Author: Paul Schofield


5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
May 23, 2018
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA in Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Shawn Broadway, Derry,

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5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Matt Busche, Franklin Regional,

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5 WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Casey Burton, North Allegheny,

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5 Western Pa. girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
Here are five Western Pennsylvania girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Brenna Cavanaugh, Bentworth,

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Greensburg Salem’s Binda, Anderson going for PIAA track gold
Will this be the year the Greensburg Salem track and field program returns from the PIAA championships with a gold medal Juniors Cameron Binda and

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Wrestling coach DeAugustine leaves Hempfield for Norwin
May 22, 2018
Vince DeAugustine said it was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make, resigning as Hempfield's wrestling coach and taking over at Norwin. DeAugustine

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Greensburg Central Catholic overcomes Eden Christian rally for quarterfinal win
May 21, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic didn't panic after Eden Christian Academy rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning. The Centurions turned to

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Cunningham helps Jeannette reach Class A baseball semis with extra-inning win
Tre Cunningham wasn't about to let the Jeannette baseball team lose in Monday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal-round game at Fox Chapel. While he didn't pick

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Westmoreland track and field notebook: William Huss sets Derry 400 mark
May 18, 2018
Since Derry senior William Huss was a freshman, he has been eyeing the 400-meter school record owned by Andrew Downey. Downey doesn't own it any

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Westmoreland track notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Binda claims gold in 1,600
May 17, 2018
Cameron Binda continued to pull away from the pack in the 1,600-meter run. The Greensburg Salem junior won his first WPIAL Class AAA track and

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3 Hempfield girls claim WPIAL track and field titles
Hempfield's Mackenna Orie and Molly DeBone were expected to win WPIAL gold medals at the track and field championships Thursday. Rebecca Pyo had tougher odds

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Relays in spotlight at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
While many eyes will be focused on certain individuals at the WPIAL Class AA and AAA track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin, some of

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5 athletes to watch at Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships
Here are five athletes to watch at Thursday's WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Mackenna Orie, Hempfield, junior This rising star has a chance

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Wicker shines on mound, at plate as Greensburg Salem tops South Park in 1st round
May 15, 2018
It had been six years since the Greensburg Salem baseball team won a playoff game. That drought ended Tuesday in the opening round of the

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Westmoreland track notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Arnone, Ankney top Heritage Conference
May 13, 2018
Avery Arnone and Mack Ankney won two individual titles each to help the Ligonier Valley boys track and field team win another Heritage Conference title.

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Yough softball has plenty in reserve
May 9, 2018
Karlie Clark didn't flinch when Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey handed her the ball in a key Section 2-4A game Tuesday against rival Belle Vernon.

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Yough hires Jim Nesser as boys basketball coach
May 8, 2018
Who said you can't go back home Yough hired Jim Nesser, who first started coaching in 1988 at the school, as its boys basketball coach.

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Yough blanks Belle Vernon behind senior pitcher Karlie Clark
There is usually a lot on the line when the Yough and Belle Vernon softball teams meet. And while the Cougars already clinched the Section

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North Allegheny boys, Butler girls roll to WPIAL track championships
May 7, 2018
The North Allegheny boys and Butler girls track and field teams were favorites to capture the WPIAL Class AAA team titles this season. On Monday

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GCC’s Maloney signs with Pepperdine
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Keeley Maloney must be tired of the horrible spring weather in Western Pennsylvania. Her mom, Lori, isn't sure that was the

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WCCA football showcase set for May 12
May 6, 2018
The annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association football showcase for upperclassmen will held 9 a.m. May 12 at Hempfield. Players will go through a warmup and

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Baldwin Invitational notebook: Norwin’s Kolesar claims triple jump title
May 4, 2018
Norwin junior Jessica Kolesar is one of those athletes who can excel in numerous events. She's a sprinter and a jumper for the Knights, and

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Hempfield has big day at Baldwin Invitational.
MacKenna Orie didn't play lacrosse this spring to concentrate on throwing events with the Hempfield track and field team. Her decision is starting to pay

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Track and field notebook: Hempfield’s Traczynski shares WCCA record
May 3, 2018
It turns out Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski wasn't the first four-peat winner of an event at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championships.

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
May 2, 2018
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Frey’s gem cut short, but Franklin Regional wins
May 1, 2018
It's a shame the high school pitch count spoiled Franklin Regional senior Alex Frey's bid for a no-hitter. But when Frey struck out Laurel Highlands

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WCCA notebook: All in the family for Huss boys
April 28, 2018
So who was the best Huss on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championship That honor goes to Norwin sophomore Logan

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Spartans senior 4-peats in hurdles
Did Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski pull off a first when she won her fourth consecutive 100-meter hurdles title at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track

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Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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WCCA meet to test Derry track and field athletes
Derry's boys and girls track and field teams just completed the regular season by winning a second consecutive section title. While that was a goal,

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Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach Hepner resigns
April 25, 2018
Ligonier Valley athletic director Corey Turcheck said Wednesday that boys basketball coach Todd Hepner resigned after going 73-45 in five seasons. Turcheck said the school

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Derry’s Buterbaugh possibly out for season after being hit by pitch
Derry senior baseball player Isaac Buterbaugh possibly had his season end Monday after he was hit in the head with a pitch against Deer Lakes.

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Knee injury could sideline Derry’s Bisi for season
April 24, 2018
Chelsea Bisi's high school softball career maybe over. The Derry senior injured her right knee while hitting a home run Monday at home against Uniontown.

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Belle Vernon’s Parshall, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick receive Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
One throws a fastball in the 60 mph range. The other is a quick worker on the wrestling mat. But more than that, the future

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Field strengthens for annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament
Every year, the Powerade Wrestling Tournament draws some of the top teams and wrestlers from around the country to Western Pennsylvania. The 2018 tournament, the

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Penn-Trafford ends Hempfield softball’s 46-game win streak
April 22, 2018
It had been almost two years since the Hempfield softball team lost a game. That was to Shaler on April 27, 2016. After that loss,

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Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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Hempfield softball coach Kalp to be honored with Ferrante Memorial Award
The Ferrante family has honored an individual with an award for his or her achievements and contributions to high school athletics since 1984. The award

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Franklin Regional’s Shedd nears target distance with gold medal jump at Butler Invitational
April 20, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Jacob Shedd has the number 48 written on his track shoes. That's the mark in feet he would like to reach in

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Latrobe softball team eager to return to field
April 19, 2018
It was back to the gym for the Latrobe softball team Thursday afternoon thanks to another snowy and cold spring day. Since they defeated Fox

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Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Heritage Conference announces winter all-conference teams
April 17, 2018
Members of the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team and senior wrestler Robby Patrick headlined the Heritage Conference winter all-conference teams, which were released Tuesday. Patrick,

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North Allegheny’s Owens shines at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2018
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens is one of those athletes who is worth the price of admission. The Southern Cal commit had quite a day

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Kiski Area’s Starr claims javelin title, 3 medals at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
Kiski Area junior Jean Starr learned a valuable lesson after a successful freshman season. It's a lesson she is using as motivation this season. andquot;I

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Hempfield’s DeBone motivated entering track invitational
April 12, 2018
As the winds gusted across Spartan Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Molly DeBone and her teammates weren't complaining. With temperatures finally reaching the mid-70s, members of

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Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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YWCA Westmoreland County honors Sportswomen of the Year
April 10, 2018
A recurring theme at the 24th annual YWCA Westmoreland Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet Tuesday was the hard work and dedication of all the

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Greensburg Central Catholic baseball game moved to Seton Hill
April 9, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic has moved today's WPIAL Class A Section 2 baseball game against Jefferson-Morgan from Hempfield Park to Seton Hill University. The time of

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Laurel Highlands shortstop Sankovich participates in Arizona showcase
March 28, 2018
Laurel Highlands senior shortstop Travis Sankovich competed with the Langley Blaze, a team from British Columbia, Canada, at their annual Arizona Pro tour spring trip

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Norwin boys mile relay team aims to defend title
Norwin junior Gianni Rizzo said he still gets chills watching the video of the 1,600-meter relay final at Shippensburg last May. Rizzo ran the anchor

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Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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WPIAL wrestling trio finishes high at national event
March 25, 2018
Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer, Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho placed high at the National High School Coaches Association championships this

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Quatse chooses Penn
Greensburg Salem senior Jesse Quatse has selected to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Pennsylvania. Quatse placed fourth in the PIAA

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Deep lineup returns for Yough softball team
March 22, 2018
What do the Yough and Mt. Pleasant softball teams have in common The obvious answer is both are from Westmoreland County. Besides that, they each

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Yough baseball looking to build with young players
It would be easy to think the Yough baseball team is building for the future. But that future might not be to far away. Yough

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WPIAL wrestlers selected to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 13, 2018
Four WPIAL wrestlers, including state champions Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Logan Macri of Canon-McMillan and Isaac Reid of Kiski Area, headline the Pennsylvania squad that

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Quaker Valley’s Redinger finishes 3rd at PIAA tournament
March 12, 2018
HERSHEY — Quaker Valley freshman Connor Redinger fell short of his goal at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday. Redinger wanted to be the

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Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick denied in state wrestling finals again
HERSHEY — Sometimes your best isn't just good enough. Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick and Derry junior Dom DeLuca can attest to that. Patrick and

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Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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PIAA wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale on cusp of history
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Jefferson Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale is one victory away from making PIAA wrestling history. But Teasdale said he's not thinking too much about

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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Five things to watch at the PIAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2018
Pennsylvania's biggest stretch of high school wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the PIAA individual championships at Giant Center in Hershey. There will

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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High school wrestling notebook: Fayette County 4 seeking gold at PIAA tournament
When the PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday in Hershey, four Fayette County wrestlers will be looking to bring home gold medals. All are returning state

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High school wrestling rankings for week of March 5, 2018
Individual Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (36-0); 2. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (42-8); 3. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (30-8); 4. Brady Sherback, Latrobe

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Southwest Pa. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced
March 5, 2018
The Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class on Monday. The group includes NCAA champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional/Penn State, four-time

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan’s Macri finally stands atop of the podium
March 3, 2018
Canon-McMillan senior Logan Macri was so tired of finishing second at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championship that he leaped atop the podium at

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Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wins 2nd WPIAL wrestling title
Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wasn't happy with how he earned his second WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA title Saturday at Canon-McMillan. Phipps was awarded a penalty

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Kiski Area’s Blumer upsets top-seeded Kemerer in WPIAL quarterfinals
Kiski Area sophomore wrestler Jack Blumer made a prediction Friday night after his quarterfinal victory and backed it up Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Class

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Latrobe sophomore wrestler Willochell highlights opening day of Southwest Regionals
Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell can put himself in dangerous positions at times during his matches. But that funky style makes him dangerous on the wrestling

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Zero upsets during fast opening round of WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
If fans were hoping for upsets in the opening rounds of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday afternoon, they were disappointed because there

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Ligonier valley’s long wait to play in District 6 final finally over
February 28, 2018
It has been 31 years since Ligonier Valley played in the District 6 finals. They were called the Mounties back then and played in Class

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Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament
There are storylines galore that will unfoled Friday and Saturday at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament at Canon-McMillan. Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and

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High school wrestling notebook: Albert Gallatin’s Wallace, Waynesburg’s Morris seek 3rd WPIAL titles
February 27, 2018
Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and Waynesburg senior Caleb Morris will look to make history at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament this weekend. Both

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Brothers of successful wrestlers, Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Chishko have hopes of own golden moment
It can tough being the sibling of a successful wrestler. Just ask Shaler's Taylor Letters, who followed his older brother Troy, a two-time PIAA champion,

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Tribune-Review high school wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 27, 2018
Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (32-0); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (26-7); 3. Brady Sherback, Latrobe (27-5); 4. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca

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Ligonier Valley defense stymies Mount Union in District 6 semifinal victory
February 26, 2018
Ligonier Valley coach Todd Hepner tried to get his team to slow down against Mt. Union on Monday in the District 6 semifinals at Hollidaysburg.

