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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Brandon Coddington, Serra

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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."

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Girls Basketball: Serra Catholic rolls into Class A semifinals

Written by Joe Koch on .

Bill Cleary had a definite plan for his Serra Catholic High girls basketball team when it took on surprise entry Aliquippa in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game on Saturday at North Allegheny High School.

"We wanted to start early and get (the Quips) crowd out of the game," he said. "They had good athletes, but that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to make sure their athleticism wasn't a factor in the game."

And that's what the Eagles did as they scored the game's first 10 points and went on to a 65-15 victory over the Quips. The win improved the Eagles' overall record to 22-2 and a berth in Wednesday's semifinal against No. 6 California, a 45-43 upset winner Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

In the game's early stages, Cleary told his assistants that the game's early pace favored Aliquippa, and he wanted his team to speed it up.