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Mars softball team looks to bright future

By Joe Sager
The Mars softball team took a step back in this year’s postseason. Next season, though, the Fightin’ Planets hope to make a huge leap forward. ...
WPIAL players take control of early rounds at PIAA tennis tournament
By Jeff Dewees
HERSHEY — Friday’s opening-round action in the PIAA singles and doubles tennis tournament proved successful for WPIAL players. The WPIAL placed three of the final four entrants in the Class AAA singles tournament and the same number in doubles. It has continued the trend of recent seasons in wrestling control away ...
PIAA officials mull football classifications
By Chris Harlan
Will there be four or six classifications for high school football? For now, that remains undecided. The PIAA Board of Directors examined eight separate proposals at Wednesday’s meeting and approved them all on a first-read basis, said WPIAL representative Scott Heinauer, Mars’ athletic director, clearing the way for more discussions. Half ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 17, 2015
By Joe Sager
Josh Raymundo School: Mars Year: Junior Sport: Tennis Claim to fame: Raymundo teamed with Aaron Gruber to win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles title. Mars ...
Mars tennis adapts to Triple-A competition
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys tennis team’s first venture into WPIAL Class AAA was a successful one. After finishing as team runner-up the past two seasons in Class ...
Central Valley wins program’s 1st playoff game
By Chris Harlan
Once second baseman Rocco Martini made an over-the-shoulder catch for the final out Tuesday, Central Valley’s senior-heavy roster finally could celebrate the first playoff win ...
Mars baseball team seeking playoff push
By Joe Sager
The Mars baseball team hopes a strong end to the regular season results in a good start to the postseason. An emotional 5-4 loss to ...
Knoch comes from behind to edge Mars, clinches playoff berth
By George Guido
When Knoch and Mars engage in an athletic event, something big usually is on the line. Monday was no different. Mars was looking to tie ...
Mars girls lacrosse team adapts to changing roster
By Joe Sager
It’s not often a team can lose nearly 100 goals of production and not miss a beat. That’s the case for the Mars girls lacrosse ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: May 3, 2015
By Joe Sager
Mike Kolor School: Seneca Valley Year: Junior Sport: Track Claim to fame: Kolor set a school and Mars Track and Field Invitational meet record in ...
New coach, familiar results for Mars lacrosse team
By Joe Sager
The Mars boys lacrosse team has a new head coach this year in Ed Monahan, but the Fightin’ Planets picked up right where they left ...
Butler County spotlight athletes: April 26, 2015
By Joe Sager 4:00 p.m.
Corbin Kessler School: Seneca Valley Year: Junior Sport: Baseball Claim to fame: The third baseman helped the Raiders climb to the top of the Section ...
Mars’ Rinaman sprints to 2 gold medals at host invitational
By Ed Phillipps
Hunched over with his head hanging, Mars’ Ori Rinaman mustered what energy he had left for his final effort at the Mars Invitational on Friday ...
HS highlight reel: Track season kicks into high gear
By Tribune-Review
It will be a busy couple of days on the track Friday and Saturday, with six invitationals set to be held in Western Pennsylvania. The Mars Invitational, with more than 30 teams competing, will be held Friday at the Mars Athletic Complex. Saturday’s meets include the Westmoreland County Coaches Association at ...
Mars, Sewickley Academy duos capture WPIAL doubles titles
By Gary Horvath
Mars juniors Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber found redemption on multiple levels when they defeated Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny to win ...
Step up in class no problem for Mars tennis team
By Joe Sager
This season has posed a new challenge for the Mars boys tennis team — playing in WPIAL Class AAA. Runners-up in WPIAL Class AA the ...
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 ...

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