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Baldwin basketball teams get offseason work in summer leagues

| Friday, July 14, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

The Baldwin boys and girls basketball programs have had a busy, productive summer.

Baldwin's boys team advanced to the semifinal round of the recent Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league playoffs.

The Highlanders finished 8-4 in section play, 15-8 overall, and made the WPIAL playoffs during the 2016-17 high school season. They are hoping to build off their success in 2017-18.

“We are very optimistic about our chances for the regular season,” said Mike Goga, a 6-foot-5 senior forward. “We are returning five seniors and looking to contend for a section title.”

Baldwin's team roster this summer consisted of Goga, Nick Fiumara , Frank Owusu, Jake Monroe, Jeremy Jenkins, Shane Gilbert, Christian Barr, Colton Barr, Flynn Travers, Johnny Staley, Dominic George, Andy Degenhardt and Connor Lavelle.

The Highlanders also participated in team camps at Pitt and Robert Morris.

Baldwin's girls team competed in a league held at South Fayette, along with other area squads such as Thomas Jefferson, Bethel Park, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair. The Highlanders also traveled to Washington & Jefferson and Slippery Rock University for some extra games against different competition.

The Baldwin girls posted a 3-7 section record and were 9-12 overall last winter.

“We have five returning seniors. We also had a lot of new freshmen come up for the summer league that are joining our team this year,” said Teia Swiger, a senior guard. “The summer has been focused on developing the younger girls and bonding as a team.”

Baldwin's roster this summer consisted of Swiger, Michaela Cavataio, Abbey Larkin, Mia Lucarelli, Kyleigh Schmidt, Ashley Barker, Molly Knezevich, Erika Kuzman, Megan McCormick, Jessica Remlinger, Kiarra Sutton, Alexandra Elk, Alexis Kennard, Nicole Luffy, Jenna Lutz, Ashley Wilson, Lexi Bernotas, Nina Dongilli, Abby Joyce, Anna Lucarelli, Emily Meador, Cass Pantelis, Kayla Radomsky and Taylor Walker.

“I think we have a lot of potential with our returning players and some strong freshmen,” Swiger said. “As long as we stay focused and show enough effort and teamwork, I believe we will have a successful (2017-18) season.”

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.

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