Author: Andrew John


Keystone Oaks takes the field before playing South Park in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Dormont Stadium.
Fill-in quarterback carries Keystone Oaks past South Park in Class 3A thriller
October 30, 2020
With its star quarterback hobbled by an ankle injury, Keystone Oaks turned to senior Mark Hutchin to spark the offense and erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit.

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Penn Hills’ Kari Holt (right) practices last season.
Penn Hills girls soccer makes major strides to return to postseason
October 24, 2020
Coach Ashley DeVito has preached to her Penn Hills girls soccer team the importance of playing the game as a team.

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Penn Hills boys soccer ends season on strong note
After a tough loss to powerhouse Franklin Regional on Oct. 12, coach Ryan Hankey challenged his Penn Hills boys soccer team by creating a short season in its final three games.

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Pine-Richland and Kiski Area square off Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
No. 1 Pine-Richland scores early, rolls past Kiski Area
October 23, 2020
Going into the game, Kiski Area knew it needed to figure out a way to slow down Class 5A No. 1 Pine-Richland’s offensive attack. However, the Rams jumped on the Cavaliers early and didn’t look back.

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Penn Hills sophomore Lucy Brayton hits out of a green-side bunker on No. 8 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship on Oct. 8, 2020, at Oakmont Country Club.
Penn Hills golfer learns lessons on Oakmont’s fabled greens
October 18, 2020
Every young golfer’s dream in Western Pennsylvania is to play a round of golf at Oakmont Country Club. Penn Hills sophomore Lucy Brayton had that opportunity as she competed in the WPIAL Class AAA Girls Individual Championship on Oct. 8.

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Penn Hills’ Deondre Mitchell (1) looks up court against Woodland Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills basketball standout Deondre Mitchell earns starting role as 1st-year WR
For the last couple of years, senior Deondre Mitchell has been known for his success on the basketball court for Penn Hills.

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Redeemer Lutheran’s Charis Carroll competes at the Bald Eagle Invitational on Oct. 3, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Redeemer Lutheran cross country teams making a name for themselves
October 11, 2020
Redeemer Lutheran might not be a household name when it comes to cross country, but they are no longer just showing up for cross country meets. They are showing up to win now.

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Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito presides over practice last season.
Midseason winning streak gets Penn Hills girls soccer back on the right foot
After getting off to a slow start, the Penn Hills girls soccer team righted the ship with four consecutive wins to get back into the WPIAL playoff race.

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Penn Hills’ Luke Hansen competes against Avonworth on Sept. 24, 2020.
Penn Hills runners aim for improvement after solid opening invitational
October 3, 2020
The Penn Hills cross country team is looking or consistent improvement throughout the season as a barometer of team success.

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Penn Hills’ Lucy Brayton competes at Hill Crest Country Club during the 2020 season.
After placing second in section, Penn Hills golfer earns Oakmont tee time
Sophomore Lucy Brayton accomplished something many haven’t been able to do at Penn Hills. Brayton qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA Girls individual championship after her performance in the section tournament.

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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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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger is pursued by Woodland Hills’ Gavin Yarbough in Week 2 at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Penn Hills goes back to basics after early season losses
Penn Hills football captured the WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championships two seasons ago and found itself back in the WPIAL playoffs last season. This season got off to a bumpy start as the Indians opened with two nonconference losses.

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Penn Hills girls volleyball coach Jay Mitlo talks to his team during a scrimmage last season.
Penn Hills girls volleyball looks to develop new leaders this season
September 20, 2020
With the departure of a handful of seniors, sophomore outside hitter Sarah Miller will not only be called upon to excel on the court but will be asked to fill a leadership role on Penn Hills volleyball team.

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Molly McGuire is one of Penn Hills’ captains this season.
Return of rivalries energizes Penn Hills girls soccer program
September 10, 2020
The Penn Hills girls soccer program is optimistic heading into the season as the Indians look to see how their mix of seasoned veterans with an influx of young talent will fare against new competition.

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Lenny Duncan led Penn Hills with eight goals last season.
Interest in Penn Hills boys soccer on the rise
The Penn Hills boys soccer team might not have experienced success in recent years in the win column. However, the Indians believe they’ve turned the corner as interest in the program is at its highest in recent times.

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton March 26, 2019 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball has building blocks in place for possible playoff run
March 20, 2020
Even though the Penn Hills softball program hasn’t reached the WPIAL playoffs in over a decade, the Indians remain optimistic that this year could end their 13-year playoff drought.

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Penn Hills’ Cole Yeager hit .302 during his junior season in 2019.
Penn Hills baseball turns to Stubbs for new direction
March 19, 2020
With a new coach and a focus on the fundamentals, the Penn Hills baseball team has its sights on the WPIAL playoffs after only winning three games last season.

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Penn Hills’ Deondre Mitchell (1) fires up a shot as Laurel Highlands’ Tyvaughn Long defends in a Feb. 21 WPIAL playoff game.
Penn Hills basketball programs learn tough postseason lessons
March 15, 2020
Heading into the WPIAL playoffs, the Penn Hills boys basketball team had a six-game winning streak and earned the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary and Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto
March 10, 2020
Vinny Kilkeary

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Greensburg Central Catholic baseball turns focus to fundamentals under new coach
March 8, 2020
Last season for the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team ended earlier than expected.

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Greensburg Central junior Jaden Cox will be counted on as a team leader this season.
Pieces in place for Greensburg Central Catholic softball
The Greensburg Central Catholic softball team made a return trip to the WPIAL playoffs in 2019, a nice bounce back from a one-win season.

