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Canon-McMillan hires wrestling & girls basketball coaches

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Below is a press release from Canon-McMillan Athletic Director Frank Vulcano, Jr.

The Canon-McMillan School District is please to announce the hiring of a Girls Basketball & Wrestling coaches at it’s May 11, 2017 school board meeting.
 
Jeff Havelka has been named the Head Wrestling Coach effective immediately. Havelka has been as assistant coach at Waynesburg University for the past 3 years. Havelka was also the Head Wrestling Coach at Chartiers-Houston for one year.  "We are excited to have a quality person in Jeff to lead one of the top high school wrestling programs in the country.  He knows the expectations are high and that the tradition of Canon-McMillan wrestling is second to none."
 
Shawn Urbano has been named the Head Girls Basketball coach effective immediately. Urbano comes from Cornell High School where he has been the head girls coach for the past 10 seasons. "We hope that Shawn will bring the energy and knowledge to continue to build our program into a perennial power in girls basketball. His success at Cornell over the past 10 years speaks for itself."

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Alumni Update - Abbey Suhoski (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

After closing out their season at the PSAC Tournament last week in Quakertown, the Griffin softball teamSuhoski SHU learned that four of its players were named to the All PSAC West team.  

Redshirt junior pitcher Amanda Huff, junior outfielder Paige Hertzog, junior third baseman Ashley Perillo and redshirt junior first baseman Abbey Suhoski were all named to the team.

The All PSAC teams were announced by the league on Monday afternoon. It is the first PSAC award for all four of the student athletes.

Suhoski, a Baldwin graduate, wrapped up her career with another solid season. She finished the year hitting .298. Abbey tied for the team lead with three homers and 22 RBI. She also added 14 runs scored and seven doubles. She was nearly perfect in the field with just two errors in 299 chances.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Vanessa Falce (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Six Tomcats were named to All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Teams MondayFalce Thiel afternoon.

Vanessa Falce, a freshman third baseman, was named to the First Team. She hit 14 doubles on the season, the third most in the league.

Falce, a McKeesport graduate, ranked eighth in the conference in runs scored (28), ninth in hits (48) and 10th in RBIs (27), batting average (.397) and slugging percentage (.545).

 

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Boys Tennis: Upper St. Clair tandem hunts PIAA berth

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Had the rules been the same as last year, Kevin Kwok and Liam Gibbons might have been headed for the PIAA Class 3A team championships next week as the third-place team from the WPIAL.

Because of the PIAA biennial realignment, however, the WPIAL was reduced to two teams from the three it had the previous two years to two teams, which meant that Upper St. Clair was eliminated from state title contention when it lost to Peters Township in the team semifinals.

It also means that, if the Panthers duo wants to take a trip to Hershey Racquet Club, they will have to do it themselves.

Kwok and Gibbons enter the WPIAL Class 3A doubles tournament as the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will open against Mason Harbaugh and Aidan Kelly of No. 15 Hempfield. Upper St. Clair has not had a doubles team make the finals since Jay Jones and Chris Foster won it all in 2007.

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Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Peters Township's Miguel Ascencio

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Miguel Ascencio
School: Peters Township
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Was one of the top singles players in Class 3A for the last few years, but has been slowed by wrist injuries and dropped to the No. 3 slot in the Indians' run to a second-place finish in the WPIAL team finals. Will be paired with the team's No. 2 singles player, Ryan Farrell, and could make a run at the finals. Will have a tough second-round match against No. 3 Ben Vinarski and Sid Iyer of Pine-Richland.

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Alumni Update - Kyle Lewis (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Penn State Behrend baseball team traveled to Marietta Sunday afternoon, completing aLewis PSUB come-from-behind 6-5 victory.

The Pioneers (21-16) steadily built their lead, scoring runs in the first, second, fifth, and sixth innings. However, the Lions' (21-17) big ninth inning was enough to hold on for the win.

Kyle Lewis, a Peters Township graduate, went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to pace the offense.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)

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Alumni Update - Katelyn Hancock (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LA PLUME, Pa. - The Penn State-Behrend women's track and field team won the Colonial States Athletic ConferenceHancock PSUB (CSAC) Title Sunday afternoon after combining for a team score of 306 points.

Katelyn Hancock, a Bethel Park graduate, was named Track Athlete of the Year.

Hancock took first in both the 800 and 1500 meter runs over the weekend. In the 800, she finished ahead of teammate Courtney Sargent (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) with a time of 2:18.81.

