Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gnibus make a running catch on a ball hit by Southmoreland’s Tyson Matin on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant claws its way to victory over Southmoreland in section softball showdown
May 11, 2021
Haylie Brunson has been one of the toughest outs in the WPIAL this softball season with her .600-something average and 20-plus extra-base hits.

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Greensburg Central Catholic to play 3.5 section games in 2 days
May 10, 2021
Get used to seeing WPIAL softball teams squeeze in their remaining regular season games this week.

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Busy Roundball Classic week tips off with team practices
It is Roundball Classic week and Western Pennsylvania’s top all-star senior basketball players will begin gathering at Geneva College.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny throws against Philipsburg during a PIAA Class 3A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
No. 2-ranked Southmoreland softball sets back-to-back section doubleheaders
With the regular season winding down and no extension in sight, the Southmoreland softball team suddenly is in cram mode.

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Anna Rafferty (center) and her Latrobe teammates will take part in a YMCA summer league this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: YMCA to host summer hoops leagues
May 8, 2021
A local summer basketball league is taking shape, and it will feature some of the top returning WPIAL girls players and teams.

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Franklin Regional starting pitcher Brian Pirone throws against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Pirone, Treloar form strong 1-2 punch for Franklin Regional rotation
When baseball season began, Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler referenced pitching depth and how it could relate to covid shutdowns for WPIAL teams.

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Norwin’s Jordyn Turcovski wins the 100-meter dash followed by Burrell’s Ava Rusiewicz second, Hempfield’s Capri DeCaro, Franklin Regional’s Rayna Todero and Hempfield’s Alexa Gray during the WCCA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Turcovski, fellow Knights athletes shine at WCCA meet
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association Track and Field Championships usually are pretty good to Norwin’s athletes.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates his walk-off base hit in the bottom of the seventh innining to defeat North Allegheny, 7-6, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball finds ways to finish the job
Close games aren’t always a bad thing, especially when you find ways to win them.

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Franklin Regional starting pitcher Brian Pirone throws against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Pirone, Treloar form strong 1-2 punch for Franklin Regional rotation
When baseball season began, Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler referenced pitching depth and how it could relate to covid shutdowns for WPIAL teams.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players (top, from left), Zach David, Alex Miller, (front) Ryan Appleby and Max Kallock.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s baseball title hopes renewed
May 6, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic baseball had serious postseason expectations last year, as in, we can win the WPIAL and PIAA kind of expectations.

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Ligonier Valley’s Grant Dowden takes batting practice on March 24, 2021, in Ligonier.
Westmoreland high school baseball notebook: Ligonier Valley closes in on playoff spot
Ligonier Valley is on the verge of securing a playoff spot in its first season playing in the WPIAL.

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Norwin’s Madie Kessler (26) gets a hero’s welcome from teammates after hitting her second home run against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Fun-loving Norwin softball team blanks Hempfield to clinch section title
May 5, 2021
When Norwin softball players were told by their coach, Brian Mesich, that an umpire wanted them to “tone it down” on the field, they seemed taken aback.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny pitches against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Explosive offense helps to carry Southmoreland softball team
Each time Southmoreland smacks an ear-ringing home run over the fence — and it happens often these days — the Scotties exchange fist-bumps and high-fives in a mob at home plate, then it’s on to the next hitter.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston legs out a two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Playoff picture still cloudy
A nearly washed-out week did not help to uncover more local qualifiers for the WPIAL playoffs.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates his walk-off base hit with teammates in the bottom of the seventh innining to defeat North Allegheny, 7-6, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Anticipated Hempfield-Norwin baseball series awaits
May 1, 2021
Finally.

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Norwin pitcher Angelina Pepe delivers against Belle Vernon on March 17.
Norwin softball team expects to keep on contending
Norwin had just lost to Hempfield, 10-5, to snap a four-game winning streak. It was the first Section 2-6A loss for the softball Knights, who vaulted to No. 2 in the Trib HSSN rankings.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli pitches against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 30, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Clutch hits, bullpen lift Hempfield baseball past Penn-Trafford
April 30, 2021
Like sunshine that finally peeked through a slate gray sky to warm up an otherwise wet and windy Friday afternoon, Hempfield shined when it mattered most.

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Roundball Classic to allow fans at Geneva
Roundball Classic organizer Allen Deep said he has received a number of inquiries about fan attendance at the all-star basketball event set for May 13, 14 and 15 at Geneva College.

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Hempfield’s Ryan Firmstone scoops up a ball hit by Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic on March 26.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Injuries haven’t slowed Hempfield
April 29, 2021
Hempfield might be down two key players, but the Spartans don’t seem too concerned about the sky falling any time soon.

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Derry’s Josh Ulery throws a pitch during a Section 3-3A matchup against the Valley Vikings on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Offense helps Derry baseball team overcome slow start, get into contention
In between a pair of covid shutdowns — one that is going on now — the Derry baseball team discovered something about itself: It can flat-out score runs.

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Burrell pitcher Katie Armstrong, who struck out 17 Greensburg Salem batters, delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during a 3-0 win on April 28, 2021 in Greensburg.
Burrell ace Armstrong whiffs 17 in win over Greensburg Salem
April 28, 2021
Katie Armstrong said she “drew a blank” when she tried to remember the Greensburg Salem softball lineup and hitter’s tendencies when she and her Burrell teammates faced the Golden Lions for a second time.

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Latrobe pitcher Jordan Tallman delivers during a scrimmage at Seneca Valley on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Jackson.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Latrobe’s Tallman sisters flying high
The Tallman sisters, Jordan and Jenna, hope to take the Latrobe softball team to new heights this season, their last together as high school teammates.

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Hempfielfd catcher Emma Hoffner celebrates with pitcher Hannah Uhrinek after Uhrinek threw a complete game beating Penn-Trafford 10-9 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield softball team starting to show look of contender again
It would seem Hempfield has a lifetime pass in the WPIAL softball rankings, a permanent perch maybe, among the elite.

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Penn-Trafford names football hall of fame class
April 27, 2021
Penn-Trafford announced its 2020-21 Warrior Football Hall of Fame class on Tuesday.

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Kailey Larcinese delivers a pitch against Yough on Monday, April 26, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward ace Kailey Larcinese attacks Yough lineup, throws no-hitter
April 26, 2021
The fin was up in the water early.

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Franklin Regional girls volleyball coach Rachel Frye
New coach Frye will keep bar set high for Franklin Regional girls volleyball
A young coach with enthusiasm to match, Rachel Frye inherits a girls volleyball program at Franklin Regional with a championship past — a very recent past.

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Greensburg Central Catholic three-sport athlete Matt Metrosky
Tennis anyone? Future Pitt walk-on offensive lineman Matt Metrosky holds serve for GCC
April 25, 2021
With touch and toughness, Matt Metrosky gently plows through his spring schedule.

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Kyle Martin will coach the United States at the Junior Pan American Championships on June 9-13 in Mexico City.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Norwin’s Kyle Martin to coach at Junior Pan American Championships
April 24, 2021
When Kyle Martin is not coaching wrestlers on the Norwin varsity team, he is training others to become Olympians.

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Norwin’s JC Govannucci competes during the Hempfield Spartan Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, April 17, 2021 , at Hempfield.
After early-season adversity, Norwin boys volleyball getting up to speed
Norwin boys volleyball seems to take two steps back every time it takes one forward. It’s like everyone is rotating counterclockwise.

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Norwins’ Jordyn Turcovski edges Burrell’s Ava Rusiewicz in the 100-meter dash during the Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational track and field meet on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Memorial Stadium.
Norwin notebook: Track and field athletes shine at Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational
Norwin track and field athletes made their presence felt at the recent 29th annual Lady Spartan/18th Annual Wildcat Invitational at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Clelian Heights’ Brendon Sims (85) puts a shot in the hoop during an exhibition basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
Despite cancellation of annual event, Franklin Regional basketball boosters make donation to Clelian Heights
Franklin Regional’s annual basketball game with Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Childen was canceled in January because of the pandemic, but the goodwill of the annual event is right on schedule.

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Emma Hoffner heads home after her second home run in a 10-5 win over Norwin on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Hempfield softball responds in big way after falling behind early, downs Norwin
April 23, 2021
With its first three hitters, Norwin began the day double, home run, home run in its Section 2-6A softball clash Friday at Hempfield.

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Armstrong freshman Jesse Pugh rounds the bases after hitting her second home run of the game against Franklin Regional on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Murrysville.
Jesse Pugh’s 2 homers power Armstrong softball past Franklin Regional
April 22, 2021
Frustrated that she struck out in her previous at-bat, Jesse Pugh came to the plate with vexation in the top of the fifth.

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Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Special season might be in store for GCC
One game was all it took for Greensburg Central Catholic to realize it has some promising potential at the plate.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Hoover delivers against Norwin on April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball shows flair for the dramatic with early-season wins
Penn-Trafford still is finding its identity as the baseball season nears the halfway mark.

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Westmoreland softball notes: Hempfield happy to have Sowers back on field
April 21, 2021
Hempfield is glad to have No. 22 back in the circle — and in the batter’s box.