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Penn Hills’ Colleen Hoolahan earned a top 10 finish at the WPIAL championships.
Penn Hills swimming pair turns in impressive WPIAL championship showing
March 5, 2020
The last few seasons, the Gregory brothers — Norman, Isaiah and Kimani — mainly have represented Penn Hills at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming and diving championships. However, a few other Indians swimmers wanted to let the WPIAL know the program offers more than the Gregory brothers.

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Penn Hills’ Miniya Pinnix competes at the PTCFA state indoor championships Feb. 29, 2020, at Penn State.
Penn Hills athletes compete at state indoor track championships
March 4, 2020
Heading into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association state indoor championship, Lee Zelkowitz was hopeful for strong performances from the handful of Penn Hills athletes who qualified.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner
March 3, 2020
Ian Shahan

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Penn-Trafford bowlers eager for regional tournament
February 28, 2020
Penn-Trafford didn’t participate in the WPIBL team tournament, but the Warriors were well-represented at the individual tournament, which was Feb. 19-20.

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Hunter Shields is one of three Penn Hills wrestlers to qualify for the WPIAL tournament.
Penn Hills wrestling shows postseason progress
February 27, 2020
Heading into the season, Jeremy Packer was hopeful the Penn Hills wrestling program could be well-represented at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament this season.

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Penn Hills track team has successful indoor season
After a rebuilding season last year, the Penn Hills indoor track and field team will have a handful of athletes represent the program at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association State Indoor and Field championship.

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Clairton’s Iyauna Chapman is defended by Rochester’s Jasmin Mackin in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Rochester, West Greene to square off again in WPIAL Class A girls title tilt
It’s starting to become an annual reunion for two Class A schools in the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. This year will mark the fourth year in a row Rochester and West Greene will meet in the playoffs and the second year in a row in the championship game.

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West Greene girls edge Sewickley Academy, earn return trip to WPIAL Class A finals
February 25, 2020
At the beginning of the season, West Greene had its sights on returning to The Pete to avenge its loss to Rochester in last year’s WPIAL Class A championship game.

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Norwin’s CJ Turek is a member of the 2019-20 bowling team.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: C.J. Turek and Erika Sherbondy
C.J. Turek

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Avonworth girls push past South Park into WPIAL semifinals
February 22, 2020
The Avonworth girls basketball team understood that if it wanted to return to the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals, the Antelopes would have to play to their strength — their size.

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Members of the 2019-20 Penn Hills bowling team include (from left) coach Mark Diehm, Ethan Grainy, AJ Collins, Noah Houghtelin, Ethan Payne-Hawkins and Ryland Amato.
Penn Hills bowlers look ahead to regionals after stumble at WPIBL tournament
February 21, 2020
The Penn Hills bowlers weren’t pleased with their most recent performance at the WPIBL team championships.

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Jayvin Turner, a 2018 Penn Hills grad, is the new defensive backs coach at Riverview.
Penn Hills grad, 20, gets early start on football coaching career
In recent weeks, Jayvin Turner has been reaching out to WPIAL athletic directors via email to gauge their interest in hiring a young assistant coach for their football program.

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Latrobe’s Cole Ferri is a member of the 2019-20 hockey team.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Cole Ferri and Penn-Trafford’s Corina Paszek
February 18, 2020
Cole Ferri

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Penn Hills’ Aakeem Snell prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills standouts Snell, Bennett make college choices
February 13, 2020
Before National Signing Day, the Penn Hills football program already knew two players had made their college commitments.

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Monessen’s Marquell Smith is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Monessen’s Marquell Smith, Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman
February 11, 2020
Marquell Smith

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp (3) pulls up for a shot against Woodland Hills at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills boys hitting stride as playoffs approach
February 6, 2020
At the beginning of the season, Penn Hills boys basketball coach Dan DeRose knew what type of offense he was going to have this season but wasn’t sure how his defense would look.

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Penn Hills’ Colleen Hoolahan broke a school record in the 100 breast that stood since 1984.
Colleen Hoolahan puts exclamation point on Penn Hills career with record swim
Penn Hills senior Colleen Hoolahan has been on a mission since her freshman year to leave her own mark with the swim program. On senior night, Hoolahan finally reached her goal as she knocked down a school record that has lasted over 36 years.

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Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro
February 4, 2020
Devin Whitlock

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Penn Hills’ Jasmyn Golden (12) goes up for a shot over Woodland Hills Tatiana Vasquez (24) Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills girls basketball team stays in WPIAL playoff hunt
January 30, 2020
Last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball team was on the doorstep to the WPIAL Class 5A championship game. This year, after all the seniors left, the Indians find themselves fighting for their WPIAL playoff lives down the stretch of the regular season.

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Penn Hills’ Tony Grimes (1) looks for some running room against North Hills during an Oct. 25 game at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills’ Grimes to play football at Akron
With National Signing Day approaching, Penn Hills’ Tony Grimes took his turn at announcing where he will play the sport he has loved since he was 6.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko, Hempfield’s Francesca Nemetz
January 28, 2020
Ethan Tulenko

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Burrell’s Nick Sabo competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Kiski Area freshmen impress at Westmoreland County swimming championships
January 25, 2020
A pair of Kiski Area freshmen were excited to see where they stood compared to the top swimmers in Westmoreland County.

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Kiski Area’s Corben Kohut competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Record-setting WCCA swimming meet for Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner
Heading into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships, Belle Vernon junior Ian Shahan and Mt. Pleasant senior Heather Gardner had their sights on reaching the record books.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy won the WCCA boys diving championship Friday at Derry.
Latrobe’s Jordyn Miller, Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy claim WCCA diving titles
January 24, 2020
In three of the last four years heading into this year’s diving competition, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving title resided with Latrobe’s Taylor Miller.

