Author: Andrew John


Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky has found success during the 2019 season.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky and Yough’s McKenzie Pritts
October 15, 2019
Jacob Tarosky

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Canon-McMillan boosts playoff hopes with convincing win over Norwin
October 11, 2019
If Norwin or Canon-McMillan had any thoughts of making the WPIAL playoffs, both teams knew their matchup Friday night was crucial to those hopes.

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Penn Hills’ Sierra Hankey (14) has recorded three hat tricks this season.
Penn Hills girls soccer team proud of progress
October 10, 2019
Heading into the season, Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito wanted to see a continued progression with the team from previous years.

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Franklin Regional’s Gionni Diacopoulous is key contributor during the 2019 season.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Gianni Diacopoulos and Tatum Gretz
October 8, 2019
Gianni Diacopoulos

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Greensburg Salem makes best of chances, beats No. 4 West Mifflin
October 4, 2019
Heading into their matchup against West Mifflin, Greensburg Salem knew coming out victorious would be possible.

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Penn Hills’ Cole Yeager hit .302 during his junior season in 2019.
Penn Hills baseball’s Cole Yeager headed to Marietta College
October 3, 2019
Senior Cole Yeager had a baseball bat and ball in his hands at 2 years old, and the sport has played a critical role in his life up to this point. With his final season for Penn Hills approaching, Yeager has made a decision on where he will continue his athletic career.

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Greensburg Salem’s Shayne Kasic competes for the 2019 boys soccer team.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Shayne Kasic and Norwin’s Liz Waszkiewicz
October 1, 2019
Shayne Kasic

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Freeport shakes off slow start, pulls away from Yough
September 27, 2019
For the second week in a row, Freeport rebounded after giving up an 80-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff.

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Penn Hills’ Jonah Silverman prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Penn Hills’ Silverman displays talent in multiple fields
September 26, 2019
The fall sports season is always a busy time of the year for junior Jonah Silverman. However, Silverman made a slight change to the sports he was participating in.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Chuck Tragesser and Jillian Butchki
September 24, 2019
Chuck Tragesser

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Latrobe’s Jarred Stein and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer
September 17, 2019
Jarred Stein

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Defense, running game carry Peters Township past West Allegheny
September 14, 2019
After shutting out two of its first three opponents, Peters Township relied heavily on its defense and rushing attack to get another big win in conference play Friday night.

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Penn Hills boys cross country seeks improvement throughout season
September 12, 2019
Lee Zelkowitz might not have a girls cross country team to coach at Penn Hills, but he is looking to see the progress made by the boys team.

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Eddie McKissick took over at quarterback for Penn Hills in the 2019 season.
McKissick steps into starring role for Penn Hills football team
Last year, the Penn Hills football team was led by an experienced quarterback, Hollis Mathis, on its way to winning its first state title since 1995.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak, Yough’s Justine Appolonia
September 10, 2019
Daniel Sassak

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton on March 26 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball standout Yasmine Logan chooses Ohio University
September 5, 2019
Senior center fielder and pitcher Yasmine Logan has been dreaming about playing college softball for years. She will get that chance at the NCAA Division I level.

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Seniors Turner-Johnson, McClendon step into top singles spots for Penn Hills tennis
Jack Kowalski has seen a lot over the last two decades when it comes to coaching the Penn Hills girls tennis program.

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Bethel Park passes test at Woodland Hills
August 31, 2019
When Brian Delallo took over as head coach for Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park, he realized he was going to be thrown into the fire immediately with a tough road test against Woodland Hills at the Wolvarena.

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Penn Hills’ Vanessa Persichetti (15) returns serve during a scrimmage game August 28, 2019 at North Hills
Experienced lineup returns for Penn Hills girls volleyball
August 29, 2019
After having one of their best seasons in a decade, the Penn Hills girls volleyball program looks to have another successful campaign with a majority of the starting lineup returning.

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Penn Hills golfers lean on 3 returning starters
After 30 years of coaching, Charlie Buttgereit continues to share his love for golf with those involved in the Penn Hills golf program.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo goes through a 2019 preseason practice.
Monessen boys soccer embarks under 1st new coach in 14 years
August 24, 2019
For the last decade and a half, Sam Perry played a crucial role in building a successful boys soccer program at Monessen. After 14 seasons, Donnie Caterino will take over for Perry as coach.

