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NNORTH ALLEGHENY VARSITY WATER POLO
NA BOYS & GIRLS TAKE
THIRD PLACE AT
As the host team for the Western Conference Championships, the North Allegheny Tigers boys and girls water polo team each finished 2-1 at the tournament. The boys opened with a 15-10 win over Reading thanks to junior Evan Starsenic's five goals. Sophomore Alex Shaffer added three more goals in the victory. Against conference rival Cumberland Valley, the Tigers fell 11-8. Captain Mike Magdic netted three goals and three assists. Starsenic made four steals defensively. The NA boys rounded out the championships by beating Cathedral Prep 13-8. Magdic, Zach Presto and Dom Caputo all notched three goals each. Goalie Kiean Ashtari made 13 saves.
The North Allegheny girls team began the championships an 11-3 victory over McDowell. Captain Caroline Schweers netted three goals and fellow captain Marina Rozick added two more. Goalie Allie Pennetti stopped 18 shots, posting an assist and three steals. The Lady Tigers next faced conference rival Wilson and fell behind 6-2 by halftime. NA rallied in the second half, outscoring Wilson 9-5 but losing in the final seconds of the game. Senior Adelee Choban and junior Maggie Howison each netted two goals in the comeback effort. North Allegheny rebounded in their next contest to beat Muhlenberg 13-5. Rozick led the way with six goals, two assists and three steals. Junior Meghan Mahony chipped in with two goals and two steals, while junior Dana Scherer posted two assists and three steals. Pennetti made 14 saves in the victory.
The boys improved their overall record to 20-4 on the season while the girls improved their mark to 17-8 overall. Both teams finished third in the conference and qualified for the State Championships.
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BOYS SWEEP; GIRLS TAKE THREE OF FOUR AT KNIGHT INVITATIONAL
It was a very successful showing North Allegheny at the Knight Invitational as the Tiger boys beat all five of their opponents the girls won three of four. The boys team breezed by LaSalle 16-5 behind seven goals, two assist and three steals by Zach Presto. The junior was instrumental in the Tigers 8-4 victory over Souderton as well as Presto notched another six goals and nine steals. His nine steals marked a season high. Goalie Kien Ahstari posted 11 saves in NA's 16-7 win over Wissahickon. Alex Shafer and Mike Magdic each netted a pair of goals. The Tigers followed that up with an impressive 13-9 triumph over North Penn. North Penn was the state runner up a year ago. Presto scored seven goals and Rob Clinger added another three. Freshman goalie Kien Ashari had an overall strong performance in net, collecting seven saves and three assists. The Tiger boys rounded out the Knight Invitational with an 8-4 win over Reading. Captain Aaron Li struck twice for two goals and a pair of steals.
The NA girls team was also very successful, beginning with a blowout win over Germantown Academy. The 15-3 win was led by junior Meghan Mahoney's five goals. Captain Caroline Schweers scored four goals and swiped eight steals, a single-season game high. Goalie Allie Pennetti handled nine saves in the Tigers 9-2 win over Wissahickon. Captain Marina Rozick won all four sprints at the start of each quarter. NA fell to the defending state champions, North Penn 9-4, but followed that up with an 8-6 victory over Souderton. Junior Dana Scherer posted two goals, two assists, and two steals in that contest.
The boys improved their overall record to 18-3 on the season while the girls improved their mark to 15-7 overall. North Allegheny will host the Western Conference Championship Oct 22-23.
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BOYS WIN THREE OF FOUR; GIRLS TWO OF FOUR AT "BEAST OF EAST"
The Tiger boys captured three of four games at the Beast of the East Classic at Governor Mifflin and Wilson High Schools over the weekend. NA downed Pennridge, 14-5, Division rival Cathedral Prep, 12-7, and Malvern Prep, 14-8, but lost to Conference rival Cumberland Valley, 8-6. The Lady Tigers were three for five in the tournament. NA topped Pennridge, 8-5, and Hill School, 6-5 in overtime, but lost to Conference rival Cumberland Valley, 8-4, and Upper Arlington, 11-6.
For the boys, senior Mike Magdic led the way against Pennridge with four goals and three assists while sophomore Alex Shaffer posted two goals, two steals and an assist. Junior Ryan Grzyb also had a goal and an assist in the victory. Freshman goalie Kiean Ashtari made 11 saves for the winning Tigers. Magdic also led NA against Cathedral Prep with four more goals with junior Evan Staresinic adding three goals and two steals, and sophomore Rob Clinger three goals and three steals. Junior Zach Presto also had a pair of goals with Ashtari making nine saves against the Ramblers.
