Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - South Park vs. Brownsville (Jan. 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

South Park faced Brownsville in a WPIAL AAA, Sec. 4 girls basketball game, Monday, January 25, 2016.  This was an important game for both teams, South Park comes to this game number one in this section, Brownsville number 2. In their last encounter, South Park defeated Brownsville by 24 points.  Brownsville came to this match with a new and improved game, defeating South Park 49-46.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Girls Basketball: Determined South Park gearing up for playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the South Park girls basketball team.

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"Based on the num­bers com­piled this sea­son by the South Park girls bas­ket­ball team, it would ap­pear that bal­ance and ex­pe­ri­ence are big fac­tors in why the Eagles are lead­ing Class AAA Sec­tion 4 with an 8-1 record — and an over­all stan­dard of 13-3 — head­ing into Thurs­day night's game at West Mif­f­lin.

Those qualities with three players – Allison McGrath, Natalie Clydesdale and Alyssa Greer – all averaging 10 or more points a game are important. As far as second-year coach Juliet Highberger is concerned, something else is equally important.

"Overall, I think determination and desire to have success in the postseason, finish a game and put a team away [are important]," she said. "They know they have a lot of things they need to improve upon.""


Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - South Park's Jessica Jones

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Jessica Jones
High School: South Park
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard/Forward

Background: Jessica Jones is a four-year member of the Eagles' girls basketball team and has started for the past two years. Jessica is the catalyst behind a South Park defense that is yielding less than 40 points a game. She is averaging 5 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals a game. Jessica is a member of the South Park girls track and field team where she is a captain and compete in the 4x800-, 4 x 400-meter relay teams, the pole vault -- where she finished eighth in the 2015 WPIAL Class AA championships -- and the cross country team. The 4 x 800-meter relay team qualified for the state championship. Jessica is the secretary of the South Park High Chapter of the National Honor Society and the co-president of the Interact Club, which is a service organization. She also is a member of the Girl Scouts, and she will participate in the school musical, which this year is "The Addams Family." Jessica also is a saxophonist in the South Park High Jazz Band.


Hockey: Upset win could change momentum for South Park

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the South Park hockey team.

"South Park looked like anything but a team capable of pulling off a major upset as the team headed into the holiday break.

In a four-game swing through the Eastern Conference, the Eagles were 1-3-0 with their only victory a 7-3 win against a Westmont Hilltop squad that had only won three games and was in a battle for the final PIHL Class A playoff spot with Greensburg-Salem.

Somehow, South Park had to find something positive to take into its 18-day break, and it didn't appear possible with a trip to Belmont Arena to take on a Freeport squad that had been at or near the top of the East for much of the season.

Then the unthinkable happened."


Football: South Park's Tucker goes from Slippery Rock to NFL prospect

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles South Park graduate Cory Tucker, who is now a football player at Slippery Rock.

"Cory Tucker was finally going to get his big chance. The play-call was a hook-and-ladder and the massive right tackle would be the recipient of the lateral.

That the setting was the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference football championship made it even sweeter for the Slippery Rock University All-American. The Bloomsburg defense, he thought to himself, didn't stand a chance.

"It was late in the game, it was a close score and all of my teammates were looking at me," said Tucker, a South Park High School graduate and NFL draft prospect. "I kept telling myself, 'I got this. I got this.' Then, I get to the line and I'm trying to breathe. The other four linemen are just looking at me, not getting into their stance. It was really going to happen."

Well, almost."