Football: Springdale springs into quarterfinals

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

As the regular season was winding down a few weeks ago, Springdale was pretty much on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. The Dynamos dropped three consecutive Eastern Conference games and faced a must-win situation during their regular-season finale against Greensburg Central Catholic. They won that game and earned the No. 11 seed in the Class 1A bracket. Now, Springdale (6-5) faces another huge test this week.

Following a 50-44 first-round win over Carmichaels last week, the Dynamos find themselves set to meet No. 3 Jeannette (10-1) for the second time this season. They will play the Jayhawks on Friday night at Franklin Regional. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Jeannette shutout Springdale, 48-0, back on Oct. 7. The loss ultimately started the team's three-game skid before that final regular season game.

Against Carmichaels, quarterback Sammy Carey put on a show by completing 9 of 11 passes for 230 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score on a 6-yard run. Josh Harmon also caught three touchdown passes from Carey. Star running back Ben Sowinski rushed for 138 yards and two scores. Sowinski leads the team with 12 touchdowns, while Harmon follows with 10 scores.

The winner of Springdale and Jeannette will advance into semifinals and meet the winner between Rochester (10-0) and Imani Christian (5-5).


Boys Soccer: Springdale vaults into second place on strong section finish

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The way the Class 1A Section 3 playoff race was unfolding, it looked like Springdale might need some help or at the very least would have to figure out tiebreaking scenarios. Then the Dynamos caught fire and instead of playing for a fourth-place tie, they vaulted themselves into the race for second and ultimately finished there in a tie with Aquinas Academy. Both Springdale and Aquinas Academy finished the season 10-6 overall and 9-5 in the section to tie for second behind Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (15-2-1, 13-0-1). Springdale had been sitting in a precarious position entering the home stretch of its section schedule. Then Springdale won three consecutive section home games, 3-1 vs. Eden Christian, 2-0 vs. Vincentian and 3-0 vs. Carlynton. The Dynamos then went on the road and closed out their section season with a 2-0 win at Riverview to seal the deal for second place.


Alumni Update - Erin Gilmartin (Point Park)

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LATROBE, Pa. – Point Park University women’s soccer ended its final non-conference game against Saint Vincent College in a 1-1 tie ingilmartin point park double overtime Friday in Latrobe, Pa.

Saint Vincent (1-3-3) struck first late in the first half to head into the locker rooms at halftime up, 1-0.

Point Park (1-5-2, 0-0 RSC) senior Erin Gilmartin, a Springdale graduate, tied the score, 1-1, on an unassisted goal in the 58th minute.


(photo courtesy of Point Park University)


Photo Journal: Boys Soccer - Springdale at CW North Catholic (Sept. 24)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Springdale and CW North Catholic played Saturday, September 24, 2016 at North Boundary Park, CW North Catholic's home field, in a WPIAL 1A, Sec. 3 boys soccer game. CW North Catholic shut out Springdale to remain undefeated in first place in their section.

click here to see video highlights of the game

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Football: North Feature Athlete - Springdale's Ben Sowinski

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Name: Ben Sowinski
School: Springdale
Grade: 12
Sport: Football
Position: Fullback

Background: A 6-foot, 204-pound senior, Sowinski helped guide Springdale to a 57-28 shakedown last week against Leechburg. Sowinski rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries during the Class 1A Eastern Conference matchup. He scored on runs of 5, 11 and 9 yards, respectively, at Veterans Memorial Field against the Blue Devils. As a first-year starter last season, Sowinski rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the Dynamos. As the lead back again this season in Springdale's wing-T offensive scheme, Sowinski has already collected close to 500 yards and five touchdowns. He's also averaging 12 yards a reception.