Dec. 9."


Alumni Update: Lauren Cassano (Grove City)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team captured its seventh straight Presidents' AthleticCassano GC Conference championship Saturday night by rallying past archrival Westminster during the final night of action at the James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. Grove City finished with 808.5 team points while Westminster had 802.


Grove City trailed by as many as 23 points Saturday evening and trailed by 1.5 points entering the final event, the 400 free relay. Grove City's quartet of senior Lauren Cassano, senior Tori Baker (Fairfax, Va./Robinson), sophomore Megan Smith (Tyler, Texas/Kolbe Academy) and sophomore Abby Jank (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) gave the Wolverines the conference title by winning the 400 free relay in 3 minutes, 31.62 seconds.

Cassano, a Peters Township graduate, also earned an individual victory Saturday night. Cassano won the 200 backstroke in 2:07.10.


(photo courtesy of Grove City College)


Alumni Update - Andrew Brannen (Westminster)

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Andrew Brannen won the pole vault at Friday's Baldwin Wallace Mid February meet with a jump of 14 feet, 5.25 inches.Brannen Westminster


Friday's vault was also his indoor personal best.

The Peters Township graduates performance earned him PAC Field Athlete of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Hockey: Amelio’s late goal helps Indians get point in battle of Class AAA’s top teams

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

The top two teams in Class AAA, North Allegheny and Peters Township, met last Thursday, and after 56 minutes, the teams hadn’t resolved anything.

Peters Township’s Matt Amelio scored with 1:28 remaining to tie the game at 3, which is how the contest ended.

It was the second goal of the game for Amelio, who has five goals and five assists on the season. Scott Weaver tallied the Indians’ other goal, his first of the season.

Peters Township followed up the tie with an 8-2 win over Mt. Lebanon Monday to move to 15-3-2 on the season. The Indians 32 points matches North Allegheny, and both teams have played 20 games.

The Tigers beat the Indians, 2-1, in the teams’ only other matchup this season. 


Alumni Update - Mike Bittel (Seton Hill)

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The preseason honors continue to roll in for the Seton Hill baseball program as the team comes off its first ever appearance in the NCAABittel SHU Division II Baseball Championships in Cary, NC last season. The pollsters seem to like what the Griffins are returning to the field this season with four different polls having the Griffins in the top 7 teams in the country. The team is coming off a 41-17 season and an NCAA Atlantic Region Championship.

Junior right hander Mike Bittel and senior second baseman Pat McCarthy were named to the NCBWA Division II Preseason All American Teams as honorable mention selections.  Its the first all american honors for either player. Both were named NCBWA All Region selections as well.

Bittel, a Peters Township graduate, finished his sophomore season with a 9-2 record with a 1.82 ERA. In his 74 1/3 innings of work, he has allowed just 54 hits while striking out 54. Opponents hit just .209 off of Bittel.  

Last season, Bittel was a first team ABCA All Region selection as well as a first team All PSAC West honoree.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)