Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


The Norwin boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny in penalty kicks in the Class 4A final on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Highmark Stadium.
Championships highlight banner school year for Norwin sports
June 15, 2024
It started with a bang in the fall. It ended with a surprise in the spring.

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Chuck Tragesser hits a tee shot during the 2020 WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship at South Hills Country Club.
Murrysville Star notebook: Franklin Regional grad finds game at WPGA event
After changing his college allegiances, Franklin Regional graduate Chuck Tragesser continues to sharpen his golf game over the summer.

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Franklin Regional cornerback pops up on Division I radar
Jaymier Austin transferred to Franklin Regional when he was a freshman, leaving Penn Hills to play at another WPIAL Class 5A program.

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Jeannette’s Eli Jones drives against Westmont Hilltop’s Jack Wesner (22) at the third annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Tournament on June 24, 2023.
4th Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament is biggest yet
Tre Cunningham’s memory gleams on in Jeannette, and the summer varsity basketball tournament in his name keeps growing because of it.

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Former Norwin football player Josiah Pastories was killed in a one-vehicle accident Thursday in Butler County.
GoFundMe posted for former Norwin football player Josiah Pastories, who was killed in auto accident
June 14, 2024
A GoFundMe page is set up for the family of Josiah Pastories, a Norwin graduate and former football player and wrestler who was killed in a one-vehicle accident Thursday morning in northern Butler County.

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New Yough boys basketball coach William "Boo" Sherbondy
Longtime assistant promoted to 1st head coaching job with Yough boys
June 11, 2024
Yough on Tuesday night promoted junior varsity coach Will “Boo” Sherbondy to head varsity boys basketball coach.

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Rosters announced for new Western PA Senior Softball All-Star Game
June 10, 2024
Rosters are set for the inaugural Western PA Senior Softball All-Star Game at 8 p.m. June 18 at Plum.

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Hempfield’s Hannah Uhrinek competes in the girls 200 freestyle during the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A swimming championships.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: WCCA hands out scholarships
June 8, 2024
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association announced its latest scholarship winners.

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Notre Dame golfer Palmer Jackson tees off on the 18th hole during a 2019 tournament in Vero Beach, Fla.
Palmer Jackson wraps up decorated career at Notre Dame
When Palmer Jackson tapped in for par on the ninth hole at Omni La Costa North Course in Carlsbad, Calif., at the end of May, he brought an end to a shining college golf career at Notre Dame.

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Penn-Trafford third baseman Tyler Freas tag outs Lower Dauphin’s Casey Westerberg during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game Monday.
PIAA Class 5A baseball quarterfinals preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Hollidaysburg
June 5, 2024
PIAA baseball playoffs

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Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor breaks away from Beaver Fall’s Todd Thomas on a 55-yard touchdown run during the 2007 WPIAL Class AA championship game.
Terrelle Pryor, Dick Hoak, Joe Mucci to enter National High School Football Hall of Fame
A hall of fame enshrinement ceremony this weekend one state over will include three Jeannette football legends.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas celebrates his double against Lower Dauphin during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Plum.
Penn-Trafford baseball team enjoying PIAA playoff ride
June 4, 2024
The Road Warriors are ready for their next excursion.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ian Temple smiles after driving in the go-ahead run against Lower Dauphin during their PIAA Class 5A state playoff game on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Plum.
Penn-Trafford baseball warms up in time to win PIAA opener
June 3, 2024
Maybe Penn-Trafford expected a slow start in the PIAA baseball playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Mya McHugh applies the tag to Penn-Trafford’s Ella Mains during the WPIAL Class 5A consolation game Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Gateway High School.
Westmoreland County PIAA softball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, June 3, 2024
June 2, 2024
PIAA softball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford catcher Mackenzie Keenan tags out Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton in the second inning Monday, April 8, 2024, at Penn Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford softball team hopes to follow in footsteps of 2019 state champs
Penn-Trafford senior catcher Mack Keenan remembers watching the team bus follow a fire truck escort back to Harrison City in 2019 after the Lady Warriors softball team won the PIAA championship.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger tags out Seneca Valley’s Emry Rice on a steal attempt during the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game Friday at Lilley Field.
Season turns out unforgettable for Bailey Snowberger, Norwin softball team
June 1, 2024
Leadoff hitter Bailey Snowberger doubled to open the WPIAL 6A softball championship Friday at Cal (Pa.).

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Latrobe’s Mya McHugh scoops up a ball against Penn-Trafford during the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Tuesday at Gateway High School.
Return to state playoffs a learning experience for Latrobe softball
There were a lot of empty seats on the Latrobe softball team bus Tuesday after the Wildcats lost to Penn-Trafford in the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game at Gateway.

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Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer (11) drives to the hoop during a game against Greensburg Salem on Dec. 5, 2023 at Southmoreland.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Southmoreland star picks Pitt-Greensburg
Ty Keffer has been a dynamic, three-sport athlete at Southmoreland.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko drives in the go-ahead run against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Monday, May 13, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Westmoreland County high school athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko, Hempfield’s Peyton Murray
Cam Ponko

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Norwin notebook: Lacrosse players earn all-section honors
A number of Westmoreland County players were selected for the WPIAL all-section girls lacrosse teams.

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“Yes, we butt heads,” Ligonier Valley catcher Sydnee Foust said of pitcher Cheyenne Piper. “But we keep each other focused.”
Battery mates Cheyenne Piper, Sydnee Foust to lead Ligonier Valley into PIAA 3A playoffs
May 31, 2024
Softball pitchers get all of the credit when they throw no-hitters, while their catchers humbly remove their masks and pads and wander off into obscurity.

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Seneca Valley celebrates with the trophy after beating Norwin in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game Friday at Lilley Field.
Seneca Valley fights off Norwin upset bid to win 4th WPIAL softball championship
CALIFORNIA — Caught in the throes of a surprising three-run deficit against the underdog of these playoffs, Seneca Valley sprang to life late and reprised its role as the top dog in WPIAL 6A softball.

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Norwin pitcher Brookelyn Kotch delivers against Pine-Richland during their WPIAL Class 6A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Norwin uses additional day to prepare for WPIAL Class 6A softball title game
May 30, 2024
As some dust kicked up from a light breeze, Norwin softball coach Brian Mesich sent a pop fly to shallow center field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko tags out Latrobe’s Corrine Wright during the WPIAL Class 5A third-place game Tuesday at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford regroups, defeats rival Latrobe in Class 5A 3rd-place game
May 28, 2024
While the pressure was far from what Penn-Trafford felt in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals, the desire to play well in the third-place game and build momentum for a state playoff run was high on the Warriors’ priority list.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper celebrates her two-run double against Avonworth during the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Tuesday at Gateway.
Ligonier Valley bounces back with Cheyenne Piper shutout in 3rd-place game vs. Avonworth
With the state playoffs coming up, Mark Zimmerman had his Ligonier Valley softball team practice over the Memorial Day weekend.

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“I think we can win it if we keep the same mindset we’ve had,” Norwin senior pitcher Brookelyn Kotch said.
Norwin not backing down against Lexie Hames, Seneca Valley in WPIAL 6A softball finals
Norwin did not fear Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A softball semifinals, and the Knights claim they will not back down from star pitcher Lexie Hames in the championship, either.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Williams high-fives coach Bobby Saddler after the Panthers defeated Connellsville in their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game May 15.
WPIAL Class 5A baseball consolation game capsule: Franklin Regional vs. West Allegheny
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Seneca Valley’s Olivia Herrem rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Shaler on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Shaler.
2024 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Norwin vs. Seneca Valley
2024 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship

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Ligonier Valley’s Zoe Plummer tracks down a ball hit by Ellwood City’s Ellie Kalantzis during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game May 16.
WPIAL third-place game playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, May 28, 2024
May 27, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Norwin’s Josey Michalski rounds the bases after hitting a 2-run homer against Hempfield during the first inning of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal. The Knights face Seneca Valley in the final Wednesday.
Seniors on Norwin softball team vow not to back down from Seneca Valley in WPIAL final
Norwin has only three seniors, but they weren’t ready to turn in their softball uniforms before they donned their caps and gowns.

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Results, top scorers, MVPs from the Roundball Classic
Results and top scorers from the 20th Roundball Classic all-star basketball games held over the weekend at North Allegheny:

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Norwin senior pitcher Brookelyn Kotch
Westmoreland high school athlete of the week: Norwin’s Brookelyn Kotch and Penn-Trafford’s Brandon Roher
May 25, 2024
Brookelyn Kotch

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Penn-Trafford first baseman Erin Drotos celebrates after getting a double play against Bethel Park during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game May 13.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Softball all-star game in the works
An all-star game for the top senior softball players in the WPIAL is in the works.

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                                Norwin grad Declan O’Brien had a record-breaking career as a receiver at Allegheny.
After prolific career at Allegheny, former Norwin receiver moving up to Division I FCS level
Record-breaking wide receiver Declan O’Brien isn’t done catching passes yet.

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Paul Schofield | TribLive
                                “It’s been amazing. I never thought it would turn out like this,” Norwin’s Luke Denny said.
Norwin notebook: Football standout earns ‘surprise’ track gold
Norwin senior Luke Denny was a threat in the Knights’ football offense not only because he could catch passes, but also for what he could do after he caught them.

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                                New Franklin Regional hockey coach Brian Bearley with his son Damian
New coach plans to carry on ‘winning mentality’ with Franklin Regional hockey
Brian Bearley understands the assignment.

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Norwin’s Josey Michalski rounds the bases after hitting a 2-run home run against Hempfield during the first inning of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Gateway.
Norwin stuns defending champion Hempfield in Class 6A softball semifinals
May 22, 2024
To Norwin, the signs were there.

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South Park’s Sydney Sekely pitches against Ligonier Valley during a WPIAL Class 3A softball semifinal Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Penn-Trafford High School.
South Park’s Sydney Sekely throws perfect game to win duel with Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper
May 21, 2024
Make it four consecutive no-hitters for Ligonier Valley. Only the fourth one belongs to the other team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cam Ponko celebrates with pitcher Allyson Paulone after defeating Bethel Park in their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on May 13.
Westmoreland County WPIAL softball playoff capsules for Wednesday, May 22, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Highlands on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at Highlands.
20 years later, Roundball Classic continues to evolve
It’s a banner year for the Roundball Classic and Allen Deep couldn’t be more grateful.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger slides safely into second base under Hempfield’s Allie Cervola last season.
Norwin softball grateful for another shot at powerhouse Hempfield
To have another chance — that is all Bailey Snowberger could ask for.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Septak rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Gateway.
Westmoreland County WPIAL baseball playoff capsule for Tuesday, May 21, 2024
May 20, 2024
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Montour pitcher Maddox Tarquinio pumps his fist after defeating Latrobe in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday.
Montour bounces back from rough 1st inning to top Latrobe in wild 4A quarterfinal
When things went sideways for Montour in what would become an excruciatingly long first inning, coach Bob Janeda didn’t fret.

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Penn-Trafford’s Erin Drotos connects during the sixth inning against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 5A game on May 13.
H.S. softball notebook: Section 2-5A teams representing in WPIALs
Section 2-5A, it’s your time to flex.

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Ligonier Valley starting pitcher Cheyenne Piper delivers against Ellwood City during the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Thursday at Plum.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 21, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Penn-Trafford’s Chuck Fontana celebrates his RBI triple against Moon during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Section 1-5A provides intrigue
May 19, 2024
Section 1-5A was an anomaly.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lorryn Sepe celebrates after the Warriors scored the go-ahead run against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Monday, May 13, 2024, at West Mifflin.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Softball tripleheader on tap at Gateway
May 18, 2024
Local softball fans will get a treat Wednesday if they make a trip to Monroeville. There will be a playoff tripleheader at Gateway.

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Norwins’ Bailey Snowberger hits a home run against Hempfield last season.
Norwin notebook: Baseball, softball players earn all-section honors
The Big 5/6 Conference, which covers the top two classifications in WPIAL sports, released its all-section softball and baseball teams.

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                                Mike Feorene coaches Franklin Regional’s girls volleyball team in 2019.
Coach ready to build Franklin Regional boys volleyball program from ground up
It looks like Franklin Regional found the perfect man for the job.

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Pittsburgh Steelers newly signed quarterback Russell Wilson speaks with reporters during an NFL news conference March 15, 2024, in Pittsburgh. Wilson will be a guest speaker Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at RIZE Sports in Leetsdale.
Steelers QB Russell Wilson to speak at Rising Stars underclassmen basketball practice
May 17, 2024
New Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Russell Wilson will be a guest speaker for a large group of boys underclassmen basketball players Tuesday at RIZE Sports in Leetsdale.

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Ligonier Valley celebrates with starting pitcher Chyenne Piper after beating Ellwood City, 1-0, during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Thursday at Plum High School.
Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper throws 3rd straight no-hitter in quarterfinals vs. Ellwood City
May 16, 2024
She had just thrown her third straight no-hitter — the second in a row in the WPIAL playoffs — and Ligonier Valley senior Cheyenne Piper was just as dumbfounded as her opponents.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chuck Fontana celebrates his RBI triple against Moon during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Penn-Trafford overcomes early Moon homers to advance into Class 5A quarterfinals
May 15, 2024
Penn-Trafford couldn’t break a tie in a tight, four-team Section 1-5A race for first place.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Blake Bertucci celebrates after getting the final out of the sixth inning against Connellsville.
Clutch pitching key for Franklin Regional in 1st-round win over Connellsville
Connellsville had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the seventh inning, and Franklin Regional pitcher Blake Bertucci quickly fell behind in the count to Matt Firestone. Three balls and no strikes.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Chyenne Piper delivers during her no-hitter against Keystone Oaks in their WPIAL Class 2A playoff on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Gateway.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Piper sizzles for Ligonier Valley softball
Even in the playoffs, teams are paying the Piper.

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Jeannette’s Raylyn Gallik scores behind Northgate’s Sa’Niyah Wilson during WPIAL Class A softball first round action Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at West Mifflin High School.
Westmoreland softball playoff preview capsules: Games for May 16, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Leachalk throws out Central Valley’s Hannah Moskal during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round softball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at West Mifflin High School.
Well-prepared Central Valley knocks Mt. Pleasant out of WPIAL softball playoffs
May 14, 2024
Like most games, Central Valley softball players knew the assignment.

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Jeannette’s Mackenzie Lewis tags out Northgate’s Kaylee Beerhalter during their WPIAL Class A first-round game.
Jeannette softball advances past Northgate even without the benefit of a hit
No hits, no problem.

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Pitcher Kayla Williams will lead Latrobe against West Allegheny on Wednesday.
Westmoreland softball playoff preview capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Class 6A

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Shaler celebrates with Alyssa Schaffold after a walk-off hit to beat Franklin Regional in WPIAL first-round action Monday.
Shaler scores walk-off win over Franklin Regional in WPIAL Class 5A 1st round
May 13, 2024
With one swing and a sharp ping to center, trepidation turned to triumph for Alyssa Schaffold.

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Grace Stein and her Jeannette teammates will play Northgate in the WPIAL playoffs Tuesday.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 14, 2024
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton was 4 for 4 against Penn Trafford on April 22, 2024, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland high school softball playoff preview capsules for May 13, 2024
May 12, 2024
WPIAL playoffs

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby puts a hit on Jeannette’s Kymon’e Brown in the second quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at McKee Stadium.
Westmoreland high school sports notebook: GCC’s Crosby gets Buffalo’s attention
Samir Crosby has his third Division I scholarship offer for football.

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Southmoreland’s Makayla Etling went 4 for 4 with seven RBIs in Friday’s 12-2 win over Yough in five innings.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Makayla Etling, Franklin Regional’s Max Bernadowski
May 11, 2024
Makayla Etling

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Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore looks to drive past South Allegheny defenders during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round game Feb. 16.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon junior officially a ‘Rising Star’
One of the WPIAL’s most prolific scorers over the past couple of years will be part of Roundball Classic history.

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The Neighborhood Academy’s Courtney Wallace scores against Imani Christian during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Feb. 29, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Roundball Classic’s Rising Stars game to feature some of area’s top juniors, sophomores
May 10, 2024
For the first time officially, the annual Roundball Classic all-star basketball event will feature multiple underclassmen games for juniors and sophomores.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison talks with Peyton Heisler during an at-bat against Seneca Valley on May 1.
Hempfield softball ‘proud’ to receive No. 1 seed as WPIAL releases brackets
May 9, 2024
Hempfield has won eight WPIAL softball championships.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Levi Hixson slides into home against Yough on April 23.
Mt. Pleasant baseball roars into playoffs on 9-game winning streak
As a winning streak began to stretch out like salt water taffy from a preseason trip to Myrtle Beach, Mt. Pleasant baseball coach Chris Firmstone became less surprised.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers against Seneca Valley on May 1.
Hempfield, Seneca Valley softball teams downplay importance of No. 1 seed for WPIALs
May 8, 2024
Neither coach seemed too concerned about it, but they also did not discount the value of getting the top seed.

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Yough coach Jim Nesser (right) resigned after six seasons.
After 41 years in coaching, Jim Nesser steps down at Yough
Though he has won section, WPIAL and PIAA boys basketball championships, Jim Nesser is quick to point out he also has guided teams through rough patches, covering both ends of the spectrum in a coaching career that spans four decades.

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Greensburg Salem’s Logan Dunkerley gets caught in a rundown by Yough’s Samuel Smalich on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Yough High School.
Despite squandering many chances, Greensburg Salem baseball holds on for win over Yough, clinches playoff spot
May 6, 2024
Greensburg Salem felt it could have done more with its 15 hits and slew of opportunities on the base paths.

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Belle Vernon’s Sienna Steeber is a nominee for the 2024 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award, sponsored by Judge Michael Stewart.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Sienna Steeber, Norwin’s Nicholas Puskar
May 4, 2024
Sienna Steeber

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher heads the ball against Seneca Valley during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal last season.
Norwin soccer standout Owen Christopher makes dream come true with Pitt commitment
Owen Christopher had college soccer interest from a number of schools at multiple levels.

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Belle Vernon junior cross country runner Tessa Rodriguez
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon runner picks Robert Morris
Tessa Rodriguez was over the Moon when she visited Robert Morris.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Davis edges Norwin’s Melani Schmidt in the girls 100m during the WCCA Track and Field championships April 25.
Norwin notebook: Knights clean up at county meet
Two team titles. A three-time winner. Five individual champions.

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Southmoreland’s Makayla Etling went 4 for 4 with seven RBIs in Friday’s 12-2 win over Yough in five innings.
Makayla Etling’s hot bat powers Southmoreland past Yough
May 3, 2024
If teams continue to pitch inside to Makayla Etling, they are probably going to continue to pay the price.

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Hempfield’s Adam Hess celebrates after his walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Norwin on Thursday.
Hempfield wins sloppy game vs. Norwin with walk-off single
May 2, 2024
A cloud of dust settling around him after an exciting finish on his home baseball diamond, Adam Hess was preparing to rake the pitcher’s mound when he was called over for an interview.

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Norwin head coach Craig Spisak watches from the dugout during a game at North Allegheny earlier this season.
Norwin baseball team rides up-and-down regular season into playoffs
A three-game losing streak — the product of a Section 2-6A sweep by Mt. Lebanon — stung in the short term, but it did not deter Norwin baseball from its long-range goals.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Connor Drzal delivers a pitch to Yough on April 23.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Mt. Pleasant vaults into 1st place
Mt. Pleasant lost its first three games of the season while playing at the Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Hempfield’s Allie Cervola celebrates her RBI double against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at Hempfield.
Hempfield softball team dominates No. 1 Seneca Valley
May 1, 2024
Hempfield went from the wrong end of a no-hitter to the right end of a no-doubter.

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Hempfield pitcher Julia Varhola delivers against Seneca Valley on April 10.
Westmoreland County high school softball notebook: Hempfield has pair of aces
Hempfield softball has a number of talented hitters. In fact, 1 though 9 in the batting order can connect at any time.

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Franklin Regional’s Ciara Camacho hits an RBI double against Penn-Trafford earlier this season.
Franklin Regional softball gets locked in late in season
As he watched the WPIAL softball regular season wind into its final two weeks, Jim Armstrong saw a change in his team.

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Frazier’s Emilia Bednar went 4 for 4 with two RBIs for Frazier in a 5-4 win over Jeannette on Monday, April 29, 2024.
Frazier outlasts Jeannette in extra innings in battle of softball section unbeatens
April 29, 2024
Emilia Bednar wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped to the plate in the top of the eighth inning Monday in a battle of unbeaten softball teams at Jeannette.

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Norwin junior Melani Schmidt
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Norwin’s Melani Schmidt, Latrobe’s Dom Cararini
April 27, 2024
Melani Schmidt

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Dave Snowberger (center) receives the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Lifesaver Award from State Representative Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson.
Norwin notebook: Trainer honored for life-saving efforts
While he sees it as “just doing his job,” others saw what Dave Snowberger did as a superhuman act.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell drives past Latrobe’s Max Butler on Jan. 9.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Franklin Regional star picks Washington & Jefferson
After a season to remember, Franklin Regional senior basketball player Cam Rowell made his college decision.

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Norwin baseball players Keegan Carr (left) and Nate Silberman each had two hits in Thursday’s 8-4 victory over Central Catholic.
Norwin completes much-needed sweep of Central Catholic
April 25, 2024
In an 8-4 victory over Central Catholic that gave Norwin its first three-game Section 2-6A sweep of the WPIAL baseball season, Nate Silberman may have epitomized the Knights’ push for a playoff spot, maybe even their identity, with one swing of the bat and a mad dash around the bases.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Brandon Roher delivers during the first inning against Fox Chapel on March 27.
Everything clicking for Penn-Trafford baseball on 9-game winning streak
When Lou Cortazzo decided he wanted the interim tag removed from his name and officially became the coach of the Penn-Trafford baseball team, everything started to click.

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Belle Vernon pitcher Colton Lee
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Belle Vernon ace has been ‘lights out’
When senior Colton Lee pitches, Belle Vernon baseball fans show up to watch.

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Lauren Howard, Riley Miller and their Hempfield teammates outscored their four opponents 42-0 last week.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Hempfield comes back strong
April 24, 2024
Hempfield put together quite a four-game stretch last week — a positive and productive answer to its first loss of the season.

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Franklin Regional and Latrobe coaches and players meet with umpires before Wednesday’s softball game in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional fends off Latrobe in section slugfest
Franklin Regional measured up in its latest softball victory.

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Ligonier Valley starting pitcher Cheyenne Piper throws against Hopewell during 3A WPIAL softball playoff action Tuesday May 16, 2023 at Plum High School.
With ace Cheyenne Piper putting up zeroes, Ligonier Valley jumps back into contention
Section 3-3A softball coaches are wary of the movement on Cheyenne Piper’s pitches.

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Hempfield’s Keiran Lippmann makes a running catch on a ball hit by Mt. Lebanon’s Sawyer Klasnic in the fifth inning Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Hempfield Area High School.
Mt. Lebanon alone in 1st place after wild, sloppy win over Hempfield
April 23, 2024
It was a long day at the ball yard for Mt. Lebanon and Hempfield as the middle game of their Section 2-6A series flirted with dusk.

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Penn-Trafford Giuliana Youngo is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Penn-Trafford holds on for tight victory over Franklin Regional
April 22, 2024
No matter how up or down the Penn-Trafford softball team is each year — usually up — it has a tendency to play tight games at Franklin Regional.

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Southmoreland senior Amarah McCutcheon
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon and Penn-Trafford’s Matt Sarnowski
April 20, 2024
Amarah McCutcheon

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<strong>Jeannette senior soccer player Jordan Taylor</strong>
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Jeannette soccer star picks college
Jeannette soccer star Jordan Taylor will take his goal-scoring prowess to the NCAA Division II level.

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Norwin pole vaulter Nick Puskar celebrates with a teammate after clearing a personal best 12 feet in a WPIAL Class 3A semifinals May 4 at Norwin.
Norwin notebook: Track team swarms medal stand
Norwin had a number of athletes competing at the Tri-State Coaches Association Championships at West Mifflin.

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Bill Beckner Jr. | TribLive
                                “It means a lot to me to be able to make a team like this,” he said. “Not only for myself, but for what it says about my family roots. Knowing that my family still lives in the country that I have a chance to play for makes me proud,” Norwin senior lacrosse player Griffin Bartos said.
Norwin lacrosse standout earns spot on Hungarian national team
It is a chance to play the game he loves on a national stage and, at the same time, pay his respects to genealogy.

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Bats heat up for Greensburg Central Catholic in win over Jeannette
April 19, 2024
For a team that struck out 19 times against Brentwood earlier this week, Greensburg Central Catholic looked pretty confident at the plate when it finally got to play rival Jeannette after multiple postponements.

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Draft prospect David Shields shows stuff to MLB scouts in win over Norwin
April 18, 2024
More than a dozen pro scouts crammed together above the brick backstop at Norwin and raised their radar guns in tandem each time Mt. Lebanon’s David Shields kicked up his leg to throw a pitch.

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Latrobe baseball takes team-first mentality to heart
The team concept in sports is often overstated and cliche, trendy at times and even hyperbolic.

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Jeannette pitcher Michael Mason delivers a pitch against Apollo-Ridge last season.
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Jeannette took its lumps the last three seasons, which meant the Jayhawks were due to dish out some payback.

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Serra Catholic softball players cheer on the team Wednesday at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Serra Catholic overpowers Greensburg Central Catholic in Section 2-2A softball
April 17, 2024
Kelly Morrisey has been looking to contribute more to the Serra Catholic softball batting order, but the sophomore said she fell into a lull of late.

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Grace Stein acknowledges she had a freshman season to remember for Jeannette softball. She wears a badge of pride.

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Westmoreland County softball notebook: Sister act aids area teams
It’s been a sister act this season for several county softball teams.

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Fox Chapel baseball players and coaches meet in the outfield after Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Franklin Regional at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Fox Chapel comes back from brink of defeat, with some help, to defeat Franklin Regional
April 16, 2024
Everything was going right for Franklin Regional. Until it wasn’t.

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Hempfield softball rebounds in big way vs. Norwin
April 15, 2024
The bounceback was better than the fallback.

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New Mt. Pleasant athletic director saw something special in district
April 14, 2024
Coaching college football the last decade has taken James “J.J.” Eckels up and down the recruiting trail. Over rivers and through woods just to get that nibble on the line from a potential commit.

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Penn-Trafford running back Devin Austin will be inducted into the Warriors’ football hall of fame this fall.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford football to honor newest hall of fame class
April 13, 2024
Penn-Trafford football announced its 2024 hall of fame class, which will be honored in the fall.

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Hempfield’s Grace Iwig takes second in the girls high jump during the Lady Spartan Wild Cat Invitational Friday April 14, 2023 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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Norwin’s Nick Puskaric scores against Penn Hills on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024, at Norwin.
After taste of success, Norwin volleyball wants more
After reaching the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals last spring, the Norwin boys volleyball team has a taste of playoff success.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell and Cooper Rankin were selected to play in the Roundball Classic at North Allegheny.
Franklin Regional notebook: Kegerreis brothers find college baseball landing spots
Franklin Regional’s Kegerreis brothers made a lasting impression when they played for the Panthers.

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                                Norwin’s Chase Kranitz controls Gettysburg’s Jacob Cherry at the 2022 PIAA tournament.
Norwin notebook: Former Knights standout picks Pitt wrestling
Pitt it it for Chase Kranitz.

