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Hockey: Upper St. Clair sophomore named to U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team

Written by Sarah Spencer on .

Sarah Spencer profiles Upper St. Clair's Harrison Burgess, who was selected to the U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team.

"After learning he'd been selected to the 2017-18 U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team, 15-year-old Harrison Burgess played a trick on his mom, Michele.

"He said 'Before we go out tonight, we need to stop at the hockey store ... I need to get a new white helmet with the USA logo on it,'" Michele Burgess said.

A sophomore at Upper St. Clair, Burgess will be the youngest player and one of three new faces on the development team, which participates in its own events in addition to training with the national sled hockey team. Burgess, who has spina bifida, hopes to make the Paralympics team and compete in the 2022 Paralympics, which will be played after the Winter Games.

After watching a video of the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins sled hockey team during intermission of a Penguins game, Burgess, age 8, decided to take to the ice. He started on the novice team, advanced to the junior level team and attended a six-day USA Hockey's sled hockey player development camp in July before being selected to the development team."

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Girls Soccer: Upper St. Clair star chooses Dayton

Written by Brad Everett on .

It hasn't taken Landy Mertz much time to establish herself as one of the WPIAL's most dynamic talents.

Chances are coaches at the University of Dayton were thrilled Tuesday when they received a verbal commitment from the Upper St. Clair standout.

Mertz, a rising junior, announced on Twitter that she plans to attend Dayton.

"Incredibly excited and thankful to announce my commitment to play Division I soccer at the University of Dayton!! #flyers #UD" -- landy_mertz

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Football: Veteran coach helps Upper St. Clair celebrate 60 years of football

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel reports that Upper St. Clair football coach Jim Render will be honored at an event called "The Celebration of Upper St. Clair Football."

"In the fall of 1988, Upper St. Clair won its regular-season finale at Butler to narrowly qualify for the WPIAL football playoffs. On the bus ride home, coach Jim Render struggled with trying to envision how his four-loss team could survive a postseason field that featured defending USA Today national champion North Hills, undefeated Gateway and traditional powers Central Catholic and Mt. Lebanon.

Then, Render felt a tap on his shoulder from quarterback Jerry Berteotti, who was seated directly behind him.

"Jerry says, 'We got them right where we want them,'" Render said. "I half-turned around and I'm thinking, 'This kid is crazy. There are so many great teams out there. What is he talking about?'"

Turned out, Berteotti, who went on to serve as a bullpen catcher for Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers, was on to something."

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Track: Upper St. Clair’s Kane closes high school career with a state title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Harvey Kane began high school in California and was just getting his feet wet in track and field.

He ended high school in Pennsylvania as a state champion.

It's been quite a ride for Kane, an Upper St. Clair senior who won a PIAA Class 3A title in the long jump last Saturday at Shippensburg University. Kane became Upper St. Clair's first PIAA gold medalist since Rob Rankin won the shot put title in 2004.

Kane was again Mr. Clutch. At this year's state indoor championships, Kane used a big jump in his final attempt to win the gold medal. He did the same thing Saturday. In fourth place through five of the six jumps, Kane unleashed a leap of 23-0 ¼ to claim the crown. Williamsport's Qayyim Ali was second (22-10 ¼). Two other WPIAL jumpers placed: WPIAL champion Ayden Owens of North Allegheny was seventh (21-8 ½) and Bethel Park's Zach Taylor was eighth (21-7).

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Lacrosse: Upper St. Clair coach proud of team

Written by Joe Koch on .

When the Upper St. Clair boys lacrosse team convenes for the first day of practice for the 2018 season, coach Brian Yates has high expectations.

Naturally, there was plenty of disappointment following a 10-7 loss to Shady Side Academy at the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game at Robert Morris.

"I think the future is bright for [Upper St. Clair boys lacrosse," he said. "We had some great moments this season, some of which I hope everyone will remember forever. I hope it's a season our seniors will never forget."

Nearly all of the Panthers' starting lineup returns for next season, including Wyatt Antkiewicz. The sophomore midfielder was the Panthers' leading scorer with four goals against Shady Side.