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Penn Hills linemen Derrell Porter (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Penn Hills’ Derrell Porter commits to play football at Dartmouth
January 23, 2020
With National Signing Day fast approaching, some WPIAL football players are still announcing their verbal commitments.

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Penn Hills’ Sierra Hankey prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills midfielder Sierra Hankey headed to Washington & Jefferson
Last month, the Penn Hills girls soccer program saw midfielder Taylor Clayborn sign her letter of intent to attend Thiel. This month, midfielder Sierra Hankey announced she will attend Washington & Jefferson in the fall.

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Monessen’s Qitarah Hardison is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Southmoreland’s Riley Comforti, Monessen’s Qitarah Hardison
January 21, 2020
Riley Comforti

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Penn Hills grad Tim Smith sees greener pastures at Slippery Rock
January 16, 2020
When running back Tim Smith committed to Fairmont State during his senior season at Penn Hills, he knew he would have to compete for starting time with a crowded backfield.

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Penn Hills’ Kyree Hairston-Mitchell (2) looks to get by Woodland Hills’ Velton Kenney (1) Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell leads Penn Hills into WPIAL title contention
After a rocky 5-2 start to the season, the Penn Hills boys basketball team put together a five-game winning streak. Senior point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell played a pivotal role in righting the ship through his consistent play.

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Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill passes the ball during a five-on-five practice session on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland High School Athletes of the Week: Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Gia Scala
January 14, 2020
Logan Summerhill

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Penn Hills wrestlers Hunter Shields (left) and Steven Tucibat prepare for the 2019-2020 season in December.
Penn Hills wrestlers find success at holiday tournament
January 10, 2020
A high school wrestling season is a long journey where wrestlers hope to peak toward the end of the season.

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Members of the 2019-20 Penn Hills bowling team include, from left, coach Mark Diehm, Ethan Grainy, AJ Collins, Noah Houghtelin, Ethan Payne-Hawkins and Ryland Amato.
Penn Hills bowling teams leading East division
In recent years, the Penn Hills bowling program has been one sided. This year is a different story as the Indians sit atop of the East section both in boys and girls bowling.

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance, Derry’s Tiana Moracco
January 7, 2020
Isaiah Vance

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Penn Hills’ Niya Moore looks for an opening against Latrobe defense Dec. 19 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn Hills girls hope tough nonsection games pay off in section play
January 2, 2020
Robert Cash never has shied away from having his Penn Hills girls basketball program play against the top teams in the WPIAL.

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills boys steer clear of early season roadblocks
Going into the season, Dan DeRose knew his Penn Hills boys basketball team was going to be tested with a tough regular season schedule.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell, Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long
December 31, 2019
Gabe Willochell

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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 on Feb. 16, 2019. Ward, Brennan and Pinnix are back competing for the 2019-20 team.
Penn Hills athletes look to get jump start with indoor track season
December 26, 2019
The journey for the Penn Hills track program starts now as the group will utilize the indoor season to prepare for outdoor season in the spring.

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Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco, Norwin’s Danielle Rosso
December 24, 2019
Zach Rocco

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William & Mary quarterback Hollis Mathis (12) during an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Virginia defeated William & Mary 51-17. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
Penn Hills grad Hollis Mathis makes impact as freshman at William & Mary
December 20, 2019
Heading into his freshman season at William &Mary, Hollis Mathis wasn’t sure how his game would translate to the collegiate level. A record-setting season provided answers to his doubts.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Johnson is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Johnson and Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla
December 17, 2019
Jake Johnson

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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas attempts to get a score on Julian Chlebove of Northampton during the 132-pound bout in the Class AAA semifinals during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hillegas, the returning PIAA champion, lost the match to Chlebove.
North Hills’ Hillegas motivated by loss in PIAA semifinals
December 12, 2019
North Hills’ senior Sam Hillegas seemed to be on his way to a third PIAA Class AAA title last season. However, Hillegas suffered his first loss of the season in the state semifinals, denying him a chance to become a state champion all four years.

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Penn Hills’ Michael Lintelman competes in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills swimmers start fresh under new coach
The Penn Hills swimming program has a fresh, new look this year.

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Penn Hills soccer player Taylor Clayborn signs a letter of intent to attend Thiel.
Penn Hills’ Clayborn to continue soccer career in college
Several Penn Hills girls soccer players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Midfielder Taylor Clayborn is the most recent Indian to make her college decision.

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Greensburg Salem basketball player Abby Mankins
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Gamal Marballie and Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins
December 10, 2019
Gamal Marballie

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Sherron Schifino brings the ball up court for Point Park against Bryant & Stratton on Nov. 16, 2019.
Penn Hills grad Sherron Schifino bursts onto scene at Point Park
December 5, 2019
After a year away from basketball, Sherron Schifino has reappeared on the Pittsburgh basketball scene, this time at Point Park.

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Penn Hills wrestler Rob Harris prepares for the 2019-2020 season Dec. 4, 2019.
Penn Hills wrestlers look to take next step
Penn Hills has its largest roster during Jeremy Packer’s time as coach, but the Indians will look for the continued growth from junior Hunter Shields.

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North Hills’ basketball team prepares for the 2019-20 season Nov. 23, 2019.
North Hills girls ready to tackle difficult challenges
When Jim Dudas accepted the head coaching job for the North Hills girls basketball team, he knew it was going to be a challenge. He didn’t know the challenge to implement his system and culture would be impacted by the injury bug.

