Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Mars senior Ellie Coffield (3) hoists the PIAA Class 3A girls soccer championship trophy with her teammates after defeating Villa Joseph Marie, 2-0, in the state final Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN WPIAL girls soccer all-stars: Ellie Coffield led Mars to new heights
December 2, 2020
Player of the year

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Franklin Regional’s Chuck Tragesser lines up his putt on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Westmoreland high school notebook: FR golfer Tragesser picks Rhode Island
November 29, 2020
Chuck Tragesser always knew he wanted to play golf collegiately. But he was unsure of where or what level.

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Hempfield Area’s Emma Hoffner during practice Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Spartan Field House.
Girls basketball preview: Hempfield expects fluid lineup
November 28, 2020
Over the last two seasons, Tom Brush had a firm rotation for the Hempfield girls basketball team.

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Hempfield Area’s Christian Zilli during practice Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Spartan Field House.
Boys basketball preview: Hempfield ready to pick up pace
Hempfield is in somewhat of a unique situation. While its boys basketball team lost six seniors, it returns two of its top three scorers.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works past Mars’ Mason Meyer to score during the first half of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Franklin Regional’s DiFalco named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) battles Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Mckee for a header during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Southmoreland’s Cernuto chosen Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker celebrates a double during a 2019 game against Latrobe.
With college choice made, Norwin lefty Jayden Walker itching to pitch
Jayden Walker was finally ready to pitch again last spring, nearly a year after shoulder surgery to fix a damaged labrum.

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Renee Baldy and Franklin Regional won the WPIAL Class 3A championship and reached the PIAA title game.
Franklin Regional athletes have unprecedented run of success in fall season
Franklin Regional decided the best way to navigate a pandemic during a sports season was to keep playing — and keep winning.

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Megan Zambruno (right) is among the returning starters for Greensburg Central Catholic.
Young, tall team returns for Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball
November 26, 2020
Perspective is a trigger word this season around the Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball program.

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Christian McGowan with Greensburg Central Catholic drives between Imani Christian defenders Tyler Allen (11) and Aiden Betsill (left) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Loss in 1st round of playoffs last season motivates Greensburg C.C. boys
The final score is all but burned into their collective mind.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman celebrates her first goal during a WPIAL Class 3A first round playoff game against South Fayette on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman commits to Towson soccer
November 25, 2020
Franklin Regional girls soccer coach Scott Arnold calls Sydney Lindeman a leader by example.

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North Allegheny’s Sarah Schupansky (17) battles Pennridge’s Olivia Grenda during the first half of the Class 4A girls soccer state championship game Nov. 21 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Moe Rosensteel award goes to North Allegheny star Sarah Schupansky
November 22, 2020
After leading North Allegheny to back-to-back WPIAL championships and a PIAA runner-up finish, senior forward Sarah Schupansky claimed a unique postseason honor Sunday.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin (25) makes a catch in the second quarter against Trinity on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
H.S. notebook: Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin receives offer from Pitt
Major Division I college football schools are expected to take interest in Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin over the next few years.

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Norwin pitcher Jake Bazala signed with Mercyhurst.
Norwin Star high school notebook: Athletes in wide array of sports sign letters of intent
November 21, 2020
At the start of the NCAA signing period, Norwin had an abundance of college signees who will further their athletic careers in various sports and at various college levels.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco scores against Cathedral Prep during a PIAA Class 5A first-round state playoff game in 2019.
Murrysville Star high school notebook: Franklin Regional baseball standouts pick colleges
National Letter of Intent Day often brings out the best in high school sports programs.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin stiff-arms Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Panye Jr. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Pitt extends offer to Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin
November 20, 2020
Major Division I college football schools are expected to take interest in Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin over the next few years.

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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Max House retrieves the ball from the net next to Faith Christian’s Chris Evans after a Lions’ goal during the second half of the PIAA Class A boys soccer state championship game Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Faith Christian stops state title bid for Greensburg Central Catholic boys
HERSHEY — Seth Skowronek took a vicious soccer-ball-to-the-face hit early in the game, and blood began to run from his nose. He was woozy and shaken.

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior Hannah Nelson hugs goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely after their 2-1 loss to Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class A girls soccer state championship game Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls fall short in PIAA Class A championship game
HERSHEY — Southern Columbia is known for being a state football power.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean (21) dribbles the ball against Brockway’s Joe Hertral (34) during their PIAA semifinal game at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
Greensburg Central Catholic soccer teams set for PIAA finals
November 19, 2020
PIAA soccer championships

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz (21) dribbles the ball during their PIAA semifinal Cambridge Springs at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
Family ties make trip to Hershey a special occasion for Greensburg C.C. soccer teams
Greensburg Central Catholic’s trip to Hershey for the girls and boys PIAA Class A soccer championships will be a family affair.

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Undefeated Greensburg Central Catholic has shut out five opponents and limited four others to one goal.
Defenders play unsung hero role for high-scoring GCC girls soccer team
November 18, 2020
Players and coaches agree, the scoring machine that is the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team could not do what it does without its defensive sidecar.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek (20) kicks the ball downfield against Winchester Thurston on Nov. 7.
Defense perks up for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer in state playoffs
Max House hopes this season is good to the last drop.

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Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates following their PIAA semifinal win over Brockway at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
Carlo Denis, Greensburg Central Catholic boys leap semifinal hurdle into state title game
November 17, 2020
Ryan Reitler’s curling corner kick made its way to Greensburg Central Catholic teammate Mason Fabean, who put a firm header on frame.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder (6) dribbles the ball against Cambridge Springs’ Kylie Beck (5) during their PIAA semifinal at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
GCC girls soccer advances to state finals with another avalanche of goals
Still undefeated. Still brimming with talent. Still focused on bringing home a state title.

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Peters Twp.’s Andrew Massucci celebrates his goal during the first half of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Seneca Valley on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
All-WPIAL boys soccer teams released
All four of the All-WPIAL boys soccer teams are out, and they include a number of players who are still competing in the PIAA playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean kicks on net to pick up an assist to help teammate Carlo Denis score on Rockwood in the first half on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 in PIAA soccer playoffs at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer chasing elusive PIAA title
November 16, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic has a perennially strong boys soccer program.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samanatha Felder (8) celebrates her goal with Hannah Nelson during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal against Springdale on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Norwin.
Westmoreland PIAA soccer playoffs capsules for Nov. 17, 2020
Tuesday’s games

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Pine-Richland captains Elaina Camino and Ella Rottinghaus celebrate a 3-0 victory over Peters Township in the WPIAL Class 3A field hockey championship game Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
WPIAL field hockey all-stars announced
The WPIAL announced field hockey all-stars and honorable mentions for the 2020 season, which concluded last week with Pine-Richland (Class AAA), Penn-Trafford (Class AA) and Shady Side Academy (Class A) winning district championships. Pine-Richland and Shady Side Academy play in the PIAA semifinals Tuesday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder has scored 26 goals this season.
Greensburg CC girls soccer hopes to keep rolling toward state title game
November 15, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic is 17-0 and sits a victory away from the girls state soccer championship game in Hershey.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli leaps while driving the ball down field against Rockwood on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in the PIAA Class A playoffs at Norwin High School.
GCC boys soccer barely brushes off Rockwood in PIAA Class A quarterfinals
November 14, 2020
As he answered questions in a postgame interview, Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis was innocently interrupted by his pint-sized son, Bastian.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson will run track and cross country at Akron.
Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Henderson has a sport for all seasons
Grace Henderson is one of those rare, multisport athletes who can impact more than one sport in the same season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor (left) and Natalie Ward celebrate after defeating West Branch on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in the PIAA Class A playoffs at Norwin High School.
Gretz guides GCC girls soccer to early lead, into PIAA Class A semifinals
Some day in the near future, Tatum Gretz hopes to be scoring goals in the Big East for Villanova.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner leaves the field during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Allegheny on Nov. 6.
Norwin Star notebook: Payton Wehner on mend from broken leg
Central Catholic freshman quarterback Payton Wehner was wheeled off the field on a stretcher in the first quarter of the Vikings’ 38-24 victory over North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A football championship.

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Norwin goalie Sam Coll (30) makes a save against Kiski during a PIHL class A first-round playoff game last season.
New coach has Norwin hockey team focusing on defense
Vinnie Scalamogna has been coaching hockey at various levels in Western Pennsylvania since 1980, most recently serving as the head coach at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz shoots and scores in the WPIAL Class A championship game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Nov. 5.
PIAA soccer playoff preview: Greensburg Central Catholic boys, girls set for quarterfinals
November 13, 2020
Boys

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: GCC coach hopes for homecoming
November 12, 2020
The road to Hershey could lead to a homecoming for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis.

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Peters’ Donovan McMillon snags a pass during a preseason practice.
WPIAL Class 5A football championship breakdown: Pine-Richland vs. Peters Township
Peters Township (8-0) vs. Pine-Richland (8-0)

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Bill Fralic finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting twice.
Finalists announced for Bill Fralic Memorial Award
Six finalists, one from each classification, have been selected for the second Bill Fralic Memorial Award, which honors the best senior football lineman in the WPIAL.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson wins the girls Class AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Oct. 21 at White Oak Park.
Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson commits to Akron
Grace Henderson is one of those rare, multi-sport athletes who can impact more than one sport in the same season.

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Penn Traffordճ defense attempt to stop Pine Richlandճ Eli Jochem as he drives into the end zone as in the first half Friday. Nov 6, 2020. Pine Richland’s Eli Jochem stretches for the end zone against Penn-Trafford on Nov. 6.
Potent Pine-Richland offense, star-studded Peters Township secondary meet in Class 5A finals
A prolific passing game.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman helped her team to a 63-11-2 record during her time there.
Norwin’s Lacey Bernick, Katelyn Kauffman among those to sign with Pitt soccer
November 11, 2020
Lacey Bernick and Katelyn Kauffman were a dynamic one-two punch for the Norwin girls soccer team.

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The Mars girls soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL Class 3A championship trophy after defeating Plum, 1-0, on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Mars girls soccer team rockets to No. 1 in national rankings
November 10, 2020
Fresh off its second consecutive WPIAL championship, the Mars girls soccer team blasted off in the national rankings.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor, left, and team captain Samantha Felder, right, come together for a celebration hug after Felder scored on OLSH in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship Thursday.
GCC girls soccer in great shape heading into state playoffs
When Olivia Kruger took over the girls soccer team at Greensburg Central Catholic, she wanted to “change the shape” of the Lady Centurions’ attack.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis (22) dribbles the ball against Winchester Thurston’s Massimiliano Memoli (10) during their game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.
After winning WPIAL title, GCC boys soccer turns focus to condensed state tournament
November 9, 2020
Only district champions make the PIAA soccer playoffs this year, so rematches against other WPIAL teams, practically a staple in the state postseason, is out of the question.

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Mars’ Erin Rodgers celebrates her goal with Ellie Coffield during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Plum on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Girls soccer standouts named finalists for Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award
Three finalists have been selected by a panel of media members and coaches for the second Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, given to the top girls soccer player in Western Pennsylvania.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Johnston battles Indiana’s Aaron McKelvy for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional teams have fall season to remember
November 8, 2020
It has been quite a fall sports season for Franklin Regional, which has found success while also working together as a district to combat covid-19 challenges.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players celebrate after beating Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL Class A championship.
Greensburg Central Catholic repeats, wins 5th WPIAL boys soccer championship
November 7, 2020
It wasn’t that Greensburg Central Catholic became complacent after a high-speed start against rival Winchester Thurston.

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders rushed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening win at Jeannette. The perennial Class A powers will play again, this time for a WPIAL championship.
Westmoreland football notebook: Jeannette-Clairton meet again for WPIAL Class A title
For the third time in six years, Class A heavyweights Clairton and Jeannette will meet for a WPIAL championship.

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Norwin fans watch from outside the stadium as they play Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Norwin AD trying to maintain normalcy during covid crisis
Norwin has encountered covid-19 like a lot of other school districts in Westmoreland County.

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Norwin’s Jayden Walker scores against Latrobe during a game last season.
Norwin notebook: Knights seniors make college choices
A pair of Norwin seniors made a commitment to Division II schools on the same day.

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Penn-Trafford’s defense tries to stop Pine-Richland’s Eli Jochem as he drives into the end zone as in the first half of their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.
Pine-Richland aerial attack too much for Penn-Trafford in Class 5A semifinals
November 6, 2020
Pine-Richland may have dropped in classification this season, but the Rams still seem to be in a class by themselves.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli heads the ball over Winchester Thurston’s Jordan Poller-Prince during last year’s PIAA Class A state semifinals.
WPIAL Class A boys soccer preview: No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic vs. No. 2 Winchester Thurston
Class A

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek celebrates with teammates after scoring his first goal on a penalty kick during the first half of their WPIAL Class A semifinal against Springdale on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at Norwin.
GCC tightens up on defense heading into boys soccer title match with Winchester Thurston
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team might be dealing with a case of mistaken identity this postseason.

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Mars’ Dane Beller (27) celebrates his winning goal with Tyler Nymberg next to Franklin Regional’s Cole Kaforey during overtime of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Dane Beller’s golden goal lifts Mars past Franklin Regional in Class 3A title game
November 5, 2020
Mars and Franklin Regional are very similar teams, both in talent and playing style. They both play deliberate, possession soccer and look to create opportunities in the midfield.

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The Penn-Trafford football team prepares to meet Latrobe earlier this season.
No. 1 Pine-Richland will provide stiff test for Penn-Trafford defense
Chase Vecchio plays a hybrid, outside linebacker-cornerback position for Penn-Trafford.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek (20) celebrates his second goal with Mason Fabean during thesecond half of their WPIAL Class A semifinal against Springdale on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at Norwin.
For second straight year, GCC downs short-handed Springdale in Class A semifinals
November 4, 2020
Springdale coach Cesareo Sanchez said he wanted his team to “be careful on defense” heading into Wednesday night’s WPIAL Class A semifinal boys soccer game against top-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic at Norwin.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samanatha Felder (8) celebrates her goal with Hannah Nelson during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal against Springdale on Oct. 28.
Westmoreland County soccer playoff preview capsules: Nov. 5
Boys

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock looks to pass as West Mifflin’s Jaimer Hill (12) and TyJier Williams (4) rush on Sept. 18.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock grabs headlines
Devin Whitlock’s importance to the Belle Vernon football team cannot be understated.

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Plum’s Gina Proviano possesses the ball in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal agaionst Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Nov. 4
November 3, 2020
Boys

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts scores against Freeport in the playoffs last year.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Yough peaking at right time
File Yough under teams peaking at the right time for the WPIAL girls soccer postseason.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman battles Seneca Valley’s Zachary LaValle during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal last season.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Norwin, Seneca Valley on collision course
The Norwin boys soccer team is back in the WPIAL semifinals for the second time in three years.

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Kaforey moves the ball in front of Plum’s Cannon Kuchinick during their game on Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Mars stands in way of 3-peat for Franklin Regional boys soccer
With the Highmark Stadium experience a been-there-done-that kind of thing for the Franklin Regional boys soccer team, the Panthers are just focused on winning another game.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco scored the winning goal in overtime Monday night.
Anthony DiFalco’s OT goal lifts Franklin Regional over West Allegheny, into WPIAL final
November 2, 2020
With teams as evenly matched as West Allegheny and Franklin Regional, differences in high-stakes playoff games against one another usually are subtle to the casual observer.

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North Allegheny’s Sarah Schupansky works past Norwin’s Alyssa Aquilio during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Norwin.
Girls All-WPIAL soccer teams announced
The All-WPIAL girls soccer selections are out for the 2020 season.

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Mt. Pleasant keeper John Mendfee makes a save between Burrell’s Ian Smola and Mikeo Ferra (34) during a first-round WPIAL playoff game.
WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for Monday’s semifinals
November 1, 2020
WPIAL soccer playoff previews

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz (right) battles Indiana’s Aaron McKelvy for possession during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional boys soccer meets familiar foe
So they meet again.

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Norwin’s Brendan Ash (16) celebrates his goal with Riley Zimmerman during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against North Allegheny on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Norwin.
Norwin boys soccer charges into WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
October 31, 2020
With a wall of six defenders and a goalkeeper lined up across the front of the cage, creating a situation he had never faced before, Caleb Yuricha stepped to the top of the 6-yard box.

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Pine-Richland quarterback Cole Spencer set the program record with his 73rd career touchdown pass during Friday’s win over South Fayette.
Westmoreland high school football notes: P-T, Pine-Richland meet for just 2nd time, and stakes are high
Penn-Trafford at Pine-Richland is an intriguing matchup in next week’s WPIAL Class 5A semifinal.

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WPIAL announces sites for boys, girls soccer championships
North Allegheny and Gateway will be host sites for the WPIAL boys and girls soccer championships.

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Norwin notebook: Covid-19 quarantine keeps Knights out of volleyball playoffs
Norwin qualified for the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs but did not compete because it had to quarantine for 14 days because of possible covid-19 exposure.

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Franklin Regional’s Isaac Gamwo works against Plum’s D.D. Flowers during their game on Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys soccer accomplishing preseason goals
Franklin Regional arranged some objectives early in the boys soccer season like it was laying out a new outfit for the first day of school.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli breaks away from Upper St. Clair defenders on the way to a 61-yard touchdown run in the second quarter during WPIAL playoff action Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at Warrior Stadium.
Penn-Trafford’s defense does talking against Upper St. Clair in rout
October 30, 2020
With two high-scoring offenses meeting Friday night at Warrior Stadium, some expected a shootout.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlos Denis plays against Trinity Christian on Sept. 30.
Westmoreland County WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Oct. 31
Boys

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works past Plum’s Luke Kolankowski on Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
14 from WPIAL make all-state in boys soccer
The WPIAL boys soccer postseason is winding into the semifinals and a number of title contenders feature some of the best players in the state.

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North Allegheny goalkeeper Julianna Werner makes a save between Norwin’s Evelyn Moore (21) and Katelyn Kauffman, as Lacey Bernick looks on during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at Norwin.
North Allegheny girls soccer looks sharp in shutout win over Norwin
October 29, 2020
Rain can create rust on untreated metal.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates his second goal with Billy Christafano during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Anthony DiFalco, Franklin Regional too much for Indiana in Class 3A WPIAL soccer quarters
October 28, 2020
At a time when most people are talking about the presidential election, Indiana coach Todd Myers might have cast his vote for boys soccer player of the year.

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Franklin Regional players stand for the national anthem before Wednesday’s quarterfinal playoff game against Indiana.
Military parents of Franklin Regional, Indiana soccer players watch playoff match together overseas
Parents of opposing players watched Wednesday night’s WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoff game in Murrysville from more than 6,500 miles away — in Kuwait.

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Fox Chapel’s Sydney Schutzman works between Norwin’s Alyssa Aquilio (left) and Evelyn Moore during their Oct. 5 game at Norwin.
WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Oct. 29
Today’s games

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final on Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Top-seeded Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer empties bench, survives scare
The way Tyler Solis sees it, what happened Tuesday night was a win-win-win situation for his Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt breaks the tackle of Springdale’s Demitri Fritch on Sept. 20.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Rematches loom for playoff teams
Rematches always are something to look forward to in the WPIAL football postseason.

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Burrell’s Jordyn Kowalkowski carries past Mt. Pleasant Area’s Breanna Peck during first-round WPIAL Class AA play Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Burrell beats buzzer to take OT win from Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 27, 2020
Despite being the higher seed, Burrell could not play at home in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A girls soccer playoffs due to a track renovation at Buccaneer Stadium.

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Upper St. Clair field hockey forfeits playoff game after covid exposure
Upper St. Clair has forfeited its WPIAL Class AA field hockey semifinal to Penn-Trafford after a person associated with the Panthers’ team tested positive for covid-19.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Bret Colbert led his team to a 2-5 record this season.
Greensburg Central Catholic opens football coach position
Greensburg Central Catholic opened its head football coaching position, consequently parting ways with Bret Colbert after two seasons.

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Franklin Regional’s Isaac Gamwo (right) works against Plum’s D.D. Flowers during their game Sept. 28.
WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules: Oct. 28
Boys

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamanna makes a leaping save during the Panthers’ WPIAL Class 3A first round playoff game against South Fayette on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Murrysville.
Fearless Franklin Regional edges South Fayette in WPIAL Class 3A girls soccer first round
October 26, 2020
South Fayette pressed Franklin Regional from the start Monday night, but the Panthers tried to overcome the Lions’ push-back speed with patience, waiting for quality scoring opportunities.

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WPIAL soccer playoff capsules for games of Tuesday, Oct. 27
Here are WPIAL soccer playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games involving teams from Westmoreland County and the A-K Valley:

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The Franklin Regional golf team celebrates after Zach Abdallah made his putt on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Westmoreland high school notebook: PIAA playoffs beckon for trio of teams
October 25, 2020
A trio of WPIAL championship teams from Westmoreland County will compete this week for state titles.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kenzie Powell (15) and Malia Kearns (21) celebrate a goal with teammates during their game against Fox Chapel on Sept. 15, 2020, in Harrison City.
Battle-tested Penn-Trafford girls soccer grows into playoff contender
It has been decades since Penn-Trafford missed the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs. This was not going to be the year the run ended.

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Burrell midfielder Ian Smola looks to control the ball during Burrell’s section 2-AA matchup with Deer Lakes on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
WPIAL soccer playoff capsules: Oct. 26
Boys

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Norwin’s Tanner Krevokuch
Norwin notebook: Krevokuch earns walk-on offer from Pitt
Norwin senior tight end and defensive end Tanner Krevokuch has been in contact with Pitt coach Tim Salem of late and the conversation sparked greater interest.

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Norwin’s Sal Cerilli watches his putt on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship on Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Norwin golfers relish 1st trip to WPIAL championship
As Sal Cerilli walked up the 18th fairway on the Gold course at Cedarbrook, he felt a sense of finality kick in.

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The Franklin Regional boys golf team strikes a pose with the championship trophy after winning the WPIAL Class AAA team final on, Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Team effort helped Franklin Regional secure 1st WPIAL golf title
A statistics teacher who doubles as the boys golf coach at Franklin Regional, Jeff Traphagen often looks at life through numbers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye runs between a pair of Franklin Regional defenders during the Warriors’ victory Friday. Penn-Trafford will be home for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon get home games for WPIAL football playoffs
October 24, 2020
When the WPIAL announced higher-seeded teams will get to play at home through the semifinals of the football playoffs, a number of coaches had reason to smile.

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Indiana reacts after defeating Belle Vernon in the first round of WPIAL boys soccer playoffs Oct. 24, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Penalty kick gives Indiana boys soccer 1st-round win over Belle Vernon
Josh Glaser said three words ran through his head as he set up for the final penalty kick.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye is pursued by Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith (26) on Oct. 23, 2020.
Penn-Trafford scores every which way, routs Franklin Regional
October 23, 2020
Penn-Trafford won’t be recognized as a conference champion but the Warriors sure played like one in their regular-season finale.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save against Plum during their Sept. 28 match. The Panthers open the WPIAL playoffs against Knoch.
Westmoreland WPIAL soccer playoff capsules
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Monessen’s Shane Swope leads his team against Jefferson-Morgan on Sept. 25, 2020, at Monessen.
Monessen, football coach Shane Swope part ways after 1 season
Monessen and Shane Swope are going separate ways after a college try of a 2020 football season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda avoids Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield last week.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 7
October 22, 2020
Class 6A

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Mars captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy last season.
Breaking down the 2020 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 21, 2020
Here’s a look at the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs:

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlos Denis heads the ball from Trinity Christian’s Mitchell McGuire on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 at Trinity Christian.
GCC soccer teams get top seeds but no home-field advantage
Home-field advantage could play a big part in this year’s WPIAL soccer playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ian Demeri rushes the ball during their game against Woodland Hills on Oct. 2, 2020.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford focused on rivalry game
Penn-Trafford could finish atop the Class 5A Big East Conference but not be considered a conference champion.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works past Plum’s Luke Kolankowski on Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys soccer eyes WPIAL 3-peat
Franklin Regional arranged some objectives early in the boys soccer season, like it was laying out a new outfit for the first day of in-person school.

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Norwin’s Aiden Carson (8) celebrates his goal with Riley Zimmerman during the second half of their game against Central Catholic on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Oakland. Norwin won, 3-1.
Westmoreland boys soccer notebook: Norwin back to full strength for playoffs
Norwin had two late-season ties in boys soccer, which caught the eye of opposing teams and the people who conjure up the WPIAL rankings.

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Norwin girls volleyball, Latrobe boys soccer shut down because of covid-19 concerns
October 20, 2020
The Norwin girls volleyball and Latrobe boys soccer teams have shut down for 14 days because of possible exposure to covid-19.

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Jeannette quarterback Brad Birch looks to pass during a game against Springdale.
Jeannette freshman QB Brad Birch is ‘for real’
When he talks in casual conversation or even in interviews, Brad Birch likes to finish a lot of sentences with the words, “for real.”

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Ligonier Valley girls soccer team not apologizing for unique path to playoffs
When a clerical error made Apollo-Ridge ineligible for the WPIAL Class A girls soccer playoffs, there was a wide-eyed newcomer waiting to fill the vacancy.

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Westmoreland girls soccer notebook: Latrobe clinches playoff spot in style
Latrobe earned a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over Penn-Trafford last Thursday night to clinch a spot in the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs from Section 3-4A.

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Southmoreland’s Taylor Klingensmith (17) battles Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski for possession during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Oct. 19, 2020
October 19, 2020
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings. Records are through Saturday’s games.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich (in green) has won a pair of WPIAL soccer titles and recently added a WPIAL golf title to his haul.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional’s Kimmich has chance for double titles
October 18, 2020
There were days this fall when Luke Kimmich would play in a nine-hole golf match after school, change clothes and be back in time to join the boys soccer team for a practice or game.

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Mt. Pleasant tennis players (from left) Haylie Brunson, Mary Smithnosky and Katie Hutter, who also are standouts on the softball team.
Mt. Pleasant tennis standouts double up as softball stars
They are used to singles and doubles … and triples and home runs.

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Hempfield’s Mario Perkins runs the ball against Norwin on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Westmoreland H.S. football notebook: Hempfield copes with sudden end to season
October 17, 2020
Hempfield players had no clue they were playing their final football game of the season two Friday nights ago at Baldwin.

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Logan Divald helped Norwin boys golf reach the WPIAL Class AAA championships this year.
Norwin notebook: Trip to WPIAL finals a 1st for Knights golfers
Norwin switched home courses for boys golf this fall.

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Norwin’s Dom Barca is one of several underclassmen contributing for the Knights.
Underclassmen growing up quickly for Norwin football
Class 6A football can make a team grow up quickly in the WPIAL.

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Franklin Regional’s Brooke Horvath plays against Penn-Trafford Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at Murrysville Golf Club.
Franklin Regional golfers savor WPIAL championship round at Oakmont
Brooke Horvath and Caroline Tragesser have played numerous rounds of golf together at various courses.

