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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Serra Catholic's Cole McCombs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Cole McCombs
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 9
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: No WPIAL freshman has sparkled as much as McCombs, who has been absolutely dominant on the mound for a Serra team that is 7-3 overall and 4-0 in Class A Section 2. McCombs is 3-1 with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he has given up was an unearned run in the season opener against Allderdice. He has allowed only four hits and has struck out 43 in 24 1/3 innings.

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Brandon Coddington, Serra

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Brandon Coddington
School: Serra Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

Background Info: Coddington is a four-year starter and the lone senior for a Serra team that is consistently a WPIAL Class A title contender. The Eagles, who went 18-3 and reached the semifinals last season, were 0-2 prior to Monday's game against Springdale. Since 2007, the Eagles have won six section titles, two WPIAL championships and a PIAA championship.

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Girls Basketball: For Serra, season had an all too familiar feel

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan's feature on the Serra Catholic girls basketball team.

"This season was déjà vu for the Serra Catholic girls basketball team.

The Eagles went 24-4 (same record as last season), won the Class A Section 4 championship with a 10-0 league mark (same as last season), lost to Vincentian in the WPIAL Class A title game (same as last season), defeated Cochranton in the first round of the PIAA postseason (same as last season) and finally, just like last year, had its season end in the PIAA second round at the hands of Bishop Guilfoyle, the District 6 champion.

"It was still a great season," Serra Catholic coach Bill Cleary. "It just didn't end the way we wanted it to.""

 

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Girls Basketball: Serra Catholic faces tough second-round challenge

Written by Joe Koch on .

One of the top girls basketball programs in Pennsylvania stands in the way of Serra Catholic's journey in the PIAA Class A girls basketball tournament.

Bishop Guilfoyle has once again had a solid season. The District 6 champion Marauders improved to 21-5 with a 49-40 victory over Venango Catholic, the No. 4 team from District 9. While that game was taking place, WPIAL runner-up Serra improved to 24-3 with a 60-52 victory over Cochranton, the District 10 runner-up. Megan Sieg had a solid game for the Eagles with 18 points in the victory over Cochranton. Danielle Dindak added 13, while Nicole Pero contributed 11 points.

The Eagles and the Marauders meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Richland High School, which is in the Johnstown area. The winner of that game meets the winner of the Quigley Catholic-Clarion Area game in Saturday's quarterfinals.

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Girls Basketball: Serra hopes to rebound in PIAA playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

The first minute of the third quarter of Saturday's WPIAL Class A girls championship game was going quite well for the Serra Catholic High girls basketball team.

A 5-0 run had cut Vincentian's lead to 34-32, prompting Royals coach Ron Moncrief to call a timeout.

The quick start to the third quarter and the ensuing break had coach Bill Cleary and his Eagles ecstatic.

"We were in great shape," he said. "We got our legs underneath us, and now we're making a run back at them and they called timeout."