Baseball: Steel Valley overachieves

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

"Steel Valley coach Tim Vickers was understandably upset after his Ironmen were routed, 13-3, in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals by WPIAL champion Neshannock.

That was until the reality set in as to what exactly his team accomplished this season.

"I was pretty much calmed down when we got home from the game and, when you start putting things into perspective and you realize that these kids accomplished every single thing that they possibly could this year," Vickers said. "Neshannock may have knocked us out at the end of the year twice, but I'm not sure if we were up to playing them."

Even though Steel Valley was the defending WPIAL Class AA champion, this was not the same team that was the No. 3 seed and knocked off Seton-LaSalle, 6-5, in the 2014 championship game. The Ironmen lost almost their entire starting lineup to graduation and had to start over almost from scratch, with a squad built around senior pitcher Brandon Donovan."



Baseball: Steel Valley bounces back in first round of PIAA

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

"Fall down. Get up. Move on.

That sequence has been the story of the Steel Valley baseball team during the postseason, a story the Ironmen have been in no hurry to end.

Steel Valley's latest triumph came Tuesday against District 10 champion Mercyhurst Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Ironmen prevailed, 7-5, in 10 innings. It is believed to be the first PIAA playoff win in school history. The Ironmen won their first WPIAL championship last season.

The game followed what has become a common theme for the Ironmen, who fell behind, rallied to go ahead, and moved on to the next round."



Alumni Update - Michael Pavasko (Clarion)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Manheim, Pa. - Clarion University junior wrestler Michael Pavasko was named today by the NWCA (National Wrestling CoachesPavasko Clarion Association) to its prestigious 2015 NCAA Division I All-Academic team.


The NWCA released its NCAA Division I All-Academic Top 30 teams, along with 118 wrestling student-athletes who received recognition from the NWCA. An individual makes the All-Academic team if the wrestler has a 60% or higher winning percentage, wrestles in 60% or more of the team's matches, and has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above.


Pavasko, a Finance major, has a cumulative GPA of 3.63 at Clarion, achieved a 4.0 GPA in the Fall 2014 semester, and had a 2015 season record of 21-14 wrestling at 174-pounds. He placed third for the Golden Eagles at the PSAC's, 4th at the Clarion Open and 5th at the EWL Championships under first year head coach Keith Ferraro.


Pavasko, a Steel Valley graduate, was a starter for the Golden Eagles in 2014 at 165-pounds. He placed 4th at the PSAC Championships, participated at the EWL's and finished his season with a record of 11-22. He has a career record of 32-36.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Baseball: Steel Valley keeps hopes of a repeat alive with wild win

Written by Brad Everett on .

Three outs away from seeing its season end, Steel Valley needed to mount a huge comeback to keep its postseason going.

Eight runs later, the Ironmen had somehow punched their ticket to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

Steel Valley rallied from four runs down after six innings to topple second-seeded Brownsville, 8-4, in a quarterfinal Monday at Washington & Jefferson.

With the win, the defending champion Ironmen kept their hopes of a title repeat alive. The No. 10-seeded Ironmen (11-5) will try to take the next step when they face the Neshannock-Shady Side Academy winner Wednesday at Washington & Jefferson at 4 p.m. Neshannock (13-5), the No. 3 seed, and Shady Side Academy (13-5), the No. 6 seed, meet in a quarterfinal today at Chippewa Park.


Baseball: Steel Valley rebounds after slow start

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Steel Valley baseball team.

2015 0508 SteelValley Baseball(Photo: Brandon Donovan has led Steel Valley back to the WPIAL playoffs with his arm and bat. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Rebuilding wasn't a term anyone around Steel Valley's varsity baseball program wanted to use this spring.

Just months after winning the WPIAL Class AA championship, however, the Ironmen were looking at a lot of underclassmen to lead the way after graduating the bulk of last year's starting lineup.

"It's so strange how you can get used to winning," said Tim Vickers, who is in his ninth season coaching Steel Valley and entered this week one victory away from his 100th coaching win. "After handing out medals and championship rings, rebuilding is almost like a swear word around here."

Despite losing three of their first five games, the Ironmen (8-5, 7-3) avenged those early-season defeats and went on to win six of their next seven games en route to securing another WPIAL playoff berth."