Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Mars uses late surge to top Franklin Regional in rematch of WPIAL title game
December 17, 2018
Mars is going to Las Vegas for a holiday boys basketball tournament. Before the Planets head west across the country, they stopped to play a high-stakes Section 3-5A game against a team primed to be their rival this season. The top-ranked Planets used a big fourth-quarter surge to turn back

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Nesser makes ‘easy transition’ in return to bench at Yough
Jim Nesser wasn't sure what the future would hold after he coached one boys basketball season at Greensburg Central Catholic. Would he return Would he go elsewhere Would he call it a career Then the Yough job opened and the wheels began to turn. With a little coaxing and some

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of Dec. 17-22
December 16, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys basketball: Franklin Regional will get a rematch with Mars when the fourth-ranked Panthers host the No. 1 Planets in Murrysville in Section 3-5A. The teams played each other in the WPIAL championship last year with Mars winning, 54-44.

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift decommits from Youngstown State
Jayvon Thrift is not a quarterback, but the senior from Norwin is calling an audible. And he's going into a hurry-up offense with the clock ticking. Just three days from National Signing Day, the senior safety made a surprising revelation Sunday on social media that he is decommitting from Youngstown

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McCoy’s dunk sparks Greensburg Salem in win versus Jeannette
December 15, 2018
With widened eyes, Shamar McCoy saw the ball into his grasp, secured it tightly and trampolined upward. The delicate pass inside from sophomore Christian McGowan was just as sweet as McCoy's finish: a two-handed stuff early in the fourth quarter that helped reshape the game for Greensburg Salem in a

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Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Jackson taking talents to Miami
Franklin Regional senior golfer Palmer Jackson had a summer and fall to remember as he qualified for various high-level events at some of the top courses in the country. His All-American tour continues this week in Florida -- with more global flavor -- as he plays in the prestigious South

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Big man Kerr carries Derry over Greensburg Central Catholic
Add John Kerr to the list of impressive local big men you probably never heard of. The rangy, 6-foot-6, 195-pound center from Derry is making a name for himself this season. He has been a force for the Trojans, scoring inside, altering shots and running the floor like a guard.

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Norwin girls basketball uses fast pace to defeat Pine-Richland
December 13, 2018
When Norwin turned up the pressure, everything changed, including Pine-Richland's hopes of winning. It was a close girls basketball game in the opening minutes, but No. 4 Norwin turned its Section 1-6A opener into a rout when it kicked up the tempo and blew past the Rams, 75-40, on Thursday

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: WCCA event fills void
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association heard the plea from member schools in basketball for years: andquot;Why not usandquot; Why couldn't basketball have an event like the other sports in the county The WCCA puts on top-level tournaments and meets in various sports and seasons but was missing a steady hoops

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Franklin Regional uses defense to top Norwin in Rettger final
December 12, 2018
It wasn't pretty, but Franklin Regional will take it. Behind another strong defensive performance, the Panthers defended their title and won their fifth Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament in seven years with a 44-39 victory over Norwin on Wednesday night in Murrysville. A game with little fluidity saw both teams run

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Franklin Regional uses defense to top Norwin in Rettger final
It wasn't pretty, but Franklin Regional will take it. Behind another strong defensive performance, the Panthers defended their title and won their fifth Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament in seven years with a 44-39 victory over Norwin on Wednesday night in Murrysville. A game with little fluidity saw both teams run

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Norwin’s Breen commits to play soccer at Duquesne
Norwin soccer standout Carter Breen is far from a late bloomer. In fact, he often is ahead of everyone else on the field. He has been one to watch for years, at the youth level through the high school ranks. And while his college commitment came later than most, the

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Fenton, Butler lead Class 6A No. 2 Latrobe past Gateway
December 11, 2018
There was no double-overtime when Latrobe and Gateway met on the basketball court for a rematch on Tuesday night. For Gateway, though, there still was plenty of double jeopardy. The Gators could not slow down the Wildcats' potent one-two scoring duo of Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler as the host

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Dec. 10, 2018
December 9, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball: Hempfield will waste no time leaping into section play as the Spartans host Canon-McMillan in a Section 2-6A game. Other local games include Uniontown at Southmoreland and Waynesburg at Yough. Boys basketball: A couple of county matchups have Belle Vernon at Washington and Burrell at Kiski Area.

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Franklin Regional works on finishing moves in win over Greensburg Salem
December 8, 2018
Franklin Regional went to a half-court offensive set late in Saturday afternoon's game against Greensburg Salem. The plan was to move the ball around and drain time off the clock, but it also gave coach Steve Scorpion an opportunity to get the Panthers accustomed to a style they might need

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wickstrom takes over Monessen softball
Monessen has made significant strides in the softball postseason the last few years. If the Greyhounds are going to continue their upswing, however, they will do so with a new coach. And a young coach at that. The school recently named Carlee Wickstrom coach after Bo Teets' resignation last month.

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Franklin Regional rides balanced attacked to win over Belle Vernon
December 7, 2018
Franklin Regional was in a giving mood in its season opener Friday night. It might be holiday time, but the boys basketball team's caring-is-sharing approach had a lot more to do with its unselfishness and ability to spread the ball as the Panthers took care of business. They used crisp

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Westmoreland County basketball’s top storylines to follow
December 6, 2018
5 storylines to follow Remember me -- Coaches who resign or leave the game often mention in parting that they'll probably surface later on, that it's not the end of the road. In some cases, they even return to the same program. That is the case with four area boys

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Westmoreland County basketball teams to watch
5 teams to watch Boys Belle Vernon -- Longtime Monessen coach Joe Salvino switched Mon-Valley programs to take over the Leopards and has some talent with which to work. Junior guard Cam Nusser (14 ppg) pilots an experienced group that made the PIAA playoffs last year for the first time

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Westmoreland County basketball players to watch
5 players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe (Sr., 6-5, G) -- West Liberty recruit is one of area's more versatile scorers and team players. Averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists for high-scoring Wildcats. Reed Fenton, Latrobe (Sr., 6-4, G) -- With a silky pull-up jumper, long frame and advanced

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Westmoreland County teams prepare for altered basketball landscape
About the only things guaranteed this season in local high school basketball, the only things that haven't changed, are that the ball is round and the rims are 10 feet high. The rest, well, it's all fair game and probably has been subjected in some way to a mass overhaul

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Penn-Trafford’s Nguyen gives verbal commitment to Akron
Smarts and skills are often what separate the great soccer players from the almost-great ones. Penn-Trafford junior Sarah Nguyen has both traits and they have propelled her to a Division I scholarship. Nguyen, a speedy midfielder and one of the Warriors' key players the past two seasons, made a verbal

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball tournaments get season started
December 4, 2018
High school basketball season opens Friday, and there are a number of local tip-off tournaments to watch. Hempfield has three boys games Friday and Saturday. McKeesport and Jeannette meet in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Belle Vernon and Franklin Regional at 7 and Greensburg Salem and

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Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes commits to William & Mary
December 3, 2018
Marcus Barnes is glad he waited. So is William andamp;amp; Mary. Barnes, a football standout at Jeannette, held true to his word by waiting until after the season to commit to a college, announcing Monday night he will attend William andamp;amp; Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He chose the FCS school

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Penn-Trafford’s Kiley Dugan named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
December 1, 2018
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the year Kiley Dugan Sr., MF, Penn-Trafford In the annals of Penn-Trafford girls soccer, Kiley Dugan will likely be remembered for her golden goal in the 2017 WPIAL Class 4A championship. The rousing overtime header allowed Penn-Trafford to skirt around rival Norwin, 2-1, and

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Norwin’s Carter Breen named Westmoreland County Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year Carter Breen Sr., F, Norwin A flash down the far sideline, Norwin forward Carter Breen dashes into the final third of the field, uses an advanced move to leave a defender dizzy and canons one into the back of the net. He

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West Allegheny’s Nathan Dragisich named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year Nathan Dragisich West Allegheny, senior, midfielder Playing at a fast, attacking pace, West Allegheny racked up 120 goals, 23 wins and a PIAA championship. Nathan Dragisich was out in front, leading the charge as the Indians went andquot;dragandquot; racing to their most

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Experienced lineup returns for Penn-Trafford girls who move to Class 5A
November 30, 2018
Injuries upset the balance of Penn-Trafford's season a year ago, but Warriors girls basketball coach John Giannikas isn't dwelling on what happened in the past. He isn't losing sleep over what might have been. It simply wouldn't do him any good. Besides, if there ever was a time to stay

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Consistency, rapport key for Penn-Trafford boys basketball this season
School of Rock is in session again. Only this year the pupils are much more comfortable with the lesson plan. Boys basketball coach Jim Rocco brought a new system to Penn-Trafford in 2015 and supplemented it with skill-intense training. With a few seasons to absorb the change, players appear to

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WPIAL soccer players named to All-America, All-Region teams
November 29, 2018
The WPIAL received substantial recognition from the United Soccer Coaches -- the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America -- on Thursday. Four players from the district were lauded as All-Americans, and five more were named to All-Region II East teams. West Allegheny senior midfielder Nathan Dragisich and Butler senior

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland’s Miller headed to RMU
November 28, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For decades, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things sure have changed in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller, a

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Southmoreland softball player Miller commits to Robert Morris
November 27, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For years, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things have improved over time in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller,

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Latrobe girls move on from notable graduation loss
November 26, 2018
Latrobe knew the Laura Graytok era would come to an end at some point, much like the boys basketball program begrudgingly anticipated the departure of Austin Butler a couple of years ago. Graytok, a standout in the Wildcats' backcourt for four years and a 1,591-point scorer, is now at American

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Tough road ahead for talented Latrobe boys basketball team
Latrobe won't be criticized for playing a soft boys basketball schedule this winter. The slate is dotted with demanding matchups, from tournaments at Canon-McMillan and Elmira, N.Y., to other nonsection clashes with Abington Prep, Penn Hills, Kiski School, Allderdice, Woodland Hills and Gateway. andquot;The schedule kind of came together. It's

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Westmoreland notebook: WCCA schedules in-season shootout at Hempfield
November 24, 2018
Basketball continues to gain prominence in the yearly sports cycle of Westmoreland County Coaches Association. After two successful summer shootout events, WCCA has introduced a new feature: a boys in-season shootout set for Dec. 15 at Hempfield. Bill Swan, the coach at Hempfield, spearheaded a move to get basketball onto

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New coach Salih hoping to instill toughness in GCC girls
November 22, 2018
Knee pads and mouth guards have become part of the uniform at Greensburg Central Catholic. The Centurion girls won't be tall, but they also won't be talked down to. andquot;We want our girls to play hard and to be physical,andquot; said first-year coach Samuel Salih. andquot;I started having teams put

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Bisignani returns to helm as GCC boys try to get back to playoffs
The approach and motivation for Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball is like the gym floor on which the team will play this season: fresh and shiny, brand new and bright. This is a team that looks new on the surface but is quite same-old underneath. And that includes the expectation

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Belle Vernon soccer standout Apodiakos commits to Duquesne
Markello Apodiakos had a lot to be thankful for Thursday. The soccer standout from Belle Vernon flew under the radar of Division I college coaches, despite a decorated high school career and constantly being the go-to player who was marked by opponents. The situation flustered the senior and baffled his

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New coach, transfer Konek add to new approach for Franklin Regional girls basketball
November 21, 2018
Change swept through the Franklin Regional girls basketball program in the offseason. A new coach took over with an approach to match. And a Division I player moved into the district. Now the question is, how long will it take for all of these novel parts to harmonize andquot;It's been

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Momentum continues for Franklin Regional boys basketball after WPIAL runner-up campaign
After reaching the WPIAL finals last season for the first time since 1997, Franklin Regional boys basketball become all the rage in Murrysville. The surge has carried over. As a result, second-year coach Steve Scorpion decided to provide a community gathering for the team, fans and future Panthers with a

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette basketball players get early start
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts feels spoiled this preseason. For the first time since 2014, he had his entire team available for the start of practice. Deep playoff runs in football have limited what the basketball team could do several weeks into the past several seasons as two-sport players

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Norwin eager to host WPIAL Class 5A football championship
After hosting WPIAL football playoff games the last two weeks, Norwin is set to welcome the Class 5A championship on Friday night. West Allegheny (10-2) will play Penn Hills (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. A WPIAL football final has not been played at a high school stadium since 1985. Norwin hosted

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Aliquippa forces Derry to throw more in WPIAL Class 3A final
November 17, 2018
Aliquippa saw a thin spot in the Derry offense, exploited it, and parlayed it into a WPIAL football championship. The Quips used their athletic, ball-hawking secondary to intercept five Derry passes -- three by Quips standout MJ Devonshire -- in Saturday's 42-19 victory in the Class 3A title game at

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Penn Hills rallies past Peters Township in WPIAL Class 5A semifinals
November 16, 2018
With all the classic ingredients of a championship-caliber team -- a prolific passer, a 1,000-yard rusher, big-play receivers and an athletic defense -- Penn Hills just wanted the opportunity to play for a title. The high-powered Indians will get their chance after handling their business in the semifinals, turning potential

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A Derry grad and former Penn State LB, Tim Sweeney spearheaded the Trojans’ turnaround
Derry used to have a stripe down the center of its football helmets and decals on the side. Then an old fuddy duddy came along and wiped the mustard-yellow domes clean. He did the same to the program's deficient past. Tim Sweeney will lead his Derry team (11-1) onto the

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Westmoreland County athletes follow in older siblings’ footsteps with Division I commitments
November 14, 2018
Nick Coy wanted to be a wrestler because he saw his older brother, Cam, become proficient in the sport. Twisting opponents into precarious positions and holding them down on the mat appealed to the impressionable younger sibling, two years Cam's junior. andquot;I thought, 'I'll give it a try,' andquot; said

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Westmoreland County football Q&A: Derry’s Justin Flack
Justin Flack saw the pass rush, saw teammate Dom DeLuca hurry North Catholic quarterback Zack Rocco into a panicked throw, and made his move. Acting on instinct and charged by pure adrenaline, Flack jumped the route, intercepted the errant pass and turned it into perhaps the greatest play in Derry

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West Allegheny avenges loss to Franklin Regional, advances to PIAA final
November 13, 2018
West Allegheny did something no team had done all season on Tuesday night. In addition to playing without its starting goalkeeper for the first time in nearly four years -- instead starting a keeper who had never played the position before -- the Indians managed to score two goals against

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Westmoreland notebook: Busy signing day expected
Some of the WPIAL's top Division I college recruits from the area will make their commitments official by signing national letters of intent. The initial signing period for senior athletes in all sports except football begins Wednesday, and Westmoreland County will be well represented. Those expected to sign Wednesday or

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Franklin Regional readies for WPIAL title-game foe West Allegheny
November 12, 2018
As the PIAA soccer playoffs progress, WPIAL rematches become more likely. It's the nature of the pre-slotted setup in the brackets. Sometimes it's not a matter of if, but when, teams will meet again in states. Coaches often contemplate how to approach those rematches: just trust in what worked the

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Poker-faced GCC strolls into semifinal rematch with Avonworth
Quite literally, the cards have been stacked against Tyler Solis before. The coach of the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team used to be a gaming dealer at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. andquot;I know how all those games work,andquot; Solis said. He also knows a thing or two about the

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 12, 2018
November 11, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer: A pair of local teams rolled on in the PIAA playoffs with quarterfinal wins over the weekend. Now, they will play in the semis for the chance to go to Hershey to play for state titles. Both

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Short-handed Greensburg Central Catholic clips Seton LaSalle, advances to PIAA boys soccer semifinals
November 10, 2018
With two starting forwards hobbled by leg injuries, including standout Pitt recruit Luke Mort, Greensburg Central Catholic had to do some reconfiguring -- of its schemes, its lineup and its outlook -- for the PIAA Class A boys soccer quarterfinals. Backups had to find their way into the flow, adjust

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Last-second field goal lifts Peters Township past Penn-Trafford in WPIAL quarterfinals
November 9, 2018
Kickoff returns. Trick plays. Big gain after big gain. The WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal between Penn-Trafford and Peters Township had its share of explosiveness -- mostly in the first 12 minutes -- but the 42-point opening quarter only stood to complement a three-point fourth for Peters Township. Peters Township kicker

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Westmoreland County boys soccer preview capsules for Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinals
Boys soccer Class 3A Quarterfinals Franklin Regional (19-0-1) vs. Cathedral Prep (20-1) 4 p.m. Saturday at Slippery Rock High School Winner plays: Winner of Hershey (15-4-1)/West Allegheny (20-2) on Tuesday in the semifinals Players to watch: Zack Snider, Franklin Regional (Sr., MF); Liam King, Cathedral Prep (Sr., D) Corner kicks:

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Franklin Regional seeks better result against Gateway
November 8, 2018
The number 63 haunts Franklin Regional. For a program with a proud playoff tradition, one built on defense, the Panthers admitted to being embarrassed after a 63-3 loss to vaunted Gateway in Week 6. It was their worst loss since 2003. Some Franklin Regional teams of the past didn't give

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With teammates hobbled by injuries, Ward takes on added role for Greensburg C.C. boys
When two teammates went down with ankle injuries in Tuesday's PIAA first-round soccer playoff game, Greensburg Central Catholic's Nate Ward did not become alarmed. Not that the junior forward would. Iroquois came back to close a three-goal deficit to one early in the second half before GCC escaped with a

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Senior midfielder Kranick setting the table for Franklin Regional attack
November 7, 2018
For a moment, think of Franklin Regional soccer player Auston Kranick in basketball terms, as a point guard. He sets up the offense. He controls the tempo. He directs the symphony when the ball crosses that center line. andquot;Yeah, but he is a point guard who can score,andquot; Panthers coach

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A: Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold
Franklin Regional had begun to slide as the regular season moved into its final few weeks. The Panthers lost three of their final four games, all to playoff teams, so the prospect of them advancing in the WPIAL Class 5A postseason was a low pulse rate at best. No. 9

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Franklin Regional boys pepper Bellefonte with 54 shots in PIAA 1st-round victory
November 6, 2018
With the wind whipping at their backs, giving their shots a turbo boost, Franklin Regional raided Bellefonte with shots in the first half. One would have expected the wind to work against the Panthers in the second half when the teams flipped sides. Instead, the WPIAL champions breezed to victory

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Jeannette announces inaugural class of Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame
Jeannette has won WPIAL and PIAA titles in several sports and has been producing top-level college talent for decades. A number of athletes have gone on to professional careers. But what the tradition-rich school has not had is a way to collectively honor the accomplishments of those teams and standouts

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Norwin’s Gray changes commitment, will compete in track and field at Bucknell
November 5, 2018
Lexi Gray took a sharp turn on the road to college athletics, changing sports and schools along the way. She could not be happier with her new-found decision. Gray, a senior at Norwin, had planned to play soccer at Lourdes, a NAIA school in Sylvania, Ohio. She committed before the

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Westmoreland PIAA boys soccer capsules for Nov. 6, 2018
Boys soccer Class AAAA Norwin (17-3-1) vs. State College (12-5-2) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bald Eagle High School, Wingate Winner plays: Winner of Cumberland Valley/Radnor Players to watch: Carter Breen, Norwin (Sr., F); Daniel Bennett, State College (Sr. F) Corner kicks: Norwin has not qualified for the state playoffs since

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Undermanned Monessen nearly pulls off upset for ages
November 4, 2018
Decidedly outnumbered in roster numbers, fans and expectations, Monessen put a rather unannounced scare into top-seeded Jeannette on Friday night in the WPIAL Class A football quarterfinals at Hempfield. Playing with just 17 dressed players, 26 on the roster in all -- exactly half of Jeannette's 52 -- the eighth-seeded

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Nov. 5, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer Three area teams open play in the PIAA playoffs. WPIAL Class 3A champion Franklin Regional (18-0-1) will play District 6 champion Bellefonte (12-2-1) at 5 p.m. at Norwin. Greensburg Central Catholic (17-2), the WPIAL Class A runner-up,

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho commits to Pitt wrestling
November 3, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho announced Saturday via Twitter his commitment to the Pitt wrestling program. A 132-pounder last season, Camacho went 40-3 and won a WPIALClass AAA individual championship before finishing second in the PIAA tournament in Hershey. He also won section and county titles last winter. Camacho, who

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High school notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks up another Division I offer
Dom DeLuca knows the farther he can help guide Derry into the WPIAL football playoffs, the better his chances are to get college exposure. Of course, that is not something DeLuca would admit being the team-first senior leader he is for the Trojans. He wants to see Derry win its

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No. 1 Jeannette ‘lucky’ to escape in quarterfinals vs. Monessen
November 2, 2018
Humbled and counting their blessings, and thankful to to be moving on after a great escape, Jeannette football players wandered around the locker room with the look of a team that had just lost. andquot;We underestimated Monessen,andquot; Jeannette junior Jackson Pruitt said. andquot;Some of us thought they were going to

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Franklin Regional defense stands tall in shutting down high-scoring West Allegheny
As shot after shot came at Jeremy Lucas like he was inside a batting cage with the machine cranked to MLB, the Franklin Regional senior goalkeeper and his defense went all MLS in the closing minutes of the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Another spirited defensive effort, aided by a first-half

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Franklin Regional blanks West Allegheny to capture 1st WPIAL boys soccer championship
November 1, 2018
With a defense like Franklin Regional's sometimes all it takes is one. Panthers coach Rand Hudson said he hoped his team was ready for the andquot;brights lights, big cityandquot; nature of the finals. With the sparkle of a Pittsburgh skyline as the backdrop, the Panthers gave their coach a definitive

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Area teams enjoy turnaround seasons
The football playoffs will have the local regulars. Jeannette, Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford and Belle Vernon occupy spots on the WPIAL brackets. Derry and Monessen are back to being contenders and Ligonier Valley has become a juggernaut in the District 6 Heritage Conference. But the return of a pair of local

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Penn-Trafford, North Hills to wear commemorative helmet decals to honor shooting victims
The Penn-Trafford and North Hills football teams will honor the memory of victims of the Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting by wearing special decals on their helmets during Friday night's WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game in Harrison City. The black and white decals, circles with the words andquot;Stronger Than Hateandquot;

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Westmoreland soccer notebook: Boys teams take center stage this fall
October 31, 2018
Girls soccer teams from Westmoreland County had turned the WPIAL finals into an annual pilgrimage to Highmark Stadium. The boys, not so much. But times are changing, at least for this season. While no local girls teams made it to the championship games for the first time since 2009, three

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Niko Rosso
At this time last season, Niko Rosso was watching his Penn-Trafford teammates prepare for the WPIAL playoffs from the sidelines. Rosso injured his elbow and missed the entire postseason: the exciting wins over Fox Chapel and Upper St. Clair, and the close loss to Gateway in the Class 5A championship

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Top-seeded Avonworth next challenge for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer
From Day 1 of preseason conditioning, before uniforms were handed out and starters were named, the goal -- no, make that the mission statement -- for the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team, was to bring home a WPIAL championship. The thought of anything less than getting to the final

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Confident Franklin Regional boys soccer ready to test skill against perennial contender West Allegheny
Franklin Regional never made it this far before in the WPIAL boys soccer season. It may never have had a team this confident in its ability, either. That's not to say the top-ranked Panthers (17-0-1), set to play No. 2 West Allegheny (19-1) at 8 p.m. Thursday for the WPIAL

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Ligonier Valley moves playoff game to Greensburg Salem
With rain in the forecast and its home field still muddy from recent wet weather, Ligonier Valley will move Friday's home football playoff game from Weller Field to Greensburg Salem's Offutt Field. Ligonier Valley (10-0) is set to host Marion Center (5-5) as the Rams begin their quest for a

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Franklin Regional boys defeat Thomas Jefferson to reach 1st WPIAL final
October 29, 2018
With each chapter Franklin Regional pens in this, its finest season, the boys soccer team continues to make history. Senior midfielder Zack Snider had a career night with three goals and senior Justin LeDonne and freshman Anthony DiFalco had one score apiece to power the top-seeded Panthers past No. 12

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Greensburg CC boys battle past Seton LaSalle for spot in soccer title game
Their patience tested, their pace slowed and their bodies rattled around the turf, Greensburg Central Catholic soccer players overcame their toughest test of the season to move a step closer to their greatest reward. No. 2 seed GCC overcame a physical, thorny WPIAL Class A semifinal against No. 3 Seton

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 29, 2018
October 28, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer: Three county teams will look to keep playoff runs going in the WPIAL semifinals. Norwin, the No. 2 seed in Class 4A, takes on No. 3 Upper St. Clair at 8 p.m. at North Allegheny. Norwin will be the site for a local doubleheader: Class A No.

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Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Helm ‘can’t wait to be a Raider’
Geoff Helm will be one of the top returning basketball players in Westmoreland County this season, and now that the Greensburg Central Catholic senior has settled on a college, he can focus on leading the Centurions back to the playoffs. Helm gave a verbal commitment to Shippensburg, turning down other

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Peters Township girls soccer blanks No. 2 Norwin to reach WPIAL finals
October 27, 2018
In theory, Norwin had what appeared to be a distinct advantage in the Class 4A girls soccer semifinals. The No. 2-seeded Knights came in with a healthy lineup and trotted out a number experienced players who were aiming for a fourth straight WPIAL finals appearance. During warmups, Norwin learned Peters

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Westmoreland boys soccer capsules: Monday’s semifinals
Boys Soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (16-2-1) vs. No. 3 Upper St. Clair (12-3-2) 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2-1)/No. 4 Canon-McMillan (16-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Uwe Schneider, USC Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Zachary

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Westmoreland high school notebook: FR boys soccer not surprised by playoff run
Franklin Regional is making a historic run in boys soccer, but those around the program do not seem surprised. This year's Panthers, an assortment of players from all four classes, is one of those wait-until-they-get-together groups that coaches can spot miles away. Coach Rand Hudson knew about the wide range

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Penn-Trafford leans on ground game to defeat Franklin Regional
October 26, 2018
Penn-Trafford went ground-and-pound in its regular-season finale, and Franklin Regional had no answers for it. Junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap ran for 106 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, and junior running back Caleb Lisbon rushed for 163 yards and a score in a 30-14 Class 5A Big East victory Friday

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Top-seeded Franklin Regional edges Hampton to advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 25, 2018
Franklin Regional has spent the boys soccer season reducing opponents to donuts. A tightfisted defense produced an unbeaten regular season, an accompanying section title and the top seed in the playoffs. Now, you can add the team's first trip to the WPIAL semifinals. No. 1 Franklin Regional allowed a rare

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s semifinals
girls soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (15-2) vs. No. 3 Peters Township (15-3) 5 p.m. Saturday at Elizabeth Forward Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (14-2)/No. 4 Upper St. Clair (13-3) Coaches: Lauren Karcher, Norwin; Pat Verab, Peters Township Players to watch: Lacey Bernick, So., MF,

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H.S. football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Westmoreland football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Six WPIAL soccer players up for All-American games
Six of the WPIAL's best soccer players are up for a national all-star game -- make that the national all-star game. The senior players are among the finalists on a season-long watchlist for the fall High School All-American games, set for Dec. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Organizers said final selections

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No. 2 Norwin girls edge North Allegheny to advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 24, 2018
Pitt recruit Lacey Bernick scored two goals and Norwin overcame a second-half surge from North Allegheny to post a tight and spirited 2-1 victory in the WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer quarterfinals Wednesday night at Norwin Knights Stadium. Second-seeded Norwin (15-2), fresh off a first-round bye, advances to the semifinals

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Westmoreland boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s quarterfinals
Boys soccer Class 4A Quarterfinals No. 2 Norwin (15-2-1) vs. No. 7 Peters Township (11-7) 8 p.m. Thursday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Upper St. Clair (11-3-2)/No. 6 Butler (11-4-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Robert Dyer, Peters Township Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Christian

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Reese Mueseler
Reese Mueseler wears his shiny new WWE-style belt with pride and confidence. It looks good on him, especially in the mirror -- just like his fluffy, neatly cropped haircut, which he claims is a close second to lineman Trent Holler's andquot;man bunandquot; for team best. He runs his fingers through

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Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford to battle for playoff positioning in Big East Conference
It is tough to spot differences between Franklin Regional and Penn-Trafford. Both teams have dual-threat quarterbacks, talented skill-position players, a number of athletic two-way contributors and even proficient kickers. So assuming a number of areas cancel each other out, what will prevent a stalemate; what will be the difference when

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Latrobe football team excited for 1st WPIAL playoff opportunity since ’09
Arnold Palmer. Fred Rogers. The banana split. A number of historical staples, both timeless and recognizable worldwide, have helped put the Greater in Greater Latrobe. Another is Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College, a summer tradition for more than five decades. While a cornerstone in its history, the Black

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Wednesday’s quarterfinals
October 23, 2018
GIRLS SOCCER Class 4A Quarterfinals No. 2 Norwin (14-2) vs. No. 7 North Allegheny (11-5-1) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Peters Township (14-3)/No. 11 Butler (11-5-2) Coaches: Lauren Karcher, Norwin; Chuck Kelley, North Allegheny Players to watch: Dani Iannuzzo, Jr., MF, Norwin; Emma Bundy,

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Ward’s hat trick leads No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic to 1st-round victory
October 22, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic stretched the Vincentian Academy defense thin with wide passes and used its team speed to keep the shots coming from the start. The result was an 8-0 victory on Monday night in a WPIAL Class A first-round boys soccer playoff game at Franklin Regional. Junior midfielder Nate

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GCC soccer standout Luke Mort commits to Pitt
Luke Mort chose playoff game day to make his college commitment. Then, the Greensburg Central Catholic senior forward's focus quickly shifted to winning a WPIAL soccer title. Mort announced Monday afternoon his verbal commitment to Pitt. The Centurions' go-to goal scorer also had scholarship offers from Holy Cross, Robert Morris

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Westmoreland WPIAL boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Oct. 22, 2018
October 21, 2018
Boys soccer Class 4A No. 11 Latrobe (10-6-1) vs. No. 6 Butler (10-4-2) 7 p.m. Monday at Butler Winner plays: No. 3 Upper St. Clair (11-3-2) Coaches: Tom Kennedy, Latrobe; Troy Mohney, Butler Players to watch: Marshal Kalning, Sr., MF, Latrobe; Tate Mohney, Sr., F, Butler Corner kicks: After losing

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 22, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys soccer: The WPIAL playoffs begin with nine county teams in action, five of which will be part of local doubleheaders. Greensburg Central Catholic (14-1) plays Vincentian (5-8) at 6 p.m. at Franklin Regional in a Class A first-round

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Butler ousts defending WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford from girls soccer playoffs
October 20, 2018
With his team trailing by a goal early, Steve Perri wanted the Butler girls to get to the perimeter and run wide on Penn-Trafford. He figured that could flip the game's momentum. Did it ever. Defending WPIAL Class 4A champion Penn-Trafford allowed the Golden Tornado to play that way and,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Anderson collects Penn State offer
Malia Anderson expected colleges to take notice after the season she had on the track last spring. The interest has trickled in for the Greensburg Salem senior, who is primed for a big senior year. The 800-meter specialist has heard from Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown. She took an official

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Derry inches closer to Class 3A Big East title, blanks Deer Lakes
October 19, 2018
Derry went 33 years between conference championships when it won a title two seasons ago. The time gap has closed substantially as the Trojans continue to chase their third title in as many years. No. 2 Derry established its defensive presence early and plowed its way to a 37-0 victory

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Penn-Trafford AD Kerry Hetrick named administrator of year
Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick has been named the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials High School Administrator of the Year. The award was a pleasant surprise for Hetrick, who recently resumed working after having surgery on his neck. The honor, the association said, is for someone in Hetrick's position

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s 1st-round games
October 18, 2018
Girls soccer First round Class 4A No. 12. Hempfield (6-9) vs. No. 5 Pine-Richland (14-3) 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine-Richland Winner plays: No. 4 Upper St. Clair (13-3) Coaches: Adam Shaffer, Hempfield; Jodi Chmielewski, Pine-Richland Players to watch: Sydney Patrick, Jr., F, Hempfield; Megan Donnelly, So., F, Pine-Richland Corner kicks:

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Westmoreland football notebook: Belle Vernon motivated to win for injured QB
Quarterback Jared Hartman's season-ending knee injury was a devastating blow to the Belle Vernon football program but the Leopards were quick to recover. No andquot;break glass in case of emergencyandquot; warnings or waving of white flags down in the Mon Valley. Class 4A No. 3 Belle Vernon (6-1) is not

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Norwin girls soccer gets much-needed WPIAL bye with No. 2 seed
October 17, 2018
Norwin's girls soccer program has had its share of success in recent years as it won WPIAL titles in 2015 and '16, and a PIAA championship last season. But the Knights will add a new wrinkle this postseason, something they surprisingly did not have in those glory years: a first-round

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
Class AAAA Favorite: Seneca Valley. The Raiders won WPIAL titles in 2007, '09, '13 and '14. They finished on top of a strong Section 1 and posted nonsection wins over defending champion Penn-Trafford and reining PIAA champ Norwin. Contenders: No. 2 Norwin is loaded with talent and speed. The Knights

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Franklin Regional draws No. 1 seed in WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs
Franklin Regional coach Rand Hudson hoped his team would get the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. All right, he just about expected it. How could he not The Panthers put together the most dominating regular season in program history. The Panthers (14-0-1) have allowed

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A with Belle Vernon’s Mason Pascoe
Mason Pascoe anticipated he would be the featured running back at Belle Vernon this season, and he couldn't wait to cradle the football and go. andquot;I knew in the offseason I would have to step up and be a leader,andquot; he said. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior quietly has put together

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Norwin clinches Section 3-AAAA title by beating rival Penn-Trafford
October 15, 2018
A year after the balance of power in a decades-long girls soccer rivalry shifted to Penn-Trafford, Norwin regained command. The top-ranked Knights swept the regular-season series from Penn-Trafford and clinched the Section 3-AAAA title with a 4-1 victory Monday night at rain-soaked Knights Stadium in North Huntingdon. It was the

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High school notebook: Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls soccer set for high-stakes rematch
October 14, 2018
There always is something significant on the line when Penn-Trafford and Norwin play in girls soccer. The teams continue their intense rivalry Monday night when the Warriors (12-3, 10-2) visit Norwin (13-2, 11-0) at Knights Stadium. No. 1-ranked Norwin won the first game 4-2 as senior Kendyl Kranitz scored two

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer: Uber-rivals Penn-Trafford and Norwin will meet again in a matchup in North Huntingdon that could decide the Section 3-AAAA title. Norwin, the defending PIAA champion, won the first meeting 4-2 over the defending WPIAL champion Warriors. Penn-Trafford

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem boys soccer in win-and-in scenario
October 13, 2018
Greensburg Salem's boys soccer playoff fate will come down to the last night of section play. The top four teams in each section go to the WPIAL postseason. The Golden Lions are tied for fourth place with Trinity at 6-5 and both teams play Tuesday night. Greensburg Salem hosts Laurel

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Belle Vernon QB Jared Hartman suffers knee injury, done for season
Belle Vernon junior quarterback Jared Hartman revealed Saturday that he tore his ACL, MCL and other ligaments in his right knee. He is done for the season. Hartman was injured in the first half and had to be carried off on a stretcher Friday night in a 28-12 win over

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Converted receiver Engel rushes for 282 yards as Canon-McMillan beats Norwin
Norwin expected tough sledding in the condensed yet top-heavy Class 6A football conference this season. But that was against the powerhouse programs; the North Alleghenys and Pine-Richlands of the world. The Knights saw a few andquot;winnableandquot; games on the schedule that could maybe help them make a run at the

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Apodiakos, Breen take down program scoring records
October 12, 2018
Two long-time scoring records fell Thursday night for a pair of Westmoreland County boys soccer programs. Senior Markello Apodiakos of Belle Vernon became his school's career points leader with 202, surpassing Mike Posey's mark of 200 set from 1986-89. Apodiakos, who also is Belle Vernon's all-time leader in goals, scored

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Golf dynasties continue as all 4 champions defend WPIAL titles
October 11, 2018
Golf is all about the next shot, the next hole, the next round. For some WPIAL golf teams it's about the next championship -- and the next one ... and the next one after that. It was the same old story Thursday at soggy Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver as

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Big East coaches praise Penn-Trafford
Ask coaches from the Class 5A Big East Conference if they're surprised to see Penn-Trafford in the thick of the conference-title chase and you'll get the same answer presented a few different ways. Nope. No way. Of course not. Penn-Trafford has one of the most respected programs around, a sentiment

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5 things to watch at WPIAL team golf championships
October 10, 2018
The WPIAL boys and girls team golf championship will be Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver. Action begins at 10 a.m. The boys will play the Gold course and the girls' finals will be contested on the Red course. Champions will be crowned in Class AAA and AA. Here

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Jeannette aims to cut down on penalties against rival Greensburg Central Catholic
Jeannette has to clean up its act, coach Roy Hall preached after last Friday's night's home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. At the time, he meant cut down on penalties. But when he reiterated those words Saturday morning, he was referring to the bleachers at McKee Stadium.

