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Girls Tennis: 2014 South Players to Watch

Written by Justin Criado on .

Here are some South players to keep an eye on during the 2014 girls tennis season.

Alyssa Snodgrass, South Park, Sr.
Holly Barwatt, South Park, Soph.
Kristine Riley, Mt. Lebanon, Jr.
Skylar Morgan, Mt. Lebanon, Soph.
Kalei Trbovich, Thomas Jefferson, Sr.
Natalie Rascatti, Thomas Jefferson, Soph.
Megan Hixon, Peters Township, Jr.
Jenn Holcombe, Peters Township, Sr.
Jessica Fanning, Bethel Park, Soph.


Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Aug. 28, 2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook.

"When DeWayne Murray puts on his Steel Valley uniform, he blends in with the rest of his teammates.

Watch him run with the football, though, and it's obvious he's not your ordinary player.

"He's one of those players who has an appearance out there," Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said. "It's hard not to take notice of him."

Murray (5 feet 9, 180 pounds) is one of the top sophomores in the WPIAL and a budding star at the running back position. He was one of only two WPIAL freshmen named all-conference last season, this after rushing for 1,488 yards and eight touchdowns. Murray averaged 10.7 yards on 139 carries."



Football: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Upper St. Clair could be flying under the radar a bit in Class AAAA. The Panthers don't have any big stars and aren't favored to win the Southeastern Conference, but veteran coach Jim Render's teams should never be counted out. The Panthers have advanced to the WPIAL semifinals each of the past three seasons. Render must replace nearly every starter from last year's 11-1 squad. Senior quarterback Dan Trocano is the likely starter at quarterback and the defense will be led by linebacker Jesse Slinger.

Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Baldwin are among the teams also expected to compete for playoff spots in the Southeastern Conference, a field that also includes top-ranked Woodland Hills and Penn Hills. Mt. Lebanon must replace a pair of Division I players - Troy Apke (Penn State) and Alex Bookser (Pitt) - but the Blue Devils have a two-year starter at quarterback in Eddie Jenkins. Bethel Park has a three-year starter at quarterback with junior Levi Metheny, son of coach Jeff Metheny. Baldwin is led by quarterback Doug Altavilla, who passed for 1,705 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. The Highlanders also boast 6-foot-8, 300-pound tackle Sterling Jenkins, a Penn State recruit and the No. 1 ranked senior in Pennsylvania.

McKeesport could contend for the Foothills Conference title. The Tigers are the defending champs and will likely again give opponents fits with their flexbone offense. Khaleke Hudson, a fullback-safety, is one of the WPIAL's top juniors.


Football: 2014 South Players to Watch

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are some football players to watch from the South area this season.

Doug Altavilla, Baldwin, Sr., QB – Four-year starter threw for 1,705 yards and 21 touchdowns last season.

Sterling Jenkins, Baldwin, Sr., OL-DL – A 6-foot-8, 300-pound Penn State recruit, Jenkins is the No. 1-ranked senior in the state and 15th-ranked offensive tackle in the country.

Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan, Sr., OL-DL – The Pitt recruit was an all-conference offensive lineman as just as freshman and has continued to get better and better.

Aaron Mathews, Clairton, Jr., WR-DB – Mathews rushed for 1,010 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, but will likely see the bulk of his offensive action at wide receiver this season.


Boys Soccer: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Class AAA

If the 2013 WPIAL Class AAA WPIAL playoffs seemed to mimic 2012's, that's because it bore a striking resemblance to the 2011 postseason. The question now is: Will 2014 follow suit?

Of the four WPIAL semifinalists, three originated from Section 5-AAA. Those three were – again – Upper St. Clair, Peters Township and Canon-McMillan.

The fourth team was another standout from the South, Bethel Park.

In the WPIAL finals, Peters Township put an end to Upper St. Clair's undefeated season, taking home the school's seventh WPIAL championship thanks to the heroics of outgoing goalkeeper Max O'Hare and a key goal from Mario Mastrangelo. The latter, along with his brother Nicco, return to the Indians for their senior year.


Boys Soccer: 2014 South Players to Watch

Written by Sports Town on .

Here are some South players to keep an eye on during the 2014 boys soccer season.

