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Springdale 2015 Football Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

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."

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Swimming: Kondrit lands Springdale event win at tri-meet

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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).

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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."