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Penn Hills’ Amoni Blackwell competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills girls expect to ride defense this season
November 29, 2019
Last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball team was on the doorstep of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game with a senior-led team. This season, the Indians will look to reach the WPIAL title game with a junior-heavy team.

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North Hills’ Matt Seidl (right) competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season.
Inexperienced North Hills boys roster turns to speed, tenacity to compete
The North Hills boys basketball team will lean on its up-tempo style of play to overcome a lack of size and experience.

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Penn Hills junior Royce Hearns competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills boys should be hard to guard
November 28, 2019
Penn Hills coach Dan DeRose believes he has his best offensive team since taking over as head coach in 2015.

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Penn Hills players take the field before a playoff game with McKeesport.
Penn Hills defense piles up postseason awards
November 22, 2019
Even though their season ended earlier than they expected, Penn Hills football players were well represented when it came to postseason honors.

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Penn Hills grad Adia Brisker is a member of the 2019-20 Niagara women’s basketball team.
Penn Hills grad Adia Brisker hits ground running at Niagara
When Adia Brisker committed to play basketball at Niagara last fall, she didn’t think she would find herself in the starting lineup as a freshman.

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Penn Hills Baby Scout coaches and players celebrate with their division championship trophy Nov. 10. The team includes, in front, from left, Anthony “AJ” Johnson, James “Peanut Butter” Drewery, Ray Clemons Jr., Jorden Jones, Zhaire Williams, Daimar Selby, Keoni Mitchell, Isaiah Shelton, Ja’kier McMiller, Zion “Chicken Nugget” Fielder, A’ssiah Love, Labrice Robinson, Amil Franklin and La’bron Robinson. In back are coaches Chris Johnson, Rich Williams, Derrick Selby, PJ McMiller, Marc Franklin (head coach) and James Robinson.
Youth football program hopes to grow, thrive in Penn Hills
November 14, 2019
Building a sustainable athletic program starts at the roots. The Penn Hills Midget Football Association is looking to create deeper roots in the community under new leadership.

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New coach promises change for Penn Hills baseball program
Rodney Stubbs, who has been involved with Penn Hills baseball for the past four seasons, is looking to change the program’s culture as he takes over as head coach this coming spring.

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Franklin Regional volleyball player Aly Kindelberger
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis and Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger
November 12, 2019
Carlo Denis

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Undefeated Washington blanks Freedom to reach Class 2A semifinals
November 8, 2019
Heading into Friday night, Washington was one of only three undefeated teams left in the WPIAL.

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Penn Hills’ Noel Roach (6) reacts after making an interception in the fourth quarter during a game against Mars earlier this season.
Strong pass rush, team speed lead game-changing Penn Hills defense
November 7, 2019
Since he took over as coach at Penn Hills in 2017, Jon LeDonne has made sure his defenses set the tone on the field.

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Penn Hills grad Isaiah Gregory competes for the LaSalle swimming team during the 2019 season.
Penn Hills’ Gregory brothers making waves at LaSalle
Norm and Isaiah Gregory have been on the same swim team for most of their lives. The Penn Hills natives will look to make this year count as they swim on the same team one final time at LaSalle.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
Westmoreland County high school athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver, Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman
November 5, 2019
Garrett Beaver

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Penn Hills QB Eddie McKissick threw for 158 yards and four touchdowns Friday night.
Just like last year, Penn Hills opens playoff run with decisive win over Latrobe
November 1, 2019
Last season, Penn Hills defeated Latrobe in the first round the Class 5A playoffs on its way to WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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Penn Hills runners gain experience at WPIAL meet
October 31, 2019
With a young, inexperienced and shorthanded lineup, the Penn Hills boys cross country team wrapped up its season at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Penn Hills’ Iain Krieger prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills fall sports athletes earn all-section honors
All-section honors were awarded to Penn Hills fall sports athletes in soccer and girls volleyball recently.

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Penn Hills’ Anthony Grimes (1) looks for some running room against North Hills October 25, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills offense answers challenge, tops North Hills
October 26, 2019
At halftime, Penn Hills coach Jon LeDonne challenged his offense.

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Penn Hills’ Sarah Miller (12) competes during a scrimmage game.
Penn Hills takes lessons from volleyball season
October 24, 2019
Heading into the season, the Penn Hills girls volleyball team was expecting to improve on its seven-win season a year ago. However, everything changed immediately in their first match.

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Penn Hills’ Germar Howard carries the ball for the deciding touchdown of a game against Mars on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Penn Hills.
Howard bolsters Penn Hills rushing attack
During the WPIAL playoffs, a successful team will need to lean on a strong running game to advance deep in the tournament.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
Westmoreland County high school athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward and Belle Vernon’s Morgan Einodshofer
October 22, 2019
Nate Ward

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Clairton eliminates Springdale from playoff contention, sets up showdown with Jeannette
October 18, 2019
Springdale knew it would need to play a near-perfect game to keep its WPIAL playoff hopes alive in a matchup against No. 2 Clairton.

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Thiel’s Trou’ Johnson is congratulated by teammates during a game against Saint Vincent.
Penn Hills grad Trou’ Johnson making plays for Thiel
October 17, 2019
Ever since he stepped onto Thiel’s campus, Trou’ Johnson wanted to be an impact player for the Tomcats football team. Johnson, a junior, is doing just that.

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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 players gain experience in challenging section
The Penn Hills boys soccer team’s record doesn’t tell the whole story in regards to the Indians’ season.

