Great pitching, defense and weather mark Catholic League baseball so far

The weekly Monday/Wednesday league schedule saw Catholic teams turn in extraordinary play with dramatic moments and a few blow outs in the season's first week. John Knebels recaps the action and looks ahead to next week.

Early-season Catholic League lacrosse season gets underway

Cardinal O'Hara emerged with a 14-8 victory, and the Lions' first league win, over Father Judge this week. While O'Hara is fielding mostly freshman players, Judge welcomes first-year head coach Michael Donohue.

Tough D helps Neumann-Goretti’s girls capture state crown

The Saints' quick, aggressive defense wrenched 15 stolen passes and 26 forced turnovers leading to a a hard-fought, 62-56 win over Bishop Canevin High School and their third straight PIAA Class 3A championship.

What a run: Wood’s girls cap four-year bonanza with 2nd state title

The Lady Vikings survived a scare in the championship game March 24 and emerged with their second consecutive PIAA Class 5A championship. It was their fourth trip to the finals after four district titles in as many years.

Archbishop Wood brings home first PIAA boys’ basketball title

The Vikings lost their first Catholic League game of 2017 but then they ran the table, winning their next 21 games. For their first Class 5A state championship, the coach put in every player, ensuring memories they'll never forget.

Neumann-Goretti boys capture state basketball crown

The Saints easily dispatched Lincoln Park of western Pa., 89-58, for the PIAA Class 3A championship in which they played their best game of the postseason. "It’s a special time for all of us,” said senior Quade Green.

Girls’ and boys’ basketball teams thriving in PIAA playoffs

The Catholic League continues to assert itself against the state’s finest competition as semifinal play continues March 17. Leading the way for Archbishop Carroll is Bella Sorrentino -- from the foul line.

State basketball playoffs set to welcome 13 Catholic League teams

Archbishop Wood (boys) and Cardinal O'Hara (girls) are just two of the teams representing the league in PIAA playoffs this weekend, which John Knebels previews. Winning a state title might even be better than playing at the Palestra.

Cardinal O’Hara skates away with Catholic League hockey title

Forward Justin Boornazian led the way by scoring a hat trick in the Lions' 7-3 defeat of Archbishop Ryan in the Blue Division championship March 2. Both teams are competing in the Flyers Cup series this week.

Wood pries league championship from almost certain defeat

There was little chance Archbishop Wood could come back from a deep deficit at halftime of the boys' basketball Catholic League final. But they did, edging Neumann-Goretti 65-58 for Wood's first league hoops title.