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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 ...
Mars volleyball grows up in higher classification
By Joe Sager
The Mars volleyball team’s first year in Class AAA didn’t go exactly as planned. After starting Section 3 play with a 3-0 mark, the Fightin’ ...
Mars rides Rinaman’s 6 TDs to win over Montour
By Chris Harlan
Mars coach Scott Heinauer was the only person excited about Friday’s cold, rainy forecast. Well, him and maybe his fullback. “This weather helps us,” said Heinauer, ...
Previewing the WPIAL soccer championships
By Bill West
CLASS AAA BOYS No. 1 Upper St. Clair vs. No. 3 Peters Township When: 8:15 p.m. Friday Records: Upper St. Clair (19-0-1), Peters Township (17-2) How ...
Unfamiliar schemes a challenge for Mars, Montour coaches
By Bill West
Mars coach Scott Heinauer and Montour coach Lou Cerro both spoke as if they’d studied film footage from an alien encounter rather than reviewed each ...
Big 1st half propels Mars girls soccer team past Yough, 3-0
By Bill West
Yough’s girls soccer team made shutdown defense its claim to fame on the way to an unbeaten regular season. Mars forced the Cougars offense to shoulder ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Oct. 26, 2014
By Joe Sager
Andrew Romanchak School: Freeport Year: Senior Sport: Football Claim to fame: Romanchak set a school record when he passed for 443 yards in a win ...
Mars hockey team seeking return to championship form
By Joe Sager
Last season was a rare off year for the Mars hockey team. The Fightin’ Planets missed out on playing for the PIHL Penguins Cup for the ...
High school notebook: Plenty to play for in GAC in Week 9
By Chris Harlan and Bill Hartlep
Just 11 of 64 possible WPIAL football playoff positions remain open heading into the final week of the regular season, and many teams have plenty ...
Mars girls golf team using season as building block
By Joe Sager
The Mars girls golf team can’t wait for next season. After all, the Fightin’ Planets return every member of the squad, which competed this fall at ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
By Joe Sager
Nic Leone School: Butler Year: Sophomore Sport: Golf Claim to fame: Leone led the Golden Tornado this season and advanced to WPIAL Class AAA ...

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