Author: Andrew John


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More...

WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
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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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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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

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

Read More...

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

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

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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

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

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
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.

Read More...

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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