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Redinger 1 of 7 to win SW Regional titles
February 24, 2018
It was quite a final day for wrestlers from the WPIAL Class AA at the PIAA Southwest Regional. Seven walked away with titles, and 39

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Teasdale, Patrick become 4-time PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional champs
There haven't been many four-time champions in the 32 years of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament. That list of six grew by two

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick roll into regional finals
The stage is set for Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale and Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick. The duo is chasing history as they try to become

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With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Southwest Regional wrestling notebook: Elizabeth Forward, South Park lightweights earn redemption
Before Friday night, Elizabeth Forward sophomore Ryan Michaels and South Park freshman Joey Fischer had never beaten their quarterfinal opponents. That all changed at the

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament
February 22, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament is set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex. There are

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Marinchak sparks No. 2 Ligonier Valley boys to quarterfinal win
February 21, 2018
Michael Marinchak is similar to the Energizer bunny. Once he gets started, he's hard to slow down. Penns Valley found that out Wednesday during a

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Trinity ousts Greensburg Salem boys in WPIAL 1st round
February 20, 2018
Trinity found itself in a huge hole to begin the fourth quarter against underdog Greensburg Salem. But the experienced Hillers found their game and avoided

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Hempfield wrestlers change weight classes in advance of section tournament
When Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles, there was no internet to help wrestlers figure out what weight

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High school wrestling notebook: Realignment to alter sections in Class 3A, 2A
When WPIAL wrestling chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. discussed changes in the sections for the next two seasons, he hoped coaches would be pleased. He said

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 19, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 19, 2018: Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin

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WPIAL wrestling teams learn new section opponents for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors approved the new realignment in wrestling for the next two seasons. There are 46 teams in Class AAA, down two

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Jeannette’s Hall, Derry’s Sweeney to coach in Foothills Football Classic
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association announced Monday that Jeannette coach Roy Hall and Derry coach Tim Sweeney will lead teams at the annual Foothills Football

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Ligonier Valley wrestler Robby Patrick among top seeds for PIAA Southwest Regional
February 18, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick received a No. 1 seed at 170 pounds for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday and Saturday at

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Ligonier Valley pair advance to wrestling regional
February 17, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior wrestlers Robby Patrick and Alex Caldwell captured PIAA District 6 Class AA titles Saturday at Altoona. Both recorded falls in the finals.

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Hempfield, Greensburg Salem, Latrobe athletes win TYTCA indoor titles
Hempfield senior Molly DeBone and junior MacKenna Orie captured Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor titles Saturday at Edinboro University. DeBone cleared 11 feet, 4 inches

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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Hempfield adds slow-pitch softball as varsity club sport
February 16, 2018
The Hempfield Area School Board voted to accept slow-pitch softball as a club sport. Players will be eligible to earn a school letter and be

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Wrestling notebook: Coaching milestones highlight season
February 14, 2018
This has been a season of coaching milestones. McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey recently reached the 400-win milestone, Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley hit the 200-win

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Derry, Burrell wrestlers adjust focus to sectionals
If wrestlers from Burrell and Derry want to return to Hershey on March 8, they can't afford a letdown this weekend. The Class AA individual

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 12, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 12, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls rewarded for strong finish
February 13, 2018
Late season's success has Greensburg Central Catholic coach Joe Eisaman and Hempfield first-year coach Lindsy Muchnock excited about the upcoming WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. The

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Jeannette athletes enjoy support of alumni, community during winning runs
February 12, 2018
What the Jeannette sports teams have accomplished over the years doesn't need much praise. That's because excellence on the field or court is expected from

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Kiski Area takes second at PIAA Class AAA wrestling team tournament
February 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Kiski Area needed more than an extraordinary effort to win its first PIAA Class AAA team title. The Cavaliers got a great team

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Kiski Area to wrestle Bethlehem Catholic for PIAA title Saturday
February 9, 2018
HERSHEY — It has been 15 years since Kiski Area wrestled for a PIAA championship. That streak will end Saturday when the WPIAL champion Cavaliers

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Derry wrestling defeated at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Derry coach Mike Weinell couldn't believe what he was watching Friday at the PIAA wrestling championships. As he sat in his chair, he

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Burrell wrestling rallies past Brookville to stay alive in state tournament
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields couldn't hide his excitement after the Bucs' match with Brookville. Burrell (13-6) advanced in the consolation bracket of

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Kiski Area wrestling takes down defending champ Nazareth in PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Kiski Area wrestling coach Chris Heater told his team this weekend's trip to the PIAA Class AAA team tournament wasn't a three-day vacation,

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Burrell stays alive, Derry eliminated in PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — WPIAL Class AA champion Burrell stayed alive in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championship consolation round Friday morning by defeating District 1 champion

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Chestnut Ridge too much for Derry at PIAA tournament
February 8, 2018
HERSHEY — Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell knew his team faced a big challenge in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA team tournament.

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Burrell drops controversial match to Muncy at PIAA tournament; Kiski Area advances
HERSHEY — There have been times the Burrell wrestling team hasn't competed at a level expected of them by their coaches at the PIAA team

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High school wrestling notebook: Changes ahead for section alignment
February 6, 2018
Major changes are coming to the section alignment for the next two wrestling seasons, starting in 2018-19. According to Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano Jr.,

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Derry wrestling aims to make annual Hershey trip for PIAA tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell hopes his team's first trip to the PIAA tournament is a memorable one. He also hopes it won't be the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 5, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 5, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Ligonier Valley beats West Shamokin in Heritage Conference semifinal
February 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley trailed only once in Monday's Heritage Conference semifinal against West Shamokin. And while the Rams struggled offensively and were not able to put

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Injured Canon-McMillan wrestler recovering after injury in WPIAL final
Canon-McMillan junior Skyler Adams was in school Monday, according to athletic director Frank Vulcano, two days after suffering an injury during the WPIAL Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Reid prays with Canon-McMillan wrestling team after scary injury
February 3, 2018
Kiski Area heavyweight Isaac Reid knows adversity. A blood clot in his lung prevented him from wrestling until two weeks ago. On Saturday, Reid helped

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Kiski Area wrestlers outlast Canon-McMillan, defend WPIAL Class AAA title
Canon-McMillan fans were on their feet when Zack Rohaley and Kiski Area senior Danny Starr took the mat in the finals of the WPIAL Class

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Jeannette’s ‘fire and ice’ duo lead crucial victory over Serra Catholic
February 2, 2018
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts described his senior duo of Tre Cunningham and Robert Kennedy as andquot;Fire and Ice.andquot; He couldn't have been more correct

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Derry wrestling looks to make program history in WPIAL semifinals
The Derry wrestling team could make history with a victory against Freedom in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at noon Saturday at Chartiers-Houston. A win

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament
February 1, 2018
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tourney
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Hempfield edges Seneca Valley on criteria to reach WPIAL semifinals
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine knew advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals would be a challenge. He didn't know it would take a

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousted in WPIAL 1st round
January 31, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe knew it would take a superb effort to knock off No. 4 Seneca Valley in Wednesday's first round of the

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Water main break forces WPIAL to move McGuffey wrestling site to Canon-McMillan
Because of a water main break at McGuffey High School, Wednesday's WPIAL Class AA wrestling tournament matches have been moved to Canon-McMillan. No. 4 seed

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 29
Tribune-Review wrestling rankings Week of Jan. 29, 2018 Team Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 7-0 1 2. Kiski Area 13-1 2 3. Hempfield 16-1 3 4. Waynesburg 12-2 4 5. Seneca Valley 12-1 7 6.

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High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Derry wrestlers aim for success in WPIAL team tournament
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe called his team together after the Panthers rallied to defeat Moon on Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA team

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Forfeits doom Belle Vernon against Armstrong in WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 29, 2018
It's been a weird wrestling season at Belle Vernon. A team with high hopes and talented wrestlers was beset by injuries, which is a reason

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Franklin Regional wrestling overcomes early deficit to top Moon
Franklin Regional was in a deep hole during Monday's WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round match against Moon. But the Panthers (9-3) didn't flinch. They won the

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Southmoreland 1st-year coach Keefer puts emphasis on improving feeder system
January 28, 2018
Dave Keefer felt it was the right time to become a head football coach. So when Mark Adams resigned after the 2017 season, Keefer said

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Ligonier Valley’s Alex Caldwell, Derry’s Dom DeLuca reach milestones
January 27, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Alex Caldwell and Derry junior Dom DeLuca reached the 100-win plateau this week with wrestling victories. Caldwell (20-2 this season, 100-40 overall)

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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Canon-McMillan, Burrell awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 25, 2018
The Canon-McMillan and Burrell wrestling teams earned the No. 1 seeds for the WPIAL team tournament which begins Monday with four preliminary-round matches at Franklin

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Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Kiski Area edges Hempfield to capture Section 1 championship
The Kiski Area wrestling team wears sweatshirts with TEAM on the front. That exemplifies the way they approach the WPIAL team tournament. andquot;It takes more

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High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 21
January 24, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 21, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 5-0 1

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High school wrestling notebook: Intriguing matchups possible during section tournaments
The start of the postseason team wrestling tournaments got underway Tuesday with Trinity defeating Ambridge, 72-3, in the Section 4-AAA fifth-place match. The rest of

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Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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Kennedy, Jurkovec, Guss, Hooker among Mr. Pa. Football finalists
January 22, 2018
Four WPIAL quarterbacks are finalists for Mr. Pa. Football. Pine-Richland senior Phil Jurkovec, a Notre Dame recruit, and New Castle senior Marcus Hooker, a Ohio

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Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Strong showing at Allegheny County tourney for Fox Chapel wrestler Cutchember
January 20, 2018
For Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember, the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament did not end how he planned, with a win in the finals. But Cutchember

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Westmoreland WPIAL football coaches disappointed, dealing with new alignment
Not everyone likes what the PIAA did to high school athletics the past two years by expanding the classifications from four to six classes in

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Quaker Valley’s Kazalas, West Mifflin’s Brown make quick work of foes at Allegheny County tournament
John Rocco Kazalas and Gerald Brown are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in their weight classes by the Tribune-Review. They also are highly ranked

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Hempfield’s Sliwoski, Jeannette’s Kennedy to play in all-star game
Hempfield senior Justin Sliwoski and Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy are among a group of Western Pennsylvania football player who have accepted invitations to play in

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Fox Chapel’s Cutchember reaches semifinals at county tournament
January 19, 2018
Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember was the lone A-K Valley wrestler to advance to the semifinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Friday. Cutchember

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Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 15
January 16, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 15, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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Latrobe tandem Sherback, Willochell tries to stay sharp
Brady Sherback and Gabe Willochell haven't made any reservations for Hershey in early March. But that's where the two Latrobe wrestlers hope end up on

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Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Knee injury to sideline Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst for season
January 13, 2018
The Penn-Trafford girls basketball team has been dealing with injuries all season. But the latest player to be sidelined will be hard to replace. Senior

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Strong start vaults Penn-Trafford boys past rival Hempfield
January 12, 2018
Penn-Trafford senior Sean Kelly set the tone for Friday's boys basketball game early and often. He scored six points in the opening quarter, including a

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Derry wrestling gets key section win over Elizabeth Forward
January 10, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he was a little concerned about Wednesday's first-place battle against Elizabeth Forward. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class

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Penn-Trafford’s Coy cleared to wrestle
Penn-Trafford junior Nick Coy has been cleared to resume wrestling, according to his coach, Rich Ginther. Coy sustained a neck sprain in the 132-pound final

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 8
January 9, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 8, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Derry’s DeLuca eyes spot among Trojans’ elite wrestlers
Hanging on the wall in the Derry wrestling room are singlets of five Trojans wrestlers who won state titles. It's a constant reminder for the

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High school notebook: WCCA could consider change to invitational
Should the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association change its wrestling tournament to an invitational Opinions varied at the 65th annual WCCA tournament this past weekend. Because

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Another Just takes over Laurel Highlands football program
When Laurel Highlands football coach Zach Just resigned to take a principal position at South Allegheny, the Laurel Highlands school board didn't have to look

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Southmoreland officials hope to hire new football coach soon
Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink said Tuesday that he'll know better after Thursday's school board planning session what direction the district will take on hiring

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Ligonier Valley wide receiver Tutino selected for All-World game
January 8, 2018
Ligonier Valley junior wide receiver Aaron Tutino, a two-time Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honoree, was selected to participate in the National Underclassman All-World football game, Feb.

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WCCA awards college scholarships to county athletes
Prior to the finals of the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling championship Saturday at Norwin, the association awarded scholarships to seven 2017 graduates

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Hempfield’s Kemerer, Franklin Regional’s Camacho win 3rd WCCA titles
January 7, 2018
Three wrestlers had a chance to join an elite club Saturday at the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament at Norwin. Hempfield senior

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Kiski Area in position to claim 3rd straight WCCA wrestling title
January 6, 2018
Kiski Area put itself in position to capture its 11th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament title and third in a row with a solid

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Peters Township wrestling hosting Match for a Marine
January 4, 2018
Peters Township High School will hold its sixth annual Match for a Marine when it wrestles Mt. Lebanon at home next Wednesday night. The match

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WCCA wrestling tournament to go on as planned Friday
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament will be held as scheduled Friday despite frigid temperatures across the county that canceled classes at every high

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Petko takes over as Jeannette athletic director
Jeannette High School has a new athletic director. Acting high school assistant principal Bill Petko, a 1995 Connellsville graduate, replaced Anthony DeNunzio on Jan. 1.

