Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teacher-Pupil Duel Ends in a Draw

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Teacher-Pupil Duel Ends in a Draw

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Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Zielmanski said he was proud to see another of his former players, Anthony Scolieri, coach against him Monday night.

But that wasn't the first thought that crossed his mind.

"My initial reaction was that I'm getting old," Zielmanski joked.

Zielmanski coached Scolieri in the early part of the 2000s when both were at Central Catholic. Zielmanski said he was a very intelligent player.

"He always knew the game really well," Zielmanski said. "It's probably one of the reasons he got into coaching. He was a smart kid. He got good grades and went to [Carnegie Mellon]."

Zielmanski has now been coaching Bishop Canevin for nine seasons, while Scolieri is in his first season as head coach of Hampton. So Monday's game between the Crusaders and Talbots was the first meeting between the two.

Despite being familiar with Zielmanski's philosophies, Scolieri said it was still difficult to match his mentor.

"I knew what he was going to do, and I knew what we had to do to combat it, but as with most things it was easier said than done," Scolieri said.

Bishop Canevin outshot Hampton, 41-21, but the Talbots earned a 2- 2 tie as Cam Raidna stopped 39 shots.

Bishop Canevin (6-0-2 heading into Thursday) remained the only team without a loss in Class AA, while Hampton (6-1-1) rebounded from its lone loss of the season in the previous game to earn a point.

Scolieri said the result gives his team a confidence boost.

"I think it gives my guys an air of confidence and possibly gives us a little respect around the league, but most importantly, it gives us a well-deserved point," Scolieri said.

USC junior moving up

Jacob Puccetti had two goals in Upper St. Clair's first four games of the season while playing on the second line.

But Puccetti moved up to the Panthers' first line for the team's fifth game on Dec. 13 against Norwin due to an injury to Connor Ackerman.

Puccetti took advantage of the opportunity, scoring five goals in the team's 8-5 win against the Knights. …

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