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Franklin Regional’s Jeffery Downs (10) scores a touchdown during their game against Latrobe on Oct. 16, 2020.
Franklin Regional earns crucial win over Latrobe
October 16, 2020
Franklin Regional isn’t ready for its playoff streak to end.

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Derry players take the field before hosting Freeport on Sept. 25.
Derry calls off next week’s football game with Burrell after more positive covid tests
Derry postponed next week’s football game at Burrell over growing covid-19 concerns.

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Derry coach Vince Skillings oversees a preseason practice.
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: Covid-19 halts momentum
October 14, 2020
Covid-19 has found its way into Westmoreland County schools, and the virus has caused four local football programs to shut down.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton (19) celebrates after the game-winning touchdown against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton chooses MAC school from long list of college offers
Chase Whatton said he would make his college decision public on Wednesday afternoon and he held true to his word.

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Westmoreland boys soccer notebook: Kennedy’s return sparks Latrobe boys
Tom Kennedy returned to coach boys soccer at Latrobe this season and immediately aimed to simplify things.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak broke marks for goals and points in a game during the 2020 season.
‘Bar has been raised’ for Belle Vernon boys soccer team
More of a formality than a confetti-filled celebration, the observance of Belle Vernon’s second section title in as many years was different.

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Jeannette’s Toby Cline carries the ball against Riverview on Sept. 19.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 6
Class 6A

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield dibbles the ball during the PIAA Class AAA state championship game at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars girls, Peters boys move up in national soccer rankings
October 13, 2020
Mars has not lost a girls soccer game in almost two years.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) celebrates her second goal next to Mt. Pleasant’s Alexia Stanek during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Southmoreland girls soccer uses second-half surge to roll past Mt. Pleasant
Sitting on a precarious one-goal lead, Mt. Pleasant kept giving visiting Southmoreland chances early in the second half.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Alexa Gill for the ball last season.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notes: Yough ‘won’t be an easy out’ in playoffs
Yough knows what it feels like to be a favorite in girls soccer.

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Franklin Regional’s Chuck Tragesser lines up his putt on No. 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at South Hills Country Club.
Norwin, Franklin Regional among fresh faces at WPIAL team golf championships
Norwin switched home courses for boys golf about five years ago.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sam Felder controls the ball in front of Riverview’s Haley Carlino during their game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Oakmont.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer builds unity
Olivia Kruger did not see a need to change much stylistically when she took over the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team.

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A masked official works the Hempfield-Norwin game Sept. 11.
Hempfield, Derry football games called off after positive covid tests
October 12, 2020
Three more WPIAL football games were canceled because of covid-19 cases.

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North Allegheny’s Kensly Owns collides with North Hills goalkeeper Blake Nicholas during their game on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in McCandless.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Oct. 12, 2020
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings. Records are through Saturday’s games.

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Logan Divald has helped Norwin to the WPIAL Class AAA tournament semifinals.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Norwin golf shooting for spot in championship
October 11, 2020
The WPIAL boys golf postseason shifts to team competition starting Monday with semifinal tournaments.

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Penn Trafford coach John Ruane said the cancellation of Sunday’s game against Gateway is “depressing.”
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Cancellation upends Penn-Trafford’s routine
October 10, 2020
Asked for his initial thoughts on the cancellation of Sunday night’s game at Gateway, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane answered succinctly.

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Norwin’s Brooke Gast (12) competes against Plum last season.
Norwin volleyball eyes extension of strange covid-19 season
Norwin senior volleyball player Brooke Gast still is adjusting to covid-19 times, where few fans, if any, are permitted in gymnasiums, and rally points hit gym floors with a pronounced echo.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming tries to break the tackle of Hempfield’s Lucas Guy on Sept. 11.
Norwin notebook: Football team puts seven-game skid in rearview mirror
A seven-game losing streak is no more for the Norwin football team.

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Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic is tackled by Connellsville’s Gabriel McCrum on Oct. 2, 2020, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional’s ‘Super’ Mario Sarnic happy to be back on field
As Mario Sarnic lay motionless on the cold turf at Franklin Regional’s Panther Stadium, sound sucked from the complex, lights twinkling from a waiting ambulance, time stood still for the wide receiver and defensive back.

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Southmoreland’s Zach Cernuto (10) runs against Yough on Oct. 9, 2020, at Yough.
Southmoreland defense swarms Yough in shutout
October 9, 2020
Southmoreland turned a potential shootout into a shutout.

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The Penn-Trafford football team prepares for opening night against Latrobe on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Harrison City.
Covid cases force Penn-Trafford to cancel game with Gateway
It doesn’t seem like Penn-Trafford and Gateway are meant to play football against each other this season.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Lindsey Powanda watches her tee shot on No. 9 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Oakmont Country Club.
Mt. Lebanon’s Lindsey Powanda conquers Oakmont, wins school’s first WPIAL girls golf title
October 8, 2020
Her notebook was chock-full of scribbles and arrows, subtle reminders and dos and don’ts of how to play Oakmont Country Club.

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Fans are largely absent from the stands before Norwin’s game against Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
No immediate plans for Norwin to suspend sports amid covid-19 shutdown
October 7, 2020
Norwin is shutting down five schools, including its high school, after seven confirmed cases of covid-19 in the district. But there are no plans to suspend high school athletics.

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Franklin Regional head coach Greg Botta runs a preseason practice.
Westmoreland County football notes: Franklin Regional sneaking up on Class 5A foes
Is that Franklin Regional hiding in the tall grass of the Class 5A Big East Conference?

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean scored eight goals through the team’s first six games.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer playing like ‘legitimate’ contender
One mark of a title-contending team is how it responds to playing from behind. How it deals with adversity.

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Belle Vernon coach Rob Miele has guided his team to a 10-0 record this season.
Westmoreland boys soccer notebook: Unbeaten Belle Vernon gets record-setting performances
Belle Vernon’s weekend shutout of rival Ringgold allowed a couple of players to move up in the Belle Vernon record book.

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Westmoreland high school girls soccer notebook: Daughter gets best of dad in showdown
October 6, 2020
Izzy Laurita felt a strange type of nervousness last week when Belle Vernon took the field against visiting Hempfield.

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Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel
Soccer community remembers ‘Moe’ Rosensteel
They will always remember “Moe.”

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Franklin Regional’s Morgan Walters battles Indiana’s Isabella Antonacci for the ball during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional girls soccer thriving under 1st-year coach’s new system
Sitting atop Section 1-AAA with a half-game lead as this late-starting girls’ soccer season nears its halfway point pleases Franklin Regional. The Panthers didn’t expect to be in this position.

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Fox Chapel’s Nina Busch watches her tee shot on Hole 8 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
WPIAL Class AAA girls golf championship preview: Players face tough test at Oakmont Country Club
WPIAL Class AAA girls golf individual championship

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman celebrates her goal during the second half against Fox Chapel on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at Norwin.
Resurgent Norwin knocks off No. 1 Fox Chapel in girls soccer clash
October 5, 2020
For more than two decades, Norwin and Penn-Trafford have ping-ponged section titles in girls soccer.

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North Catholic’s Victoria Michalski heads the ball in front of Avonworth’s Jacquelyn Lamperski during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cranberry.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Oct. 5, 2020
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings. Records are through Saturday’s games:

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno putts on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Allegheny Country Club.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Zambruno sisters excited to play in states
October 4, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic twin sisters Meghan and Ella Zambruno finally will get to play together in the PIAA Class AA golf championship.

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Penn-Trafford’s Alex Turowski sinks a birdie putt on No. 5 at Latrobe Country Club on Sept. 8, 2020.
WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship preview: Field looks crowded
WPIAL Class AAA boys golf individual championship

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown an interception and a fumble recovery against Woodland Hills.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Penn-Trafford bounces back big
October 3, 2020
The loss to Peters Township continues to shrink in Penn-Trafford’s rear-view mirror.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giansante has attracted the attention of Division I college programs.
Norwin notebook: Recruiting back open for Anthony Giansante
Norwin senior lineman Anthony Giansante is no longer committed to Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, who was recruited as an offensive guard, said WKU made the decision to not bring in any high school offensive linemen this year.

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Franklin Regional’s Morgan Walters battles Indiana’s Isabella Antonacci for the ball during their game on Sept. 29 in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional girls soccer benefit from new style of play
Sitting atop Section 1-3A with a game-and-a-half lead as this late-starting girls soccer season nears its halfway point pleases Franklin Regional. But the Panthers didn’t exactly expect to be in this position.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford (11) rushes the ball for a touchdown during their game against Woodland Hills on Oct. 2, 2020.
Penn-Trafford shuts down Woodland Hills, makes case for elite status in Class 5A
October 2, 2020
Penn-Trafford players and coaches say they aren’t necessarily playing with a chip on their shoulder because they have not been ranked all season.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger putts on the ninth hole during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Allegheny Country Club.
Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger repeats as WPIAL Class AA champ
October 1, 2020
Eva Bulger has athletic pedigree.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tim Fitzgerald watches his approach shot on No. 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy’s Tim Fitzgerald tames Allegheny CC, takes WPIAL Class AA title
As he approached the 18th tee, Tim Fitzgerald asked a group marker where he stood on the leaderboard.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Asher O’Connor celebrates in the third quarter after scoring a touchdown against Southmoreland last week.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 4
Class 6A

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Franklin Regional’s Blake Cooper (10) and Zach Lorenz battle Plum’s DD Flowers for the ball during their game on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
WPIAL soccer teams nearing end of full-season sprint
September 30, 2020
Once considered a marathon, WPIAL soccer season is a full-on sprint this season. No time to stop off for a rest, either — not in 2020.

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Sewickley Academy won the Class AA boys title at the PIAA team golf championships last year.
WPIAL golf notes: Changes made to girls team tournament format
The WPIAL golf committee moved one of its postseason tournaments to a new venue.

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Plum goalkeeper Gabe Kuhn (left) helped the Mustangs upset Franklin Regional on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
Westmoreland high school boys soccer notebook: Franklin Regional suddenly in seeding talk
One game does not a season make.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tim Fitzgerald watches his tee shot during the 2019 WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship.
WPIAL Class AA boys championship preview: Sewickley Academy strong again
WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger watches her tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship preview: Quaker Valley’s Bulger looks for repeat
WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship

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Jeannette’s Emilio Huerta blocks a pass, leading to an interception against Riverview on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Riverview.
H.S. football notebook: Jeannette defense getting offensive
Jeannette’s defense is starting to reveal its athleticism and potential.

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Norwin senior Sydney Willig
Norwin soccer player tackles challenges presented by cystic fibrosis
September 29, 2020
While most students are still sleeping, hours away from their phone alarm sounding to get them up for school, Sydney Willig is up before the sun, wide awake and confronting a disease.

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Westmoreland girls soccer notebook: Loaded with underclassmen, Latrobe on the rise
Latrobe has senior leadership on the soccer field but don’t sleep on the underclassmen who have blended in well and could spell a bright future for the program.

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Yough’s Tristan Waldier (4) runs the ball early in the first half against Chartiers-Houston on Sept. 11, 2020, at Yough.
Yough quarterback Tristan Waldier suffers another season-ending injury
In a couple of days, Yough went from not-so-bad news to the worst news of all regarding their starting quarterback.

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Plum’s D.D. Flowers celebrates his game-winnng goal with A.J. Koma during their game against Franklin Regional on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
Plum boys soccer takes down top-ranked Franklin Regional
September 28, 2020
Plum senior forward D.D. Flowers thinks his team has as good a chance as anyone to compete for a WPIAL title in Class 3A.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimerman celebrates with Brendan Ash after Ash’s goal against Penn-Trafford last week.
Trib HSSN WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Sept. 28, 2020
Through Saturday’s games

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Latrobe players break the huddle before playing Mt. Pleasant on Sept. 18, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Latrobe holds its own
September 26, 2020
It was a nonconference game that probably won’t get much attention, but it had plenty of fireworks, nonetheless.

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Latrobe’s Tucker Knupp gets down low to tackle training dummies during a team workout on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe football seeking opponent for next week
Latrobe suddenly is looking for an opponent for next week after Gateway had to shut down activities because of a covid-19 issue.

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Franklin Regional’s Nicole Currens (29) competes against Kiski Area Oct. 1, 2019, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional girls volleyball embraces No. 1 ranking
When the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its first set of rankings for the new season, Franklin Regional players and coaches were surprised, thrilled and honored to see their team No. 1 in Class AAA.

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Norwin’s Alex Jubert competes during the 2020 season.
Norwin runners benefit from strength-in-numbers mentality
Norwin cross country isn’t always about crossing the finish line first. Or last, for that matter.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler dribbles the ball midfield against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Girls soccer team’s long section winning streak comes to close
Norwin girls soccer coaches and players were not altogether thrilled when the WPIAL two-year realignment cycle brought some change to their section. They couldn’t have been.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King tackles Southmoreland’s Anwar Jones in the second quarter for a 6-yard loss Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
Mt. Pleasant defense bottles up Southmoreland
September 25, 2020
Mt. Pleasant leaned on its defense to keep Southmoreland from making it three straight wins in their historic, 46-game series that dates back 56 years.

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North Allegheny’s Kensly Owens works past North Hills defender Juan Reyes Oyono Mikue during their game on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in McCandless.
WPIAL committee to meet to discuss potential tweaks to soccer playoff format
The WPIAL soccer playoffs could look similar to previous years, but that is not a certainty as a condensed, 32-day regular season winds into late September.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman heads the ball over Penn-Trafford’s Logan Swartz on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Norwin High School.
Norwin boys soccer uses quick-strike offense to top Penn-Trafford
September 24, 2020
Scoring early has become a trend for the Norwin boys soccer team.

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Greensburg Salem’s Ahkeem White pulls down an interception on a pass intended for Knoch’s Zane Inklovich late in the fourth quarter last week.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 3
Class 6A

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Kubasky works out during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Vikings Stadium.
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer dominates out of the gates
September 23, 2020
In soccer, defense often leads to offense. But there are cases where the opposite is true.

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Goalie Gianni Diacopoulos (left) and top-ranked Franklin Regional are off to a 5-0 start this season. The Panthers are two-time defending WPIAL champions.
Westmoreland boys soccer notebook: Franklin Regional still doing what it does best
Franklin Regional allowed a goal in its second game of the season. And another in the fourth.

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Derry quarterback Paul Koontz works on passing drills during a heat acclimation practice on Monday evening, Aug. 17, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
H.S. football notebook: Derry’s backup plan working out at QB
When Paul Koontz, a senior who has proven himself as the starting quarterback at Derry, went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Trojans did not panic.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman works against Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during last year’s WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Norwin tackling tough section schedule
September 22, 2020
Norwin girls soccer coaches and players were not altogether thrilled when the WPIAL two-year realignment cycle brought some change to their section.

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Southmoreland sophomore Olivia Cernuto keeps an eye on the ball while dribbling between teammates Tuesday at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland the surprise of WPIAL girls soccer
Southmoreland is by no means a girls soccer powerhouse.

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Norwin athletic director Brandon Rapp takes a phone call during the Norwin-Hempfield game last season.
New Westmoreland County athletic directors working to keep high school sports humming
September 21, 2020
The athletic director carousel hasn’t stopped turning in Westmoreland County this year with new faces at new places and newcomers to the position tackling the daily grind of safety protocols and schedule-crunching during covid-19 times.

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Fox Chapel’s Britta Lagerquist (4) scores her first goal against Penn-Trafford last Tuesday.
WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings for Sept. 21, 2020
WPIAL soccer rankings

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Belle Vernon head coach Matt Humbert during work outs Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at James Weir Stadium.
Westmoreland football notebook: Defense driving force for Belle Vernon
September 19, 2020
The stage is set for another clash between Class 4A rivals Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson.

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Logan Divald putts on the ninth green during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
Norwin golfers take to hilly layout at Youghiogheny
Norwin moved its boys home golf matches to Youghiogheny Country Club near McKeesport.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman battles Seneca Valley’s Zachary LaValle for the ball during the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals last season.
Norwin boys soccer ready for another playoff run
After a lengthy first-round playoff drought, Norwin broke through and reached at least the WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinals two years in a row.

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Greensburg Salem takes the field against Knoch on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem records win No. 700 by edging Knoch
September 18, 2020
At last, 700.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders celebrates as he scores a first-quarter touchdown against Clariton Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
Jeannette’s James Sanders gets D1 offer after stellar opener
September 17, 2020
As James Sanders caught passes and padded his yards-after-catch numbers last Friday night against visiting Clairton, he knew in the back of his mind he was creating footage for his highlight video.

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Yough’s Tristan Waldier (4) runs the ball early against Chartiers-Houston in Week 1.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 2
Class 6A

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki competes against Latrobe on Sept. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon looks to rebound after section streak ends
September 16, 2020
Belle Vernon is not that bad. It remains to be seen if Connellsville is that good.

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Belle Vernon takes the field Friday against McKeesport.
Westmoreland football notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford sets unbreakable record
Senior running back Brad Ford’s 99-yard rushing touchdown last week in the season opener against Latrobe was a Penn-Trafford program record, Warriors football historian Rush Pedder pointed out.

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GCC sophomore Amari Mack picks up D-1 football offer after big opener
September 15, 2020
A bedazzling season opener from Amari Mack suddenly has the Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore on the Division I FCS radar.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield dribbles the ball during the PIAA Class 3A championship game in Hershey last season.
WPIAL girls soccer preview: Can anyone rocket past state champ Mars in Class 3A?
Class 4A

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Canon-McMillan’s Joey Fonagy (7) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime during the boys WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Mt. Lebanon last season.
WPIAL boys soccer preview: Long list of contenders eye up Canon Mac in Class 4A
Class 4A

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Chuckie Tragesser of Murrysville putts during the Tri-State Junior PGA Championship Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Willowbrook Country Club.
Deep, talented Franklin Regional golf team poised to take big step forward
September 14, 2020
For years, Franklin Regional has watched other teams celebrate section, WPIAL and PIAA titles in boys golf.

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Mt. Pleasant softball player Katie Hutter committed to Akron.
Mt. Pleasant softball player Katie Hutter headed to Akron
Katie Hutter spent the weekend in Ohio playing in a travel softball tournament. She’ll soon be spending a lot more time in the neighboring state.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha Nemeth (7) celebrates her goal with Jessica Nemeth during their girls PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford, Hempfield football games will play as scheduled
September 13, 2020
The status of a pair of local Week 2 football games is no longer up in the air.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Bret Colbert watches the action during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland H.S. football notebook: Leechburg impresses with win over GCC
September 12, 2020
If there was a local score that turned heads on the opening night of the high school football season, it was probably this one:

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Clairton’s Isaiah Berry pulls in a first quarter touchdown against Jeannette on Friday at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.
Clairton hands Jeannette rare season-opening loss in Class A showdown
September 11, 2020
Jeannette coach Roy Hall said he expected to get Clairton’s best no matter what time of year the Eastern Conference rivals played.

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Monessen’s Shane Swope Jr. goes through drills during work outs Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Monessen.
Westmoreland County teams turn to freshman quarterbacks
September 10, 2020
Two freshmen are expected to start at quarterback for Westmoreland County football teams on opening night.

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Jeannette will wear "TC 6" decals Friday night to honor late standout Tre Cunningham, who wore No. 6.
Jeannette to honor late Tre Cunningham at season opener
Jeannette will honor former standout Tre Cunningham at its football season opener Friday night against Clairton.

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Derry’s Dominic Patrick goes through drills with teammates during a heat-acclimation practice.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week 1
Here’s a look at some don’t-miss matchups in Westmoreland County for Week 1:

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West Mifflin shortstop Lauren Yuhas makes D-1 commitment
September 9, 2020
Lauren Yuhas led West Mifflin in just about every offensive category in 2019.

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Derry’s Cain Latta, bottom, goes through drills with teammates during a heat acclimatization practice on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Under new leadership, Derry looks to maintain run of success
September 8, 2020
A change in leadership does not signal a change in style.

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Norwin’s Lacey Bernick scored 16 goals last season.
Westmoreland County girls soccer preview: Good luck keeping up with Norwin
Team speed is a trait often associated with girls soccer at Norwin. Opponents can feel more like track sprinters as they chase the Knights down the field and back.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton reaches for a catch during varsity football team drills Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Elizabeth Forward High School.
Chase Whatton set to power Elizabeth Forward attack
September 6, 2020
While he can’t quite predict the future, Chase Whatton has a promise for Elizabeth Forward football fans.

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Yough’s Gamal Marballie works out during practice on Aug. 13, 2020, in Herminie.
Yough eyes improvement on defense under 1st-year coach
Yough hasn’t exactly built a fence around the end zone in recent seasons.

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Franklin Regional’s Cole Kaforey (left) participates in a scrimmage with teammates during boys soccer practice at the high school stadium Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.
Westmoreland boys soccer preview: Franklin Regional chasing 3rd straight WPIAL title
Forty-two wins, 33 shutouts, 15 goals allowed.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback David Altimore throws a pass during practice on Aug. 13, 2020, in Carbon.
Greensburg Central Catholic brings size, skill in Eastern Conference race
September 5, 2020
Averaging 6-foot-21⁄2 and 255 pounds, Greensburg Central Catholic’s linemen will cast shadows at the line of scrimmage and give the Centurions room to operate on each side of the football.

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Jeannette residents watch from the stadium stands as the Jeannette High School marching band and varsity cheer squad perform for a dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the new field at McKee Stadium on Thursday night, Aug. 29, 2019 in Jeannette.
Jeannette superintendent sends letter to Gov. Wolf concerning fan limitation
Jeannette’s fan base is about as loyal as they come in the WPIAL. Devoted fans follow the Jayhawks wherever they go, especially in football.

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Latrobe’s Bobby Fetter runs drills during practice Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2020 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to get back to postseason, take next step
September 3, 2020
After reaching the WPIAL playoffs two years in a row on the heels of an eight-year drought, Latrobe feels a sense of accomplishment.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at Warrior Stadium.
Penn-Trafford ready to ride Carr toward postseason
Skill, speed, depth and potential.

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Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams goes through drills during workouts Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.
After rare playoff miss, Woodland Hills aims for normalcy
It just doesn’t happen.

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Norwin junior soccer player Sydney Gray
Norwin’s Sydney Gray verbals to VMI for soccer
Norwin is used to churning out NCAA Division I girls soccer talent. It is practically a yearly occurrence for the perennial power.

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Penn Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at Warrior Stadium.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Another D1 offer for Penn-Trafford football
A fourth player on the Penn-Trafford football team has an opportunity to play Division I football.

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Plum’s Makayla Jackson (27) competes against Norwin on Sept. 3, 2019 at Norwin.
3 from WPIAL make volleyball All-American watch list
Pitt recruit Makayla Jackson of Plum leads a talented trio from the WPIAL selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armor All-American Watch list.

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Belle Vernon’s Isabella Laurita and West Mifflin’s Alyssa Deacon compete during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Standout Izzy Laurita returns to Belle Vernon soccer team
Senior Izzy Laurita has rejoined the girls soccer team at Belle Vernon.

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Connellsville’s Gage Gillott throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Dunbar.
Connellsville readies for ‘year we’ve been waiting for’
Connellsville’s Marko Thomas does not just sound like a coach giving lip service following a down season.

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Hayden Teska practices with teammates on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Offut Field in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem seeks right chemistry in pursuit of 700th win
September 2, 2020
Don’t get too used to the starting lineup Greensburg Salem football coach Dave Keefer rolls out in the opening game.

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Belle Vernon’s Cole Weightman goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at James Weir Stadium.
Belle Vernon linebacker’s name starting to carry weight with college recruiters
Cole Weightman sees himself playing on a big college stage some day, maybe digging in behind the defensive line, his speed gauge set to downhill, with an eye toward ruining Saturdays for opposing quarterbacks.

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Molly Bernett takes her turn during Norwin’s Unified Bocce match at Hampton in February.
Norwin honored for unified sports programs
Unified sports allow students with and without disabilities to compete in an inclusive environment.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher throws during workouts Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 at Laurel Highlands High school.
Terrelle Pryor, Rodney Gallagher sit down and chat on YouTube show
September 1, 2020
Picture this.

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Southmoreland athletic director Dan Boring
Dan Boring takes over as Southmoreland’s athletic director
August 31, 2020
Dan Boring knew Charlie Swink had been hinting about stepping down as athletic director at Southmoreland for some time.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz battles South Fayette’s Brent Goldstrohm for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz added to national all-star watchlist
Add midfielder Zach Lorenz of Franklin Regional to the watchlist for the 10th High School All-American soccer games.

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Norwin head coach David Brozeski works with his team during practice on Aug. 13, 2020.
Running game, defense take precedence at Norwin
With a nonexistent running game, a problem that was compounded by a multitude of injuries to its offensive line, Norwin struggled to move the football last season.

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Hempfield will count on Mario Perkins to play the featured back role that Nathan Roby filled last season.
Hempfield looks to stay healthy in 2020
Ninth-year coach Rich Bowen wonders what might have been last year had his Hempfield Spartans not been ravaged by injuries early in the season.

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Avella quarterback KJ Rush throws a pass during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at Avella High School.
Increased roster numbers boost Avella
August 29, 2020
Low roster numbers have plagued Avella before, but coach Ryan Cecchini can assure you, he’s shaken all he can from the bushes in the school district.

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Bentworth head coach John Knabb works with Trevor Richardson during practice on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.
Uptick in numbers helps Bentworth’s confidence
J.J. Knabb, a teacher at Bentworth who doubles as the football coach, took over lunch duty last year so he could get the word out about his team’s sparse roster.

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Monessen’s Taki Frezzel goes through drills during workouts Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Memorial Stadium in Monessen.
Numbers up at Monessen, but Greyhounds are young
Rumblings about Monessen possibly folding its proud football program because of low roster numbers were quickly stamped out when Shane Swope was hired during the winter to lead the Greyhounds.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki competes during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Westmoreland notebook: 5 soccer players on All-American game watchlist
Fifteen WPIAL players are up for the country’s premier soccer all-star game.

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Franklin Regional’s head coach Mike Feorene talks with his players during Penn-Trafford’s varsity volleyball tournament last season.
WPIAL volleyball teams grappling with indoor coronavirus safety restrictions
Girls volleyball teams in the WPIAL are beginning to feel like the walls are closing in on them.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos throws a pass during practice Aug. 13, 2020, in Carbon.
GCC quarterback finds workout partner in Terrelle Pryor
August 27, 2020
Offseason training has made Nate Dlugos a better quarterback mechanically and has boosted his confidence.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (right) works past Devin Murray during a team scrimmage on the first day of WPIAL fall sports practice Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in West Deer.
14 WPIAL players nominated for All-American soccer games
Fourteen WPIAL players have a chance to play in the country’s premier soccer all-star games.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno watches her shot from the first fairway during the WPIAL Class AA team golf championship match last year at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
WPIAL girls golf preview: GCC dynasty sets sights on 6th straight title
August 26, 2020
Since WPIAL girls golf went to two classifications in 2012, eight team champions have been crowned.

