Boys Soccer: Soccer success is music to South Fayette coach's ears

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Jason Mackey profiles South Fayette boys soccer coach Rob Eldridge.

"The basement of Rob Eldridge's McDonald home provides a fascinating window into two very different worlds in which he excels.

At the center hangs a gigantic TV, perfect for playing video games and watching sports. Nearby there's a weight bench and workout area. Go left or right, and you'll see either Eldridge's home recording studio or his collection of albums and vintage sound equipment, both impressive.

Real life or metaphorically speaking, sports and music are never terribly far apart for Eldridge.

"It's important to have that balance in my life," said Eldridge, who has been the South Fayette boys soccer coach since 2007 and a professional musician for much of his adult life. "I'm sort of a restless person. I need to be doing things.""


Football: South Fayette's Plack-Tallerico commits to Delaware

Written by Brad Everett on .

South Fayette's Noah Plack-Tallerico was so good as a junior that he earned all-conference honors on both offense and defense.

With his senior season about a month away, the tight end/linebacker has decided where he will play in college. Plack-Tallerico committed to the University of Delaware on Thursday and announced his decision via Twitter.

"First off I would like to thank my family and coaches for pushing me to be the best that I can possibly be. It has been great to be able to visit all of the schools that I have. This process has been very exciting for me and I am thankful to all the coaches that have reached out to me. I'm truly blessed to have all the options that I have. This has been a dream come true. With that being said I am happy to announce that I will be committing to the UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE to continue my academic and athletic career!!! #GoBlueHens" -- @ntpt223

Plack-Tallerico was South Fayette's second-leading receiver his junior season when he finished with 35 receptions for 679 yards (19.4 yards per catch). He also tied for second on the team in touchdowns with 10. Plack-Tallerico helped South Fayette win the Class 4A Northwest Nine Conference title and finish 10-1.


Football: South Fayette’s Eldridge chooses Richmond

Written by Brad Everett on .

Under the guidance of coach Joe Rossi, a slew of South Fayette football players have earned college scholarships over the last decade.

Ray Eldridge is the latest.

Eldridge, a rising senior and two-way lineman, took to Twitter earlier this week to announce his college decision: Eldridge is headed to Richmond.

"I've had some great experiences over the last few months visiting some top level universities and football programs. I'm so thankful for the guidance that I received from all the coaches that recruited me. I want to thank my parents and my high school coaches for pushing me to be the young man and student athlete I am today. At the end of the process I feel that the University of Richmond is the best fit for me and I am committing!!! #URnext18 #OneRichmond" - Ray_Eldridge33


Track: South Fayette’s Phoennik captures WPIAL triple jump title

Written by Brad Everett on .

A girl with a last name not particularly easy to spell -- at least the first few times -- gave her competitors a little grammar lesson last Thursday.

Her name is now synonymous with "WPIAL champion."

South Fayette senior Courtney Phoennik became a district champ by winning the triple jump at the WPIAL Class 3A championships. Phoennik, who entered the event as the No. 2 seed, had a winning jump of 38-2 ¼. Canon-McMillan's Chyna Beck jumped 37-6 ½ to place second.

With the win, Phoennik became the first South Fayette girl to win a WPIAL gold medal in a jumping event in at least 20 years. She also placed seventh in the long jump after leaping 17-5 ½.


Alumni Update - Ashley Iagnemma (Point Park)

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VIENNA W.Va. –  Point Park University softball ended its season 21-21 after elimination from the 2017 River StatesIagnemma PP Conference Softball Tournament Friday.

The No. 4 seed Pioneers (21-21, 11-7 RSC) defeated the No. 4 WVU Tech Golden Bears (15-37, 10-8 RSC), 5-1, in the first round of the tournament Friday morning, advancing to the winner's bracket.

Ashley Iagnemma, a South Fayette graduate, picked up the two-hit win in five innings, striking out six and walking one.


(photo courtesy of Point Park University)