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2023-2024 Game Summaries

Lady Tigers Win 6th Straight State Championship, NA Boys Finish 6th

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North Allegheny team traveled to Hershey on Saturday for the PIAA Class AAA cross country championships. It was a sweet finish for the Lady Tigers, who won PIAA gold for the sixth year in a row. The NA Boys garnered sixth place out of a competitive and deep field.

For the NA Girls, it was the 10th state championship in program history (since 1974). They managed a low point total of 80 points, well ahead of second-place Abington Heights with 127 team points. The girls battled through some adversity early on, but this didn’t stop the Tigers from accomplishing their goals. Senior Eva Kynaston had an incredible race, winning PIAA silver. Junior Robin Kucler came through with a strong finish for the team in 11th. Senior Erin McGoey was very strong earning an 18th place medal. Junior Camille Swirsding battled hard to grab a 64th overall finish (24th amongst team finishers). Coming through with a big race was junior Elizabeth Pizon who took 100th place overall. Junior Kendall Lucas was next up for the Lady Tigers, running a great race and taking 108th. Senior Maia Getz ran well finishing right behind Kendall in 109th.

Complete Girls AAA results:

The NA boys ran well but this was one of the strongest and deepest fields in recent PIAA history. The boys scored 185 points but were only 51 points back from the team champion. Junior Jack Bertram had an awesome race taking third overall. Senior James Behrend was great moving up quite a bit throughout the race with a 33rd place finish. Senior Michael Gauntner was not far behind Behrend, grabbing 37th with a personal best time on the course. Sophomore standout Andrew Peigh was phenomenal with a 110th place finish (61st among team finishers). Senior Connor Williams had a solid race, finishing in 138th. Junior Anthony Miklos (145th) and senior Alex Mitterer (146th) ran well to round out the top seven Tigers.

Complete Boys AAA results:

Congratulations to head coach John Neff and the entire cross country team for another memorable season in 2023.

NA Boys, Girls Each Win 6th Consecutive WPIAL Crown

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The North Allegheny girls’ and and boys’ cross country teams both capture WPIAL Class 3A Team Championships on Thursday at White Oak Park. For both programs it was their sixth consecutive District 7 title.

For the girls, it was the 17th WPIAL championship since the program’s inception in 1974. The girls posted a low score of 62 points and easily outdistanced second-place Mt. Lebanon, who finished with 144 points. The Lady Tigers took a commanding lead in the first half mile and never looked back. The Tigers were incredible up front taking three of the top five spots in the entire race. Junior Robin Kucler had an outstanding race, dropping the hammer in the last half mile to grab silver (17:53). Senior Eva Kynaston helped set the pace early on and ran strong over the second half for another great finish in third (17:56). Senior Erin McGoey continued her great senior year campaign with a well executed race plan. She moved from 15th at the mile all the way up to to fiftth place (18:36) by the finish line. Junior Camille Swirsding was light outs with very strong last half mile, taking 15th place honors (19:18) and earning the last individual medal.  Senior Maia Getz came through in a big way to grab the all important fifth spot for the Lady Tigers in 37th overall (20:11).  Only three spots and four seconds back from Getz was junior Elizabeth Pizon, providing displacement value with a great race in 40th overall (20:15). Junior Kendall Lucas ran well to get 66th overall (21:13) and round out the varsity seven.

For the NA boys, it was the 34th WPIAL championship since the program’s inception in 1960. The boys also had a phenomenal low score of 59 points, but this was heated contest between the Tigers and the Butler Golden Tornado from wire to wire (Butler scored 67 points).  Junior Jack Bertram led the Tigers, as usual, with a strong race, taking second-place honors (15:31). Senior Michael Gaunter had an outstanding  finish, moving from 10th to fifth (16:16) in the last mile. Senior James Behrend had a great race, placing eighth overall (16:22). Junior Anthony Miklos had a spectacular second half of the race, moving from 60th at the mile to 19th overall (16:50). Senior Connor Williams came through with a big race for the important fifth spot for NA, grabbing 24th overall (16:55). Sophomore sensation, Andrew Peigh, was only four seconds back with a great race in 29th place (16:59). Rounding out the varsity scorers was senior Alex Mitterer in 62nd (17:42).

Tigers will travel to Hershey, PA next weekend for the PIAA State Championships.

NA Boys, Girls Take 1st Place at TSTCA Championships

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The North Allegheny cross country teams traveled to White Oak Park for the annual TSTCA Championships. Both the NA Girls and Boys took first place team honors in the AAA race with each team putting seven in the top 30 of the race.  Conditions were excellent and the 5K course ran very fast for the Tigers.

