Football: Springdale looks to experience

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Two years ago, Springdale football coach Dave Leasure was forced to rely on a handful of underclassmen. The Dynamos won just three games in 2013 and failed to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

They did bounce back last season by winning their last four games en route to locking up a playoff spot out of the Eastern Conference. Leasure's team finished 6-4 after losing to Shenango in the first round of the Class A bracket.

Springdale, however, is hoping the experience from that challenging year pays off this fall. With their traditional Wing-T offense, the Dynamos opened their campaign on a positive last week with a 34-20 win against Serra Catholic. Ben Sowinski, a junior, rushed for a game-high 203 yards and three touchdowns.


Springdale 2015 Football Preview

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Springdale has had a strong history in soccer for many years, so Dyanmos football coach Dave Leasure is always appreciative of anyone who can kick a football through the uprights either after a touchdown or for a field goal.

"Kickers got us into the [2014] playoffs," Leasure said, noting identical 14-12 Eastern Conference victories against Monessen and Greensburg Central Catholic. "We were able to hit our PATs in those games. We always stress the kicking game in practice."

While hoping for contributions from the kickers, Leasure said there is plenty of experience on his 38-player roster. Seven players return on offense, including all five players on the line for a team that finished 6-4 last year, 5-3 in the Eastern Conference.

"We're pleased with this," he said. "We were 3-6 two years ago, and we started three freshmen and four sophomores that year. These kids are now juniors and seniors and they've played a lot of varsity football. That's big for us because we run the Wing-T offense, and that requires a lot of role blocking. Zone blocking is easier to teach, so this type of blocking takes time to teach. We're light years ahead of where we were last year."


Swimming: Kondrit lands Springdale event win at tri-meet

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Springdale sophomore Kevin Kondrit earned Springdale an event win in a recent tri-meet against Highlands in Knoch. In the most competitive event of the evening, Kondrit out-touched Knoch sophomore John Wilson in the 100 freestyle by 0.14 seconds. Kondrit swam a 50.57 to edge Wilson (50.71). Wilson was a two-time individual WPIAL qualifier from last season. Kondrit is a returning WPIAL qualifier also. He took 13th in the 100 freestyle last season at WPIALs and sixth in the 100 backstroke. The Spring sophomore also swam a competitive race against Knoch's Chad Cummings. This time the Knoch swimmer would out-touch Kondrit. Cummings clocked in at 22.58, just ahead of Kondrit (23.09).


Football: Springdale works for respect

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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.""



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

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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.