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Baseball: Sehnert finding ways to succeed at Peters Township

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer profiles Peters Township baseball standout Tor Sehnert.

2017 0421 PetersTownship Baseball(Photo: Peters Township outfielder Tor Sehnert is one of the top players in the WPIAL who is committed to defending NCAA champion Coastal Carolina next season. Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

"From the first time Austin Kitchen saw Tor Sehnert play baseball at Pullman Park in Butler, he knew Sehnert had "blue-collar" talent. Good speed, power and discipline.

"I'm pretty sure he had something like three triples, or something crazy," Kitchen said. "Just a freshman... I knew pretty much from there that he was going to be good."

After playing two years of club ball together as Steel City Wildcats, it's possible Mt. Lebanon alumnus Kitchen and Peters Township's Sehnert could reunite at defending national champion Coastal Carolina come fall. That would make two WPIAL Chanticleer players, not long after Montour's Anthony Marks signed with the San Francisco Giants after his senior season at Coastal. West Allegheny's Mike Crawford will also join CCU's team next season as a preferred walk-on.

"When you have WPIAL guys around, we all look at each other, and everyone talks smack or jokes around, and we'll look at each other like 'WPIAL. We're the best,'" Kitchen said. "It's just funny. Because everyone on the team, they're not from near PA. They could be from California, Florida, Georgia, where they don't know where the WPIAL is.""

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Alumni Update - Abrielle McCartney (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Moon Township, Pa. – The Robert Morris University softball lost a pair of non-conference games, 8-0 and 7-6, toMcCartney RMU Bucknell Saturday afternoon at North Athletic Complex.

The losses bring the Colonials record to 12-27 overall while the Bison improve to 23-10.

Abrielle McCartney, a Canon-McMillan graduate, picked up three hits in five at bats. She knocked in a pair of runs.

 

(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)

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Alumni Update - Nick Zanetta (Pittsburgh)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBORO, N.C. Junior Dom Forys and redshirt junior Nick Zanetta were named to the 2017 All-Zanetta PittACC Academic wrestling team as announced by conference Commissioner John Swofford Monday morning.

Both natives of the Pittsburgh area, Zanetta receives the honor for the second year in a row while this is Forys’ first. The pair of Panthers are among a list of 20 wrestlers from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Zanetta, a Keystone Oaks graduate, is a business information systems and supply chain management major, boasts a 3.67 semester GPA, while maintaining a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

Zanetta wrapped up the 2016-17 season with a 19-13 overall record and excelled in tournaments this year, going 14-8. His year was highlighted by placing eighth at the Midlands Championships.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh)

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Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Peters Township's Connor Bruce

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Connor Bruce
School: Peters Township
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Has solidified the top singles spot in the Indians lineup and made Peters Township the team to beat in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. Is the No. 4 ranked freshman in the state and has already beaten some of the best upperclassmen in the WPIAL. Did not get the opportunity to play Fox Chapel sophomore Robby Shymansky on Monday when the two teams squared off in what could have been a WPIAL singles preview as the latter was off for Easter break.

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Boys Tennis: Thomas Jefferson in a familiar position

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Thomas Jefferson has been here before.

Last season the Jaguars were the No. 7 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A team tennis playoffs and hosted No. 10 Beaver in the first round of the playoffs.

At the end of the day, they were only favorite to lose in the first round as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Bobcats.

This year the same two teams will meet in the first round, at the same venue holding the same seeds as they did in 2016. Only this time Thomas Jefferson is looking for a much different outcome.

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Boys Tennis: South Park finds itself in the favorite role

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Each of the last two years, South Park has qualified for the WPIAL Class 2A team tennis playoffs.

Both times the Eagles walked off the court with a loss.

This season, though, South Park is a favorite as the team heads into the postseason as the No. 5 seed and will take on a relative playoff neophyte in No. 12 Knoch. The Knights have not appeared in the tournament in more than a decade.

South Park has a relatively young team with junior Devin Stolar, sophomore Anthony Girol and junior Logan Mannheimer taking up the three singles spots in the lineup. The only senior in the squad is Nicholas Westine, who plays second doubles.