Preseason Player of the Year
Robbie Mertz, USC, Sr., Midfielder

Nick Burton, Bishop Canevin, Sr., Defender
Kevin Caste, Mt. Lebanon, Sr., Midfielder
Mahesh Dhaubadel, Thomas Jefferson, Sr., Forward
Steve Girgash, South Park, Sr., Defender
Doug Hapeman, USC, Sr., Defender
Aaron Harris, McGuffey, Jr., Midfielder
Dawson Hilk, Trinity, Sr., Midfielder
Josh Kruczek, Canon-McMillan, Sr., Forward
Preston Kulla, Trinity, Sr., Midfielder
Mario Mastrangelo, Peters Township, Sr., Forward


Girls Soccer: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Peters Township graduated a strong senior class but the Indians appear ready to reload with senior midfielder Laurel Carpenter, junior forward Maddi Santo, junior midfielder Madeline LaVigna and senior forward Carly Johns. Peters Township has been to six consecutive WPIAL Class AAA finals under coach Bob Dyer. The will compete in a section with Class AAA newcomer Moon who moves up from Class AA. The Section 5-AAA race should be one of the more competitive ones in the WPIAL where Upper St. Clair appears to be the favorite with junior forward Emma Hasco, senior defender Sami Lackner and senior forward Brianna Erdman. Baldwin returns senior defender Kelsie Balsam while Bethel Park boasts one of the area's top players in senior midfielder Halle Hammer. Canon-McMillan has one of the top goalies in the state in senior Kyra Murphy while Mt. Lebanon will build around senior midfielder Taylor Oberle.


Girls Soccer: 2014 South Players to Watch

Written by Sports Town on .

Here are some South players to keep an eye on during the 2014 girls soccer season.

Preseason Player of the Year
Laurel Carpenter, Peters Township, Sr., Midfielder

Kelsie Balsam, Baldwin, Sr., Defender
Amber Brownfield, South Allegheny, Jr., Forward
Monica Davison, South Park, Sr., Midfielder
Brianna Erdman, Upper St., Clair, Sr., Forward
Halee Fedrick, Charleroi, Sr., Forward
Halle Hammer, Bethel Park, Sr., Midfielder
Emma Hasco, Upper St. Clair, Jr., Forward
Morgan Henderson, Chartiers Valley, Soph., Midfielder
Carly Johns, Peters Township, Sr., Forward
Sami Lackner, Upper St. Clair, Sr., Defender


Boys Cross Country: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The South Fayette boys cross country team is entering a rebuilding year after ending Quaker Valley's reign as the six-time WPIAL Class AA champion. The Lions had five runners finish in the top 24, but all have graduated. Devan Sandala is the returning top runner for the Lions. The senior aims to improve his 26th-place WPIAL finish.

Mt. Lebanon rounded out the top three at WPIAL Class AAA championships last season led by sophomore Todd Gunzenhauser (ninth). The Blue Devils will look to senior Ian Baun (23rd) for leadership. As a team, they went on to finish eighth at the PIAA Championships.

Canon-McMillan seeks to improve upon last year's fourth-place finish at WPIALs. The Big Macs return seasoned runners Ethan Linderman and Jonathan Weese, with 16th and 17th place finishes, respectively.

Peters Township rounded out the top 10 at WPIALs. Junior Nick Wolk hopes to improve on his top 20 performance from last year.


Girls Cross Country: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Mt. Lebanon girls cross country team will attempt to defend its WPIAL Class AAA title for the second year in a row. The Blue Devils edged Seneca Valley, 80-84, and went on to take third at the PIAA championships.

The Blue Devils will compete without three of their top performers, but return juniors Kelsey Potts and Sadie Saxton. Last year, Potts and Saxton finished third and 28th at the district meet. Potts went on to grab fourth at the state meet.

Upper St. Clair's Sarah Martin may prove to be tough competition for the Blue Devils. The sophomore placed 16th in the district.

In Class AA, Keystone Oaks and South Fayette both look to edge their way into a top 10 ranking after placing 11th and 12th in the WPIAL last year.


Boys Cross Country: 2014 South Runners to Watch

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Here are the returning boys runners from the South coverage area who finished among the top 30 at last year's WPIAL championships.

Todd Gunzenhauser, Mt. Lebanon, Jr. – 9th WPIAL Class AAA.
Ethan Linderman, Canon-McMillan, Sr. – 16th WPIAL Class AAA.
Jonathan Weese, Canon-McMillan, Sr. – 17th WPIAL Class AAA.
Nick Wolk, Peters Township, Jr. – 20th WPIAL Class AAA.
Ian Baun, Mt. Lebanon, Sr. - 22nd WPIAL Class AAA.
Shane Rumbaugh, Trinity, Sr. – 25th WPIAL Class AAA.
Elias Graca, Fox Chapel, Sr. – 26th WPIAL Class AAA.


Girls Cross Country: 2014 South Runners to Watch

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Here are the returning girls runners from the South coverage area who finished among the top 30 at last year's WPIAL championships.

