Butler - 46
Keystone Oaks - 33

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past JV performances...
Overtime Ends Season with Victory

The Golden Tornado boys JV team ended their season with a 66-62 overtime victory over the New Castle Red Hurricanes. Butler was led by Dan Andreassi with 15 points. Bobby Freshwater had 14 points, Nate Hartung had 12, and Adam Palace scored 11 for the Tornado. Hartung grabbed 9 rebounds and Palace had 8. Butler ends the season with a 15 and 6 record. Best of luck to the sophomores and juniors at the next level next year.

#23 in Overtime Wins it for Tornado

No, not Michael Jordan. In the previous meeting between Pine-Richland and Butler the Tornado won in overtime with Bobby Freshwater scoring 23 points. This time Butler defeated P-R 62-60 in overtime as well. Freshwater only scored 13 points this time, but someone else led the way with 23--Nate Hartung. Adam Palace scored 15 points. Hartung also had 12 rebounds. Butler, 14 and 6, will play its final game Friday afternoon against New Castle. The game will be at 4:30 pm and be held at the IHS.

Butler Gets Back on Track

Following a tough loss to Blackhawk only 48 hours earlier, the Golden Tornado bounced back in defeating Ambridge 59-45. Butler was led by Dan Andreassi with 16 points. Kyle Shaffer had 10 points. Also, Adam Palace and Bobby Freshwater each had 9 points for the Blue 'n Gold. Butler, 12 and 6, will travel to Pine-Richland Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm.

Cougars Claw Out Victory

In a hard fought game by both teams, Blackhawk defeated Butler 60-56. Leading the Golden Tornado was Bobby Freshwater with 22 points. Nate Hartung had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Also, Dan Andreassi scored 9 points for Butler. Butler, 11 and 6, will host Ambridge Friday night at 6:00 pm.

CT "Ice Man" Gilliland

It took a last second foul shot, but a win is a win. The Tornado knocked off North Allegheny 44-43 compliments of CT Gilliland's hot-hand, cool-shot free throw. Butler was led by Bobby Freshwater with 14 points. Adam Palace had 10, and Gilliland and Nate Hartung each had 8. The three aforementioned players also had 5 rebounds apiece. Butler, 11 and 5, will play host to Blackhawk Wednesday night at 6:00 pm.

"Quitting" Not in Tornado's Vocabulary

It didn't look like a good for the Tornado. At the half, Butler trailed Seneca Valley 20-12. Butler could've thrown in the towel and went home, but they didn't. Seneca did win 51-47, but not without a fight. Leading Butler was Bobby Freshwater with 18 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. Dan Andreassi had 12 points and John Galante scored 9 points. Freshwater also grabbed 7 rebounds. Butler, 12 and 6, will play host to North Allegheny Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

Titanic Effort Sinks Tornado
It just wasn't the Tornado's night. Shaler came into Butler and blew away the Tornado 67-45. It seemed that every time Butler got something going, the Titans were there to put a halt to it. Butler was led by Nate Hartung with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Adam Palace scored 11 points and grabbed 14 boards. Butler, 12 and 5, will play at Seneca Valley Friday at 6:00 pm.
Close Call Goes to the Indians

In a game that close throughout, North Hills was able to upend the Tornado 37-34. The win was thanks in part to a third quarter in which Butler was outscored 10-3. Butler was led by Nate Hartung with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Freshwater scored 8 points and had 6 boards. And Adam Palace had 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Butler, # and #, will play at home Monday night versus Shaler. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Kiski Area Drops Tornado

Kiski Area defeated the Butler JV's 56-48. Butler was led by Bobby Freshwater with 19 points and 6 boards. Dan Andreassi scored 10 points and Kyle Shaffer grabbed 9 rebounds. The Golden Tornado drops to 11 and 3. Butler will play Franklin Regional next.
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A Palace in the Sky

Coming off their loss to Kiski only 24 hours before, Butler rebounded and defeated Franklin Regional 41-37. The Tornado led in the rebounding category 32-23. Adam Palace led with 11 rebounds and Nate Hartung, Dan Andreassi, and Bobby Freshwater each had 5. Freshwater scored 16 points, Palace had 8, and Hartung with 7. Butler, 12 and 3, will play at 6:00 pm Friday at North Hills.

Almost JV Overtime
Butler was able to escape New Castle and overtime with a 37-35 victory. With under 5 seconds remaining, Bobby Freshwater connected on a lay-up for the go ahead score. Butler was led by Freshwater with 13 points and 6 rebounds. CT Gilliland also had 7 points. Nate Hartung contributed 8 rebounds while Adam Palace had 7 boards. Butler, 11 and 2, will play at Kiski Monday night and Franklin Regional Tuesday evening. Both games are slated to begin at 6:00 pm.