In the loss to Cumberland Valley, Staresinic and Magdic led with two goals and two steals each while Ashtari posted nine saves and two steals. In the win over Malvern Prep, Magdic completed the weekend with four more goals giving him a total of fourteen in the four games. Staresinic also posted four goals and three steals, Clinger a goal and five assists, and Presto two goals and two steals. Ashtari had a season high 17 saves along with four steals to secure the victory.
For the Lady Tigers, junior Meghan Mahoney had four goals and four steals to lead NA over Pennridge. Senior Marina Rozick added four steals and an assist with junior Dana Scherer recording a goal, three assists, and two steals in the victory. In the overtime win over Hill School, Scherer led with three goals and one steal with Mahoney adding two goals and three steals and Rozick a goal, an assist and three steals for the winning Lady Tigers. Junior goalie Allie Pennetti registered a career high of 22 saves and three steals earning MVP honors for the game. In the loss to Cumberland Valley, Mahoney led with two goals and two steals while senior Caroline Schweers recorded five steals and senior Adelee Choban added a goal. In the loss to Upper Arlington, it was Mahoney again with three goals, giving her a total of eleven for the weekend along with three steals. Scherer chipped in with a goal, two assists and three steals.
With the 3-1 weekend, the boys improved their overall record to 13-3 on the season while the girls improved their mark to 12-6 overall. The Tiger teams will travel to North Penn High School over the weekend to compete in the Knight Classic.
THE EAST TOURNAMENT
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BOYS GO 4-1, GIRLS 3-2 AT SCREAMIN' EAGLE TOURNAMENT
Both Tiger teams were successful at the Screamin' Eagle Tournament at Cumberland Valley High School. The boys won four out of five games while the Lady Tigers were victorious in three of five.
The boys knocked off Hazelton, 12-7 behind sophomore Alex Shaffer who recorded six goals and two steals. Senior Captain Aaron Li added a pair of goals and an assist, sophomore Steven Siclari a goal, three assists and three steals, and sophomore Ben Michaels three steals for the winning Tigers. The Tigers also posted an impressive 11-4 victory over 2009 State Runnerup North Penn. Sophomore Rob Clinger led the way with four goals and 2 assists, junior Zach Presto added three goals and two steals, junior Evan Staresinic two goals, two assists and two steals while freshman goalie Kiean Ashtari made nine saves and had two steals to preserve the victory.
Against Muhlenberg, Aaron Li led NA to a 13-4 victory with a pair of goals along with two more scores by senior Captain Mike Magdic. The only loss during the weekend was to host and conference rival Cumberland Valley by a 5-4 score. Presto posted two goals, sophomore Dom Caputo had five steals, and Ashtari made nine saves, some spectacular, to keep the game close. In the final game, the Tigers downed Pottsville, 12-4, behind four goals from freshman Nate Horan. Siclari added three goals and two assists, freshman Dom Moore also scored three goals and recorded two assists, and junior Ryan Grzyb had four assists and three steals.
The Lady Tigers opened with a 9-7 win over Pottsville behind three goals from junior Emily Leard. Freshman Mia Siclari added a goal and an assist with junior goalie Allie Pennetti making eleven saves to preserve the victory. In the second game, host Cumberland Valley topped the Lady Tigers, 11-6, despite three goals, two steals, and three exclusions drawn by junior Dana Scherer. Junior Meghan Mahoney posted two goals, two steals, and four exclusions drawn. In the next game, 2009 State Champion North Penn downed NA, 10-4, with Mahoney scored all four goals and adding three steals.
The Lady Tigers bounced back to defeat Muhlenberg, 9-7. Senior captain Marina Rozick led the way with four goals while Scherer added three tallies, and Mahoney two goals, one assist and two steals. In the final game, NA outscored Hazelton, 22-17, with Mahoney scoring nine goals in the big victory. Senior Captain Caroline Schweers added four goals and five assists, Rozick two goals, five assists, and six steals, senior Leah Garcia one goal, five assists and five steals, junior Erin Bishop two goals and two assists, and senior Adelee Choban a pair of goals.
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TIGER BOYS SWEEP OPPONENTS AT TIGER CLASSIC
The Tiger boys' team won four games without losing at the Western Tiger Classic at the Senior High pool on Friday and Saturday. NA topped conference rival Cumberland Valley along with division rivals McDowell and Cathedral Prep. The Lady Tigers posted a 4-1 record in the tournament with wins over division opponents Villa Maria, McDowell, and Fairview.
