2020-2021 Game Summaries
Due to the cancelled 2020 season caused by the pandemic, it was their first participation in the Butler 9th and 10th Grade Invitational for all contestants. Several Tigers accepted the challenge before them and rose to the top of the competition in their events. For the Lady Tigers, Delaney Tedesco won the Pole Vault, as did Erin McGoey in the 3200m Run. Multi-event athlete Alison Burns sprinted to a second-place finish in the 100m Dash and was able to outjump her competition, winning the Long Jump. Lizzy Bauer sprinted to a 2nd place finish in the 400m Dash. Other notable runner-up performances came from Avery Richard in the 3200m Run and hurdler Alexis Orlando in the 300m Hurdles Race. Hannah Kyriazis secured a 2nd place finish in the Pole Vault.
The Boys team had equal success in their events. The distance crew swept the 3200m Run with James Behrend, Vincent Rotuno, and Joey Rempe. Sprinter Luke Grimes placed second in both the 100m and 200m Dashes. Rohan Gupta Triple Jumped with a runner-up performance. Brendan Angermeier was the only two-event winner for the Tigers, winning both the 400m Dash and the Javelin Throw.
The future looks bright with these talented young Tigers.
The weather may have dampened the meet, but it did not spoil NA’s spirits. Several boys were able to compete with podium finishes at the 47th Annual Baldwin Invitational. The 4 x 800m Relay consisting of Connor Foody, Jackson Pajack, Zane Kinne, and Greg Kossuth were the first Tigers to stand on the podium and receive their 2nd place medals. The 4 x 100m Relay also medaled finishing in 4th place (Carson Sestili, Brandon Farr, Jacob Porter, and Dwayne Taylor).
The Tiger with the most medals from the day was Taylor who leapt to two first place finishes in the Long Jump and Triple Jump with both jumps exceeding his opponents’ best performances, each by over a foot. Other individual podium finishes on the track for the Tigers included Danny Robles’ 5th place in the 1600m Run and Drew Kollitz sprinting to an 8th place final in the 3200m Run.
In the Field events, Isaac Burt tied for 8th place with two other jumpers in the High Jump and Ryan Handron finished 3rd overall in the Pole Vault. These individuals, along with several teammates, will now prepare for the Individual WPIAL Championships scheduled for May 12th.
The force was strong with the Tigers at the WPIAL Class AAA Girls Team Semifinals on Tuesday. NA Girls defeated top-seeded South Fayette, as well as rivals Mt. Lebanon and Hempfield to advance to the Team Championship Finals. The Tigers clawed past the Lions, 81-69, defeated the Blue Devils, 109-41, and topped the Spartans, 92-58.
Freshman sensation Eva Kynaston ran an inspiring 800m race to win the event, which rallied several teammates to excel. The meet came down to the final few events to determine the winner and with Maura Mlecko’s winning performance in the 3200m Run and the victory posted by the girls Ginger Tegtmeier, Rachel Hockenberry, Kenna Shannon and Lola Akindele in the 4x400m Relay, the Tigers were able to secure the win and become the winning team of the meet. They will face Butler, Norwin, and Belle Vernon in the Team Championship meet on Wednesday, May 12 at West Mifflin High School.
The next meet scheduled for the Tigers is the Butler 9th and 10th Grade Invitational on Wednesday, May 5. The meet is scheduled to start at 2:30pm.
Photo credit: Shannon Kelly
The NA Tigers traveled to Fox Chapel to compete against the host team and Shaler in the final meet of the regular season. NATF came home with two big wins to celebrate a challenging and often unpredictable season due to the current pandemic. The NA girls earned a 114-36 win over Shaler and defeated Fox Chapel, 85-65. The NA Boys topped Shaler by a 120-30 decision and beat Fox Chapel, 102-48.
The Lady Tigers took care of business early in the meet and had dominating performances in the field events. Jenna McConnell, the most decorated Tiger in the jumping events, finished the meet by winning the Triple Jump. Other jumpers that posted wins in the meet were Evelyn Wiethorn in the High Jump and Ava Como in the Pole Vault. NA’s throwing crew won each of their events with winning performances from Jackie DiGiacomo in the Discus, Sarah Hart in the Shot Put and Alaina Fantaski in the Javelin. The distance crew secured victories with Eva Kynaston winning the 1600m Run and freshman Maia Goetz winning the 3200m Run. Sprinter Kenna Shannon dashed her way to victory in the 400m Dash and senior hurdler/jumper Aveline Plenter placed in the Long Jump and a ran a winning season best performance in the High Hurdles race. With their impressive victories today, the NA girls will finish Runner Up in the section. They now wait to see who they will compete against in the WPIAL Team semifinals.
With convincing victories against the Foxes and Titans, the NA Boys ended their regular season on a positive note. Dwayne Taylor raced to a victory in the 200m Dash, as did Jacob Porter in the 400m Dash. Both were legs of the 4x100m Relay along with teammates Brandon Farr, and Carson Sestili that raced to a very impressive victory. Each of the distance events came down to the final steps of the race and a finish line lean to determine the winner. The Tigers prevailed in all three events with Connor Foody and Greg Kossuth edging Fox Chapel for the victories in the 800m and 1600m Runs, respectively. Scott Naleppa outleanned teammate Drew Kollitz to take first and second overall in the 3200m Run. Sophomore Owen Curran high jumped better than the rest of the field and NA swept the Pole Vault event led by Christian Duckworth, Ryan Hanlon, and Avery Mitchell. The NA Boys team will finish third in their section this season. Many athletes will continue to train for the WPIAL individual state qualifiers, held later in May.
The next meet scheduled for the Tigers is the Butler 9th and 10th Grade Only Invitational, scheduled for Thursday, April 29th with a 3:45pm starting time.
On Friday the NA Boys competed at the Butler Invitational. Saturday, it was the NA Girls turn to compete, and compete they did. Very Well. Over 60 teams competed, and although the Lady Tigers did not have a full-strength squad competing at the 56th Annual Butler Invitational, they tied with Hickory for 7th place overall in the final team standings.
Senior hurdler Aveline Plenter was the first Tiger to stand on the podium and be awarded a medal for placing seventh in the 100m High Hurdles race. It wasn’t long after that when other Tigers achieved award winning performances, like Jenna McConnell finishing in seventh place in Triple Jump. One of the few Tigers to compete in multiple events at the meet, Evelyn Wiethorn performed well in the High Jump and finished seventh place overall in the Javelin finals. Teammate Alaina Fantaski (pictured above) also placed in the Javelin with a throw that secured a third-place finish. One other podium finish for the Tigers in the field events came from thrower Jackie DiGiacomo with a third-place finish in the Discus. In one of the toughest races in Track and Field, sprinter Lola Akindele scorched around the track and finished in third-place in the 400m Dash. Freshman distance sensation Eva Kynaston raced to an incredible third-place finish with an inspiring last lap in the 3200m Run.
The Tigers will travel to Fox Chapel on Tuesday to take on the Foxes and the Titans of Shaler in the final sectional showdown of the season. Meet begins at 3:30pm.