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Lacrosse: Blackhawk girls settle for second

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Blackhawk girls lacrosse team.

2015 0529 Blackhawk GLacrosse(Photo: Blackhawk's Nicole Cuddy moves the ball up field against Shaler's Sara Sempelsz during the WPIAL Division II championship game last week at Highmark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Eight days ago the seniors on the Blackhawk High School girls lacrosse team were on the verge of a "worst to first" storybook tale.

When the current seniors arrived at Blackhawk in 2012, the Cougars were coming off an 0-13 season.

Four years and 50 victories later, they enjoyed a 4-3 lead at the half against two-time defending WPIAL Division II champion Shaler Area.

Unfortunately for the Cougars (15-3) they could go no further. Whereas the Titans (19-1) focused on possession in the first half, they came out more aggressively in the second, and their emphasis on trapping and back-checking forced Blackhawk to commit two penalties."

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Track: Two titles not enough for Beaver Falls standout

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Beaver Falls track star Dom Perretta.

"Dom Perretta put his hands on his head and had a look of disgust on his face as he crossed the finish line in the Class AA 800-meter final at the PIAA track championships last Saturday.

After seeing his finishing time, Perretta couldn't stop shaking his head and was clearly disappointed as to how the final race of his junior season concluded.

The interesting part of the situation was that Perretta actually won the race. By a wide margin, too.

It's falling short of the state record that had Perretta perturbed."

 

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Track: West Allegheny junior thrower is state runner-up

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles West Allegheny javelin thrower Skyler Mason.

"Skyler Mason only competed in one event at the two-day PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Because that particular event, the javelin, didn't get started until Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Mason, a junior at West Allegheny, had a lot of time to kill before his first throw.

"I thought it was fun sitting around all day Friday and watching the running events because I never get to do that and then we went mini-golfing," Mason said.

"But on Saturday I went out and watched the girls throw in the morning, then it got real nerve-wracking.""

 

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge WPIAL champs again

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Anthony Baronio and Capen Brendle watched the 2014 WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball title match from Ambridge's bench.

The two were junior varsity players last year, but dressed for varsity matches.

"I watched last year's title match hoping that we would go that far again this year, but this time I would be playing," said Baronio, a 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter.

Brendle, a 5-11 junior setter, had similar thoughts.

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Boys Tennis: Carlynton's Phillips gets bronze

Written by Keith Barnes on .

 It wasn’t the overall result that Carlynton sophomore Luke Phillips was hoping for at the PIAA Class AA tennis singles finals, but the outcome was pretty much what he had expected.

 

Phillips won his first two matches, a 6-0, 6-1 decision against Eli Trimbur of Galeton and a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Blaise Casselbury of Lancaster Country Day to make it out of Friday’squarterfinals and into Saturday’s state semifinals for the first time. But that was where his road to a championship ended as he was knocked out by eventual champion Kyle Seelig of Plumstead Christian, 6-3, 6-1.

 

Winning four games against the top-ranked senior in the state and an Ohio State recruit was a minor victory, but Phillips wasn’t quite done. He capped his weekend at Hershey Racquet Club with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win against Zach Shaff of Moravian Academy, the District 11 champion, in the consolation match to take third place in the tournament.

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Alumni Update - John Allison (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Waynesburg University senior John Allison ended his collegiate days with one of theAllison Waynesburg most prestigious honors of his competitive career.

A member of both the Yellow Jacket cross country and track & field teams, Allison was lauded as a member of the 2014-15 Capital One NCAA Division III District IV Men's Track & Field / Cross Country Team, which is presented by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.

The veteran standout was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field squads. This past spring saw Allison put together his most successful showing at the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Fort Cherry graduate won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 9:56.85 and added a second-place showing in the 5,000 meters (15:52.64).

In the classroom, Allison is a four-year member of both the PAC Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls. Heading into graduation, he carried a 4.00 cumulative GPA as a Biology/Pre-Dental major.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Alumni Update - Brendan McKay (Louisville)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DURHAM, N.C. - The third-ranked Louisville baseball team completed its inaugural appearance at the ACCMcKay Louisville Championship with a 6-0 loss to No. 10 Florida State in Saturday's Pool A finale at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Cardinals (43-16) finished the week with a 1-2 mark in pool play, while Florida State (40-19) won Pool A with a 3-0 record and will face NC State in Sunday afternoon's ACC Championship title game.

The Atlantic Division champion and top seed in the ACC Championship after setting a league record for conference wins with a 25-5 mark, Louisville closed the season with 15 straight games against teams ranked in the top 60 of the RPI and was 9-6 during that stretch.

In Saturday's game, Florida state righty Drew Carlton allowed just five hits and issued three walks with four strikeouts in seven shutout innings to earn the win and improve to 4-5 on the season.

For Louisville, Brendan McKay, a Blackhawk graduate, allowed two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 5.0+ innings for the loss to drop to 8-3 on the season.

 

(photo courtesy of University of Louisville)

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Alumni Update - Brian Resnik (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior pitcher Brian Resnik picked up another postseason award for his work duringResnik Waynesburg the 2015 baseball season. Resnik was lauded as a second-team 2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. III All-Mideast Region honoree.