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High school football Q&A with Jeannette’s Drake Petrillo
Drake Petrillo is a late bloomer to football. He joined Jeannette's team in Week 3 last season. But watching him play Friday, you would think he'd been playing defense all of his life. Petrillo was a disruptive force from the middle of the Jeannette defensive line, ripping past blockers for

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Deer Lakes rallies past Mt. Pleasant to capture Section 2-2A boys soccer title
October 9, 2018
Colton Spence probably has been tackled and fouled in the box a lot harder in his budding soccer career, but he had never had a follow-up penalty kick that carried so much significance. Spence, a sophomore from Deer Lakes, knocked in a PK to the left of reaching Mt. Pleasant

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer stays focused on championship goals
October 8, 2018
Celebrations after boys soccer victories at Greensburg Central Catholic are short-lived and swift. A few high-fives and fist-bumps to acknowledge the accomplishment are fine, but coach Tyler Solis isn't going to clean up any confetti unless it's scattered about Highmark Stadium next month. andquot;The guys are like, 'When we win

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Butler makes college decision
Bryce Butler likes to hustle to his team's end of the basketball court and score quickly. Keeping the offensive flow moving is what he knows. The get-it-and-go approach works at Latrobe and on the AAU circuit, and Butler fit in well with both uptempo programs. A Division II college team

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 8, 2018
October 7, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer: Coming off an upset of top-ranked South Park, Yough is locked in a tight battle for fourth place -- and potentially the final playoff spot -- in Section 3-AA. The Cougars have a chance to score an

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift commits to Youngstown State
Jayvon Thrift went with the school where he felt the most mutual admiration -- the one that wanted him the most. The senior football player from Norwin announced late Saturday he has given a verbal commitment to Youngstown State. The FCS Penguins will get a package deal from Norwin come

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Norwin QB Salopek was knocked out after hit Friday night
October 6, 2018
Norwin junior quarterback Jack Salopek is feeling better but plans to see a doctor Monday after suffering a possible concussion in Friday night's 35-16 loss to Central Catholic at Carnegie Mellon. Salopek said he was knocked out after absorbing a jarring a hit while running the football early in the

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Franklin Regional senior combines recruiting process, entrepreneurial spirit
Jake Williams took his first step into the recruiting process with curiosity and wonder. He had a basic idea of how it worked, understanding the premise colleges didn't come to you -- you have to go to them. The senior baseball player at Franklin Regional decided to get crafty when

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC girls going for 4th straight golf title
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf could win as many titles in a row as there have been Zambrunos on the team in recent years: four. The Centurions are in the four-team WPIAL Class AA championship field Thursday at Cedarbrook in Rostraver. If they can get past Elizabeth Forward, Sewickley Academy

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No. 1 Jeannette stuffs OLSH in top-5 high school football matchup
October 5, 2018
It is rare to see a Week 6 regular season game, especially one that doesn't impact the conference standings, get so much attention. But Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Jeannette came with all the bells and whistles of a playoff matchup. Maybe it was buried in small type

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Repeat titles the theme for WPIAL team golf playoffs
Sewickley Academy's quest for a a record sixth straight WPIAL Class AA boys golf title will begin Tuesday as the Panthers join eight other teams at a semifinal tournament at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth. Turtle Creek had the boys record for consecutive team titles, winning five from 1934-38, until

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: OLSH’s spread offense to test No. 1 Jeannette
October 4, 2018
Defense has been a strong suit for Jeannette this season, but the Jayhawks have not seen a quarterback quite like Tyler Bradley of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. OLSH, ranked No. 4 in the WPIAL and state, will visit McKee Stadium Friday night for a nonconference game looking to

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Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren Armanious resigns
Despite a wealth of talent returning from a WPIAL and PIAA semifinal team, Lauren Armanious resigned as Mt. Pleasant softball coach after five seasons. Armanious guided the Vikings to a WPIAL Class 3A title in 2016 and a PIAA 4A championship in 2017. She cited personal reasons for her departure,

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s John Caldwell
Think of the trust people put in calculators, traffic signals and parachute packs. It's like that with John Caldwell at Ligonier Valley. The run-and-gun Rams have complete faith in Caldwell, their senior quarterback who uses his smarts and strong arm to guide an intricate spread offense down the field with

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley claims 3rd straight WPIAL girls golf title
October 3, 2018
North Allegheny senior Caroline Wrigley knew she was chasing WPIAL history. But the real goal here was to have something to tell Uncle Frank. Wrigley

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Five area volleyball teams in coaches’ rankings
October 2, 2018
Five Westmoreland County girls volleyball teams graced the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Week 5 Coaches Poll. Latrobe checked in at No. 7 in the

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Oct. 1, 2018
September 30, 2018
MONDAY Girls soccer The second half of section play is underway as teams wind toward the postseason. Connellsville at No. 2 Norwin (Section 3-AAAA) and

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High school notebook: Franklin Regional volleyball digs helping cancer research
September 29, 2018
Thursday night's girls volleyball match at Franklin Regional will carry playoff implications in Section 1-AAA. But there will be more at stake. The Panthers will

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Oakmont welcomes Meyer, Jackson, Pevarnik for WPIAL final
Gregor Meyer brings hope to the 36-player field competing in the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club. And it's not

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Penn-Trafford routs Plum for 4th consecutive victory
September 28, 2018
About two months ago, Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane sat down in a room at Warrior Stadium to talk about this year's group. He did

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Penn-Trafford baseball’s Bobby Lane commits to Cincinnati
Penn-Trafford junior Bobby Lane announced Friday he has verbally committed to continue his baseball career at Cincinnati. Lane, who throws and bats left-handed, is an

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Home-course advantage helps propel Latrobe’s Pevarnik, Franklin Regional’s Jackson into WPIAL finals showdown
September 27, 2018
Some associated with Hannastown Golf Club like to use the hashtag #HannyStrong on Twitter when they give shoutouts to fellow members that are doing well.

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Coach Charlie Cook watches as Jaiden Crosby and Melik Gordon work on blocking, during the first day of padded practice, at McKee Stadium, in Jeannette.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Jeannette relying on dominant defensive effort
Jeannette has put up more than 55 points in back-to-back weeks and is second in WPIAL Class A in scoring (42.2 ppg), behind Our Lady

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Tee times moved back at WPIAL semifinal tournament
September 26, 2018
Tee times were moved back to noon Thursday for the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf semifinal tournament at Hannastown Golf Club near Greensburg. Steady

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Southmoreland’s Zach Cernuto
Before the season started, Zach Cernuto assessed what might constitute a good season, his first as the starting quarterback at Southmoreland. He knew one win

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Greensburg CC golfer ‘re-Bootes’ his game in time for WPIAL postseason
September 25, 2018
Zach Boote said he was in a dark place with golf. His game felt broken, and he said he struggled to improve. andquot;It's been a

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No. 2-ranked Norwin girls soccer avenges WPIAL title game loss, defeats Penn-Trafford
September 24, 2018
Norwin had been gritting its collective teeth waiting for another shot at Penn-Trafford. The Knights' wired anticipation showed when the girls soccer rivals played their

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Norwin boys soccer rides scheme change to top of section
After Norwin boys soccer dropped its season opener to Seneca Valley, an outlier on the Knights' record so far this season, it was time for

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Sept. 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
Monday Girls soccer The matchup many local soccer fans have been waiting for since last year's WPIAL Class AAAA championship finally is here. No. 2

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H.S. notebook: Injured Belle Vernon player attends game
September 22, 2018
The Belle Vernon boys soccer team had a surprise guest at Thursday night's home game against Albert Gallatin. Senior Jake Sepesky returned to the sidelines

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Latrobe lineman Trent Holler commits to East Carolina
In early August, Trent Holler narrowed his list of potential college football destinations to three. But he second-guessed that call, thought it was too hasty

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Yough displays balance in runaway win over Burrell
September 21, 2018
WPIAL rushing leader Dustin Shoaf gets most of the limelight at Yough, but the senior running back is quick to deflect attention to his teammates.

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Latrobe’s Fenton commits to Lehigh for basketball
Latrobe senior Reed Fenton, who will be one of the top returning basketball players in the WPIAL this winter, gave a verbal commitment Friday to

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Norwin, Penn-Trafford boys soccer play to deadlock
September 20, 2018
Norwin had more shots, more opportunities and controlled possession for the majority of play, even as regulation blended into one overtime period, and then another.

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H.S. football notebook: Laurel Highlands coach set to face alma mater
Jake Just expects pregame butterflies when he returns to coach against his alma mater Friday night at Offutt Field. But that won't change the No.

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog
September 19, 2018
There aren't many athletes these days like Dajauhn Hertzog. At a time when one-sport specialization has practically reached its fever pitch, the senior from Greensburg

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Belle Vernon boys soccer downs Greensburg Salem in Section 3-AAA
September 18, 2018
Belle Vernon and Greensburg Salem had not played in boys soccer since 2005 so the teams had to get reacquainted in their Section 3-AAA matchup

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Dustin Shoaf joins 4,000-yard club
Throw in the 200 yards he rushed for in his freshman season -- half the total he ran for last Friday -- and Yough senior

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Belle Vernon kicker Cameron Guess picks up first offer
Belle Vernon five-star junior kicker and punter Cameron Guess picked up his first Division I scholarship offer Tuesday. Don't expect it to be his last.

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Third current Norwin girls soccer player, Lacey Bernick, commits to Pitt
September 17, 2018
It might be considered an accomplishment for a high school sports program to send three recruits to the same Division I school over say, several

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Derry defensive end Dom DeLuca grabs Towson offer
Dom DeLuca is going to have a decision to make, and a potentially stressful one at that. Until then, he's enjoying the thought of larger

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WPIAL golf individual postseason starts today
The WPIAL golf individual postseason begins today for dozens of players looking to advance to the district finals and PIAA tournaments. Boys teams can enter

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Sept. 17, 2018
September 16, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer Two of the top Section 3-AAAA teams will square off in North Huntingdon as Norwin hosts No. 4 Connellsville. Another local game

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf leads by example
September 15, 2018
Dustin Shoaf told his coach, Scott Wood, late in training camp that he wasn't going to talk to the media until the season started. The

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Franklin Regional tops West Mifflin, starts 3-0 for 1st time since ’11
September 14, 2018
Franklin Regional looks like it might be a case of mistaken identity. The Panthers, a passing team Stranger things have happened. Like the team starting

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Anthony DiFalco follows brother’s lead
September 13, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta sat down on the team bench with freshman Anthony DiFalco as the final minutes neared last Friday night at Latrobe.

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Westmoreland sports notebook: Ligonier Valley’s 23rd straight conference win ties record
September 12, 2018
A rare off week for the Ligonier Valley football team is a good time to pause and reflect on the Rams' offensive run over the

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High school football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Mike Evans
The hole Mike Evans punched in his bedroom wall is a constant reminder. It is a reminder of the aggravation he felt from unrelenting injuries,

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mort values championships over individual accolades
September 10, 2018
A player with Luke Mort's scoring prowess could go rogue in his senior season. He could become enamored with personal goals and a rhythm of

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Sept. 10, 2018
September 9, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer Class A No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic will play its home opener against Serra Catholic in Section 2-A after the game was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Pevarnik, Jackson headline WCCA boys golf tournament
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its boys golf championships Thursday at Latrobe Elks Golf Club. The event will showcase two of the top

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Apodiakos still without offer
September 8, 2018
Markello Apodiakos believes he has the talent to play Division I college soccer. So do his teammates, coaches and opponents. The Belle Vernon senior standout

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Houser’s burst helps Norwin preserve win over Hempfield
September 7, 2018
Apparently stopped in the backfield, Zeke Houser refused to be written off, refused to let Hempfield stay close. The Norwin tailback took a first-down handoff,

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Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone commits to La Salle
Brandon Stone recently said he wanted to keep his college basketball recruiting private and that he had some visits to take before finalizing his decision.

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Week 2 family affair for Bowens
September 6, 2018
As Hempfield football coach Rich Bowen watched game film of Norwin earlier this week, his eyes kept wandering to the Knights left guard and then

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Belle Vernon soccer player Jake Sepesky fractures skull in on-field collision
Belle Vernon senior soccer player Jake Sepesky had reconstructive surgery on the front part of his skull Thursday, the result of an injury he suffered

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A with GCC’s Brando Ciccarelli
September 5, 2018
As impressive as his many roles are, it's not exactly about how much Brando Ciccarelli can do for the Greensburg Central Catholic football team. It's

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Hoops star Brandon Stone doubling as 6-11 wide receiver at Christ School
Brandon Stone transferred to The Christ School in Arden, N.C. because he believed he'd get a better shot at big-time college basketball. Fair enough. But

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 3, 2018
September 2, 2018
Tuesday Boys soccer Section play gets going for a number of county teams after the opening weekend of the season. Serra Catholic visits No. 3

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No. 2 North Allegheny overwhelms Norwin, QB Salopek in conference opener
August 31, 2018
Norwin hoped to pull a stunner and knock mighty North Allegheny from its No. 2 perch in the WPIAL Class 6A football rankings. A clash

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Victory Bell up for grabs as Gateway hosts Penn-Trafford
August 30, 2018
It is a new school year, but as John Ruane walks the halls at Gateway High School, where he is a technology teacher, it's more

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High school football Q&A with Derry’s Onreey Stewart
August 29, 2018
Onreey Stewart carries a photo of his late mother, Tammy Smith, in his wallet and has another snapshot of her on his cellphone. He glances

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford announces football hall of fame inductees
Some top-flight quarterbacks, an uncle and nephew and a nationally-highlighted team are part of the latest group to be enshrined into the Penn-Trafford Football Hall

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Penn-Trafford's Maria Sholtes heads the ball on a return against Mars during a scrimmage Tuesday night, Aug. 28, 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer ready to defend WPIAL Class 4A title
August 28, 2018
Kiley Dugan and her teammates enjoyed winning a WPIAL soccer championship so much they want to do it all over again. The Penn-Trafford senior midfielder

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Penn-Trafford's goalkeeper Logan Kreutzberger stops a ball in a practice scrimmage with teammates during boys' soccer practice Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford boys aim to be ‘an excellent defensive soccer team’
Penn-Trafford had an intersquad boys soccer scrimmage last week on an ideal, sun-splashed evening at Warrior Stadium. But the name of the game wasn't exactly

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Palmer Jackson
Franklin Regional golf star Palmer Jackson commits to Notre Dame
August 27, 2018
Palmer Jackson kept his recruiting saga a secret for months. The Franklin Regional senior was pulling in offers from some of the top golf programs

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Norwin sophomore Katelyn Kauffman commits to Pitt for soccer
Katelyn Kauffman said she has been a Pitt fan since she was younger -- as in, 10 years old, which really wasn't that long ago.

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Norwin boys soccer aims for success in WPIAL postseason
Norwin boys soccer players huddled around a few picnic tables inside a pavilion at the Turner Valley Soccer Complex last week during a late-evening practice.

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Still nationally ranked, Norwin girls soccer out to defend PIAA title
Norwin still is considered one of the top 50 girls soccer teams in the nation so, naturally, the Knights have to be one of the

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Aug. 27, 2018
August 26, 2018
Another WPIAL fall sports season will begin across the board this weekend as soccer, girls volleyball, cross country and field hockey join football, golf and

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Southmoreland's Zac Carnuto, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland ready to start a winning streak
August 25, 2018
Shrouded in a haze of exhilaration, Southmoreland football players remembered what it felt like to win again on Friday night in Alverton. A small town

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland ready to start a winning streak
Shrouded in a haze of exhilaration, Southmoreland football players remembered what it felt like to win again on Friday night in Alverton. A small town

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Hempfield's Randy Nelson runs the ball as Greensburg Salem's Tyler Williams grabs the tackle during WPIAL football at Greensburg Salem's Offutt Field on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Hempfield holds off rival Greensburg Salem in season opener
August 24, 2018
Junior Nathan Roby's eyes lit up as the ball floated his way and landed squarely in his bread basket. Roby took his second interception of

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Yough coach Scott Wood, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Yough football coach Scott Wood credits ‘Guardian Angels’ after son’s accident
Scott Wood still can't believe his son walked away from a car accident with only andquot;bumps and bruises,andquot; especially when the Yough head football coach

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Penn Trafford coach John Ruane, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Rivals Norwin, Penn-Trafford ready to open up playbook in Week Zero matchup
August 23, 2018
Scrimmage film can be a borefest for high school football coaches who are looking for helpful clues and tendencies but instead get a couple hours

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Yough No. 35 Jacob Sever
Sever, Yough teammates display high IQ on and off the field
If Yough can make the grade on the field like it has in the classroom, the Cougars might be contending for a conference championship. And

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Penn-Trafford's Dimitry George, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
High school football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Dimitri George
August 22, 2018
Senior Dimitri George is Penn-Trafford's top returning pass-catcher. He grabbed 30 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns last season as the Warriors finished as

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
No ‘horsing’ around for Penn-Trafford’s Lisbon this season
August 21, 2018
You could say Caleb Lisbon already was prepared for the state-mandated heat acclimatization period, the week before training camp when teams adjust to summer conditions.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Schwerha might be on the move
JoJo Schwerha, the soccer player from Greensburg Central Catholic who has been trying out for the D.C. United MLS academy, could be transferring. Schwerha, who

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New GCC girls basketball coach Samuel Salih
New GCC girls coach Salih preaches humility, puts game in perspective
August 18, 2018
It might have been the moment a small child offered him a bright red rose in exchange for one dull Mexican peso that Samuel Salih

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Yough looks to give Shoaf room to run
On the surface, Yough has the cliched look of a one-man show with standout Dustin Shoaf returning to defend his WPIAL rushing title. Shoaf is

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Penn-Trafford's Gabe Dunlap, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Penn-Trafford remains confident after runner-up finish
Penn-Trafford knew what it had last season: a host of returning talent endowed with experience and rooted in senior leadership. It was the Warriors' big

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Jeannette No.20 Melik Gordon
Jeannette takes aim at first WPIAL repeat in over a decade
With several key pieces gone from its WPIAL and PIAA championship team, Jeannette has some slight concerns. That's the tinge of bad news. The good

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Hempfield's Fintan Brose, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Hempfield looks to replace offensive standouts
There are nine teams in WPIAL Class 6A. Hempfield hopes to avoid being one of the three that doesn't make the playoffs. andquot;It's the best

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A lot to offer: Talented crop brings recruiting buzz to Westmoreland County
Norwin is humming with football attention on the eve of a new season. Yes, Norwin. Knights Stadium was selected to host the WPIAL Class 5A

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Imani Christian No. 3 RJ Hart
WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian again teams to beat
A one-point loss to Jeannette in last year's WPIAL Class A championship has followed Imani Christian around like a shadow. Jeannette rallied late to win

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High school notebook: Latrobe to recognize ’68 championship team
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago, people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy commits to Virginia wrestling
August 17, 2018
Another Coy from Penn-Trafford is heading to Virginia to wrestle. Nick Coy, a rising senior 132-pounder, committed Friday to the ACC program. His brother, Cam,

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Latrobe to honor 1968 WPIAL football champs
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Aaron Epps tabbed to lead Springdale boys basketball program
August 15, 2018
Aaron Epps has been coaching on and off in the WPIAL for almost 15 years, but all of his stints have been with girls teams.

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Seth Howard steps into limelight as Jeannette starting QB
Seth Howard grew up in Jeannette. Over time, he heard about the significant, almost radical role high school football plays in the small, once-thriving glass

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Boys, girls golf teams set to defend WPIAL championships
Repeat champions will be the theme around WPIAL golf. The Sewickley Academy boys will try for a sixth straight team title in Class AA, while

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson, Latrobe’s Pevarnik set sights on WPIAL, PIAA golf titles
Palmer vs. Brady. Brady vs. Palmer. A high school golf rivalry could reach its climax in the coming months when a pair of talented senior

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Bisignani back in charge at Greensburg Central Catholic after getting ‘different perspective’
August 14, 2018
Greg Bisignani is back guiding the Greensburg Central Cathlolic boys basketball from the vantage point of head coach, something he became familiar with for eight

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Hempfield’s Remaley looks to build on last season’s spot starts under center
Blake Remaley played defensive end in youth football, mainly because he was bigger than everyone else. andquot;Definitely taller,andquot; the Hempfield junior said. andquot;I put on

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament
New Westmoreland County football coaches Keefer, Liotta hit ground running
August 13, 2018
Lightning flashed across the sky, followed by the hiss and crackle of thunder and heavy rain. Not quite how Dave Keefer envisioned his first afternoon

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James Sanders fakes a handoff to Jaiden Crosby, during the first day of padded practice, at McKee Stadium, in Jeannette
The message at Jeannette: Keep winning
One thing about Jeannette football fans is that they always want more. Keep scoring. Keep winning. Keep being the best. They'd rather stand than sit

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Jarett Bach
Yough pitcher Jarett Bach commits to Pitt
Hard-throwing Jarett Bach weighed the pros and cons of seven Division I baseball scholarship offers. But the incoming senior at Yough went with the hometown

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Holler revises plan
August 11, 2018
Trent Holler is walking back his original top-three list. The standout lineman from Latrobe said he needs more time to evaluate his recruiting situation and

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Jeannette’s Seth Howard is one of several new starters at quarterback.
Westmoreland County quarterbacks take reins as training camp begins
When Rich Bowen left Serra Catholic as a Parade All-American quarterback in the early 1980's, there was chatter that he could possibly be the successor

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Penn-Trafford set to begin training camp without a Laffoon in uniform
August 10, 2018
Names come and go through high school football programs. They populate teams one at a time or in clusters of two, three or more. They

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Three WPIAL teams make Top Drawer national preseason soccer rankings
Norwin won't start the season as the No. 1 ranked girls soccer team team in the nation like it did a year ago, but the

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JoJo Schwerha was one of the top players last season for Greensburg Central Catholic.
Soccer standout JoJo Schwerha could be leaving GCC for MLS academy
August 8, 2018
JoJo Schwerha may have played his last soccer game at Greensburg Central Catholic. The incoming senior forward is spending two weeks training and essentially trying

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Latrobe’s Trent Holler narrows college choices to 3
August 7, 2018
Trent Holler pared down his lengthy list of college choices to a top three, and the rising senior lineman at Latrobe plans to announce his

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Top punter, heat week and more
August 4, 2018
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Norwin linebacker Gianni Rizzo commits to Youngstown State
August 3, 2018
Gianni Rizzo recently returned from vacationing in Naples, Fla. with less stress on his mind than he took with him. He felt similarly clearheaded and

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Belle Vernon rising junior Cameron Guess is No. 1 ranked punter in Class of 2020
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Jeannette pitcher Tre Cunningham delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hempfield Park.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Cunningham picks La Roche baseball
August 2, 2018
As a three-sport standout, Tre Cunningham had a tough decision to make. What did he want to play at the next level Two parts luxury

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GCC hires La Roche’s Salih as girls basketball coach
July 31, 2018
Well traveled and ready to take on another new challenge, Samuel Salih will be the next coach of the Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team.

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess has drawn attention from a number of larger programs, including Pitt, Syracuse and Ohio University.
Belle Vernon’s Guess could be WPIAL’s most talented kicker
When it comes to kicking and punting a football, Belle Vernon's Guess is not as good as yours -- he's probably a lot better. Cameron

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High school notebook: New Franklin Regional girls coach brings energy
July 30, 2018
Anthony Kobus coached varsity football in the past, so he understands the importance of instilling toughness in his players. That frame of mind won't change

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton continues to have Division I offers stream in.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton continues to pile up offers
July 29, 2018
Scholarship offers are coming at Reed Fenton in bunches, harkening Latrobe fans back to times when his father and uncles also were pursued for their

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Recent Mt. Pleasant grad Meadow Uncapher changes college softball plans
July 26, 2018
Meadow Uncapher was just about to graduate from Mt. Pleasant and was on the verge of beginning her college softball career at nearby Seton Hill.

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Franklin Regional names Anthony Kobus girls basketball coach
July 25, 2018
Franklin Regional named Anthony Kobus as its girls basketball coach. Kobus most recently was an assistant with the Penn-Trafford boys and coached the Warriors' JV

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen basketball player Lyndon Henderson leaving for school in Michigan
One of the top returning scorers in WPIAL basketball is leaving the state. Lyndon Henderson, who would have been a senior at Monessen, is transferring

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Latrobe’s Fenton keeps offers coming
July 24, 2018
Scholarship offers are coming at Latrobe's Reed Fenton in bunches, harkening Latrobe fans back to times when his father and uncles also were pursued for

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Norwin No.4 Gianni Rizzo
High school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo nearing college decision
July 21, 2018
Gianni Rizzo is just about ready to make his college decision. The incoming Norwin senior football player has more than a dozen Division I scholarship

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Norwin’s Thrift seeks golden finish to high school career
July 20, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt is kept from a touchdown by Penn-Trafford’s Tony Zona (left), and Nate Frye during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7 on 7 tournament final, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Penn-Trafford captures 8th annual WCCA 7-on-7 football championship
July 19, 2018
Football in shorts, even though it came with a championship plaque, was more about getting their legs under them -- more of a small step

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Valley added to WCCA 7-on-7 tournament, schedule changed
July 18, 2018
Valley has joined the field as a late addition to the 8th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 football championship set to begin at 9

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Yough’s Shoaf enters senior season with chip on his shoulder
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Southmoreland's Maggie Moore (20), during practice at Southmoreland High School in Alverton, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Westmoreland HS notebook: Southmoreland’s Moore headed to Navy
July 16, 2018
A high-level offer one day, a commitment a few days later. That's how fast things happened for Southmoreland's Maggie Moore during the latest NCAA Division

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WCCA 7-on-7 returns Thursday, Norwin apparent favorite
Coaches are pointing to Norwin as the favorite to win the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 passing championship on Thursday at Latrobe High School. Norwin

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Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore commits to Naval Academy
July 15, 2018
A high-level offer one day, a commitment a few days later. That's how fast things happened for Southmoreland's Maggie Moore during the latest NCAA Division

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Westmoreland HS notebook: Latrobe duo looks for offers during live period
July 14, 2018
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Latrobe duo could draw attention during NCAA ‘live periods’
July 13, 2018
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Anthony Johnson transferring from Jeannette
July 11, 2018
Anthony Johnson is parting ways with Jeannette -- and not just the high school and its football team. The incoming senior defensive end is leaving

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Jeannette’s Johnson aims for dominating encore season
July 9, 2018
It stands to reason Jeannette's Anthony Johnson could have a dominating encore season for the Jayhawks, the returning WPIAL and PIAA champions in Class A.

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Latrobe’s Holler among WPIAL’s top linemen
July 7, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp during quarterfinal action against Warwick June 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Kalp earns national honor, expects to return next season
July 6, 2018
Longtime Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp told those in attendance at the team's season-ending banquet he plans to come back to coach a 23rd season.

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) brings the ball forecourt following a steal during the second quarter against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy leads 23-22 at halftime.
5 prospects to watch over the summer in Westmoreland
Recruiting has taken off for a talented crop of Westmoreland County athletes from the Class of 2019. Here are five seniors to watch in the

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp during quarterfinal action against Warwick June 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Bob Kalp named FloSoftball national coach of the year
July 5, 2018
Veteran coach Bob Kalp has been guiding Hempfield softball for more than two decades. He turned the program into a perennial power. His exploits and

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Hempfield girls' basketball head coach Lindsy Muchnock works with her team in the school's main gym Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield girls basketball coach Muchnock resigns
July 3, 2018
It was just one season, with one group of girls, but that doesn't mean Lindsy Muchnock will forget the short time she spent at Hempfield.

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Allan Bilinsky’s tenure as Mt. Pleasant School District’s athletic director and assistant junior-senior high school principal began Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Mt. Pleasant’s Bilinsky ready for new test as basketball coach
July 2, 2018
Allan Bilinsky knows his time could be stretched to its limits as he begins a three-job venture at Mt. Pleasant. But he is embracing the

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Hempfield starting pitcher Maddie Uschock throws a complete game shutout against Warwick during the first round PIAA 5-A softball playoffs Monday June 4, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Uschock named Tribune-Review’s Westmoreland Softball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
You shocked Maddie Uschock's answer was a fairly succinct, andquot;Nope.andquot; andquot;When talent, hard work and the drive to win are put together that's the result

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Jeannette's Seth Howard scores on a drive during the WCCA Shootout game against Valley on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Hempfield.
Westmoreland notebook: Summer boys basketball shootout set for tip-off
After a mostly seamless trial run last year, Westmoreland County Coaches Association will bring back its summer boys basketball shootout. A dozen area schools will

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Valley's Isiah Mangol (15), drives past Jeanette's Robert Kennedy (1), defends, during the WCCA Shootout on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Hempfield.
WCCA summer hoops shootout returns next week
June 28, 2018
After a mostly seamless trial run last summer, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association will bring back its boys basketball shootout. A dozen area schools will

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Norwin's Anthony Harding conducts cool down drills Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during boys' soccer practice at Norwin High School.
Recent Norwin grad Harding changes commitment from Penn State to Pitt
Just when it looked like he had found the perfect destination for his college soccer career, Anthony Harding had a change of heart. The recent

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Canon-McMillan baseball coach Tim Bruzdewicz celebrates after winning the 2018 PIAA Class 6A championship.
Bruzdewicz, Fedko named state’s top coach, player by USA Today
A state title can shine a spotlight on any community, large or small. It can even come with national recognition. The Canon-McMillan baseball team was

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Allan Bilinsky’s tenure as Mt. Pleasant School District’s athletic director and assistant junior-senior high school principal began Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Mt. Pleasant names AD Allan Bilinsky interim hoops coach
June 26, 2018
While he couldn't exactly interview himself for the job, Mt. Pleasant athletic director Allan Bilinsky believes he has the qualifications necessary to be the school's

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass against Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Norwin QB Salopek nabs offer from Pitt
June 19, 2018
Norwin's Jack Salopek earned the starting quarterback job last season as a sophomore. He has found his way onto college coaches radars with similar swiftness.