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Ligonier Valley senior Kailey Johnston works out on March 24, 2021, in Ligonier.
Unbeaten Ligonier Valley softball quite comfortable in new surroundings of WPIAL
Excuse Ligonier Valley if it needs a GPS to navigate its way through through the WPIAL.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith struck out 12 and allowed three hits to outduel Latrobe’s Jordan Tallman, 4-2, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Latrobe.
Penn-Trafford softball earns dramatic win over Latrobe
April 20, 2021
Down to its final strike, the Penn-Trafford softball team rallied to finally touch up — and rough up — Latrobe pitcher Jordan Tallman and keep its section winning streak intact.

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Franklin Regional junior hockey player Zach Abdallah
Hockey player/golfer Abdallah is Franklin Regional’s version of Happy Gilmore
April 19, 2021
Zach Abdallah is a hockey player who plays golf. Or is it the other way around?

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Hempfielfd’s Bella Gera earned a $1,000 scholarship from the WPIAL.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Gera, Hauck earn scholarships
April 18, 2021
The WPIAL awarded $1,000 scholarships to 20 student-athletes, including a pair of girls from Westmoreland County.

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New Latrobe athletic director Zac Heide
Westmoreland notebook: Heide ‘excited’ to be Latrobe athletic director
April 17, 2021
Latrobe sports will be under the direction of Zac Heide, the newly named athletic director who has served as an assistant in the school’s athletic department since 2017.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates with Jayden Walker after scoring during an April 9 game against Penn-Trafford.
No. 1 Norwin hoping execution catches up to expectations
With the No. 1 ranking in the WPIAL — the No. 4 mark in the state in Class 6A — and enough college-level talent to beat the band, Norwin has earned the right to walk around with bravado.

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Ligonier Valley’s Madison Griffin delivers a pitch against Serra Catholic on Friday, April 16, 2021.
Ligonier Valley softball still unbeaten, defeats ‘scrappy’ Serra Catholic
April 16, 2021
After craning her neck to watch the softball stay just fair and sail over the left-field fence, Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin turned her attention to the baserunner.

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Hempfield on track to hire Penn-Trafford grad Mike Brown as football coach
Hempfield will vote Monday to name Mike Brown as its next head football coach.

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Norwin pitcher Luke Savage celebrates after getting a strike out to end the sixth inning against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland high school baseball notebook: Jeannette players learning while taking their lumps
April 15, 2021
It has been one wild ride this season for Jeannette baseball, which is enduring a down year but taking it in stride.

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Mason Basinger struck out 15 in 11 innings pitched through Southmoreland’s first four games.
Southmoreland baseball taking remarkable resurgence in stride
When Southmoreland upset No. 5 Waynesburg to open the WPIAL baseball season, the Scotties did not have a ticker-tape parade through downtown Scottdale.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Sam Salih works with his team on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Sam Salih resigns as Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball coach
As a behavioral specialist and former pro player, Sam Salih brought a unique combination of mental and physical training methods to Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls basketball program.

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Yough’s Emma Augustine takes part in an early-season 2021 softball game.
Yough softball hitting all the right spots in early going
April 14, 2021
Yough softball coaches and players often talk about their pitchers “hitting spots.”

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North Allegheny softball makes short work of Hempfield
Call it stunning. Call it uncharacteristic.

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Southmoreland pitcher Jess Matheny also is one of the team’s top hitters.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Southmoreland returns to winning ways
Southmoreland is off to its best start in five years and could be a challenger to Mt. Pleasant — a section opponent, it just so happens — in Class 3A.

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Mark Goetz posted a 7-under-par 65 in the third round of the Mountaineer Invitational.
Westmoreland campus clippings: Greensburg native Goetz cruises to Mountaineer Invitational title
Mark Goetz wasn’t playing Hannastown Golf Club, his home course in the summer months, but he sure looked at home at Pete Dye Golf Course in Bridgeport, W.Va.

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Mark Goetz plays a shot at the PA Open at Oakmont Country Club on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.
WVU senior Mark Goetz runs away with home invitational for first college title
April 13, 2021
Mark Goetz wasn’t playing Hannastown Golf Club, his home course in the summer months, but he sure looked at home at Pete Dye Golf Course in Bridgeport, W.Va.

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Franklin Regional’s Louie Kegerreis gives up a thumbs up to the dugout after driving in two run against Latrobe on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at Haymaker Field in Murrysville.
Controversial call, hot hitting help Franklin Regional baseball rout Latrobe
Franklin Regional was as delighted as Latrobe was dejected after a controversial call in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday seemed to flip momentum sharply in the Panthers’ favor and sent them on their way to a 13-3, five-inning victory in the second game of the teams’ Section 1-5A baseball series.

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Fundraiser for former Franklin Regional soccer coach Kurt Landsberg at $29,000 and counting
April 12, 2021
Local avid soccer enthusiast and former coach Kurt Landsberg is battling Glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer in his brain.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky will play one more high school game after missing most of his senior season with health problems.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Bilinsky gets 1 more game
April 10, 2021
Norwin senior Ty Bilinsky was selected for the Roundball Classic, the year-end all-star basketball event. But he doesn’t just plan to show up and sit on the bench as an honorary pick.

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Norwin’s Morgan Sigut (right) has committed to play at Long Island.
Norwin notebook: Soccer players Swankler, Sigut commit to D1 programs
Norwin will send two more girls soccer players to NCAA Division I programs.

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Norwins’ Alex Jubert wins the boys Westmoreland County XC meet Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Norwin track and field to lean on senior depth
A global pandemic put a line through last season, ending playoff streaks for both of the Norwin track and field teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Dan Rafferty works the puck behind the Hempfield goal during a PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup quarterfinal on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Belmont Complex. Franklin Regional won, 4-3, in overtime.
Franklin Regional notebook: Panthers hockey reaches PIHL semifinals
The seventh-seeded Franklin Regional hockey team advanced to the PIHL Class AA semifinals with a thrilling upset in the quarterfinals.

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Pete Maund watches the Penn-Trafford baseball game against Norwin from a bench dedicated in the memory of his son, Mac, after it was unveiled on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball unveils memorial to the late Maclean Maund
April 9, 2021
With a simple gesture, the raising of their caps, players and coaches from rival teams who stood single file along the first- and third-base lines saluted in unison the life of Maclean Maund.

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Norwin’s Eric Chorba (19) celebrates his three-run home run with Ronnie Howard (8), Jacob Kendro (18) and EJ Dunn during their game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Norwin’s bats wake up in win over Penn-Trafford
Eric Chorba zeroed in on a 1-0 fastball that arrived a touch inside. When it met the business end of his bat and he sent it climbing toward a sun-canvased sky, the Norwin senior was out of his admitted slump and his team was well on its way to another victory.

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Norwin pitcher Zach Potthoff delivers during a scrimmage against Yough on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL coaches agree: Back-to-back section games ‘more equitable’
April 8, 2021
Baseball teams that opened WPIAL section play earlier this week had a similar refrain for their opponents: “See you tomorrow.”

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Franklin Regional’s Timmy Quinn celebrates with Andrew Muraco after Muraco’s home run against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Franklin Regional uses simple formula for success
Franklin Regional is winning with a simple formula. One that has produced pure, fundamentally sound baseball.

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New Castle’s Sheldon Cox scores against Prep’s Liam Galla during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Friday, March 19, 2021, at New Castle High School.
Rosters announced for annual Roundball Classic
The Roundball Classic is back after a year away and it will feature eight games over three days next month.

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Hempfield senior outfielder Kelsi Terzolino went 3 for 3, including this first-inning home run, in Wednesday’s win against Penn-Trafford.
Hempfield beats Penn-Trafford in slugfest between big-school powers
April 7, 2021
Hempfield misses its senior starting pitcher, Callie Sowers, who has yet to play a game this season because of a broken thumb.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Emma Henry works out on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the high school in Carbon.
Greensburg Central Catholic softball off to promising start
While three games is a small sample size, it represents a strong start to the Greensburg Central Catholic softball team, and is perhaps a sign of what’s to come for the program.

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Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers delivers during the ninth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Hempfield pitcher Callie Sowers nears return
Hempfield is hoping to get senior pitcher Callie Sowers back sooner rather than later.

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Franklin Regional’s Timmy Quinn celebrates with Andrew Muraco after Muraco’s home run against Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Andrew Muraco, slick defense carry Franklin Regional past Penn-Trafford
April 6, 2021
Because he has been such a good pitcher for Franklin Regional, some forget that Andrew Muraco is going to Coastal Carolina as an infielder — and for what he can do with his bat.

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Emma Little (left) crosses home plate after a solo home run in a 10-5 win against Norwin on Monday, April 5, 2021.
Emma Little slugs Penn-Trafford past Norwin
April 5, 2021
Emma Little did not spend Easter Sunday afternoon eating candy. She was too busy working on her softball swing.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler will play for Robert Morris when she graduates.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin pair going D-I
April 4, 2021
Norwin will send two more girls soccer players to NCAA Division I programs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson steps to the plate against Penn-Trafford on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Harrison City.
Mt. Pleasant gets past Penn-Trafford in early-season softball showdown
April 3, 2021
Having played three games coming into Saturday’s nonsection showdown against Penn-Trafford, a team that finally was playing its long-awaited season opener, Mt. Pleasant had somewhat of an advantage.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty pulls down a rebound next to Franklin Regional’s Kathryn Nardo on Feb. 1.
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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Greensburg Central Catholic junior Brevan Williams led the Centurions with a 20.3-point average this season.
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year: GCC’s Brevan Williams
Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Franklin Regional’s Tim Quinn celebrates with coach Bobby Saddler after hitting a three-run home against Hempfield in a non-section game March 26.
Franklin Regional baseball sets tone with strong start to season
They say the first game of the season can be a good or bad omen for baseball teams. It can set the tone for what lies ahead.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin
Penn State offers Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin
April 1, 2021
Things are happening fast for Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin. Really fast.