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Girls Basketball: South Fayette's Kilgus looks to continue her success at Saint Vincent

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The South Fayette girls basketball team has been a force the last three years. They had numerous players contribute to their success, but none meant more than Carlee Kilgus.

Kilgus will now look to contribute to the success of the Saint Vincent College women’s basketball team after announcing her commitment on April 16.

 

The Bearcats are a Division III program competing in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. They finished last year 18-10 and advanced to the PAC championship game.

 

The 5-foot-8 guard led the Lions to a point where no South Fayette girls basketball team has gone before this past year. Kilgus and the Lions were one quarter away from advancing to the Class 5A PIAA championship game, before losing to Trinity.

 

Kilgus went to back-to-back WPIAL championships as a sophomore and junior, winning the title as a junior against Trinity. She also has led the Lions to back-to-back section championships.

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Alumni Update - Haley Yenchik (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Penn State Behrend women's track and field athlete, Haley Yenchik, earned Eastern Collegiate AthleticYenchik PSUB Conference (ECAC) Division III North field Athlete of the Week, announced Wednesday.

Yenchik, a Canon-McMillan graduate, competed at the Mount Union John Homon Open where she flew over 11 feet for the second time this outdoor season in the pole vault and also triple jumped 10.16 meters (33'4").

She leads the Colonial States Athletic Conference in both events. She also led the women's 4x100-meter relay to a win in 49.40 and sprinted to season-best times in the 100 meters and 200 meters respectively.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State Behrend)

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Alumni Update - Kassie Kesneck (Indiana University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

INDIANA, Pa. – Women's tennis player Jarka Petercakova (Bratislava, Slovakia/Sport Gymnasium) and softballKesneck IUP outfielder Kassie Kesneck have been named the IUP Athletes of the Week, which were announced by the IUP Sports Information Office on Monday morning.

 

Kesneck, a Chartiers-Houston graduate, hit .500 with a .722 slugging percentage as she helped IUP softball to a 5-1 record in three PSAC Central doubleheaders last week.

 

The freshman went 9-for-18 at the plate with two doubles and a triple, driving in five runs while scoring five of her own. A speedy left fielder, Kesneck also stole four bases.

 

She had a hit in all six games last week, including a 5 for 7 day against Pitt-Johnstown, which included three extra-base hits and three RBI.

 

It's Kesneck's first career IUP weekly honor.

 

(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pa.)

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Alumni Update - Nick Riotto (Penn State)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Penn State freshman right fielder Braxton Giavedoni (Punxsutawney, Pa.) homered twice butRiotto PSU Maryland powered past the Nittany Lions, 15-2, in Big Ten baseball action Sunday afternoon in Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.

Centerfielder Nick Riotto, a Trinity graduate, went 2 for 4. 

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State University)

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Alumni Update - David Boehme (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. – The Penn State Behrend baseball team took on Pitt-Greensburg Friday afternoon, falling twiceBoehme PSUB with a 4-3 and 6-5 walk-off loss.

In game one, David Boehme, a Seton-LaSalle graduate, went 2 for 2 in game one with one RBI and one run scored.

 

(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)

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Track: South Feature Athlete - South Fayette’s Sam Mastro

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Sam Mastro
School: South Fayette
Grade: 11
Sport: Track & Field
Events: Discus, shot put

Background: Mastro is one of the top throwers in the WPIAL. He claimed titles in both events at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational and Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships. His throw of 179 feet, 2 inches in the discus at the TSTCA championships topped the next-closest competitor by more than 40 feet. His two titles helped South Fayette win the team championship. He had a top shot put throw of 52-8 at the Mt. Lebanon Invitational. At last year's WPIAL Class 3A championships, Mastro finished fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. His discus throw of 163-4 qualified him for the PIAA championships for the first time.

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Track: Upper St. Clair’s Veglia doubles at Cal Track Carnival

Written by Brad Everett on .

When many think of carnivals, they think of fun.

Well, it's safe to say Morgan Veglia had a lot of fun at last Friday's Cal Track Carnival.

Veglia, a senior at Upper St. Clair, doubled in the sprints at the event, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She also finished second in the long jump at the meet held at California University.