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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
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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.
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September 10, 2019
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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
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June 11, 2019
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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
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June 4, 2019
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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
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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
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May 21, 2019
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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
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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
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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
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April 30, 2019
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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
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April 23, 2019
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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
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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
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April 9, 2019
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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
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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
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March 19, 2019
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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
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March 12, 2019
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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
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March 5, 2019
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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.
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Keystone Oaks takes the field before playing South Park in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Dormont Stadium.
Fill-in quarterback carries Keystone Oaks past South Park in Class 3A thriller
October 30, 2020
With its star quarterback hobbled by an ankle injury, Keystone Oaks turned to senior Mark Hutchin to spark the offense and erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit.

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Penn Hills’ Kari Holt (right) practices last season.
Penn Hills girls soccer makes major strides to return to postseason
October 24, 2020
Coach Ashley DeVito has preached to her Penn Hills girls soccer team the importance of playing the game as a team.

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Penn Hills boys soccer ends season on strong note
After a tough loss to powerhouse Franklin Regional on Oct. 12, coach Ryan Hankey challenged his Penn Hills boys soccer team by creating a short season in its final three games.

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Pine-Richland and Kiski Area square off Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
No. 1 Pine-Richland scores early, rolls past Kiski Area
October 23, 2020
Going into the game, Kiski Area knew it needed to figure out a way to slow down Class 5A No. 1 Pine-Richland’s offensive attack. However, the Rams jumped on the Cavaliers early and didn’t look back.

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Penn Hills sophomore Lucy Brayton hits out of a green-side bunker on No. 8 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship on Oct. 8, 2020, at Oakmont Country Club.
Penn Hills golfer learns lessons on Oakmont’s fabled greens
October 18, 2020
Every young golfer’s dream in Western Pennsylvania is to play a round of golf at Oakmont Country Club. Penn Hills sophomore Lucy Brayton had that opportunity as she competed in the WPIAL Class AAA Girls Individual Championship on Oct. 8.

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Penn Hills’ Deondre Mitchell (1) looks up court against Woodland Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills basketball standout Deondre Mitchell earns starting role as 1st-year WR
For the last couple of years, senior Deondre Mitchell has been known for his success on the basketball court for Penn Hills.

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Redeemer Lutheran’s Charis Carroll competes at the Bald Eagle Invitational on Oct. 3, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Redeemer Lutheran cross country teams making a name for themselves
October 11, 2020
Redeemer Lutheran might not be a household name when it comes to cross country, but they are no longer just showing up for cross country meets. They are showing up to win now.

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Penn Hills girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito presides over practice last season.
Midseason winning streak gets Penn Hills girls soccer back on the right foot
After getting off to a slow start, the Penn Hills girls soccer team righted the ship with four consecutive wins to get back into the WPIAL playoff race.

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Penn Hills’ Luke Hansen competes against Avonworth on Sept. 24, 2020.
Penn Hills runners aim for improvement after solid opening invitational
October 3, 2020
The Penn Hills cross country team is looking or consistent improvement throughout the season as a barometer of team success.

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Penn Hills’ Lucy Brayton competes at Hill Crest Country Club during the 2020 season.
After placing second in section, Penn Hills golfer earns Oakmont tee time
Sophomore Lucy Brayton accomplished something many haven’t been able to do at Penn Hills. Brayton qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA Girls individual championship after her performance in the section tournament.

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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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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger is pursued by Woodland Hills’ Gavin Yarbough in Week 2 at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
Penn Hills goes back to basics after early season losses
Penn Hills football captured the WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A championships two seasons ago and found itself back in the WPIAL playoffs last season. This season got off to a bumpy start as the Indians opened with two nonconference losses.

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Penn Hills girls volleyball coach Jay Mitlo talks to his team during a scrimmage last season.
Penn Hills girls volleyball looks to develop new leaders this season
September 20, 2020
With the departure of a handful of seniors, sophomore outside hitter Sarah Miller will not only be called upon to excel on the court but will be asked to fill a leadership role on Penn Hills volleyball team.

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Molly McGuire is one of Penn Hills’ captains this season.
Return of rivalries energizes Penn Hills girls soccer program
September 10, 2020
The Penn Hills girls soccer program is optimistic heading into the season as the Indians look to see how their mix of seasoned veterans with an influx of young talent will fare against new competition.

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Lenny Duncan led Penn Hills with eight goals last season.
Interest in Penn Hills boys soccer on the rise
The Penn Hills boys soccer team might not have experienced success in recent years in the win column. However, the Indians believe they’ve turned the corner as interest in the program is at its highest in recent times.

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Penn Hills pitcher Yasmine Logan competes against Hampton March 26, 2019 at Hampton.
Penn Hills softball has building blocks in place for possible playoff run
March 20, 2020
Even though the Penn Hills softball program hasn’t reached the WPIAL playoffs in over a decade, the Indians remain optimistic that this year could end their 13-year playoff drought.

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Penn Hills’ Cole Yeager hit .302 during his junior season in 2019.
Penn Hills baseball turns to Stubbs for new direction
March 19, 2020
With a new coach and a focus on the fundamentals, the Penn Hills baseball team has its sights on the WPIAL playoffs after only winning three games last season.

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Penn Hills’ Deondre Mitchell (1) fires up a shot as Laurel Highlands’ Tyvaughn Long defends in a Feb. 21 WPIAL playoff game.
Penn Hills basketball programs learn tough postseason lessons
March 15, 2020
Heading into the WPIAL playoffs, the Penn Hills boys basketball team had a six-game winning streak and earned the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary and Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto
March 10, 2020
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Greensburg Central Catholic baseball turns focus to fundamentals under new coach
March 8, 2020
Last season for the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team ended earlier than expected.

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Greensburg Central junior Jaden Cox will be counted on as a team leader this season.
Pieces in place for Greensburg Central Catholic softball
The Greensburg Central Catholic softball team made a return trip to the WPIAL playoffs in 2019, a nice bounce back from a one-win season.

