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Hockey: Canon-McMillan off to strong start in Virtue’s second season

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After a slow start in Terry Virtue’s season as head coach last season, Canon-McMillan finished the regular season with five straight wins before falling in its first PIHL Penguins Cup playoff game to Seneca Valley.

The Big Macs have carried their late-season surge into Virtue’s second season, winning four of the first five games, including wins over Seneca Valley and North Allegheny. The Big Macs only loss is a 2-1 setback to defending national champion Bethel Park.

Canon-McMillan lost the second-leading scorer in PIHL Class AAA last season, J.D. Oddi, but the team’s next five scorers – Austin Tonkovich, Zachary Mansmann, Jack Clendaniel, Lucas Lavella and Colman Slain – all returned. Tonkovich is currently leading the team with six goals and eight points.

Conor Hartnett, who was 5-3 in net last season, is back between the pipes this season and has won three of his four starts. He has allowed nine goals on 115 shots (.922 save percentage) and has a 2.26 goals-against average. 


Girls Tennis: South players looking for individual glory

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Charlotte Madson got the silver at the WPIAL Class AAA singles championships, but she’ll be looking for gold this weekend in Hershey.

Madson, a junior at Upper St. Clair, will take on two-time City League champion Swata Alagar of Obama Academy at 9 a.m. Friday at Hershey Racquet Club.

In Class AAA doubles, Peters Township’s Megan Hixon and Jenn Holcombe qualified for the state tournament after placing third in the WPIAL. They will start the PIAA tournament by playing District 1 champions Molly Bair and Amirah Salim-Bey of Abington.

South Park’s Alyssa Snodgrass and Savannah Curry took third in the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament at the start of October to qualify for the state tournament and they will face District 6 champions Kayla Makin and Emily Goldyn of Forest Hills at 1:30 p.m. Friday. 


Girls Tennis: Blue Devils a PIAA semifinalist

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

The last time Mt. Lebanon participated in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament, the Blue Devils finished second.

Mt. Lebanon didn’t quite get that far this time, but it got close.

The Blue Devils, the WPIAL third-place finisher, were one of three District 7 teams to make it to the state semifinals along with Shady Side Academy and North Allegheny. The three WPIAL teams went a combined 7-0 against non-WPIAL teams in the PIAA tournament, with North Allegheny handing Mt. Lebanon and Shady Side its losses in the state tournament.

Mt. Lebanon edged State College, 3-2, in the first round and took down Harrilton, 4-1, in the quarterfinals. But in the semifinals against North Allegheny, the Blue Devils only win came by default at No. 2 doubles as the Tigers’ got their 47th straight victory. 


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). 


Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Oct. 30, 2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

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

"For South Xtra teams, the next few weeks could be a case of different season, same result.

It's become a yearly ritual for South teams to win WPIAL titles. At least one has won a championship every year since 2003.

Led by the likes of South Fayette and Clairton, this could be another exciting postseason.

Seventeen teams from the area will take part in this year's playoffs: (Class AAAA) Bethel Park, McKeesport Area, Upper St. Clair. Mt. Lebanon (AAA) Thomas Jefferson, Ringgold, West Mifflin Area, Belle Vernon Area. (AA) South Fayette, Seton-LaSalle, South Park, Steel Valley, Washington, McGuffey. (A) Brentwood, Chartiers-Houston and Clairton."



Football: Minton sets the tone for Bethel Park

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles Bethel Park running back Alex Minton.

2014 1030 BethelPark Football(Photo: Bethel Park's Alex Minton lost his helmet, but not his head during a game against Upper St. Clair last year. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Early in the regular season, Bethel Park wanted to employ the spread offense that has become so popular and effective with many WPIAL teams.

"We thought we could be a shotgun spread team and do some of the things a lot of people were having a lot of success with at the college and high school level," Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny said. "As we got further in and we lost a couple people here and there, we've really come into our own as a two-tight-end type of team. Just run the ball straight at you."

That run-first identity led the Black Hawks (6-3, 5-2) to a third-place finish in the Southeastern Conference and a first-round WPIAL Class AAAA playoff game this Friday.

The Black Hawks will visit Altoona (7-2, 6-2), the third-place team in the Foothills Conference for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff."


Football: Senior QB fills 'go-to-guy' role for Brentwood

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles Brentwood quarterback Connor McWilliams.

"Connor McWilliams never expected to throw a football as much as he has the past two seasons.

Last year, as a first-year starting quarterback for Brentwood, McWilliams along with the rest of the Spartans, believed their offense would ride the coattails of veteran running back Justin Vickless.

A 3,000-plus-yard career rusher, Vickless sustained a season-ending knee injury early in the season, however, and that ultimately changed Brentwood's entire offensive scheme."



Football: West Mifflin grad shines at Robert Morris

Written by Rick Davis on .

Rick Davis profiles West Mifflin graduate Jake Tkach, who is now a standout football player at Robert Morris.

"Choosing the proper uniform number playing youth league football can be tantamount to success; as an aspiring linebacker growing up in Steelers Nation, there are only a few of the must-have numbers that particular position requires.

Number 58 tops the list.

"Ever since I started playing rec football, that was my number," said Jake Tkach, a senior linebacker at Robert Morris. "I wanted to play linebacker way back then. My mom is a huge Jack Lambert fan and when you're that young, you really don't know what number to pick. I started wearing No. 58 all the way back then."



Cross Country: Runner-up finish satisfying for Canon-McMillan boys

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Canon-McMillan boys cross country team.

