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Alumni Update – Kelly Reynolds (Juniata)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SCRANTON, Pa.- The Juniata women's volleyball team looked to end its four-match winless streak as it beganReynolds Juniata Landmark play on Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles proved that they are still are the team to beat as it knocked off Susquehanna 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-21) and host Scranton 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-9).

Against the River Hawks, Kelly Reynolds, an Upper St. Clair graduate, had 33 assists, 13 digs, and two block assists.

 

(photo courtesy of Juniata College) 

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Alumni Update - Taylor Tokarski (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Pittsburgh, PA- The La Roche Redhawks came out on top 2-1 in a double overtime victory against the D'Youville Spartans in theirTokarski LRC conference opener. The Redhawks, who were knocked out of the playoffs by the visiting Spartans last season, scored both goals off of corner kicks.

The first half of the game was a tight battle between the Redhawks and Spartans. Both teams got a good amount of shots off but could not find their beat.

In the fifty seventh minute, Kerri Phillis headed a goal in for the Redhawks off of a corner from Taylor Tokarski. Not long after, in the sixty fifth minute, the Spartans came back and tied the game up 1-1. After several close shots from both sides, the teams were headed into an overtime battle.

The first ten minute overtime remained scoreless through several attempts from both the Redhawks and Spartans.

Tokarski, a Bishop Canevin graduate, took her chance one more time sending the ball in during the one hundred and fifth minute, connecting with Morgan Bullock who found the back of the net for the Redhawk victory.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Alumni Update - McKenna Keffel (Indiana Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Senior goalkeeper Jessica Printz (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) recorded her third consecutive win via shutout of asKeffel IUP the IUP women's soccer team defeated Pitt-Johnstown 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at UPJ Soccer Field.

 

With the win, the Crimson Hawks improve to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play. Meanwhile, the Mountain Cats fall to 0-8 overall behind an 0-8 league record.


IUP started the scoring early as freshman McKenna Keffel, a Belle Vernon graduate, tallied her first goal of the season off a breakaway from midfield at the 14:31-mark.

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana Pa.)

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Boys Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Seton-LaSalle's Darryl Daniels

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Darryl Daniels
School: Seton-LaSalle
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Daniels has been a big addition to a Seton-LaSalle team that was already expected to be pretty good this season. Daniels transferred from Brashear this summer and has helped the defending-champion Rebels to an unbeaten record while racking up 19 goals, which ranks second in the WPIAL. Coach Ryan Kelly said Daniels' arrival: "It was a great gift to get before the season." The top-ranked Rebels are 10-0 overall and 8-0 in Class 1A Section 4. They host section rival Bishop Canevin tonight.

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Boys Soccer: South Park hosts Obama tonight in key section game

Written by Brad Everett on .

When South Park and Obama met earlier this season, the teams played to a 2-2 draw.

The two will square off again tonight, and the winner might become the frontrunner to win the Class 2A Section 1 title.

A lot will be on the line when the teams - both nicknamed Eagles - get together tonight at South Park. South Park (6-1-1 overall) sits in first place in the section with a 5-0-1 record, but Obama (6-0-2) is right on its heels with a 4-0-2 mark. Elizabeth Forward (8-1-2) is also in the hunt as the Warriors hold a 5-1-1 record in section play.

South Park is ranked No. 4 in 2A. Its only loss came at Mount Pleasant in the season opener. The Eagles are 5-0 since the draw at Obama on Sept. 8.

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Boys Soccer: Defending champion Seton-LaSalle rolling again in Class A

Written by Brad Everett on .

A year after winning its fifth WPIAL championship in a 10-year span, Seton-LaSalle has not slowed down one bit.

It's been another fine season for Seton-LaSalle, which brings a 10-0 record into tonight's home game against Bishop Canevin. The Rebels, ranked No. 1 in Class A, are in first place in Section 4 with an 8-0 record, and are one of just four WPIAL teams without a loss or a tie.