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Northgate’s Davonte Christie goes through drills during workouts Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 Northgate High School.
Northgate aims to end lengthy losing streak
August 25, 2020
Northgate had a young roster last year when it struggled and finished winless.

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Harry Hickle
Norwin track coach Harry ‘Bucky’ Hickle included family in passion
August 24, 2020
A championship family man and a championship coach, Harry Hickle was loyal to his loved ones and his student-athletes.

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Southmoreland athletic director Charlie Swink surveys the damage caused by flooding to the artificial turf at Russ Grimm Field in this 2013 photo.
Charlie Swink leaving post as Southmoreland AD with pride
August 23, 2020
Charlie Swink was there to see the football team’s breakthrough season. He witnessed the championship run of the softball team, a state-championship wrestler and he looked on as the girls basketball team made history.

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Whole country might be watching what Pennsylvania decides about fall sports
August 20, 2020
The PIAA will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, presumably to make its final decision on the fate of fall high school sports in Pennsylvania.

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Bailey Kuhns, battles Apollo-Ridge’s Elizabeth Penrose (14) and Rylee Eaton during a 2019 game, received a scholarship offer from Saginaw Valley State.
Westmoreland County H.S. notebook: Another school, Southmoreland, needs an AD
Another Westmoreland County school district is looking for an athletic director.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson drives to the basket against Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game on Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Western PA Bruins players continue to gather basketball offers
August 19, 2020
An extended “dead” period in NCAA recruiting during the covid-19 shutdown did not stand in the way of the Western PA Bruins girls AAU basketball program.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel watches from the sidelines against West Shamokin during a game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley’s football schedule down to 5 games
Ligonier Valley is set to makes its WPIAL debut for its second stint in the league this fall. The Rams have not played in the WPIAL in 50 years.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Olivia Kruger
New coach takes over successful Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer program
August 18, 2020
Olivia Kruger is new to the Pittsburgh area, but she knows a lot about Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer.

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Yough athletic director Scott Morrison
Yough hires Scott Morrison as athletic director
Scott Morrison plans to take sports at Yough in a different, fresh direction.

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The new, resurfaced track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium.
Walkers, runners take to refurbished track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium
August 13, 2020
A social media post about the completion and opening of the new track at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium Monday was viewed over 11,000 times.

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The marble bench memorial for late Penn-Trafford baseball player Maclean Maund.
Memorial bench honors late Penn-Trafford pitcher
August 12, 2020
Maclean Maund will forever be memorialized on the Penn-Trafford campus.

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Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer
Even with many meets canceled, GCC’s Corinn Brewer finds a way to win this summer
Corinn Brewer went into her first — and last — track competition of the summer with an all-or-nothing approach.

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New Ligonier Valley athletic director Wesley Siko
New Ligonier Valley AD eager to oversee transition to WPIAL
August 9, 2020
Wesley Siko always knew he wanted to work in sports.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford runs for yardage as Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns (1) pursues during an Oct. 25, 2019 game at Franklin Regional.
WPIAL football changes scuttle marquee matchups for Westmoreland County teams
August 8, 2020
Week Zero, as a name, never seemed to carry much clout in the WPIAL. The moniker was met with a lukewarm reaction and did not make sense to many people when it became a thing several years ago.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Roger Beitel talks to his team following their 34-6 loss to Richland in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
Ligonier Valley has extra challenge moving to WPIAL
August 7, 2020
Jude Grzywinski, Jr., the latest hulking lineman looking to make his mark at Ligonier Valley, just wants an opportunity to play football this season.

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Penn-Trafford twin defensive backs Mason and Nate Frye pose for a photo at practice Sept. 19, 2019, at Penn-Trafford.
A day after his twin brother received one, Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye gets offer from Butler
August 6, 2020
One day after his identical twin brother received a scholarship offer from Butler, Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye netted the same arrangement from the same school.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye makes a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament last summer.
Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye grabs Division I-FCS offer
August 5, 2020
Mason Frye is expected to line up at receiver and also play a key role in the secondary for Penn-Trafford this football season.

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Bushy Run catcher Cole Defillippo makes the catch as Young Township’s Ethan Prugh strikes out in a Westmoreland County American Baseball League playoff game Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Westmoreland County American League names all-stars
August 3, 2020
After a mostly flawless regular season and a strong start to the playoffs — a fine summer baseball run, all things considered amid the covid-19 pandemic — the Westmoreland American League stayed the course with another tradition by naming its all-league teams.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki competes during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer teams cancel Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic
With the start of the WPIAL season pushed to Sept. 14, Belle Vernon was left scrambling to find a time and date for one of its marquee events, the Paul Sasko Kickoff Classic.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz battles South Fayette’s Brent Goldstrohm for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Colleges courting Franklin Regional midfielder
August 2, 2020
Zach Lorenz is on the path to a Division I soccer career, but he likely will have to score a scholarship with limited highlights and contact with coaches.

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Coach Rand Hudson has led Franklin Regional to back-to-back WPIAL titles.
Covid-19 scare turns out to be Lyme disease for Franklin Regional soccer coach
August 1, 2020
Rand Hudson had a scorching fever. He felt achy, his joints hurt and he was tired.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco gets his gold medal from head coach Rand Hudson after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class AAA boys soccer championship Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Highmark Stadium. DiFalco scored the only goal.
Soccer coaches learn to work with sport-specific coronavirus protocols
Soccer isn’t considered a full-fledged contact sport — some teams would beg to differ, based on playing styles — but the game has had to adjust to safety guidelines just like others to help slow the spread of covid-19.

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Norwin senior baseball player Nick Fleming committed to Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md.
Norwin’s Nick Fleming commits to Mount St. Mary’s baseball
July 31, 2020
The timing wasn’t exactly precise, not like he had envisioned, but Nick Fleming still was all smiles Friday night after deciding on his baseball future.

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Hempfield’s Phil Fox practices at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Hempfield’s Phil Fox commits to Gardner Webb
Phil Fox lost out on his junior baseball season at Hempfield because the PIAA canceled spring sports during the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Norwin’s Jenna Gigliotti crosses the finish line to win the 2009 WPIAL Class AAA girls championship.
Norwin overcomes logistics, selects smaller, all-female hall of fame class
July 28, 2020
Tom Shirley is used to getting things ready for the Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.

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Sonny Thomas has been coaching high school football off and on since 1966. Sonny Thomas has been coaching high school football since 1966.
Longtime coach Sonny Thomas could be on brink of final season on sideline
July 27, 2020
Could it be one last year in the sun for Sonny Thomas? Maybe so.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky grabs a tipped pass and scores on a point-after-touchdown play during the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School. Norwin beat Penn-Trafford 24-13.
Football players pine for usual 7-on-7 tournaments
July 25, 2020
Brett Birch is a regular on the 7-on-7 football travel circuit.

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Captains from Clairton and Riverview meet with the referee before their afternoon game on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Riverside Park in Oakmont. Riverside Park does not have lights, so the Raiders play home games on Saturday afternoons.
Football refs could be wearing masks, gloves and using hand-held whistles if there is a season
July 22, 2020
Referees could be wearing masks and gloves and using hand-held whistles in high school football games if proposed guidelines become the norm, and the PIAA moves forward with football season.

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New Monessen football coach Shane Swope
New coach brings enthusiasm, swagger to Monessen football program
July 18, 2020
Poised to lift the Monessen football program back to prominence, new coach Shane Swope is bringing the strength of a construction worker, the tact of an architect and the touch of an artist to a program in need.

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Belle Vernon head coach Rob Miele during soccer practice at James Weir Stadium, in Belle Vernon, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Face-covering fundraiser to benefit Belle Vernon soccer’s Sasko Tournament
Face coverings, as mandatory and maligned as they are these days, don’t have to be dull.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming (3) is congratulated by coach Mike Liebdzinski after hitting a three-run homer against Plum on May 3, 2019.
Norwin’s Nick Fleming catching eye of Division I baseball programs
July 17, 2020
Nick Fleming did not have a junior baseball season at Norwin because the PIAA canceled fall athletics due to health concerns over the coronavirus.

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New Derry football coach Vince Skillings
New Derry coach Vince Skillings committed to program’s trademark ground game
July 16, 2020
When Woody Hayes spoke, Vince Skillings listened.

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Former Greensburg Salem runner Maddy Murtland is recovering from a serious ATV accident.
Supporters rally behind Greensburg Salem champion runner after ATV crash
July 15, 2020
The Greensburg Salem track and field and cross country community, along with program supporters and friends alike, are rallying around recent alum Maddy Murtland, who was involved in a near-fatal ATV accident on July 6.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr reaches for the end zone and the go a head touchdown against Gateway in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford football standout Ethan Carr takes his versatility to Villanova
July 14, 2020
Ethan Carr navigated unprecedented times in college football recruiting.

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Chris Chunko was hired as Yough’s football coach on Feb. 4, 2020.
New Yough football coach Chris Chunko tackling unorthodox offseason
July 11, 2020
Unorthodox and fluid, the first few months of Chris Chunko’s rookie year as a head football coach have been a slow but surprisingly steady process.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Berginc flexes after defeating Braxton Fries-Appello of Easton in the 113-pound semifinal March 7, 2020 at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championship at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Hempfield state wrestling champ Ethan Berginc commits to Army
July 9, 2020
A PIAA wrestling championship scene-stealer has committed to an NCAA Division I program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Warrior Stadium before a soccer game in 2019.
Penn-Trafford sports workouts resume with safety modifications
July 7, 2020
Penn-Trafford resumed athletic workouts Tuesday but with new provisions to its health and safety guidelines.

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Seton Hill’s Nathan Davis competes against Cal (Pa.) on Jan. 15, 2020, at Seton Hill.
Seton Hill product Nate Davis inks pro hoops deal with team in Germany
Late in his senior season at Seton Hill, Nate Davis said the stars would have to align for him to continue playing basketball past college.

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Derry Area’s Aidan Bushey scores over Blackhawk’s Ryan McClymonds during their WPIAL Class 4A first round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Derry’s Bushey, Norwin’s Federovich overcame personal challenges to excel
July 4, 2020
Aidan Bushey and Matt Federovich do not know each other, but they have more than a few things in common.

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Sidney Crosby helps teach during a "Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey" program at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.
From Sidney Crosby to Jim Brown, ranking the greatest high school athletes of all time
July 2, 2020
Pro football legend Jim Brown was good at lacrosse.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (24) celebrates with Megan McConnell next to Moon’s Brianna Toal during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley hoops star Aislin Malcolm adds Penn State offer
July 1, 2020
Fast-rising basketball talent Aislin Malcolm welcomed another scholarship offer Wednesday as Penn State came calling.

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Derry’s Aidan Bushey, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Associations boys golf tournament at the Latrobe Elks Golf Club in Unity Township, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
Derry, South Park standouts win UPMC Comeback Athlete of the Year awards
June 30, 2020
A pair of determined athletes are the WPIAL’s latest comeback kids.

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Penn Trafford’s Brooke Cleland hits a two-run home run against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
High school softball players finding diamonds to play on in pop-up summer leagues
Brooke Cleland is back to doing what she does best on the softball field: launching towering home runs.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giansante has attracted the attention of Division I college programs. Norwin lineman Anthony Giasante committed to Western Kentucky, turning down offers from Columbia, Dartmouth, Penn, Fordham, Brown and VMI, among others.
Norwin lineman Giansante commits to Western Kentucky
June 29, 2020
With each video clip he posted on social media, bulked-up Anthony Giansante shared another step on his path to Division I football.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the year: GCC’s Nate Ward showed will to win in 4 sports
June 27, 2020
Nate Ward scored goals in soccer, kicked extra points and caught passes in football, hit 3-pointers on the basketball court and carried the baton around the track oval. With each sport, he made his mark.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco (left) is expected to be one of the region’s top recruits the next two seasons.
Westmoreland high school notebook: 2022 recruiting resumes
June 21, 2020
With excessive early commitments in Division I women’s soccer sweeping the country in recent years, the NCAA opted to make a rule change in 2019.

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Alex Turowski tees off on the 10th during the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur golf tournament Thursday, June 18, 2020 at Latrobe Country Club.
High school golfers get head start with eased restrictions, summer tournaments
June 19, 2020
Freeport’s youth program is as much of a summer tradition at Buffalo Golf Course as outings and leagues.

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Beaver County league gives high school softball players a place to play
June 17, 2020
High school softball is coming back — at least in Beaver County.

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Doug Kelly is the new boys basketball coach at Penn-Trafford, where he recently served as an assistant.
Penn-Trafford hires Doug Kelly to coach boys basketball
June 15, 2020
Doug Kelly has gained a measure of perspective since he last served as a head boys basketball coach in the WPIAL.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Marshall Richter competes against Keystone Oaks on Oct. 9, 2018.
Thomas Jefferson’s Richter puts focus on soccer future at FC Cincinnati Academy
Marshall Richter just finished his sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson, albeit from home like his classmates and many others across the country who were walled off by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Norwin football coach Dave Brozeski accepts the champions plaque from Westmoreland County Coaches Association president Larry Sellitto after beating Penn-Trafford, 24-13, in the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WCCA cancels 7-on-7 football championship
June 14, 2020
The holding pattern is over for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty (right) received a scholarship offer from Kennesaw State. It was her first Division I offer.
High school notebook: Latrobe basketball player Anna Rafferty gets D-I offer
With the NCAA “dead” period — the time when college coaches cannot have contact with potential recruits — extended to July 31, basketball players who usually wade in the AAU recruiting waters at this time of year have been left to their own devices.

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North Allegheny, Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy and Seton LaSalle are among the top high schools for sports in Pennsylvania, according to a Niche.com study.
Which WPIAL power was named the best place for high school sports in Pennsylvania?
June 12, 2020
North Allegheny is the best place for high school sports in Pennsylvania.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher is fouled in the final seconds of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Mars Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Wildcats Select AAU basketball to livestream workout
AAU basketball has yet to return after extensive delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but a local organization is ready to tip and plans to give coaches, families and fans a look at their talent pool through a different prism.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty (22) pulls down a rebound against Penn-Trafford on Feb. 8, 2019.
Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty gets first Division I offer from Kennesaw State
June 11, 2020
With the NCAA “dead” period — the time when college coaches cannot have contact with potential recruits — extended to July 31, basketball players who usually wade in the AAU recruiting waters at this time of year have been left to their own devices.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brandon Brown (left) makes a catch against Hempfield during last year’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament.
Westmoreland high school notebook: No decision yet on 7-on-7 tournament
June 6, 2020
The waiting game continues for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 football championship.

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Manager Bob Kovalcin led Latrobe to the 2008 WPIAL championship and came out of retirement this year to lead the Wildcats again.
PIAA’s spring sports cancellation especially tough for new softball, baseball coaches
Bob Kovalcin did not coach a game this season at Latrobe, but the man who came out of retirement to lead the Wildcats softball team has spent the last couple of weeks conducting exit meetings with his players.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner (26) high-fives Laura Fox after Fox scored during the sixth inning of their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Travel softball teams returning to action, trying to get used to coronavirus guidelines
June 3, 2020
Travel softball will return to Pennsylvania later this month and players and coaches, particularly those who missed out on the high school season, are bubbling with anticipation to play again.

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Penn-Trafford coach Jim Rocco calls out a play against Fox Chapel Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Former Franklin Regional coach Doug Kelly expected to get Penn-Trafford boys basketball job
Doug Kelly is the recommended candidate to be the next boys basketball coach at Penn-Trafford.

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Amber Cernuto is the new girls basketball coach at Southmoreland.
Former assistant Amber Cernuto takes over Southmoreland girls basketball program
June 2, 2020
While taking a year off for personal reasons, Amber Cernuto was able to watch Southmoreland girls basketball from a different vantage point.

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Freeport starting pitcher Tori Radvan throws against Burrell Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Senior Spotlight: Freeport 2-sport standout left her mark on diamond
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saint Vincent’s Alona Sleith set the single-season school record for home runs last season.
Saint Vincent’s Sleith hangs up cleats to get head start on coaching career at alma mater
June 1, 2020
Regrets?

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Frazier outfielder Emi Curcio will play at Penn State Behrend next season.
Senior Spotlight: Frazier softball star who started PIAA petition made her voice heard
May 31, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers won’t have to face section rivals on consecutive days next season. The WPIAL isn’t applying the same new scheduling rule to softball that it is to baseball.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Softball teams still taking it 1 game at a time
May 30, 2020
Baseball is going to two-game, home-and-home series on consecutive days for section games next season.

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Hempfield’s Magnus Speal works against Latrobe’s AJ Rock at 182 pounds during their match Dec. 19, 2018 at Hempfield High School.
Latrobe honors senior A.J. Rock with Findley Scholarship
May 29, 2020
Latrobe saw fit to honor three-sport athlete A.J. Rock with its second Charles U. Findley Endowed Fund Scholarship.

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Jeannette girls soccer coach Peyton Clark will take over the program for the 2020 season.
Mt. Pleasant grad Peyton Clark named Jeannette girls soccer coach
With 16 players signed up for the fall season, Jeannette’s girls soccer team is not hurting for numbers. And with interest up organically, the Jayhawks’ new coach won’t have to do much recruiting.

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Yough’s Hannah Christner hit .340 last season.
Senior Spotlight: Catcher Hannah Christner was a hit for Yough softball
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Penn-Trafford’s John Robbins is a member of the Class of 2020.
Senior Spotlight: Penn-Trafford’s Robbins finds confidence during ‘miracle’ lacrosse career
May 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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H.S. notebook: Baseball, softball sections get new look next spring
May 24, 2020
WPIAL baseball and softball will take on a different look next spring.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bella Bucy compets agianst Yough during the WPIAL softball playoffs May 20, 2019, at Peters Township.
Senior Spotlight: Thomas Jefferson pitcher overcame obstacles to become one of WPIAL’s best
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Plum’s Cannon Kuchinick battles Connellsville’s Luke Peperak for the ball during their game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Plum High School. Connellsville won, 1-0 in overtime.
Connellsville’s Luke Peperak headed to Pitt
May 22, 2020
All-state forward Luke Peperak is taking his soccer talents to Pitt, where he hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Jordan Pinneri is a member of the Class of 2020.
Senior Spotlight: Elizabeth Forward’s Pinneri puts out fires on, off the field
May 21, 2020
The softball seemed suspended in the air before it drifted into foul territory at Latrobe.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Ashley Davis hoists the championship trophy with her players after defeating Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class A final Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Ashley Davis resigns
May 20, 2020
Greensburg Central Catholic is looking for a girls soccer coach after the resignation of Ashley Davis, who guided the Centurions for three seasons.

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Mt. Pleasant varsity head coach Allan Bilinsky speaks to his players during their game against Derry on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach Allan Bilinsky steps down
May 19, 2020
If he is going to satisfy his basketball fix next season, it looks like Allan Bilinsky will have to do so from the bleachers.

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Riley Comforti and Sarah Pisula are Southmoreland’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Memories stay fresh for Southmoreland standout seniors Pisula, Comforti
May 18, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 16th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Coach Mark Zahorchak will lead the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team against Class 6A competition next season.
Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams prepare to adjust to new sections
It is like the bell is ringing in the hallways for the Greensburg Salem basketball programs.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland on April 8, 2019.
Senior Spotlight: Norwin slugger missed chance to lace line drives on school’s new field
May 17, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jim Rocco coached the Penn-Trafford boys for five seasons.
Westmoreland High School notebook: Ex-P-T coach Rocco looking forward to keeping up with his kids
May 16, 2020
Jim Rocco said he dedicated his soul to basketball. But he won’t sell his soul to the game with other important commitments in his life.

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Top WRs highlight Penn-Trafford Warrior Football Hall of Fame class
While Penn-Trafford is known for producing game-breaking quarterbacks, the program might be slightly underrated when it comes to developing wide receivers — the guys who catch many of those passes.

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Heather Gardner and Jake Johnson are Mt. Pleasant’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Mt. Pleasant athletes etched names in school’s record books
May 15, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 13th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Sydney Kanuch (2) and Haylie Brunson celebrate against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Mt. Pleasant center fielder a ‘difference-maker’
May 14, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trinity’s Marlaina Bozek is a member of the Class of 2020.
Senior Spotlight: Trinity standout left 3-sport legacy
May 13, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Matt Federovich competed in a variety of events for the Norwin track team.
Norwin’s Federovich goes extra mile for charity
May 12, 2020
Challenge accepted.

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Ligonier Valley head coach John Berger said he’s pleased with his team’s section alignment.
WPIAL newcomer Ligonier Valley lands in basketball sections
Each time the WPIAL releases section alignments for 2020-21, Ligonier Valley feels more welcomed to the league.

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Belle Vernon’s Ally Pacak practices catching with teammate Sophia Godzak, right, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 during softball practice and try-outs at the Belle Vernon Multiplex.
Virtual games help ease loss of season for Belle Vernon softball
Monday was supposed to mark the start of the WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford coach Jim Rocco calls out a play against Fox Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Penn-Trafford basketball coach Jim Rocco resigns
May 11, 2020
The resignation of Jim Rocco was accepted Monday night at Penn-Trafford, bringing an end to his five-year tenure as boys basketball coach.

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Justin Cramer and Faith Johnston are Jeannette’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Jeannette seniors have winning mentality in athletics, classroom
Editor’s note: This is the ninth in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Coach Josh Pajak presides over a Mt. Pleasant girls soccer practice in 2017.
New Southmoreland girls soccer coach couldn’t stay off sidelines long
Josh Pajak thought about taking a break from coaching after he left the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer program. He was set for an extended vacation from the game.

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Upper St. Clair goalkeeper Jill Rocco makes a save next to Peters Twp.’s Alexis Pirosko during their game Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Century Soccer nears program record for college recruits
Century Soccer is one of the region’s most popular clubs, and it continues to help churn out dozens of college recruits.

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Hempfield’s Ashley Orischak connects on an RBI base hit during the sixth inning of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell on June 6, 2019.
Senior Spotlight: Hempfield softball standout filled resume with championships, clutch hits
May 10, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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H.S. notebook: New Penn-Trafford soccer coach hopes to ‘take it to the next level’
May 9, 2020
Judging by Jimmy Mastroianni’s enthusiasm, he is more than ready to get started coaching the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

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In this March 12 file photo, the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals, sits empty.
PIHL still hoping to play last 6 playoff games, crown champions
May 8, 2020
Still wanting and waiting, the PIHL is holding out hope it can finish its postseason. But numerous factors must fall into place for high school hockey teams to return to the ice.

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Greater Latrobe’s Greg Ferri and Ean Lamolinara (background) are congratulated by classmates Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 after beating Hempfield in PIHL hockey at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey still waiting to see if it will play for Penguins Cup
One game to go. One abandoned, unresolved game that was left to stew in the penalty box for something it didn’t do.

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Samantha Nemeth and Nathan Ward are Greensburg Central Catholic’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Greensburg Central Catholic duo made mark as students, winners
Editor’s note: This is the sixth in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Mackenzie Zang competes during the 2019 season.
Senior Spotlight: Thomas Jefferson slugger ‘the epitome of what a team player is’
May 6, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Derry sophomore Ryan Hood, during baseball practice at Derry Area High School in Derry Township on Thursday, March 6, 2020.
Recovered from arm surgery, Derry pitcher Hood eager to get back into action
May 5, 2020
One of the great joys of an injured athlete is the day they can return to live action. The day the wait is over, when all of the rehab and patience-testing cashes in its coins.

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Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards nominees Justin Huss and Kamryn Kelly of Derry
Well-rounded Derry standouts Huss, Kelly up for awards
Editor’s note: This is the third in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the PIHL Class AA semifinals against Hempfield at Robert Morris Island Sports Center on Neville Island on March 11, 2020.
Latrobe’s Walker signs NAHL tender with Wichita Falls
Add another Latrobe hockey standout to the Wichita Falls Warriors’ roster.

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Norwin head football coach Dave Brozeski accepts the champions’ plaque from Westmoreland County Coaches Association president Larry Sellitto after beating Penn-Trafford 24-13 in the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Organizers hold off on canceling Westmoreland County 7-on-7 summer football event
May 4, 2020
With schools closing across the state, high school sports also were shut down for the spring by the PIAA.

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Albert Gallatin shortstop Annalia Paoli hit .482 last season.
Senior spotlight: Albert Gallatin shortstop hits all the right notes
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Liberatore, who will be a four-year starter, averaged 17.3 points last season.
Hempfield hoops standout Liberatore picks Marshall
May 3, 2020
Sarah Liberatore often was asked about her college interest, beginning last year when, as a junior, the basketball standout from Hempfield was beginning to surface on the radars of Division I coaches.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works against South Fayette’s Max Snodgrass during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland County notebook: Soccer star DiFalco sticking with Franklin Regional
May 2, 2020
Franklin Regional boys soccer fans can relax. Anthony DiFalco isn’t going anywhere.

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Gateway’s head basketball coach Alvis Rogers calls a time out against Shaler during a 5A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 17, 2020 at North Hills.
Gateway coach Alvis Rogers squared off with Michael Jordan long before his ‘Last Dance’
Each time Alvis Rogers sits down to watch another episode of “The Last Dance,” the 10-part ESPN miniseries about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, he is time-warped back to his college days at Wake Forest when he and the Demon Deacons went against Jordan and North Carolina.

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Frazier’s Logan Hartman rounds third on her way to scoring the winning run in the 2019 PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Cranberry.
Senior Spotlight: Frazier softball star helping keep steelworkers safe
May 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Belle Vernon’s Cam Nusser drives to the basket during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Highlands Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Regretful Nusser opens up about dismissal from Belle Vernon basketball team
April 30, 2020
The latter stages of his senior basketball season took a sharp turn into the abyss, and Cam Nusser admits he could have done some things differently to avoid the unfortunate outcome.

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Avonworth goalkeeper Luke Wagner celebrates with teammates after stopping a penalty kick to winthe WPIAL Class A boys soccer championship against Greensburg Central Catholic Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
Senior Spotlight: 4-sport Avonworth athlete racked up 13 varsity letters in decorated career
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Southmoreland High School cheerleaders anticipate a penalty throw against Freeport in girls WPIAL basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Fay-West schools team up with rivals for ‘Spirit Week’ event
April 29, 2020
Five schools in the Fay-West slice of Western Pennsylvania are teaming up for a virtual “Spirit Week,” a show of solidarity during the coronavirus shutdown.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk displays the Heritage Conference boys basketball championship trophy.
Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk has few regrets after tumultuous senior year
When Kyle Silk transferred to Ligonier Valley from United for his senior year, he foresaw an idyllic conclusion to his career in high school athletics.

