New Castle News

Union

November 9, 2012

WPIAL Playoffs: Preview of Union vs. Sto-Rox

NEW CASTLE — The Big Seven Conference will be on display in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

Conference foes Union High and Sto-Rox won last week in the opening round of the district’s playoffs, earning a matchup at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mars High School.

“It’s a testament to our conference,” Scotties coach Stacy Robinson said about the strength of the conference. “That’s been commonplace though over the years for the Big Seven for teams to play each other in the playoffs.”

GETTING HERE

Tenth-seeded Union (7-3) knocked off Beth-Center last week in the opening round, 21-7. It was the Scotties’ first playoff win since 1979, Robinson’s junior year. Union lost the next week in the semifinals to Knoch.

“The kids are excited, but I don’t want them to get too nervous,” said Robinson, who is in his 16th season at the helm. “You have to win. There’s no next week. Everyone is at that stage of the season where your season could end at any time.”

The second-seeded Vikings (9-1) advanced last week with a 40-7 win over Carmichaels. Sto-Rox is ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class A by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Vikings also check in at No. 5 in the state by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg.

“Sto-Rox is a very talented football team,” Robinson said. “They’re good on both sides of the ball and dangerous on special teams.”

Dan Bradley is in his first season as the Vikings coach. He took over for Ron Butschle, who resigned in July because of family reasons. Bradley was the team’s offensive coordinator.

“We had a pretty good feeling we’d see Union in the quarterfinals,” Bradley said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Stacy as a coach and as a person.

“This matchup is a good representation of our conference.”

The winner moves on to battle the survivor of the Rochester-North Catholic matchup Nov. 16 at a time and site to be determined.

Union and Sto-Rox met Oct. 5 on the Scotties’ home field and the Vikings pulled away for a 48-21 decision. Union trailed just 20-14 in the third quarter before the Vikings tacked on 14 points in 2:43 to take control.

“The advantage with the rematch for them would be the simple fact that they beat us,” Robinson said. “For us, there’s no advantage to it. It gives us the advantage to rework the gameplan I guess. We’ll study things and be ready.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Union
  • oneill.tiff Union principal receives award

    Union Area School District’s elementary principal will receive the 2014 Distinguished Female Educator Award. The award from the Tri-State Area School Study Council is to be presented April 24 to Linda J. O’Neill during the 12th annual Dr. Jean Winsand International Institute for Women in School Leadership at the Edgewood Country Club in Penn Hills.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg Union to return assistant principal post

    The Union Area School District will have a new administrator when the 2014-15 school year starts. The board voted 8-0 Wednesday night to hire an assistant principal. Debra Allebach was absent.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 08.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Union to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

    Too nice. Too tall. Too funny.Actors in Union High’s musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” transformed and fine-tuned their personalities in preparation for tonight’s opening performance. The task presented challenges for director Diana M. Borowski’s cast.

    March 6, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Union sets kindergarten, pre-K registration

    Registration for kindergarten and pre-K students in the Union school district will be March 27 and 28. To enter the pre-kindergarten program, children must live in the district and be 4 years old before Oct. 1.

    January 20, 2014

  • Union French classes to continue on computer

    French classes will continue at Union High School, but they will be cyber classes. Dr. Alfonso Angelucci, district superintendent, Wednesday confirmed that former French teacher Angela Berger had resigned last month.

    January 16, 2014

  • Union teacher named state executive director

    Beginning March 1, the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils will have a new executive director for the first time in 37 years.

    January 15, 2014

  • Rooney.tiff Football News: Union grad to suit up for Team Europe — and Team USA

    Jordon Rooney will be a busy man next month. And that has very little to do with Christmas. The 23-year-old will compete in a pair of football games a little over a week apart near the end of December.

    November 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • school.jpg Group helps Union students, teachers

    A robotics program continues to grow in the Union Area School District. Fifth- and sixth-graders enjoyed Education Day at PNC Park. And two jazz band clinics also were able to take place.

    November 26, 2013 1 Photo

  • photo.tiff Union Township honors fallen son

    Yesterday’s prayers and Veterans Day remembrances in Union Township were for all veterans and soldiers. But special recognition was given to fallen Army Staff Sgt. Edward Mills Jr., whose name was unveiled on a monument at the municipal building and on a stone near the flagpole at the high school.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • High School Softball: Conforti takes over at Union

    There is a new leader in the Union High softball program. Anthony Conforti, 47 of Ellwood City, was hired to replace Gary Trimble as the Lady Scots’ coach. Trimble served as Union’s coach for nine years.

    November 7, 2013

House Ads
Poll

Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended five games for sucker punching Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider during a bench clearing brawl on Sunday. You OK with that suspension?

Yes. Seems fair.
No. Baseball NEVER gets it right in these situations. Should have been at least 20 games for his sucker punch into a pile of players.
Not sure, but I’d love to see baseball be like hockey and allow two guys to fight for a while before breaking it up. Let’s see how tough Maldonado is then.
     View Results