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Girls Basketball: Experienced lineup greets Upper St. Clair coach

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Upper St. Clair girls basketball team.

2014 1218 UpperStClair GBasketball(Photo: Madison Serio Averaged 11.1 points per game last season for the Upper St. Clair girls basketball team. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"There is a lot of experience returning this season on the Upper St. Clair girls basketball, but as far as playing in first-year coach Pete Serio's system, there is a lot of inexperience in that regard.

Serio has taken over for Ernie Koontz, who resigned under pressure after last season after 29 years as head coach. Serio has previously coached teams at Mt. Lebanon, Bishop Canevin and Peters Township where he last coached during the 2008-09 season.

Since then, Serio, who is the husband of University of Pittsburgh women's basketball coach Susie McConnell Serio, has been watching his daughters play, including Madison Serio, who is a senior guard on this year's team and one of a number of talented returning starters.

Serio watched from the stands last season as the Panthers won 14 games, finished tied for second place in Section 4-AAAA and reached the WPIAL playoffs where they fell to eventual runner-up Hempfield Area in the first round."

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Boys Basketball: Back from the Bahamas, Upper St. Clair begins section play

Written by Brad Everett on .

When the Upper St. Clair boys basketball team hosts Moon tomorrow, the Panthers will do so knowing the temperature outside is hovering around the freezing level.

That's quite a contrast from where the Panthers played their previous three games.

Coach Danny Holzer and the Panthers are back in Western Pennsylvania after taking part in the Atlantis Beach Bash in the Bahamas Dec. 11-13. The Panthers opened up the tournament with wins against teams from Canada and the Bahamas, but dropped their finale to another Pennsylvania team, Erie Cathedral Prep.

Upper St. Clair is now 5-1 as it heads into its Class AAAA Section 4 opener against Moon (1-2, 0-1). The Panthers defeated Moon twice last season on their way to winning the section title. The Panthers are averaging 61.3 points per game and giving up 48 a game.

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Swimming: Upper St. Clair's Minuth sets sights on individual gold

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Fynn Minuth walked away from the WPIAL Class AAA championships last season with a pair of gold medals. Those gold medals were achieved in two relays, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. But something eluded him at the event, individual gold. Minuth had to settle for a silver in the 200 yard individual medley. He swam a time of 1:52.22 but he was going up against North Allegheny's Zachary Buerger who swam a 1:49.13 to break a 10-year old WPIAL record by nearly three seconds. Buerger has since graduated leaving Minuth as the top returning swimmer in Class AAA in the 200 IM.

In the 500 freestyle, Minuth swam a 4:32.00 to take bronze, finishing just behind a pair of North Allegheny swimmers, Buerger (4:31.35) and Sam Rutan (4:30.33). The close proximity of those three swimmers in an event as long as the 500 freestyle is almost unheard of. Just as in the 200 IM though, Rutan and Buerger have both graduated, leaving Minuth as the top returner in that event. Of course other swimmers could switch events and compete in the 200 IM or 500 freestyle or Minuth, a versatile swimmer, could change his events also. One thing is for sure, Minuth will be swimming collegiately. He has committed to swim for the University of South Carolina next season. South Carolina competes in the Southeastern Conference.

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Hockey: South Feature Athlete -- Upper St. Clair senior Austin Cassidy

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Name: Austin Cassidy
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey

Background: A four-year starter, Cassidy currently leads Class AAA in goals (18) and points (27). He has tallied eight goals in his past four games, including a hat trick Monday in a loss to Central Catholic. For his career, Cassidy has 87 goals and 143 points. 

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Hockey: Senior captain sparks Upper St. Clair's turnaround

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Marky Billson profiles Upper St. Clair hockey player Austin Cassidy.

2014 1127 USC Hockey(Photo: Upper St. Clair's Austin Cassidy skates the puck up the ice during a game against Penn-Trafford earlier this season. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Upper St. Clair's ice hockey team was struggling.

Sporting just a single victory a month into the 2014-15 season on Nov. 10, the Panthers found themselves trailing, 3-0, five minutes into the third period against winless Penn Trafford at the Center Ice Arena in Delmont.

Team captain Austin Cassidy had to say something.

"We were shocked," Cassidy said. "Being the captain, I tried to make the point: 'We need to prepare like we're playing Peters Township or Bethel Park.'""