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Baseball: Pine-Richland standout chooses Penn State

Written by Brad Everett on .

Matt Wood experienced one of the biggest moments of his athletic career earlier this month when he helped Pine-Richland win a WPIAL baseball title.

Another took place Saturday, but it didn't even involve stepping foot on the diamond.

Wood, a catcher and one of the top rising juniors in the WPIAL, took to Twitter to announce he verbally committed to Penn State.

"Excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and baseball career at Penn State University! #WeAre" -- Mattwood_59

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Boys Lacrosse: Post-Gazette Player of the Year - Pine-Richland's Thomas Hanulak

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Post-Gazette Player of the Year Thomas Hanulak of Pine-Richland.

Pine-Richland’s Thomas Hanulak scored 56 goals and was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.(Photo: Pine-Richland's Thomas Hanulak scored 56 goals and was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. Patrick Hanulak photo)

"Thomas Hanulak wasn't the top lacrosse player at Pine-Richland when he moved to the area from Florida before his sophomore year.

That doesn't mean, however, that there wasn't something there.

"At that time we had a really stacked senior class and we kind of describe him as our most improved player over the last three years," Pine-Richland coach Chip Young said. "A lot of people are shocked by that because he's such a dominant force."

Hanulak, who will play next season at Seton Hill, was voted by the coaches as the WPIAL Class 3A player of the year. The Rams short-stick senior midfielder scored 56 goals, had 10 assists, was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and, for his efforts, has been chosen as the 2017 Post-Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year."

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Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL 3A Championship - Pine-Richland 12, Fox Chapel 11 OT (May 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In the WPIAL 3A Girls Lacrosse Championship it was Fox Chapel vs. Pine-Richland.  This turned out to be the game of the day with an 11 all tie at the end of regulation play.  A goal by Caitlyn Byerly in overtime brought home the trophy for Pine-Richland.  Both teams will move on to the PIAA playoffs.
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Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Lacrosse: Late rally boosts Pine-Richland girls to first WPIAL title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Trailing by two goals with less than five minutes remaining in the second half of this past Thursday's WPIAL 3A girls lacrosse championship game at Robert Morris, Pine-Richland coach Brittany Adams had no doubt that her team would find a way to rally past previously unbeaten Fox Chapel and earn a 12-11 overtime victory. The victory was the first girls lacrosse title in the school's history. Now, the focus turns to the PIAA Class 3A tournament and a first-round game at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against District 3 runner-up Manheim Township at Hempfield High School.

"The girls have a lot of heart," Adams said of a victory capped by senior midfielder Caitlyn Byerly's free-position goal with 23 seconds left in overtime. "We've been in a situation where we've been down, and they don't lose a step. They stay focused, and they're ready to go. They just showed so much heart."

Fox Chapel appeared ready to win the first WPIAL title of its own as Foxes senior midfielder Meg McCrady -- the game's leading scorer with five goals -- and freshman attack Sloan Rost scored successive goals to give the Foxes an 11-9 lead with 6:13 left in the second half.

Byerly, who also was the starting point guard on the Rams' girls basketball team, displayed some blazing speed on a coast-to-coast goal that drew the Rams to within 11-10 with 2:44 left in the second half. Forty-one seconds later, the Rams drew even on Marina Miller's third goal of the evening.

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Pine-Richland's Siddhanth Iyer

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Name: Siddhanth Iyer
School: Pine-Richland
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Competed as the No. 2 singles player for Pine-Richland throughout the season and will now enter the WPIAL Class 3A doubles tournament. Will be teamed with Ben Vinarski in the WPIAL finals after the two swept to the Section 2 title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Hampton's Ben Ringeisen and Ted Donegan. Will be the No. 3 seed in the WPIAL tournament and will play Michael Wilke and Kyle Carscadden of Mt. Lebanon in the first round.