The biggest victory for the boys was over Cumberland Valley, 10-7. Junior Zach Presto led NA with four goals with junior Evan Staresinic adding three and sophomore Rob Clinger two. Freshman goalie Kiean Ashtari stopped thirteen shots backed up by a strong defensive effort by sophomore Dom Caputo. CV finished 3rd at States last year. NA will face CV again next weekend at the Screamin' Eagle Tournament. NA crushed McDowell, 22-4, behind six goals from senior Mike Magdic and five goals, two assists and two steals by Clinger. Freshman Gabe Gaspar and Presto added three goals each while sophomore Steven Siclari scored a pair for the winning Tigers.
Presto led the Tigers to a 14-8 win over Cathedral Prep with four goals and two steals with Staresinic adding four goals. Clinger recorded three goals and Caputo a goal and three steals in the important division victory. In game four, the Tigers had little trouble with Mechanicsburg posting a 21-7 victory. Siclari had a big game with three goals, three assists, and four steals. Sophomore Alex Shaffer added a goal, two assists and a steal while junior John Christenson came through with two goals, an assist and a steal. Senior Aaron Li scored a goal, added an assist and a steal while freshman Ryan Pieton and freshman Nate Horan had a goal each.
The Lady Tigers started with a 151-0 division win over Villa Maria led by junior Maggie Howison who scored six goals and added a steal. Junior Meghan Mahoney scored four goals, senior Marina Rozick a pair, and junior goalie Allie Pennetti made ten saves to secure the win. In the second game, Cumberland Valley outscored NA, 9-1, with Mahoney scoring the only goal. Rozick recorded three steals and junior Dana Scherer two steals as NA came up short. In game three, the Lady Tigers rebounded with an 11-8 victory over Mechanicsburg. Senior Caroline Schweers led the way with four goals and two assists with sophomore Allison Reid, junior Erin Bishop, and junior Emily Leard each contributing a goal in the winning effort.
In game three, the Lady Tigers rolled over division foe McDowell, 20-6, as Scherer scored five goals and added a pair of steals. Mahoney posted three goals, Howison two, senior Adelee Choban two and Rozick two for the winning Lady Tigers. In the final game of the day, NA defeated division rival Fairview, 14-7, behind four goals from freshman Mia Siclari. Mahoney added three goals with Schweers scoring a pair. Pennetti made 12 saves in net for NA.
It was a big weekend for the Tiger teams as they battled to improve their playoff position in the early season. The Tiger teams will travel to Cumberland Valley next weekend to compete in the Screamin' Eagle Tournament. Games are scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm on Friday with a full slate of contests on Saturday.
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GIRLS WIN THREE, BOYS TWO IN
Both Tiger teams had success in Erie over the weekend. The boys' team downed McDowell and Cathedral Prep, both division rivals, losing only to 2009 State Champion Wilson. The Lady Tigers defeated division rival McDowell, Villa Maria, and Fairview with their only loss to 2009 State Runner-up Wilson.
The boys started with a 10-2 victory over McDowell with junior Zach Presto scoring four goals and sophomore Alex Shaffer posting three steals to pace the victory. Junior Evan Staresinic and sophomore Rob Clinger scored four goals each to pace the Tigers to a tough 11-9 victory over Cathedral Prep. Senior Mike Magdic scored a pair of goals while freshman Kiean Ashtari recorded eight saves for the winning Tigers. Staresinic had five exclusions drawn while Magdic added a pair. The Tigers lost a close contest to the 2009 champions from Wilson by an 8-6 score. Ashtari had an excellent performance in goal for NA making ten saves. Presto scored four goals, with freshman Gabe Gaspar and Staresinic scored a goal each as the Tigers came up just short.
The Lady Tigers started with a 10-2 victory over Villa Maria with junior Maggie Howison scored three goals and recording three steals with senior Marina Rozick adding three goals. Junior goalie Allie Pennetti posted eight saves in earning the win. NA followed with a 9-4 win over McDowell led by senior Adelee Choban's three goals and an assist. Junior Dana Scherer posted two assists in the victory. After losing to Wilson, 9-5, despite three goals from junior Meghan Mahoney, NA finished with an 11-4 win over Fairview. Mahoney added four goals, freshman Mia Siclari three goals and three steals, and sophomore Allison Reid three steals for the winning Tigers.
The Tiger teams will host the Tiger Classic this weekend. Action will take place in the Senior High pool on both Friday and Saturday. A complete schedule will be posted later in the week.
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TIGER TEAMS OPEN SEASON WITH
The Tiger boys and girls' squads opened the 2010 season with a pre-season scrimmage at the Green Valley Country Club in Reading on Saturday. The Tiger teams will travel to Erie this weekend to compete for the McDowell Cup in action at McDowell High School. Competition is scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.
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