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Monessen’s Sydney Caterino goes through a 2019 preseason practice.
New coach, new outlook for Monessen girls soccer team
The Monessen girls soccer program wants to replicate what Sam Perry built during his decade-plus as coach of the Greyhounds’ boys soccer program before resigning during the offseason.

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Penn Hills’ Molly McGuire (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 20, 2019.
Penn Hills girls to rely on team effort in quest for postseason berth
August 22, 2019
Without a superstar on their roster, Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito will need a team effort to make the WPIAL playoffs this season.

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Penn Hills soccer coach Ryan Hankey prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Penn Hills boys soccer aims to continue improving
After going winless two seasons ago, the Penn Hills boys soccer team finished with two wins last year. The Indians are looking to become tougher competition for their opponents this season.

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Nolte looks to rebuild Carrick football team
August 21, 2019
Last year, Carrick football team didn’t have the ideal season, and they Raiders looking to rebound under new coach Brian Nolte.

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Brashear head coach Don Schmidt instructs quarterback Sincere Kimbrough during a July 30, 2019 preseason practice.
Brashear looks to rebound after rocky start with new coach
Don Schmidt had a rough start to his coaching tenure at Brashear last season. Schmidt hopes a new Bulls squad led by underclassmen will right the ship as they look to fly under the radar in the City League.

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Allderdice junior quarterback Shaku’r Pack throws a pass during an August 14, 2019 preseason practice at Allderdice High School.
Allderdice football looks for three-peat in City League
Allderdice has been on top of the City League the past two seasons. The Dragons will look to make to make it a three-peat this season.

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New coach Cicero wants to build soccer culture at Jeannette
After only winning one game last season, the Jeannette boys soccer program looks to new coach Arthur Cicero this year.

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Hannah Streussnig during soccer practice behind the high school in Jeannette, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Nowhere to go but up for Jeannette girls soccer under new coach
The Jeannette girls soccer program will have a new coach this season, but it will be a familiar name as Delaney Cortazzo takes over.

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Penn Hills quarterback Eddie McKissik prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Penn Hills looks to repeat with new cast
August 16, 2019
Last year, Penn Hills had a magical undefeated season, which ended with the program’s first state title since 1995.

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Penn Hills grad Tom Flynn was a member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XXI team.
Reunion to gather Penn Hills football players from ’70s
August 9, 2019
Mike Fralic, who resides in Colorado, traveled to the Pittsburgh area in April to attend the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Green Oaks Country Club.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Wood in 2018 at Chambersburg Area High School.
Penn Hills gains valuable reps during 7-on-7 tournaments
July 18, 2019
After winning their first PIAA football title since 1995 last season, members of the Penn Hills football program have turned the page to focus on the coming campaign.

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Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino is a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022, according to ESPN.
Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino gains college attention on summer circuit
July 3, 2019
The Schifino name is well known in the athletic circles of the Penn Hills community.

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Franklin Regional baseball player Tommy Kegerreis
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Tommy Kegerreis and Autumn Shogan
June 11, 2019
Tommy Kegerreis

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Never Fear’s Terry Smith avoids Different’s Battle Creek during the NFBD All Star game Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Couples Stadium.
Penn Hills players enjoy chance to take field together a final time at NFBD all-star game
June 6, 2019
A majority of the seniors from the Penn Hills football who helped win a state championship for the first time since 1995 got to play together for one final time.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso, Hempfield’s Laura Fox
June 4, 2019
Mario Disso

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Derry’s Justin Huss competed at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Justin Huss, Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero
May 28, 2019
Justin Huss

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Allen, relays lead Penn Hills’ strong effort at WPIAL championships
May 23, 2019
This season, the Penn Hills track and field program has been led by the girls team.

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Penn Hills’ Matt Gemperle, Charlie Joe Rosemeyer, Luke Hansen, Steve Salah (standing) and Josh Gerken compete in a fitness competition during the 2019 season.
Penn Hills’ Salah, McCann take 3rd at national fitness competition
In recent years, there has always been a member of the Penn Hills fitness program who finished in the top five at the National High School Physical Fitness Championships.

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Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Jared Bannon, Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle Huczko
May 21, 2019
Jared Bannon

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton on March 26 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball, baseball players earn postseason honors
May 17, 2019
Even though the Penn Hills baseball and softball programs didn’t have the type of seasons they were hoping for, five players from the two programs received all-section honors for their play this year.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt, Penn-Trafford’s Brooke Cleland
May 14, 2019
Aaren Putt

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Penn Hills thrower Allen set for 3rd WPIAL championship meet
May 9, 2019
When Penn Hills senior Lillia Allen was asked how to describe her high school athletic career, Allen had only two words — rocky and crazy.

