The toils and tribulation of hard work and matches against top-tier competition can be exhausting and draining, but they instantly become worth it when the gold is earned.
With their 1-0 win over Utah in the President’s Cup finals, the Century West U15 girl’s soccer team did just that.
Head coach Chris Lantzy joined Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County to talk about Century West’s national championship, coming after a season that started back in March and took a year’s worth of preparation to fully achieve. Coach Chris talked about the levels of talent, discipline, and sportsmanship that these young ladies showcased while climbing the ladder towards their golden victory earlier this month.
Seven players on the Century West roster hail from Beaver County Schools:
* Morgan Keller (Freedom/Sophomore)
* Gabriella “Gigi” Finch (Riverside/Freshman)
* Emerson Connelly (Beaver/Freshman)
* Lilia Battalini (Beaver/Freshman)
* Sydney Chontos (Beaver/Freshman)
* Dionna “Tiger” Santia (Hopewell/Sophomore)
* Bella Gold (Hopewell/Sophomore)
For more information on Century West or to get involved with the program, visit their website at centurywestsoccer.org
To watch the full interview with Matt and Coach Chris, click on the Facebook feed below!
3:30 pm Blackhawk vs. Erie Cathedral Prep at Mercyhurst University
5:00 pm Montour vs. Clearfield at Showers Field, DuBois
5:30 pm Harbor Creek vs. New Castle at North Allegheny High School
3:30 pm McGuffey vs. Hickory at Slippery Rock University
5:30 pm Mercyhurst Prep vs. Hopewell at Neshannock
6:30 pm South Park vs. Martinsburg Central at PNG Field, Altoona
3:00 pm Mount Union vs. Shenango at North Allegheny High School
3:30 pm Serra Catholic vs. Southern Huntingdon at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson
4:00 pm Carmichaels vs. Johnsonburg at Kuntz Field, Punxsutawney
6:00 pm Seton LaSalle vs. Sharpsville at Slippery Rock University
1:00 pm Riverview vs. Kennedy Catholic at Slippery Rock University
2:00 pm Eden Christian vs. DuBois Central Catholic at Showers Field, DuBois
3:00 pm Elk County Catholic vs. Union at Neshannock
2:00 pm Highlands vs. Clearfield at Heindl Field, DuBois
2:00 pm Eastern York vs. Beaver at Norwin
5:00 pm Elizabeth Forward vs. Franklin at Slippery Rock University
12:00pm Ellwood City vs. Punxsutawney at Heindl Field, DuBois
3:00 pm Bald Eagle Area vs. Mount Pleasant at Peterswood Park, Peters Township
5:00 pm Avonworth vs. Jamestown Area at Penn State-Behrend
3:00 pm Ligonier Valley vs. Sharpsville at Slippery Rock University
4:00 pm Shenango vs. Chestnut Ridge at Bedford High School
4:00 pm Frazier vs. Laurel at North Allegheny High School
1:00 pm Shade vs. West Greene at Peterswood Park, Peters Township
2:30 pm Union vs. Glendale at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson
4:00 pm Leechburg vs. DuBois Central Catholic at Heindl Field, DuBois
Stallings’ hit lifts Pirates, Marlins’ 8th loss in row
By ALAN SAUNDERS Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings hit a game-ending single in the 12th inning that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over Miami 8-7 and extended the Marlins’ longest losing streak in six years to eight games. Automatic runner Adam Frazier advanced to third on Ke’Bryan Hayes’ flyout leading off the 12th against Adam Cimber. Bryan Reynolds was intentionally walked, and Stallings lined a single to center. Clay Holmes pitched a perfect 12th. Miami has lost eight in a row for the first time since May 15-22, 2015, and has lost nine of 10, dropping a season-low nine games under .500 at 24-33.
Hopewell goes for the 3A WPIAL Baseball title tonight against South Park at 4:30 with a 4:00 pregame on Beaver County Radio. Then Beaver takes its shot for gold in the 4A WPIAL Softball championship against Highlands at 6:45. Pregame for Highlands/Beaver is slated for 6:15, following the coverage of the Hopewell/South Park match.
Championship Games at Wild Things Park in Washington
Consolation Games at Washington & Jefferson College
Class 3A Consolation
1 pm McGuffey vs. Avonworth
Class 2A Championship
1:30 pm Shenango vs. Seton LaSalle
Class 3A Championship
4:30 pm South Park vs. Hopewell (4:00 pregame)
Class 5A Consolation
5 pm Peters Township vs. West Allegheny
Class 4A Championship
7:30 pm New Castle vs. Montour
ALL games at California University
12 pm Union vs. West Greene
2:15 pm Ellwood City vs. Mount Pleasant
4:30 pm Armstrong vs. North Hills
6:45 pm Beaver vs. Highlands (6:15 pregame)
Tonight’s game vs. Colorado is postponed. The game will be made up as part of a double-header tomorrow. The Pirates will play two separate games…Game 1 will begin at 12:05 (11:40 airtime) and the second game will begin at 4:05 (3:40 airtime).
Jarry rebounds with 37 saves, Pens even series with Isles
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tristan Jarry stopped 37 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round series with the New York Islanders with a taut 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. Jarry struggled in a 4-3 loss in Game 1, but bounced back to pick up the first postseason victory of his career. Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter scored in the first period for the Penguins. Josh Bailey drew New York within a goal late in the second period, but the Islanders couldn’t draw even. The series shifts to New York for Game 3.
Arenado, Edman lead Cardinals to 5-2 win over Pirates
By WARREN MAYES Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer, his fourth in four games, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Tommy Edman added three singles and drove in two runs for St. Louis. The Cardinals returned home after dropping three straight at San Diego to win their fourth consecutive game this season against Pittsburgh. John Gant threw 5 1/3 innings to earn the win. Alex Reyes pitched the ninth to record his 12th save in 12 chances. JT Brubaker, who had been charged with two earned runs or fewer in six of his first seven starts, gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Longtime Pirates 2B Stennett dies at 72 after cancer fight
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Pirate second baseman Rennie Stennett has died following a fight with cancer. He was 72. Stennett spent nine of his 11 big league seasons with the Pirates, helping the team win the 1979 World Series. Stennett hit .274 for his career and twice received votes for the National League’s Most Valuable Player award. He started at second base on Sept. 1, 1971, when the Pirates fielded the first all-Black starting lineup in MLB history. Stennett is also the only player in the modern era to go 7 for 7 at the plate in a nine-inning game. He left the Pirates after the 1979 season, signing a five-year contract with San Francisco. The Giants released him in April 1982.
DeSclafani, Duggar lead NL-best Giants over Pirates 3-1
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani allowed one hit over five scoreless innings and Steven Duggar hit his first home run in nearly two years to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1. DeSclafani improved to 3-7 against the Pirates. The lone hit off him was a first-inning single by Jacob Stallings. Duggar’s solo shot in the fifth off Wil Crowe broke a scoreless tie. It was his seventh career homer in four seasons, and first since June 13, 2019. The Giants improved to an NL-best 23-14 with their fifth win in six games. Tyler Rogers earned his third save by pitching a scoreless ninth. Pirates first baseman Will Craig hit his first major league homer in the eighth.
Stokes’ first career hits help Pirates finally solve Reds
By JOHN PERROTTO Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2. Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and doubled in a run in the eighth. Brubaker allowed one run on five hits as he won for the first time in four starts. The Pirates had lost eight striaght games to the Reds. Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker had a home run and two doubles.