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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 ...
Mars softball team looks to recapture magic
By Joe Sager
The Mars softball team picked the right time to get hot last year. In a four-day stretch last May, the Fightin’ Planets were unstoppable in the ...
Bednar returns to lead Mars baseball team
By Joe Sager
Mars has a new head baseball coach in Andy Bednar, but the only real change is his title. Bednar, who was the Fightin’ Planets’ head coach ...
Mars finds redemption in hockey playoffs
By Joe Sager
On the ice, Mars achieved a major goal this season when it reclaimed the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup. The Fightin’ Planets did so in impressive ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: March 29, 2015
By Joe Sager
Francis Folz School: Mars Year: Senior Sport: Swimming Claim to fame: Folz captured gold medals in the 50 free and 100 free at the PIAA ...
Cager Classic notebook: Highlands, Mars players bury hatchet for the weekend
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Highlands and Mars played three times this season in boys basketball. Mars won all three pressure-packed games, by a combined 10 points. The Planets posted 60-55 ...
PIAA committee wants to revive western final
By Chris Harlan
No longer could two Philadelphia teams meet in the state basketball finals, if the PIAA basketball steering committee gets its way. The committee recommended that the state tournament brackets return to a true east vs. west format in 2016-17, said Dan O’Neil, the WPIAL’s representative. The recommendation, which passed ...
Mars shines bright at state swimming championships
By Joe Sager
There were no team titles for the Mars boys and girls swimming and diving teams at the PIAA Class AA championships this year. However, the Fightin’ ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, March 22, 2015
By Joe Sager
Marcus McCall School: Butler Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: McCall, an alternate captain, helped lead Butler to its first playoff win since 2004 ...
Pennsylvania Cup roundup: 3rd-period collapse costs Mars state hockey title
By Matt Grubba
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mars grabbed the third-period lead it wanted, but the Planets couldn’t make it hold up. Four goals in the final 12 minutes gave defending champ Bayard Rustin a 5-2, come-from-behind win over Mars in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A hockey final Saturday at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena. The ...
Canon-Mac, Cathedral Prep, Mars face tall tasks Saturday against Flyers Cup champs
By Joe Sager 10:36 p.m.
The quest for the Cup continues for three PIHL teams. Mars, Erie Cathedral Prep and Canon-McMillan won Penguins Cup titles last Saturday. However, they have one ...
PIHL championship roundup: Canon-McMillan blanks Butler for Class AAA title
By Matt Grubba and Gary Horvath
It didn’t take long for Canon-McMillan’s Austin Czartorsky to break open a defensive struggle. Czartorsky’s two second-period goals, just 10 seconds apart, helped give Canon-McMillan the ...
Experienced Cathedral Prep tops young Mars squad in PIAA quarterfinals
By Chris Harlan
SHARON — Across the court, Mars’ players maybe saw a vision of themselves a year from now: a polished, senior-heavy lineup headed to the state semifinals. For that, they’ll have to wait. Cathedral Prep attacked the offensive glass aggressively and used 23 second-half points from seniors Matt Colpoys and Charlie Fessler to ...
Quaker Valley boys capture PIAA Class AA swimming and diving title
By Doug Gulasy
LEWISBURG — Given the distance between Western Pennsylvania and Bucknell University, it seemed fitting WPIAL swimmers did some of their best work in the lengthiest events on the second day of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships. Highlands’ Bailey Bonnett and West Allegheny’s Jarod Kehl won the 500-yard freestyle ...
PIHL Penguins Cup finals preview: Butler chasing 1st title
By Bill Hartlep
Winning the program’s first playoff game since 2004 was nice accomplishment for members of the Butler hockey team. They celebrated the feat after defeating third-seeded ...
Longtime Westminster coach’s influence is felt in WPIAL basketball
By Chris Harlan
There to watch a high school game that drew a few thousand, Ron Galbreath squeezed into the crowd at Geneva College’s field house and rooted ...
Deer Lakes hockey knocked off by Mars in overtime
By George Guido
Deer Lakes is known more for its offensive prowess than its defense or goaltending. But Wednesday night, those latter two ingredients shined brightly. Still, it wasn’t ...
Four WPIAL standouts capture gold on 1st day of PIAA championships
By Doug Gulasy
Matthew Kwalick didn’t want to come up short twice. Certainly not twice within an hour. Disappointed with his performance as part of Quaker Valley’s 200-yard medley relay team, a motivated Kwalick came from behind to win the 200 individual medley on the first day of the PIAA Class AA championships ...
Seniors set foundation for Mars girls basketball team
By Joe Sager
The Mars girls basketball team’s seniors had a strong four-year run. They won 59 games overall, went 43-5 in section play and helped put three section ...
Mars’ persistence pays off in 7-0 victory over Freeport
By George Guido
Freeport withstood a barrage of first-period shots from Mars in Wednesday’s PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinal. But the Planets broke through with three goals in the second period and rolled to a 7-0 victory at BladeRunners in Warrendale. Paul Maust and Beau Heakins scored two goals each and Mars goaltender Tyler Spreng stopped ...
Quaker Valley chasing 4th straight hockey title
By Bill Hartlep
For the past three seasons, members of the Quaker Valley hockey team have hoisted the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup championship trophy on the ice ...
Former gymnast Hockenberry taking star turn on diving board for Mars
By Karen Kadilak
After setting a WPIAL record, Mars sophomore Taylor Hockenberry thinks she can do even better at the PIAA Class AA girls diving championship meet March ...
Folz adds to Mars’ swimming hardware
By Joe Sager
Mars standout Francis Folz added some gold to his medal collection with his performance at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships. Folz captured the WPIAL title ...
Highlands falls to Mars for 3rd time
By George Guido
Highlands keeps coming close, but the Golden Rams can’t quite overtake Mars. For the third time this season, the Planets held off Highlands on Tuesday night in a PIAA Class AAA play-in game at Moon. Mars built a 15-point lead in the third period, only to see the lead sliced to one ...
Boys, girls teams double the fun for Mars basketball
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys and girls basketball teams enjoyed the regular season. Both teams won section championships and were among the WPIAL’s top Class AAA squads. ...

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