"It's nice to be in the driver's seat in the section heading into the second round of games," Seton-LaSalle coach Ryan Kelly said.

Only two teams have come within a goal of Seton-LaSalle, which has outscored opponents, 48-6. The Rebels boast two excellent goal scorers in junior forward Darryl Daniels and senior forward Chris Stack. Daniels, a transfer from Brashear, is second in the WPIAL with 19 goals. Stack has 13.

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Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Upper St. Clair 1, Mt. Lebanon 0 (Sept. 22)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

 

Mt. Lebanon was at Upper St. Clair for a WPIAL 4A, Sec. 2 boy soccer match, Thursday, September 22, 2016. Upper St. Clair found a goal late in the game to shut out Mt. Lebanon 1-0.

click here to see video highlights of the game

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

 

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Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Mt. Lebanon vs. Upper St. Clair (Sept. 22)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Mt. Lebanon was at Upper St. Clair for a WPIAL 4A, Sec. 2 boy soccer match, Thursday, September 22, 2016. Upper St. Clair found a goal late in the game to shut out Mt. Lebanon 1-0.

click here to see video highlights of the game

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

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Alumni Update - Delrece Williams (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Clarion football team rallied from a 28-7 third quarter deficit and then held on for a wild finish in theWilliams Clarion closing seconds, as the Golden Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-34 road win at Mercyhurst on Saturday.  

 

The win was the first road victory for the Golden Eagles this season, as well as their first PSAC West division victory.

 

Clarion (2-2, 1-0 PSAC-W) scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to turn a three-touchdown deficit into a one-score lead.

 

Delrece Williams, a Steel Valley graduate, was a one-man wrecking crew on the ground, recording a career-high 211 yards on just 24 carries for an eye-popping 8.8 yards per carry.  

 

Williams provided the game-tying touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, punching it in from two yards out on just the third play of the drive.

 

Williams' 211 rushing yards were the most for the Golden Eagles in five years.  The last time a Clarion player eclipsed that mark was Patrick Graham-Murphy, who rushed for 266 yards against Millersville in 2011.

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Belle Vernon's Sierra Lynn

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Sierra Lynn
School: Belle Vernon
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: In the spring, Belle Vernon's Sierra Lynn is one of the fastest sprinters in the area. By fall she is one of the fastest forwards in the WPIAL. Lynn has brought her quickness from the track to the soccer pitch and has been one of the top goal scorers for the Leopards. Lynn is one of five seniors on the Belle Vernon team. She has battled injuries throughout her high school career both from track and soccer that have caused her to miss time in both. Her presence is much needed on a Belle Vernon team that graduated nine seniors from last year and returns only three starters.

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Girls Soccer: Upper St. Clair rights the ship as season midway point nears

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

It was a rocky start to section play for the defending state champions this season. Upper St. Clair had posted some impressive wins over District 10 opponents Mercyhurst Prep and Erie McDowell and even a non-section WPIAL opponent in North Allegheny, but as expected things got more difficult against its South Hills rivals. The defending PIAA 3A champions were sitting at 3-1 overall and ready to begin play in its new section, Class 4A Section 2. Nothing would come easy in the section especially on the road where Upper St. Clair was humbled by a pair of back-to-back road losses at Canon-McMillan and at Bethel Park. Just like Upper St. Clair was staring at an 0-2 section record and behind the proverbial eight ball in the section standings.

The Panthers were able to right the ship and it was a combination of offense and defense as it exploded for five goals in a 5-0 win over Baldwin and it went back on the road and picked up a crucial 1-0 decision at Peters Township. Hailee Perri scored the game-winner for Upper St. Clair with just over 13 minutes remaining in the contest to lift the Panthers past the Indians.

The back-to-back wins thrust Upper St. Clair (5-3, 2-2) back into the Class 4A Section 2 playoff race. Canon-McMillan (6-0-1, 3-0-1) leads the way just ahead of Peters Township (5-2-1, 2-1) and Mt. Lebanon (3-3-1, 2-1). Bethel Park (1-6-1, 1-2-1) and Baldwin (3-5-1, 0-4) are also in the mix. The Panthers will wrap up the first half of their section schedule with a crucial section title Monday night at home against Mt. Lebanon.

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Girls Soccer: South Fayette hanging in contention in Class 3A Section 4

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

South Fayette coach Wayne Capra knew it would not be easy. His new section featured some Beaver County juggernauts. There was Moon, Montour and Central Valley not to mention Ambridge, Blackhawk, West Allegheny and Hopewell. It was arguably the toughest section in the entire WPIAL. The sledding has been tough as expected but the Lions are hanging in there. South Fayette is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in Class 3A Section 4. Their offense has come up short in shutout losses to Montour and Blackhawk but the offense and defense were on point in shutout wins over Ambridge, Hopewell and West Allegheny.

The South Fayette firepower was evident in a 7-0 win over Hopewell when Rachel Weiss netted a hat trick and Autumn Hieneman scored two. South Fayette will need more offensive performances like that to hang in the brutal section where Moon (8-0, 6-0), Montour (6-1-1, 4-1-1) and Central Valley (4-2, 4-2) are all ahead of them and South Fayette (5-3, 3-3) is just ahead of Ambridge (4-3-1, 2-3-1) and Blackhawk (3-4, 2-4).

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Field Hockey: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Abby Doohan

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Abby Doohan
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 12
Sport: Field Hockey
Position: Defense

Background: Abby is a four-year member of the Upper St. Clair field hockey team, and she also plays girls lacrosse. She hopes to play either on a club field hockey team or on an intramural team in college. She said one of her best moments was playing as a sophomore in an overtime game against Mt. Lebanon. "We didn't win, but it felt such like an honor to play [for the varsity team] as as sophomore." Abby is involved with the Upper St. Clair Choir, her church's choir and the school's musical. She also is vice president of the the school's Theater Club and the school's chapter of the National Honor Society and is an Honor Student. She also is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh's Health Care Scholars Academy. Abby has also dealt with plenty of adversity. "My mom's death from cancer [in my] sophomore year has also played a part of defining who I am. My mom's passing made me a stronger, more independent person. I was forced to become a self-advocate at school, and take up some of the responsibilities that she fulfilled in my home life. Her death also made me become more emotionally self-sufficient given that I no longer had my Mom to talk to when I was upset." Abby said her experience has made her more adventurous "because life is short and should be lived to the fullest."

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Cross Country: South Feature Athlete - Baldwin's Casey Conboy

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Casey Conboy
School: Baldwin
Grade: 12
Sport: Cross Country

Background: Conboy finished second at the A.J Everhart Invitational on Saturday. He took fourth at the Red, White and Blue Invitational on Sept. 10. Conboy also broke the South Fayette course record last Tuesday with a time of 17:57. He took first in the Gateway Invitational earlier this month.

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Cross Country: Mt. Lebanon boys take fifth at invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Mt. Lebanon boys took fifth place in the Gold race at the PIAA Foundation Invitational on Saturday.

Junior Bryce Brandenstein was the first athlete to cross the line for the Blue Devils in 20th place and a time of 16:55. Jack Cameron was the No. 2 runner, taking 39th place in 17:08. Freshman Patrick Anderson wasn't far behind in 43rd place.

Senior Zachary Dewit took 73rd place with a time of 17:32. Junior Thomas Cosentino finished four seconds behind Dewit to claim 81st place.

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Cross Country: South Fayette competes at PIAA Foundation Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The South Fayette boys took sixth place in the Blue race at the PIAA Foundation Invitational on Saturday.

Senior Aaron Pfeil started the rally with a third-place finish with a time of 16:31. Junior Sam Snodgrass finished close behind in sixth place with a time of 16 minutes, 47 seconds.

