Fight Like a Bear:
Fall Athletics

With section titles, playoff appearances, a WPIAL Championship, and an Individual State Championship, the Bears played another fall season for the books. “On the whole this season was about fighting – fighting to improve, fighting for games, fighting for Section Championships, and fighting their way to post-season success,” declared Director of Athletics Kevin Miller. “The most fun about this season was watching our students strive for success.”

Boys Cross Country is WPIAL Champion

The team, which was the 2016 State Champion, hit the ground running, paving the way for another notable season. The Bears won the Class A race at the Red, White, and Blue Classic, earned second place at the PIAA Foundation Cross Country Invitational, and for the second consecutive year, were undefeated Section Champions and Class A WPIAL Champions. They put their best foot forward at the PIAA State Championships and finished fourth.

At the WPIAL Championships, senior Tristan Forsythe finished first, and three other runners finished in the top ten: senior Gordon Pollock, sophomore Scott Routledge, and freshman Patrick Malone. And, at the State Championships, both Tristan and Gordon finished in the top ten, with Tristan marking a WT first by becoming the Class A PIAA Individual Cross Country State Champion.

Girls Cross Country Wins Section for the First Time in School History

Recovering from a challenging 2016 season, Girls Cross Country made great strides this fall. With a team of just five competitors, the Bears won the first section championship for Girls Cross Country in school history with a record of 9-0. At the WPIAL Championships, junior Kate Chaillet qualified for States, where she finished 64th out of 227 runners. The team looks ahead to continued success next season.

Golf Shows Growth and Future Promise

The Bears showed improvement this season, doubling their total victories on the golf course to end the season with a 4-8 record. Season highlights for the team include wins over Eden Christian Academy and Deer Lakes High School, and three team members—freshman Jaxon Standaert and juniors Xavier Johnson and Justin Seth—competing in the WPIAL section tournament.

Girls Tennis Player Makes Playoff Appearance

With a record of 4-6, Girls Tennis narrowly missed qualifying for team playoffs this year. The team cheered on sophomore Alexandra Friedlander, who led Girls Tennis in Singles this season and qualified for the AA Girls Singles Championship. Alexandra lost to the eventual Singles Champion in the first round. Senior Anatea Einhorn and freshman Coco Chen also represented WT in the AA Sectional Doubles Tournament and lost in the second round.

Boys Soccer Earns Playoff Spot and WPIAL Recognition

After narrowly missing playoffs last year, Boys Soccer came back on the field with a vengeance this fall, winning their section in a 2-1 victory over Greensburg Central Catholic and clinching a playoff spot. With many returning starting players and a talented group of freshmen, the team led their section with an undefeated in-section record of 12-0. The Bears stayed hungry during playoffs, but fell to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in the Class A WPIAL Championship semi-final game. The Bears played for a PIAA State Championship spot in the consolation game, but endured another tough loss to Seton LaSalle, drawing their well-played season to a close.

“It was a fun ride,” shared head coach Adam Brownold, “I am so happy for the entire team, especially our seniors who were part of two undefeated Section Champion teams and a WPIAL Championship team when they were freshmen.”

The team also celebrated the WPIAL recognition of six players and coach Adam Brownold. Seniors Max Harlow, Elliot Hare, Jacob Beiriger, Jivak Nischal, and Arthur Barelli received All-Section Finest 15 recognition, senior Daniel Plaut earned an All-Section Honorable Mention, and head coach Adam Brownold was named All-Section Coach of the Year. In addition to their All-Section recognition, Elliot Hare and Max Harlow were also selected for the prestigious All-WPIAL team.

Field Hockey Rebuilds, Looks to Promising Future with Young Talent

In a rebuilding year, Field Hockey had moments to celebrate with a record of 6-8 and a powerful resurgence of players. The team earned a big, non-section win against Oakland Catholic, and celebrated the All-Section recognition of seniors Reilly Jackman and Isel Pollock. “This team has shown a bright future for WT Field Hockey,” declared head coach Bill Fitch, “We had the best numbers in the past three years this season. Several freshmen stepped up, and their contributions strengthened the team as the season progressed. This season taught us that success is earned and not given, and we will be back better than ever next season!”

Girls Soccer Lays Solid Foundation in First WPIAL Season

In its first season in the WPIAL, Girls Soccer laid the groundwork for future success. The team, which began as a student-initiated club team two years ago, ended the season with a record of 5-10. A victory over the undefeated section leader was a highlight of the season. “Even though we did not make playoffs, we laid down a solid foundation for future growth,” noted head coach Joe Bergin. “The team consistently played hard throughout the season and ended the season with a 3-1 win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on senior night.” The Bears celebrated seniors Siena Blelloch and junior Kate Chaillet who were named to the Section 4-A Girls Soccer team.