The righty standout earned the recognition after putting together a 9-3 overall record and an earned run average of 2.73, along with six complete games and a pair of shutouts.

Over 85 2/3 innings, he allowed 78 hits, struck out 86 and surrendered just 20 walks.

Along with being named a first-team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) selection for a second-straight year, he was tabbed as PAC Co-Pitcher of the Year.

The Burgettstown graduate was also listed as a second-team member of D3Baseball.com's All-Mideast Region team.

 

(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)

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Track: Beaver athletes finish championship season at PIAA finals

Written by Justin Criado on .

Both the Beaver girls and boys teams won WPIAL Class AA team championships, which was followed by WPIAL individual qualifiers and the PIAA championships at Shippensburg University.

The girls 1,600-meter relay team finished highest, as they placed sixth overall with a time of 4:00.35.

Darius Wise placed highest of any individual Bobcat competitor with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

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Track: OLSH runner cracks top 10 at states

Written by Justin Criado on .

Tara Richardson, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's lone PIAA qualifier, had a solid showing at the championships at Shippensburg University.

Richardson finished 10th overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.35.

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Track: Beaver Fallls standout defends state titles

Written by Justin Criado on .

Beaver Falls junior Dom Perretta is still one of the top runners in the state.

Perretta defended his PIAA Class AA golds in both the 1,600- and 800-meter runs at this year's state championships at Shippensburg University with times of 4:13.92 and 1:53.30.

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Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL Div. 2 Championship - Blackhawk vs. Shaler (May 21)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Championships were held at Highmark Stadium, Thursday, May 21, 2015.  In the Division 2 match, Blackhawk faced Shaler.  Shaler took the title defeating Blackhawk 10-5.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Baseball: Quigley pair was a big hit

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles Quigley baseball players Matt Evans and Jake Schwab.

"Despite failing to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, this spring wasn't a total bust for the Quigley Catholic High School baseball team.

The Spartans (5-8, 5-5) completed their regular-season schedule with a strong finish, winning four of their last six games, which included three consecutive wins and victories against Section 3-A rivals Union and Rochester.

"It was really nice to get those wins," said senior middle infielder Jake Schwab, who lives in Conway. "It showed those teams and the other teams in our section that we can battle and that we're not a joke. We played well against those teams and rallied back in those wins against Rochester and Union.

"I think we surprised some teams this year. This program is turning around.""

 

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Boys Tennis: Carlynton's Phillips eager for PIAA test

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles Carlynton tennis player Luke Phillips.

"Luke Phillips won the WPIAL Class AA singles title this year, but capturing his first high school title hasn't impacted his preparation for the state tournament one bit.

"It's been going good," Phillips said. "I've been playing a lot recently just to get ready and I really want to go and do well this year."

Phillips, a sophomore at Carlynton, finished third in the WPIAL in 2014, then pulled off a rare feat by upsetting District 6 champion Isaac Eck of Juniata in the first round. He lost to Henry Paiste of Northwestern Lehigh, the District 11 champion, in the next round, but the experience he picked up and how he finished helped motivate him for when he takes the court today for his first round match at the Hershey Racquet Club.

"I really want to go in prepared this year," Phillips said. "I really think that was a weak point of mine this year and I was coming off an injury and didn't do too well and didn't play as much as I wanted to, so that's been a focus of mine is just to practice and get out on the court.""

 

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Track: Beaver Falls star couldn't wait for his time to shine

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Beaver Falls track star Dom Perretta.

"One of the WPIAL's top runners saw his daily routine take a quick detour the morning of the WPIAL track championships last week.

"I woke up really early because I couldn't sleep," said Dom Perretta, the middle-distance standout from Beaver Falls who was hours away from defending two titles last Thursday.

Perretta hates to wait for meets, particularly the big ones. The anticipation eats at him. The eagerness caused him to wake up at 5 a.m. instead of his customary 6:30 or 7. His morning classes, he said, took seemingly forever, and included watching the movie "Penguins of Madagascar." Perretta eventually became tired and even fell asleep during the drive to Baldwin High School.

But once Perretta stepped on the track, he, well . . . got back on track. After that it was business as usual, which meant more titles and yet another record-breaking performance."

 

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Track: West Allegheny's Costa doubly good

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles West Allegheny sprinter Lauren Costa.

2015 0522 WestAllegheny GTrack(Photo: "West Allegheny's Lauren Costa wins the Class AAA 100-meter dash at the WPIAL track championships May 14 at Baldwin. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"In her four-year career at West Allegheny, sprinter Lauren Costa accumulated four WPIAL Class AAA championships, but none was better than her senior year.

Last week, Costa captured her third gold medal in the 100-meter dash and her first in the 200-meter dash in the WPIAL championships at Baldwin High School.

"That was the third time she won the 100-meter dash in Class AAA," West Allegheny coach Jim Hamilton said. "That always helps her program. That is pretty hard to do. The 200 is just gravy. She really likes the 100 but we want her to do better in the 200.

"We try not to over-train so we peak at the right time. She is going to get more competition.""