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Division I football recruiting in Westmoreland Co. hits fever pitch
June 16, 2018
Call them Westmoreland County's andquot;Power 5andquot; of high school football. A talented crop of college prospects will add another layer of anticipation to a new

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton picks up another Division I offer
College basketball recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe senior-to-be Reed Fenton. It began last week as the 6-foot-4 guard

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Hempfield Area's Mackenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
Hempfield’s Orie takes eighth in discus at national meet
It's quite apparent that Mackenna Orie did not go to Greensboro, N.C. this weekend for a vacation. The Hempfield senior-to-be is out for some hardware

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Norwin's Brock Dieter throws a pass Friday, June 15, 2018 during the 2018 Westmoreland County Coaches Association's Foothills All-star Classic at Hempfield Area High School.
Kennedy leads Blue team to blowout Foothills Classic win
June 15, 2018
Even in all-star games, Poogie loves to boogie. Multi-talented Robert Kennedy, the small school Mr. Football in Class A and the co-state player of the

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Greensburg Salem Head Coach Craig Mankins during practice on Friday Nov. 24, 2017 at Greensburg Salem.
Mankins resigns as Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach
Needing to tend to some personal issues at home with his family, Craig Mankins resigned as boys basketball coach at Greensburg Salem. Mankins coached the

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Hempfield Area celebrates beating Baldwin during quarterfinal PIAA 6-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield softball thriving in late-inning situations during postseason
June 14, 2018
If the score gets tight late in Friday's PIAA Class 6A softball championship game, don't look for Hempfield to shy away from the moment. Where

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) scrambles under pressure from Norwin's Franco Gaudio (58) and finds Isaiah DiAndreth in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Hempfield a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 6A Southeastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Norwin won 24-14.
5 players to watch in Friday night’s Foothills Classic
The WCCA Foothills Classic is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Here are five players to watch in the Westmoreland County

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp hugs pitcher Maddie Uschock after defeating Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 23, 3018, at Seton Hill University.
Hempfield coach Bob Kalp, fresh off 400th win, is a model of consistency
June 13, 2018
Asked how he and his veteran coaching staff will prepare for the state championship compared to other games, Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp answered with

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Latrobe's Trent Holler celebrates a successful tackle on Franklin Regional offense Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in WPIAL football at Franklin Regional.
Latrobe’s Holler adds offer from West Virginia
June 12, 2018
Two Power-5 scholarship offers in two days — from adversaries of the Backyard Brawl, nonetheless — helps tell the story of just how fast the

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Head coach Courtney Callas speaks with the team during practice at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
Callas resigns as Franklin Regional girls basketball coach
Franklin Regional is looking for a new girls basketball coach after the resignation of Courtney Callas. Callas said she stepped down because of time constraints

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Mt. Pleasant center fielder Addy Kubasky consoles Sydney Kaunuch as Mt. Pleasant loses to Punxsutawney in the PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Mt. Pleasant’s title defense fall short in PIAA semifinals
June 11, 2018
LORETTO — Mt. Pleasant had allowed one home run all season heading into the PIAA semifinals. So when the second of back-to-back solo blasts by

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Latrobe's Trent Holler during practice on Wednesday Aug. 09, 2017 at Latrobe.
Pitt offers Latrobe lineman Holler
Latrobe lineman Trent Holler has been touring the country looking at potential destinations for his college football career. His latest opportunity won't require airfare out

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Drake offers Latrobe’s Fenton
Recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. The 6-foot-4 guard with the silky smooth jumper

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Hugs all around for Hempfield Area's Margaret Monzo after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against Baldwin during quarterfinal PIAA 6-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
This Hempfield softball team taking different route to success
June 10, 2018
This Hempfield softball team is in select company within its own program, and it hasn't needed a perfect record to get there. The Spartans always

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Monessen's Destiny Habeck hits a double against Union during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game June 7, 2018, at Peterswood Park.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of June 11, 2018
MONDAY Four county softball teams and one baseball team will look to continue their runs in the PIAA postseason with semifinal games across the state.

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The crowd cheers on No. 18 as Dustin Johnson's ball lands on the green during the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Oakmont Country Club.
WPIAL golf championship returning to Oakmont
June 9, 2018
The WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship is coming back to storied Oakmont Country Club. Top players will take on the fast greens and demanding

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Mt. Pleasant's first baseman Courtney Poulich (16), finishes a double play, during the WPIAL softball consolation match at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Mt. Pleasant’s Poulich sisters make softball success a family tradition
A cracked lamp is a small price to pay for two Division I college scholarships. Chloe and Courtney Poulich are a few years apart, but

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) celebrates with Imani Sanders after Sanders scored during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Area players set for football all-star games
Local football players will showcase their skills in a pair of all-star games this weekend. The Foothills Classic will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday

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Hempfield's Margaret Monzo hits a solo shot to put Hempfield up 2-1 in the eighth inning over Baldwin during quarterfinal PIAA 6-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Monzo’s 8th-inning home run sends Hempfield back to PIAA semifinals
June 7, 2018
This Monzo girl at Hempfield has been a mystery. She was born Margaret. She became Megan. andquot;I was named after my grandmother — it's a

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Hines Ward sails into the end zone
Hines Ward to present annual Positive HS Athlete Awards
A total of $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to dozens of WPIAL student-athletes as part of the seventh annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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Hempfield's Samantha Kline (5) talks with coach Bob Kalp during a game against Penn Hills on April 12, 2018, at Hempfield.
High school softball notebook: Hempfield continues to silence doubters
June 6, 2018
Unpopular opinion at Hempfield: the softball team is down this year. Many thought the Spartans were drained of their power pitching and hitting after last

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Hempfield catcher Emma Hoffner pumps her fist after the final out in a 3-1 victory over Latrobe Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Freshmen playing key roles in postseason for Westmoreland County softball teams
June 5, 2018
Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner peered through the fence near the backstop at Seton Hill last week and held up a posterboard. A day after celebrating

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Defensive web gems lift Hempfield past Warwick in PIAA 1st round
June 4, 2018
A productive offense can sometimes lead to crisp defense when teams are able to play with leads in the softball postseason. It's a confidence thing.

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Kyle DeGregorio works with Derek Thomas during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the high school.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Coaching shuffle in full swing
June 3, 2018
Local high school basketball coaches have formed a trend this offseason: leave one school for another. In many cases, coaches seem to have one job

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Southmoreland celebrates a home run by Lexi Klatt (21) against Freeport during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: June 4-9, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Softball After lengthy runs in the WPIAL postseason, a half-dozen local teams will open

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Southmoreland pitcher Jess Matheny pitches the ball against South Park during the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Southmoreland won 12-1.
Southmoreland freshman pitcher puts off knee procedure for postseason success
Before she was whisked off to join her teammates Thursday for a postgame championship celebration — high-fives, fist-bumps and photos; lots of photos — Southmoreland

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High school notebook: Hempfield pitcher Uschock finally gets some of spotlight
June 2, 2018
Tears gently welled in senior pitcher Maddie Uschock's eyes as she tried to slow down the world and put her team's latest win, put everything,

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Southmoreland dog piles on pitcher Jess Matheny after the Scotties defated South Park during the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Seton Hill University. Southmoreland won 12-1.
Southmoreland stuns No. 1 South Park to capture 1st WPIAL softball title
May 31, 2018
Southmoreland players walked onto the field for the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship game giddy and laughing, loose and relaxed. It seemed more like school

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Jonathan Bass promoted to head coach for Jeannette girls basketball
Jonathan Bass didn't exactly plan on becoming a high school basketball coach; it just sort of happened. andquot;I used to be that dad who coached

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The Hempfield softball captains hold the trophy after beating Latrobe in the WPIAL Class 6A title game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Seton Hill. Hempfield won 2-1 in 10th innings.
Hempfield edges rival Latrobe to win 4th straight WPIAL title in 10 innings
May 30, 2018
Way back in the preseason, when softballs were ricocheting off bleachers inside a dimly lit gymnasium and light snow fell outside Hempfield Area High School,

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Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg
Seton Hill to replace softball coach Bill Monstrola
Seton Hill is looking for a new head softball coach. The school opened the position last week and posted it online Monday. That means Bill

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Latrobe pitcher Kiley Myers delivers during the first inning of a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Peters Twp. Monday, May 21, 2018, at Seton Hill.
Class 6A softball heavyweights Hempfield, Latrobe set for WPIAL title rematch
May 27, 2018
Hempfield softball was so good last year, so precisely talented, the WPIAL and PIAA could have engraved their name in cursive on the trophies. The

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Mt. Pleasant softball players listen to coaching instruction before donning their gear for field drills during team softball practice Friday, March 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant High School softball fields.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of May 28, 2018
TUESDAY Baseball Jeannette (13-4) and Greensburg Central Catholic (13-6) didn't get their rematch in the WPIAL championship game, but the teams will meet for the

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Mt. Pleasant shortstop Christiana Czegan awaits a throw as Belle Vernon's Jordan French slides in safely to second base.
High school notebook: Defending softball state champion Mt. Pleasant eyes 2nd chance
May 26, 2018
Mt. Pleasant has been down this road before. The Vikings softball team was denied a trip to the WPIAL championship game last season after a

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Southmoreland coach Todd Bunner congratulates Lexi Klatt after hitting a home run against Freeport during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at West Mifflin.
Southmoreland softball quietly one win from WPIAL title
Coach Todd Bunner can attest: This is no mirage. That really is Southmoreland preparing to play for a WPIAL softball championship. That's the Scotties who

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Latrobe players celebrate in the dugout during the sixth inning of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Peters Twp. Monday, May 21, 2018, at Seton Hill.
Seton Hill passes trial run for WPIAL softball finals
May 24, 2018
Bill Monstrola peered out onto the softball field at Seton Hill on Monday, grinned and shrugged his shoulders. andquot;We like what we have here,andquot; the

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Greensburg Salem players celebrate with fans after upseting No. 1 Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class 4A baseball quarterfinals May 21, 2018, at Seneca Valley.
Greensburg Salem “comes up clutch” in quarterfinal upset
May 22, 2018
As the droning deadpan of eight scoreless innings stretched into nine, Greensburg Salem's confidence seemed to grow. The Golden Lions absorbed every blow they were

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Latrobe’s Myers tosses no-hitter in quarterfinal win over Peters Township
May 21, 2018
The WPIAL wanted to have quarterfinal playoff games at Seton Hill as a andquot;trial runandquot; for the district championship games to be played there next

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Waywood sharp in circle as Yough softball shuts out Indiana
Yough's Kierra Waywood missed some time recently with a self-caused injury to her pitching arm. She bruised her elbow while warming up for a late-season

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Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of May 21, 2018
May 20, 2018
MONDAY Baseball The WPIAL playoffs resume with quarterfinal games around the district. There will be a local Class A doubleheader at Fox Chapel with No.

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Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules for May 21, 2018
May 19, 2018
WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 1 Hempfield (17-3) vs. No. 8 Canon-McMillan (10-6) 7 p.m. Monday at Latrobe Winner plays: Winner

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Westmoreland high school notebook: County teams play baseball, softball doubleheaders Monday
Westmoreland County softball and baseball fans will be treated Monday to several playoff doubleheaders around the district. The Yough and Latrobe softball teams will get

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Westmoreland teams to play back-to-back in playoff doubleheaders
May 17, 2018
Westmoreland County softball and baseball fans will be treated Monday to a number of playoff doubleheaders involving local teams. The Yough and Latrobe softball teams

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North Allegheny baseball blanks Penn-Trafford in rain-delayed first-round game
May 16, 2018
No. 10 seed North Allegheny returned from a 77-minute rain delay to tack on two insurance runs in the seventh inning and blank No. 7

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No. 7 Chartiers Valley bounces defending champion Latrobe in Class 5A first round
May 15, 2018
At the height of its power last season in the WPIAL and PIAA postseason, Latrobe baseball was unstoppable. The Wildcats were a seasoned and talented

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Franklin Regional erupts for 11 runs to take down Montour in Class 5A 1st round
Jake Williams received a wooden bat as an award for being selected player of the game. That came after the Franklin Regional junior shortstop and

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Trip to last season’s WPIAL baseball final motivates underdog Mt. Pleasant
May 14, 2018
With a record of 8-7, Mt. Pleasant sits just one game over .500 as it heads into the WPIAL Class 3A baseball playoffs. It is

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Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 5 Norwin (10-6) vs. No. 12 North Hills (5-9) 2 p.m. Tuesday at Plum Coaches: Brian Mesich, Norwin; Libby Gasior,

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of May 14, 2018
MONDAY Boys lacrosse A trio of area underdog teams will open the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, all at 7 p.m. No. 16 seed Norwin visits

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High school notebook: Colleges give Latrobe lineman a ‘Holler’
May 12, 2018
andquot;Big Snackandquot; is hungry for more scholarship offers. Latrobe junior lineman Trent Holler is beginning to see how the college recruiting process works: fast and

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Greensburg Salem baseball ready for all situations
Greensburg Salem has won tight games and lost them, blown out teams and lost by double-digit runs. But what stands out more than this baseball

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Hempfield earns No. 3 seed in WPIAL Class 6A baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
Hempfield knew it could compete with the best baseball teams in Class 6A this season because its schedule seemed to grow stronger each week, and

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Westmoreland County sends 8 top-4 seeds to WPIAL softball playoffs
May 10, 2018
Favorable seedings and first-round byes were the order of the day for Westmoreland County teams when the WPIAL softball playoff pairings were released Thursday afternoon.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton lands Division I offer
Latrobe junior basketball standout Reed Fenton hopes his first offer to play Division I college basketball triggers a bunch more of them. For now, he

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‘Fearless’ Penn-Trafford softball ready to start postseason
May 9, 2018
Penn-Trafford has to be surprised. At least a andquot;Little.andquot; The Warriors softball team lost some key seniors, which indicated a possible decline in offensive production

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Monessen hires Janine Vertacnik as girls basketball coach
May 8, 2018
Monessen on Tuesday night hired former Jeannette coach Janine Vertacnik as its girls head basketball coach. Vertacnik coached Jeannette from 2006-10 and led the program

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GCC baseball avenges earlier loss to Jeannette, clinches section title
With the bad taste gone from a nightmare inning that compounded a tough loss to Jeannette earlier in the season, Greensburg Central Catholic refocused on

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Experience, talent, depth part of winning formula for Mt. Pleasant softball
May 6, 2018
Mt. Pleasant softball is averaging almost 10 runs a game and has surrendered just eight all season. Imagine what the Vikings (14-0) might do when

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Jeannette's Seth Howard slams a hit against Greensburg Central Catholic in the end of their WPIAL baseball game at Buster Clarkson Field, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Jeannette. Jeannette scored 12 runs in the 6th inning to help win over Greensburg 15-7.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of May 7, 2018
MONDAY Baseball While most of the WPIAL playoff spots have been determined, teams will play a few nonsection games during the final week of the

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Seton Hill's Ameriah Walters (right) competes in a meet during the 2016 indoor track and field season.
Seton Hill athletes win PSAC titles, break records
May 5, 2018
Seton Hill juniors Dontay Jacobs and Ameriah Walters defended titles Saturday at the PSAC Track andamp; Field Championships at Slippery Rock. Jacobs won the 400-meter

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Quirky week shakes up WPIAL softball standings
A quirky couple of weeks on the local softball scene shook up the rankings and standings — sort of. But it remains to be seen

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Recruiting comes in pairs at Norwin, Jeannette, Latrobe
Jayvon Thrift said opponents rarely try to attack certain areas of Norwin's football defense when he and teammate Gianni Rizzo are occupying space there. andquot;He's

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Kegerreis’ window-breaking 3-run HR seals Franklin Regional’s win over Latrobe
May 4, 2018
Louis Kegerreis reached into his back pocket and pulled out his souvenir baseball for all to see. It was sliced, slit and scratched, like a

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Myers, Latrobe end No. 1 Hempfield’s 41-game section winning streak
May 3, 2018
Nothing through. Nothing drops. Deep breath. Kiley Myers had those words for her teammates inside an anxious seventh-inning huddle Thursday as Latrobe clung to a

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Esposito returns as Derry boys basketball head coach
Derry hired a boys basketball coach Thursday to replace Damon Rause, who stepped down after eight seasons. The new coach will be a familiar name

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Mt. Pleasant softball stays unbeaten after defeating Ligonier Valley
May 2, 2018
Mt. Pleasant softball players wore their retro-red third jerseys for Wednesday's home game against Ligonier Valley. Regardless of their game-to-game attire, this team is quite

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Penn-Trafford softball powers past Franklin Regional
May 1, 2018
Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little called his team over for a postgame huddle behind the backstop for the customary awarding of game balls. If you're

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No. 2 Laurel Highlands rallies to defeat Latrobe in extra innings
April 30, 2018
Latrobe had big-swinging and undefeated Laurel Highlands right where it wanted it. The game plan to change pitchers midstream was working to near perfection, and

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 30, 2018
April 29, 2018
MONDAY Baseball Section 2-6A suddenly is bunched at the top with Plum and Hempfield tied for first at 6-2, Penn-Trafford at 5-3, and Norwin at

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Central Valley’s Leah Treemarchi keeps running after getting hit by a line drive as Derry’s Chelsea Bisi struggles to catch it during the WPIAL playoff softball game at Fox Chapel High School on Monday, May 15, 2017. Treemarchi was called out on the play.
High school notebook: Tough week for Derry on diamond
April 28, 2018
Derry was dealt a pair of crushing injuries last week. Senior softball standout Chelsea Bisi said she dislocated her kneecap and tore her MCL as

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Jeannette girls' varsity basketball team (from left) Haily Rundle, Sam Shaw, Chloe Stein, Jada Bass, Alexa Williams, Arionna Clark, Dymond Crawford, Hannah Streussnig and Payt'n Detar, pose for a photo with head coach Janine Vertacnik on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Vertacnik resigns as Jeannette girls basketball coach
April 27, 2018
Janine Vertacnik resigned as girls basketball coach at Jeannette to pursue other coaching opportunities. Vertacnik had two stints at Jeannette, the first from 2006-10 when

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Penn-Trafford's pitcher Sami Schickel winds up a throw against Norwin while playing in intermittent rain showers during WPIAL girls' softball on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford softball defeats Norwin in rare home game
Because of the broken-record narrative of weather-related postponements and almost daily schedule changes, Penn-Trafford was on its campus softball field for just the third time

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Jeannette's Derrick Miller slides into home plate as Greensburg Central Catholic's catcher Paul Rice looks for the ball as Jeannette scored a series of runs against Greensburg to return from a deficit to victory in the end of their WPIAL baseball game at Buster Clarkson Field, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Jeannette.
12-run inning leads Jeannette baseball past rival GCC
April 26, 2018
As the fifth inning drained into the sixth Jeannette trailed by three runs, had just five hits and began to get the feeling that maybe

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Franklin Regional's Angalee Beall pitches against Gateway during WPIAL softball Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Franklin Regional School District in Murrysville.
Halleck’s pair of 2-run doubles helps Franklin Regional softball rally past Gateway
April 25, 2018
Mallory Halleck had to leave quickly after Wednesday's softball game. andquot;I have to get my nails done,andquot; the Franklin Regional junior first baseman said in

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Brothers Isaiah (left) and Nick DiAndreth pose for a portrait Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Hempfield Area High School.
DiAndreth brothers bring competitive nature for top-ranked Hempfield
Born two minutes apart, Hempfield senior twins Nick and Isaiah DiAndreth even made their arrival into the world a competition. Their natural sibling rivalry blossomed

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Norwin's Jake Smetak runs drills during practice at Norwin High School, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
High school notebook: Hempfield’s Podkul commits to Grove City
April 23, 2018
Hempfield senior Allison Podkul decided to continue her basketball career at Grove City. Podkul, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals

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Hempfield's Ashley Orischak drives in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in front of Latrobe catcher Makayla Munchinski during their game Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield softball rebounds from rare loss to defeat rival Latrobe
Still dumbstruck and reeling from a defeat Sunday against Penn-Trafford that terminated its 46-game winning streak, Hempfield's softball team made sure another streak remained intact.

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes (2) runs with the ball against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette’s Barnes, Johnson add football scholarship offers
Jeannette juniors Marcus Barnes and Anthony Johnson each received additional Division I football opportunities on Monday. Barnes, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound receiver and defensive back, now

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Penn Trafford's Cam Suman, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Penn-Trafford’s Suman, Norwin’s Smetak added to East-West game
A pair of local football players from rival schools have been added to the West roster for the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West all-star

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Hempfield's Tyler Weiderstein watches his home run against Norwin Thurday, April 12, 2018, at Norwin High School.
New NCAA rules could change recruitment of underclassmen in most sports
All of those premature college commitments by local underclassmen baseball and softball players might just be a passing occurrence. According to the Los Angeles Times,

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Latrobe's Andy Bradford raises his glove for a catch near the fence during WPIAL baseball against Franklin Regional at Greater Latrobe High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL realignment affects county baseball, softball
April 22, 2018
WPIAL realignment will give the baseball and softball standings a different look next season, especially for a few Westmoreland teams. The current season is just

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Latrobe's catcher Makayla Munchinski cheers on her team while they bat against Norwin during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 23, 2018
MONDAY Baseball The weather won again last week, so schedules continue to be a mess. Slowly, though, sections are getting back on track as they

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High school notebook: Belle Vernon freshman Nagy helps secure national hockey title
April 21, 2018
Belle Vernon freshman Nick Nagy scored the winning goal for the South Hills Amateur Hockey Association Panthers in the recent USA Hockey Youth Tier II

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Latrobe catcher Makayla Munchinski high fives pitcher Kiley Myers after a 3-0 win over Yough on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball shuts out Yough in tune-up for Hempfield showdown
Latrobe junior pitcher Kiley Myers had a feeling she was going to have a big game. Warm-ups provided all the indicators. Glove-popping speed. A sense

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Penn-Trafford's Emma Nedley (15) gets a high five from Jess Lichota (9) after scoring against Franklin Regional Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Franklin Regional.
Penn-Trafford softball still packs offensive punch
April 19, 2018
Denny Little learned his lesson in the season opener when he had senior outfielder and Penn recruit Emma Nedley bunt in her first at-bat. andquot;Naturally,

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Derry's Shawn Broadway
Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry track teams each start 6-0
Derry's track and field teams had a strong showing at the United Invitational in Armaugh. Shawn Broadway won the 110- (14.9 seconds) and 300-meter (40.3)

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Penn-Trafford head coach Dan Miller talks to his team as they prepare to bat trailing Hempfield in the bottom of the seventh on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Harrison City. Hempfield won 6-1.
Penn-Trafford moves baseball, softball games to Sunday at Seton Hill
Spring has lost its way and winter refuses to release the area from its icy clutches. We get it. For nearly a month, the sideways

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Franklin Regional's pitcher Andrew Muraco watches as the ball arches over the field after a hit against Latrobe in WPIAL baseball at Greater Latrobe High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Short-handed Franklin Regional tops Latrobe for 4th straight victory
April 18, 2018
Franklin Regional baseball was down a couple starters, got outhit, had a trio of errors in one inning, and had to use its ace pitcher

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Belle Vernon junior pitcher Cole Naylor threw a no-hitter last week against South Park.
Westmoreland County pitchers take the spotlight early in season
April 17, 2018
andquot;This one's for you, dad.andquot; Belle Vernon junior righthander Cole Naylor said he uttered those words to himself seconds before he took the mound Saturday

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette football honored before House of Representatives
Jeannette was honored Tuesday afternoon before the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for winning the PIAA Class A football championship last season. Among those recognizing

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall celebrates after striking out Yough's Nina Maroney to end the game in the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Strikeouts piling up for BVA’s Bailey Parshall
April 15, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper. Just when it looked like she could not

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High school notebook: Yough softball takes swing at cancer
April 14, 2018
Yough softball has won eight consecutive games and is primed for a another run at WPIAL and PIAA titles in Class 4A. But the second-ranked

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Hempfield's Tyler Wiederstein celebrates his home run with Tyler Dancu (9) and Luke Hudson during their game against Norwin Thurday, April 12, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Baseball, softball players committing as underclassmen a polarizing topic
Tyler Wiederstein knows he has a baseball scholarship waiting for him at Michigan in about three years. But the sophomore pitcher and second baseman from

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Cunningham, Jeannette keep rolling with win over Jefferson-Morgan
April 13, 2018
With a bending curve keeping up with the tenor of a firm fastball, Jeannette senior pitcher Tre Cunningham twirled a three-hit shutout and kept his

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Hempfield outslugs Norwin in Section 2-6A win
April 12, 2018
On an afternoon when the wind was whipping so harshly that it turned routine pop-ups into base hits and deep fly balls into moon-shot home

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Hempfield pitcher Maddie Uschock high-fives Samantha Kline during their game against Norwin Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Hempfield softball withstands Norwin rally for Section 2 win
April 11, 2018
Senior pitcher Maddie Uschock fired a strike over the plate and froze Norwin junior Sara Russell for the game's final out to rubber-stamp another Hempfield

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Joe Eisaman talks with his team during a timeout in a game against Penn Hills on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Penn Hills High School. Penn Hills won 55-39.
Joe Eisaman leaving after 5 seasons as Greensburg Central Catholic girls coach
Joe Eisaman is leaving Greensburg Central Catholic after five seasons as girls basketball coach. Eisaman resigned Wednesday morning, citing he wanted to andquot;pursue other opportunities.andquot;

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall celebrates after striking out Yough's Nina Maroney to end the game in the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall strikes out 23 to break own record
April 10, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper and more threatening. Just when it looked like

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Golfer Palmer Jackson sorting through big-time offers
April 7, 2018
Talented Franklin Regional junior golfer Palmer Jackson won't name the schools, but he said he has andquot;three or fourandquot; solid Division I scholarship offers from

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Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review. Boys Player of the Year

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Whether it’s softball or karate, Norwin’s Russell shows no weakness
Sara Russell sometimes gets the urge to bow to pitchers when she comes to the plate for Norwin. Not that she is showing weakness or

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No. 2 Latrobe enjoys Section 2 softball victory over Norwin
April 6, 2018
Latrobe appears to be a serious contender this season in WPIAL Class 6A softball. That doesn't mean the Wildcats have to take themselves too seriously.

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Jackson’s knuckleball helps Franklin Regional close out win over Gateway
April 5, 2018
In addition to being one of the best prep golfers in the state — a talented Division I college prospect with a lot to offer

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield softball to be honored by YWCA
April 4, 2018
Hempfield's softball team was a picture of perfection last spring when it finished undefeated for the first time in the program's 37-year history. It brought

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Greensburg Salem’s McGowan incorporates basketball into senior project
There are senior projects, and then there is Marvel McGowan's senior project. The 12th grader from Greensburg Salem took the drab and just-get-it-done nature out

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams weather storms with trips south
April 2, 2018
Spring seasons in the WPIAL have been soggy and sluggish before, but this one has dragged into the start of section play, and some teams

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Westmoreland notebook: ITPS Sports basketball lands key sponsorship
April 1, 2018
A local AAU basketball outfit just struck gold. Pittsburgh-based ITPS Sports was accepted into the adidas Gauntlet Gold Division of the national AAU circuit. Programs

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Westmoreland lookahead: April 2-7, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many

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Ezekiel Houser faces off against Gianni Rizzo, during practice at Norwin High School, in , on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Track helps expedite football recruiting for Norwin’s Rizzo
March 31, 2018
Multisport athletes sometimes can catch college coaches' attention — and possibly help their case in getting recruited — by shining in sports opposite their primary

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe basketball stars compete in 3-on-3 tournament
March 30, 2018
For the second year in a row, Latrobe juniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler teamed to play in the USA Basketball 3 vs. 3 U18

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Hempfield's Tyler Dancu aims a pitch against Latrobe during WPIAL baseball Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Defense leads Hempfield baseball past Latrobe in season debut
March 29, 2018
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) misses on a 3-point shot to tie the game with seconds remaining against Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A game on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy won 40-37.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Stone hopes return home for charity game is a slam dunk
Sought-after basketball standout Brandon Stone will return to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, and he has his eye on the slam dunk contest at the

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Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg
Seton Hill to showcase campus, softball program at WPIAL title games
March 27, 2018
For the better part of two decades, the WPIAL softball championships have been played at Cal (Pa.)'s Lilley Field. It's an established postseason tradition that

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Franklin Regional catcher Abby Kane competes during practice Friday, March 9, 2018, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland look ahead: March 26-31, 2018
March 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the opening weekend of the season wiped out by snow and cold

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Brandon Stone scores to extend Southmoreland's lead over Avonworth during overtime on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Peters Township. Southmoreland won 64-55 in overtime.
With Pitt offer gone, Southmoreland’s Stone re-examines options
March 24, 2018
Alverton's Brandon Stone had narrowed his list of potential college destinations to four schools, and Pitt was one of them. Emphasis on was. With the

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold splits Highlands defenders Luke Cochran and Ryan Signorella (10) during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Roundball Classic loaded with local talent
Organizers call them andquot;the best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic

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Latrobe players celebrate with head coach Matt Basciano after receiving their medals as the champion in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams on a champions tour in ’18
If there ever was a coach who thought he could one-up perfection it's Hempfield softball's Bob Kalp. Kalp has been with the program for 28

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold gets past Mars' Robby Carmody during the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball final March 2, 2018, at Petersen Events Center.
Roundball Classic rosters set
March 23, 2018
Organizers call them andquot;The best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again showcase their talents at the annual

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
WPIAL well-represented at USA 3 vs. 3 basketball competition
A number of WPIAL players will be in Colorado Springs over the weekend to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships. The tournaments

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Yough players watch from the dugout during the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game against Belle Vernon Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University. Belle Vernon won, 4-1.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough softball heading south to open season
March 21, 2018
Winter's last at-bat rally dumped a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory, but it won't bother the Yough softball team. In fact, Yough players

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Southmoreland's Cali Konek (25), during practice at Southmoreland High School AlvertonMonday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Southmoreland’s Cali Konek commits to UNC-Charlotte
March 20, 2018
Cali Konek has been on the radar of Division I college coaches since she burst onto the scene in 2015 as a high-scoring freshman at

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Norwin pitcher Jayden Walker competes during a scrimmage game against Yough
Norwin baseball team short on experience
Norwin has made the WPIAL baseball playoffs eight consecutive times and has a record of 119-37 in that span with a WPIAL championship (2016) and

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Yough's Hannah Bach safely slides into third base as Ambridge's Allie Garrison attempts to tag her in a WPIAL playoff game Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Peterswood Park.
Yough among WPIAL softball teams heading south to open season
Winter's last-inning rally is dumping a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory. But it won't bother the Yough softball team much. In fact, Yough

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Norwin softball coach Brian Meisch conducts practice Monday, March 19, 2018, at Norwin.
Mind over matter: Norwin softball sharpens mental game with hope of contending
Sharpen your pencils. It's softball time again in North Huntingdon. To cue the start of a new season under fourth-year coach Brian Mesich, Norwin players

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Defending champion Sewickley Academy holds off Jeannette to reach state semifinals
March 17, 2018
Championship teams rarely are fazed by momentum swings. When the tide turns and leads evaporate, the best ones manage to stabilize and finish. That's what

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo gets 1st offer
It is no secret Norwin's Gianni Rizzo has speed around the track. He ran a leg of the Knights' PIAA Class AAA winning 1,600-meter relay

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Latrobe baseball rebuilding lineup after claiming WPIAL, PIAA titles
March 16, 2018
Senior Griffin Clark and a few of his teammates pound foam yellow baseballs into a net on a cold winter afternoon, somewhere in the belly

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Latrobe softball team aims to contend for titles this season
Last season has a rather unfinished look to the Latrobe softball team. The Wildcats reached the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2011 but

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Westmoreland PIAA boys basketball playoffs preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Sewickley Academy
Saturday's game PIAA Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinals Jeannette (21-4) vs. Sewickley Academy (23-4) 1 p.m. Saturday at North Hills Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Win

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Jeannette set to face postseason nemesis Sewickley Academy
March 15, 2018
Sewickley Academy erased Jeannette's WPIAL basketball championship hopes in the Class 2A quarterfinals last season, and in the Class A semifinals two years ago. The

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Clutch free-throw shooting leads Jeannette past Cambridge Springs in PIAA Class 2A second round
March 14, 2018
FARRELL — Any concern Jeannette had about Cambridge Springs' size proved groundless. Making free throws and dealing with a late lead were much more critical

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Despite graduating 7 seniors, 2-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield primed for softball success
After a full count of championships the past few seasons — three straight WPIAL titles, two PIAA crowns in a row — Hempfield softball is

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Deep pitching staff to lead Hempfield baseball
New PIAA pitch-count rules did not have much of an effect on the Hempfield baseball team last season. Even though the rotation was new and

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High school basketball notebook: Jeannette’s Johnson learns from ejection
March 13, 2018
Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson said he let his team down when he was ejected in the WPIAL boys basketball semifinals against OLSH for receiving

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Westmoreland County PIAA basketball preview capsule: Jeannette vs. Cambridge Springs
Wednesday's game Boys Class 2A Second round Jeannette (20-4) vs. C ambridge Spri ngs (21-5) 7:30 p.m. at Farrell Coaches: Adrian Batts, Jeannette; Kevin Kurt,

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Tall order: Jeannette boys prepare for matchup with Cambridge Springs’ 6-8 tandem
March 12, 2018
Jeannette assistant basketball coach Ken Errett held a contact pad above his head at Monday's practice. andquot;That's how we simulate 6-8,andquot; Errett said, stretching the

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Westmoreland notebook: PIAA basketball format expected to change, eliminate repeat matchups
March 11, 2018
Much to the chagrin of some coaches, a few first-round matchups in the PIAA boys basketball playoffs over the weekend had section rivals playing each

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Short-handed Jeannette boys make quick work of Purchase Line
March 10, 2018
EBENSBURG — Nobody was ejected this time for Jeannette, but it didn't take the Jayhawks long to show Purchase Line the door in a convincing

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Plum's Shannon Small
Plum bowler Shannon Small wins regional championship
March 9, 2018
Plum sophomore Shannon Small bowled a 157 in her first game of the Western Pennsylvania Regional girls singles tournament Friday at Princess Lanes in Whitehall.

