High school roundup for Sept. 14, 2023: Braylon Thomas throws for 4 TDs, runs for 2 more in Union win
Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 11:42 PM
Dayne Johnke had four catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns and Grayson Blakely grabbed four balls for 51 yards and two scores for the Scotties (3-1, 1-0). Nico DeSalvo had five carries for 51 yards and a touchdown for Shenango (2-2, 0-1).
Baldwin 8, Hempfield 1 – Connor Brenneman had a hat trick and Samir Sanyasi added two goals to lead Baldwin (2-6, 1-5) to a Section 2-4A win over Hempfield (0-7, 0-5). Mike Fry and Faustin Kabayiza also had goals for the Highlanders.
Bentworth 4, Beth-Center 0 – Ryan Moessner had two goals and two assists to lead Bentworth (7-1, 4-1) to a Section 2-A win over Beth-Center (4-4, 1-3). Aiden McMurray and Ryan Colbert also scored for the Bearcats.
Bethel Park 4, Connellsville 0 – Xavier Jackson, Adam Thompson, Jackson Friday and Henry Jackson scored and Luke Rubican recorded the shutout for Bethel Park (6-1, 6-0) in a Section 3-3A win over Connellsville (4-5, 2-4).
Butler 2, Fox Chapel 0 – Nick Neubauer and Thomas Sheptak scored, Mason Anderson picked up an assist, and Drew Knight recorded the shutout for Butler (5-2-1, 4-2) in a Section 1-4A win over Fox Chapel (4-3, 3-3).
California 9, Ligonier Valley 1 – Darryl Ray scored six goals to lead California (2-5, 1-3) to a Section 2-A win over Ligonier Valley (1-4, 0-4). Caleb Amoroso, Kaden Weston and Matt Sawa also scored for the Trojans.
Central Valley 8, Blackhawk 1 – Cameron DeVincentis had a hat trick to lead Central Valley (3-3, 3-3) past Blackhawk (0-7, 0-6) in Section 2-3A. Aiden Albertson, Brendan Chiappetta, Noah Clark, Owen Shearer and Sean Kennelly also scored for the Warriors.
Charleroi 4, Greensburg Central Catholic 1 – Arlo McIntrye scored two goals and Bryce Large and Dylan Klinger added a goal apiece to lead Charleroi (9-0, 5-0) past Greensburg Central Catholic (2-4, 2-2) in a Section 2-A win. Grant Brewer scored for the Centurions.
Deer Lakes 8, Greensburg Salem 0 – Peyton Kushon had two goals and three assists and Collin Rodgers added two goals and an assist to lead Deer Lakes (7-1, 6-0) past Greensburg Salem (3-4, 2-4) in Section 2-2A. Jacob Orseno and Cuyler Crim had a goal and an assist and Artemy Parshyn and Joey Kushon also scored.
Franklin Regional 8, McKeesport 0 – Lorenzo Aguilera, Cruise Lamanna and Ian Johns scored two goals apiece for Franklin Regional (6-2, 5-1) in a Section 4-3A win over McKeesport (0-7, 0-5). Danny Christafano and Andrew Acosta also had goals for the Panthers.
Knoch 12, Leechburg 0 – Sam Caldwell had a hat trick to power Knoch (4-5, 4-2) past Leechburg (0-5, 0-5) in Section 2-2A. Matthew Welsh, Will Parisi, Will Schwalm, Jordan Auther, Evan Haas, Barrett Duffy, Liam Avon, Austin Friedline and Tony Lajevic also scored.
North Catholic 7, Highlands 2 – Ryan Shantz had a pair of goals and Angelo Amelio, Dylan Scheel, Justin Garvey, Michael Riley and Gabe Nonino also scored to lead North Catholic (2-4, 2-1) past Highlands (2-5, 0-5) in Section 1-3A.
