West Archives

Print

Girls Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Hopewell's Abby Losco

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Abby Losco
High School: Hopewell
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Soccer
Position: Midfielder

Background Info: Abby Losco headlines a strong Hopewell senior class. The senior midfielder has already committed to Duquesne University. Losco went on a scoring tear in the playoff last year, netting a hat trick in a 3-2 WPIAL semifinal win over South Park and another one in a 4-3 PIAA quarterfinal win over Dallas. She led the Vikings with 28 goals last season.

Print

Girls Soccer: Addition of Moon makes Class AAA Section 4 even tougher

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Section 4-AAA just got that much harder. Moon rejoins Class AAA after a two-year stint in Class AA and the Tigers joined Peters Township and Canon-McMillan in what is arguably the toughest section in the WPIAL. The Tigers and Indians both won PIAA titles two seasons ago in their respective classifications.

"I think we are ready to go back up," Moon coach Bill Pfeifer said. "The older kids were there before. I think they are ready for it. The kids are excited about being back up and having a game every night, having Peters and Can-Mac is nice. Before we could take off two weeks and not see anyone tough. Now they are going to be pushed."

Moon shared the Section 5-AA title with Quaker Valley last season while Peters Township won the section with a 9-0-1 record ahead of Canon-McMillan (6-2-2) and Upper St. Clair (5-3-2) who is no longer in the section. Chartiers Valley (5-4-1) missed the playoffs by a half game.

Print

Girls Soccer: New coaches in the West

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There was plenty of coaching stability in the offseason in the West zone where only two teams changed head coaches and both happened to be in Section 1-A. Freedom welcomes Colin Williams while New Brighton welcomes Megan Bair this season. Williams will try to lead the Bulldogs back to the playoffs after the team finished 5-12-1 last season and missed the postseason. Bair will try to keep New Brighton a playoff team after it went 11-8-1 a year ago and qualified for the WPIAL playoffs.

Print

Girls Volleyball: Hopewell opens season with title at Butler Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Hopewell girls volleyball team captured the Butler Tournament title with a 2-1 win over host Butler on Aug. 30. The Vikings advanced to the title match with a 1-0 win against Avonworth in the quarterfinals, and a 2-0 win against Indiana in the semifinals.

Butler Tournament

Championship
Hopewell 2, Butler 1

Semifinals
Butler 2, Kiski Area 0
Hopewell 2, Indiana 0

Print

Cross Country: West Feature Athlete - OLSH's Ryder Ballou

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Ryder Ballou
School: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Grade: 12
Sport: Cross Country

Background Info: Ballou finished 18th last year at the WPIAL Class A championships with a time of 18:03. He went on to place 27th at states. Ballou was on the 2012 WPIAL championship team, which was the first championship earned by OLSH.

Print

Cross Country: West Allegheny's O'Shea tops the field at Gateway Invitational

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

West Allegheny's Alexis O'Shea returned as the top runner at the 26th Annual Gateway Invitational on Saturday. The senior dominated the hills of Boyce Park taking first place with a time of 20:59. O'Shea is the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion, but will now have to compete in Class AAA.

Teammate Maddie Salek also made it into the top five, placing fourth with a time of 21:49. The pair aided West Allegheny to a second-place team score of 67 points.

The boys team took fourth overall with several runners finishing in the top 15. Zach White was the first to come in with a finishing time of 17:50. He was followed by teammates Johnny Artinger (ninth) and Zach Wahl (12th).

 

Print

Cross Country: Moon heading to Red, White and Blue Classic

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The Moon cross country teams are returning to the Red, White and Blue Classic next Saturday at Schenley Oval. Last year the girls team finished 17th out of 55 teams. This year they will run without two of their top performers, Mia Castelveter and Stephanie Connors. Junior Ciara Cavitt finished first for the Tigers last year, crossing the line in 49th place.

The boys team finished in 14th place, but graduated its top two runners. Patrick Ware and Connor Evans both finished in the top 100. Junior Devin Jeffries looks to follow in their shoes after taking 104th place last year.