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Franklin Regional coach Anthony Kobus watches during practice Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Anthony Kobus resigns
March 31, 2021
Anthony Kobus doesn’t want to blink and miss his two daughters’ youth and high school athletic careers.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) rushes the ball during their game against Clairton on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Jeannette’s Birch brothers planning to transfer to Gateway
Jeannette could be losing two of its best football players.

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Mt. Pleasant baseball players wave to Yough after their 5-2 victory on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant stops Yough, sees room for improvement
March 30, 2021
Pete Billey had just finished a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He had two doubles and drove in two runs as the Vikings improved to 2-0.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro works out during a scrimmage against Yough on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball team looks like the total package
It looks like a classic case of expectation vs. execution for Norwin this baseball season.

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Norwin pitcher Angelina Pepe delivers against Belle Vernon on March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Talented Norwin softball squad still figuring out where pieces fit
This installment of the Norwin softball team has coach Brian Mesich scratching his head — and scratching his lineup card often with an eraser.

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Mt. Pleasant senior baseball players (back row, from left) include Pete Billey, Jonas King, Asher O’Connor, (front, from left) Jared Yester and Steve Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s multi-sport seniors bring power, athleticism to diamond
March 29, 2021
Mt. Pleasant’s six-man senior baseball class will likely not be sending anyone to play at the college level. But that doesn’t mean the Vikings will lack talent specific to the sport.

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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.
Loaded Mt. Pleasant softball focused on winning titles
Mt. Pleasant softball is not mincing words when it comes to its end game this season.

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The Mt. Pleasant baseball team will honor former teammate Dom Giallonardo, who died in November after a lengthy battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. The Vikings will wear Giallonardo’s No.2 on their hats.
Westmoreland notebook: Mt. Pleasant to honor Giallonardo
March 28, 2021
The Mt. Pleasant baseball team will honor the memory of former teammate Dom Giallonardo by wearing his No. 2 on the side of their new caps.

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Norwin’s Owen Sabol works out in the batting cages in 2019.
Norwin notebook: Former Knights provide boost to Seton Hill baseball, softball
March 27, 2021
Through eight games, sophomore shortstop and Norwin alum Owen Sabol was hitting .346 with 10 runs and five RBIs for the nationally ranked Seton Hill baseball team.

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The marble bench memorial for late Penn-Trafford baseball player Maclean Maund.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford to dedicate bench to late pitcher
March 26, 2021
Penn-Trafford will officially dedicate its bench monument to late standout pitcher Maclean Maund on Monday in a short ceremony before the baseball team’s season-opening game against Connellsville.

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Franklin Regional’s Timmy Quinn hits a three-run homer against Hempfield in the fourth inning on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Haymaker Park.
Quinn’s homer carries Franklin Regional over Hempfield in season opener
Field announcer Dennis Nicely introduced “Timmy J. Quinn” as the Franklin Regional senior first baseman came to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning adding, “The J stands for just have fun.”

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin (25) makes a catch in the second quarter against Trinity on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Westmoreland freshmen seeing increased football recruiting attention
March 25, 2021
Say what you want about 7-on-7 football competitions and their merit. College coaches are tuned in to them and are using them to gauge young talent.

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Belle Vernon hired Al Yeschenko as its new boys soccer coach.
Belle Vernon hires boys soccer coach
March 22, 2021
Al Yeschenko had a good couple of days. He guided a Beadling Club ‘07 boys soccer team to a tournament championship Sunday in Delaware.

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Norwin’s Xander Smith (left) and Joey Castle (right) pose for a photo with NKR Regional Evaluator Matt McCullough at a recent showcase event.
Norwin special teams standouts Castle, Smith heading to national showcase
What is a punter without his long-snapper? Or a kicker without his holder?

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Dylan Sebek takes a ground ball with the West Hempfield Legion team last year. He is one of two seniors on the Greensburg Central Catholic roster this season.
Detail-oriented Greensburg CC baseball team has pitching to contend
Fundamentals are a big part of the coaching staff’s philosophy at Greensburg Central Catholic. Nothing is taken for granted in preparation for each opponent. Nothing is too simplified.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Emma Henry works out on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the high school in Carbon.
Immediate future looks bright for GCC softball
Greensburg Central Catholic softball has been a slow build since coach Mike Gaffney took over six years ago.

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Franklin Regional senior baseball players, from left, Tim Quinn, Andrew Muraco and Louis Kegerreis.
Franklin Regional baseball set goals beyond WPIAL playoffs
March 21, 2021
Just about every WPIAL team starts a season with goals of winning section and WPIAL titles. What’s the point if that is not the case, right?

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Franklin Regional senior softball players Kamaria Kelly and Sara Cowell.
Franklin Regional softball team appreciates perspective
Jim Armstrong remembers the day it all came crashing down.

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Jonathan Bass took over the Jeannette girls basketball team after Janine Vertacnik went to Monessen in 2018.
Westmoreland notebook: Jeannette looking for new girls basketball coach
March 20, 2021
Jeannette is taking its girls basketball program in a new direction.

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Thomas Louisy is the new Franklin Regional boys soccer coach.
Louisy eager to take over Franklin Regional boys soccer program
Thomas Louisy had pondered coaching high school soccer in the past.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek scores past Butler’s Aubree Tack during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Girls basketball team well-stocked for solid 2021-22 season
With the WPIAL sending only champions to the PIAA playoffs this year in basketball, local fans only can wonder what might have been for some teams in the state tournaments — the ultimate second chance for teams that were tripped up in the district playoffs.

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Six Norwin senior lacrosse players will continue their playing careers at the college level. They are (front, from left) Tommy McLaughlin, Cam Masten, Joe Rush, (rear) coach Chad Good, Hunter Geibel, Nick Condrasky and Cory Johnson.
Large, talented senior class gives rise to optimism for Norwin boys lacrosse
With one of its largest senior classes — and arguably one of its most talented — the Norwin boys lacrosse team is hoping for a season that extends into the WPIAL playoffs.

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Jeannette coach Jonathan Bass directs his team.
Jeannette opens girls basketball coaching position
March 17, 2021
Jeannette is taking its girls basketball program in a new direction.

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The Mt. Pleasant softball team wore T-shirts in their scrimmage Wednesday to honor late State Rep. Mike Reese, a Mt. Pleasant alum who died in January.
Mt. Pleasant softball team honors late State Rep. Mike Reese by wearing his number
You could not tell the players apart by their roster numbers, but you could tell they were playing collectively for a common purpose.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin (25) makes a catch in the second quarter against Trinity on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Belle Vernon freshman Quinton Martin gets 2 more Power-5 offers
March 16, 2021
Quinton Martin had his share of exciting slam dunks this season for the Belle Vernon boys basketball team. He even had a few alley-oops from junior point guard Devin Whitlock.

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Norwin’s John Altieri beats Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher at 152 pounds Jan. 13.
Norwin notebook: Altieri shakes off slam to wrestle at states
March 15, 2021
John Altieri was cleared for a trip to Hershey for the PIAA Wrestling Championships, but the Norwin senior’s participation in the state tournament looked like it might be in question after a brutal body slam.

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Franklin Regional’s Madalyn Myers competes in the 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Franklin Regional swim team hopes to add to medal haul at PIAAs
Franklin Regional sent a number of swimmers to the medal stand at the WPIAL Class AAA Championships at Upper St. Clair.

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Gracie Spadaro (left) is among the many players expected to return to a strong Southmoreland girls basketball lineup next season.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Southmoreland girls should contend again
March 14, 2021
The Roundball Classic committee couldn’t pick any girls basketball seniors from Southmoreland to play in its event in May. It’s not because the Scotties are lacking worthy players. They just don’t have any seniors to offer.

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OLSH celebrates after beating Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball final on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Peters Township High School.
OLSH handles Greensburg CC to take 3rd straight WPIAL crown
March 13, 2021
While Greensburg Central Catholic was talking about diamonds, Our Lady of the Sacred Hearts grabbed the gold.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli was a Section 3-6A first-team selection.
Westmoreland notebook: County well-represented in Big 5/6 selections
The Big 5/6 Conference, which recognizes the accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s two largest classifications, announced all-section teams for basketball and a number of Westmoreland County players made the list.

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<strong>Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner</strong>
In 1st finals since 2014, Greensburg CC to face high-powered OLSH offense
March 12, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic didn’t get the home-court advantage other No. 2 seeds did in the WPIAL playoffs this year. Its gym was too small to host in the first round, so it had to play on the road, and issues from a water main break forced the Centurions to play quarterfinal and semifinal games at Norwin.

