Monday's Westmoreland Sports Notebook

Spartans, Bucs remain perfect; Two local volleyball players recognized; Vikings, Scotties girls unblemished on pitch

Mon Sep 12, 2022 - 5:03PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Mon Sep 12, 2022 - 5:03PM

Spartans, Bucs football remain perfect

Three weeks into the WPIAL football season, just two Westmoreland County teams remain unblemished. Hempfield Area and Burrell each improved to 3-0 with wins in county matchups last week, albeit in drastically different manners. The Spartans won in lopsided fashion at Greater Latrobe, prevailing 49-14, while the Buccaneers edged Valley 30-27. Hempfield Area scored the final 35 points of its contest, as the Spartans pulled ahead on a Gino Caesar touchdown run in the second quarter, the first of his four scores. Caesar rushed 31 times for 138 yards, QB Jake Phillips completed 14-of-20 passes for 246 yards and two scores, and Ian Tuffs caught seven passes for 137 yards and a score. Eli Binakonsky added two rushing TDs for the Spartans. Conversely, Burrell’s game was decided in the final two minutes, as a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Croushore broke a fourth-quarter tie, giving the Buccaneers the road win in a rivalry showdown. Devin Beattie and Chase Fenner each contributed a pair of rushing scores for Burrell, with Beattie amassing 169 yards on 23 carries.

Hoffer, Bukowski notch first coaching wins

A pair of football head coaches in Westmoreland County secured their first victories on Friday night, as Yough’s Benny Hoffer and Southmoreland’s Tim Bukowski each achieved the milestone. Hoffer’s Yough Cougars edged Charleroi 14-0, while Bukowski’s Scotties doubled up Derry Area, 28-14. Senior quarterback Gavin Roebuck was the difference maker in the battle of the Cougars, as he scored both touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards for Yough. Roebuck opened the scoring on a 1-yard surge in the second quarter, and he added a 12-yard run in the third frame. Hoffer, a 2009 Yough grad, was the school’s career rushing leader when he graduated. Meanwhile for Southmoreland, running back Trey Whetsel registered two rushing scores, Caden Matthews threw a TD to Wyatt Richter on a trick play, and signalcaller Kadin Keefer rushed for a score in the Scotties’ win on the road. Bukowski, who had been the Scotties’ offensive coordinator the previous four years, is a Monessen grad.

Two county volleyball players earn recognition

Norwin’s Sara Olson and Greater Latrobe’s Emma Blair were each acknowledged as players of the week by the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association last Tuesday. Olson, a senior libero for the Knights, was among three players selected in Class 4A, while Blair, who is a senior middle hitter, was chosen in the 3A field. Several Westmoreland teams also cracked the rankings, as Penn-Trafford moved up a spot to seventh, and Hempfield Area dropped one place to eighth on the 4A list. In Class 3A, Greater Latrobe held steady at seventh. Lastly, Greensburg Central Catholic slid one spot, checking in at fifth in 1A.

Vikings, Scotties girls unblemished on pitch

A pair of rival schools in the same section remain perfect in girls soccer, as Mount Pleasant Area and Southmoreland each boast overall records of 4-0-0. The Vikings won three matches last week, blasting East Allegheny 11-0 in a section tilt, and following with road triumphs against Penn-Trafford 4-0 and Elizabeth Forward 3-1. The Scotties won twice last week, blanking host Woodland Hills 5-0 in the section opener, and adding a 7-1 win at home against Penn Hills. The Vikings and Scotties are tied with Yough, all at 1-0-0, atop the Class 2A Section 3 standings.

St. Vincent inducts multiple HOF classes

The Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame grew by 15 members over the weekend, as the past three classes were all inducted together. The new inductees from the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 include Armando Fortunado, (Class of 2012 - football); Kristin (Meyers) Moran (06 – basketball); Joe Pichler (05 – baseball); Brittany Sedlock (12 – basketball); Kristen (Lancas) Manley (04 – basketball); Sarah (Johnston) Barnett (06 - cross country); Dr. Jeffrie Mallory (06 – basketball); Mike Medved (09 – basketball); James Scott (70 - club football); Robert Delach (80 – soccer); Christina (Basilone) White (06 – soccer); Ivette Mejia (12 - cross country); Andrea Taylor (04 – soccer); Louis Posa (68 – baseball); and Hannah Doblick (04 – lacrosse). They were also honored during halftime of the Bearcats’ home game against Washington & Jefferson.