Baseball: Serra Catholic grad excels as Seton Hill catcher

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Serra Catholic graduate Chris Miller, who is now a standout catcher at Seton Hill.

"The numbers were, in a word, numbing for Chris Miller.

A .146 batting average. Two extra-base hits in 41 at-bats. No triples, no home runs, no confidence.

"It was a struggle," Miller said, recalling his first season at Seton Hill University. "A big struggle."

It was also uncharted territory for this uber-talented athlete. Miller played on PIAA and WPIAL title-winning teams in baseball and basketball at Serra Catholic High School, where he was a star. Yet here he was on the college stage, enduring a trying redshirt freshman season."



Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic's Zac Quattrone

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Zac Quattrone
High School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background: Quattrone, a senior right-hander, is one of the top hurlers for a Serra team that has a wealth of excellent pitching. Quattrone, the No. 2 starter behind sophomore Cole McCombs, was outstanding in a 1-0 win against Springdale last Wednesday. Quattrone tossed a one-hitter and struck out 14. It was yet another terrific pitching effort for a Serra team that has given up only five runs in five games – all wins – against WPIAL teams. The Eagles are 6-2 overall and ranked No. 3 in Class A. The Eagles are scheduled to play their first Section 2 game today against Greensburg Central Catholic.


Baseball: Youth movement last year should pay off for Serra

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Serra Catholic baseball team.

"While most varsity baseball teams will be playing with a simple hope of making the WPIAL playoffs, Serra Catholic has its sights set on something much bigger this season.

"We've been to the playoffs every year since I took over the program in 2000, so making the playoffs is something we fully expect," Eagles coach Brian Dzurenda said. "We want more than just making the playoffs. We're shooting for the stars."

A perennial small-school baseball power in Class A, Serra Catholic previously won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2009 and 2010 and became the first team in PIAA history to play in three consecutive state championship games from 2009-11. The Eagles, however, have not qualified for the state playoffs since and are coming off an 11-6 campaign last year that ended in the first round of the WPIAL's postseason tournament.

"I already told the guys that winning a WPIAL championship is our goal and winning a state title is the dream," Dzurenda said. "Getting into the playoffs is too small of a goal for this team.""



Alumni Update - Chris Miller (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seton Hill's Chris Miller led the Griffins to a 6-0 week including a sweep of Pitt-Johnstown.Miller SHU


He was 14-for-19 (.737), while scoring 10 runs and pounding out five doubles, a triple and four home runs while driving in 14 runners.


He slugged 1.737 for the week. Miller hit for the cycle in the Griffins' 23-10 win at UPJ, going 4-for-6 with six RBI in the victory.


In his five games played, he had two or more hits in each contest and had multiple RBI in three games.

The Serra Catholic graduate earned PSAC West Athlete of the Week for his performance.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Girls Basketball: Serra, Geibel to square off in first round

Written by Joe Koch on .

A scheduled meeting between the Serra Catholic and Geibel Catholic girls basketball teams was scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Gators' Connellsville-area campus. Because of inclement weather, however, the game was called off.

In an interesting twist, however, the two schools will meet in a first-round WPIAL Class A tournament game at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Canon-McMillan. The two schools are located about 35 miles apart.

Geibel, which finished fourth in Section 3-A with a record of 8-6 and was 13-7 overall and is the Class A tournament's No. 12 seed. Fifth-seeded Serra Catholic's overall record is 13-7, but the Eagles won Section 4-A with a 10-0 record. The Eagles are coming off a 73-50 loss at Class AA No. 4 seed Carlynton on Feb. 9. Their last loss before that game was to Class AAA No. 9 seed Belle Vernon, 61-55, on Jan. 21.