Here is a collection of newspaper articles from the PIAA Softballl Championships played Friday at Shippensburg University’s Robb Field.

CLASS AAAA
Mount Lebanon 1, Central Bucks South 0

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette game story
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review game story
Bucks County Courier Times game story
Philadelphia Inquirer game story

CLASS AAA
Bellefonte 3, Jersey Shore 2

Centre Daily Times game story
Centre Daily Times notebook
Williamsport Sun-Gazette game story

CLASS AA
Nanticoke 3, Philipsburg-Osceola 1 (11 innings)

Centre Daily Times game story
Clearfield Progress game story
Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader sidebar (no game story online)
Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice game story
Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice sidebar
Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice notebook

CLASS A
Chartiers-Houston 4, Montgomery 1

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette game story
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review game story
Williamsport Sun-Gazette game story
Washington Observer-Reporter game story
Washington Observer-Reporter sidebar

 

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Welcome to the PIAA Track and Field Championships blog. Here is where we’ll update the list of track and field champions at Saturday’s PIAA Track and Field Championships. As soon as a champion is posted by the PIAA, we’ll post it here, along with a few notes. Scroll down for the list of champions and refresh frequently.  Blog updates will appear at the top of this post.

To view a list of Friday’s field champions, click here.

Click here to access complete results via www.piaa.org.

Updates:

Team champions: Girls AA – West Catholic; Girls AAA – Penn Hills; Boys AA – Camp Hill Trinity; Boys AAA – Altoona

A gasp at the end when Altoona’s Brady Gehret stumbles and falls to the track after getting the baton in 8th in the AAA boys 4×400 final. Gehret grabbed his left calf, but got up to finish the race.

Great day and career for Lewisburg’s Kalyn Fisher. Fisher won her third 800-meter title after earlier anchoring her third winning 4×800 relay win. That’s six gold medals, and that’s outstanding.

Altoona’s Brady Gehret doubles up in the 200 and 400

Tom Mallon gets his record. The Central Bucks South senior cruises to his third AAA 800 title in a record time of 1:49.31, breaking the 1984 time of 1:50.31 by Penn Wood’s Mark Fowler.

Shelley Black is having herself a day. After her blowout win in the AAA 100 hurdles, Black responds with a come-from-behind win the AAA 300 hurdles, nudging defending champion and PIAA co-recorld holder Leah Nugent of Abington, 43.23 to 43.28.

Sorry. Just had to watch the 400s and 4x100s. The latter is my favorite event. Back to the updates.

100 champions: AA girls, Cierra White, Carvers E&S; AAA girls, Lydia Ali, Radnor; AA boys, Thomas Walker, Milton Hershey; AAA boys, Tyler Smith, Norristown

Hurdles champions: AA girls, Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley; AAA girls, Shelley Black, Coughlin; AA boys, Josh McFrazier, New Brighton; AAA boys, Don Pollitt, Hazleton (repeats)

Wow. Shelley Black of Coughlin, who fell in last year’s semis, simply destroys the AAA 100 hurdles field in what appears to be near-record time.

Quaker Valley repeats as AA boys 4×800 relay champions, Lewisburg as AA girls 4×800 champions, Conestoga as AAA girls 4×800

Allison Updike of Tamaqua ends the reign of two-time AA girls javelin champion Fawn Miller of Lakeview. Updike wins with a throw of 161-2.

Field events coming in. Derek Gaul of Schuylkill valley wins the AA long jump at 22-4 3/4.

Trying to get some info on the morning field events.  Nothing is completed at the moment.

Sara Sargent, Pennsbury freshman, sets PIAA Class AAA record in 3200 with a time of 10:21.06.  Breaks mark of 10:21.77 by Janelle Thomas of Liberty in 1996.

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Here are Saturday’s champions:

CLASS AA GIRLS
Team: West Catholic (12) 60 points … Lewisburg second with 47

3200: Emily Giannotti, Coudersport (9), 10:43.87 … Giannotti breaks away at the mile and is not challenged throughout the run … Coudersport’s third PIAA girls champion, first since Kristin Zimmerman (1996 AA long jump)

4×800: Lewisburg (4) 9:19.47 … Third straight year the Green Dragons have won the event. Team members: Hannah Bowen, Julia Buffinton, Shannon Wright, Kalyn Fisher. Fisher has anchored all three winning relays and is the defending 800-meter champion.

