Avonworth Athletics a year in review
Avonworth had its most successful year in Athletics. Winning its first State Championship and adding a WPIAL championship and a WPIAL runner-up trophy as well as 2 section championship plaques to our ever growing trophy collection. Individually we had numerous WPIAL and PIAA Champions and Place winners. I will attempt to give a quick rundown of all our successes this year.
Starting with the Fall sports
Both Boys and Girls soccer, Boys Golf, Boys and Girls Cross country, Football and Girls Volleyball all made the WPIAL playoffs.
Boys Soccer had upset on their minds as they entered the WPIAL playoffs against Section 4 Champion Seton- LaSalle. Avonworth knowing they played in the toughest section in class “A” came out strong against Seton-LaSalle but ended up losing a hard fought game 3-1. Section rivals CWNC and Springdale finished 1st and 2nd in the WPIAL and Seton- LaSalle was 3rd. The boys return many starters next year and could make another run for a WPIAL championship.
The Girls Soccer team ventured into the WPIAL playoffs as the 5th seed and in the first round defeated Springdale 3-0. Their next opponent was Waynesburg who came into the game undefeated and averaging 5 points per game. Waynesburg did not disappoint, they defeated Avonworth 5-0 and went on to win the WPIAL crown.
The Boys Golf team qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in many years. They finished in 8th place in their semifinal qualifying round and did not advance to the finals. Individually, Katie Carlson, who competes on the boy’s team, qualified for the Girls individual WPIAL Championship finals and finished 11th overall. The top 8 finishers qualify for the PIAA qualifying round.
Boys Cross Country won their section with a 10 and 0 record and placed 6th in the WPIAL Championship meet.
On the Girls side in Cross Country they also qualified for the Championship meet and finished in 11th place with Sophomore Anna Igims, who also is on our girls’ soccer team, finishing in 3rd place overall and qualifying to run in the PIAA meet where she finished a respectable 58th out of 227 runners.
Football made it to the Quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs by recording an upset in their first round game over Section 3 Champion Charleroi.
Girls Volleyball finished second in their section to Beaver, the eventual WPIAL champion and PIAA semi-finalist, and ended up finishing 3rd in the WPIAL, which qualified them for the PIAA tournament. The team had to make the long trip to Meadville High School to take on District 10 Champion and perineal PIAA place winner Corry. After winning the first game 25-22 the girls dropped the next 3 games and the match 3-1.
In the Winter
Both Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball as well as Boys and Girls Swimming all represented Avonworth in the WPIAL playoffs.
Girls’ Basketball finished as the section runner-ups to the eventual WPIAL champion and PIAA runner-up Bishop Canevin and made it to the Quarter finals of the WPIAL tournament before losing a heartbreaker to Mohawk 53-51.
Boys’ Basketball finished 3rd in their section and lost in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs to Shady Side Academy.
Our Girls Swim Team finished second in their section and 7th in the WPIAL. The individual results will be seen below.
The Boys Swimming Team won their section with an undefeated record and also finished as WPIAL champions. Outdistancing runner-up Quaker Valley 228 to 177. Their individual results will also be listed below.
Wrestling qualified 4 individuals to the WPIAL Championships and 1 individual to the state Regional competition.
This spring we had even greater success
Boys Baseball after finishing 2nd in their section played in the WPIAL championship game losing to a very good Brownsville team 5-2. In the first round of the PIAA playoff Avonworth drew a very tough team from District 6 that featured 5 or 6 players who have already signed to play college baseball. The Avonworth team battled hard but came up on the short end of a 5-2 score.
Girls Softball won their section for the second time in 3 years. Finished 3rd in the WPIAL and played in the PIAA tournament. Their first round opponent was an extremely good District 10 Champion Hickory High School out of Erie. As the game progressed it became evident that the Avonworth Girls were no match for this Hickory team as we lost 19-3.
But what our Girls Track team accomplished is truly something spectacular.
Let me try to put in perspective what these girls accomplished over the Memorial Day weekend.