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Mike Gaffney stays busy year-round between coaching and officiating. But he has had more down time than he is used to with the covid-19 pandemic putting everything on hold.
Coach, official Mike Gaffney tries to fill rare down time with sports world on hold
April 28, 2020
Mike Gaffney is quite conditioned to the changing of the high school sports seasons.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giansante has attracted the attention of Division I college programs.
Norwin lineman Giansante gets 5th college offer
April 27, 2020
With the status of summer college football prospect camps uncertain because of the coronavirus, Anthony Giansante was not sure what to expect with his recruiting.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner (26) is one of several WPIAL players on the Ohio Outlaws 18U team.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WPIAL names dot Outlaws roster
April 25, 2020
Travel softball has turnover, just like the high school level. But some teams, like the Ohio Outlaws 18U squad, have managed to sew together the same group for an extended time. It is a valued trait in the current circumstances.

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Jeannette’s Faith Johnston struck out 116 batters in 85⅔ innings last season.
Senior Spotlight: Jeannette ace Faith Johnston ‘proud to be a Jayhawk’
Faith Johnston has every intention of zipping fastballs past opposing hitters next year as a pitcher for the Waynesburg softball team. But she is just as focused on clobbering extra-base hits against opposing arms in the Presidents Athletic Conference.

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Jeannette standout Terrelle Pryor dunks during a 2007 WPIAL playoff game against Shady Side Academy.
Terrelle Pryor’s rim-rattling, gym-packing hoops career won’t soon be forgotten
April 24, 2020
While he fully intends to play in the NFL next season, Terrelle Pryor, only half-jokingly, said if his pro football career winds down soon he’ll consider getting in touch with some NBA G League teams to see about a tryout.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr reaches for the end zone and the go-ahead touchdown against Gateway in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Stock continues to rise for Penn-Trafford do-it-all junior Ethan Carr
Ethan Carr put together quite a highlight reel last football season at Penn-Trafford, and it’s a good thing.

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Penn-Trafford starting pitcher Morgan Hilty hugs center fielder Brooke Cleland after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Senior Spotlight: Penn-Trafford ace exits as program’s winningest pitcher
April 23, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hempfield coach Bob Kalp watches Callie Sowers pitch during a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Hempfield softball coaches get pick-me-up from former players
April 22, 2020
When he finished watching a personalized YouTube video from his former players, Bob Kalp felt a range of emotions.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Senior Spotlight: Southmoreland multi-sport standout continues to stay upbeat during pandemic
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts reacts to a play against Lancaster Catholic in a second-round PIAA girls basketball playoff game March 11, 2020 at Bedford Senior High School.
Southmoreland girls basketball coach Brian Pritts steps down after banner season
April 21, 2020
Every day during the stay-at-home era, Brian Pritts has seen firsthand why he put space between himself and basketball.

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Penn-Trafford baseball stays hungry amid uncertainty
March 18, 2020
When Penn-Trafford baseball players and coaches left practice Friday — their final practice as a group until March 30 at the earliest and maybe their last workout together ever — players were given baseballs to take home.

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Penn-Trafford has won 53 of the 65 games pitcher Morgan Hilty has started in her career.
Penn-Trafford softball eager to defend state title
Like every other high school team in the PIAA, Penn-Trafford is trying its best to stay patient and proactive during the coronavirus crisis.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli during baseball practice at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
WPIAL baseball, softball teams bag southern trips over coronavirus pandemic
Knowing the feedback he would get, Aaron Albert could hardly break the news to his players without getting emotional.

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Frazier’s Emi Curcio scores past Brandywine Heights catcher Naomi Fay during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
PIAA petition gets more support than Frazier senior Curcio expected
March 17, 2020
When Emi Curcio typed up a petition to the PIAA last week, urging the state’s governing body for high school sports to postpone, not cancel, the spring sports season, she couldn’t have imagined its outreach.

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Norwin’s Alexandra Dillner smiles as she rounds the bases after her second home run during a game against Pine-Richland Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin softball aims to repeat section championship behind deep pitching staff
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Norwin’s Justin Turcovski races to first, during the game against Yough at Norwin High School in on Thursday, March 6, 2020.
Norwin baseball team has talent to contend for titles
(Editor’s note: The PIAA has postponed the start of the spring sports season because of concerns over the covid-19 pandemic.)

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Mary Smithnosky drives a ball back to home plate on a run during a practice drill with teammates Thursday, March 12, 2020 at softball practice at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
After losing ace to graduation, Mt. Pleasant softball eager to prove doubters wrong
March 16, 2020
Mt. Pleasant had its 15 minutes of fame last season when it made the MaxPreps national softball rankings.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Kubasky anticipates a pitch from teammate Hunter Tate while stepping off base to make a run during team practice as head coach Chris Firmstone observes Thursday, March 12, 2020 at baseball practice at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant baseball hopes to use hard-nosed approach to earn another playoff bid
Like many teams, Mt. Pleasant baseball is not sure when it will play its first game, but at any rate, coach Chris Firmstone likes the makeup of his team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nathan Schlessinger (center) was selected to play for the 2004 Olympic Development Program National Team.
Westmoreland notebook: European trip on hold for Penn-Trafford soccer standout Schlessinger
March 14, 2020
Nathan Schlessinger’s soccer career is beginning to take off.

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Frazier’s Emi Curcio scores past Brandywine Heights catcher Naomi Fay during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Postpone, don’t cancel spring sports: Frazier softball player starts online petition to PIAA
A Frazier senior softball player has started an online petition to influence the PIAA’s upcoming decision on what to do with the spring sports season in the state.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto battles Lancaster Catholic defenders Marlia Matters (4) and Cassie Peris in a PIAA girls basketball second-round game Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Bedford.
Lancaster Catholic ends Southmoreland’s dream season in PIAA second round
March 11, 2020
BEDFORD — The party is over for Southmoreland.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman reacts after a four-overtime loss to Lancaster Catholic in a PIAA Class 4A second-round playoff game March 10, 2020.
Despite heart-breaking ending, Belle Vernon boys basketball proud of effort
After 48 minutes of basketball, Belle Vernon senior forward Jared Hartman was so emotionally wrung out and exhausted, he collapsed to the court and just sat there in a daze.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman and his teammates react after losing to Lancaster Catholic, 84-82, in four overtimes in a PIAA game Tuesday, March 11, 2020.
Lancaster Catholic outlasts Belle Vernon in 4OT epic
March 10, 2020
ALTOONA — Lancaster Catholic won’t get to re-watch the last portion of its insane PIAA second-round win, and it’s unfortunate.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers celebrates after the final out of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell on June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Pieces in place for Hempfield softball’s quest for 6th straight WPIAL crown
Even by Hempfield’s lofty standards, last year was somewhat of a surprise.

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Hempfield’s Phil Fox during baseball practice at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Hempfield baseball to lean on pitching depth, work ethic
Hempfield could take some time to find its identity on the baseball diamond, and 13th-year coach Tim Buzzard is in no hurry to see that happen.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) tries to keep Freeport’s Melaina Dezort (34) and Sidney Shemanski (left) at bay in the WPIAL basketball playoffs Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsule for March 11, 2020
Today’s game

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (middle) celebrates with teammate Erika Sherbondy (right) after defeating Freeport 54-52 in the WPIAL Class 4A basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Community support swells for Southmoreland girls hoops
Carson’s Catering in Scottdale welcomed the Southmoreland girls basketball team in for a buffet dinner after Saturday’s PIAA playoff win — the first in the state postseason for the Scotties.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple drives against Clearfield’s Cole Miller in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsule for March 10, 2020
March 9, 2020
PIAA basketball playoffs

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman drives against Clearfield’s Andrew Lopez in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Similarities abound, Belle Vernon and Soutmoreland learn second-round sites
March 8, 2020
The Belle Vernon boys and Southmoreland girls have more than a few things in common as they trek through the PIAA basketball playoffs.

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Southmoreland makes PIAA girls basketball playoffs debut to remember
March 7, 2020
Having never been to the PIAA girls basketball playoffs, Southmoreland wasn’t quite sure what was in store Saturday afternoon in its state tournament debut.

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Derry’s Aiden Bushey chips onto the green on the 17th during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry’s Bushey to golf at Cal (Pa.)
Derry senior Aidan Bushey did not start playing competitive golf until high school, so in the beginning of his budding career he had no idea the sport would be so beneficial to his future.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scored 32 points in a PIAA first-round loss Friday night.
WPIAL champion Laurel Highlands bounced from PIAA tournament in 1st round
March 6, 2020
Laurel Highlands had grown accustomed to winning close games, almost to the point of expecting them to happen.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson steals the ball during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Catholic Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball preview capsules for March 7, 2020
Today’s games

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson steals the ball during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Catholic Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Fresh start for Southmoreland in maiden voyage into PIAA girls basketball playoffs
March 5, 2020
Forgive Southmoreland girls basketball coaches and players for not knowing what to expect in the PIAA playoffs.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Highlands Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Game of March 6, 2020
Today’s game

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Belle Vernon’s Hunter Ruokonen drives to the basket past Highlands’ Luke Cochran during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Belle Vernon aims to improve its defense
Ask Belle Vernon players about their runner-up finish in the WPIAL, and they immediately get defensive.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Highlands Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Coach Joe Salvino, Belle Vernon boys hit reset button for PIAA tournament
March 3, 2020
Joe Salvino won two PIAA basketball championships, in 1988 and ’89, when he coached at Monessen.

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Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts celebrates with his team after a score during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against North Catholic Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Southmoreland girls put WPIAL loss behind them, focus on PIAAs
March 1, 2020
All season, Southmoreland has celebrated defense.

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Belle Vernon players celebrate their victory over New Castle in the WPIAL Class 4A basketball semifinals.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Big year for Belle Vernon sports
February 29, 2020
It is far from finished, but Belle Vernon already can look back on a successful 2019-20 sports year.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers (23) celebrates with Kylee Lewandowski as time expires in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Southmoreland Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic girls top Southmoreland to win school’s 20th WPIAL title
February 28, 2020
Storied. Perennial power. Gold standard.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Maclean Maund delivers against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford SADD fundraiser to purchase memorial bench for Maclean Maund
Penn-Trafford is renovating its baseball field in Harrison City and the project includes artificial turf for the infield.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (4) and Jared Hartman react as they inch closer to victory against Quaker Valley on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 in WPIAL playoffs at Plum Senior High School.
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February 27, 2020
Jared Hartman is as grateful as he is delighted as Belle Vernon prepares to play for a WPIAL boys basketball championship.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula takes a deep breath before making the winning free throw in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals against Freeport on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Undefeated Southmoreland decided underdog against North Catholic
Overcoming the stigma of playing a perennial powerhouse can be just as important as matching baskets with one.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple hugs teammate Hunter Ruokonen (1) after defeating New Castle on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal at North Allegheny.
Belle Vernon ends New Castle’s reign, makes first WPIAL finals trip since 1978
February 26, 2020
Belle Vernon coach Joe Salvino did not speak to his players about New Castle’s success in the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs or the Red Hurricanes’ reputation as a storied program.

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Southmoreland players listen to coaching instruction during a timeout against Freeport in girls WPIAL basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Unbeaten Southmoreland girls seeking fast start in quest to upset No. 1 North Catholic
Senior forward Sarah Pisula could have typed a text message and sent it in the time she had to line up a pair of 3-pointers early in Monday night’s playoff game.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (right) and Jared Hartman react in the closing seconds of the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals against Quaker Valley on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Plum Senior High School.
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February 25, 2020
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Olivia Cernuto led Southmoreland with 23 points Monday night.
Southmoreland girls dismiss Central Valley, earn program’s first trip to WPIAL finals
February 24, 2020
You might consider anything Southmoreland’s girls basketball team did after the quarterfinals a bonus. Gravy, as they say.

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Ligonier Valley’s Jaxon Ludwig practices.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Game of Feb. 25, 2020
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Homer-Center’s Ryan Sardone is surrounded by Ligonier Valley’s Isaac Niedbalson (left) and Michael Marinchak during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at IUP.
Jeannette boys, Norwin girls hold out hope for PIAA playoff berths
February 23, 2020
The list might be short, but there are some Westmoreland basketball teams still in the hunt for spots in the PIAA playoffs.

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Southmoreland coach Brian Pritts pumps up his players against Freeport in the WPIAL basketball playoffs Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
Southmoreland girls basketball spearheads Scotties’ sports turnaround
One observer of Southmoreland athletics put it bluntly.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro (15) attempts to score over Freeport defense in girls WPIAL basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Rich Garland lands at Mt. Pleasant
February 22, 2020
When Rich Garland left Franklin Regional, he knew his days of coaching girls soccer in the WPIAL were not over.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders drives to the basket as Shenango’s Ryan Lenhart defends.
Shenango mans up, knocks off Jeannette in boys Class 2A quarters
February 21, 2020
Shenango had planned to come out in a 3-2 zone defense against Jeannette in the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinals, but coach Bob McQuiston had an 11th hour change of heart.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (4) takes a shot against Monessen on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula hugs teammate Charity Henderson after the team won 54-52 against Freeport in girls WPIAL basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Undefeated Southmoreland girls survive stern test from Freeport
February 20, 2020
Southmoreland made history and continued its perfect season, but the Scotties had to earn every bit of it.

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Jeannette’s Keith Rockmore (center) and the No. 3 Jayhawks will play sixth-seeded Shenango in the WPIAL Class 2AA boys basketball quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
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Franklin Regional junior Luke Kimmich (right) dribbles past past South Fayette junior Jake Dunay during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at Peters Township High School.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Franklin Regional looking toward future
Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion was frustrated after his team lost in the final seconds to South Fayette on Monday night in the WPIAL Class 5A first round at Peters Township.

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Belle Vernon freshman Viva Kreis interviews NBA Slam Dunk Contest runner-up Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic during NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 14, 2020.
Belle Vernon freshman gives talk, meets with NBA’s best at All-Star weekend
Viva Kreis is becoming a regular around the pro basketball scene.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco (left) dribbles around Freedom’s Jules Mohrbacher on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in a WPIAL playoff game at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Freedom girls shut down Derry, earn first playoff win since 2015
February 19, 2020
For nearly 13 minutes, Derry struggled to make shots — or even get shots — against a physical, face-guarding Freedom team that prides itself on defense and soccer-like toughness.

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Freeport’s Madeline Clark (left) and Sidney Shemanski (right), shown defending North Catholic’s Kylee Lewandowski, both missed the Yellowjackets’ regular-season game against Southmoreland. The two teams meet tonight in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Freeport at full strength for rematch with Southmoreland
Coach Fred Soilis hopes playing at full strength will give his Freeport team a much better chance against unbeaten Southmoreland — and maybe even produce a different result.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto drives against Elizabeth Forward’s Haven Briggs (left) on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Games of Feb. 20, 2020
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Penn-Trafford’s Kylie Piconi reaches for a rebound against Gateway defender Dynasty Shegog on Tuesday.
Gateway girls stage furious rally to run past Penn-Trafford
February 18, 2020
Facing a 13-point deficit that felt more like 30, Gateway had to remind itself this was the playoffs and there was no next game.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey slips through Mt. Pleasant defense on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules: Games of Feb. 19, 2020
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Franklin Regional senior Johnny O’Toole (left) defends South Fayette senior Joe Alcorn during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game at Peters Township High School.
St. Ledger’s last-second layup lifts South Fayette over Franklin Regional
February 17, 2020
As South Fayette brought the basketball up the floor in the closing seconds, its season on the line and elimination perhaps one unlucky bounce away, the Lions had an air of calmness about them.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Gia Scala drives to the basket during a game against Leechburg Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Leechburg High School.
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Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill dribbles around the corner of the Panthers’ net for an opportunity as Mars’ Mihali Sfanos defends Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Franklin Regional High School.
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February 16, 2020
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Westmoreland high school notebook: Lofty goals for new Penn-Trafford boys soccer coach
February 15, 2020
Sotiri Tsourekis played at a high level of soccer so he expects a high level of performance from the teams he coaches.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey runs the ball past Mt. Pleasant defense on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry boys basketball deals with loss, focuses on playoffs
Misfortune has hit the Derry boys basketball team this season in waves.

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Eden Christian Academy’s Elijah Manges goes up for a shot against Greensburg Central Catholic during the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals Feb. 15, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Battle-tested Eden Christian upsets Greensburg Central Catholic boys
Eden Christian coach Todd Aiken kept shouting “five out” to set up a play Saturday afternoon as his boys basketball team clung to the lead against favored Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Christian Hyland has the Greensburg Central Catholic boys in the playoffs in his first season at the helm.
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February 14, 2020
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Southmoreland’s Riley Comforti will lead the Scotties into their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Beaver Falls.
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February 13, 2020
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Belle Vernon Area’s Mitch Pohlot (32) drives past Uniontown’s defense Jan. 24, 2020.
Belle Vernon’s Pohlot takes part in national slam dunk competition
When Mitchell Pohlot rises to meet the rim for slam dunk, his thought process is simple.

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Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco dribbles around Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan for an opening on net Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco accepted into Army
Zach Rocco has been watching his mailbox with increased anticipation just about every day since he applied to Army West Point months ago.

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Terrelle Pryor delivered new shoes to the Jeannette boys basketball team Feb. 13, 2020, making good on a promise that he’d do so if the Jayhawks won a section title.
Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Terrelle Pryor buys new Nikes for Jeannette boys
Jeannette will have new shoes for the WPIAL playoffs, thanks to an old friend who made good on a promise.

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Christian McGowan of Greensburg Central Catholic drives between Imani Christian defenders Tyler Allen (11) and Aiden Betsill (left) on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
GCC, Ligonier Valley boys press on in playoffs without transfers
Greensburg Central Catholic will be without its leading scorer for the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs.

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Kendelle Weston and Monessen are seeking their first playoff victory since 2012.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Monessen preps for playoff return
February 12, 2020
Janine Vertacnik has coached in numerous WPIAL playoff games over the years, including when she led teams at Jeannette and Greensburg Salem.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) looks for a pass to teammates Gracie Spadaro on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball against Elizabeth Forward at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland girls nab No. 2 seed in WPIAL Class 4A postseason
February 11, 2020
Southmoreland cut down the nets Monday night.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal drives to the basket past Mt. Lebanon’s Brooke Collins during their game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Breaking down the 2020 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
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Jaclyn Bartko, 28, and her husband, Christopher, 30, both of North Irwin, enjoy time with their baby boy, Miles, who was born at 12:37 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Excela Westmoreland Hospital.
Coaching changes in Penn-Trafford soccer programs
Penn-Trafford’s soccer teams will be under new leadership next season.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto drives to the basket as Elizabeth Forward’s Haven Briggs defends Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Southmoreland High School.
Unbeaten Southmoreland girls highlights WPIAL playoff field from Westmoreland County
February 8, 2020
Twenty-one up, 21 down.

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Southmoreland’s Riley Comforti, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
High school notebook: Southmoreland’s Comforti settles on sport, college
While challenging and often debatable, Riley Comforti finally found comfort in his college decision.

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Hempfield’s Mikey Gaffney passes through Latrobe’s defense in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Hempfield Area High School.
Gaffney, playoff-bound Hempfield keep rival Latrobe from WPIAL postseason
February 7, 2020
Mikey Gaffney thought Hempfield had a playoff team last year, but the Spartans fell short of reaching the WPIAL boys basketball postseason. A 25-point loss on the final night of the season to rival Latrobe, a perennial playoff team, only rubbed salt in the wound.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman jumps and shoots the ball against Latrobe on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in WPIAL basketball at Greater Latrobe High School.
Inspired effort from Maura Suman helps Penn-Trafford top Latrobe, clinch playoff spot
February 6, 2020
Play for pap.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman grabs a rebound against Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty (22) and Rachel Ridilla (12) on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in WPIAL basketball at Greater Latrobe High School.
Inspired effort from Maura Suman helps Penn-Trafford top Latrobe, clinch playoff spot
Play for pap.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky leaps over Fox Chapel defender Shane Susnak after the pair lost a fight for the ball Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Norwin Senior High School.
Fox Chapel, Norwin set off shot-clock debate in high school basketball community
Plenty of people who viewed a short video clip last week of Fox Chapel holding the basketball for nearly a minute against Norwin had a strong opinion of what they had just watched.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich shoots from the corner against Hampton’s defender Matt Govi on Friday night, Jan. 17, 2020 at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Huge game looms for Franklin Regional
At Franklin Regional, the thought of missing the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs is just that, a thought — and a bad one, at that.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair collides with Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty during the first meeting between the teams this season. They’ll meet again Thursday night with a playoff berth on the line.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notes: Upset win gives Penn-Trafford momentum
February 5, 2020
If Penn-Trafford needed momentum heading into its section finale Thursday — a section finale at Latrobe that will decide the final playoff spot in Section 3-5A — then the Warriors found it in a head-turning upset.

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Hempfield players huddle together for a pregame rally before a game against Greensburg-Salem on Friday night, Aug. 23, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Football realignment brings more local matchups
February 1, 2020
The WPIAL hit the refresh button on football schedules last week and revealed some intriguing matchups for 2020.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey dribbles past Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Derry boys return to playoffs
January 30, 2020
It’s been 61 years since Derry made back-to-back WPIAL playoff appearances in boys basketball.

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Jeannetteճ Brett Birch participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Central Michigan offers Jeannette sophomore Brett Birch
Jeannette’s Brett Birch is just a sophomore, but his coaches have noted he can do things that are ahead of his years.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr reaches for the end zone and the go a head touchdown against Gateway in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s versatile Ethan Carr pulls in four Division I offers
Let the Ethan Carr sweepstakes begin.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro (15) and Maddie Moore celebrate after defeating McKeesport on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Southmoreland remains perfect
January 29, 2020
There are three teams left in WPIAL girls basketball with perfect records.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Gia Scala drives past Leechburg’s Christine Guo during their game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Leechburg High School.
Senior Scala helps accelerate maturing process for Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball
As one of only three seniors on the Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team, Gia Scala was well aware of the Centurions’ inexperience coming into the season.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky leaps over Fox Chapel defender Shane Susnak after a scramble for a loose balll Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.
Fox Chapel boys lean on defense for road win over Norwin
January 28, 2020
Defense. Never leave home without it.

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Zach Rocco scored 21 points, including the 1,000th of his high school career, to lead Penn-Trafford over Jeannette in the Shootout at Seton Hill on Sunday.
Deaths of former classmate, Kobe Bryant put win in perspective for Penn-Trafford boys
January 26, 2020
It was a day of reflection and proper perspective for the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team.

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The girls soccer teams from Greensburg Central Catholic and Shady Side Academy will be separated next season. SSA moved up to Class AA.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Soccer teams face changes to sections
A new PIAA enrollment cycle means realignment of WPIAL sections in all sports. Soccer has not joined the six-classification movement, but there are notable changes that will affect the local scene.

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Norwin girls defeat Hempfield in Shootout at Seton Hill
Norwin plans to play in front of big crowds and in potentially foreign gyms with large courts as a season of high expectations continues toward the WPIAL and PIAA postseason.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer jumps over Penn-Trafford’s Bobby Lane during a run-down in the second inning Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin baseball loaded again
January 25, 2020
Expectations always are high in the Norwin baseball program, and that’s before the college commitments start rolling in.

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Franklin Regional’s Johnny O’Toole looks for room around Mars’ Michael Carmody on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Franklin Regional High School.
Mars uses ‘Max Effort’ to get past section foe Franklin Regional
January 24, 2020
It was Military Appreciation Night at Franklin Regional, and players from both teams, the Panthers and Mars, wore T-shirts in pregame warm-ups emblazoned with the words, “Max Effort,” across the chest.

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Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco spins around in the corner of the court while keeping an eye on Franklin Regional defenders Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament at Penn-Trafford High School.
College floor, atmosphere attract teams for ‘Shootout at Seton Hill’
Each March for the past few years, when teams get their section schedules for the following WPIAL season, Allen Deep begins to plan out his list of high school basketball showcase events.

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Franklin Regional’s Aiden Carlisle (25) chases down a loose ball against Shaler on Jan. 10, 2020, at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Depth boosts Franklin Regional
January 23, 2020
Franklin Regional has more depth than it did at the start of the season, and the longer bench could be what gets the Panthers into the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

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Jeannette’s coaching staff, including coach Adrian Batts (bottom), instructs players during a timeout against Belle Vernon at the Hempfield tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hard-working Jeannette boys basketball team soaring after slow start
Apparently, there are no actual days off at Jeannette.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Farah Reader on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Undefeated Southmoreland girls making noise, clamping down on opponents
January 22, 2020
The locker room at Southmoreland used to be a quiet place, all the ambiance of a library.

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Mt. Pleasant coach Scott Giacobbi earned his 200th career win Monday.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Giacobbi gets 200th win
Scott Giacobbi has been through peaks and valleys while coaching the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team.

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Hempfield’s Michael Hosni dribbles down court against Norwin on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in WPIAL basketball at Hempfield Area High School.
Ty Bilinsky’s big 4th quarter helps Norwin boys get key win over Hempfield
January 21, 2020
Norwin gave Hempfield a two-minute warning.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro (15) and Maddie Moore celebrate after defeating McKeesport Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland finds a way past McKeesport, improves to 16-0
January 20, 2020
Clutching a precarious lead, Southmoreland did not take care of the basketball particularly well in the fourth quarter and McKeesport pressed the Scotties into turnovers.

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Penn Trafford’s Noah Allen pulls in a pass over Peters Township’s Ryan Magiske in the first half during the 5-A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at West Mifflin High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Allen gets another scholarship offer
January 18, 2020
Penn-Trafford senior football player Noah Allen is drawing Division I attention as national signing day (Feb. 5) approaches.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel’s team is leaving District 6 for the WPIAL.
Ligonier Valley, Derry weigh effects of WPIAL football realignment
With realignment, WPIAL football will change again like it does every two years.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich shoots from the corner against Hampton’s defender Matt Govi on Friday night, Jan. 17, 2020, at Franklin Regional High School.
Luke Kimmich, defense spark Franklin Regional to win over Hampton
January 17, 2020
Luke Kimmich was starting for Franklin Regional earlier in the basketball season.

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Penn-Trafford athletic director Kerry Hetrick received the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Distinguished Coaching Educator Award.
Penn-Trafford AD Kerry Hetrick wins award
Kerry Hetrick started wearing glasses lately. While he isn’t quite comfortable with the change, his vision for Penn-Trafford athletics remains clear.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan drives toward a shot on net against Norwin in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Latrobe shakes off losses
January 16, 2020
Latrobe is experiencing a down season. Those are words you don’t hear very often coming from the Wildcats’ program.

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Brothers Adam Bilinsky (1) and Ty Bilinsky (5) listen to coaching instruction during a time-out against Latrobe in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Westmoreland County rosters loaded with basketball brother combos
Things got a little heated, Norwin junior basketball player Ty Bilinsky said while recalling a run-in with his younger brother.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty is averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: GCC’s Scala making impact
January 15, 2020
Gia Scala sat out with an injury and waited to get cleared to return to basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers blocks a shot by Norwin’s Jayden Walker during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Zach Rocco shares spotlight as Penn-Trafford rolls over Norwin
January 14, 2020
Teams know what they are getting when they play Penn-Trafford: a steady dose of Zach Rocco.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to knock off Clairton on Monday night.
GCC’s Nate Ward beats Clairton with bomb at the buzzer
Nate Ward simply has a knack for creating bedlam.

