Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Penn-Trafford softball still packs offensive punch
April 19, 2018
Denny Little learned his lesson in the season opener when he had senior outfielder and Penn recruit Emma Nedley bunt in her first at-bat. andquot;Naturally,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry track teams each start 6-0
Derry's track and field teams had a strong showing at the United Invitational in Armaugh. Shawn Broadway won the 110- (14.9 seconds) and 300-meter (40.3)

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Penn-Trafford moves baseball, softball games to Sunday at Seton Hill
Spring has lost its way and winter refuses to release the area from its icy clutches. We get it. For nearly a month, the sideways

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Short-handed Franklin Regional tops Latrobe for 4th straight victory
April 18, 2018
Franklin Regional baseball was down a couple starters, got outhit, had a trio of errors in one inning, and had to use its ace pitcher

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Westmoreland County pitchers take the spotlight early in season
April 17, 2018
andquot;This one's for you, dad.andquot; Belle Vernon junior righthander Cole Naylor said he uttered those words to himself seconds before he took the mound Saturday

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Jeannette football honored before House of Representatives
Jeannette was honored Tuesday afternoon before the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for winning the PIAA Class A football championship last season. Among those recognizing

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Strikeouts piling up for BVA’s Bailey Parshall
April 15, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper. Just when it looked like she could not

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High school notebook: Yough softball takes swing at cancer
April 14, 2018
Yough softball has won eight consecutive games and is primed for a another run at WPIAL and PIAA titles in Class 4A. But the second-ranked

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Baseball, softball players committing as underclassmen a polarizing topic
Tyler Wiederstein knows he has a baseball scholarship waiting for him at Michigan in about three years. But the sophomore pitcher and second baseman from

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Cunningham, Jeannette keep rolling with win over Jefferson-Morgan
April 13, 2018
With a bending curve keeping up with the tenor of a firm fastball, Jeannette senior pitcher Tre Cunningham twirled a three-hit shutout and kept his

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Hempfield outslugs Norwin in Section 2-6A win
April 12, 2018
On an afternoon when the wind was whipping so harshly that it turned routine pop-ups into base hits and deep fly balls into moon-shot home

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Hempfield softball withstands Norwin rally for Section 2 win
April 11, 2018
Senior pitcher Maddie Uschock fired a strike over the plate and froze Norwin junior Sara Russell for the game's final out to rubber-stamp another Hempfield

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Joe Eisaman leaving after 5 seasons as Greensburg Central Catholic girls coach
Joe Eisaman is leaving Greensburg Central Catholic after five seasons as girls basketball coach. Eisaman resigned Wednesday morning, citing he wanted to andquot;pursue other opportunities.andquot;

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall strikes out 23 to break own record
April 10, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper and more threatening. Just when it looked like

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Golfer Palmer Jackson sorting through big-time offers
April 7, 2018
Talented Franklin Regional junior golfer Palmer Jackson won't name the schools, but he said he has andquot;three or fourandquot; solid Division I scholarship offers from

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Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review. Boys Player of the Year

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Whether it’s softball or karate, Norwin’s Russell shows no weakness
Sara Russell sometimes gets the urge to bow to pitchers when she comes to the plate for Norwin. Not that she is showing weakness or

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No. 2 Latrobe enjoys Section 2 softball victory over Norwin
April 6, 2018
Latrobe appears to be a serious contender this season in WPIAL Class 6A softball. That doesn't mean the Wildcats have to take themselves too seriously.

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Jackson’s knuckleball helps Franklin Regional close out win over Gateway
April 5, 2018
In addition to being one of the best prep golfers in the state — a talented Division I college prospect with a lot to offer

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield softball to be honored by YWCA
April 4, 2018
Hempfield's softball team was a picture of perfection last spring when it finished undefeated for the first time in the program's 37-year history. It brought

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Greensburg Salem’s McGowan incorporates basketball into senior project
There are senior projects, and then there is Marvel McGowan's senior project. The 12th grader from Greensburg Salem took the drab and just-get-it-done nature out

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams weather storms with trips south
April 2, 2018
Spring seasons in the WPIAL have been soggy and sluggish before, but this one has dragged into the start of section play, and some teams

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Westmoreland notebook: ITPS Sports basketball lands key sponsorship
April 1, 2018
A local AAU basketball outfit just struck gold. Pittsburgh-based ITPS Sports was accepted into the adidas Gauntlet Gold Division of the national AAU circuit. Programs

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Westmoreland lookahead: April 2-7, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many

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Track helps expedite football recruiting for Norwin’s Rizzo
March 31, 2018
Multisport athletes sometimes can catch college coaches' attention — and possibly help their case in getting recruited — by shining in sports opposite their primary

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe basketball stars compete in 3-on-3 tournament
March 30, 2018
For the second year in a row, Latrobe juniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler teamed to play in the USA Basketball 3 vs. 3 U18

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Defense leads Hempfield baseball past Latrobe in season debut
March 29, 2018
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Stone hopes return home for charity game is a slam dunk
Sought-after basketball standout Brandon Stone will return to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, and he has his eye on the slam dunk contest at the

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Seton Hill to showcase campus, softball program at WPIAL title games
March 27, 2018
For the better part of two decades, the WPIAL softball championships have been played at Cal (Pa.)'s Lilley Field. It's an established postseason tradition that

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Westmoreland look ahead: March 26-31, 2018
March 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the opening weekend of the season wiped out by snow and cold

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With Pitt offer gone, Southmoreland’s Stone re-examines options
March 24, 2018
Alverton's Brandon Stone had narrowed his list of potential college destinations to four schools, and Pitt was one of them. Emphasis on was. With the

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Westmoreland notebook: Roundball Classic loaded with local talent
Organizers call them andquot;the best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams on a champions tour in ’18
If there ever was a coach who thought he could one-up perfection it's Hempfield softball's Bob Kalp. Kalp has been with the program for 28

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Roundball Classic rosters set
March 23, 2018
Organizers call them andquot;The best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again showcase their talents at the annual

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WPIAL well-represented at USA 3 vs. 3 basketball competition
A number of WPIAL players will be in Colorado Springs over the weekend to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships. The tournaments

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough softball heading south to open season
March 21, 2018
Winter's last at-bat rally dumped a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory, but it won't bother the Yough softball team. In fact, Yough players

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Southmoreland’s Cali Konek commits to UNC-Charlotte
March 20, 2018
Cali Konek has been on the radar of Division I college coaches since she burst onto the scene in 2015 as a high-scoring freshman at

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Norwin baseball team short on experience
Norwin has made the WPIAL baseball playoffs eight consecutive times and has a record of 119-37 in that span with a WPIAL championship (2016) and

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Yough among WPIAL softball teams heading south to open season
Winter's last-inning rally is dumping a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory. But it won't bother the Yough softball team much. In fact, Yough

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Mind over matter: Norwin softball sharpens mental game with hope of contending
Sharpen your pencils. It's softball time again in North Huntingdon. To cue the start of a new season under fourth-year coach Brian Mesich, Norwin players

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Defending champion Sewickley Academy holds off Jeannette to reach state semifinals
March 17, 2018
Championship teams rarely are fazed by momentum swings. When the tide turns and leads evaporate, the best ones manage to stabilize and finish. That's what

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo gets 1st offer
It is no secret Norwin's Gianni Rizzo has speed around the track. He ran a leg of the Knights' PIAA Class AAA winning 1,600-meter relay

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Latrobe baseball rebuilding lineup after claiming WPIAL, PIAA titles
March 16, 2018
Senior Griffin Clark and a few of his teammates pound foam yellow baseballs into a net on a cold winter afternoon, somewhere in the belly

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Latrobe softball team aims to contend for titles this season
Last season has a rather unfinished look to the Latrobe softball team. The Wildcats reached the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2011 but

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Westmoreland PIAA boys basketball playoffs preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Sewickley Academy
Saturday's game PIAA Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinals Jeannette (21-4) vs. Sewickley Academy (23-4) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Hills Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Win

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Jeannette set to face postseason nemesis Sewickley Academy
March 15, 2018
Sewickley Academy erased Jeannette's WPIAL basketball championship hopes in the Class 2A quarterfinals last season, and in the Class A semifinals two years ago. The

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Clutch free-throw shooting leads Jeannette past Cambridge Springs in PIAA Class 2A second round
March 14, 2018
FARRELL — Any concern Jeannette had about Cambridge Springs' size proved groundless. Making free throws and dealing with a late lead were much more critical

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Despite graduating 7 seniors, 2-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield primed for softball success
After a full count of championships the past few seasons — three straight WPIAL titles, two PIAA crowns in a row — Hempfield softball is

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Deep pitching staff to lead Hempfield baseball
New PIAA pitch-count rules did not have much of an effect on the Hempfield baseball team last season. Even though the rotation was new and

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High school basketball notebook: Jeannette’s Johnson learns from ejection
March 13, 2018
Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson said he let his team down when he was ejected in the WPIAL boys basketball semifinals against OLSH for receiving

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Westmoreland County PIAA basketball preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Cambridge Springs
Wednesday's game Boys Class 2A Second round Jeannette (20-4) vs. C ambridge Spri ngs (21-5) 7:30 p.m. at Farrell Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Kevin Kurt,

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Tall order: Jeannette boys prepare for matchup with Cambridge Springs’ 6-8 tandem
March 12, 2018
Jeannette assistant basketball coach Ken Errett held a contact pad above his head at Monday's practice. andquot;That's how we simulate 6-8,andquot; Errett said, stretching the

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Westmoreland notebook: PIAA basketball format expected to change, eliminate repeat matchups
March 11, 2018
Much to the chagrin of some coaches, a few first-round matchups in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs over the weekend had section rivals playing each

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Short-handed Jeannette boys make quick work of Purchase Line
March 10, 2018
EBENSBURG — Nobody was ejected this time for Jeannette, but it didn't take the Jayhawks long to show Purchase Line the door in a convincing

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Plum bowler Shannon Small wins regional championship
March 9, 2018
Plum sophomore Shannon Small bowled a 157 in her first game of the Western Pennsylvania Regional girls singles tournament Friday at Princess Lanes in Whitehall.

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Highlands defense stymies Franklin Regional in PIAA Class 5A 1st round
In the fourth installment of one of Class 5A boys basketball's freshest and grittiest rivalries, defense rang true. No surprise there. But it wasn't the

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Section rivals Franklin Regional, Highlands set to square off in PIAA tournament
March 8, 2018
While coaches and players will not go as far as to admit it on the record, it's clear that Franklin Regional and Highlands have had

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After ejections in past 2 games, Jeannette boys aim for polished effort in PIAA opener
March 7, 2018
Image might be everything for the Jeannette boys basketball team as it embarks on a potential run in the PIAA playoffs. After having a player

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Another long layoff almost over for Greensburg Central Catholic girls
March 5, 2018
A few girls basketball players finished one practice Monday and headed for another inside a bustling school building at Greensburg Central Catholic. Players grabbed gloves

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Rause resigns as Derry’s boys coach
Damon Rause means business — in so many facets of life. And while his heart is in everything he does, his growing list of priorities

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
MONDAY Hockey The PIHL playoffs begin with a play-in round matchup in Class AA as East No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (11-8) takes on West

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Will Mayr picked for Big 33
March 3, 2018
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Mars boys outlast Franklin Regional to claim 1st WPIAL Class 5A championship
March 2, 2018
Mars showed in its biggest game of the season — and arguably program history — that it is a lot more than just Robby Carmody,

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Penn-Trafford’s Mayr to play in Big 33 Football Classic
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: County teams prep for PIAA playoffs
March 1, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs will open next Friday and Saturday, and Westmoreland County will be represented by at least seven teams. An eighth could join

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Franklin Regional, Mars each aim to claim 1st WPIAL boys basketball title
When Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody first watched film on Franklin Regional, he immediately noticed his next opponent had a sense of charisma. andquot;The

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Defensive excellence carries Franklin Regional boys into WPIAL final
February 28, 2018
Franklin Regional has exactly zero field goals in the fourth quarter of its last two playoff wins. Let that sink in. On the verge of

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No. 2 OLSH ousts Jeannette after Johnson is ejected in Class 2A semifinals
February 27, 2018
All season long, Jeannette has learned to deal with missing players because of injuries and other reasons. But in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday

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Jeannette boys basketball overcomes injuries, absences, distractions
February 26, 2018
Jeannette's mission from the start of the basketball season has been to get the same lineup of players on the floor at the same time

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Hutcherson steps down at Armstrong
Greg Hutcherson resigned Monday as boys basketball coach at Armstrong High School. Hutcherson, 34, coached four years at Ford City before a merger between that

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Feb. 26-March 3
February 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys basketball Ligonier Valley (18-4) breezed to an opening-round win in the District 6

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball teams eye 2nd chances in PIAAs
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Some Westmoreland teams’ state playoff chances hang in balance
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Mt. Lebanon boys slam Latrobe in WPIALs
February 24, 2018
Latrobe drew up a game plan designed to take away Mt. Lebanon's 3-point shooting, a hallmark of the top-seeded Blue Devils who love to fire

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WPIAL basketball realignment wipes out several Westmoreland rivalries
WPIAL basketball underwent another facelift, and the results substantially will change the look of sections involving Westmoreland County teams. Its current playoffs are just getting

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Jeannette boys hold off Shenango to advance to semifinals
February 23, 2018
Playing in his first WPIAL playoff basketball game Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson felt woozy in the first half and nearly gave up his dinner.

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Bethel Park girls beat Latrobe at own game in Class 6A quarterfinals
Third-seeded Bethel Park did not want to play a fast-paced game against No. 6 Latrobe in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals. The Black

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Serra Catholic takes down rival Greensburg Central Catholic in quarterfinals
February 22, 2018
It can be a blessing or a burden. First-round byes in the WPIAL basketball playoffs are a reward for teams that win section titles. But

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Already a WPIAL baseball, football champion, Cunningham shooting ‘lights-out’ for Jeannette boys
Selfless is a word often associated with Jeannette senior swingman Tre Cunningham, who admittedly used to pass up open shots and did not always look

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe teams get defensive in playoffs
Don't tell the Latrobe boys and girls basketball teams they are all finesse and only care about offense and scoring. They will just get defensive.

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What to expect from GCC-Serra girls’ third meeting
Greensburg Central Catholic (12-10) and Serra Catholic (15-7) split their season series in Section 3-2A and the games had a little of everything: halfcourt give-and-go's,

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Zubovic declines Big 33 offer
February 21, 2018
Blake Zubovic was honored to receive an invitation to the Big 33 Football Classic, but the senior lineman from Belle Vernon declined the offer. A

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Norwin girls cruise past Pine-Richland in Class 6A 1st round
February 20, 2018
Norwin leaned on the same traits is has all season to advance in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs: defense and depth. The fourth-seeded

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Latrobe girls speed past Shaler, earn 1st WPIAL playoff win since ’07
Latrobe wanted to play fast in its playoff opener. It's the Wildcats' M.O. And that's what they did to set the tone on the way

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Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s games
Boys Class A Quarterfinals No. 2 Monessen (13-8) vs. No. 7 Imani Christian (12-9) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers-Houston On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Competition in Section 2-6A has girls basketball teams prepped for playoffs
February 19, 2018
When the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings were released last week on an overhead projector in a crowded hotel ballroom in Green Tree, the eyes of

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Westmoreland high school sports lookahead for week of Feb. 19-24
February 18, 2018
MONDAY Hockey Class AA South/East divison leader Latrobe (13-5) is looking for a strong stretch run as the PIHL season winds toward the playoffs. The

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Latrobe boys show grit in playoff victory over Butler
February 17, 2018
Miffed by constant comparisons to last year's team and the notion that it doesn't play enough defense to go far in the WPIAL boys basketball

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
Football recruiting is beginning to pick up steam for Jeannette junior Marcus Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back. He has Division I

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Jeannette’s Kennedy alters path toward football future
February 16, 2018
andquot;Please respect my decision.andquot; Those four words closed Robert Kennedy's commitment tweet last week when he announced via social media that he would be attending

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Jeannette seeking another championship
February 15, 2018
Jeannette is ready to get serious about basketball. After a regular season of stops and starts because of injuries and inconsistent lineups, celebrations and championship

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Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs. Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the

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Latrobe boys seek redemption after early playoff exit in ’17
When asked what drives the Latrobe basketball team, what really motivates the talented group for which he plays, junior guard Reed Fenton gave a three-fold

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Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Boys WPIAL Class 6A First round No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (18-4) 1:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Ligonier Valley basketball teams learn District 6 playoff foes
February 14, 2018
Ligonier Valley's boys basketball team is on a roll, and the Rams will look to carry that momentum into the District 6 playoffs. The Heritage

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Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Jeannette boys awarded byes in WPIAL opening round
February 13, 2018
Section championships carried plenty of significance for area boys teams Tuesday night at the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting in Green Tree. Four Westmoreland teams

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Stone narrows list to four schools, including Pitt, Duquesne
Much-sought-after basketball recruit Brandon Stone pared down his list of possible suitors Tuesday afternoon. Three of the colleges would bring the former Southmoreland standout closer

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Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams set to learn playoff opponents
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Franklin Regional surging with energy as playoff near
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Westmoreland lookahead for Feb. 12-17
February 11, 2018
MONDAY Hockey PIHL Class AA South/East heavyweights Latrobe (12-5) and Franklin Regional (10-6) square off in an important divisional clash at 8:30 p.m. at Center

