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Golf: Baldwin's Taylor caps career with fourth-place finish

Written by Joe Koch on .

Baldwin High senior Zack Taylor recorded two solid rounds of golf to finish in a fourth-place tie with Hershey's Jake Reilly at the PIAA Class AAA Individual Golf Championship at York's Heritage Hills Resort. Each shot 7-over-par totals of 149 for the two-day event. Taylor shot a 5-over-par total of 76 in the opening round. He came back a 2-over-par round of 73 on the second day. His total placed him three strokes behind the totals of 145 shot by Pennsbury's Vinay Ramesh and Manheim Township's Ryan Dornes. Ramesh defeated Dornes in a playoff.

Peters Township had two competitors in the state championship and Belle Vernon had one. Junior Alec Stopperich finished in an 18th-place tie with Belle Vernon sophomore Mike Lubrani and Allderdice senior Sasha Lobel. Each shot 17-over-par totals of 159.

Stopperich's senior teammate Ben Morgret placed 21st along with St. Joseph Prep junior Alex Butler. Both shot 19-over-par totals of 161.

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Golf: Seton-LaSalle's Walz falls in PIAA Class AA girls final by one stroke

Written by Joe Koch on .

A one-stroke differential after the first day of the Class AA Girls Individual Championship turned out to be all that Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Olivia Zambruno needed to edge Seton-LaSalle senior Joey Walz for the championship. Walz shot an opening round of 82 and came back with a 78 in the second round to finish with a two-day total of 160, 16-over-par. Zambruno also shot a 78 in the second round. But her opening round of 81 was all that she needed to earn the victory with a two-day total of 159.

Walz, who will be playing her college golf at Marshall, was the only South-area golfer in the girls' Class AA final.

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Girls Volleyball: Baldwin wins North Allegheny Invitational

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Baldwin High School girls volleyball team won the North Allegheny Invitational, held Oct. 18. The Fighting Highlanders advanced to the title match with a 1-0 win against Hickory in the first round, and a 2-0 win against North Allegheny Black in the semifinals. In the title match, Baldwin beat Mt. Lebanon, 1-0.

North Allegheny Invitational

Championship
Baldwin 1, Mt. Lebanon 0

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Alumni Update - Sean Edgar (Clarion University)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Hummelstown, Pa. - Clarion's Sean Edgar fired a second round 75 and finished tied for 12th with a two-day total of 154 in medal play asEdgar Clarion the Golden Eagles finished in 7th place at the PSAC Men's Golf Championships which concluded on Sunday.

 

Held at Hershey Links Golf Club and playing to a par 71, West Chester won the team title with a 604, IUP was second at 607, and Millersville and California tied for third at 615. Mercyhurst, who led after day one, dropped to fifth at 616, while Gannon was sixth at 620, Clairon seventh at 657 and UPJ eighth with a 687.

 

Gannon's Matt Barto and Millersville's Rob Rowe tied for first at 147.


Edgar, a Bethel Park graduate, shot a first round 79 and came back on Sunday with a 75 for his 154.

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Alumni Update - Alec Schram (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Schram recorded a career-high eight tackles (four solo) in W&J's 34-3 win at Bethany on Saturday. He also intercepted his first careerSchram WJ pass and walked into the end zone from four yards out after downing a Kevin Mechas punt at Bethany's two-yard line.


The Canon-McMillan graduate earned PAC Defensive Player of the week.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Alumni Update – Kelly Reynolds (Juniata)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

KINGS POINT, NY- The women's volleyball team competed in the final weekend of Landmark play. The Eagles dropped only oneReynolds Juniata set on the day as it defeated host Merchant Marine 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-10) and Scranton 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 25-19).

Juniata finishes 7-0 in the Landmark Conference. The Eagles will be the #1 seed in the upcoming tournament next month.

Kelly Reynolds, an Upper St. Clair graduate, had 47 assists and a season-high 22 digs.

 

(photo courtesy of Juniata College) 

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Alumni Update – Lacey Levers (Duquesne)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEWPORT NEWS - The Atlantic 10 Conference has announced that sophomore Lacey Levers is the league's player of the week.Levers Duq


The 6-1 middle hitter from Chartiers-Houston High School finished the week with 32 kills, a .429 hitting percentage and eight blocks. Levers started the week off with career-highs 19 kills and 33 attempts and hit .485 in the Dukes' 3-1 victory over cross-town rival Robert Morris. She recorded a match-high 13 kills and hit .348 in Duquesne's 3-0 win over La Salle.