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Penn Hills’ Colleen Hoolahan earned a top 10 finish at the WPIAL championships.
Penn Hills swimming pair turns in impressive WPIAL championship showing
March 5, 2020
The last few seasons, the Gregory brothers — Norman, Isaiah and Kimani — mainly have represented Penn Hills at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming and diving championships. However, a few other Indians swimmers wanted to let the WPIAL know the program offers more than the Gregory brothers.

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Penn Hills’ Miniya Pinnix competes at the PTCFA state indoor championships Feb. 29, 2020, at Penn State.
Penn Hills athletes compete at state indoor track championships
March 4, 2020
Heading into the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association state indoor championship, Lee Zelkowitz was hopeful for strong performances from the handful of Penn Hills athletes who qualified.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
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March 3, 2020
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Penn-Trafford bowlers eager for regional tournament
February 28, 2020
Penn-Trafford didn’t participate in the WPIBL team tournament, but the Warriors were well-represented at the individual tournament, which was Feb. 19-20.

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Hunter Shields is one of three Penn Hills wrestlers to qualify for the WPIAL tournament.
Penn Hills wrestling shows postseason progress
February 27, 2020
Heading into the season, Jeremy Packer was hopeful the Penn Hills wrestling program could be well-represented at the WPIAL Class AAA individual tournament this season.

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Penn Hills track team has successful indoor season
After a rebuilding season last year, the Penn Hills indoor track and field team will have a handful of athletes represent the program at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association State Indoor and Field championship.

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Clairton’s Iyauna Chapman is defended by Rochester’s Jasmin Mackin in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Rochester, West Greene to square off again in WPIAL Class A girls title tilt
It’s starting to become an annual reunion for two Class A schools in the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs. This year will mark the fourth year in a row Rochester and West Greene will meet in the playoffs and the second year in a row in the championship game.

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West Greene girls edge Sewickley Academy, earn return trip to WPIAL Class A finals
February 25, 2020
At the beginning of the season, West Greene had its sights on returning to The Pete to avenge its loss to Rochester in last year’s WPIAL Class A championship game.

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Norwin’s CJ Turek is a member of the 2019-20 bowling team.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: C.J. Turek and Erika Sherbondy
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Avonworth girls push past South Park into WPIAL semifinals
February 22, 2020
The Avonworth girls basketball team understood that if it wanted to return to the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals, the Antelopes would have to play to their strength — their size.

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Members of the 2019-20 Penn Hills bowling team include (from left) coach Mark Diehm, Ethan Grainy, AJ Collins, Noah Houghtelin, Ethan Payne-Hawkins and Ryland Amato.
Penn Hills bowlers look ahead to regionals after stumble at WPIBL tournament
February 21, 2020
The Penn Hills bowlers weren’t pleased with their most recent performance at the WPIBL team championships.

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Jayvin Turner, a 2018 Penn Hills grad, is the new defensive backs coach at Riverview.
Penn Hills grad, 20, gets early start on football coaching career
In recent weeks, Jayvin Turner has been reaching out to WPIAL athletic directors via email to gauge their interest in hiring a young assistant coach for their football program.

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Latrobe’s Cole Ferri is a member of the 2019-20 hockey team.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Cole Ferri and Penn-Trafford’s Corina Paszek
February 18, 2020
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Penn Hills’ Aakeem Snell prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills standouts Snell, Bennett make college choices
February 13, 2020
Before National Signing Day, the Penn Hills football program already knew two players had made their college commitments.

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Monessen’s Marquell Smith is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
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February 11, 2020
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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp (3) pulls up for a shot against Woodland Hills at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills boys hitting stride as playoffs approach
February 6, 2020
At the beginning of the season, Penn Hills boys basketball coach Dan DeRose knew what type of offense he was going to have this season but wasn’t sure how his defense would look.

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Penn Hills’ Colleen Hoolahan broke a school record in the 100 breast that stood since 1984.
Colleen Hoolahan puts exclamation point on Penn Hills career with record swim
Penn Hills senior Colleen Hoolahan has been on a mission since her freshman year to leave her own mark with the swim program. On senior night, Hoolahan finally reached her goal as she knocked down a school record that has lasted over 36 years.

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Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro
February 4, 2020
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Penn Hills’ Jasmyn Golden (12) goes up for a shot over Woodland Hills Tatiana Vasquez (24) Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills girls basketball team stays in WPIAL playoff hunt
January 30, 2020
Last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball team was on the doorstep to the WPIAL Class 5A championship game. This year, after all the seniors left, the Indians find themselves fighting for their WPIAL playoff lives down the stretch of the regular season.

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Penn Hills’ Tony Grimes (1) looks for some running room against North Hills during an Oct. 25 game at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills’ Grimes to play football at Akron
With National Signing Day approaching, Penn Hills’ Tony Grimes took his turn at announcing where he will play the sport he has loved since he was 6.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko, Hempfield’s Francesca Nemetz
January 28, 2020
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Burrell’s Nick Sabo competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Kiski Area freshmen impress at Westmoreland County swimming championships
January 25, 2020
A pair of Kiski Area freshmen were excited to see where they stood compared to the top swimmers in Westmoreland County.

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Kiski Area’s Corben Kohut competes in the boys’ 100 yard butterfly during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Record-setting WCCA swimming meet for Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner
Heading into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming and diving championships, Belle Vernon junior Ian Shahan and Mt. Pleasant senior Heather Gardner had their sights on reaching the record books.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy won the WCCA boys diving championship Friday at Derry.
Latrobe’s Jordyn Miller, Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy claim WCCA diving titles
January 24, 2020
In three of the last four years heading into this year’s diving competition, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving title resided with Latrobe’s Taylor Miller.

