Hockey: Eagles flying to start season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

No team in Class A Tier 2 has started the season hotter than South Park.

The Eagles have won all four of their games so far this season to already lead the Tier 2 Western Conference by six points.

South Park has scored 34 goals, with Tyler Gerhold leading the way with a team-best nine goals and 16 points. Tanner Orr (three goals, nine assists), Kirk Zandier (four goals, six assists), Brian Yoest (five goals, three assists) and Jakob Hickey (five goals, three assists) are all part of a deep South Park team that scored at least six goals in each game this season.

Jared Rushe and Shane Walker have split the goaltending duties, with Rushe stopping 46 of 50 shots (.920 save percentage) and Walker stopping 39 of 45 (.867). 


Boys Soccer: South Park set for another WPIAL semifinal

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Consistently a Class AA power, South Park won back-to-back WPIAL titles in 2005 and 2006 and has reached the WPIAL semifinals three of the last four seasons.

The Eagles, though, came up short each time.

This year, as the undefeated, top-seed in Class AA, South Park has a chance to reach its first WPIAL final since 2006. But, in the semifinals, they'll have to defeat No. 4 South Fayette, the team that ended the Eagles season in the playoffs in 2012 and 2013.

The teams meet tonight at Peters Township High School. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.


Girls Soccer: South Park thwarts Hopewell's upset bid

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Top-seed South Park thwarted a Hopewell upset bid and now the Eagles are one game away from the WPIAL Class AA title game. Last season No. 8 Hopewell knocked off top-seeded Mars who was coming off of a first-round bye. Hopewell eventually reached the WPIAL finals. South Park (17-0-2) was also coming off of a bye but the Eagles managed to stay perfect with a hot start to the second half.

Sarah Stanley scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half to help lift the Eagles past the Vikings (12-6), 2-1. South Park will now face another Section 3-AA team when it meets Montour on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Peters Township.


Football: Scoring binge leads South Park to big win against Steel Valley

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Trailing by three points late in the second quarter, South Park needed a spark in its game at Steel Valley last week. The Eagles got just that, and it came fast and furious.

South Park scored four touchdowns in less than two minutes to quickly turn a 10-7 deficit into 35-10 halftime lead.

"I'm not sure of the time, but it was quick. Things were happening real fast," South Park coach Tom Loughran said.

Steel Valley committed three turnovers during the spurt, two that resulted in touchdowns. South Park's Damon Smith recovered a Steel Valley fumble in the end zone and Ryan Mino returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown. South Park also scored on Adam Staudt's 2-yard run and Clay Smith's 36-yard pass to Brandon McMurray.


Boys Soccer: South Feature Athlete - South Park's Nick Schwarzel

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Name: Nick Schwarzel
School: South Park
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer

Background: Top-seeded South Park opened its Class AA WPIAL playoff campaign with a firm 7-1 victory over Laurel Highlands. Undefeated at 19-0, the Eagles are a clear contender for the WPIAL crown and that's due to a balance of talent in attack and defensively. Schwarzel, as an outside back, is valued for his ability to contribute at both ends of the field.