Girls Basketball: Yough/experience mix lifts Shaler

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Shaler girls basketball team.

"There is young and old on the Shaler Area roster and the team relies equally on both of them.

A freshman and two sophomores start. So do two Division I-bound seniors.

Freshman guard Gia Thorpe led all scorers with 26 points as the sixth-seeded Titans (19-4) knocked out No. 11 Upper St. Clair (13-10) in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game last Friday.

The Titans will play Norwin in the quarterfinals tonight.

Forward Alliya Duritza and guard Rylee Donovan, both sophomores, also start as do guards Liz Kline and Andi Lydon, a pair of seniors."



Hockey: Yuiska, Stayduhar have big games in Titans’ win

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Shaler had its highest scoring output of the season last Thursday against Norwin, and Justin Yuiska and Stephen Stayduhar led the way.

Yuiska had four goals and three assists, while Stayduhar notched his first hat trick of the season and added two helpers in a 13-1 victory over Norwin. The 13 goals was one more than the team scored in an earlier game against Plum and gave the Titans 89 tallies for the season, second-best in Class AA.

Yuiska’s seven points gave him 27 for the season, moving him into second on the team. Alexander Ficorilli leads the squad and is third in Class AA with 40 points.

The victory also keeps Shaler in first place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points, one point ahead of Hampton. 


Alumni Update - Zac Lynch (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Zac Lynch has had several memorable moments during his three seasons on the Robert Morris University men's hockeyLynch-RMU team, but he's never had a stretch like this.

Lynch, who has at least two points in six consecutive games, was named Atlantic Hockey Conference Travel Team USA Player of the Week on Tuesday morning. The league office honored the junior from Shaler, Pa., for his six points (3g, 3a) during RMU's two-game sweep of Air Force in Colorado Springs last weekend.

After scoring a goal and assisting on another in the Colonials' 5-4 comeback win Friday, Lynch enjoyed his third career four-point game in a 5-2 victory at Cadet Ice Arena the following night. The 6-foot, 190-pound winger dropped two goals and two assists on Air Force in the Saturday win, combining with linemate Cody Wydo on all four of those scoring plays.

Lynch, a Shaler graduate is on pace to at least match his 47-point sophomore season, accumulating 34 points (15g, 19a) in 28 games thus far as a junior. His production shifted into overdrive Jan. 16-17, when he had a three-goal, three-assist output during a sweep of American International at 84 Lumber Arena. Lynch added four points (1g, 3a) the following weekend at Holy Cross; he has a total of 16 points (7g, 9a) during RMU's current six-game winning streak.


Cross Country: Shaler's Schwartz claims another honor

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Cross Country season is over, but Brianna Schwartz is still raking in the awards. The Shaler Area senior was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2014-2015.

She is in the running for the national award, which will be announced later this month. Athletes are selected based on academics and athletic performance, in addition to exemplary character on and off the racecourse.

Schwartz was nominated for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dapper Dan Award in December after earning WPIAL, PIAA and regional titles. She finished 18th at the Foot Locker Finals.

Schwartz was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year as a junior.