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Penn Hills senior defensive end Armand Gustave and head coach Jon LeDonne represented the Indians at the East-West all-star game May 5 at Mansion Park.
Gustave, LeDonne represent Penn Hills at East-West all-star game
This year, Penn Hills brought its first PIAA football title since 1995 back to the community.

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Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin, Mt. Pleasant’s Carolyn Alincic
May 7, 2019
Hunter Martin

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Penn Hills’ Joseph Mitlo (16) looks to block against Penn-Trafford April 9, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills volleyball developing skill during challenging season
May 2, 2019
Two years ago, the Penn Hills boys volleyball team was on the doorstep of qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs. With the departure of top talent combined with a tough section schedule, wins have been tough to come by for the program this season.

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Penn Hills Perkins ready to wrestle at next level
Wrestling has been part of Justin Perkins’ life since he was a toddler. He dreamed about being a national champion at the collegiate level.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Zakharee Williams, Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson
April 30, 2019
Malia Anderson

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Penn Hills senior Diamond-Jay Whittington competes during practice in November 2018.
After ACL injury, Penn Hills’ Whittington prepares to play at college level
April 25, 2019
At a young age, Penn Hills senior Diamond-Jay Whittington was introduced to the game of basketball by her father. Now, after a bout of adversity, Whittington gets to continue to play the game at the collegiate level.

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A relay baton is seen at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Penn Hills athletes prepare for postseason competitions
Last year, the Penn Hills track and field program was well represented by the boys team in the postseason meets. This year, it’s the girls turn as they look to bring a big contingent to states.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat, Norwin’s Sydney Lokay
April 23, 2019
Tyler Horvat

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Adam Martin will join the 2019 class of the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame.
Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2019
April 18, 2019
The Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven athletes, one contributor and two teams in its Class of 2019.

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Yough’s Kierra Waywood
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith, Yough’s Kierra Waywood
April 16, 2019
Mike Klingensmith

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Members of the Penn Hills track 1992-93 mile relay team will be inducted into the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame on April 27 at the Green Oaks Country Club.
Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of ’19
April 11, 2019
The Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven athletes, one contributor and two teams in its Class of 2019.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Jeannette’s Zander Malik, Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman
April 9, 2019
Zander Malik

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Penn Hills’ Makayla Delo competes against Hampton March 26, 2019 at Hampton.
Season of development commences for Penn Hills softball
April 4, 2019
With the majority of its roster being underclassmen, the Penn Hills softball team is looking forward to the development of key players who will be around past this season.

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The 2019 Penn Hills boys fitness team includes, from left, Luke Hansen, Jesse Ternent, Charlie Joe Rosemeyer, Josh Gerken and Steve Salah. Cam Clark also is part of the team.
Penn Hills fitness team welcomes New York programs for competition
In recent years, Penn Hills athletics has experienced many firsts. After winning WPIAL basketball and PIAA football titles, Penn Hills can celebrate another first on a slightly different scale.

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Greensburg Salem’s Reid Amundson
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Reid Admundson, Ligonier Valley’s Jane Garver
April 2, 2019
Reid Admundson

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Taking part in a spring training trip to Myrtle Beach were members of the 2019 Penn Hills baseball team, including (in front, from left) coach Jerry Cammuso, Josh Zambito, Anthony Sciulli, Ryan Kumanchik, Brandon Tierney, Max Oliveri, Mike DeVito, Dallen Banks; and (in back) Tyler Kenny, Mike Mathis, Cameron Clark, Jordan Sullivan, coach Dale Banks, Dominic Sullivan, Josh Gerken, Ian Frankowski, Hunter Shields, AJ Collins and Cole Yeager. Jesse Ternent also is part of the team.
Penn Hills baseball players gain experience on trip to Myrtle Beach
March 28, 2019
When Jerry Cammuso took over as the Penn Hills baseball coach last season, he wanted to change the culture and perception of the program.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell defends on Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson during semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel Area School.
Penn Hills’ Dunson recognized for defensive play
Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson has been known for the heart and effort she plays with on the defensive end of the court.

