High school notebook: Valley's Schrecongost out to defend section title
WPIAL boys section singles tennis tournaments will be played Monday and Tuesday.
Valley junior Cody Schrecongost is the returning champion in Section 4-AA, and the Vikings have won four of the past five section titles. Robert Livorio won back-to-back titles in 2008 and '09.
Schrecongost recently played Livorio during practice, with Schrecongost winning, 6-2. The for-fun match had its share of intense moments.
The pair is eerily similar. Both have played soccer and were PIAA-qualifying swimmers. Livorio attends Penn State, which is where Schrecongost plans to go.
Travis Andring is taking the long way around, but he's set to play Division III college football.
The Apollo native will play at Carnegie Mellon after spending a post-grad year at The Kiski School.
Andring (6-foot-2, 240) played tight end and defensive tackle at Greensburg Central Catholic before starting at fullback and defensive end at Kiski School.
He also had a knack for punting at GCC, earning all-state honors at that position and tight end. He won a WPIAL Class AA title in 2009.
Coming out of high school, Andring had college interest from Penn, Lafayette, Georgetown and Bucknell.
Andring considered giving up football until a visit to CMU changed his mind. He was recruited to play fullback for the Tartans.
Two local athletes have been named Western Pennsylvania's Most Positive High School Athletes by Hines Ward's organization, Positive Athlete.
Freeport freshman Audrey Clawson is the recipient for girls golf. Fox Chapel senior Kelly Capone was selected for girls tennis.
Clawson and Capone will be honored April 20 at a ceremony at Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Plum's Mia Pietropola won the award last year for swimming.
There are no over-unders for high school softball games, but you'd be hard-pressed to stay away from the over in Tuesday's early season showdown set for 3:45 p.m. at Freeport High School.
Trib Class AA No. 1 Deer Lakes (4-0, 3-0) will visit Freeport (3-1, 3-1) in a battle of Section 3-AA heavy hitters.
Both teams are averaging more than 11 runs per game.
Deer Lakes has outscored its opponents, 53-3, including three straight shutouts. Freeport, meanwhile, has scored 44 runs and belted seven home runs.
Plum's baseball and softball teams began the season with high expectations, with both garnering No. 5 spots in the Trib Total Media rankings for Class AAAA.
The baseball team has moved to No. 4, while softball remains in the fifth spot.
The key for Plum's coaches is to keep the teams grounded.
“We're going to fight like crazy to win the section,” softball coach Jim McGrath said. “We have to keep ours heads about us.”
The baseball team has an abundance of potential college talent. Coach Carl Vollmer could have a Division I prospect in all four grades.
Senior 6-3 pitcher/infielder Zac Manuppelli has interest from Wright State, West Virginia and North Carolina-Wilmington, among others.
Junior shortstop Jordan Seneca leads the softball team. She has interest from schools including Akron, Kent State and St. Francis.