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Greensburg Salem wrestlers use quick start to get past Franklin Regional
This was a classic case that Wednesday's WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B wrestling match started perfectly for Greensburg Salem. Because high school wrestling picks the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2017
January 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 2, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 3-0 1 2. Kiski Area 7-1 2 3.

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Jeannette, Hempfield baseball players to compete in All-American tournament
Three high school baseball players from Westmoreland County have been invited to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season tournament at Sloan Park, the

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Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen flashes potential
Nobody at the prestigious Powerade Christmas Tournament wrestled more than Ryan Weinzen. The Norwin sophomore took part in nine matches, winning six, over the two-day

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Focus on 106-pound weight class for Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tourney
The pairings meeting for the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament isn't until Thursday, but the deepest and most competitive weight class will

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Jefferson-Morgan wrestler Teasdale moves on from stunning defeat
When Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee lost in the final seconds in the PIAA Class AAA final, people were stunned. They were just as stunned

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Powerade wrestling notebook: North Hills’ Hillegas makes return
December 31, 2017
North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas is finally back on the wrestling mat this week at the Powerade Tournament. Hillegas missed the first month of the

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Jefferson-Morgan star wrestler Teasdale handed 1st high school loss in Powerade final
There won't be another four-time undefeated PIAA champion this season. That's because Wyoming Seminary sophomore Beau Bartlett used two takedowns — the winning with 26

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A-K Valley wrestlers earn medals at prestigious Powerade tournament
December 30, 2017
Burrell and Kiski Area didn't return from the prestigious Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament with any team titles or individual champions, but Bucs coach Josh Shields

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho enters Powerade tournament brimming with confidence
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho has had a pretty good Christmas so far. But there is still one present within his grasp, and that gift

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WPIAL wrestling rankings: Dec. 17, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA 1. Canon-McMillan

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Wrestling notebook: Penn-Trafford struggling with low numbers
It's unusual for Penn-Trafford to have trouble fielding a wrestling team considering the success of the program. But the 2017-18 season isn't going as planned.

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Wrestling notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Patrick claims Holiday Classic title
December 20, 2017
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick won the 2017 Sheetz Holiday Wrestling tournament for the second consecutive year over the weekend. He defeated Shamokin's Jacob Carpenter,

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Team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 19, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Kiski

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Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Lightweights score key wins as Hempfield takes back Crosstown Cup from Greensburg Salem
December 13, 2017
Early on in Wednesday's wrestling match, Greensburg Salem looked like it would retain the Crosstown Cup trophy for the third consecutive year. But No. 6-ranked

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Homer-Center coach reaches out to Jeannette’s Roy Hall
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall, who was honored at a Coaches Corner Luncheon along with the other WPIAL championship coaches Tuesday, received a text message

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Franklin Regional notches impressive win against Westinghouse
December 12, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion said he wasn't pleased with how his team played in the first half of Tuesday's championship game of the 14th

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Wrestling notebook: Hempfield, Greensburg Salem to battle for Crosstown Cup
Former Hempfield coach Rick Shaheen felt Westmoreland County wrestling needed a jolt back in 1999. So Shaheen and Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley created the

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Jeannette’s defense dominates in run to PIAA Class A title
December 8, 2017
Roy Hall couldn't stop smiling Thursday after his Jeannette football team won the PIAA Class A Championship at Hersheypark Stadium. Hall's Jayhawks used a big

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WPIAL Class AAA loaded with returning PIAA qualifiers
December 7, 2017
Returning PIAA Class AAA qualifiers 106: Kurtis Phipps, So., Norwin (36-5) andbull; WPIAL champ finished seventh at PIAA tournament. 106: Darren Miller, Jr., Kiski Area

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling rankings 1. Kiski Area (24-1) 2. Canon-McMillan (13-4) 3. Waynesburg (12-4) 4. Greensburg Salem (12-4) 5. Connellsville (11-7) 6. Hempfield (13-4)

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Jeannette sticks to motto, never quits in run to PIAA championship
HERSHEY — Midway through the third quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship game, Jeannette coach Roy Hall felt pretty happy. There was a

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Hempfield’s Kemerer wants 1 thing: PIAA wrestling gold
Luke Kemerer is a two-time PIAA placewinner in wrestling. He placed third in 2016 and fifth in '17. But the Hempfield senior and Pitt commit

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Jeannette cruises past Homer-Center to claim 2nd PIAA football championship
HERSHEY — Early in the second quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn't take long for senior

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick eyes elusive PIAA wrestling crown
December 6, 2017
There isn't a day that goes by when Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick doesn't think about winning a PIAA wrestling title. Patrick is a two-time

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Wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale set to chase 4th PIAA title
Western Pennsylvania wrestling fans found out last March that nothing is guaranteed on the mat. No one expected Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee to lose.

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Numerous PIAA wrestling qualifiers return in Class AA
Returning PIAA Class AA qualifiers 106: Trent Valovchik, So., Burrell (35-13) andbull; WPIAL champion finished sixth at Southwest Regional and went 1-2 at PIAA tournament.

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WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA wrestling rankings 1. Burrell (13-7) 2. Derry (21-3) 3. South Fayette (18-4) 4. Freedom (14-6) 5. McGuffey (17-4) 6. Burgettstown (9-2) 7.

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Homer-Center riding momentum after upset victories
Homer-Center football coach Greg Page said it has been a little crazy around Homer City and Center Township in Indiana County the past few weeks

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Optimism abounds for Ligonier Valley girls basketball
December 5, 2017
Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin knows winning the District 6 Heritage Conference title will be difficult, but he believes putting together a winning

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Ligonier Valley boys to start year short-handed
Ligonier Valley will start the boys basketball season against Greensburg Salem on Friday short-handed. That's because two starters — Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino —

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Jeannette football team looks to finish sweet run in PIAA championship
December 3, 2017
The silver things raining down on the Jeannette football team Friday night weren't ice pelts. They were Hershey Kisses thrown by excited Jayhawks fans. That's

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Jeannette shuts down Farrell to advance to PIAA Class A title game
December 1, 2017
It took Jeannette almost a half to get its offense started Friday, but once it did, Farrell didn't have a prayer. Jeannette's defense forced four

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Monessen girls rebuilding under veteran coach Corley
November 29, 2017
When Major Corley first took over the Monessen girls basketball team back in the 1980s, he built a program that produced three WPIAL championships, six

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Monessen boys aim to stay consistent
If there is one thing that remains consistent in Monessen athletics, it is the play of the boys basketball team. The Greyhounds, during Joe Salvino's

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Jeannette girls to rely on group effort to navigate Section 3-2A schedule
November 27, 2017
When the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series, they adopted the Sister Sledge song andquot;We Are Familyandquot; as a motto. The 2017-18 Jeannette girls

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Jeannette boys prepare for season while waiting for reinforcements
The Jeannette boys basketball season is currently on hold, and that's OK with coach Adrian Batts. Like most fans who follow Jeannette athletics, Batts is

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PIAA football notebook: Injuries to standout receivers foil Ligonier Valley’s game plan
November 26, 2017
HERSHEY — No one would have predicted what happened to the Ligonier Valley football team Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal-round playoff

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Greensburg Salem boys look to rebound after tough season
November 25, 2017
The Greensburg Salem boys basketball team hasn't had a winning season since 2012. And the Golden Lions hit a low point last season with a

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Veteran coach Klimchock set to guide Greensburg Salem girls basketball
Rick Klimchock has been coaching high school basketball for more than 20 years. He coached the Jeannette boys for 14 seasons and the Franklin Regional

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Hobbled Ligonier Valley bounced from state football playoffs
HERSHEY — Ligonier Valley could have rolled over and quit Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at Hersheypark Stadium. The Rams were

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Ligonier Valley preps for another challenge in PIAA quarterfinals
November 23, 2017
One thing the Ligonier Valley football team does to prepare for an opponent is head to the classroom. There, the coordinators set up the game

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Defenses pave way for victories by Jeannette, Ligonier Valley
November 19, 2017
To win high school football games at this time of the season, it's important for defenses to come up big. It was the defense that

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Ligonier Valley football tops Bishop McCort for District 6 title — again
November 18, 2017
ALTOONA — When Ligonier Valley wins a football game, the team likes to hear the song andquot;Rocky Top.andquot; It was blaring loud and clear Saturday

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Jeannette tops rival Clairton to reach 3rd straight WPIAL title game
November 17, 2017
When Clairton trounced Jeannette in the final game of the regular season three weeks ago, Bears coach Wayne Wade felt his team took it to

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Daugherty, Tutino carry Ligonier Valley into title game
November 15, 2017
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel chuckled when asked if he had nicknames for Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino. andquot;Probably some you can't print,andquot; Beitel

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Jeannette aims to match Clairton’s swag in rematch
November 14, 2017
When Clairton defeated Jeannette on Oct. 27, the game turned sour for the Jayhawks when they had a 29-yard field-goal attempt blocked and returned for

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Berth to PIAA final on the line as Greensburg C.C., Shady Side Academy rekindle rivalry
November 13, 2017
There will be few secrets or unknowns during the PIAA Class A girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. It will be the fourth meeting of the season

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Change at QB ignites Jeannette offense with Clairton looming
November 12, 2017
There was a time during Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal when things looked bleak for Jeannette. Rochester was in control with its running game, and

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Freshman Felder lifts GCC over Windber in PIAA soccer playoffs
November 11, 2017
SOMERSET – Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Ashley Davis said she wasn't too concerned her team was locked in another close battle Saturday. The

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Jeannette football scores late for WPIAL quarterfinals victory
November 10, 2017
Seth Howard wasn't on the Jeannette team at the start of the season. But Jeannette coach Roy Hall was glad he joined after the first

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Thomas Jefferson’s, Belle Vernon’s coaches break down WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup
Thomas Jefferson will look to avenge a 21-17 regular-season loss to Belle Vernon when the teams meet Friday night with a berth in the WPIAL

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Belle Vernon topped Thomas Jefferson to win Big 9, but more is at stake in semifinals
November 9, 2017
After Belle Vernon defeated Thomas Jefferson, 21-17, on Oct. 13, Leopards coach Matt Humbert talked to his players about the big picture. He wanted them

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Ligonier Valley prepares for different Cambria Heights team
November 6, 2017
The Ligonier Valley football team has walked off the field disappointed only one time over the past two seasons — at the PIAA Class 2A

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Fox Chapel girls edge Manheim Township by one to win PIAA Class AAA cross country title
November 4, 2017
HERSHEY — Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller usually is the top runner her team. Saturday, her teammates picked her up, and Fox Chapel left the

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Greensburg Salem boys place pair in top 20 at PIAA cross country championships
HERSHEY — You don't always have to win to be satisfied with your race result. Greensburg Salem juniors Mark Brown and Cameron Binda didn't win

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Quaker Valley QB Guss too much for Derry defense
November 3, 2017
Quaker Valley senior quarterback Ricky Guss had a game to remember. He was more than a handful for the Derry defense, which struggled to corral

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
John Piekut Norwin, sr., OL/LB Piekut (5-10, 2015) made a one-handed interception and returned it 2 yards for a TD to help Norwin defeat Hempfield,

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Upset by No. 7 seed, Derry looks to upset No. 2 Quaker Valley
As Derry coach Tim Sweeney talked to his team after practice Tuesday, he spoke about the lack of respect he felt the WPIAL gave his

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After Week 9 losses, P-T, FR, Jeannette focus on playoffs
October 30, 2017
When the WPIAL playoffs begin Friday, three Westmoreland County teams — Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional and Jeannette — will be trying to erase Week 9 losses

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Ligonier Valley dominates in Appalachian Bowl win
October 28, 2017
Not even heavy rain Saturday could slow down the fifth-ranked Class 2A team in the state, Ligonier Valley. Despite the damp and muddy conditions, Ligonier

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Video: Clairton tops Jeannette in Eastern Conference finale
Coaches from Jeannette and Clairton discuss the Bears' 40-6 victory in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference.

