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Track: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Nicole Pilewski

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Nicole Pilewski
School: Shaler
Grade: 12
Sport: Track & Field
Event: Javelin

Background: Pilewski threw 123-11 in the javelin at the Butler Invitational last Saturday, which is her best by about 15 feet. It is also the new school record. She currently has the second best javelin throw this year in the WPIAL (Class AAA). She is such a dedicated and passionate individual, which has allowed her to be so successful. Not to take away from her javelin performance at the invite, she also took fourth place for the long jump. She never long jumped except for three-four practices, and for her to place and jump over 17 feet shows her coach-ability and positive attitude. This also puts her in the top eight in the WPIAL at the moment. Realistically she could qualify for states in both events. Pilewski also plays volleyball.

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Lacrosse: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Steph Fleming

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Steph Fleming
School: Shaler
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Lacrosse
Position: Defense

Background: Stef is a four-year starter for the two-time WPIAL champion Titans. She is a second-year captain. She also participates in charity walks to raise funds for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Stef already has signed to play women's lacrosse for Division 1 St. Francis (Pa.) Stef will study nursing at St. Francis.

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Lacrosse: Shaler girls looking good

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Shaler girls lacrosse team.

"If there was a time where a program could seriously be thought of in dynastic terms, that time might be now for the Shaler Area High School girls lacrosse team.

The two-time defending WPIAL champion in Division 2, the Titans are 9-0 following a 16-2 victory last Friday against Butler Area and another on Tuesday against North Hills in Division 2, Section 3 .

This was a team that returned 10 starters from last year's championship team, and seven of them are seniors.

Offense has certainly been a hallmark for this team. But sixth-year coach Jennifer Perestock believes her team's defense is equally responsible for the success it has enjoyed."

 

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Baseball: Shaler ahead of the pack in Section 3-AAAA

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

It didn't take long for Shaler Area's varsity baseball team to forget out its first loss this spring. After opening its season with a 3-1 defeat against non-section Peters Township, the Titans went on to roll out seven consecutive wins.

"We worked hard all winter on hitting," sixth-year coach Brian Junker told the Post-Gazette last week. "We thought it would be the weak link but that hasn't been the case.

"Our goal is to win the section. We want to get to the playoffs and win a WPIAL championship. We always set our goals real high and then do our best to chase them down."

Against non-section Seneca Valley on March 30, Adam Zulka drove in three runs off two hits to lift the Titans to a 10-4 win over the defending WPIAL champion. Last season, Shaler finished 14-8 after losing to Seneca Valley in the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - Brianna Dobson, Shaler

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Brianna Dobson
School: Shaler Area
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background: Brianna Dobson is back in the pitching circle for a third consecutive year and she is only a junior. The Titan flame thrower was 17-4 last season with a 1.32 ERA while helping lead Shaler to a WPIAL Class AAAA championship. She also is one of the top bats in the lineup, batting .514 last season with nine home runs and 29 RBIs.