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Boys Lacrosse: 2015 South Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following a season which saw them lose all 15 games and go 0-6 against Division 1, Section 1 rivals, the Trinity High Hillers have regrouped and moved down to Division 2, Section 3, where they will meet Canon-McMillan, Baldwin, Moon, Chartiers Valley and Seton-LaSalle in section games.

The section the Hillers left should be a solid one with Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park expected to make plenty of noise in challenging Mt. Lebanon and Peters Township for section supremacy.

The Panthers had a solid season a year ago with a 15-3 record. They advanced to the WPIAL semifinals where they were ousted by eventual WPIAL Division 1 champion Shady Side Academy, 9-6.

The Panthers have earned non-section victories over Chartiers Valley (14-10), Franklin Regional(7-6) and Wheeling, W.Va., Central Catholic (17-4). Upper St. Clair is in Cleveland this weekend. They played on Cleveland St. Ignatius on Friday and visit Lakewood, Ohio, St. Edward today. They visit non-section rivals Pine-Richland and Shady Side Academy on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

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Boys Lacrosse: 2015 South Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon
Matt Lee, Senior, Goalie
Charlie Cappucci, Senior, Defense
Jake Zoffer, Senior, Long Stick Midfielder
Brian Kelly, Senior, Attack
Sam White, Senior, Attack

Upper St. Clair
Andrew Bartusiak, Senior, Midfield
Braden Kaib, Senior, Midfield/face-off
Gavin Keefe, Senior, Goalie
Ryan Kincaid, Senior, Attack
Mac Madson, Senior

 

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Girls Lacrosse: 2015 South Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Change is inevitable in sports, and that was apparent when Chartiers Valley, which lost the past four WPIAL Division 2 championships (twice to North Hills in 2011 and 2012 and twice to Shaler in 2013 and 2014) chose to move to Division 1. The Colts will be in Section 1 along with Upper St. Clair, Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon, Oakland Catholic, Seton-LaSalle and Shady Side Academy.

Mt. Lebanon is coming off an outstanding season. The Blue Devils were the top-ranked team in Laxpower.com's final rankings for 2014 with a 22-1 record. They handed Quaker Valley their only two losses of the season in the WPIAL Division 1 championship game and in the PIAA playoffs. Their season came to an end with a PIAA second-round loss to Garnet Valley.

The Blue Devils opened season play against Seton-LaSalle with a 17-4 victory over the Rebels this past Tuesday. Today, they travel to Annandale, Va., for a game with the 2-0-1 Atoms, ranked No. 39 out of 135 teams in Virginia and 12th regionally. They visit Oakland Catholic on Tuesday before opening their home schedule with Peters Township next Thursday.

Upper St. Clair appears ready to make some noise. The Panthers opened the season with non-section victories Bethel Park (16-2) and Baldwin (13-5). They open section play Tuesday at Seton-LaSalle.

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Girls Basketball: Seton-LaSalle falls in PIAA final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Seton-LaSalle girls basketball team.

"HERSHEY, Pa. — It appeared from the outside that Seton-LaSalle was anything but lucky last Friday.

After drawing the unenviable task of playing the No. 1-ranked team in the country, the Rebels found themselves on the wrong end of the third most-lopsided result in PIAA girls championship history.

But on the inside, it was a different story. Coach Spencer Stefko detailed why as he gushed proudly about a senior class that helped the program win three WPIAL titles and reach the PIAA final three times, winning that title twice.

"How do you get seven of the most amazingly charismatic, fantastic students, daughters, players, people?" asked Stefko, the team's second-year coach. "How do you get seven of them in the same group, other than you were born under some lucky star? I'm the luckiest guy.""

 

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Baseball: Mt. Lebanon veterans already focused

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Mt. Lebanon baseball team.

"After a long day-night doubleheader Saturday at Pullman Park, Pat McCloskey left Butler County feeling pretty encouraged about his Mt. Lebanon baseball team.

The Blue Devils opened their regular-season schedule with two victories, beating Hempfield, 8-6, before slipping past Pine-Richland, 6-4.