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Jeannette still can’t solve Clairton as Bears roll to 40-6 victory
October 27, 2017
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade said he didn't think his team sent a message Friday night. But the No. 5 Bears' 40-6 win against No.

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Greensburg Salem boys cross country headed to PIAAs
October 26, 2017
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider was both happy and sad Thursday at the WPIAL cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground. Glad the

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Video: No. 1 Jeannette aims to take down Clairton
No. 1 Jeannette battles No. 5 Clairton for the Eastern Conference title on Friday. Jeannette is 0-5 the past three years against the Bears.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 9
October 25, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB Broadway (5-10, 140) carried the ball nine times for 162 yards and three touchdowns (59, 36, 65 yards) in a

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NA girls, Sewickley Academy boys, girls claim PIAA golf titles
YORK — It was another dominant year for WPIAL golfers at the PIAA team championships Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The North Allegheny girls

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Jeannette looks to end streak of losses to rival Clairton
No one has to tell the Jeannette football players what their record is against Clairton. It's 0-5 the past three seasons, and two of those

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Video: WPIAL golfers capture PIAA championships
October 24, 2017
Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Maddie Smithco discuss winning their first PIAA girls golf championships.

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Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, CWNC’s Smithco claim PIAA girls golf titles
YORK — It was a great day for WPIAL girls at the PIAA golf championships Tuesday. Pine-Richland junior Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

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Greensburg Salem boys aim to defend WPIAL cross country title
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown finished fourth at the WPIAL AA cross country championships in 2016. Among returning runners, he was the highest finisher. But

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WPIAL golfers in position for PIAA titles after Day 1 of state tournament
October 23, 2017
It was a good day for WPIAL golfers in Round 1 of the PIAA golf championships Monday at Heritage Hills Resort in York. The WPIAL

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Trinity tops Greensburg Salem, gains leverage toward playoff spot
October 20, 2017
One team played like it was headed to the WPIAL playoffs and the other must wait at least another year. Trinity virtually clinched a berth

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Video: Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball wins section title
October 19, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team captured the Section 4-A title Thursday after defeating Trinity Christian, 3-1.

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GCC girls volleyball reaches 1st milestone, claims Section 4 title
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball coach Kate McCauley asked her players before the season what their expectations were. When they told her they wanted to

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Video: Greensburg Salem prepares for Week 8 battle with Trinity
October 18, 2017
The Greensburg Salem football team will try to close in on a WPIAL playoff berth with a victory over Trinity on Friday night.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 8
Nick DiAndreth Hempfield, sr., WR The senior had two touchdown grabs in Hempfield's near upset of Penn Hills last week. DiAndreth (5-foot-6, 162 pounds) has

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Greensburg Salem, Trinity in hunt for Big 9 playoff berths
The WPIAL playoffs officially start Nov. 3. But Trinity (4-3, 3-3) and Greensburg Salem (3-5, 3-3) are getting an early start Friday. Both teams, along

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WPIAL board approves Imani Christian eligibility requests
October 17, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors announced Tuesday that is has scheduled two hearings for Nov. 1. The first hearing at 3 p.m. is with Imani

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GCC’s Zambruno, Franklin Regional’s Jackson advance to PIAA golf tournament
October 16, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Abby Zambruno is a two-time PIAA qualifier in golf. Now that her sister, Olivia, is a freshman at Penn State, Abby

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Altoona makes pitch to WPIAL Board of Directors to join District 7 in all sports
The WPIAL Board of Directors on Monday listened to a proposal by officials from Altoona School District who are interested in joining the WPIAL in

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Video: Belle Vernon upsets No. 1 Thomas Jefferson
October 14, 2017
Belle Vernon remained undefeated after defeating No. 1 Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in a Big 9 Conference game. Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert

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No. 3 Belle Vernon stuns top-ranked Thomas Jefferson
October 13, 2017
Every team in the WPIAL Class 4A Big 9 Conference strives to be like the Thomas Jefferson program. Belle Vernon took a step at closing

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Video: Hear from the top finishers at the WCCA cross country meet
Greensburg Salem runners captured the top three spots at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet on Thursday.

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Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Greensburg Salem runners to face challenge at WCCA meet
October 11, 2017
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown is looking forward to the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College. He

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Revenge a factor for unbeaten rivals Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson
Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson high schools are separated by only 131⁄2 miles. When the unbeaten rivals square off Friday for first place in the

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Video: Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson to square off in battle of unbeatens
The Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon football teams have a long history that dates back into the mid 1960s. They've played some memorable games, including

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Video: Homer-Center, Ligonier Valley honor Neiderhiser
October 9, 2017
Ligonier Valley student Nicholas Neiderhiser was killed in a vehicle accident on the way to school Oct. 3. Before Friday's football game in Homer City,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Video: Ligonier Valley wins one for Nick
Three days after the death of classmate and former teammate Nick Neiderhiser, members of the Ligonier Valley football team played in his memory and earned

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Ligonier Valley honors late teammate with victory over Homer-Center
October 6, 2017
Sometimes football takes a backseat to life. It would have been easy for Ligonier Valley to have a letdown Friday after enduring a tough week

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VIDEO: Shaler golfer Grzegorczyk battles broken ankle, qualifies for regional
October 5, 2017
Shaler golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk continues to play despite a broken ankle. He finished eighth after shooting 5-over-par 75 on Tuesday at the WPIAL Class AAA

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Homer-Center hopes to end Ligonier Valley’s dominant run
October 4, 2017
In eastern Westmoreland County, the Ligonier Valley has an historic fort, two renowned golf courses and second-to-none recreational attractions. It also features one of the

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley football players discuss their passion for defense
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference. The Ligonier Valley defense has allowed just six points

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley looks to stay unbeaten at Homer-Center
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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Video: Moon’s Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Pevarnik
October 3, 2017
Highlights from the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship, which was won by Moon's Chris Sabol.

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Moon’s Chris Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik
Moon senior Chris Sabol wasn't on anyone's radar as a favorite to win the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship. But if you look at the

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Westmoreland high school sports lookahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
MONDAY The WPIAL girls tennis team tournament continues with semifinals in Class 3A and 2A. In Class 2A, top seed Neshannock faces Knoch at Butler,

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Video: Penn-Trafford shuts out rival Gateway
September 30, 2017
Penn-Trafford took control in the Class 5A Big East Conference with a 28-0 victory over Gateway to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown
September 29, 2017
One thing Penn-Trafford's opponents find out quickly is you better be ready for anything. Warriors coach John Ruane will empty the playbook to beat you,

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Video: Football rivalry between Penn-Trafford, Gateway ready to ignite
September 28, 2017
Unbeaten football rivals Penn-Trafford and Gateway are prepared to face off for the Victory Bell.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Tre Cunningham Jeannette, sr., WR/DB/K Cunningham (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) booted two field goals, caught a 20-yard TD pass and finished with four catches for 74

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Unbeaten rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway to face off for Victory Bell
For whom will the bell toll on Friday when No. 3 Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford in a battle for first place in the WPIAL

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Jeannette beats Imani Christian in a game officials stop early because of safety concerns
September 23, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference first-place showdown between No. 2 Jeannette and high-scoring Imani Christian didn't end in a way befitting its start. With

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Franklin Regional takes down Armstrong in overtime
September 22, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta didn't hesitate in overtime. Faced with fourth-and-goal at the Armstrong 3, Botta sent Domenick DiFalco on to attempt a 20-yard

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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Jeannette, Imani to face off in early-season Eastern Conference clash
There was one good thing about Imani Christian's first loss of the season last week to California, according to Saints coach Ronnell Heard. It was

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Former Gateway boys basketball coach Adams dies at 59
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Mitch Adams, 59, died Wednesday at UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, because of complications after an operation. Adams, who lived

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Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer: ‘I always felt comfortable at Pitt’
September 19, 2017
Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer knew where he wanted to wrestle in college for a while: Pitt. Kemerer, along with Seneca Valley senior Louis Newell and

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Hempfield wrestler Kemerer commits to Pitt
September 18, 2017
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer, a 2017 WPIAL champion, made a verbal commitment to attend Pitt on Sunday. Kemerer has a 107-20 career record. He

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Derry golf has shot to end 43-year title drought
It was a historic season for the Derry football team in 2016. The Trojans had their first undefeated regular season and won a playoff game

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No. 3 Bethel Park manhandles mistake-prone Norwin
September 15, 2017
Bethel Park senior Tanner Volpatti plays bigger than his size. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back-safety rushed for three touchdowns and 141 yards and recovered a

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Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Jared Hartman Belle Vernon, so., QB The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 71 yards and

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Bethel Park linemen to pose challenge for Norwin defense
Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski told his players if they did a particular drill perfectly Monday, he would do a andquot;Bear Crawlandquot; across the field

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No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Franklin Regional upsets Class 5A No. 1 McKeesport
September 1, 2017
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta conditioned his players a little harder the week prior to Friday's game against No. 1 McKeesport. Conditioning along with

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 1
August 30, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB/DB The shifty senior scored on runs of 27, 18 and 3 yards and rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries

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Big East Conference heavyweights McKeesport, FR set to square off
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta spent most of Tuesday watching the McKeesport offense on video. Then he sat his defense down in front of a

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Hempfield jumps to fast start, routs rival Greensburg Salem
August 25, 2017
One big concern of Hempfield coach Rich Bowen heading into the 2017 season was his young, inexperienced offensive line. It's only one game, but Bowen

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High school football teams adjust to NFHS rules changes
August 24, 2017
High school football season kicks off Friday, and the National Federation of State High School Associations has instructed officials to enforce two new safety rules:

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Hempfield, Greensburg Salem aim for fast start in Week Zero rivalry clash
There have been some interesting stories and games that have occurred when the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield football teams faced off. Friday at Bill Abraham

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week Zero
Jackson Daugherty Ligonier Valley, WR/DB, sr. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver caught 44 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the first six

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Big offensive line looks to pave way for Ligonier Valley
August 16, 2017
Everyone knows the Ligonier Valley football team has a lot of skilled players returning. Back are wide receivers Aaron Tutino and Jackson Daugherty, who combined

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Greensburg Salem QB Hoyle ready for more this season
August 12, 2017
Jake Hoyle didn't start out as a quarterback even though his father and older brother played the position in high school. He was a tight

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Linebacker Lauer steps into the spotlight at Franklin Regional
August 10, 2017
Greg Botta has been coaching football at Franklin Regional since 1994, and he's mystified why senior Bryce Lauer hasn't received any NCAA Division I FBS

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Derry to use group of tailbacks to replace graduate Balega
August 9, 2017
Derry's offense in 2016 revolved around shifty tailback Tyler Balega, who led the Trojans to a conference title with an undefeated record and a trip

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5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
May 23, 2018
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA in Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Shawn Broadway, Derry,

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5 WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL boys to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Matt Busche, Franklin Regional,

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5 WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships
Here are five WPIAL girls to watch at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Casey Burton, North Allegheny,

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5 Western Pa. girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships
Here are five Western Pennsylvania girls to watch at the PIAA Class AA track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg. Brenna Cavanaugh, Bentworth,

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Greensburg Salem’s Binda, Anderson going for PIAA track gold
Will this be the year the Greensburg Salem track and field program returns from the PIAA championships with a gold medal Juniors Cameron Binda and

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Wrestling coach DeAugustine leaves Hempfield for Norwin
May 22, 2018
Vince DeAugustine said it was one of the toughest decisions he's had to make, resigning as Hempfield's wrestling coach and taking over at Norwin. DeAugustine

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Greensburg Central Catholic overcomes Eden Christian rally for quarterfinal win
May 21, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic didn't panic after Eden Christian Academy rallied to tie the score in the top of the sixth inning. The Centurions turned to

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Cunningham helps Jeannette reach Class A baseball semis with extra-inning win
Tre Cunningham wasn't about to let the Jeannette baseball team lose in Monday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal-round game at Fox Chapel. While he didn't pick

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Westmoreland track and field notebook: William Huss sets Derry 400 mark
May 18, 2018
Since Derry senior William Huss was a freshman, he has been eyeing the 400-meter school record owned by Andrew Downey. Downey doesn't own it any

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Westmoreland track notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Binda claims gold in 1,600
May 17, 2018
Cameron Binda continued to pull away from the pack in the 1,600-meter run. The Greensburg Salem junior won his first WPIAL Class AAA track and

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3 Hempfield girls claim WPIAL track and field titles
Hempfield's Mackenna Orie and Molly DeBone were expected to win WPIAL gold medals at the track and field championships Thursday. Rebecca Pyo had tougher odds

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Relays in spotlight at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
While many eyes will be focused on certain individuals at the WPIAL Class AA and AAA track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin, some of

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5 athletes to watch at Thursday’s WPIAL track and field championships
Here are five athletes to watch at Thursday's WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin. Mackenna Orie, Hempfield, junior This rising star has a chance

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Wicker shines on mound, at plate as Greensburg Salem tops South Park in 1st round
May 15, 2018
It had been six years since the Greensburg Salem baseball team won a playoff game. That drought ended Tuesday in the opening round of the

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Westmoreland track notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Arnone, Ankney top Heritage Conference
May 13, 2018
Avery Arnone and Mack Ankney won two individual titles each to help the Ligonier Valley boys track and field team win another Heritage Conference title.