A member of the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team, this is Levers' first A-10 weekly award.

 

(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)

 

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Girls Tennis: Blue Devils slide by State College

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Last week, Mt. Lebanon crushed rival Peters Township, 5-0, in the WPIAL Class AAA consolation final to earn the district’s last state tournament berth.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils’ extended their PIAA run with a 3-2 victory against State College. Both of the Blue Devils’ doubles teams – Marikate Reese and Christine Laderer at No. 1 and Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw at No. 2 – won their matches. Kristine Riley also won in singles to give the Blue Devils the edge.

Mt. Lebanon, which is making its first state tournament appearance since finishing second in 2010, will face District 1 fourth-place finisher Harriton in the quarterfinals Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Hershey Racquet Club. 

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Hockey: Bethel Park starts strong once again

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Bethel Park, the defending national champions, lost three of its top four scorers from last season, including Post-Gazette Stellar Six selections Chris Siak and Derek Lesnak.

But the Black Hawks have had no trouble finding the back of the net so far this season during their 4-0 start.

Bethel Park has scored 16 goals, with Louie McLinden leading the way with four tallies. Andrew Bello has a team-high seven points (two goals and five assists).

While the offense lost a lot of top talent from last season, Bethel Park did return goaltender William Lowe III. He has won all four starts this season, stopping 90 of 98 shots. 

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Girls Tennis: South Feature Athletes – Mt. Lebanon’s Marikate Reese, Christine Laderer, Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Names: Marikate Reese, Christine Laderer, Lauren Carey and Brooke Warshaw
School: Mt. Lebanon
Grades: Reese (12), Laderer (12), Carey (9) and Warshaw (9)
Sport: Tennis

Background: Reese and Laderer play No. 1 doubles while Carey and Warshaw play No. 2 doubles for the Blue Devils, who advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory Tuesday over State College. Both doubles teams won, and the quartet has yet to lose a match this season for the WPIAL third-place finishers. Reese and Laderer also finished second in the Class AA Section 4 tournament this season. 

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Hockey: Bishop Canevin looking to reload

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Bishop Canevin has been the top team in Class AA during the regular season each of the past two seasons, and won the Penguins Cup title last season.

But the Crusaders had to replace three-year starter Nikita Meskin in net, Class AA leading scorer Randy Unger and all-star defenseman Brennen Adams, among others.

However, with a perennial power like Bishop Canevin, the cupboard is never bare, and the Crusaders have gotten off to a 1-1 start this season.

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Brad Everett's South High School Football Notebook (Oct. 23, 2014)

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

"When McGuffey plays host to Washington Friday, there will be a lot on the line in what to this point is the biggest game of the season for both teams.

And it goes beyond that.

"For Washington County, this is probably as big of a football game as you can get," McGuffey coach Ed Dalton said.

First and foremost, the Class AA Interstate Conference title is at stake. Washington (8-0, 7-0) is in first place and McGuffey (7-1, 6-1) is tied for second. With a win, Washington will win the title outright. If McGuffey wins, the teams will split the title, with Mount Pleasant (6-2, 6-1) possibly joining that mix. The Vikings play host to Southmoreland (4-4, 4-3). McGuffey's only loss was to Mount Pleasant, 45-39, in the season opener."

 

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Football: Mt. Lebanon looking to rally vs. Upper St. Clair

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles the Mt. Lebanon football team.

"Following a hot start to the season in which the team won five of its first six games, Mt. Lebanon has lost its past two contests to drop to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the competitive Class AAAA Southeastern Conference.

Despite a 47-0 defeat at the hands of conference leader Woodland Hills (7-1, 6-0) last Friday, Blue Devils coach Mike Melnyk said the team is still confident moving forward.

"You just have to try to put it behind you as quickly as possible," Melnyk said. "You do the same thing you do after a big win. You don't want to get too high or too low. I told our kids we didn't play really well, but that game is behind us."

A big key to Mt. Lebanon's success is winning the turnover battle. Against Woodland Hills, the Blue Devils struggled with turnovers, including two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns by the Wolverines."

 

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Football: After a very rugged start, Ringgold comes on strong

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Ringgold football team.

