Tennis

Knoch’s Brooke Bauer (left) and Ally Bauer compete in the WPIAL Class AA girls tennis finals Oct. 8.
‘Little school in Saxonburg’ joins state tennis elite during Knoch’s memorable season
November 10, 2020
Of all the Class AA girls tennis teams in the state of Pennsylvania, only three played in this year’s PIAA team tournament and also had representatives in the state singles and doubles brackets.

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Peters’ Marra Bruce and Kat Wang celebrate their WPIAL Class AAA doubles title last month.
Peters Township tandem claims state tennis gold
November 7, 2020
For the second straight season, the Peters Township tandem of Kat Wang and Marra Bruce went to Hershey and came home with state gold.

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The Greater Latrobe girls tennis team strikes a pose with the WPIAL Class AAA championship trophy after defeating Upper St. Clair on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Bethel Park High School.
Latrobe girls tennis savors historic run to state finals
November 3, 2020
Latrobe girls tennis coach Chad Kissell thought early on this might be a special year for his team.

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Knock’s Laura Greb plays in the WPIAL team tennis championships Oct. 22.
Knoch girls tennis wins state title in dominant performance
October 31, 2020
The Knoch girls tennis team faced far more pressure this year than it would in a normal season.

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The Franklin Regional golf team celebrates after Zach Abdallah made his putt on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Westmoreland high school notebook: PIAA playoffs beckon for trio of teams
October 25, 2020
A trio of WPIAL championship teams from Westmoreland County will compete this week for state titles.

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Latrobe’s Jenna Bell returns a volley during the WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship match against Peters Township earlier this month.
High school roundup for Oct. 21, 2020: WPIAL girls team tennis finals set
October 21, 2020
The WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis final is set, and for the fourth year in a row, Knoch and Sewickley Academy will battle for the championship.

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Knoch’s Brooke Bauer, at left, and Ally Bauer congratulate each other after winning a point during the WPIAL Class AA girls doubles finals Oct. 8, 2020, at North Allgheny High School.
Weather again halts WPIAL girls tennis playoffs
October 20, 2020
For the second consecutive day, the WPIAL girls team tennis tournament has been halted because of rainy weather.

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Peters Township’s Marra Bruce and Kat Wang celebrate after winning the WPIAL Class AAA girls doubles title Oct. 8, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Rain forces WPIAL to postpone girls tennis semifinals
October 19, 2020
With rain showers in the area, WPIAL officials on Monday morning postponed the Class AAA and AA girls tennis semifinal matches.

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Mt. Pleasant tennis players (from left) Haylie Brunson, Mary Smithnosky and Katie Hutter, who also are standouts on the softball team.
Mt. Pleasant tennis standouts double up as softball stars
October 18, 2020
They are used to singles and doubles … and triples and home runs.

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South Fayette’s Caroline McConnell watches her putt on No. 18 
at Oakmont Country Club on Oct. 8 during the WPIAL Class AAA 
girls golf championships.
South Fayette junior golfer stares down Oakmont, takes home silver
With the district golf and girls tennis postseason winding down, no area teams and only one area golfer is moving on to the PIAA state championships.

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Franklin Regional’s Hannah Yan was runner-up at the section singles tournament this season.
Franklin Regional girls tennis reaches goals
October 17, 2020
Franklin Regional’s girls tennis team enjoyed another good season.

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Hampton girls tennis players have no trouble finding silver linings in season
The Hampton girls tennis team is proof a season that looks dreadful on paper can look pretty good in person.

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North Allegheny’s Jenny Zhu competes against Shady Side Academy during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Thursday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Hampton.
North Journal notebook: North Allegheny tennis earns playoff berth
October 10, 2020
North Allegheny girls tennis capped off section play last week by sweeping North Hills, gaining momentum ahead of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer (front) hits as sister Brooke Bauer looks on during the WPIAL Class AA girls finals Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Knoch’s Bauer sisters, Peters Township’s defending champs win WPIAL doubles titles
October 8, 2020
Ally Bauer knew what it felt like to win a WPIAL doubles championship.

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Shaler’s Olivia Wilkins won five times at No. 1 singles this season.
Shaler girls tennis makes strides in abbreviated season
October 7, 2020
Losing two weeks of the season because of a player contracting covid-19 limited opportunities for the Shaler Area girls tennis team.

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Sewickley Academy’s Emma DiSantis returns a serve during a WPIAL doubles section semifinal against Montour on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Edgeworth.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis reaches most important goal by simply stepping on court
October 4, 2020
Over the past few years, the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team has been the one to beat in WPIAL Class AA team tennis.

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Caroline McConnell hits out of a sand trap during the Tri-State Junior PGA Championship in June at Willowbrook Country Club.
South Fayette golfers ready to be tested at Oakmont
It is postseason time for boys and girls golf and girls tennis.

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Quaker Valley girls tennis team ecstatic to be back in WPIAL playoffs
Heading into the girls tennis season, Quaker Valley coach Christiana Hays was just looking for one missing piece.

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New coach working to build Penn Hills girls tennis program
September 27, 2020
The Penn Hills girls tennis team has a new voice leading the program as Rich Parks takes over for Jack Kowalski, who coached the program for over two decades.

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Fox Chapel’s Carissa Shepard, with coach Laura Ward, won the 2020 section singles title.
Fox Chapel’s Carissa Shepard captures first section singles title
September 26, 2020
As a sophomore last season, Fox Chapel junior Carissa Shepard played her way into the quarterfinals of the Section 3-AAA singles tournament by defeating Jenna Chernicky from Bethel Park, 10-4.

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