Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Tasked with having to rally from a slow start, Greensburg Central Catholic (7-6, 6-2 Section 3-2A) has answered the call. The Centurions

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High school notebook: Options growing for Penn-Trafford Gay IV
January 20, 2018
One of the top rushers in Westmoreland County is in no rush to make his college decision. John Gay IV, a football standout at Penn-Trafford,

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Nguyen beats buzzer as Penn-Trafford girls edge Norwin
Her last name is pronounced, andquot;win.andquot; Sarah Nguyen caught the ball and heaved it high into the air. When her floating 3-pointer fell through the

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Penn-Trafford RB Gay weighs options
One of the top rushers in Westmoreland County is in no rush to make his college decision. John Gay IV, a standout at Penn-Trafford, has

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Norwin boys clamp down, sweep season series with Penn-Trafford
Over the first three quarters and early into the fourth, the lead changed hands 18 times Friday night in Harrison City, a stat befitting the

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Southmoreland’s Konek to miss ‘minimal time’ after knee injury
January 19, 2018
Southmoreland girls basketball coach Brian Pritts said standout junior Cali Konek will miss andquot;minimal timeandquot; with a sprained MCL in her right knee. She will

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Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Jeannette’s Dymond shines bright
Dymond Crawford grew up watching Ciara Gregory launch 3-pointers and light up the scoreboard at Jeannette. andquot;I thought it would be pretty cool if that

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Southmoreland hires new football coach
Southmoreland has a new football coach. The district on Thursday night hired Dave Keefer to replace Mark Adams, who resigned after five seasons. Keefer, not

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Konek injured as Southmoreland girls fall to No. 4 Keystone Oaks
Southmoreland showed it's more than just Cali Konek — at least for a quarter and a half. Konek injured her knee just 16 seconds into

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Is boys’ Section 3-6A shaping up for another tight finish?
Boys basketball Section 3-6A could get interesting again as it winds into the second round of games. But can it top last year's logjam at

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Injuries force Penn-Trafford girls to adjust to adversity
January 17, 2018
Penn-Trafford girls basketball coaches and players have to shake their heads and wonder, andquot;What did we do to deserve thisandquot; The team has been decimated

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Belle Vernon’s ‘Big Z’ in ‘Big D’ for all-star game
Blake Zubovic had seen ATandamp;T Stadium, the cavernous home of the Dallas Cowboys, several times before on television. But the Belle Vernon senior will get

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Pryor’s agent donates to Jeannette’s championship-ring cause
Jeannette received some help from an old friend in its quest to get its football team championship rings. Former star quarterback Terrelle Pryor presented a

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Jeannette pulls away from rival Greensburg C.C. for Section 1 victory
Jim Nesser knows Jeannette basketball always has speed and athleticism, having seen it when he coached there for three years during the Terrelle Pryor era.

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GCC girls overcome Crawford’s big night, top Jeannette
January 16, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic thought about employing a andquot;Dymond-and-1andquot; defense Monday night. Jeannette junior guard Dymond Crawford has feeling it from the perimeter, getting to the

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
January 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball After absorbing its first section loss, Belle Vernon (8-4, 5-1) hits the

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Hempfield tight end Brose commits to Delaware
A couple of weeks ago, Braden Brose said if Delaware made him a scholarship offer, he would take it with no hesitation. He sensed an

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette ‘rock stars need some bling’
Jeannette wants to ring in the new year. The Jayhawks football team, which won WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles, has started an online fundraiser

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More WPIAL basketball players heading to prep school for opportunities
January 14, 2018
Better competition leads to better scholarships. That is the rallying cry for a wave of local high school basketball players who jettisoned school pride, left

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Jim Nesser to coach against former Jeannette squad
When Jim Nesser returned to coaching, he knew he would run into some old friends. And when he took the job at Greensburg Central Catholic,

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Jeannette football raising money for championship rings
January 12, 2018
Jeannette is still ring-chasing. The Jayhawks football team, which won WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles, has started an online fundraiser to raise money for

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Fox Chapel defense stymies Latrobe boys in Section 3 win
Latrobe has pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of big games before. But that was when it had commanding leads that made for anticlimactic

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Kallock among Greensburg Salem’s all-time scorers
Greensburg Salem junior combo-guard Megan Kallock is on her way to chasing some of the big names on the program's scoring list. Only a junior,

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Keystone Oaks girls gain edge in Section 3 with win over Belle Vernon
Keystone Oaks amped up its pressure, clamped down on defense and kept cold-shooting Belle Vernon at bay Thursday to capture a foul-plagued first-place clash 48-35

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Greensburg Central Catholic basketball teams in unfamiliar position
Greensburg Central Catholic has been a reload, not rebuild program in both boys and girls basketball for decades — practically to a fault. They are

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