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Penn Hills linemen Derrell Porter (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 5, 2019.
Penn Hills’ Derrell Porter commits to play football at Dartmouth
January 23, 2020
With National Signing Day fast approaching, some WPIAL football players are still announcing their verbal commitments.

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Penn Hills’ Sierra Hankey prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills midfielder Sierra Hankey headed to Washington & Jefferson
Last month, the Penn Hills girls soccer program saw midfielder Taylor Clayborn sign her letter of intent to attend Thiel. This month, midfielder Sierra Hankey announced she will attend Washington & Jefferson in the fall.

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Monessen’s Qitarah Hardison is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Southmoreland’s Riley Comforti, Monessen’s Qitarah Hardison
January 21, 2020
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Penn Hills grad Tim Smith sees greener pastures at Slippery Rock
January 16, 2020
When running back Tim Smith committed to Fairmont State during his senior season at Penn Hills, he knew he would have to compete for starting time with a crowded backfield.

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Penn Hills’ Kyree Hairston-Mitchell (2) looks to get by Woodland Hills’ Velton Kenney (1) Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell leads Penn Hills into WPIAL title contention
After a rocky 5-2 start to the season, the Penn Hills boys basketball team put together a five-game winning streak. Senior point guard Kyree Hairston-Mitchell played a pivotal role in righting the ship through his consistent play.

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Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill passes the ball during a five-on-five practice session on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland High School Athletes of the Week: Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Gia Scala
January 14, 2020
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Penn Hills wrestlers Hunter Shields (left) and Steven Tucibat prepare for the 2019-2020 season in December.
Penn Hills wrestlers find success at holiday tournament
January 10, 2020
A high school wrestling season is a long journey where wrestlers hope to peak toward the end of the season.

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Members of the 2019-20 Penn Hills bowling team include, from left, coach Mark Diehm, Ethan Grainy, AJ Collins, Noah Houghtelin, Ethan Payne-Hawkins and Ryland Amato.
Penn Hills bowling teams leading East division
In recent years, the Penn Hills bowling program has been one sided. This year is a different story as the Indians sit atop of the East section both in boys and girls bowling.

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Isaiah Vance, Derry’s Tiana Moracco
January 7, 2020
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Penn Hills’ Niya Moore looks for an opening against Latrobe defense Dec. 19 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn Hills girls hope tough nonsection games pay off in section play
January 2, 2020
Robert Cash never has shied away from having his Penn Hills girls basketball program play against the top teams in the WPIAL.

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills boys steer clear of early season roadblocks
Going into the season, Dan DeRose knew his Penn Hills boys basketball team was going to be tested with a tough regular season schedule.

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Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell is a member of the 2019-20 wrestling team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell, Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long
December 31, 2019
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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 on Feb. 16, 2019. Ward, Brennan and Pinnix are back competing for the 2019-20 team.
Penn Hills athletes look to get jump start with indoor track season
December 26, 2019
The journey for the Penn Hills track program starts now as the group will utilize the indoor season to prepare for outdoor season in the spring.

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Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland Athletes of the Week: Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco, Norwin’s Danielle Rosso
December 24, 2019
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William & Mary quarterback Hollis Mathis (12) during an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Virginia defeated William & Mary 51-17. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
Penn Hills grad Hollis Mathis makes impact as freshman at William & Mary
December 20, 2019
Heading into his freshman season at William &Mary, Hollis Mathis wasn’t sure how his game would translate to the collegiate level. A record-setting season provided answers to his doubts.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Johnson is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Johnson and Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla
December 17, 2019
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North Hills’ Sam Hillegas attempts to get a score on Julian Chlebove of Northampton during the 132-pound bout in the Class AAA semifinals during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Hillegas, the returning PIAA champion, lost the match to Chlebove.
North Hills’ Hillegas motivated by loss in PIAA semifinals
December 12, 2019
North Hills’ senior Sam Hillegas seemed to be on his way to a third PIAA Class AAA title last season. However, Hillegas suffered his first loss of the season in the state semifinals, denying him a chance to become a state champion all four years.

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Penn Hills’ Michael Lintelman competes in the 200 medley relay against Fox Chapel Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills swimmers start fresh under new coach
The Penn Hills swimming program has a fresh, new look this year.

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Penn Hills soccer player Taylor Clayborn signs a letter of intent to attend Thiel.
Penn Hills’ Clayborn to continue soccer career in college
Several Penn Hills girls soccer players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Midfielder Taylor Clayborn is the most recent Indian to make her college decision.

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Greensburg Salem basketball player Abby Mankins
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Gamal Marballie and Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins
December 10, 2019
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Sherron Schifino brings the ball up court for Point Park against Bryant & Stratton on Nov. 16, 2019.
Penn Hills grad Sherron Schifino bursts onto scene at Point Park
December 5, 2019
After a year away from basketball, Sherron Schifino has reappeared on the Pittsburgh basketball scene, this time at Point Park.

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Penn Hills wrestler Rob Harris prepares for the 2019-2020 season Dec. 4, 2019.
Penn Hills wrestlers look to take next step
Penn Hills has its largest roster during Jeremy Packer’s time as coach, but the Indians will look for the continued growth from junior Hunter Shields.

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North Hills’ basketball team prepares for the 2019-20 season Nov. 23, 2019.
North Hills girls ready to tackle difficult challenges
When Jim Dudas accepted the head coaching job for the North Hills girls basketball team, he knew it was going to be a challenge. He didn’t know the challenge to implement his system and culture would be impacted by the injury bug.