The two of them grabbed the top two times in the 1500 meter race as well. Hancock took the crown in 4:53.40.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)

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Alumni Update - Tyler Holland (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG - The Pitt-Greensburg baseball team came to a close Monday afternoon as it dropped both games in the AlleghenyHolland PGU Mountain Collegiate Conference First Round series to Mt. Aloysius at Bobcat Park.

Pitt-Greensburg ends the 2017 campaign with an 18-13 overall record and earned the no. 3 seed in the AMCC Tournament with a 10-6 mark in conference play.

Tyler Holland, a Baldwin graduate, belted three more home runs in the doubleheader against the Mounties, which gives him 11 for the season. His 11 home runs are a new Pitt-Greensburg single-season record.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Alumni Update - Olivia Lorusso (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris University softball team secured a berth in the Northeast ConferenceLorusso RMU Tournament with a sweep of Mount St. Mary's, 2-1 and 6-5, at North Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

The wins improve the Colonials mark to 19-31 overall and their 9-7 mark gives them the four-seed in the NEC Tournament.

Olivia Lorusso, a Canon-McMillan graduate, was 3-for-6 with a double and tallied three runs.

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris Universiy)

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Alumni Update - Giorgiana Zeremenko (Pitt)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

ATLANTA - The University of Pittsburgh softball team fell to Georgia Tech, 12-2 (five innings), in the Panthers' final game of theZeremenko Pitt season Sunday afternoon at Shirley Clements Mewborn Field in Atlanta.

Pitt concludes 2017 with a 24-23 overall record and a 7-17 mark in ACC play.

Pitt smacked back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth courtesy of juniors Giorgiana Zeremenko and McKayla Taylor, but were unable to make a comeback.

Zeremenko, a Canon-McMillan graduate, finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.

 

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt)

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Alumni Update - Ashley Iagnemma (Point Park)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

VIENNA W.Va. –  Point Park University softball ended its season 21-21 after elimination from the 2017 River StatesIagnemma PP Conference Softball Tournament Friday.

The No. 4 seed Pioneers (21-21, 11-7 RSC) defeated the No. 4 WVU Tech Golden Bears (15-37, 10-8 RSC), 5-1, in the first round of the tournament Friday morning, advancing to the winner's bracket.

Ashley Iagnemma, a South Fayette graduate, picked up the two-hit win in five innings, striking out six and walking one.

 

(photo courtesy of Point Park University)

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Alumni Update - Amanda Balzer (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENCASTLE, Ind. –The Allegheny women's track and field team finished third at the 2017 NorthBalzer AC Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

 

The Gators enjoyed a solid second day of the Championships, as the team picked up points in 11 different events, earned seven top-three finishes, and saw three athletes earn All-NCAC titles.

 

On the track, the Gator hurdle tandem of senior Amanda Balzer and freshman Tori Valachovic continued its stellar 2017 season.


Balzer, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, earned her second NCAC title in the 2017 calendar year, as she placed first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.16 seconds to win by almost a half second.

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Peters Township’s Eric Riotto

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Eric Riotto
School: Peters Township
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Third baseman

Background: Riotto is a two-way standout for Peters Township, which is headed to the postseason for the second year in a row. Riotto has been a starter since his sophomore season and is having his best year yet. Going into Monday's game against Canon-McMillan, Riotto was 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA and had 45 strikeouts in 36 innings. Riotto, a right-hander, leads the team in wins and strikeouts. He's also been outstanding at the plate as the team's cleanup hitter. Riotti is batting .377 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored. His home run and RBI totals lead the team. Peters Township is 13-4 overall and 7-4 in Class 6A Section 3. Riotto is undecided on where he will attend college.

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Baseball: No-hitter sends Bethel Park to postseason

Written by Brad Everett on .

Bethel Park went into Monday's game against Baldwin knowing that a loss would put its playoff hopes in jeopardy.

The Black Hawks left the game with a playoff berth in their back pocket.

Bethel Park went on the road and picked up a big 4-0 win against Baldwin in a key Class 6A Section 3 game. Justin Meis was the star of the show. Meis, a junior, fired a no-hitter. Baldwin had just one runner reach base, and that came on an error.

"Outstanding," Bethel Park coach Tony Fisher said of Meis' performance. "We asked him for a super-human effort and he gave it to us."

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Baseball: Serra Catholic wraps up outright section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

If the Serra Catholic Eagles were any superhero Monday, they would have been The Avengers.

After all, they avenged their only section loss of the season and clinched the outright section title.

