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Softball: Seneca Valley rides five-game winning streak into WPIAL quarterfinals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Last year, Seneca Valley road a wave of momentum into the WPIAL playoffs. The Raiders won their final six regular-season games. But that regular-season momentum did not translate into postseason success. After a first-round bye, the Raiders were dispatched in the WPIAL quarterfinals. The team hopes things are different this season. After closing the regular season on a four-game winning streak, the Raiders made it five in a row with a mild upset of No. 7 Fox Chapel (11-6). The tenth-seeded Raiders (15-3) used three hits and two RBIs from Marie Marnik to upend the Foxes, 6-1. Things will not get easier for Seneca Valley. Next up is No. 1 Hempfield (15-2). The Spartans had a first-round bye. The Raiders and Spartans were scheduled to play April 22 in a non-section clash but the game was postponed due to weather and never made up. The quarterfinal game will be Monday at 6 p.m. at Plum.

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Alumni Update - Hunter Williams (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa.-- The Slippery Rock University men's track and field team finished in second place in the team standings atWilliams SRU the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships that concluded Saturday at East Stroudsburg University.

Shippensburg ran away with the team title for the seventh straight year and scored 244 points in the win. Slippery Rock was second with 134 points. East Stroudsburg rounded out the top three with 117 points.

Lock Haven was fourth with 82 points and Kutztown rounded out the top five with 62 points.

The Rock claimed one individual title Saturday with Hunter Williams, a Seneca Valley graduate, taking the top honors in the 200-meter dash in a photo finish.

He crossed the line in 21.77 seconds, the same time as the runner-up, but was awarded the win after the photo finish.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Track: Seneca Valley's Kolor shines at Mars Invitational

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Seneca Valley's Mike Kolor landed on the top of state leader board after his performance at the Mars Invitational on Friday, April 24.

The junior won the 1,600-meter run and set the state leading time in 4 minutes, 16.16 seconds. Kolor also took gold in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.25.

Creamon Fraizer won the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

Nate Kouns landed in eighth place in the javelin with a throw of 132-11. Ryan DeBoer took eighth in the discus with a distance of 126 feet, 7 inches.

As a team, the Raiders took silver (48 points) behind Hickory with 52 points.

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Boys Volleyball: Seneca Valley coach fulfilling promise

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Seneca Valley boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

When Dan Follett was interviewed for the boys volleyball head coaching position at Seneca Valley High School three years ago, he made a few promises to athletic director Heather Lewis.

"I told her that we would be contending for section and WPIAL titles and qualify for the PIAA tournament by the third year [of his coaching tenure]," said Follett, who graduated from Seneca Valley in 2007. "She asked if those lofty expectations were realistic in only three years. My reply was: 'Absolutely.'"

Follett has lived up to those lofty vows. He led Seneca Valley to a WPIAL Class AAA playoff berth and opening round victory in the playoffs in 2013, his first season.

Last season, his second at the helm, Seneca Valley tied for second place in Class AAA Section 2 and earned another WPIAL playoff berth. The Raiders won again in the first round of the playoffs, then lost a five-set heartbreaker to Bethel Park in the quarterfinals.