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Alumni Update - Michael Pavasko (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Two wrestlers on different ends of the eligibility spectrum earned chances to compete for an NCAA championship onPavasko Clarion Saturday night as Brock Zacherl and Michael Pavasko won individual titles at the 2016 Eastern Wrestling League championships hosted by Lock Haven.

 

The two earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships hosted this year at Madison Square Garden on March 17-19.

Overall, the Golden Eagles had a strong showing at the EWL's, taking fifth place with a team score of 41.5 points.

 

Zacherl and Pavasko are the 56th and 57th individual EWL champions in Golden Eagle history. They will be the first Clarion wrestlers to represent the Blue and Gold at the NCAA Championships since Justin Arthur and Austin Matthews in 2014.

 

Pavasko, a Steel Valley graduate, is the lone senior on the Golden Eagle squad and has dealt with the team's struggles over the past several years, making his victory on Saturday an especially poignant one.  

 

He breezed to an 8-3 decision over Bloomsburg's Casey Glunt in his first round match but faced a much stiffer test in the semifinal.  


Pavasko overcame Lock Haven's Tyler Wood by a 3-2 decision to advance to the finals, where he defeated Cleveland State's Gabe Stark 7-3 to move on to the big dance.

 

(photo courtesy of Clarion University)

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Steel Valley vs.Thomas Jefferson (Jan. 29)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The number one team in WPIAL AAA, Sec. 4, Steel Valley, hosts number two team in the same section, Thomas Jefferson, Friday, January 29, 2016.  Play was intense in this section rivalry, keeping it close in this high scoring game.  Steel Valley managed to stay on top despite a valiant effort from Thomas Jefferson, winning 75-70.

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

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Boys Basketball: Steel Valley claims section title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Steel Valley captured its first outright section title since Charlie Batch's senior year when it defeated visiting Thomas Jefferson, 75-70, last Friday. The victory was Steel Valley's seventh in row and it gave them the Class AAA Section 4 championship.

Batch, who went on to have a long NFL career, was a starter on the Steel Valley basketball team during the 1991-1992 season. The Ironmen went 22-6 and lost to Dante Calabria and Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. The Ironmen had won three section titles since then (1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2002-03), but each of them was split with another team.

Clinching the title at home was important to first-year coach Dale Chapman, who said afterwards "We wanted to get it done here." Steel Valley is 7-0 at home and 14-3 overall. With three regular-season games and at least one playoff game ahead, the Ironmen could win more than 17 games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Ironmen, led by senior guard Kennedy Smith and sophomore forward Ja'Mier Fletcher, will be looking to win their first WPIAL title since 2002.

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Boys Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Steel Valley’s Kennedy Smith

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Kennedy Smith
High School: Steel Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Smith scored a team-high 23 points to lead Steel Valley to a 75-70 victory against Thomas Jefferson last Friday. With the win, the Ironmen clinched the Class AAA Section 4 title. It's their first outright section title since 1992. Charlie Batch was a senior starter on that team. Smith has had an excellent season. One of his biggest moments came when he hit the winning jump shot just before the buzzer to lift the Ironmen to a 75-74 win at rival West Mifflin on Jan. 22. The Ironmen are 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the section. They play at Uniontown in a section game tonight.

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball - Steel Valley vs. Serra Catholic (Dec. 29)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Steel Valley and Serra Catholic girls basketball teams meet in a tounament hosted at Serra Catholic, Monday, December 29, 2015.  Serra added another game to their win column ending the night with a 6-1 overall, 3-0 section record.  Final score, Serra Catholic 61, Steel Valley 47.

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

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