Only Brentwood had defeated Serra in Class 2A Section 3 play. The Spartans defeated Serra, 5-1, on April 25. However, Serra got some payback Monday by using a four-run first inning to roll to a 13-0 win against the visiting Spartans. Both teams are ranked in 2A: Brentwood is ranked No. 2. and Serra Catholic is No. 3.

With the win, Serra -- last year's WPIAL Class 1A champion -- claimed the section title all to itself. The Eagles (17-1 overall) finished 13-1, while Brentwood (12-2) fell to 11-2. Brentwood hosts Carlynton in its section finale today. The Spartans suffered their only other section loss to Carlynton, 3-2, on April 19.

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Baseball: Peters Township getting it done defensively

Written by Brad Everett on .

Going into the season, Peters Township coach Joe Maize felt good about his team's offense and pitching staff, but he wasn't quite sure how strong they would be defensively.

Maize is happy with how things have turned out.

Peters Township is playoff bound from Class 6A Section 3. The Indians have an excellent offense led by Coastal Carolina recruit Tor Sehnert and an excellent group of pitchers led by Eric Riotto and Garrett Miller. Also playing a big role has been a defense that has not beaten itself. The Indians have committed only 18 errors in 17 games.

"I think what has surprised the coaching staff is how well we have played defensively," Maize said. "Going into the Upper St. Clair game [May 3], I think we had only 14 or 15 errors in 15 ballgames. That fact that the defense has played well has really helped our pitching staff."

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Baldwin's Taylor Dadig

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Taylor Dadig
School: Baldwin
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball
Position: Shortstop

Background: Baldwin junior Taylor Dadig has established herself as one of the top players in the WPIAL. Others are taking noticed, too. Dadig has already made a verbal commitment as a junior to play at George Mason in the Atlantic-10 Conference. So far this season she is batting .598. Dadig is a three-year starter for the Highlanders and has started at shortstop since her freshman year.

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Softball: Chartiers-Houston's roller-coaster ride continues

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

They were WPIAL Class 1A runner-up last season. After moving to Class 2A this year, the Chartiers-Houston Bucs began the season as the No. 1-ranked team in their new classification. Chartiers-Houston opened its season with a 4-0 win at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Bucs returned home and made it an eight-game winning streak with four more wins.

But then the team went through a rough patch starting with a 7-2 loss to Frazier. They would drop three of five games, an almost unheard of run for coach Tricia Alderson's program. That stretch of 2-3 softball included a season sweep by Frazier who went on to win the section title.

Chartiers-Houston regrouped. It won 21-0 at Beth-Center, 15-0 vs. Burgettstown and 15-2 at Bentworth. The Buccaneers have a chance to ride a four-game winning streak into the playoffs if it can win Tuesday at home against Fort Cherry at 4:15 p.m. With a 13-3 overall record and 7-2 section record, Chartiers-Houston is locked into second place in the section behind Frazier (11-2, 10-0).

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson postseason bound once again

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Thomas Jefferson softball program has experienced volatility like very few in recent memory. The team's first WPIAL softball title in history was sandwiched around seasons with no playoff trips. A year ago, Thomas Jefferson continued the zig-zag streak of playoffs, no playoffs, playoffs with a postseason trip.

The Jaguars were 16-3 last year and reached the WPIAL third-place consolation game. Currently, Thomas Jefferson is in postseason position with a 9-7 overall record and 7-4 mark in Class 5A Section. They are behind Connellsville (11-3, 11-) and Albert Gallatin (14-3, 9-2) but ahead of Ringgold (9-7, 6-5) and McKeesport (3-8, 3-8).

Thomas Jefferson has one section game remaining. It will visit McKeesport on Tuesday at 4 p.m. That game is sandwiched around non-section contests that should be good tests for the playoffs. Thomas Jefferson hosts Class 6A Baldwin on Monday and visits Class 3A Steel Valley on Wednesday.

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Softball: Seton-LaSalle riding eight-game winning streak

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Seton-LaSalle is one of the hottest teams in the WPIAL right now. After starting the season 2-2, the Rebels (10-2, 9-1) have not lost since. They are riding an eight-game winning streak that propelled them to a Class 2A Section 1 title. That winning streak has included two shutouts and run outputs of 16, 17, 11 and 10 twice. Seton-LaSalle has two regular-season games remaining. As nice as it would be to ride a 10-game winning streak into the playoffs, that is not likely and not really the goal considering Seton-LaSalle's upcoming schedule. The Class 2A Rebels will be put the test with a pair of road trips this week. They will visit Class 6A Seneca Valley on Monday at 4 p.m. and Class 4A Central Valley on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Both the Raiders and Warriors are playoff-bound in their respective classifications.