Passion at Play:
Fall Athletics

From WPIAL playoffs and a PIAA State Championship, to standout individual performances and the foundation for future triumphs, it was another impressive fall athletics season at WT. In the spirit of the second Athletics Hall of Fame induction honoring inspirational WT athletes and athletics contributors, the Bears played with passion and determination.

“In the words of Hall of Fame inductee Kimberly Farinet-Sailer ’87, WT athletes ‘jumped into their passion with both feet’ this fall,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Miller. “It was exciting to see where this dedication carried the Bears. Whether participating in a state championship or working through a rebuilding season, our athletes understand the importance of playing with passion. I’m proud that the athletics program plays a role in cultivating this characteristic which will serve the Bears off the field and beyond WT.”

Boys Cross Country is State Champion

For the second time in WT history, the Boys Cross Country team won the PIAA State Championship, scoring 62 points in a convincing win. With an in-section record of 9-0, the team also won the AA Section 5 Championship and the Class A WPIAL Championship. Senior Ben Littmann marked a first for the team, earning the Individual Champion honor at the WPIAL Championship. Junior Tristan Forsythe and senior Shaun Hay finished second and third respectively in that race.

Girls Cross Country Runner Goes to States

Girls Cross Country had a challenging season, ending with a 2-7 record. Despite this, the team is delighted for sophomore Daniela Schafer who qualified for states and finished 65th out of 217 runners. The team looks ahead, hoping to make strides in the 2017 season.

Golf Builds the Foundation for Future Success

Although the Bears fought valiantly, it was a tough season on the course for the golf team. The team ended the season with a record of 2-10. WT’s defeat of Summit Academy was a highlight of the season. Justin Seth impressively qualified for the AA WPIAL playoffs as a sophomore. “The team worked to hone their game play this season and to build the foundation for future success,” said head coach David Hallas.

Field Hockey Earns Sixth Consecutive Playoff Appearance

For the sixth consecutive year, the Field Hockey team secured a WPIAL Section A playoff spot. Despite a defeat in a tough first-round game against Ellis, head coach Bill Fitch is extremely proud of the team’s performance this season. “We started the season with high hopes and saw those hopes come to fruition,” said Fitch. “Our returning players stepped up to lead by example for the newer players. Though we will be losing two key seniors, our returning players will make for a promising 2017 season.”

Girls Soccer: Impressive Debut on the Varsity Stage

Building on the success of last year’s soccer club, the Girls Soccer team made an impressive debut in their first season playing as an independent varsity team. Led by head coach Parus Nischal ’13 and assistant coach and science faculty member Lynn Horton, the determined players turned their dream of an independent Girls Soccer team into reality and finished the 2016 season with a winning record of 7-6-1. “This was an incredibly successful season,” said Horton. “From our wins over Carrick, Ellis, Eden Christian, and Obama (at Highmark Stadium in front of a huge WT crowd), to how we learned and bounced back from some tough losses, the girls were always supportive of one another and truly exemplified the spirit of ‘team.’ We have a strong case to be accepted into the WPIAL next year, and we hope to be going to the WPIAL playoffs next year.”

Girls Tennis Makes Playoff Appearances

Building from the success of the 2015 season, the Girls Tennis team finished with a record of 6-4 and secured spots in the WPIAL Singles, Doubles, and Team Tournaments. For the second consecutive year, Emma Famili advanced to the first round of the Singles Tournament. She was also a AA Section runner up. Emma and fellow senior Roshni Nischal represented WT in the first round of the Doubles Tournament and fell to Neshannock, and at the Team Tournament, the team lost in a tough match against Knoch.

Boys Soccer Rebuilds with Fresh Talent

After 11 senior soccer players graduated last year, eight freshmen joined the Bears on the field this fall. The Bears played many hard-fought games lost by slim margins and narrowly missed making it to the playoffs. They ended the season with a 5-6-1 record of in-section play. Senior Nathaniel Hull and juniors Elliot Hare and Arthur Barelli received All Section Honors, and junior Daniel Plaut received an All Section Honorable Mention. “The team was plagued by injuries throughout the season, which provided younger players with the opportunity to gain some valuable experience. We’ll miss the senior leadership of captains Jack Waters and Nathaniel Hull, but look forward to what the 2017 season has to offer,” noted coach Adam Brownold.

Crew Rows to Victory

After a successful appearance at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships in May 2016, with four top five finishes, the Bears continued to row their way to victory. This fall, the Bears competed at the Head of Welland in Welland, ON, the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Highlights include a first place and second place finish at the Head of the Welland and three boats with WT rowers finishing in first place at the fall 2016 scrimmage at Steel City Rowing Club.