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Upset win strikes confidence in Mars bowlers

By Joe Sager
Mars Area bowling coach Ralph Jockel has lofty goals for his girls team this season. The Fightin’ Planets showed their capability on Jan. 21 when ...
Mars’ Gruber twins follow in athletic footsteps of sister, brother
By Karen Kadilak
Inspired by their sister’s achievements as a college swimmer, Mars juniors Aaron and Alex Gruber are enjoying success of their own as members of the ...
Opinions differ on more classifications for high school football
By Chris Harlan
A couple of years from now, Seneca Valley, North Allegheny or Hempfield might celebrate a WPIAL Class AAAAAA football championship. Too many A’s? Maybe ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
By Joe Sager
Parker Faix School: Seneca Valley Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Faix, an alternate captain, helped Seneca Valley to an 8-7 record through its ...
Mars fighting for PIHL Class A top seed
By Joe Sager
The race is on for the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A top seed. Four teams are within striking distance of first place, but Mars has a ...
Mars ends Ford City’s win streak
By William Whalen
Riding a nine-game winning streak, Ford City traveled to Mars poised to knock off the No. 2-ranked Planets on Friday night, but the Sabers seemed to play tense from the outset and never really challenged Mars in a 55-39 loss in Section 1-AAA. “We came out a little sloppy,” Ford City ...
Mars boys basketball team makes most of Vegas vacation
By Joe Sager
The Mars Area High School boys basketball team took a Vegas vacation during its Christmas break. And the experience was positive for the Fightin’ Planets. Not ...
Mars’ tough defense rocks Knoch in 59-35 victory
By George Guido
While Hampton, Indiana and New Castle received much of the early hype in Class AAA, Mars has been putting together a stellar season. Knoch got a ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Jan. 4, 2015
By Joe Sager
C.J. Campbell School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Campbell, Butler’s captain, helped the Golden Tornado to a tie for third in ...
Deer Lakes rally falls just short against Mars
By Jerin Steele
Deer Lakes rallied from a four-goal deficit but fell just short and saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss to Mars on Monday at Ice Connection. Trailing late, the Lancers received a power play when Mars Goalie Tyler Spreng tripped a Lancer in front of the net. ...
Defensive play fueling Mars boys basketball team
By Joe Sager
With two consistent starters back, the Mars boys basketball team has plenty to learn. Playing defense is one thing the Fightin’ Planets already know. Mars was ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
By Joe Sager
Ryan Giallonardo School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Giallonardo, a guard, helped Mars earn wins in its first five games to start ...
Experience has Mars girls basketball team optimistic
By Joe Sager
With five players back from last season’s starting lineup, the Mars girls basketball team has plenty of experience. The Fightin’ Planets hope to benefit from that ...
Ford City hangs tough but can’t conquer Mars in 48-39 loss
By Matt Grubba
In its debut in a Class AAA section, Ford City showed it’s ready to compete against anyone e_SEmD even the defending section champ. Mars forward Ali Goetz scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, but the Planets only pulled away at the foul line in the final two ...
Mars tackle Spurlock enjoys big season
By Jerry Clark
When Mars’ top running back went down with a season-ending injury in the first game, it was next man up for the Fightin’ Planets. And that meant the team would continue to run behind its impressive offensive line and tackle Gabe Spurlock. The team leaned on its offensive line — …
No sophomore slump with Grove City women’s soccer for Mars grad
By Joe Sager
With three new starters on defense, Jordyn White was not sure how quickly the Grove City College women’s soccer team’s backline would come together. It ...
Mars girls soccer team has talented roster returning
By Joe Sager
The Mars girls soccer team was supposed to have a “down” year this fall. With only two seniors and plenty of holes to patch in …
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
By Joe Sager
Robby Carmody School: Mars Year: Freshman Sport: Football Claim to fame: Carmody caught two touchdown passes in Mars’ 28-13 loss to Thomas Jefferson in the ...
Mars football fights through adversity to find success
By Joe Sager
The Mars football team had high expectations entering the season — contending for a WPIAL Class AAA championship. That goal appeared to be taken away in ...
Previewing the PIAA soccer championships
By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS Peters Township vs. Great Valley When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium Records: PT: 21-2; GV: 19-5-2 How they got here: WPIAL champ ...
Thomas Jefferson’s ground game conquers Mars, 28-13
By Mark Kaboly
Austin Kemp meets with Bill Cherpak at his house every week to put together a play sheet and talk strategy for that night’s game. The get-together ...
Undefeated TJ prepares for Mars’ ‘very concerning’ ground game
By Dave Mackall
There’s little history between the football programs at Thomas Jefferson and Mars, yet there’s one thing they will be sure to have in common when ...
Statewide HSFB notebook: Perkiomen Valley rolls to PAC-10 title in District 1
By Staff Reports
When the high school football season kicked off in late August, Perkiomen Valley was a question mark. By the time the Vikings closed out their Pioneer Athletic Conference slate last week, however, they resembled more of an exclamation point. By dispatching Upper Perkiomen, 56-7, in its regular season finale last Thursday, Perkiomen ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top WPIAL quarterfinal matchups: Class AAAA 2-Penn-Trafford (10-0) vs. 7-North Allegheny (8-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday at ...
Montour’s long shots lead to WPIAL Class AA girls soccer title
By Bill West
In a manner that fit with its program history, Montour leaned on long shots to claim its first WPIAL girls soccer championship Saturday at Highmark ...

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