Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fall memories part II

And here we are, the top five, the best sports moments from the recently concluded fall season:

5. Peters Township girls tennis rules Hershey: Whether it was winning PIAA Class AAA doubles or team titles, the Indians had a pretty sweet end to the season, especially Sara Komer, the team's No. 1 player. Komer teamed with Abby Cummings to win WPIAL and PIAA doubles titles -- she did both last year alongside Stephanie Smith, who decided not to play high school tennis this fall -- while also battling through a hamstring injury to anchor the team. Peters Township won a second consecutive team crown with a 3-0 victory over Unionville, the Indians' third in the past four years.

4. Evolution of Brett Brumbaugh: South Fayette's sophomore quarterback went from surprise freshman starter in 2011 to the WPIAL's top passer this season. He completed 154 of 245 passes (63 percent) for 2,823 yards and 37 touchdowns against only nine interceptions and three sacks. Watch South Fayette, and you can tell that Brumbaugh doesn't have it easy; often he'll cycle through three or four reads before finding his guy. Should be really interesting to watch him develop even more over the next two years. He does lose top WR Zach Challingsworth, a Pitt recruit who caught 58 passes for 1,190 yards and 15 touchdowns, but Conner Beck (29-457-4TD) and Justin Watson (28-592-8TD) both return.

3. Canon-Mac TOTALLY REDEEMS itself: Catch the Dumb & Dumber reference? Had Mighty Ducks yesterday, another classic today. Anyhow, Canon-Mac boys soccer was the third-place team in Section 5-AAA during the regular season and went 0-4 against Peters Township and Upper St. Clair. But the Big Macs, who lost each of those games by one goal, upset its two biggest rivals en route to the school's first-ever WPIAL Class AAA title for boys soccer ... as a No. 13 seed, no less. The Big Macs also beat Peters Township in the first round of the state playoffs before losing to Upper St. Clair, finishing the year at 19-5. Think head coach Larry Fingers might've started something? Big-time interested in soccer at C-M these days.

2. Wash High football is back: The Prexies went 8-3 in 2011 and nudged their way into the upper echelon of Class AA, but behind Shai McKenzie, Wash High blew past pretty much everyone that's not Aliquippa. Much excitement was generated with a run to the WPIAL Class AA championship, and there's plenty of reason to already look toward next year with McKenzie, who finished with 232 carries for 2,689 yards and 41 touchdowns, coming back. He also has a choice of NCAA Division I schools coming up for the recruiting season. Wash High football is competing for WPIAL titles again, and one would think No. 7 isn't all that far away.

1. Third time is a charm for PT: Not that Nos. 1 and 2 stunk, but the Peters Township girls soccer team claimed its third consecutive PIAA Class AAA title by beating a team -- Cumberland Valley -- that ruined the Indians' perfect season, handing them a 3-2 loss in late September. Emily Franty scored off a feed from Olivia Roberson to beat CV, 1-0, the next time around. Roberson, who had 37 goals, will be at Duquesne next fall, one several seniors the Indians lose. But University of Virginia recruit Veronica Latsko, who scored 36 goals this season to give her 107 in three years, will be back next season. Still plenty of reason to be excitement about the area's most consistently dominant program.

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