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GCC’s Slike will take kicking game to Akron
Ethan Slike gave up soccer to focus full-time on kicking footballs. The senior from Greensburg Central Catholic just andquot;preferredandquot; it that way. The extra work

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High school notebook: P-T record-breaking kicker headed to Division II Ashland
February 10, 2018
Nick Tarabrella will get his kicks at the next level. The record-breaking Penn-Trafford senior placekicker committed to continue his football career at Ashland (Ohio), a

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Football endeavors keep Kennedy, Johnson from Jeannette hoops finale
Jeannette will be without two key players in its regular-season boys basketball finale Saturday night at Riverview. Senior Robert Kennedy will be in Harrisburg for

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No. 3 Jeannette puts end to GCC’s 17-year playoff streak
February 9, 2018
Jeannette rode a whipsaw of a start to a section title. Senior Tre Cunningham scored a game-high 22 points, senior Robert Kennedy added 15 and

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls secure share of section title
February 8, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman has been practicing extra free throws lately. andquot;We lost some close games when we didn't shoot fouIs well,andquot; the junior

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Hempfield QB Justin Sliwoski bound for Pitt
The thought of reuniting with his brother on a football field resonated with Justin Sliwoski. But so did the idea of possibly playing quarterback for

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Soccer trio fighting through injuries highlights signing day
February 7, 2018
Signing day marked the onset of a fresh start for a trio of area standouts, all of whom suffered injuries on their way to college

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Westmoreland County football players sign on with college programs
Braden Brose was up bright and early Wednesday morning. But since school was canceled because of the snow and ice he could not fax his

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Brunson commits to to Louisiana-Lafayette softball
Another day, another Westmoreland County freshman softball player making Division I college plans. A second ninth-grader from Mt. Pleasant accepted a scholarship offer from a

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Franklin Regional tops Greensburg Salem to win Section 3-5A title
February 6, 2018
Nate Leopold, wearing a necklace made of twine he had just cut from the rim, broke down into tears. Emotions overflowed as the Franklin Regional

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Franklin Regional’s Lauer commits to Towson
Record-breaking Franklin Regional linebacker Bryce Lauer made a signing day eve commitment, giving Towson (Md.) the nod Tuesday night. Lauer also had offers from Duquesne

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Just the fax: Weather won’t impact NCAA signing day
Wednesday's pending snow and freezing rain could cause school delays and cancellations, but it won't stop NCAA signing day. At least that is the case

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GCC girls earn convincing win over Beth-Center, remain in tie for first in section
February 5, 2018
A broken water pipe and the ensuing damage it did to their court forced Greensburg Central Catholic's girls basketball team to play their most recent

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Penn-Trafford’s Gay commits to Air Force
When it came to choosing a college, and like his tackle-hurdling touchdown run at Heinz Field in the WPIAL finals, John Gay aimed high. Gay,

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Signing day looms: Where will some of Westmoreland’s best end up?
The start of the NCAA's regular signing period looms Wednesday and a few of Westmoreland County's top football players still are pondering where they want

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Norwin’s Dieter accepts walk-on offer from Duquesne
February 4, 2018
Norwin's Brock Dieter only attempted 17 passes last season, but that did not stop him from making inroads to Division I football. Dieter used Super

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 5, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Greensburg Central Catholic (10-8, 9-3) has won six of its last seven Section 3-2A games to set up a run at the

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Franklin Regional boys basketball shows mettle, holds off Jeannette
As Jeannette started to chip away at his team's double-digit lead in the second half, Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion didn't do the conventional, knee-jerk

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High school notebook: WCCA meet a tough ‘life lesson’ for Hempfield
February 3, 2018
A scoring error at last weekend's Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships changed the standings and flipped the final outcome for Franklin Regional

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Hempfield girls basketball reaches 4 consecutive wins
There aren't many girls teams in the WPIAL playing better late-season basketball than Hempfield and Greensburg Central Catholic. When the teams met in the opener

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Kromka-led Gateway subdues cold-shooting Greensburg Salem
February 2, 2018
Shots clanked off tight rims and offensive flow took the night off. Greensburg Salem had one of those head-in-the-hands performances against visiting Gateway. The Golden

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Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
Emma Hoffner knew from a young age she wanted to play Division I college softball. But that could not have been that long ago. A

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Despite depleted roster, Southmoreland boys remain in playoff hunt
February 1, 2018
Steely-eyed, not startled; diminutive, not desperate; the Southmoreland boys basketball team plays on with its four wins, some nagging injuries and a 68.3 points-against average

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Buying championship rings a costly process for Westmoreland County’s state title teams
Jeannette is fundraising in a variety of ways to purchase championship rings for its football players, cheerleaders and others around the program. It's a pricey

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Section titles up for grabs for area teams
A number of local teams are chasing section championships as the WPIAL basketball regular season winds into its final week. Boys Section 3-6A came down

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Elliott Group makes sizable donation to Jeannette football ring drive
Jeannette's football team will receive a significant donation from one of the city's most recognizable and long-established businesses in its pursuit of championship rings. The

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Poulich commits to Liberty
You'll have to excuse Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren (Shaheen) Armanious if she does not have an extensive scouting report on incoming outfielder Courtney Poulich.

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‘Shootout at Seton Hill’ returns Saturday
With just more than two weeks until playoff time, WPIAL basketball fans can get a look at some of the top area teams headed to

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Pair of impressive wins has Hempfield girls on cusp of WPIAL playoff berth
January 31, 2018
As the final seconds ticked away last Saturday evening at Hempfield Field House, Spartans first-year basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock turned to her assistant, Will Sherbondy.

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Jeannette earns revenge with Section 1-2A victory over Leechburg
January 30, 2018
A loss to Leechburg earlier this month stayed with Jeannette like a bad headache, a bout of heartburn, some nagging back pain. The team couldn't

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Belle Vernon to honor 1978 hoops champs
Belle Vernon will recognize one of its greatest boys basketball teams during its regular-season home finale against Elizabeth Forward on Feb. 9. Belle Vernon will

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Greensburg Salem girls basketball battles, comes up short vs. Ringgold
January 29, 2018
Greensburg Salem battled, scratched and clawed against a much taller and accomplished Ringgold team on Monday night. But now the Golden Lions will have to

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Mt. Pleasant girls basketball battling to keep postseason streak alive
A decade's worth of winning made Mt. Pleasant a perennial playoff team in girls basketball. But a challenging and uncharacteristic season is testing the current

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 29, 2018
January 28, 2018
MONDAY Wrestling The WPIAL team playoffs open with four matches at Franklin Regional: Shaler vs. Upper St. Clair at 6 p.m.; Belle Vernon vs. Armstrong

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer savors trip to Capitol
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike but not for another girls soccer game in the PIAA playoffs. This time, it was to be

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Franklin Regional boys basketball ends skid, rolls Gateway
January 27, 2018
Franklin Regional was only slightly concerned when a recent five-game winning streak was dimmed by two consecutive losses, to a pair of good teams, in

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Franklin Regional’s Scorpion learned game from his grandfather, Pirates great Dick Groat
January 26, 2018
You could say Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Steve Scorpion was grandfathered into basketball. Scorpion is the grandson of Dick Groat, the former Pirates shortstop

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Derry boys in playoff hunt after 9-year drought
It's late January and the Derry boys are playing — gulp — .500 basketball. So is it time to bring up the andquot;pandquot; word yet

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High school basketball notebook: Tension between Franklin Regional-Highlands coaches ‘nothing personal’
Tempers spilled over and led to five technical fouls in the second half Tuesday night when Franklin Regional's boys basketball team played at Highlands in

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Norwin girls halt Latrobe’s win streak
Norwin's message to Latrobe: don't play with scissors. Latrobe will have to wait to cut down the nets to celebrate a section title after the

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Norwin’s Thrift heading to Notre Dame junior weekend
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift will attend Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Monessen’s Henderson scores 55 points
January 25, 2018
Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL and a school record. Henderson, a

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Monessen guard Henderson’s 55-point game among WPIAL, state’s best
In case you missed it, Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL. Henderson,

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Surging Latrobe girls basketball riding high on 7-game winning streak
Latrobe has gone away from hosting some girls-boys basketball doubleheaders this season. Separate nights gives each team the spotlight all to themselves. The boys' games

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Highlands, Franklin Regional cool off after heated fourth quarter Tuesday
January 24, 2018
Tempers spilled over to the tune of five technical fouls in the second half on Tuesday night when Franklin Regional played at Highlands in a

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Greensburg Salem strengthens playoff chances with win over Armstrong
Armstrong prides itself on old-school, halfcourt basketball. It's slow and deliberate, on the edge of medieval. Think throwback Big East. Squarely on the opposite end

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Norwin girls soccer team honored at State Capitol
January 23, 2018
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike, but not for another girls soccer game in the state playoffs. This time, it was to be

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Franklin Regional girls basketball outlasted by Armstrong
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan was glad to see his team outdo its scoring average (45.6 points per game) and get a victory on

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Coaches, players reunite on Westmoreland basketball courts
High school basketball season in Westmoreland County has been about getting reacquainted. Relationships seem to be sewn tight into the county's fabric, no matter where

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GCC postpones basketball games due to water damage
January 22, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic postponed a pair of basketball games because of water damage to its home court. Tonight's girls Section 3-2A showdown between first-place Serra

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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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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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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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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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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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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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After suffering seizure during game Tuesday, Greensburg Salem’s Parsons plans to play Friday
January 11, 2018
Less than 24 hours after collapsing and convulsing behind his team's bench during a basketball game Tuesday night, Greensburg Salem's Dante Parsons was ready to

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Kallock taking place among Greensburg Salem’s best
January 10, 2018
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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Stonecheck provides physical presence for section-leading Franklin Regional
Hunter Stonecheck knows he gets under the skin of opponents, thrives on it even. A grin forms slowly as he discusses his ire-inspiring game, like

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Scary incident dampens Highlands-Greensburg Salem game
The result of a basketball game fell a distant second to the health and condition of Greensburg Salem sophomore guard Dante Parsons, who collapsed on

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No. 3 Franklin Regional boys basketball clamps down on Gateway
January 8, 2018
With five regular players standing 6-foot-5 or taller, Franklin Regional has a knack for getting in the way of opposing teams, while casting a long

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Westmoreland County high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 8, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball There is a logjam atop WPIAL Section 3-4A with three teams

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
January 6, 2018
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Fenton scores 35 to lead Latrobe boys past rival Hempfield
January 5, 2018
Latrobe honored its WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team at halftime on Friday night. The basketball team didn't need to take on the persona of

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Several Westmoreland basketball games postponed
Friday's winter deep-freeze caused the postponements of several boys basketball games involving Westmoreland County teams. The postponements include: • Franklin Regional at Gateway — Will

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Hempfield, GCC boys employ unique free throw strategy
A Hempfield player gets set to take a foul shot, but none of his teammates are in the lane. It's more like a free rebound

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Norwin girls remain competitive during roller-coaster season
January 4, 2018
Norwin has been a model of consistency in girls basketball over the last few seasons, a perennial power in the WPIAL's largest classification. The Knights

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Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Norwin boys charge back in overtime win vs. rival Penn-Trafford
Most of Wednesday night's Section 3-6A game between teams that didn't send each other Christmas cards was somewhat pedestrian. Nothing stood out. There were plenty

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Jeannette boys pick up steam as they recover from football
January 1, 2018
Adrian Batts recalls the early part of the 2007-08 basketball season. Jeannette had just won its first PIAA football championship and had to postpone its

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 1, 2018
December 31, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: TUESDAY Boys basketball A few county teams are getting in more nonleague tuneups before

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State championship dominance among Westmoreland County sports highlights from 2017
Flash bulbs and fire truck escorts back to town. Exuberant student sections and bus loads full of fans with plenty to cheer about — all

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Jeannette boys edge host Greensburg Salem for emotional victory
December 30, 2017
Emotions ran high, boiled over even, in the crowd. Security had to interact with some rowdy fans. One coach called the extracurricular antics andquot;a circus.andquot;

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Brose scores 24 as Hempfield boys top Greensburg C.C.
Hempfield did not press Greensburg Central Catholic much on Friday night. It didn't need to. Having 6-foot-4 swing-forward Braden Brose scoring inside and out can

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Jeannette’s defense leads charge in comeback win over Connellsville
December 28, 2017
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy had 12 interceptions during the football season and returned four of them for touchdowns. It was a wonder teams even threw

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Ligonier Valley honoring 1,000-point scorers
Ligonier Valley will have a special ceremony at 5:45 p.m. today during its holiday basketball tournament to honor the 35 players, male and female, who

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Penn-Trafford boys show ‘grit’ in overtime victory over Allderdice
December 27, 2017
Sean Kelly was having an off day. His shots weren't falling, even though he was getting to the rim, and he seemed out of sorts

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Sharp, Crise switch sides in Jeannette, GS basketball rivalry
Friday night's Jeannette (3-1) at Greensburg Salem (5-2) boys basketball game, the finale of the Golden Lions' holiday classic, already is a much-anticipated rematch, but

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Where to go for Westmoreland holiday hoops
It is holiday basketball tournament time. Here are the local tournaments to keep an eye on this week: BOYS Greensburg Salem tournament: The Golden Lions

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Latrobe girls last of the undefeateds in Westmoreland
Latrobe girls basketball appears to be headed for a turnaround. The Widcats have started 5-0 for the first time since 2004-05 and are the last

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Latrobe welcomes newest Butler brother to basketball limelight
December 25, 2017
If a tree falls in the forest ... If Bryce Butler beats Austin Butler at one-on-one ... Wait, there was a witness: dad. andquot;It was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Houseman, Penn-Trafford’s Suman get offers
December 24, 2017
Division II schools have been scouring the WPIAL in recent weeks and extended scholarship offers to several Westmoreland players. Yough lineman Scotty Houseman and Penn-Trafford

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Westmoreland high school sports look ahead: Dec. 27-30
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: WEDNESDAY Boys basketball Holiday tournaments begin around the WPIAL. Penn-Trafford will host McKeesport, Allderdice and

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East Allegheny star guard Johnson scores 26 in win over Greensburg Central Catholic girls
Like any team that plays East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic's quandary was take-over senior guard Amani Johnson. Speeding up the game with her up-tempo play

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Everything old is new again for Westmoreland hoops coaches
Just because coaches spend years teaching basketball and pacing the sidelines at dozens of games does not mean they are experts on the sport. The

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem the place to be for holiday tournament
December 21, 2017
Holiday basketball tournaments return next week and the best local stop again appears to be Greensburg Salem. The two-day Golden Lions Holiday Classic features six

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Belle Vernon’s Zubovic, Penn-Trafford’s Hawkins ink with Pitt, Akron during early signing period
It's official: andquot;Big Zandquot; and andquot;Bubbaandquot; are Division I football players. A pair of standout linemen from Westmoreland County solidified their commitments Wednesday, the start

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Latrobe girls win another road game, using big second quarter to rout Penn-Trafford
December 20, 2017
It was like a gentle breeze turned into a full-blown storm. After a close first quarter, Latrobe's girls basketball team ignited — while Penn-Trafford struggled

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Yough’s Shoaf, FR’s Lauer named to all-state teams
December 19, 2017
An under-the-radar recruiting prospect found his way onto the all-state list. Now, it will be tough to miss Yough's Dustin Shoaf. The junior running back

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Hot-shooting Belle Vernon girls roll past Southmoreland
December 18, 2017
Southmoreland fell into an early hole Monday night, then spent the rest of the night trying to claw its way out. Belle Vernon senior guard

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Ligonier Valley pair make all-state
Ligonier Valley football powered its way to another Heritage Conference title and back-to-back District 6 championships, using one big play after another to average 43.6

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 18, 2017
December 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball Franklin Regional (4-1, 1-0) and Armstrong (4-0, 0-0) have proven to be

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Stover makes all-state after all
December 16, 2017
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season and for good reason. Stovar was

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Franklin Regional girls cruise past Indiana in section opener
December 14, 2017
With a shutdown defense forcing Indiana into compliance, Franklin Regional doubled up the Indians to remain undefeated and begin section play on a high note.

