Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Big Macs travel tonight to face the Moon Tigers before returning home Friday night to face the Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights.
Wednesday, April 24
By Gary Beam Two area high schools, steeped in historic athletic rivalry, met for a show down at Big Mac Stadium Monday night and from the opening face-off it appeared to be headed for an old-fashioned shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. But when the smoke had cleared and the evening had ended, it was clear that the Canon-McMillan Big Macs held the most ammunition as they defeated the Trinity Hillers 15-3 in boy’s lacrosse action. The teams exchanged a volley of goals less than 50 seconds into the game and what looked like a possibly interesting contest soon turned into an ambush as the Big Macs scored 11 of the next 12 goals and went on to an easy victory. The Canon-Mac onslaught was led by Ben Ward who amassed 17 shots and scored on all six of…
Monday, April 22, 2013
The following students and athletes were honored by the board and administration this month.
Canon-McMillan School board and the administration recognized the following athletes and academic achievers this month:
The team next faces Trinity tonight.
By Gary Beam The Canon-McMillan High School boys varsity team dropped its second consecutive game Friday night as the visiting University High Scholl Hawks from Morgantown, W.V. bested the Big Macs by a final score of 13-1. On a very blustery early spring evening the Hawks transformed a very tight defensive struggle into an embarrassing defeat for the Big Macs. It truly was a tale of two halves. The Hawks scored while being shorthanded as a result of slashing penalty called with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter. They added to their lead late in the second quarter scoring an even-strengthened goal with 2:39 left in the first half giving the shivering crowd a heightened anticipation for the second half. Unfortunately, for the Big Mac …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The team lost 12-5 Wednesday.
By Gary Beam Canon-McMillan learned first-hand last night why the Seton LaSalle Rebels are ranked third in the latest LAX Power PA West WPIAL computer rankings. The Big Macs fell to the Rebels by a final of 12-5, raising Seton LaSalle’s overall record to 5-0 (2-0 in division) and dropping the losers to 7-2 (0-2 in division). Before the half way point of the first quarter, the Rebels built up a 3-0 lead, but when the Big Mac’s Nick Carr netted Canon-Mac’s first goal, a spark had seemed to been struck. But Seton LaSalle was credited with six of the next eight goals scored and the Big Macs staggered to the locker room facing a half-time deficit of 9-3. A six score deficit in some sports might be overwhelming, but in lacrosse goals tend to be …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The team's next match is tonight.
Wednesday, April 17
By Gary Beam The Indians of North Hills challenged the home-standing Canon-McMillan Big Macs Monday night in a game where the final score wasn’t quite indicative of the struggle that took place. Although the Big Macs ended up on the positive side of a 14-3 final score, the contest was a tight affair for the first half, with uncertainty of the outcome until late in the third quarter. After the teams exchanged a pair of first period goals, Canon-Mac garnered some breathing space when Nick Carr and Ben Ward led the offense to a half-time lead of 6-3. Despite the fact that the ensuing three goals were scored by the Big Macs, North Hills dominated the evening’s face-offs (19 of 21), an area of the game dominated by the Big Macs in previous …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Next up for the Canon-McMillan High School lacrosse team is a match against the North Hills Indians tonight.
The Big Macs lacrosse team rebounded from its first loss of the season against Winschester Thurston with a devastating 17-0 rout of the Taylor Alderdice Dragons on Friday at Cupples Stadium on Pittsburgh's South Side. Senior Richie Leeds' goal less then two minutes into the game got Canon-McMillan off and running and the onslaught was on. Nick Carr and Ben Ward paced Canon-McMillan with six and four first-half goals, respectively. In addition to Ward's goal-scoring, he assisted on four other Big Mac goals. Connor Neimeyer contributed another pair of goals and two assists. The other goal scorers were Matt Smutney, Jeremy Cadez, Zach Moore and John Binotto. Cadez' goal was inspiring as he was forced to sit out the entire 2012 season with a …
Friday, April 12, 2013
School officials said the job description was recently reposted with a note that former applicants need not reapply.
Canon-McMillan School District is still without a high school varsity head football coach nearly five months after the position was vacated. The school board scheduled interviews with 11 applicants, and interviewed eight of those in mid-March. But school officials said Thursday that the job description was reposted recently, with a note that former candidates need not reapply. At the direction of the board, the head varsity coaching position will be a stand-alone one—with no promise of a teaching or other job associated with it. The position was vacated in November, when the board accepted the resignation of then-varsity head football coach Tim Sohyda by a vote of 5-4. One school official source said, "We are back to square one."
All proceeds will benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Canon-McMillan Drama Club will present its annual Character Breakfast on from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the high school. Tickets are $5 and include a pancake breakfast and "stories read by some of your favorite storybook characters," organizers said. Face painting will be available for an additional fee. Tickets can be reserved by email at CanonMacDrama@gmail.com. Please include “Character Breakfast” in the subject line and include your name, phone number, and number of tickets to reserve in the body of the email. Tickets can be picked up on the day of the breakfast. Proceeds benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
The team plays again tonight against Taylor Allderdice.
By Gary Beam The Canon-McMillan High School lacrosse team lost its first conference game Wednesday afternoon as the Winchester Thurston Bears held the Big Macs powerful offense in check, winning 5-3. Canon-McMillan had scored 10 or more goals in each of its first five games; however the slippery, muddy field along with the Bears’ defense throttled the Big Mac offense. The goal scoring for Canon-McMillan was led by Nick Carr, with two tallies, and Isaac Miles who netted the only other score. Will Graziani turned in a string performance in goal. The loss drops Canon-Mac’s overall record to 5-1 and conference record to 0-1. The Big Macs continue on the road this week with an encounter with Taylor Allderdice today—Friday, April 12—before …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The boys varsity team won 11-6.
By Gary Beam In WPIAL Lacrosse action Monday night, Canon-McMillan defeated the Knights from Norwin at Big Mac Stadium by the score of 11-6. In an extremely physical game that amassed a combined 17 extra man opportunities, the goals netted by the Big Macs came, while the teams were both at full strength, ultimately determined the final outcome. Canon-Mac caught the Knights flat-footed from the start and before Norwin collected its composure, the Big Macs build up a 5-0 first quarter lead. Two goals by Nick Carr and a goal each from Richie Leeds, Josh Minor and Evan Crompton began the onslaught. For the second consecutive game Crompton dominated the face-off circle winning all six first quarter scrums which kept Canon-Mac in the Knights …