Wrestling: South Allegheny sets lofty goals for county tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the South Allegheny wrestling team. Read his story below.

The South Allegheny wrestling team tied two school records at last year's Allegheny County Tournament.

The Gladiators had four wrestlers earn All-County honors by placing among the top eight in their weight class. They also had two entries advance to the finals. Both marks matched the performance turned in by the Gladiators' 2008 squad.

Coach Anthony DiGiorgio believes the Gladiators can match, if not improve, on last year's performance at this year's tournament, which begins this morning at Fox Chapel High School.

"This tournament is so big and has so many Class AAA teams," said DiGiorgio, referring to the fact that South Allegheny is a Class AA school. "Matching last year's performance will not be easy, but it is possible."


Photo Journal: Girls Soccer WPIAL A First Round Playoffs - South Allegheny vs. Riverview (Oct. 24)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

South Allegheny and Riverview meet in the WPIAL A Girls Soccer First Round Playoffs, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Upper St. Clair High School.  Passions ran high and the game was played hard with South Allegheny prevailing with a 1-0 win over Riverview. South Allegheny moves onto the quarterfinals with a 15-3-1 overall record.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Soccer: South Allegheny prepares for playoffs

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A section title seems unlikely now but there is still plenty left to achieve for the South Allegheny girls soccer team. The Gladiators have already clinched a playoff spot. They tied Charleroi in the first meeting, 1-1, but fell to the Cougars, 2-1, in the second meeting. Still, South Allegheny is 10-2-1 overall and headed to the playoffs with a 9-1-1 Section 2-A record. Since the Gladiators fell to Charleroi, they won three straight section contests, outscoring Beth-Center, Bentworth and Chartiers-Houston by a combined score of 10-2. In South Allegheny's recent win over Serra Catholic, Amber Brownfield netted a hat trick. South Allegheny closes out their season with section contests against Monessen, Serra Catholic and Geibel Catholic.


South Allegheny 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Pat Monroe and his coaching staff begin the season with a roster about as green as the turf and grass they'll play on this fall. Monroe welcomes the challenge of fielding a lineup that has only a handful of returning starters.

"I think this is a unique situation," said Monroe, who is in his eighth season. "It's a great experience for us as coaches. We're enjoying every aspect of it because you have to prepare these guys. None of your opponents are going to wait for you. They're going to have to learn things on the fly."

No current player scored more than one touchdown last season, but Brenden Forrester (5-10, 195, Sr., RB) is the best bet to exceed that total the most. Forrester is also a returning starter at linebacker. The Gladiators lost running back Curtis Moore (914 yards, 15 touchdowns) to graduation. Alex Morgan (6-1, 280, Sr., OT) is back, as are three other returning starters on defense — Ian Naspinski (5-11, 290, Jr., DL), Jonathan Mayernik (6-2, 195, Sr., DB) and Tyler Hinerman (5-11, 175, Jr., DB).


Baseball: South Allegheny has look of contender

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the South Allegheny baseball team.

"In years past, South Allegheny's varsity baseball team usually struggled once trailing an opponent. Early on this spring, however, the Gladiators already have shown an improvement in that area.

Two weeks ago in a non-section game against Carlynton, South Allegheny fell behind, 5-2, but rallied back with six consecutive runs to secure an 8-5 win on the road against the Cougars.

"If you can play fundamentally sound baseball, anyone can win any game at anytime, but you have to get some breaks along the way," said coach Mark Suckfiel, who is back for his eighth season. "Last year, we learned to compete and you have to compete before you learn to win."

Suckfiel also has witnessed consistency from his players and believes they have a chance to improve on last year's 5-10 campaign."