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Soccer standout Sam Nemeth nets a different kind of game winner for GCC girls
January 13, 2020
As a standout soccer player, Sam Nemeth has scored winning goals before for Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden is a PIHL all-star, along with teammates Chase Williams and Kevin Cakanac.
Westmoreland notebook: Local talent will be on display in PIHL all-star games
January 11, 2020
The Robert Morris Island Sports Center will be the site for the annual PIHL All-Star games on Jan. 26.

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Norwin’s Nathan Petrarco looks for an opening against Latrobe in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Norwin Senior High School.
Norwin big man Jayden Walker feasts on Latrobe
January 10, 2020
Playing the first home game of his junior basketball season, Norwin’s Jayden Walker was expected to show up to work on an empty stomach.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco dribbles around Deer Lakes defense on an offensive push during girls’ WPIAL basketball at Derry Area High School on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Derry.
Surging Derry girls drop Deer Lakes, move into sole possession of first in section
January 9, 2020
Even with a rowdy student section that was all decked out in USA-themed red, white and blue cheering and jeering, and a pep band thumping and blowing horns during timeouts, the Derry girls basketball team somehow continued to make all the noise.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward drives against St. Joseph on Friday, Nov. 2019, at St. Joseph High School.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Home welcome for Greensburg CC
Playing at home has its advantages.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Johnson runs the ball down center court as Derry’s Aidan Bushey defends on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant senior Johnson proves to be more than scorer
As Derry attempted to inbound, Jake Johnson patrolled the baseline slyly with his arms up and his eyes locked in.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis competes against Brentwood on Dec. 10, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Westmoreland girls basketball teams get boost from fabulous freshmen
January 8, 2020
Brian Pritts had heard of Olivia Cernuto long before the point guard made her way to the varsity at Southmoreland.

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Bailey Kuhns (left) transferred from Southmoreland to Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Southmoreland moves forward after key player transfer
The Southmoreland girls are having their best season, record-wise, in program history.

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Hempfield’s Blake Remaley makes a block against Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 during WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School. Two fouls were called on Remaley allowing Rocco to take six free throws against Hempfield.
Zach Rocco’s big night carries Penn-Trafford past Hempfield
January 7, 2020
Zach Rocco had a feeling he might get to the foul line a lot against Hempfield, depending on how tightly the game was officiated.

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Unbeaten Southmoreland gets ‘after it’ on defense, rolls past Elizabeth Forward
January 6, 2020
Unbeaten Southmoreland continued its best start in school history, passing a stern road test in the process, by utilizing what has brought it this far: defensive wherewithal and offensive balance.

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Southmoreland’s Bailey Kuhns battles Apollo-Ridge’s Maddie Moorefor a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Standout Bailey Kuhns no longer part of undefeated Southmoreland girls basketball team
Southmoreland will have to continue its best start in girls basketball without one of its best players.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Weather slows work on Penn-Trafford baseball field
January 4, 2020
Look to the right while cruising up the driveway to Penn-Trafford High School, and it is clear change is happening at the baseball field.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Johnson gets the ball in net to score against Derry on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant boys make stand in final seconds to stop Derry
January 3, 2020
Derry had one last chance, but Mt. Pleasant wasn’t having it.

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Norwin players cheer on their teammates during the Knights’ game against North Allegheny Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Norwin High School.
Freshman Savannah Schneck helps Norwin girls avenge playoff loss to North Allegheny
January 2, 2020
With its 13-point lead squeezed to three with about a minute to play, Norwin did what any seasoned team would do in such a chaotic situation. It gave the basketball to a freshman.

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Penn-Trafford’s head coach Jim Rocco goes over defense with his players against Franklin Regional on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament at Penn-Trafford High School.
Detail-oriented Penn-Trafford boys collecting quality wins
Penn-Trafford is more interested in the small details than the big picture.

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First year head-coach Christian Hyland works with his team during practice earlier this season.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: New defense suits Centurions
Greensburg Central Catholic soundly defeated Class 3A No. 3 Washington, 50-34, on the second day of the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic.

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Norwin’s Danielle Rosso works out next to coach Brian Brozeski during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Danielle Rosso steps up for Norwin
January 1, 2020
Danielle Rosso was expected to be a key contributor for the Norwin girls basketball team, but not even coach Brian Brozeski expected this type of production from the 5-foot-8 junior combo guard.

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The Hempfield softball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating North Allegheny, 15-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Peters Township High School.
Top 10 Westmoreland County sports moments of 2019
December 30, 2019
As the sun sets on another year in local sports, it’s time to look back on the best stories of 2019 in Westmoreland County.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Hempfield lineman heading to St. Francis
December 28, 2019
Another Hempfield lineman has accepted an invitation to play football at the next level.

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Hempfield holds off rally to beat rival Greensburg Salem
Greensburg Salem saved its best for last, but it wasn’t enough to get around Hempfield, which fended off the Golden Lions’ late surge in the final game of the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Petrof (54) and John Beard (88) celebrate after the Rams recover a Richland fumble in the PIAA District 6 Class 2A championship game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona. Richland beat Ligonier Valley 34-6.
Players from Ligonier Valley, Belle Vernon garner all-state football honors
WPIAL-bound Ligonier Valley’s days of dominating the District 6 Heritage Conference might be over, but the Rams left lasting memories.

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Penn-Trafford’s Zach Rocco spins around in the corner of the court while keeping an eye on Franklin Regional defenders Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament at Penn-Trafford High School.
Zach Rocco, Penn-Trafford boys hold off Franklin Regional comeback bid
December 27, 2019
As a 15-point lead faded to five midway through the fourth quarter Friday night, Penn-Trafford did not take on the look of a timid team.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt scores during the second quarter against OLSH Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
Five Westmoreland players make all-state football teams
Jeannette football players and coaches will say they did not reach their full potential as a team this season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Allie Prady fires off a shot on net as Franklin-Regional defenders attempt to block Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford girls use fast start to down Franklin Regional
Penn-Trafford junior guard Allie Prady was hoping she and her teammates would get out of the gates faster than they had in recent basketball games.

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Derry’s Justin Huss attempts to put the ball in the hoop while Freeport’s Jalen Brown (3) defends during WPIAL boys’ basketball on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Injury to teammate gives Derry boys basketball added incentive
December 26, 2019
Derry started the season with one win in its first five games, so the Trojans needed a victory a week ago in their Section 1-4A opener.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming searches for an opening against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Top matchups on tap at holiday tournaments
Christmas time means holiday basketball tournaments, and there are a few notable ones in the area Friday and Saturday.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty battles Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman for a rebound during a game last season.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Latrobe eagerly awaiting return of Anna Rafferty
December 25, 2019
Latrobe is hoping to get sophomore Anna Rafferty back after the holiday break. The 6-foot-1 forward makes a difference.

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With numbers dwindling, Monessen football coach Mikey Blainefield steps down
December 22, 2019
Monessen finished the football season with 13 players.

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Latrobe manager Bob Kovalcin awards a gold medal to pitcher Alexa Bryson after the Wildcats won the 2008 WPIAL title.
                                Latrobe manager Bob Kovalcin awards a gold medal to pitcher Alexa Bryson after the Wildcats won the 2008 WPIAL title.
Westmoreland notebook: Kovalcin returns to coach Latrobe softball
December 21, 2019
A familiar name is set to take over the Latrobe softball program.

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2019 Tribune-Review player of the year Justin Huss of Derry
Derry’s Justin Huss suffers broken leg in basketball section opener
December 20, 2019
Derry senior basketball player Justin Huss broke his right leg Friday night in the Trojans’ emotional 59-57 victory over visiting Freeport.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli drives down court as Norwin’s Josh Williams defends in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Hempfield uses poise, patience to hand Norwin its first loss
It was one of those games where the simplest tasks seemed the most difficult to execute.

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The Jeannette varsity cheerleading squad performs a cheer during a dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the new field at McKee Stadium on Thursday night, Aug. 29, 2019 in Jeannette.
Jeannette announces second Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame class
After a successful launch of an all-sports hall of fame last year, Jeannette saw fit to make the venture a tradition. To that end, the district announced the second Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame class Friday.

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Penn Hills’ Niya Moore looks for an opening against Latrobe defense on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn Hills girls shut down Latrobe in fourth quarter, earn section win
December 19, 2019
Latrobe could feel the lead slipping away, a lead that never quite seemed safe against a Penn Hills team that felt itchy going against a zone, like it was wearing a wool Christmas sweater and wanted to rip it off.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan (3) grabs the ball on the opening tip last season against Valley.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Michael Noonan steps into scorer’s role for Latrobe boys
Latrobe began the season looking for a scorer, the next go-to guy who could keep the high-scoring Wildcats in contention for a WPIAL playoff berth and maybe more.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky comes off the court after playing Jeannette on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Off to fast start, Norwin boys ready to be tested
Fast starts in basketball are like a big explosion in the first five minutes of a movie.

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Hempfield senior Sarah Liberatore is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Hempfield’s Liberatore wrapping up notable career in leadership role
December 18, 2019
Hempfield’s Sarah Liberatore is one of those high school basketball players who seems to have been playing forever.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Kailey Larcinese pitches a throw against Mt. Pleasant in the PIAA class 4A softball semifinal on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Seton Hill University. Elizabeth Forward defeated Mt. Pleasant 2-1 after eight innings.
Elizabeth Forward softball pitcher Kailey Larcinese verbals to Towson
Growing up around the travel softball circuit and coming up in the WPIAL, Kailey Larcinese heard about the intricacies of the recruiting process.

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Norwin’s Olivia Gribble takes a shot during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Norwin takes tune-up trip
Norwin used a pre-holiday trip south to work out some early kinks in its game.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mike Petrof (54) was among three linemen players from the Rams who signed national letters of intent Wednesday.
Linemen highlight numerous early football signings in Westmoreland County
One of the best recruiting years for linemen in Westmoreland County reached its high point Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA Division I early signing period for college prospects.

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Norwin’s Tyler Bilinsky dribbles around Jeannette defender Keith Rockmore on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Norwin boys use defense to get past Jeannette
December 17, 2019
Unbeaten Norwin probably will have better shooting performances as the season wears on.

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Career night for Ashleigh Connor carries Mt. Lebanon past Hempfield
December 16, 2019
Pressure — lots of it — came at Hempfield from all angles early in Monday night’s Section 2-6A girls basketball game.

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Hempfield girls basketball players wear special warm-up T-shirts Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 to support Mt. Lebanon junior Lexi Ribstenein, who is battling cancer.
Hempfield girls basketball team raises money for Mt. Lebanon junior battling cancer
Hempfield senior basketball player Sarah Liberatore wanted to surprise two of her AAU teammates and, as an extension, help out a friend of theirs who is battling cancer.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt scores during the second quarter against OLSH Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt gets first Division I football offer
December 14, 2019
For the past month or so, Jackson Pruitt has been in contact with football coaches at Youngstown State.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Dedo, Kindelberger named to all-state volleyball team
Thirty-six players from the WPIAL were named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Teams. Two hail from Westmoreland County: Hempfield senior Mekayla Dedo and Franklin Regional junior Aly Kindelberger.

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Fast start fuels Hempfield boys to win over Kiski Area
Hempfield had been on the wrong end of fast starts this season.

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Mt. Pleasant softball standout Mary Smithnosky committed to Western Michigan.
Mt. Pleasant softball standout Smithnosky commits to Western Michigan
December 13, 2019
Junior Mary Smithnosky is a hit with Western Michigan.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward accepts his gold medal from head coach Tyler Solis after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the boys WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
GCC’s Nate Ward makes most of All-American Game experience
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Nate Ward not only was selected to play in the High School All-American Soccer Game last weekend in Winter Park, Fla., he also made the most of the trip by finding the back of the net.

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Southmoreland girls stop West Mifflin, continue promising start to season
December 12, 2019
With long arms and long legs, Southmoreland is not the longshot it once was in WPIAL girls basketball.

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Greensburg-Salem head coach Mark Zahorchak commands from the sidelines during their game against Franklin Regional on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in the Hempfield High School Tip-Off Tournament.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys moving up to Class 6A
When the PIAA last week released a list of schools that plan to play up in classification for the 2020-21 and 2012-22 school years, one team stood out.

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Penn-Trafford senior Zach Rocco plans to play at Army next season.
Zach Rocco helping Penn-Trafford boys basketball be all it can be
Zach Rocco is an Army of one.

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Hympfield’s Mekayla Dedo with a block against North Allegheny during WPIAL girls 6A volleyball semifinals Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Hills High School.
Thirty-six from WPIAL make all-state volleyball teams
North Allegheny made it a PIAA Class AAAA three-peat this season in girls volleyball, while North Catholic won its first Class A state title in the sport.

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Hempfield senior lineman Cole Graham (left) on Wednesday committed to St. Francis (Pa.).
Hempfield lineman Cole Graham commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
December 11, 2019
Cole Graham was a late-bloomer in the recruiting game, but that did not stop the Hempfield football lineman from finding his way to a Division-I program.

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Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford savors dramatic victory
Penn-Trafford showed a flair for the dramatic Tuesday night against a quality opponent.

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Jeannette coach Jonathan Bass (center) and guard Asia Mack meet for a pregame talk with an official before a game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
Coach turns Jeannette girls basketball into trending topic
Clear back in the spring, when basketballs were tucked away on dusty racks in darkened equipment rooms, Jonathan Bass was starting the hype.

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Jeannette’s Anton Good jump passes the ball over Greensburg Central Catholic defenders on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 during WPIAL basketball at Jeannette.
Greensburg Central Catholic takes down rival Jeannette
December 10, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic rookie basketball coach Christian Hyland said his young lineup was not starstruck playing at Jeannette.

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Players, Melina Maietta, Molly White and Teresa Kondas, background, work on a dribbling drill during girls’ practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC girls basketball moving on without top scorer Melina Maietta
December 9, 2019
Senior basketball player Melina Maietta, a 20-point scorer, has been dismissed from the Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball team, according to Centurions coach Sam Salih.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Ryan Thomas reacts on the court to a play against Franklin Regional on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in the Hempfield High School Tip-Off Tournament.
Gutsy Greensburg Salem rallies to beat Franklin Regional
December 7, 2019
Knocked around but never rattled, Greensburg Salem rallied from a scratchy start and evened its record after the first weekend of the boys basketball season.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield’s Graham gets 3 more Division I offers
Hempfield senior football player Cole Graham added three Division I college opportunities to his suddenly growing list.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Logan Danielson celebrates after winning the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Dallas Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Logan Danielson of Thomas Jefferson wins inaugural Bill Fralic Award
After a pancake breakfast that paid homage to the man of the hour — the hulking yet gentle man who invented the “pancake block” — the first recipient of the Bill Fralic Memorial Award was announced Saturday morning at Oakmont Country Club.

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Jeannette’s Keith Rockmore looks for an opening against Belle Vernon at the Hempfield tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Whitlock’s big second half leads Belle Vernon boys over Jeannette
December 6, 2019
With Thomas Hepple visible in the corner of his eye, Devin Whitlock caught ball on the break under the basket and saw the play of the game develop seconds before it happened.

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Latrobe’s Lane Ruffner chases after a puck during a matchup with Upper St. Clair, Monday, October 15, at Ice Castle.
Latrobe’s Lane Ruffner signs with Wichita of North American Hockey League
Latrobe senior Lane Ruffner is ready to take the next step in his hockey career.

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Penn-Trafford boys basketball coach Jim Rocco prepares his team during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 27, 2019.
Penn-Trafford boys embark on ‘total reload’
December 5, 2019
Total reload.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner works out during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Starting 5: A guide to the Westmoreland County girls high school basketball season
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Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky works with Nick Fleming during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Starting 5: A guide to the Westmoreland County boys high school basketball season
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Bill Fralic and andy Urbanic a pre-game ceremony. Penn Hills vs Baldwin football game with a focus on the pre-game ceremony honoring former longtime coach Andy Urbanic. Aaron Loughner | For The Penn Hills Progress
Fralic Award winner to be announced Saturday morning
Pancakes.

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Dutch Harvey returning to coach Yough softball team
Yough was in Dutch, so it brought “Dutch” back.

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Hempfield lineman Cole Graham adds another D-1 offer
December 4, 2019
Hempfield senior football player Cole Graham added his second Division I college opportunity Wednesday, announcing a scholarship offer from Lehigh, a FCS program.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works against West Allegheny’s Caleb Miller during the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship game against West Allegheny Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Soccer stars Anthony DiFalco, Hannah Stuck earn All-America honors; All-region teams also announced
Anthony DiFalco was in biology class Wednesday morning when his soccer coach at Franklin Regional, Rand Hudson, entered the classroom and interrupted the session.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson attempts to dribble around Elizabeth Forward’s Juria Flournoy during girls’ WPIAL basketball on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at Elizabeth Forward High School. Southmoreland lost 44-45.
Experienced Southmoreland girls basketball team turns to defense
November 30, 2019
It’s not that Brian Pritts undervalues offense.

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Yough’s Justine Appolonia carries the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Yough High School.
Yough’s Justine Appolonia chosen Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
GCC’s Nate Ward named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Player of the Year

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Southmoreland’s Mason Basinger (2) practices layup shots with teammates during drills on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland boys basketball hopes depth translates to wins
Depth on paper and depth on the court are different things.

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Haylie Brunson works on infield drills while at softball practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Pitt softball feels ‘like home’ for Mt. Pleasant’s Brunson
Mt. Pleasant junior softball player Haylie Brunson announced last week she made a verbal commitment to play at Pitt.

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Norwin’s girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski works with his team during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Playoff losses motivate deep, talented Norwin girls team
November 28, 2019
Jayla Wehner still can see the ball going through the rim — in slow motion, to haunt her dreams even more.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky works with his team during practice Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Norwin High School.
With new coach, Norwin boys plan to ramp up excitement level
When Buddy Valinsky coached at Allderdice, he became accustomed to a certain style of play, a product of many talented and athletic players who helped him win six straight City League titles.

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli slides safely into third base under Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson commits to Pitt
November 27, 2019
Mt. Pleasant junior softball player Haylie Brunson announced Wednesday night she has made a verbal commitment to play at Pitt.

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Twenty-four WPIAL players make all-state soccer teams
November 25, 2019
The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association revealed its all-state selections Monday and the WPIAL made its presence known on the boys and girls teams.

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Latrobe’s Michael Noonan and Norwin’s Jayden Walker fight for a rebound Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin standout Walker to miss 1st month of basketball season
November 24, 2019
Norwin junior Jayden Walker is expected to miss the first month of basketball season as he recovers from surgery on his left labrum.

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess kicks off against Ringgold on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Westmoreland HS notebook: BVA’s Guess set to get his kicks at Pitt
Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess made it all the way to No. 1 in the Kohl’s Kicking Camps national punter rankings last year for the Class of 2020.

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Roster out for ESSMC WPIAL Girls Soccer Classic
November 22, 2019
Players have been named for the first East Suburban Sports Medicine Center WPIAL Girls Soccer Classic on Saturday at Franklin Regional’s Panther Stadium in Murrysville.

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Former Greensburg Central Catholic standout Carolyn Appleby, now a volunteer assistant coach, watches the team practice Nov. 20, 2019.
Former GCC standout Carolyn Appleby joins coaching staff
November 21, 2019
Carolyn Appleby couldn’t help herself.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Melina Maietta practices shooting drills under the basket while working with teammates at girls’ basketball practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC girls get infusion of youth in bid for 20th straight playoff berth
Sam Salih relied on his seniors so much last year and got so comfortable with a short rotation that he didn’t leave the bench much while coaching the Greensburg Central Catholic girls.

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First year head-coach Christian Hyland works with his team during boys basketball practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
New GCC boys coach, 24, looks to carry on winning tradition at his alma mater
At 24, Christian Hyland will be one of the youngest head basketball coaches in the state — in the country, for that matter.

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess kicks off against Ringgold on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.
Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess commits to Pitt
November 20, 2019
Belle Vernon’s Cam Guess made it all the way to No. 1 in the Kohl’s Kicking Camps national punter rankings last year for the Class of 2020.

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Franklin Regional’s Noelle Boyd practices shooting drills during girls’ basketball practice on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Rebuilding ahead after breakthrough season for Franklin Regional girls
Franklin Regional made a rare appearance in the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball quarterfinals last season with a senior-heavy team.

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Franklin Regional’s Logan Summerhill dribbles down court during a shooting drill on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Young Franklin Regional boys roster takes aim at 5th straight playoff berth
When Steve Scorpion took over the Franklin Regional boys basketball program two years ago, he inherited a team loaded with juniors and seniors.

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Coach Gene Brisbane during basketball practice at Derry Area High School, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
Veteran coach brings new ideas to Derry girls program
November 19, 2019
New coach Gene Brisbane was talking to his players as the first day of girls basketball practice at Derry drew to a close.

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Derry Area’s Aidan Bushey scores over Blackhawk’s Ryan McClymonds during a playoff game last season.
Derry boys installing up-tempo offense
Coming off its first winning season since 2001 and its first WPIAL playoff trip since 2008, the Derry boys basketball team has the experience and senior leadership to make another postseason push.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield wins Moe Rosensteel Award
November 18, 2019
Ellie Coffield played a pivotal role in leading Mars to an unbeaten season complete with WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Shane Stump dives over the pylon to score as time expires in the first half of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Thomas Jefferson routs Belle Vernon for 9th WPIAL football championship
November 16, 2019
Experience matters in the WPIAL football finals.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works between Lower Dauphin’s Josh Koteles (9) and Vaughn Sarago during their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Honors roll in for Franklin Regional boys soccer
Franklin Regional was lauded for its unbeaten regular season and its second straight WPIAL boys soccer championship.

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Hempfield lineman Cole Graham gets FBS offer
The offensive line of the Hempfield football team not only had size but it also produced numbers this season.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap gains yardage against Peters Township in the first half during the 5-A WPIAL semifinal Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford QB Gabe Dunlap stands tall after playoff loss to Peters Township
Penn-Trafford football players filed out of the locker room at West Mifflin on Friday night, their collective demeanor one of sadness and frustration.

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Penn Trafford’s Ethan Carr caught nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s loss to Peters Township.
Peters Township’s dynamic defense downs top-seeded Penn-Trafford in Class 5A semis
November 15, 2019
It wasn’t the offensive explosion last year’s quarterfinal was, but defense stole the show this time for Peters Township in a playoff rematch with Penn-Trafford.

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Ligonier Valley lineman Christian Jablonski was a starting center fielder in youth baseball who “always had a green light to steal.”
Westmoreland football notebook: Ligonier Valley linemen grew into dominant force
November 14, 2019
Ligonier Valley has some of the better offensive and defensive lines the program has seen, but the hulking blockers are not just successful because of their size.

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle in front of the Centurions’ goal during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Beck Buchanan’s breakaway goals carry Winchester Thurston past GCC, into state finals
November 13, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis watched as his team fired shot after shot at Winchester Thurston, a few that struck the goal posts, bounced the wrong way and somehow stayed out of the net.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brenna Springer (3) and Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher (11) chase down a loose ball during a WPIAL 1A semi-final October 28, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Westmoreland athletes ink with colleges on national signing day
Brenna Springer and Nate Ward had a busy Wednesday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap (3) tries to escape a tackle during last year’s WPIAL playoff meeting with Peters Township.
Expect fireworks from Penn-Trafford, Peters Township in WPIAL playoff rematch
Penn-Trafford and Peters Township had a hard time catching their breath in the first quarter last year when they met in a wild WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal at West Mifflin.

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Girls soccer showcase coming to Franklin Regional
November 12, 2019
There is a newly sponsored girls soccer showcase and it is open to WPIAL seniors who made all-section or All-WPIAL teams this season.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver celebrates with Blake Cooper after scoring the winning goal next to West Allegheny’s Brady Christian during the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Franklin Regional gets dose of perspective on eve of PIAA soccer semifinal
November 11, 2019
Franklin Regional’s boys soccer team practiced Monday evening under the lights in Murrysville as Veterans Day faded into night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Nate Ward shakes off defenders, leads GCC on deep playoff run
Nate Ward doesn’t fear contact. Maybe that is because the senior soccer player at Greensburg Central Catholic who will take his talents to NCAA Division I Indiana University next season can give it right back.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson (left) and Anthony DiFalco were named All-WPIAL perfomers in Class AAA Monday.
All-WPIAL soccer teams announced
The All-WPIAL boys and girls soccer teams are out. Here is the complete list of selections.

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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely makes a save during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A girls state quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic works to overcome Shady Side Academy intimidation
November 10, 2019
Shady Side Academy represents more to Greensburg Central Catholic than a longtime section and playoff rival. More than its next playoff opponent on the pathway to Hershey. More than ordinary.

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The Penn-Trafford defense helped contain Upper St. Clair’s David Pantelis (11) and the Panthers’ fast-paced offense in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland football notebook: ‘Lights out’ Penn-Trafford defense leads way
November 9, 2019
Upper St. Clair junior quarterback Ethan Dahlem is a nightmare to defend.

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A foundation will present the inaugural Moe Rosensteel Most Outstanding Player of the Year Award to the WPIAL’s top girls soccer player at the end of the season. Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel died in June.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Girls soccer award formed to honor late Ringgold player
When the Rosensteel family tragically lost their beloved daughter and sister, Kaitlyn, the Western Pennsylvania soccer community embraced them, consoled them and did their best to help them through the grieving process.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime of a boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal against Springdale Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Ward golden for Greensburg Central Catholic boys in PIAA quarterfinals
It looked like Springdale had rendered Greensburg Central Catholic senior standout Nate Ward powerless for the better part of 82 minutes Saturday afternoon.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha Nemeth (7) celebrates her goal with Natalie Ward during their girls PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Freedom Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Nemeth’s goal the difference as GCC clips Freedom in PIAA Class A quarters
Somehow, Sam Nemeth managed to hoof the ball into the net.

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Bill Fralic finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting twice.
Finalists announced for inaugural Bill Fralic Award
The six finalists have been selected for the inaugural Bill Fralic Memorial Award, which will recognize the WPIAL’s most outstanding lineman in the name of Fralic, the late Penn Hills, Pitt and NFL standout.

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Franklin Regional’s Nolan Scholze works against Blackhawk’s Justin Zubroski during the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals.
Franklin Regional blocks out hype, sets sights on next PIAA opponent
There is only one way to deal with all of the hype and pressure that comes with being a nationally ranked soccer team, one that sits three wins away from its first state title.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley claps after a play during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Derry on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Central Valley shows no weakness, routs Derry
November 8, 2019
Rather matter of factly, Derry football coach Tim Sweeney said Central Valley’s greatest strength is the fact that it doesn’t have a weakness.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon scores against Norwin on Aug. 23.
Westmoreland County football notes: Injured RB Caleb Lisbon inspires Penn-Trafford
November 7, 2019
He may be injured, but Caleb Lisbon still is very much a part of the Penn-Trafford football team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr poses for a photo during practice Sept. 30, 2019, at Penn-Trafford.
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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr, one of the WPIAL’s most versatile football players and a top-tier prospect in the Class of 2021, has his first Division I offer.