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The Pine-Richland hockey team celebrates after defeating Downingtown East in the Pennsylvania Cup Class AA championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland blanks Downingtown East to win Class AA Pennsylvania Cup
March 23, 2019
It has been a magical run for the Pine-Richland hockey team this year. The Rams had one mission remaining — a state championship.

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West Chester Bayard Rustin celebrates after defeating Montour in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A title game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
West Chester Bayard Rustin tops Montour to claim Class A Pennsylvania Cup
After leading PIHL Class A in goals scored, Montour’s offense was held in check against West Chester Bayard Rustin Saturday in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A championship game.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell fights for the ball with Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson during semifinal WPIAL action Feb. 26 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Talented senior class helped guide Penn Hills girls basketball to PIAA tournament
March 21, 2019
After an early exit in the WPIAL playoffs last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball program had its sights on a championship run with a talented, veteran team.

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Members of the 2018-19 Penn Hills girls bowling team include, from left, coach Mark Diehm, Lucy Urbansky, Tayler Parco, Ashley Hepler, Makayla Delo, Autumn Blair, Audrey Grainy, Irlynn Richardson and coach Nancy Lindsay.
Penn Hills girls bowlers build off state tournament appearance
It’s been five years since the Penn Hills girls bowling team qualified for the state team championships.

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Norwin’s Olivia Gribble
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis, Norwin’s Olivia Gribble
March 19, 2019
Robert Spekis

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp (3) pulls down a rebound during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Despite roster rebuild, Penn Hills boys make run to PIAA playoffs
March 15, 2019
Heading into the boys basketball season, Penn Hills was coming off the program’s first WPIAL championship since 2003 with a revamped roster.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Alex Walker, Norwin’s Jayla Wehner
March 12, 2019
Alex Walker

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Penn Hills senior Kimani Gregory competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Feb. 28 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Penn Hills’ Gregory, freestyle relay prepare for PIAA championship meet
March 6, 2019
When it comes to the Penn Hills swim team, the main attraction is senior Kimani Gregory.

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Former West Virginia guard Drew Schifino
Former area basketball standouts sign on for Ballers Alumni tournament
Former Wilkinsburg standout Taz Williams has dreamed of setting up an annual alumni tournament that would showcase former basketball greats from the Pittsburgh area.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen, Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
March 5, 2019
Ryan Weinzen

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Plum sends 5 bowlers to regional championships
March 2, 2019
Plum junior Ty Kirkpatrick has been the top bowler for the Mustangs this season. He didn’t deviate as he led all Plum bowlers at the WPIBL singles championship Feb. 27 at Wildlife Lanes in Burrell.

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Penn Hills freshman Pinnix shines on track
February 27, 2019
Penn Hills freshman Miniya Pinnix has set lofty expectations on the track with a strong indoor season.

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Penn Hills’ Adia Brisker scores past Oakland Catholic’s Sierra DeAngelo on Jan. 10 at Oakland Catholic.
Penn Hills basketball players earn all-section honors after trips to semifinals
Even though both the boys and girls basketball programs at Penn Hills had their WPIAL title dreams halted in the semifinal round, the Indians had numerous players receive personal accolades for their efforts during the regular season.

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Penn Hills runners (from left) Kiera Ward, Drew Hines, Eliza Brennan and Miniya Pinnix competed in the 1,600-meter run at the Tri-State Indoor Track Championships Feb. 16, 2019.
Pinnix leads Penn Hills indoor track into state event
February 21, 2019
Entering the season, Penn Hills indoor track and field coach Lee Zelkowitz didn’t know very much about freshman Miniya Pinnix. However, after a few practices and the first meet, Zelkowitz knew he had something special.

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Penn Hills bowlers use group effort to excel
The Penn Hills bowling team didn’t have a standout bowler this season. However, the Indians blended as a team and managed to get the best out of their talents.

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Elizabeth Forward girls fend off Knoch to advance
February 18, 2019
With less than two minutes remaining, No. 5 Elizabeth Forward led No. 12 Knoch by just two, and the Knights seemingly had momentum.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman won a WPIAL Class AA wrestling championship Feb. 16, 2019, at Canon-McMillan.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Ty Cymmerman, Southmoreland’s Bailey Kuhns
Ty Cymmerman

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Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky has found success during the 2019 season.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Norwin’s Jacob Tarosky and Yough’s McKenzie Pritts
October 15, 2019
Jacob Tarosky

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Canon-McMillan boosts playoff hopes with convincing win over Norwin
October 11, 2019
If Norwin or Canon-McMillan had any thoughts of making the WPIAL playoffs, both teams knew their matchup Friday night was crucial to those hopes.