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Highlands defense stymies Franklin Regional in PIAA Class 5A 1st round
In the fourth installment of one of Class 5A boys basketball's freshest and grittiest rivalries, defense rang true. No surprise there. But it wasn't the

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Section rivals Franklin Regional, Highlands set to square off in PIAA tournament
March 8, 2018
While coaches and players will not go as far as to admit it on the record, it's clear that Franklin Regional and Highlands have had

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After ejections in past 2 games, Jeannette boys aim for polished effort in PIAA opener
March 7, 2018
Image might be everything for the Jeannette boys basketball team as it embarks on a potential run in the PIAA playoffs. After having a player

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Another long layoff almost over for Greensburg Central Catholic girls
March 5, 2018
A few girls basketball players finished one practice Monday and headed for another inside a bustling school building at Greensburg Central Catholic. Players grabbed gloves

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Rause resigns as Derry’s boys coach
Damon Rause means business — in so many facets of life. And while his heart is in everything he does, his growing list of priorities

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
MONDAY Hockey The PIHL playoffs begin with a play-in round matchup in Class AA as East No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (11-8) takes on West

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Will Mayr picked for Big 33
March 3, 2018
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Mars boys outlast Franklin Regional to claim 1st WPIAL Class 5A championship
March 2, 2018
Mars showed in its biggest game of the season — and arguably program history — that it is a lot more than just Robby Carmody,

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Penn-Trafford’s Mayr to play in Big 33 Football Classic
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: County teams prep for PIAA playoffs
March 1, 2018
The PIAA basketball playoffs will open next Friday and Saturday, and Westmoreland County will be represented by at least seven teams. An eighth could join

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Franklin Regional, Mars each aim to claim 1st WPIAL boys basketball title
When Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody first watched film on Franklin Regional, he immediately noticed his next opponent had a sense of charisma. andquot;The

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold (30) takes the ball to the basket during their game against Franklin Regional in Fox Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
Defensive excellence carries Franklin Regional boys into WPIAL final
February 28, 2018
Franklin Regional has exactly zero field goals in the fourth quarter of its last two playoff wins. Let that sink in. On the verge of

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Jeannette's Tre Cunningham drives toward the net on an attempted layup as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart's defender Austin Wigley (24) attempts to block during WPIAL Class 2A boys' basketball semifinal playoffs at Peters Township High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
No. 2 OLSH ousts Jeannette after Johnson is ejected in Class 2A semifinals
February 27, 2018
All season long, Jeannette has learned to deal with missing players because of injuries and other reasons. But in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday

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Jeannette's head coach Adrian Batts goes down the bench with handshakes for his players before beginning their game against Shenango in WPIAL boys' basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Gateway High School.
Jeannette boys basketball overcomes injuries, absences, distractions
February 26, 2018
Jeannette's mission from the start of the basketball season has been to get the same lineup of players on the floor at the same time

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Armstrong boys basketball coach Greg Hutcherson explains a drill to his team Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 during practice at Armstrong High School.
Hutcherson steps down at Armstrong
Greg Hutcherson resigned Monday as boys basketball coach at Armstrong High School. Hutcherson, 34, coached four years at Ford City before a merger between that

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Franklin Regional's Nick Leopold battles Gateway's Hunter Hicks for a loose ball during their game Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Gateway High School in Monroeville.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Feb. 26-March 3
February 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys basketball Ligonier Valley (18-4) breezed to an opening-round win in the District 6

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball teams eye 2nd chances in PIAAs
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Some Westmoreland teams’ state playoff chances hang in balance
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Mt. Lebanon boys slam Latrobe in WPIALs
February 24, 2018
Latrobe drew up a game plan designed to take away Mt. Lebanon's 3-point shooting, a hallmark of the top-seeded Blue Devils who love to fire

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy jumps for an attempt to score against Greensburg Central Catholic in the two rival school's non-conference matchup Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at Jeannette High School.
WPIAL basketball realignment wipes out several Westmoreland rivalries
WPIAL basketball underwent another facelift, and the results substantially will change the look of sections involving Westmoreland County teams. Its current playoffs are just getting

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes turns to face the defense after grabbing a rebound against Shenango in WPIAL boys' basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Gateway High School.
Jeannette boys hold off Shenango to advance to semifinals
February 23, 2018
Playing in his first WPIAL playoff basketball game Jeannette junior guard Anthony Johnson felt woozy in the first half and nearly gave up his dinner.

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Latrobe's Carly Augustine reaches for the ball as teammate Bethany Havrilla (4) battles against Bethel Park's Maria Cerro (bottom) and Madelyn Dziezgowksi during WPIAL girls' basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Gateway High School.
Bethel Park girls beat Latrobe at own game in Class 6A quarterfinals
Third-seeded Bethel Park did not want to play a fast-paced game against No. 6 Latrobe in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals. The Black

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Serra Catholic's Gigi Mele-Madigan (3) drives to the net during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Serra Catholic takes down rival Greensburg Central Catholic in quarterfinals
February 22, 2018
It can be a blessing or a burden. First-round byes in the WPIAL basketball playoffs are a reward for teams that win section titles. But

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Jeannette's Tre Cunningham (3) goes to the net during their game against Springdale on Fri. Jan. 26, 2018 at Springdale. Jeannette won 61-24.
Already a WPIAL baseball, football champion, Cunningham shooting ‘lights-out’ for Jeannette boys
Selfless is a word often associated with Jeannette senior swingman Tre Cunningham, who admittedly used to pass up open shots and did not always look

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Latrobe players try to block a shot by Shaler's Megan Lydon during the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe teams get defensive in playoffs
Don't tell the Latrobe boys and girls basketball teams they are all finesse and only care about offense and scoring. They will just get defensive.

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Bella Skatell dribbles while Hempfield's Jessica Persin defends during the Westmoreland Sports Network Shootout at Seton Hill basketball showcase at the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center at Seton Hill University on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 in Greensburg. Six basketball games were featured in the showcase and proceeds from the event benefit St. Jude's Children Research Hospital.
What to expect from GCC-Serra girls’ third meeting
Greensburg Central Catholic (12-10) and Serra Catholic (15-7) split their season series in Section 3-2A and the games had a little of everything: halfcourt give-and-go's,

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Belle Vernon's Blake Zubovic celebrates a touchdown during a win against Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, at Belle Vernon.
Zubovic declines Big 33 offer
February 21, 2018
Blake Zubovic was honored to receive an invitation to the Big 33 Football Classic, but the senior lineman from Belle Vernon declined the offer. A

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Pine-Richland's Kayla Graf tries to make a layup as Norwin's Emily Brozeski defends during the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Norwin girls cruise past Pine-Richland in Class 6A 1st round
February 20, 2018
Norwin leaned on the same traits is has all season to advance in the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs: defense and depth. The fourth-seeded

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Latrobe's Kayla White (20), Carly Augustine (10) and teammates celebrate their win against Shaler in the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Latrobe girls speed past Shaler, earn 1st WPIAL playoff win since ’07
Latrobe wanted to play fast in its playoff opener. It's the Wildcats' M.O. And that's what they did to set the tone on the way

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman drives toward the net on an attempted layup shot against California during girls' basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic High School on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s games
Boys Class A Quarterfinals No. 2 Monessen (13-8) vs. No. 7 Imani Christian (12-9) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers-Houston On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar looks for an opening on net as Latrobe's Laura Graytok follows up on defense during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Competition in Section 2-6A has girls basketball teams prepped for playoffs
February 19, 2018
When the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings were released last week on an overhead projector in a crowded hotel ballroom in Green Tree, the eyes of

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Latrobe's Mackenzie Markle battles for the tipoff during girls' basketball against Norwin's Lucy Race on Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school sports lookahead for week of Feb. 19-24
February 18, 2018
MONDAY Hockey Class AA South/East divison leader Latrobe (13-5) is looking for a strong stretch run as the PIHL season winds toward the playoffs. The

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Latrobe boys show grit in playoff victory over Butler
February 17, 2018
Miffed by constant comparisons to last year's team and the notion that it doesn't play enough defense to go far in the WPIAL boys basketball

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes watches from the sidelines as his team dominates Chartiers-Houston on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Jeannette during WPIAL non-conference football.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
Football recruiting is beginning to pick up steam for Jeannette junior Marcus Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back. He has Division I

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The Jeannette fan section cheers on Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) after an interception and defensive stop against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette’s Kennedy alters path toward football future
February 16, 2018
andquot;Please respect my decision.andquot; Those four words closed Robert Kennedy's commitment tweet last week when he announced via social media that he would be attending

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Jeannette seeking another championship
February 15, 2018
Jeannette is ready to get serious about basketball. After a regular season of stops and starts because of injuries and inconsistent lineups, celebrations and championship

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Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs. Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the

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Latrobe boys seek redemption after early playoff exit in ’17
When asked what drives the Latrobe basketball team, what really motivates the talented group for which he plays, junior guard Reed Fenton gave a three-fold

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Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Boys WPIAL Class 6A First round No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (18-4) 1:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Ligonier Valley basketball teams learn District 6 playoff foes
February 14, 2018
Ligonier Valley's boys basketball team is on a roll, and the Rams will look to carry that momentum into the District 6 playoffs. The Heritage

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Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Jeannette boys awarded byes in WPIAL opening round
February 13, 2018
Section championships carried plenty of significance for area boys teams Tuesday night at the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting in Green Tree. Four Westmoreland teams

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Stone narrows list to four schools, including Pitt, Duquesne
Much-sought-after basketball recruit Brandon Stone pared down his list of possible suitors Tuesday afternoon. Three of the colleges would bring the former Southmoreland standout closer

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Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams set to learn playoff opponents
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Franklin Regional surging with energy as playoff near
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Westmoreland lookahead for Feb. 12-17
February 11, 2018
MONDAY Hockey PIHL Class AA South/East heavyweights Latrobe (12-5) and Franklin Regional (10-6) square off in an important divisional clash at 8:30 p.m. at Center

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GCC’s Slike will take kicking game to Akron
Ethan Slike gave up soccer to focus full-time on kicking footballs. The senior from Greensburg Central Catholic just andquot;preferredandquot; it that way. The extra work

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High school notebook: P-T record-breaking kicker headed to Division II Ashland
February 10, 2018
Nick Tarabrella will get his kicks at the next level. The record-breaking Penn-Trafford senior placekicker committed to continue his football career at Ashland (Ohio), a

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Football endeavors keep Kennedy, Johnson from Jeannette hoops finale
Jeannette will be without two key players in its regular-season boys basketball finale Saturday night at Riverview. Senior Robert Kennedy will be in Harrisburg for

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No. 3 Jeannette puts end to GCC’s 17-year playoff streak
February 9, 2018
Jeannette rode a whipsaw of a start to a section title. Senior Tre Cunningham scored a game-high 22 points, senior Robert Kennedy added 15 and

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls secure share of section title
February 8, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman has been practicing extra free throws lately. andquot;We lost some close games when we didn't shoot fouIs well,andquot; the junior

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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Hempfield QB Justin Sliwoski bound for Pitt
The thought of reuniting with his brother on a football field resonated with Justin Sliwoski. But so did the idea of possibly playing quarterback for

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Soccer trio fighting through injuries highlights signing day
February 7, 2018
Signing day marked the onset of a fresh start for a trio of area standouts, all of whom suffered injuries on their way to college

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Westmoreland County football players sign on with college programs
Braden Brose was up bright and early Wednesday morning. But since school was canceled because of the snow and ice he could not fax his

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Brunson commits to to Louisiana-Lafayette softball
Another day, another Westmoreland County freshman softball player making Division I college plans. A second ninth-grader from Mt. Pleasant accepted a scholarship offer from a

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Franklin Regional tops Greensburg Salem to win Section 3-5A title
February 6, 2018
Nate Leopold, wearing a necklace made of twine he had just cut from the rim, broke down into tears. Emotions overflowed as the Franklin Regional

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Franklin Regional’s Lauer commits to Towson
Record-breaking Franklin Regional linebacker Bryce Lauer made a signing day eve commitment, giving Towson (Md.) the nod Tuesday night. Lauer also had offers from Duquesne

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Just the fax: Weather won’t impact NCAA signing day
Wednesday's pending snow and freezing rain could cause school delays and cancellations, but it won't stop NCAA signing day. At least that is the case

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GCC girls earn convincing win over Beth-Center, remain in tie for first in section
February 5, 2018
A broken water pipe and the ensuing damage it did to their court forced Greensburg Central Catholic's girls basketball team to play their most recent

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Penn-Trafford’s Gay commits to Air Force
When it came to choosing a college, and like his tackle-hurdling touchdown run at Heinz Field in the WPIAL finals, John Gay aimed high. Gay,

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Signing day looms: Where will some of Westmoreland’s best end up?
The start of the NCAA's regular signing period looms Wednesday and a few of Westmoreland County's top football players still are pondering where they want

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Norwin’s Dieter accepts walk-on offer from Duquesne
February 4, 2018
Norwin's Brock Dieter only attempted 17 passes last season, but that did not stop him from making inroads to Division I football. Dieter used Super

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Feb. 5, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Greensburg Central Catholic (10-8, 9-3) has won six of its last seven Section 3-2A games to set up a run at the

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Franklin Regional boys basketball shows mettle, holds off Jeannette
As Jeannette started to chip away at his team's double-digit lead in the second half, Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion didn't do the conventional, knee-jerk

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High school notebook: WCCA meet a tough ‘life lesson’ for Hempfield
February 3, 2018
A scoring error at last weekend's Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships changed the standings and flipped the final outcome for Franklin Regional

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Hempfield girls basketball reaches 4 consecutive wins
There aren't many girls teams in the WPIAL playing better late-season basketball than Hempfield and Greensburg Central Catholic. When the teams met in the opener

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Kromka-led Gateway subdues cold-shooting Greensburg Salem
February 2, 2018
Shots clanked off tight rims and offensive flow took the night off. Greensburg Salem had one of those head-in-the-hands performances against visiting Gateway. The Golden

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Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
Emma Hoffner knew from a young age she wanted to play Division I college softball. But that could not have been that long ago. A

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Despite depleted roster, Southmoreland boys remain in playoff hunt
February 1, 2018
Steely-eyed, not startled; diminutive, not desperate; the Southmoreland boys basketball team plays on with its four wins, some nagging injuries and a 68.3 points-against average

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Buying championship rings a costly process for Westmoreland County’s state title teams
Jeannette is fundraising in a variety of ways to purchase championship rings for its football players, cheerleaders and others around the program. It's a pricey

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Section titles up for grabs for area teams
A number of local teams are chasing section championships as the WPIAL basketball regular season winds into its final week. Boys Section 3-6A came down

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Elliott Group makes sizable donation to Jeannette football ring drive
Jeannette's football team will receive a significant donation from one of the city's most recognizable and long-established businesses in its pursuit of championship rings. The

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Poulich commits to Liberty
You'll have to excuse Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren (Shaheen) Armanious if she does not have an extensive scouting report on incoming outfielder Courtney Poulich.

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‘Shootout at Seton Hill’ returns Saturday
With just more than two weeks until playoff time, WPIAL basketball fans can get a look at some of the top area teams headed to

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Pair of impressive wins has Hempfield girls on cusp of WPIAL playoff berth
January 31, 2018
As the final seconds ticked away last Saturday evening at Hempfield Field House, Spartans first-year basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock turned to her assistant, Will Sherbondy.

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Jeannette's Tre Cunningham falls backward into a trio of players after grabbing the rebound against Leechburg during WPIAL boys' basketball at Jeannette High School on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Jeannette earns revenge with Section 1-2A victory over Leechburg
January 30, 2018
A loss to Leechburg earlier this month stayed with Jeannette like a bad headache, a bout of heartburn, some nagging back pain. The team couldn't

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Johnny Russell (34) is pictured at a playoff game at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena helping the Belle Vernon Area Leopards' cause for an eventual WPIAL crown in basketball in the spring of 1978. Russell was a 6’1 guard who eventually signed with Robert Morris College. He was a two-year starter in Coach Don Asmonga’s back court and left as the fifth all-time leading scorer for BVA with 714 points. This photo is from the files of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame.
Belle Vernon to honor 1978 hoops champs
Belle Vernon will recognize one of its greatest boys basketball teams during its regular-season home finale against Elizabeth Forward on Feb. 9. Belle Vernon will

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Greensburg Salem's Megan Kallock scores between Ringgold's Faith Martin and Johnna Mayer (r) Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem girls basketball battles, comes up short vs. Ringgold
January 29, 2018
Greensburg Salem battled, scratched and clawed against a much taller and accomplished Ringgold team on Monday night. But now the Golden Lions will have to

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Mt. Pleasant girls head coach Scott Giacobbi drives home a point, during practice, at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball battling to keep postseason streak alive
A decade's worth of winning made Mt. Pleasant a perennial playoff team in girls basketball. But a challenging and uncharacteristic season is testing the current

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Jan. 29, 2018
January 28, 2018
MONDAY Wrestling The WPIAL team playoffs open with four matches at Franklin Regional: Shaler vs. Upper St. Clair at 6 p.m.; Belle Vernon vs. Armstrong

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Members of the PIAA Class 4A champion Norwin girls soccer team were honored at the State Capital Building in Harrisburg on Jan. 23, 2018.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer savors trip to Capitol
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike but not for another girls soccer game in the PIAA playoffs. This time, it was to be

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Franklin Regional's Mike Bartolacci celebrates a three-pointer with head coach Steve Scorpion during their game against Gateway Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys basketball ends skid, rolls Gateway
January 27, 2018
Franklin Regional was only slightly concerned when a recent five-game winning streak was dimmed by two consecutive losses, to a pair of good teams, in

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New Franklin Regional basketball coach Steve Scorpion leads a summer basketball workout at Franklin Regional on July 13, 2017, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional’s Scorpion learned game from his grandfather, Pirates great Dick Groat
January 26, 2018
You could say Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Steve Scorpion was grandfathered into basketball. Scorpion is the grandson of Dick Groat, the former Pirates shortstop

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Derry Area's Aidan Bushey works out Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the high school.
Derry boys in playoff hunt after 9-year drought
It's late January and the Derry boys are playing — gulp — .500 basketball. So is it time to bring up the andquot;pandquot; word yet

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Franklin Regional head coach Steve Scorpion speaks with his team Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 during WPIAL basketball against Penn-Trafford at Franklin Regional High School.
High school basketball notebook: Tension between Franklin Regional-Highlands coaches ‘nothing personal’
Tempers spilled over and led to five technical fouls in the second half Tuesday night when Franklin Regional's boys basketball team played at Highlands in

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar prepares an attempted layup shot on net as Latrobe's Kayla White (20) defends during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin girls halt Latrobe’s win streak
Norwin's message to Latrobe: don't play with scissors. Latrobe will have to wait to cut down the nets to celebrate a section title after the

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift cuts back on Bethel Park's Austin Lewis Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
Norwin’s Thrift heading to Notre Dame junior weekend
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift will attend Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson calls a play during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen’s Henderson scores 55 points
January 25, 2018
Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL and a school record. Henderson, a

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen guard Henderson’s 55-point game among WPIAL, state’s best
In case you missed it, Monessen's Lyndon Henderson scored 55 points on Wednesday night, the highest scoring output of the season in the WPIAL. Henderson,

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Greater Latrobe's Laura Graytok navigates toward the net against Hempfield defender Allison Podkul (15) during girls' basketball Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School. Latrobe defeated Hempfield 67-52.
Surging Latrobe girls basketball riding high on 7-game winning streak
Latrobe has gone away from hosting some girls-boys basketball doubleheaders this season. Separate nights gives each team the spotlight all to themselves. The boys' games

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Highlands' coach claps as his players celebrate during a game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Highlands.
Highlands, Franklin Regional cool off after heated fourth quarter Tuesday
January 24, 2018
Tempers spilled over to the tune of five technical fouls in the second half on Tuesday night when Franklin Regional played at Highlands in a

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Greensburg Salem strengthens playoff chances with win over Armstrong
Armstrong prides itself on old-school, halfcourt basketball. It's slow and deliberate, on the edge of medieval. Think throwback Big East. Squarely on the opposite end

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Members of the PIAA Class 4A champion Norwin girls soccer team were honored at the State Capital Building in Harrisburg on Jan. 23, 2018.
Norwin girls soccer team honored at State Capitol
January 23, 2018
Norwin made another long trek up the Turnpike, but not for another girls soccer game in the state playoffs. This time, it was to be

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Franklin Regional's Courtney Giles battles Armstrong's Madisyn Lorigan for a loose ball during their game Monday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional girls basketball outlasted by Armstrong
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan was glad to see his team outdo its scoring average (45.6 points per game) and get a victory on

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Franklin Regional coach Courtney Callas leads her team against Hampton during a game Jan. 5, 2017, at Hampton.
Coaches, players reunite on Westmoreland basketball courts
High school basketball season in Westmoreland County has been about getting reacquainted. Relationships seem to be sewn tight into the county's fabric, no matter where

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Jeannette's Chloe Stein fouls Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward during their WPIAL Class 2A conference game at GCC on Monday Jan.15, 2018, in Carbon. GCC defeated Jeannette 57-46.
GCC postpones basketball games due to water damage
January 22, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic postponed a pair of basketball games because of water damage to its home court. Tonight's girls Section 3-2A showdown between first-place Serra

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman knocks down a three pointer as Jeannette's Dymond Crawford defends during their WPIAL Class 2A conference game at GCC on Monday Jan.15, 2018, in Carbon.Eisaman scored 24 points to lead GCC past Jeannette 57 46.
Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Tasked with having to rally from a slow start, Greensburg Central Catholic (7-6, 6-2 Section 3-2A) has answered the call. The Centurions

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay hurdles Gateway's Travis Thompson II into the end zone to score during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
High school notebook: Options growing for Penn-Trafford Gay IV
January 20, 2018
One of the top rushers in Westmoreland County is in no rush to make his college decision. John Gay IV, a football standout at Penn-Trafford,

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Penn-Trafford's Stephanie O'Donnell keeps the ball from Norwin defender Lucy Race during WPIAL girls' basketball against Norwin on Friday Jan. 19 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Nguyen beats buzzer as Penn-Trafford girls edge Norwin
Her last name is pronounced, andquot;win.andquot; Sarah Nguyen caught the ball and heaved it high into the air. When her floating 3-pointer fell through the

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay hurdles Gateway's Travis Thompson II into the end zone to score during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford RB Gay weighs options
One of the top rushers in Westmoreland County is in no rush to make his college decision. John Gay IV, a standout at Penn-Trafford, has

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Penn-Trafford's Kevin Stinelli defends against Norwin's Logan Liebdzinski during WPIAL boys' basketball against Norwin on Friday Jan. 19 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Norwin boys clamp down, sweep season series with Penn-Trafford
Over the first three quarters and early into the fourth, the lead changed hands 18 times Friday night in Harrison City, a stat befitting the

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Southmorland no. 2 Cali Konek reacts to a fall after an unsuccessful lay-up in the second half of the game against Belle Vernon on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Southmoreland’s Konek to miss ‘minimal time’ after knee injury
January 19, 2018
Southmoreland girls basketball coach Brian Pritts said standout junior Cali Konek will miss andquot;minimal timeandquot; with a sprained MCL in her right knee. She will

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Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Jeannette’s Dymond shines bright
Dymond Crawford grew up watching Ciara Gregory launch 3-pointers and light up the scoreboard at Jeannette. andquot;I thought it would be pretty cool if that

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Southmoreland High School
Southmoreland hires new football coach
Southmoreland has a new football coach. The district on Thursday night hired Dave Keefer to replace Mark Adams, who resigned after five seasons. Keefer, not

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Southmoreland's Cali Konek drives down court against Keystone Oaks defense Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 during WPIAL girls' basketball at Southmoreland Senior High School.
Konek injured as Southmoreland girls fall to No. 4 Keystone Oaks
Southmoreland showed it's more than just Cali Konek — at least for a quarter and a half. Konek injured her knee just 16 seconds into

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Hempfield's student section reacts from the stands during their school's varsity boys' basketball game against Latrobe on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Greater Latrobe Area High School.
Is boys’ Section 3-6A shaping up for another tight finish?
Boys basketball Section 3-6A could get interesting again as it winds into the second round of games. But can it top last year's logjam at

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Penn-Trafford's Sarah Nguyen dribbles down court against Hempfield on Friday Jan. 12, 2018 during girls' basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Injuries force Penn-Trafford girls to adjust to adversity
January 17, 2018
Penn-Trafford girls basketball coaches and players have to shake their heads and wonder, andquot;What did we do to deserve thisandquot; The team has been decimated

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Belle Vernon's Blake Zubovic plays against Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon’s ‘Big Z’ in ‘Big D’ for all-star game
Blake Zubovic had seen ATandamp;T Stadium, the cavernous home of the Dallas Cowboys, several times before on television. But the Belle Vernon senior will get

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Jeannette varsity football coach Roy Hall poses for a photo with Terrelle Pryor Sr., wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and a Jeannette grad, on Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at Jeannette High School. A donation worth $1,000 from Rosenhaus Sports Representation Inc. on behalf of Pryor was given to the Jeannette football program.
Pryor’s agent donates to Jeannette’s championship-ring cause
Jeannette received some help from an old friend in its quest to get its football team championship rings. Former star quarterback Terrelle Pryor presented a

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy jumps for an attempt to score against Greensburg Central Catholic in the two rival school's non-conference matchup Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette pulls away from rival Greensburg C.C. for Section 1 victory
Jim Nesser knows Jeannette basketball always has speed and athleticism, having seen it when he coached there for three years during the Terrelle Pryor era.

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Jeannette's Jada Bass battles Greensburg Central Catholic's Heaven Hester for possession of the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A conference game at GCC on Monday Jan.15, 2018, in Carbon.GCC defeated Jeannette 57 46.
GCC girls overcome Crawford’s big night, top Jeannette
January 16, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic thought about employing a andquot;Dymond-and-1andquot; defense Monday night. Jeannette junior guard Dymond Crawford has feeling it from the perimeter, getting to the

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
January 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball After absorbing its first section loss, Belle Vernon (8-4, 5-1) hits the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette ‘rock stars need some bling’
Jeannette wants to ring in the new year. The Jayhawks football team, which won WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles, has started an online fundraiser

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) runs the ball against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Hempfield tight end Brose commits to Delaware
A couple of weeks ago, Braden Brose said if Delaware made him a scholarship offer, he would take it with no hesitation. He sensed an

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) drives for a shot ovwer Avonworth's Matthew Crilley (20) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Peters Township. Southmoreland won 64-55 in overtime.
More WPIAL basketball players heading to prep school for opportunities
January 14, 2018
Better competition leads to better scholarships. That is the rallying cry for a wave of local high school basketball players who jettisoned school pride, left

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Jim Nesser talks with his team during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. Hempfield won 61-44.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jim Nesser to coach against former Jeannette squad
When Jim Nesser returned to coaching, he knew he would run into some old friends. And when he took the job at Greensburg Central Catholic,

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The Jeannette football team takes the field at the start of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette football raising money for championship rings
January 12, 2018
Jeannette is still ring-chasing. The Jayhawks football team, which won WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles, has started an online fundraiser to raise money for

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Fox Chapel defense stymies Latrobe boys in Section 3 win
Latrobe has pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of big games before. But that was when it had commanding leads that made for anticlimactic

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Greensburg Salem's Megan Kallock brings the ball downcourt against Hampton during the WPIAL Girls Class 5A playoff game at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Greensburg lost the game, 75-34.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Kallock among Greensburg Salem’s all-time scorers
Greensburg Salem junior combo-guard Megan Kallock is on her way to chasing some of the big names on the program's scoring list. Only a junior,

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Geoff Helm (12) tries to move around the defense of Hempfield's Braden Brose (23) early in the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Greensburg Central Catholic basketball teams in unfamiliar position
Greensburg Central Catholic has been a reload, not rebuild program in both boys and girls basketball for decades — practically to a fault. They are

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Keystone Oaks girls gain edge in Section 3 with win over Belle Vernon
Keystone Oaks amped up its pressure, clamped down on defense and kept cold-shooting Belle Vernon at bay Thursday to capture a foul-plagued first-place clash 48-35

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After suffering seizure during game Tuesday, Greensburg Salem’s Parsons plans to play Friday
January 11, 2018
Less than 24 hours after collapsing and convulsing behind his team's bench during a basketball game Tuesday night, Greensburg Salem's Dante Parsons was ready to

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Greensburg Salem varsity players Shaleena Garner (right) watches teammate Megan Kallock (left) during a coaching Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during girls' basketball practice at Greensburg Salem High School.
Kallock taking place among Greensburg Salem’s best
January 10, 2018
Greensburg Salem junior combo-guard Megan Kallock is on her way to chasing some of the big names on the program's scoring list. Only a junior,

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Stonecheck provides physical presence for section-leading Franklin Regional
Hunter Stonecheck knows he gets under the skin of opponents, thrives on it even. A grin forms slowly as he discusses his ire-inspiring game, like

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Scary incident dampens Highlands-Greensburg Salem game
The result of a basketball game fell a distant second to the health and condition of Greensburg Salem sophomore guard Dante Parsons, who collapsed on

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No. 3 Franklin Regional boys basketball clamps down on Gateway
January 8, 2018
With five regular players standing 6-foot-5 or taller, Franklin Regional has a knack for getting in the way of opposing teams, while casting a long

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Westmoreland County high school lookahead: Week of Jan. 8, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball There is a logjam atop WPIAL Section 3-4A with three teams

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Hempfield's Kierstin Schade (18) celebrates a point against Baldwin in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal match on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017 at Norwin.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
January 6, 2018
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Latrobe's Anthony Fannie attempts to block a pass by Hempfield's Jules Nicholls on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 during WPIAL boys' basketball at Greater Latrobe Area High School.
Fenton scores 35 to lead Latrobe boys past rival Hempfield
January 5, 2018
Latrobe honored its WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team at halftime on Friday night. The basketball team didn't need to take on the persona of

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Several Westmoreland basketball games postponed
Friday's winter deep-freeze caused the postponements of several boys basketball games involving Westmoreland County teams. The postponements include: • Franklin Regional at Gateway — Will

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Hempfield, GCC boys employ unique free throw strategy
A Hempfield player gets set to take a foul shot, but none of his teammates are in the lane. It's more like a free rebound

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Norwin girls remain competitive during roller-coaster season
January 4, 2018
Norwin has been a model of consistency in girls basketball over the last few seasons, a perennial power in the WPIAL's largest classification. The Knights

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Hempfield’s Schade signs with Eastern Kentucky
A trip to the WPIAL volleyball semifinals in the fall was more rewarding than Kierstin Schade could have imagined. Schade helped underdog Hempfield reach the