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Yough softball has plenty in reserve
May 9, 2018
Karlie Clark didn't flinch when Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey handed her the ball in a key Section 2-4A game Tuesday against rival Belle Vernon.

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Yough hires Jim Nesser as boys basketball coach
May 8, 2018
Who said you can't go back home Yough hired Jim Nesser, who first started coaching in 1988 at the school, as its boys basketball coach.

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Yough blanks Belle Vernon behind senior pitcher Karlie Clark
There is usually a lot on the line when the Yough and Belle Vernon softball teams meet. And while the Cougars already clinched the Section

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North Allegheny boys, Butler girls roll to WPIAL track championships
May 7, 2018
The North Allegheny boys and Butler girls track and field teams were favorites to capture the WPIAL Class AAA team titles this season. On Monday

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GCC’s Maloney signs with Pepperdine
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Keeley Maloney must be tired of the horrible spring weather in Western Pennsylvania. Her mom, Lori, isn't sure that was the

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WCCA football showcase set for May 12
May 6, 2018
The annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association football showcase for upperclassmen will held 9 a.m. May 12 at Hempfield. Players will go through a warmup and

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Baldwin Invitational notebook: Norwin’s Kolesar claims triple jump title
May 4, 2018
Norwin junior Jessica Kolesar is one of those athletes who can excel in numerous events. She's a sprinter and a jumper for the Knights, and

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Hempfield has big day at Baldwin Invitational.
MacKenna Orie didn't play lacrosse this spring to concentrate on throwing events with the Hempfield track and field team. Her decision is starting to pay

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Track and field notebook: Hempfield’s Traczynski shares WCCA record
May 3, 2018
It turns out Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski wasn't the first four-peat winner of an event at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championships.

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Penn-Trafford baseball tops Norwin, looks to improve for playoff push
May 2, 2018
If the Penn-Trafford and Norwin baseball teams want to make noise in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs in two weeks, they admittedly have improvements to

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Frey’s gem cut short, but Franklin Regional wins
May 1, 2018
It's a shame the high school pitch count spoiled Franklin Regional senior Alex Frey's bid for a no-hitter. But when Frey struck out Laurel Highlands

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WCCA notebook: All in the family for Huss boys
April 28, 2018
So who was the best Huss on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Track and Field Championship That honor goes to Norwin sophomore Logan

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Spartans senior 4-peats in hurdles
Did Hempfield senior Bailey Traczynski pull off a first when she won her fourth consecutive 100-meter hurdles title at Saturday's Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track

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Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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WCCA meet to test Derry track and field athletes
Derry's boys and girls track and field teams just completed the regular season by winning a second consecutive section title. While that was a goal,

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Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach Hepner resigns
April 25, 2018
Ligonier Valley athletic director Corey Turcheck said Wednesday that boys basketball coach Todd Hepner resigned after going 73-45 in five seasons. Turcheck said the school

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Derry’s Buterbaugh possibly out for season after being hit by pitch
Derry senior baseball player Isaac Buterbaugh possibly had his season end Monday after he was hit in the head with a pitch against Deer Lakes.

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Knee injury could sideline Derry’s Bisi for season
April 24, 2018
Chelsea Bisi's high school softball career maybe over. The Derry senior injured her right knee while hitting a home run Monday at home against Uniontown.

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Belle Vernon’s Parshall, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick receive Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
One throws a fastball in the 60 mph range. The other is a quick worker on the wrestling mat. But more than that, the future

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Field strengthens for annual Powerade Wrestling Tournament
Every year, the Powerade Wrestling Tournament draws some of the top teams and wrestlers from around the country to Western Pennsylvania. The 2018 tournament, the

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Penn-Trafford ends Hempfield softball’s 46-game win streak
April 22, 2018
It had been almost two years since the Hempfield softball team lost a game. That was to Shaler on April 27, 2016. After that loss,

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Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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Hempfield softball coach Kalp to be honored with Ferrante Memorial Award
The Ferrante family has honored an individual with an award for his or her achievements and contributions to high school athletics since 1984. The award

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Franklin Regional’s Shedd nears target distance with gold medal jump at Butler Invitational
April 20, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Jacob Shedd has the number 48 written on his track shoes. That's the mark in feet he would like to reach in

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Latrobe softball team eager to return to field
April 19, 2018
It was back to the gym for the Latrobe softball team Thursday afternoon thanks to another snowy and cold spring day. Since they defeated Fox

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Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Heritage Conference announces winter all-conference teams
April 17, 2018
Members of the Ligonier Valley boys basketball team and senior wrestler Robby Patrick headlined the Heritage Conference winter all-conference teams, which were released Tuesday. Patrick,

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North Allegheny’s Owens shines at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
April 13, 2018
North Allegheny senior Ayden Owens is one of those athletes who is worth the price of admission. The Southern Cal commit had quite a day

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Kiski Area’s Starr claims javelin title, 3 medals at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
Kiski Area junior Jean Starr learned a valuable lesson after a successful freshman season. It's a lesson she is using as motivation this season. andquot;I

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Hempfield’s DeBone motivated entering track invitational
April 12, 2018
As the winds gusted across Spartan Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Molly DeBone and her teammates weren't complaining. With temperatures finally reaching the mid-70s, members of

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Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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YWCA Westmoreland County honors Sportswomen of the Year
April 10, 2018
A recurring theme at the 24th annual YWCA Westmoreland Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet Tuesday was the hard work and dedication of all the

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Greensburg Central Catholic baseball game moved to Seton Hill
April 9, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic has moved today's WPIAL Class A Section 2 baseball game against Jefferson-Morgan from Hempfield Park to Seton Hill University. The time of

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Laurel Highlands shortstop Sankovich participates in Arizona showcase
March 28, 2018
Laurel Highlands senior shortstop Travis Sankovich competed with the Langley Blaze, a team from British Columbia, Canada, at their annual Arizona Pro tour spring trip

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Norwin boys mile relay team aims to defend title
Norwin junior Gianni Rizzo said he still gets chills watching the video of the 1,600-meter relay final at Shippensburg last May. Rizzo ran the anchor

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Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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WPIAL wrestling trio finishes high at national event
March 25, 2018
Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer, Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps and Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho placed high at the National High School Coaches Association championships this

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Greensburg Salem wrestler Quatse chooses Penn
Greensburg Salem senior Jesse Quatse has selected to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Pennsylvania. Quatse placed fourth in the PIAA

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Deep lineup returns for Yough softball team
March 22, 2018
What do the Yough and Mt. Pleasant softball teams have in common The obvious answer is both are from Westmoreland County. Besides that, they each

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Yough baseball looking to build with young players
It would be easy to think the Yough baseball team is building for the future. But that future might not be to far away. Yough

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WPIAL wrestlers selected to compete at Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic
March 13, 2018
Four WPIAL wrestlers, including state champions Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson-Morgan, Logan Macri of Canon-McMillan and Isaac Reid of Kiski Area, headline the Pennsylvania squad that

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Quaker Valley’s Redinger finishes 3rd at PIAA tournament
March 12, 2018
HERSHEY — Quaker Valley freshman Connor Redinger fell short of his goal at the PIAA Class AA wrestling championships Saturday. Redinger wanted to be the

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Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick denied in state wrestling finals again
HERSHEY — Sometimes your best isn't just good enough. Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick and Derry junior Dom DeLuca can attest to that. Patrick and

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Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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PIAA wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale on cusp of history
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Jefferson Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale is one victory away from making PIAA wrestling history. But Teasdale said he's not thinking too much about

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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Five things to watch at the PIAA wrestling tournament
March 7, 2018
Pennsylvania's biggest stretch of high school wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with the PIAA individual championships at Giant Center in Hershey. There will

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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High school wrestling notebook: Fayette County 4 seeking gold at PIAA tournament
When the PIAA wrestling championships begin Thursday in Hershey, four Fayette County wrestlers will be looking to bring home gold medals. All are returning state

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High school wrestling rankings for week of March 5, 2018
Individual Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (36-0); 2. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (42-8); 3. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (30-8); 4. Brady Sherback, Latrobe

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Southwest Pa. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees announced
March 5, 2018
The Southwest Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame announced its 2018 class on Monday. The group includes NCAA champion Nico Megaludis of Franklin Regional/Penn State, four-time

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Canon-McMillan’s Macri finally stands atop of the podium
March 3, 2018
Canon-McMillan senior Logan Macri was so tired of finishing second at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA wrestling championship that he leaped atop the podium at

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Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wins 2nd WPIAL wrestling title
Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps wasn't happy with how he earned his second WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA title Saturday at Canon-McMillan. Phipps was awarded a penalty

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Kiski Area’s Blumer upsets top-seeded Kemerer in WPIAL quarterfinals
Kiski Area sophomore wrestler Jack Blumer made a prediction Friday night after his quarterfinal victory and backed it up Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Class

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Latrobe sophomore wrestler Willochell highlights opening day of Southwest Regionals
Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell can put himself in dangerous positions at times during his matches. But that funky style makes him dangerous on the wrestling

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Zero upsets during fast opening round of WPIAL Class AAA wrestling tournament
If fans were hoping for upsets in the opening rounds of the WPIAL Class AAA individual wrestling championships Friday afternoon, they were disappointed because there

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Ligonier valley’s long wait to play in District 6 final finally over
February 28, 2018
It has been 31 years since Ligonier Valley played in the District 6 finals. They were called the Mounties back then and played in Class

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Five things to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament
There are storylines galore that will unfoled Friday and Saturday at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament at Canon-McMillan. Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and

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High school wrestling notebook: Albert Gallatin’s Wallace, Waynesburg’s Morris seek 3rd WPIAL titles
February 27, 2018
Albert Gallatin senior Tim Wallace and Waynesburg senior Caleb Morris will look to make history at the WPIAL/Southwest Regional Class AAA tournament this weekend. Both

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Brothers of successful wrestlers, Penn-Trafford’s Coy, Chishko have hopes of own golden moment
It can tough being the sibling of a successful wrestler. Just ask Shaler's Taylor Letters, who followed his older brother Troy, a two-time PIAA champion,

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Tribune-Review high school wrestling rankings: Week of Feb. 27, 2018
Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin (32-0); 2. Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional (26-7); 3. Brady Sherback, Latrobe (27-5); 4. Alejandro Herrera, Seneca

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Ligonier Valley defense stymies Mount Union in District 6 semifinal victory
February 26, 2018
Ligonier Valley coach Todd Hepner tried to get his team to slow down against Mt. Union on Monday in the District 6 semifinals at Hollidaysburg.