Print

Boys Golf: 2014 West Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

Class AAA: Two juniors hope to make impact this year

For Moon junior Noah Firmstone and Montour junior J.T. Kuchnicki, 2013 was a learning experience for both of them.

Both played well enough at the Section 5 qualifier to become two of the five to move on to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. At the qualifier, Kuchnicki placed fourth with a round of 79, and Firmstone was one stroke behind with an 80.

But at the Class AAA semifinal at Youghiogheny Country Club, both got a taste of tournament golf. Firmstone placed 21st out of the 29 qualifiers with a round of 84 on the par-72 course. Kuchnicki shot a 92 to place 27th.

Print

Girls Golf: 2014 West Season Preview

Written by Joe Koch on .

One of the toughest feats to accomplish in sports is to repeat a championship effort. To do that, Central Valley High's girls golf team will have to do it against a higher caliber of competition.

After winning the WPIAL and PIAA Class AA championships a year ago, the Warriors lost three starters from that team -- WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion Macky Fouse and Marissa Sudar. But three members of that team -- senior Amanda Scala, junior Maddy McDanel and sophomore Alex Bozich -- are back.

McDanel and Sudar tied for second place at the WPIAL Class AA Individual Championship a year ago. Each shot rounds of 77. Had they been competing in the Class AAA tournament along with Fouse a year ago, Fouse would have tied Canon-McMillan's Lauren Waller for first place and McDanel and Waller would have tied for third. McDanel finished seventh at the PIAA Western Regional with a round of 81 and earned all-state honors with a third-place finish and a two-day total of 161 at the PIAA Class AA championship in York.

Print

Boys Golf: 2014 West Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some West boys golfers to keep an eye on this season.

Cody Dobbin, Junior, Burgettstown
Evan Long, Sophomore, Laurel
Tucker Skerbetz, Junior, Laurel
David Prezzia, Senior, South Side Beaver
David Wilson, Junior, South Side Beaver
Hunter Lecker, Senior, Burgettstown
Colton Brown, Junior, Laurel
Jarodd Potts, Senior, New Brighton

Print

Girls Golf: 2014 West Players to Watch

Written by Joe Koch on .

Here are some West girls golfers to keep an eye on this season.

Abigail Vietmeier, Junior, Montour
Maddy McDanel, Junior, Central Valley
Marissa Kirkwood, Junior, Neshannock
Alex Bozich, Sophomore, Central Valley

Print

Girls Volleyball: 2014 West Players to Watch

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Volleyball competition begins on Friday, Aug. 29. Below are players from the West Xtra zone coverage area who were recognized last season as underclassmen on Section, WPIAL, and PVCA All-Star Teams. Height and position listed with each player is from last year.

Class AAA
*-Tara Savisky, West Allegheny (5-7, Sr., S) - Section 5-AAA First Team, WPIAL First Team
*-Rachel Buck, West Allegheny (5-7, Sr., OH) - Section 3-AAA Second Team
*-Alexis Hamm, West Allegheny (5-8, Sr., OH) - Section 3-AAA Second Team
*-Madison Taylor, Moon (5-9, Jr., OH) - Section 3-AAA Second Team
*-Allison Ulven, Moon (5-9, Jr., RS/S) - Section 3-AAA Second Team

Print

Alumni Update - Jill Harry (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Eight former Tomcats were named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) 60th anniversary women's soccer team Tuesday.

Representing Thiel on the 60th anniversary women's soccer team were: Amanda Devore, Renee Fabrey, Jill Harry, Katie Mound, Katie Myers, Jess Peterson, Patti Pietrowski and Laura Simonetti.

Harry, a Hopewell graduate, was a four-time All-PAC honoree and is Thiel's all-time leader in saves (731). Harry was also a leader in the classroom, being selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District second team in 2010.

 

Print

Alumni Update - Richele Hall (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University softball team begins a new era this year as Richele Hall takes over as the program's head coach. Hall brings a wealth of coaching experience with her to the position, whether it is at the college, high school or traveling team level.

