It was not enough to propel them to the top spot, but the South Fayette girls swim team did manage to win two relay events at the Big Six meet this past weekend at Central York High School. The meet brings together six of the top teams in the state every January. West Allegheny ultimately edged South Fayette 483-471 for first place but it was a banner day for the WPIAL and banner day for a South Fayette team that very likely could be the favorite now in the WPIAL Class AA team title race. West Allegheny is competing in Class AAA this season.
Justin Criado profiles the South Fayette boys basketball team.
"In December, South Fayette won the PIAA Class AA football championship for the second consecutive year, the first Class AA team in history to do so.
That also meant that basketball coach Rich Bonnaure had to wait for more than half of his team to report to the hardwood for the second consecutive year, too.
"They returned home Saturday night [Dec. 13] from Hershey and [the following] Monday they were literally waiting to get on the court after the girls' practice," Bonnaure said. "This is the third time in five years that the football team has been to the state championship [game]."
There hasn't been a championship hangover, though, as the basketball team started 8-1, including 5-0 in Section 5-AAA going into this week, with some familiar names from football season playing key roles in basketball. "
Ken Wunderley profiles South Fayette wrestler Jared Walker. Read his story below.
South Fayette senior Jared Walker is a three-time WPIAL Class AA champion and two-time PIAA place-winner, but he's never won a title at the Allegheny County Championships.
In fact, he's never even made it to the finals.
Walker has made three appearances in the annual tournament and placed no higher than third. He finished sixth at 152 pounds in 2012, seventh at 160 in 2013, and third at 160 last year. Walker is the top seed at 170 this year, but claiming the title will be no easy task.
"The 170-pound weight class looks to be the strongest in the tournament," South Fayette coach Rick Chaussard said. "He may be the top seed, but the weight class also has two returning champions."
Name: Trevor Mahoney
High School: South Fayette
Background: South Fayette won a WPIAL diving title last season and this year it has a sophomore who just captured the diving title at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational. South Fayette sophomore Trevor Mahoney scored a 265.45 at the invitational to best eight other swimmers from other schools including Uniontown's Braden Carei (224.45), Quaker Valley's Regis Conlin (189.00) and West Allegheny's Chad Vandergrift (181.30) who was diving at his home pool. Mahoney appears to be South Fayette's best bet to replace the Zombek twins who have graduated after placing first and third at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships last season. Mahoney finished fifth at WPIALs and he is the second highest returner behind only Knoch junior Benjamin Lowery who took fourth at WPIALs last season.
The South Fayette girls swimming and diving team cemented itself as a legitimate contender for a WPIAL Class AA team title with a solid performance at the West Allegheny Christmas Invitational. The Lions placed second overall, behind only the hosts West Allegheny who are in Class AAA. It was a close meet with South Fayette and Indiana battling for second place throughout. South Fayette had strong relays but really shined in individual events. In the 200 freestyle, senior Maddie Bartrug won the event by nearly eight seconds with a time of 1:54.82 and teammate, junior Emma Hestad finished sixth with a time of 2:07.31. Junior Jocelyn Colussy took fourth in the 200 IM and her teammate, senior Sarah Hertzler came in ninth.