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Stacked lineup has confidence soaring for Greensburg Central Catholic baseball
April 11, 2024
Practice ends on a pleasant afternoon, and Greensburg Central Catholic sophomores Ian Shipley, Anthony Grippo and Tyler Samide begin to play with an unwound baseball, its spider web-like strings flowing in the breeze while seeming to stretch from home plate to the fence.

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Last week’s bout of rainy weather shined a spotlight on fields that are fully covered with artificial turf.

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Southmoreland softball players and coaches gather after Wedneday’s 4-3 victory over visiting Yough.
Southmoreland softball stays unbeaten, tops Yough
April 10, 2024
Yough kept Amarah McCutcheon’s bat quiet, which was an impressive accomplishment.

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Penn-Trafford coach Dennis Little celebrates with Cam Ponko after her grand slam against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Westmoreland County high school softball notebook: Penn-Trafford serves notice
With one result, Penn-Trafford put Class 5A on notice.

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Belle Vernon celebrates beating Montour in the 2023 WPIAL Class 4A championship game.
Belle Vernon softball still fighting after injury to top pitcher
Belle Vernon didn’t jump into panic mode when ace pitcher Talia Ross was injured, instead pausing first to let the moment breathe.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray wins the boys discus at the 2023 WPIAL Class 3A track and field championships.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield’s Peyton Murray already breaking records
April 9, 2024
The track and field season is young, but Peyton Murray has the look of a seasoned veteran.

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Norwin’s Keegan Carr tags out North Allegheny’s Mason Smith at second base March 28.
Norwin notebook: Senior wins prestigious caddy scholarship
April 7, 2024
Norwin senior Abigail Boyer was one of this year’s winners of the annual Chick Evans Scholarship, awarded to deserving caddies in the region.

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                                Norwin pole vaulter Nick Puskar clears 12 feet at the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A team semifinals.
Norwin track teams ready to take on tough section competition
April 6, 2024
After a solid turnout during the indoor season, Norwin track and field is primed to carry the momentum into the spring.

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Norwin senior Abigail Boyer
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Norwin senior Abigail Boyer wants to major in fashion design.

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Belle Vernon senior Ross ruptures Achilles in freak accident
April 4, 2024
Belle Vernon standout softball pitcher Talia Ross suffered a freak injury during practice Wednesday and could miss the rest of the season.

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Hempfield head coach Tim Buzzard talks with Max Short during their game against Central Catholic on Wednesday.
Buzzworthy Hempfield baseball team flashing signs of being contender
With a coach whose nickname is “Buzz,” the Hempfield baseball team is beginning to generate some of it in the WPIAL’s largest classification.

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Franklin Regional’s Blake Bertucci makes a running catch on a ball hit by Latrobe’s Vinny Amatucci during a 2022 game.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Franklin Regional senior dedicates season to brother battling cancer
Truth be told, Blake Bertucci would love to be pitching to his brother, Luca.

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James "J.J." Eckels
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April 3, 2024
Mt. Pleasant hired James “J.J.” Eckels on Wednesday night to be the district’s full-time athletic director.

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Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon (left) gets a force out on Waynesburg’s Taylor Sibert during last season’s WPIAL playoffs.
Hot start no surprise for Southmoreland softball team, which has big expectations
When he heard one of his games was moved because of a schedule change related to Monday’s solar eclipse, Todd Bunner was surprised.

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Greensburg Central Catholic softball coach Chelsey Frock
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First-year coach Chelsey Frock will tell you what it’s like to lead the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team on the field, just as soon as the Centurions play a game.

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Franklin Regional players celebrate a goal in a 2021 playoff game.
Franklin Regional hockey coach disappointed after being ousted
John Winebrenner holds no ill will toward the Franklin Regional Hockey Club board, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with its decision to open his position.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell dunks over Moon defenders during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal on Monday, Mar. 18, 2024, at Peters Twp.
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March 30, 2024
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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with teammates after defeating North Allegheny in the Class 6A final on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
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Norwin’s Ava Kobus grabs a loose ball between Chartiers Valley’s Lilah Turnbull (left) and Ava Shazer during a PIAA Class 5A second-round game March 12.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Curtain call for Norwin stars
The Norwin girls will get the band back together for one last performance.

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Southmoreland pitcher Maddie Brown
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Jackson Huss went 2 for 3 and drove in four runs to pace the Norwin baseball team to a 9-4 victory on the road at Pine-Richland.

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New Norwin girls soccer coach Ashley DeVito
New coach brings energy, ‘tough love’ to Norwin girls soccer program
If there is one promise Ashley DeVito can make to her new Norwin girls soccer players, it is this:

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No. 1 Hempfield fends off challenge from hard-hitting Penn-Trafford
March 28, 2024
With the scoreboard on the fritz, a temporary display panel was used Thursday at Hempfield’s Robert D. Kalp Field.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings drives to the basket over Archbishop Carroll’s Luca Foster during the the PIAA Class 4A state championship game on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Rosters revealed for Roundball Classic all-star games
Rosters are out for the annual Roundball Classic basketball games, set for May 22-26 at North Allegheny.

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Derry’s Sophia Mazzoni takes second in the girls javelin during the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships last year.
In 1st meet of season, Derry junior fires off state’s best javelin throw
After winning a WPIAL Class 2A championship and finishing second in the state last year in the javelin, Derry junior Sophia Mazzoni brought high expectations into this track and field season.

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Latrobe coach Matt Basciano watches from the third base box during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Hopewell last season.
Westmoreland County high school baseball notebook: Latrobe heads west for opener
Tradition never graduates, as the saying goes.

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Penn-Trafford’s Hunter Brown hoists Eric Biroscak into the air after Biroscak drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Fox Chapel Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2024, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford baseball avenges tight loss to Fox Chapel by walking it off in rematch
March 27, 2024
One walk-off win deserves another.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller smiles after getting a strikeout against North Allegheny on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Hempfield.
Westmoreland softball notes: Hempfield receives championship rings
Last season had a nice ring to it for Hempfield.

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Hempfield’s Allie Cervola celebrates as she rounds the bases after hitting a lead-off home run against North Allegheny during their game on Monday.
Hempfield softball starts fast with season-opening shutout of North Allegheny
March 25, 2024
Like a bear just out of hibernation, the Hempfield softball team took a big yawn, stretched out its limbs and delivered a shutout in its season opener.

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Latrobe senior softball player Kayla Williams
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March 23, 2024
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Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel scores on a reception against Aliquippa during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal in November.
Westmoreland high school notebook: More Division I offers for Latrobe’s Wetzel
The number of Division I colleges interested in adding John Wetzel to their defensive backfield keeps growing.

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Imhotep Charter head coach Andre Noble talks with Franklin Regional head coach Jesse Reed after the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Mar. 22, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Franklin Regional players hold heads high despite loss in PIAA title game
HERSHEY — Fin Hutchison was the last basketball player from Franklin Regional to leave Giant Center on Friday night.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger leaps over North Allegheny’s Meghan McDonough as McDonough steals second base last season.
Led by senior shortstop, scrappy Norwin softball team ready for season
When she is finished dealing assists and taking charges on the basketball court — fully healed nose or not — Bailey Snowberger will rejoin the Norwin softball team.

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                                Norwin’s Keegan Carr reaches out to tag Hempfield’s Ethan Minerva last season.
Norwin baseball in good position despite having ‘big shoes to fill’
Second-year Norwin baseball coach Craig Spisak admits there are still new things that he is learning while coaching a much larger program at the Class 6A level.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Ciara Camacho smacks a hit against Latrobe last season.
Franklin Regional softball sluggers back for more in ’24
Get your warning tracks ready. Franklin Regional is back for more.

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Imhotep Charter’s Ahmad Nowell blocks a shot by Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Friday, Mar. 22, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Imhotep Charter finally puts away pesky Franklin Regional to win 10th PIAA basketball title
March 22, 2024
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional and Imhotep Charter are 300 miles apart, on opposite ends of the state.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin scores against Moon’s Carter Tumulty during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal on Monday.
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March 21, 2024
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Steve Scorpion coaches Franklin Regional in 2019.
Westmoreland County high school basketball notebook: Former coach says don’t count out Franklin Regional
Steve Scorpion probably would not advise anybody to bet against Franklin Regional in Friday night’s PIAA Class 5A championship game.

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Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Franklin Regional pitcher opens with no-hitter
Narayan “NJ” Ramchandran opened the baseball season by closing down Chaminade Prep.

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Belle Vernon’s Talia Ross reacts after a strikeout against Burrell in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals last season.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Belle Vernon heats up quickly
Cold weather and unplayable fields have handcuffed softball teams through the first few days of the season.

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Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchison pumps up the crowd as he exits the game during the Pathers’ PIAA Class 5A state semifinal win over Moon on Monday, Mar. 18, 2024, at Peters Twp.
Against Philly power, Franklin Regional looks to turn Chocolatetown into Upset City
Don’t expect Franklin Regional to put any extra pressure on itself Friday night in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Rutkowski (left) is stopped by Latrobe goaltender Brock Pflugh during a playoff game earlier this month.
Westmoreland high school notes: Latrobe hockey heads to West Chester
March 20, 2024
Latrobe wants to hold off uniform turn-in day a little longer.

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The 1997 Franklin Regional boys basketball team.
Franklin Regional playoff run rekindles memories of ‘perfect storm’ 1997 team
Rob Greenleaf called it a “perfect storm,” his 1997 Franklin Regional boys basketball team that made the state finals in Hershey.

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Franklin Regional head coach Jesse Reed talks with Cooper Rankin, Fin Hutchison and Connor Crossey during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game against Selinsgrove on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, at Altoona.
Franklin Regional coach Reed comes full circle with state title game vs. Imhotep Charter
March 19, 2024
Franklin Regional ripped off the band-aid from its WPIAL boys basketball championship loss to Moon and promptly avenged the defeat with a 60-43 win over the Tigers in Monday’s PIAA Class 5A semifinals.

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Kennedy Catholic’s Layke Fields scores past Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal game Monday at North Allegheny High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic runs into Kennedy Catholic roadblock in PIAA semifinals again
March 18, 2024
Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball players came up the stairs at North Allegheny to start the second half wearing their team backpacks.

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Greensburg Central Catholic hope to celebrate a victory over Kennedy Catholic the way they celebrated a victory in the WPIAL Class 2A title game.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls get long-awaited rematch with Kennedy Catholic
March 17, 2024
A red light turned to green when the buzzer sounded Friday night at Forest Hills. It finally was all right for Greensburg Central Catholic to talk about Kennedy Catholic.

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Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell (left) and Cooper Rankin (right) fight against Shaler’s Brandon London for a loose ball on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Gateway.
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Pine-Richland’s Josh Lanyard celebrates with teammates after scoring the go-ahead goal against Peters Township during their Penguins Cup Class 3A semifinal on Monday, March 11, 2024, at RMU.
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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jayla Peterson
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March 16, 2024
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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin scores past Moon’s Caden Schmidt during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
Franklin Regional prepares for grudge match with Moon at PIAAs
Just press play, Jesse.

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Jeannette’s Markus McGowan (left) attempts a shot through pressure from Fort Cherry’s Blake Sweder in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals Saturday.
Fort Cherry takes care of business vs. Jeannette, reaches PIAA semis
Emotions ran high during some tense moments Saturday in a PIAA Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinal, but Fort Cherry didn’t get caught up in the commotion.

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Greensburg Salem forward Luke Dieter (55) is hooked by Shaler forward Matt Stelitano (48) resulting in a penalty shot during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal Wednesday.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hockey teams join madness
There has been plenty of March Madness around here — on the hardwood and now, on the ice.

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Franklin Regional’s Finian Hutchinson scores on a layup over Shaler’s Joey DeSabato on Friday, March 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Franklin Regional boys sprint past Shaler and into the PIAA semifinals
March 15, 2024
If Franklin Regional isn’t sprinting up and down the floor, there is a good chance it isn’t winning basketball games.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner scores on a driving layup past Jeannette’s Markus McGowan in a PIAA Class 2A second-round game Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Norwin.
Westmoreland County high school basketball notebook: Some Roundball Classic games to be televised
High school basketball suddenly will be a part of Memorial Day weekend. And fans will be able to post up on the couch to watch the top players in the district play on TV.

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Jeannette’s Isaiah Mallich (1), Elijah Jones (4) and Jayce Powell (12) react after taking a 47-44 lead late in overtime against Greensburg Central Catholic in a PIAA Class 2A second-round game Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Norwin.
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Norwin’s Ava Christopher (30) attempts a driving layup past Seneca Valley’s Brooke Dufford (25) on Feb. 22.
Westmoreland County high school basketball notebook: Norwin facing somewhat familiar foe
March 14, 2024
Familiarity is only going to take Norwin so far Friday night in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball quarterfinals. At least that is Lady Knights coach Brian Brozeski’s take on his team’s next matchup.

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Jeannette’s Noah Sunder (left) and Kymon’e Brown (right) scramble for a loose ball against Greensburg Central Catholic.
Jeannette boys team grows up just in time for PIAA upset
Jeannette has a bright future in boys basketball. That much is clear in a talented rotation oozing with athletes and acumen.

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Bella Furno and her Norwin teammates will play Spring-Ford in the PIAA quarterfinals Friday.
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Jeannette’s Isaiah Mallich celebrates hitting a 3-pointer to break a 44-44 tie and give the Jayhawks a 47-44 lead late in overtime against Greensburg Central Catholic in a PIAA Class 2A second-round game Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at Norwin.
Jeannette shocks rival Greensburg Central Catholic in PIAA 2nd round
March 13, 2024
The anatomy of this victory started with a game plan and a belief that anything was possible.

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Hempfield sets championship goals as Westmoreland County teams open softball season
Hempfield won its eighth WPIAL softball championship last season.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger is fouled by Chartiers Valley’s Lilah Turnbull during a PIAA Class 6A second-round game Tuesday at Peters Township High School.
Norwin takes punch from Chartiers Valley, rallies to reach PIAA 6A quarterfinals
March 12, 2024
Trailing by double figures for the first time all season could have sent Norwin into a downward spiral and shut down its hopes of winning a state championship.

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Jeannette’s Kymone Brown (3) scores against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at Jeannette.
Westmoreland County baskeball notebook: Rivals Jeannette, GCC ready for another rematch
After Jeannette played at Greensburg Central Catholic late in the boys basketball regular season, Jayhawks coach Adrian Batts leaned in to the handshake line for a respectful exchange with GCC senior forward Franco Alvarez.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner drives to the basket past Northgate’s Landon Lockett during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at Gateway.
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Cara Dupilka and her Greensburg Central Catholic teammates will face West Middlesex in the PIAA second round Tuesday.
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Max Rutkowski and his Franklin Regional teammates will face Thomas Jefferson in the PIHL Penguins Cup semifinals Tuesday.
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Norwin coach Brian Brozeski urges the team on against York during PIAA Class 6A first-round action Friday.
Westmoreland County high school basketball notebook: Coach brings concepts from Penn State football to Norwin girls team
Brian Brozeski remembers the guidance he received from more established teammates when he made the Penn State football team in the mid-1990s.

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Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez has a career record of 303-143 with five WPIAL championships.
Westmoreland notebook: Mid Mon Valley hall of fame selects newest class
March 10, 2024
Longtime Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez, former Monessen football standout Joe Como and late Belle Vernon administrator Steve Russell are part of the 29th Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame class.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball players warm up before Saturday’s home PIAA playoff game against Windber.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys assert themselves in PIAA win
March 9, 2024
Tyree Turner dribbled into the open court with nothing between himself and the rim but gravity.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King stands atop the 100-yard freestyle podium during the WPIAL Class 2A swimming championships Friday, March 1, 2024, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
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Norwin’s Josephine Dollman (top) wrestles Peters Township’s Grace O’Korn in the 142-pound championship match of the PIAA Girls’ West Regional on March 2 at Canon-McMillan.
Norwin notebook: Girls wrestling team crowns 2 regional champs
The Norwin girls wrestling team had two champions at the PIAA Western Regional championship at Canon-McMillan and advanced four to the PIAA championships set for March 7-9 at Giant Center in Hershey.

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Norwin’s Aaron Varrati (58) celebrates with Cal Costantino after scoring during the third period against Fox Chapel in a PIHL Class 2A playoff game March 4 at Palmer Imaging Arena.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Stakes high when Norwin, Penn-Trafford hockey teams meet
Norwin and Penn-Trafford are longtime rivals in a number of sports and have stood nose-to-nose on many fields and courts.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio rips the ball away from York’s Ciarra Gibbs during their PIAA Class 6A first-round game Friday at Norwin.
WPIAL champion Norwin girls run away from York William Penn in PIAA opener
March 8, 2024
After getting knocked to the floor early, Lauren Palangio quickly dusted herself off and jumped back into character.

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Derry Area freshman Stanley Rajkovich battles Burrell’s Macky Bennis for the ball Jan. 26.
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Joe McGinn has been an assistant coach with the Franklin Regional boys basketball program for three decades.
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March 7, 2024
It’s the first practice after a relaxing weekend, and Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski is lowering the hoops around the gymnasium at “The Castle.”

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game March 1.
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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell celebrates with Cooper Rankin after scoring against Shaler on Jan. 19.
Franklin Regional, Greensburg Central Catholic duos seek redemption in state playoffs
March 6, 2024
A fast break for Franklin Regional can move like a five-lane highway. And it’s usually Cam Rowell or Cooper Rankin finishing at the rim.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan shoots a 3-pointer against Serra Catholic during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thurday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt.
No surprises for battle-tested Norwin, Greensburg Central Catholic girls in state playoffs
March 5, 2024
The long bus rides. The offbeat gymnasiums. The unfamiliar opponents and schools no one has ever heard of.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell scores against Moon during the second half of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Westmoreland high school notebook: PIAA basketball playoff pairings, schedule set
March 3, 2024
The PIAA basketball playoffs will begin this weekend.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger celebrates scoring against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week for the week ending March 3, 2024: Kendall Berger and David Mutter
March 2, 2024
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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio celebrates as time expires against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Friday at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL champion Norwin girls ‘refused to be outworked’ on title run
Songs, desserts, family.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble drives past Serra Catholic’s Caitlyn Cooley during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thurday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: 9 county basketball teams in PIAA field
The PIAA basketball playoff field is set.

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Norwin senior Nate Campbell accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy, where he will continue his wrestling career. “I chose Navy because it gives me the best opportunity to be successful in life, as well as a top-notch wrestling culture,” he said.
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Disciplined lifestyle leads Norwin senior to Navy wrestling team
The military lifestyle appears to suit Nate Campbell.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchison (11) goes to the hoop against Shaler’s Kaden Orga during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Feb. 26 at Mt. Lebanon.
Defense made difference for Franklin Regional in run to WPIAL finals
Franklin Regional boys basketball coach Jesse Reed played in a lot of high-stakes games in his career.

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Aliquippa’s Josh Pratt holds his gold medal after scoring 33 points against Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Saturday at Petersen Events Center.
Aliquippa dominates Greensburg Central Catholic to win record-tying 14th WPIAL title
The term competitive balance has grown attached to Aliquippa in football.

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The Norwin girls basketball team celebrates after defeating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Norwin topples North Allegheny to capture 3rd WPIAL girls basketball championship
March 1, 2024
Sweets to the sweet.

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Aliquippa’s Quentin Goode drives to the basket against Central Catholic’s Payton Wehner during their game on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at Aliquippa.
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Greensburg Central Catholic players celebrate next to head coach Chris Skatell late in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic on Thurday, Feb. 29, 2024, at Pitt.
WPIAL title worth the wait for Greensburg Central Catholic girls
WPIAL champion Greensburg Central Catholic had concerns it might not be sharp for the district final after sitting idle for four days following a semifinal win.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players celebrate as time expires in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic on Thurday at Pitt.
Erica Gribble sparks Greensburg Central Catholic past Serra Catholic for 6th WPIAL title
February 29, 2024
Erica Gribble had played on the court at Petersen Events Center only one time before, as an innocent third grader.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio prepares for the opening tip-off against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
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Moon’s Elijah Guillory celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Monday, Feb. 26, 2024.
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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brady O’Rourke celebrates with Tyree Turner after Turner scored against Northgate during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Tuesday.
After semifinal celebration for the ages, Greensburg Central Catholic eyes program’s 1st WPIAL title
Water splashed around the locker room and puddled on the floor at Gateway on Tuesday night as Christian Hyland walked into a dousing after a semifinal victory over Northgate.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin scores on a driving layup against Gateway on Feb. 22.
For WPIAL finals-bound Franklin Regional, it’s always basketball season
Franklin Regional specializes in basketball. Maybe that best explains why the Panthers will play for their first WPIAL boys basketball championship Friday night at Petersen Events Center.

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Ellwood City senior Joe Roth scored 21 points to lead the Wolverines past Yough in the WPIAL 3A seventh-place game.
Ellwood City boys punch ticket to PIAA playoffs by eliminating Yough
February 28, 2024
In addition to being a 2,000-point scorer in his basketball career, Ellwood City senior Joe Roth is a high-level swimmer who competes for WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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Norwin’s Ava Christopher drives against North Allegheny’s Lydia Betz in January. The Knights won both regular-season games vs. the Tigers.
Norwin coach Brozeski brings big-picture perspective to title game
After he left the court to visit with his parents and family on the concourse at Peters Township’s AHN Arena on Monday night, Norwin coach Brian Brozeski was asked a question.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Cara Dupilka drives to the basket past Serra Catholic’s Niki Sfanos during a Jan. 29 game.
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Franklin Regional’s Colin Masten scores on a driving layup past Gateway’s Alec Dunsmore on Thursday.
Westmoreland County high school basketball notebook: The Pete to be packed with county teams
Five Westmoreland County teams are headed to Petersen Events Center this weekend to compete for WPIAL basketball championships. That is a county record for finalists in one year.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Christian Hyland gestures from the bench during te fourth quarter against Northgate in their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at Gateway.
Oh, baby: Hyland attends birth of daughter, then guides GCC boys to WPIAL title game
February 27, 2024
It was a hectic but incredibly rewarding Tuesday for Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball coach Christian Hyland.

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Derry’s Brady Angus drives against Neshannock’s Ashton Allison (3) during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Feb. 22.
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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble drives to the basket against Serra Catholic’s Abby Genes on Jan. 29.
Worthy challenger awaits No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL finals
Greensburg Central Catholic has won going away in the playoffs. It hasn’t been close.

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The Norwin girls basketball breaks a timeout Monday during its 63-47 victory over Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals at Peters Township.
Norwin girls find 2nd wind, top Chartiers Valley to reach WPIAL 6A final
February 26, 2024
Early on, Chartiers Valley took charges.

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Braden Riley and his Greensburg Central Catholic teammates will play Northgate in the WPIAL semifinals Tuesday.
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Mya Morgan plays for Greensburg Central Catholic and the Western PA Bruins.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: GCC’s Western PA Bruins connection
February 25, 2024
Mya Morgan can see some similarities between her Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team and the AAU Western PA Bruins.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield punter makes all-star roster
Players from Westmoreland County have been selected to the East-West football all-star games before. Quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers are not uncommon picks.

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Greensburg Salem’s Mackenzie Span drives past Highlands defenders Feb. 5. The teams meet again Monday in the WPIAL playoffs.
Westmoreland high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 26, 2024
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Franklin Regional senior Brandon Smith won the 2024 WPIBL boys singles championship Wednesday, Feb. 21 at AMF Mt. Lebanon.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Norwin’s Josephine Dollman, Franklin Regional’s Brandon Smith
February 24, 2024
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Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Erica Gribble scored her 1,000th point Saturday in the WPIAL 2A semifinals.
Sophomore Erica Gribble hits milestone as No. 1 Greensburg CC reaches WPIAL finals
She came off a curl and caught the basketball on the wing, in front of her team’s bench, and let it fly with 21.4 seconds left in the third quarter.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby scores over Washington’s DeAndre Doughty on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Yough High School.
Yough’s Terek Crosby scores 2,000th point in playoff loss to Shady Side
Standout senior guard Terek Crosby of Yough scored his 2,000th career point Saturday in a 61-47 loss to Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A consolation game at Fox Chapel.

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Plum’s Megan Marston works against Franklin Regional’s Madison DeRiggi during their game on Dec. 18 at Plum.
                                Christopher Horner | TribLive
After strong finish, Franklin Regional girls look toward promising future
A couple more games. Maybe another week of section play would have done the trick.

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Latrobe coach Ron Prady reacts during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Aliquippa last season.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: New challenge awaits Latrobe after WPIAL realignment
The fall sports landscape will look quite different next year with the WPIAL realigning teams in its latest two-year enrollment cycle.

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                                Norwin’s Octavia Walker reacts after beating Canon-McMillan’s Audrey Calgaro in the 170-pound bout during the WPIAL girls wrestling championship Feb. 17 at North Allegheny High School.
Norwin girls wrestlers shine at 1st WPIAL championship meet
In a year of firsts, Norwin doubled up.

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Gabby Viola won a national title at the 2024 USA Kickboxing Trials in Orlando, Fla.
Norwin notebook: Gabby Viola, Xander Eddy earn national kickboxing titles
Hungry for Hungary.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Franco Alvarez (40) and Sean Walker go through the handshake line Friday night after a 69-41 victory over Eden Christian in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals at Fox Chapel.
Greensburg Central Catholic rides hot shooting to WPIAL semis
February 23, 2024
With seniors Tyree Turner and Franco Alvarez seeing multiple double teams when they had the basketball in the lane, Liam Gallagher saw an opportunity to bail out his teammates and help keep a promising championship run intact.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin attempts a fadeaway jump shot through pressure from Gateway’s Alex Lowry on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at Norwin.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Franklin Regional boys continue storybook run
Jesse Reed was elated after his Franklin Regional boys flattened Gateway, 53-35, in the quarterfinals to keep their title chase on course.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Cara Dupilka drives to the basket past Serra Catholic’s Niki Sfanos during a Jan. 29 game.
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Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell (2) drills a 3-pointer over Gateway’s Alec Dunsmore (11) on Thursday.
Franklin Regional keeps rolling, beats Gateway in quarters
February 22, 2024
Cam Rowell caught the basketball on the wing, squared up and fired.

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Norwin’s Ava Kobus smiles after drilling a 3-pointer Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at Norwin High School.
Top-seeded Norwin girls sharp in playoff-opening rout of Seneca Valley
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski said his team played “challenged” basketball late in the regular season.

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Jeannette sophomore Noah Sunder drives for a layup against Sewickley Academy junior Nolan Donnelly during a WPIAL first-round playoff game.
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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Chris Skatell (center) talks to his team during a timeout on Wednesday night at Chartiers Valley.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls use defense to beat Rochester, move into 2A semifinals
February 21, 2024
Rochester players tried repeatedly to drive the lane against Greensburg Central Catholic, but the Rams were met with constant resistance. A block here, a deflection and steal there.

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Ava Christopher and her Norwin teammates will play Seneca Valley in the WPIAL quarterfinals Thursday.
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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Christian Hyland reacts to a play against Penn-Trafford on Dec. 1 at Hempfield High School.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic coaching tree blossoms
Dr. Greg Bisignani stepped down at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season as boys basketball coach at Greensburg Central Catholic after eight seasons.

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GCC coach Christian Hyland (background) coaches against Frazier’s Zach Keefer during Tuesday night’s WPIAL 2A first-round playoff game at GCC.
2nd-seeded Greensburg CC boys shake off rust, rout Frazier in 1st round
February 20, 2024
No matter the seed, no matter the matchup, teams want to be sharp when they open the WPIAL basketball postseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble dribbles past Serra Catholic’s Bri Battles on Jan. 29 in Carbon.
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Colin Masten (1) leads the handshake line on Monday night after Franklin Regional defeated Mars, 67-50, in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball playoffs.
2nd-seeded Franklin Regional boys end playoff win drought with victory over Mars
February 19, 2024
Senior Colin Masten signed a couple of autographs for some wide-eyed kids.