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Penn-Trafford’s Stovar learns of all-state honor after clerical error
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season. She was a standout forward for

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Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford heads to Florida, scorers heating up
December 13, 2017
Jim Rocco doesn't want his team to view a trip to Florida this weekend as a vacation. andquot;It might be 80 degrees and sunny, but

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Franklin Regional basketball player diehard Patriots fan
Franklin Regional senior basketball player Hunter Stonecheck plans to attend Sunday's Steelers-Patriots game, but he won't be rooting for Ben Roethlisberger and Co. Stonecheck, who

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Penn-Trafford boys heading south for tournament
Penn-Trafford boys basketball will play three games in the 28th annual Kreul Classic Friday through Tuesday in Coral Springs, Fla. Games will be played at

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McGowan’s scoring touch sparks Greensburg Salem to fast start
December 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem didn't have to turn to comic books to find a super hero. It has its own Marvel character. Senior guard Marvel McGowan has

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Franklin Regional edges Norwin at Mike Rettger Memorial tournament
December 11, 2017
Franklin Regional wants to win its own boys basketball tournament, and after beating the team that prevented it from doing so a year ago, the

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 11, 2017
December 10, 2017
MONDAY Boys basketball • The 15th annual Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament opens at Franklin Regional with Monessen (1-1) facing Westinghouse (2-0) at 6 p.m. Norwin

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Franklin Regional boys grind through overtime victory against Hempfield
December 9, 2017
Nate Leopold thought he was done with football season. The Franklin Regional senior, barely back to basketball form, helped guide the Panthers through a physical,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: 2017 was a year of titles for local teams
The 2017 calendar year has been a reign of championships for Westmoreland County high school teams. Jeannette football captured its second PIAA title Thursday in

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Belle Vernon’s Apodiakos named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Markello Apodiakos, Jr., F, Belle Vernon It was a record-breaking season for Belle Vernon junior Markello Apodiakos. The star forward scored

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Norwin’s Harrigan named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Emily Harrigan, Sr., F, Norwin Emily Harrigan walked out of Hersheypark Stadium last month with red-rimmed eyes and a giant Hershey's

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Penn-Trafford boys get off to fast start with victory over Greensburg CC
December 8, 2017
Sean Kelly grabbed the basketball in the paint, and with no defenders around, he decided to try for the dunk. He had the height, but

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Westmoreland County teams set to tip off at area tournaments
December 7, 2017
High school basketball season opens Friday. Here is a look at the notable tournaments and games involving Westmoreland County teams. The Hempfield boys showcase tournament,

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Westmoreland County basketball’s starting 5 season primer
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some things to look for this season in Westmoreland County hoops. Boys 5 Teams to watch Franklin Regional:

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PIAA football notebook: Jeannette defense to be tested in state final
December 6, 2017
Jeannette hopes to stuff the run, a staple to slowing down Homer-Center, but the Jayhawks also plan to bring the heat against Wildcats quarterback Ben

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Memories of 2007 state title run still resonate with Jeannette faithful
Jeannette football history brims with celebratory moments and proud memories. The very game itself, and Jeannette's contributions to it, are the most valuable mantle pieces

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Jeannette finds success with deep backfield
December 5, 2017
Jeannette's title-winning football teams have had plenty in common over the years: steady quarterback play, dependable front lines and a poison-mean defense at the top

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All-around athlete Cunningham gives Jeannette added kick
December 4, 2017
Tre Cunningham never envisioned himself kicking footballs when he was growing up in Jeannette. He played soccer as a youngster before he even laced up

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Southmoreland boys basketball embarks on major rebuild
December 3, 2017
It was as if the team's hard drive crashed before the season even started. And the Southmoreland boys basketball team lost everything. One minute, coach

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Southmoreland girls basketball welcomes scoring phenom Konek
Southmoreland knew it would need scoring punch with the graduation of standout athlete Olivia Porter, the program's second all-time leading scorer. Then came a rather

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Latrobe junior Fenton
December 2, 2017
Recruiting is beginning to pick up for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Fenton had a big summer with the PK

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PIAA football notebook: Johnson’s stock rises for Jeannette
November 30, 2017
Jeannette knew Anthony Johnson could be a force on defense — as soon as he learned how to play with some control and technique. Raw

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Jeannette prepares to stymie Farrell’s passing attack
Two proud and proven football programs will meet Friday night for the right to play in the state championship. Jeannette (13-1), fresh off its ninth

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Play of patchwork offensive line key for Jeannette in run to PIAA semifinals
November 29, 2017
Jeannette's offensive line of senior left tackle Jalen Jones, junior left guard Drake Petrillo, sophomore center Cam Felbaum, junior right guard Dom Myers and senior

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Graytok develops into leader for Latrobe girls basketball
November 28, 2017
Latrobe won four if its final five games last season but missed the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs. With five starters back, including standout

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Despite graduation of star guards, Latrobe boys want another shot at playoff run
Tasked with the challenge of replacing two of the best players to come through the program, Latrobe will have a different look on the court

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High school notebook: Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone adjusting at prep school
November 26, 2017
Approaching 7 feet, Brandon Stone is one of the tallest basketball players to come out of Westmoreland County. But he's getting taller. And stronger. andquot;I

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Hempfield boys basketball team going big under coach Bill Swan
In recent years, Hempfield's boys basketball team has adjusted its style to fit personnel. One season, it was rapid-fire 3-point shooting. Another, slash and score.

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Hempfield girls basketball team searching for its voice
New Hempfield girls basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock is looking for leadership, a quality that can't always be taught. It just sort of happens. andquot;We have

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Jeannette showing no let-up in WPIAL, PIAA playoff run
With the score tied 28-28 and a little more than five minutes remaining on a windy Saturday afternoon in Moon Township, Jeannette turned to a

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Jeannette edges Imani Christian to claim ninth WPIAL championship
November 25, 2017
Lineman Drake Petrillo leapt into the air, his arms out like airplane wings. Another lineman, Cameron Felbaum, bounced his helmet off the turf like a

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GCC boys basketball facing rebuild under new coach
November 24, 2017
When Jim Nesser began coaching at Elizabeth Forward in the early 2000s, he endured a 4-20 season. Things looked bleak as the team moved ahead.

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‘Survival mode’ for Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team
With just seven girls on the roster, Greensburg Central Catholic could have to get crafty if it wants to make an 18th consecutive trip to

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Big plays expected in WPIAL Class A title game
November 23, 2017
Composure. It's a word used often in sports, a trigger word even. Some coaches weave it into cliches. But many times they use it to

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High school football notebook: Ligonier Valley gets early look at Hersheypark Stadium
Like every football team in the state, Ligonier Valley's end goal is to make it to Hershey. But regardless of Saturday's result the Rams could

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Jeannette chasing WPIAL-record 734th victory
November 22, 2017
Jeannette has been nipping at New Castle's heels since the season kicked off in August. Now the Jayhawks finally can pull even with the school

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Konek ready to make impact for Southmoreland girls basketball
November 21, 2017
Junior Cali Konek can light up a gym with her smile the way she lights up a scoreboard with a basketball. Her smile also has

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Penn-Trafford seniors leave lasting impression on football program
November 19, 2017
Penn-Trafford left a lasting impression on its tomahawk-chopping fanbase by reaching the WPIAL football finals for the second time in three years and garnering the

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Gateway holds off Penn-Trafford rally to claim WPIAL Class 5A title
November 18, 2017
Derrick Davis said he didn't try to do anything special in the WPIAL Class 5A football championship. Imagine if he had. The Gateway freshman put

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Norwin seniors cap special 4-year run with state championship
HERSHEY — Blood, sweat and tears. andquot;Literally, that's what went into that game,andquot; Norwin girls soccer coach Lauren Karcher said Friday night after the Knights

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High school notebook: Mt. Pleasant softball players make college commitments
Two players who had pivotal roles in Mt. Pleasant's run to the PIAA Class 4A softball championship last season have made college commitments. Both players

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Norwin blanks Neshaminy to win PIAA Class AAAA girls soccer title
November 17, 2017
HERSHEY — Norwin began the girls soccer season as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Knights gladly ended it as the best team in

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Twenty years after missing WPIAL title game-tying extra point, Penn-Trafford grad Topper uses experience as teaching point
Penn-Trafford is back in the WPIAL football final. That means one name instantly gets resurrected from the Warriors' championship game past. Kevin Topper. He remains

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High school football notebook: Jeannette to ‘let the pads do the talking’
November 16, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall admits his team's lack of success against Clairton is just as much mental as it is physical. Maybe moreso. He

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Longtime rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway will relish WPIAL Class 5A final matchup
While their decades-old tradition was interrupted by changing times and school mergers, Penn-Trafford and Gateway revived their annual andquot;Victory Bellandquot; custom several years ago, wheeling

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Norwin assistant coach recalls last PIAA soccer title
Norwin didn't have to look far for advice on what to expect from the PIAA girls soccer finals. Assistant coach Leslie (Fedorka) Kaminski went through

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Norwin girls to lean on big-game experience against Neshaminy in PIAA title game
On the verge of greatness, Norwin soccer players can lean on big-game experiences to help reduce the sweaty palms, calm the pounding hearts and dim

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Penn-Trafford coach Ruane endures ‘unique’ week teaching at Gateway
November 15, 2017
You could say Penn-Trafford took Gateway to school when the teams met in Week 5. The Warriors rolled to a 28-0 win, forcing three turnovers

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Norwin girls headed to PIAA final after blanking Conestoga Valley
November 14, 2017
CHAMBERSBURG — Two decades after its last trip to the PIAA girls soccer championship, Norwin is headed back to the state final. Another smothering defensive

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Norwin defenders make behind-the-scenes impact en route to PIAA semifinals
November 13, 2017
For a split second — flash, bang — senior defender Natalie Durmis looked like Norwin's best goalkeeper. Even on a day when the Knights' all-WPIAL

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P-T football shoots for trifecta
November 12, 2017
Penn-Trafford already has put together quite a fall sports season, but it could reach another level if the football team can bring home a WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford dominates Upper St. Clair to earn another shot at elusive WPIAL title
November 10, 2017
After a close call in the quarterfinals, Penn-Trafford took ownership of the semifinals with a performance that was as efficient as it was dominant. And

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Norwin girls set to face familiar foe North Allegheny in PIAA quarterfinals
November 9, 2017
Norwin wanted Penn-Trafford. Bad. Expected it even. The Knights loathed seeing the Warriors celebrate a WPIAL championship against them last weekend, their hopes of a

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High school football notebook: Jeannette DE Johnson makes quick impact
Jeannette knew junior Anthony Johnson could make an impact on the football field this season. But his raw skills needed to catch up to his

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Westmoreland high school notebook: County softball players sign with Division I schools
November 8, 2017
Softball popularity and talent in the county has risen in recent years. It might be at an all-time high. College recruiting is a reflection of

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Jeannette expects challenge from Rochester in WPIAL quarterfinals
Jeannette is three wins away from tying New Castle's WPIAL football record of 734 wins. New Castle is out of the playoffs, so the Jayhawks

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North Allegheny ousts Penn-Trafford girls in PIAA first round
November 7, 2017
The state playoffs can be a thorny place for WPIAL champions, regardless of the sport. And sometimes the most challenging thing is having to face

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Penn-Trafford to rely on recent playoff experience in matchup with USC
Experience, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said, is the best trait a football team can have at the high school level. Ruane would know. He has

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High school notebook: Westmoreland County athletes to sign with Division I schools
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday for all sports other than football, soccer and men's water polo. A number of area athletes plan to

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Westmoreland PIAA girls soccer 1st-round playoff capules
November 6, 2017
Class 4A First round Penn-Trafford (17-3-1) vs. North Allegheny (13-7) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: Winner of Norwin (17-2-1) vs. State College

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Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Nov. 6, 2017
November 5, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Hockey A pair of area teams face off at 7:50 p.m. at Center Ice

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Penn-Trafford clips Norwin on OT goal for WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer title
November 4, 2017
Mackenzie Aunkst brought the game to a halt before bringng the crowd to its feet. The Penn-Trafford senior midfielder came set with the ball at

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Hoffman commits to Youngstown State
Belle Vernon's Josh Hoffman had interest from several Division I baseball programs but none surpassed the level of interest he had in Youngstown State. Hoffman,

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Top seed Penn-Trafford survives scare from Fox Chapel
November 3, 2017
Tabbed with the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history, Penn-Trafford knocked over the first domino in the WPIAL Class 5A football

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Notebook: Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls soccer coaches double as friends and foes
For eight years, Jackie Bartko and Lauren Karcher played cup soccer together for the local Foothills club. They went their separate ways for the high

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls capture 6th WPIAL championship
November 2, 2017
The latest chapter in WPIAL Class A girls soccer's best rivalry, despite new players and new coaches on both sides, still featured some of its

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High school football notebook: Norwin defense braces for Jurkovec, No. 1 Pine-Richland
Norwin has faced some good quarterbacks this season. Cam Laffoon of Penn-Trafford, Central Catholic's Troy Fisher and Justin Sliwoski of Hempfield are among them. But

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Rivals Norwin, Penn-Trafford ready to play for WPIAL girls soccer title
Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar feels privileged. In 180 minutes of soccer played between Penn-Trafford and Norwin this season, only one goal was scored — a close-quartered

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Yough’s Shoaf takes WPIAL rushing title
November 1, 2017
Three yards and a cloud of dust still means something. Just ask Yough's Dustin Shoaf. When the dust settled at the end of the WPIAL

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Belle Vernon’s Blake Zubovic
Blake Zubovic is living large in Belle Vernon. The senior lineman who stands 6-foot-6 and tips the scale at 310 pounds, has big hands and

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Norwin shuts out North Allegheny to return to WPIAL title game
October 30, 2017
Their gym bags in hand as they arrived and strolled down the track, Norwin looked on as Penn-Trafford pulled out a last-minute victory in the

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Seven Westmoreland County football teams to learn playoff foes
October 29, 2017
The Jeannette football team thought a coin flip might be necessary to decide its playoff position in the Class A Eastern Conference after the Jayhawks

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Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Oct. 30, 2017
A look at the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer Four Westmoreland teams look to secure spots in the WPIAL championships

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Zubovic picked to all-star game
October 28, 2017
Blake Zubovic has been around the country for college visits. The Belle Vernon senior football standout had more than a dozen scholarship offers before he

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Video: Late scores lead Norwin past Hempfield
Norwin uses two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 2-yard interception return by senior linebacker John Piekut for the game-sealing score.

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Senior linebacker’s interception return for TD seals Norwin’s victory over Hempfield
October 27, 2017
John Piekut was the hero Friday night for Norwin. Or is it, Pick-it The Knights senior middle linebacker made a lunging, one-handed interception and fell

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Video: Norwin girls advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2017
The Norwin girls soccer team held off Kiski Area, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford. Norwin is on to the semifinals for

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Video: GCC girls shut out Vincentian
Greensburg Central Catholic blanks Vincentian, 1-0, in WPIAL Class A girls soccer quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin girls soccer rolls Kiski Area in WPIAL quarterfinals
Thursday night's WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal game was moved to Penn-Trafford because of scoreboard problems at Gateway. Norwin can attest: The scoreboard at

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Quartet of Westmoreland County teams aim to finish regular season undefeated
Jeannette has rolled through the Eastern Conference with the swiftness and unbroken stride of a sprinter in the 100-meter dash. Opponents, they have simply tried

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High school football notebook: Norwin defense among WPIAL’s best
Talk to coaches who have played Norwin and their first point of emphasis is defense. Norwin (4-5 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) is no knock-off of

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Video: 4 Westmoreland County teams look to stay undefeated
Four teams from Westmoreland County enter Week 9 undefeated: Jeannette (9-0), Penn-Trafford (9-0), Belle Vernon (8-0) and Ligonier Valley (9-0). It's been 21 years since

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Pair of playoff games moved to Penn-Trafford
Tonight's WPIAL girls soccer playoff doubleheader involving a trio of Westmoreland County teams has been moved to a new site. The Class A game between

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Third time not a charm as GCC boys lose to Winchester Thurston in boys soccer quarterfinals
October 25, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic could not solve Winchester Thurston this season. Not in two section games and not in a playoff game. And what really stings

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty
As one of the state's most versatile playmakers, Jackson Daugherty has accounted for 1,284 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns, scoring via rush, pass and reception

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer players adjust to playoff pressure
Penn-Trafford girls soccer coach Jackie Bartko talks about how the Warriors are dealing with the pressure of being the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford girls soccer ‘driven’ toward success
Penn-Trafford is a regular visitor to the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs. It's been over two decades since the team missed the postseason. But unlike past

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Video: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer prepares for quarterfinal matchup
October 24, 2017
Members of the Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team have dyed their hair blonde as part of a WPIAL playoff tradition for the program. They will

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WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for Westmoreland County teams
Quarterfinals Class 4A No. 3 Franklin Regional (16-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-McMillan (11-6) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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Golden-haired Mt. Pleasant boys seeking WPIAL gold medals
Mt. Pleasant has put blood, sweat and tears into this boys soccer season. Oh, and blonde hair dye. Lots of blonde hair dye. The bright

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Franklin Regional girls soccer overcomes first-round ‘curse’ with win over Mt. Pleasant
October 23, 2017
A whipping wind and sideways rain moved across Norwin Stadium at halftime Monday night. Maybe it took away Franklin Regional's first-round andquot;curseandquot; as it blew

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Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 23-29
October 22, 2017
MONDAY Girls soccer The WPIAL playoffs begin with six area teams playing first-round games. Class AAAA No. 2 seed Penn-Trafford hosts Penn Hills, and No.

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High school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf in elite company after record-breaking performance
October 21, 2017
Yough football coach Scott Wood predicted a few weeks ago that Cougars' junior running back Dustin Shoaf had the potential to break the school's single-game

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Butler boys soccer advances with victory against Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford never seemed to get untracked during its playoff opener Saturday afternoon. Constricting play led to little flow in the pass-and-go game, and unsatisfying possessions

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Video: Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane and Kiski Area coach Sam Albert talk about the Warriors' 54-19 victory on Friday night.

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Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title after win over Kiski Area
October 20, 2017
For as uneventful as some blowouts can go, a lot happened during the latest one for top-ranked Penn-Trafford on Friday night in Harrison City. A

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Westmoreland County’s WPIAL boys soccer 1st-round playoff capsules
October 19, 2017
Class 4A First round No. 8 Penn-Trafford (11-3-2) vs. No. 9 Butler (13-5) 3 p.m. Saturday at Norwin On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No.

