WPIAL Recognition at Trinity Christian School

Congrats to six Trinity Christian School Falcons for being selected to WPIAL All Sections!  Sierra McCabe, Morgan Walker, and Rachel Dutton in varsity volleyball and Courtney Wright, T.J. Braun, and Luke Kost in varsity soccer. Varsity Soccer Coach Kost was also named Co-Coach of the year for Class 1A Section 2!  

And a special shout out to Trinity’s Cross Country club. They sent senior Tommy Nelson to the WPIAL Championship on October 28. He finished in the top 50 out of almost 200 runners with a time of 19:54.6 for the 5000 meter (a little over 3 miles). It’s a great honor to compete at WPIAL—Congrats!

Varsity Soccer WPIAL Playoffs

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Find a wholesome environment and competitive athletics at Christian schools!

Trinity Christian School, Beaver County Christian School, and Eden Christian Academy Varsity Boys Soccer Teams are all going to the playoffs!

Eden finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 5th in Class 1 A for the playoffs!
Trinity finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 6th in Class 1A for the playoffs!
BCCS finished the regular season in 3rd Place in their Section and are ranked 13th in Class 1A for the playoffs!

Eden has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Mars High School.
Trinity has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Fox Chapel High School
BCCS has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at South Park High School.

Tickets are required and should be purchased online! There will be no student tickets at the gate. Tickets are $7.

Here’s the whole championship bracket

Here’s an explanation of Sections and Classes:

Classification is determined by the number of students in a high school. In soccer, the largest class is 4A (think schools the size of Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, or Penn Trafford). Trinity, Eden, and Beaver County Christian School are all in 1A.

In Class 1A, Trinity is grouped in Section 2, and as such, plays the teams in Section 2 twice a season and those games determine their record. (In other words, those are their conference games.) In Section 2, they came in 2nd place, after Greensburg Central Catholic, with a conference record of 6-3-1. (6 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.)

BCCS is grouped in Section 1. In Section 1, they came in 3rd place with a conference record of 5-5.
Eden is grouped in Section 3. In Section 3, they came in 2nd with a conference record of 10-2.

In all of Class 1A (all teams listed in the chart below), Trinity Christian School is ranked 6th out of the 16 teams who made it to the playoffs. They will be playing Riverside (ranked 11th with a record of 5-5-0). BCCS is ranked 13th and will be playing Bentworth (ranked 4th with a record of 9-0-1). Eden is ranked 5th and will be playing Serra Catholic (ranked 12th with a record of 5-3-2).

The bracket shows the path to the WPIAL Championship (likely on November 5 at 8pm but subject to change) at Highmark Stadium where the Riverhounds play.  

The H in Pittsburgh and the G in Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network

You might notice that some of our logos just say Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network while other of our artwork says Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network. The why is probably pretty obvious: As an organization we realized that we represent towns from all over the GREATER Pittsburgh region. In fact, while students who live in the city definitely do attend our schools, even using their school’s school buses, we currently have no school in the city! Christian schools surround the city! Some are pretty close to city borders, like Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg or Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, and some reach students from further north or east like Cheswick Christian Academy and Greater Works Christian School. And finally, Penn Christian Academy in Butler and Beaver County Christian School reach even further north (and east or west, respectively) into Butler and Beaver County and beyond! If you live in or near Pittsburgh, there is a Christian school for you!

But what about the name Pittsburgh? Why the H?

On November 27, 1758, British General John Forbes sent a letter to William Pitt telling him that a city had been named for him: Pittsbourgh. Prior to that, the French had claimed the area and constructed a fort at the point where the three rivers meet, which they named Fort Duquesne. In 1758, they burned Fort Duquesne as they were being forced out by the British, and the fort that would replace it, which we can still visit as a museum, is still called Fort Pitt.

In 1891, however the United States Board on Geographic Names, in an attempt to standardize addresses, declared the -h to be dropped at the end of -burgh names. Fortunately, Pittsburghers mainly refused to use the new official spelling. Eventually on July 19, 1911, the board restored the official name to Pittsburgh to appease the masses. Yay!

NCSAA Track and Field Championships

Beaver County Christian School, Cheswick Christian Academy, and Trinity Christian School track teams are competing today at Geneva College in the NCSAA Track and Field Championships.

You can watch the Livestream here:

And follow the results here:

*photos by Evelyn Etheridge

Trinity Christian School WPIAL Individual Championships Results (Someone’s Going to States!)