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Xavier Odorisio and his Jeannette teammates will play No. 11 Sewickley Academy on Tuesday.
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Madison Johnson (left) and her Monessen teammates will play No. 12 Leechburg on Monday in the WPIAL playoffs.
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February 18, 2024
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Norwin graduate Kate Botti stepped into the Bethany starting lineup as a freshman.
Norwin notebook: Grads make impact in women’s college basketball
Norwin girls basketball’s thumbprint continues to show up all over the college game.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore gymnast Olivia Kovach
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Olivia Kovach, Mt. Pleasant’s Dylan Pitzer
February 17, 2024
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The South Park girls basketball team lines up for the national anthem before Saturday’s WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against visiting Mt. Pleasant.
South Park advances by beating Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL opener
South Park knew who to turn to when it needed a jolt. When it came time to flip a WPIAL girls basketball playoff game in its favor.

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Southmoreland’s Russ Grimm Field
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Camp planned to honor late Southmoreland coach
The legacy of “Fred” lives on at Southmoreland.

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                                Franklin Regional lineman Max Leven (left) talks with Andrew Devola during practice Aug. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
Drive to improve, helpful mentors lead Franklin Regional grad to Division I football
Gentle giant Max Leven had a goal when he left Franklin Regional, but for him to achieve that goal, he felt he needed some fine-tuning.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team prepares to play Northgate on Friday night in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
With senior guard back from injury, Greensburg Central Catholic girls rout Northgate
February 16, 2024
While she was cleared to return and was going to need ice treatment after the game, Cara Dupilka wasn’t sure how much she could give Greensburg Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs after missing three games with a bone bruise in her left foot.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Grace Arrigo blocks the shot of OLSH’s Mia Grisafi during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round game last season.
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PIHL scoring leader Ryan Saginaw among January players of month
February 15, 2024
League scoring leader Ryan Saginaw of undefeated Bishop Canevin was among the four senior forwards selected as the PIHL’s players of the month for January.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin blocks the shot of Gateway’s Bryson Pavlik earlier this season.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Franklin Regional could be headed for rematch
A third meeting between neighboring districts could be on the horizon.

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Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer (11) uses a pick by Elliot Premus (10) to get free of Uniontown’s Kelan Milsom (10) on Jan. 22.
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Latrobe coach Mackenzie Livingston watches from the bench Jan. 15 at Penn-Trafford.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Latrobe takes playoff plunge
February 14, 2024
Latrobe hopes to make a splash in the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball playoffs, right after the team dries off.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble shoots a 3-pointer against Serra Catholic on Jan. 29.
Elite Westmoreland County basketball teams to open playoffs with legit title hopes
It is not hyperbole to say a special postseason could be in store for Westmoreland County basketball teams — a lengthy, compelling postseason that generates county-wide interest.

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New Penn-Trafford girls volleyball coach Tracy McDonald.
Coach with longtime connection to Penn-Trafford girls volleyball takes over program
February 13, 2024
As a player and coach, Tracy McDonald has been around Penn-Trafford volleyball for the better part of 25 years.

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Franklin Regional celebrates after its victory over Gateway on Feb. 7. The Panthers got the No. 2 seed for the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
4 Westmoreland teams earn top-2 seeds in WPIAL basketball playoffs
February 12, 2024
When Jesse Reed played Division I college basketball, he and his American University teammates made the NCAA Tournament.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores against North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
Breaking down the 2024 WPIAL girls basketball playoff brackets
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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio blocks a shot by North Allegheny’s Kellie McConnell during a January game at Norwin. The Knights swept the Tigers in section play for the first time this season.
Norwin, GCC girls could draw No. 1 seeds as WPIAL playoff brackets are revealed
February 11, 2024
Brian Brozeski doesn’t wade too far into the waters of bracketology.

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Mt. Pleasant junior swimmer Kiersten O’Connor
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February 10, 2024
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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner, shown during a WPIAL playoff game last season, scored 64 points Friday night.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Gardner moves to top spot in Westmoreland record book
Gardner points are usually reserved for WPIAL football tiebreakers.

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Coach Dom Pecora talks with his East Allegheny team next to Justin Snyder during a preseason practice last year.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Former East Allegheny football coach joins Penn-Trafford staff
Dom Pecora, who served as the head football coach at East Allegheny for the past 11 seasons, is joining Penn-Trafford’s staff as a volunteer assistant.

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Norwin’s Landon Sidun takes down Penn-Trafford’s Ivan Luke DeSantis on Jan. 24.
Norwin notebook: Wrestlers hit roadblock in WPIAL quarterfinals
Norwin pushed its way into the WPIAL Class 3A team wrestling quarterfinals before running into top-seeded Trinity.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio celebrates with Bella Furno after scoring against McKeesport on Dec. 21.
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Norwin girls ramp up fun factor while racking up wins
Norwin leads the league in smiles.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Angelina Brush works past Plum’s Pascale Olczak during a game last season.
Resurgent Franklin Regional girls stay in playoff chase to the end
Franklin Regional picked up a big 45-42 win over Penn Hills on Jan. 26 to stay afloat in the WPIAL Class 5A playoff race.

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Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon blocks the shot of Latrobe’s John Wetzel on Friday.
Gateway boys edge Latrobe as Wildcats fall short of playoffs
February 9, 2024
With the outcome of another game that had a direct effect on theirs already decided, the Latrobe boys basketball team took the court and played for pride.

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Norwin girls basketball players go through the handshake-line after Thursday night’s 46-39 victory over visiting Seneca Valley.
Norwin girls pass test against Seneca Valley to finish unbeaten in section
February 8, 2024
When the fourth quarter came around, upset-hungry Seneca Valley stopped attacking. Norwin, in turn, went into full attack mode and never took its eye off the prize.

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Jeannette’s Kymone Brown (3) scores against Greensburg Central Catholic on Jan. 5.
Young Jeannette roster climbs toward top of section ahead of schedule
Adrian Batts never has missed the WPIAL playoffs as coach of the Jeannette boys basketball team.

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Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach Annie Malkowiak and her players take the court for photo day.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Teams plan fundraiser for late referee’s family
Yough and Mt. Pleasant are doing their best to remember late basketball referee Michael Roebuck.

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Hailey Johnson and the Monessen girls basketball team play against Jefferson-Morgan on Jan. 4.
Relentless rebounder flying high for Monessen girls
February 7, 2024
There is something about looking to the sky that fascinates Hailey Johnson.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lauren Marton battles Latrobe’s Addison Toy for a loose ball on Jan. 15.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Teams keeping playoff hopes alive
Three Westmoreland County girls basketball teams — Franklin Regional, Latrobe and Yough — are on the playoff bubble heading into the final night of section play.

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Franklin Regional celebrates after its victory over Gateway on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2024.
Franklin Regional boys clinch section title with gritty victory over Gateway
February 6, 2024
If Franklin Regional needed a pick-me-up in a section-clinching victory, junior Drew Devola was ready to deliver.

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McKeesport’s Madison Hertzler (4) celebrates with Rachael Manfredo after scoring during their game against Penn-Trafford on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in Harrison City.
McKeesport girls rout Penn-Trafford to stay unbeaten since coaching change
February 5, 2024
A coaching change has not deterred the McKeesport girls basketball team from its ultimate goal.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch is tackled by Aliquippa’s Cam Lindsey and Tikey Hayes during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Aliquippa.
Latrobe 4-star linebacker Alex Tatsch commits to Penn State
February 4, 2024
The post on “X” came out just before 6 p.m. Sunday from Penn State football coach James Franklin.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple drives to the basket past Latrobe’s Emry Bridge on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Harrison City.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: P-T’s Olivia Pepple, Ligonier Valley’s Parker Hollick
February 3, 2024
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The North Allegheny student section cheers on the Tigers during a 2021 home game against Pine-Richland.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Roundball Classic finds new home
The Roundball Classic is changing locations.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby scores over Washington’s De’ondre Daugherty Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 at Yough High School.
Yough scoring sensation Terek Crosby’s grand plan includes 2k run
The thought of scoring 2,000 career points brings a smile to Terek Crosby’s face. It makes him daydream and drift off course for a minute before he quickly snaps back to the present.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas battles Franklin Regional’s Liam Copeland (18) for the puck during the first period Jan. 8.
Norwin notebook: Alex Thomas shines at PIHL all-star game
Alex Thomas delivered two goals and two assists as the Blue team tied the Gold team, 6-6, in the PIHL Class 2A all-star game on Jan. 28 at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center.

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Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger
Norwin girls soccer coach steps down
Citing personal reasons, Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger resigned after three seasons with the program.

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                                Franklin Regional lineman Max Leven works out during a preseason practice in 2022.
Murrysville Star notebook: Ex-Franklin Regional lineman getting Division I offers
Lineman Max Leven left Franklin Regional last year and decided to play football at Bridgton Academy (Maine) to sharpen his skills and better prepare to play at a higher level.

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Referee collapses during basketball game at Mt. Pleasant, dies
February 2, 2024
A referee collapsed during halftime of a junior varsity boys basketball game at Mt. Pleasant and died Friday night.

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin steals a pass intended for Latrobe’s John Wetzel on Friday.
Franklin Regional boys dig deep to beat Latrobe with strong 2nd half
Halftime talks are like sales pitches. Some work, and some don’t.

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Mt. Pleasant linebacker Jackson Hutter (12) closes in on Freeport quarterback Drew Ross during game Sept. 22, 2023.
Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter makes college decision
An opportunity to play Division I college football has driven Jackson Hutter since he first realized he had the ability to invade opposing backfields and keep teams behind the sticks.

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Star tight end among Class of ’24 in Ligonier Valley Athletics Hall of Fame
Former Connecticut tight end Alec Bloom, who went to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, is among eight individuals and a team highlighting the 2024 Ligonier Valley Athletics Hall of Fame class.

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Norwin girls basketball players (from left) Averi Brozeski, Lauren Palangio, Anna Fraser and Elizabeth Yarosik walk on to the court for senior night Thursday in North Huntingdon.
Norwin’s depth fuels victory over Hempfield as Knights improve to 8-0 in section
February 1, 2024
Norwin didn’t have its best game offensively on senior night and left the door open just enough for cold-shooting Hempfield to get its hopes up.

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Derry’s Stanley Rajkovich drives to basket against Deer Lakes on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at Derry Area.
6-foot-6 Derry freshman’s game still growing
His father stands 6-foot-10, so Derry freshman Stanley Rajkovich may have room to grow.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner is guarded by Clairton’s Bryant Blair on Jan. 12.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic savors signature win
Greensburg Central Catholic made a splash at the Shootout at Seton Hill last weekend, posting one of the most impressive regular-season wins in coach Christian Hyland’s five-year tenure.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger celebrates scoring against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
‘We want it’: Norwin girls basketball players excel during small moments in quest for championships
January 31, 2024
Norwin leads the league in smiles.

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Franklin Regional head coach Bernie Pucka gives instructions during a game against Plum on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Franklin Regional back in playoff chase after 1-9 start
Franklin Regional’s girls basketball team picked up a big 45-42 win over Penn Hills on Jan. 26 to stay afloat in the WPIAL Class 5A playoff race.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby grabs a rebound from Washington’s Braiden Wise on Tuesday.
Yough boys tough out victory over No. 4 Washington, move into tie for 1st
January 30, 2024
Yough could feel the tread on a 15-point advantage wearing thin as Washington crept closer with a third-quarter turnaround.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble drives to the basket against Serra Catholic’s Cate Clarke on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, in Carbon.
Greensburg CC girls adjust, top Serra Catholic to clinch share of section title
January 29, 2024
The first four or five minutes of the second half “dictate how it goes,” Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball coach Chris Skatell tells his players.

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McKeesport coach Matt Miller and the Tigers prepare to play Greensburg Central Catholic on Saturday at Seton Hill.
McKeesport girls, under new coach, beat Greensburg Central Catholic
January 27, 2024
Matt Miller is used to calling blitzes and cover-2s as the football coach at McKeesport.

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McKeesport’s Matt Miller takes over girls basketball team
Matt Miller is the head football coach at McKeesport, but he is also the girls basketball coach — at least for now.

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Hempfield’s Amelia Droste won the WCCA girls bowling championship Jan. 20, 2024, at Hillview Lanes in Greensburg.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Amelia Droste, Derry’s Jacob Hauser
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Derry and Mt. Pleasant coaches and players meet with a referee before Saturday’s game at Seton Hill.
Derry boys mount comeback to defeat Mt. Pleasant
Derry calls its style of play “Run and Jump.”

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Norwin senior football player Luke Denny
Norwin’s Luke Denny commits to Division I Lehigh for football
When his first football scholarship offer came in, Luke Denny was overcome with emotion.

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Norwin notebook: Knights runner makes Division I college choice
Rosemary Gaydos became the latest Norwin track and field athlete to commit to a Division I college program.

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Norwin’s Rosemary Gaydos
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Norwin runner makes Division I commitment
Rosemary Gaydos became the latest Norwin track and field athlete to commit to a Division I college program.

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Boys basketball teams from Belle Vernon (right) and Southmoreland stand for the National Anthem on Friday night in Alverton.
Belle Vernon runs past Southmoreland in stat-filled ‘track meet’
January 26, 2024
Given room to run, Belle Vernon feasted on transition points and loaded up the stat sheet Friday night, ringing up a season high for points in an 85-73 victory at Southmoreland in Section 3-4A boys basketball.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at Norwin.
Norwin girls earn emotional victory over North Allegheny, complete season sweep
January 25, 2024
Norwin could have given the game ball to any number of players after an impressive 64-44 win over rival North Allegheny.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sean Walker hits a layup against Clairton’s Mike Ruffin on Jan. 12.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Seton Hill to host weekend showcase
Some good basketball could be in store on “The Hill” this weekend.

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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner shoots over Western Beaver’s Jon Backur in a WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game last season.
Stacking wins nothing new for Monessen boys
It is late January, and the WPIAL basketball regular season is headed for its final two weeks.

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Down to 4 healthy players after car crash, Jeannette girls basketball team cancels game
January 24, 2024
Jeannette’s girls basketball team had to cancel Wednesday night’s game at Geibel because it had only four healthy players.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores between McKeesport defenders on Dec. 21, 2023.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Norwin, North Allegheny ready for another high-stakes showdown
Two of the top teams and rivals in WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball will meet for the second time this season Thursday night when North Allegheny visits Norwin in Section 1.

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Latrobe coach Mackenzie Livingston watches from the bench during a Jan. 15 game at Penn-Trafford.
1st-year Latrobe girls coach stresses defense as key to earning playoff spot
It is a point of pride for the first-year coach at Latrobe, and it makes her eyes light up when it shows itself in key moments, when it is executed properly.

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Greensburg Central Catholic students rush the floor after the Centurions defeated Serra Catholic on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys edge Serra Catholic in thriller
January 23, 2024
Braden Riley’s eyes widened as the ball popped loose from Owen Dumbroski’s grasp.

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Southern Cal coach Lincoln Riley (left) meets with Latrobe junior Alex Tatsch on Tuesday.
USC head coach Lincoln Riley pays visit to Latrobe linebacker Alex Tatsch
College coaches are flocking to Latrobe to meet with junior football prospect Alex Tatsch.

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New Franklin Regional boys soccer coach Nick White
Nick White approved as Franklin Regional boys soccer coach
January 22, 2024
Nick White was approved Monday as the boys soccer coach at Franklin Regional.

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McKeesport and Latrobe play the final seconds of their Section 3-5A girls basketball game Monday night.
McKeesport fights off upset-minded Latrobe girls
Latrobe sold merchandise in the gym lobby Monday night. Hats, shirts, you name it. There were deals on orange-and-black Wildcats gear everywhere.

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Franklin Regional senior Juliano Marion has his hand raised after winning a match at heavyweight against Norwin on Wednesday.
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Juliano Marion, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble
January 20, 2024
Erica Gribble

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Lily King dives off the starting block during the 200 freestyle at the 2023 WCCA swimming and diving championships at Derry.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Lily King highlights WCCA swim meet
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its final event of the winter with the swimming and diving championships Friday and Saturday at Derry.

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The 2023-24 Norwin swimming team.
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Norwin’s goal: ‘Swim fast and be hungry’
Norwin’s swimming teams are hoping to take the momentum of a pre-holiday run into the thick of the season schedule.

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Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchison shoots a three-pointer in double overtime against Shaler on Friday.
Franklin Regional boys win 2OT thriller over Shaler
January 19, 2024
Uncle Kevin would have been proud. Of a thrilling Franklin Regional win. Of a runaway second overtime by the Panthers in a playoff-like atmosphere. And most of all, of his nephew’s big shot.

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Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon is fouled by Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell on Jan. 12.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Class 5A section loaded with contenders
January 18, 2024
Section 3 could be the most competitive lineup of teams in WPIAL Class 5A. That much is clear at the halfway point of the schedule.

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel drives against Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell on Jan. 9.
Sharpened by early-season gauntlet, Latrobe boys find their stride
When it came time to piece together the boys basketball schedule for this season at Latrobe, veteran coach Brad Wetzel stretched boundaries.

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Kiski Area coach Corey Smith draws up a play during Wednesday night’s game at Penn-Trafford.
Kiski Area grinds out section win over Penn-Trafford
January 17, 2024
Nail files and sandpaper serve a similar purpose to what Kiski Area’s 3-2 zone can do to teams. And, how the Cavaliers win sometimes.

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Mya Morgan is Greensburg Central Catholic’s second-leading scorer.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls weather storm without senior leader Morgan
When a player the caliber of Mya Morgan goes out with an injury, some teams might go into a five-alarm panic.

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Greensburg Salem head coach Rick Klimchock watches from the bench during a section game on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Highlands.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem to honor Rick Klimchock’s milestone
A blend of basketball knowledge and open-mindedness in an always-changing game, along with dependable people around him and sustained longevity, carried Rick Klimchock to a milestone victory.

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Latrobe players huddle up during an upset win over Gateway on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024.
Latrobe shocks No. 1 Gateway for program’s ‘biggest (win) in years’
January 16, 2024
Gateway calls its home gymnasium “The Swamp.”

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple smiles with the cheerleaders after scoring her 1,000th career point against Latrobe on Monday.
With big 4th quarter, Olivia Pepple hits 1,000 points, leads Penn-Trafford past Latrobe
January 15, 2024
With a steal and a left-handed finish with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining, Olivia Pepple reached a personal milestone.

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Ligonier Valley’s Haden Sierocky is transferring to Washington & Jefferson.
Westmoreland HS notebook: Ligonier Valley graduate Haden Sierocky returning to gridiron with Washington & Jefferson
January 14, 2024
The itch to return to the gridiron was too strong for one of the better two-sport athletes to come out of Ligonier Valley in recent years.

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Latrobe junior swimmer Lauren Bell
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Lauren Bell and Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Funk
January 13, 2024
Lauren Bell

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Franklin Regional coach Jesse Reed directs his team duing a game against Hempfield on Dec. 12.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Franklin Regional honors teammate with leukemia
During a brief pregame observance, senior players Cam Rowell and Cooper Rankin held a corner of the No. 44 Franklin Regional basketball jersey Tuesday night at midcourt as public address announcer Dean Berardinelli briefed fans about Caden Brush.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell dunks over Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn on Dec. 15, 2023, in Murrysville.
‘R&R’ duo fills highlight reels, leads Franklin Regional to strong start
Franklin Regional caught the attention of local boys basketball fans with its 10-1 start.

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                                Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores past Hempfield’s Mia Shipman on Jan. 8 at Hempfield.
Norwin notebook: Girls wrestling wins 1st dual meet; girls basketball faces tough schedule
With an electric atmosphere to usher in a new era, the Norwin girls wrestling team won its inaugural dual match as WPIAL program by toppling visiting Southmoreland, 45-18, on Jan. 3.

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Adam (1) and Ty Bilinsky (5) listen to coaching instruction during a timeout in a 2020 game against Latrobe.
                                Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Transfer reunites Bilinsky brothers at Pitt-Johnstown
It wasn’t exactly a brotherly shove, but Adam Bilinsky admits having a chance to play basketball with his older sibling again played a key role in his decision on where to transfer.

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Gateway’s Alec Dunsmore scores past Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell on Friday.
Gateway boys use defense to get past Franklin Regional in section showdown
January 12, 2024
This Gateway boys basketball team is inherently defensive and plays a halfcourt style with goals steeped in fundamentals and a touch of grit.

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Clairton and Greensburg Central Catholic players and coaches meet with an official before Thursday night’s game.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls right ship vs. Clairton
January 11, 2024
Down one of their best players and facing the top scorer in the WPIAL, Greensburg Central Catholic was sure not to ignore the signs when Clairton came to town in a 1 vs. 2 girls basketball matchup.

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Colin Masten (left), Connor Crossey and Cam Rowell have helped Franklin Regional win six games in a row.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Franklin Regional rises in rankings
Surging Franklin Regional found its way into the TribLive HSSN Class 5A rankings this week.

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Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore drives on Southmoreland’s Elliott Premus on Jan. 3.
Belle Vernon scoring sensation Zion Moore looking to add more elements to his game
Zion Moore doesn’t consider himself one of the best basketball players in WPIAL Class 4A.

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New Greensburg Salem athletic director Drake D’Angelo poses for a holiday photo with his family, from left, Adelina, Jenn and Gianna.
Drake D’Angelo set to take reins of Greensburg Salem athletic programs
January 10, 2024
A family man with a positive attitude, familiarity of the area and high expectations is primed to oversee athletics at Greensburg Salem.

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Steelers running backs coach Dick Hoak announces his retirement in 2007.
3 Jeannette legends to be inducted into National High School Football Hall of Fame
With 10 WPIAL championships and two PIAA titles, Jeannette is renowned as one of the top football programs in Pennsylvania.

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Hailey Johnson and the Monessen girls basketball team play against Jefferson-Morgan on Jan. 4, 2024, at Monessen.
Behind ‘defense first and team ball’ mantra, Monessen girls among Class A’s top squads
From Dec. 2-15, Monessen’s girls basketball team scrimmaged each other so much they started to reach low levels of apathy.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan looks for a shot as Serra Catholic’s Abby Genes defends Thursday.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic awaits word on injured star Mya Morgan
Greensburg Central Catholic is awaiting word on the playing status of senior leader Mya Morgan.

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Franklin Regional’s Colin Masten battles Latrobe’s Max Butler for a rebound during their game on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Murrysville.
Colin Masten breaks out of slump, leads Franklin Regional past Latrobe
January 9, 2024
Colin Masten said he had been in a mini-slump of late. In basketball terms, that means he wasn’t making shots or producing much on the offensive end.

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Drake D’Angelo has been Burrell’s athletic director since 2017.
Greensburg Salem set to hire Drake D’Angelo as athletic director
Greensburg Salem will vote to hire Drake D’Angelo as its athletic director, according to board agenda for Wednesday night’s meeting.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores between Hempfield defenders during their game on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at Hempfield Area.
Battle-tested Norwin girls roll past Hempfield
January 8, 2024
Norwin has yet to lose to a WPIAL team this girls basketball season. Eight up, eight down.

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Latrobe senior Elle Snyder
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Elle Snyder, Derry’s Anthony Mucci
January 6, 2024
Elle Snyder

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                                Norwin freshman Landon Sidun has his arm raised after winning the 114-pound title at the Powerade Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 30.
Norwin notebook: Freshman Landon Sidun bursts onto wrestling scene
The Landon Sidun era is underway at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell scores past Butler’s Andrew Gettinger on Dec. 15 in Murrysville.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional notebook: Hockey team builds momentum
Franklin Regional hockey took momentum in the form of a two-game winning streak into the holiday break.

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Jeannette senior Terrelle Pryor kisses the championship trophy after the Jayhawks defeated Dunmore, 49-21, in the 2007 PIAA Class 2A championship game at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Jeannette legends up for national football hall of fame honors
Three Jeannette football legends are among 60 nominees for the National High School Football Hall of Class of 2024. Former coach Joe Mucci and star players Dick Hoak and Terrelle Pryor are on the ballot for the second hall class.

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GCC’s Tyree Turner reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against Jeannette on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, at Jeannette.
Greensburg Central Catholic dominates Jeannette behind Tyree Turner’s 25 points
January 5, 2024
Greensburg Central Catholic players and coaches were stranded after the game at Jeannette on Friday night because their bus arrived late.

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North Catholic girls basketball players huddle on the floor before Thursday night’s game against visiting Greensburg Salem.
North Catholic wins top-5 showdown with Greensburg Salem
January 4, 2024
“North is North,” Greensburg Salem girls basketball coach Rick Klimchock said in a back hallway at North Catholic after his team fell behind early and dropped a 62-35 decision to the host Trojanettes in a matchup of Class 4A top-five girls basketball teams Thursday night on Barth & Graham Court.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Doug Kelly leads his team in a time-out strategy talk against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at Hempfield High School.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford plays at coach’s alma mater
Doug Kelly was feeling nostalgic and sentimental as he was time-warped back to his high school days at Elkins (W.Va.) during a recent visit to his old stomping grounds.

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Mt. Pleasant first-year boys basketball coach Annie Malkowiak
Groundbreaking coach working to build confidence, culture with Mt. Pleasant boys
Because of some injuries, first-year boys basketball coach Annie Malkowiak said her Mt. Pleasant team had to take a next-man-up approach.

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Southmoreland’s Elliott Premus defends Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024.
Belle Vernon boys get off to fast start then hang on to hand Southmoreland its 1st loss
January 3, 2024
From its worst start of the season to nearly its best finish, Southmoreland had an up and down kind of night.

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Franklin Regional’s Angelina Brush works past Plum’s Pascale Olczak last season.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Franklin Regional hoping for good injury news
Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Bernie Pucka and his players are being kept in suspense.

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Hempfield’s Mia Shipman scores past Norwin’s Kendall Berger last season.
Hard-working Hempfield girls buy in on defense, get off to promising start
Girls basketball practice is over — so says the clock — but parents sit idle in their vehicles outside of the Hempfield Spartan Field House, waiting to fill their backseats with tired daughters.

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Franklin Regional and Penn-Trafford prepare to tip off on Tuesday night in Harrison City.
Franklin Regional pulls away after Penn-Trafford shrinks Panthers’ big lead
January 2, 2024
Franklin Regional has a pilot light that burns brightly and ignites the Panthers’ fast-paced attack.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch (left) and John Wetzel are receiving Division I scholarship offers.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe becoming hot spot for Division I athletes
January 1, 2024
An assistant football coach from Southern Cal flew across the country recently to meet with coveted Latrobe prospect Alex Tatsch.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores on a 92-yard touchdown run during the PIAA Class 3A championship game Dec. 9.
‘Q’ & A with Belle Vernon star football player Quinton Martin
During a WPIAL playoff game last month Quinton Martin hurdled a defender on his way to a first down, but no penalty was called.