The girls raced first and took a lead early in the race.  The Lady Tigers were dominant up front, placing three in the top five of the race. Senior Eva Kynaston had a dynamite race taking second overall with a lifetime personal record.  Not far behind Kynaston was junior Robin Kucler in third with a fantastic race. Senior Erin McGoey was excellent in fifth. Junior Camille Swirsding had a solid race in 18th. Senior Maia Getz ran a determined race, taking fifth for NA and 26th overall.  Junior Elizabeth Pizon and sophomore Teresa Pagnotto were close behind, both running very well to take 28th and 29th respectively. They had 52 points with second place a distant 118.

The NA Boys ran in a very close contest with Butler for the AAA team title. The Tigers place all top five in the top twenty. Junior Jack Bertram led the boys team with a strong second overall finish. Senior James Behrend was very good, snatching the sixth overall spot. Senior Michael Gauntner had a big race in 12th. Sophomore Andrew Peigh and senior Alex Mitterer were lights out, earning 19th and 20th respectively to round out the top 5. Finishing strong was junior Anthony Miklos who came in a couple seconds later in 22nd (one place ahead of Butler’s 5th man).  Junior Anant Palve put together one of his best races of the season to take 30th overall.  Tigers secured the win with 59 points, four points lower than rival Butler.

Complete results for all races can be found by clicking here.

Both teams will be back at White Oak next Thursday where the stakes will be even higher at the WPIAL Championships.

NA Secures Section Championship, Undefeated Regular Season

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The North Allegheny cross country team hosted Butler and Shaler to finish out the dual meet season for 2023.  NA was victorious on all fronts, solidifying the section title and undefeated dual meet season.  The weather was scorching hot for an October race (mid 80s), but that didn’t stop the Tigers from running some very fast times on the three-mile course.

In the girls’ race, junior Robin Kucler led the way with an outstanding time in 18:34.  Senior Erin McGoey was lights out in second place.  Senior Eva Kynaston was strong in third.  Junior Camille Swirsding was strong in fifth overall.  Junior Elizabeth Pizon had a great race, taking fifth for NA and sixth overall.  Senior Maia Getz had a great race in seventh place and freshmen Lily Ries was eighth to secure a dominant win for the Lady Tigers. The NA girls’ prevailed over Butler, 17-46, and defeated Shaler, 15-50.

The boys’ race was very close between Butler and NA, but the Tigers prevailed, 27-30.  NA beat Shaler with a perfect score (15-50).  The winner of the boys’ race was Butler’s Drew Griffith.  Griffith is one of the top-ranked runners in the country and set a new course record on the North Park course, with a blazing 15:14 (previous record was 15:30).  Junior Jack Bertram took second with a great time.  After a Butler runner took third, it was seniors James Behrend and Michael Gauntner who ran well to grab fourth and fifth place.  Junior Anthony Miklos came through to take seventh overall.  Junior Tyler Davis was excellent once again, placing 9th overall.  Senior Connor Williams and junior Greg Abel made the victory possible by taking the next two spots.

Both NA teams finish a perfect 7-0 in the section. The Tigers will gave some time off before the Tri-State TSTCA Meet on Oct. 19.

NA Sweeps North Hills, Seneca Valley, With Record Setting Day

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The North Allegheny cross country team raced against North Hills and Seneca Valley at North Park on Tuesday.  It was a nice cool day for a cross country meet and the Tigers continued their undefeated streak with both teams going 2-0 against their section rivals.  Seniors Erin McGoey and James Behrend took first place and set the course record with their performances.

The NA Boys beat North Hills 18-45 and Seneca Valley 22-37. Behrend led the tigers with a course record time of 16:57. Senior Michael Gauntner was next up in third place. Junior Tyler Davis had a fantastic race taking sixth overall.  Second seconds back from Davis was a strong race from fellow junior Anthony Miklos in seventh place. Senior Connor Williams confirmed the victory for the Tigers with an eighth place finish. Sophomore Andrew Peigh and junior Sebastian Klimchak had a nice race, rounding out the top seven.

The NA Girls beat North Hills 17-43 and Seneca Valley 22-37.  McGoey took the victory while also setting the course record with a time of 20:03.  Freshman phenom Lily Ries grabbed third place with a good race.  Junior Elizabeth Pizon had a strong race, finishing fourth overall.  Senior Maia Getz was excellent, taking sixth. Sophomore Tess Pagnotto was great in fifth for the Tigers and 10th overall.  Sophomore Mackenzie Winning and junior Kendall Lucas had solid performances to round out the Lady Tigers’ scoring seven.

Next action for the Tigers is next Tuesday where North Allegheny will host Butler and Shaler on NA’s home course at North Park.