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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).

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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."

 

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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.

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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.