Because of the Cooperative agreement we have in track with Northgate the PIAA puts us in the largest school division. We are only 5 or 6 girls above the cut off line. We have 188 girls in grades 9-11. That makes us the smallest AAA school in the WPIAL and the 4th smallest school in the PIAA competing in track. We compete against much larger schools such as Reading High school and North Penn High school who have close to 1600 girls in grades 9-11. Avonworth only has around 1700 students both Male and female in our whole school district. But we took our best 11 girls 6 from Avonworth and 5 from Northgate to the big meet and came away with 2 gold medals Hunter Robinson in the 200 and 400meter dash, 1 silver medal Hayden Robinson in the 100 meter dash, a bronze medal for the 4X 100 relay and a 5th place finish by the 4 X400 relay. That was enough for us to score 38 team points and beat State College High School by 4 points and come home with the 1st place trophy. The first ever Team State Championship in school History.
Below is all of the individual accolades our Avonworth Student Athletes and coaches accumulated this year.
Coach Tom Angell notched his 100 win as a Head Coach
- Team record 12-7 overall 9-5 in section. Qualified for playoffs.
- All section
- Jason Novosel – JR Midfielder
- Sam Guzzo – JR Striker
- Honorable mention Cory Dick – SR Goalkeeper
- All WPIAL
- Jason Novosel
- Sam Guzzo
- Jason Novosel
- Girls Soccer
- Coach J.C. Mahan reached his 100 win as a Head Coach
- Record 13-6 (9-3 section)
- Qualified for Playoffs and advanced to quarterfinals
- Abby Wert – Jr.
- Chloe Cropper – Jr.
- Abby Wert – Jr.
- Chloe Cropper – Jr.
- Kate Francis – So.
- All Media Team:
- Ryan Felter OL
- Derek Johncour QB
- Joey Bevilacqua DL
Boys Cross Country
won the section championship by going 10-0 in the section. Their team finished in 4th place at the Freedom Invitational and 6th place at the WPIAL Championship.
Girls Cross Country
also finished with a winning record and were led by Sophomore Anna Igims who tied a school record by finishing 3rd overall at the WPIAL Championship and qualified for the State Championship race for the second consecutive year.
All-Section First Team – Emily Ferketic, Makenna Gavin, Erin Williams
Second Team – Abby Crilley, Kat Kosko
ALL-WPIAL FIRST TEAM – Makenna Gavin, Emily Ferketic
Second Team – Erin Williams
All-State First Team – Makenna Gavin, Emily Ferketic
Katie Carlson, who competes on the boy’s team, was the teams low scorer 42.4 qualified for the Girls individual WPIAL Championship finals and finished 11th overall. The top 8 finishers qualify for the PIAA qualifying round.
Aidan Sommers – 200 Medley-1st Place WPIAL-WPIAL Record; 200 IM-6th Place WPIAL; 100 Backstroke-4th Place WPIAL; 400 Freestyle Relay-1st Place WPIAL; 200 Medley Relay-6th Place PIAA; 400 Freestyle Relay-9th Place PIAA, and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Nick Madey – 200 Medley-1st Place WPIAL-WPIAL Record; 100 Butterfly-5th Place WPIAL; 100 Breaststroke-2nd Place WPIAL; 400 Freestyle Relay-1st Place WPIAL; 100 Breaststroke-7th Place PIAA; 100 Butterfly-12th Place PIAA; 200 Medley Relay -6th Place PIAA, and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Cooper Groll – 200 Medley-1st Place WPIAL-WPIAL Record; 100 Freestyle-2nd Place WPIAL; 200 Freestyle Relay-2nd Place WPIAL; 400 Freestyle Relay-1st Place WPIAL; 200 Medley Relay-6th Place PIAA; 200 Free Relay-7th Place PIAA; 400 Freestyle Relay-9th Place, and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Luke Wagner – 200 Freestyle Relay – 2nd Place WPIAL; 200 Free Relay-7th Place PIAA; and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Luke Tomzcak – 200 Freestyle Relay-2nd Place WPIAL; 200 Free Relay-7th Place PIAA; 400 Freestyle Relay-9th Place PIAA, and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Boys 2A WPIAL Champions