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Latrobe’s Elle Snyder shoots a three-pointer over Woodland Hills’ Jhalynn Wilson during their game on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe girls basketball standout Elle Snyder commits to Evansville
December 30, 2023
Sharp-shooting senior basketball player Elle Snyder of Latrobe announced Saturday a verbal commitment to NCAA Division I Evansville.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan shoots a three-pointer against Kennedy Catholic during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Monday, March 20, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg CC’s Mya Morgan, Norwin’s Nate Campbell
Mya Morgan

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Crews hoists the state championship trophy with teammates after defeating Northwestern Lehigh, 38-7, in the PIAA Class 3A final on Dec. 9 at Cumberland Valley.
2023 in Westmoreland County sports: Gold rush brings titles in wide array of sports
Football, swimming, wrestling, track and field, softball, golf, tennis, bowling and cheerleading.

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Indiana and Hempfield players and coaches meet with a referee before Friday night’s game at Latrobe.
Hempfield girls score signature win by avenging earlier loss to Indiana
December 29, 2023
Up nine and then down six in a game where no lead was safe, budding Hempfield relied on its defense and late-game aptitude to score arguably its best win of the season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball players leave the court at halftime of Thursday night’s game against Upper St. Clair in the Hoopfest at Cal (Pa.).
GCC girls beat another Class 6A team, defeating Upper St. Clair
December 28, 2023
The basketball went to the near corner. Sophomore point guard Erica Gribble drew a crowd of defenders and alertly fired a pass across the baseline to the far corner.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Braden Riley (right) is averaging 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.
Role players making a difference in Greensburg Central Catholic’s hot start
If Greensburg Central Catholic is going to live up to its expectations and make another run in the WPIAL and PIAA Class 2A boys basketball playoffs, the steady contributions of role players could be what makes the difference.

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Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchison celebrates a 3-pointer against Butler on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Shootout at Seton Hill expands
The annual Shootout at Seton Hill basketball showcase has expanded. It will include more days, more games and more teams.

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Greensburg Central Catholic basketball coach Christian Hyland (kneeling) talks to his team during Wednesday’s 61-37 victory over Yough at Greensburg Salem.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys key on Terek Crosby, shut down Yough
December 27, 2023
As Greensburg Central Catholic went through the handshake line opposite Yough, Centurions coach Christian Hyland told Cougars guard Terek Crosby how much he appreciates his game.

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Greensburg Salem’s Bobby Davis hoists Chris Klimchock to cut down the net after the Lions defeated Hampton, 46-45, in a 2009 PIAA Class AAA semifinal playoff game at Gateway.
Greensburg Salem to honor 2009 boys basketball state finalist
Greensburg Salem is set to honor the team that felt invincible for a couple of weeks in March.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble scores past California’s Addison Gregory and Rakiyah Porter during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Schedule doesn’t let up for Greensburg Central Catholic
Before the season began, Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball coach Chris Skatell talked almost proudly about his team’s schedule, confident that the Centurions had the talent to handle it.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lauren Marton drives between Norwin defenders Dec. 5.
Penn-Trafford girls ready to face injury challenge head on
Penn-Trafford girls basketball coach John Giannikas is somewhere near the corner of thrilled and concerned.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio celebrates with Bella Furno after scoring against McKeesport on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Norwin.
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Norwin’s Lauren Palangio, Latrobe’s Luke Willochell
December 23, 2023
Lauren Palangio

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Norwin’s Luke Denny
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Norwin receiver’s options include WVU walk-on offer
Norwin football player Luke Denny popped up on a lot of college radar screens after a big play-filled senior season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Franco Alvarez (left) prepares to jump center against Hempfield’s Maximus Williams on Friday night.
Greensburg Central Catholic withstands crafty foul strategy to beat Hempfield
December 22, 2023
Teams have tried to slow down Greensburg Central Catholic in a number of ways, but this was something new.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio blocks a shot by McKeesport’s Brooke Evans during their game on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at Norwin.
Norwin girls crank up offense to roll past previously unbeaten McKeesport
December 21, 2023
Norwin senior point guard Bailey Snowberger said her team has not played its best basketball game yet.

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Steve Scorpion watches a Franklin Regional practice in 2019.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Former Franklin Regional coach back on sideline
Former Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion is back on the sideline.

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Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer (11) ceebrates a 3-pointer Dec. 5, 2023 at Southmoreland.
With more players joining Ty Keffer in scoring column, Southmoreland boys ready to rock
There are times when Ty Keffer feels like he’s playing the drums instead of lead guitar for the Southmoreland basketball team.

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Greensburg Salem’s Regan Kerr shoots a 3-pointer against North Catholic last season.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem junior likes wearing stripes
December 20, 2023
Regan Kerr has a good reason for becoming a referee.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski fouls OLSH’s Kyleigh Nagy during a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game last season.
Mt. Pleasant girls adapt quickly, find new ways to win
The post-Tiffany Zelmore era could have begun a number of ways at Mt. Pleasant.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love celebrates after scoring next to Derry’s Stanley Rajkovich during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, at Derry Area.
‘Wild horse’ scores 28 as Deer Lakes beats Derry for 5th straight win
December 19, 2023
Deer Lakes welcomed reserve forward Nate Moore back to the lineup Tuesday night following a football injury.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers against Mt. Lebanon last season.
Hempfield softball ace Riley Miller picks Kent State
Proximity to home had a little something to do with Riley Miller’s college decision.

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Penn-Trafford senior Bryce Kropczynski looks to control the puck Oct. 3.
High-scoring Avonworth forward headlines PIHL players of month for November
December 18, 2023
Conner Ralston returned from a broken collarbone as if nothing ever happened.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin carries for a 92-yard touchdown during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Northwestern Lehigh on Dec. 9 at Cumberland Valley.
Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin caps brilliant career with state title, TribLive Westmoreland player of the year honors
December 16, 2023
Player of the year

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Jeannette quarterback Payton Molter celebrates after a touchdown against Burrell this season.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Rival QBs earn conference honors
A pair of Westmoreland County senior quarterbacks were honored by the coaches of the WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference, one for his play on defense.

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Duquesne junior linebacker Gianni Rizzo had a career year for the Dukes.
Norwin graduate Gianni Rizzo has breakout season on Duquesne’s defense
Gianni Rizzo has been playing college football since 2019 and still has a year to go.

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Norwin notebook: Dylan McCullough sparks Knights
Dylan McCullough sank a career-high five 3-pointers for a personal-best 19 points as the Norwin boys basketball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 63-58 win over Latrobe at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Showcase on Dec. 9 at Jeannette.

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Jeannette basketball players huddle up before Friday night’s Section 3-2A game against Serra Catholic.
Brown leads Jeannette boys to win against Serra Catholic
December 15, 2023
Kymone Brown didn’t score in the first quarter Friday night, so coach Adrian Batts pulled the Jeannette sophomore guard aside.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo works on hitting drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant basketball games to benefit Dom Giallonardo scholarships
Mt. Pleasant is hosting a basketball tripleheader Friday night to raise money for a scholarship in the name of late Vikings’ baseball and basketball player Dom Giallonardo.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch celebrates with John Wetzel (10) after Wetzel’s touchdown run against West Allegheny on Nov. 3.
Recruiting heating up for Latrobe junior John Wetzel
College coaches are turning up the volume to hear the cracking of pads on junior John Wetzel’s highlight film.

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Greensburg Salem’s girls basketball players huddle before Thursday night’s Section 1-4A opener at Derry.
Defensive-minded Greensburg Salem dominates Derry in section opener
December 14, 2023
Greensburg Salem continued to show how much defense is wired into its grid by smothering another opponent in the Section 1-4A girls basketball opener.

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Franklin Regional’s Ciara Camacho completes a 4-for-4 day against Kiski Area last season.
Franklin Regional softball’s Ciara Camacho has baseball past, Division I future
A college softball career at Kent State awaits Ciara Camacho, who two years ago was new to the game.

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Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Derry senior filling nets
With four 30-point games this season, Derry’s Nate Papuga is one of the top scorers in the WPIAL.

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Hempfield’s Max Williams (22) tries to stop Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell during a game Dec. 12, 2023.
Franklin Regional boys off to blockbuster start
Franklin Regional’s boys basketball coaches like to take a game film and pick it apart. They dissect it into dozens of short clips for instructional purposes.

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Yough’s Autumn Matthews directs the offense against Beaver Falls during a playoff game last season.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Matthews makes a good point for Yough
December 13, 2023
One of the first things new Yough girls coach Brian Znavor did when he joined the team was move senior Autumn Matthews to point guard.

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Southmoreland girls basketball coach Amber Cernuto (center) said one of the chief challenges of low roster numbers is creating a strong practice environment.
Girls basketball teams facing crisis of dwindling rosters
She calls them her “Fab 5.”

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Franklin Regional’s Cooper Rankin (3) gets fouled by Hempfield’s Caden Bondi (21) during their game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023.
Franklin Regional uses a little R&R to beat Hempfield
December 12, 2023
Franklin Regional needed a little R&R.

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Latrobe and Norwin girls basketball players and coaches line up for a pregame meeting Monday night in North Huntingdon.
Norwin girls overcome slow start, pull away from Latrobe in 2nd half
December 11, 2023
Kendall Berger said Norwin allowed Latrobe to dictate the tempo early in Monday night’s nonsection girls basketball matchup.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Riley Kerr (14) will play for St. Francis (Pa.) in college.
Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Kerr chooses college
December 10, 2023
The recruiting process ended just as quickly as it began for Riley Kerr.

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Deer Lakes’ Wayne Love Jr. positions himself for a free throw against Yough on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 at Yough Senior High School.
Basketball teams adjust to new free-throw rule in early part of season
One-and-one free throws always have been a gamble.

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Norwin players and coaches huddle during Saturday’s 63-58 comeback victory over Latrobe at the WCCA Showcase.
Norwin boys take the measure of Latrobe at WCCA Showcase
December 9, 2023
He rears back for a corner 3-pointer, stretching his arms high and behind his head, the basketball slightly tilted to the right.

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Kiski Area players head to the hand shake line after a 55-49 win against Hempfield on Saturday at the WCCA Showcase.
Kiski Area beats host Hempfield at WCCA Showcase
Corey Smith stepped out of the locker room, took a deep breath and came to the realization his team was fortunate to leave Hempfield with a victory.

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Yough senior basketball player Autumn Matthews
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Autumn Matthews, Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer
Autumn Matthews

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Franklin Regional’s Colin Masten scores against Kiski Area last season.
Franklin Regional notebook: Boys basketball team sprints out of gates
The ball went up in the jump circle and Franklin Regional took off.

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                                Norwin’s Aiden Pham (white uniform) and Franklin Regional’s Troy McClelland are in a scramble that was ruled a defensive pin win for Pham at 215 pounds during a match last season.
With good roster numbers, new girls team, Norwin wrestlers ready to put in work
Life rewards hard.

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Norwin’s Ava Christopher scores over North Allegheny’s Lyida Betz during a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal last season.
Norwin notebook: Girls basketball team starts on right foot
The Norwin girls basketball team opened the season with a victory, which could be one of many for the Lady Knights.

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Yough’s Austin Matthews drives past Deer Lakes defender Wayne Love Jr. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at Yough Senior High School.
Deer Lakes clamps down on Yough in battle of top teams in Class 3A
December 8, 2023
Yough expects to see zone defenses this season. Deer Lakes sure knows how to run them.

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Hempfield and Penn-Trafford players and coaches gather for a pregame meeting Thursday in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford girls roll over Hempfield
December 7, 2023
Baseline to baseline, Penn-Trafford found a winning mix.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ian Temple passes the ball from the floor against Greensburg Central Catholic on Dec. 1.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford working (double) overtime
In all of his years in coaching, Doug Kelly was almost certain he had never coached a double-overtime game in a season opener.

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Brian Znavor won in his first game coaching the Yough girls Friday.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: New coaches win debuts
December 6, 2023
It didn’t take long for new coaches to get their first win.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert talks with quarterback Braden Laux and his offense during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Avonworth on Nov. 24 at Acrisure Stadium.
High-tech approach helps Belle Vernon get ready for prime time
Belle Vernon packs a lot more than uniforms for football games.

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Norwin’s Ava Christopher drives past Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Bigger, stronger Norwin girls outmuscle Penn-Trafford for nonsection win
December 5, 2023
Norwin’s girls looked taller and stronger when they took the court against rival Penn-Trafford.

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The Belle Vernon football team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Neumann Goretti, 9-8, in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon players, coaches recall ‘The Stand’ ahead of return to PIAA championship game
He teared up before it happened in person, and he tears up when he watches it again on video.

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The Yough basketball team poses for a photo after winning the Yough Cougar Tip-Off Invitational on Saturday.
Terek Crosby helps Yough overtake Derry in Cougar Tip-off Invitational final
December 2, 2023
Terek Crosby let his hair down for Saturday night’s final of the Yough Cougar Tip-off Invitational.

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Jeannette girls basketball team nearly wins with 3 players on floor
Jeannette started with five and ended with three, but still almost won.

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Belle Vernon’s football team will go back up to Class 4A next season.
Westmoreland high school notes: Teams will shift classifications next season
Student totals came out last week, but the next two-year enrollment cycle for high school teams will kick in next fall.

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McKeesport senior lineman Courtney Dunn (center) won the 5th Bill Fralic Memorial Award as the WPIAL’s best interior lineman Saturday. He is flanked by Susan Fralic (left); his mother, Valora Nelms; sister, Amiyah Luster; and coach, Matt Miller.
McKeesport’s Courtney Dunn wins Fralic Award as WPIAL’s top lineman
Matt Miller said Courtney Dunn wanted to be a running back several years ago when the senior lineman was coming up in the McKeesport football program.

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                                Iowa wrestler Spencer Lee, left, answers a question during a news conference on practice day at the NCAA Division I Wrestling National Championships on March 1 in Tulsa, Okla.
Spencer Lee tops Nico Megaludis in battle of former Franklin Regional wrestling greats
An all-Franklin Regional matchup in a post-college wrestling match with Olympic-qualifying possibly on the line?

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Franco Alvarez charges toward the basket against Penn-Trafford on Friday.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys outlast Penn-Trafford in 2OT for win in opener
December 1, 2023
While he was far from overweight, Franco Alvarez worked on slimming down in the offseason so he could be faster on the basketball court.

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Norwin starters Lauren Palangio (left), Kendall Berger, Bailey Snowberger (3) and Ava Kobus (right) celebrate beating North Allegheny in a PIAA Class 6A girls quarterfinal Friday, March 17, 2023, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Starting 5: A primer for 2023-24 girls basketball season in Westmoreland County
November 30, 2023
The WPIAL girls basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top storylines, teams and players to watch this season in Westmoreland County:

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Quaker Valley’s Brandon Griffith defends Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Feb. 20, 2023.
Starting 5: A primer for 2023-24 boys basketball season in Westmoreland County
The WPIAL boys basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top storylines, teams and players to watch this season in Westmoreland County:

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Penn-Trafford senior Joe Enick won the 4th Bill Fralic Memorial Award.
Checking in on past winners of the Bill Fralic Memorial Award
The Bill Fralic Memorial Award for the top interior lineman in the WPIAL will be presented to this year’s recipient during a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at Longue Vue Club in Verona.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham smiles after scoring her second goal against Springdale during their PIAA Class A state quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Plum High School.
Riverview’s Lola Abraham leads 2023 Trib HSSN girls soccer all-stars
November 28, 2023
Trib HSSN Girls Soccer All-Stars

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal against Fox Chapel during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, at Hampton.
Norwin’s Owen Christopher headlines 2023 Trib HSSN boys soccer all-stars
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Yough girls basketball coach Brian Znavor
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November 27, 2023
Excuse Brian Znavor as he navigates a return to high school basketball. He’s been out of the loop for a bit.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby has 1,440 points entering his senior season.
With top scorer Terek Crosby leading charge, Yough boys pumped up to have strong season
The last whistle of an early afternoon practice gives way to the clang of weights as Yough boys basketball players continue their preseason training.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner drives past Penn-Trafford’s Nathan Crum during the Hempfield tip-off tournament Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield set to host annual tip-off tournament
November 26, 2023
High school basketball season starts Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker takes seventh in the WPIAL Class 3A boys breast­stroke March 3 at Trees Pool.
Franklin Regional notebook: Honors keep coming for former Panthers swimmer
A college freshman now, Aiden Bunker is still reaping the rewards of a terrific career as a student-athlete at Franklin Regional.

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Norwin’s Scott Schuchert was chosen to coach in the 2023 Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association boys all-star games.
Norwin notebook: Knights coach picked for all-star game
Norwin boys soccer coach Scott Schuchert led a banner season for the Knights as they won their first WPIAL championship and advanced to the PIAA Class 4A semifinals.

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Avonworth’s Fiona Mahan controls the ball in front of Central Columbia’s Haley Bull during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, at Cumberland Valley.
North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager, Avonworth’s Fiona Mahan earn All-America honors
November 25, 2023
Abigail Stager and Fiona Mahan led their girls soccer teams on lengthy playoff runs this season, but their accomplishments stretched beyond the scope of the WPIAL and PIAA.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna had nine shutouts this season.
Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna named TribLive Westmoreland girls soccer player of the year
Player of the Year

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Owen Christopher helped Norwin to its first WPIAL championship.
WPIAL champ Owen Christopher of Norwin claims TribLive Westmoreland boys soccer player of year award
Player of the Year

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Belle Vernon quarterback Braden Laux made sure to give his line plenty of credit for their championship season.
‘Team’ is the word for WPIAL champion Belle Vernon
As a postgame press conference wound into its final question and answer Friday night at Acrisure Stadium, Braden Laux grabbed the microphone.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after a Leopards’ score during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Avonworth on Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Acrisure Stadium.
Back to back for Belle Vernon: Leopards shut out Avonworth in Class 3A title game
November 24, 2023
It wasn’t dazzling plays or finesse that propelled Belle Vernon to a championship this time.

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Norwin’s Kendall Berger (2) hits a layup as Cedar Cliff’s Taylor Ferraro (5) trails the play on March 20, 2023.
With talent, experience, Norwin girls aim to be among WPIAL’s top contenders in Class 6A
With four starters and a number of key reserves back from a WPIAL and PIAA semifinal team, Norwin girls basketball is aging well.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Lance Maha talks with his players during the Norwin Tip-off Tournament.
Despite heavy graduation loss, Norwin boys basketball reloads to compete in Section 2-6A
With only one player back who saw varsity playing time and a roster scrubbed clean by graduation, the Norwin boys are rebuilding but not panicking.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski returns as a starting point guard this season.
Replacing Tiffany Zelmore won’t be easy, but cupboard’s not bare for Mt. Pleasant girls
November 23, 2023
It’s not every season a coach has to replace an all-time talent, but Mt. Pleasant girls basketball’s Scott Giacobbi has that challenge in front of him this winter.

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Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach Annie Malkowiak and her players take the court for photo day.
With ground broken, new Mt. Pleasant boys coach turns focus to future
What has happened with Annie Malkowiak is a history-making achievement. But for now, she will file it under past history.

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Belle Vernon’s Colton Lee gets a lift from Dane Levi to celebrate his second-quarter touchdown against South Allegheny on Sept. 29.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Linebackers lead Leopards
Matt Humbert describes his inside linebackers as having “nonstop motors.”

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores past Avonworth’s Jackson Vogt during the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A championship game.
In WPIAL championship rematch, Avonworth poses threat to Belle Vernon repeat bid
November 22, 2023
Avonworth and Belle Vernon were having spells of déjà vu, even a little total recall, as they prepared to meet for the second year in a row for the WPIAL Class 3A football championship.

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Latrobe’s Ava Yurko (left) will play for Youngstown State in college.
Latrobe soccer player Ava Yurko chooses Youngstown State
November 21, 2023
Add another Division I college soccer commit to the list at Latrobe.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna makes a save next to Latrobe’s Ava Yurko during their game on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, in Murrysville.
Dozen from WPIAL named to girls’ soccer all-state list
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association announced its girls all-state list Tuesday.

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Riverview’s Lola Abraham is double-teamed by Dock Mennonite defenders during the PIAA Class A state championship game on Saturday.
Riverview’s Lola Abraham wins Moe Rosensteel Award as top WPIAL girls soccer player
November 20, 2023
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the state, Lola Abraham of Riverview, was named the recipient of the fifth Moe Rosensteel Award, given to the WPIAL’s best girls soccer player.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American list.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bunker lauded
November 19, 2023
A college freshman now, Aiden Bunker still is reaping the rewards of a terrific career as a student-athlete at Franklin Regional.

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Norwin notebook: Senior earns all-star volleyball invitation
Senior outside hitter Jillian Pensenstadler was set to represent Norwin at an all-star volleyball event.

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Sarah Podkul, who also plays softball, is one of three returning starters for Hempfield.
Hempfield girls basketball wants to push pace this season
November 18, 2023
Bob Madison has been coaching girls athletics long enough to have reached a universal truth, at least one that rings true in his mind.

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Norwin’s Collin Gunzburger fights for a rebound with Hempfield’s Max Williams Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2022 at Norwin High School
Hempfield boys ready to reap rewards from growing pains
Last season was a series of gradual improvements interrupted by teaching moments for the Hempfield boys basketball team.

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Belle Vernon’s Kole Doppelheuer returns a kick for a touchdown against East Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at Norwin. The play was nullified by a penalty.
Belle Vernon football turns attention toward WPIAL repeat
Friday was the first official practice date for WPIAL basketball season, but Quinton Martin and some of his teammates are not ready to take the court yet — if at all.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin drives to the basket against Laurel Highlands last season.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Coach returns to Ligonier Valley girls basketball
Ligonier Valley named a new girls basketball coach four days before the official start of practice.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin hurdles East Allegheny’s Bryce Dendy and Amir Rollins in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at Norwin.
Belle Vernon rushes back to WPIAL final with dominant win over East Allegheny
November 17, 2023
When it comes time to choose a ball carrier for each running play, Belle Vernon has options.

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Susan Fralic, the widow of former football star Bill Fralic, wraps her arms around a new exhibit honoring her husband Thursday at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center.
6 WPIAL linemen named finalists for 5th annual Bill Fralic Award
November 16, 2023
A scratched Atlanta Falcons helmet. A Pitt helmet dotted with reward stickers. A shiny national player of the year trophy. A Penn Hills No. 79 jersey that casts a shadow like the man who wore it.

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Erica Gribble (left) and Mya Morgan are back after helping the GCC girls reach the PIAA semifinals last season.
With loaded roster, long playoff run could await Greensburg Central Catholic girls
When Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls run their continuation sets on the basketball court, the offense is constantly resetting, coach Chris Skatell said.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner drives past Penn-Trafford’s Nathan Crum and Ian Temple (2) during the Hempfield tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at Hempfield Area High School.
With top scorers back, Greensburg Central Catholic boys in position to contend again
With its top two scorers back and four more players who spot-started at times last season joining them, Greensburg Central Catholic is a contender again in WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise (pink) and his teammates leave the field after a 1-0 loss to Central Bucks South in the PIAA Class 4A boys soccer semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, in Chambersburg.
PIAA: Central Bucks South won’t receive penalty after wearing wrong jerseys vs. Norwin
November 15, 2023
The PIAA said there is no penalty for a team that does not bring the proper colored uniform to a playoff event.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise celebrates after making a save during penalty kicks in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny on Nov. 4 at Highmark Stadium.
For Norwin boys, wild, dramatic playoff ride came to a halt one stop short
CHAMBERSBURG — Unable to produce the tying goal like they had done so many times before, and unable to push for overtime and penalty kicks to fit their calling card, Norwin fell to Central Bucks South on Tuesday night, 1-0, in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals to bring a historic run to an end.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise (pink) and his teammates leave the field after a 1-0 loss to Central Bucks South in the PIAA Class 4A boys soccer semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, in Chambersburg.
Central Bucks South ends improbably playoff run for Norwin boys soccer team
November 14, 2023
CHAMBERSBURG — Both soccer teams brought their white uniforms Tuesday night, so Central Bucks South wore fluorescent green mesh pinnies over their jerseys.

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Quaker Valley’s Andrew Vescio battles South Park’s Jack Ozimek for a header during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Highmark Stadium.
Rosters set for 2023 Western Pa. Soccer Coaches Association boys all-star games
The Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association boys all-star games will be Nov. 25 at Pine-Richland.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas (85) and Fox Chapel’s Dylan Work (53) compete for a loose puck during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal last season.
PIHL announces October players of the month
November 13, 2023
With 10 goals and six assists in four games last month, Norwin’s Alex Thomas surged to the top spot in the PIHL scoring leaders.

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Norwin’s Alex Brown (right) battles Warwick’s AJ Schwartz for possession during the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.
Westmoreland PIAA boys soccer playoff capsule: Games for Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023
PIAA boys soccer playoffs

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise makes a save during penalty kicks in the WPIAL the Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny.
PKs are OK for Norwin boys soccer team as it marches on in PIAA tournament
November 12, 2023
CHAMBERSBURG — These days, when regulation ends and two overtimes conclude with no result, the Norwin boys soccer team doesn’t clock out and go home.

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Penn-Trafford junior Ella Dindak was named to the All-WPIAL second team in Class 4A.
Westmoreland high school notes: Area players selected to All-WPIAL volleyball lists
The area was well represented on the All-WPIAL lists for girls volleyball.

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Norwin and Abington players prepare for their PIAA Class 4A boys soccer quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Chambersburg’s Trojan Stadium.
Norwin boys get another thrilling penalty-kick win in PIAA quarters
November 11, 2023
CHAMBERSBURG — As the pink sky faded into darkness and one overtime gave way to another, Norwin’s confidence grew.

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Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe holds the Commissioner’s Trophy at the World Series parade Nov. 3 in Arlington, Texas.
Norwin notebook: Irwin resident wins World Series ring
For the second year in a row, a man with ties to North Huntingdon is bringing home a World Series ring.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne connects on a header next to Moon’s Cooper Nickles during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Oct. 25.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional boys soccer will enter next season with new coach, plenty of talent
Franklin Regional has a coaching vacancy with the sudden departure of two-year coach Lukas Petersen, who is moving to Maryland because his wife has a new job there.

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Captains for Greensburg Central Catholic and South Side meet for the coin toss before their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, at Peters Township.
South Side lives up to top seed, takes care of Greensburg Central Catholic
November 10, 2023
Have run, will travel.

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Greensburg Salem’s Gionnah Ruffner will play for the East team at the 2023 WCCA girls volleyball match.
Ligonier Valley to host 2nd annual WCCA girls volleyball match
The inaugural Westmoreland County Coaches Association girls volleyball match was a rousing success last fall, so it was a no-brainer for organizers to bring the event back.

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Norwin’s Ian Natale battles Warwick’s Johnny Kellogg for possession during their PIAA Class 4A first-round state playoff game Tuesday.
Westmoreland County boys soccer playoff preview for Nov. 11, 2023
PIAA soccer playoffs

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas celebrates with Mario Cavallaro (l) after Cavallaro’s goal against McDowell in the first period during the Class A Championship on Monday, March 21, 2022 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Norwin hockey’s Alex Thomas signs with NAHL’s Colorado Grit
November 9, 2023
Colorado Grit general manager Gaven Bickford said Alex Thomas has quick lateral moves on the ice.

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Norwin’s Rick Zappone heads the ball during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny on Nov. 4.
Gritty defense carries Norwin soccer to new heights
“Castle on locks.”

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner runs for a touchdown past Jeannette’s Gavin Holemyer on Oct. 13.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Veteran QBs lead playoff teams
If there is one thing the three remaining WPIAL football playoff teams from Westmoreland County have in common, it is leadership under center.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby puts a hit on Jeannette’s Noah Sanders in the third quarter Oct. 13, at McKee Stadium.
Greensburg C.C. prepares for South Side’s vaunted rushing attack
November 8, 2023
In a way, Greensburg Central Catholic can’t entertain the thought of pulling an upset until it can prevent South Side’s football team from pulling its guards.

