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From Softball through ESports, spring sports followed the high standards of fall and winter ‘Lopes with playoffs for every team. Here’s a small recap for all the teams.
After a first-round bye earned from a 10-0 regular season, Avonworth won their second-round game 5-3 on May 19th. Mrs. Cahill, attendance and athletics secretary (who will also be retiring at the end of this week), added this announcement for the 3rd round:
“Congratulations to our girls’ softball team for advancing to the WPIAL Championship Game by defeating
Southmoreland 3-0. The Championship game will be next Wednesday at Cal U- time TBA. Keep it rolling, Lopes!”
Additional information from Coach Muncie on Avonworth Athletics:
“The Lopes beat Southmoreland to advance to the championship game. Alivia Lantzy led the lopes on the mound with 8 strikeouts while allowing 3 hits and giving up 0 runs. Lantzy also hit a triple that scored 2 runners. In the following inning, Leah Kuban hit a solo homerun.”
Girls Varsity Softball will compete against Deer Lakes @ California University at 12:00 on Wednesday for the WPIAL Championship Game.
After a 16-8 regular-season record and a second-place section finish at 6-3, playoffs began at East Allegheny with a first-round matchup against Southmoreland. They completed a dominant first-round win, 10 to 0, with a combined no-hitter from juniors Colin Crawford and Mason Horwat.
The second round featured another win 8-0 over East Allegheny. “First two rounds teams aren’t very good, but the third round though — South Park’s a good team,” said junior outfielder Jack Hustwit.
The boys lost a close game, 3-2, to South Park in the 3rd round.
To finish the season, the boys will play against Hopewell at Washington & Jefferson University on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm in the WPIAL consolation game.
TRACK & FIELD
Mrs. Cahill sent out a message to the school recently, congratulating the girls’ track team on their great performances at the WPIAL championships, and wishing them good luck at the PIAA State Championships:
“Congratulations to the six track participants who qualified yesterday at the WPIAL Championships for the PIAA State finals! Maggie Colenbrander, Fiona Mahan, Lydia Valeriano, Lindsey Hartle, Kat Igims and Sophie Guest! Way to go Lady ‘Lopes!!”
For the Spring season of E-Sports, there are two different teams in two different leagues, and each league has its own tournament, according to coach Mrs. Schumacher. The Overwatch team, composed of seniors Clayton Dexter, Jeremy Fresh, Jon Bellotti, Tyler Schleis, Dylan Belvedere, Ezra Tomko, and Chris Cicero, made it to playoffs but were eliminated in the second round. Shumaker described Overwatch as a 6v6, first-person shooter game with offense and defense as well as healers that make it a game with lots of strategy involved.
The Rocket League team, led by sophomore captain Jackson Shields, won the state-wide Spring Fling tournament in a 3-0 sweep against Penn Manor. They went into the tournament as the 4th seed before knocking out the #1 seed and then defeating the #2 seed in the final round to take it all. The two other players on the Rocket League team are 7th-grader Zephyn McCarson, who plays up, and sophomore Baylor Kirsch. Rocket League is a 3v3 game, and Shumaker says the easiest way to describe it is that “it’s a soccer game where the player is a car.” She added that the #1 seed in the tournament that they just won was the same team who beat them out in Harrisburg in the fall, so this was “sweet redemption”.
Overall, the team finished 18-2, earning their first WPIAL section win. At the WPIAL Final Championship game at Robert Morris University, the Avonworth/OLSH co-op team lost to Montour, 3 sets to 2. Senior Jon Pflueger had 9 kills and 5 blocks in his final game. He will attend St. Francis University in the fall and play for their men’s volleyball team.
Junior Austin Johncour, like a number of other athletes who play in multiple seasons, returned to RMU for volleyball after playing with boys basketball at RMU and Pitt during their WPIAL run this year.
Coverage of the championship match and section title win from the Beaver County Times: https://www.timesonline.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/05/26/olsh-boys-volleyball-comes-up-short-to-montour-in-wpial-2a-title-match/65357553007/