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WPIAL wrestling notebook: Redinger 1 of 7 to win SW Regional titles
February 24, 2018
It was quite a final day for wrestlers from the WPIAL Class AA at the PIAA Southwest Regional. Seven walked away with titles, and 39

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Teasdale, Patrick become 4-time PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional champs
There haven't been many four-time champions in the 32 years of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament. That list of six grew by two

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale, Ligonier Valley’s Patrick roll into regional finals
The stage is set for Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale and Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick. The duo is chasing history as they try to become

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With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Southwest Regional wrestling notebook: Elizabeth Forward, South Park lightweights earn redemption
Before Friday night, Elizabeth Forward sophomore Ryan Michaels and South Park freshman Joey Fischer had never beaten their quarterfinal opponents. That all changed at the

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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Five things to watch at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament
February 22, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional wrestling tournament is set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex. There are

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Marinchak sparks No. 2 Ligonier Valley boys to quarterfinal win
February 21, 2018
Michael Marinchak is similar to the Energizer bunny. Once he gets started, he's hard to slow down. Penns Valley found that out Wednesday during a

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Trinity ousts Greensburg Salem boys in WPIAL 1st round
February 20, 2018
Trinity found itself in a huge hole to begin the fourth quarter against underdog Greensburg Salem. But the experienced Hillers found their game and avoided

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Hempfield wrestlers change weight classes in advance of section tournament
When Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine was winning WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles, there was no internet to help wrestlers figure out what weight

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High school wrestling notebook: Realignment to alter sections in Class 3A, 2A
When WPIAL wrestling chairman Frank Vulcano Jr. discussed changes in the sections for the next two seasons, he hoped coaches would be pleased. He said

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 19, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 19, 2018: Individual rankings Class AAA 106: 1. Kurtis Phipps, Norwin

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WPIAL wrestling teams learn new section opponents for next 2-year cycle
February 19, 2018
The WPIAL board of directors approved the new realignment in wrestling for the next two seasons. There are 46 teams in Class AAA, down two

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Jeannette’s Hall, Derry’s Sweeney to coach in Foothills Football Classic
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association announced Monday that Jeannette coach Roy Hall and Derry coach Tim Sweeney will lead teams at the annual Foothills Football

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Ligonier Valley wrestler Robby Patrick among top seeds for PIAA Southwest Regional
February 18, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick received a No. 1 seed at 170 pounds for the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional on Friday and Saturday at

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Ligonier Valley pair advance to wrestling regional
February 17, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior wrestlers Robby Patrick and Alex Caldwell captured PIAA District 6 Class AA titles Saturday at Altoona. Both recorded falls in the finals.

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Hempfield, Greensburg Salem, Latrobe athletes win TYTCA indoor titles
Hempfield senior Molly DeBone and junior MacKenna Orie captured Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor titles Saturday at Edinboro University. DeBone cleared 11 feet, 4 inches

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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Hempfield adds slow-pitch softball as varsity club sport
February 16, 2018
The Hempfield Area School Board voted to accept slow-pitch softball as a club sport. Players will be eligible to earn a school letter and be

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Wrestling notebook: Coaching milestones highlight season
February 14, 2018
This has been a season of coaching milestones. McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey recently reached the 400-win milestone, Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley hit the 200-win

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Derry, Burrell wrestlers adjust focus to sectionals
If wrestlers from Burrell and Derry want to return to Hershey on March 8, they can't afford a letdown this weekend. The Class AA individual

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 12, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 12, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls rewarded for strong finish
February 13, 2018
Late season's success has Greensburg Central Catholic coach Joe Eisaman and Hempfield first-year coach Lindsy Muchnock excited about the upcoming WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. The

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Jeannette athletes enjoy support of alumni, community during winning runs
February 12, 2018
What the Jeannette sports teams have accomplished over the years doesn't need much praise. That's because excellence on the field or court is expected from

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Kiski Area takes second at PIAA Class AAA wrestling team tournament
February 10, 2018
HERSHEY — Kiski Area needed more than an extraordinary effort to win its first PIAA Class AAA team title. The Cavaliers got a great team

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Kiski Area to wrestle Bethlehem Catholic for PIAA title Saturday
February 9, 2018
HERSHEY — It has been 15 years since Kiski Area wrestled for a PIAA championship. That streak will end Saturday when the WPIAL champion Cavaliers

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Derry wrestling defeated at PIAAs
HERSHEY — Derry coach Mike Weinell couldn't believe what he was watching Friday at the PIAA wrestling championships. As he sat in his chair, he

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Burrell wrestling rallies past Brookville to stay alive in state tournament
HERSHEY — Burrell wrestling coach Josh Shields couldn't hide his excitement after the Bucs' match with Brookville. Burrell (13-6) advanced in the consolation bracket of

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Kiski Area wrestling takes down defending champ Nazareth in PIAA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — Kiski Area wrestling coach Chris Heater told his team this weekend's trip to the PIAA Class AAA team tournament wasn't a three-day vacation,

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Burrell stays alive, Derry eliminated in PIAA wrestling tournament
HERSHEY — WPIAL Class AA champion Burrell stayed alive in the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championship consolation round Friday morning by defeating District 1 champion

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Chestnut Ridge too much for Derry at PIAA tournament
February 8, 2018
HERSHEY — Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell knew his team faced a big challenge in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA team tournament.

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Burrell drops controversial match to Muncy at PIAA tournament; Kiski Area advances
HERSHEY — There have been times the Burrell wrestling team hasn't competed at a level expected of them by their coaches at the PIAA team

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High school wrestling notebook: Changes ahead for section alignment
February 6, 2018
Major changes are coming to the section alignment for the next two wrestling seasons, starting in 2018-19. According to Canon-McMillan athletic director Frank Vulcano Jr.,

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Derry wrestling aims to make annual Hershey trip for PIAA tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell hopes his team's first trip to the PIAA tournament is a memorable one. He also hopes it won't be the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Feb. 5, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Feb. 5, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School, Rec., Pvs.

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Ligonier Valley beats West Shamokin in Heritage Conference semifinal
February 5, 2018
Ligonier Valley trailed only once in Monday's Heritage Conference semifinal against West Shamokin. And while the Rams struggled offensively and were not able to put

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Injured Canon-McMillan wrestler recovering after injury in WPIAL final
Canon-McMillan junior Skyler Adams was in school Monday, according to athletic director Frank Vulcano, two days after suffering an injury during the WPIAL Class AAA

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Kiski Area’s Reid prays with Canon-McMillan wrestling team after scary injury
February 3, 2018
Kiski Area heavyweight Isaac Reid knows adversity. A blood clot in his lung prevented him from wrestling until two weeks ago. On Saturday, Reid helped

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Kiski Area wrestlers outlast Canon-McMillan, defend WPIAL Class AAA title
Canon-McMillan fans were on their feet when Zack Rohaley and Kiski Area senior Danny Starr took the mat in the finals of the WPIAL Class

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Jeannette’s ‘fire and ice’ duo lead crucial victory over Serra Catholic
February 2, 2018
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts described his senior duo of Tre Cunningham and Robert Kennedy as andquot;Fire and Ice.andquot; He couldn't have been more correct

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Derry wrestling looks to make program history in WPIAL semifinals
The Derry wrestling team could make history with a victory against Freedom in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals at noon Saturday at Chartiers-Houston. A win

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tournament
February 1, 2018
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Seneca Valley to replace Hempfield in WPIAL Class AAA team wrestling tourney
Seneca Valley wrestling coach Kevin Wildrick gave his team a day off after the Raiders lost to Hempfield in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Wednesday

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Hempfield edges Seneca Valley on criteria to reach WPIAL semifinals
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine knew advancing to the WPIAL Class AAA team semifinals would be a challenge. He didn't know it would take a

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousted in WPIAL 1st round
January 31, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe knew it would take a superb effort to knock off No. 4 Seneca Valley in Wednesday's first round of the

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Water main break forces WPIAL to move McGuffey wrestling site to Canon-McMillan
Because of a water main break at McGuffey High School, Wednesday's WPIAL Class AA wrestling tournament matches have been moved to Canon-McMillan. No. 4 seed

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 29
Tribune-Review wrestling rankings Week of Jan. 29, 2018 Team Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 7-0 1 2. Kiski Area 13-1 2 3. Hempfield 16-1 3 4. Waynesburg 12-2 4 5. Seneca Valley 12-1 7 6.

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High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Derry wrestlers aim for success in WPIAL team tournament
Franklin Regional wrestling coach Matt Lebe called his team together after the Panthers rallied to defeat Moon on Monday in a WPIAL Class AAA team

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Forfeits doom Belle Vernon against Armstrong in WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 29, 2018
It's been a weird wrestling season at Belle Vernon. A team with high hopes and talented wrestlers was beset by injuries, which is a reason

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Franklin Regional wrestling overcomes early deficit to top Moon
Franklin Regional was in a deep hole during Monday's WPIAL Class AAA preliminary-round match against Moon. But the Panthers (9-3) didn't flinch. They won the

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Southmoreland 1st-year coach Keefer puts emphasis on improving feeder system
January 28, 2018
Dave Keefer felt it was the right time to become a head football coach. So when Mark Adams resigned after the 2017 season, Keefer said

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Ligonier Valley’s Alex Caldwell, Derry’s Dom DeLuca reach milestones
January 27, 2018
Ligonier Valley senior Alex Caldwell and Derry junior Dom DeLuca reached the 100-win plateau this week with wrestling victories. Caldwell (20-2 this season, 100-40 overall)

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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Canon-McMillan, Burrell awarded top seeds for WPIAL wrestling tournament
January 25, 2018
The Canon-McMillan and Burrell wrestling teams earned the No. 1 seeds for the WPIAL team tournament which begins Monday with four preliminary-round matches at Franklin

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Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Kiski Area edges Hempfield to capture Section 1 championship
The Kiski Area wrestling team wears sweatshirts with TEAM on the front. That exemplifies the way they approach the WPIAL team tournament. andquot;It takes more

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High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 21
January 24, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 21, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 5-0 1

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High school wrestling notebook: Intriguing matchups possible during section tournaments
The start of the postseason team wrestling tournaments got underway Tuesday with Trinity defeating Ambridge, 72-3, in the Section 4-AAA fifth-place match. The rest of

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Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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Kennedy, Jurkovec, Guss, Hooker among Mr. Pa. Football finalists
January 22, 2018
Four WPIAL quarterbacks are finalists for Mr. Pa. Football. Pine-Richland senior Phil Jurkovec, a Notre Dame recruit, and New Castle senior Marcus Hooker, a Ohio

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Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Strong showing at Allegheny County tourney for Fox Chapel wrestler Cutchember
January 20, 2018
For Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember, the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament did not end how he planned, with a win in the finals. But Cutchember

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Westmoreland WPIAL football coaches disappointed, dealing with new alignment
Not everyone likes what the PIAA did to high school athletics the past two years by expanding the classifications from four to six classes in

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Quaker Valley’s Kazalas, West Mifflin’s Brown make quick work of foes at Allegheny County tournament
John Rocco Kazalas and Gerald Brown are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in their weight classes by the Tribune-Review. They also are highly ranked

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Hempfield’s Sliwoski, Jeannette’s Kennedy to play in all-star game
Hempfield senior Justin Sliwoski and Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy are among a group of Western Pennsylvania football player who have accepted invitations to play in

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Fox Chapel’s Cutchember reaches semifinals at county tournament
January 19, 2018
Fox Chapel sophomore Donovan Cutchember was the lone A-K Valley wrestler to advance to the semifinals of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Friday. Cutchember

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Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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High school team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 15
January 16, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 15, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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Latrobe tandem Sherback, Willochell tries to stay sharp
Brady Sherback and Gabe Willochell haven't made any reservations for Hershey in early March. But that's where the two Latrobe wrestlers hope end up on

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Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Knee injury to sideline Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst for season
January 13, 2018
The Penn-Trafford girls basketball team has been dealing with injuries all season. But the latest player to be sidelined will be hard to replace. Senior

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Strong start vaults Penn-Trafford boys past rival Hempfield
January 12, 2018
Penn-Trafford senior Sean Kelly set the tone for Friday's boys basketball game early and often. He scored six points in the opening quarter, including a

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Derry wrestling gets key section win over Elizabeth Forward
January 10, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he was a little concerned about Wednesday's first-place battle against Elizabeth Forward. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Class

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Penn-Trafford’s Coy cleared to wrestle
Penn-Trafford junior Nick Coy has been cleared to resume wrestling, according to his coach, Rich Ginther. Coy sustained a neck sprain in the 132-pound final

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 8
January 9, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 8, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 4-0 1

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Derry’s DeLuca eyes spot among Trojans’ elite wrestlers
Hanging on the wall in the Derry wrestling room are singlets of five Trojans wrestlers who won state titles. It's a constant reminder for the

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High school notebook: WCCA could consider change to invitational
Should the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association change its wrestling tournament to an invitational Opinions varied at the 65th annual WCCA tournament this past weekend. Because

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Another Just takes over Laurel Highlands football program
When Laurel Highlands football coach Zach Just resigned to take a principal position at South Allegheny, the Laurel Highlands school board didn't have to look

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Southmoreland officials hope to hire new football coach soon
Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink said Tuesday that he'll know better after Thursday's school board planning session what direction the district will take on hiring

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Ligonier Valley wide receiver Tutino selected for All-World game
January 8, 2018
Ligonier Valley junior wide receiver Aaron Tutino, a two-time Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honoree, was selected to participate in the National Underclassman All-World football game, Feb.