Peters Township 2, Upper St. Clair 1 – Parker Weiss and Nathan Froelich scored as Peters Township (5-2, 4-2) handed Upper St. Clair its first loss in Section 2-4A. Joe Donnelly scored for the Panthers (7-1, 5-1).
Plum 2, Penn-Trafford 1 (OT) – Brady French scored the overtime winner, leading first-place Plum past Penn-Trafford (3-5-1, 2-3-1) in Section 4-3A. Noah Smith also scored and Garrett Chandler had an assist for the Mustangs (7-1, 6-0). Ben Luchs scored for the Warriors.
Seneca Valley 6, Shaler 1 – Cole Kamarec had a hat trick and Tyler Mazanek, Tyler Holloway and Evan Howard added a goal apiece to lead Seneca Valley (8-0, 6-0) to a Section 1-4A win over Shaler (0-7-1, 0-6). Dylan Paylo scored for the Titans.
Serra Catholic 4, Chartiers-Houston 0 – AJ Mejalli scored two goals and Noah Coppola and Collin Holmes added a goal apiece for Serra Catholic (6-1, 4-0) in a Section 4-A win over Chartiers-Houston (0-9, 0-4).
Seton LaSalle 6, Carlynton 0 – Jack Billick scored five goals and Luke Pollice added another to lead Seton LaSalle (4-1-1, 3-1) past Carlynton (4-3, 2-2) in a Section 4-A win. Nick Cherry recorded the shutout.
Thomas Jefferson 4, Ringgold 0 – Jake Shoemaker scored two goals and Raymond Schrello had two assists for Thomas Jefferson (6-1, 4-1) in a Section 3-3A win over Ringgold (7-1, 5-1). Owen Householder and Brayden Miller also scored for the Jaguars.
Beaver 2, Blackhawk 1 – Sydney Chontos and Ana Hahn each had a goal and an assist to lead Beaver (4-2) past Blackhawk (4-4) in a nonsection match.
Bentworth 8, Brownsville 0 – Bella Moyer had a hat trick and Jesse Laskey scored twice as Bentworth (3-3-1) beat Brownsville (0-7) in a nonsection match. Meredith Allender, Emiy Kisner and Megan Keturakis also scored and Cassidy Sicchitano had the shutout.
Riverview 7, Armstrong 2 – Lola Abraham collected three goals and four assists and Mary Quinlan had two goals and an assist to lead Riverview (6-1) to a nonsection win over Armstrong (2-5). Lily Hood had a goal and an assist and Cailey Trosch also scored for the Raiders.
Penn-Trafford 4, Latrobe 0 – Ava Hershberger had two goals and two assists, Caeley Simon scored twice, and MacKenzie Keenan dished out two assists to lead Penn-Trafford to a Section 2A win. Nessa Wright recorded the shutout.
Section 1-3A – Defending WPIAL champion Mia Williams of Penn-Trafford rolled to her second straight section singles championship, defeating Franklin Regional’s Ellen Liu. Williams, a sophomore, won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. Neither Williams nor Liu lost a game heading into the finals. Franklin Regional’s Michelle Yan defeated Kiski Area’s Ambur Orowitz in the third-place match. The top four finishers in Class 3A advance to the WPIAL singles tournament next Wednesday and Thursday.
Section 2-3A – Pine-Richland freshman Caroline Prisk finished off a dominant section tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over third-seeded senior Laticia Tici-Wessel of North Allegheny. North Hills’ Elinor Kim topped Seneca Valley’s Kylie Staudt in straight sets for third place.
Section 3-3A – Another fabulous freshman, top-seeded Meriwether McCargo of Shady Side Academy, won a section singles title on her first try, defeating third-seeded senior Gabrielle Moder of Baldwin, 6-2, 6-0, in the finals. McCargo dropped just two games in the tournament. Freshman Mollie Sclichter topped Oakland Catholic teammate Abby Santoro in straight sets in the third-place match.
