Swimming: South Fayette diver headed to states

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South Fayette sophomore diver Trevor Mahoney continued the long line of success South Fayette divers have enjoyed at WPIAL championships over the past few years. Stephen Zombek won the WPIAL Class AA title last season. Evan Zombek took third and Mahoney was fifth. All three qualified for states. The Zombek brothers graduated but Mahoney still carried the flag for the Lions at WPIALs this year.

Being on the same team with the Zombek brothers and going to states with them was an invaluable experience for Mahoney.

"It helped me a lot," Mahoney said. "They were a great inspiration to me, especially Stephen because he won at WPIALs. Being at states was crazy because I had two seniors and it was just me, a freshman. We had a lot of fun. We were playing basketball between practices."

Mahoney was the only freshman in the PIAA Class AA diving championship last season. The top 20 divers reach the semifinals and the top 16 reach the finals. Mahoney missed the cut for the semifinals. This year he is aiming for it.


Diving: South Fayette diver learning to win

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Nicholas Tolomeo profiles South Fayette diver Trevor Mahoney.

"There was a diving clinic that took place at his school when Trevor Mahoney was in sixth grade. He gave it a try and liked it.

His dad, Tim Mahoney, cut right to the chase with coach Chris Rebholz.

"My dad, he asked the coach, 'Does he have any potential?'" Trevor Mahoney recalls.

The answer was a resounding "Yes!"

"Then my dad got me more practice," Trevor Mahoney said."



Boys Basketball: South Fayette loses in WPIAL playoffs, but can still make state tournament

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South Fayette sliced through its opponents on its way to an undefeated section championship this season.

But in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals, the Lions ran into a buzzsaw.

South Fayette (18-5), the No. 7 seed, suffered its most lopsided loss of the season when it fell to No. 2 Beaver Falls (21-2), 69-46, last Friday at North Allegheny. The Lions found themselves down by 11 points at the half and didn't have an answer for the Tigers' outstanding inside duo of sophomores Josh Creach (22 points, 16 rebounds) and Donovan Jeter (19 points, 12 rebounds). Brett Brumbaugh scored a team-high 12 points for the Lions.

Luckily for South Fayette, its season isn't over yet. The Lions will begin their quest for a PIAA playoff berth tonight when they face Hampton (19-5) in a consolation game at North Allegheny. The top seven teams in Class AAA qualify for the PIAA playoffs, so if the Lions win tonight, they'll earn one of those spots and then play the Mars-Highlands winner in the fifth/sixth-place game Thursday. If the Lions lose to Hampton, they can still earn the seventh spot should they defeat the Mars-Highlands loser Thursday.


Swimming: South Fayette edges Cornell in thrilling dual meet

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With a number of top-level swimmers, the South Fayette and Cornell boys are bound to have some competitive individual swims against one another at the WPIAL Class AA championships in two weeks. Earlier this month the two teams had one of the most competitive dual meets of the WPIAL schedule. The Lions edged the Flames, 83-81. Cornell had strong relays and swims but could not match South Fayette's depth. For example Cornell won the first relay and first individual event but South Fayette placed second and third in both events to earn points. David Ewing and Matt Hertzler took second and third in the 200 freestyle. Cornell's Cole Tipper won both his events but in the 50 freestyle, Dante Cecere, Trevor Mahoney and Tyler Cronin swept the three spots behind him. Mahoney also won the diving competition and those six points obviously loomed large in a two-point meet.


Boys Basketball: Football success helps South Fayette win on the court, too

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John D'Abruzzo profiles the South Fayette boys basketball team.

2015 0212 SouthFayette BBasketball(Photo: South Fayette's Jack Relihan, pulling down a rebound against Montour, leads the Lions in scoring. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Back in December, Rich Bonnaure was wondering what type of basketball team he would have to work with this season.

Considering just about his entire South Fayette boys roster also plays football, most of Bonnaure's players where still on the gridiron winning the school its second state title in a row on Dec. 13 and didn't even get a chance to touch a basketball until almost Christmas.

The late start, however, never hampered the Lions.

South Fayette went on to win 14 of its first 15 games and finished its regular season with a 17-4 overall record."