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Cheer on Athletes as They Seek Championship Titles
Cheer on our teams and athletes as they compete for top honors at WPIALs, PIAAs & in Sections. (If we missed your athlete's or team's accomplishment, please email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the coaches and players. The Pine-Richland Boys Basketball Team made it to the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships. They played Allderdice High School on March 9, 2016. Allderdice took the win 75-60. Read the recap in the Trib. The Rams, WPIAL champions, beat Bethel Park 81-57 in the first round of on March 5, 2016. Thank you for the PR Basektball Boosters for selling tickets for the second round on March 8, 2016. Junior guard Andrew Petcash is in the running for the Tremendous Twenty. Vote here.
The Pine-Richland High School Girls Basketball Team earned a chance to play in the second round of the PIAAs. They came up short against North Allegheny on March 8, 2016. The final score 46-38. Read more in the Trib by clicking here. The Lady Rams won its first PIAA playoff game since 1999 with a 61-39 win over Warren High School in the first round of Class AAAA contest at Erie's Villa-Prep Events Center on March 4. Read more in the Trib. The team finished third in the WPIALs. Photo courtesy of Madia Photography. Junior guard Amanda Katlin is in the running for the Tremendous Twenty. Vote here.
Track & Field
Congratulations to Pine-Richland High School senior Joey Kelly placed fifth in the Pole Vault with a vault of 14' at the Pennsylvania State Indoor Championships on February 28, 2106. The meet was held at Penn State University.
Also qualifying for the state championships was senior David Kelly.
120 pounds - Junior
Hunter Baxter - 1st place
152 pounds - Senior David Kelly - 2nd place
220 pounds - Junior Brendan Scheller - 2nd place
160 pounds - Junior Nick Geyer - 3rd place
113 pounds - Junior Alex Salas - 3rd place
2008 - Sam Brehm - 118 career wins
2015 - Brendan Burnham - 112 career wins
In addition, Hunter is the first PR wrestler ever to earn his 100th career victory before the end of their Junior year. He stands a very good chance of breaking the all-time win record since he will have one more full year to compete.
Three wrestlers at the junior high level competed in the PA Junior High State Championships Tournament on March 5-6, 2016 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown. Congratulations to Nate Lukez (97 pounds), Cole Spencer (132 pounds), and Tyler Rudduck (212 pounds). Details on how they placed at WPIALs are listed below.
Swimming & Diving
The girls team finished 20th with the help of Mallory Charles and Maddie Huitt in diving.
Several students including Ryan swam at the WPIALs. They included:
Swimming/Individual Events (Boys)
200 Yard IM: sophomore Alex Steger
200 Yard Freestyle: junior Ryan Schonbachler
500 Yard Freestyle: junior Ryan Schonbachler
100 Yard Butterfly: sophomore Maximillian Campbell & sophomore Alex Steger
Swimming/Team Events (Boys)
200 Yard Medley Relay Team: freshman Jacob Garretson, sophomore Amaan Kazi, sophomore Maximillian Campbell & junior Robert Necciai
400 Yard Freestyle Relay Team: junior Ryan Schonbachler, sophomore Maximillian Campbell, freshman Brian Phipps & sophomore Alex Steger
200 Yard Freestyle Relay Team: junior Ryan Schonbachler, freshman Jacob Garretson, freshman Brian Phipps & sophomore Alex Steger
Swimming/Team Events (Girls)
400 Freestyle Relay Team: sophomore Rylie Fry, ninth grader Kira Schwacha, ninth grader Sara Chiprean and sophomore Jaclyn Lenhart
200 Yard Freestyle: sophomore Jaclyn Lenhart, ninth grader Kira Schwacha, ninth grader Sara Chiprean & sophomore Rylie Fry and alternate Channing Larmparski
200 Yard Medley Relay Team: ninth grader Sara Chiprean, sophomore Landi Batykefer, senior Kyle Hoogstraten & ninth grader Alaina Gormley
Individual Events (Girls)
100 Yard Butterfly: sophomore Jaclyn Lenhart
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke: ninth grader Kira Schwacha
Girls 200 Yard IM: ninth grader Kira Schwacha & Sophomore Rylie Fry
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle: sophomore Rylie Fry
The WPIAL swimming championships was hosted on March 3at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
The girls team of the Pine-Richland Fencing Club, led by Skyla Bruno, Camille Patrignani, and Martha Lacek, finished the regular season with a record of 6-3 in meets. They tied for fourth place and just missed qualifying for the playoffs due to tie-breaking rules in a bid to repeat their 2015 Championship season.
Pine-Richland High School hockey players will represent the Steel City Selects Tier 2 Teams at Nationals in Vermont on March 30, 2016.
Columbus Blue Jackets and former student Brandon Saad, forward, and defense men Ryan Murray and Seth Jones are among the first 16 players selected to represent Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be held from September 17 to October 1, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Click here for the Columbus Blue Jackets story. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets.