Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


Norwin’s Angelina Pepe is greeted at home plate after hitting her first home run against Baldwin during a WPIAL Class 6A first-round playoff game Monday.
Norwin softball team, ‘coming in hot,’ beats Baldwin in playoff opener
May 16, 2022
Norwin softball had its team banquet the night before the playoff opener.

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Latrobe’s Hayden Kraynick smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against Thomas Jefferson on April 21.
Westmoreland County WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules for May 17, 2022
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Franklin Regional’s Jordan Suvak watches his two-run homer during the ninth inning against Kiski on May 3.
Westmoreland County WPIAL baseball playoff preview capsules for May 17, 2022
WPIAL baseball playoffs

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Franklin Regional junior Andrew Nesler (center) poses with two-star general T.S. Jones, the founder of Semper Fi Odyssey (left) and Murrysville veteran Tim Florian.
Franklin Regional lineman Nesler takes up cause of disabled veterans
May 15, 2022
Inspired by what he heard and saw, Andrew Nesler set out to help — a good soldier wanting to pay back an army of them for their service.

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Softball playoff capsule: Baldwin vs. Norwin, Monday, May 16, 2022
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Norwin sophomore Bailey Snowberger
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Norwin’s Bailey Snowberger, Hempfield’s Chaz Ewer
May 14, 2022
Bailey Snowberger

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley ace Maddie Griffin dealing with hand injury, could miss time in playoffs
Ligonier Valley ace softball pitcher Maddie Griffin could miss Wednesday’s WPIAL playoff opener, and possibly be out longer, because of an injury to her throwing hand.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon (33) celebrates a three-pointer with Harrison Sowers during their Section 3-6A game against Norwin on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Area players to take part in upcoming Roundball games
Basketball season ended months ago, but the Roundball Classic will bring together some of the top talent from the WPIAL this week.

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Penn-Trafford’s Conlane Greene sacks Imhotep Charter quarterback Mikal Davis next to Joe Enick to end the PIAA Class 5A state championship game in overtime on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn-Trafford football pipeline to Division I just getting started
Winning can do a lot for a high school football program, not the least of which boost college recruiting and a school’s reputation within that realm.

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Norwin pole vaulter Nick Puskar celebrates with a teammate after clearing a personal best 12 feet in a WPIAL Class 3A semifinals May 4 at Norwin.
Norwin notebook: Track teams surge into WPIAL finals
The Norwin track and field teams advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A championship.

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Kaden Bizzozero (left) and his Yough teammates face Mt. Pleasant in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
WPIAL baseball seedings set up Westmoreland County clash in 1st round
May 13, 2022
When two second-place section teams received better seeds than his section-winning one, Yough baseball coach Craig Spisak didn’t kick up dust.

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Franklin Regional’s Jordan Suvak celebrates his two-run homer during the ninth inning against Kiski on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
Westmoreland baseball notebook: Franklin Regional playing well at right time
May 12, 2022
Franklin Regional won’t get the No. 1 seed like it did last year, but the Panthers have something most of the other teams in the WPIAL Class 5A playoff field don’t have: championship experience.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts bats against Uniontown in April.
WPIAL softball playoff bracket breakdown
Favorite: Perennial power Hempfield has been ranked No. 1 for most of the season not based on reputation but on talent. While the Spartans are young (four seniors) and could be a year or two away from possible WPIAL glory, they have pitching, hitters and defense that can carry them a long way under first-year coach Tina Madison. Two of Section 2 champion Hempfield’s losses are by one run to Seneca Valley (2-1) and Armstrong (4-3). An 8-3 loss to Latrobe on Wednesday was a late-season speed bump. The seven-time WPIAL champions (they won 6A in 2017, ’18 and ’19) have an all-freshman battery in pitcher Riley Miller and catcher Allison Cervola.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Grant Miller delivers against East Allegheny on May 5, 2022, at GCC.
Versatility helps Greensburg Central Catholic overcome injuries to make Class A baseball playoffs
Zach David and Max Kallock appeared to be the ideal one-two pitching punch for Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Yough softball coach Dutch Harvey yells out instructions to his team during a scrimmage against Latrobe March 22.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Top-5 seeds at stake when WPIAL brackets are released
May 11, 2022
The WPIAL is scheduled to release playoff brackets at 4 p.m. Thursday virtually via the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mt Pleasant’s Katie Hutter pulls in a ball hit by Mid Valley’s Kaylee Terranella during the PIAA Class 3A Girls Softball Championship on Friday, June18, 2021 at Beard Field in University Park Pa.
Hitting from left side has turned out all right for Mt. Pleasant leadoff hitter Katie Hutter
When Katie Hutter was small, she picked up a softball bat for the first time and immediately squared up like a left-handed hitter.

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Norwin’s Josey Michalski (l), Bailey Snowberger (r) and Emma Novotnak (23) celebrate with starting pitcher Angelina Pepe after beating North Allegheny and clinching a playoff berth Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Norwin Middle School.
Norwin shuts out North Allegheny to earn spot in WPIAL softball playoffs
May 10, 2022
There was a WPIAL “last chance” track and field meet going on Tuesday at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler (center) talks with his team during Monday’s 10-3 win over Kiski Area in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball adds to win streak, knocks Kiski Area from playoffs
May 9, 2022
Jack Bridges had been out of the Franklin Regional baseball lineup since early April with an elbow injury.

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Franklin Regional receiver Caden Smith picks up yardage against Norwin defenders during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Coach says Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith ‘will open some eyes’ as Pitt walk-on
May 8, 2022
Caden Smith didn’t choose football. Football chose him.

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Hempfield junior Liz Tapper
Westmoreland High School Athletes of the Week: Hempfield’s Liz Tapper, Yough’s James Shoman
May 7, 2022
Liz Tapper

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Norwin grad Kurtis Phipps competed at the 2022 United States Marine Corps/USA Wrestling U.S. Open in Las Vegas.
Norwin notebook: Former, future Knights wrestlers compete at U.S. Open event
There is no offseason for the Norwin wrestling program.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Hutter reopens recruitment
Mt. Pleasant softball standout Katie Hutter has changed her college plans.

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Ligonier Valley softball pitcher Maddie Griffin
Ligonier Valley ace Maddie Griffin to throw out 1st pitch at Pirates game
Ligonier Valley senior softball pitcher Maddie Griffin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals on May 22 at PNC Park.

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East Allegheny’s Jax Jurisic smiles at second base after his RBI double against Greensburg Central Catholic on Thursday at GCC.
East Allegheny tunes up for baseball playoffs with nonsection win over Greensburg CC
May 5, 2022
Fresh off its first section title since 1999, upstart East Allegheny used Thursday’s nonsection baseball game at Greensburg Central Catholic for extra reps.

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Southmoreland shortstop Anthony Govern makes a play against Yough on Monday in Herminie.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Southmoreland takes giant leap into playoffs
Senior shortstop/pitcher Anthony Govern said this season was “playoffs or bust” for Southmoreland.

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Norwin’s Ty Stecko bats against Upper St. Clair on April 26 , 2022, at Norwin.
Stecko taps power potential for Norwin baseball team
Ty Stecko remembers when his baseball bat seemed to weigh more than he did.

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Yough’s Emma Augustine bats against Uniontown on April 29, 2022, at Yough.
Power surge on Cougar Mountain boosts Yough softball team
May 4, 2022
Yough plays its home games on Cougar Mountain in Sewickley Township.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers a pitch in a scrimmage March 16 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Griffin gets aggressive
The owner of a 21-strikeout perfect game and three no-hitters this season, Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Maddie Griffin has all the physical tools to dominate in the circle.

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Penn-Trafford players and coaches talk after Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Latrobe in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford uses disciplined attack to back pitcher Grabowski in win over Latrobe
May 3, 2022
Penn-Trafford baseball coaches and players talked about the importance of hitting and throwing first-pitch strikes against section champion Latrobe.

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Yough’s Gavin Roebuck (second from left) is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off single against Southmoreland on Monday at Yough High School.
Novacek’s career game helps Yough rally past Southmoreland, win share of Section 4-3A title
May 2, 2022
Despite pitching one of the best games of his baseball career, Allen Novacek did not earn a decision Monday afternoon.

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Ligonier Valley’s Madison Griffin is a senior in the 2022 graduating class.
Westmoreland High School Athletes of the Week: Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin, Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski
April 30, 2022
Maddie Griffin

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Carson Shuglie has helped the Hempfield baseball team qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.
Westmoreland HS notebook: Steelers draft goes from Ricketts to Pickett
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ seismic move to select Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett in the first round of the NFL Draft had fans buzzing, debating and reminiscing.