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High school football notebook: Newcomers bolster No. 1 Jeannette
Jeannette's Seth Howard wasn't going to play football this season. But coaches and teammates wooed him to the gridiron and he changed his mind. andquot;I

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Breaking down the 2017 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
Class 4A Favorite: Norwin, despite drawing the No. 4 seed, has won back-to-back WPIAL championships and has more than enough talent to three-peat. The Knights

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Norwin girls soccer getting healthy just in time for playoff run
Norwin players saunter out of soccer practice and games wrapped in the same post-action armor: ice packs. The plastic bags cover legs, arms, even thighs

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
With soft hands, syrupy moves and an easy stride, Jeannette's Marcus Barnes can appear to be on cruise control when he catches passes. If he

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Penn-Trafford’s Kreutzberger commits to Radford
October 16, 2017
Penn-Trafford senior Austin Kreutzberger heard through casual talk in cup soccer circles that Radford University had a strong men's program. But it wasn't until he

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Video: Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf talks PIAA golf regionals
October 15, 2017
Greensburg Salem's Jack Oberdorf finished tied for ninth at the WPIAL Class AAA championship to qualify for his first PIAA Western Regional tournament Monday at

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Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf finds golf game
A big-swinging third baseman who can hit for average and power, Jack Oberdorf played 80 baseball games over the summer. He even missed a golf

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Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 16-22
Monday Golf The top WPIAL golfers will join players from five other districts at the PIAA Western Regional tournaments at Tom's Run Golf Course, located

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Harrigan invited to all-star game
October 14, 2017
Norwin soccer standout Emily Harrigan is the reigning Tribune-Review player of the year. But she also is considered one of the best players in the

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Video: Jeannette starts fast in victory over rival GCC
The Jeannette football team improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class A Eastern Conference with a convincing victory over rival Greensburg Central Catholic

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Top-ranked Jeannette uses strong 2nd quarter surge to cruise past rival GCC
October 13, 2017
Jeannette crowned another homecoming queen Friday night. On the field, the Jayhawks showed why they're the new king in the Class A rankings. Playing their

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Video: WPIAL golf champions defend titles
October 12, 2017
Four WPIAL champions defended their titles Thursday at the team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course. Sewickley Academy (Class AA) and Central Catholic (AAA) won

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Sewickley Academy, Central Catholic boys, NA, GCC girls repeat as WPIAL golf champions
Dynasties have happened in WPIAL golf before. There's the Upper St. Clair girls, the standard-bearers, who won 12 consecutive titles from 1994-2005. The Panthers have

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With injured teammates in hospital, Fox Chapel golfers compete at WPIAL tournament
Less than 24 hours after a horrific single-vehicle accident left four teammates injured, Fox Chapel's boys golf team showed up Thursday to play in the

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High school football notebook: Mt. Pleasant focused on present, not playoff streak
Mt. Pleasant is staying in the present — in the hopes it won't have to worry as much about the future. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4)

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Video: Reactions from Norwin/Penn-Trafford girls soccer draw
The Norwin and Penn-Trafford girls soccer teams played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night, giving the Warriors their first section title since 2013. Here, the

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Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls draw in Section 4-AAAA finale
October 11, 2017
Chants of andquot;overratedandquot; from the Penn-Trafford student section still echoed loudly in the minds of Norwin girls soccer players. It fanned the flames of an

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WPIAL team golf championship capsules
9 a.m. Thursday, Cedarbrook Golf Course, Rostraver Township (Boys on Gold Course; girls on Red Course) andbull; All four champions move on to the PIAA

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Derry’s Shawn Broadway
Shawn Broadway was mainly a defensive player last season when Derry became the feel-good story of the WPIAL Class 3A football playoffs — the ultimate

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Video: GCC boys defeat Serra Catholic in Section 2-A
October 10, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic earned a 2-0 victory over Serra Catholic in a Section 2-A boys soccer game Tuesday night in McKeesport.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys rebound from loss to shut out Serra Catholic
Fifth-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping for a playoff tune-up in its next-to-last Section 2-A game of the season. And that is just what the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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Hempfield sophomore Wiederstein commits to Michigan baseball
October 9, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein went to a college football game over the weekend. Two days later, he took the first step to becoming a college baseball player.

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Oct. 9, 2017
October 8, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys soccer A matchup for first place in Section 2-A will be played in

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Video: Penn-Trafford defeats Franklin Regional
October 7, 2017
The Penn-Trafford football team earned a 20-13 victory over Franklin Regional in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference football game Friday night. With the

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Penn-Trafford stays unbeaten after topping rival Franklin Regional
October 6, 2017
Everything Penn-Trafford did Friday night against Franklin Regional seemed troublesome and trying, a far stretch from the previous six games when the Warriors sliced and

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VIDEO: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer clinches section title
October 5, 2017
The Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team won its 10th straight game Thursday night, topping Freeport, 1-0, to claim the Section 2-AA title.

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Mt. Pleasant boys blank Freeport for 10th straight victory
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer coach Floyd Snyder said his team does not worry about shutouts per se, andquot;Just shutting teams down.andquot; Fair enough. But one

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High school football notebook: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional overcoming injuries in advance of Big East matchup
Unbeaten Penn-Trafford — 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference — expects to be at full strength Friday night. andquot;Everyone should be ready

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VIDEO: North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley’s McKelvey celebrate WPIAL golf titles
October 4, 2017
North Allegheny golfer Caroline Wrigley shot 5-under-par 67 to win the WPIAL Class AAA golf title. Sewickley Academy's Tatum McKelvey shot 81 to win the

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with GCC’s Max Pisula
Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Max Pisula and some teammates gathered at his house earlier this season to watch some YouTube video. They got their popcorn

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley Academy’s McKelvey claim WPIAL girls golf titles
Caroline Wrigley expected to play somewhat precariously when she set out to defend her WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship. Instead, she played beautifully. And

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley, CV’s Porter aim to defend girls golf titles
October 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Diamond Run Golf Club, Sewickley andbull; Scouting the Class AAA field: Caroline Wrigley of North Allegheny is back to defend her WPIAL

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Fox Chapel’s Meyer looks to defend WPIAL Class AAA golf title
October 1, 2017
WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nemacolin Country Club, Bealsville Scouting the field: The final will be contested over 18 holes. ...

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High school notebook: GCC tennis takes aim at finals berth
September 30, 2017
A sneaky-good WPIAL girls tennis rivalry opens to another chapter this week. Greensburg Central Catholic will get a rematch with Sewickley Academy when the teams

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West Mifflin beats Greensburg Salem in Big Nine defensive struggle
September 29, 2017
Greensburg Salem played its 1,100th football game Friday night at Offutt Field. Golden Lions coach Dave Keefer might be able to give you 1,101 reasons

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Video: Riverside’s Fox wins WPIAL Class AA golf title in playoff
September 28, 2017
Riverside sophomore Skyler Fox captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship for the second straight season Thursday at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

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High school football notebook: Keeping it simple works for Derry defense
Derry keeps things simple because simple works. The Trojans are about as flashy as a hamburger with no bun, as business-like as a census taker,

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Riverside’s Fox repeats as WPIAL Class AA golf champion
Skyler Fox changed his irons in the offseason because he wanted heavier shafts. The Riverside sophomore tested the new metal this season before having his

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WPIAL calls out Imani over security concerns following Jeannette game
September 27, 2017
Displeased by the behavior of fans and some players, and the unpreparedness of security to handle an ugly situation, the WPIAL Board of Directors threw

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Yough’s Dustin Shoaf
From his team's massive front line to his daily life on a cattle farm, Dustin Shoaf knows all about beef. The Yough junior running back

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Riverside’s Fox set to defend WPIAL Class AA golf title
September 26, 2017
WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Thursday, Allegheny Country Club andbull; Scouting the field: Defending champion Skyler Fox (above), a sophomore from Riverside,

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson wins WPIAL semifinal for 2nd straight season
Palmer Jackson could not take the putter out of his bag soon enough during Tuesday's WPIAL Class AAA semifinal tournament. andquot;I hit the ball well,andquot;

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer upsets No. 1 Norwin
September 25, 2017
Penn-Trafford's girls soccer team upset the No. 1-ranked team in the nation Monday night, rival Norwin.

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: Monday Girls soccer One of the most anticipated matchups of the year in any county

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches ‘cool’ with WPIAL’s cool-down rule
September 23, 2017
The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute andquot;cool-downandquot; period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area

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GCC kicker Slike making a difference for childhood cancer awareness
By his estimation, Ethan Slike's football season andquot;has been going well.andquot; But the Greensburg Central Catholic senior kicker is not nearly satisfied. Sure, he wants

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford runs past rival Latrobe in Big East victory
September 22, 2017
Facing a third-and-22 from its own 29-yard line, Penn-Trafford seemed destined for a punt. But from the second he touched the ball on that, at

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Penn-Trafford rallies with 2 late goals to tie rival Norwin
September 21, 2017
Tangled in one of their typical barbed-wire rivalry games, Norwin and Penn-Trafford stretched their latest boys soccer showdown into overtime Thursday night. As always, it

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Westmoreland football notebook: Ligonier Valley rolling through Heritage Conference
Ligonier Valley doesn't get as much attention as other teams because it plays outside the WPIAL, in the distant Heritage Conference. But whether people are

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Clayton nets 5 goals to lead Waynesburg past Yough in Section 3-AA
September 20, 2017
They traded one exciting goal after another before halftime, their teams coming out in full attack mode Wednesday night in a Section 3-AA first-place showdown

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Jason Armstrong
Excuse Jason Armstrong if he is occasionally winded on Friday nights. It's not that he is out of shape; quite the contrary. It's that the

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Kendro’s hat trick helps Norwin girls soccer defeat Hempfield
September 18, 2017
Norwin was not fit to be tied this time. The mighty Knights are TopDrawer's No. 1 girls soccer team in the nation, and they looked

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 18, 2017
September 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys golf The WPIAL individual postseason begins with section tournaments at various sites, and

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Westmoreland notebook: Golf season shifts to individual postseason
September 16, 2017
Golf season shifts to the individual postseason this week as section tournaments are played around the WPIAL. Boys tournaments will be Monday and Tuesday, and

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford defense boasts stingy front 7
September 14, 2017
Penn-Trafford had a big box of bananas in the locker room after last week's home win over Plum. It's a regular pregame and postgame snack

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GCC girls maintain dominance in Section 1-A with win over Shady Side Academy
September 13, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder was in a hurry to leave after Wednesday night's soccer game in Carbon. Her coach yelled across the field for

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift
Norwin opponents who get careless with the football can end up making unintentional donations to the Thrift store. Junior safety Jayvon Thrift has two forced

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Penn-Trafford’s Anna Stowers claims WCCA golf title for 1st win
September 11, 2017
When a slippery, 30-foot downhill putt curled right and disappeared into the hole, Anna Stowers just jotted down the birdie at the short par-4 fourth

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 11, 2017
September 10, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls golf • The second annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association girls golf championship

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Harding expected to miss 12 weeks of soccer season
September 9, 2017
Norwin boys soccer was dealt a crushing blow in its second game of the season but managed to keep its balance in spite of an

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Penn-Trafford shuts out Plum in dominant effort
September 8, 2017
The touchdown bell was ringing. The tomahawk chop was slicing through the air, and No. 2 Penn-Trafford was dominating its way to a 3-0 start.

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High school football notebook: Latrobe rallying around injured senior tackle Yesho
September 7, 2017
Latrobe will be looking for its first win of the season Friday night. If the Wildcats get the job done against Chartiers Valley in their

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Baseline Recruiting organizes inaugural basketball showcase at Kiski School
September 6, 2017
Shane Phillips started Baseline Recruiting because he thought he could help a number of players from the WPIAL get recruited to play college basketball. Once

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Bryce Lauer
Franklin Regional's head-turning, 13-7 upset last week of No. 1 McKeesport might not have been possible without nicked-up senior linebacker Bryce Lauer, Panthers coach Greg

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer team could heed some advice from Hempfield softball team
September 4, 2017
If the nationally ranked Norwin girls soccer team is looking for advice navigating through this pressure-packed season, it can find it a few miles down

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The week ahead in Westmoreland HS sports
September 3, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in local high school sports: Football winds into Week 2 — the third week of play for many teams —

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Jeannette passing attack shines in blowout win
September 1, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall joked during training camp that with his team's size and depth at receiver, the Jayhawks could revert back to the

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Hempfield’s Braden Brose
August 30, 2017
Hempfield's Braden Brose didn't even start playing football until three years ago. That's when a growth spurt merged with an equally sprouting interest in the

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Former Imani Christian basketball standout Konek enrolled at Southmoreland
August 29, 2017
Cali Konek, the basketball scoring sensation who averaged 45.4 points two years ago as a freshman at Imani Christian, has returned to WPIAL territory. Konek

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Norwin boys ‘building for the end picture’
August 28, 2017
Anthony Harding is tired of hearing Norwin can't win in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs. The senior is well aware that the Knights, although a

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Led by 9 college recruits, Norwin girls in search of 3rd straight WPIAL title
Norwin is locked in an unforced partnership with hype, a girls soccer team strapped with perhaps greater expectations than any in school history. The two-time

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Hempfield’s Sliwoski-Brose show special connection in Week Zero
August 27, 2017
Hempfield was supposed to have a big-play connection with quarterback Justin Sliwoski and tight end Braden Brose, but the senior tandem's season debut Friday was

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Tarabrella boots only points of game as Penn-Trafford edges rival Norwin
August 25, 2017
Norwin senior tailback Tevin Thrift had just busted a 39-yard run into Penn-Trafford territory late in the fourth quarter of a three-point game. The Knights

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Norwin’s Harding commits to Penn State for soccer
Norwin senior Anthony Harding hinted after Wednesday's soccer practice that a scholarship offer could be coming soon from Penn State. Two days later, he had

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High school football notebook: Salopek to take snaps for Norwin
August 24, 2017
Norwin's Dave Brozeski called it one of the toughest decisions he ever had to make in his coaching career. After an extensive quarterback competition that

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Logan Hawkins
Logan Hawkins wasn't too worried about Monday's solar eclipse. The Penn-Trafford senior lineman took a peek at the moon-covered sun through a pair of special

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Overcoming mother’s death helps Yough lineman Houseman grow as leader
August 22, 2017
His mother's death in 2004 revealed inner strength he never knew he had. And the anguish that followed allowed Scott Houseman's once-fragile psyche to catch

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Norwin girls soccer rated No. 2 in nation
Norwin's girls soccer team jumped eight spots in the Top Drawer Soccer national rankings without even playing a game yet. Norwin is facing great expectations

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Eastern
August 20, 2017
The favorite Clairton (14-1 overall, 7-0 Eastern Conference in 2016) It never is smart to bet against Clairton, even when the Bears lose program all-timers

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Penn-Trafford senior lineman Mayr has Will to Win
As a third-year senior starter, Will Mayr knows his value to the Penn-Trafford football team will increase greatly as the Warriors stare down high expectations

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GCC girls seeking 3rd straight WPIAL golf title
With one of the greatest players in program history gone, you might expect Greensburg Central Catholic's girls golf team to walk the course with a

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WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian look to challenge perennial favorite Clairton
August 19, 2017
The buzz began in early July and created a perfect storm of curiosity and discord. A social media-fueled debate questioned whether Clairton, the three-time defending

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High school notebook: Yough’s Bach commits to Pitt for softball
August 17, 2017
Yough softball player Hannah Bach had interest from a few Ivy League schools and appeared to be close to committing to one of them. But

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Franklin Regional freshman Harper commits to Virginia Tech
August 16, 2017
Bryce Harper gets teased about his name all the time. A murmur from the stands usually begins during the starting lineups or during his initial

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Arnold Palmer links high school golfers Pevarnik, Jackson
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson have been friends for years and have played countless rounds of golf together. High school golf season opens Thursday and

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Area’s new football coaches set to take on first season
August 14, 2017
The Viking Jacks are back. The pre-practice, pregame ritual that began at Mt. Pleasant under venerable coach Bill Elder in the late 1970s might not

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Kennedy could be Jeannette’s next great dual-threat quarterback
Robert Kennedy grew up watching Jeannette football games when Terrelle Pryor was bringing crowds to their feet and putting exclamation points on scoring drives for

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Yough girl Roebuck turning heads at defensive end
August 13, 2017
The ginger-haired pony tail gave her away as she turned her back during a heat-acclimatization workout. Freshman Kylie Roebuck blends in so well with her

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Keeping his cool key to success for Hempfield senior QB Sliwoski
Good luck trying to shake Justin Sliwoski. Can't be done, on or off the football field. The smooth-going Hempfield senior does not flinch. There was

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Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
August 12, 2017
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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High school notebook: Basketball standout Johnson joins Jeannette football team
August 10, 2017
A new face was leading the pack during sprints at Jeannette's heat-acclimatization workout earlier this week. And while he hasn't played the game in several

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Cool, wet start to ‘heat week’ for area football teams
August 7, 2017
andquot;Heat weekandquot; greeted local high school football teams Monday morning with rain and temperatures in the 60's. Sure, there was some late-summer sunshine, but it

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Former Southmoreland standout Stone lands another D-I offer
August 6, 2017
AAU basketball has become the perfect matchmaker for Brandon Stone. Six-foot-11 male seeks high-level Division I scholarship. Stone, who left Southmoreland after three years to

