Forest Hills School District Summer Newsletter 2017
Baseball District VI 4A Champions and LHAC Tri-Champions ~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ The 2017 season was one for the ages, this group of young men brought back championships to Forest Hills Baseball. The group had 18 wins and 6 losses, while sharing the LHAC title and winning the District title with a convincing 11-1 win over Somerset. The team also won a PIAA playoff game vs, Kennard- Dale before falling to Blackhawk. The four Seniors provided leadership to the team and finished their careers with 59 wins and 28 losses. Jared Wehner was the Senior Award winner and batted .312, while winning 4 games on the mound, including a D6 playoff game vs, Bedford, yielding just 1 hit. He also led the team in strikeouts with 45. Nathan Kundrod hit close to .300 and was instrumental in the district championship game victory, securing 3 hits. He also laid down a perfect squeeze play in the PIAA playoff game against Kennard-Dale, which gave the team a slim 4-3 victory. Matt Norton started in right field and had 1 win on the mound. Conner Hudson was a leader and contributed to the teams’ success in many ways. Juniors contributed heavily to the teams’ success. Brian Bernard hit .300, and had a win pitching during the season. His catch in the D6 finals will be remembered for years to come. Nick Peretin became an outstanding catcher, and led the team in runs batted in with 26. Ryan Richardson hit .338 and was a top of the lineup run producer. He played the entire year with an injured shoulder and had to have surgery the day before the second round PIAA playoff loss to Blackhawk. Evan Kundrod made positive contributions as a junior and should be an everyday starter next year. The sophomore class was led by Adam Cecere who was named the LHAC All-Conference selection for his efforts at the plate and on the mound. Adam had a .431 batting average, with a .608 on base percentage, along with 28 total hits and 26 walks. He won 6 games pitching, including the D6 championship game. Jake Shope had a .317 batting average and led the team in total runs with 28, and had 2 pitching victories. Other sophomores contributing to the varsity team were Forrest Wolfhope and Chase Hudson. Freshman Brycen Rearick had a solid varsity campaign hitting .286 and winning 2 games on the mound. Brycen saved the best for last by getting 3 hits and 3 RBI’s in the D6 final. Seth Richardson also lettered in varsity as a freshman and will be counted on more in the years to come. The Junior Varsity team had 4 victories and 5 losses. The team was a victim of the bad spring weather this year. The team conducted the youth league clinic and also visited PNC Park to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates play. The 2017 team certainly lived up to the “excellence is the tradition” mantra that makes us all proud to be from Forest Hills. Varsity Wrestling The varsity wrestling team finished the season with a 10-7 record. The team was faced with injuries during the season, but showed resilience to still finish with ten wins. The team was led by three seniors: Nathan Wingard, Hayden Block, and Jared Montague. The entire team worked extremely hard all season long, and improved from last season. The expectations for next season will be as high as ever for the wrestling program. The team is very talented and will be ready to compete next season. The individual season came with some success as well. Four wrestlers placed at the District 6 tournament and advanced to the PIAA SW Regional tournament. Those wrestlers were: Byron Daubert (3 rd Place), Nathan Wingard (5 th Place), Trey Templeton (5 th Place), and Conner Law (5 th place). Though, no wrestler was able to advance to the state tournament, it was still a successful individual season. The team will look to continue to improve next season. The future is very bright for the program, and will be exciting to see what success is to come. The varsity wrestling team would also like the thank all of our wonderful local businesses who supported our program this season! 26
~ VARSITY SPORTS ~ Forest Hills Boys Tennis 2017 Our boys’ tennis team had plenty of participants who were mainly 1 st year seniors. These seniors brought with them the wisdom of being older and eagerly paid attention and worked hard at practice as well as on their own to improve as the season progressed. Our team was competitive and the players graduating will continue to play this lifetime sport. Media Day Pictured below are this year’s seniors intending to play sports at the college level. Media day was held in June at the Forest Hills School District Field House. (Left to Right): Wyatt Bromley – Soccer @ Juniata, Connor Hudson – Football @ Waynesburg, Olivia Gregorich – Softball @ IUP, Jen Roxby – Track @ Juniata; Tricia Varner – Cross Country & Track @ IUP; (Not pictured) Jordan McIntosh – Track @ Shippensburg 27 Courtney Cecere was the lone senior on the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team this year and was honored to have competed in the Ameriserv Hoops Classic held by the Tribune-Democrat where she was named MVP of the game. Courtney also was chosen to the Altoona Mirror Classic held at Mount Aloysius College and was Best in the West as she was the first Lady Ranger to play in The Roundball Classic held at Geneva College in Beaver Falls. Courtney was awarded a basketball scholarship and will attend Seton Hill University and become a member of the Lady Griffins who compete in the PSAC.