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Norwin boys charge back in overtime win vs. rival Penn-Trafford
Most of Wednesday night's Section 3-6A game between teams that didn't send each other Christmas cards was somewhat pedestrian. Nothing stood out. There were plenty

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Jeannette boys pick up steam as they recover from football
January 1, 2018
Adrian Batts recalls the early part of the 2007-08 basketball season. Jeannette had just won its first PIAA football championship and had to postpone its

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 1, 2018
December 31, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: TUESDAY Boys basketball A few county teams are getting in more nonleague tuneups before

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Latrobe players celebrate with the PIAA Class 5A championship trophy after their 7-0 victory over Whitehall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in State College. The game was called after a rain delay stopped play.
State championship dominance among Westmoreland County sports highlights from 2017
Flash bulbs and fire truck escorts back to town. Exuberant student sections and bus loads full of fans with plenty to cheer about — all

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Greensburg Salem's Dante Parsons (1) moves around Jeannette's Marcus Barnes (4) and Seth Howard (2) and scores on an underhand layup during the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Jeannette boys edge host Greensburg Salem for emotional victory
December 30, 2017
Emotions ran high, boiled over even, in the crowd. Security had to interact with some rowdy fans. One coach called the extracurricular antics andquot;a circus.andquot;

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (23) is congratulated by head coach Bill Swan as he comes out of the game late in the fourth quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. Hempfield won 61-44.
Brose scores 24 as Hempfield boys top Greensburg C.C.
Hempfield did not press Greensburg Central Catholic much on Friday night. It didn't need to. Having 6-foot-4 swing-forward Braden Brose scoring inside and out can

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Jeannette's Tre' Cunningham (left) and Connellsville's Dylan Bubarth (10) battle for a loose ball during the first quarter on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Jeannette’s defense leads charge in comeback win over Connellsville
December 28, 2017
Jeannette senior Robert Kennedy had 12 interceptions during the football season and returned four of them for touchdowns. It was a wonder teams even threw

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Ligonier Valley's Olivia Miller participates in a practice session on Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016 in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley honoring 1,000-point scorers
Ligonier Valley will have a special ceremony at 5:45 p.m. today during its holiday basketball tournament to honor the 35 players, male and female, who

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Penn-Trafford's Sean Kelly attempts to push past Allderdice defenders Shawn Morris (50), Tyler Williams and Rob Jones (33) on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 in the Penn-Trafford Warriors Holiday Showcase at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford boys show ‘grit’ in overtime victory over Allderdice
December 27, 2017
Sean Kelly was having an off day. His shots weren't falling, even though he was getting to the rim, and he seemed out of sorts

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Jeannette's A.J. Sharp shoots some hoops with teammates Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Sharp, Crise switch sides in Jeannette, GS basketball rivalry
Friday night's Jeannette (3-1) at Greensburg Salem (5-2) boys basketball game, the finale of the Golden Lions' holiday classic, already is a much-anticipated rematch, but

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan scores past Mt. Pleasant's Jacob Johnson during their game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Where to go for Westmoreland holiday hoops
It is holiday basketball tournament time. Here are the local tournaments to keep an eye on this week: BOYS Greensburg Salem tournament: The Golden Lions

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Latrobe’s Laura Graytok (24) drives to the basket against the Hempfield Spartans in the second quarter Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Hempfield Area Senior High School in Hempfield.
Latrobe girls last of the undefeateds in Westmoreland
Latrobe girls basketball appears to be headed for a turnaround. The Widcats have started 5-0 for the first time since 2004-05 and are the last

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Latrobe welcomes newest Butler brother to basketball limelight
December 25, 2017
If a tree falls in the forest ... If Bryce Butler beats Austin Butler at one-on-one ... Wait, there was a witness: dad. andquot;It was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Houseman, Penn-Trafford’s Suman get offers
December 24, 2017
Division II schools have been scouring the WPIAL in recent weeks and extended scholarship offers to several Westmoreland players. Yough lineman Scotty Houseman and Penn-Trafford

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Westmoreland high school sports look ahead: Dec. 27-30
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: WEDNESDAY Boys basketball Holiday tournaments begin around the WPIAL. Penn-Trafford will host McKeesport, Allderdice and

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward looks for an open shot on net as East Allegheny's guard Amani Johnson closes in Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 during the Jamfest basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.
East Allegheny star guard Johnson scores 26 in win over Greensburg Central Catholic girls
Like any team that plays East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic's quandary was take-over senior guard Amani Johnson. Speeding up the game with her up-tempo play

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Everything old is new again for Westmoreland hoops coaches
Just because coaches spend years teaching basketball and pacing the sidelines at dozens of games does not mean they are experts on the sport. The

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem the place to be for holiday tournament
December 21, 2017
Holiday basketball tournaments return next week and the best local stop again appears to be Greensburg Salem. The two-day Golden Lions Holiday Classic features six

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Belle Vernon's Blake Zubovic celebrates a touchdown during a win against Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon’s Zubovic, Penn-Trafford’s Hawkins ink with Pitt, Akron during early signing period
It's official: andquot;Big Zandquot; and andquot;Bubbaandquot; are Division I football players. A pair of standout linemen from Westmoreland County solidified their commitments Wednesday, the start

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Latrobe girls win another road game, using big second quarter to rout Penn-Trafford
December 20, 2017
It was like a gentle breeze turned into a full-blown storm. After a close first quarter, Latrobe's girls basketball team ignited — while Penn-Trafford struggled

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Yough's Dustin Shoaf competes against Freeport Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
Yough’s Shoaf, FR’s Lauer named to all-state teams
December 19, 2017
An under-the-radar recruiting prospect found his way onto the all-state list. Now, it will be tough to miss Yough's Dustin Shoaf. The junior running back

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Belle Vernon no. 20 Caitlyn Trombley, drives to the hoop in the first half of the game against Southmorland on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Hot-shooting Belle Vernon girls roll past Southmoreland
December 18, 2017
Southmoreland fell into an early hole Monday night, then spent the rest of the night trying to claw its way out. Belle Vernon senior guard

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) scores with 1:36 remaining in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game against Bishop McCort on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Ligonier Valley won 19-12.
Ligonier Valley pair make all-state
Ligonier Valley football powered its way to another Heritage Conference title and back-to-back District 6 championships, using one big play after another to average 43.6

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan brings the ball upcourt during a game against Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 18, 2017
December 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball Franklin Regional (4-1, 1-0) and Armstrong (4-0, 0-0) have proven to be

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) brings the ball up field against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Stover makes all-state after all
December 16, 2017
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season and for good reason. Stovar was

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Franklin Regional's Jordan Yaniga pulls down a rebound next to Indiana's Laken Dills during their game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional girls cruise past Indiana in section opener
December 14, 2017
With a shutdown defense forcing Indiana into compliance, Franklin Regional doubled up the Indians to remain undefeated and begin section play on a high note.

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) charges up field with the ball against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
Penn-Trafford’s Stovar learns of all-state honor after clerical error
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season. She was a standout forward for

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Penn-Trafford boys basketball coach Jim Rocco conducts practice on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.
Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford heads to Florida, scorers heating up
December 13, 2017
Jim Rocco doesn't want his team to view a trip to Florida this weekend as a vacation. andquot;It might be 80 degrees and sunny, but

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Franklin Regional's Hunter Stonecheck drives to the hoop past Belle Vernon's Cameron Nooser in their game during the Hempfield boys tip-off tournament at Hempfield's Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec 08, 2017. Franklin Regional defeated Belle Vernon 67-55.
Franklin Regional basketball player diehard Patriots fan
Franklin Regional senior basketball player Hunter Stonecheck plans to attend Sunday's Steelers-Patriots game, but he won't be rooting for Ben Roethlisberger and Co. Stonecheck, who

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Penn-Trafford boys basketball coach Jim Rocco conducts practice on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.
Penn-Trafford boys heading south for tournament
Penn-Trafford boys basketball will play three games in the 28th annual Kreul Classic Friday through Tuesday in Coral Springs, Fla. Games will be played at

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan drives to the basket past Mt. Pleasant's Jacob Johnson during their game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School.
McGowan’s scoring touch sparks Greensburg Salem to fast start
December 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem didn't have to turn to comic books to find a super hero. It has its own Marvel character. Senior guard Marvel McGowan has

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Franklin Regional's Aidan Sadoski battles Norwin's Tanner Queen for a rebound during their game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional edges Norwin at Mike Rettger Memorial tournament
December 11, 2017
Franklin Regional wants to win its own boys basketball tournament, and after beating the team that prevented it from doing so a year ago, the

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Dec. 11, 2017
December 10, 2017
MONDAY Boys basketball • The 15th annual Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament opens at Franklin Regional with Monessen (1-1) facing Westinghouse (2-0) at 6 p.m. Norwin

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Franklin Regional's Hunter Stonecheck fires a layup shot against Hempfield on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 during boys' basketball at Hempfield Area High School.
Franklin Regional boys grind through overtime victory against Hempfield
December 9, 2017
Nate Leopold thought he was done with football season. The Franklin Regional senior, barely back to basketball form, helped guide the Panthers through a physical,

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: 2017 was a year of titles for local teams
The 2017 calendar year has been a reign of championships for Westmoreland County high school teams. Jeannette football captured its second PIAA title Thursday in

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Belle Vernon junior forward Markello Apodiakos was an all-state selection during the 2017 season.
Belle Vernon’s Apodiakos named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Markello Apodiakos, Jr., F, Belle Vernon It was a record-breaking season for Belle Vernon junior Markello Apodiakos. The star forward scored

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Norwin's Emily Harrigan (23) steps past Conestoga Valley's Megan Slingluff (23) during an attack on goal in the second half of a PIAA 4A semifinal match on Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017 at Chambersburg.
Norwin’s Harrigan named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year Emily Harrigan, Sr., F, Norwin Emily Harrigan walked out of Hersheypark Stadium last month with red-rimmed eyes and a giant Hershey's

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Penn Trafford's Kevin Stinelli tries to make a steal on Greensburg Central Catholic's Mike Fornai in their game during the Hempfield boys tip-off tournament at Hempfield's Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
Penn-Trafford boys get off to fast start with victory over Greensburg CC
December 8, 2017
Sean Kelly grabbed the basketball in the paint, and with no defenders around, he decided to try for the dunk. He had the height, but

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Hempfield coach Bill Swan talks with players Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during boys' varsity basketball practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland County teams set to tip off at area tournaments
December 7, 2017
High school basketball season opens Friday. Here is a look at the notable tournaments and games involving Westmoreland County teams. The Hempfield boys showcase tournament,

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Head coach Brad Wetzel talks to his team before the beginning of boys' basketball practice Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland County basketball’s starting 5 season primer
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some things to look for this season in Westmoreland County hoops. Boys 5 Teams to watch Franklin Regional:

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Jeannette's Justin Cramer holds a Hershey's chocolate bar as he celebrates with teammates after after defeating Farrell in their PIAA Class A state semifinal Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
PIAA football notebook: Jeannette defense to be tested in state final
December 6, 2017
Jeannette hopes to stuff the run, a staple to slowing down Homer-Center, but the Jayhawks also plan to bring the heat against Wildcats quarterback Ben

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Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor eludes Dunmore defenders Robert Hoover (left) and Ryan Ehnot on a 41-yard touchdown run during the 3rd quarter of the PIAA Class AA Championship game at Hershey Stadium on Dec. 15, 2007. Jeannette defeated Dunmore, 49-21, to claim their school's first state championship.
Memories of 2007 state title run still resonate with Jeannette faithful
Jeannette football history brims with celebratory moments and proud memories. The very game itself, and Jeannette's contributions to it, are the most valuable mantle pieces

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Jeannette's Imani Sanders (9) attempts to evade Imani Christian's Jauron Thompson (6) during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette finds success with deep backfield
December 5, 2017
Jeannette's title-winning football teams have had plenty in common over the years: steady quarterback play, dependable front lines and a poison-mean defense at the top

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Jeannette's Tre Cunningham (6) signals for a first down against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
All-around athlete Cunningham gives Jeannette added kick
December 4, 2017
Tre Cunningham never envisioned himself kicking footballs when he was growing up in Jeannette. He played soccer as a youngster before he even laced up

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Southmoreland head coach Frank Muccino talks to his team during a timeout in the final minute of the fourth quarter, trailing Shady Side Academy by one point, during a WPIAL Class 3A game on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy won 40-37.
Southmoreland boys basketball embarks on major rebuild
December 3, 2017
It was as if the team's hard drive crashed before the season even started. And the Southmoreland boys basketball team lost everything. One minute, coach

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Southmoreland girls basketball welcomes scoring phenom Konek
Southmoreland knew it would need scoring punch with the graduation of standout athlete Olivia Porter, the program's second all-time leading scorer. Then came a rather

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (15) goes scores a basket and is fouled for a three point opportunity against Butler in the third quarter during the in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Saturday at Penn Hills.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Latrobe junior Fenton
December 2, 2017
Recruiting is beginning to pick up for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Fenton had a big summer with the PK

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson (80) jumps into the arms of Jeannette Head Coach Roy Hall after their win against Imani Christian for the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
PIAA football notebook: Johnson’s stock rises for Jeannette
November 30, 2017
Jeannette knew Anthony Johnson could be a force on defense — as soon as he learned how to play with some control and technique. Raw

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall huddles up with his team in the final moments of the fourth quarter against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette prepares to stymie Farrell’s passing attack
Two proud and proven football programs will meet Friday night for the right to play in the state championship. Jeannette (13-1), fresh off its ninth

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Jeannette's Jalen Jones (58) flips over a pile of players against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Play of patchwork offensive line key for Jeannette in run to PIAA semifinals
November 29, 2017
Jeannette's offensive line of senior left tackle Jalen Jones, junior left guard Drake Petrillo, sophomore center Cam Felbaum, junior right guard Dom Myers and senior

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok drives past Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.Penn Hills defeated Latrobe 67-42.
Graytok develops into leader for Latrobe girls basketball
November 28, 2017
Latrobe won four if its final five games last season but missed the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs. With five starters back, including standout

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Latrobe's varsity basketball players Markus Dudzenski (foreground) Bryce Butler, Reed Fenton (top, left) and Jason Armstrong (right) pose for a group portrait Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Despite graduation of star guards, Latrobe boys want another shot at playoff run
Tasked with the challenge of replacing two of the best players to come through the program, Latrobe will have a different look on the court

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) brings the ball forecourt following a steal during the second quarter against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy leads 23-22 at halftime.
High school notebook: Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone adjusting at prep school
November 26, 2017
Approaching 7 feet, Brandon Stone is one of the tallest basketball players to come out of Westmoreland County. But he's getting taller. And stronger. andquot;I

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Hempfield coach Bill Swan talks with players Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during boys' varsity basketball practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield boys basketball team going big under coach Bill Swan
In recent years, Hempfield's boys basketball team has adjusted its style to fit personnel. One season, it was rapid-fire 3-point shooting. Another, slash and score.

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Hempfield's Allison Podkul passes around a teammate during offense and defense drills Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield girls basketball team searching for its voice
New Hempfield girls basketball coach Lindsy Muchnock is looking for leadership, a quality that can't always be taught. It just sort of happens. andquot;We have

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall lifts the championship trophy after his team's win against Imani Christian for the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette showing no let-up in WPIAL, PIAA playoff run
With the score tied 28-28 and a little more than five minutes remaining on a windy Saturday afternoon in Moon Township, Jeannette turned to a

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Jeannette's players celebrate their win against Imani Christian for the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
Jeannette edges Imani Christian to claim ninth WPIAL championship
November 25, 2017
Lineman Drake Petrillo leapt into the air, his arms out like airplane wings. Another lineman, Cameron Felbaum, bounced his helmet off the turf like a

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys head coach Jim Nesser during practice on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
GCC boys basketball facing rebuild under new coach
November 24, 2017
When Jim Nesser began coaching at Elizabeth Forward in the early 2000s, he endured a 4-20 season. Things looked bleak as the team moved ahead.

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Heaven Hester calls for the ball outside the key during practice on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
‘Survival mode’ for Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team
With just seven girls on the roster, Greensburg Central Catholic could have to get crafty if it wants to make an 18th consecutive trip to

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Jeannette quarterback Robert Kennedy scores past Imani Christian's Ray Jackson (1) and Samuel Fairley during the third quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Big plays expected in WPIAL Class A title game
November 23, 2017
Composure. It's a word used often in sports, a trigger word even. Some coaches weave it into cliches. But many times they use it to

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Ligonier Valley players celebrate after the Rams beat Bishop McCort 19-12 in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
High school football notebook: Ligonier Valley gets early look at Hersheypark Stadium
Like every football team in the state, Ligonier Valley's end goal is to make it to Hershey. But regardless of Saturday's result the Rams could

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Jeannette celebrate their 18-7 win against Clairton in a WPIAL Class A semifinal game on Friday Nov. 17, 2017 at Elizabeth Forward.
Jeannette chasing WPIAL-record 734th victory
November 22, 2017
Jeannette has been nipping at New Castle's heels since the season kicked off in August. Now the Jayhawks finally can pull even with the school

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Southmoreland's Cali Konek (25), during practice at Southmoreland High School AlvertonMonday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Konek ready to make impact for Southmoreland girls basketball
November 21, 2017
Junior Cali Konek can light up a gym with her smile the way she lights up a scoreboard with a basketball. Her smile also has

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane argues an incomplete pass call during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Gateway Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford seniors leave lasting impression on football program
November 19, 2017
Penn-Trafford left a lasting impression on its tomahawk-chopping fanbase by reaching the WPIAL football finals for the second time in three years and garnering the

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Penn-Trafford's Cam Laffoon walks from the field after throwing an interceptionin the final seconds of a 21-16 loss to Gateway in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Gateway holds off Penn-Trafford rally to claim WPIAL Class 5A title
November 18, 2017
Derrick Davis said he didn't try to do anything special in the WPIAL Class 5A football championship. Imagine if he had. The Gateway freshman put

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The Norwin girls lift the State Championship trophy after beating Neshaminy 1-0 in the PIAA girls' AAAA Soccer Champion Friday, Nov. 17. 2017 at Herseypark Stadium.
Norwin seniors cap special 4-year run with state championship
HERSHEY — Blood, sweat and tears. andquot;Literally, that's what went into that game,andquot; Norwin girls soccer coach Lauren Karcher said Friday night after the Knights

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Mount Pleasant's Ava Gnibus (1) rounds second base on Meadow Uncapher's double in the fifth inning against Derry on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant won 6-0.
High school notebook: Mt. Pleasant softball players make college commitments
Two players who had pivotal roles in Mt. Pleasant's run to the PIAA Class 4A softball championship last season have made college commitments. Both players

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The Norwin girls lift the State Championship trophy after beating Neshaminy 1-0 in the PIAA girls' AAAA soccer championship Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at Herseypark Stadium.
Norwin blanks Neshaminy to win PIAA Class AAAA girls soccer title
November 17, 2017
HERSHEY — Norwin began the girls soccer season as the top-ranked team in the nation. The Knights gladly ended it as the best team in

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Penn-Trafford's Kevin Topper was a senior on the Warriors' team that played for the WPIAL football championship in 1997.
Twenty years after missing WPIAL title game-tying extra point, Penn-Trafford grad Topper uses experience as teaching point
Penn-Trafford is back in the WPIAL football final. That means one name instantly gets resurrected from the Warriors' championship game past. Kevin Topper. He remains

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Jeannette's Justin Cramer returns a fumble for a touchdown during the first half against Riverview Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Oakmont.
High school football notebook: Jeannette to ‘let the pads do the talking’
November 16, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall admits his team's lack of success against Clairton is just as much mental as it is physical. Maybe moreso. He

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Gateway's Derrick Davis carries the ball as Penn-Trafford's Dominic Rosso aims to tackle the runner's legs Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
Longtime rivals Penn-Trafford, Gateway will relish WPIAL Class 5A final matchup
While their decades-old tradition was interrupted by changing times and school mergers, Penn-Trafford and Gateway revived their annual andquot;Victory Bellandquot; custom several years ago, wheeling

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Norwin's Dani Iannuzzo (2) brings the ball up field against Conestoga Valley in the second half of a PIAA 4A semifinal match on Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017 at Chambersburg.
Norwin assistant coach recalls last PIAA soccer title
Norwin didn't have to look far for advice on what to expect from the PIAA girls soccer finals. Assistant coach Leslie (Fedorka) Kaminski went through

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Norwin's Emily Harrigan (23) steps past Conestoga Valley's Megan Slingluff (23) during an attack on goal in the second half of a PIAA 4A semifinal match on Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017 at Chambersburg.
Norwin girls to lean on big-game experience against Neshaminy in PIAA title game
On the verge of greatness, Norwin soccer players can lean on big-game experiences to help reduce the sweaty palms, calm the pounding hearts and dim

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Penn-Trafford coach Ruane endures ‘unique’ week teaching at Gateway
November 15, 2017
You could say Penn-Trafford took Gateway to school when the teams met in Week 5. The Warriors rolled to a 28-0 win, forcing three turnovers

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Norwin's Sam Wexell (1) hugs Norwin's Emily Harrigan (23) after their 2-0 win against Conestoga Valley in the PIAA 4A semifinal match on Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017 at Chambersburg.
Norwin girls headed to PIAA final after blanking Conestoga Valley
November 14, 2017
CHAMBERSBURG — Two decades after its last trip to the PIAA girls soccer championship, Norwin is headed back to the state final. Another smothering defensive

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Norwin's Alexis Kendro celebrates with Katherine Ericson after Ericson's goal against North Allegheny Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 during girls PIAA 4A quarterfinals at Fox Chapel High School.
Norwin defenders make behind-the-scenes impact en route to PIAA semifinals
November 13, 2017
For a split second — flash, bang — senior defender Natalie Durmis looked like Norwin's best goalkeeper. Even on a day when the Knights' all-WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) yells out in celebration after Penn-Trafford's 35-14 win against Upper St. Clair in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
P-T football shoots for trifecta
November 12, 2017
Penn-Trafford already has put together quite a fall sports season, but it could reach another level if the football team can bring home a WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) breaks into the open during a run for a touchdown against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
Penn-Trafford dominates Upper St. Clair to earn another shot at elusive WPIAL title
November 10, 2017
After a close call in the quarterfinals, Penn-Trafford took ownership of the semifinals with a performance that was as efficient as it was dominant. And

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) battles Norwin's Madison Genicola for the ball during their game on Sept. 25, 2017, in Harrison City. Penn-Trafford won, 1-0.
Norwin girls set to face familiar foe North Allegheny in PIAA quarterfinals
November 9, 2017
Norwin wanted Penn-Trafford. Bad. Expected it even. The Knights loathed seeing the Warriors celebrate a WPIAL championship against them last weekend, their hopes of a

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson (80) wags a finger against Clairton in the second quarter on Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at Clairton.
High school football notebook: Jeannette DE Johnson makes quick impact
Jeannette knew junior Anthony Johnson could make an impact on the football field this season. But his raw skills needed to catch up to his

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Derry softball player Chelsea Bisi at Derry Area High School in Extension, Pa. on Wednesday March 08, 2017.
Westmoreland high school notebook: County softball players sign with Division I schools
November 8, 2017
Softball popularity and talent in the county has risen in recent years. It might be at an all-time high. College recruiting is a reflection of

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Jeannette's Zack Berginc (22) is stopped by Monessen's Gage Hayden (11) after picking up a first down on a third-and-28 pass from Seth Howard late in the first quarter in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
Jeannette expects challenge from Rochester in WPIAL quarterfinals
Jeannette is three wins away from tying New Castle's WPIAL football record of 734 wins. New Castle is out of the playoffs, so the Jayhawks

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North Allegheny's Alex Adams (11) celebrates a goal next to Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Megan Giesey during the second half of their PIAA Class 4A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School. NA won, 2-0.
North Allegheny ousts Penn-Trafford girls in PIAA first round
November 7, 2017
The state playoffs can be a thorny place for WPIAL champions, regardless of the sport. And sometimes the most challenging thing is having to face

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Penn-Trafford's Jon Peduzzi (4) and Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) celebrate their team's 28-21 win against Fox Chapel in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford to rely on recent playoff experience in matchup with USC
Experience, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said, is the best trait a football team can have at the high school level. Ruane would know. He has

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok is fouled by Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.
High school notebook: Westmoreland County athletes to sign with Division I schools
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday for all sports other than football, soccer and men's water polo. A number of area athletes plan to

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Megan Giesey makes a save next to Norwin's Emily Harrigan during the girls WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland PIAA girls soccer 1st-round playoff capules
November 6, 2017
Class 4A First round Penn-Trafford (17-3-1) vs. North Allegheny (13-7) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: Winner of Norwin (17-2-1) vs. State College

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Penn-Trafford's Kiley Dugan (left) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime on the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game against Norwin Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Nov. 6, 2017
November 5, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Hockey A pair of area teams face off at 7:50 p.m. at Center Ice

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Penn-Trafford's Kiley Dugan (38) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime on the girls WPIAL Class AA championship game against Norwin Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Penn-Trafford clips Norwin on OT goal for WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer title
November 4, 2017
Mackenzie Aunkst brought the game to a halt before bringng the crowd to its feet. The Penn-Trafford senior midfielder came set with the ball at

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) controls the ball against Hempfield in the first half on Wednesday Oct. 04, 2017 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Hoffman commits to Youngstown State
Belle Vernon's Josh Hoffman had interest from several Division I baseball programs but none surpassed the level of interest he had in Youngstown State. Hoffman,

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Penn-Trafford's Matt Wilkie (27) celebrates a defensive stop on fourth down against Fox Chapel in the first quarter in a WPIAL playoff game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Top seed Penn-Trafford survives scare from Fox Chapel
November 3, 2017
Tabbed with the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history, Penn-Trafford knocked over the first domino in the WPIAL Class 5A football

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Megan Giesey makes a save on Norwin's Katy Ericson during their game on Sept. 25, 2017, in Harrison City. Penn-Trafford won, 1-0.
Notebook: Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls soccer coaches double as friends and foes
For eight years, Jackie Bartko and Lauren Karcher played cup soccer together for the local Foothills club. They went their separate ways for the high

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Ashley Davis hoists the championship trophy with her players after defeating Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class A final Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls capture 6th WPIAL championship
November 2, 2017
The latest chapter in WPIAL Class A girls soccer's best rivalry, despite new players and new coaches on both sides, still featured some of its

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift (5) leads his teammates in a cheer before entering the field to face Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense braces for Jurkovec, No. 1 Pine-Richland
Norwin has faced some good quarterbacks this season. Cam Laffoon of Penn-Trafford, Central Catholic's Troy Fisher and Justin Sliwoski of Hempfield are among them. But

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) battles Norwin's Madison Genicola for the ball during the first half of their game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Harrison City. Penn-Trafford won, 1-0.
Rivals Norwin, Penn-Trafford ready to play for WPIAL girls soccer title
Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar feels privileged. In 180 minutes of soccer played between Penn-Trafford and Norwin this season, only one goal was scored — a close-quartered

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Yough's Dustin Shoaf competes against Freeport Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
Yough’s Shoaf takes WPIAL rushing title
November 1, 2017
Three yards and a cloud of dust still means something. Just ask Yough's Dustin Shoaf. When the dust settled at the end of the WPIAL

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Belle Vernon's Blake Zubovic plays against Thomas Jefferson on Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Belle Vernon’s Blake Zubovic
Blake Zubovic is living large in Belle Vernon. The senior lineman who stands 6-foot-6 and tips the scale at 310 pounds, has big hands and

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Norwin shuts out North Allegheny to return to WPIAL title game
October 30, 2017
Their gym bags in hand as they arrived and strolled down the track, Norwin looked on as Penn-Trafford pulled out a last-minute victory in the

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Seven Westmoreland County football teams to learn playoff foes
October 29, 2017
The Jeannette football team thought a coin flip might be necessary to decide its playoff position in the Class A Eastern Conference after the Jayhawks

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sara Orndoff (#14) is congratulated by Samantha Felder (#8) after scoring a goal during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at Owens Field. Greensburg Central Catholic won 1-0.
Westmoreland high school sports look-ahead: Week of Oct. 30, 2017
A look at the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer Four Westmoreland teams look to secure spots in the WPIAL championships

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Belle Vernon lineman Blake Zubovic.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Zubovic picked to all-star game
October 28, 2017
Blake Zubovic has been around the country for college visits. The Belle Vernon senior football standout had more than a dozen scholarship offers before he

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Video: Late scores lead Norwin past Hempfield
Norwin uses two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 2-yard interception return by senior linebacker John Piekut for the game-sealing score.

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift (5) scores from 9-yards out to give the Knights a 17-14 lead over Hempfield at 6:37 of the fourth quarter in a WPIAL Class 6A Southeastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Norwin won 24-14.
Senior linebacker’s interception return for TD seals Norwin’s victory over Hempfield
October 27, 2017
John Piekut was the hero Friday night for Norwin. Or is it, Pick-it The Knights senior middle linebacker made a lunging, one-handed interception and fell

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Video: Norwin girls advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2017
The Norwin girls soccer team held off Kiski Area, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford. Norwin is on to the semifinals for

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Video: GCC girls shut out Vincentian
Greensburg Central Catholic blanks Vincentian, 1-0, in WPIAL Class A girls soccer quarterfinals at Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin girls soccer rolls Kiski Area in WPIAL quarterfinals
Thursday night's WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal game was moved to Penn-Trafford because of scoreboard problems at Gateway. Norwin can attest: The scoreboard at

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Jeannette's Imani Sanders (9) celebrates with Robert Kennedy (3) following a 56-yard touchdown during the second quarter of a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game with Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Quartet of Westmoreland County teams aim to finish regular season undefeated
Jeannette has rolled through the Eastern Conference with the swiftness and unbroken stride of a sprinter in the 100-meter dash. Opponents, they have simply tried

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon carries past Norwin's John Piekut during the third quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense among WPIAL’s best
Talk to coaches who have played Norwin and their first point of emphasis is defense. Norwin (4-5 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) is no knock-off of

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Jeannette's Isaiah Winters (1) toes the sideline in front of Greensburg Central Catholic's Tom Voelker (5) and breaks a long gain to set up a second quarter Jayhawks touchdown during a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Video: 4 Westmoreland County teams look to stay undefeated
Four teams from Westmoreland County enter Week 9 undefeated: Jeannette (9-0), Penn-Trafford (9-0), Belle Vernon (8-0) and Ligonier Valley (9-0). It's been 21 years since

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Penn-Trafford players celebrate Lauren Stovar's goal during the second half of their game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Harrison City. Penn-Trafford won, 1-0.
Pair of playoff games moved to Penn-Trafford
Tonight's WPIAL girls soccer playoff doubleheader involving a trio of Westmoreland County teams has been moved to a new site. The Class A game between

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Winchester Thurston celebrates a goal to put them up 2-1 against Greensburg Central Catholic in the second half on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Hampton.
Third time not a charm as GCC boys lose to Winchester Thurston in boys soccer quarterfinals
October 25, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic could not solve Winchester Thurston this season. Not in two section games and not in a playoff game. And what really stings

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) is dragged down by the Homer-Center defense after a long gain in the third quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Center.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty
As one of the state's most versatile playmakers, Jackson Daugherty has accounted for 1,284 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns, scoring via rush, pass and reception

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer players adjust to playoff pressure
Penn-Trafford girls soccer coach Jackie Bartko talks about how the Warriors are dealing with the pressure of being the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL

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Penn-Trafford's Mackenzie Aunkst (2) is challenged by Hempfield's Meg Jones (23) in the first half on Wednesday Oct. 04, 2017 at Hempfield.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer ‘driven’ toward success
Penn-Trafford is a regular visitor to the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs. It's been over two decades since the team missed the postseason. But unlike past

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Video: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer prepares for quarterfinal matchup
October 24, 2017
Members of the Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team have dyed their hair blonde as part of a WPIAL playoff tradition for the program. They will

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Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) jumps for a header against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for Westmoreland County teams
Quarterfinals Class 4A No. 3 Franklin Regional (16-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-McMillan (11-6) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) keeps his eye on the ball against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Golden-haired Mt. Pleasant boys seeking WPIAL gold medals
Mt. Pleasant has put blood, sweat and tears into this boys soccer season. Oh, and blonde hair dye. Lots of blonde hair dye. The bright

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Franklin Regional's Anna Philips competes for the ball against Mt. Pleasant's Ally Bloom on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 in WPIAL girls' soccer playoffs at Norwin High School.
Franklin Regional girls soccer overcomes first-round ‘curse’ with win over Mt. Pleasant
October 23, 2017
A whipping wind and sideways rain moved across Norwin Stadium at halftime Monday night. Maybe it took away Franklin Regional's first-round andquot;curseandquot; as it blew

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Penn-Trafford's Megan Giesey (0) makes an off balance save on goal against Norwin in overtime on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at Norwin.
Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 23-29
October 22, 2017
MONDAY Girls soccer The WPIAL playoffs begin with six area teams playing first-round games. Class AAAA No. 2 seed Penn-Trafford hosts Penn Hills, and No.

