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2023-2024 Game Summaries

NA Boys Finish In 7th Place at State Championship

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team earned a seventh-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championship on Saturday with a 7-5 victory over Cumberland Valley. With a strong conclusion to the 2023 season, the Tigers also notched the Western Conference Northern Division title and finished as the Western Conference runners up.

The Tigers opened the tournament on Friday at North Penn High School and dropped a 10-7 decision to Upper Dublin in their first contest. Tied 4-4 at the half, Upper Dublin surged ahead with a strong third quarter and outscored NA, 4-1, in the period to seize control of the game. North Allegheny was led offensively with a pair of hat tricks from junior Caden Currykosky and senior Camden Wright. Senior Jonathan Mowry tallied one goal and led the defense with four steals. In net, sophomore Michael Stefanko reeled in eight saves and also tied for the team lead in thefts with four.

In their second contest, the Tigers fell to Muhlenberg, 11-7. Currykosky and junior Grant Regule paced the offense with two goals each. Single goals were scored by Mowry, and sophomores Callan Bunger and Mason Shantz. Stefanko made 14 saves in net.

On Saturday, North Allegheny bounced back with a 7-5 victory against Cumberland Valley in the seventh-place consolation game. In a well-balanced performance, Currykosky netted a pair of goals to lead the offense, while Mowry, Shantz, Wright, Regule and senior Anthony Hollo all tallied one marker apiece. Mowry dished out a team-high six assists to facilitate the offense and notched three steals to pace the defense. Stefanko made 11 saves and also corralled three steals.

Individual accolades were garnered by several Tigers following the tournament. Wright was named first-team all-state and Regule earned third-team all-state laurels. Honorable mention all-state recognition went to Mowry and Currykosky. First-year player Bryce Miller was named to All-Freshman Team.

The North Allegheny boys’ team conclude the season with a 14-7 overall record. Congratulations to head coach Damir Matanovic and both NA water polo teams on another successful season.

Lady Tigers Take 7th Place At State Championship

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team earned a seventh-place finish at the Pennsylvania State Championship on Saturday with a thrilling 9-7 win in overtime over Muhlenberg. With a strong finish to the 2023 season, the Lady Tigers also notched the Western Conference Northern Division title.

The Lady Tigers opened the tournament on Friday against top-seeded North Penn and dropped a 12-2 decision against the eventual state champions.

On Saturday, the eighth-seeded Tigers took on fourth-seeded Wissahickon and nearly pulled off the upset. Tied 8-8 after four quarters, senior Carissa Jones scored a pair of goals in the second overtime period but Wissihickon managed to score three times in the extra session to escape with an 11-10 win over NA. Jones finished the contest with a team-high eight goals and sophomore Tori Tieppo scored twice in the defeat. Senior goalie Izzie Trunzo made 14 saves.

In the seventh-place consolation game, North Allegheny played in another nail-biter and this time prevailed, defeating Muhlenberg, 9-7. Down 6-4 in the final stanza, Jones and sophomore Bella Spino netted back-to-back goals to knot the game at 6-6 and force overtime. In the extra session, Spino, Tieppo and Katyusha Peregoncev all scored to propel NA to victory. Overall, Jones led the team in scoring with four goals in the contest, followed by Spino’s two goals. Tieppo, Peregoncev and junior Ava Sharar all tallied one goal apiece. Trunzo made 12 saves with two assists and a team-leading four steals.

Individual accolades were attained by several Tigers at the conclusion of the tournament. Trunzo was named first-team all-state and was named Pennsylvania’s inaugural Goalie of the Year award winner. Jones was tabbed second-team all-state and Tieppo garnered all-state honorable mention laurels.

The Lady Tigers conclude the 2023 season with a  15-9 record. The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team will vie for a state crown at North Penn High School on Nov. 3-4.

Lady Tigers Advance to State Championship

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team punched its ticket to the state championship tournament on Saturday at the State Play-In Tournament at Wilson High School. The Lady Tigers defeated Cumberland Valley, 13-7, in a blowout and followed with a 7-4 victory against Cathedral Prep to advance to the state finals.

Against Cumberland Valley, the Tigers soared past the Eagles thanks to a five-goal performance from sophomore Tori Tieppo. Senior Carissa Jones and sophomore Bella Spino each netted a hat trick to power the offense. Juniors Ava Sharar and Lily Tang  tacked on one goal apiece to close out the scoring. Jones and senior goalie Izzie Trunzo totaled three assists each, while Trunzo notched 14 saves in net to earn the victory.

