Alumni Update - AJ NIchols (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend softball team clinched the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC)Nichols PSUB regular-season championship and the top seed for playoffs with 10-2 and 13-3 five-inning victories over Franciscan on Saturday.

With the two wins, the Lions (26-12, 16-2 AMCC) not only remain undefeated against the Barons (12-20, 8-10 AMCC) but they also posted a 12-0 mark playing at home during the regular season.

AJ Nichols, a Shaler graduate, cranked out a double and a homer, while getting her 11th win in the circle with allowing three hits and no earned runs. 


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Softball: Shaler rebounds from 0-2 section start

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Getting behind the eight ball could be a recipe for disaster in Class 6A Section 3. The rough and tumble section that features powerhouses from the northern suburbs is not conducive for a late-season rally to get back into playoff position. Shaler is well aware of this but still could not avoid an 0-2 start after a pair of back-to-back defeats over the span of three days to North Allegheny and Seneca Valley. The Titans lost both games by a combined three runs and the Raiders and Tigers are now both tied at 4-1 for the lead in the section.

Shaler has since fought back and can join in the discussion in the playoff and even section title race. The Titans reeled off three consecutive section wins to improve their overall record to 4-2 and move into third place in the section with a 3-2 record. Shaler won 5-3 at their home field, Hilltop Field in Shaler, over North Hills. The very next day back at Hilltop Shaler won 10-4 over Butler and went on the road last Thursday and won 8-0 at Pine-Richland to all but erase the memory of the 0-2 start.

The Titans will look to keep the momentum going when they visit section-leading North Allegheny on Thursday.


Track: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Michael Bagwell

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Michael Bagwell
School: Shaler
Grade: 12
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Triple jump, long jump, high jump, 400, 300 hurdles, 1,600 relay

Background: Bagwell already held the school record in the triple jump with a jump of 43 feet, 5 inches and bettered that with a jump of 44-4 last week at North Hills. He currently holds the school record in the long jump with a distance of 22-1 1/2. He is in the top 10 for 400 and 1,600 relay. Bagwell is a standout soccer player and is an honors student who is very involved in the school community.