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Yough junior running back Dustin Shoaf
High school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf in elite company after record-breaking performance
October 21, 2017
Yough football coach Scott Wood predicted a few weeks ago that Cougars' junior running back Dustin Shoaf had the potential to break the school's single-game

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Penn Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger (7) reacts after a missed shot on goal against Butler in the second half on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017 at Norwin.
Butler boys soccer advances with victory against Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford never seemed to get untracked during its playoff opener Saturday afternoon. Constricting play led to little flow in the pass-and-go game, and unsatisfying possessions

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Video: Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane and Kiski Area coach Sam Albert talk about the Warriors' 54-19 victory on Friday night.

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Penn-Trafford’s John Gay (46) rushes the ball downfield during their game against Kiski Area in Harrison City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title after win over Kiski Area
October 20, 2017
For as uneventful as some blowouts can go, a lot happened during the latest one for top-ranked Penn-Trafford on Friday night in Harrison City. A

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Norwin's Zach Tusay (14) battles Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger for ball during their game Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Harrison City.
Westmoreland County’s WPIAL boys soccer 1st-round playoff capsules
October 19, 2017
Class 4A First round No. 8 Penn-Trafford (11-3-2) vs. No. 9 Butler (13-5) 3 p.m. Saturday at Norwin On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No.

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) gets around Greensburg Central Catholic's Jacob Reihart (9) to go 34 yards for a touchdown at 7:41 of the second quarter during a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
High school football notebook: Newcomers bolster No. 1 Jeannette
Jeannette's Seth Howard wasn't going to play football this season. But coaches and teammates wooed him to the gridiron and he changed his mind. andquot;I

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Norwin's Sam Wexell laughs while chatting with teammates before a girls' soccer scrimmage Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at Norwin High School.
Breaking down the 2017 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
Class 4A Favorite: Norwin, despite drawing the No. 4 seed, has won back-to-back WPIAL championships and has more than enough talent to three-peat. The Knights

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Norwin's Dani Iannuzzo (2) is tripped up by Penn-Trafford's Jordan Lawrence (6) in the second half on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at Norwin.
Norwin girls soccer getting healthy just in time for playoff run
Norwin players saunter out of soccer practice and games wrapped in the same post-action armor: ice packs. The plastic bags cover legs, arms, even thighs

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes (2) scores on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Seth Howard on the Jayhawks' first play from scrimmage against Greensburg Central Catholic during a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes
With soft hands, syrupy moves and an easy stride, Jeannette's Marcus Barnes can appear to be on cruise control when he catches passes. If he

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Norwin's Zach Tusay (14) battles Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger for ball during their game Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford’s Kreutzberger commits to Radford
October 16, 2017
Penn-Trafford senior Austin Kreutzberger heard through casual talk in cup soccer circles that Radford University had a strong men's program. But it wasn't until he

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Video: Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf talks PIAA golf regionals
October 15, 2017
Greensburg Salem's Jack Oberdorf finished tied for ninth at the WPIAL Class AAA championship to qualify for his first PIAA Western Regional tournament Monday at

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Greensburg Salem's Jack Oberdorf watches his tee shot on Hole 15 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Greensburg Salem’s Oberdorf finds golf game
A big-swinging third baseman who can hit for average and power, Jack Oberdorf played 80 baseball games over the summer. He even missed a golf

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Belle Vernon's Hunter Ruokonen celebrates his touchdown with Nolan Labuda (5) and Anthony Rebar during the third quarter against Thomas Jefferson Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 16-22
Monday Golf The top WPIAL golfers will join players from five other districts at the PIAA Western Regional tournaments at Tom's Run Golf Course, located

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Norwin’s Emily Harrigan (23) dribbles past Latrobe's Lily Jones (10) en route to a goal during the first half on Monday Sept. 11, 2017 at Latrobe.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Harrigan invited to all-star game
October 14, 2017
Norwin soccer standout Emily Harrigan is the reigning Tribune-Review player of the year. But she also is considered one of the best players in the

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Video: Jeannette starts fast in victory over rival GCC
The Jeannette football team improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class A Eastern Conference with a convincing victory over rival Greensburg Central Catholic

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (3) runs 25 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter against Greensburg Central Catholic in a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
Top-ranked Jeannette uses strong 2nd quarter surge to cruise past rival GCC
October 13, 2017
Jeannette crowned another homecoming queen Friday night. On the field, the Jayhawks showed why they're the new king in the Class A rankings. Playing their

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Video: WPIAL golf champions defend titles
October 12, 2017
Four WPIAL champions defended their titles Thursday at the team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course. Sewickley Academy (Class AA) and Central Catholic (AAA) won

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Sewickley Academy, Central Catholic boys, NA, GCC girls repeat as WPIAL golf champions
Dynasties have happened in WPIAL golf before. There's the Upper St. Clair girls, the standard-bearers, who won 12 consecutive titles from 1994-2005. The Panthers have

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Members of the Fox Chapel boys golf team who competed at the WPIAL championships Oct. 12, 2017, at Cedarbrook, included, from left, Matt Mattioli, Scott Bitar, Grant Thiele, Amani Dambrosio, George Thompson and Ben Uminski.
With injured teammates in hospital, Fox Chapel golfers compete at WPIAL tournament
Less than 24 hours after a horrific single-vehicle accident left four teammates injured, Fox Chapel's boys golf team showed up Thursday to play in the

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Mt. Pleasant's Michael Govern takes a hand off from quarterback Lucas Pieszak on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football against Derry at Mt. Pleasant High School.
High school football notebook: Mt. Pleasant focused on present, not playoff streak
Mt. Pleasant is staying in the present — in the hopes it won't have to worry as much about the future. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4)

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Video: Reactions from Norwin/Penn-Trafford girls soccer draw
The Norwin and Penn-Trafford girls soccer teams played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night, giving the Warriors their first section title since 2013. Here, the

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Norwin's Sam Wexell (1) collects a loose ball from the ground against Penn-Trafford in overtime on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at Norwin.
Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls draw in Section 4-AAAA finale
October 11, 2017
Chants of andquot;overratedandquot; from the Penn-Trafford student section still echoed loudly in the minds of Norwin girls soccer players. It fanned the flames of an

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Fox Chapel's Gregor Meyer watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
WPIAL team golf championship capsules
9 a.m. Thursday, Cedarbrook Golf Course, Rostraver Township (Boys on Gold Course; girls on Red Course) andbull; All four champions move on to the PIAA

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Derry's Shawn Broadway carries the ball for a touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL week one high school football action at Derry.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Derry’s Shawn Broadway
Shawn Broadway was mainly a defensive player last season when Derry became the feel-good story of the WPIAL Class 3A football playoffs — the ultimate

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Video: GCC boys defeat Serra Catholic in Section 2-A
October 10, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic earned a 2-0 victory over Serra Catholic in a Section 2-A boys soccer game Tuesday night in McKeesport.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys rebound from loss to shut out Serra Catholic
Fifth-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping for a playoff tune-up in its next-to-last Section 2-A game of the season. And that is just what the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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Hempfield sophomore Wiederstein commits to Michigan baseball
October 9, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein went to a college football game over the weekend. Two days later, he took the first step to becoming a college baseball player.

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Belle Vernon lineman Blake Zubovic (facing) committed to Pitt and is one of the top returning players in the Class 4A Big 9 Conference.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Oct. 9, 2017
October 8, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys soccer A matchup for first place in Section 2-A will be played in

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Video: Penn-Trafford defeats Franklin Regional
October 7, 2017
The Penn-Trafford football team earned a 20-13 victory over Franklin Regional in a WPIAL Class 5A Big East Conference football game Friday night. With the

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Franklin Regional's Nathan Leopold (7) is tackled by Penn-Trafford's Cameron Suman (15) and Dominic Rosso (11) during their game in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Penn-Trafford stays unbeaten after topping rival Franklin Regional
October 6, 2017
Everything Penn-Trafford did Friday night against Franklin Regional seemed troublesome and trying, a far stretch from the previous six games when the Warriors sliced and

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VIDEO: Mt. Pleasant boys soccer clinches section title
October 5, 2017
The Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team won its 10th straight game Thursday night, topping Freeport, 1-0, to claim the Section 2-AA title.

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Freeport's Stevie Teorsky (36) stops a charging Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant boys blank Freeport for 10th straight victory
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer coach Floyd Snyder said his team does not worry about shutouts per se, andquot;Just shutting teams down.andquot; Fair enough. But one

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Penn-Trafford's Matt Wilkie runs the ball against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
High school football notebook: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional overcoming injuries in advance of Big East matchup
Unbeaten Penn-Trafford — 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference — expects to be at full strength Friday night. andquot;Everyone should be ready

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Mars' Natalie Welsh connects on her drive on Hole 17 during the WPIAL girls Class AAA golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Diamond Run Golf Club in Ohio Twp.
VIDEO: North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley’s McKelvey celebrate WPIAL golf titles
October 4, 2017
North Allegheny golfer Caroline Wrigley shot 5-under-par 67 to win the WPIAL Class AAA golf title. Sewickley Academy's Tatum McKelvey shot 81 to win the

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Max Pisula (15) throws the ball under pressure against Imani Christian in the second quarter during a WPIAL Class 1A Interstate Conference football game on Friday Sept. 01, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with GCC’s Max Pisula
Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Max Pisula and some teammates gathered at his house earlier this season to watch some YouTube video. They got their popcorn

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North Allegheny's Caroline Wrigley watches her drive on Hole 17 during the WPIAL girls Class AAA golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Diamond Run Golf Club in Ohio Twp.
North Allegheny’s Wrigley, Sewickley Academy’s McKelvey claim WPIAL girls golf titles
Caroline Wrigley expected to play somewhat precariously when she set out to defend her WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship. Instead, she played beautifully. And

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North Allegheny's Caroline Wrigley watches her tee shot on Hole 17 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls team golf championship Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
North Allegheny’s Wrigley, CV’s Porter aim to defend girls golf titles
October 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Diamond Run Golf Club, Sewickley andbull; Scouting the Class AAA field: Caroline Wrigley of North Allegheny is back to defend her WPIAL

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Franklin Regional's Palmer Jackson tees off on the second hole during the WPIAL Class AAA golf semifinals Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Donegal Highlands Golf Course, in Donegal.
Fox Chapel’s Meyer looks to defend WPIAL Class AAA golf title
October 1, 2017
WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nemacolin Country Club, Bealsville Scouting the field: The final will be contested over 18 holes. ...

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Marlayna Verenna defends against Valley's Lauren Schrock on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 during girls' tennis at the Greensburg Racquet Club.
High school notebook: GCC tennis takes aim at finals berth
September 30, 2017
A sneaky-good WPIAL girls tennis rivalry opens to another chapter this week. Greensburg Central Catholic will get a rematch with Sewickley Academy when the teams

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West Mifflin quarterback Dontae Braxton carries past Greensburg Salem's Jalen Page during their game Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Offut Field in Greensburg.
West Mifflin beats Greensburg Salem in Big Nine defensive struggle
September 29, 2017
Greensburg Salem played its 1,100th football game Friday night at Offutt Field. Golden Lions coach Dave Keefer might be able to give you 1,101 reasons

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Riverside's Skyler Fox hits his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Allegheny Country Club.
Video: Riverside’s Fox wins WPIAL Class AA golf title in playoff
September 28, 2017
Riverside sophomore Skyler Fox captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship for the second straight season Thursday at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

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Derry's Dom Deluca (12) celebrates his touchdown with Shawn Broadway during the first quarter against South Park on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Baldwin High School.
High school football notebook: Keeping it simple works for Derry defense
Derry keeps things simple because simple works. The Trojans are about as flashy as a hamburger with no bun, as business-like as a census taker,

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Riverside's Skyler Fox celebrates with teammate Justin Hand after winning a playoff hole to claim the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Allegheny Country Club.
Riverside’s Fox repeats as WPIAL Class AA golf champion
Skyler Fox changed his irons in the offseason because he wanted heavier shafts. The Riverside sophomore tested the new metal this season before having his

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall talks with officials and security after an altercation during a game against Imani Christian Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
WPIAL calls out Imani over security concerns following Jeannette game
September 27, 2017
Displeased by the behavior of fans and some players, and the unpreparedness of security to handle an ugly situation, the WPIAL Board of Directors threw

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Yough's Dustin Shoaf competes against Freeport Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Freeport.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Yough’s Dustin Shoaf
From his team's massive front line to his daily life on a cattle farm, Dustin Shoaf knows all about beef. The Yough junior running back

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Riverside's Skyler Fox lines up his putt on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at Allegheny Country Club.
Riverside’s Fox set to defend WPIAL Class AA golf title
September 26, 2017
WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship 9 a.m. Thursday, Allegheny Country Club andbull; Scouting the field: Defending champion Skyler Fox (above), a sophomore from Riverside,

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Franklin Regional's Palmer Jackson tees off on the second hole during the WPIAL Class AAA golf semifinals Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Donegal Highlands Golf Course, in Donegal.
Franklin Regional’s Jackson wins WPIAL semifinal for 2nd straight season
Palmer Jackson could not take the putter out of his bag soon enough during Tuesday's WPIAL Class AAA semifinal tournament. andquot;I hit the ball well,andquot;

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Video: Penn-Trafford girls soccer upsets No. 1 Norwin
September 25, 2017
Penn-Trafford's girls soccer team upset the No. 1-ranked team in the nation Monday night, rival Norwin.

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 25, 2017
September 24, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: Monday Girls soccer One of the most anticipated matchups of the year in any county

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches ‘cool’ with WPIAL’s cool-down rule
September 23, 2017
The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute andquot;cool-downandquot; period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area

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Greensburg Central Catholic's kicker Ethan Slike demonstrates a kick Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 during team practice at Greensburg Central Catholic.
GCC kicker Slike making a difference for childhood cancer awareness
By his estimation, Ethan Slike's football season andquot;has been going well.andquot; But the Greensburg Central Catholic senior kicker is not nearly satisfied. Sure, he wants

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford runs past rival Latrobe in Big East victory
September 22, 2017
Facing a third-and-22 from its own 29-yard line, Penn-Trafford seemed destined for a punt. But from the second he touched the ball on that, at

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Norwin goalkeeper Kyle Krotec makes a save next to Penn-Trafford's Lucas Killen during the first half Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford rallies with 2 late goals to tie rival Norwin
September 21, 2017
Tangled in one of their typical barbed-wire rivalry games, Norwin and Penn-Trafford stretched their latest boys soccer showdown into overtime Thursday night. As always, it

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Ligonier Valley's Coach Roger Beitel during a pre-season workout on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
Westmoreland football notebook: Ligonier Valley rolling through Heritage Conference
Ligonier Valley doesn't get as much attention as other teams because it plays outside the WPIAL, in the distant Heritage Conference. But whether people are

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Yough's Justine Appolonia jumps to deflect a ball heading to Waynesburg's Bailey Fudala on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 during WPIAL girls' soccer at Yough High School.
Clayton nets 5 goals to lead Waynesburg past Yough in Section 3-AA
September 20, 2017
They traded one exciting goal after another before halftime, their teams coming out in full attack mode Wednesday night in a Section 3-AA first-place showdown

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Latrobe's quarterback Jason Armstrong tries to break away from Derry defender Jacob Stillio (50) on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL football at Derry.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Jason Armstrong
Excuse Jason Armstrong if he is occasionally winded on Friday nights. It's not that he is out of shape; quite the contrary. It's that the

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Kendro’s hat trick helps Norwin girls soccer defeat Hempfield
September 18, 2017
Norwin was not fit to be tied this time. The mighty Knights are TopDrawer's No. 1 girls soccer team in the nation, and they looked

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Westmoreland high school sports week ahead: Week of Sept. 18, 2017
September 17, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys golf The WPIAL individual postseason begins with section tournaments at various sites, and

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik plays the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Westmoreland notebook: Golf season shifts to individual postseason
September 16, 2017
Golf season shifts to the individual postseason this week as section tournaments are played around the WPIAL. Boys tournaments will be Monday and Tuesday, and

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Plum's Larry Scafuri (35) is brought down by several Penn-Trafford players on a kick off return in the second quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford defense boasts stingy front 7
September 14, 2017
Penn-Trafford had a big box of bananas in the locker room after last week's home win over Plum. It's a regular pregame and postgame snack

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder (right) celebrates her winning goal against Shady Side Academy with Leah Jacobson and Alexa Gill during their game Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Carbon. Felder scored both goals in GCC's 2-1 victory.
GCC girls maintain dominance in Section 1-A with win over Shady Side Academy
September 13, 2017
Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder was in a hurry to leave after Wednesday night's soccer game in Carbon. Her coach yelled across the field for

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift
Norwin opponents who get careless with the football can end up making unintentional donations to the Thrift store. Junior safety Jayvon Thrift has two forced

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Penn-Trafford's Anna Stowers won the WCCA girls golf tournament Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Hannastown Golf Course.
Penn-Trafford’s Anna Stowers claims WCCA golf title for 1st win
September 11, 2017
When a slippery, 30-foot downhill putt curled right and disappeared into the hole, Anna Stowers just jotted down the birdie at the short par-4 fourth

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek eludes Penn-Trafford's Mitch Nedley during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 11, 2017
September 10, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports: MONDAY Girls golf • The second annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association girls golf championship

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Norwin's Anthony Harding conducts cool down drills Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during boys' soccer practice at Norwin High School.
High school notebook: Norwin’s Harding expected to miss 12 weeks of soccer season
September 9, 2017
Norwin boys soccer was dealt a crushing blow in its second game of the season but managed to keep its balance in spite of an

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) runs the ball after an interception against Plum in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford shuts out Plum in dominant effort
September 8, 2017
The touchdown bell was ringing. The tomahawk chop was slicing through the air, and No. 2 Penn-Trafford was dominating its way to a 3-0 start.

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) passes the ball against Greensburg Salem in the third quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
High school football notebook: Latrobe rallying around injured senior tackle Yesho
September 7, 2017
Latrobe will be looking for its first win of the season Friday night. If the Wildcats get the job done against Chartiers Valley in their

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Greg Bisignani talks with Greensburg Central Catholic's Asa Klimchock (2) during a stop in play as the Centurions lead Coudersport in the third quarter during the second round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Clearfield Area High School. Greensburg Central Catholic won 72-63, eliminating Coudersport from the playoffs with their first loss of the season.
Baseline Recruiting organizes inaugural basketball showcase at Kiski School
September 6, 2017
Shane Phillips started Baseline Recruiting because he thought he could help a number of players from the WPIAL get recruited to play college basketball. Once

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Franklin Regional's Bryce Lauer practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Bryce Lauer
Franklin Regional's head-turning, 13-7 upset last week of No. 1 McKeesport might not have been possible without nicked-up senior linebacker Bryce Lauer, Panthers coach Greg

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From left, Norwin's Eva Frankovic, Maddie Genicola, Alyssa Victor, Sam Wexell, Emily Harrigan and Lexy Kendro pose for a photo Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin girls soccer team could heed some advice from Hempfield softball team
September 4, 2017
If the nationally ranked Norwin girls soccer team is looking for advice navigating through this pressure-packed season, it can find it a few miles down

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Norwin girls' soccer head coach Lauren Karcher smiles while conducting the coin toss before Norwin girls' scrimmage against Penn Hills on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 at Norwin High School.
The week ahead in Westmoreland HS sports
September 3, 2017
Highlights of the week ahead in local high school sports: Football winds into Week 2 — the third week of play for many teams —

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Jeannette's Marcus Barnes reaches up to catch a 41-yard pass and score as Chartiers-Houston's Tyler Blumen tries to defend during the non-conference WPIAL football game Friday night, Sept. 1, 2017 at Jeannette.
Jeannette passing attack shines in blowout win
September 1, 2017
Jeannette football coach Roy Hall joked during training camp that with his team's size and depth at receiver, the Jayhawks could revert back to the

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) runs the ball against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Hempfield’s Braden Brose
August 30, 2017
Hempfield's Braden Brose didn't even start playing football until three years ago. That's when a growth spurt merged with an equally sprouting interest in the

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Imani Christian freshman Cali Konek plays against Woodland Hills on Jan. 6, 2016, at Imani Christian.
Former Imani Christian basketball standout Konek enrolled at Southmoreland
August 29, 2017
Cali Konek, the basketball scoring sensation who averaged 45.4 points two years ago as a freshman at Imani Christian, has returned to WPIAL territory. Konek

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Norwin boys' soccer head coach Scott Schuchert directs his team Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during practice at Norwin High School in North Huntingdon.
Norwin boys ‘building for the end picture’
August 28, 2017
Anthony Harding is tired of hearing Norwin can't win in the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs. The senior is well aware that the Knights, although a

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Norwin's Emily Arnold practices drills with teammates Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during girls' soccer practice at Norwin High School.
Led by 9 college recruits, Norwin girls in search of 3rd straight WPIAL title
Norwin is locked in an unforced partnership with hype, a girls soccer team strapped with perhaps greater expectations than any in school history. The two-time

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) celebrates a touchdown with Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Sliwoski-Brose show special connection in Week Zero
August 27, 2017
Hempfield was supposed to have a big-play connection with quarterback Justin Sliwoski and tight end Braden Brose, but the senior tandem's season debut Friday was

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Penn-Trafford kicker Nick Tarabrella kicks a field goal out of the hold of Cam Laffoon for the only score of the game during the third quarter against Norwin Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Tarabrella boots only points of game as Penn-Trafford edges rival Norwin
August 25, 2017
Norwin senior tailback Tevin Thrift had just busted a 39-yard run into Penn-Trafford territory late in the fourth quarter of a three-point game. The Knights

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Norwin midfielder Anthony Harding (11) and Penn-Trafford midfielder Austin Mossellem battle for control of the ball on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
Norwin’s Harding commits to Penn State for soccer
Norwin senior Anthony Harding hinted after Wednesday's soccer practice that a scholarship offer could be coming soon from Penn State. Two days later, he had

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
High school football notebook: Salopek to take snaps for Norwin
August 24, 2017
Norwin's Dave Brozeski called it one of the toughest decisions he ever had to make in his coaching career. After an extensive quarterback competition that

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Penn-Trafford's Logan Hawkins, does some sit-ups during practice because of a hamstring issue at the Penn-Trafford Warriors Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Logan Hawkins
Logan Hawkins wasn't too worried about Monday's solar eclipse. The Penn-Trafford senior lineman took a peek at the moon-covered sun through a pair of special

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Overcoming mother’s death helps Yough lineman Houseman grow as leader
August 22, 2017
His mother's death in 2004 revealed inner strength he never knew he had. And the anguish that followed allowed Scott Houseman's once-fragile psyche to catch

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The Norwin girls soccer team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Canon-McMillan, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class AAAA final Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
Norwin girls soccer rated No. 2 in nation
Norwin's girls soccer team jumped eight spots in the Top Drawer Soccer national rankings without even playing a game yet. Norwin is facing great expectations

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(Center) Jeannette's Anthony Johnson pushes the sled during practice in McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Eastern
August 20, 2017
The favorite Clairton (14-1 overall, 7-0 Eastern Conference in 2016) It never is smart to bet against Clairton, even when the Bears lose program all-timers

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr runs drills at the Penn-Trafford Warrior's Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
Penn-Trafford senior lineman Mayr has Will to Win
As a third-year senior starter, Will Mayr knows his value to the Penn-Trafford football team will increase greatly as the Warriors stare down high expectations

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GCC girls seeking 3rd straight WPIAL golf title
With one of the greatest players in program history gone, you might expect Greensburg Central Catholic's girls golf team to walk the course with a

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The Jeannette Jayhawks come in together before practice at McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian look to challenge perennial favorite Clairton
August 19, 2017
The buzz began in early July and created a perfect storm of curiosity and discord. A social media-fueled debate questioned whether Clairton, the three-time defending

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Yough's Hannah Bach during practice on Tuesday at Yough Senior High School.
High school notebook: Yough’s Bach commits to Pitt for softball
August 17, 2017
Yough softball player Hannah Bach had interest from a few Ivy League schools and appeared to be close to committing to one of them. But

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Franklin Regional freshman Harper commits to Virginia Tech
August 16, 2017
Bryce Harper gets teased about his name all the time. A murmur from the stands usually begins during the starting lineups or during his initial

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik putts on the 18th green during the 2016 PIAA West Region golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville, Pa.
Arnold Palmer links high school golfers Pevarnik, Jackson
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson have been friends for years and have played countless rounds of golf together. High school golf season opens Thursday and

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Jason Fazekas, during practice at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Area’s new football coaches set to take on first season
August 14, 2017
The Viking Jacks are back. The pre-practice, pregame ritual that began at Mt. Pleasant under venerable coach Bill Elder in the late 1970s might not

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy throws a football during practice at Jeannette's McKee Stadium on August 9, 2017.
Kennedy could be Jeannette’s next great dual-threat quarterback
Robert Kennedy grew up watching Jeannette football games when Terrelle Pryor was bringing crowds to their feet and putting exclamation points on scoring drives for

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Yough offensive guard/defensive end Kylie Roebuck
Yough girl Roebuck turning heads at defensive end
August 13, 2017
The ginger-haired pony tail gave her away as she turned her back during a heat-acclimatization workout. Freshman Kylie Roebuck blends in so well with her

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Hempfield quarterback Justin Sliwoski looks for an opening against Norwin defenders during the championship 7-on-7 football game during the 7th annual WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament at Greater Latrobe Senior High School on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Keeping his cool key to success for Hempfield senior QB Sliwoski
Good luck trying to shake Justin Sliwoski. Can't be done, on or off the football field. The smooth-going Hempfield senior does not flinch. There was

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Connellsville assistant football coach Sonny Thomas, a longtime Penn-Trafford assistant and Greensburg resident, is set to begin his 50th year of coaching, and first at Connellsville with his son, head coach Marko Thomas. Here, he poses for a photo on Tuesday Aug. 08, 2017 at Connellsville Stadium.
Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
August 12, 2017
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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Connellsville assistant football coach Sonny Thomas, a longtime Penn-Trafford assistant and Greensburg resident, is set to begin his 50th year of coaching, and first at Connellsville with his son, head coach Marko Thomas. Here, he poses for a photo on Tuesday Aug. 08, 2017 at Connellsville Stadium.
Monday another Sonny day for longtime assistant high school football coach
As Sonny Thomas rummages through his mind to retrieve an extensive list of his coaching stops — a list that spans five decades and carries

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High school notebook: Basketball standout Johnson joins Jeannette football team
August 10, 2017
A new face was leading the pack during sprints at Jeannette's heat-acclimatization workout earlier this week. And while he hasn't played the game in several

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Cool, wet start to ‘heat week’ for area football teams
August 7, 2017
andquot;Heat weekandquot; greeted local high school football teams Monday morning with rain and temperatures in the 60's. Sure, there was some late-summer sunshine, but it

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Former Southmoreland standout Stone lands another D-I offer
August 6, 2017
AAU basketball has become the perfect matchmaker for Brandon Stone. Six-foot-11 male seeks high-level Division I scholarship. Stone, who left Southmoreland after three years to

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Mars uses late surge to top Franklin Regional in rematch of WPIAL title game
December 17, 2018
Mars is going to Las Vegas for a holiday boys basketball tournament. Before the Planets head west across the country, they stopped to play a high-stakes Section 3-5A game against a team primed to be their rival this season. The top-ranked Planets used a big fourth-quarter surge to turn back

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Nesser makes ‘easy transition’ in return to bench at Yough
Jim Nesser wasn't sure what the future would hold after he coached one boys basketball season at Greensburg Central Catholic. Would he return Would he go elsewhere Would he call it a career Then the Yough job opened and the wheels began to turn. With a little coaxing and some

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of Dec. 17-22
December 16, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys basketball: Franklin Regional will get a rematch with Mars when the fourth-ranked Panthers host the No. 1 Planets in Murrysville in Section 3-5A. The teams played each other in the WPIAL championship last year with Mars winning, 54-44.

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift decommits from Youngstown State
Jayvon Thrift is not a quarterback, but the senior from Norwin is calling an audible. And he's going into a hurry-up offense with the clock ticking. Just three days from National Signing Day, the senior safety made a surprising revelation Sunday on social media that he is decommitting from Youngstown

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McCoy’s dunk sparks Greensburg Salem in win versus Jeannette
December 15, 2018
With widened eyes, Shamar McCoy saw the ball into his grasp, secured it tightly and trampolined upward. The delicate pass inside from sophomore Christian McGowan was just as sweet as McCoy's finish: a two-handed stuff early in the fourth quarter that helped reshape the game for Greensburg Salem in a

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Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Jackson taking talents to Miami
Franklin Regional senior golfer Palmer Jackson had a summer and fall to remember as he qualified for various high-level events at some of the top courses in the country. His All-American tour continues this week in Florida -- with more global flavor -- as he plays in the prestigious South

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Big man Kerr carries Derry over Greensburg Central Catholic
Add John Kerr to the list of impressive local big men you probably never heard of. The rangy, 6-foot-6, 195-pound center from Derry is making a name for himself this season. He has been a force for the Trojans, scoring inside, altering shots and running the floor like a guard.

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Norwin girls basketball uses fast pace to defeat Pine-Richland
December 13, 2018
When Norwin turned up the pressure, everything changed, including Pine-Richland's hopes of winning. It was a close girls basketball game in the opening minutes, but No. 4 Norwin turned its Section 1-6A opener into a rout when it kicked up the tempo and blew past the Rams, 75-40, on Thursday

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: WCCA event fills void
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association heard the plea from member schools in basketball for years: andquot;Why not usandquot; Why couldn't basketball have an event like the other sports in the county The WCCA puts on top-level tournaments and meets in various sports and seasons but was missing a steady hoops

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Franklin Regional uses defense to top Norwin in Rettger final
December 12, 2018
It wasn't pretty, but Franklin Regional will take it. Behind another strong defensive performance, the Panthers defended their title and won their fifth Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament in seven years with a 44-39 victory over Norwin on Wednesday night in Murrysville. A game with little fluidity saw both teams run

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Franklin Regional uses defense to top Norwin in Rettger final
It wasn't pretty, but Franklin Regional will take it. Behind another strong defensive performance, the Panthers defended their title and won their fifth Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament in seven years with a 44-39 victory over Norwin on Wednesday night in Murrysville. A game with little fluidity saw both teams run

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Norwin’s Breen commits to play soccer at Duquesne
Norwin soccer standout Carter Breen is far from a late bloomer. In fact, he often is ahead of everyone else on the field. He has been one to watch for years, at the youth level through the high school ranks. And while his college commitment came later than most, the

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Fenton, Butler lead Class 6A No. 2 Latrobe past Gateway
December 11, 2018
There was no double-overtime when Latrobe and Gateway met on the basketball court for a rematch on Tuesday night. For Gateway, though, there still was plenty of double jeopardy. The Gators could not slow down the Wildcats' potent one-two scoring duo of Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler as the host

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Dec. 10, 2018
December 9, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball: Hempfield will waste no time leaping into section play as the Spartans host Canon-McMillan in a Section 2-6A game. Other local games include Uniontown at Southmoreland and Waynesburg at Yough. Boys basketball: A couple of county matchups have Belle Vernon at Washington and Burrell at Kiski Area.

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Franklin Regional works on finishing moves in win over Greensburg Salem
December 8, 2018
Franklin Regional went to a half-court offensive set late in Saturday afternoon's game against Greensburg Salem. The plan was to move the ball around and drain time off the clock, but it also gave coach Steve Scorpion an opportunity to get the Panthers accustomed to a style they might need

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wickstrom takes over Monessen softball
Monessen has made significant strides in the softball postseason the last few years. If the Greyhounds are going to continue their upswing, however, they will do so with a new coach. And a young coach at that. The school recently named Carlee Wickstrom coach after Bo Teets' resignation last month.