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Latrobe’s Lexi Weatherton defends on Chartiers Valley’s Hallie Cowan during the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball semifinals on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Chartiers Valley scorches nets, beats Latrobe to set up rematch with Trinity
March 11, 2021
Latrobe girls basketball coach Mark Burkhardt looked up at one of the baskets after Thursday night’s playoff game at Chartiers Valley and, half-jokingly, wondered how often the school has to change the nets.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Christian McGowan steals the ball from Sto-Rox’s Jaymont Green-Miller during the boys WPIAL Class 2A semifianll round playoff game on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Norwin High School.
‘Iceman’ McGowan leads Greensburg Central Catholic into Class 2A final
His knees encased in twin glaciers, an exhausted Christian McGowan limped out of the Norwin gymnasium Wednesday night after a postgame interview and joined his teammates on the bus.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams defends on Sto-Rox’s Jaymont Green-Miller during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic overcomes Sto-Rox to get back to WPIAL title game
March 10, 2021
Christian Hyland was the Centurions’ senior point guard the last time Greensburg Central Catholic made the WPIAL basketball finals. Now he is headed to the title game as the second-year coach of his alma mater.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair steals a pass intended for Hampton’s Sophia Kelly late in the fourth quarter to put the game away during the girls WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal round playoff game on March 8, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Defensive strategy key for Latrobe girls against 2-time reigning champion Chartiers Valley
Latrobe is willing to throw a number of defenses at Chartiers Valley to see if one sticks.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty is fouled by Hampton’s Claire Rodgers during the girls WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal round playoff game March 8, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Thursday, March 11, 2021
Here’s a look at Thursday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Quaker Valley’s Bailey Garbee scored 23 points against Southmoreland on Tuesday night.
Cinderella season continues for Quaker Valley girls basketball
March 9, 2021
Remember all that talk about Southmoreland being the darlings of the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs a year ago?

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio scores against Butler during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin freshman emerges as featured playoff performer
Next girl up.

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Jeannette’s Hunter Schmidt defends Greensburg Central’s Garrett Sherwin on Feb. 5.
Comfortable in underdog role, Jeannette to face massive challenge at OLSH
Jeannette is an underdog on a big stage. Sound familiar?

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams pulls down a rebound next to Garrett Sherwin during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against Sewickley Academy on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys hope to get over WPIAL semifinals speed bump
Junior forward Brevan Williams has taken on a greater scoring role this season and leads Greensburg Central Catholic with a 20-point average.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek scores past Butler’s Aubree Tack during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair with a put back between Hampton’s Kayla Hoehler (l) and Addie Klocko during the girls WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal round playoff game on Friday, March 8, 2021 at Hampton High School.
Latrobe handles pressure, tops Hampton to move into Class 5A semifinals
March 8, 2021
Emma Blair hadn’t done much offensively for Latrobe up until the fourth quarter Monday night.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Southmoreland leans on big-game experience as it readies for Quaker Valley
The WPIAL girls basketball semifinals can be daunting for newcomers.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore (back) fouls Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game Friday, March 5, 2021, at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsule: Game for Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Here’s a look at Tuesday’s WPIAL basketball playoff game involving a Westmoreland County team:

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Norwin senior Marissa Boyer
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Caddying leads to Penn State scholarship for Norwin’s Marissa Boyer
March 7, 2021
Marissa Boyer envisioned a different path to college, one that even involved a different sport.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair celebrates with Rachel Ridilla in the final seconds of their 46-44 victory over Woodland Hills on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, March 8, 2021
Here’s a look at Monday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Coach Ben Kimmich watches his shot in front of Cam Rowell during warm-ups at halftime of Franklin Regional’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
Franklin Regional team manager Ben Kimmich is ‘life of the team’
Ben Kimmich smiles as the basketball comes to him in the Franklin Regional lay-up line.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek scores against Butler’s Makenna Maier during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Big 2nd half allows Norwin girls to pull away from Butler
March 6, 2021
Halftime speeches and the adjustments that accompany them have helped many a WPIAL basketball team advance in the postseason.

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Sewickley Academy’s Max Belt battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys advance to WPIAL semifinals
With some film to watch and more time to prepare, Greensburg Central Catholic installed a new defense for Sewickley Academy, a team that beat the Centurions in the last game of the regular season, for the rematch in the WPIAL playoffs.

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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.
Norwin notebook: Bilinsky to be selected for Roundball Classic
The Roundball Classic is returning in full force this spring.

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Pine-Richland conquers nerves, Hempfield in advancing to WPIAL Class 6A semifinals
March 5, 2021
Pine-Richland boys basketball coach Bob Petcash admitted to being nervous about Friday night’s WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal game at Hempfield.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Dylan Parsons celebrates with Tyree Tuner after a victory over Jeannette on Feb. 5.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Area teams set for rematches in quarterfinals
Rematches will be the order of the day for three Westmoreland County teams as they take to the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner drives past Jeannette’s Jalen Bass for a basket Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Saturday, March 6, 2021
Boys

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Mt. Pleasant’s Alli Bailey drives to the basket between Freeport’s Abby DeJidas (2) and Grace Soilis during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Freeport.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant girls get another shot at Southmoreland
The Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team did not play its best in two section games against Southmoreland, but the Vikings will get another shot against the Scotties.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty scored 16 points against South Fayette on Thursday night.
Latrobe girls eke out 1st-round win over South Fayette
March 4, 2021
Latrobe has been working on situational plays in practice to get ready for the potentially tight fourth quarters it might see in the playoffs.

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Hempfield coach Bill Swan (center) has guided the Spartans to a 12-5 record.
Hempfield boys basketball surprises, exceeds expectations
As Hempfield boys basketball coach Bill Swan and his staff prepared for this season, masks on and attitudes upbeat, they pondered what might happen in the coming months.

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Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor scores past Penn-Trafford’s Silas Koscho on Feb. 9.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Friday, March 5, 2021
Here’s a look at Friday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Baldwin’s Meghan Dryburgh had 18 points and 20 rebounds against Penn-Trafford on Wednesday night.
Senior forward’s big night boosts Baldwin past Penn-Trafford
March 3, 2021
Baldwin girls basketball coach Jamal Woodson sounded like he was at the podium at an awards show when senior forward Meghan Dryburgh’s name came up in a postgame interview.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matthew Marinchak drives past South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps during their game on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at Ligonier Valley High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Thursday, March 4, 2021
Here’s a look at Thursday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Latrobe senior Ava Vitula celebrates next to Rachel Ridilla in the final seconds of their 46-44 victory over Woodland Hills on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe to rely on late-game composure in WPIAL playoffs
There was a time when Latrobe girls basketball players felt a certain kind of way about fourth-quarter leads.

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Hempfield boys basketball coach Bill Swan gathers his team during a WPIAL Class 6A first-round playoff game against Baldwin on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Hempfield boys hold off Baldwin in Class 6A first round
March 2, 2021
Stepping foot into what is considered a wide-open WPIAL Class 6A playoff field, while exciting, can also be like a mine field.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith battles Latrobe’s Nick Rauco for a loose ball during their game on Jan. 8, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Franklin Regional, Mars set for another playoff meeting
Rivalry is a strong word.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar pressures Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman during their game on Jan. 25, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey (right) celebrates with Grant Hudson after defeating Southmoreland on Monday.
Derry boys rout Southmoreland to earn program’s 1st playoff victory
March 1, 2021
The long wait is over for Derry. And don’t even think about stamping an asterisk next to the Trojans’ accomplishment.

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Norwin’s Adam Paul Bilinsky scores past Hempfield’s Sean Gordon Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Battle-tested Norwin ready to handle rigors of postseason play
Abnormal best describes their season.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon and Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers lead their teams into first-round playoff games today.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Here’s a look at Tuesday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams scores past Jeannette’s Hunter Schmidt Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Second-seeded GCC to play at No. 18 Serra Catholic
February 28, 2021
Size matters this year in the WPIAL basketball playoffs, but it has nothing to do with height.

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Norwin senior Ty Bilinsky, who suffered a stroke and has missed most of the 2020-21 basketball season, will be invited to play in the upcoming Roundball Classic.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Bilinsky to get Roundball invite
The Roundball Classic is returning in full force this spring.

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Knoch’s Keagan Fraser and J.J. Szebalskie defend on Derry’s Ryan Bushey on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at Knoch High School.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Games for Monday, March 1, 2021
Here’s a look at Monday’s WPIAL basketball playoff games involving Westmoreland County teams:

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich reacts to causing an turnover against Armstrong in the fourth quarter during WPIAL Class 5A boys preliminary round playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional boys rally in 4th quarter to defeat Armstrong
February 27, 2021
Franklin Regional scored three points in the third quarter and surrendered the lead for the first time to that point against visiting Armstrong.

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Norwin’s Jordan Kutchak competes in the girls 200 freestyle during the 2020 AAA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool.
Norwin notebook: Swim teams have season to remember
Norwin will remember the 2020-21 swimming and diving season for more than a global pandemic.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers pressures Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich during their game on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Harrison City.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 27, 2021
February 26, 2021
Saturday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Kadyn Hannah scores against Latrobe on, Jan. 8, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Senior emerges as unlikely top scorer for Franklin Regional
In a flash of a couple of seconds, Kadyn Hannah saw a microcosm of his basketball career manifest before his eyes, in the form of a turnover. A painful turnover.

