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Butler squad captures 2nd competitive spirit title in 4 seasons

By Bill Hartlep
Chants of T-O-R-N-A-D-O rang throughout Giant Center in Hershey. And that was from the fans in the stands. It was all in response to the Butler cheerleading team’s championship routine, highlighted by their traditional Golden Tornado cheer. “It was amazing being in the arena with the lights on,” senior Jillian Tilko said. “It ...
Adaptable Butler hockey team finding success in Class AAA
By Brian Graham
The Butler hockey team is right in the thick of the Class AAA playoff chase with 17 points, with just seven points separating the Golden Tornado from the top spot. An argument can be made that Class AAA has never had a more competitive format, and according to Butler coach Patrick ...
HS notebook: WPIAL teams to vie for spirit titles Saturday
By Bill Hartlep
Thirty-two teams will head to Hempfield High School on Saturday to compete for the WPIAL spirit championships. Starting with the 12 small varsity teams, the ...
Butler edges Fox Chapel
By Staff Report
Logan Dubyak ran six times for 115 yards and two touchdowns as Butler beat Fox Chapel, 30-22, in the Quad North Conference on Friday night. Damian Pickett added 110 rushing yards and a touchdown for Butler (1-7, 1-5). Tommy Smith ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns to pace Fox ...
Gorman: Teams searching for first win
By Kevin Gorman
They didn’t circle this date on the calendar before the season, but four WPIAL football teams realize it might be their best — and only — chance at getting one in the win column. There are 13 teams in the WPIAL that are winless entering Week 8. There should be ...
HSFB preview by position: WPIAL full of game-changing kickers
By Chris Harlan
The WPIAL’s kickers had a remarkable season a year ago with some game-winning kicks and standout performances fit for the record books. ...
Butler hopes upward trend continues
By Joe Sager
Butler showed positive signs in Rob Densmore’s first season as head coach. The Golden Tornado posted wins in two of its first three games to ...
Butler’s Fiorina helps club volleyball team to 13th place at nationals
By Joe Sager
The past and future of Butler boys volleyball were on display in Columbus, Ohio during the first week of July. Golden Tornado graduate Chris Fiorina, ...
Butler’s McKee enjoys spring success with Mercyhurst baseball
By Joe Sager
Closer or ace — either way, Colin McKee shut the door on batters once again this season for the Mercyhurst University baseball team. The Butler native ...
Butler volleyball team has short playoff run
By Joe Sager
After surviving a rugged WPIAL Section 2-AAA schedule, the Butler boys volleyball team thought it was battle tested and ready for the postseason. The Golden Tornado ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 24, 2015
By Joe Sager
Connor Ollio School: Butler Year: Freshman Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Ollio was a key contributor and helped Butler reach the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs ...
Butler BlueSox regroup, hope to repeat in Prospect League
By Joe Sager
The Butler BlueSox enjoyed a stellar summer in 2014 that included a Prospect League-high 40 wins, a league-record 11-game winning streak and the franchise’s first ...
Butler softball team itching to take next step
By Joe Sager
Once again this season, Butler’s softball team was shown that perfection — or close to it — is required in Section 3-AAAA. The top three ...
Timely hit gives Plum baseball team playoff victory
By Doug Gulasy
Carl Vollmer referenced former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano’s “survive and advance” mantra after Plum’s WPIAL baseball playoff game Wednesday. The Mustangs did both — barely. Ethan Winesburgh’s two-out single to left field scored Brian Albert in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving No. 2 Plum (19-2) a 3-2 walkoff ...
Butler girls lacrosse team struggles for consistency
By Joe Sager 10:41 p.m.
Bidding farewell to a large senior class is not always easy — especially when those players had extensive playing experience. The Butler girls lacrosse team discovered ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 10, 2015
By Joe Sager
Chris Law School: Knoch Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Law was hitting .545 and helped lead the Knights to the WPIAL Section 5-AAA ...
Butler boys lacrosse team enduring growing pains
By Joe Sager
Butler’s boys lacrosse team is hoping to build the program into a WPIAL playoff contender. The Golden Tornado have some familiar faces in place to help ...
HS highlight reel: Familiar teams to compete for track titles
By Tribune-Review
Monday’s WPIAL team track and field championships will feature some familiar teams. On the boys side, two-time reigning Class AAA champ North Allegheny will try for a three-peat, while recent champs Hempfield, Canon-McMillan and Butler also will compete. The group has combined to win the past nine titles. In Class AA, ...
Tournament win has given Butler volleyball team confidence
By Joe Sager
Butler’s offensive attack might not be among the most explosive in WPIAL Section 2-AAA boys volleyball this season. However, the Golden Tornado are showing they ...
Butler players help Team Pittsburgh win Showcase title
By Joe Sager
Team Pittsburgh prevailed at the America’s Showcase high school hockey tournament. Three Butler players — Jonathan Fair, Marcus McCall and Connor Scott — played a ...
HS athletes of the week: Athletes prepare for Butler Invite
By Tribune-Review
Forty-two teams and more than 1,300 athletes will be in attendance Friday at the 51st Butler Invitational at Butler High School. “We are really excited about the quality that our meet continues to attract,” Butler girls coach John Williams said. Fox Chapel (boys) and Shaler (girls) are the defending team ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 12, 2015
By Joe Sager
Chris Fiorina School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Volleyball Claim to fame: Fiorina, an outside hitter, is one of two lettermen returning this season for the ...
Butler baseball team looking to make it two in a row
By Joe Sager
Butler captured its first baseball section championship in more than two decades last season. Now, the Golden Tornado are looking to capitalize on that momentum and ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 5, 2015
By Joe Sager
Luke Baranchak School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: Baranchak, a second baseman, helped Butler to a 3-1 start and has been among ...
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