Baseball: With everyone back, Shaler has big plans

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Shaler baseball team.

2014 0417 Shaler Baseball(Photo: Shaler's Justin Defide gets Penn Hills' Tyler Reis out at second base on a force play during a Section 4-AAAA game last week. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Armed with the entire starting lineup and pitching staff back from a year ago, the Shaler Area baseball team is poised for a breakout season.

"We are expecting big things," Shaler coach Brian Junker said.

It is the first time in his five seasons that Junker has been able to return the entire team.

"We returned every starter, that has never happened to me and I'm sure it doesn't happen to a lot of teams," Junker said. "We are real excited.""


Track: Shaler's Schwartz in championship form

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Last season, Brianna Schwartz set the WPIAL record for the 1,600 meters at the WPIAL meet last season, running a 4:47.07.

The 2013 PIAA champion is running faster than that in the middle of this season.

Schwartz ran a 4:45.43 to win the 1,600 at the Butler Invitational Friday, finishing almost 15 seconds ahead of second place Gina Alm of Hampton. North Hills’ Mary Malone took third.


Alumni Update - Beth Snider (Thiel)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – Beth Snider recorded four goals and Emily Harrigan (West Hartford, Conn./Hall)Snider Thiel tallied three, but the Thiel College women's lacrosse team was defeated 23-13 by Wittenberg University in Sunday afternoon's non-conference game at the Rissell-Schreyer Dome.

Snider, a Shaler graduate, who had missed the past seven games due to injury, returned to score a season-high four goals on five shots.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Softball: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Brianna Dobson

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Name: Brianna Dobson
High School: Shaler Area
Grade: 10
Sport: Softball

Background Info: Shaler Area sophomore pitcher Brianna Dobson returns to the pitching circle after starting as a freshman. Dobson enjoyed a breakout freshman campaign where she was named to the all-section team. Her pitching will be boosted by the return of her catcher from last season, junior A.J. Nichols. Dobson is also an offensive catalyst. She hit a home run and had four RBIs in a win against Fox Chapel earlier this year.

"They push each other, which is good," Shaler coach Skip Palmer said of Dobson and Nichols. "They have been with me now for two years and I got another year out of A.J. and two more Bri, it has been a good experience so far."

"She is a great athlete and a good kid who works hard," Palmer said of Dobson. "I got two more years with her and really looking forward to it. Now she is understanding more of how we call the pitches and she has become a student of the game."