Thursday, May 29, 2014

WPIAL lacrosse honorees announced


2014 Boys' High School Awards

US Lacrosse Awards

Division 1 Player of the Year
Dan Marous -- SSA
Division 1 Coach of the Year
Brian Yates -- USC
Division 2 Player of the Year
Jimmy Perkins -- QV
Division 2 Coach of the Year
Harry Watts -- Moon
WPIAL Person of the Year
Jim Richthammer -- AD (AQ)
Assistant Coach of the Year
Jack Flinter (USC)

 

Academic All-Americans

Colin Bashaw
Seton-La Salle
Evan Chernicky
Peters
Christopher Chiappa
Vincentian Academy
Alex Connor
Moon
Charles Frye
Mars
Steve Kelleher
North Allegheny
Daniel Marous
Shady Side
Alec McGovern
North Allegheny
Italo Merante
Peters Township
Nicholas Navari
Aquinas
Matthew O'Connor
Shady Side
Zach Skirpan
Pine Richland
Mark Wieseman
Gateway

 

All-Americans

Tucker Gillman
Goalie
Shady Side Academy
Dan Marous
Attack
Shady Side Academy
Jimmy Perkins
Attack
Quaker Valley
Michael Concordia
Midfield
Shady Side Academy
Barret Fowkes
Defense
Sewickley Academy
Alec McGovern
Midfield
North Allegheny
Brian Kelly
Midfield
Mt. Lebanon

 

All-Section Teams

Division I

Section I
Section II
All- Section Attack
All- Section Attack
Sam White, MTL
Alden Stone, FC
Kyle Page, USC
Steve Kelleher, NA
Cody Sheetz, PT
Kyle Rullan, NA
Mac Madson, USC
Dan Marous, SSA
Michael Stephenson, BP
Clay Bachmann, Bulter
All-Section Mid
All-Section Mid
Brian Kelly, MTL
Levi McCrady FC
Brian Ward, MTL
Tanner Pfeffer, SV
David Rice, USC
Devin Arrigo, FR
Keegan MacDougal, SA
Alec McGovern, NA
Sam Heaps, CC
Michael Concordia, SSA
All-Section Defense
Scott Wilden, PR
Barret Fowkes, SA
Ryan Means, PR
Tim Donoghue, MTL
All-Section Defense
Ben Southorn, USC
Max Cicero, SV
Christian Teel, USC
Matt O'Connor, SSA
Brian McMullen, MTL
Connor Jones, SSA
All-Section LSM
All-Section LSM
Jake Worcester, BP
Doc Szlachetka, SSA
All-Section Faceoff
All-Section Faceoff
Braden Kaib, USC
Robby Woodings, SSA
Christian Coleman, PT
All-Section Goalie
All-Section Goalie
Tucker Gilman, SSA
Gavin Keefe, USC
John Abbondanza, NA

 

Division II

Section I
Section II
Section III
All-Section Attack
All-Section Attack
All-Section Attack
Sam Passalinqua, Gateway
Ajay Hamer, Moon
Jimmy Perkins, QV
Jack Washington, Gateway
Alex Connor, Moon
Blake Thompson, Mars
Dylan Stapleton, Indiana
Wes Richards, Baldwin
Zac Sicher, Mars
Ryan Watters, Indiana
Nate Collins, CV
Tyler Fort, Aquinas
Adam Tucker, GCC
All-Section Mid
All-Section Mid
All-Section Mid
Sal Pollastro, Moon
Jared Veschio, QV
Mark Weisemann, Gateway
Anthony Shoplik, SLS
Owen Vasbinder, Mars
Dylan Roney, Gateway
Kevin McGoogan, CV
Raymond Urbash, Aquinas
Keldon Spicher, Indiana
Colin Bashaw, SLS
Alex Mueser, Vincentian
Barett Naugle, GCC
All-Section Def
All-Section Def
All-Section Def
Scott Sevin, Moon
Aaron Cunningham, QV
John Yakim, Gateway
Max Huffman, Moon
Otto Schaefer, QV
Garrett Sharp, Indiana
Jacob Blahut, SLS
Dan Zortman, Mars
Nick Benjamin, GCC
Noah Zajicek, CV
Andrew Kopriva, Vincentian
All-Section LSM
All-Section LSM
All-Section LSM
Timmy Szekely, GCC
Nick Jericho, Moon
Jack Regueiro, QV
All-Section Faceoff
All-Section Faceoff
All-Section Faceoff
Willis Croker, GCC
Andreo Coury, CV
Jake Trovato, QV
All-Section Goalie
All-Section Goalie
All-Section Goalie
Collin Berdis, Gateway
Kevin Hudson, SLS
Patrick Morrow, Mars