On Wednesday, May 19th Trinity Christian School’s Track and Field sent seven athletes and an alternate to the WPIAL Individual Championship at Slippery Rock University. The athletes had to earn a spot in their regular season to compete in this regional Championship–and here they competed for a spot at the state PIAA Championships, which will be held May 28 at Shippensburg University.

Senior Michael Ifidon took third place with a time of 11.40 in the 100m (1/4 of a lap around a track) to earn a spot at State Championships!

Freshman Joshua Maurer took seventh place with a time of 52.10 in the 400m (1/4 of a mile or 1 lap around the track)!

The 4X800m Relay Team was made up of freshmen Anderson Beck and Nathan Fu and sophomores Zeke Sams and Benjamin Gaunt (with junior Tommy Nelson as an alternate). The 4X800 Relay is a race where each person on a team of four runs two laps (1/2 a mile) before handing off the track baton to their next teammate who then takes off for his two laps, until the fourth runner finishes the race. Their time was 9:13.14 and they placed eleventh.

Senior Brett White in Discus threw for 126-01.00 and placed tenth.

If you’re curious about the times and distances for the entire Championship, go here!

Trinity Christian School Varsity Track and Field at WPIAL Individual Championships Today, Wednesday, May 19

A few of our schools belong to several sport leagues–different ones for different sports. For Track and Field, many of our junior highs and senior highs belong to SWCAC. However, Trinity Christian School belongs to WPIAL. WPIAL is the biggest league in Western Pennsylvania and the one that is a part of the PIAA, the biggest league in all of Pennsylvania.

Trinity Christian School competes in WPIAL against public schools and a few other private schools.

In Track and Field, Trinity joins Clairton, East Allegheny, Neighborhood Academy, Riverview, Shady Side Academy, and Springdale to make up the AA Section 4.

For Individual Championships, WPIAL accepts the top 16 players from each section in each event. The Trinity students who are in that top 16 and who are competing in the WPIAL Individual Championships today are as follows:

  • 100m  Michael Ifidon
  • 400m Joshua Maurer
  • 4X800m Relay (Anderson Beck, Zeke Sams, Nathan Fu, Benjamin Gaunt, Alt: Tommy Nelson)
  • Discus Brett White

    These athletes have been coached by veteran coaches David Jones and Jim Hommes, and assistant coach and TCS alum, Noah Smith. You can find these Championship-attending athletes listed in the WPIAL Track and Field Digital Program. And you can follow the scores live here! For more information about the Championships, start here!

    Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network is extremely proud of these young athletes and we wish them all the fun and success today!

One newsworthy note about one of those Championship goers: This year against Shade Side Academy, Senior Brett White not only took first place by throwing the discus 135’03.00,” but also broke his own school record by 23 feet.
Thanks to TCS for the graphic!

2021 Mini Meet at Beaver County Christian School

On Monday, May 17, Beaver County Christian School hosted a track mini meet at Geneva College with four middle school teams: Beaver County Christian School, Trinity Christian School, Redeemer Lutheran School, and Rhema Christian School. The weather was perfect and the runners and fielders were on their game!

For Boys, the two Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network teams placed first and second: Beaver County Christian School took first place and Trinity Christian School took second!
For Girls, Rhema took first place and Beaver County Christian School took second!

Some highlights:

First place in the girls 1600 (that’s a mile!) was Trinity Christian School’s Eilidh Edgar, whose time was 6:23.84!
Second place went to Alyson Stepp from Rhema (6:34.65).
Also placing from GPCSN, Beaver County Christian School’s Ella Michalik took third with 6:40.91 and Joy Detrow took fifth.
Our girls had a great race!

For the Boys 1600, Beaver County Christian School had an amazing showing! First, second, and sixth places all went to BCCS brothers, first place Eli Bosch (who ran a mile in 5:35.86!), second place Ty Bosch who ran his mile in 5:40.44, and sixth place Jonah Bosch who came in at 6:18.78! BCCS had one more runner placing, Rocco Desarbo in fourth at 5:48.43.

Trinity Christian School also placed in the Boys 1600. Tobey Brown came in third at 5:41.00 and Silas Bolen came in fifth at 6:18.71!