"This is the most motivated group I have been around," said McCloskey, who enters his 11th season as Mt. Lebanon's coach. "Our first game was at 10:30 a.m., our second game was at 7:30 p.m. and it was 37 degrees at night. They didn't lose their focus for one second, and that's all you can ask for as a coach.

"That is attributed to our seniors who are really focused this year.""

 

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson excited about defending title

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Thomas Jefferson softball team.

"When it comes to setting goals for this season, Thomas Jefferson is keeping things simple.

"Our goal this year is just to make the playoffs," coach Heidi Karcher said.

Anyone around the program last year is well aware of what can happen just by getting into the playoffs.

Last season the Jaguars won their final section game of the season to clinch third place in Section 3-AAA and qualify for the playoffs with a 7-5 section record. The 11-6 team was given the No. 13 seed. They then proceeded to pull four consecutive upsets, knocking off Knoch, Trinity, Greensburg Salem and finally Mars in the WPIAL Class AAA final to win the program's first WPIAL softball title."

 

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Hockey: Run ends for Canon-McMillan with loss

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Canon-McMillan hockey team.

"Canon-McMillan had a magical run through the PIHL Class AAA playoffs to win the second Penguins Cup in school history.

Playing in the state finals, though, turned hopes of a Pennsylvania Cup championship into a disappointing ride home from Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena after the Big Macs allowed four goals to Nicholas Bohatiuk and another two to Kyle Peters in a 6-4 loss to Holy Ghost Prep.

Canon-McMillan played a game that was different from anything the team had seen in its run through the western half of the state. Holy Ghost Prep played an extremely physical game and hit the Big Macs at every turn, frustrating them into several critical penalties, some of which were of a retaliatory nature, which forced them to take a defensive posture for two periods.

They were called for 10 penalties and surrendered a power-play goal, a 4-on-4 goal and another short-handed in a three-goal Firebirds second-period outburst that gave Holy Ghost Prep a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. In addition, Canon-McMillan lost its cool at the end of the game as two fights broke out at the final horn."

 

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Wrestling: Two violations cost Chartiers Valley grad in NCAA final

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Chartiers Valley graduate Tyler Wilps, who recently earned a runner-up finish for Pitt at the NCAA wrestling championships.

2015 0327 Pitt Wrestling(Photo: Pitt's Tyler Wilps, left, wrestles with Penn State's Matt Brown in the 174-pound title match at the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday in St. Louis. Chris Lee/Associated Press)

Pitt senior Tyler Wilps was surprised, if not shocked, by two decisions made by the referees in Saturday's NCAA Division I title match at 174 pounds against Penn State senior Matt Brown.

In a bout that had four coaches challenges, Wilps, a Chartiers Valley graduate, was called for two technical violations in the final three seconds, which turned a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 defeat.

To fully understand the final seconds of the bout, a recap of the final two periods is in order.

After a scoreless first period, Wilps won the flip and took the down position in the second period. He escaped with 1:26 remaining, but was cautioned for stalling, for backing away from Brown, with 58 seconds left. Both wrestlers had a scoring opportunity during the period, but neither could finish their shot.

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Wrestling: South Fayette grad wins NCAA title at W&J

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles South Fayette graduate Nick Carr, who recently won a Division III wrestling national championship at Washington & Jefferson. Read his story below.

There's no truth to the rumor that Nick Carr has taken up residence in Hershey.

Carr, a junior at Washington & Jefferson College, spent two of the past three weekends at Giant Center in Hershey.

His first trip to Chocolate Town was to watch his brother Mike compete for South Fayette High School at the PIAA wrestling championships.

One week later, Carr returned to Hershey to compete in the NCAA Division III championships for the Presidents.

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Hockey: Big Macs fall in state title game

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Canon-McMillan’s playoff run and its five-game winning streak came to end Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State University.

Nicholas Bohatiuk scored four goals and Kyle Peters had two to lead Holy Ghost Prep to a 6-4 victory.

Austin Tonkovich had a goal and two assists for Canon-McMillan, but the Big Macs leading scorer also racked up eight penalty minutes in the game.