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Max Malis is a leader on the line for Derry.
Westmoreland County high school football Q&A: Derry’s Max Malis
November 6, 2019
Max Malis lists his three positions on the Derry football team as defensive end, offensive tackle and … fullback?

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Central Valley football coach Mark Lyons and his staff have devised gameplans to stuff the run before.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward moves the ball between Iroquois’ Corey Longo (right) and Josh Walker during their PIAA Class A first-round playoff game Tuesday.
GCC soccer pressing for more in state playoffs
Tyler Solis wants more from his team and expects more from his players, especially in the state playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his first goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
GCC gets matching hat tricks from Nate Ward, Carlo Denis to pummel Iroquois
November 5, 2019
Senior Nate Ward and freshman Carlo Denis were harbingers of promising things to come in the first round of the PIAA Class A boys soccer playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’ head coach Rand Hudon presents his son, Connor, with a gold medal after the Panthers defeated West Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Franklin Regional continues climb in national rankings
With back-to-back WPIAL championships in hand, Franklin Regional rose a few notches in the national boys soccer rankings.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save next to West Allehgheny’s Gavin Chappel during the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday at Highmark Stadium.
Westmoreland PIAA soccer playoff capsules for Nov. 5, 2019
November 4, 2019
Tuesday’s games

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Inaugural Moe Rosensteel Award to recognize WPIAL’s best girls soccer player
When the Rosensteel family tragically lost their daughter and sister, the Western Pennsylvania soccer community embraced them, consoled them and did their best to help them through the grieving process.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Dylan Sebek (3) and Ricco Ciccarelli celebrate with the student section after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the boys WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA soccer playoffs sites and times set for Westmoreland teams
November 3, 2019
Two WPIAL boys champions and three girls runners-up from Westmoreland County will open the PIAA soccer playoffs Tuesday.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Yough softball coaching job reopens
November 2, 2019
Yough is looking for a softball coach — again.

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Belle Vernon’s Tommy Kovatch celebrates after a play in the first half against New Castle in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game Nov. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Westmoreland football notebook: Only 4 teams remain after 1st round of playoffs
And then there were four.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Beaver celebrates with Blake Cooper after scoring the winning goal next to West Allegheny’s Brady Christian during the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Franklin Regional boys top West Allegheny to successfully defend soccer title
Hit the sweet spot.

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Derry celebrates their win over Beaver Falls on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, for WPIAL 3A playoff football at Derry Area High School.
Sophomore kicker the difference as Derry beats Beaver Falls in OT
November 1, 2019
Derry just needed a Chance in overtime.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick against South Fayette earlier this season.
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Anthony DiFalco plays soccer with a low-key demeanor, but his advanced skills are unintentionally flashy at times.

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Coach Dennis Reist (left) has organized a “Day with the Pitt Panthers” as GCC will partner with Pitt to take 80 children from the Shadyside and LaRosa Boys and Girls Clubs to the Panthers’ men’s basketball game Feb. 9 against North Carolina State at Petersen Events Center
Former coach leaves, new coach named in GCC baseball program
There has been a change at the top of the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli (8) celebrates his goal with teammates during their WPIAL Class A semifinal against Springdale on Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Greensburg CC boys soccer eager for another shot at Winchester Thurston
October 31, 2019
In Greensburg Central Catholic’s last boys soccer game, Ricco Ciccarelli took a delicate pass off the foot of teammate Carlo Denis and ripped a shot past the Springdale goalkeeper for the go-ahead score.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant defenders during the second quarter on Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Westmoreland County running backs in a rush this season
Nathan Roby ran for 189 yards in a game against North Allegheny on Oct. 11. It was an impressive performance against a WPIAL heavyweight — a career night, even.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Kirkpatrick celebrates her goal with Sarah Sarah Schupansky next to Norwin’s Emma Rigone and Kylie Arnold during the girls WPIAL Class 4A championship game Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
North Allegheny stops Norwin, wins first WPIAL girls soccer title
With a stiff wind whipping at their backs — the same wind Norwin had in the first half but could not take advantage of — North Allegheny made the conditions work in its favor to win the school’s first WPIAL girls soccer championship.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson (34) stiff arms California’s Colton Lusk (20) on Oct. 4, 2019, at West Greene.
Westmoreland County football notes: GCC coach ready for close-up look at record-breaking back Ben Jackson
Greensburg Central Catholic first-year football coach Bret Colbert mentioned recently he was eager to see West Greene senior running back Ben Jackson play, even as a casual observer, to see what all the hype is about.

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Yough softball coach resigns after less than a month on the job
Yough is looking for a softball coach – again.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler controls the ball in front of Fox Chapel’s Kaylee Uribe during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Group effort leads Norwin girls into WPIAL title game vs. North Allegheny
October 30, 2019
The Norwin girls soccer team returned to the WPIAL championship for the fourth time in five years and will go for its fifth district title Thursday night when it faces North Allegheny in the Class AAAA final at Highmark Stadium.

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Zac Gordon has rushed for 849 yards and nine touchdowns on 128 carries this season.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon
Zac Gordon used to play tight end in youth football, even some center, before coaches thought it would be better to put the ball in his hands.

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Justin Johns and 13th-seeded Franklin Regional face fourth-seeded Moon on Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for first week of WPIAL playoffs
Class 5A: FIRST ROUND

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward (12) and Avonworth’s Addison Dexter (8) chase down a loose ball during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game Oct. 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel High.
Westmoreland County high school soccer notes: GCC’s Nate Ward double-booked for Friday night
Greensburg Central Catholic senior Nate Ward not only is one of the top soccer players in the WPIAL, but he also is the kicker for the Centurions football team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha Nemeth battles Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis for the ball during their game Oct. 3, 2019 in Fox Chapel.
After temporary coaching change, GCC girls soccer in position to claim 7th WPIAL title
Ashley Davis returned a few weeks ago to resume coaching the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team following a break for maternity leave.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz (21) is congratulated after scoring during a WPIAL 1A semi-final against Freedom October 28, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls clip No. 1 Freedom in OT to reach WPIAL final
October 28, 2019
Jessica Nemeth said the final play seemed like it was in slow motion.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Springdale during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
2 from WPIAL picked for HS All-American soccer games
A pair of WPIAL soccer players were selected to play in the High School All-American games set for Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla.

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Belle Vernon’s Jillian Butchki has scored 38 goals for the Leopards, who play Mars in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals on Monday.
Westmoreland girls soccer preview capsules: Games of Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
October 27, 2019
WPIAL girls soccer playoffs

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save on Blackhawk’s Cougar Bouril amid Panther defenders during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Franklin Regional boys post another shutout, move to WPIAL soccer title game
October 26, 2019
To put what the Franklin Regional boys soccer team is doing in perspective: The Panthers have not allowed a goal in 840 minutes of game time.

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Norwin’s Bailee Bertani hits a two-run double in front of Bethel Park catcher Shayna Postler during the second inning of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
Norwin softball standout Bailee Bertani chooses Robert Morris
Bailee Bertani said she always dreamed of playing softball at the Division I level.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward (left) celebrates with Ricco Ciccarelli after scoring during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game October 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel High.
Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Ward more than soccer standout in fall
When a soccer player joins the football team, he or she usually is the kicker, and that is where their responsibilities end.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s David Altimore looks to pass during a game against Riverview on Aug. 31, 2019.
Greensburg Central Catholic back in WPIAL football playoffs after 3-year absence
Greensburg Central Catholic was still evolving, still finding its identity, as the WPIAL football regular season wound into its final week.

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Penn-Trafford’s Brad Ford carries for some yardage as Franklin Regional’s Justin Johns (1) runs for a tackle during WPIAL football on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at Franklin Regional High School.
Penn-Trafford earns Class 5A Big East title with win against Franklin Regional
October 25, 2019
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane said his team would have to earn every yard against physical Franklin Regional.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson (left) celebrates his goal with Anthony DiFalco during their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Laurel Highlands. Franklin Regional plays Blackhawk in the WPIAL semifinals on Saturday.
                                Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson (left) celebrates his goal with Anthony DiFalco during their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Laurel Highlands. Franklin Regional plays Blackhawk in the WPIAL semifinals on Saturday.
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Saturday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Nolan Scholze (28) celebrates his goal with Luke Kimmich during their WPIAL Class 3A first round playoff game against Laurel Highlands Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Nearly flawless defense keys Franklin Regional boys soccer playoff run
Franklin Regional puts a premium on goals.

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Yough’s Amber Biros (2) celebrates her goal off a corner kick with teammates during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal against Burrell Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Yough girls edge Burrell for spot in soccer semifinals
October 24, 2019
Natalie Vilchek left the game for an extended period of time in the first half Thursday night after she tweaked her right knee.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon (40) rushes the ball against Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
Westmoreland County football notes: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional show mutual respect
Penn-Trafford knows what it is getting with Franklin Regional. But the sentiment is mutual.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) looks to control against Avonworth’s Johnathon Nicolaus (12) during a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game October 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel High.
Greensburg Central Catholic gets revenge on Avonworth in boys soccer playoffs
October 23, 2019
Itching to play Avonworth again for the better part of a year, Greensburg Central Catholic got its shot at redemption in the boys soccer playoffs Wednesday night.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller poses for a photo at practice Oct. 22, 2019, at Ligonier Valley.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller
If you want to be a captain of the Ligonier Valley football team, you have to apply for the job.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek (6) looks for an open receiver against Pine-Richland Sept. 20, 2019, at Pine-Richland.
Norwin’s Jack Salopek chasing 6,000 yards
Norwin senior quarterback Jack Salopek is looking to cap his career by reaching the 6,000-yard mark.

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Penn-Trafford soccer coach Rick Nese prepares his team for the 2019-2020 season August 21, 2019.
Rick Nese steps down as Penn-Trafford soccer coach
Rick Nese did not rule out a return to soccer, even in the near future, but for now he needs a break.

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Belle Vernon’s Tyler Kovatch competes against Ringgold on Sept. 3, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Westmoreland boys soccer playoff capsules
October 22, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer playoffs

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Appolonia leads Yough past Highlands in WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
October 21, 2019
A lot has been made of the Yough girls soccer team’s high-octane offensive skills.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner
Hempfield catcher Emma Hoffner picks Ohio
Emma Hoffner is a junior at Hempfield, but she already has been through the college recruiting process twice.

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Franklin Regional junior Aly Kindelberger, who has committed to DePaul, has a team-best 336 kills for the section-champion Panthers, who are preparing to begin the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs next week.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional volleyball hitter is smashing success
October 19, 2019
A versatile, 6-foot-1 hitter who can deliver from all three positions on the court, Franklin Regional junior Aly Kindelberger has all the tools and instincts to be a Division I volleyball player.

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Norwin shakes off sluggish start, beats Baldwin in first-round game
Ian Brown had a goal waved off just before halftime.

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Derry’s Justin Huss eludes Mount Pleasant’s Pete Billey (32) and Ian Fasano during the first quarter Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Derry’s Huss records half to remember
Derry fans will remember for some time the game senior running back Justin Huss had Friday night. Or should we say, the half he had.

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No. 1 Thomas Jefferson shows might in win at Greensburg Salem
October 18, 2019
It’s a begrudgingly accepted fact in sports.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates a playoff goal against Vincentian last season.
Westmoreland County boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Saturday’s games

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Putt runs the ball as Hempfield defender Guy Lucus (3) attempts to tackle on Friday night, Aug. 23, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School in WPIAL football.
Westmoreland County football notes: Greensburg Salem wary of TJ mystique
October 17, 2019
It’s just a name playing another game.

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Norwin’s Matthew Federovich battles Penn-Trafford’s Logan Brinko for the ball during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Norwin.
Soccer teams grin, bear it when WPIAL playoff seeds aren’t favorable
October 16, 2019
Playoff brackets can cause coaches to do a lot of hand-wringing as the WPIAL committee “holes up in some room somewhere” to draw up their tournament path.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman is the quarterback for the 2019 Leopards.
Westmoreland County football Q&A: Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman
Whether his Belle Vernon teammates need a pass delivered to them on point or a quick haircut for game day — fades come in different forms — Jared Hartman is their man.

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Cavan Trout and Greensburg Salem face top-ranked Thomas Jefferson on Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 8
Class 6A

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Norwin’s Kennedy Soliday (27) and Penn-Trafford’s Christina DeLuca (34) compete October 14, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL girls soccer playoffs
Here’s a look at the WPIAL girls soccer playoffs:

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Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger
Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger makes Division I commitment for volleyball
A versatile, 6-foot-1 hitter who can deliver from all three positions on the court, Franklin Regional junior Aly Kindelberger has all the tools and instincts to be a Division I volleyball player.

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Franklin Regional’s Victoria Rothrauff works in front of the Mars goal against Gwen Howell (12) during their game Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at Mars.
WPIAL releases soccer playoff pairings
The WPIAL soccer playoff brackets are set.

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Penn-Trafford’s Malia Kearns (21) celebrates after scoring against Norwin with Emma Rain (9) October 14, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford draws up plan of attack for girls soccer playoffs
October 15, 2019
Sitting on early leads will not be the strategy that takes Penn-Trafford far in the WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works against South Fayette’s Max Snodgrass during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional boys make national soccer rankings
Franklin Regional is considered one of the top 50 boys high school soccer teams in the country.

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Norwin’s Emma Rigone (3) competes against Penn-Trafford October 14, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Norwin beats rival Penn-Trafford, clinches girls soccer section title with second-half surge
October 14, 2019
A slow start gave way to a fast finish as the Norwin girls soccer team amped up its play, looking more like a potential WPIAL title contender in the second 40 minutes, and captured its second consecutive Section 3-AAAA championship.

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H.S. notebook: Norwin SS Jake Kendro commits to Tennessee
October 12, 2019
An impressive workout at a summer showcase will afford Jake Kendro the opportunity to showcase his talents at the highest level of college baseball.

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Westmoreland football notebook: Three more teams clinch WPIAL playoff spots
Three more Westmoreland teams punched their ticket to the WPIAL playoffs with wins Friday night.

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NFL great Kevin Greene visits Penn-Trafford
Penn-Trafford had a special guest at Warrior Stadium Friday night.

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Latrobe makes goal-line stand to defeat Plum, claim playoff spot
October 11, 2019
As momentum swayed, it was one of those games that seemed destined to produce good news and bad news for the Latrobe football team.

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Norwin’s Eva Frankovic aims a kick against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Westmoreland soccer notes: Norwin’s Eva Frankovic nominated for All-American game
Norwin senior defender Eva Frankovic has been nominated for the 2019 High School All-American Soccer Game set for Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team poses for a portrait with the championship trophy after winning the WPIAL Class AA team golf final Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Fox Chapel, Sewickley Academy boys, Upper St. Clair, GCC girls take WPIAL team golf titles
October 10, 2019
A couple of streaks ended and a couple more carried on Thursday at the WPIAL team golf championships.

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Greater Latrobe’s Logan Gustafson (22) rushes the ball against Franklin Regional during their game against Franklin Regional on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
Westmoreland football notebook: Latrobe embraces win-and-in game
Ideally, teams want playoff spots locked up by Week 7 of the WPIAL season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Nathan Saloom heads the ball away from Shady Side Academy’s George Grune (3) and Hazem Hamda during their game Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Playoff hopes still flickering for resilient Mt. Pleasant boys soccer team
October 9, 2019
Give Mt. Pleasant’s boys soccer players credit: All things considered, they’ll be able to say they stayed in the race until the race was over.

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Jake Johnson has rushed for 747 yards and nine touchdowns.
Westmoreland football Q&A with Mt. Pleasant’s Jake Johnson
Teetering between a potential playoff berth and an early end to the season can be like purgatory for WPIAL teams.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap passed for 189 yards last week against Latrobe.
Westmoreland County don’t-miss football matchups for Week 7
Class 6A

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Former Hempfield hockey player Christian Gorscak makes D-1 commitment
Former Hempfield hockey standout Christian Gorscak finished his high school education online and graduated last year.

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Norwin’s Eva Frankovic aims a kick against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Six from WPIAL nominated for HS All-American soccer games
Four girls and two boys from the WPIAL have been added to the 2019 High School All-American Soccer Game Watch List.

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Norwin’s Kendro gives verbal commitment to Tennessee
October 8, 2019
An impressive workout at a summer showcase will afford Jake Kendro the opportunity to showcase his talents at the highest level of college baseball.

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon freshman’s research project catches eye of WNBA
October 5, 2019
Viva Kreis fell for basketball at a young age.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Aaren Putt runs the ball before being brought down by South Fayette’s Nolan Lutz on Friday night, Sept. 13, 2019 at Offutt Field in downtown Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem football riding high after West Mifflin upset
Signature wins can turn football seasons around and change perceptions of programs — from the inside and out.

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Yough’s Justine Appolonia moves the ball upfield next to Greensburg Central Catholic’s Hannah Nelson during a scrimmage Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Yough High School.
Justine Appolonia breaks Yough scoring record
Hat tricks are nothing new to Justine Appolonia. But her latest three-goal game carried more meaning.

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Defense dominates as Class 5A No. 1 Penn-Trafford beats Latrobe
October 4, 2019
Penn-Trafford was not clicking offensively. The running game was sluggish, passes were off the mark and the sticks weren’t moving with normal rapidity.

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Coach Roy Hall blows the whistle as Jackson Pruitt (left) and Bayley Molter run a “spirit drill” during the first day of practice at McKee Stadium in Jeannette on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
No. 1 Jayhawks prepare for rare test from No. 5 OLSH
Zach Crutchman and his Jeannette teammates are aware of the state and WPIAL rankings — and the Jayhawks’ lofty No. 1 position in both.

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Yough names Kelsey Kuhns softball coach
Just five years ago, Kelsey Kuhns was leading the Southmoreland softball team from behind the dish.

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Hempfield’s Blake Remaley runs the ball against Greensburg Salem’s defender Kenneth Shea during WPIAL football at Greensburg Salem’s Offutt Field on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Westmoreland football notebook: Hempfield’s Remaley plays through injury
October 3, 2019
Quarterback Blake Remaley had the option to sit out and let time heal his ailment, but that just wasn’t his style.

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Coach Tyler Solis works out with the team during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Strong freshman class boosts Greensburg Central Catholic soccer
October 2, 2019
An influx of freshmen can raise a number of concerns for soccer coaches at the high school level.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr poses for a photo during practice Sept. 30, 2019, at Penn-Trafford.
Westmoreland football Q-and-A: Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr
Penn-Trafford takes road trips on a bus. It scores touchdowns by Carr.

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Southmoreland’s Brandon Peterson grabs a tackle on McGuffey ball carrier Nathan Yagle on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in WPIAL football at Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grim Field.
Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 6
Class 6A

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 13 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar cruises to WPIAL title on home course
October 1, 2019
Naturally, Scott Bitar felt right at home playing the WPIAL Class AAA championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club where he is a member and the reigning club champion.

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Yough girls soccer scores impressive win over Mt. Pleasant
September 30, 2019
When Yough played at Mt. Pleasant earlier in the girls soccer season, the visiting Cougars only led by one goal with three minutes to play. A couple of late scores polished off a three-goal victory.

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5 storylines to watch at the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf championship
The WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf championship will be Tuesday at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

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Latrobe junior pitcher Jordan Tallman went 9-2 with a 1.39 ERA last season before being injured.
Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman makes Division I softball commitment
September 29, 2019
Academics came first when Jordan Tallman went college hunting.

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Belle Vernon freshman Viva Kreis gets behind-the-scenes look at WNBA
Viva Kreis fell for basketball at a young age.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Caldwell hits out of a bunker on Hole 17 during the WCCA boys golf tournament Thursday, Sept.12, 2019, at Latrobe Elks Golf Club.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Golfers set for WPIAL championship
September 28, 2019
The 36-player field is set for the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship, and eight Westmoreland players will compete for a title Tuesday at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s David Altimore (2) looks to pass during their game against Riverview on Aug. 31, 2019.
First-year quarterbacks in charge for several Westmoreland teams
David Altimore knew he had a chance to start at quarterback for Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Southmoreland quarterback Zach Cernuto throws a pass against McGuffey on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grimm Field.
Unbeaten McGuffey crashes Southmoreland’s party
September 27, 2019
One of the most anticipated and hyped games in Southmoreland football history came with all the grandeur and set dressing befitting such an event.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Bret Colbert added a jump pass to his playbook.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Centurions add wrinkle to playbook
September 26, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic coach Bret Colbert doesn’t mind taking chances with his offense. Trick plays are never out of the question.

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Jeannette’s Justin Cramer participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Top-ranked Jeannette’s defense on a tear
Jeannette senior linebacker Justin Cramer expected the Jayhawks’ defense to be strong, but even he is impressed with the team’s string of three consecutive shutouts.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman heads the ball next to Penn-Trafford’s Logan Brinko during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Norwin.
Norwin boys soccer swarms opponents with depth, versatility
September 25, 2019
Spoiled with depth.

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Jeannette sophomore WR/DB Brett Birch is the Jayhawks’ leading receiver.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Jeannette’s Brett Birch
A rigorous offseason of training is what Brett Birch credits for his impact on the Jeannette football team.

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Westmoreland County don’t-miss football games for Week 5
Class 6A

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Belle Vernon lineman Hayden Baron commits to RMU
September 24, 2019
Another Westmoreland County lineman, another Division I commitment.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz battles South Fayette’s Brent Goldstrohm for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional soccer celebrates big win over South Fayette
Not every night qualifies as a “Booyah” night for the Franklin Regional boys soccer team.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman (13) celebrates her goal with Dani Ianuzzo (2) and Megan Dietz during the second half of their game against Penn-Trafford Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Norwin.
Norwin peppers Penn-Trafford to win girls soccer showdown
September 23, 2019
Norwin’s gameplan was to bombard Penn-Trafford with shots in the girls soccer teams’ first Section 3-4A meeting of the season.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker makes FCS commitment to “dream school”
Wylie Spiker, the kid with the great football name, is the latest Ligonier Valley lineman to carve out a path to Division I program.

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer has guided the Scotties to a 5-0 start.
Westmoreland football notebook: Unbeaten Southmoreland eager for ‘huge’ game
September 21, 2019
Each game carries more meaning for Southmoreland.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry boys golf eye section title
The WPIAL team golf playoffs will begin Oct. 7-8, and the Derry boys will occupy another spot in the Class AA bracket.

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The Hempfield football team hosts Canon-McMillan on Sept. 20, 2019.
Coach Evans returns at halftime as Canon-McMillan defeats Hempfield
September 20, 2019
Hempfield coach Rich Bowen had an uneasy feeling during pregame warmups.

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Defensive backs Mason and Nate Frye have helped to solidify the Penn-Trafford defense.
Siblings make difference for area teams
Some say it’s their chins. One is slightly more chiseled than the other.

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Norwin’s Adam Ornowski moves the ball upfield in front of Penn-Trafford’s Reno Kearns during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Norwin.
No. 1 Norwin remains undefeated with 3-1 win over rival Penn-Trafford
September 19, 2019
Top-ranked Norwin built a two-goal cushion by halftime Thursday night but knew the last thing it could do was get comfortable.

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Norwin tight end Tanner Krevokuch has eight catches for 57 yards and a touchdown this season.
Westmoreland high school football notes: Norwin tight end Tanner Krevokuch receives first D1 offer
Norwin football player Tanner Krevokuch has his first Division I-FBS scholarship offer.

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Belle Vernon’s Maverick Selvoski competes against Ringgold on Sept. 3, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer emerges as WPIAL contender ahead of schedule
September 18, 2019
A team this young is not supposed to be this good, this soon. Its best years should lie ahead.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer jumps over Penn Trafford’s Bobby Lane during a run-down in the second inning Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin infielder Alex Gabauer commits to Penn
Alex Gabauer always wanted to attend an Ivy League school, and to have an opportunity to play baseball there when he arrived.

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The Penn-Trafford softball team was honored for its state championship Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at the state House of Representatives.
Penn-Trafford softball honored by state House of Representatives
Penn-Trafford, the floor is yours.

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Gamal Marballie took over at quarterback for Yough in Week Zero.
Westmoreland football Q&A with Yough’s Gamal Marballie
The closest Gamal Marballie got to playing quarterback in recent years was on his Xbox.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye is part of a defense that held its first three opponents to one touchdown each. The 4-0 Warriors face 3-0 Washington (Ohio) on Friday.
Penn-Trafford defense up for any challenge
Penn-Trafford calls its defensive scheme, “Tribe.”

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Zach Kuvinka makes a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 4
Class 6A

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Norwin tight end Tanner Krevokuch hauls in a a pass to score points against Penn Trafford in the championship game of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn Trafford 24-13.
Norwin’s Krevokuch lands FBS offer
September 15, 2019
Norwin football player Tanner Krevokuch has his first Division I-FBS scholarship offer.

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Franklin Regional girls volleyball coach Mike Feorene talks to his team during a scrimmage game against Hampton August 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland notebook: Volleyball teams hold serve in rankings
September 14, 2019
Franklin Regional (Class AAA) and Greensburg Central Catholic (A) are holding serve in the Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll.

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer has guided the Scotties to a 4-0 record, the team’s best start since 1991.
Support swells for surprising Southmoreland football team
A dozen turkey vultures make wide circles high above Russ Grimm Field at Southmoreland Stadium.

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Peters Township’s Vincent Sirianni steps through the tackle attempt by Woodland Hills’ Deontae Williams Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at the Wolvarena.
‘More to life than the game’: Head injuries cause some players to rethink football
Zach Guiser has enjoyed life since he left football in 2017, ending his college career early because of concussions.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap gets past McKeesport’s David LaRotonda.
Penn-Trafford overcomes injuries to top McKeesport
September 13, 2019
What concerned Penn-Trafford most about McKeesport this week was the Tigers’ reputation for being a physical opponent.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon is tackled by McKeesport’s David LaRotonda in last year’s game, a 20-9 Warriors’ victory.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Top-ranked P-T readies for McKeesport
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane bristled at the idea McKeesport and Penn-Trafford may have lost some of its shine because his top-ranked Warriors beat Gateway two weeks ago, and McKeesport has one loss.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Gianni Diacopoulos makes a save in front of Thomas Jefferson’s Luke Giger during their game Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Murrysville.
‘So far, so good’ for Franklin Regional soccer
September 12, 2019
Some of the names have changed in the rotation but the possess-the-ball style of play and heavy dose of talent remains the same at Franklin Regional.