South Fayette didn't see another runner cross the line until Michael Cusick crossed the line in 45th place. The junior crossed the line in 17:55. Junior Colin Dunn finished the 5K course in 18:06 for 62nd place.

 

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Golf: Peters Township's Kness fires impressive 68 to win section title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Peters Township senior Mia Kness will see plenty of familiar faces at the WPIAL Class AAA Individual Golf Championships on Oct. 5 at Treesdale Golf and Country Club.

Three of the top finishers in the 2015 tournament -- Lauren Freyvogel of Pine-Richland and North Allegheny standouts Christina Lewis and Caroline Wrigley -- will be there along with Section 2-AAA rivals Bella Petrone of Upper St. Clair and Taylor Waller of Canon-McMillan.

While all of those golfers did advance, Kness turned in a performance on Thursday that should garner quite a bit of attention. That's because Kness shot a 3-under-par round of 68 to win the section title by two strokes over Petrone at Cedarbrook Golf Club. Kness' score was the lowest of any female golfer in any classification.

Waller, who played the entire season with the Canon-McMillan boys golf team, was third with an even-par round of 71.

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Golf: USC's Olsakovsky earns three-stroke victory in qualifier

Written by Joe Koch on .

Upper St. Clair senior Lou Olsakovsky enjoyed a solid round of golf Tuesday to earn top honors at the Section 7-AAA qualifier with a round of 71. Six other golfers from the field will join him at the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals next week, including four from Peters Township. They include runner-up Hunter Bruce (74), J.W. Cunningham (75), Tanner Johnson (77) and Matt Petrisin (80). Olsakovsky's teammate, Jack O'Leary (78) also advanced to the next round as did Canon-McMillan's Rob Licht (80) and South Fayette's Luke Lestini (80).

Luketich wins tight 8-AA tournament: California High's Nathaniel Luketich emerged as the survivor of a tight round of competition at the Section 8-AA qualifier Tuesday at Cedarbrook Golf Club's Golf Course. Luketich's round of 77 led five qualifiers to the WPIAL Class AA finals next week. Moving on with Luketich are Waynesburg's Aaron Yorio (79), Carmichaels' Matthew Barrish (80), Jefferson-Morgan's Gage Clark (80) and Carmichaels' Liam Shea (81).

Two TJ golfers pace 6-AAA qualifier: Thomas Jefferson's Adam Rossi and Zach Wagner were the top two finishers at the boys Section 6-AAA qualifier Monday at Cedarbrook's Gold Course. Rossi's 72 paced the field, and Wagner was one stroke behind. Four golfers from Mt. Lebanon were among the seven golfers who qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA Semifinals. They include Andrew Smith (79), Ryan Gist (81), Sam Bellini (82) and J.T. Nichlas (82). Baldwin's Zach Winkowski (80) also qualified for the semifinals.

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Football: Steel Valley’s Murray becomes 5,000-yard member

Written by Post-Gazette on .

The WPIAL 5,000-yard club had been rather elite over the years. But membership has grown significantly this season.

Steel Valley senior DeWayne Murray got his membership card Friday night. Murray ran for 150 yards on just seven carries, as top-ranked Steel Valley routed South Allegheny, 65-8, in a WPIAL Class 2A Three Rivers Conference contest.

Murray's effort gave him 5,014 yards for his career. He becomes only the 19th runner in WPIAL history to run for 5,000 yards, but he is the third to reach the milestone this season. Clairton's Lamont Wade and Armstrong's Zane Dudek joined the club in previous weeks.

This is the first time in WPIAL history that three runners have gone over 5,000 yards in the same season. Only twice before have two runners reached the milestone in the same season. McGuffey's Jason Barr and West Greene's Rodney Wilson did it in 1993, while Hopewell's Rushel Shell and Montour's Julian Durden did it in 2011. Murray has been a starter for Steel Valley since his freshman year, when he ran for 1,488 yards.