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Latrobe senior Lexi Was eatherton cuts the net after defeating Woodland Hills, 46-44, to win the section 4-5A title on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe celebrates ‘section’ title with win against Woodland Hills
February 25, 2021
The section standings were uneven, but the ladder underneath the basket was sturdy as Latrobe girls basketball players climbed the rungs and each snipped a piece of the net.

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WPIAL open tournament in 1984 helped pave way for Latrobe’s future success
Neal Fenton was a junior at Latrobe in 1984, the year the WPIAL opened its playoff doors to everybody.

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Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Deep bond for Mt. Pleasant senior, freshman
Nate Kubasky is a senior and Dante Giallonardo, a freshman, but the Mt. Pleasant boys basketball teammates share a common bond as they prepare to play in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs. They each lost a loved one to cancer.

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Derry’s Sam Jones averages 10 points and nine rebounds.
Derry boys basketball shooting for 1st playoff win in program history
Motivation can come in many forms in basketball.

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May tipoff confirmed for Roundball Classic all-star games
The Roundball Classic was canceled last spring due to the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. But the high school basketball all-star event is returning — and in full force.

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Penn-Trafford’s Josh Kapcin celebrates a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford boys pass test against Franklin Regional
February 24, 2021
Penn-Trafford is known for playing close basketball games and competing with some of the best in the WPIAL.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Stay-at-home directive suits Southmoreland girls just fine
Home-court advantage could play a much larger role than in past years when the WPIAL basketball playoffs get started Saturday. Most years, all games are played at neutral sites.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro drives to the basket between Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore (left) and Lexi Stanek during their game on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore quietly emerges
As far as scorers go, Mt. Pleasant might have the best-kept secret in WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball.

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Christian McGowan and his Greensburg Central Catholic teammates are the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
GCC boys will travel; BV gets top seed in WPIAL postseason
February 23, 2021
While many higher-seeded teams in the WPIAL basketball playoffs will be playing at home, a rare luxury afforded to participants this season in response to the pandemic, Greensburg Central Catholic will have to take its show on the road.

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Yough’s Mikalah Chewning practices layup shots during girls’ basketball practice Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Yough High School.
Yough pulls out of WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
Yough’s first trip to the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs since 2009-10 is over before it started.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Growtsch scores past Norwin’s Lauren Palangio on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny holds off Norwin to boost credentials as top seed in Class 6A
February 22, 2021
Fifth-ranked Norwin was looking to score an upset in its Section 1-6A finale Monday night — the eve of the release of the WPIAL girls basketball playoff pairings — but not because it had a chance to share the section title with No. 1 North Allegheny.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley girls basketball opts out of WPIAL open playoffs
Ligonier Valley still is getting its feet wet in the WPIAL sports scene, including girls basketball. A challenging first year showed the Rams what is necessary to compete in a new district. It also showed they are not quite ready for playoff competition.

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Jeannette quarterback Brad Birch passed for more than 1,600 yards and 30 touchdowns as a freshman.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Power-5 offer could be 1st of many for Jeannette’s Birch
February 21, 2021
Oregon assistant football coach Joe Moorhead called Team 412 Elite coach Will Reynolds on Wednesday, and Reynolds turned it into a conference call.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives to the basket against New Castle on Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Devin Whitlock develops into fearless leader for Belle Vernon
Devin Whitlock has a tattoo on his right arm that says “Fear None.”

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) rushes the ball during their game against Woodland Hills on Oct. 2, 2020.
Lehigh making recruiting inroads to Westmoreland County
Lehigh is making its rounds in the WPIAL as it looks for future football talent.

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Hempfield coach Bill Swan (center) talks to his team during a timeout Saturday at Franklin Regional.
Hempfield wins low-scoring game vs. Franklin Regional
February 20, 2021
Hempfield boys basketball coach Bill Swan said he didn’t know what to expect from a “Saturday soiree” at Franklin Regional.

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Franklin Regional’s Sophia Yaniga fights for the ball with Gateway’s Jayla Oliver Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 at Gateway High School.
Franklin Regional girls show skill from beyond perimeter
If anything can turn around a basketball season, it’s one of those can’t-miss games. You know, when everything a team tosses up seems to splash down through the net?

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Norwin’s Tanner Krevokuch (8) looks to find some running room against Pine-Richland September 20, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Norwin notebook: Krevokuch lands football scholarship from Fairmont State
Recruiting can be an odd thing. Timing can play a key part in determining where a prospect plays in college.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Vernon Settles blocks the shot of Mt. Pleasant’s Jacob Bungard on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Elizabeth Forward stops Mt. Pleasant for 5th straight win
February 19, 2021
Elizabeth Forward turned a home economics classroom at Mt. Pleasant into a makeshift locker room Friday night.

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Lance Getsy is expected to be hired as the next Franklin Regional football coach on Monday.
Franklin Regional ready to hire football, soccer coaches
Franklin Regional plans to hire head coaches Monday night to fill vacancies in football and boys soccer.

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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 linebacker Tucker Knupp picks Lehigh
Latrobe senior Tucker Knupp will play college football in the Patriot League.

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Southmoreland point guard Olivia Cernuto cuts down the net after Thursday night’s 43-39 win over Belle Vernon that clinched the Scotties’ second straight section title.
Southmoreland cuts it close, beats Belle Vernon to clinch share of section title
February 18, 2021
Talk about cutting it close.

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Latrobe head coach Brad Wetzel calls out a play against Franklin Regional on Jan. 8, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Everyone going to playoffs
All 18 boys teams from Westmoreland County will enter the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King (35) shoots over New Castle’s Michael Wells (3) during a 4A WPIAL first round game Feb. 19, 2020 at North Allegheny High.
After tough losses, Mt. Pleasant boys turn it up in time for playoffs
Mt. Pleasant had just surrendered a six-point, fourth-quarter lead against Jeannette and took a gut-punch.

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Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion talks with Luke Kimmich during a game against Latrobe on, Jan. 8, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional boys basketball doing double duty Saturday
Franklin Regional will pull double-duty Saturday.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Sickenberger smiles after his buzzer-beating three pointer defeated Franklin Regional on Wednesday.
Latrobe boys basketball gets thrilling victory vs. Franklin Regional
February 17, 2021
Ryan Sickenberger thought the ball might miss the rim completely when he double-clutched and launched a desperation 3-pointer as the final seconds ticked off.

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Yough girls basketball coach Mike Gerdich speaks with his players at practice Nov. 30, 2019.
Parents appreciate coaching — or coaching against — their kids in Westmoreland County girls basketball
Mike Gerdich admits he and his daughters take basketball home with them.

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Westmoreland girls basketball notes: All but 2 teams appear headed for playoff tournament
The playoff picture is clear for Westmoreland County girls basketball teams.

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Jeannette’s Brad Birch (12) rushes the ball during their game against Clairton on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Jeannette freshman QB Brad Birch draws scholarship offer from Oregon
What seemed like an innocent follow on Twitter led to a college scholarship offer for Jeannette freshman quarterback Brad Birch.

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Bell Vernon’s Quinton Martin secures the ball early in the first half against Yough on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
Top-ranked Belle Vernon leaves no doubt, routs Yough
February 16, 2021
There was no early lead for Yough this time against Belle Vernon, a team that skyrocketed to No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball rankings and jumped to No. 3 in the state rankings since the last time the teams played.

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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.
Ellie Coffield, Melissa Riggins picked for national All-American soccer game
A pair of WPIAL standout midfielders will represent District 7 in the High School All-American soccer game.

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Coach Rich Bowen, who stepped down Monday, had a 30-55 record in nine seasons at Hempfield.
Bowen resigns after 9 seasons as Hempfield football coach
February 15, 2021
Hempfield football coach Rich Bowen resigned Monday after nine seasons, citing professional reasons for his departure.

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Penn-Trafford goalkeeper Taylor Lloyd makes a save next to Taylor DeStefano during their game against Fox Chapel on Sept. 15, 2020, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford’s Taylor Lloyd, Malia Kearns commit to D-I soccer programs
It was a productive weekend for the Penn-Trafford girls soccer team.

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Brandon Coury and his Burrell teammates will take part in the open WPIAL postseason.
WPIAL basketball teams must choose: Playoffs or no?
February 14, 2021
Many are going. Some are not. Others have stipulations, and a couple more are on the fence.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against New Castle on Feb. 6 at North Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon boys basketball builds on last season’s success
February 13, 2021
Think of the pressure.

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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, at Norwin Senior High School.
Westmoreland players, teams show support for Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky
A lot of local basketball players are wearing the No. 5 these days.

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante returns for the 2019 season.
Norwin notebook: Big day finally arrives for Giansante
Finally, the day of promise arrived for Anthony Giansante.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple battles Norwin’s Mara Polczynski for a loose ball during their game on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Norwin girls seek consistency as postseason nears
Norwin plans to be in the thick of the WPIAL Class 6A chase when the playoffs begin later this month.