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Boys Tennis: South Players To Watch

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Chris Gladden, Canon-McMillan, Jr.
Dane Bendel, Mt. Lebanon, Sr.
Christian Vietmeier, Mt. Lebanon, Jr.
Charlie Strohl, Mt. Lebanon, Jr.
Aaron Coplan, Bethel Park, Sr.
Adam Ackerman, Bethel Park, Sr.
Miguel Ascencio, Peters Township, Soph.
Ryan Farrell, Peters Township, Soph.
Fernando Escribens, Upper St. Clair, Sr.
Domenick D’Amico, Upper St. Clair, Sr.
Kevin Kwok, Upper St. Clair, Fr.
John Monroe, California, Soph.
 

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Boys Tennis: South Preview

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last season, Upper St. Clair entered the WPIAL Class AAA tournament as the top seed only to lose to rival Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals and fail to make it to the state tournament.

This season, the Panthers may be even stronger, especially at the top, as they look to avenge last season’s loss.

Upper St. Clair returns its top three players from last season – seniors Fernando Escribens, Domenick D’Amico and Christian Meyer – as well as returning doubles starters Sam Schiffman and Scott Russell. Additionally, the Panthers have added one of the top freshman in the area, Kevin Kwok, giving the Panthers even more depth than they had a year ago.

Mt. Lebanon will still be a tough out, though, as the Blue Devils will bring back singles starters Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl. They also added Seton-LaSalle transfer Mike Wilke, a WPIAL Class AA singles qualifier last season.

Peters Township, which moves into USC and Mt. Lebanon’s section this season with realignment, will also be solid with returning WPIAL qualifier Ryan Farrell and fellow sophomore Miguel Ascenscio.

Canon-McMillan will be looking to return to the postseason after missing out last season and the Big Macs have one of the WPIAL Class AAA singles favorites in Chris Gladden, who is currently the top-ranked junior in Pennsylvania according to tennisrecruiting.net.

Bethel Park, a WPIAL qualifier last season, returns its top two players in seniors Aaron Coplan and Adam Ackerman.

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Alumni Update - Jessica Dunn (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA, PA – Chatham University track and field had a record setting day to open the 2015 season atDunn Chatham California University of PA in the Cal U Early Bird Meet.

 

In the 100m, Jessica Dunn, a Mt. Lebanon graduate, broke the school record clocking in at 13.65, good for 27th place.

 

(photo courtesy of Chatham College)

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Alumni Update - Chris Miller (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seton Hill's Chris Miller led the Griffins to a 6-0 week including a sweep of Pitt-Johnstown.Miller SHU

 

He was 14-for-19 (.737), while scoring 10 runs and pounding out five doubles, a triple and four home runs while driving in 14 runners.

 

He slugged 1.737 for the week. Miller hit for the cycle in the Griffins' 23-10 win at UPJ, going 4-for-6 with six RBI in the victory.

 

In his five games played, he had two or more hits in each contest and had multiple RBI in three games.


The Serra Catholic graduate earned PSAC West Athlete of the Week for his performance.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Laurel Lindsay (Edinboro)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its Division II Coaches' All-America team today andLindsay EUP Edinboro University graduate student Laurel Lindsay earned honorable mention honors for the second straight season. The Fighting Scots' season ended on March 3 in the PSAC Quarterfinals in a 71-63 loss at Indiana (Pa.). They went 20-8 this year with a 16-6 record in the PSAC West.

 

This is yet another prestigious award on the long list of accomplishments for Lindsay in her career. Earlier this season she garnered first team All-PSAC West honors after earning second team honors last year along with honorable mention WBCA All-American accolades.

 

Lindsay finished the season fourth for Edinboro in scoring (12.6 ppg.), second in rebounding (5.4 rpg.), and led the team with 206 assists. The assists figure is the fourth-highest total in a single season in school history. The South Park, Pa. native also led the PSAC with 7.4 assists per game, a mark that currently ranks third in all of Division II. Lindsay committed just 102 turnovers this season despite her high volume of handling the ball. She also led the Fighting Scots with 50 steals.

 

Lindsay, a South Park graduate, was also a key part in one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation. The guard/forward made 39-of-104 (37.5 percent) of her 3-point attempts as Edinboro is second in the nation in 3-point percentage shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Fighting Scots 196 3-pointers made is also the second-most for a single season in school history, only behind last year's squad that made 200 3-pointers.