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Penn Hills’ Sierra Hankey (14) has recorded three hat tricks this season.
Penn Hills girls soccer team proud of progress
October 10, 2019
Heading into the season, Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito wanted to see a continued progression with the team from previous years.

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Franklin Regional’s Gionni Diacopoulous is key contributor during the 2019 season.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Gianni Diacopoulos and Tatum Gretz
October 8, 2019
Gianni Diacopoulos

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Greensburg Salem makes best of chances, beats No. 4 West Mifflin
October 4, 2019
Heading into their matchup against West Mifflin, Greensburg Salem knew coming out victorious would be possible.

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Penn Hills’ Cole Yeager hit .302 during his junior season in 2019.
Penn Hills baseball’s Cole Yeager headed to Marietta College
October 3, 2019
Senior Cole Yeager had a baseball bat and ball in his hands at 2 years old, and the sport has played a critical role in his life up to this point. With his final season for Penn Hills approaching, Yeager has made a decision on where he will continue his athletic career.

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Greensburg Salem’s Shayne Kasic competes for the 2019 boys soccer team.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Shayne Kasic and Norwin’s Liz Waszkiewicz
October 1, 2019
Shayne Kasic

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Freeport shakes off slow start, pulls away from Yough
September 27, 2019
For the second week in a row, Freeport rebounded after giving up an 80-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff.

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Penn Hills’ Jonah Silverman prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Penn Hills’ Silverman displays talent in multiple fields
September 26, 2019
The fall sports season is always a busy time of the year for junior Jonah Silverman. However, Silverman made a slight change to the sports he was participating in.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Chuck Tragesser and Jillian Butchki
September 24, 2019
Chuck Tragesser

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Latrobe’s Jarred Stein and Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer
September 17, 2019
Jarred Stein

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Defense, running game carry Peters Township past West Allegheny
September 14, 2019
After shutting out two of its first three opponents, Peters Township relied heavily on its defense and rushing attack to get another big win in conference play Friday night.

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Penn Hills boys cross country seeks improvement throughout season
September 12, 2019
Lee Zelkowitz might not have a girls cross country team to coach at Penn Hills, but he is looking to see the progress made by the boys team.

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Eddie McKissick took over at quarterback for Penn Hills in the 2019 season.
McKissick steps into starring role for Penn Hills football team
Last year, the Penn Hills football team was led by an experienced quarterback, Hollis Mathis, on its way to winning its first state title since 1995.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak returns for the 2019 season.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak, Yough’s Justine Appolonia
September 10, 2019
Daniel Sassak

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton on March 26 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball standout Yasmine Logan chooses Ohio University
September 5, 2019
Senior center fielder and pitcher Yasmine Logan has been dreaming about playing college softball for years. She will get that chance at the NCAA Division I level.

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Seniors Turner-Johnson, McClendon step into top singles spots for Penn Hills tennis
Jack Kowalski has seen a lot over the last two decades when it comes to coaching the Penn Hills girls tennis program.

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Bethel Park passes test at Woodland Hills
August 31, 2019
When Brian Delallo took over as head coach for Jeff Metheny at Bethel Park, he realized he was going to be thrown into the fire immediately with a tough road test against Woodland Hills at the Wolvarena.

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Penn Hills’ Vanessa Persichetti (15) returns serve during a scrimmage game August 28, 2019 at North Hills
Experienced lineup returns for Penn Hills girls volleyball
August 29, 2019
After having one of their best seasons in a decade, the Penn Hills girls volleyball program looks to have another successful campaign with a majority of the starting lineup returning.

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Penn Hills golfers lean on 3 returning starters
After 30 years of coaching, Charlie Buttgereit continues to share his love for golf with those involved in the Penn Hills golf program.

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Monessen’s Cam Frolo goes through a 2019 preseason practice.
Monessen boys soccer embarks under 1st new coach in 14 years
August 24, 2019
For the last decade and a half, Sam Perry played a crucial role in building a successful boys soccer program at Monessen. After 14 seasons, Donnie Caterino will take over for Perry as coach.