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WCCA awards college scholarships to county athletes
Prior to the finals of the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling championship Saturday at Norwin, the association awarded scholarships to seven 2017 graduates

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Hempfield’s Kemerer, Franklin Regional’s Camacho win 3rd WCCA titles
January 7, 2018
Three wrestlers had a chance to join an elite club Saturday at the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Wrestling Tournament at Norwin. Hempfield senior

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Kiski Area in position to claim 3rd straight WCCA wrestling title
January 6, 2018
Kiski Area put itself in position to capture its 11th Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament title and third in a row with a solid

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Peters Township wrestling hosting Match for a Marine
January 4, 2018
Peters Township High School will hold its sixth annual Match for a Marine when it wrestles Mt. Lebanon at home next Wednesday night. The match

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WCCA wrestling tournament to go on as planned Friday
The Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament will be held as scheduled Friday despite frigid temperatures across the county that canceled classes at every high

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Petko takes over as Jeannette athletic director
Jeannette High School has a new athletic director. Acting high school assistant principal Bill Petko, a 1995 Connellsville graduate, replaced Anthony DeNunzio on Jan. 1.

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Greensburg Salem wrestlers use quick start to get past Franklin Regional
This was a classic case that Wednesday's WPIAL Class AAA Section 1-B wrestling match started perfectly for Greensburg Salem. Because high school wrestling picks the

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High school wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2017
January 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Jan. 2, 2018: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Canon-McMillan 3-0 1 2. Kiski Area 7-1 2 3.

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Jeannette, Hempfield baseball players to compete in All-American tournament
Three high school baseball players from Westmoreland County have been invited to participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-American Pre-Season tournament at Sloan Park, the

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Westmoreland County wrestling notebook: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen flashes potential
Nobody at the prestigious Powerade Christmas Tournament wrestled more than Ryan Weinzen. The Norwin sophomore took part in nine matches, winning six, over the two-day

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Focus on 106-pound weight class for Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tourney
The pairings meeting for the 65th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament isn't until Thursday, but the deepest and most competitive weight class will

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Jefferson-Morgan wrestler Teasdale moves on from stunning defeat
When Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee lost in the final seconds in the PIAA Class AAA final, people were stunned. They were just as stunned

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Powerade wrestling notebook: North Hills’ Hillegas makes return
December 31, 2017
North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas is finally back on the wrestling mat this week at the Powerade Tournament. Hillegas missed the first month of the

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Jefferson-Morgan star wrestler Teasdale handed 1st high school loss in Powerade final
There won't be another four-time undefeated PIAA champion this season. That's because Wyoming Seminary sophomore Beau Bartlett used two takedowns — the winning with 26

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A-K Valley wrestlers earn medals at prestigious Powerade tournament
December 30, 2017
Burrell and Kiski Area didn't return from the prestigious Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament with any team titles or individual champions, but Bucs coach Josh Shields

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho enters Powerade tournament brimming with confidence
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho has had a pretty good Christmas so far. But there is still one present within his grasp, and that gift

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WPIAL wrestling rankings: Dec. 17, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA 1. Canon-McMillan

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Wrestling notebook: Penn-Trafford struggling with low numbers
It's unusual for Penn-Trafford to have trouble fielding a wrestling team considering the success of the program. But the 2017-18 season isn't going as planned.

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Wrestling notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Patrick claims Holiday Classic title
December 20, 2017
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick won the 2017 Sheetz Holiday Wrestling tournament for the second consecutive year over the weekend. He defeated Shamokin's Jacob Carpenter,

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Team, individual wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 17, 2017
December 19, 2017
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review's team and individual wrestling rankings for the week of Dec. 17, 2017: Team rankings Class AAA School Rec. Pvs. 1. Kiski

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Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Lightweights score key wins as Hempfield takes back Crosstown Cup from Greensburg Salem
December 13, 2017
Early on in Wednesday's wrestling match, Greensburg Salem looked like it would retain the Crosstown Cup trophy for the third consecutive year. But No. 6-ranked

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Homer-Center coach reaches out to Jeannette’s Roy Hall
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall, who was honored at a Coaches Corner Luncheon along with the other WPIAL championship coaches Tuesday, received a text message

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Franklin Regional notches impressive win against Westinghouse
December 12, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion said he wasn't pleased with how his team played in the first half of Tuesday's championship game of the 14th

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Wrestling notebook: Hempfield, Greensburg Salem to battle for Crosstown Cup
Former Hempfield coach Rick Shaheen felt Westmoreland County wrestling needed a jolt back in 1999. So Shaheen and Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley created the

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Jeannette’s defense dominates in run to PIAA Class A title
December 8, 2017
Roy Hall couldn't stop smiling Thursday after his Jeannette football team won the PIAA Class A Championship at Hersheypark Stadium. Hall's Jayhawks used a big

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WPIAL Class AAA loaded with returning PIAA qualifiers
December 7, 2017
Returning PIAA Class AAA qualifiers 106: Kurtis Phipps, So., Norwin (36-5) andbull; WPIAL champ finished seventh at PIAA tournament. 106: Darren Miller, Jr., Kiski Area

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WPIAL Class AAA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling rankings 1. Kiski Area (24-1) 2. Canon-McMillan (13-4) 3. Waynesburg (12-4) 4. Greensburg Salem (12-4) 5. Connellsville (11-7) 6. Hempfield (13-4)

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Jeannette sticks to motto, never quits in run to PIAA championship
HERSHEY — Midway through the third quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship game, Jeannette coach Roy Hall felt pretty happy. There was a

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Hempfield’s Kemerer wants 1 thing: PIAA wrestling gold
Luke Kemerer is a two-time PIAA placewinner in wrestling. He placed third in 2016 and fifth in '17. But the Hempfield senior and Pitt commit

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Jeannette cruises past Homer-Center to claim 2nd PIAA football championship
HERSHEY — Early in the second quarter of Thursday's PIAA Class A football championship, Jeannette found itself trailing Homer-Center. It didn't take long for senior

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick eyes elusive PIAA wrestling crown
December 6, 2017
There isn't a day that goes by when Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick doesn't think about winning a PIAA wrestling title. Patrick is a two-time

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Wrestling notebook: Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale set to chase 4th PIAA title
Western Pennsylvania wrestling fans found out last March that nothing is guaranteed on the mat. No one expected Franklin Regional senior Spencer Lee to lose.

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Numerous PIAA wrestling qualifiers return in Class AA
Returning PIAA Class AA qualifiers 106: Trent Valovchik, So., Burrell (35-13) andbull; WPIAL champion finished sixth at Southwest Regional and went 1-2 at PIAA tournament.

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WPIAL Class AA preseason wrestling rankings
WPIAL Class AA wrestling rankings 1. Burrell (13-7) 2. Derry (21-3) 3. South Fayette (18-4) 4. Freedom (14-6) 5. McGuffey (17-4) 6. Burgettstown (9-2) 7.

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Homer-Center riding momentum after upset victories
Homer-Center football coach Greg Page said it has been a little crazy around Homer City and Center Township in Indiana County the past few weeks

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Optimism abounds for Ligonier Valley girls basketball
December 5, 2017
Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Tim Gustin knows winning the District 6 Heritage Conference title will be difficult, but he believes putting together a winning

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Ligonier Valley boys to start year short-handed
Ligonier Valley will start the boys basketball season against Greensburg Salem on Friday short-handed. That's because two starters — Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino —

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Jeannette football team looks to finish sweet run in PIAA championship
December 3, 2017
The silver things raining down on the Jeannette football team Friday night weren't ice pelts. They were Hershey Kisses thrown by excited Jayhawks fans. That's

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Jeannette shuts down Farrell to advance to PIAA Class A title game
December 1, 2017
It took Jeannette almost a half to get its offense started Friday, but once it did, Farrell didn't have a prayer. Jeannette's defense forced four

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Monessen girls rebuilding under veteran coach Corley
November 29, 2017
When Major Corley first took over the Monessen girls basketball team back in the 1980s, he built a program that produced three WPIAL championships, six

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Monessen boys aim to stay consistent
If there is one thing that remains consistent in Monessen athletics, it is the play of the boys basketball team. The Greyhounds, during Joe Salvino's

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Jeannette girls to rely on group effort to navigate Section 3-2A schedule
November 27, 2017
When the Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series, they adopted the Sister Sledge song andquot;We Are Familyandquot; as a motto. The 2017-18 Jeannette girls

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Jeannette boys prepare for season while waiting for reinforcements
The Jeannette boys basketball season is currently on hold, and that's OK with coach Adrian Batts. Like most fans who follow Jeannette athletics, Batts is

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PIAA football notebook: Injuries to standout receivers foil Ligonier Valley’s game plan
November 26, 2017
HERSHEY — No one would have predicted what happened to the Ligonier Valley football team Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal-round playoff

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Greensburg Salem boys look to rebound after tough season
November 25, 2017
The Greensburg Salem boys basketball team hasn't had a winning season since 2012. And the Golden Lions hit a low point last season with a

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Veteran coach Klimchock set to guide Greensburg Salem girls basketball
Rick Klimchock has been coaching high school basketball for more than 20 years. He coached the Jeannette boys for 14 seasons and the Franklin Regional

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Hobbled Ligonier Valley bounced from state football playoffs
HERSHEY — Ligonier Valley could have rolled over and quit Saturday against Dunmore in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals at Hersheypark Stadium. The Rams were

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Ligonier Valley preps for another challenge in PIAA quarterfinals
November 23, 2017
One thing the Ligonier Valley football team does to prepare for an opponent is head to the classroom. There, the coordinators set up the game

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Defenses pave way for victories by Jeannette, Ligonier Valley
November 19, 2017
To win high school football games at this time of the season, it's important for defenses to come up big. It was the defense that

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Ligonier Valley football tops Bishop McCort for District 6 title — again
November 18, 2017
ALTOONA — When Ligonier Valley wins a football game, the team likes to hear the song andquot;Rocky Top.andquot; It was blaring loud and clear Saturday

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Jeannette tops rival Clairton to reach 3rd straight WPIAL title game
November 17, 2017
When Clairton trounced Jeannette in the final game of the regular season three weeks ago, Bears coach Wayne Wade felt his team took it to

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Daugherty, Tutino carry Ligonier Valley into title game
November 15, 2017
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel chuckled when asked if he had nicknames for Jackson Daugherty and Aaron Tutino. andquot;Probably some you can't print,andquot; Beitel

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Jeannette aims to match Clairton’s swag in rematch
November 14, 2017
When Clairton defeated Jeannette on Oct. 27, the game turned sour for the Jayhawks when they had a 29-yard field-goal attempt blocked and returned for

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Berth to PIAA final on the line as Greensburg C.C., Shady Side Academy rekindle rivalry
November 13, 2017
There will be few secrets or unknowns during the PIAA Class A girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. It will be the fourth meeting of the season

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Change at QB ignites Jeannette offense with Clairton looming
November 12, 2017
There was a time during Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal when things looked bleak for Jeannette. Rochester was in control with its running game, and

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Freshman Felder lifts GCC over Windber in PIAA soccer playoffs
November 11, 2017
SOMERSET – Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Ashley Davis said she wasn't too concerned her team was locked in another close battle Saturday. The

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Jeannette football scores late for WPIAL quarterfinals victory
November 10, 2017
Seth Howard wasn't on the Jeannette team at the start of the season. But Jeannette coach Roy Hall was glad he joined after the first

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Thomas Jefferson’s, Belle Vernon’s coaches break down WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup
Thomas Jefferson will look to avenge a 21-17 regular-season loss to Belle Vernon when the teams meet Friday night with a berth in the WPIAL

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Belle Vernon topped Thomas Jefferson to win Big 9, but more is at stake in semifinals
November 9, 2017
After Belle Vernon defeated Thomas Jefferson, 21-17, on Oct. 13, Leopards coach Matt Humbert talked to his players about the big picture. He wanted them

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Ligonier Valley prepares for different Cambria Heights team
November 6, 2017
The Ligonier Valley football team has walked off the field disappointed only one time over the past two seasons — at the PIAA Class 2A

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Fox Chapel girls edge Manheim Township by one to win PIAA Class AAA cross country title
November 4, 2017
HERSHEY — Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller usually is the top runner her team. Saturday, her teammates picked her up, and Fox Chapel left the

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Greensburg Salem boys place pair in top 20 at PIAA cross country championships
HERSHEY — You don't always have to win to be satisfied with your race result. Greensburg Salem juniors Mark Brown and Cameron Binda didn't win

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Quaker Valley QB Guss too much for Derry defense
November 3, 2017
Quaker Valley senior quarterback Ricky Guss had a game to remember. He was more than a handful for the Derry defense, which struggled to corral

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
John Piekut Norwin, sr., OL/LB Piekut (5-10, 2015) made a one-handed interception and returned it 2 yards for a TD to help Norwin defeat Hempfield,

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Upset by No. 7 seed, Derry looks to upset No. 2 Quaker Valley
As Derry coach Tim Sweeney talked to his team after practice Tuesday, he spoke about the lack of respect he felt the WPIAL gave his

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After Week 9 losses, P-T, FR, Jeannette focus on playoffs
October 30, 2017
When the WPIAL playoffs begin Friday, three Westmoreland County teams — Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional and Jeannette — will be trying to erase Week 9 losses

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Ligonier Valley dominates in Appalachian Bowl win
October 28, 2017
Not even heavy rain Saturday could slow down the fifth-ranked Class 2A team in the state, Ligonier Valley. Despite the damp and muddy conditions, Ligonier

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Video: Clairton tops Jeannette in Eastern Conference finale
Coaches from Jeannette and Clairton discuss the Bears' 40-6 victory in the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference.