Hall's most recent stop was at South Fayette High School, where she served as an assistant with the Lions from 2012 to 2014. This past spring, South Fayette won the Section 2-AAA title after posting going 13-1 overall and 11-1 in section play. The Green and White qualified for the 2014 WPIAL tournament and won their first-round playoff contest.

Prior to her work at South Fayette, Hall spent the 2011-12 season serving as a full-time assistant at Division I Rhode Island. Before taking her position with the Rams, the newest Yellow Jacket head coach got her career in the dugout started at Seton Hill University, where she served as a graduate assistant with the Griffins from 2008 to 2010. Hall also used her time at SHU to earn her Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Management in 2010.

Print

Girls Tennis: 2014 West Season Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

Beaver returns sophomore Moriah Bridges and senior Mattie Taylor, who won the Section 2-AA doubles tournament and qualified for states last year.

The Bobcats finished 12-0 en route to the section title, while Bridges and Taylor finished first and second, respectively, in the section singles tournament.

In Section 5-AA, junior Hannah Phillips looks to defend her section singles crown and make it back to the state tournament for the third straight year.

Sophomore Sara Jubas returns for Fort Cherry after leading the Rangers to the WPIAL team tournament. Jubas finished third in the singles tournament and runner-up in the doubles tournament with then-senior Cheyenne Shankle.

Print

Girls Tennis: 2014 West Players to Watch

Written by Justin Criado on .

Here are some West players to keep an eye on during the 2014 girls tennis season.

Moriah Bridges, Beaver, Soph.
Mattie Taylor, Beaver, Sr.
Hannah Phillips, Carlynton, Jr.
Sara Jubas, Fort Cherry, Soph.
Cam Beer, Moon, Soph.
Erika Fernau, Moon, Jr.
Samantha Shodd, Ellwood City, Sr.
Courtney Kocis, Ellwood City, Sr.
Morgan McKenzie, Blackhawk, Sr.
Alaina Thomas, Central Valley, Sr.

Print

Football: Central Valley-Montour first of many Parkway showdowns

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo previews Friday's Central Valley-Montour football game.

2014 0828 Montour Football(Photo: Montour's Zachary McGown breaks into the open field to pick up yardage during a [preseason scrimmage against Seton-LaSalle last Friday at Montour. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"It didn't take long for the Parkway Conference to feature a pretty interesting matchup this season -- like, the first week of the season.

Tomorrow is opening night for high school football around the WPIAL and a pair of perennial Class AAA powerhouses will square off in a key conference game when Central Valley travels to Montour.

"Playing in the Parkway, every win is important," Montour coach Lou Cerro said. "Obviously, you want to start out with a win. Playing at home, it's going to be an exciting atmosphere and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Thomas J. Birko Stadium on the Montour campus in Robinson Township."

 

Print

Football: Talented Aliquippa reloads backfield

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Aliquippa football team.

"Replacing skill-position players never seems to be a concern for Aliquippa's ootball team.

Year after year, the Quips usually rely on big-time playmakers to help ignite their typically electric offense.

This season should be no different.

Despite graduating two of the WPIAL's top players from last season in running backs Terry Swanson and Dravon Henry, both Division I recruits, Aliquippa is expected to turn a page and now rely on a fresh pair of stars in Darrien Fields and Kaezon Pugh."

 

Print

Boys Soccer: West Allegheny will try to repeat efforts

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the West Allegheny boys soccer team.

2014 0828 WestAllegheny BSoccer(Photo: West Allegheny's Collin Wurst, left, battles against Mount Pleasant's Tyler Kolar during a playoff match last season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"West Allegheny head soccer coach Kevin Amos has "a positive problem."

The Indians won the Section 5-AA and WPIAL Class AA championships, played for the PIAA championship last season, posted a 21-1-3 record, and have recorded six consecutive winning seasons. Naturally, expectations are high.

But Amos must play five new starters in 2014, revamping a defense that allowed only five goals in the regular season last year and then posted six shutouts in a row in the postseason before falling, 1-0, to Holy Ghost Prep in the state final.

So the success of the 2014 Indians may lie more with their system and less on skill."