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Franklin Regional’s Ella Evans ties for third in the girls high jump during the Wildcat Invitational Friday, April 8, 2022, at Memorial Stadium.
Franklin Regional track teams claim section titles with undefeated records
Franklin Regional pulled a section double-dip this spring, winning team titles in boys and girls track and field for just the second time in program history.

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Norwin’s Ashley Laukus ties for first place in the girls high jump during the Wildcat Invitational Friday, April 8, 2022 at Memorial Stadium.
Norwin track teams celebrate 4th straight outright section titles
Unbeaten in five Section 1-3A meets, the Norwin boys and girls track and field teams pulled off a four-peat: four outright section titles in as many years — the run includes co-titles in 2017.

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Norwin notebook: Norwin wrestlers shine at freestyle tournament
Several Norwin wrestlers took part in the Ultimate Club Duals freestyle tournaments April 24 in State College.

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The Penn-Trafford softball teams gathers after their 10-0, 5-inning victory over Thomas Jefferson on Friday in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford softball team makes most out of few hits in odd mercy-rule win over TJ
April 29, 2022
Literally, Penn-Trafford walked away with a first-place softball showdown against Thomas Jefferson.

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Penn-Trafford lineman Conlan Greene (17) was offered by St. Francis (Pa.)
Penn-Trafford linemen get college attention
A pair of Penn-Trafford football linemen are beginning to gain traction in the recruiting game.

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Hempfiled defeated visiting North Allegheny, 4-2, in a Section 2-6A softball game.
Hempfield softball stays unbeaten in victory over North Allegheny
April 28, 2022
A day after moving into the state softball rankings, Hempfield was out to show it belonged there again.

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Greensburg Salem baseball player Jake Smith.
It’s a wide world of sports for busy Greensburg Salem senior Jake Smith
When Jake Smith isn’t throwing strikes, he’s rolling them.

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Franklin Regional’s Jordan Suvak celebrates a triple against Penn-Trafford on April 4.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: Teams playing 1-run thrillers
Westmoreland County games have not lacked late-inning drama lately.

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Ligonier Valley senior Maddie Griffin has thrown five career perfect games.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Ligonier Valley specializes in perfection
April 27, 2022
Ligonier Valley has only been in the WPIAL since 2020, but the softball program’s stay has been, in some ways, perfect.

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Penn-Trafford senior softball pitcher Mia Smith
Mental toughness, blazing fastball make Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith hard to hit
There is a lot going on behind the intense eyes and stoic game face of Mia Smith.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against Upper St. Clair on Tuesday at Norwin.
Norwin beats Upper St. Clair, makes up ground in section
April 26, 2022
Here comes Norwin.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin fires a pitch in a scrimmage March 16 at Hempfield.
Better than perfect: Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin strikes out all 21 hitters she faces vs. Seton LaSalle
April 25, 2022
Maddie Griffin admits she has not lived up to her own lofty expectations this spring. After all, the senior softball pitcher from Ligonier Valley threw 11 no-hitters, including five perfect games, last season.

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Southmoreland sophomore softball player Amarah McCutcheon
Westmoreland High School Athletes of the Week: Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon and Hempfield’s Brandon Coughlin
April 23, 2022
Amarah McCutcheon

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco plays against Hampton during a 2021 WPIAL Class 3A semifinal.
Murrysville Star notebook: DiFalco picks up WPIAL scholar-athlete honor
Anthony DiFalco’s goals aren’t just limited to the soccer field.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs against New Castle in the 2021 WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Offers piling up for Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin
Add two more Power 5 scholarship offers for Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin.

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West Greene defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 13-3, in a matchup of top-five softball teams in WPIAL Class A.
No 1. West Greene softball team routs No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic
April 22, 2022
West Greene players and their coach, Billy Simms, hung out in a dusty gravel parking lot near the Greensburg Central Catholic softball field Friday afternoon waiting for their ride home.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis (11) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a two-run homer against Thomas Jefferson on Thursday.
Latrobe softball wins big section showdown with Thomas Jefferson
April 21, 2022
Latrobe earned a section softball split with first-place Thomas Jefferson on the strength of three factors: 1. Sound pitching, 2. Crisp defense and 3. Power hitting.