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Penn Hills’ Amoni Blackwell competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills girls expect to ride defense this season
November 29, 2019
Last season, the Penn Hills girls basketball team was on the doorstep of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game with a senior-led team. This season, the Indians will look to reach the WPIAL title game with a junior-heavy team.

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North Hills’ Matt Seidl (right) competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season.
Inexperienced North Hills boys roster turns to speed, tenacity to compete
The North Hills boys basketball team will lean on its up-tempo style of play to overcome a lack of size and experience.

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Penn Hills junior Royce Hearns competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 21, 2019.
Penn Hills boys should be hard to guard
November 28, 2019
Penn Hills coach Dan DeRose believes he has his best offensive team since taking over as head coach in 2015.

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Penn Hills players take the field before a playoff game with McKeesport.
Penn Hills defense piles up postseason awards
November 22, 2019
Even though their season ended earlier than they expected, Penn Hills football players were well represented when it came to postseason honors.

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Penn Hills grad Adia Brisker is a member of the 2019-20 Niagara women’s basketball team.
Penn Hills grad Adia Brisker hits ground running at Niagara
When Adia Brisker committed to play basketball at Niagara last fall, she didn’t think she would find herself in the starting lineup as a freshman.

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Penn Hills Baby Scout coaches and players celebrate with their division championship trophy Nov. 10. The team includes, in front, from left, Anthony “AJ” Johnson, James “Peanut Butter” Drewery, Ray Clemons Jr., Jorden Jones, Zhaire Williams, Daimar Selby, Keoni Mitchell, Isaiah Shelton, Ja’kier McMiller, Zion “Chicken Nugget” Fielder, A’ssiah Love, Labrice Robinson, Amil Franklin and La’bron Robinson. In back are coaches Chris Johnson, Rich Williams, Derrick Selby, PJ McMiller, Marc Franklin (head coach) and James Robinson.
Youth football program hopes to grow, thrive in Penn Hills
November 14, 2019
Building a sustainable athletic program starts at the roots. The Penn Hills Midget Football Association is looking to create deeper roots in the community under new leadership.

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New coach promises change for Penn Hills baseball program
Rodney Stubbs, who has been involved with Penn Hills baseball for the past four seasons, is looking to change the program’s culture as he takes over as head coach this coming spring.

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Franklin Regional volleyball player Aly Kindelberger
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis and Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger
November 12, 2019
Carlo Denis

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Undefeated Washington blanks Freedom to reach Class 2A semifinals
November 8, 2019
Heading into Friday night, Washington was one of only three undefeated teams left in the WPIAL.

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Penn Hills’ Noel Roach (6) reacts after making an interception in the fourth quarter during a game against Mars earlier this season.
Strong pass rush, team speed lead game-changing Penn Hills defense
November 7, 2019
Since he took over as coach at Penn Hills in 2017, Jon LeDonne has made sure his defenses set the tone on the field.

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Penn Hills grad Isaiah Gregory competes for the LaSalle swimming team during the 2019 season.
Penn Hills’ Gregory brothers making waves at LaSalle
Norm and Isaiah Gregory have been on the same swim team for most of their lives. The Penn Hills natives will look to make this year count as they swim on the same team one final time at LaSalle.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
Westmoreland County high school athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver, Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman
November 5, 2019
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Penn Hills QB Eddie McKissick threw for 158 yards and four touchdowns Friday night.
Just like last year, Penn Hills opens playoff run with decisive win over Latrobe
November 1, 2019
Last season, Penn Hills defeated Latrobe in the first round the Class 5A playoffs on its way to WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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Penn Hills runners gain experience at WPIAL meet
October 31, 2019
With a young, inexperienced and shorthanded lineup, the Penn Hills boys cross country team wrapped up its season at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Penn Hills’ Iain Krieger prepares for the 2019-2020 season.
Penn Hills fall sports athletes earn all-section honors
All-section honors were awarded to Penn Hills fall sports athletes in soccer and girls volleyball recently.

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Penn Hills’ Anthony Grimes (1) looks for some running room against North Hills October 25, 2019 at Penn Hills.
Penn Hills offense answers challenge, tops North Hills
October 26, 2019
At halftime, Penn Hills coach Jon LeDonne challenged his offense.

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Penn Hills’ Sarah Miller (12) competes during a scrimmage game.
Penn Hills takes lessons from volleyball season
October 24, 2019
Heading into the season, the Penn Hills girls volleyball team was expecting to improve on its seven-win season a year ago. However, everything changed immediately in their first match.

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Penn Hills’ Germar Howard carries the ball for the deciding touchdown of a game against Mars on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at Penn Hills.
Howard bolsters Penn Hills rushing attack
During the WPIAL playoffs, a successful team will need to lean on a strong running game to advance deep in the tournament.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
Westmoreland County high school athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward and Belle Vernon’s Morgan Einodshofer
October 22, 2019
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Clairton eliminates Springdale from playoff contention, sets up showdown with Jeannette
October 18, 2019
Springdale knew it would need to play a near-perfect game to keep its WPIAL playoff hopes alive in a matchup against No. 2 Clairton.

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Thiel’s Trou’ Johnson is congratulated by teammates during a game against Saint Vincent.
Penn Hills grad Trou’ Johnson making plays for Thiel
October 17, 2019
Ever since he stepped onto Thiel’s campus, Trou’ Johnson wanted to be an impact player for the Tomcats football team. Johnson, a junior, is doing just that.

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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 players gain experience in challenging section
The Penn Hills boys soccer team’s record doesn’t tell the whole story in regards to the Indians’ season.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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