100 hurdles: Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley (7), 14.74 … Bemis wins her second gold of the meet (long jump on Friday) and QV’s first hurdles title since Jasmine Rogers won in 2004

100: Cierra White, Carver Engineering & Science (12), 11.95 .. White is uncontested in the finals, easily beating the field (Jada Stewart of West Catholic is second in 12.30) .. White is Carver’s 8th PIAA girls’ gold, but it’s first sprint title.

1600: Angel Piccirillo, Homer-Center (6), 5:02.86 … Piccilrillo is a reformed sprinter who pulled off an exhausting 400-800-1600 triple in districts … Settled on the 1600 to win H-C’s first track event gold medal and fourth overall

400: Alyssa Lombardo, Saucon Valley (11), 54.65 … PIAA record. and a repeat for Lombardo In fact, top three of Lombardo, Michelle Davis and Chante Moore, both of west Catholic, broke old mark of 55.20 by posting 54.87 and 55.20 respectively. … Lombardo is also an outstanding softball player for Saucon Valley, which is in the 11-AAA semifinals on Tuesday. … Lombardo is SV’s 8th PIAA girls champion

4×100: West Catholic (12) 48.40 … West Catholic earns its first PIAA girls gold medal, keeps the gold in District 12 hands (fourth straight)

300 hurdles: Mariame Conde, Swenson (12), 44.67 … Conde keeps Swenson’s streak of PIAA champions alive at four straight years. Her titles is Swenson’s 14th, astounding considering Swenson’s first title came in 2007.

800: Kaylyn Fisher, Lewisburg (4), 2:10.62. She’ll be known as one of the all-time greats in the AA 800, an event that has seen some truly outstanding athletes over the years.

200: Cierra White, Carver Engineering & Science (12), 24.70. White was without peer in the AA sprints this year. True, Shanae Bailey of Swenson, the three-time champion in both the 100 and 200, was not here due to injury, but White also beat her this year in the 100. A fully healthy matchup for the two would have been something to watch.

4×400: West Catholic (12) 3:51.76 … PIAA record, breaks old mark of 3:52.04 by Paul Robeson of Philadelphia in 2009 … Fourth time in the last six years the record has been lowered, all by Philadelphia schools

Triple jump: Julia Koloski, Montrose (2), 39-0 … Koloski wins her school’s first female track title with an excellent jump. … Koloski’s mother, Diane Phillips, was a Big East high jump champion at Syracuse, but did not win a PIAA title, according to Tom Robinson of the Wikes-Barre Times-Leader’s Scranton edition

Javelin: Allison Updike, Tamaqua (11), 161-2 … Updike beats two-time PIAA champion and Class AA record-holder Fawn Miller of Lakeview; Miller has been battling injuries all year. Miller was second at 141-6. … Updike is the first District 11-AA female athlete to win the javelin … She is tamaqua’s first state champion since Tricia Plasko’s 100-200 double in 1987.

Shot: Megan Dornish, Elk County Catholic (9), 45-8 1/4. … Dornish isn’t pushed, winning by nearly three feet to claim ECC’s second PIAA girls’ gold medal. The last came in 1991 (Laura Skok, AA high jump) … her winning throw is the second-best in the last 10 years, surpassed only by Allyn Laughlin’s record 50-10 3/4 for Center in 2006

CLASS AAA GIRLS
Team: Penn Hills (7) 48 points … Second Greensburg Hempfield Area 40

3200: Tremendous race!  Pennsbury freshman Sara Sargent makes an incredible last-lap charge to track down Central Bucks East’s Katie Kinkead.  The two bump just before the line, Kinkead stumbles and Sargent wins. As noted, time of 10:21.06 in new PIAA Class AAA record …  Sargent is Pennsbury’s first PIAA track event champion; thrower Wendy Whitley (1978 AAA discus and 1977 AAA shot) won both of the Falcons’ previous PIAA girls’ golds.