Section 4-3A – Second-seeded senior Sophia Cunningham of Mt. Lebanon held off another freshman, top seed Cami Fischer of Bethel Park, in a three-set championship match, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3). Bethel Park’s Lily Sierkadefeated Mt. Lebanon’s Jackie Tang in three sets in the third-place match.
Section 1-2A – Greensburg Central Catholic junior Sasha Hoffman, the top seed, rolled to a section singles title with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over third-seeded Derry senior Danielle Dominick. Hoffman lost a total of two games in four matches in the tournament. Anna Buterbaugh defeated Tess Kuzneski in straight sets in a battle of Indiana teammates in the third-place match. In Class 2A, the top three finishers advance to the WPIAL tournament next Wednesday and Thursday.
Section 2-2A – Top-seeded sophomore Gabriella Dusi of Belle Vernon turned in a brilliant performance in the section singles tournament, losing a total of four games in three matches. In the finals, she defeated second-seeded sophomore Grace Kempton of South Park, 6-0, 6-2. Avella’s Ava Frank oulasted Raelle Wilshire of Chartiers Valley in three sets in the third-place match.
Section 3-2A – Hampton junior Grace Stitt lived up to her top seed, defeating second-seeded junior Katie Hardy of North Catholic, 6-0, 6-2, in the section singles championship match. Knoch’s Jade Nether earned a berth in the WPIAL tournament with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over , Alexandra Taylor of Aquinas Academy in the third-place match.
Section 4-2A – In a matchup of top seniors, top-seeded Chloe DeSanzo of Beaver defeated third-seeded Gwyneth Belt of Sewickley Academy, 6-0, 6-2, in the section finals. Sewickley Academy’s Maria Sirianni beat Central Valley’s Rachel Hardek in three sets for third place.
Section 5-2A – Cecilia Gurgel, the top-seeded junior out of Winchester Thurston, completed an impressive run through the section singles tournament with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over second-seeded senior Peja Cruise of Montour. Gurgel lost a total of one game in four matches. Therese Bernas of OLSH defeated Jay Olawaiye of Quaker Valley in straight sets in the third-place match.
Burgettstown 3, Beaver County Christian 1 — Kaitlyn Nease had 15 kills, Layla Sherman added seven kills, and Peyton Mermon recorded 14 assists and four aces to lead Burgettstown to a Section 1-A victory.
Canon-McMillan 3, Peters Township 0 – Natalie Carr had 23 kills to lead Canon-McMillan to a Section 2-4A win. Cali Dagen had eight kills and Abby Tucker added seven kills and four blocks. Josie Carter recorded 18 assists and nine digs and Julia Murdy had 10 digs and seven assists for the Big Macs.
Hempfield 3, Norwin 2 – Ashley Hosni had 14 kills and 19 digs to lead Hempfield to a Section 3-4A win. Lauren Howard added 12 kills, Zoey Hopkins had 29 assists and Sarah Podkul recorded 22 digs for the Spartans.
Knoch 3, Blackhawk 0 – Karlee Buterbaugh had 11 kills, Sierra Mock added six kills, and Brynne Smith had 12 service points for Knoch in a Section 4-3A win.
Latrobe 3, Franklin Regional 2 – Sophia Reitz had 12 kills and Grace Huang added 10 kills, three blocks and two aces for Franklin Regional in a Section 5-3A loss. Brooke Feorene recorded 23 digs, Maria Piraino had 14 digs and Carson Burgh handed out 27 assists for the Panthers.
Ligonier Valley 3, Neighborhood Academy 0 – Alexa Harding had 10 kills and Lacy Sosko added eight to lead Ligonier Valley to a Section 5-2A win. Natalie Bizup had 18 service points and three aces, Sydnee Foust added 12 service points with three aces and Saylor Clise had 14 assists.
Mapletown 3, Jefferson-Morgan 0 – Isabella Garnek had 11 kills, Treslee Weston had eight kills, and Bailey Rafferty had 25 assists and three aces for Mapletown in a Section 2-A win over Jefferson-Morgan.
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