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Monessen’s Sydney Caterino goes through a 2019 preseason practice.
New coach, new outlook for Monessen girls soccer team
The Monessen girls soccer program wants to replicate what Sam Perry built during his decade-plus as coach of the Greyhounds’ boys soccer program before resigning during the offseason.

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Penn Hills’ Molly McGuire (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 20, 2019.
Penn Hills girls to rely on team effort in quest for postseason berth
August 22, 2019
Without a superstar on their roster, Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito will need a team effort to make the WPIAL playoffs this season.

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Penn Hills soccer coach Ryan Hankey prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 19, 2019.
Penn Hills boys soccer aims to continue improving
After going winless two seasons ago, the Penn Hills boys soccer team finished with two wins last year. The Indians are looking to become tougher competition for their opponents this season.

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Nolte looks to rebuild Carrick football team
August 21, 2019
Last year, Carrick football team didn’t have the ideal season, and they Raiders looking to rebound under new coach Brian Nolte.

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Brashear head coach Don Schmidt instructs quarterback Sincere Kimbrough during a July 30, 2019 preseason practice.
Brashear looks to rebound after rocky start with new coach
Don Schmidt had a rough start to his coaching tenure at Brashear last season. Schmidt hopes a new Bulls squad led by underclassmen will right the ship as they look to fly under the radar in the City League.

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Allderdice junior quarterback Shaku’r Pack throws a pass during an August 14, 2019 preseason practice at Allderdice High School.
Allderdice football looks for three-peat in City League
Allderdice has been on top of the City League the past two seasons. The Dragons will look to make to make it a three-peat this season.

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New coach Cicero wants to build soccer culture at Jeannette
After only winning one game last season, the Jeannette boys soccer program looks to new coach Arthur Cicero this year.

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Hannah Streussnig during soccer practice behind the high school in Jeannette, on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Nowhere to go but up for Jeannette girls soccer under new coach
The Jeannette girls soccer program will have a new coach this season, but it will be a familiar name as Delaney Cortazzo takes over.

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Penn Hills quarterback Eddie McKissik prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Penn Hills looks to repeat with new cast
August 16, 2019
Last year, Penn Hills had a magical undefeated season, which ended with the program’s first state title since 1995.

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Penn Hills grad Tom Flynn was a member of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XXI team.
Reunion to gather Penn Hills football players from ’70s
August 9, 2019
Mike Fralic, who resides in Colorado, traveled to the Pittsburgh area in April to attend the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Green Oaks Country Club.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Wood in 2018 at Chambersburg Area High School.
Penn Hills gains valuable reps during 7-on-7 tournaments
July 18, 2019
After winning their first PIAA football title since 1995 last season, members of the Penn Hills football program have turned the page to focus on the coming campaign.

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Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino is a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022, according to ESPN.
Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino gains college attention on summer circuit
July 3, 2019
The Schifino name is well known in the athletic circles of the Penn Hills community.

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Franklin Regional baseball player Tommy Kegerreis
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Tommy Kegerreis and Autumn Shogan
June 11, 2019
Tommy Kegerreis

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Never Fear’s Terry Smith avoids Different’s Battle Creek during the NFBD All Star game Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Couples Stadium.
Penn Hills players enjoy chance to take field together a final time at NFBD all-star game
June 6, 2019
A majority of the seniors from the Penn Hills football who helped win a state championship for the first time since 1995 got to play together for one final time.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso, Hempfield’s Laura Fox
June 4, 2019
Mario Disso

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Derry’s Justin Huss competed at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Justin Huss, Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero
May 28, 2019
Justin Huss

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Allen, relays lead Penn Hills’ strong effort at WPIAL championships
May 23, 2019
This season, the Penn Hills track and field program has been led by the girls team.

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Penn Hills’ Matt Gemperle, Charlie Joe Rosemeyer, Luke Hansen, Steve Salah (standing) and Josh Gerken compete in a fitness competition during the 2019 season.
Penn Hills’ Salah, McCann take 3rd at national fitness competition
In recent years, there has always been a member of the Penn Hills fitness program who finished in the top five at the National High School Physical Fitness Championships.

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Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Jared Bannon, Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle Huczko
May 21, 2019
Jared Bannon

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton on March 26 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball, baseball players earn postseason honors
May 17, 2019
Even though the Penn Hills baseball and softball programs didn’t have the type of seasons they were hoping for, five players from the two programs received all-section honors for their play this year.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt, Penn-Trafford’s Brooke Cleland
May 14, 2019
Aaren Putt

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Penn Hills thrower Allen set for 3rd WPIAL championship meet
May 9, 2019
When Penn Hills senior Lillia Allen was asked how to describe her high school athletic career, Allen had only two words — rocky and crazy.