Rams Fall to Tornado in Overtime

With only 2 seconds remaining in regulation, Pine-Richland was able to sink a desperation trey to send the game to overtime. That same opportunity presented itself at the end of OT, but the shot fell short. In the 54-51 victory, Butler was led by Bobby Freshwater with 23 points. Dan Andreassi scored 10 while Nate Hartung had 8 points. Adam Palace grabbed 7 rebounds for the Tornado. Hartung had 5 boards. Butler, 10 and 2, will invade New Castle Friday night at 6:00 pm.

Freshwater Dries Out Plum
Despite having an early 10-point lead turn into 4, Butler was able to hold on for the 56-47 victory over Plum. Butler was led by Bobby Freshwater with 19 points. Kyle Shaffer had 10 points while Nate Hartung and Matt Achesinski each scored 8. Achesinski pulled down 14 rebounds as Shaffer and Dan Andreassi had 7 boards. Butler will play again next Tuesday hosting Pine-Richland at 6 pm.

Turnovers Torment Tornado
Much like the girls' varsity on this night, turnovers lost the game for the JV boys. Butler had 21 turnovers to NA's 8. But the Tornado only lost by a score of 54-51. Butler was led by Nate Hartung and Bobby Freshwater with 16 points apiece. Hartung also had 6 rebounds. Dan Andreassi scored 7 points with 7 assists. Matt Achesinski had 6 points with 4 rebounds. Butler will play host to their JV Holiday Tournament Friday and Saturday at the IHS gymnasium. Opponents and times are TBA.

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Can't Stop The Wall
Any offensive lineman in the Quad North knows his name: 6'4'', 350+ pound Nate Hartung. The defensive tackle also plays a little roundball. Now Seneca Valley knows his name as well. With a team-high 13 points and 10 rebounds Hartung led Butler on to a 55-40 victory. Kyle Shaffer had 10 points and 10 rebounds as well. Bobby Freshwater scored 12 and Matt Achesinski had 8 points. Hartung and Freshwater also had 4 assists each. Butler, 6 and 1, play at NA this Friday. The game begins at 5 pm.

JV Overtime--Fresh as Water?
Possibly the most exciting aspect of high school basketball is JV overtime. It is so enthralling due to its novelty nature. It happens so rarely, you can't help but love it. Unless you play for Shaler and lost to Butler on a post-buzzer free throw 56-55. As time expired in OT tied at 55, Bobby Freshwater threw up a prayer 3-pointer. He was fouled in the act of shooting, made his first foul shot, and won the game. Freshwater led with 24 points and 7 assists. Dan Andreassi had 9 points while Matt Achesinski scored 8 with 7 rebounds. Butler, 4 and 1, play Connellsville Saturday at a special 1 pm start time.

The Tornado Rolls Again
On Saturday afternoon, Butler defeated Connellsville 53-44. The Tornado trailed by 4 at halftime but opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take the lead. Butler was led by Bobby Freshwater with 17 points. Nate Hartung scored 10 with 6 boards. Matt Achesinski and CT Gilliland each had 6 points and CT had 4 blocks. Kyle Shaffer also pulled down 5 rebounds for Butler. Butler, 5 and 1, plays host to Seneca Valley Tuesday at 6 pm.

Butler Freshens Things Up
Despite a 10-0 run that spanned two halves, the Tornado held on to defeat the North Hills Indians 40-35. Leading the Butler scoring strike was Bobby Freshwater with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Joel Rehm scored 9 and Adam Palace 8. Junior Matt Achesinski grabbed 4 boards as well. Butler, 1 and 0 section; 3 and 1 overall, will play Friday at Shaler. The game begins at 4:30 pm. They will also play Saturday at home against Connellsville at 12:30 pm.

Butler Rocks the Rams
Someone once said, "When you have a team down, kick 'em." That, in a way, is what Butler did in defeating Highlands 55-39. The Tornado opened the game with a first quarter 16-4 lead. Highlands never got back into it. Leading Butler's scoring attack was Bobby Freshwater with 16 points. Matt Achesinski had 10 while Nate Hartung added 8. Achesinski grabbed 7 rebounds and Freshwater had 6 boards. Butler, 1 and 1, play their section opener Tuesday against North Hills in Butler.

Butler Storms the Wolverines
The Woodland Hills football team may be playing for the state title, but Butler dominated the Wolverines on the court, 49-42. The leading scorer for Butler was Bobby Freshwater with 13 points. Freshman Nate Hartung also contributer 11 points for the Tornado. CT Gilliland, Dan Andreassi, and Adam Palace each had four rebounds for Butler. Butler, 1 and 0, will play at home, Tuesday night against Central Catholic.