Kelsey Potts, Mt. Lebanon, Jr. – 3rd WPIAL Class AAA.
Sarah Martin, Upper St. Clair, So. 16th WPIAL Class AAA.
Kirsten McMichael, Ringgold, Sr. – 2oth WPIAL Class AAA.
Sadie Saxton, Mt. Lebanon, Jr. – 28th WPIAL Class AAA.


Field Hockey: 2014 South Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

The final moments of the 2013 field hockey season evokes painful memories for Peters Township coach Mary Rae Rocco and her Indians' team.

"We made the playoffs last year and went into double-overtime of the (semifinal) game with North Allegheny, and they beat us 1-0 with 30 seconds to go in the second overtime," the coach recounted. "That was a beautiful, well-deserved goal, but it was crushing nonetheless."

Rocco's team qualified for the playoffs with a 7-2-1 record in WPIAL Class AAA, Section 2, just behind the section-winning effort of 8-1-1 turned in by Fox Chapel.

"All of the team in the section are great competition, but Fox Chapel pushes us harder," said Rocco, who is expecting her second child in December. "We see it as neck-and-neck between us again."


Field Hockey: 2014 South Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some field hockey players from the South to keep an eye on this season.

Sophia Dykes, Senior, Defense, Mt. Lebanon
Melanie Stevens, Junior, Goalkeeper, Peters Township
Sammi Schratz, Sophomore, Center Midfielder/Forward, Peters Township
Katy Gaudlip, Senior, Right Midfielder, Peters Township
Sarah Heeter, Senior Midfielder, Peters Township



Blue Chip Chat with Ringgold's Nico Law

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White talks with Ringgold quarterback Nico Law in today's edition of Blue Chip Chat.

Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Pos: QB/DB

Law is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the state. A year ago, he became one of the few players in WPIAL history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the regular season. He finished with 1,210 yards rushing and completed 93 of 180 passes for 1,494 yards. He also will play defense this year for a Ringgold team with high hopes. Law's brother, Quad, was Ringgold's quarterback for two years before Nico became the starter. Quad is now a receiver at Gannon.


Alumni Update - Ken Murawski (Carnegie Mellon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Ken Murawski, a Baldwin graduate, was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Tartans. During his four seasons, Carnegie Mellon compiled a 34-5-1 record and won three PAC titles (1978, 1979, 1981).

Following the 1981 season, Murawski was named Kodak First Team All-American and Associated Press (A) Honorable Mention All-American. He was a two-time All-PAC selection and finished his career with 243 total tackles (159 solo stops) and nine interceptions.

Murawski was honored as a member of the PAC 60th anniversary team earlier this month.



Alumni Update - Jenny Wirth (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

EDINBORO, Pa. – The IWLCA today released its list of 2014 Academic Honor Roll, withWirth EUP a pair of Edinboro women's lacrosse players among the 149 honorees in Division II.  


A total of 162 institutions had representatives on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll on the Division I, II and III levels.

Edinboro is represented by senior Jenny Wirth and junior Alayna Davis (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa).

Wirth, a Baldwin graduate,  is a Health and Physical Education – Health and Wellness major with a 4.00 GPA.

Academic honor roll recipients must be at least a junior academically and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater.


(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)


Alumni Update -Matt Duffey (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LATROBE, Pa. – A pair of Saint Vincent College football players recently wereDuffey SVC recognized by the USA Football Network, Inc. as members on its 26th USA College Football Division III Preseason All-America teams.

Senior wide receiver Matt Duffey and junior linebacker Renny LaRue-Holloman both received the preseason accolades from the USA Football Network as third team honorees.

Duffey, a Canon-McMillan graduate, returns after recording team-highs in catches (40) and receiving yards (467) last season.


(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)


Alumni Update - Ryan Abel (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – In honor of the 60th anniversary of its creation in 1955, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recently released its 60th anniversary football team. Waynesburg University was represented amongst the 60 honorees by four of the finest players to ever suit up for the Yellow Jackets after the program joined the PAC in 1990.

Waynesburg's four honorees are Ryan Abel, Scott Cree, Mike Czerwien and Adam Moses.


Ryan Abel, a four-year starter at running back, is statistically the top rusher in Jacket football history. Abel, an Elizabeth Forward graduate, was a first-team All-PAC selection in each of his four seasons at Waynesburg and, to this day, remains the program leader in scoring (270), touchdowns (45) and all-purpose yards (4,173).

He also ranks fourth in total offense (3,989). Abels scored at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his four seasons and averaged 5.4 yards per carry while averaging just under 100 yards rushing per game (99.6). He finished his career with 3,985 rushing yards on 734 carries and 43 rushing touchdowns.