Springdale standout adds spark after scare
Just a few weeks ago, Bryan Weimerskirch was at Allegheny General Hospital, wondering whether his season was over.
Springdale’s senior forward had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, which causes extreme fatigue among other symptoms. He said a doctor initially told him he could be required to rest for as long as six weeks.
In other words, forget the WPIAL playoffs.
But Weimerskirch, Springdale’s leading scorer with 25 goals, quickly improved and returned for the first round of the postseason.
Weimerskirch, who said he’s feeling “about 100 percent,” will lead the Dynamos into their most important game of the season tonight. No. 3 seed Springdale (18-1) will take on No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3) in a WPIAL Class A semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. at Baldwin High School.
It’s a rematch of last year’s final, which GCC won, 2-1.
“Everyone on this team thinks we can get it done,” Weimerskirch said. “Last year, it was our group’s first time being that far. We have more experience this year. We want our vengeance.”
Last season, Weimerskirch scored 29 goals and earned All-WPIAL honors, as he led Springdale to the WPIAL final for the first time since 1979. Coach Cesareo Sanchez said he is thrilled to have Weimerskirch back.
“It was a big addition,” Sanchez said. “We were very worried about him.”
Weimerskirch struggled through Springdale’s senior night Oct. 12. He started the game against Vincentian Academy but quickly asked to be taken out. Later, he re-entered for a short stretch and scored to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Dynamos ended up winning, 2-0.
A couple of days later, he went to AGH and spent four days there. He missed the team’s final Section 2-A game at Riverview on Oct. 14, which Springdale won, 2-1.
“I was real scared,” Weimerskirch said. “The doctor said I could be out of sports for six weeks. The next day, I woke up, and the nurse felt to see if my spleen was enlarged. She couldn’t feel it. Later, they decided I could play when I wanted.
“That made me feel a lot better.”
WPIAL Class A boys soccer semifinals
No. 3 Springdale (18-1) vs. No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3)
» 6 p.m. today, Baldwin High School, Whitehall
» Notable: Springdale has posted 18 consecutive victories since losing its season-opening game to Class AAA Moon, 5-0.