4×800: Conestoga (1) 9:08.58 … Team of Tyra Sikora, Marta Klebe, Dina Ramadane and Kacie O’Neil snag the school’s second straight 4×800 title and the third in school history

100 hurdles: Shelley Black, Coughlin (2), 13.79 … Black is just .13 of the PIAA record time of 13.66 (Ryann Krais, Methacton, 2008) … Becomes Coughlin’s first girls PIAA track champion. Very impressive; third-fastest 110 hurdles time at teh PIAA meet since the hurdle height was raised to 33 inches from 30

100: Lydia Ali, Radnor (1), 11.83 … Ali holds off Abington Heights’ Jordan Hoyt (11.94) for Radnor’s first PIAA girls’ gold in 30 years (Marsha Martin in the AAA 200 and 400) …

1600: Amber Valimont, Greensburg Hempfield Area (7), 4:54.02 … Valimont wins Hempfield Area’s second track event gold and its first since 1999 (Jen maline, AAA 800)

400: Alicia Evans, Quakertown (1), 55.15 … Evans wins Quakertown’s first PIAA girls’ gold medal

4×100: Penn Hills (7) 47.37 … The Indians snare the first of their two relay wins in convincing fashion.

300 hurdles: Shelley Black, Coughlin (2), 43.23 … As noted, Black was incredible in this race, trailing Abington’s Leah Nugent all race until lunging past her after the last hurdle. Make that two PIAA gold medals for Coughlin now.

800: Chloe Schmidt, State College (6), 2:09.08 … Schmidt resurrects the State College tradition of oustanding distance runners. Her gold medal is State College’s 20th and the Little Lions’ 10th from the half-mile up. But it is State College’s first PIAA girls’ track win since 1999 (Laura Rosenberger, AAA pole vault)

200: Jordan Hoyt, Abington Heights (2), 24.64 … Hoyt runs an outstanding turn, coming out of the blocks just behind Penn Hills’ Iman Wilkerson (who was on her right), then turning it on in the curve to take command and win the Comets’ second girls’ PIAA title (Kim McGreevy, AAA 1600 in 1991)

4×400: Penn Hills (7) 3:46.31 … PIAA record. Breaks the old mark of 3:48.31 by Chester in 1998. Just a very impressive run. … With the 4×100 title, Penn Hills raised its PIAA gold stash to 8.

Pole vault: Lauren Terstappen, Phoenxville (1), 12-0 … Terstappen pulls down her school’s 4th PIAA medal, but its second in as many years. Courtney Kendra on the 2009 long jump title for Phoenixville, but failed to qualify this year.

Discus: Rachel Serafin, Greensburg Hempfield Area (7), 144-0 … Serafin doubles up in the throws (she won the shot Friday) this weekend and defends her 2009 discus title …

Triple jump: Ashley Corum, Carlisle (3), 40-11 3/4 … Third straight for Corum … Only third female to win three TJs … She wins Carlisle’s 9th girls title.

CLASS AA BOYS
Team: Camp Hill Trinity (3) 43 points, Milton Hershey (3) 41 …

3200: Alex Beardsley of North East (District 10) and his rasta dreds come out of the No. 8 seed to win in 9:25.34.  It is the slowest winning time since 2002.  … Beardsley is North East’s 18th PIAA boys champion and the school’s first in the 3200.

4×800: Quaker Valley (7) 7:46.46 … Another strong anchor run by Omar Hyjek, who ran anchor on last year’s championship team, secures another title for QV, raising the school’s total gold medal haul to 5. Hyjek was preceded in glory by John Yankello, Nat Fox, and L.J. Westwood. Yankello also ran on last year’s winning 4×800 team.

110 hurdles: Josh McFrazier, New Brighton (7), 14.31 .. McFrazier had no problems at all, beating Milton Hershey’s Jabateh Al-Shabazz by a half-second, a big margin in the hurdles … He is just the second PIAA boys champ from New Brighton (Mike Phillips, 1995 AA 3200)

100: Thomas Walker, Milton Hershey (3), 10.78 … Walker and Constitution’s Marquis White have a great race, Walker getting same daylight in the last 15 meters for the win … Walker is the Spartans’ first PIAA 100-meter champion since Tom Johnson in 1980.