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Franklin Regional rides balanced attacked to win over Belle Vernon
December 7, 2018
Franklin Regional was in a giving mood in its season opener Friday night. It might be holiday time, but the boys basketball team's caring-is-sharing approach had a lot more to do with its unselfishness and ability to spread the ball as the Panthers took care of business. They used crisp

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Westmoreland County basketball’s top storylines to follow
December 6, 2018
5 storylines to follow Remember me -- Coaches who resign or leave the game often mention in parting that they'll probably surface later on, that it's not the end of the road. In some cases, they even return to the same program. That is the case with four area boys

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Westmoreland County basketball teams to watch
5 teams to watch Boys Belle Vernon -- Longtime Monessen coach Joe Salvino switched Mon-Valley programs to take over the Leopards and has some talent with which to work. Junior guard Cam Nusser (14 ppg) pilots an experienced group that made the PIAA playoffs last year for the first time

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Westmoreland County basketball players to watch
5 players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe (Sr., 6-5, G) -- West Liberty recruit is one of area's more versatile scorers and team players. Averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists for high-scoring Wildcats. Reed Fenton, Latrobe (Sr., 6-4, G) -- With a silky pull-up jumper, long frame and advanced

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Westmoreland County teams prepare for altered basketball landscape
About the only things guaranteed this season in local high school basketball, the only things that haven't changed, are that the ball is round and the rims are 10 feet high. The rest, well, it's all fair game and probably has been subjected in some way to a mass overhaul

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Penn-Trafford’s Nguyen gives verbal commitment to Akron
Smarts and skills are often what separate the great soccer players from the almost-great ones. Penn-Trafford junior Sarah Nguyen has both traits and they have propelled her to a Division I scholarship. Nguyen, a speedy midfielder and one of the Warriors' key players the past two seasons, made a verbal

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball tournaments get season started
December 4, 2018
High school basketball season opens Friday, and there are a number of local tip-off tournaments to watch. Hempfield has three boys games Friday and Saturday. McKeesport and Jeannette meet in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Belle Vernon and Franklin Regional at 7 and Greensburg Salem and

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Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes commits to William & Mary
December 3, 2018
Marcus Barnes is glad he waited. So is William andamp;amp; Mary. Barnes, a football standout at Jeannette, held true to his word by waiting until after the season to commit to a college, announcing Monday night he will attend William andamp;amp; Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He chose the FCS school

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Penn-Trafford’s Kiley Dugan named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
December 1, 2018
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the year Kiley Dugan Sr., MF, Penn-Trafford In the annals of Penn-Trafford girls soccer, Kiley Dugan will likely be remembered for her golden goal in the 2017 WPIAL Class 4A championship. The rousing overtime header allowed Penn-Trafford to skirt around rival Norwin, 2-1, and

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Norwin’s Carter Breen named Westmoreland County Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year Carter Breen Sr., F, Norwin A flash down the far sideline, Norwin forward Carter Breen dashes into the final third of the field, uses an advanced move to leave a defender dizzy and canons one into the back of the net. He

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West Allegheny’s Nathan Dragisich named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year Nathan Dragisich West Allegheny, senior, midfielder Playing at a fast, attacking pace, West Allegheny racked up 120 goals, 23 wins and a PIAA championship. Nathan Dragisich was out in front, leading the charge as the Indians went andquot;dragandquot; racing to their most

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Experienced lineup returns for Penn-Trafford girls who move to Class 5A
November 30, 2018
Injuries upset the balance of Penn-Trafford's season a year ago, but Warriors girls basketball coach John Giannikas isn't dwelling on what happened in the past. He isn't losing sleep over what might have been. It simply wouldn't do him any good. Besides, if there ever was a time to stay

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Consistency, rapport key for Penn-Trafford boys basketball this season
School of Rock is in session again. Only this year the pupils are much more comfortable with the lesson plan. Boys basketball coach Jim Rocco brought a new system to Penn-Trafford in 2015 and supplemented it with skill-intense training. With a few seasons to absorb the change, players appear to

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WPIAL soccer players named to All-America, All-Region teams
November 29, 2018
The WPIAL received substantial recognition from the United Soccer Coaches -- the former National Soccer Coaches Association of America -- on Thursday. Four players from the district were lauded as All-Americans, and five more were named to All-Region II East teams. West Allegheny senior midfielder Nathan Dragisich and Butler senior

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland’s Miller headed to RMU
November 28, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For decades, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things sure have changed in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller, a

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Southmoreland softball player Miller commits to Robert Morris
November 27, 2018
Pipe dreams can come true. Just look at the Southmoreland softball program. The once-struggling Scotties won a WPIAL championship last spring. For years, getting players to the Division I college level seemed nearly as improbable. But things have improved over time in Alverton. You just need Faith. Junior Faith Miller,

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Latrobe girls move on from notable graduation loss
November 26, 2018
Latrobe knew the Laura Graytok era would come to an end at some point, much like the boys basketball program begrudgingly anticipated the departure of Austin Butler a couple of years ago. Graytok, a standout in the Wildcats' backcourt for four years and a 1,591-point scorer, is now at American

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Tough road ahead for talented Latrobe boys basketball team
Latrobe won't be criticized for playing a soft boys basketball schedule this winter. The slate is dotted with demanding matchups, from tournaments at Canon-McMillan and Elmira, N.Y., to other nonsection clashes with Abington Prep, Penn Hills, Kiski School, Allderdice, Woodland Hills and Gateway. andquot;The schedule kind of came together. It's

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Westmoreland notebook: WCCA schedules in-season shootout at Hempfield
November 24, 2018
Basketball continues to gain prominence in the yearly sports cycle of Westmoreland County Coaches Association. After two successful summer shootout events, WCCA has introduced a new feature: a boys in-season shootout set for Dec. 15 at Hempfield. Bill Swan, the coach at Hempfield, spearheaded a move to get basketball onto

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New coach Salih hoping to instill toughness in GCC girls
November 22, 2018
Knee pads and mouth guards have become part of the uniform at Greensburg Central Catholic. The Centurion girls won't be tall, but they also won't be talked down to. andquot;We want our girls to play hard and to be physical,andquot; said first-year coach Samuel Salih. andquot;I started having teams put

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Bisignani returns to helm as GCC boys try to get back to playoffs
The approach and motivation for Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball is like the gym floor on which the team will play this season: fresh and shiny, brand new and bright. This is a team that looks new on the surface but is quite same-old underneath. And that includes the expectation

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Belle Vernon soccer standout Apodiakos commits to Duquesne
Markello Apodiakos had a lot to be thankful for Thursday. The soccer standout from Belle Vernon flew under the radar of Division I college coaches, despite a decorated high school career and constantly being the go-to player who was marked by opponents. The situation flustered the senior and baffled his

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New coach, transfer Konek add to new approach for Franklin Regional girls basketball
November 21, 2018
Change swept through the Franklin Regional girls basketball program in the offseason. A new coach took over with an approach to match. And a Division I player moved into the district. Now the question is, how long will it take for all of these novel parts to harmonize andquot;It's been

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Momentum continues for Franklin Regional boys basketball after WPIAL runner-up campaign
After reaching the WPIAL finals last season for the first time since 1997, Franklin Regional boys basketball become all the rage in Murrysville. The surge has carried over. As a result, second-year coach Steve Scorpion decided to provide a community gathering for the team, fans and future Panthers with a

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette basketball players get early start
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts feels spoiled this preseason. For the first time since 2014, he had his entire team available for the start of practice. Deep playoff runs in football have limited what the basketball team could do several weeks into the past several seasons as two-sport players

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Norwin eager to host WPIAL Class 5A football championship
After hosting WPIAL football playoff games the last two weeks, Norwin is set to welcome the Class 5A championship on Friday night. West Allegheny (10-2) will play Penn Hills (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. A WPIAL football final has not been played at a high school stadium since 1985. Norwin hosted

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Aliquippa forces Derry to throw more in WPIAL Class 3A final
November 17, 2018
Aliquippa saw a thin spot in the Derry offense, exploited it, and parlayed it into a WPIAL football championship. The Quips used their athletic, ball-hawking secondary to intercept five Derry passes -- three by Quips standout MJ Devonshire -- in Saturday's 42-19 victory in the Class 3A title game at

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Penn Hills rallies past Peters Township in WPIAL Class 5A semifinals
November 16, 2018
With all the classic ingredients of a championship-caliber team -- a prolific passer, a 1,000-yard rusher, big-play receivers and an athletic defense -- Penn Hills just wanted the opportunity to play for a title. The high-powered Indians will get their chance after handling their business in the semifinals, turning potential

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A Derry grad and former Penn State LB, Tim Sweeney spearheaded the Trojans’ turnaround
Derry used to have a stripe down the center of its football helmets and decals on the side. Then an old fuddy duddy came along and wiped the mustard-yellow domes clean. He did the same to the program's deficient past. Tim Sweeney will lead his Derry team (11-1) onto the

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Westmoreland County athletes follow in older siblings’ footsteps with Division I commitments
November 14, 2018
Nick Coy wanted to be a wrestler because he saw his older brother, Cam, become proficient in the sport. Twisting opponents into precarious positions and holding them down on the mat appealed to the impressionable younger sibling, two years Cam's junior. andquot;I thought, 'I'll give it a try,' andquot; said

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Westmoreland County football Q&A: Derry’s Justin Flack
Justin Flack saw the pass rush, saw teammate Dom DeLuca hurry North Catholic quarterback Zack Rocco into a panicked throw, and made his move. Acting on instinct and charged by pure adrenaline, Flack jumped the route, intercepted the errant pass and turned it into perhaps the greatest play in Derry

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West Allegheny avenges loss to Franklin Regional, advances to PIAA final
November 13, 2018
West Allegheny did something no team had done all season on Tuesday night. In addition to playing without its starting goalkeeper for the first time in nearly four years -- instead starting a keeper who had never played the position before -- the Indians managed to score two goals against

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Westmoreland notebook: Busy signing day expected
Some of the WPIAL's top Division I college recruits from the area will make their commitments official by signing national letters of intent. The initial signing period for senior athletes in all sports except football begins Wednesday, and Westmoreland County will be well represented. Those expected to sign Wednesday or

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Franklin Regional readies for WPIAL title-game foe West Allegheny
November 12, 2018
As the PIAA soccer playoffs progress, WPIAL rematches become more likely. It's the nature of the pre-slotted setup in the brackets. Sometimes it's not a matter of if, but when, teams will meet again in states. Coaches often contemplate how to approach those rematches: just trust in what worked the

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Poker-faced GCC strolls into semifinal rematch with Avonworth
Quite literally, the cards have been stacked against Tyler Solis before. The coach of the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team used to be a gaming dealer at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. andquot;I know how all those games work,andquot; Solis said. He also knows a thing or two about the

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Nov. 12, 2018
November 11, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer: A pair of local teams rolled on in the PIAA playoffs with quarterfinal wins over the weekend. Now, they will play in the semis for the chance to go to Hershey to play for state titles. Both

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Short-handed Greensburg Central Catholic clips Seton LaSalle, advances to PIAA boys soccer semifinals
November 10, 2018
With two starting forwards hobbled by leg injuries, including standout Pitt recruit Luke Mort, Greensburg Central Catholic had to do some reconfiguring -- of its schemes, its lineup and its outlook -- for the PIAA Class A boys soccer quarterfinals. Backups had to find their way into the flow, adjust

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Last-second field goal lifts Peters Township past Penn-Trafford in WPIAL quarterfinals
November 9, 2018
Kickoff returns. Trick plays. Big gain after big gain. The WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal between Penn-Trafford and Peters Township had its share of explosiveness -- mostly in the first 12 minutes -- but the 42-point opening quarter only stood to complement a three-point fourth for Peters Township. Peters Township kicker

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Westmoreland County boys soccer preview capsules for Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinals
Boys soccer Class 3A Quarterfinals Franklin Regional (19-0-1) vs. Cathedral Prep (20-1) 4 p.m. Saturday at Slippery Rock High School Winner plays: Winner of Hershey (15-4-1)/West Allegheny (20-2) on Tuesday in the semifinals Players to watch: Zack Snider, Franklin Regional (Sr., MF); Liam King, Cathedral Prep (Sr., D) Corner kicks:

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Franklin Regional seeks better result against Gateway
November 8, 2018
The number 63 haunts Franklin Regional. For a program with a proud playoff tradition, one built on defense, the Panthers admitted to being embarrassed after a 63-3 loss to vaunted Gateway in Week 6. It was their worst loss since 2003. Some Franklin Regional teams of the past didn't give

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With teammates hobbled by injuries, Ward takes on added role for Greensburg C.C. boys
When two teammates went down with ankle injuries in Tuesday's PIAA first-round soccer playoff game, Greensburg Central Catholic's Nate Ward did not become alarmed. Not that the junior forward would. Iroquois came back to close a three-goal deficit to one early in the second half before GCC escaped with a

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Senior midfielder Kranick setting the table for Franklin Regional attack
November 7, 2018
For a moment, think of Franklin Regional soccer player Auston Kranick in basketball terms, as a point guard. He sets up the offense. He controls the tempo. He directs the symphony when the ball crosses that center line. andquot;Yeah, but he is a point guard who can score,andquot; Panthers coach

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A: Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold
Franklin Regional had begun to slide as the regular season moved into its final few weeks. The Panthers lost three of their final four games, all to playoff teams, so the prospect of them advancing in the WPIAL Class 5A postseason was a low pulse rate at best. No. 9

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Franklin Regional boys pepper Bellefonte with 54 shots in PIAA 1st-round victory
November 6, 2018
With the wind whipping at their backs, giving their shots a turbo boost, Franklin Regional raided Bellefonte with shots in the first half. One would have expected the wind to work against the Panthers in the second half when the teams flipped sides. Instead, the WPIAL champions breezed to victory

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Jeannette announces inaugural class of Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame
Jeannette has won WPIAL and PIAA titles in several sports and has been producing top-level college talent for decades. A number of athletes have gone on to professional careers. But what the tradition-rich school has not had is a way to collectively honor the accomplishments of those teams and standouts

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Norwin’s Gray changes commitment, will compete in track and field at Bucknell
November 5, 2018
Lexi Gray took a sharp turn on the road to college athletics, changing sports and schools along the way. She could not be happier with her new-found decision. Gray, a senior at Norwin, had planned to play soccer at Lourdes, a NAIA school in Sylvania, Ohio. She committed before the

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Westmoreland PIAA boys soccer capsules for Nov. 6, 2018
Boys soccer Class AAAA Norwin (17-3-1) vs. State College (12-5-2) 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bald Eagle High School, Wingate Winner plays: Winner of Cumberland Valley/Radnor Players to watch: Carter Breen, Norwin (Sr., F); Daniel Bennett, State College (Sr. F) Corner kicks: Norwin has not qualified for the state playoffs since

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Undermanned Monessen nearly pulls off upset for ages
November 4, 2018
Decidedly outnumbered in roster numbers, fans and expectations, Monessen put a rather unannounced scare into top-seeded Jeannette on Friday night in the WPIAL Class A football quarterfinals at Hempfield. Playing with just 17 dressed players, 26 on the roster in all -- exactly half of Jeannette's 52 -- the eighth-seeded

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Nov. 5, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: TUESDAY Boys soccer Three area teams open play in the PIAA playoffs. WPIAL Class 3A champion Franklin Regional (18-0-1) will play District 6 champion Bellefonte (12-2-1) at 5 p.m. at Norwin. Greensburg Central Catholic (17-2), the WPIAL Class A runner-up,

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho commits to Pitt wrestling
November 3, 2018
Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho announced Saturday via Twitter his commitment to the Pitt wrestling program. A 132-pounder last season, Camacho went 40-3 and won a WPIALClass AAA individual championship before finishing second in the PIAA tournament in Hershey. He also won section and county titles last winter. Camacho, who

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High school notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks up another Division I offer
Dom DeLuca knows the farther he can help guide Derry into the WPIAL football playoffs, the better his chances are to get college exposure. Of course, that is not something DeLuca would admit being the team-first senior leader he is for the Trojans. He wants to see Derry win its

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No. 1 Jeannette ‘lucky’ to escape in quarterfinals vs. Monessen
November 2, 2018
Humbled and counting their blessings, and thankful to to be moving on after a great escape, Jeannette football players wandered around the locker room with the look of a team that had just lost. andquot;We underestimated Monessen,andquot; Jeannette junior Jackson Pruitt said. andquot;Some of us thought they were going to

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Franklin Regional defense stands tall in shutting down high-scoring West Allegheny
As shot after shot came at Jeremy Lucas like he was inside a batting cage with the machine cranked to MLB, the Franklin Regional senior goalkeeper and his defense went all MLS in the closing minutes of the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Another spirited defensive effort, aided by a first-half

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Franklin Regional blanks West Allegheny to capture 1st WPIAL boys soccer championship
November 1, 2018
With a defense like Franklin Regional's sometimes all it takes is one. Panthers coach Rand Hudson said he hoped his team was ready for the andquot;brights lights, big cityandquot; nature of the finals. With the sparkle of a Pittsburgh skyline as the backdrop, the Panthers gave their coach a definitive

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Area teams enjoy turnaround seasons
The football playoffs will have the local regulars. Jeannette, Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford and Belle Vernon occupy spots on the WPIAL brackets. Derry and Monessen are back to being contenders and Ligonier Valley has become a juggernaut in the District 6 Heritage Conference. But the return of a pair of local

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Penn-Trafford, North Hills to wear commemorative helmet decals to honor shooting victims
The Penn-Trafford and North Hills football teams will honor the memory of victims of the Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting by wearing special decals on their helmets during Friday night's WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game in Harrison City. The black and white decals, circles with the words andquot;Stronger Than Hateandquot;

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Westmoreland soccer notebook: Boys teams take center stage this fall
October 31, 2018
Girls soccer teams from Westmoreland County had turned the WPIAL finals into an annual pilgrimage to Highmark Stadium. The boys, not so much. But times are changing, at least for this season. While no local girls teams made it to the championship games for the first time since 2009, three

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Niko Rosso
At this time last season, Niko Rosso was watching his Penn-Trafford teammates prepare for the WPIAL playoffs from the sidelines. Rosso injured his elbow and missed the entire postseason: the exciting wins over Fox Chapel and Upper St. Clair, and the close loss to Gateway in the Class 5A championship

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Top-seeded Avonworth next challenge for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer
From Day 1 of preseason conditioning, before uniforms were handed out and starters were named, the goal -- no, make that the mission statement -- for the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team, was to bring home a WPIAL championship. The thought of anything less than getting to the final

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Confident Franklin Regional boys soccer ready to test skill against perennial contender West Allegheny
Franklin Regional never made it this far before in the WPIAL boys soccer season. It may never have had a team this confident in its ability, either. That's not to say the top-ranked Panthers (17-0-1), set to play No. 2 West Allegheny (19-1) at 8 p.m. Thursday for the WPIAL

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Ligonier Valley moves playoff game to Greensburg Salem
With rain in the forecast and its home field still muddy from recent wet weather, Ligonier Valley will move Friday's home football playoff game from Weller Field to Greensburg Salem's Offutt Field. Ligonier Valley (10-0) is set to host Marion Center (5-5) as the Rams begin their quest for a

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Franklin Regional boys defeat Thomas Jefferson to reach 1st WPIAL final
October 29, 2018
With each chapter Franklin Regional pens in this, its finest season, the boys soccer team continues to make history. Senior midfielder Zack Snider had a career night with three goals and senior Justin LeDonne and freshman Anthony DiFalco had one score apiece to power the top-seeded Panthers past No. 12

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Greensburg CC boys battle past Seton LaSalle for spot in soccer title game
Their patience tested, their pace slowed and their bodies rattled around the turf, Greensburg Central Catholic soccer players overcame their toughest test of the season to move a step closer to their greatest reward. No. 2 seed GCC overcame a physical, thorny WPIAL Class A semifinal against No. 3 Seton

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 29, 2018
October 28, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer: Three county teams will look to keep playoff runs going in the WPIAL semifinals. Norwin, the No. 2 seed in Class 4A, takes on No. 3 Upper St. Clair at 8 p.m. at North Allegheny. Norwin will be the site for a local doubleheader: Class A No.

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Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Helm ‘can’t wait to be a Raider’
Geoff Helm will be one of the top returning basketball players in Westmoreland County this season, and now that the Greensburg Central Catholic senior has settled on a college, he can focus on leading the Centurions back to the playoffs. Helm gave a verbal commitment to Shippensburg, turning down other

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Peters Township girls soccer blanks No. 2 Norwin to reach WPIAL finals
October 27, 2018
In theory, Norwin had what appeared to be a distinct advantage in the Class 4A girls soccer semifinals. The No. 2-seeded Knights came in with a healthy lineup and trotted out a number experienced players who were aiming for a fourth straight WPIAL finals appearance. During warmups, Norwin learned Peters

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Westmoreland boys soccer capsules: Monday’s semifinals
Boys Soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (16-2-1) vs. No. 3 Upper St. Clair (12-3-2) 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2-1)/No. 4 Canon-McMillan (16-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Uwe Schneider, USC Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Zachary

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Westmoreland high school notebook: FR boys soccer not surprised by playoff run
Franklin Regional is making a historic run in boys soccer, but those around the program do not seem surprised. This year's Panthers, an assortment of players from all four classes, is one of those wait-until-they-get-together groups that coaches can spot miles away. Coach Rand Hudson knew about the wide range

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Penn-Trafford leans on ground game to defeat Franklin Regional
October 26, 2018
Penn-Trafford went ground-and-pound in its regular-season finale, and Franklin Regional had no answers for it. Junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap ran for 106 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, and junior running back Caleb Lisbon rushed for 163 yards and a score in a 30-14 Class 5A Big East victory Friday

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Top-seeded Franklin Regional edges Hampton to advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 25, 2018
Franklin Regional has spent the boys soccer season reducing opponents to donuts. A tightfisted defense produced an unbeaten regular season, an accompanying section title and the top seed in the playoffs. Now, you can add the team's first trip to the WPIAL semifinals. No. 1 Franklin Regional allowed a rare

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s semifinals
girls soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (15-2) vs. No. 3 Peters Township (15-3) 5 p.m. Saturday at Elizabeth Forward Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (14-2)/No. 4 Upper St. Clair (13-3) Coaches: Lauren Karcher, Norwin; Pat Verab, Peters Township Players to watch: Lacey Bernick, So., MF,

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H.S. football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Westmoreland football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Six WPIAL soccer players up for All-American games
Six of the WPIAL's best soccer players are up for a national all-star game -- make that the national all-star game. The senior players are among the finalists on a season-long watchlist for the fall High School All-American games, set for Dec. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Organizers said final selections

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No. 2 Norwin girls edge North Allegheny to advance to WPIAL semifinals
October 24, 2018
Pitt recruit Lacey Bernick scored two goals and Norwin overcame a second-half surge from North Allegheny to post a tight and spirited 2-1 victory in the WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer quarterfinals Wednesday night at Norwin Knights Stadium. Second-seeded Norwin (15-2), fresh off a first-round bye, advances to the semifinals

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Westmoreland boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s quarterfinals
Boys soccer Class 4A Quarterfinals No. 2 Norwin (15-2-1) vs. No. 7 Peters Township (11-7) 8 p.m. Thursday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Upper St. Clair (11-3-2)/No. 6 Butler (11-4-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Robert Dyer, Peters Township Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Christian

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Reese Mueseler
Reese Mueseler wears his shiny new WWE-style belt with pride and confidence. It looks good on him, especially in the mirror -- just like his fluffy, neatly cropped haircut, which he claims is a close second to lineman Trent Holler's andquot;man bunandquot; for team best. He runs his fingers through

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Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford to battle for playoff positioning in Big East Conference
It is tough to spot differences between Franklin Regional and Penn-Trafford. Both teams have dual-threat quarterbacks, talented skill-position players, a number of athletic two-way contributors and even proficient kickers. So assuming a number of areas cancel each other out, what will prevent a stalemate; what will be the difference when

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Latrobe football team excited for 1st WPIAL playoff opportunity since ’09
Arnold Palmer. Fred Rogers. The banana split. A number of historical staples, both timeless and recognizable worldwide, have helped put the Greater in Greater Latrobe. Another is Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College, a summer tradition for more than five decades. While a cornerstone in its history, the Black

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Wednesday’s quarterfinals
October 23, 2018
GIRLS SOCCER Class 4A Quarterfinals No. 2 Norwin (14-2) vs. No. 7 North Allegheny (11-5-1) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Norwin Winner plays: Winner of No. 3 Peters Township (14-3)/No. 11 Butler (11-5-2) Coaches: Lauren Karcher, Norwin; Chuck Kelley, North Allegheny Players to watch: Dani Iannuzzo, Jr., MF, Norwin; Emma Bundy,

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Ward’s hat trick leads No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic to 1st-round victory
October 22, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic stretched the Vincentian Academy defense thin with wide passes and used its team speed to keep the shots coming from the start. The result was an 8-0 victory on Monday night in a WPIAL Class A first-round boys soccer playoff game at Franklin Regional. Junior midfielder Nate

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GCC soccer standout Luke Mort commits to Pitt
Luke Mort chose playoff game day to make his college commitment. Then, the Greensburg Central Catholic senior forward's focus quickly shifted to winning a WPIAL soccer title. Mort announced Monday afternoon his verbal commitment to Pitt. The Centurions' go-to goal scorer also had scholarship offers from Holy Cross, Robert Morris

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Westmoreland WPIAL boys soccer playoff preview capsules for Oct. 22, 2018
October 21, 2018
Boys soccer Class 4A No. 11 Latrobe (10-6-1) vs. No. 6 Butler (10-4-2) 7 p.m. Monday at Butler Winner plays: No. 3 Upper St. Clair (11-3-2) Coaches: Tom Kennedy, Latrobe; Troy Mohney, Butler Players to watch: Marshal Kalning, Sr., MF, Latrobe; Tate Mohney, Sr., F, Butler Corner kicks: After losing

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 22, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Boys soccer: The WPIAL playoffs begin with nine county teams in action, five of which will be part of local doubleheaders. Greensburg Central Catholic (14-1) plays Vincentian (5-8) at 6 p.m. at Franklin Regional in a Class A first-round

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Butler ousts defending WPIAL champion Penn-Trafford from girls soccer playoffs
October 20, 2018
With his team trailing by a goal early, Steve Perri wanted the Butler girls to get to the perimeter and run wide on Penn-Trafford. He figured that could flip the game's momentum. Did it ever. Defending WPIAL Class 4A champion Penn-Trafford allowed the Golden Tornado to play that way and,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Anderson collects Penn State offer
Malia Anderson expected colleges to take notice after the season she had on the track last spring. The interest has trickled in for the Greensburg Salem senior, who is primed for a big senior year. The 800-meter specialist has heard from Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown. She took an official

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Derry inches closer to Class 3A Big East title, blanks Deer Lakes
October 19, 2018
Derry went 33 years between conference championships when it won a title two seasons ago. The time gap has closed substantially as the Trojans continue to chase their third title in as many years. No. 2 Derry established its defensive presence early and plowed its way to a 37-0 victory

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Penn-Trafford AD Kerry Hetrick named administrator of year
Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick has been named the Eastern Association of Interscholastic Football Officials High School Administrator of the Year. The award was a pleasant surprise for Hetrick, who recently resumed working after having surgery on his neck. The honor, the association said, is for someone in Hetrick's position

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s 1st-round games
October 18, 2018
Girls soccer First round Class 4A No. 12. Hempfield (6-9) vs. No. 5 Pine-Richland (14-3) 2 p.m. Saturday at Pine-Richland Winner plays: No. 4 Upper St. Clair (13-3) Coaches: Adam Shaffer, Hempfield; Jodi Chmielewski, Pine-Richland Players to watch: Sydney Patrick, Jr., F, Hempfield; Megan Donnelly, So., F, Pine-Richland Corner kicks:

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Westmoreland football notebook: Belle Vernon motivated to win for injured QB
Quarterback Jared Hartman's season-ending knee injury was a devastating blow to the Belle Vernon football program but the Leopards were quick to recover. No andquot;break glass in case of emergencyandquot; warnings or waving of white flags down in the Mon Valley. Class 4A No. 3 Belle Vernon (6-1) is not

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Norwin girls soccer gets much-needed WPIAL bye with No. 2 seed
October 17, 2018
Norwin's girls soccer program has had its share of success in recent years as it won WPIAL titles in 2015 and '16, and a PIAA championship last season. But the Knights will add a new wrinkle this postseason, something they surprisingly did not have in those glory years: a first-round

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
Class AAAA Favorite: Seneca Valley. The Raiders won WPIAL titles in 2007, '09, '13 and '14. They finished on top of a strong Section 1 and posted nonsection wins over defending champion Penn-Trafford and reining PIAA champ Norwin. Contenders: No. 2 Norwin is loaded with talent and speed. The Knights

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Franklin Regional draws No. 1 seed in WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs
Franklin Regional coach Rand Hudson hoped his team would get the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. All right, he just about expected it. How could he not The Panthers put together the most dominating regular season in program history. The Panthers (14-0-1) have allowed

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A with Belle Vernon’s Mason Pascoe
Mason Pascoe anticipated he would be the featured running back at Belle Vernon this season, and he couldn't wait to cradle the football and go. andquot;I knew in the offseason I would have to step up and be a leader,andquot; he said. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior quietly has put together

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Norwin clinches Section 3-AAAA title by beating rival Penn-Trafford
October 15, 2018
A year after the balance of power in a decades-long girls soccer rivalry shifted to Penn-Trafford, Norwin regained command. The top-ranked Knights swept the regular-season series from Penn-Trafford and clinched the Section 3-AAAA title with a 4-1 victory Monday night at rain-soaked Knights Stadium in North Huntingdon. It was the

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High school notebook: Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls soccer set for high-stakes rematch
October 14, 2018
There always is something significant on the line when Penn-Trafford and Norwin play in girls soccer. The teams continue their intense rivalry Monday night when the Warriors (12-3, 10-2) visit Norwin (13-2, 11-0) at Knights Stadium. No. 1-ranked Norwin won the first game 4-2 as senior Kendyl Kranitz scored two

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer: Uber-rivals Penn-Trafford and Norwin will meet again in a matchup in North Huntingdon that could decide the Section 3-AAAA title. Norwin, the defending PIAA champion, won the first meeting 4-2 over the defending WPIAL champion Warriors. Penn-Trafford

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem boys soccer in win-and-in scenario
October 13, 2018
Greensburg Salem's boys soccer playoff fate will come down to the last night of section play. The top four teams in each section go to the WPIAL postseason. The Golden Lions are tied for fourth place with Trinity at 6-5 and both teams play Tuesday night. Greensburg Salem hosts Laurel

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Belle Vernon QB Jared Hartman suffers knee injury, done for season
Belle Vernon junior quarterback Jared Hartman revealed Saturday that he tore his ACL, MCL and other ligaments in his right knee. He is done for the season. Hartman was injured in the first half and had to be carried off on a stretcher Friday night in a 28-12 win over

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Converted receiver Engel rushes for 282 yards as Canon-McMillan beats Norwin
Norwin expected tough sledding in the condensed yet top-heavy Class 6A football conference this season. But that was against the powerhouse programs; the North Alleghenys and Pine-Richlands of the world. The Knights saw a few andquot;winnableandquot; games on the schedule that could maybe help them make a run at the

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Apodiakos, Breen take down program scoring records
October 12, 2018
Two long-time scoring records fell Thursday night for a pair of Westmoreland County boys soccer programs. Senior Markello Apodiakos of Belle Vernon became his school's career points leader with 202, surpassing Mike Posey's mark of 200 set from 1986-89. Apodiakos, who also is Belle Vernon's all-time leader in goals, scored

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Golf dynasties continue as all 4 champions defend WPIAL titles
October 11, 2018
Golf is all about the next shot, the next hole, the next round. For some WPIAL golf teams it's about the next championship -- and the next one ... and the next one after that. It was the same old story Thursday at soggy Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver as

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Big East coaches praise Penn-Trafford
Ask coaches from the Class 5A Big East Conference if they're surprised to see Penn-Trafford in the thick of the conference-title chase and you'll get the same answer presented a few different ways. Nope. No way. Of course not. Penn-Trafford has one of the most respected programs around, a sentiment

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5 things to watch at WPIAL team golf championships
October 10, 2018
The WPIAL boys and girls team golf championship will be Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver. Action begins at 10 a.m. The boys will play the Gold course and the girls' finals will be contested on the Red course. Champions will be crowned in Class AAA and AA. Here

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Jeannette aims to cut down on penalties against rival Greensburg Central Catholic
Jeannette has to clean up its act, coach Roy Hall preached after last Friday's night's home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. At the time, he meant cut down on penalties. But when he reiterated those words Saturday morning, he was referring to the bleachers at McKee Stadium.

