Boys Soccer: East Feature Athlete - Trinity Christian’s Stephen Harris

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Name: Stephen Harris
School: Trinity Christian
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: Harris is one of the top goal scorers in the WPIAL. His 26 goals have accounted for more than half of Trinity Christian's season total. He's scored some big ones, too, including the overtime winner in last Thursday's 1-0 win at Winchester Thurston. That win qualified the Falcons (9-6) for the WPIAL Class 1A playoffs as the third-place finisher in Section 2. He scored five goals against Geibel Catholic on Sept. 29 and three last Tuesday against Jeannette. Harris is a team captain and four-year starter. He's a multi-sport star, doubling as a standout sprinter in track. He finished third in the 200-meter dash at the WPIAL 2A championships his junior season.


Track: Trinity Christian junior wins school's first PIAA title

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Drew Karpen profiles Trinity Christian track standout Tyler Carter.

"The long wait for a state champion is finally over for the Trinity Christian School. After being in existence for over 50 years and a member of the WPIAL for 12, the school can finally hang a championship banner in their gymnasium thanks to junior Tyler Carter.

At last week's PIAA track and field meet at Shippensburg University, Carter captured the gold medal in the triple jump with a distance of 47⅓ feet.

"It was our first state champion in any sport," coach Dave Jones said. "We have been building for it but it shows how difficult it is. We are just really proud of him."

Carter was coming off a hip flexor strain this season that forced him out for a lengthy part of the season and cost him a chance at a WPIAL title. The injury occurred during the South Fayette Invitational."



Track: Carter filling role at Trinity Christian

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Justin Criado profiles Trinity Christian track standout Tyler Carter.

"At a track program as small as Trinity Christian's, head coach Dave Jones relies on athletes to be de facto coaches, and Jones believes junior Tyler Carter is filling that unofficial role admirably so far this season.

"I'd be in trouble if he didn't do that. We only have two coaches on our team and 35 to 40 kids," Jones said. "It makes it really difficult. You have to work on training the older kids to mentor the younger kids."

Carter isn't just a student-coach hybrid, but he's also the reigning WPIAL Class AA triple and long jump champ, going on to place fourth in both events in last year's PIAA championships at Shippensburg University. He was also a state qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.

"I think his sophomore year was a good experience to go to states," Jones said. "He took two fourth-places. That was great.""



Cross Country: Trinity Christian's Molinaro fares well at Mingo Classic

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Trinity Christian's Elise Molinaro proved to be a strong competitor among Class AAA and AA athletes on Thursday.

Molinaro placed seventh overall and first among Class A competition with a time of 20:19 at the Mingo Classic. Hannah Smith was next to cross the line in 47th place overall and third in Class A. Eva Gould was next to place in 10th.

As a team, Trinity Christian took gold in Class A competition with 23 points. They defeated Brentwood (47 points) and Washington (50 points).


Boys Basketball: Trinity Christian senior conquers a lethal foe

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles Trinity Christian basketball player Wes Lavrinc. Click here to read his story.

"It was May 16, 2011, when 14-year-old Wes Lavrinc heard a three-word phrase he hoped he'd never have to hear in his life:

"You have cancer."

But through a supportive group of family and friends and a strong belief in God, Lavrinc, a Penn Hills resident, persevered through the chemotherapy treatments and is now a three-sport athlete at Trinity Christian School, a private, faith-based school in Forest Hills.

"At first, it was really scary," Lavrinc said of initially hearing his diagnosis. "But I'm a really strong Christian and I had my family and my church praying for me. I just left it up to God, left it in his hands, and didn't worry about it.""