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Penn-Trafford softball still packs offensive punch
April 19, 2018
Denny Little learned his lesson in the season opener when he had senior outfielder and Penn recruit Emma Nedley bunt in her first at-bat. andquot;Naturally,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry track teams each start 6-0
Derry's track and field teams had a strong showing at the United Invitational in Armaugh. Shawn Broadway won the 110- (14.9 seconds) and 300-meter (40.3)

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Penn-Trafford moves baseball, softball games to Sunday at Seton Hill
Spring has lost its way and winter refuses to release the area from its icy clutches. We get it. For nearly a month, the sideways

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Short-handed Franklin Regional tops Latrobe for 4th straight victory
April 18, 2018
Franklin Regional baseball was down a couple starters, got outhit, had a trio of errors in one inning, and had to use its ace pitcher

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Westmoreland County pitchers take the spotlight early in season
April 17, 2018
andquot;This one's for you, dad.andquot; Belle Vernon junior righthander Cole Naylor said he uttered those words to himself seconds before he took the mound Saturday

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Jeannette football honored before House of Representatives
Jeannette was honored Tuesday afternoon before the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for winning the PIAA Class A football championship last season. Among those recognizing

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Strikeouts piling up for BVA’s Bailey Parshall
April 15, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper. Just when it looked like she could not

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High school notebook: Yough softball takes swing at cancer
April 14, 2018
Yough softball has won eight consecutive games and is primed for a another run at WPIAL and PIAA titles in Class 4A. But the second-ranked

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Baseball, softball players committing as underclassmen a polarizing topic
Tyler Wiederstein knows he has a baseball scholarship waiting for him at Michigan in about three years. But the sophomore pitcher and second baseman from

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Cunningham, Jeannette keep rolling with win over Jefferson-Morgan
April 13, 2018
With a bending curve keeping up with the tenor of a firm fastball, Jeannette senior pitcher Tre Cunningham twirled a three-hit shutout and kept his

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Hempfield outslugs Norwin in Section 2-6A win
April 12, 2018
On an afternoon when the wind was whipping so harshly that it turned routine pop-ups into base hits and deep fly balls into moon-shot home

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Hempfield softball withstands Norwin rally for Section 2 win
April 11, 2018
Senior pitcher Maddie Uschock fired a strike over the plate and froze Norwin junior Sara Russell for the game's final out to rubber-stamp another Hempfield

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Joe Eisaman leaving after 5 seasons as Greensburg Central Catholic girls coach
Joe Eisaman is leaving Greensburg Central Catholic after five seasons as girls basketball coach. Eisaman resigned Wednesday morning, citing he wanted to andquot;pursue other opportunities.andquot;

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall strikes out 23 to break own record
April 10, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper and more threatening. Just when it looked like

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Golfer Palmer Jackson sorting through big-time offers
April 7, 2018
Talented Franklin Regional junior golfer Palmer Jackson won't name the schools, but he said he has andquot;three or fourandquot; solid Division I scholarship offers from

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Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review. Boys Player of the Year

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Whether it’s softball or karate, Norwin’s Russell shows no weakness
Sara Russell sometimes gets the urge to bow to pitchers when she comes to the plate for Norwin. Not that she is showing weakness or

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No. 2 Latrobe enjoys Section 2 softball victory over Norwin
April 6, 2018
Latrobe appears to be a serious contender this season in WPIAL Class 6A softball. That doesn't mean the Wildcats have to take themselves too seriously.

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Jackson’s knuckleball helps Franklin Regional close out win over Gateway
April 5, 2018
In addition to being one of the best prep golfers in the state — a talented Division I college prospect with a lot to offer

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield softball to be honored by YWCA
April 4, 2018
Hempfield's softball team was a picture of perfection last spring when it finished undefeated for the first time in the program's 37-year history. It brought

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Greensburg Salem’s McGowan incorporates basketball into senior project
There are senior projects, and then there is Marvel McGowan's senior project. The 12th grader from Greensburg Salem took the drab and just-get-it-done nature out

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams weather storms with trips south
April 2, 2018
Spring seasons in the WPIAL have been soggy and sluggish before, but this one has dragged into the start of section play, and some teams

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Westmoreland notebook: ITPS Sports basketball lands key sponsorship
April 1, 2018
A local AAU basketball outfit just struck gold. Pittsburgh-based ITPS Sports was accepted into the adidas Gauntlet Gold Division of the national AAU circuit. Programs

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Westmoreland lookahead: April 2-7, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many

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Track helps expedite football recruiting for Norwin’s Rizzo
March 31, 2018
Multisport athletes sometimes can catch college coaches' attention — and possibly help their case in getting recruited — by shining in sports opposite their primary

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe basketball stars compete in 3-on-3 tournament
March 30, 2018
For the second year in a row, Latrobe juniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler teamed to play in the USA Basketball 3 vs. 3 U18

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Defense leads Hempfield baseball past Latrobe in season debut
March 29, 2018
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Stone hopes return home for charity game is a slam dunk
Sought-after basketball standout Brandon Stone will return to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, and he has his eye on the slam dunk contest at the

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Seton Hill to showcase campus, softball program at WPIAL title games
March 27, 2018
For the better part of two decades, the WPIAL softball championships have been played at Cal (Pa.)'s Lilley Field. It's an established postseason tradition that

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Westmoreland look ahead: March 26-31, 2018
March 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the opening weekend of the season wiped out by snow and cold

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With Pitt offer gone, Southmoreland’s Stone re-examines options
March 24, 2018
Alverton's Brandon Stone had narrowed his list of potential college destinations to four schools, and Pitt was one of them. Emphasis on was. With the

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Westmoreland notebook: Roundball Classic loaded with local talent
Organizers call them andquot;the best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams on a champions tour in ’18
If there ever was a coach who thought he could one-up perfection it's Hempfield softball's Bob Kalp. Kalp has been with the program for 28

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Roundball Classic rosters set
March 23, 2018
Organizers call them andquot;The best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again showcase their talents at the annual

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WPIAL well-represented at USA 3 vs. 3 basketball competition
A number of WPIAL players will be in Colorado Springs over the weekend to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships. The tournaments

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough softball heading south to open season
March 21, 2018
Winter's last at-bat rally dumped a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory, but it won't bother the Yough softball team. In fact, Yough players

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Southmoreland’s Cali Konek commits to UNC-Charlotte
March 20, 2018
Cali Konek has been on the radar of Division I college coaches since she burst onto the scene in 2015 as a high-scoring freshman at

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Norwin baseball team short on experience
Norwin has made the WPIAL baseball playoffs eight consecutive times and has a record of 119-37 in that span with a WPIAL championship (2016) and

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Yough among WPIAL softball teams heading south to open season
Winter's last-inning rally is dumping a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory. But it won't bother the Yough softball team much. In fact, Yough

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Mind over matter: Norwin softball sharpens mental game with hope of contending
Sharpen your pencils. It's softball time again in North Huntingdon. To cue the start of a new season under fourth-year coach Brian Mesich, Norwin players

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Defending champion Sewickley Academy holds off Jeannette to reach state semifinals
March 17, 2018
Championship teams rarely are fazed by momentum swings. When the tide turns and leads evaporate, the best ones manage to stabilize and finish. That's what

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo gets 1st offer
It is no secret Norwin's Gianni Rizzo has speed around the track. He ran a leg of the Knights' PIAA Class AAA winning 1,600-meter relay

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Latrobe baseball rebuilding lineup after claiming WPIAL, PIAA titles
March 16, 2018
Senior Griffin Clark and a few of his teammates pound foam yellow baseballs into a net on a cold winter afternoon, somewhere in the belly

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Latrobe softball team aims to contend for titles this season
Last season has a rather unfinished look to the Latrobe softball team. The Wildcats reached the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2011 but

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Westmoreland PIAA boys basketball playoffs preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Sewickley Academy
Saturday's game PIAA Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinals Jeannette (21-4) vs. Sewickley Academy (23-4) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Hills Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Win

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Jeannette set to face postseason nemesis Sewickley Academy
March 15, 2018
Sewickley Academy erased Jeannette's WPIAL basketball championship hopes in the Class 2A quarterfinals last season, and in the Class A semifinals two years ago. The

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Clutch free-throw shooting leads Jeannette past Cambridge Springs in PIAA Class 2A second round
March 14, 2018
FARRELL — Any concern Jeannette had about Cambridge Springs' size proved groundless. Making free throws and dealing with a late lead were much more critical

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Despite graduating 7 seniors, 2-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield primed for softball success
After a full count of championships the past few seasons — three straight WPIAL titles, two PIAA crowns in a row — Hempfield softball is

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Deep pitching staff to lead Hempfield baseball
New PIAA pitch-count rules did not have much of an effect on the Hempfield baseball team last season. Even though the rotation was new and

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High school basketball notebook: Jeannette’s Johnson learns from ejection
March 13, 2018
Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson said he let his team down when he was ejected in the WPIAL boys basketball semifinals against OLSH for receiving

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Westmoreland County PIAA basketball preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Cambridge Springs
Wednesday's game Boys Class 2A Second round Jeannette (20-4) vs. C ambridge Spri ngs (21-5) 7:30 p.m. at Farrell Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Kevin Kurt,

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Tall order: Jeannette boys prepare for matchup with Cambridge Springs’ 6-8 tandem
March 12, 2018
Jeannette assistant basketball coach Ken Errett held a contact pad above his head at Monday's practice. andquot;That's how we simulate 6-8,andquot; Errett said, stretching the

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Westmoreland notebook: PIAA basketball format expected to change, eliminate repeat matchups
March 11, 2018
Much to the chagrin of some coaches, a few first-round matchups in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs over the weekend had section rivals playing each

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Short-handed Jeannette boys make quick work of Purchase Line
March 10, 2018
EBENSBURG — Nobody was ejected this time for Jeannette, but it didn't take the Jayhawks long to show Purchase Line the door in a convincing

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Plum bowler Shannon Small wins regional championship
March 9, 2018
Plum sophomore Shannon Small bowled a 157 in her first game of the Western Pennsylvania Regional girls singles tournament Friday at Princess Lanes in Whitehall.

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Highlands defense stymies Franklin Regional in PIAA Class 5A 1st round
In the fourth installment of one of Class 5A boys basketball's freshest and grittiest rivalries, defense rang true. No surprise there. But it wasn't the

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Section rivals Franklin Regional, Highlands set to square off in PIAA tournament
March 8, 2018
While coaches and players will not go as far as to admit it on the record, it's clear that Franklin Regional and Highlands have had

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After ejections in past 2 games, Jeannette boys aim for polished effort in PIAA opener
March 7, 2018
Image might be everything for the Jeannette boys basketball team as it embarks on a potential run in the PIAA playoffs. After having a player

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Another long layoff almost over for Greensburg Central Catholic girls
March 5, 2018
A few girls basketball players finished one practice Monday and headed for another inside a bustling school building at Greensburg Central Catholic. Players grabbed gloves

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Rause resigns as Derry’s boys coach
Damon Rause means business — in so many facets of life. And while his heart is in everything he does, his growing list of priorities

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
MONDAY Hockey The PIHL playoffs begin with a play-in round matchup in Class AA as East No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (11-8) takes on West

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Will Mayr picked for Big 33
March 3, 2018
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Mars boys outlast Franklin Regional to claim 1st WPIAL Class 5A championship
March 2, 2018
Mars showed in its biggest game of the season — and arguably program history — that it is a lot more than just Robby Carmody,

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Penn-Trafford’s Mayr to play in Big 33 Football Classic
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: County teams prep for PIAA playoffs
March 1, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs will open next Friday and Saturday, and Westmoreland County will be represented by at least seven teams. An eighth could join

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Franklin Regional, Mars each aim to claim 1st WPIAL boys basketball title
When Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody first watched film on Franklin Regional, he immediately noticed his next opponent had a sense of charisma. andquot;The

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Defensive excellence carries Franklin Regional boys into WPIAL final
February 28, 2018
Franklin Regional has exactly zero field goals in the fourth quarter of its last two playoff wins. Let that sink in. On the verge of

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No. 2 OLSH ousts Jeannette after Johnson is ejected in Class 2A semifinals
February 27, 2018
All season long, Jeannette has learned to deal with missing players because of injuries and other reasons. But in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday

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Jeannette boys basketball overcomes injuries, absences, distractions
February 26, 2018
Jeannette's mission from the start of the basketball season has been to get the same lineup of players on the floor at the same time

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Hutcherson steps down at Armstrong
Greg Hutcherson resigned Monday as boys basketball coach at Armstrong High School. Hutcherson, 34, coached four years at Ford City before a merger between that

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Feb. 26-March 3
February 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys basketball Ligonier Valley (18-4) breezed to an opening-round win in the District 6

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball teams eye 2nd chances in PIAAs
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Some Westmoreland teams’ state playoff chances hang in balance
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Mt. Lebanon boys slam Latrobe in WPIALs
February 24, 2018
Latrobe drew up a game plan designed to take away Mt. Lebanon's 3-point shooting, a hallmark of the top-seeded Blue Devils who love to fire

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WPIAL basketball realignment wipes out several Westmoreland rivalries
WPIAL basketball underwent another facelift, and the results substantially will change the look of sections involving Westmoreland County teams. Its current playoffs are just getting

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Jeannette boys hold off Shenango to advance to semifinals
February 23, 2018
Playing in his first WPIAL playoff basketball game Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson felt woozy in the first half and nearly gave up his dinner.

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Bethel Park girls beat Latrobe at own game in Class 6A quarterfinals
Third-seeded Bethel Park did not want to play a fast-paced game against No. 6 Latrobe in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals. The Black

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Serra Catholic takes down rival Greensburg Central Catholic in quarterfinals
February 22, 2018
It can be a blessing or a burden. First-round byes in the WPIAL basketball playoffs are a reward for teams that win section titles. But

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Already a WPIAL baseball, football champion, Cunningham shooting ‘lights-out’ for Jeannette boys
Selfless is a word often associated with Jeannette senior swingman Tre Cunningham, who admittedly used to pass up open shots and did not always look

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe teams get defensive in playoffs
Don't tell the Latrobe boys and girls basketball teams they are all finesse and only care about offense and scoring. They will just get defensive.

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What to expect from GCC-Serra girls’ third meeting
Greensburg Central Catholic (12-10) and Serra Catholic (15-7) split their season series in Section 3-2A and the games had a little of everything: halfcourt give-and-go's,

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Zubovic declines Big 33 offer
February 21, 2018
Blake Zubovic was honored to receive an invitation to the Big 33 Football Classic, but the senior lineman from Belle Vernon declined the offer. A

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Norwin girls cruise past Pine-Richland in Class 6A 1st round
February 20, 2018
Norwin leaned on the same traits is has all season to advance in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs: defense and depth. The fourth-seeded

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Latrobe girls speed past Shaler, earn 1st WPIAL playoff win since ’07
Latrobe wanted to play fast in its playoff opener. It's the Wildcats' M.O. And that's what they did to set the tone on the way

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Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s games
Boys Class A Quarterfinals No. 2 Monessen (13-8) vs. No. 7 Imani Christian (12-9) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers-Houston On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Competition in Section 2-6A has girls basketball teams prepped for playoffs
February 19, 2018
When the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings were released last week on an overhead projector in a crowded hotel ballroom in Green Tree, the eyes of

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Westmoreland high school sports lookahead for week of Feb. 19-24
February 18, 2018
MONDAY Hockey Class AA South/East divison leader Latrobe (13-5) is looking for a strong stretch run as the PIHL season winds toward the playoffs. The

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Latrobe boys show grit in playoff victory over Butler
February 17, 2018
Miffed by constant comparisons to last year's team and the notion that it doesn't play enough defense to go far in the WPIAL boys basketball

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
Football recruiting is beginning to pick up steam for Jeannette junior Marcus Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back. He has Division I

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Jeannette’s Kennedy alters path toward football future
February 16, 2018
andquot;Please respect my decision.andquot; Those four words closed Robert Kennedy's commitment tweet last week when he announced via social media that he would be attending

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Jeannette seeking another championship
February 15, 2018
Jeannette is ready to get serious about basketball. After a regular season of stops and starts because of injuries and inconsistent lineups, celebrations and championship

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Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs. Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the

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Latrobe boys seek redemption after early playoff exit in ’17
When asked what drives the Latrobe basketball team, what really motivates the talented group for which he plays, junior guard Reed Fenton gave a three-fold

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Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Boys WPIAL Class 6A First round No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (18-4) 1:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Ligonier Valley basketball teams learn District 6 playoff foes
February 14, 2018
Ligonier Valley's boys basketball team is on a roll, and the Rams will look to carry that momentum into the District 6 playoffs. The Heritage

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Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Jeannette boys awarded byes in WPIAL opening round
February 13, 2018
Section championships carried plenty of significance for area boys teams Tuesday night at the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting in Green Tree. Four Westmoreland teams

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Stone narrows list to four schools, including Pitt, Duquesne
Much-sought-after basketball recruit Brandon Stone pared down his list of possible suitors Tuesday afternoon. Three of the colleges would bring the former Southmoreland standout closer

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Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams set to learn playoff opponents
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Franklin Regional surging with energy as playoff near
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Westmoreland lookahead for Feb. 12-17
February 11, 2018
MONDAY Hockey PIHL Class AA South/East heavyweights Latrobe (12-5) and Franklin Regional (10-6) square off in an important divisional clash at 8:30 p.m. at Center

