Boys Basketball: At last, South Allegheny finds winning formula

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the South Allegheny boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"The South Allegheny boys basketball team has entered uncharted territory this year and it is all thanks to one contagious act -- winning.

Rewinding to two years ago, the Gladiators hit their lowest point, finishing the season with an 0-21 record. Worst than that, it extended their record to 10 years without a winning record. A change in the system was essential.

Enter Tony DiCenzo.

DiCenzo, the Gladiators head coach, came onto the scene last year and immediately transformed their fortunes. The Gladiators raised their record to 8-14 in his first year. They came out of the gates running this season and have not looked back."



Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - South Allegheny's Audra Lewis

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Audra Lewis
School: South Allegheny
Grade: Senior
Sport: Soccer

Background info: Audra Lewis is a starting central midfielder for the South Allegheny girls soccer team. Lewis was the third leading scorer for the Gladiators last season behind freshman Amber Brownfield and sophomore Nina Tyszkiewicz. She is the only senior starter on the team. Lewis is a three-time all-section selection and had scored 11 goals through nine games.

Coach Jesse MacPherson said: "She is very strong on the ball. She wins most of her 50-50 balls."


Girls Soccer: South Allegheny sets higher goals

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the South Allegheny girls soccer team. Click here to read his story.

"When the South Allegheny High school girls soccer players would gather around in the preseason in years past to write down their goals, most would list beating a specific opponent such as rival Serra Catholic, or reaching the postseason.

The 2012 season changed all that.

This offseason the goals were different, more ambitious but certainly still attainable.

After a 2012 campaign that saw South Allegheny win the Class A Section 2 title with a perfect 12-0 record, go 17-1, reach the playoffs and win a playoff game, the bar has been set higher, not by a coach or anyone on the outside, but by the players themselves."