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Neshannock

January 2, 2014

Lancers' sports programs rule in 2013

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NEW CASTLE —

“We have everyone returning and I’m sure that loss is in everyone’s memory bank,” Corey said of the loss to Apollo-Ridge. “It’s a new year and we’ve moved on from that as a team, but we certainly don’t want to relive that feeling. The goal is to win every game on your schedule. To this point, we’ve almost done that. I’m proud of how we’ve competed.”

•The Lady Lancers girls basketball team overcame early 0-4 and 1-5 records to earn the fourth and final playoff berth out of Section 2-AA with an 11-11 record despite having just one senior and nine players total on its roster a year ago.

Neshannock earned the No. 15 seed in the WPIAL playoffs by outlasting West Shamokin, 47-38, in a preliminary-round game at Highlands, but were ousted from the playoffs by eventual state champion Bishop Canevin, 65-28, at Moon.

The 2013-14 Lady Lancers also claimed their own Christmas tourney, while downing Imani Christian and New Castle to secure the New Castle tipoff tournament. They are 10-0 entering tomorrow’s Section 2 showdown with Shenango.

Neshannock has kept three opponents under 20 points and are allowing just 31.9 points a game, while Madison McHale has scored at least 20 points in 8-of-10 games this winter.

•The football team faced high expectations with most of its WPIAL semifinalist team back from 2012 and matched them at every turn.

The Lancers rolled through the regular season with a 7-2 record, reaching the 50-point mark four times, including a season-high 56 points in a season-opening rout of Western Beaver.

Neshannock played in front of a regional television crowd on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh in a thrilling 34-31 loss to Sto-Rox. The Vikings and Lancers traded leads before Sto-Rox turned away Gianni Oliva on fourth-and-goal from inside the 5 with under 10 seconds left in the game.

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