"North Allegheny cross country coach John Neff might have summed things up best when he offered a telling comment about Canon-McMillan's boys cross country team.

"If you take them lightly, you could get beat," he said.

Neff's team was the only squad to beat the Big Macs at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country meet last Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground in Butler County."



Golf: Canon-McMillan's Waller finishes as PIAA runner-up

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles Canon-McMillan golfer Lauren Waller.

"It's been more than a couple weeks since Canon-McMillan golf standout Lauren Waller played her last match as a member of the Big Macs boys golf team.

There is, however, no doubt in the mind of coach Justin White that the three years Waller teed it up with the Big Macs will leave a long-term impact.

"She set the bar pretty high from the moment she showed up," said White, who just completed his fifth year as the team's coach and watched Waller finish second last week at the PIAA Class AAA girls individual championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort. "She made this program better, and everyone wanted to play up to her level."

Waller has had an impressive high school career."



Alumni Update - Joe Phillips (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Joe Phillips led Slippery Rock to a 31-21 victory over IUP, as The Rock held the Crimson Hawks to just 26 rushing yards.Phillips SRU Phillips notched 4.5 tackles for loss for 20 yards, including three sacks. He also forced a fumble and registered an interception, while recording five solo tackles and six total stops.

Phillips was part of a Slippery Rock defense that notched eight sacks, 13 tackles of loss and four interceptions.

The Washington graduate earned PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week.

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Football: South Top Games - WPIAL Playoffs: First Round (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving South teams in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs playoffs.

Belle Vernon (5-4) at Franklin Regional (6-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – Both of these teams have been playing well, with Belle Vernon winning three straight and Franklin Regional two of three. The Panthers' lone loss in that time was a non-conference setback to No. 2 Thomas Jefferson. Franklin Regional is the No. 6 seed and finished second in the Greater Allegheny Conference. No. 11 Belle Vernon placed fourth in the Big Nine Conference. Belle Vernon is led by Anthony Levis, who leads the team in rushing and touchdowns. The Leopards average 31.2 points per game and give up 17.2. Franklin Regional is scoring 28.1 points per game and giving up 14.2. Brett Zanotto paces the Panthers in rushing with 844 yards and 14 touchdowns. Zanotto is a Maryland recruit. Franklin Regional was a semifinalist last season and has won at least one playoff game the last three seasons. Belle Vernon is looking for its first playoff win since 2000. The winner advances to take on either No. 3 West Allegheny or No. 14 Knoch.


Football: South Feature Athlete - Steel Valley's DeWayne Murray

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: DeWayne Murray
High School: Steel Valley
Grade: 10
Sport: Football
Position: Running back

Background: Murray rushed for 210 yards and scored three touchdowns in Steel Valley's 49-7 win at South Allegheny last week. Murray is one of the top sophomores in the WPIAL. He ranks 10th in the WPIAL in rushing with 1,255 yards. He averages 12.3 yards per carry. His 24 touchdowns are tied for fourth-most in the WPIAL. In two seasons, Murray has rushed for 2,743 yards in two seasons. Murray and his teammates finished fourth in the Class AA Century Conference. The No. 14-seed Ironmen (6-3) will play at No. 3 Washington (9-0) in a WPIAL first-round game Friday.


Football: 2014 South WPIAL Playoff Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

For South teams, the next few weeks could be a case of different season, same result.

It's become a yearly ritual for South teams to win WPIAL titles. At least one has won a championship every year since 2003.

Led by the likes of South Fayette and Clairton, this could be another exciting postseason.

Seventeen teams from the area will take part in this year's playoffs: (Class AAAA) McKeesport, Bethel Park, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair. (AAA) Thomas Jefferson, Ringgold, West Mifflin, Belle Vernon. (AA) South Fayette, Seton-LaSalle, South Park, Steel Valley, Washington, McGuffey. (A) Brentwood, Chartiers-Houston, Clairton.


Football: South Week 9 Stat Leaders (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here are the leaders in rushing, passing and receiving among South area players in Week 9, as reported to the Post-Gazette.

Rushing (yards)
253 -- Chacar Berry, Ringgold
224 -- Quinten Hill, Thomas Jefferson
213 -- Hunter Hayes, South Fayette
212 -- Zac Quattrone, Serra Catholic
210 -- DeWayne Murray, Steel Valley
190 -- Patrick Carr, Brentwood
188 -- Jake Meyers, Elizabeth Forward
170 -- Alex Minton, Bethel Park
169 -- Bryan Milligan, Canon-McMillan
162 -- Anthony Levis, Belle Vernon


Boys Soccer: Upper St. Clair, Peters Township to meet again in WPIAL championship

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

Last year, Upper St. Clair's undefeated campaign was brought to a halt in the WPIAL final by section rival Peters Township.

Now, the two section rivals are meeting once again with the Class AAA WPIAL title on the line.

Top-seeded Upper St. Clair (19-0-1) will face No. 3 Peters Township (17-2) in the Class AAA WPIAL championship this weekend at Highmark Stadium. The game will be played on Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined.

Upper St. Clair knocked off upstart Butler, 5-2, while Peters Township overcame second-seeded Central Catholic, 2-0.


Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Peters Township's Reilly McGlumphy

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Reilly McGlumphy
High School: Peters Township
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background: Junior goalkeeper Reilly McGlumphy is a new starter in net for the Peters Township girls soccer team. She was the backup to Megan Parker, a two-year starter and had huge shoes to fill as Parker was one of the best keepers around. With McGlumphy in net, the Indians did not skip a beat, winning the section title and reaching the playoffs.