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Jeannette still can’t solve Clairton as Bears roll to 40-6 victory
October 27, 2017
Clairton football coach Wayne Wade said he didn't think his team sent a message Friday night. But the No. 5 Bears' 40-6 win against No.

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Greensburg Salem boys cross country headed to PIAAs
October 26, 2017
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider was both happy and sad Thursday at the WPIAL cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground. Glad the

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Video: No. 1 Jeannette aims to take down Clairton
No. 1 Jeannette battles No. 5 Clairton for the Eastern Conference title on Friday. Jeannette is 0-5 the past three years against the Bears.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 9
October 25, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB Broadway (5-10, 140) carried the ball nine times for 162 yards and three touchdowns (59, 36, 65 yards) in a

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NA girls, Sewickley Academy boys, girls claim PIAA golf titles
YORK — It was another dominant year for WPIAL golfers at the PIAA team championships Wednesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. The North Allegheny girls

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Jeannette looks to end streak of losses to rival Clairton
No one has to tell the Jeannette football players what their record is against Clairton. It's 0-5 the past three seasons, and two of those

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Video: WPIAL golfers capture PIAA championships
October 24, 2017
Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Maddie Smithco discuss winning their first PIAA girls golf championships.

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Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, CWNC’s Smithco claim PIAA girls golf titles
YORK — It was a great day for WPIAL girls at the PIAA golf championships Tuesday. Pine-Richland junior Lauren Freyvogel and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

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Greensburg Salem boys aim to defend WPIAL cross country title
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown finished fourth at the WPIAL AA cross country championships in 2016. Among returning runners, he was the highest finisher. But

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WPIAL golfers in position for PIAA titles after Day 1 of state tournament
October 23, 2017
It was a good day for WPIAL golfers in Round 1 of the PIAA golf championships Monday at Heritage Hills Resort in York. The WPIAL

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Trinity tops Greensburg Salem, gains leverage toward playoff spot
October 20, 2017
One team played like it was headed to the WPIAL playoffs and the other must wait at least another year. Trinity virtually clinched a berth

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Video: Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball wins section title
October 19, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team captured the Section 4-A title Thursday after defeating Trinity Christian, 3-1.

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GCC girls volleyball reaches 1st milestone, claims Section 4 title
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball coach Kate McCauley asked her players before the season what their expectations were. When they told her they wanted to

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Video: Greensburg Salem prepares for Week 8 battle with Trinity
October 18, 2017
The Greensburg Salem football team will try to close in on a WPIAL playoff berth with a victory over Trinity on Friday night.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 8
Nick DiAndreth Hempfield, sr., WR The senior had two touchdown grabs in Hempfield's near upset of Penn Hills last week. DiAndreth (5-foot-6, 162 pounds) has

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Greensburg Salem, Trinity in hunt for Big 9 playoff berths
The WPIAL playoffs officially start Nov. 3. But Trinity (4-3, 3-3) and Greensburg Salem (3-5, 3-3) are getting an early start Friday. Both teams, along

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WPIAL board approves Imani Christian eligibility requests
October 17, 2017
The WPIAL Board of Directors announced Tuesday that is has scheduled two hearings for Nov. 1. The first hearing at 3 p.m. is with Imani

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GCC’s Zambruno, Franklin Regional’s Jackson advance to PIAA golf tournament
October 16, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Abby Zambruno is a two-time PIAA qualifier in golf. Now that her sister, Olivia, is a freshman at Penn State, Abby

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Altoona makes pitch to WPIAL Board of Directors to join District 7 in all sports
The WPIAL Board of Directors on Monday listened to a proposal by officials from Altoona School District who are interested in joining the WPIAL in

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Video: Belle Vernon upsets No. 1 Thomas Jefferson
October 14, 2017
Belle Vernon remained undefeated after defeating No. 1 Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in a Big 9 Conference game. Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert

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No. 3 Belle Vernon stuns top-ranked Thomas Jefferson
October 13, 2017
Every team in the WPIAL Class 4A Big 9 Conference strives to be like the Thomas Jefferson program. Belle Vernon took a step at closing

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Video: Hear from the top finishers at the WCCA cross country meet
Greensburg Salem runners captured the top three spots at the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet on Thursday.

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Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Greensburg Salem runners to face challenge at WCCA meet
October 11, 2017
Greensburg Salem junior Mark Brown is looking forward to the annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association cross country meet Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College. He

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Revenge a factor for unbeaten rivals Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson
Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson high schools are separated by only 131⁄2 miles. When the unbeaten rivals square off Friday for first place in the

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Video: Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson to square off in battle of unbeatens
The Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon football teams have a long history that dates back into the mid 1960s. They've played some memorable games, including

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Video: Homer-Center, Ligonier Valley honor Neiderhiser
October 9, 2017
Ligonier Valley student Nicholas Neiderhiser was killed in a vehicle accident on the way to school Oct. 3. Before Friday's football game in Homer City,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Video: Ligonier Valley wins one for Nick
Three days after the death of classmate and former teammate Nick Neiderhiser, members of the Ligonier Valley football team played in his memory and earned

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Ligonier Valley honors late teammate with victory over Homer-Center
October 6, 2017
Sometimes football takes a backseat to life. It would have been easy for Ligonier Valley to have a letdown Friday after enduring a tough week

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VIDEO: Shaler golfer Grzegorczyk battles broken ankle, qualifies for regional
October 5, 2017
Shaler golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk continues to play despite a broken ankle. He finished eighth after shooting 5-over-par 75 on Tuesday at the WPIAL Class AAA

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Homer-Center hopes to end Ligonier Valley’s dominant run
October 4, 2017
In eastern Westmoreland County, the Ligonier Valley has an historic fort, two renowned golf courses and second-to-none recreational attractions. It also features one of the

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley football players discuss their passion for defense
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference. The Ligonier Valley defense has allowed just six points

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VIDEO: Ligonier Valley looks to stay unbeaten at Homer-Center
Undefeated Ligonier Valley travels to undefeated Homer-Center for a clash in the District 6 Heritage Conference.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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Video: Moon’s Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Pevarnik
October 3, 2017
Highlights from the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship, which was won by Moon's Chris Sabol.

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Moon’s Chris Sabol captures WPIAL Class AAA boys golf title in playoff with Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik
Moon senior Chris Sabol wasn't on anyone's radar as a favorite to win the WPIAL Class 3A golf championship. But if you look at the

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Westmoreland high school sports lookahead: Week of Oct. 2, 2017
October 1, 2017
MONDAY The WPIAL girls tennis team tournament continues with semifinals in Class 3A and 2A. In Class 2A, top seed Neshannock faces Knoch at Butler,

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Video: Penn-Trafford shuts out rival Gateway
September 30, 2017
Penn-Trafford took control in the Class 5A Big East Conference with a 28-0 victory over Gateway to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford blanks No. 3 Gateway in showdown
September 29, 2017
One thing Penn-Trafford's opponents find out quickly is you better be ready for anything. Warriors coach John Ruane will empty the playbook to beat you,

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Video: Football rivalry between Penn-Trafford, Gateway ready to ignite
September 28, 2017
Unbeaten football rivals Penn-Trafford and Gateway are prepared to face off for the Victory Bell.

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Tre Cunningham Jeannette, sr., WR/DB/K Cunningham (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) booted two field goals, caught a 20-yard TD pass and finished with four catches for 74

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Unbeaten rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway to face off for Victory Bell
For whom will the bell toll on Friday when No. 3 Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford in a battle for first place in the WPIAL

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Jeannette beats Imani Christian in a game officials stop early because of safety concerns
September 23, 2017
Saturday's WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference first-place showdown between No. 2 Jeannette and high-scoring Imani Christian didn't end in a way befitting its start. With

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Franklin Regional takes down Armstrong in overtime
September 22, 2017
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta didn't hesitate in overtime. Faced with fourth-and-goal at the Armstrong 3, Botta sent Domenick DiFalco on to attempt a 20-yard

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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Jeannette, Imani to face off in early-season Eastern Conference clash
There was one good thing about Imani Christian's first loss of the season last week to California, according to Saints coach Ronnell Heard. It was

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Former Gateway boys basketball coach Adams dies at 59
Former Gateway boys basketball coach Mitch Adams, 59, died Wednesday at UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, because of complications after an operation. Adams, who lived

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Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer: ‘I always felt comfortable at Pitt’
September 19, 2017
Hempfield senior Luke Kemerer knew where he wanted to wrestle in college for a while: Pitt. Kemerer, along with Seneca Valley senior Louis Newell and

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Hempfield wrestler Kemerer commits to Pitt
September 18, 2017
Hempfield senior wrestler Luke Kemerer, a 2017 WPIAL champion, made a verbal commitment to attend Pitt on Sunday. Kemerer has a 107-20 career record. He

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Derry golf has shot to end 43-year title drought
It was a historic season for the Derry football team in 2016. The Trojans had their first undefeated regular season and won a playoff game

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No. 3 Bethel Park manhandles mistake-prone Norwin
September 15, 2017
Bethel Park senior Tanner Volpatti plays bigger than his size. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back-safety rushed for three touchdowns and 141 yards and recovered a

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Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Jared Hartman Belle Vernon, so., QB The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and completed 4 of 7 passes for 71 yards and

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Bethel Park linemen to pose challenge for Norwin defense
Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski told his players if they did a particular drill perfectly Monday, he would do a andquot;Bear Crawlandquot; across the field

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No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Franklin Regional upsets Class 5A No. 1 McKeesport
September 1, 2017
Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta conditioned his players a little harder the week prior to Friday's game against No. 1 McKeesport. Conditioning along with

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 1
August 30, 2017
Shawn Broadway Derry, sr., RB/DB The shifty senior scored on runs of 27, 18 and 3 yards and rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries

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Big East Conference heavyweights McKeesport, FR set to square off
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta spent most of Tuesday watching the McKeesport offense on video. Then he sat his defense down in front of a

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Hempfield jumps to fast start, routs rival Greensburg Salem
August 25, 2017
One big concern of Hempfield coach Rich Bowen heading into the 2017 season was his young, inexperienced offensive line. It's only one game, but Bowen

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High school football teams adjust to NFHS rules changes
August 24, 2017
High school football season kicks off Friday, and the National Federation of State High School Associations has instructed officials to enforce two new safety rules:

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Hempfield, Greensburg Salem aim for fast start in Week Zero rivalry clash
There have been some interesting stories and games that have occurred when the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield football teams faced off. Friday at Bill Abraham

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week Zero
Jackson Daugherty Ligonier Valley, WR/DB, sr. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver caught 44 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing the first six

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Big offensive line looks to pave way for Ligonier Valley
August 16, 2017
Everyone knows the Ligonier Valley football team has a lot of skilled players returning. Back are wide receivers Aaron Tutino and Jackson Daugherty, who combined

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Greensburg Salem QB Hoyle ready for more this season
August 12, 2017
Jake Hoyle didn't start out as a quarterback even though his father and older brother played the position in high school. He was a tight

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Linebacker Lauer steps into the spotlight at Franklin Regional
August 10, 2017
Greg Botta has been coaching football at Franklin Regional since 1994, and he's mystified why senior Bryce Lauer hasn't received any NCAA Division I FBS

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Derry to use group of tailbacks to replace graduate Balega
August 9, 2017
Derry's offense in 2016 revolved around shifty tailback Tyler Balega, who led the Trojans to a conference title with an undefeated record and a trip

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