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Penn Hills senior defensive end Armand Gustave and head coach Jon LeDonne represented the Indians at the East-West all-star game May 5 at Mansion Park.
Gustave, LeDonne represent Penn Hills at East-West all-star game
This year, Penn Hills brought its first PIAA football title since 1995 back to the community.

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Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Hunter Martin, Mt. Pleasant’s Carolyn Alincic
May 7, 2019
Hunter Martin

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Penn Hills’ Joseph Mitlo (16) looks to block against Penn-Trafford April 9, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills volleyball developing skill during challenging season
May 2, 2019
Two years ago, the Penn Hills boys volleyball team was on the doorstep of qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs. With the departure of top talent combined with a tough section schedule, wins have been tough to come by for the program this season.

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Penn Hills Perkins ready to wrestle at next level
Wrestling has been part of Justin Perkins’ life since he was a toddler. He dreamed about being a national champion at the collegiate level.

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Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Zakharee Williams, Greensburg Salem’s Malia Anderson
April 30, 2019
Malia Anderson

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Penn Hills senior Diamond-Jay Whittington competes during practice in November 2018.
After ACL injury, Penn Hills’ Whittington prepares to play at college level
April 25, 2019
At a young age, Penn Hills senior Diamond-Jay Whittington was introduced to the game of basketball by her father. Now, after a bout of adversity, Whittington gets to continue to play the game at the collegiate level.

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A relay baton is seen at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Penn Hills athletes prepare for postseason competitions
Last year, the Penn Hills track and field program was well represented by the boys team in the postseason meets. This year, it’s the girls turn as they look to bring a big contingent to states.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat, Norwin’s Sydney Lokay
April 23, 2019
Tyler Horvat

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Adam Martin will join the 2019 class of the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame.
Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2019
April 18, 2019
The Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven athletes, one contributor and two teams in its Class of 2019.

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Yough’s Kierra Waywood
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith, Yough’s Kierra Waywood
April 16, 2019
Mike Klingensmith

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Members of the Penn Hills track 1992-93 mile relay team will be inducted into the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame on April 27 at the Green Oaks Country Club.
Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of ’19
April 11, 2019
The Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven athletes, one contributor and two teams in its Class of 2019.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Jeannette’s Zander Malik, Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman
April 9, 2019
Zander Malik

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Penn Hills’ Makayla Delo competes against Hampton March 26, 2019 at Hampton.
Season of development commences for Penn Hills softball
April 4, 2019
With the majority of its roster being underclassmen, the Penn Hills softball team is looking forward to the development of key players who will be around past this season.

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The 2019 Penn Hills boys fitness team includes, from left, Luke Hansen, Jesse Ternent, Charlie Joe Rosemeyer, Josh Gerken and Steve Salah. Cam Clark also is part of the team.
Penn Hills fitness team welcomes New York programs for competition
In recent years, Penn Hills athletics has experienced many firsts. After winning WPIAL basketball and PIAA football titles, Penn Hills can celebrate another first on a slightly different scale.

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Greensburg Salem’s Reid Amundson
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Reid Admundson, Ligonier Valley’s Jane Garver
April 2, 2019
Reid Admundson

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Taking part in a spring training trip to Myrtle Beach were members of the 2019 Penn Hills baseball team, including (in front, from left) coach Jerry Cammuso, Josh Zambito, Anthony Sciulli, Ryan Kumanchik, Brandon Tierney, Max Oliveri, Mike DeVito, Dallen Banks; and (in back) Tyler Kenny, Mike Mathis, Cameron Clark, Jordan Sullivan, coach Dale Banks, Dominic Sullivan, Josh Gerken, Ian Frankowski, Hunter Shields, AJ Collins and Cole Yeager. Jesse Ternent also is part of the team.
Penn Hills baseball players gain experience on trip to Myrtle Beach
March 28, 2019
When Jerry Cammuso took over as the Penn Hills baseball coach last season, he wanted to change the culture and perception of the program.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell defends on Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson during semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel Area School.
Penn Hills’ Dunson recognized for defensive play
Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson has been known for the heart and effort she plays with on the defensive end of the court.