In the night cap, North Allegheny edged the Cathedral Prep Ramblers with two goals each from Tieppo and Tang to lead the offense. Spino, senior Katyusha Peregoncev, and sophomore Mikaela Dassanaike each scored one goal apiece. Senior Carissa Jones dished out three assists and posted two steals on defense. Trunzo made 10 saves to collect the win in between the pipes.

Following the state-play in tournament, the Lady Tigers improve to 14-7 on the season and advance to the State Championship Tournament on Oct. 27-28.

Tigers Participate At Annual Screamin’ Eagle Tournament

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The North Allegheny water polo team took on some of the top teams in the state over the weekend at the annual Screamin’ Eagle Tournament at Cumberland Valley High School. The NA Boys went 3-1 at the tournament, while the NA Girls were 1-2.

Following a 7-5 loss to La Salle College High School on Friday night, the NA Boys bounced back on Saturday with an 11-6 triumph over Muhlenberg. Against the Muhls, seniors Camden Wright and Anthony Hollo paced the offense with a hat trick each. Senior Jonathan Mowry and junior Grant Regule netted two goals apiece, and sophomore Matthew Woods added a marker. Mowry dished out a team-best four assists and collected a team-high four steals. Sophomore goalie Michael Stefanko made nine saves to earn the victory in net.

Coming off the win against Muhlenberg, the NA Boys won a thriller over host Cumberland Valley. Spearheading the victory was Regule with four goals, while Wright, junior Caden Currykosky and sophomore Mason Shantz tallied to goals apiece. Mowry chipped in with a goal and added a team-best four assists. Currykosky led the defense with three steals and Stefanko totaled 11 saves.

In the nightcap, the Tigers defeated Exeter, 13-7. Wright and Regule powered the offense with six and five goals, respectively. Mowry tacked on two more goals, along with three assists and three steals. Shantz added three steals to lead the defense and Stefanko made seven saves to secure the the win.

The Lady Tigers opened tournament on Friday night with a 13-5 victory against the host Cumberland Valley Eagles. Sophomore Tori Tieppo sparked an avalanche of scoring with a seven-goal performance. Senior Carissa Jones delivered an outstanding all-around effort with four goals, six assists and six steals. Junior Ava Sharar and senior Katyusha Peregoncev chipped in with one goal each. Senior goalie Izzie Trunzo picked up the win with five saves in between the pipes.

On Saturday, the NA Girls hung tough Muhlenberg but dropped an 8-4 decision to the Muhls. Jones paced the offense with a hat trick and sophomore Bella Spino tacked on a goal. Jones and senior Elizabeth Vales reeled in two steals each on defense. Trunzo made 12 stops in net.

In the finale, the Lady Tiegrs dropped a narrow 3-1 decision in a low-scoring affair. Trunzo made nine saves in the first three quarters before scoring NA’s only goal in the fourth period. Katherine Vales played goalie in the final stanza and totaled a pair of saves.

Following the Screamin’ Eagle Tournament,tThe North Allegheny boys’ team improves to 13-5 overall, while the Lady Tigers leap to 12-7 on the season.

Tigers Roll Ramblers For Doubleheader Sweep

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The North Allegheny water polo team continued its winning ways in Erie on Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of Cathedral Prep. The Lady Tigers rolled to a 12-6 win, while the NA Boys edged the Ramblers, 13-11.

Photos by J.J. LaBella.

In the girls’ matchup, North Allegheny held a 6-4 lead after three quarters before pulling away in the fourth period by outscoring CP, 6-2, in the final stanza. The offense was paced by senior Carissa Jones with a team-high four goals, followed by sophomore Mikaela Dassanaike with a hat trick. Sophomore Tori Tieppo netted a pair of goals and senior Katyusha Peregoncev chipped in with one marker. Sophomore Bella Spino helped facilitate the attack with two assists. In net, senior goalie Izzie Trunzo made six saves to earn the victory.

The NA Boys were involved in a nip-and-tuck contest and outlasted the Ramblers in the end for a 13-11 victory. Junior Grant Regule totaled four goals and senior Camden Wright tallied a hat trick. Senior Jonathan Mowry and sophomore Matthew Woods each netted a pair of foals, while junior Caden Currykosky and sophomore Callan Bunger added one goal apiece. Mowry and Currykosky contributed to the defense with two steals each. Sophomore goalie Mike Stefanko made four saves and a team-high three steals.

The North Allegheny boys’ team improves to 10-4 overall, while the Lady Tigers leap to 11-5 on the season. NA will take part in the Screamin’ Eagle Tournament this weekend at Cumberland Valley High School.