Thursday, May 2, 2013

Huffman, Canon-Mac and Trinity

Thanks for the patience, y'all. Been off for the past two days, and I know the content on here ... well, there hasn't been any content on here because of me being off.

Here's a photo I was sent from Tanner Huffman's signing day. (He's going to W&J, rooming with Trinity's Christian Koroly, as I'm sure you've heard.)

(Seated, from left: Traci Huffman, Tanner Huffman, Ray Huffman. Standing, from left: California High School principal Leigh Ann Folmar, basketball coach Phil Pergola and superintendent Brian Jackson.)

Huffman was a four-year starter. He finished his career with 1,351 career points and 386 assists. He was unanimously selected MVP of Section 5-AA this past season, as the Trojans won the section title with a 13-1 record and advanced to the WPIAL playoffs.

A few other notes:

>>This whole Canon-Mac baseball thing is getting out of control, right? OK, wins over Upper St. Clair and Brashear, all well and good. But beating Mt. Lebanon and thumping Bethel Park (15-4). All told, the Big Macs are 7-2, 10-6, this from a team that lost two starters to injury and was 4-6 on April 16.

Will be covering Canon-Mac Friday against Peters Township. Should be fun to see what all the fuss is about.

>>Speaking of fuss, I was really impressed today with Trinity softball player Olivia Gray. Three hits and a college level-type swing were one thing, but she made three plays at shortstop that high school kids rarely make. One diving to her left and nearly turning a 6-3 double play, another from a knee in the hole between short and third, the last a backhanded stab that she made look much easier than it actually was.

No wonder she was an all-state selection last season. And only part of that was because of her .478 batting average and six home runs.

>>Trinity will definitely be hoping pitcher Tiffany Clark checks out OK. Clark left today's 12-6 win over Ringgold with two outs in the top of the second -- pulling herself, actually. Hillers coach Mike Marino thinks she'll be fine, that it just needs some rest, but here's why I bring this up.

Coaches and players, take notice. It's not a bad thing to take yourself out of the game if your arm is sore. Clark should be applauded for being honest.

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