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GCC’s Slike will take kicking game to Akron
Ethan Slike gave up soccer to focus full-time on kicking footballs. The senior from Greensburg Central Catholic just andquot;preferredandquot; it that way. The extra work

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High school notebook: P-T record-breaking kicker headed to Division II Ashland
February 10, 2018
Nick Tarabrella will get his kicks at the next level. The record-breaking Penn-Trafford senior placekicker committed to continue his football career at Ashland (Ohio), a

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Football endeavors keep Kennedy, Johnson from Jeannette hoops finale
Jeannette will be without two key players in its regular-season boys basketball finale Saturday night at Riverview. Senior Robert Kennedy will be in Harrisburg for

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No. 3 Jeannette puts end to GCC’s 17-year playoff streak
February 9, 2018
Jeannette rode a whipsaw of a start to a section title. Senior Tre Cunningham scored a game-high 22 points, senior Robert Kennedy added 15 and

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls secure share of section title
February 8, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman has been practicing extra free throws lately. andquot;We lost some close games when we didn't shoot fouIs well,andquot; the junior

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Hempfield QB Justin Sliwoski bound for Pitt
The thought of reuniting with his brother on a football field resonated with Justin Sliwoski. But so did the idea of possibly playing quarterback for

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Soccer trio fighting through injuries highlights signing day
February 7, 2018
Signing day marked the onset of a fresh start for a trio of area standouts, all of whom suffered injuries on their way to college

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Westmoreland County football players sign on with college programs
Braden Brose was up bright and early Wednesday morning. But since school was canceled because of the snow and ice he could not fax his

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Brunson commits to to Louisiana-Lafayette softball
Another day, another Westmoreland County freshman softball player making Division I college plans. A second ninth-grader from Mt. Pleasant accepted a scholarship offer from a

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Franklin Regional tops Greensburg Salem to win Section 3-5A title
February 6, 2018
Nate Leopold, wearing a necklace made of twine he had just cut from the rim, broke down into tears. Emotions overflowed as the Franklin Regional

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Franklin Regional’s Lauer commits to Towson
Record-breaking Franklin Regional linebacker Bryce Lauer made a signing day eve commitment, giving Towson (Md.) the nod Tuesday night. Lauer also had offers from Duquesne

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Just the fax: Weather won’t impact NCAA signing day
Wednesday's pending snow and freezing rain could cause school delays and cancellations, but it won't stop NCAA signing day. At least that is the case

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GCC girls earn convincing win over Beth-Center, remain in tie for first in section
February 5, 2018
A broken water pipe and the ensuing damage it did to their court forced Greensburg Central Catholic's girls basketball team to play their most recent

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Penn-Trafford’s Gay commits to Air Force
When it came to choosing a college, and like his tackle-hurdling touchdown run at Heinz Field in the WPIAL finals, John Gay aimed high. Gay,

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Signing day looms: Where will some of Westmoreland’s best end up?
The start of the NCAA's regular signing period looms Wednesday and a few of Westmoreland County's top football players still are pondering where they want

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Norwin’s Dieter accepts walk-on offer from Duquesne
February 4, 2018
Norwin's Brock Dieter only attempted 17 passes last season, but that did not stop him from making inroads to Division I football. Dieter used Super

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 5, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Greensburg Central Catholic (10-8, 9-3) has won six of its last seven Section 3-2A games to set up a run at the

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Franklin Regional boys basketball shows mettle, holds off Jeannette
As Jeannette started to chip away at his team's double-digit lead in the second half, Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion didn't do the conventional, knee-jerk

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High school notebook: WCCA meet a tough ‘life lesson’ for Hempfield
February 3, 2018
A scoring error at last weekend's Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships changed the standings and flipped the final outcome for Franklin Regional

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Hempfield girls basketball reaches 4 consecutive wins
There aren't many girls teams in the WPIAL playing better late-season basketball than Hempfield and Greensburg Central Catholic. When the teams met in the opener

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Kromka-led Gateway subdues cold-shooting Greensburg Salem
February 2, 2018
Shots clanked off tight rims and offensive flow took the night off. Greensburg Salem had one of those head-in-the-hands performances against visiting Gateway. The Golden

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Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
Emma Hoffner knew from a young age she wanted to play Division I college softball. But that could not have been that long ago. A

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Despite depleted roster, Southmoreland boys remain in playoff hunt
February 1, 2018
Steely-eyed, not startled; diminutive, not desperate; the Southmoreland boys basketball team plays on with its four wins, some nagging injuries and a 68.3 points-against average

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Buying championship rings a costly process for Westmoreland County’s state title teams
Jeannette is fundraising in a variety of ways to purchase championship rings for its football players, cheerleaders and others around the program. It's a pricey

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Section titles up for grabs for area teams
A number of local teams are chasing section championships as the WPIAL basketball regular season winds into its final week. Boys Section 3-6A came down

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Elliott Group makes sizable donation to Jeannette football ring drive
Jeannette's football team will receive a significant donation from one of the city's most recognizable and long-established businesses in its pursuit of championship rings. The

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Poulich commits to Liberty
You'll have to excuse Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren (Shaheen) Armanious if she does not have an extensive scouting report on incoming outfielder Courtney Poulich.

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‘Shootout at Seton Hill’ returns Saturday
With just more than two weeks until playoff time, WPIAL basketball fans can get a look at some of the top area teams headed to

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Pair of impressive wins has Hempfield girls on cusp of WPIAL playoff berth
January 31, 2018
As the final seconds ticked away last Saturday evening at Hempfield Field House, Spartans first-year basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock turned to her assistant, Will Sherbondy.

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Jeannette earns revenge with Section 1-2A victory over Leechburg
January 30, 2018
A loss to Leechburg earlier this month stayed with Jeannette like a bad headache, a bout of heartburn, some nagging back pain. The team couldn't

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Belle Vernon to honor 1978 hoops champs
Belle Vernon will recognize one of its greatest boys basketball teams during its regular-season home finale against Elizabeth Forward on Feb. 9. Belle Vernon will

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Greensburg Salem girls basketball battles, comes up short vs. Ringgold
January 29, 2018
Greensburg Salem battled, scratched and clawed against a much taller and accomplished Ringgold team on Monday night. But now the Golden Lions will have to

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Mt. Pleasant girls basketball battling to keep postseason streak alive
A decade's worth of winning made Mt. Pleasant a perennial playoff team in girls basketball. But a challenging and uncharacteristic season is testing the current

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 29, 2018
January 28, 2018
MONDAY Wrestling The WPIAL team playoffs open with four matches at Franklin Regional: Shaler vs. Upper St. Clair at 6 p.m.; Belle Vernon vs. Armstrong

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer savors trip to Capitol
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike but not for another girls soccer game in the PIAA playoffs. This time, it was to be

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Franklin Regional boys basketball ends skid, rolls Gateway
January 27, 2018
Franklin Regional was only slightly concerned when a recent five-game winning streak was dimmed by two consecutive losses, to a pair of good teams, in

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Franklin Regional’s Scorpion learned game from his grandfather, Pirates great Dick Groat
January 26, 2018
You could say Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Steve Scorpion was grandfathered into basketball. Scorpion is the grandson of Dick Groat, the former Pirates shortstop

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Derry boys in playoff hunt after 9-year drought
It's late January and the Derry boys are playing — gulp — .500 basketball. So is it time to bring up the andquot;pandquot; word yet

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High school basketball notebook: Tension between Franklin Regional-Highlands coaches ‘nothing personal’
Tempers spilled over and led to five technical fouls in the second half Tuesday night when Franklin Regional's boys basketball team played at Highlands in

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Norwin girls halt Latrobe’s win streak
Norwin's message to Latrobe: don't play with scissors. Latrobe will have to wait to cut down the nets to celebrate a section title after the

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Norwin’s Thrift heading to Notre Dame junior weekend
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift will attend Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Monessen’s Henderson scores 55 points
January 25, 2018
Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL and a school record. Henderson, a

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Monessen guard Henderson’s 55-point game among WPIAL, state’s best
In case you missed it, Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL. Henderson,

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Surging Latrobe girls basketball riding high on 7-game winning streak
Latrobe has gone away from hosting some girls-boys basketball doubleheaders this season. Separate nights gives each team the spotlight all to themselves. The boys' games

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Highlands, Franklin Regional cool off after heated fourth quarter Tuesday
January 24, 2018
Tempers spilled over to the tune of five technical fouls in the second half on Tuesday night when Franklin Regional played at Highlands in a

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Greensburg Salem strengthens playoff chances with win over Armstrong
Armstrong prides itself on old-school, halfcourt basketball. It's slow and deliberate, on the edge of medieval. Think throwback Big East. Squarely on the opposite end

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Norwin girls soccer team honored at State Capitol
January 23, 2018
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike, but not for another girls soccer game in the state playoffs. This time, it was to be

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Franklin Regional girls basketball outlasted by Armstrong
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan was glad to see his team outdo its scoring average (45.6 points per game) and get a victory on

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Coaches, players reunite on Westmoreland basketball courts
High school basketball season in Westmoreland County has been about getting reacquainted. Relationships seem to be sewn tight into the county's fabric, no matter where

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GCC postpones basketball games due to water damage
January 22, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic postponed a pair of basketball games because of water damage to its home court. Tonight's girls Section 3-2A showdown between first-place Serra

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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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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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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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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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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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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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After suffering seizure during game Tuesday, Greensburg Salem’s Parsons plans to play Friday
January 11, 2018
Less than 24 hours after collapsing and convulsing behind his team's bench during a basketball game Tuesday night, Greensburg Salem's Dante Parsons was ready to

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Kallock taking place among Greensburg Salem’s best
January 10, 2018
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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Stonecheck provides physical presence for section-leading Franklin Regional
Hunter Stonecheck knows he gets under the skin of opponents, thrives on it even. A grin forms slowly as he discusses his ire-inspiring game, like

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Scary incident dampens Highlands-Greensburg Salem game
The result of a basketball game fell a distant second to the health and condition of Greensburg Salem sophomore guard Dante Parsons, who collapsed on

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No. 3 Franklin Regional boys basketball clamps down on Gateway
January 8, 2018
With five regular players standing 6-foot-5 or taller, Franklin Regional has a knack for getting in the way of opposing teams, while casting a long

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Westmoreland County high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 8, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball There is a logjam atop WPIAL Section 3-4A with three teams

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
January 6, 2018
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Fenton scores 35 to lead Latrobe boys past rival Hempfield
January 5, 2018
Latrobe honored its WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team at halftime on Friday night. The basketball team didn't need to take on the persona of

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Several Westmoreland basketball games postponed
Friday's winter deep-freeze caused the postponements of several boys basketball games involving Westmoreland County teams. The postponements include: • Franklin Regional at Gateway — Will

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Hempfield, GCC boys employ unique free throw strategy
A Hempfield player gets set to take a foul shot, but none of his teammates are in the lane. It's more like a free rebound

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Norwin girls remain competitive during roller-coaster season
January 4, 2018
Norwin has been a model of consistency in girls basketball over the last few seasons, a perennial power in the WPIAL's largest classification. The Knights

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Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Norwin boys charge back in overtime win vs. rival Penn-Trafford
Most of Wednesday night's Section 3-6A game between teams that didn't send each other Christmas cards was somewhat pedestrian. Nothing stood out. There were plenty

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Jeannette boys pick up steam as they recover from football
January 1, 2018
Adrian Batts recalls the early part of the 2007-08 basketball season. Jeannette had just won its first PIAA football championship and had to postpone its

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 1, 2018
December 31, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: TUESDAY Boys basketball A few county teams are getting in more nonleague tuneups before

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State championship dominance among Westmoreland County sports highlights from 2017
Flash bulbs and fire truck escorts back to town. Exuberant student sections and bus loads full of fans with plenty to cheer about — all

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Jeannette boys edge host Greensburg Salem for emotional victory
December 30, 2017
Emotions ran high, boiled over even, in the crowd. Security had to interact with some rowdy fans. One coach called the extracurricular antics andquot;a circus.andquot;

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Brose scores 24 as Hempfield boys top Greensburg C.C.
Hempfield did not press Greensburg Central Catholic much on Friday night. It didn't need to. Having 6-foot-4 swing-forward Braden Brose scoring inside and out can

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Jeannette’s defense leads charge in comeback win over Connellsville
December 28, 2017
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy had 12 interceptions during the football season and returned four of them for touchdowns. It was a wonder teams even threw

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Ligonier Valley honoring 1,000-point scorers
Ligonier Valley will have a special ceremony at 5:45 p.m. today during its holiday basketball tournament to honor the 35 players, male and female, who

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Penn-Trafford boys show ‘grit’ in overtime victory over Allderdice
December 27, 2017
Sean Kelly was having an off day. His shots weren't falling, even though he was getting to the rim, and he seemed out of sorts

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Sharp, Crise switch sides in Jeannette, GS basketball rivalry
Friday night's Jeannette (3-1) at Greensburg Salem (5-2) boys basketball game, the finale of the Golden Lions' holiday classic, already is a much-anticipated rematch, but

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Where to go for Westmoreland holiday hoops
It is holiday basketball tournament time. Here are the local tournaments to keep an eye on this week: BOYS Greensburg Salem tournament: The Golden Lions

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Latrobe girls last of the undefeateds in Westmoreland
Latrobe girls basketball appears to be headed for a turnaround. The Widcats have started 5-0 for the first time since 2004-05 and are the last

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Latrobe welcomes newest Butler brother to basketball limelight
December 25, 2017
If a tree falls in the forest ... If Bryce Butler beats Austin Butler at one-on-one ... Wait, there was a witness: dad. andquot;It was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Houseman, Penn-Trafford’s Suman get offers
December 24, 2017
Division II schools have been scouring the WPIAL in recent weeks and extended scholarship offers to several Westmoreland players. Yough lineman Scotty Houseman and Penn-Trafford

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Westmoreland high school sports look ahead: Dec. 27-30
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: WEDNESDAY Boys basketball Holiday tournaments begin around the WPIAL. Penn-Trafford will host McKeesport, Allderdice and

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East Allegheny star guard Johnson scores 26 in win over Greensburg Central Catholic girls
Like any team that plays East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic's quandary was take-over senior guard Amani Johnson. Speeding up the game with her up-tempo play

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Everything old is new again for Westmoreland hoops coaches
Just because coaches spend years teaching basketball and pacing the sidelines at dozens of games does not mean they are experts on the sport. The

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem the place to be for holiday tournament
December 21, 2017
Holiday basketball tournaments return next week and the best local stop again appears to be Greensburg Salem. The two-day Golden Lions Holiday Classic features six

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Belle Vernon’s Zubovic, Penn-Trafford’s Hawkins ink with Pitt, Akron during early signing period
It's official: andquot;Big Zandquot; and andquot;Bubbaandquot; are Division I football players. A pair of standout linemen from Westmoreland County solidified their commitments Wednesday, the start

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Latrobe girls win another road game, using big second quarter to rout Penn-Trafford
December 20, 2017
It was like a gentle breeze turned into a full-blown storm. After a close first quarter, Latrobe's girls basketball team ignited — while Penn-Trafford struggled

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Yough’s Shoaf, FR’s Lauer named to all-state teams
December 19, 2017
An under-the-radar recruiting prospect found his way onto the all-state list. Now, it will be tough to miss Yough's Dustin Shoaf. The junior running back

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Hot-shooting Belle Vernon girls roll past Southmoreland
December 18, 2017
Southmoreland fell into an early hole Monday night, then spent the rest of the night trying to claw its way out. Belle Vernon senior guard

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Ligonier Valley pair make all-state
Ligonier Valley football powered its way to another Heritage Conference title and back-to-back District 6 championships, using one big play after another to average 43.6

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 18, 2017
December 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball Franklin Regional (4-1, 1-0) and Armstrong (4-0, 0-0) have proven to be

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Stover makes all-state after all
December 16, 2017
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season and for good reason. Stovar was

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Franklin Regional girls cruise past Indiana in section opener
December 14, 2017
With a shutdown defense forcing Indiana into compliance, Franklin Regional doubled up the Indians to remain undefeated and begin section play on a high note.

