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Football: Springdale works for respect

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles the Springdale football team.

"Springdale coach Dave Leasure and his Dynamo players still read newspapers.

This past August, when the annual preseason predictions were making the rounds, they read about how they were supposed to finish in the Class A Eastern Conference cellar, nowhere near the WPIAL playoffs.

"Sure we did. We have about five or six articles posted in our weight room with the preseason predictions and all the articles that didn't mention Springdale even though we've had a lot of success here since 2002," Leasure said. "The expectation on the outside was we were going to go 2-7 or 3-6 and start the downward spiral of Springdale football.""

 

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Girls Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Springdale's Casey Hughes

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Casey Hughes
High School: Springdale
Grade: 11
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Junior forward Casey Hughes is one of the most important returning starters on a Springdale girls soccer team ranked No. 2 in the Post-Gazette preseason Class A rankings. She is the top returning goal-scorer. As a sophomore, Hughes netted 17 goals for the playoff-bound Dynamos.

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Girls Soccer: Springdale features strong defense

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Springdale girls soccer team.

"In preparing a lineup for an upcoming season, Springdale girls soccer coach Jerry Concannon always starts in the back.

"Probably to a fault, I tend to make sure [the defense] is secure before we move up the line of players," Concannon said. "I like to create the backbone of the team first."

Some seasons the process is faster than others. This year was one of the fast years.

With four returning starters on defense and a returning starter in net, the Dynamos defense was organized well before the team opened the season on Wednesday."

 

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Girls Soccer: North Feature Athlete - Springdale's Allison Seiler

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Allison Seiler
High School: Springdale
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background Info: Allison Seiler is a three-year returning starter in net for Springdale. She is one of the top keepers in the area. Seiler is a major reason why Springdale is ranked No. 4 in the Post-Gazette preseason Class A rankings.

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Girls Soccer: Springdale players primed for Class A Section 4 showdown Friday

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Section 4-A measuring stick the last three season has been Greensburg Central Catholic. Springdale will not have to wait long to see how they measure up this season. The No. 4 Dynamos and the No. 2 Centurions clash Friday at 3:45 p.m. at Springdale in a Section 4-A showdown. The Centurions are the defending section and PIAA Class A champions.

"It should be dramatic for the kids," Springdale coach Jerry Concannon said. "The kids think of it as a massive rivalry, I think they are going to be fired up for that game. I think they are excited. Absolutely I am okay with playing these teams early on. We are getting these two teams right in the first week and a half, it gives us an early snapshot. I like the early snapshot, you know where you stand early."