That Dreaded Number "45"
The varsity boys lost to Peters Twp. with 45 points. The varsity girls lost to Erie McDowell with 45 points. Now its the JV boys turn. Although Butler put forth a tremendous effort, they ended up on the losing end to Central Catholic, 59-45. In scoring, Bobby Freshwater and Adam Palace each had 11 and Matt Achesinski scored 10. Joel Rehm and Nate Hartung each had six for the Tornado. Achesinski grabbed six boards while Palace tallied five. Butler, 1 and 1, plays at Highlands Thursday night. Hopefully, they can stay away from 45 points.

Butler & New Castle Have a Brawl
New Castle - 63
Butler - 51

Elbows were flying. Punches were thrown. Kicks were hurled. But New Castle got in the last blow, winning 63-51. Late in the game, Butler center Sam Ward and an unnamed Hurricane player went for a loose ball. It ended in the two being separated following their brawl on the court. Neither were ejected, but each received a foul for their actions. Ward ended with 10 rebounds for the tenacious Tornado. In scoring, David Salsovic led with 15. Matt Slater had 12, Travis Bell had 10, and Tim Madigan with 8. Butler ends their season with a 12 and 9 overall record, 7 and 5 in the section. Thanks to coaches Dennis Gallagher and Mark Maloy for a great year and all of Butler looks forward to seeing these players next year at the next level.

Tornado Sends Rams Spinning
Pine-Richland - 26
Butler - 49

In yet another impressive victory, Butler tore through Pine-Richland 49-26. Butler held P-R to 4 points in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th quarters! Butler was led by Matt Slater and David Salsovic with 15 points apiece. Salsovic had 9 rebounds while Slater grabbed 7. Butler's record improves to 12 and 8 with a 7 and 4 section record. Their final game is Thursday, Feb. 8 at New Castle. Time is 5:00 pm.

Butler - 47
North Hills - 42

David Salsovic led the Golden Tornado with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Travis Bell and Matt Slater each scored 9 points for Butler. Slater also had 5 steals. Tim Madigan added 7 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds. Josh Wingfield had 6 rebounds with 3 assists. Sam Ward added 5 rebounds and Tim Nebel had 4 in a 47-42 victory for Butler over North Hills. Early in the first quarter, North Hills led 11-2. But Butler stormed back to take a 22-19 lead at half-time. The Tornado did faulter a bit in the third quarter, trailing 35-33 going into the fourth. But again Butler came back with 7 points from Salsovic and 5 points from Bell to take the victory and remain undefeated at home. Butler is now 8 and 5 with a section record of 5 and 2.

Butler - 50
Shaler - 46

A Titan-ic Effort In another hard fought game, Butler was able to defeat an upstart Shaler team, 50-46. Leading the Tornado was Matt Slater with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Tim Madigan had 14 and Travis Bell had 10 for Butler. Both had 4 rebounds as did Sam Ward. C.T. Gilliland added 3 boards. For the second game in a row, Butler fell behind 11-2 early, but closed the gap to 13-10 by the end of quarter number one. Butler was ahead 16-10 in the second when Shalerwent on a 13 to 2 run. But the Tornado returned the favor with a run of their own to tie the score at 29 at intermission. Butler fought off a late Titan rally for the victory. Butler is now 11 and 5 with a 6 and 2 section record.

Butler dropped their first home loss of the season to section foe Seneca Valley Friday night. To begin the game, SV went out to a 9-0 lead. But the Tornado fought back like always and got within 1 at halftime, 28-27. Butler led at the end of three, 42-40. But the Raiders were just too much. SV went on a 15-8 run to close the game. Tim Madigan led the Tornado with 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 boards. Matt Slater had 11 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. Josh Wingfield added 8 points and Matt Achesinski 7. Travis Bell also had 5 rebounds.

Butler Falls Just Short One More Time ...
The J.V.'s played another hard fought game, this time at rival North Allegheny. Butler lost again in the closing seconds, 54-52. Butler fell behind 10-2 early, however, they came back again to take a 26-22 lead into the half. But NA wouldn't go away. They also came back and would hold on late for the victory. Butler was led in scoring by: Tim Madigan, 17; Josh Wingfield, 16; and Matt Slater, 15. Travis Bell added 4. Madigan also had 5 rebounds. Their record moves to 11 and 7 with a section record of 6 and 4.

Another Close Game for the J.V.'s

The Butler boys' J.V. team came to play Friday night, but they hit another bump in the road. Ambridge upended the Tornado, 41-37 in a non-section game. The game went back and forth all night until the Bridgers hit an 8-2 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Butler was led by Josh Wingfield with 8 and Matt Slater with 7 points. In rebounding: Tim Madigan, 6; Sam Ward, 5; and Matt Slater, Tim Nebel, and John Pribis; each with 4. Butler's record drops to 11 and 8. Their last home game is Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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