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Baldwin swimmers advance to WPIAL Class AAA finals |

Baldwin swimmers advance to WPIAL Class AAA finals

| Tuesday, March 1, 2016 4:54 p.m
randy jarosz | for the tribune-review
Baldwin junior Liam Watterson.
randy jarosz | for the tribune-review
Baldwin senior Jillian Pritchard.
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Marina Petruzzi (23) of Thomas Jefferson soars to the hoop.
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Junior guard Dorian Bowie (13) led the Brentwood boys' basketball team in scoring in 2015-16.

Did you know that:

• Four Baldwin athletes qualified individually for the WPIAL Class AAA swimming finals to be held today, Thursday, and Friday at Pitt’s Trees Pool?

Two have qualfied in five individual events — senior Jillian Pritchard (50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 IM) and junior Liam Watterson (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freetyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM).

Pritchard will compete in the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while Watterson will swim in the 100 freestyle and 20 IM.

Hailey Guzzi, a freshman, has qualified in the 50 freestyle and 200 IM events; and Jack Fowler, a junior, has advanced in the 100 backstroke event.

And for the first time in more than 20 years, all six Baldwin relay units have qualified for the WPIAL championships.

The following will compete for the girls’ team: Pritchard, Guzzi, sophomores Kaleigh Varney, Jordan Fediazcko and Lauren Conklin, freshman Emma Stromberg and junior Olivia Altavilla.

On the boys’ side, Watterson, Fowler, and juniors Chris Collins, Sean Hissong and Jake Reiss will compete.

• Baldwin’s Erin Ferrari and Quinn Scharding qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA girls’ diving finals held last week at North Allegheny?

Ferrari, a junior, captured 13th place out of 35 competitors; Scharding, a freshman, placed 24th.

• The Baldwin gymnastics team placed fifth at the recent WPIAL championship meet at Moon High School?

“We had a good meet; the competition is so deep this year,” Jodi Cummings, Baldwin’s head coach, said. “I’m proud of how my girls performed and their finish.”

Freshman Haili Cordell, who finished fifth all-around in the silver division, placed second on the uneven bars, as did junior Ashley Toth on the floor exercise.

Senior Alexis Cadwallader and sophomore Hanna Kalwarski took third place on the balance beam and floor, respectively.

The Lady Highlanders corralled third place at the Pennsylvania Classic held Saturday at Moon High School.

• Thomas Jefferson freshman Courtney Kelley placed fifth in the gold division all-around scoring at the WPIAL meet?

Kelley carded a fourth-place finish on the beam, and sixth on the vault.

• Stat leaders on the Brentwood boys’ basketball team for the 2015-16 season included Dorian Bowie, DeAngelo Brisco and Sean McGlaughlin?

Bowie led the Spartans in scoring at 13.5 ppg. He registered a season-high 32 points Dec. 11 against Fort Cherry.

Brisco led in rebounding with a 7.3 average. He pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds Jan. 20 against Burgettstown.

Brisco also was Brentwood’s second-leading scorer with a 9.6 ppg average.

McGlaughlin led the team in assists, averaging 2.7 per game. He dished out a season-high seven assists Dec. 9 against South Allegheny.

• Marina Petruzzi, a 5-7 sophomore guard who led the Thomas Jefferson girls’ basketball team in scoring this season, says her favorite subject in the classroom is anatomy?

• The cumulative grade-point average of the five seniors on the 2015-16 Baldwin girls’ basketball team is 4.02?

Barb Spegar, a 5-10 forward, leads the way with a 4.4 GPA. Carly Lutz, a 6-2 forward, and Emma Ranft, a 5-9 forward, are next at 4.1 and 4.0, respectively; followed by 5-9 guard/forward Kayla McCormick (3.9) and 5-4 point guard Alex Barr (3.7).

• Baldwin senior Luke Picchi has signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Millersville University?

Two senior members of the Baldwin girls’ soccer program — Danielle Lippl and Khori Weaver — will remain teammates at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the fall.

• Baldwin’s Dave Johnston, Casey Conboy and Kadin Hinish competed in the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor championships Sunday at Penn State University?

Johnston earned 10th place in the boys’ pole vault event; Conboy placed 12th in the boys’ 3,000-meter run. Both are juniors.

• Kenny Dee registered a hat trick in leading the Baldwin hockey team to a 4-3 preliminary-round win over Hampton earlier this week at Baierl Ice Complex?

Tyler Rush also connected for a goal for the Highlanders, while Easton Tamburri, Max Milan and Paul Knerr were credited with assists.

Baldwin goaltender Cole Shannon stopped 17 of 20 shots.

• The Baldwin and Thomas Jefferson boys’ basketball teams lost WPIAL playoff games to eventual finalists North Hills and Beaver Falls in Class AAAA and Class AAA, respectively?

The Seton-La Salle girls also lost to Class AA finalist Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL first round.

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or

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