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Norwin’s Carson Zadylak celebrates with Owen Christopher after defeating Warwick, 1-0, in their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, at Norwin.
Clutch goal, tight defense send Norwin boys to 1st state playoff win in 34 years
November 7, 2023
One heightened moment in an otherwise twitchy soccer game gave a Norwin senior the thrill of his prep career and sent the better part of 1,200 screaming fans into a fever pitch.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise makes a save during penalty kicks in the WPIAL the Class 4A championship.
Westmoreland PIAA soccer playoff capsule: Game for Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
November 6, 2023
PIAA boys soccer playoffs

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior running back and linebacker who is getting recruited heavily for defense, added offers from Maryland and South Carolina last week.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch draws more college offers
November 5, 2023
Alex Tatsch has more than a handful of Power 5 scholarship offers. The list of interested schools is rising like his recruiting stock.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise makes a save during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny on Saturday.
Preparation, passion lead Norwin to title-game victory
Late Saturday night at Highmark Stadium, with the twinkle of the Pittsburgh skyline reflecting off the Monongahela River, Rick Zappone wasn’t sure if going to penalty kicks favored his Norwin team or North Allegheny more.

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Young coaches get their football fix on Norwin staff
Anthony Giansante and Jackson Pruitt were supposed to be playing college football this fall.

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Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Eva Denis
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Denis, Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nick Szekely
November 4, 2023
Eva Denis

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Norwin’s George Bunovich celebrates after scoring the winning goal in penalty kicks during the WPIAL the Class 4A championship game against North Allegheny on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Highmark Stadium.
Norwin claims 1st WPIAL soccer championship with PK shootout win over North Allegheny
When Norwin started a group chat in the preseason, they called it “Road to Highmark.”

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Captains from West Greene and Greensburg Central Catholic meet for the coin toss before their game Nov. 3, 2023, at Plum.
Big plays help Greensburg Central Catholic top West Greene, end playoff drought
November 3, 2023
Establishing a running game, hitting some long scoring plays and sending a message early on defense, Greensburg Central Catholic erased a nuisance of a playoff drought.

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Fox Chapel’s Sam Littwin battles Norwin’s Rick Zappone for a header during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Tuesday.
Norwin, North Allegheny expect physical, high-energy battle for Class 4A championship
North Allegheny and Butler engaged in some chippy final minutes in the WPIAL boys soccer semifinals.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner takes it to the house against Jeannette in the fourth quarter Oct. 13 at McKee Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Playoff win would mean a lot to Greensburg Central Catholic
November 2, 2023
Greensburg Central Catholic versus West Greene.

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Norwin goalkeeper Anthony Scalise celebrates after making a save during a shootout against Seneca Valley in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, in Jackson.
Norwin goalkeeper returns from injury just in time for brilliant playoff run
Eleven games into his senior season, big-gloved Anthony Scalise was batting away shots, deflecting crosses and spoiling corner kicks with regularity.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly controls the ball against Plum on Oct. 2.
Westmoreland County high school soccer notebook: Latrobe’s Robin Reilly up for top award
Robin Reilly was one of the top goal scorers and set-up midfielders in Class 3A this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cameron Metcalfe and Dom Smith (right) celebrate a sack against Plum on Oct. 13.
Westmoreland County high school football playoff matchups for 2023 Week 10
November 1, 2023
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The Norwin boys soccer team celebrates after defeating Seneca Valley in a penalty shootout in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Oct. 28.
Coaching conundrum can’t slow Norwin’s run to WPIAL boys soccer finals
A referee saw Carter Breen jogging across the field during pregame warmups Tuesday night at Hampton and stopped him.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Moon keeper Serayah Leech picked for All-American Game
Moon senior goalkeeper Serayah Leech was selected to play in the 11th annual Girls’ Soccer High School All-American Game, set for Dec. 9 at Wando High School in Charleston, S.C.

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher (17) and goalkeeper Anthony Scalise celebrate with the student section after defeating Fox Chapel, 2-1, in their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, at Hampton.
No. 8 seed Norwin continues playoff surge, beating Fox Chapel to reach WPIAL finals
October 31, 2023
Anyone wearing a Halloween mask was not permitted to enter Hampton’s Fridley Field on Tuesday night.

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Peters Township’s Nathan Froelich celebrates after scoring against Norwin on Oct. 3.
All-state selections, coaches of year revealed for boys soccer
Fourteen boys soccer players from the WPIAL were named to the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State list.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Noah Walker makes a save next to Hampton’s Xavier Ware during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Westmoreland WPIAL playoff soccer capsule: Game for Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Hampton’s Hudson Struble kisses goalkeeper Gavin Guinn on the head after Guinn made a leaping save against Franklin Regional during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Hampton boys top Franklin Regional, return to WPIAL Class 3A final
October 30, 2023
Music thumped and blared from the Hampton locker room as Luke Fiscus was about to be interviewed after the game.

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Franklin Regional head coach Lukas Petersen watches from the sideline during the a playoff game last year.
Franklin Regional boys soccer coach to step down at end of playoffs
Franklin Regional boys soccer coach Lukas Petersen is stepping down after this season, which isn’t over yet.

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Norwin’s Alex Brown heads the ball against Seneca Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, in Jackson.
Westmoreland WPIAL boys soccer playoff capsule: Game for Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher heads the ball against Seneca Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, in Jackson.
Norwin boys will vie for spot in soccer title match without suspended coach
Norwin will make its first WPIAL boys soccer semifinal appearance since 2020 on Tuesday night, but the Knights will be without coach Scott Schuchert, who has to sit out after receiving two yellow cards — the equivalent of a red card — in the quarterfinal upset of No. 1 seed Seneca Valley.

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North Allegheny’s Abigail Stager fires a shot past Pine-Richland’s Rachel Bashe during their game on Aug. 30.
Finalists announced for Moe Rosensteel award
Three finalists were announced Monday for the Moe Rosensteel Most Outstanding Player of the Year Award, now in its fifth year.

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Moon goalkeeper Serayah Leech makes a save on South Fayette’s Mia Deramo during their game on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, at South Fayette.
2023 All-WPIAL girls soccer teams released
The All-WPIAL girls soccer list was announced Monday.

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Franklin Regional head coach Lukas Petersen watches from the sideline during the Panthers’ WPIAL Section 4-3A game against Plum on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys soccer hits stride at perfect time
October 29, 2023
Franklin Regional found something, and at just the right time.

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Franklin Regional’s Tyler Pipon celebrates after scoring in double overtime to defeat Moon, 2-1, in their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at Moon.
Westmoreland soccer preview capsule: Game for Monday, Oct. 30, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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                                Jeannette senior Jordan Taylor led the WPIAL with 54 goals on the season, a school record.
Westmoreland HS notebook: Jeannette’s Taylor named Class 2A player of year
Jeannette soccer player Jordan Taylor had a senior season to remember, as he netted a school-record 54 goals to lead the WPIAL.

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James Franklin lands his helicopter at Latrobe’s Rossi Field on Friday.
Penn State offers Latrobe LB Alex Tatsch after James Franklin’s chopper lands at school’s practice field
Alex Tatsch now has scholarship offers from the region’s Big 3.

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Franklin Regional soccer player Tyler Pipon
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon, Franklin Regional’s Tyler Pipon
October 28, 2023
Amarah McCutcheon

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Burrell’s Mikaya Buchak celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Mt. Pleasant during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal on Saturday.
Burrell girls soccer upsets Mt. Pleasant in OT, reaches WPIAL semifinals for 1st time
With about 10 minutes to play in regulation, Burrell girls soccer coach Frank Nesko had a message for freshman midfielder Mikaya Buchak.

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Norwin quarterback Tristyn Tavares set the school’s single-season passing yardage record.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Norwin QB Tavares sets records
Norwin finished in a flourish. A record-setting, big-play flourish for its third win of the season.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio grabs a rebound over North Allegheny’s Caroline Henderson during the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals March 17 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Norwin notebook: Forward Lauren Palangio makes college decision
One of the top forwards in WPIAL Class 6A basketball has decided on a college destination.

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Tristyn Tavares making impact running Norwin spread offense
Asked if he expected to find his name among the top passers in the WPIAL, Tristyn Tavares didn’t hesitate, like how he doesn’t hesitate when he runs the Norwin offense.

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                                Franklin Regional quarterback Chase Lemke throws during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition at Greater Latrobe High School.
Chase Lemke, Ayden Hudock have become must-watch connection for Franklin Regional
Franklin Regional quarterback Chase Lemke and receiver Ayden Hudock were in a rhythm at just the right time as the Panthers pursued a playoff spot.

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Clairton and Jeannette captains gather for the coin toss Friday.
Clairton pulls it together, routs Jeannette after close 1st quarter
October 27, 2023
Drahcir Jones said Clairton had no intentions of sharing the Eastern Conference title with anyone.

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Derry athletic director Nick Raymond
Nick Raymond hired as Derry’s new athletic director
Derry hired Nick Raymond as athletic director Thursday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Piper celebrates her goal with Riley Gesinski during the first half against Southmoreland on Sept. 20.
Westmoreland County soccer preview capsules: Games of Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023
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Avonworth’s Nathan Kline (left) celebrates his first goal with Carter Berad during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against Belle Vernon on Thursday in Ohio Twp.
Avonworth limits Belle Vernon’s top scorer, sprints into WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2023
Avonworth didn’t man mark Belle Vernon’s Trevor Kovatch, the second-leading goal scorer in WPIAL boys soccer.

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Jeannette’s Noah Sanders scores past Greensburg Central Catholic’s Landon Honick on Oct. 13.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Jeannette returns to big stage for matchup with Clairton
Players ran the hill next to the bleachers at McKee Stadium to end a practice earlier this week, and coach Tom Paulone joined them on the steep and somewhat muddy ascent.

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Latrobe’s Emerson Shine battles Franklin Regional’s Addison Lacey for possession during their game on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland soccer preview capsules: Games for Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023
October 25, 2023
WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Seneca Valley’s Cole Kamarec celebrates with teammates after scoring the Raiders’ second goal against North Allegheny on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Jackson.
2023 All-WPIAL boys soccer teams, players of year, released
Here are the 2023 boys soccer All-WPIAL lists for each classification, as selected by the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association:

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South Allegheny celebrates a 2-1 overtime win over Greensburg Central Catholic on Tuesday in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer playoffs at Southmoreland.
South Allegheny girls crash net in overtime, upset Greensburg Central Catholic
October 24, 2023
Laila Chervon’s top priority was to crash the net.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne battles Plum’s Nathan Morrill for a header Sept. 27.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for Wednesday, Oct. 25
Boys

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Latrobe girls soccer coach Jamie Campbell (center) talks to her team after a 3-1 victory over West Allegheny Monday night in the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.
Fast start leads Latrobe into WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals with win over West Allegheny
October 23, 2023
Latrobe gives out a hard hat for its player of the game, and, new this year for the playoffs, a dog tag for the toughest player of that match.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Piper sprints past Southmoreland’s Aubrey Seder during their game on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at Vikings Stadium.
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WPIAL soccer playoffs

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Domasky battles Belle Vernon’s Mason Yeschenko during their game Oct. 10.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for Monday, Oct. 23, 2023
October 22, 2023
Boys

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Pitt’s Wayne Williams guards Duquesne’s B.B. Flenory in Pitt’s 72-65 victory at Fitzgerald Field House on Feb. 22, 1978.
High school notebook: New award to be named after Valley graduate B.B. Flenory
Baron “B.B.” Flenory’s name is woven into the fabric of Western Pennsylvania basketball.

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South Fayette’s Mike Plasko celebrates with James Casillo after scoring his first goal against Latrobe on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at South Fayette.
Plasko scores all 4 goals to lead South Fayette past Latrobe in boys soccer playoffs
October 21, 2023
Senior Michael Plasko is one of South Fayette’s best basketball players. A fiery guard who can shoot 3-pointers, he averaged 17 points per game last winter.

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Latrobe goalie Brock Pflugh
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul and Latrobe’s Brock Pflugh
Sarah Podkul

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Derry’s Ahmad Ward (22) is celebrated by a teammate after what would be his game-winning touchdown during a game against Burrell on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at Burrell.
Westmoreland high school football notes: 3 more teams clinch playoff berths
Three more Westmoreland County teams clinched spots in the WPIAL football playoffs with wins Friday night.

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Norwin’s Luke Simpson takes fourth in the boys WCCA cross country championship Oct. 11 at Westmoreland County Community College.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Norwin notebook: Cross country teams sweep at county meet
While it is the time of year to rake leaves, the Norwin cross country teams brought brooms to the county race.

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Norwin’s Dom Cerilli and Fox Chapel’s Trip Goehring compete for a loose puck during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal last season.
                                Andrew Palla | For the Tribune-Review
After 2 special seasons, Norwin hockey ready to tackle step up in class
As Norwin discovered, there is a menu of factors for hockey teams to move up in classification in the PIHL.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Landon Honick scores a touchdown against Riverview on Friday.
Greensburg Central Catholic survives scare vs. Riverview
October 20, 2023
Sophomore Landon Honick didn’t want his team’s playoff hopes to stretch into Week 9.

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Franklin Regional’s Danny Christafano celebrates a goal against Plum last season.
Westmoreland County high school soccer playoff matchups for Saturday, Oct. 21
Boys

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Mt. Pleasant’s Brody Hutter beats Elizabeth Forward’s Krystian Kennedy to the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown Oct. 6.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: 3 teams could clinch playoff spots in Week 8
October 19, 2023
Four Westmoreland County teams have clinched WPIAL playoff berths, but more can secure spots this week.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Garrett Eicher causes Elizabeth Forward’s Charles Gigut to fumble while Micah Roadman (72) holds on Oct. 6.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 8
October 18, 2023
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher battles Peters Township’s Nathan Froelich for a header during their game on Oct. 3.
Norwin boys get another shot at Seneca Valley, Mt. Pleasant girls receive top 3 seed
Norwin will have to wait until next weekend to open the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs.

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Mars’ Kayleigh Clark battles Hampton’s Olivia Hoffman for possession during their game on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, at Hampton.
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
Here’s a closer look at the 2023 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs:

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Plum’s Zach Mauro (15) celebrates his goal with Brady French during the first half against Franklin Regional on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at Plum.
Breaking down the 2023 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
Here’s a closer look at the 2023 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Seneca Valley’s Daniel Leech (4) celebrates with teammates after Zach Garma’s goal against Fox Chapel on Aug. 29.
3 teams chasing 3-peats as WPIAL announces soccer playoff pairings
Three teams will go for three-peats in the WPIAL soccer playoffs.

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Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Tournament honors late Mt. Pleasant grad
The late Seth Menart was a three-time all-section player at Mt. Pleasant and went on to win a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tile at Cal (Pa.) as a walk-on.

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Ryan Kanner (left) talks to his team during a practice this week.
Greensburg Central boys soccer enters WPIAL playoffs as intriguing underdog
It’s not often a team can take momentum from a loss, but Greensburg Central Catholic did that in a recent setback.

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Brothers Mason and Brandon Yeschenko of the Belle Vernon boys soccer team.
Siblings abound on Westmoreland County playoff soccer teams
October 17, 2023
When Mason and Brandon Yeschenko were younger, they would put on large, red boxing gloves and settle disputes by going a couple of rounds in the basement.

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Latrobe’s Ava Yurko celebrates with Maddy Petruzzi after scoring against Plum on Oct. 2.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Playoff teams await pairings
The WPIAL will announce playoff pairings Wednesday afternoon, and tournaments could start this weekend.

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Hempfield Area junior Peyton Murray unleashes the winning throw in the discus at the Butler Invitational April 21, 2023. Murray won the event.
Hempfield thrower Peyton Murray commits to Notre Dame
October 16, 2023
A GIF of actor Charles S. Dutton, who plays the character Fortune in the film “Rudy,” is popular on the internet.

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Team West’s Avery Bain of Burrell celebrates with teammates after scoring during the WCCA girls volleyball all-star game on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Ligonier Valley High School.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: WCCA all-star game returning to Ligonier Valley
October 15, 2023
After a successful debut last year, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Volleyball All-Star Game will return next month.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly controls the ball against Plum on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at Plum.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Robin Reilly and Belle Vernon’s Rogan Maloney
October 14, 2023
Robin Reilly

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple (right) went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season Friday night.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Showdown between Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford looms
Second place and a playoff spot will be on the line in the Class 5A Big East Conference, and one game will settle it all.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio goes up at the net in front of Kiski Area’s Cora Coleman during a match last season.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Norwin girls volleyball keeps up the fight
Norwin’s girls volleyball team was fighting for a playoff spot in Section 3-4A as the regular season winded toward a mid-October finish.

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Norwin’s Jackson Huss dives into the end past Penn-Trafford’s Jessie Lisbon on Sept. 29.
Norwin notebook: Knights strive for better starts
While Norwin’s football team has been more resilient and competitive than is has been in a while, the Knights were trying to get off to better starts.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Ali Boyle hits a shot from a bunker near No. 7 green at Champion Lakes on Sept. 7 during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association tournament.
Franklin Regional girls golfers test their mettle in WPIAL postseason
Mark Twain is believed to have said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

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Players from Franklin Regional and Hempfield take part in the coin toss before their game Friday.
Franklin Regional surges past Hempfield for 4th straight victory
October 13, 2023
The more progressions he goes through and the more repetitions he gets, the more Chase Lemke looks the part of Franklin Regional’s starting quarterback.

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Jim Schaffer, Yough’s new athletic director
Yough grad Jim Schaffer named athletic director at alma mater
Longtime volunteer coach and Yough diehard Jim Schaffer is primed to take over as athletic director on Cougar Mountain.

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Latrobe and Franklin Regional players line up for the national anthem before their game Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.
Latrobe boys get past Franklin Regional in OT in chippy match
A soccer game with as many cards as goals wasn’t settled in regulation, so Franklin Regional and Latrobe played overtime in their touchy Section 4-3A rematch.

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Hempfield’s Allie Cervola celebrates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Norwin during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal last season.
Slick-fielding Hempfield shortstop Allie Cervola picks Ohio
October 12, 2023
Hempfield doesn’t just have a history of winning WPIAL and PIAA championships in softball.

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Latrobe’s Ja’Tawn Williams takes down Franklin Regional’s Austin Kerns on Sept. 1.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Latrobe senior making impact
There has been plenty of buzz in Latrobe about a promising junior class that includes players such as running back/linebacker Alex Tatsch and quarterback/safety John Wetzel.

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Riverview senior Lola Abraham (center) and her coach and father, Sean Abraham (right) gather with GCC coach Derek Cuthbert, his players and officials for a pregame meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023.
Lola Abraham’s 4 goals lift Riverview past GCC in Section 1-A showdown
October 11, 2023
Greensburg Central Catholic tried everything against Lola Abraham, marking her with multiple girls in 10-minute intervals as it tried to slow her down.

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Latrobe’s Ja’Tawn Williams takes down Franklin Regional’s Austin Kerns on Sept. 1.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 7
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Jeannette’s Jordan Taylor
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Jeannette’s Jordan Taylor climbs WPIAL all-time goals list
The goal came without any fanfare and it came in a loss, so Jordan Taylor didn’t think much of it.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Domasky works past Belle Vernon’s Tim Reda during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant senior thrives after battling through career-threatening hip problem
The thought of ending his soccer career pervaded Luke Domasky’s mind at the start of the season.

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Belle Vernon’s Trevor Kovatch moves the ball upfield against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at Mt. Pleasant.
Trevor Kovatch’s PK goal lifts Belle Vernon to key win over Mt. Pleasant
October 10, 2023
Mt. Pleasant’s pep band played at halftime Tuesday night at Viking Stadium, a rare occurrence for a high school soccer game, but an addition that was befitting to the ambiance of such a big first-place showdown.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Machusko brings the ball upfield against Springdale on Aug. 30, 2023, in Springdale.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Before knee surgery, GCC senior scores one last goal
Senior night could have been a bummer for Ella Machusko, who has a torn ACL and had written off playing the rest of the season.

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Southmoreland’s Aubrey Seder controls the ball during a game on Sept. 20, 2023, at Mt. Pleasant.
Despite challenges, Southmoreland girls soccer emerges as perennial playoff program
No matter the roster turnover or how many star players it loses, Southmoreland manages to stay in the thick of the WPIAL girls soccer playoff race.

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Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton scoops up a ball against Latrobe last season.
Sought-after Franklin Regional slugger Toryn Fulton commits to South Florida
October 9, 2023
Franklin Regional standout junior Toryn Fulton announced Monday she has made a verbal commitment to play college softball at South Florida.

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Latrobe’s Bri Hoffer (15) celebrates her goal with Regan Reilly and Maddy Petruzzi during their game against Franklin Regional on Monday.
Latrobe girls soccer picks up pace, ends Franklin Regional win streak
With its offense moving efficiently and fluidly, Latrobe sped up the pace and created frequent scoring opportunities on the way to a 2-0 victory over Franklin Regional on Monday night in a Section 3-3A girls soccer game in Murrysville.

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Moon head coach Bill Pfeifer celebrates with goalkeeper Serayah Leech after defeating Seneca Valley, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
4 WPIAL players on watch list, Moon’s Pfeifer to coach in HS All-American soccer game
Four girls soccer players from the WPIAL made the watch list for the 2023 High School All-American Game set for Dec. 9 in Charleston, S.C.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller is looking for her third WCCA girls cross country title.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA cross country meets set for Wednesday
October 8, 2023
The next events on the Westmoreland County Coaches Association fall calendar are the cross country championships.

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Sophomore Morgan Gesinski of Mt. Pleasant
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Morgan Gesinski, Greensburg Salem’s Hunter Webb
October 7, 2023
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Franklin Regional’s Ayden Hudock (left) scored four touchdowns Friday.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Franklin Regional’s Hudock makes Norwin pay
Franklin Regional figured if Norwin was going to play single coverage on its receivers, it would take some shots downfield.

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                                Norwin sophomore cross country runner Annie Czajkowski
Norwin runner finds perfect pace, shows plenty of potential
While she used to come out sprinting at the start of a cross country race, Annie Czajkowski is more methodical now, pacing herself before a late push to pass.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna makes a save against Plum last season.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Defense in peak form for Franklin Regional girls soccer
While the math doesn’t seem to add up, defensive play equates to one-sided play.

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Franklin Regional takes the field against Norwin on Friday.
Franklin Regional shows grit, staves off furious Norwin rally
October 6, 2023
Franklin Regional remained in the Big East playoff hunt.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Austin Ulery celebrates after scoring the winning goal late in the game against McGuffey on Thursday.
Clutch goal lifts Mt. Pleasant boys past McGuffey to run win streak to 6
October 5, 2023
Mt. Pleasant ran its winning streak to six but not before a somewhat painstaking final push at McGuffey.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Murray wins the boys discus throw during the PIAA class 3A Track & Field Championships May 26, 2023, at Shippensburg University.
Pitt, Penn State among schools courting Hempfield thrower Peyton Murray
Recruiting is beginning to ramp up for Peyton Murray.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple (34) runs the ball against Hempfield on Sept. 22.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: When Penn-Trafford, Gateway meet, ‘this game is a big deal’
Fierce rivals Penn-Trafford and Gateway appear to be rounding into form just in time for another encounter.

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Jeannette girls soccer team wins for 1st time since 2019
October 4, 2023
The Jeannette girls soccer team did something Wednesday night it had not done since 2019: It won a game.

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Penn-Trafford celebrates Tyler Boss’ second-quarter interception against Norwin last Friday.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 6
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Elizabeth Forward’s Mya Morgan hugs Peters Twp.’s Ellie Benson after winning the WPIAL Class 3A girls golf championship on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Elizabeth Forward’s Mya Morgan blasts past field to win WPIAL golf championship
Sophomore Mya Morgan had to miss a tryout for a school musical because she was competing in the WPIAL girls golf championship.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Rivardo had eight goals and five assists through 10 games.
Blue-collar approach works wonders for Mt. Pleasant boys soccer
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer players don’t do a lot of trash talking during games. In fact, they don’t do a lot of talking at all.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Jackson Vacanti brings the ball upfield against Sewickley Academy last season.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic junior unleashes ‘screamer’ of a goal
It started with an innocent throw-in by Greensburg Central Catholic deep in Ligonier Valley territory.

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Plum’s Zach Mauro scored the go-ahead against Latrobe.
Plum boys rally from 2-goal deficit to avoid soccer upset vs. Latrobe
October 3, 2023
Everything seemed to be going right for Latrobe, until it wasn’t.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Addison Vacanti battles Springdale’s Arianna Feizi for possession during their game on Aug. 30, 2023, at Springdale.
It’s quality over quantity as Greensburg Central Catholic girls battle low roster numbers
Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls soccer team will play a game for the first time since Sept. 20 when it visits Seton LaSalle on Wednesday night.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Maddie Barrick (71) celebrates her second goal with Brooklyn Ulery and Maggie Piper during their game against Southmoreland on Sept. 20.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Mt. Pleasant climbs to top of rankings
There is a new No. 1 team in Class 2A.

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Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski hits a drive on No. 17 at Latrobe Country Club Sept. 25, 2023 during the first round of the WPIAL Class 3A Golf Championship.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: P-T golfer Nick Turowski can join exclusive company with win
October 1, 2023
Penn-Trafford senior Nick Turowski is primed to become a two-time WPIAL golf champion.

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Southmoreland junior volleyball player Taylor Doppelheuer
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Taylor Doppelheuer, Yough’s Isaac Pacacha
Taylor Doppelheuer

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Jeannette’s Noah Sanders carries the ball during Friday’s game against Riverview.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Jeannette’s Sanders keeps rolling despite cast
September 30, 2023
Noah Sanders’ stat line Friday night looked like this: Six carries, 151 yards, two touchdowns, one arm.

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Jeannette’s Kymon’e Brown scores a touchdown as Riverview’s Rio Stotts reacts during a game Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Jeannette.
Jeannette starts fast, wins 4th straight with victory over Riverview
September 29, 2023
Once the odds-on favorite most weeks, Jeannette is more dark horse these days as the football team continues to heal from a couple of thin years.

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Jeannette’s Noah Sanders carries the ball against Riverview on Friday.
Jeannette starts fast, wins 4th straight with victory over Riverview
Once the odds-on favorite most weeks, Jeannette is more dark horse these days as the football team continues to heal from a couple of thin years.

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Canon-McMillan and Norwin prepare to play a Section 2-4A boys soccer game on Thursday night in North Huntingdon.
Canon-McMillan boys soccer scores upset of No. 3 Norwin
September 28, 2023
Both boys soccer teams had given up 10 goals coming into their latest Section 2-4A matchup.

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Southmoreland coach Tim Bukowski
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Elizabeth Forward coach set to face old pals at Southmoreland
Peering across the field and trying to get a win against his buddies will be an interesting proposition for John DeMarco.

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Franklin Regional coach Scott Arnold (standing, center) talks to his team after Wednesday night’s 1-0 win at Penn-Trafford.
Franklin Regional girls smother Penn-Trafford
September 27, 2023
Franklin Regional had eight players arrive late for Wednesday night’s warmups because of a National Honor Society event.

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Jeannette’s Jeremiah Williamson runs against Frazier last Friday.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 5
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Greensburg Central Catholic forced to postpone 3rd straight girls soccer game
With only eight or nine girls available to play because of illness and injuries, Greensburg Central Catholic had to postpone its third straight girls soccer game.

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Latrobe boys soccer team turning into overnight success
It’s going on 10 p.m., and the lights are still on at Rossi Field.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne battles Plum’s Brenden Akut for possession during their game on Aug. 31.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bayne puts best foot forward in 2 sports
Joey Bayne has tried just about every sport.

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Belle Vernon boys soccer players warm up before Tuesday night’s game at Yough.
Belle Vernon boys break in new formation, roll past section rival Yough
September 26, 2023
Belle Vernon must have noticed when this week’s boys soccer rankings came out — WPIAL and state — and it did not make the cut.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Piper sprints past Southmoreland’s Aubrey Seder during their game Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at Vikings Stadium.
Mt. Pleasant girls use creative, up-tempo style to leave opponents in the dust
In order to play soccer the way the Mt. Pleasant girls play, you have to be ready to run.

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Jeannette girls soccer coaches Crystal and Billy Bryant pose with their daughter, Maelynn, before a recent game at McKee Stadium.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Coaching couple extends helping hand to Jayhawks
The Jeannette girls soccer team was missing a coach and on the verge of circling the drain when the district turned to its former leader to get things back on track.

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Seneca Valley pitcher Lexie Hames delivers against Hempfield on Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Jackson.
Seneca Valley star pitcher Lexie Hames commits to Clemson
September 25, 2023
No surprises here: Seneca Valley ace softball pitcher Lexie Hames is headed to a top-tier NCAA program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski will be one of several contenders for the WPIAL Class 3A crown.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Guzzie hits hole-in-one at WPIALs
September 24, 2023
Norwin sophomore Lia Guzzie did not qualify for the WPIAL girls golf finals, but she made a lasting memory at the Section 3-3A Tournament.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple (right) ran for 300 yards Friday.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Whipple enjoys breakout
September 23, 2023
Tasso Whipple was a little hesitant to talk to the media after his record-breaking performance Friday night.

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Jeannette head coach Ray Reitz is doused by Terrelle Pryor (right) and Jason Marquis during their PIAA Class AA championship victory over Dunmore at Hershey Stadium on Dec. 15, 2007. Jeannette defeated Dunmore 49-21 to claim the school’s first state championship.
7 athletes, state champion team, coach to join Jeannette’s Athletic Hall of Fame
Jeannette announced its 2023 Athletic Hall of Fame class that includes seven athletes, a team, a coach and legend and contributor honorees.

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Norwin’s Evelyn Moore carries the ball past Latrobe’s Ella Bullava during a game last season.
Norwin notebook: Seniors make impact in girls soccer win
The Norwin girls soccer team made the most of senior night.

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                                Norwin head football coach Mike Brown speaks to the team during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition in July.
Comeback win gives Norwin football a boost in confidence
Norwin football coach Mike Brown made a special moment out of his team’s first home win of the season, giving the game ball to his father and assistant coach, Bill Brown, for a birthday present on the Saturday after the victory.

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Jeannette senior soccer standout Jordan Taylor
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Jeannette’s Jordan Taylor, Belle Vernon’s Gabriella Dusi
Gabriella Dusi

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Penn-Trafford’s Tasso Whipple (34) runs the ball against Hempfield on Friday.
Penn-Trafford rides Whipple’s record-setting night to win over Hempfield
September 22, 2023
Junior tailback Tasso Whipple averaged more than 13 yards per carry on the way to a single-game school rushing record of 300 yards and scored four touchdowns as he and Penn-Trafford remembered what it felt like to win at home.

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Jeannette boys soccer coach Steve Pons talks to his team during halftime of Thursday night’s game against Greensburg Salem at McKee Stadium.
High-scoring Jeannette boys continue hot streak with victory over Greensburg Salem
September 21, 2023
The highest-scoring team in WPIAL boys soccer isn’t going to slow down until the throttle burns out.

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Hempfield head coach Nick Keefer speaks to the team before his first game as head coach before playing Greensburg Salem Friday Aug.25, 2023 at Spartan Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Hempfield gets new left tackle as injuries hit lineup
Hempfield is making some position changes work because of injuries. Rising talent Brock Heisler, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound sophomore tight end and long snapper, has been a part of the on-the-fly adjustments.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Piper moves the ball upfield past Southmoreland’s Aubrey Seder on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at Vikings Stadium.
Mt. Pleasant builds state rankings case with 6-0 win over rival Southmoreland
September 20, 2023
Mt. Pleasant could have made a fuss when the coaches’ state girls soccer rankings came out this week, and there was no mention of the Lady Vikings.

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Latrobe’s John Wetzel avoids Hempfield’s Brock Heisler in the first half Sept. 8.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 4
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Norwin’s Owen Christopher
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Gritty Norwin climbs in standings
Norwin has been one of the hotter teams in the WPIAL of late.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aiden Johnson makes a save on Belle Vernon’s Trevor Kovatch last season.
Goals keep coming for ‘relentless’ Belle Vernon junior Trevor Kovatch
When he was about 5 years old, Trevor Kovatch wandered into his neighbor’s backyard and, bang, there it was.

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Izzy Aigner of Greensburg Central Catholic is playing this weekend in the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Izzy Aigner to play with Greensburg native Rocco Mediate at PGA Tour Champions event
It will be an all-Greensburg pairing at the Pure Insurance Championship this week at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Jeannette senior soccer standout Jordan Taylor
Jeannette’s Jordan Taylor earns statewide scoring honor
He plays for the highest-scoring boys soccer team in the WPIAL and is one of the highest-scoring players in the country.

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Franklin Regional and Latrobe line up for the national anthem before their game Tuesday. Sept. 19, 2023.
Latrobe boys soccer proves it is for real by blanking Franklin Regional
September 19, 2023
Latrobe likes to rely on an overcrowded midfield to control the tempo and produce occasional run-outs for scoring chances.

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Franklin Regional’s Abby Paterline works against Plum’s Alexis Rodda during their game on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in Murrysville.
Abby Paterline putting versatility, knowledge to use for Franklin Regional girls soccer
Because she has grown up in a soccer family, Franklin Regional’s Abby Paterline knows the game inside and out.

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Mars’ Julia Lishia tackles Hampton’s Sara Kenst during their game on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, at Hampton.
WPIAL soccer teams dot latest PSCA state rankings
A rare loss did not affect the Moon girls soccer team’s standing in the state rankings.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Riley Kerr (14) battles for the ball during a PIAA girls soccer semifinal against Freedom last year.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic winning with small but mighty roster
Greenburg Central Catholic has to take it easy in practice this season. Like Yough last year, the Centurions have a small roster. Sometimes, they barely have enough for one side.

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Latrobe and Penn-Trafford players and coaches meet with officials before their Section 3-3A game Monday in Harrison City.
Latrobe sophomore finds golden goal to beat Penn-Trafford
September 18, 2023
Sophomore forward Annalyse Bauer had a couple of near-miss scoring opportunities in the second half, bumping a header off the post and later ringing a shot off the football crossbar.

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Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch sheds the tackle attempt by Hempfield’s Brennan Knight in the fourth quarter Friday Sept. 8, 2023 at Spartan Stadium.
Latrobe’s Alex Tatsch earns scholarship offer from West Virginia
September 17, 2023
Alex Tatsch spent a perfect late-summer day in Morgantown.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Znavor takes over Yough girls basketball team
Brian Znavor is the new girls basketball coach at Yough.

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Greensburg Central Catholic soccer player Riley Kerr
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: GCC’s Riley Kerr and Latrobe’s P.J. Germano
September 16, 2023
Riley Kerr

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Kymon’E Brown (right) helped Jeannette to its third win of the season Friday.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Norwin never doubted
Tristyn Tavares said there wasn’t a lot of chatter or pep talks when Norwin fell behind by 16 points early in the fourth quarter Friday night at Plum.

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Norwin’s Tristyn Tavares
Norwin notebook: Passing game starting to click for Knights
Mike Brown expected Norwin’s passing offense to flourish once the quarterback and receivers established their timing.

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                                Grove City soccer players (from left) Luke, Jake and Matt Kimmich are Franklin Regional graduates.
Trio of Kimmich brothers join forces at Grove City
The question swirled around each of them. It made the three brothers tense up momentarily, and then smile an ornery grin.

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Captains for Latrobe and Thomas Jefferson meet for the coin toss before their game Sept. 15, 2023, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
No. 2-ranked Thomas Jefferson too much for Latrobe
September 15, 2023
Latrobe called for a blackout from its home fans Friday night.

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Belle Vernon celebrates after its 1-0 victory over Mt. Pleasant on Thursday night at James Weir Stadium.
Belle Vernon boys soccer holds off Mt. Pleasant, takes over 1st place
September 14, 2023
It took blood and sweat, but first place in Section 3-2A belongs to Belle Vernon — for now.

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall shares a laugh with former head coach Joe Mucci before their a 2015 WPIAL playoff game against Serra Catholic.
Legendary Jeannette coach Joe Mucci among national high school hall of fame nominees
Legendary Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic coach Joe Mucci is among 50 nominees — players, coaches and teams included — for the second National High School Football Hall of Fame class.

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Penn Trafford coach John Ruane instructs during the WCCA 7-on-7 competition in July.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Top teams ready for prime time
Regional television and radio will feature several Westmoreland County teams Friday night while shining a spotlight on two recent WPIAL and PIAA championship programs.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly gets a shot off past Franklin Regional’s Eden Williams and Brooke Blakley Wednesday at Rossi Field.
Latrobe girls soccer team powers past Franklin Regional with 2 first-half goals
September 13, 2023
An airplane flew over Rossi Field early in the girls soccer game Wednesday night, descending slowly toward the nearby airport named after Arnold Palmer.

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Hempfield’s Keiran Lippmann is taken down by Latrobe’s John Wetzel last Friday.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 3
Class 5A Big East Conference

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Mt. Pleasant’s Luke Rivardo plays the ball against Belle Vernon last season. The Vikings and Leopards will meet Thursday with first place in the section on the line.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Latrobe looking part of contender
It is a question coaches in Section 4-3A keep asking: How good is Latrobe?

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Norwin junior Daniel Maddock
Junior scorer emerges as game-changer for Norwin boys soccer
When Norwin played Canon-McMillan in a section matchup last boys soccer season, Daniel Maddock moved from outside back, where he had played for three games, to the wing.

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Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Latrobe roster packed with Division I players
September 12, 2023
With junior Robin Reilly giving a verbal commitment to West Virginia, Latrobe continued its recent pipeline to Division I college soccer.

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Rease Solomon makes a save last season.
Suffocating defense fuels Penn-Trafford girls soccer
When a goal finally found its way into the net during an overtime section opener at Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford did not descend into girls soccer madness.

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The old spartan logo seen in the former gymnasium on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield hires girls basketball, wrestling, girls lacrosse coaches
September 11, 2023
Hempfield hired three varsity head coaches Monday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sasha Hoffman is a member of the 2023 tennis team.
Westmoreland County H.S. notebook: GCC’s Sasha Hoffman out to defend section title
September 10, 2023
The WPIAL girls tennis individual postseason begins Wednesday with section tournaments around the district.

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Brinker (left) helped shut out Connellsville on Friday.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Franklin Regional takes pride in defense
September 9, 2023
Lance Getsy isn’t surprised to see his defense making plays each week. In fact, he will tell you without blinking that he expects it.

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Latrobe’s Robin Reilly (front) will play at West Virginia two years from now.
Latrobe soccer standout Reilly picks West Virginia
Latrobe junior soccer standout Robin Reilly said last weekend she was close to making a college commitment.

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Franklin Regional volleyball boasts young roster with great chemistry
With only three returning starters, the Franklin Regional girls volleyball team will have to build experience match by match.

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                                Members of the Norwin cross country team ran together nearly 40 times during offseason training.
Norwin cross country builds strong team concept during busy summer
With more than 40 running sessions over the summer that often spanned five days a week, Norwin cross country runners developed a flow.

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Norwin’s Addi Matovich spikes against Kiski during Pack the Park event Aug. 29 on the Ellen Toy grass court at Vandergrift’s Kennedy Park.
Norwin notebook: Volleyball team honored to again take part in outdoor game
Mary Ellen Ferragonio knew her team was taking part in an event that was as unique as it was celebratory.

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Brinker (left) closes in on Connellsville’s Capone Mickens during their game Sept. 8, 2023, at Franklin Regional.
Running game, special teams help Franklin Regional blank Connellsville
September 8, 2023
With its special teams unit flying to the football and setting field position and its running game in high gear, Franklin Regional handed upstart Connellsville a humbling 38-0 defeat in a nonconference matchup Friday night at Panther Stadium in Murrysville.

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Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert celebrates with kicker Willie Schwerha after his field goal during the 2022 PIAA Class 3A championship game.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Kickers giving teams a leg up
September 7, 2023
Kickers often are undervalued, at least by spectators who would rather see big plays and touchdowns. But those special teams leaders could play a key role for Westmoreland County teams as the season moves ahead.

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Franklin Regional’s Kyle Dupill carries the ball during a game against Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 2
September 6, 2023
Connellsville (2-0) at Franklin Regional (1-1)

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Greensburg Central Catholic soccer players gather for a practice earlier this summer.
Greensburg C.C. boys soccer gets creative with offensive attack
With an appreciation for possession-style soccer, Ryan Kanner is simplifying the offense in his first season as Greensburg Central Catholic’s boys coach.

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Pine-Richand’s Tyler Derks battles Norwin’s Daniel Maddock for possession during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Norwin’s Daniel Maddock showing scoring touch
Norwin is the only Westmoreland County team left in the Trib Live HSSN rankings. Things, of course, could change as the season carries on.

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Izzy Aigner is a senior golfer at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Greensburg C.C. golfer Izzy Aigner to play Pebble Beach event, opting out of WPIAL individual postseason
Wave-crashing scenes from iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links have only been pictures on the web or in golf magazines to Izzy Aigner.

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Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Key injury tests Franklin Regional
September 5, 2023
Franklin Regional is adopting a next-girl-up mentality after losing a key starter to an injury.

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Yough’s Kendalyn Umbel watches her winning goal during the Cougars’ game against Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 19, 2021.
Increasing number of top girls soccer players opting out of high school competition
When a few Westmoreland County girls soccer players came to a Y in the road — to play or not to play this season — they all chose the same direction.

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Ligonier Valley golfer Brody McIntosh had his first ace in a match against Mt. Pleasant at Norvelt Golf Club.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s McIntosh pockets hole in one
September 3, 2023
Ligonier Valley golfer Brody McIntosh had quite a surprise waiting for him at the sixth hole during last Monday’s match at Norvelt Golf Club.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger gets past Oakland Catholic’s Caroline Miller during WPIAL 2A girls field hockey semifinal action Thursday, Oct.27, 2022 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford’s Ava Hershberger, Nick Turowski
September 2, 2023
Ava Hershberger

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Derry quarterback Mason Beeman rolls out during WCCA 7-on-7 competition in July at Latrobe.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Derry finally shakes long losing streak
Derry did something Friday night it had not done since the disruptive, covid-plagued season of 2020: It won a football game.

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                                The sun sets over the Norwin bench during Pack the Park outdoor volleyball game against Kiski Area on Aug. 29 on the Ellen Toy grass court at Vandergrift’s Kennedy Park.
Norwin volleyball looks to take ‘baby’ steps forward coming off playoff season
“Don’t drop the baby” has become one of Norwin’s favorite games to play at volleyball practice.

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                                Norwin coach Mike Brown speaks to the team during WCCA 7-on-7 competition in July at Latrobe.
Norwin notebook: Knights show potential in football opener
Norwin showed some fight in its first football game of the season.

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Franklin Regional coach Lance Getsy gives a pep talk to players during a 2021 practice.
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Franklin Regional notebook: Panthers pay tribute to late teammate at opener
Franklin Regional will never forget Joe Purdue.

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Latrobe and Norwin players meet with officials before Saturday’s game in the second annual Moe Rosensteel Memorial Kickoff Classic at Norwin.
Reilly has big return as Latrobe beats Norwin at Moe Rosensteel memorial
Four goals. It wasn’t so much about how they happened, but that they happened.

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Bishop Canevin and Greensburg Central Catholic football players take part in the coin toss before their game Sept. 1, 2023, in Carbon.
Bishop Canevin revs up in victory against Greensburg Central Catholic
September 1, 2023
Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping Bishop Canevin would be rusty because the highly touted Crusaders did not play a game or scrimmage last week.

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Plum’s Zack Mauro (right) celebrates his goal with Brady French during the first half against Franklin Regional on Thursday.
Plum shuts out rival Franklin Regional in early season section showdown
August 31, 2023
Plum is finding different ways to score goals this soccer season.

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Ligonier Valley’s John Jablunovsky sprints to the end zone in the fourth quarter against Apollo-Ridge last season.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Top runners clash when Ligonier Valley, Southmoreland meet
John Jablunovsky and Da’sjon Craggette ran wild in their season openers, each rushing for more than 200 yards as their teams won.

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Franklin Regional junior Eden Williams scored the winning goal Wednesday night in the Panthers’ 1-0 win over Penn-Trafford.
Franklin Regional beats Penn-Trafford in OT in defensive struggle
August 30, 2023
When two defensive-minded girls soccer teams get together, you don’t expect to see much offense. Maybe none at all. At least not in the run of play.

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Jeannette quarterback Payton Molter (right) drops back to pass behind protection from teammates Carmine DeAnnuntis (63) and Michael Mason (center) last Friday at Burrell.
Westmoreland County high school football matchups for 2023 Week 1
Class A No. 2 Bishop Canevin (0-0) at Greensburg Central Catholic (1-0)

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Belle Vernon’s Trevor Kovatch (right) goes up against West Mifflin’s Aiden Marks (left) last season.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Belle Vernon to host annual kickoff classic
It would not be the start of boys soccer season in the Mon Valley without the Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic at Belle Vernon.

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Jeannette senior soccer standout Jordan Taylor
Face of Jeannette boys soccer program sets big-time goals
Jordan Taylor doesn’t just have one goal in mind for soccer season; he has about 100.

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Latrobe junior soccer player Ava Yurko
Comeback from injury helps Latrobe’s Yurko appreciate soccer
August 29, 2023
When she took the field for the first time in seven months, the feeling was indescribable for Ava Yurko.

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Latrobe and Norwin players meet with officials before playing in the Moe Rosensteel Memorial Kickoff Classic last season.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Schedule set for Moe Rosensteel Kickoff Classic
The 2nd annual Moe Rosensteel Memorial Kickoff Classic will be Saturday at Norwin Knights Stadium.

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Greensburg Salem sophomore golfer Ian Smith
Greensburg Salem golfer’s swing is sweeter with new prosthetic arm
As soon as he arrived home from the Hanger Clinic in Greensburg, Ian Smith grabbed a golf club and headed for his backyard.

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Members of the 2023 Belle Vernon girls golf team include, from left, junior Vittoria Scaramucci, senior Martyna Maley, sophomore Peyton Chalus, freshman Ava Dudzinski and freshman Jessa Haney.
Belle Vernon girls golf team finally tees off for its inaugural season
As Vittoria Scaramucci pushed a tee into the ground, set her golf ball on it and took aim down the fairway, the intensity of the moment began to set in.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski finished second in last year’s WCCA boys golf championship after shooting 73.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: WCCA boys golf championship coming this week
August 27, 2023
The first event on the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s fall calendar will take place later this week with the boys golf championship.

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Jeannette quarterback Payton Molter celebrates during the Jayhawks’ victory over Burrell on Friday.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Soccer recruit delivers in clutch for Jeannette
August 26, 2023
Jeannette football coach Tommy Paulone and his staff were on the lookout for a kicker this offseason.

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Hempfield girls soccer snaps 46-game losing streak
The streak is over.

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                                Norwin’s Evelyn Moore carries the ball past Latrobe’s Ella Bulava during a 2021 game.
Norwin girls soccer driven to return to playoffs
Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger does not like to get too specific with preseason details about her team.

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                                Plum’s Aldi Flowers grabs Franklin Regional’s Dom Kaforey during a game last season.
Franklin Regional boys look to reload, climb WPIAL soccer ladder
Lukas Petersen remembers the empty feeling in his body as he watched Montour celebrate a 2-1 upset of his Franklin Regional Panthers in the WPIAL Class 3A first round late last October.

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Latrobe football players take the field before their game against Derry on Aug. 25, 2023, at Latrobe Memoiral Stadium.
Latrobe gets all phases clicking in convincing opening-night win over Derry
August 25, 2023
A few weeks ago, Latrobe Memorial Stadium hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ annual “Friday Night Lights” practice.

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Bill Flow
Yough athletic director resigns
Yough is looking for an athletic director after the resignation of Bill Flow.

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Da’sjon Craggette, shown playing for Greensburg Central Catholic last season, will play for Southmoreland this fall.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Craggette gets comfortable at Southmoreland
August 24, 2023
Da’sjon Craggette looked comfortable during a few training camp drills, making plays and laughing with his new teammates at Southmoreland.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Morgan Gesinski celebrates her goal with Rylin Bugosh during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against Freeport on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland County girls soccer preview: Mt. Pleasant primed for more playoff success
After a WPIAL runner-up season that included a trip to the PIAA Class 2A girls soccer semifinals, Mt. Pleasant is primed for another postseason push.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aiden Johnson makes a save on Belle Vernon’s Trevor Kovatch on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
Westmoreland County boys soccer preview: Trevor Kovatch back to lead young Belle Vernon
Fifteen players accounted for points, and 11 scored goals last season for Belle Vernon’s boys soccer team.

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Moe Rosensteel Award watch list for WPIAL’s top girls soccer player announced
August 23, 2023
The 2023 Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year watch list is here, just a few days before the start of the high school season.

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Southmoreland’s Kadin Keefer delivers a pass against Belle Vernon on Oct. 22, 2022.
Senior Kadin Keefer flourishes in Southmoreland’s QB-friendly offense
When Tim Bukowski joined the staff as the offensive coordinator at Southmoreland in 2018, he didn’t just put in a new offense. He made it a priority to develop quarterbacks who could run it.

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Moon goalkeeper Serayah Leech celebrates with Lillian Snyder after defeating Mars, 2-0, in a PIAA Class 3A state semifinal Nov. 16, 2022, at North Allegheny.
2023 WPIAL girls soccer preview: Rankings, contenders, players to watch
August 22, 2023
WPIAL girls soccer preview

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Soccer ball at corner marker of soccer field
Norwin’s Bursick verbally commits to play soccer at Duquesne
August 21, 2023
Junior Julia Bursick is done playing soccer at Norwin. For now.

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Norwin senior player Luke Denny runs a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.
After playing QB out of necessity last season, Norwin’s Denny moves to receiver to take advantage of speed
Quarterback was not Luke Denny’s bag.

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Moon’s Cooper Nickles heads the ball over South Fayette’s Nate Belculfine during their game on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at Tiger Stadium.
2023 WPIAL boys soccer preview: Rankings, contenders, players to watch
WPIAL boys soccer preview

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Jeannette coach Tom Paulone looks on as quarterback Payton Molter throws during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Jeannette program beginning to regain footing
August 20, 2023
Asked if he was satisfied after a three-win season that saw Jeannette finish fourth in the Eastern Conference and make the WPIAL Class A football playoffs, second-year coach Tommy Paulone paused.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby intercepts a pass during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
New coach to rely on playmakers at Greensburg Central Catholic
As a former defensive coordinator at Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst and Gannon, and a defensive backs and linebackers coach at St. Francis (Pa.) and Marist, it is clear where JT Thompson’s passion lies in football.

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New head coaches in Westmoreland County, from left, Hempfield’s Nick Keefer, Greensburg Central Catholic’s John Thompson, Norwin’s Mike Brown and Greensburg Salem’s Ty George, pose for a photo July, 19 2023, at Greater Latrobe High School.
New coaches, who share connections, set to lead prolific Westmoreland County programs
When Mike Brown was coming out of Penn-Trafford, a Division II college program took a particular liking to his skills as a defensive back.

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Latrobe soccer coaches Jamie Morrison and Ross Campbell
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe girls soccer coaches take on 1st season as husband and wife
August 19, 2023
Jamie Morrison and Ross Campbell will begin their eighth season together as coaches of the Latrobe girls soccer team. This will be their first season, however, as wife and husband.

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Franklin Regional’s Lily Funari works against Plum’s Cami Collins last season.
With typically strong defense, Franklin Regional girls soccer prepares to contend again
Each game it is the same.

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Norwin’s Justin Weaver hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Hempfield last season.
Norwin notebook: Former Knights baseball standout wins Palomino World Series
Summer baseball is more fun when it comes with some hardware.

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Norwin’s Daniel Maddock collides with Pine-Richland’s Nathan Bang during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal last season.
Expect excitement from loaded Norwin boys soccer team
Scott Schuchert is looking at this boys soccer season with eager eyes.

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Latrobe quarterback John Wetzel leaps over Highlands’ Nick McQuade in the fourth quarter Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium.
Deep backfield gives Latrobe options in running game
August 17, 2023
When teams prepared to play Latrobe last season, their focus was on stopping bruising running back Robert Fulton.

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Southmoreland quarterback Kadin Keefer throws during WCAA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Explosive offense has Southmoreland in position for big year
August 16, 2023
Attend a Southmoreland football game. Stay for the fireworks.

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Greensburg Salem’s Julian Stevens deliver a stiff-arm against Norwin during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
With new coach in charge, top playmaker graduated, change comes to Greensburg Salem
Change is a good thing.

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Jeannette senior quarterback Payton Molter
Senior quarterback takes pride in wearing Jeannette uniform
A family vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina included some beach football.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bulava said her knee injury “puts me back about seven to eight months.”
Westmoreland County high school notes: Latrobe’s Ella Bulava out with torn ACL
August 15, 2023
Ella Bulava, a senior soccer standout at Latrobe and a Maryland commit, will miss the high school season after having surgery for a torn ACL.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna has increased her weightlifting workouts and has been running four times a week.
Franklin Regional goalkeeper climbs ranks in Olympic Development program
Aris Lamanna has been on a three-month, practically nonstop speed and strength training mission to be the best goalkeeper in the WPIAL, the state and … the country?

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Greensburg Salem senior Julian Stevens had three receptions for 40 yards last season, two of which were touchdowns, and was the No. 2 tackler on defense.
Greensburg Salem’s Julian Stevens mixes personality with athletic ability to lead Golden Lions
August 14, 2023
A mauler with a mean streak, Julian Stevens has a reputation that precedes him.

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Latrobe’s JaTawn Williams stretches the ball across the goal line against Norwin during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
Latrobe sees uptick in wins, numbers, expectations
August 13, 2023
Growth in roster numbers is a good gauge of a football program’s stability.

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“It will be hard to top (last season). But I want to try. I want to keep improving,” Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Samir Crosby said.
Speedy, versatile Samir Crosby puts team first for Greensburg Central Catholic
As he is preparing for a quick photo shoot in the bleachers at Centurions Stadium, Samir Crosby flashes a smile, then shifts to a mean mug, turning to face the camera each time with delight and gravitas.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Tyree Turner throws during WCCA 7-on-7 competition at Latrobe.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Official start of football camp right around corner
August 12, 2023
After weeks of noncontact workouts and five days of heat acclimatization, WPIAL football teams finally will open training camp Monday.

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Derry senior quarterback Mason Beeman
Derry quarterback is 1 of 11 on football field, 1 of 10 at home
August 11, 2023
He comes from a big family — we’re talking jumbo package, here — so Mason Beeman is used to being in close quarters with a lot of people.