2014 1023 Ringgold Football(Photo: Ringgold's Brandon Thomas eludes a Thomas Jefferson defender on a kickoff return during their season opener. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"One of the main questions a new head coach has to ask himself: How long will it take for his team to believe in himself and his staff?

For former Peters Township coach Nick Milchovich, it took one week into the regular season as the Ringgold coach. The Rams were trounced in Week 1 by Class AAA Big Nine Conference favorite Thomas Jefferson, 49-6. Looking back at it, Milchovich views the defeat as a blessing in disguise.

"Maybe it was a blessing in Week 1," Milchovich said. "We had our deficiencies pointed out to us really quickly. Maybe we would have ignored those or it wouldn't have stood out if that didn't happen. We just got back to work and practiced and the kids worked hard and improved."

The Rams improved to a point where they haven't been defeated since that dreadful night. The Rams currently stand at 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference with a slight chance to share the conference title with the Jaguars if they were to lose to West Mifflin and if the Rams beat Trinity on Friday."

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Boys Soccer: Seton-LaSalle bows out in first round

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Seton-LaSalle boys soccer team.

"Entering his second year as the coach of the Seton-LaSalle boys soccer team, Ryan Kelly sensed it wouldn't be as smooth as directing his senior-laden team last year that won the Class A Section 3 title with an 11-0-1 record.

Although they went through their bumps and bruises, the Rebels finished the regular season with a 10-6 overall record, 9-3 in section and good enough to share the section title with Carlynton.

"We thought we would have some troubles," Kelly said. "I lost 11 guys and nine starters. We didn't have a lot coming back. I knew it would be a different season. We just took our lumps as the season went along. It took a little bit longer than anticipated.

"I have yet to have a game where all my players are available and healthy. We are moving guys around.""

 

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Girls Soccer: Peters Township still a force to be reckoned with in WPIAL

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Peters Township girls soccer team.

2014 1023 PetersTownship GSoccer(Photo: Peters Township's Mia Toscano controls the ball in front of Baldwin's Allison Breisinger during a WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer first-round playoff game Saturday. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"A wealth of experience returned this season for the Peters Township High School girls soccer team.

The one area in which the veteran team did not have experience, however, was bouncing back from a section loss.

The Indians carried a 27-game section unbeaten streak into a match at Moon Area on Sept. 25. That 26-0-1 run that dated back to Oct. 12, 2011, ended that Thursday night at Moon with a 3-2 loss.

The loss hardly rattled the group. The Indians closed out the regular season on a 6-0-2 run to claim an outright Section 4-AAA title and the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs."

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Girls Volleyball: Bishop Canevin, coach tough to beat

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

2014 1023 BishopCanevin GVolleyball(Photo: Erin Cunningham is a returning all-state player for the Bishop Canevin Crusaders. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

On the surface, the Bishop Canevin High School girls volleyball team is having a season to remember.

The Crusaders, the defending WPIAL Class A champions, have been ranked No. 1 all season and are seeded No. 1 in the 18-team WPIAL bracket. They have faced the toughest non-section schedule of any team in Class A and enter the playoffs with an impressive 20-1 record.

Bishop Canevin's only loss was to Hempfield Area, a Class AAA team that is seeded No. 6 in its bracket.

Behind the scenes, however, it's a much different story.

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Football: South Top Games - Week 9 (2014)

Written by Brad Everett on .

Here's a look at three of the top games involving South teams in Week 9.

West Mifflin (6-2, 5-2) at Thomas Jefferson (8-0, 7-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – The words "conference champion Thomas Jefferson" have, as usual, already been etched in stone. Whether or not the Jaguars win the title outright will depend on the outcome of this game against arch-rival West Mifflin. Both teams have clinched playoff spots, but a Thomas Jefferson victory will guarantee the Jaguars the outright title. Ringgold (7-1, 6-1) would earn a share with a win against Trinity and a Thomas Jefferson loss. This was expected to be a matchup of the WPIAL's top two rushers, but Thomas Jefferson's Austin Kemp (1,626, 33 touchdowns) will likely not play because of a shoulder injury. West Mifflin features DiAngelo Mitchell (1,508 yards, 23 touchdowns), who has rushed for at least 100 yards in every game. Thomas Jefferson has dominated this series over the past decade. The Jaguars beat the Titans, 35-0, last season.