You’ll also see a lot of Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network Representation in the hurdles:

320.752Rachel Baird (BCCS)
420.531Ella Michalik (BCCS)
521.564Millie Francona (BCCS)
623.94Anika Van Wyk (RLS)
722.756Tabby Hogan (Rhema)
322.91Anna Witterman(BCCS)
421.785Alaina Desarbo(BCCS)
5Sydney Vescio(BCCS)
621.473Mimi Chamberlain(Rhema)
122.314Jonah Bosch (BCCS)
231.00Luke Volger (TCS)
329.81Jake Miller (TCS)
421.753Ty Bosch (BCCS)
520.311Eli Bosch (BCCS)
621.372Luke Schellhase (TCS)
723.255Isaiah Galvas (TCS)
824.226Kian Wilsey (BCCS)

The other GPCSN first and second places of the day:

100m Girls
Rachel Baird (BCCS) took second place with a time of 13.93

100m Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first place with a time of 13.05
Nahum Fu (TCS) took second place with a time of 13.94

4x100m Boys
BCCS (Rocco, Tyler, Nolan, Robert) took first place with a time of 55.72

400m Girls
Zephaniah Scott (TCS) took first place with a time of 1:03.69
Eilidh Edgar (TCS) took second place with a time of 1:08.62
400m Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took first place with a time of 1:03.66
Luke Kost (TCS) took second place with a time of 1:05.69
800m Girls
Elilidh Edgar (TCS) took first place with a time of 3.01.69
800m Boys
Rocco Desarbo (BCCS) took first place with a time of 2:37.21
Eli Bosch (BCCS) took second place with a time of 2:41.50
200m Girls
Zephaniah Scott (TCS) took first place with a time of 28.10
200m Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first place with a time of 27.16
Liam Birchler (BCCS) took second place with a time of 30.07

4x400m Relay Boys
Silas Bolen, Tobey Brown, Isaiah Galvas, and Luke Kost (TCS) took first
BCCS took second

SMR: 100/100/200/400 Girls
BCCS Girls took first with a time of 2:14.93
SMR: 100/100/200/400 Boys
BCCS (Rocco, Tyler, Nolan, Robert) took first with a time of 2:08.84
BCCS (Liam, Eli, Ethan, Josiah) took second with a time of 2:11.50
Triple Jump Girls
Julia McChesney (BCCS) took first
Ella Michalik (BCCS) took second
Triple Jump Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first
Andrew Kickasdola (BCCS) took second

Long Jump Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS)took first
Liam Birchler (BCCS) took second

Discus Boys
Mike Lanigan (BCCS) took second

Shot Put Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took second

TurboJav Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took first
Mike Lanigan (BCCS) took second

There’s one more big invitational coming up on Saturday, May 22, where these two schools (as well as Cheswick Christian Academy) will face each other again! Have fun at the NCSAA Track and Field Championship!

*Stats from Beaver County Christian School Athletic Director

2021 SWCAC Invitational Results and Record Breakers

SWCAC sent our athletic directors a wrap up from the invitational on Tuesday, May 11 at Geneva College.
Beaver County Christian School had five record breakers and Trinity Christian School had one as well!
See here for all the results!

New Records Set:

Junior High Girls
100m Hurdles-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 13.68
400m Relay-Rhema 1:00.31
1600m Relay-Rhema 5:03.78
Long Jump-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 15’1″
High Jump-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 4’6″ tied Piper MacFarland
Shot Put-Ruth Bartley, Plants and Pillars 32′ 3.5″
Discus-Juila McChesney, Beaver County Christian School 64″

High School Girls
100m Hurdles-Aubrey Rorick, Plants and Pillars 17.52
1600m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 6:11.31
Sprint Medley-Beaver County Christian School 2:14.19
3200m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 14:00.29
1600m relay-Plants and Pillars 5:09.43
800m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 2:48.56
Triple Jump, Ann Marie Jerome, Plants and Pillars 30’5″
High Jump-Emma Shashura, Calvary Chapel 4’6″
Discus-Hannah Mastro, Robinson Twp. 83’3″

Junior High Boys
110m Hurdles-Nathaniel Smauss, Robinson Twp. 18.88
1600m-Tobey Brown, Trinity Christian School 5:46
400m Relay-Plants and Pillars 54.35
800m-Rocco DeSarbo Beaver County Christian School 2:36.05
1600m Relay-Plants and Pillars 4:31.66
High Jump-Rocco DeSarbo, Beaver County Christian School 5′

High School Boys
110m Hurdles-Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 16.75
1600m-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 4:44.65
400m-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 53.19
300m Hurdles Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 46.26
800m Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 2:10.09
3200m- Julian Kroger, Beaver County Christian School 11:50.55
1600m relay-Plants and Pillars 3:55.66
Triple Jump-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 37’4.5″
High Jump-Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 6′
Discus-Jadon Ruby Calvary Chapel 110″