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Penn-Trafford’s Stovar learns of all-state honor after clerical error
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season. She was a standout forward for

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Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford heads to Florida, scorers heating up
December 13, 2017
Jim Rocco doesn't want his team to view a trip to Florida this weekend as a vacation. andquot;It might be 80 degrees and sunny, but

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Franklin Regional basketball player diehard Patriots fan
Franklin Regional senior basketball player Hunter Stonecheck plans to attend Sunday's Steelers-Patriots game, but he won't be rooting for Ben Roethlisberger and Co. Stonecheck, who

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Penn-Trafford boys heading south for tournament
Penn-Trafford boys basketball will play three games in the 28th annual Kreul Classic Friday through Tuesday in Coral Springs, Fla. Games will be played at

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McGowan’s scoring touch sparks Greensburg Salem to fast start
December 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem didn't have to turn to comic books to find a super hero. It has its own Marvel character. Senior guard Marvel McGowan has

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Franklin Regional edges Norwin at Mike Rettger Memorial tournament
December 11, 2017
Franklin Regional wants to win its own boys basketball tournament, and after beating the team that prevented it from doing so a year ago, the

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 11, 2017
December 10, 2017
MONDAY Boys basketball • The 15th annual Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament opens at Franklin Regional with Monessen (1-1) facing Westinghouse (2-0) at 6 p.m. Norwin

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Franklin Regional boys grind through overtime victory against Hempfield
December 9, 2017
Nate Leopold thought he was done with football season. The Franklin Regional senior, barely back to basketball form, helped guide the Panthers through a physical,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: 2017 was a year of titles for local teams
The 2017 calendar year has been a reign of championships for Westmoreland County high school teams. Jeannette football captured its second PIAA title Thursday in

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Belle Vernon’s Apodiakos named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Markello Apodiakos, Jr., F, Belle Vernon It was a record-breaking season for Belle Vernon junior Markello Apodiakos. The star forward scored

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Norwin’s Harrigan named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Emily Harrigan, Sr., F, Norwin Emily Harrigan walked out of Hersheypark Stadium last month with red-rimmed eyes and a giant Hershey's

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Penn-Trafford boys get off to fast start with victory over Greensburg CC
December 8, 2017
Sean Kelly grabbed the basketball in the paint, and with no defenders around, he decided to try for the dunk. He had the height, but

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Westmoreland County teams set to tip off at area tournaments
December 7, 2017
High school basketball season opens Friday. Here is a look at the notable tournaments and games involving Westmoreland County teams. The Hempfield boys showcase tournament,

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Westmoreland County basketball’s starting 5 season primer
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some things to look for this season in Westmoreland County hoops. Boys 5 Teams to watch Franklin Regional:

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PIAA football notebook: Jeannette defense to be tested in state final
December 6, 2017
Jeannette hopes to stuff the run, a staple to slowing down Homer-Center, but the Jayhawks also plan to bring the heat against Wildcats quarterback Ben

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Memories of 2007 state title run still resonate with Jeannette faithful
Jeannette football history brims with celebratory moments and proud memories. The very game itself, and Jeannette's contributions to it, are the most valuable mantle pieces

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Jeannette finds success with deep backfield
December 5, 2017
Jeannette's title-winning football teams have had plenty in common over the years: steady quarterback play, dependable front lines and a poison-mean defense at the top

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All-around athlete Cunningham gives Jeannette added kick
December 4, 2017
Tre Cunningham never envisioned himself kicking footballs when he was growing up in Jeannette. He played soccer as a youngster before he even laced up

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Southmoreland boys basketball embarks on major rebuild
December 3, 2017
It was as if the team's hard drive crashed before the season even started. And the Southmoreland boys basketball team lost everything. One minute, coach

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Southmoreland girls basketball welcomes scoring phenom Konek
Southmoreland knew it would need scoring punch with the graduation of standout athlete Olivia Porter, the program's second all-time leading scorer. Then came a rather

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Latrobe junior Fenton
December 2, 2017
Recruiting is beginning to pick up for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Fenton had a big summer with the PK

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PIAA football notebook: Johnson’s stock rises for Jeannette
November 30, 2017
Jeannette knew Anthony Johnson could be a force on defense — as soon as he learned how to play with some control and technique. Raw

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Jeannette prepares to stymie Farrell’s passing attack
Two proud and proven football programs will meet Friday night for the right to play in the state championship. Jeannette (13-1), fresh off its ninth

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Play of patchwork offensive line key for Jeannette in run to PIAA semifinals
November 29, 2017
Jeannette's offensive line of senior left tackle Jalen Jones, junior left guard Drake Petrillo, sophomore center Cam Felbaum, junior right guard Dom Myers and senior

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Graytok develops into leader for Latrobe girls basketball
November 28, 2017
Latrobe won four if its final five games last season but missed the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs. With five starters back, including standout

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Despite graduation of star guards, Latrobe boys want another shot at playoff run
Tasked with the challenge of replacing two of the best players to come through the program, Latrobe will have a different look on the court

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High school notebook: Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone adjusting at prep school
November 26, 2017
Approaching 7 feet, Brandon Stone is one of the tallest basketball players to come out of Westmoreland County. But he's getting taller. And stronger. andquot;I

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Hempfield boys basketball team going big under coach Bill Swan
In recent years, Hempfield's boys basketball team has adjusted its style to fit personnel. One season, it was rapid-fire 3-point shooting. Another, slash and score.

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Hempfield girls basketball team searching for its voice
New Hempfield girls basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock is looking for leadership, a quality that can't always be taught. It just sort of happens. andquot;We have

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Jeannette showing no let-up in WPIAL, PIAA playoff run
With the score tied 28-28 and a little more than five minutes remaining on a windy Saturday afternoon in Moon Township, Jeannette turned to a

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Jeannette edges Imani Christian to claim ninth WPIAL championship
November 25, 2017
Lineman Drake Petrillo leapt into the air, his arms out like airplane wings. Another lineman, Cameron Felbaum, bounced his helmet off the turf like a

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GCC boys basketball facing rebuild under new coach
November 24, 2017
When Jim Nesser began coaching at Elizabeth Forward in the early 2000s, he endured a 4-20 season. Things looked bleak as the team moved ahead.

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‘Survival mode’ for Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team
With just seven girls on the roster, Greensburg Central Catholic could have to get crafty if it wants to make an 18th consecutive trip to

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Big plays expected in WPIAL Class A title game
November 23, 2017
Composure. It's a word used often in sports, a trigger word even. Some coaches weave it into cliches. But many times they use it to

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High school football notebook: Ligonier Valley gets early look at Hersheypark Stadium
Like every football team in the state, Ligonier Valley's end goal is to make it to Hershey. But regardless of Saturday's result the Rams could

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Jeannette chasing WPIAL-record 734th victory
November 22, 2017
Jeannette has been nipping at New Castle's heels since the season kicked off in August. Now the Jayhawks finally can pull even with the school

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Konek ready to make impact for Southmoreland girls basketball
November 21, 2017
Junior Cali Konek can light up a gym with her smile the way she lights up a scoreboard with a basketball. Her smile also has

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Penn-Trafford seniors leave lasting impression on football program
November 19, 2017
Penn-Trafford left a lasting impression on its tomahawk-chopping fanbase by reaching the WPIAL football finals for the second time in three years and garnering the

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Gateway holds off Penn-Trafford rally to claim WPIAL Class 5A title
November 18, 2017
Derrick Davis said he didn't try to do anything special in the WPIAL Class 5A football championship. Imagine if he had. The Gateway freshman put

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Norwin seniors cap special 4-year run with state championship
HERSHEY — Blood, sweat and tears. andquot;Literally, that's what went into that game,andquot; Norwin girls soccer coach Lauren Karcher said Friday night after the Knights

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High school notebook: Mt. Pleasant softball players make college commitments
Two players who had pivotal roles in Mt. Pleasant's run to the PIAA Class 4A softball championship last season have made college commitments. Both players

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Norwin blanks Neshaminy to win PIAA Class AAAA girls soccer title
November 17, 2017
HERSHEY — Norwin began the girls soccer season as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Knights gladly ended it as the best team in

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Twenty years after missing WPIAL title game-tying extra point, Penn-Trafford grad Topper uses experience as teaching point
Penn-Trafford is back in the WPIAL football final. That means one name instantly gets resurrected from the Warriors' championship game past. Kevin Topper. He remains

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High school football notebook: Jeannette to ‘let the pads do the talking’
November 16, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall admits his team's lack of success against Clairton is just as much mental as it is physical. Maybe moreso. He

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Longtime rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway will relish WPIAL Class 5A final matchup
While their decades-old tradition was interrupted by changing times and school mergers, Penn-Trafford and Gateway revived their annual andquot;Victory Bellandquot; custom several years ago, wheeling

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Norwin assistant coach recalls last PIAA soccer title
Norwin didn't have to look far for advice on what to expect from the PIAA girls soccer finals. Assistant coach Leslie (Fedorka) Kaminski went through

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Norwin girls to lean on big-game experience against Neshaminy in PIAA title game
On the verge of greatness, Norwin soccer players can lean on big-game experiences to help reduce the sweaty palms, calm the pounding hearts and dim

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Penn-Trafford coach Ruane endures ‘unique’ week teaching at Gateway
November 15, 2017
You could say Penn-Trafford took Gateway to school when the teams met in Week 5. The Warriors rolled to a 28-0 win, forcing three turnovers

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Norwin girls headed to PIAA final after blanking Conestoga Valley
November 14, 2017
CHAMBERSBURG — Two decades after its last trip to the PIAA girls soccer championship, Norwin is headed back to the state final. Another smothering defensive

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Norwin defenders make behind-the-scenes impact en route to PIAA semifinals
November 13, 2017
For a split second — flash, bang — senior defender Natalie Durmis looked like Norwin's best goalkeeper. Even on a day when the Knights' all-WPIAL

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P-T football shoots for trifecta
November 12, 2017
Penn-Trafford already has put together quite a fall sports season, but it could reach another level if the football team can bring home a WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford dominates Upper St. Clair to earn another shot at elusive WPIAL title
November 10, 2017
After a close call in the quarterfinals, Penn-Trafford took ownership of the semifinals with a performance that was as efficient as it was dominant. And

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Norwin girls set to face familiar foe North Allegheny in PIAA quarterfinals
November 9, 2017
Norwin wanted Penn-Trafford. Bad. Expected it even. The Knights loathed seeing the Warriors celebrate a WPIAL championship against them last weekend, their hopes of a

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High school football notebook: Jeannette DE Johnson makes quick impact
Jeannette knew junior Anthony Johnson could make an impact on the football field this season. But his raw skills needed to catch up to his

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Westmoreland high school notebook: County softball players sign with Division I schools
November 8, 2017
Softball popularity and talent in the county has risen in recent years. It might be at an all-time high. College recruiting is a reflection of

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Jeannette expects challenge from Rochester in WPIAL quarterfinals
Jeannette is three wins away from tying New Castle's WPIAL football record of 734 wins. New Castle is out of the playoffs, so the Jayhawks

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North Allegheny ousts Penn-Trafford girls in PIAA first round
November 7, 2017
The state playoffs can be a thorny place for WPIAL champions, regardless of the sport. And sometimes the most challenging thing is having to face

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Penn-Trafford to rely on recent playoff experience in matchup with USC
Experience, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said, is the best trait a football team can have at the high school level. Ruane would know. He has

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High school notebook: Westmoreland County athletes to sign with Division I schools
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday for all sports other than football, soccer and men's water polo. A number of area athletes plan to

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Westmoreland PIAA girls soccer 1st-round playoff capules
November 6, 2017
Class 4A First round Penn-Trafford (17-3-1) vs. North Allegheny (13-7) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: Winner of Norwin (17-2-1) vs. State College

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Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Nov. 6, 2017
November 5, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Hockey A pair of area teams face off at 7:50 p.m. at Center Ice

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Penn-Trafford clips Norwin on OT goal for WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer title
November 4, 2017
Mackenzie Aunkst brought the game to a halt before bringng the crowd to its feet. The Penn-Trafford senior midfielder came set with the ball at

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Hoffman commits to Youngstown State
Belle Vernon's Josh Hoffman had interest from several Division I baseball programs but none surpassed the level of interest he had in Youngstown State. Hoffman,

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Top seed Penn-Trafford survives scare from Fox Chapel
November 3, 2017
Tabbed with the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history, Penn-Trafford knocked over the first domino in the WPIAL Class 5A football

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Notebook: Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls soccer coaches double as friends and foes
For eight years, Jackie Bartko and Lauren Karcher played cup soccer together for the local Foothills club. They went their separate ways for the high

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls capture 6th WPIAL championship
November 2, 2017
The latest chapter in WPIAL Class A girls soccer's best rivalry, despite new players and new coaches on both sides, still featured some of its

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High school football notebook: Norwin defense braces for Jurkovec, No. 1 Pine-Richland
Norwin has faced some good quarterbacks this season. Cam Laffoon of Penn-Trafford, Central Catholic's Troy Fisher and Justin Sliwoski of Hempfield are among them. But

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Rivals Norwin, Penn-Trafford ready to play for WPIAL girls soccer title
Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar feels privileged. In 180 minutes of soccer played between Penn-Trafford and Norwin this season, only one goal was scored — a close-quartered

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Yough’s Shoaf takes WPIAL rushing title
November 1, 2017
Three yards and a cloud of dust still means something. Just ask Yough's Dustin Shoaf. When the dust settled at the end of the WPIAL

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Belle Vernon’s Blake Zubovic
Blake Zubovic is living large in Belle Vernon. The senior lineman who stands 6-foot-6 and tips the scale at 310 pounds, has big hands and

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Norwin shuts out North Allegheny to return to WPIAL title game
October 30, 2017
Their gym bags in hand as they arrived and strolled down the track, Norwin looked on as Penn-Trafford pulled out a last-minute victory in the

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Seven Westmoreland County football teams to learn playoff foes
October 29, 2017
The Jeannette football team thought a coin flip might be necessary to decide its playoff position in the Class A Eastern Conference after the Jayhawks

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Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Oct. 30, 2017
A look at the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer Four Westmoreland teams look to secure spots in the WPIAL championships

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Zubovic picked to all-star game
October 28, 2017
Blake Zubovic has been around the country for college visits. The Belle Vernon senior football standout had more than a dozen scholarship offers before he

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Video: Late scores lead Norwin past Hempfield
Norwin uses two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 2-yard interception return by senior linebacker John Piekut for the game-sealing score.

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Senior linebacker’s interception return for TD seals Norwin’s victory over Hempfield
October 27, 2017
John Piekut was the hero Friday night for Norwin. Or is it, Pick-it The Knights senior middle linebacker made a lunging, one-handed interception and fell

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Video: Norwin girls advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2017
The Norwin girls soccer team held off Kiski Area, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford. Norwin is on to the semifinals for

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Video: GCC girls shut out Vincentian
Greensburg Central Catholic blanks Vincentian, 1-0, in WPIAL Class A girls soccer quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin girls soccer rolls Kiski Area in WPIAL quarterfinals
Thursday night's WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal game was moved to Penn-Trafford because of scoreboard problems at Gateway. Norwin can attest: The scoreboard at

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Quartet of Westmoreland County teams aim to finish regular season undefeated
Jeannette has rolled through the Eastern Conference with the swiftness and unbroken stride of a sprinter in the 100-meter dash. Opponents, they have simply tried

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High school football notebook: Norwin defense among WPIAL’s best
Talk to coaches who have played Norwin and their first point of emphasis is defense. Norwin (4-5 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) is no knock-off of

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Video: 4 Westmoreland County teams look to stay undefeated
Four teams from Westmoreland County enter Week 9 undefeated: Jeannette (9-0), Penn-Trafford (9-0), Belle Vernon (8-0) and Ligonier Valley (9-0). It's been 21 years since

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Pair of playoff games moved to Penn-Trafford
Tonight's WPIAL girls soccer playoff doubleheader involving a trio of Westmoreland County teams has been moved to a new site. The Class A game between

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Third time not a charm as GCC boys lose to Winchester Thurston in boys soccer quarterfinals
October 25, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic could not solve Winchester Thurston this season. Not in two section games and not in a playoff game. And what really stings

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty
As one of the state's most versatile playmakers, Jackson Daugherty has accounted for 1,284 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns, scoring via rush, pass and reception

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer players adjust to playoff pressure
Penn-Trafford girls soccer coach Jackie Bartko talks about how the Warriors are dealing with the pressure of being the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford girls soccer ‘driven’ toward success
Penn-Trafford is a regular visitor to the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs. It's been over two decades since the team missed the postseason. But unlike past

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Video: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer prepares for quarterfinal matchup
October 24, 2017
Members of the Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team have dyed their hair blonde as part of a WPIAL playoff tradition for the program. They will

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WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for Westmoreland County teams
Quarterfinals Class 4A No. 3 Franklin Regional (16-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-McMillan (11-6) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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Golden-haired Mt. Pleasant boys seeking WPIAL gold medals
Mt. Pleasant has put blood, sweat and tears into this boys soccer season. Oh, and blonde hair dye. Lots of blonde hair dye. The bright

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Franklin Regional girls soccer overcomes first-round ‘curse’ with win over Mt. Pleasant
October 23, 2017
A whipping wind and sideways rain moved across Norwin Stadium at halftime Monday night. Maybe it took away Franklin Regional's first-round andquot;curseandquot; as it blew

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Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 23-29
October 22, 2017
MONDAY Girls soccer The WPIAL playoffs begin with six area teams playing first-round games. Class AAAA No. 2 seed Penn-Trafford hosts Penn Hills, and No.

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High school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf in elite company after record-breaking performance
October 21, 2017
Yough football coach Scott Wood predicted a few weeks ago that Cougars' junior running back Dustin Shoaf had the potential to break the school's single-game

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Butler boys soccer advances with victory against Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford never seemed to get untracked during its playoff opener Saturday afternoon. Constricting play led to little flow in the pass-and-go game, and unsatisfying possessions

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Video: Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane and Kiski Area coach Sam Albert talk about the Warriors' 54-19 victory on Friday night.

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Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title after win over Kiski Area
October 20, 2017
For as uneventful as some blowouts can go, a lot happened during the latest one for top-ranked Penn-Trafford on Friday night in Harrison City. A

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Westmoreland County’s WPIAL boys soccer 1st-round playoff capsules
October 19, 2017
Class 4A First round No. 8 Penn-Trafford (11-3-2) vs. No. 9 Butler (13-5) 3 p.m. Saturday at Norwin On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No.

