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Baseball: Seton-LaSalle making some noise

Written by Brad Everett on .

A few players on the Seton-LaSalle baseball team were members of the school's basketball team that won a WPIAL championship less than two months ago.

It looks like those winning ways have carried over to the diamond.

Seton-LaSalle stands alone in first place in Class AA Section 1. Playing in a strong section that includes the likes of Quaker Valley, South Side Beaver and New Brighton, Seton-LaSalle's 7-2 overall record and 5-1 section mark is a real eye opener.

The Rebels likely caught the attention of many when they defeated Quaker Valley, 4-1, last Thursday. Quaker Valley was a WPIAL finalist and PIAA semifinalist last season, and is considered one of the favorites to win a WPIAL title this season. But Seton-LaSalle got two hits from senior Kevin Curran – highlighted by a two-run single – to upset the Quakers.

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Boys Volleyball: Mitchell takes over as head coach at Seton-LaSalle

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Adam Mitchell isn't kidding when he said he got a late start as Seton-LaSalle's boys volleyball coach.

"I was hired the Thursday before the first day of practice," Mitchell said. "I didn't know anybody, but I was fortunate that Joe Palko, a Seton-LaSalle alumni, held open gyms for the boys. Joe is my assistant coach."

Mitchell is from the Harrisburg area, as he graduated from Red Land High School.

"I attended the University of Pittsburgh and played for its club team for five years," Mitchell said. "I graduated in 2012 with a chemistry degree."

While playing for Pitt's club team, Mitchell met Steel Valley coach Alex Hinsey.

"I was a volunteer assistant for Alex last year at Steel Valley," Mitchell said. "When Alex was hired as girls head coach at Burgettstown, he hired me as junior varsity coach."

Mitchell had planned on helping Hinsey with the Steel Valley boys team again when he heard about the opening at Seton-LaSalle.

"Alex heard they were having a problem finding a coach and told me I should apply," Mitchell said. "I applied and was hired a few days later after an interview."

Seton-LaSalle lost its first two matches in Section 3-AA, but bounced back with two wins.

"Our goal is to win as many matches as we can and qualify for the WPIAL playoffs," Mitchell said.

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Softball: Seton-LaSalle still the team to beat in Class AA Section 1

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Seton-LaSalle is the defending champion in WPIAL Class AA Section 1 and even though there is expected to be strong competition this year, section coaches know the Rebels are the champions until someone proves they can beat them. Seton-LaSalle is the top ranked team in Class AA and Keystone Oaks is not far behind at No. 3.

Seton-LaSalle won the section with a 10-0 record last season ahead of Keystone Oaks (8-2), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-5), Carlynton (4-6), Avonworth (3-7) and Quaker Valley (0-10).

"I think Seton still holds the title and they have a very, very good pitcher and we have to prove we can beat them," Keystone Oaks coach Mark Kaminski said. "All the other teams should be good. Carlynton has good pitching, OLSH has good pitching, Quaker Valley is always getting better and Avonworth also gives us a tough game. Nothing will come easy for us."

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Girls Basketball: Seton-LaSalle refuses to panic, claims state title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Seton-LaSalle girls basketball team.

"With 5 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the girls PIAA Class AA championship game this past Friday at Hershey's Giant Center and his team trailing Neumann-Goretti, 46-44, Seton-LaSalle girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko called a timeout.

Before he even said a word to the team, Stefko said the issue of the team's resolve was already addressed by the team itself.

"One of the players -- it was either Nicolete [Newman]or Cassidy [Walsh] -- said 'Look, there's forever left in this game. We're going to be fine,'" Stefko recalled as his team relished the 58-50 victory over the Saints.

The victory capped a 27-4 season for the Rebels, and it was their second state championship in three seasons."

 

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Boys Basketball: Despite loss, Seton-LaSalle carves niche

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles the Seton-LaSalle boys basketball team.

2014 0327 SetonLaSalle BBasketball(Photo: Seton-LaSalle's Levi Masua can't hold back the tears after he and his teammates were presented with the runner-up silver medals after losing in the state title game. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"HERSHEY, Pa. -- Mark "Knobby" Walsh was back at his alma mater, but the new boys basketball coach knew very little about the Seton-LaSalle High School team when he gathered the players together for an "open gym" workout in the spring three years ago.

"I hadn't seen Seton-LaSalle play in five or six years, so I didn't know these players," Walsh said. "But I remember seeing Dale Clancy in that first open gym and noticed how athletic and quick he was, and how good he was handling the ball. I saw Levi Masua's length and knew he had ability.

"Then Malik White came into our school a few months later and when I saw him for the first time in a gym and saw his body, I said that when these guys were seniors, we would have a pretty good team."

Boy, was Walsh wrong."