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."



Wrestling: South Allegheny tie records at meet

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 this weekend at the Allegheny County Wrestling Championships at Fox Chapel High School.

The Gladiators had two wrestlers advance to the finals for only the second time in the 14-year history of the event. They also had four wrestlers earn all-county honors by placing among the top eight in their weight class. Both marks matched the performance turned in by the Gladiators' 2008 squad.

"I was pleased with the way my kids wrestled this weekend," South Allegheny coach Tony DiGiorgio said. "Our goal is to become one of the top programs in the WPIAL in AA. Our performance at the county tournament shows we are making progress toward reaching that goal."

Justo Hernandez and Seth Hitchens advanced to the finals for the Gladiators, but both had to settle for a silver medal. Hernandez dropped a 6-0 decision to Shaler's Mike Heinl in the 126-pound final.


Girls Soccer: South Allegheny storms back from four-goal deficit

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

In one of the most improbable postseason comebacks in WPIAL history, South Allegheny overcame a four-goal deficit to rally back, score five unanswered goals and shock Carlynton, 5-4. The seventh-ranked Gladiators (13-6) were staring down a 4-0 deficit against No. 10 Carlynton on Saturday at Montour thanks to three goals from Carlynton's Pam Meighan. But South Allegheny stormed back behind a pair of goals from leading goal-scorer Amber Brownfield. The improbable comeback sets up a WPIAL quarterfinal match between No. 2 Shady Side Academy (15-3) and South Allegheny. The Indians are the defending WPIAL Class A champions.


Photo Journal: Girls Soccer WPIAL A First Round Playoff - S. Allegh. vs Carlynton (Oct. 18)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL A First Round Playoff game was held at Montour High School, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.  In an exciting close match, South Allegheny came back strong in the second half to defeat Carlynton, 5-4.

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

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