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High school football notebook: Newcomers bolster No. 1 Jeannette
Jeannette's Seth Howard wasn't going to play football this season. But coaches and teammates wooed him to the gridiron and he changed his mind. andquot;I

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Breaking down the 2017 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
Class 4A Favorite: Norwin, despite drawing the No. 4 seed, has won back-to-back WPIAL championships and has more than enough talent to three-peat. The Knights

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Norwin girls soccer getting healthy just in time for playoff run
Norwin players saunter out of soccer practice and games wrapped in the same post-action armor: ice packs. The plastic bags cover legs, arms, even thighs

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
With soft hands, syrupy moves and an easy stride, Jeannette's Marcus Barnes can appear to be on cruise control when he catches passes. If he

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Penn-Trafford’s Kreutzberger commits to Radford
October 16, 2017
Penn-Trafford senior Austin Kreutzberger heard through casual talk in cup soccer circles that Radford University had a strong men's program. But it wasn't until he

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Video: Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf talks PIAA golf regionals
October 15, 2017
Greensburg Salem's Jack Oberdorf finished tied for ninth at the WPIAL Class AAA championship to qualify for his first PIAA Western Regional tournament Monday at

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Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf finds golf game
A big-swinging third baseman who can hit for average and power, Jack Oberdorf played 80 baseball games over the summer. He even missed a golf

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Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 16-22
Monday Golf The top WPIAL golfers will join players from five other districts at the PIAA Western Regional tournaments at Tom's Run Golf Course, located

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Harrigan invited to all-star game
October 14, 2017
Norwin soccer standout Emily Harrigan is the reigning Tribune-Review player of the year. But she also is considered one of the best players in the

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Video: Jeannette starts fast in victory over rival GCC
The Jeannette football team improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class A Eastern Conference with a convincing victory over rival Greensburg Central Catholic

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Top-ranked Jeannette uses strong 2nd quarter surge to cruise past rival GCC
October 13, 2017
Jeannette crowned another homecoming queen Friday night. On the field, the Jayhawks showed why they're the new king in the Class A rankings. Playing their

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Video: WPIAL golf champions defend titles
October 12, 2017
Four WPIAL champions defended their titles Thursday at the team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course. Sewickley Academy (Class AA) and Central Catholic (AAA) won

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Sewickley Academy, Central Catholic boys, NA, GCC girls repeat as WPIAL golf champions
Dynasties have happened in WPIAL golf before. There's the Upper St. Clair girls, the standard-bearers, who won 12 consecutive titles from 1994-2005. The Panthers have

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With injured teammates in hospital, Fox Chapel golfers compete at WPIAL tournament
Less than 24 hours after a horrific single-vehicle accident left four teammates injured, Fox Chapel's boys golf team showed up Thursday to play in the

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High school football notebook: Mt. Pleasant focused on present, not playoff streak
Mt. Pleasant is staying in the present — in the hopes it won't have to worry as much about the future. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4)

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Video: Reactions from Norwin/Penn-Trafford girls soccer draw
The Norwin and Penn-Trafford girls soccer teams played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night, giving the Warriors their first section title since 2013. Here, the

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Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls draw in Section 4-AAAA finale
October 11, 2017
Chants of andquot;overratedandquot; from the Penn-Trafford student section still echoed loudly in the minds of Norwin girls soccer players. It fanned the flames of an

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WPIAL team golf championship capsules
9 a.m. Thursday, Cedarbrook Golf Course, Rostraver Township (Boys on Gold Course; girls on Red Course) andbull; All four champions move on to the PIAA

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Derry’s Shawn Broadway
Shawn Broadway was mainly a defensive player last season when Derry became the feel-good story of the WPIAL Class 3A football playoffs — the ultimate

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Video: GCC boys defeat Serra Catholic in Section 2-A
October 10, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic earned a 2-0 victory over Serra Catholic in a Section 2-A boys soccer game Tuesday night in McKeesport.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys rebound from loss to shut out Serra Catholic
Fifth-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping for a playoff tune-up in its next-to-last Section 2-A game of the season. And that is just what the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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Hempfield sophomore Wiederstein commits to Michigan baseball
October 9, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein went to a college football game over the weekend. Two days later, he took the first step to becoming a college baseball player.

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Oct. 9, 2017
October 8, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys soccer A matchup for first place in Section 2-A will be played in

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Video: Penn-Trafford defeats Franklin Regional
October 7, 2017
The Penn-Trafford football team earned a 20-13 victory over Franklin Regional in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference football game Friday night. With the

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Penn-Trafford stays unbeaten after topping rival Franklin Regional
October 6, 2017
Everything Penn-Trafford did Friday night against Franklin Regional seemed troublesome and trying, a far stretch from the previous six games when the Warriors sliced and

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VIDEO: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer clinches section title
October 5, 2017
The Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team won its 10th straight game Thursday night, topping Freeport, 1-0, to claim the Section 2-AA title.

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Mt. Pleasant boys blank Freeport for 10th straight victory
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer coach Floyd Snyder said his team does not worry about shutouts per se, andquot;Just shutting teams down.andquot; Fair enough. But one

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High school football notebook: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional overcoming injuries in advance of Big East matchup
Unbeaten Penn-Trafford — 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference — expects to be at full strength Friday night. andquot;Everyone should be ready

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VIDEO: North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley’s McKelvey celebrate WPIAL golf titles
October 4, 2017
North Allegheny golfer Caroline Wrigley shot 5-under-par 67 to win the WPIAL Class AAA golf title. Sewickley Academy's Tatum McKelvey shot 81 to win the

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with GCC’s Max Pisula
Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Max Pisula and some teammates gathered at his house earlier this season to watch some YouTube video. They got their popcorn

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley Academy’s McKelvey claim WPIAL girls golf titles
Caroline Wrigley expected to play somewhat precariously when she set out to defend her WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship. Instead, she played beautifully. And

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley, CV’s Porter aim to defend girls golf titles
October 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Diamond Run Golf Club, Sewickley andbull; Scouting the Class AAA field: Caroline Wrigley of North Allegheny is back to defend her WPIAL

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Fox Chapel’s Meyer looks to defend WPIAL Class AAA golf title
October 1, 2017
WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nemacolin Country Club, Bealsville Scouting the field: The final will be contested over 18 holes. ...

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High school notebook: GCC tennis takes aim at finals berth
September 30, 2017
A sneaky-good WPIAL girls tennis rivalry opens to another chapter this week. Greensburg Central Catholic will get a rematch with Sewickley Academy when the teams

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West Mifflin beats Greensburg Salem in Big Nine defensive struggle
September 29, 2017
Greensburg Salem played its 1,100th football game Friday night at Offutt Field. Golden Lions coach Dave Keefer might be able to give you 1,101 reasons

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Video: Riverside’s Fox wins WPIAL Class AA golf title in playoff
September 28, 2017
Riverside sophomore Skyler Fox captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship for the second straight season Thursday at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

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High school football notebook: Keeping it simple works for Derry defense
Derry keeps things simple because simple works. The Trojans are about as flashy as a hamburger with no bun, as business-like as a census taker,

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Riverside’s Fox repeats as WPIAL Class AA golf champion
Skyler Fox changed his irons in the offseason because he wanted heavier shafts. The Riverside sophomore tested the new metal this season before having his

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WPIAL calls out Imani over security concerns following Jeannette game
September 27, 2017
Displeased by the behavior of fans and some players, and the unpreparedness of security to handle an ugly situation, the WPIAL Board of Directors threw

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Yough’s Dustin Shoaf
From his team's massive front line to his daily life on a cattle farm, Dustin Shoaf knows all about beef. The Yough junior running back

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Riverside’s Fox set to defend WPIAL Class AA golf title
September 26, 2017
WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Thursday, Allegheny Country Club andbull; Scouting the field: Defending champion Skyler Fox (above), a sophomore from Riverside,

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson wins WPIAL semifinal for 2nd straight season
Palmer Jackson could not take the putter out of his bag soon enough during Tuesday's WPIAL Class AAA semifinal tournament. andquot;I hit the ball well,andquot;

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer upsets No. 1 Norwin
September 25, 2017
Penn-Trafford's girls soccer team upset the No. 1-ranked team in the nation Monday night, rival Norwin.

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: Monday Girls soccer One of the most anticipated matchups of the year in any county

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches ‘cool’ with WPIAL’s cool-down rule
September 23, 2017
The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute andquot;cool-downandquot; period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area

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GCC kicker Slike making a difference for childhood cancer awareness
By his estimation, Ethan Slike's football season andquot;has been going well.andquot; But the Greensburg Central Catholic senior kicker is not nearly satisfied. Sure, he wants

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford runs past rival Latrobe in Big East victory
September 22, 2017
Facing a third-and-22 from its own 29-yard line, Penn-Trafford seemed destined for a punt. But from the second he touched the ball on that, at

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Penn-Trafford rallies with 2 late goals to tie rival Norwin
September 21, 2017
Tangled in one of their typical barbed-wire rivalry games, Norwin and Penn-Trafford stretched their latest boys soccer showdown into overtime Thursday night. As always, it

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Westmoreland football notebook: Ligonier Valley rolling through Heritage Conference
Ligonier Valley doesn't get as much attention as other teams because it plays outside the WPIAL, in the distant Heritage Conference. But whether people are

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Clayton nets 5 goals to lead Waynesburg past Yough in Section 3-AA
September 20, 2017
They traded one exciting goal after another before halftime, their teams coming out in full attack mode Wednesday night in a Section 3-AA first-place showdown

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Jason Armstrong
Excuse Jason Armstrong if he is occasionally winded on Friday nights. It's not that he is out of shape; quite the contrary. It's that the

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Kendro’s hat trick helps Norwin girls soccer defeat Hempfield
September 18, 2017
Norwin was not fit to be tied this time. The mighty Knights are TopDrawer's No. 1 girls soccer team in the nation, and they looked

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 18, 2017
September 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys golf The WPIAL individual postseason begins with section tournaments at various sites, and

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Westmoreland notebook: Golf season shifts to individual postseason
September 16, 2017
Golf season shifts to the individual postseason this week as section tournaments are played around the WPIAL. Boys tournaments will be Monday and Tuesday, and

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford defense boasts stingy front 7
September 14, 2017
Penn-Trafford had a big box of bananas in the locker room after last week's home win over Plum. It's a regular pregame and postgame snack

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GCC girls maintain dominance in Section 1-A with win over Shady Side Academy
September 13, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder was in a hurry to leave after Wednesday night's soccer game in Carbon. Her coach yelled across the field for

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift
Norwin opponents who get careless with the football can end up making unintentional donations to the Thrift store. Junior safety Jayvon Thrift has two forced

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Penn-Trafford’s Anna Stowers claims WCCA golf title for 1st win
September 11, 2017
When a slippery, 30-foot downhill putt curled right and disappeared into the hole, Anna Stowers just jotted down the birdie at the short par-4 fourth

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 11, 2017
September 10, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls golf • The second annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association girls golf championship

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Harding expected to miss 12 weeks of soccer season
September 9, 2017
Norwin boys soccer was dealt a crushing blow in its second game of the season but managed to keep its balance in spite of an

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Penn-Trafford shuts out Plum in dominant effort
September 8, 2017
The touchdown bell was ringing. The tomahawk chop was slicing through the air, and No. 2 Penn-Trafford was dominating its way to a 3-0 start.

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High school football notebook: Latrobe rallying around injured senior tackle Yesho
September 7, 2017
Latrobe will be looking for its first win of the season Friday night. If the Wildcats get the job done against Chartiers Valley in their

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Baseline Recruiting organizes inaugural basketball showcase at Kiski School
September 6, 2017
Shane Phillips started Baseline Recruiting because he thought he could help a number of players from the WPIAL get recruited to play college basketball. Once

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Bryce Lauer
Franklin Regional's head-turning, 13-7 upset last week of No. 1 McKeesport might not have been possible without nicked-up senior linebacker Bryce Lauer, Panthers coach Greg

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer team could heed some advice from Hempfield softball team
September 4, 2017
If the nationally ranked Norwin girls soccer team is looking for advice navigating through this pressure-packed season, it can find it a few miles down

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The week ahead in Westmoreland HS sports
September 3, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in local high school sports: Football winds into Week 2 — the third week of play for many teams —

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Jeannette passing attack shines in blowout win
September 1, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall joked during training camp that with his team's size and depth at receiver, the Jayhawks could revert back to the

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Hempfield’s Braden Brose
August 30, 2017
Hempfield's Braden Brose didn't even start playing football until three years ago. That's when a growth spurt merged with an equally sprouting interest in the

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Former Imani Christian basketball standout Konek enrolled at Southmoreland
August 29, 2017
Cali Konek, the basketball scoring sensation who averaged 45.4 points two years ago as a freshman at Imani Christian, has returned to WPIAL territory. Konek

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Norwin boys ‘building for the end picture’
August 28, 2017
Anthony Harding is tired of hearing Norwin can't win in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs. The senior is well aware that the Knights, although a

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Led by 9 college recruits, Norwin girls in search of 3rd straight WPIAL title
Norwin is locked in an unforced partnership with hype, a girls soccer team strapped with perhaps greater expectations than any in school history. The two-time

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Hempfield’s Sliwoski-Brose show special connection in Week Zero
August 27, 2017
Hempfield was supposed to have a big-play connection with quarterback Justin Sliwoski and tight end Braden Brose, but the senior tandem's season debut Friday was

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Tarabrella boots only points of game as Penn-Trafford edges rival Norwin
August 25, 2017
Norwin senior tailback Tevin Thrift had just busted a 39-yard run into Penn-Trafford territory late in the fourth quarter of a three-point game. The Knights

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Norwin’s Harding commits to Penn State for soccer
Norwin senior Anthony Harding hinted after Wednesday's soccer practice that a scholarship offer could be coming soon from Penn State. Two days later, he had

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High school football notebook: Salopek to take snaps for Norwin
August 24, 2017
Norwin's Dave Brozeski called it one of the toughest decisions he ever had to make in his coaching career. After an extensive quarterback competition that

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Logan Hawkins
Logan Hawkins wasn't too worried about Monday's solar eclipse. The Penn-Trafford senior lineman took a peek at the moon-covered sun through a pair of special

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Overcoming mother’s death helps Yough lineman Houseman grow as leader
August 22, 2017
His mother's death in 2004 revealed inner strength he never knew he had. And the anguish that followed allowed Scott Houseman's once-fragile psyche to catch

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Norwin girls soccer rated No. 2 in nation
Norwin's girls soccer team jumped eight spots in the Top Drawer Soccer national rankings without even playing a game yet. Norwin is facing great expectations

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Eastern
August 20, 2017
The favorite Clairton (14-1 overall, 7-0 Eastern Conference in 2016) It never is smart to bet against Clairton, even when the Bears lose program all-timers

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Penn-Trafford senior lineman Mayr has Will to Win
As a third-year senior starter, Will Mayr knows his value to the Penn-Trafford football team will increase greatly as the Warriors stare down high expectations

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GCC girls seeking 3rd straight WPIAL golf title
With one of the greatest players in program history gone, you might expect Greensburg Central Catholic's girls golf team to walk the course with a

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WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian look to challenge perennial favorite Clairton
August 19, 2017
The buzz began in early July and created a perfect storm of curiosity and discord. A social media-fueled debate questioned whether Clairton, the three-time defending

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High school notebook: Yough’s Bach commits to Pitt for softball
August 17, 2017
Yough softball player Hannah Bach had interest from a few Ivy League schools and appeared to be close to committing to one of them. But

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Franklin Regional freshman Harper commits to Virginia Tech
August 16, 2017
Bryce Harper gets teased about his name all the time. A murmur from the stands usually begins during the starting lineups or during his initial

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Arnold Palmer links high school golfers Pevarnik, Jackson
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson have been friends for years and have played countless rounds of golf together. High school golf season opens Thursday and

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Area’s new football coaches set to take on first season
August 14, 2017
The Viking Jacks are back. The pre-practice, pregame ritual that began at Mt. Pleasant under venerable coach Bill Elder in the late 1970s might not

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Kennedy could be Jeannette’s next great dual-threat quarterback
Robert Kennedy grew up watching Jeannette football games when Terrelle Pryor was bringing crowds to their feet and putting exclamation points on scoring drives for

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Yough girl Roebuck turning heads at defensive end
August 13, 2017
The ginger-haired pony tail gave her away as she turned her back during a heat-acclimatization workout. Freshman Kylie Roebuck blends in so well with her

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Keeping his cool key to success for Hempfield senior QB Sliwoski
Good luck trying to shake Justin Sliwoski. Can't be done, on or off the football field. The smooth-going Hempfield senior does not flinch. There was

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Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
August 12, 2017
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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High school notebook: Basketball standout Johnson joins Jeannette football team
August 10, 2017
A new face was leading the pack during sprints at Jeannette's heat-acclimatization workout earlier this week. And while he hasn't played the game in several

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Cool, wet start to ‘heat week’ for area football teams
August 7, 2017
andquot;Heat weekandquot; greeted local high school football teams Monday morning with rain and temperatures in the 60's. Sure, there was some late-summer sunshine, but it

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Former Southmoreland standout Stone lands another D-I offer
August 6, 2017
AAU basketball has become the perfect matchmaker for Brandon Stone. Six-foot-11 male seeks high-level Division I scholarship. Stone, who left Southmoreland after three years to

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