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Penn-Trafford players huddle up during their game with Norwin on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
Penn-Trafford boys hold off Norwin charge
February 12, 2021
For a several-minute stretch late in the first half, Penn-Trafford looked nearly unstoppable. The Warriors ran off 14 straight points to take a 14-point lead over Norwin.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek scores past Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls get past rival Penn-Trafford in defensive struggle
February 11, 2021
Sometimes, rival teams become so enamored with getting defensive stops, they forget to score.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Sickenberger shoots a three-pointer against Franklin Regional on Jan. 8, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Williams emerges as scorer for Greensburg CC
Brevan Williams never has been transfixed on becoming a go-to scorer. It just sort of happened organically as he found his place on the court at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Doug Kelly is the new boys basketball coach at Penn-Trafford, where he recently served as an assistant.
New coaches putting their stamps on Westmoreland County basketball programs
Doug Kelly is as reflective about life as he is basketball. He takes a deep breath and pauses to mull over moments, both small and large in scope, before he moves on to the next challenge.

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Franklin Regional tops Greensburg Salem for 1st section win
February 10, 2021
A few games ago, when Franklin Regional played Latrobe, the Panthers could not make a shot. Inside, outside, layups or putbacks — nothing.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty scores against Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer during their game on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Murrysville.
Frontcourt duo gives Latrobe girls a towering presence in paint
It’s picture day at Latrobe. Someone says they should snap a photo of the “twin towers.”

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman pressures Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek during their game on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford looks for sweep of Norwin
Penn-Trafford will try to do something it hasn’t done in six years — sweep Norwin — when the teams play for the second time this season Thursday night in North Huntingdon.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli celebrates with Niheim Lewis after Lewis hit back to back three-pointers against Penn Trafford in the second half Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
‘Hempfield way’ produces impressive win against Penn-Trafford
February 9, 2021
Every time Penn-Trafford picked at Hempfield’s double-digit lead and began to close the gap, the Spartans had an answer.

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Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla makes a late free throw against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
Freshman sparks Latrobe girls to comeback win over Gateway
February 8, 2021
Latrobe girls basketball gives out “paws” to its players for big performances, a custom akin to helmet stickers in football.

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Coach Marko Thomas watches Connellsville football practice on Sept. 2, 2020, in Dunbar.
New Greensburg Central Catholic football coach Thomas sold on program
While in the process of deciding whether to apply for the football coach opening at Greensburg Central Catholic, Marko Thomas sat down to watch some film.

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Hempfield graduate Kason Harrell led his Irish team in scoring with 22.3 points a game, the third-best scoring average in the Super League.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Team Bounce AAU team recalled fondly
February 6, 2021
They were called Team Bounce, and that’s just what they did to teams that took them lightly — bounced ‘em straight out of the gym.

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Greensburg Central’s Ryan Appleby scores past Jeannette’s Hunter Schmidt on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at Greensburg Central High School.
No. 4 Greensburg CC boys rally to upend No. 5 Jeannette
February 5, 2021
The Centurions became the Contrarians when Jeannette went ahead by 12 points late in the third quarter Friday night.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Podkul scores past Canon-McMillan’s Olivia Balch on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield returns from covid-caused layoff, routs Canon-McMillan
February 4, 2021
Sophomore Brooke McCoy had one of those nights where everything she tossed up seemed to go in.

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Jeannette coach Adrian Batts: “We had a practice the other day where we only had eight guys. We had to go 4-on-4. … It’s been crazy.”
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Jeannette fights through injuries
Adrian Batts wonders what his Jeannette boys basketball team could look like in a couple of weeks. He tries not to get too used to what it has looked like in recent games — particularly his thin bench.

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Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion talks with Luke Kimmich during a Jan. 8 game against Latrobe.
Franklin Regional basketball doing best to push through stop-and-start season
Franklin Regional had just ripped off three straight Section 3-5A boys basketball wins — a thrilling, double-overtime victory at McKeesport, a tough-fought home win against Gateway and a blowout over Kiski Area, also at home.

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Connellsville head coach Marko Thomas watches his team practice Sept. 2, 2020.
Greensburg Central Catholic names Marko Thomas head football coach
Marko Thomas does not think he has a coaching identity yet. No schematic traits or positions that have given him a reputation.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Christian McGowan dribbles during boys’ basketball practice on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Transfers provide boost for several top Westmoreland County teams
February 3, 2021
Bailey Kuhns and Christian McGowan did not experience the WPIAL basketball playoffs last season because of the timing of their transfers to Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Springdaleճ John Utiss attempts to pull down Jeanettes Kaelan Piscar in the first half at Springdaleճ Veterans Memorial Field Friday. Oct 9, 2020.
Division I dream comes true for Norwin’s Giansante, other Westmoreland football players
Finally, the day of promise arrived for Anthony Giansante.

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Danielle Rosso, coach Brian Brozeski and the Norwin girls basketball team have a 6-2 overall record.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Norwin fine-tunes as postseason approaches
Norwin plans to be in the thick of the WPIAL Class 6A chase when the playoffs begin later this month. Based on program tradition, it would be unusual if the Lady Knights were not.

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Penn-Trafford boys ride big 1st half to victory over Greensburg Salem
February 2, 2021
Penn-Trafford sent a message to visiting Greensburg Salem early in Tuesday night’s boys basketball game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli leaves 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.
Navy offers Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli
Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli does not play basketball at his school, yet he has a photo of himself dunking one handed on an outdoor rim as his Twitter background.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty scores against Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer during their game on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Murrysville.
Latrobe girls basketball team dominates Franklin Regional
February 1, 2021
That Latrobe has twin towers in Anna Rafferty and Emma Blair is not a secret anymore.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Matt Metrosky is a senior lineman.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Metrosky picks Pitt
Pitt fan Matt Metrosky says he has the “traditional stuff” around the house to show his allegiance to Panthers football.

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Jeannette’s coaching staff, including coach Adrian Batts (bottom), instructs players, including Hunter Schmidt (24), during a timeout against Belle Vernon at the Hempfield tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Hunter Schmidt making ‘big’ impact for Jeannette boys basketball
When Hunter Schmidt walks into a room, people take notice.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky dribbles around Hempfield defender Blake Remaley in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin community rallies around basketball player Ty Bilinsky after stroke, blood disorder diagnosis
The Norwin community is rallying around senior basketball player Ty Bilinsky, who has missed some time because of health issues.

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Norwin’s Elijah Dunn competes during the 2020 season.
Dunn deal: Norwin baseball player commits to Hartford
January 31, 2021
Norwin continues to churn out college baseball talent. What else is new?

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Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates after its PIAA semifinal win over Brockway on Nov. 17, 2020, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Greensburg CC lauded for fall sports success
January 30, 2021
Sunday is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, and the Diocese of Greensburg is recognizing the remarkable fall sports season Greensburg Central Catholic had in 2020.

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Greensburg Salem breaks a huddle during Saturday’s season opener against Jeannette.
Greensburg Salem loses delayed season opener to Jeannette
Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach Mark Zahorchak glared through a doorway as his players ran onto the court.

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Franklin Regional’s Maria Brush plans to attend Seton Hill.
Franklin Regional’s Brush happy to continue basketball career
Maria Brush wants to be a physician’s assistant. That much was clear when she looked into pursuing a degree in her preferred field at Seton Hill.

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante will attend Western Carolina.
Norwin notebook: Giansante headed to Western Carolina
Anthony Giansante could have tapped out.

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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.
Penn-Trafford’s Frye brothers accept twin FCS offers as preferred walk-ons
St. Francis bagged a package deal Friday, landing football commitments from Penn-Trafford’s Frye twins — Mason and Nate.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon scores past Jayden Walker Norwin’s Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield boys attack basket, handle Norwin
January 29, 2021
Joe Fiedor is that player in practice who never slows down. A constant ball of energy.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Matt Metrosky is a senior lineman.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Metrosky earns walk-on offer from Pitt
Matt Metrosky had a few NCAA Division II options on his plate when he picked up a surprise offer from a familiar Division I program Thursday. It had him saying, “H2P,” with emphasis.

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Southmoreland girls use defense to fend off Belle Vernon
January 28, 2021
Southmoreland doesn’t have a true rival in girls basketball. Belle Vernon might be the closest thing.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Christian McGowan drives between Imani Christian defenders Tyler Allen (11) and Aiden Betsill (left) last season.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys correct course after early season loss
When Greensburg Central Catholic lost by a point to Jeannette earlier this month, 47-46, the Centurions took some stock in themselves and re-racked.

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Franklin Regional’s Kadyn Hannah (14) celebrates a Panthers’ score next to Ben Rosenberg during the fourth quarter of their game against Latrobe on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem, Franklin Regional affected by shutdowns
Greensburg Salem is the only active boys basketball team in the WPIAL that has not played a game this season.

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Yough point guard Kaylynn Odelli works out during practice Dec. 3, 2020, in the high school gym.
Westmoreland high school girls basketball notebook: Yough revels in snapped streak
January 27, 2021
Yough is showing steady improvement and the proof is in the numbers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple takes a shot during a game against North Allegheny on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Local basketball freshmen playing beyond their years
Jim Nesser liked what he saw from Terek Crosby from the moment the promising freshman first laced up his basketball shoes and took the court at Yough.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin stiff-arms Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Panye Jr. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
3 WPIAL freshmen make MaxPreps All-America football team
Three rising stars in the WPIAL Class of 2024 were named to the MaxPreps All-America Freshman football team.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin (5) throws down a dunk late in the first half against Yough on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021.
Devin Whitlock, freshmen put on a show as Belle Vernon puts away Yough
January 26, 2021
Devin Whitlock said Belle Vernon is a second-half team.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson (right) drives to the basket past Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman during their game Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
No. 1 North Allegheny doesn’t flinch at Penn-Trafford
January 25, 2021
First place goes to North Allegheny — for now.