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High school football Q&A with Jeannette’s Drake Petrillo
Drake Petrillo is a late bloomer to football. He joined Jeannette's team in Week 3 last season. But watching him play Friday, you would think he'd been playing defense all of his life. Petrillo was a disruptive force from the middle of the Jeannette defensive line, ripping past blockers for

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Deer Lakes rallies past Mt. Pleasant to capture Section 2-2A boys soccer title
October 9, 2018
Colton Spence probably has been tackled and fouled in the box a lot harder in his budding soccer career, but he had never had a follow-up penalty kick that carried so much significance. Spence, a sophomore from Deer Lakes, knocked in a PK to the left of reaching Mt. Pleasant

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer stays focused on championship goals
October 8, 2018
Celebrations after boys soccer victories at Greensburg Central Catholic are short-lived and swift. A few high-fives and fist-bumps to acknowledge the accomplishment are fine, but coach Tyler Solis isn't going to clean up any confetti unless it's scattered about Highmark Stadium next month. andquot;The guys are like, 'When we win

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Butler makes college decision
Bryce Butler likes to hustle to his team's end of the basketball court and score quickly. Keeping the offensive flow moving is what he knows. The get-it-and-go approach works at Latrobe and on the AAU circuit, and Butler fit in well with both uptempo programs. A Division II college team

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of Oct. 8, 2018
October 7, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls soccer: Coming off an upset of top-ranked South Park, Yough is locked in a tight battle for fourth place -- and potentially the final playoff spot -- in Section 3-AA. The Cougars have a chance to score an

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Norwin’s Jayvon Thrift commits to Youngstown State
Jayvon Thrift went with the school where he felt the most mutual admiration -- the one that wanted him the most. The senior football player from Norwin announced late Saturday he has given a verbal commitment to Youngstown State. The FCS Penguins will get a package deal from Norwin come

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Norwin QB Salopek was knocked out after hit Friday night
October 6, 2018
Norwin junior quarterback Jack Salopek is feeling better but plans to see a doctor Monday after suffering a possible concussion in Friday night's 35-16 loss to Central Catholic at Carnegie Mellon. Salopek said he was knocked out after absorbing a jarring a hit while running the football early in the

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Franklin Regional senior combines recruiting process, entrepreneurial spirit
Jake Williams took his first step into the recruiting process with curiosity and wonder. He had a basic idea of how it worked, understanding the premise colleges didn't come to you -- you have to go to them. The senior baseball player at Franklin Regional decided to get crafty when

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC girls going for 4th straight golf title
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf could win as many titles in a row as there have been Zambrunos on the team in recent years: four. The Centurions are in the four-team WPIAL Class AA championship field Thursday at Cedarbrook in Rostraver. If they can get past Elizabeth Forward, Sewickley Academy

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No. 1 Jeannette stuffs OLSH in top-5 high school football matchup
October 5, 2018
It is rare to see a Week 6 regular season game, especially one that doesn't impact the conference standings, get so much attention. But Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Jeannette came with all the bells and whistles of a playoff matchup. Maybe it was buried in small type

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Repeat titles the theme for WPIAL team golf playoffs
Sewickley Academy's quest for a a record sixth straight WPIAL Class AA boys golf title will begin Tuesday as the Panthers join eight other teams at a semifinal tournament at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth. Turtle Creek had the boys record for consecutive team titles, winning five from 1934-38, until

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: OLSH’s spread offense to test No. 1 Jeannette
October 4, 2018
Defense has been a strong suit for Jeannette this season, but the Jayhawks have not seen a quarterback quite like Tyler Bradley of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. OLSH, ranked No. 4 in the WPIAL and state, will visit McKee Stadium Friday night for a nonconference game looking to

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Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren Armanious resigns
Despite a wealth of talent returning from a WPIAL and PIAA semifinal team, Lauren Armanious resigned as Mt. Pleasant softball coach after five seasons. Armanious guided the Vikings to a WPIAL Class 3A title in 2016 and a PIAA 4A championship in 2017. She cited personal reasons for her departure,

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s John Caldwell
Think of the trust people put in calculators, traffic signals and parachute packs. It's like that with John Caldwell at Ligonier Valley. The run-and-gun Rams have complete faith in Caldwell, their senior quarterback who uses his smarts and strong arm to guide an intricate spread offense down the field with

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North Allegheny’s Wrigley claims 3rd straight WPIAL girls golf title
October 3, 2018
North Allegheny senior Caroline Wrigley knew she was chasing WPIAL history. But the real goal here was to have something to tell Uncle Frank. Wrigley

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Five area volleyball teams in coaches’ rankings
October 2, 2018
Five Westmoreland County girls volleyball teams graced the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Week 5 Coaches Poll. Latrobe checked in at No. 7 in the

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Oct. 1, 2018
September 30, 2018
MONDAY Girls soccer The second half of section play is underway as teams wind toward the postseason. Connellsville at No. 2 Norwin (Section 3-AAAA) and

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High school notebook: Franklin Regional volleyball digs helping cancer research
September 29, 2018
Thursday night's girls volleyball match at Franklin Regional will carry playoff implications in Section 1-AAA. But there will be more at stake. The Panthers will

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Oakmont welcomes Meyer, Jackson, Pevarnik for WPIAL final
Gregor Meyer brings hope to the 36-player field competing in the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club. And it's not

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Penn-Trafford routs Plum for 4th consecutive victory
September 28, 2018
About two months ago, Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane sat down in a room at Warrior Stadium to talk about this year's group. He did

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Penn-Trafford baseball’s Bobby Lane commits to Cincinnati
Penn-Trafford junior Bobby Lane announced Friday he has verbally committed to continue his baseball career at Cincinnati. Lane, who throws and bats left-handed, is an

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Home-course advantage helps propel Latrobe’s Pevarnik, Franklin Regional’s Jackson into WPIAL finals showdown
September 27, 2018
Some associated with Hannastown Golf Club like to use the hashtag #HannyStrong on Twitter when they give shoutouts to fellow members that are doing well.

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Coach Charlie Cook watches as Jaiden Crosby and Melik Gordon work on blocking, during the first day of padded practice, at McKee Stadium, in Jeannette.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Jeannette relying on dominant defensive effort
Jeannette has put up more than 55 points in back-to-back weeks and is second in WPIAL Class A in scoring (42.2 ppg), behind Our Lady

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Tee times moved back at WPIAL semifinal tournament
September 26, 2018
Tee times were moved back to noon Thursday for the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf semifinal tournament at Hannastown Golf Club near Greensburg. Steady

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Southmoreland’s Zach Cernuto
Before the season started, Zach Cernuto assessed what might constitute a good season, his first as the starting quarterback at Southmoreland. He knew one win

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Greensburg CC golfer ‘re-Bootes’ his game in time for WPIAL postseason
September 25, 2018
Zach Boote said he was in a dark place with golf. His game felt broken, and he said he struggled to improve. andquot;It's been a

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No. 2-ranked Norwin girls soccer avenges WPIAL title game loss, defeats Penn-Trafford
September 24, 2018
Norwin had been gritting its collective teeth waiting for another shot at Penn-Trafford. The Knights' wired anticipation showed when the girls soccer rivals played their

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Norwin boys soccer rides scheme change to top of section
After Norwin boys soccer dropped its season opener to Seneca Valley, an outlier on the Knights' record so far this season, it was time for

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Sept. 24, 2018
September 23, 2018
Monday Girls soccer The matchup many local soccer fans have been waiting for since last year's WPIAL Class AAAA championship finally is here. No. 2

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H.S. notebook: Injured Belle Vernon player attends game
September 22, 2018
The Belle Vernon boys soccer team had a surprise guest at Thursday night's home game against Albert Gallatin. Senior Jake Sepesky returned to the sidelines

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Latrobe lineman Trent Holler commits to East Carolina
In early August, Trent Holler narrowed his list of potential college football destinations to three. But he second-guessed that call, thought it was too hasty

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Yough displays balance in runaway win over Burrell
September 21, 2018
WPIAL rushing leader Dustin Shoaf gets most of the limelight at Yough, but the senior running back is quick to deflect attention to his teammates.

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Latrobe’s Fenton commits to Lehigh for basketball
Latrobe senior Reed Fenton, who will be one of the top returning basketball players in the WPIAL this winter, gave a verbal commitment Friday to

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Norwin, Penn-Trafford boys soccer play to deadlock
September 20, 2018
Norwin had more shots, more opportunities and controlled possession for the majority of play, even as regulation blended into one overtime period, and then another.

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H.S. football notebook: Laurel Highlands coach set to face alma mater
Jake Just expects pregame butterflies when he returns to coach against his alma mater Friday night at Offutt Field. But that won't change the No.

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog
September 19, 2018
There aren't many athletes these days like Dajauhn Hertzog. At a time when one-sport specialization has practically reached its fever pitch, the senior from Greensburg

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Belle Vernon boys soccer downs Greensburg Salem in Section 3-AAA
September 18, 2018
Belle Vernon and Greensburg Salem had not played in boys soccer since 2005 so the teams had to get reacquainted in their Section 3-AAA matchup

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Dustin Shoaf joins 4,000-yard club
Throw in the 200 yards he rushed for in his freshman season -- half the total he ran for last Friday -- and Yough senior

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Belle Vernon kicker Cameron Guess picks up first offer
Belle Vernon five-star junior kicker and punter Cameron Guess picked up his first Division I scholarship offer Tuesday. Don't expect it to be his last.

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Third current Norwin girls soccer player, Lacey Bernick, commits to Pitt
September 17, 2018
It might be considered an accomplishment for a high school sports program to send three recruits to the same Division I school over say, several

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Derry defensive end Dom DeLuca grabs Towson offer
Dom DeLuca is going to have a decision to make, and a potentially stressful one at that. Until then, he's enjoying the thought of larger

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WPIAL golf individual postseason starts today
The WPIAL golf individual postseason begins today for dozens of players looking to advance to the district finals and PIAA tournaments. Boys teams can enter

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Sept. 17, 2018
September 16, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer Two of the top Section 3-AAAA teams will square off in North Huntingdon as Norwin hosts No. 4 Connellsville. Another local game

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf leads by example
September 15, 2018
Dustin Shoaf told his coach, Scott Wood, late in training camp that he wasn't going to talk to the media until the season started. The

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Franklin Regional tops West Mifflin, starts 3-0 for 1st time since ’11
September 14, 2018
Franklin Regional looks like it might be a case of mistaken identity. The Panthers, a passing team Stranger things have happened. Like the team starting

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Anthony DiFalco follows brother’s lead
September 13, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta sat down on the team bench with freshman Anthony DiFalco as the final minutes neared last Friday night at Latrobe.

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Westmoreland sports notebook: Ligonier Valley’s 23rd straight conference win ties record
September 12, 2018
A rare off week for the Ligonier Valley football team is a good time to pause and reflect on the Rams' offensive run over the

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High school football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Mike Evans
The hole Mike Evans punched in his bedroom wall is a constant reminder. It is a reminder of the aggravation he felt from unrelenting injuries,

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mort values championships over individual accolades
September 10, 2018
A player with Luke Mort's scoring prowess could go rogue in his senior season. He could become enamored with personal goals and a rhythm of

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Sept. 10, 2018
September 9, 2018
MONDAY Boys soccer Class A No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic will play its home opener against Serra Catholic in Section 2-A after the game was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Pevarnik, Jackson headline WCCA boys golf tournament
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its boys golf championships Thursday at Latrobe Elks Golf Club. The event will showcase two of the top

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Apodiakos still without offer
September 8, 2018
Markello Apodiakos believes he has the talent to play Division I college soccer. So do his teammates, coaches and opponents. The Belle Vernon senior standout

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Houser’s burst helps Norwin preserve win over Hempfield
September 7, 2018
Apparently stopped in the backfield, Zeke Houser refused to be written off, refused to let Hempfield stay close. The Norwin tailback took a first-down handoff,

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Former Southmoreland star Brandon Stone commits to La Salle
Brandon Stone recently said he wanted to keep his college basketball recruiting private and that he had some visits to take before finalizing his decision.

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Week 2 family affair for Bowens
September 6, 2018
As Hempfield football coach Rich Bowen watched game film of Norwin earlier this week, his eyes kept wandering to the Knights left guard and then

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Belle Vernon soccer player Jake Sepesky fractures skull in on-field collision
Belle Vernon senior soccer player Jake Sepesky had reconstructive surgery on the front part of his skull Thursday, the result of an injury he suffered

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Westmoreland County high school football Q&A with GCC’s Brando Ciccarelli
September 5, 2018
As impressive as his many roles are, it's not exactly about how much Brando Ciccarelli can do for the Greensburg Central Catholic football team. It's

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Hoops star Brandon Stone doubling as 6-11 wide receiver at Christ School
Brandon Stone transferred to The Christ School in Arden, N.C. because he believed he'd get a better shot at big-time college basketball. Fair enough. But

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of Sept. 3, 2018
September 2, 2018
Tuesday Boys soccer Section play gets going for a number of county teams after the opening weekend of the season. Serra Catholic visits No. 3

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No. 2 North Allegheny overwhelms Norwin, QB Salopek in conference opener
August 31, 2018
Norwin hoped to pull a stunner and knock mighty North Allegheny from its No. 2 perch in the WPIAL Class 6A football rankings. A clash

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Victory Bell up for grabs as Gateway hosts Penn-Trafford
August 30, 2018
It is a new school year, but as John Ruane walks the halls at Gateway High School, where he is a technology teacher, it's more

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High school football Q&A with Derry’s Onreey Stewart
August 29, 2018
Onreey Stewart carries a photo of his late mother, Tammy Smith, in his wallet and has another snapshot of her on his cellphone. He glances

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford announces football hall of fame inductees
Some top-flight quarterbacks, an uncle and nephew and a nationally-highlighted team are part of the latest group to be enshrined into the Penn-Trafford Football Hall

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Penn-Trafford's Maria Sholtes heads the ball on a return against Mars during a scrimmage Tuesday night, Aug. 28, 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford girls soccer ready to defend WPIAL Class 4A title
August 28, 2018
Kiley Dugan and her teammates enjoyed winning a WPIAL soccer championship so much they want to do it all over again. The Penn-Trafford senior midfielder

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Penn-Trafford's goalkeeper Logan Kreutzberger stops a ball in a practice scrimmage with teammates during boys' soccer practice Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford boys aim to be ‘an excellent defensive soccer team’
Penn-Trafford had an intersquad boys soccer scrimmage last week on an ideal, sun-splashed evening at Warrior Stadium. But the name of the game wasn't exactly

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Palmer Jackson
Franklin Regional golf star Palmer Jackson commits to Notre Dame
August 27, 2018
Palmer Jackson kept his recruiting saga a secret for months. The Franklin Regional senior was pulling in offers from some of the top golf programs

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Norwin sophomore Katelyn Kauffman commits to Pitt for soccer
Katelyn Kauffman said she has been a Pitt fan since she was younger -- as in, 10 years old, which really wasn't that long ago.

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Norwin boys soccer aims for success in WPIAL postseason
Norwin boys soccer players huddled around a few picnic tables inside a pavilion at the Turner Valley Soccer Complex last week during a late-evening practice.

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Still nationally ranked, Norwin girls soccer out to defend PIAA title
Norwin still is considered one of the top 50 girls soccer teams in the nation so, naturally, the Knights have to be one of the

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Aug. 27, 2018
August 26, 2018
Another WPIAL fall sports season will begin across the board this weekend as soccer, girls volleyball, cross country and field hockey join football, golf and

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Southmoreland's Zac Carnuto, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland ready to start a winning streak
August 25, 2018
Shrouded in a haze of exhilaration, Southmoreland football players remembered what it felt like to win again on Friday night in Alverton. A small town

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Southmoreland ready to start a winning streak
Shrouded in a haze of exhilaration, Southmoreland football players remembered what it felt like to win again on Friday night in Alverton. A small town

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Hempfield's Randy Nelson runs the ball as Greensburg Salem's Tyler Williams grabs the tackle during WPIAL football at Greensburg Salem's Offutt Field on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Hempfield holds off rival Greensburg Salem in season opener
August 24, 2018
Junior Nathan Roby's eyes lit up as the ball floated his way and landed squarely in his bread basket. Roby took his second interception of

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Yough coach Scott Wood, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Yough football coach Scott Wood credits ‘Guardian Angels’ after son’s accident
Scott Wood still can't believe his son walked away from a car accident with only andquot;bumps and bruises,andquot; especially when the Yough head football coach

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Penn Trafford coach John Ruane, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Rivals Norwin, Penn-Trafford ready to open up playbook in Week Zero matchup
August 23, 2018
Scrimmage film can be a borefest for high school football coaches who are looking for helpful clues and tendencies but instead get a couple hours

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Yough No. 35 Jacob Sever
Sever, Yough teammates display high IQ on and off the field
If Yough can make the grade on the field like it has in the classroom, the Cougars might be contending for a conference championship. And

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Penn-Trafford's Dimitry George, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
High school football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Dimitri George
August 22, 2018
Senior Dimitri George is Penn-Trafford's top returning pass-catcher. He grabbed 30 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns last season as the Warriors finished as

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
No ‘horsing’ around for Penn-Trafford’s Lisbon this season
August 21, 2018
You could say Caleb Lisbon already was prepared for the state-mandated heat acclimatization period, the week before training camp when teams adjust to summer conditions.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Schwerha might be on the move
JoJo Schwerha, the soccer player from Greensburg Central Catholic who has been trying out for the D.C. United MLS academy, could be transferring. Schwerha, who

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New GCC girls basketball coach Samuel Salih
New GCC girls coach Salih preaches humility, puts game in perspective
August 18, 2018
It might have been the moment a small child offered him a bright red rose in exchange for one dull Mexican peso that Samuel Salih

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Yough looks to give Shoaf room to run
On the surface, Yough has the cliched look of a one-man show with standout Dustin Shoaf returning to defend his WPIAL rushing title. Shoaf is

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Penn-Trafford's Gabe Dunlap, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Penn-Trafford remains confident after runner-up finish
Penn-Trafford knew what it had last season: a host of returning talent endowed with experience and rooted in senior leadership. It was the Warriors' big

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Jeannette No.20 Melik Gordon
Jeannette takes aim at first WPIAL repeat in over a decade
With several key pieces gone from its WPIAL and PIAA championship team, Jeannette has some slight concerns. That's the tinge of bad news. The good

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Hempfield's Fintan Brose, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Hempfield looks to replace offensive standouts
There are nine teams in WPIAL Class 6A. Hempfield hopes to avoid being one of the three that doesn't make the playoffs. andquot;It's the best

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A lot to offer: Talented crop brings recruiting buzz to Westmoreland County
Norwin is humming with football attention on the eve of a new season. Yes, Norwin. Knights Stadium was selected to host the WPIAL Class 5A

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Imani Christian No. 3 RJ Hart
WPIAL Class A breakdown: Jeannette, Imani Christian again teams to beat
A one-point loss to Jeannette in last year's WPIAL Class A championship has followed Imani Christian around like a shadow. Jeannette rallied late to win

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High school notebook: Latrobe to recognize ’68 championship team
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago, people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Coy commits to Virginia wrestling
August 17, 2018
Another Coy from Penn-Trafford is heading to Virginia to wrestle. Nick Coy, a rising senior 132-pounder, committed Friday to the ACC program. His brother, Cam,

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Latrobe to honor 1968 WPIAL football champs
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Aaron Epps tabbed to lead Springdale boys basketball program
August 15, 2018
Aaron Epps has been coaching on and off in the WPIAL for almost 15 years, but all of his stints have been with girls teams.

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Seth Howard steps into limelight as Jeannette starting QB
Seth Howard grew up in Jeannette. Over time, he heard about the significant, almost radical role high school football plays in the small, once-thriving glass

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Boys, girls golf teams set to defend WPIAL championships
Repeat champions will be the theme around WPIAL golf. The Sewickley Academy boys will try for a sixth straight team title in Class AA, while

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Franklin Regional’s Jackson, Latrobe’s Pevarnik set sights on WPIAL, PIAA golf titles
Palmer vs. Brady. Brady vs. Palmer. A high school golf rivalry could reach its climax in the coming months when a pair of talented senior

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Bisignani back in charge at Greensburg Central Catholic after getting ‘different perspective’
August 14, 2018
Greg Bisignani is back guiding the Greensburg Central Cathlolic boys basketball from the vantage point of head coach, something he became familiar with for eight

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Hempfield’s Remaley looks to build on last season’s spot starts under center
Blake Remaley played defensive end in youth football, mainly because he was bigger than everyone else. andquot;Definitely taller,andquot; the Hempfield junior said. andquot;I put on

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament
New Westmoreland County football coaches Keefer, Liotta hit ground running
August 13, 2018
Lightning flashed across the sky, followed by the hiss and crackle of thunder and heavy rain. Not quite how Dave Keefer envisioned his first afternoon

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James Sanders fakes a handoff to Jaiden Crosby, during the first day of padded practice, at McKee Stadium, in Jeannette
The message at Jeannette: Keep winning
One thing about Jeannette football fans is that they always want more. Keep scoring. Keep winning. Keep being the best. They'd rather stand than sit

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Jarett Bach
Yough pitcher Jarett Bach commits to Pitt
Hard-throwing Jarett Bach weighed the pros and cons of seven Division I baseball scholarship offers. But the incoming senior at Yough went with the hometown

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Holler revises plan
August 11, 2018
Trent Holler is walking back his original top-three list. The standout lineman from Latrobe said he needs more time to evaluate his recruiting situation and

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Jeannette’s Seth Howard is one of several new starters at quarterback.
Westmoreland County quarterbacks take reins as training camp begins
When Rich Bowen left Serra Catholic as a Parade All-American quarterback in the early 1980's, there was chatter that he could possibly be the successor

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Penn-Trafford set to begin training camp without a Laffoon in uniform
August 10, 2018
Names come and go through high school football programs. They populate teams one at a time or in clusters of two, three or more. They

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Three WPIAL teams make Top Drawer national preseason soccer rankings
Norwin won't start the season as the No. 1 ranked girls soccer team team in the nation like it did a year ago, but the

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JoJo Schwerha was one of the top players last season for Greensburg Central Catholic.
Soccer standout JoJo Schwerha could be leaving GCC for MLS academy
August 8, 2018
JoJo Schwerha may have played his last soccer game at Greensburg Central Catholic. The incoming senior forward is spending two weeks training and essentially trying

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Latrobe’s Trent Holler narrows college choices to 3
August 7, 2018
Trent Holler pared down his lengthy list of college choices to a top three, and the rising senior lineman at Latrobe plans to announce his

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Top punter, heat week and more
August 4, 2018
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Norwin linebacker Gianni Rizzo commits to Youngstown State
August 3, 2018
Gianni Rizzo recently returned from vacationing in Naples, Fla. with less stress on his mind than he took with him. He felt similarly clearheaded and

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Belle Vernon rising junior Cameron Guess is No. 1 ranked punter in Class of 2020
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Jeannette pitcher Tre Cunningham delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hempfield Park.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Cunningham picks La Roche baseball
August 2, 2018
As a three-sport standout, Tre Cunningham had a tough decision to make. What did he want to play at the next level Two parts luxury

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GCC hires La Roche’s Salih as girls basketball coach
July 31, 2018
Well traveled and ready to take on another new challenge, Samuel Salih will be the next coach of the Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team.

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess has drawn attention from a number of larger programs, including Pitt, Syracuse and Ohio University.
Belle Vernon’s Guess could be WPIAL’s most talented kicker
When it comes to kicking and punting a football, Belle Vernon's Guess is not as good as yours -- he's probably a lot better. Cameron

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High school notebook: New Franklin Regional girls coach brings energy
July 30, 2018
Anthony Kobus coached varsity football in the past, so he understands the importance of instilling toughness in his players. That frame of mind won't change

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton continues to have Division I offers stream in.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton continues to pile up offers
July 29, 2018
Scholarship offers are coming at Reed Fenton in bunches, harkening Latrobe fans back to times when his father and uncles also were pursued for their

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Recent Mt. Pleasant grad Meadow Uncapher changes college softball plans
July 26, 2018
Meadow Uncapher was just about to graduate from Mt. Pleasant and was on the verge of beginning her college softball career at nearby Seton Hill.

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Franklin Regional names Anthony Kobus girls basketball coach
July 25, 2018
Franklin Regional named Anthony Kobus as its girls basketball coach. Kobus most recently was an assistant with the Penn-Trafford boys and coached the Warriors' JV

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
Monessen basketball player Lyndon Henderson leaving for school in Michigan
One of the top returning scorers in WPIAL basketball is leaving the state. Lyndon Henderson, who would have been a senior at Monessen, is transferring

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Latrobe’s Fenton keeps offers coming
July 24, 2018
Scholarship offers are coming at Latrobe's Reed Fenton in bunches, harkening Latrobe fans back to times when his father and uncles also were pursued for

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Norwin No.4 Gianni Rizzo
High school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo nearing college decision
July 21, 2018
Gianni Rizzo is just about ready to make his college decision. The incoming Norwin senior football player has more than a dozen Division I scholarship

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Norwin’s Thrift seeks golden finish to high school career
July 20, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt is kept from a touchdown by Penn-Trafford’s Tony Zona (left), and Nate Frye during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7 on 7 tournament final, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Penn-Trafford captures 8th annual WCCA 7-on-7 football championship
July 19, 2018
Football in shorts, even though it came with a championship plaque, was more about getting their legs under them -- more of a small step

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Valley added to WCCA 7-on-7 tournament, schedule changed
July 18, 2018
Valley has joined the field as a late addition to the 8th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 football championship set to begin at 9

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Yough’s Shoaf enters senior season with chip on his shoulder
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Southmoreland's Maggie Moore (20), during practice at Southmoreland High School in Alverton, on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Westmoreland HS notebook: Southmoreland’s Moore headed to Navy
July 16, 2018
A high-level offer one day, a commitment a few days later. That's how fast things happened for Southmoreland's Maggie Moore during the latest NCAA Division

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WCCA 7-on-7 returns Thursday, Norwin apparent favorite
Coaches are pointing to Norwin as the favorite to win the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 passing championship on Thursday at Latrobe High School. Norwin

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Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore commits to Naval Academy
July 15, 2018
A high-level offer one day, a commitment a few days later. That's how fast things happened for Southmoreland's Maggie Moore during the latest NCAA Division

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Westmoreland HS notebook: Latrobe duo looks for offers during live period
July 14, 2018
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Latrobe duo could draw attention during NCAA ‘live periods’
July 13, 2018
One of three mid-summer NCAA Division I basketball andquot;live periodsandquot; began Wednesday, which means top college coaches from across the country will fill gymnasiums for

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Anthony Johnson transferring from Jeannette
July 11, 2018
Anthony Johnson is parting ways with Jeannette -- and not just the high school and its football team. The incoming senior defensive end is leaving

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Jeannette’s Johnson aims for dominating encore season
July 9, 2018
It stands to reason Jeannette's Anthony Johnson could have a dominating encore season for the Jayhawks, the returning WPIAL and PIAA champions in Class A.

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Latrobe’s Holler among WPIAL’s top linemen
July 7, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp during quarterfinal action against Warwick June 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Kalp earns national honor, expects to return next season
July 6, 2018
Longtime Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp told those in attendance at the team's season-ending banquet he plans to come back to coach a 23rd season.

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) brings the ball forecourt following a steal during the second quarter against Shady Side Academy on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy leads 23-22 at halftime.
5 prospects to watch over the summer in Westmoreland
Recruiting has taken off for a talented crop of Westmoreland County athletes from the Class of 2019. Here are five seniors to watch in the

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp during quarterfinal action against Warwick June 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Bob Kalp named FloSoftball national coach of the year
July 5, 2018
Veteran coach Bob Kalp has been guiding Hempfield softball for more than two decades. He turned the program into a perennial power. His exploits and

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Hempfield girls' basketball head coach Lindsy Muchnock works with her team in the school's main gym Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 during practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield girls basketball coach Muchnock resigns
July 3, 2018
It was just one season, with one group of girls, but that doesn't mean Lindsy Muchnock will forget the short time she spent at Hempfield.

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Allan Bilinsky’s tenure as Mt. Pleasant School District’s athletic director and assistant junior-senior high school principal began Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Mt. Pleasant’s Bilinsky ready for new test as basketball coach
July 2, 2018
Allan Bilinsky knows his time could be stretched to its limits as he begins a three-job venture at Mt. Pleasant. But he is embracing the

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Hempfield starting pitcher Maddie Uschock throws a complete game shutout against Warwick during the first round PIAA 5-A softball playoffs Monday June 4, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield’s Uschock named Tribune-Review’s Westmoreland Softball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
You shocked Maddie Uschock's answer was a fairly succinct, andquot;Nope.andquot; andquot;When talent, hard work and the drive to win are put together that's the result

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Jeannette's Seth Howard scores on a drive during the WCCA Shootout game against Valley on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Hempfield.
Westmoreland notebook: Summer boys basketball shootout set for tip-off
After a mostly seamless trial run last year, Westmoreland County Coaches Association will bring back its summer boys basketball shootout. A dozen area schools will

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Valley's Isiah Mangol (15), drives past Jeanette's Robert Kennedy (1), defends, during the WCCA Shootout on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Hempfield.
WCCA summer hoops shootout returns next week
June 28, 2018
After a mostly seamless trial run last summer, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association will bring back its boys basketball shootout. A dozen area schools will

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Norwin's Anthony Harding conducts cool down drills Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 during boys' soccer practice at Norwin High School.
Recent Norwin grad Harding changes commitment from Penn State to Pitt
Just when it looked like he had found the perfect destination for his college soccer career, Anthony Harding had a change of heart. The recent

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Canon-McMillan baseball coach Tim Bruzdewicz celebrates after winning the 2018 PIAA Class 6A championship.
Bruzdewicz, Fedko named state’s top coach, player by USA Today
A state title can shine a spotlight on any community, large or small. It can even come with national recognition. The Canon-McMillan baseball team was

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Allan Bilinsky’s tenure as Mt. Pleasant School District’s athletic director and assistant junior-senior high school principal began Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Mt. Pleasant names AD Allan Bilinsky interim hoops coach
June 26, 2018
While he couldn't exactly interview himself for the job, Mt. Pleasant athletic director Allan Bilinsky believes he has the qualifications necessary to be the school's

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass against Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Norwin QB Salopek nabs offer from Pitt
June 19, 2018
Norwin's Jack Salopek earned the starting quarterback job last season as a sophomore. He has found his way onto college coaches radars with similar swiftness.

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Division I football recruiting in Westmoreland Co. hits fever pitch
June 16, 2018
Call them Westmoreland County's andquot;Power 5andquot; of high school football. A talented crop of college prospects will add another layer of anticipation to a new

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton picks up another Division I offer
College basketball recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe senior-to-be Reed Fenton. It began last week as the 6-foot-4 guard

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Hempfield Area's Mackenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
Hempfield’s Orie takes eighth in discus at national meet
It's quite apparent that Mackenna Orie did not go to Greensboro, N.C. this weekend for a vacation. The Hempfield senior-to-be is out for some hardware

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Norwin's Brock Dieter throws a pass Friday, June 15, 2018 during the 2018 Westmoreland County Coaches Association's Foothills All-star Classic at Hempfield Area High School.
Kennedy leads Blue team to blowout Foothills Classic win
June 15, 2018
Even in all-star games, Poogie loves to boogie. Multi-talented Robert Kennedy, the small school Mr. Football in Class A and the co-state player of the

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Greensburg Salem Head Coach Craig Mankins during practice on Friday Nov. 24, 2017 at Greensburg Salem.
Mankins resigns as Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach
Needing to tend to some personal issues at home with his family, Craig Mankins resigned as boys basketball coach at Greensburg Salem. Mankins coached the

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Hempfield Area celebrates beating Baldwin during quarterfinal PIAA 6-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield softball thriving in late-inning situations during postseason
June 14, 2018
If the score gets tight late in Friday's PIAA Class 6A softball championship game, don't look for Hempfield to shy away from the moment. Where

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) scrambles under pressure from Norwin's Franco Gaudio (58) and finds Isaiah DiAndreth in the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Hempfield a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 6A Southeastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Norwin won 24-14.
5 players to watch in Friday night’s Foothills Classic
The WCCA Foothills Classic is set for 7 p.m. Friday night at Hempfield's Spartan Stadium. Here are five players to watch in the Westmoreland County

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp hugs pitcher Maddie Uschock after defeating Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 23, 3018, at Seton Hill University.
Hempfield coach Bob Kalp, fresh off 400th win, is a model of consistency
June 13, 2018
Asked how he and his veteran coaching staff will prepare for the state championship compared to other games, Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp answered with

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Latrobe's Trent Holler celebrates a successful tackle on Franklin Regional offense Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in WPIAL football at Franklin Regional.
Latrobe’s Holler adds offer from West Virginia
June 12, 2018
Two Power-5 scholarship offers in two days — from adversaries of the Backyard Brawl, nonetheless — helps tell the story of just how fast the

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Head coach Courtney Callas speaks with the team during practice at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
Callas resigns as Franklin Regional girls basketball coach
Franklin Regional is looking for a new girls basketball coach after the resignation of Courtney Callas. Callas said she stepped down because of time constraints

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Mt. Pleasant center fielder Addy Kubasky consoles Sydney Kaunuch as Mt. Pleasant loses to Punxsutawney in the PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Mt. Pleasant’s title defense fall short in PIAA semifinals
June 11, 2018
LORETTO — Mt. Pleasant had allowed one home run all season heading into the PIAA semifinals. So when the second of back-to-back solo blasts by

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Latrobe's Trent Holler during practice on Wednesday Aug. 09, 2017 at Latrobe.
Pitt offers Latrobe lineman Holler
Latrobe lineman Trent Holler has been touring the country looking at potential destinations for his college football career. His latest opportunity won't require airfare out

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Drake offers Latrobe’s Fenton
Recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. The 6-foot-4 guard with the silky smooth jumper

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Hugs all around for Hempfield Area's Margaret Monzo after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against Baldwin during quarterfinal PIAA 6-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
This Hempfield softball team taking different route to success
June 10, 2018
This Hempfield softball team is in select company within its own program, and it hasn't needed a perfect record to get there. The Spartans always

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Monessen's Destiny Habeck hits a double against Union during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game June 7, 2018, at Peterswood Park.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of June 11, 2018
MONDAY Four county softball teams and one baseball team will look to continue their runs in the PIAA postseason with semifinal games across the state.

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