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Serra Catholic 2014 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Zac Quatrone was busy last year for the Serra Catholic football team. He figures to be even busier for the 24-player Eagles as he will play defense along with reprising his role as one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the WPIAL.

A year ago, the 6-1, 175-pound senior supplied some "must viewing" even as his team limped home with a 1-9 record. Why? Because Quatrone displayed equal amounts of prowess with his arm and his legs as he rushed for 1,047 yards and completed 76 of 163 passes for 1,011 yards. He also was his team's leading scorer with 15 rushing touchdowns.

"Because we have so few players, Zac will play free safety and outside linebacker," said second-year coach Tony St. Angelo. "He runs about 4.7 in the 40, so he's pretty fast for a high school kid."

Joe Satira, a 6-2, 165-pound senior wide receiver, again will be Quatrone's top target. He caught 47 passes for 697 yards and scored five touchdowns.

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Football: Serra's numbers just don't add up

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Serra Catholic football team.

"Second-year coach Tony St. Angelo's response when asked what sort of expectations he had for his Serra Catholic Eagles was a bit, well, unexpected.

"We're not quite sure," he said. "We'll find out after we play Springdale, and then we'll get a read after that first game."

While most programs are working on depth charts and figuring out backups for starters, St. Angelo and his staff are just trying to make sure there are enough players for the 11 positions that must be filled on the offensive and defensive sides of a football team.

That's the dilemma the Serra coaching staff faces this season with just 24 players suiting up for practices that began Aug. 11."

 

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Softball: Serra Catholic with work to do entering final week

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Serra Catholic is on the outside looking in at the Section 2-A playoff race. The Eagles are staring up at co-section leaders, Jefferson-Morgan (11-2, 9-2) and Carmichaels (11-3, 9-2) along with third-place Frazier (8-4, 8-3). Sitting at 7-4 overall and 6-4 in section play, the Eagles have four games to make up space between themselves and the top three teams in the section all the while trying to hold off West Greene (6-9, 5-6) and Monessen (6-8, 4-7).

Serra still has four section games remaining, road games at California and Frazier and home games against West Green and Frazier. For the Eagles to remain alive they are going to need more offensive performances like they got in an upset of No. 4 Carmichaels last week. In that game junior infielder Alexandra Taylor, senior outfielder Morgan Willaman and senior pitcher Witney Larko had two hits apiece to fuel the 4-3 upset.

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Baseball: After tough start, Serra finds groove

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Serra Catholic baseball team.

"Longtime Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda wasn't too sure what he was going to have to work with before this season.

After graduating just about everyone from the Eagles' 2011 state championship team during the past three years, Dzurenda knew he was going to field a young, inexperienced group.

"We have an extremely young team," he said. "In fact, this is the youngest team I've ever had during my 15 years at Serra Catholic."

A perennial small-school baseball power, Serra Catholic won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2009 and 2010 and was the first team in PIAA history to play in three consecutive state championship games from 2009-11."

 

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Alumni Update - Matt Loftis (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Matt Loftis hit his first career home run, and Saint Vincent took advantage of five errors, nine walks andLoftis SVC five hit batsmen en route to a 13-3 victory over Westminster College at Bearcat Ballfield.

Loftis, a Serra Catholic graduate, led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)