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Belle Vernon graduate Viva Kreis
Awards roll in for Belle Vernon grad Viva Kreis
August 10, 2023
Like a pair of new socks, two more honors rolled in for Belle Vernon alum Viva Kreis.

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Norwin quarterback Joshua Lenart looks to throw during WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 19 at Latrobe.
With new coach at helm, Norwin hungry to return to playoffs
August 9, 2023
If there is a difference between a Norwin kid and a Hempfield kid, Mike Brown is out to find it.

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Peters Township’s Colton Lusk watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley Heights.
2023 WPIAL golf preview: Graduation losses leave boys, girls titles up for grabs
The WPIAL boys and girls golf season opens Thursday. Here is a breakdown of the top teams and players to follow this fall.

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Latrobe midfielder Maddy Petruzzi earned all-section honors last season.
Latrobe’s Maddy Petruzzi commits to Valparaiso
Another Latrobe athlete is set to continue her career at college soccer’s highest level.

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                                Franklin Regional coach Lance Getsy instructs players during the 2021 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial Passing Tournament at Latrobe.
After productive summer, Franklin Regional itching to put on pads
August 5, 2023
Third-year Franklin Regional football coach Lance Getsy was in a walking boot at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial Passing Tournament at Latrobe.

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Monessen senior athletes recently held a powderpuff football game to raise money for the families of the late Amari Altomore and current student Mason Madzey. Girls basketball players presented a check for $7,200. Pictured are, front row, from left, Donald Madzey, Stacy Madzey, Tynia Williams, Hailey Johnson, Sidney Campbell, Mason Madzey and Bethany Altomore. In the back row is Wayne Hall.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Football practice about to heat up
Starting Monday, high school football teams will take part in “heat week,” the customary lead-up to training camp.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca at practice last season.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca
August 3, 2023
The Harry Truman quote is on his cell phone screen for quick reference.

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The Moon girls soccer team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Upper Perkiomen in the PIAA Class 3A final on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at Cumberland Valley.
Moon girls soccer ranked 2nd in United Soccer Coaches’ preseason poll
August 2, 2023
Moon dropped to Class 3A last season as part of the latest two-year high school sports enrollment cycle.

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Incoming Norwin freshman Landon Sidun won a title at the USA Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D.
Norwin wrestlers help Team PA to strong showing at junior nationals in Fargo
Like most hopefuls who play the Powerball lottery, Landon Sidun has the right attitude when he goes into a wrestling tournament. A confident, clear-headed attitude.

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Derry quarterback Mason Beeman throws WCCA 7-on-7 competition July 20, 2023, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Derry out to break streak, reestablish winning identity
Derry has been living in the shadow of a losing streak that dates to the disruptive covid season of 2020.

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Montour pitcher Kaitlyn Molitoris was on track to be a freshman at Alderson Broaddus this fall.
Closure of Alderson Broaddus affects a number of athletes with WPIAL ties
August 1, 2023
Rumors swirled around campus. The whispers were brooding.

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Former Mt. Pleasant softball players, home from college for the summer, work with youth players during a group lesson at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Westmoreland County softball players offer knowledge, experience to youths during clinics, lessons
July 30, 2023
As Courtney Poulich leans in to give a wide-eyed softball player some hitting advice, she can’t help but get nostalgic.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin hurdles Neumann Goretti’s Yasir Williams during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
High school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Martin among those up for vote as best player in the nation
July 29, 2023
Quinton Martin is talented, but will he be the best high school football player in the country this season?

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Norwin wide receiver/defensive back Jackson Pons had 22 receptions for 348 yards and four touchdowns in 2022.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Norwin’s Jackson Pons
July 28, 2023
When his team was flagged for a hold last week during the championship of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 Passing Tournament at Latrobe, Norwin’s Jackson Pons showed his frustration.

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Monessen powderpuff game to benefit families of Altomore, Madzey
July 25, 2023
Monessen’s senior class is looking to give back while remembering a friend and helping another.

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                                Western Michigan quarterback Jack Salopek throws against Michigan State last season.
Confidence at an all-time high for Norwin grad Jack Salopek at Western Michigan
July 22, 2023
Quarterback Jack Salopek has never been a rah-rah screamer — in the huddle, at practice or otherwise.

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Yough girls soccer players prepare to play Southmoreland on Monday, Oct. 3 in Herminie.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Yough welcomes new girls soccer coach
Yough’s girls soccer team will have its third coach in three years with the hiring of Robert Broadwater, a Pennsylvania state trooper and former Yough middle school coach.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner throws under pressure from Seneca Valley’s Lucas Lambert last season.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Central Catholic’s Payton Wehner
Lying in a hospital bed about three years ago, Payton Wehner took inventory of his world.

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Hempfield head coach Tom Brush gives instructions during a game on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Yough, Hempfield girls basketball coaches resign
July 21, 2023
Hempfield and Yough are looking for girls head basketball coaches.

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Latrobe’s Ben Stratton beats Norwin’s Zach Pawlings for the final score Thursday during the WCCA Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.
Latrobe wins WCCA 7-on-7 tourney for 2nd time in row
July 20, 2023
As John Wetzel walked off the field Thursday, he made it clear to his teammates he was far from tired.

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Yough’s Kendalyn Umbel watches her winning goal during the Cougars’ game against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Yough High School.
Yough’s Kendalyn Umbel commits to play soccer at YSU, won’t play high school season
July 19, 2023
Like a penalty kick in a shootout, Kendalyn Umbel has lined up her Division I college soccer future — with two years left in her high school career.

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Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts reacts to a play against Lancaster Catholic in the second round of the 2020 PIAA playoffs.
Longtime Southmoreland coach, teacher Brian Pritts takes on athletic director role
July 18, 2023
It was a promotion Brian Pritts was proud to accept.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby dodges between Leechburg defenders on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland Saints youth football program folds as Greensburg Central Catholic starts flag, middle school programs
An ordinary Friday turned into All Saints Day.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin carries past Neumann Goretti’s Kyreese Bradley during the PIAA Class 3A championship game Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
2023 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin
July 16, 2023
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of 25 profiles of the members of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team.

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The 05 BVB Premier team was scheduled to play in the United States Youth Soccer National Championship Series on July 17-23 near Orlando, Fla.
Franklin Regional soccer players join select team for national tournament in Florida
July 15, 2023
A handful of Franklin Regional boys soccer players were set to compete on a national stage.

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Latrobe celebrates beating Penn-Trafford in last year’s Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament final.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Latrobe out to defend 7-on-7 title
Route-runners and defensive backs will exchange moves, and quarterbacks will sharpen their downfield throws Thursday when the 12th Westmoreland County Coaches Association Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 Passing Tournament returns to Greater Latrobe High School.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner eludes Seneca Valley’s Logan Armstrong last season.
St. Francis (Pa.) extends offer to Central Catholic QB Payton Wehner
July 14, 2023
Central Catholic has more than 100 players signed up for football this season. That includes a rising group of more than 50 freshmen.

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Cuthbert, who guided P-T girls to WPIAL title, named girls soccer coach at Greensburg C.C.
July 11, 2023
Championship-winning coach Derek Cuthbert has returned to lead another Westmoreland County school’s soccer team.

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Norwin’s Sam Wexell (right) hugs Norwin’s Emily Harrigan (23) while celebrating their PIAA Class 4A semifinal win Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017. Three Knights soccer teams, and Harrigan individually, will be inducted into the Norwin hall of fame this year.
Harrigan, trio of Norwin soccer teams head for hall of fame
July 10, 2023
The 2023 Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame class reached into the recent past to reconnect with some girls soccer greatness.

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Penn-Trafford boys soccer coach Ben Suchko
New Penn-Trafford soccer coach Suchko wants to restore tradition
July 9, 2023
Ben Suchko played soccer at Hempfield, and he remembers another local program having a reputation at that time.

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Dozen softball standouts earn all-state honors
July 8, 2023
Belle Vernon won a WPIAL Class 4A softball championship, and the Leopards did so with a potent lineup that produced extra-base hits by the boatloads.

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Norwin junior wide receiver/defensive back Jackson Pons pulls in a pass at the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament July 21, 2022 at Latrobe.
Norwin playmaker Jackson Pons prepares for future with new focus on defense
If there is a web video on how to be a better defensive back, Jackson Pons has probably watched it, rewound it and watched it again.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich heads the ball during a game against Plum on Sept. 1, 2022.
Franklin Regional soccer standouts honored with scholarships
A pair of recent graduates who will have the same major in college left a lasting mark on the Franklin Regional soccer programs.

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Quaker Valley’s Brandon Griffith defends Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Feb. 20, 2023.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore shines at summer events
July 2, 2023
With his brother, Dwight Moore Jr., standing pat and clenching his teeth about 30 feet away under the basket, Zion Moore took three casual dribbles toward him, jump-hopped and went straight up.

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Mt. Pleasant sophomore Lily King dives off the starting block during the 200 freestyle at the WCCA Swimming and Diving Championships Jan. 28, 2023 at Derry Area.
Mt. Pleasant state champ Lily King named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Athlete of the Year
July 1, 2023
Expectations can change, even for someone as talented as Lily King.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas (85) and Fox Chapel’s Dylan Work (53) compete for a loose puck during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex on March 15.
                                Andrew Palla | For the Tribune-Review
Norwin’s Alex Thomas trades skates for shoes to play in international ball hockey championships
Trading skates for court shoes, Alex Thomas still is faster than many of his opponents and can sling an orange ball past goaltenders with the same zip as a hockey puck.

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                                Plum’s Ava Weleski battles Franklin Regional’s Natalie Keough for possession during their game on Sept. 19, 2022, at Plum High School.
Allegheny Force FC girls soccer team advances to nationals
A half-dozen girls soccer players from Franklin Regional qualified to play in a national tournament July 7-11, in Wichita, Kan.

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Viva Kreis
Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis earns honorable mention for Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award
June 30, 2023
Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis already gained national attention when she won the $10,000 Heisman High School Scholarship Award last December.

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Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach Annie Malkowiak and Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.
New Mt. Pleasant boys coach congratulated by Mike Krzyzewski
June 29, 2023
Encouragement from family and friends is one thing. But when Mike Krzyzewski gives you his blessing, you go for it.

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Mt. Pleasant hoops coach Malkowiak brings passion to new gig
When she started coaching, Annie Malkowiak was young and brash.

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Annie Malkowiak to coach Mt. Pleasant boys basketball, a 1st for Westmoreland County
June 28, 2023
Mt. Pleasant’s boys basketball team will have a female head coach next season.

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Ryan Kanner set to lead Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team
June 27, 2023
Growing up and attending Aquinas Academy in Greensburg, Ryan Kanner discovered there was a certain aura around Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Former Ligonier Valley softball pitcher Maddie Griffin will play at IUP.
Westmoreland County campus clippings: Ligonier Valley grad Maddie Griffin transfers to IUP
June 26, 2023
Softball pitching in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference already is a grind for hitters, but it just got tougher.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tomosovich chooses Army for football future
June 25, 2023
It wasn’t until the scholarship offers started rolling in hot and heavy that Penn-Trafford’s Zach Tomosovich fully realized he was Division I football material.

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Hempfield ace Riley Miller named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Softball Player of the Year
June 24, 2023
When she took the softball, popped it in her glove and stepped into the chalk-lined circle for the first time, Riley Miller knew she was also entering an elite sisterhood.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Braden Laux carries for a long gain along the Neumann Goretti sideline during the third quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Cumberland Valley High School.
Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux commits to Eastern Michigan
As he gets prepared to catch passes next year instead of throwing them, championship quarterback and defensive end Braden Laux is warming up to the idea of playing a new position in college.

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                                Norwin graduate John Altieri will be part of a missionary trip to Managua, Nicaragua from Aug. 3-11.
Former Norwin wrestler headed to Nicaragua on missionary trip
John Altieri has those pre-tournament butterflies and is anxious to see what the competition looks like.

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Latrobe’s Erick Batista celebrates his triple during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Hopewell on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: WCCA adds baseball showcase
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association added a new event to its calendar.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter runs against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
Mt. Pleasant’s Jackson Hutter adds 1st Division I scholarship offer
June 21, 2023
Jackson Hutter hopes the Division I college football offer he received this week is the first of many.

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The Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament championship chain.
Norwin notebook: Knights to compete in Cunningham Memorial tournament
June 17, 2023
Norwin will once again have a team in the third annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament June 22-24 at Jeannette.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates as time expires in the PIAA Class 3A championship game against Neumann Goretti on Dec. 10, 2022.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin endorses fragrance line
Football is leading Quinton Martin to dollars and scents.

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Hempfield’s Maggie Howard takes off her helmet after the Lady Spartans’ 1-0 loss to North Penn in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
After title game loss, Hempfield vows to ‘come out on fire next year’
June 16, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — As Hempfield players made their way through the outfield and back to their waiting charter bus early Thursday evening, they took one last panorama of Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park.

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North Penn’s Sophia Orth celebrates next to Hempfield shortstop Allison Cervola after driving in the game’s only run during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Penn State.
Hempfield can’t crack North Penn ace in 1-0 PIAA championship game loss
June 15, 2023
UNIVERSITY PARK — Walled off by a gifted pitcher and unable to manufacture offense with runners on base, Hempfield lost a state softball championship for the first time.

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North Penn pitcher Julia Shearer throws against Chambersburg during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at Millersville University.
Hempfield to face state’s most dominant ace: North Penn lefty Julia Shearer
June 14, 2023
A forbidding challenge awaits Hempfield with unbeaten North Penn (27-0), the District 1 champion that features senior ace pitcher Julia Shearer and her ridiculous numbers: 27-0 record, 0.23 ERA, 346 strikeouts and 13 walks in 159 innings.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller celebrates an out with Emily Griffith during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against Cumberland Valley on Monday.
PIAA Class 6A softball championship preview: Hempfield vs. North Penn
PIAA softball playoffs

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Hempfield freshman Lauren Howard touches first base after hitting a home run in the third inning of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against Downingtown East on June 8.
Hempfield softball notebook: Freshman Lauren Howard scoring runs at record pace
Lauren Howard is as promising a freshman as any Hempfield has put in the starting lineup.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller hugs catcher Ella Berkebile after the Spartans defeated Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals Monday.
Battery power fuels Hempfield softball on electric run to state finals
If Hempfield wins a fifth PIAA softball championship Thursday at Penn State, it will likely happen in an electric atmosphere. But a win will probably be battery powered.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison celebrates with Lauren Howard after her RBI triple during the first inning against Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals Monday.
Unflappable Hempfield looks to add to softball program’s championship legacy
June 13, 2023
Tina Madison looked pensive and anxious as her team hit softballs into nets in a light drizzle Monday at St. Francis (Pa.) University.

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola celebrates with Lauren Howard after defeating Cumberland Valley in their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Monday, June 12, 2023, at St. Francis.
Hempfield softball surges past Cumberland Valley, advances to Class 6A state final
June 12, 2023
LORETTO — Hempfield asked for the pregame music to be turned off while it took infield practice Monday after a half-hour rain delay.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul scores against Mifflin County during PIAA Class 6A softball first-round playoff action June 5.
PIAA softball playoff capsule: Class 6A semifinal, Monday, June 12, 2023
June 11, 2023
PIAA softball playoffs

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Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul makes a running catch in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
Hempfield softball team wins with stifling defense
June 10, 2023
In the PIAA softball playoffs, every team can hit. Short game or long, small ball or power shots.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison played softball for Penn State.
Hempfield coach Madison hopes for return trip to alma mater
Making the state softball championship would carry special meaning for Hempfield coach Tina Madison, not just because she is a proud alum and former ace pitcher for the Spartans.

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Hempfield girls soccer players warm up under sunshine before a home game against Mt. Lebanon last season.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: New Hempfield girls soccer coach up for a challenge
New Hempfield girls soccer coach Jim Jones has several goals. His team will settle for one.

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Seton Hill’s Jack Whalen, a Norwin grad, hit .332 with a team-leading 64 runs and a school-record 52 stolen bases.
Norwin notebook: Ex-Knights standout Jack Whalen wraps up big freshman year at Seton Hill
Not many freshmen in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference had a better debut season than Seton Hill’s Jack Whalen, a Norwin alum.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Bernadowski triples against Fox Chapel on April 19.
Murrysville Star notebook: Franklin Regional standouts earn all-section honors
The Big 56 Conference, a website that recognizes accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s largest classifications, announced its all-section teams.

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Lauren Howard and her Hempfield teammates will play their PIAA semifinal game at St. Francis (Pa.).
Hempfield softball team learns PIAA semifinal playoff location
June 9, 2023
Hempfield will continue its march toward a fifth state softball championship with a semifinal matchup against Cumberland Valley at 4 p.m. Monday at St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Alivia Grimm celebrates after driving in two runs, including the eventual winning run, in the sixth inning of a PIAA Class 4A softball quarterfinal against Belle Vernon on Thursday at Hempfield.
Elizabeth Forward avenges WPIAL playoff loss, stops Belle Vernon in PIAA quarters
June 8, 2023
Elizabeth Forward restored the balance of power in its softball rivalry with Belle Vernon, and catcher Alivia Grimm restored confidence in her swing as the Warriors moved on in the state playoffs.

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Hempfield’s Emily Griffith drove in two runs in her team’s 5-0 PIAA victory over Mifflin County in the first round.
Westmoreland PIAA softball capsules: Games for Thursday, June 8, 2023
June 7, 2023
PIAA softball playoffs

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Hempfield’s Lauren Howard celebrates in the first inning against Mifflin County during a PIAA Class 6A first-round playoff game Monday.
Hempfield freshmen burst into starting lineup, play key roles in playoff run
June 6, 2023
When Tina Madison talked about her team’s prospects and potential strengths at the start of the season, she couldn’t help but mention the emerging talent coming down the pipeline.

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Hempfield’s Lauren Howard is safe at home past Mifflin County catcher Madison Wolfgang during PIAA Class 6A first-round playoff action Monday, June 5, 2023, at Robert D. Kalp Field at Hempfield.
Howard sisters lead Hempfield softball past Mifflin County in PIAA opener
June 5, 2023
Sisters Maggie and Lauren Howard are a couple of years apart in age and class, but they look alike, talk alike and, to Hempfield’s delight, play alike.

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Seneca Valley starting pitcher Lexie Hames throws against Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A championship.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches want more Class 6A state qualifiers
June 4, 2023
Talk about one and done.

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Maren Metikosh (left) and her Belle Vernon teammates will open the PIAA playoffs against Trinity on Monday.
Westmoreland PIAA softball capsules: Games for Monday, June 5, 2023
PIAA softball playoffs

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Southmoreland athletic director Dan Boring
Dan Boring to resign as Southmoreland athletic director
Dan Boring believes the Southmoreland athletic department is in better shape than when he began overseeing Scotties sports in 2020.

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Southmoreland’s Brynn Charnesky holds the WPIAL runner-up trophy next to Gwen Bassinger after the Class 3A final against Avonworth on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Lilly Field.
Southmoreland softball driven to succeed in state playoffs
June 3, 2023
As the only senior on the Southmoreland softball team, second baseman Brynn Charnesky has a voice on the field, in the dugout and on drab bus rides home from championship game losses.

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Latrobe head coach Matt Basciano fist bumps pitcher Logan Bradish between innings during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Hopewell on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Wild Things Park.
Latrobe looks to shake off WPIAL finals loss before state playoffs
Latrobe players tried to keep their heads up when the Pirate Parrot handed them their WPIAL Class 4A runner-up trophy last Tuesday at Wild Things Park.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore takes third in the girls discus at the PIAA Class 2A track and field championships May 26 at Shippensburg University.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: WCCA awards scholarships
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association gives out several scholarships each year with money raised through different means, including entry fees and 50/50 raffles at its events.

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                                Norwin’s Hannah Shaw takes fourth in the girls pole vault at the PIAA Class 3A track and field championships May 26 at Shippensburg University.
Hannah Shaw ends Norwin track career with state medal
Before a jump, Norwin senior Hannah Shaw tells herself, “You know you can do this.”

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                                Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger celebrates as she rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Canon-McMillan during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game May 17.
Softball team leads Norwin in strong spring sports season
Norwin brought contenders to the WPIAL spring sports season, along with plenty of highlights: home runs, goals, spikes and record times and distances.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Jackson celebrates her double against Shaler during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal May 17.
                                Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Hard-hitting lineup helps Franklin Regional have softball season to remember
The crack of the bat and the swell of crowd noise was a regular thing for the Franklin Regional softball team this season.

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison at third base against Norwin during WPIAL Class 6A softball semifinals May 24, 2023, at Gateway High School.
WPIAL champ Hempfield softball team rewarded with PIAA home game
June 2, 2023
There was more at stake than a WPIAL championship for the Hempfield softball team.

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Late Jeannette football player John Crowell
                                Late Jeannette football player John Crowell
Jeannette star from 1930s chosen for new National High School Football Hall of Fame
A former Jeannette running back will be part of a new football hall of fame. He will represent the high school on a national level.

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Hempfield celebrates with Mia Bandieramonte after she hit a home run against Seneca Valley in the top of the eighth inning in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game Wednesday at Lilley Field at Cal (Pa.).
Hempfield’s Bandieramonte honors memory of late father with WPIAL title-clinching homer
June 1, 2023
The softball sailed high and true, carrying deep into the night sky until gravity finally took over. It clanked off the left-field bleachers some 240 feet from home plate.

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The Avonworth softball team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Southmoreland in the Class 3A final Thursday at Lilley Field.
Avonworth beats Southmoreland to repeat as WPIAL 3A softball champs
Southmoreland had a sendoff at school Thursday morning for the WPIAL 3A softball championship. Applause and support from teachers and students followed the team to the bus.

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Hempfield’s Mia Bandieramonte, who hit the game-winning home run in the eighth inning, holds the championship trophy after the Spartans beat Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship game Wednesday at Lilley Field at Cal (Pa.).
8th-inning homer off Seneca Valley ace lifts Hempfield to WPIAL 6A softball championship
May 31, 2023
Hempfield brought in a pitching machine recently to simulate the speed of Seneca Valley pitcher Lexie Hames.

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Avonworth pitcher Alivia Lantzy delivers during the seventh inning against Burrell during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal May 23 at North Allegheny.
2023 WPIAL Class 3A softball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Southmoreland
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Southmoreland pitcher Maddie Brown throws against Bald Eagle Area in a state playoff game last season.
‘Smiling snipers’ from Southmoreland eager to take crack at unseating No. 1 Avonworth
The text messages began shortly after the semifinal results came in.

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Hopewell’s Ty Eberhardt celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Latrobe in the Class 4A final Tuesday at Wild Things Park.
14th-seeded Hopewell completes Cinderella run to WPIAL Class 4A crown with win over Latrobe
May 30, 2023
Landon Fox was hurting but hunting.

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Hempfield’s Peyton Heisler hits a home run against Norwin during the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals.
Hempfield softball team looks to win first title since 2019
Despite its championship pedigree and reoccurring reign at the top — seven WPIAL titles, including five in a row from 2015-19 — Hempfield hasn’t won one in a while.

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Plum pitcher Brady Dojonovic delivers against South Fayette during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal May 22.
2023 WPIAL Class 5A consolation game preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Plum
WPIAL Class 5A consolation game

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Seneca Valley catcher Anna Kalkowski hugs pitcher Lexie Hames after defeating Hempfield on Thursday, May 11, 2023, in Jackson.
2023 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Hempfield vs. Seneca Valley
WPIAL Class 6A softball championship

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Belle Vernon’s Maren Metikosh celebrates her grand slam against Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
2023 WPIAL Class 4A softball championship preview: Montour vs. Belle Vernon
WPIAL Class 4A softball championship

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Latrobe pitcher Logan Bradish delivers against Chartiers Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal. The Wildcats face Hopewell for the WPIAL title at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Wild Things Park.
Coach Basciano instills sense of togetherness that helps Latrobe baseball reach WPIAL final
May 29, 2023
Maybe it was his late father Norm’s influence, the way he was raised in the game that made him this way.

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Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates beating Charleroi in WPIAL Class 3A playoff action May 18, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball consolation capsule: Game for Tuesday, May 30, 2023
WPIAL Class 2A softball consolation game

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Latrobe’s Cooper Basciano celebrates after tagging out Chartiers Valley’s Kyle Witte at second base during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Gateway.
2023 WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship preview: Latrobe vs. Hopewell
WPIAL Class 4A baseball championship

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Latrobe pitcher Logan Bradish delivers against Chartiers Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Monday.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Streak of teams reaching WPIAL finals continues
May 27, 2023
With the Hempfield, Belle Vernon and Southmoreland softball teams, along with the Latrobe baseball team, reaching the WPIAL finals, a local streak continues.

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Belle Vernon’s Maren Metikosh is a 2023 Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award nominee.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Maren Metikosh, Latrobe’s Logan Bradish
Maren Metikosh

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Norwin’s Keegan Carr, completing a double play as Hempfield’s Dylan Firmstone slides during a May 4 game, was named first team all-section by the Big 56 Conference.
Norwin notebook: Bella Brozeski captures WPIAL hurdles gold
Bella Brozeski overcame hurdles, literally, to capture a WPIAL championship.

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Latrobe goalkeeper Sofia DeCerb had 99 saves and 10 shutouts last season.
Latrobe’s Sofia DeCerb named Kaitlyn ‘Moe’ Rosensteel Scholarship award winner
May 25, 2023
Latrobe senior Sofia DeCerb, one of the WPIAL’s top goalkeepers the past few years, was the recipient of the Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship, presented to a WPIAL female soccer player “who will be advancing into college to further her academic excellence while still playing the game she loves.”

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Hempfield’s Claire Mitchell celebrates after tripling against Norwin during the WPIAL Class 6A softball semifinals Wednesday at Gateway High School.
Hempfield puts foot down, rallies past Norwin into Class 6A WPIAL finals
May 24, 2023
When Hempfield fell behind by four runs early under the weight of three Norwin home runs, pitcher Riley Miller had a short but succinct talk with her catcher, Ella Berkebile.

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Latrobe and Montour get ready for their WPIAL Class 4A baseball semifinal Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
Latrobe baseball knocks off No. 1 Montour, advances to WPIAL Class 4A championship
May 23, 2023
Unshakable and driven, Latrobe pushed on in the WPIAL baseball playoffs with another upset.

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Norwin pitcher Alyssa McCormick celebrates after getting out of a bases-loaded jam against Hempfield on April 17.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 24, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Latrobe pitcher Logan Bradish (22) celebrates with Tyler Fazekas after defeating Chartiers Valley in their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Monday.
Latrobe’s promising playoff run continues with 4A quarterfinal win over Chartiers Valley
May 22, 2023
Dante Basciano was a bat boy on the 2017 Latrobe baseball team that won WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A titles.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger slides safely into second base under Hempfield’s Allison Cervola on April 17. The section rivals split their regular-season series and meet in the WPIAL semifinals.
Hempfield preps for 3rd clash with Norwin, this time in playoffs
In the first game, Hempfield gambled, and it backfired as Norwin cranked a couple of home runs.

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Southmoreland’s Kaylee Doppelheuer drives in the tying run against Yough in the bottom of the seventh inning after being down six runs after the top of the inning during WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff action May 18, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsule: Games for Tuesday, May 23, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Hempfield coach Tina Madison was named Class 6A coach of the year by the Big 56 Conference.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Big 56 honors baseball, softball players
May 21, 2023
The Big 56 Conference, a website that recognizes accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s largest classification, announced its all-section teams.

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Southmoreland sophomore Makayla Etling
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Makayla Etling, Yough’s Gavin Roebuck
May 20, 2023
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The Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament championship chain
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Memorial basketball tournament returns to Jeannette
The third annual Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament will return to Jeannette on June 22-24.