Veglia ran a time of 13.34 in the 100, which topped runner-up Keeley Maloney of Greensburg Central Catholic (13.53). In the 200, Veglia finished in 27.88. Her teammate, senior Lauren Leckenby, was second after running a 27.95. Veglia's best long jump was 16 feet, 4 inches. She finished as the runner-up to Frazier's Annya Kossol, who jumped 16-7.

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Track: Baldwin quartet at the head of the class

Written by Brad Everett on .

The WPIAL released its first performance list of the season Monday, an event-by-event listing of top times and marks that will be used to determine which athletes qualify for the WPIAL championships.

Four Baldwin standouts top the list in their respective events.

Senior Casey Conboy, senior Dave Johnston, sophomore Arlen Hooks and junior Laurel Bristow have gotten off to great starts this spring and all four will earn spots at next month's championships.

Conboy tops the list of 3,200-meter runners with a time of 9:41.10. Johnston has the top pole vault of 14 feet. Hooks has run a top time of 41.11 in the 300 hurdles. Bristow heads the list of javelin throwers with a heave of 123-6.

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Track: Brentwood boys shine at Cal Track Carnival

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brentwood is no WPIAL track power and had to go up against some much bigger schools, but that didn't stop the Spartans from stringing together an excellent performance at last Friday's Cal Track Carnival.

Three boys athletes from Brentwood earned first-place finishes at the event held at California University. Senior Dorian Bowie won the 100-meter dash, senior Gio Segura won the discus title, and sophomore Andrew Wilson won the triple jump.

Brentwood owned the 100 and triple jump competitions. The Spartans claimed the top three spots in both events. Bowie, junior John Gomez and freshman Aaron McPherson went 1-2-3 in the 100, while Wilson, McPherson and senior Ricky Gralish leaped to the top three spots in the triple jump.

Bowie, who was a standout on the Brentwood football team, also finished second in the 400 and fourth in the long jump. Gomez was the runner-up in the 200. Freshman John Milcic finished third in the 110 hurdles. The 400 relay team was the runner-up.

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Football: Mt. Lebanon's Kraus commits to Case Western Reserve

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Mt. Lebanon’s Eric Kraus announced on April 10 that he will be continuing his football career at Case Western Reserve University.

The Spartans finished last year 9-1 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, competing at the Division III level.

 

At Mt. Lebanon, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound middle linebacker was a two-time all-conference linebacker. In his senior season, Kraus recorded 105 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

 

The Blue Devils finished as the Class 6A Southeastern Conference regular season co-champions and advanced to the quarterfinals.

 

Kraus also plays on the Mt. Lebanon baseball team. The Blue Devils are currently 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the section.

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Photo Journal: Softball - Baldwin 1, Bethel Park 0 (April 13)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

It was Bethel Park hosting Baldwin in a WPIAL 6A, Sec. 1 softball game, Thursday, April 13.  Both teams going in to this game were undefeated in section play and Bethel Park undefeated for the season.  Baldwin scored one run and that was enought to win the game.

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: Softball - Bethel Park vs. Baldwin (April 13)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

It was Bethel Park hosting Baldwin in a WPIAL 6A, Sec. 1 softball game, Thursday, April 13.  Both teams going in to this game were undefeated in section play and Bethel Park undefeated for the season.  Baldwin scored one run and that was enought to win the game.

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 - Charles Benack (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Gannon baseball team was unable to hold onto last-inning leads twice as California (Pa.) used a pair of walk-offBenack Gannon hits to sweep a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division doubleheader Friday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pennsylvania.


Charles Benack, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, finished 2-for-2 with one run, two RBIs and two walks in game two. 

 

(photo courtesy of Gannon University)

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - South Park’s Adam Morris

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Adam Morris
School: South Park
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Centerfielder

Background: Morris has had an excellent career at South Park and hopes to end it by leading the Eagles to a WPIAL title. Morris is a four-year starter and two-time all-section choice who is the team's starting centerfielder and bats second in the lineup. He is hitting .412 and has a .545 on-base percentage for the Eagles (10-1 overall), who are 5-0 in Section 3 and ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by the Post-Gazette. As a junior, Morris batted .466 and scored 23 runs during the regular season. He is also an outstanding football player who was named all-conference last fall. He will continue his football career at Clarion.