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The Pine-Richland hockey team celebrates after defeating Downingtown East in the Pennsylvania Cup Class AA championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland blanks Downingtown East to win Class AA Pennsylvania Cup
March 23, 2019
It has been a magical run for the Pine-Richland hockey team this year. The Rams had one mission remaining — a state championship.

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West Chester Bayard Rustin celebrates after defeating Montour in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A title game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
West Chester Bayard Rustin tops Montour to claim Class A Pennsylvania Cup
After leading PIHL Class A in goals scored, Montour’s offense was held in check against West Chester Bayard Rustin Saturday in the Pennsylvania Cup Class A championship game.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell fights for the ball with Penn Hills’ Ariana Dunson during semifinal WPIAL action Feb. 26 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Talented senior class helped guide Penn Hills girls basketball to PIAA tournament
March 21, 2019
After an early exit in the WPIAL playoffs last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball program had its sights on a championship run with a talented, veteran team.

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Members of the 2018-19 Penn Hills girls bowling team include, from left, coach Mark Diehm, Lucy Urbansky, Tayler Parco, Ashley Hepler, Makayla Delo, Autumn Blair, Audrey Grainy, Irlynn Richardson and coach Nancy Lindsay.
Penn Hills girls bowlers build off state tournament appearance
It’s been five years since the Penn Hills girls bowling team qualified for the state team championships.

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Norwin’s Olivia Gribble
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis, Norwin’s Olivia Gribble
March 19, 2019
Robert Spekis

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp (3) pulls down a rebound during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Despite roster rebuild, Penn Hills boys make run to PIAA playoffs
March 15, 2019
Heading into the boys basketball season, Penn Hills was coming off the program’s first WPIAL championship since 2003 with a revamped roster.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Alex Walker, Norwin’s Jayla Wehner
March 12, 2019
Alex Walker

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Penn Hills senior Kimani Gregory competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Feb. 28 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Penn Hills’ Gregory, freestyle relay prepare for PIAA championship meet
March 6, 2019
When it comes to the Penn Hills swim team, the main attraction is senior Kimani Gregory.

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Former West Virginia guard Drew Schifino
Former area basketball standouts sign on for Ballers Alumni tournament
Former Wilkinsburg standout Taz Williams has dreamed of setting up an annual alumni tournament that would showcase former basketball greats from the Pittsburgh area.

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Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Norwin’s Ryan Weinzen, Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie
March 5, 2019
Ryan Weinzen

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Plum sends 5 bowlers to regional championships
March 2, 2019
Plum junior Ty Kirkpatrick has been the top bowler for the Mustangs this season. He didn’t deviate as he led all Plum bowlers at the WPIBL singles championship Feb. 27 at Wildlife Lanes in Burrell.

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Penn Hills freshman Pinnix shines on track
February 27, 2019
Penn Hills freshman Miniya Pinnix has set lofty expectations on the track with a strong indoor season.

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Penn Hills’ Adia Brisker scores past Oakland Catholic’s Sierra DeAngelo on Jan. 10 at Oakland Catholic.
Penn Hills basketball players earn all-section honors after trips to semifinals
Even though both the boys and girls basketball programs at Penn Hills had their WPIAL title dreams halted in the semifinal round, the Indians had numerous players receive personal accolades for their efforts during the regular season.

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Penn Hills runners (from left) Kiera Ward, Drew Hines, Eliza Brennan and Miniya Pinnix competed in the 1,600-meter run at the Tri-State Indoor Track Championships Feb. 16, 2019.
Pinnix leads Penn Hills indoor track into state event
February 21, 2019
Entering the season, Penn Hills indoor track and field coach Lee Zelkowitz didn’t know very much about freshman Miniya Pinnix. However, after a few practices and the first meet, Zelkowitz knew he had something special.

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Penn Hills bowlers use group effort to excel
The Penn Hills bowling team didn’t have a standout bowler this season. However, the Indians blended as a team and managed to get the best out of their talents.

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Elizabeth Forward girls fend off Knoch to advance
February 18, 2019
With less than two minutes remaining, No. 5 Elizabeth Forward led No. 12 Knoch by just two, and the Knights seemingly had momentum.

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Derry’s Ty Cymmerman won a WPIAL Class AA wrestling championship Feb. 16, 2019, at Canon-McMillan.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Derry’s Ty Cymmerman, Southmoreland’s Bailey Kuhns
Ty Cymmerman

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