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Belle Vernon’s Dane Anden runs against Laurel Highlands on Oct. 2, 2020, at Laurel Highlands.
H.S. notebook: Belle Vernon’s Dane Anden gets preferred walk-on offer from Pitt
January 23, 2021
Dane Anden could hardly believe the news.

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Kiski Area players and coaches celebrate Abigail John’s (middle) last-second basket at the buzzer to beat Greensburg Salem on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Greensburg Salem.
Kiski Area girls beat Greensburg Salem on buzzer-beater
Finally, Greensburg Salem took the court for a girls basketball game.

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Norwin’s John Altieri beats Latrobe’s Jack Pletcher, 8-1, in the 152-pound weight class Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Altieri earns 100th career wrestling victory
John Altieri is headed for a college wrestling career at Clarion. But the Norwin senior has some unfinished business in his final prep season.

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Hempfield’s Niheim Lewis (left) and Christian Zilli defend a pass by Norwin’s Nick Fleming Friday night.
Top-5 Hempfield boys show they belong with gritty win over Norwin
January 22, 2021
Hempfield is neither shying away nor hiding from the Class 6A boys basketball rankings. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giasante on Western Carolina: “After learning more about WCU, I liked the school as much as the football program.”
Norwin’s Anthony Giansante commits to Western Carolina
Anthony Giansante could have tapped out.

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Belle Vernon coach Kaitlyn Slagus talks with her players during a late timeout Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the Leopards’ 40-22 victory over Mt. Pleasant.
Belle Vernon girls get defensive during key section win vs. Mt. Pleasant
January 21, 2021
The game started an hour earlier than usual, but Belle Vernon’s defenders looked like they would have been ready to go any time of the day.

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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.
Norwin basketball standout Ty Bilinsky back on court after recovering from stroke
Ty Bilinsky took a brief nap Dec. 27 at the home of his mother, Michelle.

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Ligonier Valley’s Isaac Neidbalson (12) scores against Penns Valley last season.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Ligonier Valley finally getting started
As of Wednesday, nine WPIAL boys basketball teams had yet to play a game this season due to covid-19 shutdowns and scheduling issues.

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Penn Trafford’s girls basketball coach John Giannikas is 200-139 in his career.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Giannikas hits 200 wins
January 20, 2021
John Giannikas took over the Penn-Trafford girls basketball program prior to the 2006-07 season. The Warriors were a hit-or-miss playoff team in the years leading up to his start date.

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple battles Norwin’s Mara Polczynski for a loose ball during their game on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland basketball teams adjust to higher classes
Greensburg Salem has a proud boys basketball tradition. Past players like to wax nostalgic and follow the current team, and current players want to learn about the names of the past.

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Fleming feels it from 3-point range as Norwin beats Penn-Trafford
January 19, 2021
Where’s Waldo?

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Penn-Trafford’s Olivia Pepple battles Norwin’s Mara Polczynski for a loose ball during their game on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Freshman Pepple leads Penn-Trafford girls past rival Norwin
January 18, 2021
When rival teams such as Penn-Trafford and Norwin get together, the simplest things can seem challenging. Cross-court passes, press-breaking plays and even the easiest-looking layups are contested.

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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.
Successful Belle Vernon boys soccer coach Miele resigns
Rob Miele said the adage is true. When it comes to the tail end of coaching stop, you just know.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman fights for the ball with Sto-Rox’s Alicia Young Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Penn Trafford High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford, Norwin girls to square off
January 17, 2021
Covid-19 can muck up schedules, but it can’t take away rivalries.

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Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta talks to his team during workouts Aug. 13, 2020.
Franklin Regional faces difficult task in replacing Greg Botta, 2 other coaches
Greg Botta won 177 games in 27 seasons at Franklin Regional. He ranks third all time in Westmoreland County in football wins behind legendary coaches Dick Dilts of Kiski Area (214) and Joe Mucci (184), who led teams at Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Derry girls coach Gene Brisbane remembers when the WPIAL allowed every team into the 1984 playoffs, as it will this season.
WPIAL coaches have mixed feelings about open basketball playoffs
January 16, 2021
Yes, we’re open.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon grabs a rebound from Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers.
Hempfield rallies from behind then holds off Penn-Trafford late
January 15, 2021
Hempfield picked up its defensive tempo late in the first half and carried the upsurge into the second half, rallying from 12 down early to finally overtake Penn-Trafford and hand the Warriors their first loss, 54-51, on Friday night in Section 3-6A boys basketball.

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Franklin Regional’s head coach Mike Feorene talks with his players during Penn-Trafford’s varsity volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Another championship Franklin Regional coach, volleyball’s Mike Feorene, steps down
Another day, another high-profile Franklin Regional coach heading out the door.

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Franklin Regional’s Kadyn Hannah (left) is among several players on the roster who stand at least 6-foot-4.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Franklin Regional adds size to its lineup
January 14, 2021
Franklin Regional has been known to produce good guards under alum and former standout Steve Scorpion. Commanding guards with a handle on the offense who can score and defend.

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Franklin Regional head coach Rand Hudson, talks to players at the start of practice, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.
Hudson resigns after highly successful 2nd stint as Franklin Regional boys soccer coach
January 13, 2021
Rand Hudson has two loves in his life. His family and soccer.

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Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant off to unbeaten start
Mt. Pleasant coach Scott Giacobbi is not quite ready to schedule a parade up and down Route 31, but he has enjoyed his team’s quick start.

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Greensburg Salem’s Mark Zahorchak coaches at practice last season.
Covid changes rearrange Greensburg Salem basketball schedules
Greensburg Salem has not played a girls basketball game since Feb. 8 of last year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matthew Marinchak dribbles through Penns Valley defense for an attack on net Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at Hollidaysburg Senior High School.
Ligonier Valley winter sports teams finally get down to preparing for WPIAL debuts
Ligonier Valley athletes and coaches were getting restless.

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Third-ranked Jeannette boys edge Greensburg Central Catholic on late putback
January 12, 2021
That Greensburg Central Catholic had played a game and Jeannette had not heading into the teams’ Section 3-2A boys basketball matchup was mostly irrelevant to the coaches.

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Greg Botta announced his retirement Tuesday after 27 years as Franklin Regional coach.
Longtime Franklin Regional football coach Greg Botta retires
Maybe there were precursors the end was coming, and the time was right to go.

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Greensburg Salem head coach Rick Klimchock discusses a drill with his players during girls’ basketball practice Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem girls basketball shut down for 10 more days
January 11, 2021
One step forward, two steps back.

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New Greensburg Salem athletic director Frank Sundry
New Greensburg Salem AD getting comfortable in homecoming
January 10, 2021
Frank Sundry had not walked the hallways at Greensburg Salem for more than 16 years when he returned to take over as the school’s athletic director in October.

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Norwin’s Nick Fleming scores over Fox Chapel’s Kent Baldauf during a game last season.
Norwin athletes return to action after preaching positivity during shutdown
Tried and true, some Norwin athletes were ready when Gov. Tom Wolf put high school sports on pause again for three weeks.

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Coronavirus taking bite out of Allen Deep’s usual basketball showcase schedule
January 9, 2021
Basketball season in western Pennsylvania would not seem complete without the showcase events organized by Allen Deep.

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Norwin catcher Ty Stecko committed to play at Mount St. Mary’s (Md.).
Westmoreland high school notes: Norwin’s Stecko gives verbal commitment to Mount St. Mary’s
From the first time he watched college baseball on television, Ty Stecko wanted to play at the next level. He believed he could grow into a Division I talent, and his confidence blossomed over time and caught up with his skills.

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Dr. Amesh Adalja
Leading medical expert says some winter sports run greater covid risk than others
With a disclaimer, Dr. Amesh Adalja, a Pittsburgh-based infectious disease and critical care physician, said he is all for winter sports resuming in the WPIAL. He wants to see people active and living their normal lives again.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Kimmich drives to the basket past Latrobe’s Nick Rauco on Friday.
Franklin Regional boys give rude Class 5A welcome to Latrobe
January 8, 2021
Latrobe has been in the WPIAL’s largest classification since it began playing basketball decades ago. But the Wildcats got a humbling welcome to Class 5A when the covid-stalled season restarted Friday night.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky coached in the City League, where games occasionally were sparsely attended, before landing with the Knights.
High school basketball will have much different look — and sound — when it resumes
When Buddy Valinsky coached in the City League, basketball games were played in the afternoon in front of only a few fans.

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Westmoreland County Coaches Association president Larry Sellitto welcomes the crowd at the Foothills Classic All-Star Game introduction night in 2017.
Franklin Regional football program, WCCA mourn loss of Larry Sellitto
January 7, 2021
Every head football coach has a right-hand man.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock plays against Clearfield in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Starting 5: A guide to the 2020-21 Westmoreland County high school basketball season
WPIAL basketball season resumes Friday following a three-week pause initiated by Gov. Tom Wolf. Here is a look at the top storylines, teams and players to watch around Westmoreland County.