Carly Spahr – 200 Medley Relay-7th Place WPIAL; 200 Freestyle Relay-5th Place WPIAL
Danica Raich – 200 Medley Relay-7th Place WPIAL
Angie Patarini – 200 Medley Relay-7th Place WPIAL; 200 Freestyle Relay-5th Place WPIAL
Ava Groll – 200 Medley Relay-7th Place WPIAL; 200 Freestyle Relay-5th Place WPIAL; 400 Freestyle Relay-7th Place WPIAL
Karen Siddoway – 200 Freestyle Relay–5th Place WPIAL; 400 Freestyle Relay – 7th Place WPIAL; 100 Freestyle–1st Place WPIAL; 200 Freestyle–1st Place WPIAL; 100 Freestyle-2nd Place PIAA; 200 Freestyle-9th Place PIAA, and named best swimmer in the PA Class of 2019 by College Swimming.com, and named to the All-State Swimming & Diving Team by the PA High School Swimming Coaches Association
Kaylee Madey – 400 Freestyle Relay-7th Place WPIAl
Bree Nowka – 400 Freestyle Relay – 7th Place WPIAL
Coach Dan Bradley reached his 100th win as a varsity Head Coach
Tyreek Davis 1st Team All Section
Jake Harper 1st Team All Section
Team Qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for 6th consecutive year r
Brant McAdam’s tip off all-tournament team in the tip-off tournament.
Tyreek Davis All-tournament team for the Christmas team.
Hayden Robinson- 1st Team All-Section
Lily Tedesco- Quigley Classic All-Star Selection
Nicole Costa- Quigley Classic All-Star Selection
Hunter Robinson- Round ball Classic All Star Selection
Freshmen Ryan Machirella, Mac Suto, Anthony Mundorf, and Jake Barbabella qualified for the Individual WPIAL championships by placing in the top 4 in their respective weight classes in the sectional tournament.
Jake Barbabella finished 6th in the WPIAL and Qualified for the PIAA Regional Championships.
The boys bowling team
Finished 2nd in their section and qualified for playoffs for the first time in team history.
Individually Sam Wimer and Patrick Gross advanced to the Western Regional finals.
Kemmer Ifft & Jenna Kruetzer — captains and qualified to represent Avonworth in the Varsity Spirit Spectacular parade at Walt Disney World in November.
Jenna Kreutzer and Grace Heflin were named to the UCA All American team this year
The individual accolades for Baseball, Softball and Track have not been released yet but will be coming soon.
The Male and Female Athlete of the year
Our female Athlete of the year is a 2 sport star
3 year starter and letter winner in girls’ basketball.
Round ball Classic All Star Selection
In Track her final tally
MVP of the Pine Richland invitational, Butler invitational and the Mars invitational
PIAA and WPIAL bio
22 WPIAL and PIAA medals combined…IN 3 YEARS!!!
11 WPIAL Medals
11 PIAA Medals
1 5th place
2016 PIAA AA Team Runner up
2018 PIAA AAA Team STATE CHAMPIONS
She is a finalist for the WPIAL athlete of the year
Has accepted a full scholarship to be a part of the Green Wave at Tulane University to run track.
The Male Athlete of the year is a 3 sport athlete
Who for a time led the WPIAL in receptions and Yardage
A valuable contributor to the boys’ basketball team and a 3 year letterwinner.
In baseball Turner has been our starting shortstop for the past 3 seasons leads the team in strikeouts as a pitcher and leads the team in Batting average batting over 400.
This year’s Male Athlete of the year is Turner Grau
Finally, I would like to this opportunity to thank and congratulate the parents, the faculty, the maintenance staff, the administration, the community, our coaches, and especially our student/athletes for all their hard work, understanding and dedication. Without everyone working together with a common goal in mind none of this would have been possible.
Director of athletics for the Avonworth school district