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Penn Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap throws a touchdown pass to Ethan Carr in the fourth quarter Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at Penn Trafford High School.
Westmoreland County high school football dont’t-miss matchups for Week 3
September 11, 2019
Class 6A

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Hempfield senior linebacker Dillon Ferretti also wrestles and throws the shot put and discus for the Spartans.
Westmoreland football Q&A with Hempfield’s Dillon Ferretti
Dillon Ferretti likes to take pregame power naps. He sets the alarm on his phone so he doesn’t oversleep.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ben LaCarte (4) faces off with Clairton’s Wayne Wade III (3) after catching a pass on Sept. 6, 2019, at GCC.
GCC-Imani Christian Week 4 game moved to GCC
Add another home football game to Greensburg Central Catholic’s schedule.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson works against Thomas Jefferson’s Marcus Empey during their game Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional, Thomas Jefferson boys soccer teams battle to draw
September 10, 2019
Soccer ties aren’t always about the action but the reaction.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Chris Brunson hits balls for his team while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Brunson settling in at Mt. Pleasant
September 8, 2019
Since taking over as athletic director at Mt. Pleasant in July, Chris Brunson has been learning the ins and outs of the position.

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Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer has helped the Scotties to their best start since 1991.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Southmoreland’s 3-0 start creating buzz
September 7, 2019
Southmoreland is beginning to draw a crowd to Russ Grimm Field.

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Hempfield’s Nathan Roby fills stat sheet in win over Norwin
September 6, 2019
At 5 feet, 7 inches and 155 pounds, Hempfield’s Nathan Roby doesn’t appear to be a daunting presence on the football field.

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Penn-Trafford’s football team (far right) and boys soccer team share the field at Warrior Stadium during a practice this week.
Communication helps 13 Westmoreland schools maximize turfs
It’s a muggy late summer day in Harrison City.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley football team makes most of unexpected week off
September 5, 2019
It will be a quiet week for Ligonier Valley, but don’t expect the Rams to kick up their feet and relax because they have no game to play.

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Derry’s Justin Huss has rushed for 343 yards and four TDs this season.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Derry’s Justin Huss
September 4, 2019
Excuse Justin Huss for being a little sore last Saturday morning.

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Penn Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon
Westmoreland County don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 2
Class 6A

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The Penn-Trafford softball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Lampeter-Strasburg in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
State champion Penn-Trafford softball team to be honored in Harrisburg
September 3, 2019
The Penn-Trafford softball team will be honored later this month for winning a PIAA championship in June.

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Twin sisters Meghan and Ella Zambruno will lead the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team in the 2019 season.
Westmoreland notebook: Zambruno sisters ones to watch at WCCA golf event
August 31, 2019
The first event on the Westmoreland County Coaches Association fall schedule is the girls golf championship, set for Wednesday at Champion Lakes Golf Club. Play begins at 9:30 a.m., and the tournament is nine holes.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates with Dylan Sebek after defeating Seton LaSalle in their WPIAL Class A boys semifinal Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at Norwin High School.
GCC soccer’s Nate Ward commits to Hoosiers
Nate Ward plays with emotion. You can see it when he scores a goal or if a penalty doesn’t go his team’s way on the soccer field.

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Jeannette’s Sanders siblings, from left, Noah, Imani and James. They are three of six in their family to play for the Jayhawks program.
Undersized Sanders brothers play big role for Jeannette football
Jeannette always embraces a small-but-mighty mantra.

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Jeannette residents watch from the stadium stands as the Jeannette High School marching band and varsity cheer squad perform for a dedication ceremony for the grand opening of the new field at McKee Stadium on Thursday night, Aug. 29, 2019 in Jeannette.
Jeannette shows off big-play abilities on new turf in win vs. Leechburg
August 30, 2019
From idea to inception to realization, so much has been made of Jeannette’s new turf playing surface.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman carries past Thomas Jefferson’s Devin Danielson during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon’s “Beach” makes MaxPreps “amazing turf fields” top 10
MaxPreps captured birds-eye views of what it calls “10 amazing high school football turf fields” from around the country and a local venue made the list.

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Video of Latrobe lineman catching punt in practice goes viral
It seemed like a fun yet unassuming moment at the end of a recent Latrobe football practice.

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Yough quarterback Tristian Waldier participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Yough QB Tristan Waldier done for season with knee injury
Yough received some bad news Thursday when MRI results revealed sophomore quarterback Tristan Waldier has a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt is questionable Friday night with a right shoulder injury.
High school football notebook: Southmoreland’s Harper enjoys breakthrough week
August 29, 2019
Southmoreland football coach Dave Keefer glanced over at one of his players during a training camp workout.

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</strong><strong>Percussionist Tamirion Stevens-Blow keeps a beat during the ceremony. 
                                Jeannette football coach Roy Hall stands with his team during the national anthem.
Jeannette rolls out the carpet for fans at McKee Stadium
Jeannette football players have watched the transformation at McKee Stadium.

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Senior Brenna Springer during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic in Hempfield Township, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Westmoreland County soccer players to watch
Players to watch

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Senior Ron Boyle during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic in Hempfield Township, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Westmoreland high school soccer notebook: Early boys rankings
A new WPIAL soccer season opens this weekend and a number of Westmoreland teams are perched among the TribLive High School Sports Network’s preseason rankings.

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Yough’s Reno Ustazewski
Westmoreland County high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 1
August 28, 2019
Class 6A

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior Brandon Brown had two touchdown catches and two interceptions last week.
Westmoreland football Q&A with Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brandon Brown
Teammates and coaches like to call Brandon Brown “Slow-mo” when he practices.

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Penn-Trafford honoring late coach John Yaccino with helmet decals
Penn-Trafford players are wearing a “JY” decal on the back of their helmets this season to remember former head coach John Yaccino. The Warriors’ leader from 1988-95, Yaccino died in March at age 78.

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Trib HSSN preseason girls soccer rankings
August 27, 2019
WPIAL soccer season opens Friday. Here are the Tribune-Review boys preseason rankings.

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Oakland Catholic’s Catie Hassett battles Mars’ Ellie Coffield for the ball during the WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer championship game Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Highmark Stadium.
Trib HSSN girls soccer players to watch in 2019
The WPIAL soccer season opens Friday.

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Goalie Megan Giesey (0), and Haley Hofmeister (7), during practice at Penn Trafford High School, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. T
Penn-Trafford girls soccer team ready to regroup
WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer champions just two years ago, Penn-Trafford ran aground in its bid for a repeat last season.

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Penn-Trafford senior Lukas Johnson will help to shore up the Warriors’ defense.
After rare miss, Penn-Trafford boys soccer sets sights on WPIAL playoff return
Reno Kearns doesn’t try to mask anything by a pretense. He and his Penn-Trafford boys soccer teammates are not satisfied with last season.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter participates in drills during soccer practice at the hgih school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Trib HSSN boys soccer players to watch in 2019
August 26, 2019
The WPIAL soccer season opens Friday.

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Trib HSSN preseason boys soccer rankings
WPIAL soccer season opens Friday. Here are the Tribune-Review boys preseason rankings.

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Norwin’s Caleb Yuricha works on drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 ,at Norwin High School.
Norwin boys soccer team reloading for another run
Norwin boys soccer coach Scott Schuchert lost 14 seniors from the team that finally broke “the curse.”

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Norwin’s Emily Shaw works on drills with teammates during girls’ soccer practice on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls soccer team wants to forge own identity
When its latest jaunt through the girls soccer postseason stalled earlier than usual last October, Norwin players and coaches knew the fuel for the following season would come easily.

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Belle Vernon’s Izzy Laurita commits to Division I soccer program
August 25, 2019
Belle Vernon junior soccer standout Izzy Laurita had a checklist handy when she began the recruiting process.

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Latrobe QB Branden Crosby threw the winning TD pass in overtime against Derry.
Westmoreland football notebook: Latrobe gets much-needed win in opener
August 24, 2019
It had been nearly a decade since Latrobe opened the season with a win.

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High school notebook: WPIAL teams dot regional soccer rankings
TopDrawerSoccer.com released its fall high school rankings and while no WPIAL teams are ranked nationally, several district teams made the regional and state rankings.

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Ambridge officials blunder conjures memories of Valley-Ford City mix-up
Week Zero’s McGuffey-Ambridge officiating snafu was as bizarre as it was confusing.

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Hempfield players huddle together for a pre-game pep shout before WPIAL football against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield handles rival Greensburg Salem in opener
August 23, 2019
Hempfield’s big line played as advertised, getting a fairly strong push early.

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Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Rivals Greensburg Salem, Hempfield brace for clash
On paper, Friday’s season- opening football game between Greensburg Salem and Hempfield looks like one of the better matchups between the rival teams.

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Yough’s Russell Pytlak participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Pytlak grows into 2-way talent for Yough football
August 22, 2019
Russell Pytlak has been a work-in-progress type of player for coach Scott Wood and his staff at Yough.

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Penn-Trafford’s Anthony Sherwin scores on a single by Luke Fabac in the first inning against Hempfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
Penn-Trafford’s Sherwin to play baseball at Bucknell
Anthony Sherwin tried to find a reason to choose a different college. He looked for faults in his leading pursuer. But he kept circling back to more positives.

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Southmoreland quarterback Zach Cernuto (above) and receiver Riley Comforti (inset) connected on 47 completions and six touchdowns last season.
Cognition meets connection, carrying Southmoreland offense to new heights
August 21, 2019
Receiver Riley Comforti knows how the route is supposed to be run.

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Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Branden Crosby
When Branden Crosby transferred from Greensburg Salem to Latrobe as a freshman, Latrobe football coach Jason Marucco knew little about him.

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Hempfield’s Mario Perkins
Westmoreland County high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week Zero
Nonconference

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette moving track resurfacing at McKee Stadium to April
Jeannette will wait until after the busy fall sports season to resurface its track at McKee Stadium, superintendent Matt Jones said.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Gabe Dunlap passes against Norwin in the championship game of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School. Norwin defeated Penn-Trafford 24-13.
With options under center, Penn-Trafford could go off script offensively
August 20, 2019
Senior Gabe Dunlap and junior Ethan Carr once competed for the starting quarterback spot at Penn-Trafford. The friendly competition brought out the best in each athlete as they pushed each other to improve.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Bret Colbert participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
New coach Bret Colbert to rely on talented returning roster at Greensburg C.C.
New Greensburg Central Catholic coach Bret Colbert comes from rich football pedigree. His father, Bob, has 44 years of coaching experience at various levels — high school to the pros — while his uncle, Kevin, is the general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Jeannette hopes to utilize speed on new turf at McKee Stadium
To the surprise of some, the landmark decision to replace the grass at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium with artificial turf was met with little resistance.

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Southmoreland’s Colt Harper participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Southmoreland believes it is closing in on end of playoff drought
August 19, 2019
As an alum and second-year coach, Dave Keefer is all for recognizing high points in the history of Southmoreland football — even if one such commemoration captures a frustrating and cumbersome streak in full perspective.

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Interim coach Bri Guy during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic in Hempfield Township, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Villanova recruit Gretz leads high-powered Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer
August 18, 2019
As Bri Guy becomes more acquainted and comfortable with her new team and players, the rookie coach continues to see a skilled group that can be a title-contender if it simply stays the course.

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Senior Nate Ward during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic in Hempfield Township, on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer ready for run at WPIAL, PIAA titles
Greensburg Central Catholic had so much fun going to the WPIAL Class A championship game and PIAA semifinals last season the Centurions want to do it all over again.

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Yough’s C.J. Waldier (right) makes a play for the ball against Latrobe during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
With Shoaf gone, Yough looks to spread the wealth on offense
Much to the chagrin of the Yough football program, the Dustin Shoaf era is over, and it’s time for new players to take the football and carry it into the future.

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Franklin Regional’s Natalie Ribar, right, and Ryleigh Jack, left, compete with one another during a team scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School for girls’ soccer practice.
Franklin Regional girls soccer opens season with hat trick
August 17, 2019
Franklin Regional opened preseason camp with a hat trick: three practices a day for the first three days.

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Franklin Regional boys soccer wants to pick up where it left off
Before the start of a recent practice, Franklin Regional boys soccer coach Rand Hudson left his car running as it sat parked just outside of Panther Stadium.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner (right) had three college offers before verbally committing to Marian, a NAIA program in Indianapolis.
High school notebook: Norwin backcourt drawing college interest
Norwin will have one of the top backcourt duos in WPIAL girls basketball next season in senior point guard Jayla Wehner and shooting guard Olivia Gribble.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chase Burk intercepts a pass intended for a Southmoreland receiver in the the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Penn-Trafford has championship aspirations
August 16, 2019
Penn-Trafford is a program that never seems to take a heavy hit from graduation losses.

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Bri Guy (standing) is filling in for girls soccer coach Ashley Davis at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC interim coach Guy breaks ice
Bri Guy met with her Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer players for the first time on a sizzling and muggy Thursday morning in Carbon.

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Bri Guy (standing) is filling in for girls soccer coach Ashley Davis at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Former Woodland Hills, St. Francis defender Bri Guy filling in as girls soccer coach at GCC
August 15, 2019
Bri Guy met with her Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer players for the first time on a sizzling and muggy Thursday morning in Carbon.

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Twin sisters Meghan and Ella Zambruno will lead the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf team in the 2019 season.
Westmoreland high school golf preview: Zambrunos (again) lead GCC girls
August 14, 2019
The name Zambruno in the Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf program is as recognizable as a golf brand emblazoned on a driver, bag, ball or article of apparel.

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Jeannette’s Justin Cramer participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Justin Cramer becomes rare 4th-year starter at Jeannette
Middle linebacker Justin Cramer has driven a stake through the heart of many opposing offensive plays in his time with the Jeannette football team.

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Sewickley Academy’s JF Aber lines up his putt on Hole 18 during the PIAA West Region Golf Championships Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville.
WPIAL boys golf preview: Central Catholic, Sewickley Academy set to defend titles
Skyler Fox will be a senior this fall at Riverside. The WPIAL golf wunderkind has done nothing but win since he broke onto the scene as a wiry and wide-eyed freshman.

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North Catholic’s Maddie Smithco talks with her teammates during the WPIAL team golf championships Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver. Smithco had a hole-in-one on Hole 2.
WPIAL girls golf preview: North Allegheny, GCC chasing 5th straight titles
The usual suspects cornered the championships the last several seasons in WPIAL girls golf.

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Gateway’s Tui Brown prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 6, 2019.
WPIAL Class 5A football breakdown: Parity expected for ‘deepest classification in the state’
Despite what Penn Hills did last season, the tide of public opinion in Class 5A football is shifting.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Football tiebreaker tweaked in Class 5A
August 11, 2019
There is a change in the WPIAL Class 5A football tiebreaker for the playoffs. With Albert Gallatin departing the league, 5A has 23 teams competing for 16 playoff spots.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Bret Colbert participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
New coach Colbert leans on senior players at Greensburg Central Catholic
Senior leadership should not be a problem this football season at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane watches the action at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Pace picks up with high school football camps set to open
August 10, 2019
Watch a Penn-Trafford football practice, and the first thing you notice is structure. Players know where to be, when to be there and the effort required in each drill.

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Franklin Regional head coach Greg Botta watches play during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Franklin Regional’s Greg Botta puts off retirement, back for 26th year
With the advent of one-year contracts, annual player turnover and the season-to-season minutia that comes with the job, it is not unusual for veteran football coaches to contemplate retirement in the offseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer leads the pack in girls’ 1A during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at Roadman Park in California.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer excels at AAU meet
Incoming Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Corinn Brewer has had a productive offseason in track and field.

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Renovations at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium continue Aug. 8, 2019.
Jeannette moves scrimmage to Valley as turf project progresses
August 8, 2019
As a fail-safe, Jeannette moved its 10 a.m. football scrimmage on Aug. 17 against Valley — originally scheduled to be played at home — to Valley Memorial Stadium in New Kensington.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mackenzie Leeder (bottom) works on passing and dribbling drills during girls’ soccer practice at Mt. Pleasant Area High School on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer players Ulery, Leeder commit to D-I programs
August 7, 2019
Mt. Pleasant will have a pair of Division I midfielders prowling the soccer field this fall.

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Ryan Hayden was named the Jeannette athletic director in July 2019.
New athletic director Ryan Hayden brings youthful enthusiasm to Jeannette
August 5, 2019
Ryan Hayden peered out from the press box at McKee Stadium as workers smoothed over gravel and continued to prepare the historic field for artificial turf.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Andrew Muraco delivers during a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco commits to Coastal Carolina
August 3, 2019
Andrew Muraco always dreamed of playing Division I baseball but the actuality he could do so began to take shape last year when he was a freshman at Franklin Regional.

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Norwin’s Tanner Krevokuch scores on a pass from quarterback Jack Salopek against Penn-Trafford during the WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament championship game on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School. Norwin beat Penn-Trafford 24-13.
Westmoreland notebook: ‘Heat week’ leads into start of training camp
“Heat week” begins Monday around the state as football teams get set to open camps Aug. 12.

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Former Pitt and NFL offensive lineman Bill Fralic finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting twice.
Bill Fralic Award to recognize WPIAL’s top lineman
July 31, 2019
The late Bill Fralic was never one for attention.

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Ligonier Valley’s Wylie Spiker sacks Northern Cambria quarterback Mark Marino during their game Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Ligonier.
Derry’s Adams, Ligonier Valley’s Spiker pull in offers from St. Francis (Pa.)
July 30, 2019
Like the big boys themselves, Division I college interest in area linemen keeps growing in size.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Standout linemen abound in area
July 27, 2019
It is no secret: Lineman looks to be the premier position his season in Westmoreland County football. Area teams should be well-protected up front with a number of Division I prospects pushing the pile.

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West Allegheny’s Nathan Dragisich
WPIAL players make TopDrawerSoccer all-region, all-state teams
July 26, 2019
The all-things-soccer website, TopDrawerSoccer, which covers recruiting and ranks teams on a nationwide scale, released its high school all-region and all-state teams for the 2018 fall season.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman pitches a throw during a softball scrimmage against Yough on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball pitcher Tallman back in circle, anticipating 2020 season
July 24, 2019
Perhaps the greatest what-if story of the 2019 WPIAL softball season was Latrobe pitcher Jordan Tallman.

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Belle Vernon lineman Baron pulls in second FCS offer
It is no secret: Lineman looks to be the premier position his season in Westmoreland County football.

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Jeannette names new soccer coaches: Delaney Cortazzo, Arthur Cicero
July 23, 2019
Jeannette’s boys and girls soccer programs will be under new direction this fall season.

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Jeannette approves Ryan Hayden as athletic director
Jeannette this week approved the hiring of Ryan Hayden as the district’s new athletic director.

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A prototype for Jeannette’s turf field.
What will Jeannette’s new football turf field look like?
July 21, 2019
Drier weather — albeit exhaustingly hot weather — has helped the artificial turf project gain momentum at McKee Stadium in Jeannette.

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Jeannette grad Robert Kennedy pulls in pair of local offers
Coming out of Jeannette, Robert Kennedy was considered one of the better football talents — and all around athletes —- in the state.

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Franklin Regional soccer coach Rand Hudson prepares his team for the upcoming 2018 season Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Westmoreland high school notebook: PIAA denies WPIAL soccer request
July 20, 2019
WPIAL soccer coaches won’t get their wish — at least not in the near future — but there always is room for speculation when a potential rule change begins to get a push for acceptance.

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Belle Vernon football Coach Matt Humbert on the field with his team during practice on Monday, August, 5, 2018.
Due to extreme heat, Belle Vernon moves up start time for Saturday’s ‘Gold Bowl’
July 19, 2019
It’s going to be unpleasantly hot again Saturday — even at “The Beach.”

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky intercepts a pass from Penn-Trafford’s Gabe Dunlap in the end zone on the final play to secure Norwin’s 24-13 win during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game at Latrobe.
Norwin takes down rival Penn-Trafford to win 1st WCCA 7-on-7 tournament
July 18, 2019
For Norwin’s opponents in the ninth Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament, it must have, at times, felt more like 7-against-8.

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Norwin’s Salopek focused on leadership role in senior season
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Norwin’s Jack Salopek watches his team from the sidelines during WPIAL football Friday evening, Sept. 7, 2018 at Hempfield Area High School.
5 things to watch at WCCA 7-on-7 football tournament
July 17, 2019
The ninth Westmoreland County Coaches Association seven-on-seven passing tournament will be Thursday at Latrobe’s Rossi and Graham-Sobota fields on the high school campus.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Jeremy Lucas makes a diving save to preserve his shutout during a PIAA Class 3A boys soccer state quarterfinal against Cathedral Prep on Nov. 10, 2018, at Slippery Rock High School.
Franklin Regional keeper Jeremy Lucas commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
When initial plans to continue his soccer career at Penn State fell through in the winter, Jeremy Lucas reshaped his post-prep plans.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Chris Brunson hits balls for his team while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant names softball coach Chris Brunson as new athletic director
July 15, 2019
Chris Brunson just finished his first season as the softball coach at Mt. Pleasant.

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Norwin’s head coach Buddy Valinsky reacts during a play at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s shootout tournament on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Buddy Valinsky aims to make Norwin boys basketball ‘a proven program’
Buddy Valinsky bought a new hybrid SUV to abate his trek from Squirrel Hill to North Huntingdon.

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Elizabeth Forward Anna Resnik (6), races towards pitcher Kailey Larcinese (8), and catcher Brianna Sersevic (3) to celebrate their 3-0 win over Mount Pleasant, during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 softball season
July 14, 2019
Late-round WPIAL playoff losses can do plenty to motivate teams for the state playoffs.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon ready to display ‘incredible motor’
July 13, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Record number of teams to play in WCCA 7-on-7 passing tournament
In the eight years the Westmoreland County Coaches Association has hosted a seven-on-seven football passing tournament, Penn-Trafford has captured the championship five times, including last year.

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Peters’ Makenna Marisa drives past Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls basketball season
July 12, 2019
Peters Township and Chartiers Valley championed the cause for perfection.

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Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt searches for an opening as Burrell’s Matt Wass defends during the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association’s shootout tournament on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
WCCA Shootout showcases ‘a good day of basketball’
Teams try to get different things out of summer basketball shootouts.

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Norwin High School football field
Several WPIAL stadiums undergoing turf renovations
Roll out the green carpet: football season is near.

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Christian Hyland is Greensburg Central Catholic’s new boys basketball coach.
New Greensburg Central Catholic coach Hyland brings youthful energy
July 10, 2019
Christian Hyland’s first memories of NBA basketball consist of postseason journeyman Robert Horry sinking the winning shot for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western Conference Finals and veteran guard Derek Fisher’s walk-off jumper to lift the Lakers past the San Antonio Spurs two years later in the Western semifinals.

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Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo will compete at the 2019 WPIAL championships Feb. 28-March 1, at Pitt’s Trees Pool.
Hempfield’s Mayo nabs All-America honors in 50 free for second time
Recent Hempfield graduate Gavin Mayo has been named for the second consecutive year to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Boys High School Swimming All-America Team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA summer basketball shootout returns
July 6, 2019
With a local summer boys basketball shootout working so well the last two years, organizers decided to keep it going for a third time. And they hope for more.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis hopes to carry team back to states
July 3, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Members of the North Allegheny girls golf team, from left, Christina Zhou, Christina Lewis, Caroline Wrigley, coach Mike Hambrick, Isabella Walter and Esha Walter, celebrate their PIAA golf title Oct. 24, 2018, at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls golf season
July 1, 2019
The theme during the 2018 girls golf season in the WPIAL was quite similar to that of the boys: Teams and individuals were reluctant to hand over titles.

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Sewickley Academy senior Matt Klemash hugs the AA Champion trophy after the Panthers won their sixth straight title at the WPIAL team golf championships Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 boys golf season
Sewickley Academy has set the standard in WPIAL boys golf.

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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie wins the shot put during the AAA WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University.
Hempfield’s Mackenna Orie named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Athlete of the Year
June 29, 2019
Mackenna Orie took up track and field, throwing events in particular, because she watched her sister, Sam, heave heavy objects during meets.

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Penn-Trafford’s Emma Armstrong is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a solo home run against Lampeter-Strasburg during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, June 14, 2019, at Penn State University.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford softball to get Capitol treatment
Penn-Trafford softball will get the pageantry it earned by winning the first state championship — in any sport — in school history.

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Gateway tight end/linebacker Tui Brown helped to lead the Gators to the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals last season.
Tui Brown returns as 2-way playmaker for Gateway football
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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The Freedom girls soccer team celebrates after defeating Shady Side Academy in their PIAA Class A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at Mars Stadium.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls soccer season
June 26, 2019
Freedom was fearless — and Sharpless — on the way to a WPIAL girls soccer championship and a PIAA runner-up finish in Class A last fall.

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WPIAL announces sites for golf postseason
The WPIAL announced sites for its 2019 golf postseason this fall.

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West Allegheny’s boys soccer team celebrates after winning the PIAA Class AAA title, 4-0, over Strath Haven on Nov. 16, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 WPIAL boys soccer season
June 25, 2019
West Allegheny turned WPIAL title game disappointment into PIAA glory.

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Penn-Trafford’s Faith Anthony commits to Franklin Pierce
June 24, 2019
Faith Anthony is a hockey defenseman — err, a girl who plays outstanding defense on the ice.

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Navy lands Ligonier Valley lineman Michael Petrof
One day after his Ligonier Valley teammate and fellow lineman, Christian Jablonski, verbally committed to play for a Division I football program, Michael Petrof followed suit.

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Ligonier Valley’s Christian Jablonski
Ligonier Valley lineman Christian Jablonski pledges to Lehigh
June 23, 2019
Incoming senior Christian Jablonski will be one of the sharpest fangs in the sinister smile known as the front line of the Ligonier Valley football team.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Alincic named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Softball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Softball All-Stars

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette looking to stay on target with turf
Despite the recent drenching rains, Jeannette’s McKee Stadium is looking to stay on target with its artificial turf project.

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West Virginia offers Belle Vernon kicker Cameron Guess
June 21, 2019
Once rated the No. 1 punter in the nation by Kohl’s Kicking Camps, Cameron Guess of Belle Vernon anticipated scholarship offers to trickle in during the summer of his senior season.

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Mark Black is congratulated by first base coach Phil Cicco after a first-inning single against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Serra catcher Mark Black makes All-America team
June 19, 2019
Catcher Mark Black, who helped guide Serra Catholic to runner-up finishes in the WPIAL and PIAA (Class 2A) this season with his gaudy numbers and behind-the-plate presence, is an All-American.

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A Norwin School District bus travels along McMahon Drive in North Huntingdon on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Norwin announces latest hall of fame class
Track and field will have a commanding presence in the 2019 Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame class.

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QB Kyle Silk looking for ‘fresh start’ after transferring to Ligonier Valley
June 18, 2019
Ligonier Valley might have a new quarterback to play behind its massive and college-coveted offensive line this fall.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner drives to the basket to score past Altoona’s Caranda Perea (24) during their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Norwin’s Jayla Wehner grabs first D-I offer
June 17, 2019
Norwin basketball standout Jayla Wehner has her first Division I scholarship offer. It probably won’t be her last.

