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Upper St. Clair 2014 Football Preview

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A graduating class of 20 seniors, all but one of whom were starters, is a big blow to any high school program, even one as well-established as Upper St. Clair.

Veteran coach Jim Render must replace nearly every starter from last year's team that finished 11-1 and reached the WPIAL semifinals for a third consecutive year. The Panthers fell to Woodland Hills in the postseason.

The losses are as many as they are significant, including the graduation of quarterback Joe Repischak, who was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference linebacker. Senior Dan Trocano (6-0, 155) will likely take over for him at quarterback.

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Girls Volleyball: USC's Amos taking her talents to Duke

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Upper St. Clair girls volleyball star Samantha Amos. Read his story below.

Samantha Amos was playing tennis when she first experienced the sport of volleyball.

"My neighbor was Troy Murphy," said Amos, referring to a former setter for the Upper St. Clair boys volleyball team. "I saw him hitting a volleyball off the side of his house all the time. He turned me on to the sport of volleyball. He taught me how to hit and pass. I might still be playing tennis today if I never met Troy."

Amos and her younger sister Alex had been playing doubles tennis at the time she was introduced to volleyball.

"I started playing tennis when I was 7," Samantha Amos said. "I didn't start playing volleyball until I was 11 or 12."

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Baseball: Major League Update - Kevin Slowey (Upper St. Clair)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Over the next two weeks, Sports Town will feature updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Kevin Slowey finds himself in a holding pattern.

The right-handed pitcher and Upper St. Clair High graduate was designated for assignment June 16 by the Miami Marlins. That gave the Marlins 10 days --- through Thursday --- to either trade, release or outright Slowey to the minor leagues.

If the Marlins decide to outright Slowey, the 30-year-old has the right to refuse the assignment and become a free agent.

Slowey was 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA in 17 games, including two starts, for the Marlins after making the team as a non-roster player out of spring training for a second straight seasons. He had four scoreless relief appearances of at least two innings.

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Boys Lacrosse: Unfamiliar foe ends Upper St. Clair's season

Written by Joe Koch on .

Brian Yates knew he had a good thing going when he coached Seton-LaSalle to the WPIAL Division 2 boys championship just one season ago.

Coaches, however, strive for bigger challenges. And with his family living in the Upper St. Clair school district and the boys lacrosse position open, Yates jumped at the chance to possibly coach his children a few years down the road.

If Yates' first year at the helm is any indication, Upper St. Clair boys lacrosse could be a lot of fun to watch in future seasons.

It was pretty nice this year, too.

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Track: South Feature Athlete — Upper St. Clair’s James Smith

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: James Smith
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 12
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Smith, the district runner-up in 2013 in the 800, set a WPIAL Class AAA meet record in the 800 last weekend, running a 1:53.23 to take the gold medal. Smith also won the event at the South Hills Classic and TSTCA meet.

Upper St. Clair coach Doug Petrick: “[His WPIAL performance] was pretty amazing. We looked at a lot of goals throughout the season, but winning the WPIAL was one of if not the main goal after he finished second last season. The WPIAL has a lot of great competition, and for him to win it and set a record in the process was pretty unbelievable.”