1600: Omar Hyjek, Quaker Valley (7), 4:18.98 … Hyjek gets his second of the day after running anchor on the 4×800, giving him his third career PIAA gold

400: Kyle Younkin, Somerset (6), 48.03 … Talk about breaking a drought. Younkin is Somerset’s second PIAA track champion, boy or girls, and the school first in 66 years. A Somerset athlete – Kebbish, no first name available – won the 1944 Class A javelin.

4×100: Camp Hill Trinity (3) 42.84 … This race was the key to Trinity’s team title. Trinity anchor Nimiti Heaven-Black pulls away on the front straightaway to beat Wellsboro (43.19). The two additions team points were enough to separate the Shamrocks from runner-up Milton Hershey.

300 hurdles: Sean Deschamps, McGuffey (7), 39.01 … Deschamps becomes McGuffey’s second PIAA track and field champion in a slow but competitive race. Just .90 of a second separated the top five.

800: Evan Miller, Laurel (7), 1:55.18. … Another school gets its first PIAA track gold. Miller holds off Troy’s Matt Oldroyd (1:56.27), who was seeking his school’s first track title since 1979.

200: Nicholas Patton, Tyrone (6), 22.31 … No one breaks 22 seconds in the final (much of the race was run into a light wind), but Patton is the fastest of that bunch, giving Tyrone its first PIAA title since 1995 (Joe Thomas, AA high jump)

4×400: West Catholic (12) 3:21.64 … The Philadelphia Catholic League schools are getting comfortable at Shippensburg. West Catholic kicks off a PCL sweep of the boys 4×400 (Cardinal O’Hara wins AAA a few minutes later) and earns the school’s first boys gold medal; the girls had beaten them the very first one earlier.

Long jump: Derek Gaul, Schuylkill Valley (3), 22-4 3/4 … Gaul is Schuylkill Valley’s third PIAA long jump champion and the school’s 6th PIAA boys track champion … SV’s first champion since 2002 (Adam Moerder, high jump)

Discus: Jake Brenza, Camp Hill Trinity (3), 164-9 … Brenza secures Trinity’s sixth PIAA title in the last five years. As this is being written, Trinity is second in the AA 4×800.

High jump: Luke Gallaher, Forest Hills (6), 6-6 … And yet another first-time champion for a PIAA school. But it wasn’t a surprise; Gallaher came in as the top seed in the event.

CLASS AAA BOYS
Team: Altoona (6) 47 points … second straight team title for Altoona … Central Bucks South a distant second with 24 points

3200: Matt Fischer, Unionville (1), 9:03.01 … Three runners hit the gun lap bunched together, but Fischer is the strongest of the pack, pulling away at the 300-meter mark and and holding off a serious challenges down the stretch.  North Allegheny’s Ryan Gil was second in 9:03.87, but just couldn’t catch Fischer. … Fischer is Unionville’s second 3200-meter champion in the last two years (Paul Springer, 2008)

4×800: Cedar Crest (3) 7:43.64 … The Falcons have poked through on the big stage several times in the 2000s, but never with a relay team before today. It’s PIAA gold medal No. 6 for the Cedar Crest boys with 3 on the track and 3 in the field.

110 hurdles: Don Pollitt, Hazleton (2), 13.83 … Pollitt, a Syracuse recruit, takes a serious run at the PIAA record of 13.79, but falls just short in an uncontested run …

100: Tyler Smith, Norristown (1), 10.65 … Smith came in with a fairly low seed, but it was a classic case of seed doesn’t matter. He was strong throughout his prelim and semifinal runs and broke away 40 meters in, keeping that slim margin through the end to beat Penn State football recruit Alex Kenney of State College. Kenney was a silver medalist for the second time. … Smith’s title gave Norristown its PIAA-best 55th gold medal.