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Hempfield’s Carson Shuglie celebrates his double against Upper St. Clair on April 5, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland County baseball notebook: 3-game series on horizon for Hempfield, Norwin
Teams are still adjusting to playing two-game series on back-to-back days, but the WPIAL is switching to a new format next season.

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Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor bats in the rain against Upper St. Clair on April 5, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Senior’s return gives energy boost to Hempfield baseball
Joe Fiedor missed most of the basketball season for Hempfield with a mysterious injury he sustained in a home game against Penn-Trafford.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz is greeted at home plate by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Murrysville.
No. 1 Armstrong puts on a show in statement win over Franklin Regional
April 20, 2022
With nicknames like “Camo,” “Smoke” and “Mack Attack,” players on the Armstrong softball team appreciate a good time.

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Ligonier Valley senior Maddie Griffin slaps at a pitch in a March 16 scrimmage at Hempfield.
Westmoreland County softball notebook: Realignment to shake up sections
There is plenty of softball left in 2022, but the WPIAL has set the table for next season with its realignment for the new two-year enrollment cycle.

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Norwin’s Madie Kessler (26) gets a hero’s welcome from teammates after hitting her second home run against Hempfield last season.
Norwin softball looking to overcome soggy, slow start to season
Frustrated and chasing consistency, Norwin softball coaches and players have felt like pulling the lever on the escape hatch lately.

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Norwin’s Luke Passarelli (bottom) will wrestle at Davidson.
High school notebook: Norwin wrestler Passarelli headed to Davidson
April 17, 2022
Luke Passarelli is taking his wrestling talent to the highest level of the NCAA.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs against Trinity on Oct. 15, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin pulls in football offer from Ohio State
April 16, 2022
When Quinton Martin was discussing his college football scholarship offers last month, he said it “would be cool” to get one from Ohio State.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore softball player Cheyenne Piper
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Ligonier Valley’s Cheyenne Piper, Greensburg Salem’s Donavin Waller
Cheyenne Piper

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Norwin senior Paloma Swankler
Norwin high school sports notebook: Knights named county award finalists
A pair of Norwin student-athletes are finalists for the 66th annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete awards. The banquet is set for May 3 at Ferrante’s Lakeview.

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Franklin Regional grad Aidan Fisch was named a Gold Standard Teammate of the Year at Pitt.
Franklin Regional notebook: Aidan Fisch named Gold Standard Teammate at Pitt
Pitt doesn’t just like Fisch on Fridays.

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New coach Palaschak hopes to keep Norwin boys volleyball team among WPIAL’s best
Norwin first-year boys volleyball coach Mike Palaschak pays attention to rankings because, well, he kind of has to.

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Norwin receiver Jackson Pons reaches for a tipped pass in front of Franklin Regional defenders during the 2021 WCCA 7-on-7 championship game.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Norwin receiver gets Division I attention
Jackson Pons has two years of high school football left at Norwin, the same number of Division I football scholarship offers he has.

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Derry’s Ryan Hood “gives the team a sense of confidence,” coach John Flickinger said.
Westmoreland H.S. baseball notebook: Derry not getting comfortable
April 14, 2022
His team bouncing into the TribLive HSSN rankings for the first time this season, Derry baseball coach John Flickinger is excited but far from content.

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Latrobe’s Chase Sickenberger celebrates his triple in front of Franklin Regional’s Blake Bertucci in the third inning Tuesday.
Fun-loving Latrobe baseball team fills up toy box, win column
Simplistic and fun, some trinkets around the clubhouse represent Latrobe baseball’s approach to the game.

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Westmoreland high school softball notebook: Trio stays perfect
April 13, 2022
Three Westmoreland teams remained among the undefeated in the WPIAL through Tuesday’s action.

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Hempfield softball players and coaches celebrate a 10-7 win over visiting Norwin on Wednesday at Robert D. Kalp Field.
Unbeaten, top-ranked Hempfield overpowers Norwin in slugfest
Hempfield softball players kept barking like dogs from the dugout, a unique rallying cry implemented by first-year coach Tina Madison.

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Hempfield freshman softball players Alli Cervola (left) and Riley Miller.
Freshmen chip in all over Westmoreland softball scene
There is a youth movement in local softball this spring.