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Players from the Yough and Frazier softball teams take a photo together for the "Strikeout Cancer" charity event on May 8, 2019.
Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey steps down
June 11, 2019
Yough needs a new softball coach.

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Westmoreland PIAA softball capsules for local semifinal games
June 9, 2019
Tuesday’s games

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Palmer Jackson clinches win with big putt
Before Franklin Regional senior Palmer Jackson went to bed last Wednesday night, he had a feeling Thursday would be a good day.

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Westmoreland notebook: New coach Hyland ready to lead GCC basketball
June 8, 2019
Christian Hyland remembers the encouraging words coming from his coach, Greg Bisignani, during his Greensburg Central Catholic senior banquet in 2014.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin (11) talks with her sister, Olivia, during their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell Thursday, June 6, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Sister combination are Hempfield’s Persins of interest
Double trouble.

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GCC names former assistant Christian Hyland as boys basketball coach
June 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic will have one of the youngest boys head basketball coaches in the state next season.

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West Allegheny’s Nate Dragisich celebrates his first goal against Ambridge Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in North Fayette.
West Allegheny’s Nathan Dragisich tabbed PA Gatorade Player of Year
June 6, 2019
A program all-timer, Nathan Dragisich was lauded Thursday for his contributions to the finest season in West Allegheny boys soccer history.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox scores during the sixth inning of a PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against McDowell.
Hempfield blanks McDowell, reaches PIAA semifinals for 5th straight season
The home plate umpire might have forced Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers to give up her good luck charm, but the Spartans were reluctant to throw in the towel.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers celebrates one of her strikeouts with Hanna Pavsek (2) and Jessica Persin during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Allegheny.
PIAA softball/baseball capsules for games of Thursday, June 6, 2019
June 5, 2019
Thursday’s games

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers delivers during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley on May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Sophomore standouts help Westmoreland softball teams reach state quarterfinals
June 4, 2019
Hempfield, Penn-Trafford and Mt. Pleasant have more in common this softball season than section titles and postseason runs that have stretched into the PIAA quarterfinals.

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WPIAL teams pile up offense in first round of PIAA playoffs
WPIAL teams didn’t skimp on the offense in the opening round of the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Hot-hitting Hempfield softball begins state title defense with mercy-rule win
June 3, 2019
Hempfield’s softball lineup, and the team’s offense in general, has been a steady progression from the start of the season through the state playoffs.

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Mount Pleasant’s Abby Swank (6), tries to get something going in the bottom of the 7th inning, during their WPIAL Class 4A softball championship 0-3 loss to Elizabeth Forward, at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant softball gets 2nd chance to win a title
June 2, 2019
Mt. Pleasant will try to get ramped up for another postseason run after falling short in the WPIAL Class 4A softball final Friday to first-time champion Elizabeth Forward.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Rae McNair celebrates her RBI base hit against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of June 3, 2019
MONDAY

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Penn-Trafford’s Mario Disso celebrates his RBI base hit during the third inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Pine-Richland Thursday, May 30, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland baseball/softball preview capsules: Games of Monday, June 3
PIAA playoff previews

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Baron joins long list of linemen with Division I offers
June 1, 2019
Lineman looks to be the premier position for the upcoming high school football season in Westmoreland County.

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Derry’s Emmett Anderson (23) and Jason Geary (8) go for a block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball team staying loose ahead of PIAA quarterfinal match
May 31, 2019
Determination is one thing, a good thing, but Derry may have been playing with too much seriousness as it journeyed through this boys volleyball postseason.

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Elizabeth Forward Anna Resnik (6), races towards pitcher Kailey Larcinese (8), and catcher Brianna Sersevic (3) to celebrate their 3-0 win over Mount Pleasant, during the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship at Latrobe’s Graham-Sobota Field in Unity Township, on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Elizabeth Forward knocks off Mt. Pleasant for 1st WPIAL softball title
Elizabeth Forward softball coach Harry Rutherford didn’t tell his team Mt. Pleasant was ranked No. 13 in the nation by MaxPreps.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant vaults to 13th in the nation
May 30, 2019
Mt. Pleasant will go for its second WPIAL softball championship Friday afternoon with it will do so with an even loftier ranking than it had heading into the Class 4A semifinals.

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Derry’s Jason Geary (8) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry outside hitter Jason Geary headed to St. Francis (Pa.)
May 29, 2019
Another Derry boys volleyball player is headed to a Division I college program.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Sofranco bunts the ball on a throw from Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL Class 4A softball final preview: Mt. Pleasant vs. Elizabeth Forward
No. 1 Mt. Pleasant (17-0) vs. No. 2 Elizabeth Forward (16-3)

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a three-run home run in front of Norwin catcher Sara Russell during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL Class 6A softball final preview: Hempfield vs. North Allegheny
No. 3 Hempfield (15-6) vs. No. 1 North Allegheny (15-6)

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers delivers during the ninth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Sowers latest in long line of top-notch Hempfield pitchers
So often in the WPIAL and PIAA softball playoffs, success or downfall depends on the girl in the chalk-rimmed circle in the middle of the infield.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter gets back to second base safely under a tag by Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Unbeaten Mt. Pleasant overcomes loss of Poulich to reach WPIAL final
Mt. Pleasant softball players, coaches and fans held their collective breath when Courtney Poulich dropped to the ground, writhing in pain.

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Penn Trafford’s Emma Little beats the tag attempt at third base by Franklin Regional’s Mariah DeRiggi during WPIAL girls 5-A consolation game at Seton Hill University.
Penn-Trafford takes down Franklin Regional, reaches state playoffs for 1st time since ’90
May 28, 2019
Refreshed and refocused, Penn-Trafford quickly closed the door on a sour loss in the WPIAL softball semifinals and rebounded for a historically significant victory in the Class 5A third-place game.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson scores past Yough catcher Hannah Christner during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson opens recruitment
Another one of the WPIAL’s top sophomore softball players has opened her recruitment.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Maclean Maund delivers against Upper St. Clair during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
WPIAL Class 6A baseball final preview: Penn-Trafford vs. Pine-Richland
May 27, 2019
WPIAL baseball championships

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Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess has drawn attention from a number of larger programs, including Pitt, Syracuse and Ohio University.
Belle Vernon’s Cameron Guess pulls in offer from Kent State
Cameron Guess said he hoped to see an inflow of scholarship offers as he took to the college football showcase camp scene this summer.

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Hempfield is trying to join Sto-Rox as the only softball program to win five consecutive WPIAL titles.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield softball looks to join elite club
May 26, 2019
As if Hempfield wasn’t already considered to be among the elite of WPIAL softball, the Spartans can hit a high point this week if they pull off another WPIAL championship.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Sydney Kanuch (2) and Haylie Brunson celebrate against Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Westmoreland among the best when it comes to high school softball
Bob Kalp has been involved in high school athletics in various capacities for more than 50 years.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a three-run home run during the ninth inning of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of May 27, 2019
TUESDAY

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From left, Derry’s Damian Morales, Dom Reffo, Justin Huss, Christian Bartlebaugh and Tara Perry will compete at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Huss, mile relayers continue success of Derry’s ‘400 club’
May 23, 2019
Justin Huss said being a part of the “400 Club” at Derry is a significant honor, one that nobody in the track and field program takes lightly.

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Connellsville’s Mia Burd kicks up a cloud of dust after pitching a throw against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Uncharacteristic mistakes cost top-seeded Penn-Trafford softball trip to final
May 22, 2019
How quickly things can change in the WPIAL softball playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Sofranco bunts the ball on a throw from Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Solid pitching, defense and just enough hitting lift Mt. Pleasant softball into final
Center fielder Sydney Kanuch made a terrific, over-the-shoulder catch to snap closed the sixth inning.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog reacts to striking out to end the game against New Castle in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Top-seeded Greensburg Salem reflects on ‘roller coaster’ quarterfinal
Greensburg Salem’s baseball season came to a screeching halt Tuesday after a weird, wild and well-played quarterfinal game that took two days and two fields to complete. Like the first day, the second ended in darkness for the Golden Lions.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco (center) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the third inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Franklin Regional baseball advances to WPIAL semifinals for 1st time since 2001
May 21, 2019
Andrew Muraco changed gloves, then helped Franklin Regional change momentum in the sixth inning.

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Westmoreland softball preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday’s semifinals

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli slides safely into third base under Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant makes MaxPreps national rankings
Mt. Pleasant has found its way into the national softball rankings.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL sets softball semifinals
The WPIAL softball semifinals are set, and so are the game sites.

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Penn-Trafford softball keeps rolling, shuts out Albert Gallatin
May 20, 2019
Penn-Trafford moved its year-end softball banquet to next month for one simple reason: This season isn’t over yet.

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Buddy Valinsky coaches Allderdice’s state playoff game against Canon-McMillan Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Buddy Valinsky named boys basketball coach at Norwin
Buddy Valinsky said he would have remained at Allderdice had the school joined the WPIAL in boys basketball.

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Carolyn Alincic (right), shown talking with coach Chris Brunson, and undefeated Mt. Pleasant play Ringgold in the WPIAL 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland WPIAL and District 6 softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 20
May 19, 2019
Monday’s games

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High school notebook: Sections of McKee Stadium sod for sale
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the second inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 1, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of May, 20, 1019
MONDAY

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins during their game Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Baseball, softball teams reap benefits of extra classifications
May 18, 2019
When the WPIAL went to six classifications three years ago, the idea was to create parity and give more teams a chance to play for championships.

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Carmichaels’ pitcher Gavin Pratt adjusts his cap before throwing against Jeannette on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 2A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Pratt, Carmichaels blank Jeannette in Class 2A opening round
May 16, 2019
Down by one and its season on the line, Jeannette had a runner at third with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning.

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Hempfield’s Kelsi Terzolino drives in the winnng run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
Hempfield still showing knack for late-game heroics
Hempfield softball continues to have a flair for the dramatic.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Norwin QB Jack Salopek commits to Western Michigan
Call it a quarterback sneak.

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Norwin’s Bailee Bertani dives into second base with a two-run double under Bethel Park’s Reagan Milliken during the second inning of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
No. 5 Norwin rolls past Bethel Park in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals
May 15, 2019
Slightly perturbed by its WPIAL playoff seeding, Norwin took out its frustration on — and laid the aluminum to — Bethel Park.

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Norwin’s Owen Sabol turns a double play over Latrobe’s Isaac Echard during their game Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of May 16, 2019
Thursday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Auston Kranick works around Bellefonte’s Andrew Sharp and goalkeeper Zachary Spearly during their PIAA Class AAA playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Franklin Regional’s Kranick commits to play soccer at Oakland
Auston Kranick was glad to be collateral damage. That is how recruiting sometimes can work.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette selling sections of McKee Stadium sod
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Jarett Bach and second-seeded Yough face 15th-seeded Central Valley at 4 p.m. today in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
May 14, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Laura Fox and Hempfield begin their quest for a fifth consecutive WPIAL softball title today.
Westmoreland softball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Pitcher Angalee Beall leads sixth-seeded Franklin Regional against No. 11 Montour in the Class 5A playoffs.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of May 14, 2019
May 13, 2019
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner hopes to add to bucket of memories
There is a bucket spilling over with softballs in the corner of Emma Hoffner’s room.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Heritage Conference baseball final rained out
Monday night’s District 6 Heritage Conference baseball championship between Ligonier Valley and West Shamokin has been postponed due to rain and will now be played 7 p.m. Wednesday at Homer-Center.

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Norwin High School football field
Lineman Challenge returning to Norwin
Norwin routinely has drawn dozens of players to its “Norwin Football Lineman Challenge,” which is why the event will return for a fifth year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the catch Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
District 6 baseball playoff capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. West Shamokin
May 12, 2019
District 6 baseball

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of May 13, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper opens recruitment
May 11, 2019
Like the deep-pocketed major leaguer with the same name, Franklin Regional baseball standout Bryce Harper is switching teams.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Penn-Trafford, Mt. Pleasant set to begin softball playoffs as favorites
May 9, 2019
Perhaps as clear-cut as No. 1 seeds come, Penn-Trafford and Mt. Pleasant didn’t give the WPIAL softball steering committee much to think about in Class 5A and 4A.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley teams to play for Heritage titles
Ligonier Valley will go for a double-dip next week.

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Franklin Regional’s Tommy Kegerreis crosses home plate after hitting a go-ahead solo home run during the fifth inning against Gateway Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball completes perfect section season
May 8, 2019
For the first time this season, the scoreboard was up and running at Haymaker Park, adding some ambience to Franklin Regional’s final home game.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry’s John Kerr signs with Penn State for volleyball
Derry two-sport standout John Kerr will play Division I college volleyball.

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Hempfield’s outfielder Elizabeth Martorella returns a ball to the infield on as Norwin runs the bases on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
With just 8 teams in playoff field, Class 6A softball tournament to feature familiar matchups
The WPIAL Class 6A softball bracket will be noticeably more compact when the pairings are released Thursday.

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Fox Chapel’s Dante DeBaldo steals second base next to Franklin Regional’s Jake Williams during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Williams commits to Yale baseball
May 7, 2019
Franklin Regional’s standout shortstop and top entrepreneur is heading to the Ivy League.

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Penn-Trafford to get new turf at Warrior Stadium, possibly at baseball, softball fields
If all goes according to plan, Penn-Trafford could have artificial turf infields on its baseball and softball diamonds in the near future.

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Greensburg Central’s Ava Bailey drives in the winning run in front of Jeannette catcher Taylor-Lynn Finken in an 11-1 victory in five innings Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC softball gets momentum-building win over playoff-bound Jeannette
Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping to take momentum into the WPIAL Class A softball playoffs. To peak at the right time, as the expression goes.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter gets back to second base safely under a tag by Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Yough softball hosting Frazier in ‘Strikeout Cancer’ event
Last year, the Yough softball team raised $6,000 for a pair of classmates who were stricken with cancer. The students since have recovered and are doing better.

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Franklin Regional coach Bobby Sadlet talks with pitcher Mike Klingensmith and his infielders during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland teams claim long-coveted section titles
May 6, 2019
The wait is over for a number of Westmoreland County baseball teams.

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No. 1 Greensburg Salem baseball edges closer to 1st section title since 2012
Put another ball on the banner.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn Trafford in the first inning Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Hitters to pave playoff path for Westmoreland County softball teams
Pitchers made all the headlines in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs in recent years for Westmoreland County teams.

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of May 6, 2019
May 5, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Westmoreland high school notebook: Linemen drawing increased D-I interest
May 4, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman carries past Thomas Jefferson’s Devin Danielson during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon QB Jared Hartman ahead of schedule in recovery from knee surgery
Jared Hartman believes he has more memories to make playing quarterback for Belle Vernon. Warmer, more pleasant memories that involve him making plays on the field — with his arm and legs.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco collides with Fox Chapel’s James Patterson after turning a double play during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco tosses no-hitter
Franklin Regional sophomore Andrew Muraco said he was hitting his spots from the start Friday. And for that reason, the sharp right-hander was spot on.

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From left, Ray Mello, Bob Kalp and Dick Albright, have coached the Hempfield softball team together for 23 years.
Hempfield honors longtime softball coaches Kalp, Albright, Mello
May 3, 2019
Hempfield honored the longtime softball coaching trio of head coach Bob Kalp and assistants Dick Albright and Ray Mello in a pregame ceremony Friday at Robert D. Kalp Field.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
No. 4 Norwin sweeps rival Hempfield in Section 2-6A
Continue to prove.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Carolyn Alincic no-hits Highlands
May 2, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic has been dominant all season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the first inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top-ranked, unbeaten Penn-Trafford starts slow, beats Franklin Regional
Surprised and, at times, bewildered, Penn-Trafford softball players needed time to get used to a pitcher they had never seen.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins.
No. 5 Greensburg Salem slugs past No. 2 Yough in Section 1-4A
May 1, 2019
With each towering drive that carried deep — and there were a bunch of them that gave Yough’s outfielders a guided tour of the home field dimensions at Greensburg Salem — the host Golden Lions watched an early deficit gradually shrink in their rear-view mirror.

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Mike Petrof - Ligonier Valley football
College interest continues to grow for linemen Fintan Brose, Michael Petrof
April 30, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Coach Bob Colbert joins Greensburg Central Catholic football staff
Well-traveled football coach Bob Colbert is joining the staff at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
No. 1 Mt. Pleasant hangs on, beats No. 2 Yough
April 29, 2019
A large ice wrap resting heavily on her right shoulder in the dugout after the game was a stark contrast to the heat lamp of pressure that radiated down on Carolyn Alincic.

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of April 29-May 4
April 28, 2019
MONDAY

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Franklin Regional baseball coach Bob Saddler has his team in position for its first section title in 13 seasons.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional baseball pursues 1st section title in 13 seasons
Bobby Saddler sees winning a section title as a reward for his Franklin Regional baseball players, who have put in the time during what has become a year-round venture.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund high-fives head coach Dan Miller at third base during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford has its own Mr. Baseball
April 27, 2019
Dan Miller is Penn-Trafford’s Mr. Baseball. He lives and breathes the game year-round and gets to see it from a number of perspectives.

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Belle Vernon third baseman Vanessa Porter tags out McKeesport’s Elisabeth Dansak on a stolen base attempt April 4, 2019.
Belle Vernon softball to play game at football stadium
April 26, 2019
Belle Vernon does not have a turf softball field, but that won’t stop the Leopards from playing a home game on an artificial surface Saturday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz fires a shot for one of her goals during a game against Riverview on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Carbon.
GCC’s Gretz, Norwin’s Durmis make Division I soccer commitments
Westmoreland County has become a hot spot for high-end girls soccer recruiting and two more rising standouts are making sure the trend continues.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum (22) and Aaron Alackson (5) call a huddle with their teammates between innings against Derry on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Sweet victory for Mt. Pleasant baseball, Secosky
April 25, 2019
Fresh off an extra-inning win, Mike Secosky took a bite out of a chocolate chip cookie loaded with extra M&Ms.

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Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Softball coaches walk line between winning and potential over-use of pitchers
April 24, 2019
While softball is different from baseball when it comes to pitchers’ throwing motion and wear and tear on their arms, a risk of over-usage still exists.

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Berwick softball player’s perfectly filmed highlight-catch makes SportsCenter
There was quite a catch made — for a softball player and a heads-up cameraman — across the state on Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford varsity baseball players and seniors, from left, Marrio Disso, Bobby Kusinsky, Connor Bannias, and Luke Fabac pose for a portrait on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Quartet of ‘pleasant surprises’ helps Penn-Trafford baseball climb to No. 2 ranking in Class 6A
April 23, 2019
Even the best baseball teams don’t completely know what they have until the section schedule gets rolling.

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Hympfield’s Mekayla Dedo with a block against North Allegheny during WPIAL girls 6A volleyball semifinals Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Hills High School.
Hempfield’s Mekayla Dedo commits to Air Force
Hempfield junior Mekayla Dedo sometimes skies to make a block or deliver a kill.

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Jeannette softball head coach Zac Karas brings his players in for a group talk at the end of team practice Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette softball gaining recognition for section success
April 22, 2019
As a math teacher at Jeannette, Zac Karas deals with numbers on a daily basis.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski tags out Penn Trafford’s Jordan Sabol in a run-down during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 22, 2019
April 21, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Fun times for Ligonier Valley baseball under 1st-year coach Marabito
April 20, 2019
The old pie in the face is a time-honored tradition in baseball, however hokey and overplayed it might be. Players of all levels often get splattered with the sweets during postgame interviews.

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Hempfield’s Justin Sliwoski (11) is one of the players who upped his college stock by participating in the WCCA Underclassmen Football Showcase.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA football showcase returns in May
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its seventh annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Foothills Football Classic postponed for 2019
April 19, 2019
Logistical issues left the Foothills Football Classic committee with no choice. So, they punted.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball team on home run tear
Back up your outfielders, Southmoreland softball has a knack for hitting the long ball.

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Yough “strikeout cancer” game set
The Yough softball team will have another “Strike Out Cancer” game May 8 when the Cougars host Frazier in Herminie.

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WCCA underclassmen showcase returns next month
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its 7th annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. on May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat celebrates with Luke Fabac after scoring during the sixth inning.
No. 4 Penn-Trafford breaks out bats to defeat rival Norwin
April 18, 2019
Jordan and Owen Sabol play for rival baseball teams. The former is a senior center fielder for Penn-Trafford, the latter a senior shortstop at Norwin.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the throw during Wednesday’s nonsection game.
Ligonier Valley baseball keeps rolling with nonsection win over Greensburg CC
April 17, 2019
Michael Marinchak wears protective glasses when he plays basketball and baseball. The specs essentially have become his trademark.

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Mt. Pleasant softball scratches out victory over Class 6A No. 5 Norwin
April 16, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson said he can feel a breakout offensive performance coming from his team. He can sense the bats warming up.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton scores against Pine Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler’s Ethan Morton brings home 3-on-3 tournament title
April 14, 2019
Opponents would rather not go one-on-one against Butler rising star Ethan Morton.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 15, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Westmoreland notebook: Yough’s Shoaf lands in football all-star game
April 13, 2019
Two-time WPIAL rushing champion Dustin Shoaf will play in an all-star game after all.

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A look at this weekend’s Roundball Classic games, rosters
April 11, 2019
The Roundball Classic all-star basketball games will be Friday and Saturday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
                                Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams strive to maintain perfect records
Undefeated Island has been a crowded place. While the population dwindled some this week, those remaining don’t want to leave.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational meet moved to Saturday
Due to forecasted rain Friday, organizers have moved to Saturday the 28th annual Lady Spartan/17th annual Wildcat Invitational track and field meet at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Anthony Sherwin scores on a single by Luke Fabac in the first inning against Hempfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
Maund pitches No. 2 Penn-Trafford to Section 2-6A shutout over rival Hempfield
April 10, 2019
Maclean Maund said his go-to pitches weren’t working for him. The fastball wasn’t popping and his curve missed its spots.

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Norwin head coach Lynn Washowich works with his players during drills at boys’ basketball practice on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at Norwin Senior High School.
Washowich steps down at Norwin
Lynn Washowich met with his players Monday and explained that it would be unfair to them if he returned as boys basketball coach at Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford football announces latest hall of fame class
Penn-Trafford announced its 2019 Warrior Football Hall of Fame class.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka on Tuesday.
Jeannette shows toughness in nonsection win over Southmoreland
April 9, 2019
Baseball coaches will tell you it never hurts to have a little dog in their team.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette’s McKee Stadium getting upgrades
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette approves turf at McKee Stadium
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Penn Trafford’s Emma Little makes a running catch against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Heavy-hitting Penn-Trafford softball is at it again
April 8, 2019
See it. Rip it.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski (left) runs down Latrobe’s Connor Mondock between second and third base.
Mistakes prove difference as Norwin baseball tops Latrobe
As a scoreless game meandered into the third inning, Norwin figured it might need a fortunate bounce, a break to go its way, if it was going to get a handle on its Section 2-6A baseball opener.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Dan Miller talks to his team during a timeout against Pine-Richland April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 8, 2019
April 7, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn-Trafford in the first inning Friday at Seton Hill.
Westmoreland notebook: Bisignani, Pevarnik pair up in tennis
April 6, 2019
It’s a curious pairing, if nothing else, playing No. 2 doubles for the Latrobe boys tennis team.

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp works with his team in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Kalp, Hempfield look to stay the course after tough loss
Hempfield softball doesn’t lose very often but when it does, especially by 10 runs, it comes as a surprise.

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Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock scores over Indiana’s Laken Dills during their game Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock named Westmoreland Trib Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Here’s a look at the Westmoreland Tribune-Review girls basketball all-stars and player of the year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola named Westmoreland Trib Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Marrek Paola

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Penn Trafford starting pitcher Morgan Hilty throws against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Strong start lifts Penn-Trafford to rare mercy-rule victory over Hempfield
April 5, 2019
There is something about Penn-Trafford softball and games against Hempfield at Seton Hill.

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North Catholic’s Kylee Lewandowski drives past Central Valley’ Kaithlyn Lyons during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL players selected to USA Basketball 3×3 teams
Some of the rising stars in WPIAL basketball that will take the court next season will test their skills against talent from around the country next weekend in Colorado.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Novak (2) celebrates with Jordan Tallman after scoring the winning run against Franklin Regional Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Murrysville.
Tallman strikes out 18 as No. 2 Latrobe edges Franklin Regional in Section 1-5A
April 4, 2019
Franklin Regional and Latrobe are new opponents in Section 1-5A softball so it took them some time to get used to one another Thursday in Murrysville.

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Top-tier AAU girls basketball tournament coming to Western Pa. this weekend
One of the top AAU girls basketball tournaments in the country will play out Saturday and Sunday at 25 gyms throughout WPIAL territory.

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Latrobe’s catcher and senior Makayla Munchinski rounds off on third base to score against Yough on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in a softball scrimmage at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball team rallies around new ace Tallman
April 3, 2019
Latrobe softball is running on battery power again, only the charge is coming from a slightly different pitcher-catcher combo than the Wildcats first envisioned.

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Southmoreland’s Travis Sipple throws pitches during varsity baseball practice on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 1, 2019
March 31, 2019
MONDAY

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield sophomore catcher reopens recruitment
March 30, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball and clearly has the talent to do so.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Hoffner opens recruitment
March 28, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball, and has the talent to do so.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Martindale’s grand slam lifts North Allegheny past No. 1 Hempfield
After missing last softball season with a knee injury, Rachel Martindale was anxious to get back on the field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund (8) is greeted at the dugout by teammates after scoring during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Maund helps Penn-Trafford top North Allegheny on future home field
March 27, 2019
Maclean Maund plans to play college baseball at Seton Hill.

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Head coach Matt Regula during basketball practice at Derry Area High School in Derry, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.
Regula resigns as Derry girls basketball coach
Matt Regula’s stay was short at Derry, his departure not altogether by his choice. But he looks back on his time coaching the girls basketball team at his alma mater with pride.

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Penn-Trafford’s baseball team works out March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford moves games to Seton Hill
March 26, 2019
To counter changing field conditions in Harrison City, Penn-Trafford is moving some baseball and softball games to the artificial turf fields at Seton Hill University.

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Gateway’s Dalton Vojnik gets pumped before a scrimmage game against Greensburg Salem March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 25, 2019
March 24, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley’s Christian Jablonski
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Jablonski gets offer
March 23, 2019
Ligonier Valley already has one football lineman who is drawing Division I attention in junior Michael Petrof. Now, it has two.

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Belle Vernon football players train with the new Tsunami Bar barbell during the 2019 offseason.
Belle Vernon football getting help from new weightlifting aid
March 22, 2019
Opening day of spring sports in the WPIAL was greeted with, sigh, a dose of snow and cold.

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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’s Giallonardo invited to be Wild Things’ special guest
March 19, 2019
Dom Giallonardo could be in for a “Wild” night.

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Senior Garrett Ansell keeps an eye on the ball during batting practice with the Southmoreland varsity baseball team on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.