1600: Will Kellar, Henderson (1), 4:12.00 … Without question one of the best races of the weekend and one of the best 1600s at states in a while. Kellar barely hits the line ahead of father Judge’s Tom Kehl (4:12.02) in a race that had the fans at Shippensburg University screaming from the 200-meter point one. Kellar is Henderson’s 11th PIAA boys champ.

400: Brady Gehret, Altoona (6), 46.46 .. At last, Gehret gets his individual gold medal after picking up two relay golds each of the last two seasons. And look at that time. While it’s slightly slower than the 46.39 he ran in the 6-AAA meet, it’s still the third-fastest time run in the AAA championships behind Clinton Davis’ record 46.29 in 1982 and 46.35 the following year by the former Steel Valley star.

4×100: Central Bucks South (1) 42.30 … Last year, it was a then-NFHS record run in the 4×800 relay for the Titans. This year, they switched gears to win the 4×100 in a good tight race with Northeast Philadelphia (42.36).

300 hurdles: Kuwan Scott, Wilson Area (11), 37.79 … Scott has been the state leader in the 300 hurdles all season, and he didn’t give any ground with his solid championship run. Scott is Wilson Area’s 6th PIAA boys champion and its first since rising to Class AAA.

800: Tom Mallon, Central Bucks South (1), 1:49.31 … PIAA record. Broke old mark of 1:50.31, Mark Fowler of Penn Wood, 1984 … Mallon was running alone for virtually the entire race, which makes his record time – .30 faster than his ballyhooed national best last month – even more impressive. He’s the first runner to win three PIAA 800-meter titles. Impressive.

200: Brady Gehret, Altoona (6), 21.23 … Despite coming off of an exhausting 400 and competing in the long jump in the heat, Gehret shines again, beating an excellent set of finalists to claim his double. His time is the fastest since Highland’s Robert Foster ran a terrific 21.19 in 1999. With the double, Gehret raised Altoona’s all-time boys gold medal total to 40, behind only Norristown (55).

4×400: Cardinal O’Hara (12) 3:16.94 … Corey Brown, runner-up to Gehret in the deuce, recovers enough to run anchor for the Lions’ win in the 4×400, barely holding off a charging Abington. It’s O’Hara’s first PIAA track championship

High jump: Marcus Blakely, Coatesville (1), 6-8 … Blakely wins Coatesville’s 30th PIAA title, but its first in 16 years. last was also in the high jump when Keenan Coleman won back-to-back in 1993 and 1994

Shot: Blake Davenport, Kennett (1), 55-7 1/2 … Davenport is Kennett’s 9th PIAA champion and its first shot champion. .. It is the shortest throw to win AAA states since Glen Mills’ Peter Govern hit the same mark in 1995

Pole vault: Adam Phillippi, Saucon Valley (11), 15-0 … Phillippi won his school’s first PIAA boys gold medal and did it by being the only vaulter to hit the magic 15-foot mark.

Long jump: Carlton Lavong, Methacton (1), 24-8 1/2 … Lavong’s a star, there’s no doubt about that. From his T-shirts that say “Google me” (we have) to his gold stripe mohawk on his otherwise dark brown hair to his showy takeoffs and jumps, Lavong just doesn’t mind being the center of attention. And he backed up his showmanship, connecting with that excellent 24-8 1/2 with the entire crowd looking on. It was the longest winning jump in PIAA history save for the 24-11 3/4 in 1989 and the PIAA record 25-5 1/4 by the great Dion Bentley of Penn Hills in 1988. To be fair, Ceadr Crest’s Pete Habbegger hit 24-8 in 2004.

Javelin: Ben Koyack, Oil City (10), 192-11 … The Notre Dame football recruit scorches the field in the hot sun, the only thrower to break 190. Koyack became Oil City’s 10th PIAA champion and its third in the javelin.

 

We invite rodfrisco.com viewers to join in a live chat Friday and Saturday from the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University. We will be blogging throughout the day, and we invite questions and comments about the track finals.

For PIAA Track and Field Championships all-time records, please go to The Record Book. There are 20 separate files of records on state track and field, including lists of champions by event, all-time champions by school, etc.

For complete results, go to www.piaa.org.

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