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Hempfield Area’s Michael Hosni practices before the sports shutdown Nov. 24.
Westmoreland County basketball notebook: Teams jumping right into section play
January 6, 2021
A number of local basketball teams will take to the court Friday night and finally open the season after the state’s three-week shutdown of winter sports ended earlier this week.

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Norwin catcher Ty Stecko committed to play at Mount St. Mary’s (Md.).
Norwin catcher Ty Stecko gives verbal commitment to Mount St. Mary’s
January 5, 2021
From the first time he watched college baseball on television, Ty Stecko wanted to play at the next level. He believed he could grow into a Division I talent and his confidence blossomed over time, soon catching up with the fast pace set by his skill set.

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Greensburg-Salem 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.
Greensburg Salem opts to resume winter sports Monday
January 3, 2021
Greensburg Salem is walking back a lengthy pause on winter sports and will now resume practices Monday like most of the WPIAL.

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Franklin Regional’s Renee Baldy celebrates a point against DuBois on Nov. 17.
Top 10 Westmoreland County sports stories of 2020
December 30, 2020
Sports at every level, from pee wees to the pros, have been affected by the menacing coronavirus. There is no dodging it.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor (left) helped the Centurions win the WPIAL Class A championship.
Westmoreland high school notes: GCC girls soccer player Winnor commits to New Hampshire
December 23, 2020
Bethany Winnor, a key player on the girls soccer team at Greensburg Central Catholic that won the WPIAL Class A title and finished runner-up in the PIAA this season, will play NCAA Division I soccer.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor, left, competes for the ball against West Branch’s Erin Godin, right, on Nov. 14 in a PIAA playoff game at Norwin.
New Hampshire gets commitment from GCC soccer’s Bethany Winnor
December 22, 2020
Bethany Winnor, a key player on the girls soccer team at Greensburg Central Catholic that won the WPIAL Class A title and finished runner-up in the PIAA this season, will play NCAA Division I college soccer.

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Penn-Trafford’s Mason Frye (6) rushes the ball pursued by Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith (26) and Patrick McMillen (42) on Oct. 23.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Football standouts still mulling college offers
December 18, 2020
While Ethan Carr of Penn-Trafford, James Sanders of Jeannette and Jack Dilts of Kiski Area were the only Division I football signees from Westmoreland County on Wednesday, a number of others from the area could sign in February when the NCAA regular signing period begins. It runs from Feb. 3 to April 1 for Division I recruits and Feb. 3 to Aug. 1 for Division II players.

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Mars girls soccer head coach Blair Gerlach watches from the sideline during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach wins national coach of year award
Most people will be more than happy to throw away calendars from 2020 and hang a new docket on the wall.

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Hempfield Area’s Christian Zilli shoots during a preseason practice.
High school basketball teams committed to staying sharp during shutdown
December 17, 2020
Christian Zilli had his junior baseball season ripped away. The back end of his senior football season also was a casualty of the coronavirus, which dug in its claws and forced the cancellation of two games.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr beats Upper St. Clair’s Mateo Cepullio to the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown during WPIAL playoff action Oct. 30.
Signing day punctuates season of change for Penn-Trafford, Jeannette stars
December 16, 2020
One moved from wide receiver to quarterback. The other, from quarterback to receiver.

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Jeannette’s James Sanders celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Steelton-Highspire on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s James Sanders commits to St. Francis (Pa.)
December 15, 2020
James Sanders went with the school that recruited him from the beginning.

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Hempfield baseball player Brandon Coughlin verbals to Lehigh
December 14, 2020
Brandon Coughlin was a junior varsity player at Hempfield in 2019, the last time the Spartans played a baseball game.

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Yough’s newly renovated weight room, made possible by a grant from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Steelers provide helping hand as Yough renovates weight room
Yough hopes to be flexing its muscles again soon in the WPIAL — with a little lift from the Black and Gold.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates his goal with Isaac Gamwo during the WPIAL Class AAA championship.
Westmoreland high school notebook: FR’s DiFalco awarded again
December 13, 2020
The honors continued to roll in for Franklin Regional junior soccer star Anthony DiFalco, who garnered United Soccer Coaches Region II All-America and USC All-Region East team honors for the second year in a row.

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Norwin’s Alex Gabauer jumps over Penn-Trafford’s Bobby Lane during a rundown in 2019.
Norwin infielder chosen for exclusive showcase
No high school baseball season last spring only served to motivate players like Alex Gabauer, a slick-fielding, power-hitting shortstop at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman pressures South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks during a playoff game on Oct. 26.
Franklin Regional’s Lindeman chooses Towson
Franklin Regional girls soccer coach Scott Arnold calls Sydney Lindeman a leader by example.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman is fouled by Sto-Rox’s Asia Harper on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford fits in basketball sweep before sports shutdown
December 11, 2020
One and done.

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Hempfield Area’s Christian Zilli practices last month.
Some teams getting one last game in before sports shutdown begins
December 10, 2020
Basketball teams across the state found themselves with a dilemma Thursday after Gov. Tom Wolf announced the feared shutdown of high school sports, among a throng of other statewide restrictions due to the accelerated spread of covid-19.

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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.
State soccer player of year is Mars’ Ellie Coffield; Anthony DiFalco, Sarah Schupansky join her as All-Americans
December 9, 2020
Because the covid-19 pandemic cut down on postgame ceremonies and awards banquets, Mars senior soccer star Ellie Coffield probably is going to get a lot of trophies, medals and other hardware in the mail.

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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.
WPIAL standouts named to all-state soccer teams
A number of the WPIAL’s brightest stars were recognized Wednesday morning with the unveiling of the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association All-State teams.

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Pine-Richland’s Miguel Jackson celebrates a sack Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at Upper St. Clair.
Pine-Richland DE Miguel Jackson commits to Charlotte after losing scholarship at Liberty
December 8, 2020
Miguel Jackson felt a lot of emotions when he made his college football decision — for the second time.

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Franklin Regional’s Aly Kindelberger was named to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AAA all-state team this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional’s Kindelberger honored
Franklin Regional standout hitter Aly Kindelberger was awarded for an outstanding senior season, one that saw her help the Panthers make team history.

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Southmoreland boys basketball coach Frank Muccino will try to nurture a young roster this season.
Boys basketball preview: Southmoreland steps up in class with young roster
December 6, 2020
With a quiet demeanor, the Southmoreland boys basketball team practices with masks on while the coach looks on wearing a face shield.

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Olivia Cernuto will try to help the Southmoreland girls duplicate their long playoff run of a season ago.
Girls basketball preview: Southmoreland hopes for strong encore to historic season
Reaching the WPIAL finals for the first time and going two rounds deep in the state playoffs made Southmoreland one of the darlings of WPIAL girls basketball last season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr looks to pass against Franklin Regional earlier this season.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Local football players dot all-star teams
The Big 5/6 Conference, which recognizes the accomplishments of teams and athletes in the WPIAL’s largest classifications, announced all-star teams for football.

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Pine-Richland ’s Miguel Jackson hoists the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Peters Township, 35-0, in the Class 5A final on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Pine-Richland’s Miguel Jackson named 2020 Bill Fralic Memorial Award winner
December 5, 2020
Pine-Richland teammates gave Miguel Jackson the nickname, “Smoke,” when he was a sophomore because they often caught him saying, “They don’t want no smoke.”

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Norwin’s Anthony Giansante
Norwin notebook: Recruitment heating back up for Knights lineman
Anthony Giansante isn’t ready to give up on playing Division I college football. In fact, he may be more enthusiastic now than before he started getting scholarship offers.

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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.
Norwin girls basketball again set to contend for Section 1 title
December 4, 2020
Just as Norwin girls basketball was getting started this season, the Knights had to stop.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky dribbles around Hempfield defender Blake Remaley in WPIAL basketball on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Tall, experienced group returns as Norwin boys seek trip to postseason
Everybody is back. They’re all seniors. And they’ve had more than a full season to get accustomed to their coach’s system.

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Norwin lineman Anthony Giansante has attracted the attention of Division I college programs.
Westmoreland notebook: Norwin’s Giansante back on recruiting trail
December 3, 2020
Anthony Giansante isn’t ready to give up on playing Division I football. In fact, he might be more enthusiastic now than before he started getting scholarship offers.

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Mars girls soccer head coach Blair Gerlach watches from the sideline during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach, George Williams of Seneca Valley tabbed state’s top coaches
Blair Gerlach directed the Mars girls soccer team to back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA championships.

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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Reaching final ‘like no other’ for Belle Vernon’s Hartman
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.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Game of Feb. 26, 2020
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.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules: Games for Feb. 18, 2020
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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.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
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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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.
Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Carr gets 1st Division I football offer
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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Derry’s Justin Huss has rushed for 2,003 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.
Central Valley’s clear focus heading into WPIAL Class 3A semifinal: Stop Derry’s Justin Huss
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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Kaitlyn E. Rosensteel
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.
Franklin Regional defense will get test from West Allegheny in WPIAL title rematch
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.
Westmoreland boys soccer playoff capsules for Saturday, Oct. 26
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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