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Playoff berth shows Norwin girls lacrosse trending in right direction
The positive comments from opposing coaches lets Norwin girls lacrosse coach Courtney Kloos know she and her team are doing something right.

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Norwin’s Bella Brozeski wins the 300-meter hurdles during the WPIAL 3A team championships May 9 at West Mifflin.
Norwin girls track carries on proud tradition with strong season
Track and field teams like the Norwin girls do not compete for championships by simply showing up and stretching.

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Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates after beating Charleroi in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Erica Rodriguez delivers in clutch as GCC softball advances with win over Charleroi
May 18, 2023
Sophomore Erica Rodriguez got credit for an RBI earlier in the game when she was issued a bases-loaded walk.

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Southmoreland’s Brynn Charnesky (left) hugs Kaylee Doppelheuer after Charnesky drove in Doppelheuer for the winning run against Yough in the bottom of the seventh inning during a WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Thursday at Norwin.
Southmoreland scores 7 in 7th in wild win over Yough
The stairway to seven began with a glimmer of hope and a confident approach.

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Shaler pitcher Bria Bosiljevac celebrates after getting out of a bases loaded jam against Franklin Regional during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Gateway High School.
Undefeated Shaler dominates short-handed Franklin Regional
May 17, 2023
Strike out 16, club a couple of home runs and sell the underdog role, and watch any team sprint forward in a playoff bracket.

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Norwin softball hangs on for nervous win over Canon-McMillan, reaches semifinals
Bailey Snowberger said softball is a game of failure.

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Ligonier Valley’s Payton LaVale is forced home after Ruby Wallace walked against Hopewell in the seventh inning during WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff action Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Plum High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Thursday, May 18, 2023
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Ligonier Valley celebrates with starting pitcher Cheyenne Piper after coming back to beat Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 3A first round Tuesday.
Ligonier Valley softball rallies to upset Hopewell
May 16, 2023
For five-plus innings, it was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel that seemed to set the game back to a time when the circle was 40 feet away from home plate instead of 43.

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Burrell celebrates with Pyper Ferres after hitting a home run against Mt. Pleasant in the WPIAL Class 3A first round Tuesday.
Burrell softball team handles Mt. Pleasant in first round
With the tight confines of Plum’s softball field, home run hitters often can have a blast sending bombs over the short fence.

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New Castle’s Ralphie Blundo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Butler High School.
Rising Stars Challenge adds underclassmen to Roundball Classic stage
For the first time, players other than seniors will play in the Roundball Classic.

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Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton scoops up a ball against Latrobe Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, May 17, 2023
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Hampton pitcher Cassie Vidic celebrates a strikeout with Aliza Michielli during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff against Greensburg Salem on Monday, May 15, 2023, at Fox Chapel High School.
Vidic’s pitching powers Hampton to 1st-round softball victory over Greensburg Salem
May 15, 2023
When Cassie Vidic is grooving her pitches, you might hear a grunt or two come from the Hampton sophomore right-hander.

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Southmoreland sophomore Makayla Etling (5) is greeted at home after hitting a home run April 26, 2023, against Yough. The Scotties face McGuffey in the first round of the playoffs.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, May 16, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samir Crosby is a member of the Centurions’ 1,600-meter relay team. GCC won its first WPIAL Class 2A boys track and field title with Crosby and other stars from various sports on the roster.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Multi-sport athletes contribute to GCC boys’ track and field title
May 14, 2023
It should not come as a surprise that Greensburg Central Catholic is a WPIAL Class 2A boys track and field champion for the first time.

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Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton smacks a two-run homer against Kiski Area during an April 21 game.
Westmoreland softball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, May 15, 2023
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Norwin senior Hannah Shaw
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Norwin’s Hannah Shaw, Greensburg CC’s James Brewer
May 13, 2023
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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore blocks the shot of OLSH’s Kyleigh Nagy during WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff action Feb. 18.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Seniors to cap careers at Roundball Classic
Don’t close the book on basketball season just yet. It’s Roundball week.

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Mike Brown coaches Hempfield in 2021.
Norwin notebook: New football coach fills out staff
New Norwin football coach Mike Brown has filled out his staff for the upcoming season.

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Franklin Regional sophomore Dhruv Kulkarni serves in the 2022 WPIAL Class 3A doubles.
                                Paul Schofield | Tribune-Review championship.
Franklin Regional notebook: Spring teams book trips to playoffs
Several Franklin Regional teams earned the right to compete for championships in the WPIAL spring sports postseason.

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola is welcomed at home plate by teamates after hitting a home run against Mt. Lebanon in March.
Westmoreland County well represented in softball playoffs
May 11, 2023
WPIAL softball teams waited with anticipation most of Thursday for the outcome of one last section game so they could see the playoff seedings and brackets.

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Latrobe sophomore Alex Tatsch
Latrobe linebacker getting Division I attention
Ron Prady has been saying it since he took over as Latrobe’s football coach.

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Norwin senior Madie Kessler hit two home runs Wednesday in a 5-2 victory over North Allegheny.
Madie Kessler’s 2-homer day lifts No. 3 Norwin past No. 4 North Allegheny
May 10, 2023
Playing her last game on her home field, Madie Kessler wanted to leave a lasting impression.

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Hempfield’s Allison Cervola drives in a run with a double against Mt. Lebanon on March 29.
Westmoreland County HS notebook: WPIAL pushes back playoff pairings due to timing of Hempfield-Seneca Valley game
It is rare for a section game, especially one with such potential significance on a tournament bracket, to be played on the same day as the WPIAL playoff pairings meeting.

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Penn-Trafford baseball players celebrate their 10-9 victory Tuesday over Franklin Regional to clinch a share of the WPIAL Section 1-5A title in Harrison City.
Scrappy Penn-Trafford holds off Franklin Regional for share of section title
May 9, 2023
After going 3 for 3 with four RBIs, first baseman Chuck Fontana III had one more hit lined up Tuesday.

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Junior Sophia Green is one of the top scorers on the Penn-Trafford girls lacrosse team.
Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional lacrosse standouts light up scoreboard, lead teams
When inclement weather hits Western Pennsylvania during spring sports season, baseball, softball and tennis teams often go into hiding under an umbrella of postponements.

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Hempfield and Norwin softball players high-five after their game Monday in North Huntingdon.
No. 2 Hempfield softball outduels No. 3 Norwin
May 8, 2023
Recent matchups between the Norwin and Hempfield softball teams turned into home run derbys.

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                                Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore scored 25 points per game this season.
Westmoreland HS notebook: 5 from county make all-state basketball teams
May 7, 2023
Five players from Westmoreland County were named to the all-state boys basketball teams.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair celebrates with Rachel Ridilla in the final seconds of their 46-44 victory over Woodland Hills on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe’s Emma Blair, Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto rebounding from ACL tears
May 6, 2023
They were supposed to be two of the top girls basketball players in the WPIAL last season — locks for top-10 all-star picks and clear-cut player of the year candidates in Westmoreland County.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Steve Pons takes over as Jeannette boys soccer coach
Jeannette’s boys soccer team is under new leadership.

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Norwin’s Trey Huha celebrates as he bring it home the win in the boys 400-meter relay during the WCCA championships Thursday, April 27, 2023, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Knights shine at WCCA championships
Norwin sent a message to the rest of the WPIAL at the 100th Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association track and field championships April 27, at Latrobe.

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Norwin’s Keegan Carr leads off Friday’s game at Hempfield.
Sophomore lefty powers streaking Norwin past slumping Hempfield
May 5, 2023
Ethen Culbertson threw Hempfield a curve.

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Norwin’s Justin Weaver hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Hempfield on Thursday.
Norwin baseball beats Hempfield on Weaver’s walk-off in 8th
May 4, 2023
Justin Weaver wanted to win for several reasons Thursday.

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Latrobe coach Matt Basciano talks with the home plate umpire during a 2021 game against Franklin Regional.
Latrobe baseball gets refocused for season’s stretch run
Won at a time.

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Yough’s Gavin Roebuck takes a cut against Mt. Pleasant on April 25.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Playoff picture coming into focus
With a week to play in the regular season, the Westmoreland County baseball playoff field is just about set.

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Southmoreland sophomore Makayla Etling (5) is greeted at home after hitting a home run against Yough on April 26.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Southmoreland captures elusive section title
May 3, 2023
Southmoreland has been a playoff regular in recent seasons, and the Scotties won a WPIAL championship in 2018.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emma Henry slides safely into home ahead of the tag of Serra Catholic catcher Cassidy Trahan on April 13.
Close games sharpen Greensburg Central Catholic softball for battles ahead
It’s funny how a regular-season schedule can sometimes balance itself out.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble averaged 16.9 points as a freshman.
Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Gribble lands Navy offer
May 1, 2023
Three NCAA Division I college offers and only one year of high school basketball.

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Jeannette freshman Grace Stein
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Jeannette’s Grace Stein, Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Tressler
April 29, 2023
Grace Stein

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The softball field behind Jeannette High School will be named "Dana Hall Field."
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Softball field to be named for beloved Jeannette employee
Jeannette athletic director Adrian Batts thought the softball field behind the high school needed more than bleachers and well-manicured grass for an up-and-coming program.

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Norwin’s Hannah Shaw clears 12-1 to win the girls pole vault during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational Friday, April 14, 2023, at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Northeastern commit Shaw shines at Butler Invitational
Hannah Shaw collected the only victory for Norwin at the 58th Butler Invitational April 21 at Bernardi Stadium in Butler.

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Norwin senior Ryan Orosz bats against North Allegheny on March 30, 2023, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams crank up use of walk-up music
April 28, 2023
If he strikes out or has a rough inning pitching, Ryan Orosz can reset quickly with the press of a button.

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Yough’s Nate Bell is 4-0 this season.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Yough inches closer to 2nd straight section title
April 27, 2023
Yough secured a WPIAL playoff berth after an 11-1, run-ruled victory over Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday on Cougar Mountain.

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The Belle Vernon football team was honored Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.
Belle Vernon football team honored at state Capitol
A perk of winning a state championship in Pennsylvania is the recognition that comes with it from the state government.

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Franklin Regional’s Adrianna Martz and Alexa Patberg celebrate after a two-run hit by Mackenzie Woehler against Latrobe in the sixth inning Wednesday April 26, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Make no mistake, Franklin Regional softball team shuts down Latrobe
April 26, 2023
Backlit by an error-free performance from her defense, senior pitcher Carli Ramchandran put together one of the better outings of her career against a strong lineup.

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Westmoreland County softball notebook: Greensburg Salem battling through injuries
Greensburg Salem had to play two recent softball games with only 11 players because of a rash of injuries.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Williams smiles after driving in a run against Gateway on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional freshman Luke Williams commits to play baseball at Virginia
Luke Williams hits the baseball and makes plays in the field with a maturity beyond his years. His coach, Bobby Saddler, called him “the real deal.”

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Norwin assistant coach Tommy Quealy greets Bailey Snowberger at first base after her single against Hempfield on April 17.
It’s a whole new ballgame when coaches switch from baseball to softball
It was like a strange but lucid dream.

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Armstrong coach Keith Shaffer (left) breaks a huddle with his players during Monday’s game at Latrobe.
Top-ranked Armstrong routs Latrobe
April 24, 2023
Latrobe softball players stayed as positive as they could, for as long as they could, still believing they could stage a rally as a cold wind whipped across the field.

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Norwin junior wide receiver/defensive back Jackson Pons will play for Miami (Ohio) when he graduates.
Norwin junior Pons makes Miami (Ohio) his football choice
April 23, 2023
Norwin’s Jackson Pons will continue his football career at Ben Roethlisberger’s alma mater. Only he will be playing on the defensive side of the ball.

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Latrobe’s Josh Havrilla passes against Hempfield on	March 30.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Havrilla pulls double duty
April 22, 2023
Maybe it has something to do with nets.

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Greensburg Salem junior softball player Gionnah Ruffner
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Gionnah Ruffner, Norwin’s Nolan Ryan
Gionnah Ruffner

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Norwin’s Hannah Shaw celebrates clearing 12-1 to win the girls pole vault during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational on April 14.
Norwin notebook: Track standouts climb medal stand
The Norwin boys track and field team finished second and the girls were third at the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational at Latrobe.

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                                Franklin Regional’s Sydney Jackson doubles in front of Armstrong’s Nichole Benvenuti during a game last season.
Murrysville Star notebook: Matchups with rival Armstrong highlight Franklin Regional softball schedule
Franklin Regional softball players might not come out and admit it, but they had two section games circled on their calendars since the start of the season.

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Franklin Regional’s Ciara Camacho celebrates after scoring against Kiski Area on Friday, April 21, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
Ciara Camacho takes a bite out of Kiski Area in Franklin Regional win
April 21, 2023
After the softball game ended, Ciara Camacho scooped up her puppy, “Chubbs,” and cradled him as she headed for the family vehicle.

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Greensburg Salem baseball coach Anthony Manley (right) talks to his team after Thursday’s 7-3 win over McGuffey in Greensburg.
Grant slam: Greensburg Salem first baseman Smith drives in 7 runs in bounce-back win
April 20, 2023
He wasn’t in a slump by any means, but Greensburg Salem junior first baseman Grant Smith wanted desperately to snap back after a sub-par effort in the first game of a Section 4-3A baseball series against McGuffey.

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Hempfield pitcher John Kurdziel entered Thursday’s action with a 3-1 record.
Armed with a deep pitching staff, Hempfield thrives in 3-game series
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he used to be a pitcher, or that he enjoys the chess-match nature of the new three-game series in WPIAL Class 6A baseball.

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Hempfield head coach Tim Buzzard coaches third base against Upper St. Clair at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Hempfield’s Tim Buzzard hits career milestone
There was some “Buzz” around Hempfield last week.

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Hempfield softball players gather in between innings Wednesday at Robert D. Kalp Field.
Hempfield softball team rights ship, beats North Allegheny
April 19, 2023
Hempfield is back on track.

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Latrobe’s Hayden Kraynick has helped to propel the Latrobe softball team to a 9-1 record.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Latrobe’s Kraynick swinging hot bat
Latrobe senior left fielder Hayden Kraynick has found her groove at the plate.

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Norwin pitcher Alyssa McCormick celebrates after getting out of a bases-loaded jam against Hempfield on April 17, 2023, at Hempfield.
Senior pitcher comes full circle, leads Norwin into 6A contention
Gradually, it all started to come back for Alyssa McCormick.

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Norwin’s Rachel Minteer (23) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a home run against Hempfield on Monday, April 17, 2023, at Hempfield.
Norwin softball team holds strong to topple No. 1 Hempfield
April 17, 2023
Norwin took it personally last year when Hempfield issued four intentional walks in a WPIAL Class 6A softball quarterfinal loss.

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Saint Vincent’s Matt Minkin competes for the men’s volleyball team during the 2023 season.
Westmoreland County campus clippings: Saint Vincent men’s volleyball posts 1st playoff win
New athletic programs usually need an adjustment period — give or take five years — before they start thinking postseason wins.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers celebrate their PIAA Class 2A team title Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Mt. Pleasant swim coach honored
April 15, 2023
Sandy Felice will tell you she does not have to do much to get her swimmers ready at Mt. Pleasant.

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Norwin pitcher Ryan Orosz delivers against North Allegheny on March 30.
Norwin notebook: After slow start, baseball team finds footing
After a slow start, the Norwin baseball team is regaining its footing.

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After taking lumps last season, Norwin boys lacrosse taking steps forward
Norwin missed out on the WPIAL Class 3A boys lacrosse playoffs last year, but there is optimism around the team that a postseason return could be imminent.

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Yough’s Mikayla Spoonhoward high-fives assiatant coach Sam Estupinian after scoring the winning run in Friday’s 2-1, walk-off victory over visiting Mt. Pleasant.
Waldier earns Yough softball team walk-off win over Mt. Pleasant
April 14, 2023
Yough had plans to bring in sophomore Adoria Waldier as a relief pitcher as its Section 3-3A softball game against Mt. Pleasant stretched into the later innings.

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The Canon-McMillan baseball team talks after Thursday’s 8-1 win over Norwin.
Canon-McMillan baseball overpowers Norwin behind Andrew Kocan’s 2 homers
April 13, 2023
Brawny and powerful, Andrew Kocan is an intimidating presence at the plate.

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Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard watches from third base during a game against Central Catholic on April 3 at No Offseason in West Deer.
Coaches rave about new 3-game series for WPIAL Class 6A baseball
Let’s play … three?

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony Alesi tosses his bat after walking with the bases loaded against Gateway on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Franklin Regional off to hot start in Section 1
Only one Westmoreland County baseball team is situated among the top teams in the Trib top-5 rankings.

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Hempfield softball players celebrate a 3-2 walk-off win over top-ranked Seneca Valley on Wednesday.
Hempfield rallies for walk-off win over No. 1 Seneca Valley
April 12, 2023
Early miscues, a nagging struggle to bunt runners over and a pile of strikeouts were an unsavory combination for Hempfield.

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Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner (center) meets with his team during a game against Ligonier Valley.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Southmoreland riding high after string of shutout wins
Southmoreland picked Easter week to rise into the rankings.

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Ligonier Valley junior pitcher Cheyenne Piper
Cheyenne Piper steps seamlessly into ace role for Ligonier Valley
Cheyenne Piper understands the assignment because she has prepared for it. She has longed to fulfill it.

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Hempfield’s Carson Shuglie celebrates with Dylan Firmstone after hitting a home run against Baldwin on Monday, April 10, 2023, at Hempfield.
Carson Shuglie’s grand slam powers Hempfield past Baldwin
April 10, 2023
Hempfield did not have classes Monday as Easter break wound to a close, so some baseball players arrived early for their home game against Baldwin.

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Southmoreland junior Amarah McCutcheon
Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon and Hempfield’s Peyton Murray
April 8, 2023
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Greensburg Salem’s Ashley Smith will play for the Class 4A team at the Roundball Classic.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Senior standouts set for Roundball Classic
Of the 200-plus players selected for the annual Roundball Classic senior all-star basketball games, 36 hail from Westmoreland County schools.

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Norwin boys volleyball has net-front talent to contend
Norwin is one of the top boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL this season. Just ask the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.

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Norwin’s Ashley Laukus ties for first place in the girls high jump during the Wildcat Invitational last season.
Norwin track teams ready to put in work, compete for championships
In the last five years, the Norwin track and field teams have a combined record of 47-3 with nine section titles between them.

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Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger gets a bunt single against North Allegheny last season.
Norwin notebook: Softball team plays long ball in season’s opening weeks
The Norwin softball team continued its hot start with a 12-4 victory over Butler.

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Yough catcher Jack Sampson tags out Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer at home plate next to pitcher Allen Novacek last season.
With new head coach, veteran roster, Yough baseball hitting on all cylinders
April 6, 2023
Dan Palm said he was surprised but supportive when Craig Spisak resigned last year as Yough’s baseball coach to take the same position at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional freshman Luke Williams was hitting .458 (11 for 24) through eight games.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Franklin Regional’s Williams right at home as freshman
Freshman baseball players usually need an adjustment period. Time to get used to older teammates, harsher critiques and varsity pitching.

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Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner (center) meets with his team Monday against Ligonier Valley.
Southmoreland softball’s Todd Bunner pays tribute to late father, his coaching inspiration
April 5, 2023
Todd Bunner didn’t want to let dad down. Or his team.

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Southmoreland junior pitcher Maddie Brown
With ace Maddie Brown happy, healthy and sharp, Southmoreland blanks Mt. Pleasant
With his team’s fourth straight win freshly in the books — a 2-0 shutout of rival Mt. Pleasant in Section 3-3A —Southmoreland softball coach Todd Bunner gathered with his players in front of their dugout Wednesday and offered praise to his player of the game.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Emma Henry throws against Leechburg during girls a WPIAL quarterfinal last season.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: GCC taking no prisoners
With a number of starters returning in a potent lineup, Greensburg Central Catholic is expected to compete for the WPIAL Class 2A softball title.

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The Stein family (from left), Tubby, Grace, and Dody, with Scarlett’s jersey
With star freshman playing in sister’s memory, Jeannette softball off to brilliant start
Asked what her late sister, Scarlett, would think about the Jeannette softball team winning again, Grace Stein paused and allowed a subtle grin to curl up on her face.

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Gateway catcher Grady Dunsmore tags out Franklin Regional’s Brody Reese during their game on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Haymaker Park in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball bounces back to rout Gateway
April 4, 2023
Franklin Regional did not have much time to dwell on its first loss of the WPIAL baseball season.

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Rosters revealed for 2023 Roundball Classic
Rosters were revealed this week for the Roundball Classic senior all-star basketball games, set for May 18, 19 and 20 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Southmoreland shortstop Amarah McCutcheon (left) greets her teammates at home plate after her game-winning two-run Monday to beat Ligonier Valley, 2-0, in Alverton.
Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon delivers walk-off homer, spoiling stellar effort by Ligonier Valley ace
Having struck out three times, like a couple of her Southmoreland softball teammates had, Amarah McCutcheon admitted she didn’t have much expectation when she stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kyler Miller (left) scored 35 goals last season.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Miller to play soccer for Robert Morris
April 3, 2023
Greensburg Central Catholic soccer standout Kyler Miller accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Robert Morris, extending his playing career to the Division I level.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore is fouled by OLSH’s Claudia Ierullo during WPIAL girls 3A first-round action Saturday, Feb.18, 2023 at Peters Twp. High School.
Westmoreland County girls basketball all-stars: Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore an elite scorer
April 1, 2023
Tiffany Zelmore

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Norwin’s Adam Bilinsky
Westmoreland County boys basketball all-stars: Norwin’s Adam Bilinsky flies highest
Adam Bilinsky

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Ligonier Valley senior Haden Sierocky
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Ligonier Valley’s Haden Sierocky, Franklin Regional’s Toryn Fulton
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Penn-Trafford’s Daniel Tarabrella practices his sets prior to a 2012 game against Penn Hills.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Pair of boys volleyball standouts honored
A local pair of boys volleyball players were lauded by the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association for their recent play.

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Norwin notebook: Volleyball team takes tournament title
The Norwin boys volleyball team won its 16-team tournament on March 25, holding back Butler in the final for the title.

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Norwin starters Lauren Palangio (left), Kendall Berger, Bailey Snowberger (3) and Ava Kobus (right) celebrate beating North Allegheny in a PIAA Class 6A girls quarterfinal Friday, March 17, 2023, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Norwin girls take pride in long playoff run, 24-win season
Norwin did not make its way through the PIAA girls basketball playoffs like it was touring a museum, pausing to look at others’ accomplishments with an enjoy-the-ride mentality.

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Hempfield and Latrobe baseball players go through the handshake line after Thursday’s baseball game.
Clutch defense helps Hempfield hold off Latrobe
March 30, 2023
With Latrobe on Hempfield’s bumper late in Thursday’s nonsection baseball game, the host Spartans turned to their defense to bail them out of some tense moments, particularly those attached to two of the final three outs.

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Westmoreland baseball notebook: Latrobe keeps tradition going with opening game
The Ohio trip has become a tradition at Latrobe. And if the Wildcats don’t make the trek to Upper Arlington to play the Golden Bears to christen a new baseball season, then the Golden Bears come to them.

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Franklin Regional’s Blake Bertucci makes a running catch against Latrobe last season.
Franklin Regional baseball team getting strong hitting, pitching in fast start
Junior Blake Bertucci and his fellow Franklin Regional baseball pitchers are playing with less stress these days.

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Latrobe pitcher Kayla Williams celebrates a strikeout against Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball has power, ‘talent to win it all’
March 29, 2023
Watching softballs fly over the fence can make some coaches jump around like a child on a trampoline.

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Westmoreland softball notebook: Franklin Regional, Plum put up eye-popping numbers
Plum’s softball field is known for its short dimensions. A coach whose team was playing there for the first time called it a litter box.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach John Boyle (black sweatshirt) and his players talk after Tuesday’s 9-1 victory over Ligonier Valley.
Greensburg Central Catholic baseball gets offense going in rout of Ligonier Valley
March 28, 2023
After striking out 17 times in the series opener against Ligonier Valley, Greensburg Central Catholic was eager to get the bats around on some pitches in the rematch.

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Joe Purdue (in wheelchair) and his friend, Chase Williams.
Former Franklin Regional football player Joe Purdue remembered for kindness, positivity
March 26, 2023
About eight months ago, when he was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer, Joe Purdue said this:

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Yough senior Jack Sampson
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Josie Straigis and Yough’s Jack Sampson
March 25, 2023
Josie Straigis

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Armstrong quarterback poses with the Willie Thrower Award alongside George Guido of the awards committee Saturday at Knead Community Cafe in New Kensington. Olsen won the award as the top WPIAL/City League quarterback for the second year in a row.
Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen repeats as Willie Thrower Award winner
The great Willie Thrower was said to have the largest hands in football history. The former Ken High football star’s nickname was “Mitts.”

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Kennedy Catholic’s Layke Fields battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Cara Dupilka for a loose ball during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal March 20, 2023.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Norwin, GCC girls basketball primed for sustained success
Norwin and Greensburg Central Catholic made thrilling runs to the girls basketball state semifinals, both finishing one win shy of a trip to Hershey for the finals.

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Norwin’s Alyssa McCormick makes a running catch on North Allegheny’s Mayson Brokos last season.
With strong returning core, Norwin softball has sights set on playoffs
Six out of nine teams in WPIAL Class 6A will make the playoffs this softball season.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas (85) and Fox Chapel’s Dylan Work (53) compete for a loose puck during a PIHL Class A Penguins Cup semifinal at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Norwin notebook: Fox Chapel ends hockey team’s season
Top-seeded Fox Chapel avenged a loss to Norwin in a semifinal rematch and ended the Knights’ season March 12 with a 7-3 win to advance to the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup final.

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Penn-Trafford’s Braden Boss scores behind Norwin’s Ryan Orosz in the second inning on Friday, March 25,2022 at Norwin High School.
Former Yough coach Spisak set for new challenge leading Norwin baseball team
March 23, 2023
He wears navy blue and gold now instead of orange and green, but Craig Spisak still looks the part as a baseball coach preparing for a new season.

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Westmoreland baseball notebook: Several teams head south to tune up for WPIAL season
Fun in the sun sure beats cold temperatures when it comes to playing baseball.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen throws against Highlands Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 at Highlands High School.
Armstrong’s Olsen, the 2022 winner, leads candidates for Thrower Award
WPIAL passing leader Cadin Olsen led Armstrong football to back-to-back quarterfinal playoff appearances.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers against Norwin during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Perennial power Hempfield off to strong start
March 22, 2023
Hempfield plans to play deep into the WPIAL and PIAA 6A postseason. Those are the standards set every year by the perennial power.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Carli Ramchandran delivers against Armstrong during a game last season.
Franklin Regional softball ready to again light up scoreboards
Franklin Regional took a trip south to open the softball season.

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Monessen’s Hailey Johnson drives to the basket this season.
In happy ending to bus saga, Penguins invite Monessen girls basketball team to game
March 21, 2023
While Monessen turned down an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins to pay for a coach bus for the girls basketball team’s first-round PIAA playoff game, there apparently were no hard feelings from the hockey team.

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Kennedy Catholic’s Layke Fields celebrates after scoring against Greensburg Central Catholic during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal on Monday, March 20, 2023, at North Allegheny.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls lose in PIAA semifinals
March 20, 2023
A simple change can make all the difference in a basketball state playoff game.