 

All-WPIAL

Attack
 
Dan Marous
SSA
Jimmy Perkins
QV
Sam White
MTL
Kyle Rullan
NA
Midfield
 
Brian Kelly
MTL
Michael Concordia
SSA
Brian Ward
MTL
Scott Wilden
PR
Defense
 
Connor Jones
SSA
Tim Donoghue
MTL
Barret Fowkes
SA
Max Cicero
SV
LSM
 
Doc Szlachetka
SSA
Faceoff
 
Robby Woodings
SSA
Goalie
 
Tucker Gilman
SSA

Monday, May 26, 2014

Canon-McMillan softball prepares for WPIAL Quad-A Championship game


Canon-McMillan’s softball team may have lost its label as invincible, the Big Macs still have everything to takes to defeat Shaler Thursday for their third straight WPIAL Class AAAA Championship and make a lengthy run in the state playoffs.

Canon-McMillan (18-3) returned several major contributors from last season’s PIAA championship winning squad, but the question mark surrounded the loss of pitcher Alayna Astuto, who was dominant during the Big Macs’ playoff run last year.

Sophomore Tara Fowler took over for Astuto and seems to be improving when it matters the most. Fowler has allowed just four earned runs the past four games for Canon-McMillan and finished the regular season with back-to-back complete game two-hit shutouts.

Fowler will need her defense to help as she does induce more ground balls than fly balls. In the Big Macs’ two losses this season, they committed five errors in both contests – losses to Baldwin and Bethel Park. Canon-McMillan has only committed three in its past four games and will need to continue that pace if the Big Macs are hungry for another state title.

The offense will take care of the rest as Canon-McMillan’s team batting average sits at .448 and the Big Macs have hit an astounding 50 home runs this season – led by senior third baseman Olivia Lorusso’s 15. Lorusso is batting .549 with 43 RBI, 71 runs and 23 extra-base hits.

Center fielder Abby McCartney is also batting .597 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI. As the Big Macs’ third and fourth hitters in the batting order, the duo has helped ease Fowler’s growing pains. The offensive fire power does not stop there. Sophomore shortstop Linda Rush, freshman left fielder Brittney Crawford and senior catcher Gia Zeremenko make the Big Macs the favorite to defeat Shaler Thursday for the title.

It’s difficult to pick against a team with so much playoff experience and a lineup that is unmatched. Add Fowler’s improvement on the mound and a defense that is cleaning up mental mistakes, and the Big Macs have to be the favorite to three-peat as WPIAL champs.

Canon-McMillan is benefited by a lengthy break between the semifinals and championship game as Zeremenko is struggling with an ankle injury. She regained her 2013 form during the second half of the regular season and will be pivotal for the Big Macs’ success.

Shaler enters the WPIAL title game with a 16-3 overall record with wins over Penn-Trafford and Bethel Park in the playoffs. The Titans’ losses came to McKeesport, North Hills and Seneca Valley this season, but it’s never a good idea to read into regular season games.

Shaler defeated Bethel Park, 10-0, in the first round after many pegged the Black Hawks as a darkhorse team in the playoffs. Defeating a team like the Big Macs had the Black Hawks’ seen as a contender, but Canon-McMillan dropped that game after an emotional win over Baldwin.

The Titans have allowed just one run in two playoff games, but they’ll be lucky to get through the first inning Thursday without Canon-McMillan doubling that number.