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Latrobe’s Matthew Macey makes a running catch on a ball hit by Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith in the third inning Tuesday.
Latrobe earns doubleheader sweep of Franklin Regional with pair of 1-run wins
April 12, 2022
Latrobe had every reason to say “Cheese.”

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Former Mt. Pleasant athletic director and coach Allan Bilinsky has been helping fulfill AD duties along with principal Bob Gumbita.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Schools working to replace ADs
April 11, 2022
A pair of Westmoreland schools are working to replace athletic directors.

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Franklin Regional freshman Toryn Fulton
Westmoreland high school athletes of the week: Toryn Fulton, Andrew Allen
April 9, 2022
Toryn Fulton

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Tyler Shafer shows one of his many horses, Kiss this Ego, during the Open Breeders Futurity.
Greensburg CC lineman develops colt following on horse show circuit
Born on a 98-acre horse ranch in Scottdale, Tyler Shafer grew up around colts and fillies.

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Derry boys volleyball coach Shawn Spencer
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Derry volleyball coach reflects after 200th win
Shawn Spencer sees his coaching milestone as one part longevity, two parts personnel.

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Aaron Schmook competes in the javelin on March 30, 2022, at Latrobe.
After school record toss, Norwin’s Schmook targets WPIAL, PIAA success in javelin
Aaron Schmook took up throwing an 8-foot toothpick about four years ago.

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Norwin goalie Owen Burmeister makes a diving save against North Catholic on Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Norwin notebook: Knights take part in PIHL all-star game
Five Norwin hockey players suited up for the PIHL Class A All-Star Game on April 3 at Alpha Ice Complex in Pittsburgh.

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Ligonier Valley shortstop Cheyenne Piper gets ready to throw out a Hempfield runner on a ground out March 16.
Piper provides perfect pitching performance for Ligonier Valley softball
April 7, 2022
Cheyenne Piper arrived at the ballpark Wednesday ready to play. She didn’t know, however, she would be pitching.

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Westmoreland baseball notebook: 2-game series well liked
Coaches and players seem to like the WPIAL’s home-and-home, two-game series that occur on back-to-back days.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Caden Smith delivers against Penn-Trafford during a game on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Haymaker Field in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball revamps rotation in repeat bid
By and large, Franklin Regional had gaps to fill on its WPIAL Class 5A championship baseball team.

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Westmoreland softball notebook: Double-digit run totals becomes more common
April 6, 2022
Yes, scoring is up in Westmoreland County softball.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter laughs with coach Chris Brunson after hitting a triple during a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal against Avonworth on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Mt. Pleasant softball team still working to build chemistry after turnover of championship roster
Mt. Pleasant wants reps. It needs reps. Lots of reps.

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New Yough football coach Ben Hoffer
Alumnus Hoffer hired as coach to revive Yough football program
April 5, 2022
It can be done: Yough can win again.

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Franklin Regional earned a split in its Section 1-5A series against Penn-Trafford with a 5-0 victory Tuesday in Harrison City.
Franklin Regional baseball team avenges Monday’s loss to Penn-Trafford
Defending WPIAL baseball champion Franklin Regional was a little miffed after losing its Section 1-5A opener. It showed in the rematch with previously unbeaten Penn-Trafford.

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Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski (right) celebrates his two-run homer during a game against Franklin Regional on Monday at Haymaker Park.
Penn-Trafford drops Franklin Regional in section opener
April 4, 2022
Nolan Marasti told his coach after a recent practice that he planned to pitch seven innings in the section opener.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin competes against Montour in the WPIAL semifinals Feb. 26, 2022, at Bethel Park.
Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year
April 2, 2022
Quinton Martin

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair pulls down a rebound over Hampton’s Sophia Kelly during the girls WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal round playoff game on Friday, March 8, 2021 at Hampton High School.
Latrobe’s Emma Blair named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Emma Blair

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Penn-Trafford’s Noah Wright drives past Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich during their game on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Local players dot rosters for Roundball Classic
The Roundball Classic basketball games return this year, and a number of local players made the all-star rosters.

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Norwin sports notebook: Mumpower makes volleyball list
Norwin senior Luke Mumpower was one of three WPIAL players selected as the Class 3A player of the week by the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association.

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Norwin celebrates Alex Thomas’ goal against McDowell in the second period during the Class A championship Monday, March 21, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Norwin hockey celebrates ‘huge accomplishment’ of Penguins Cup
In an unforgettable run of validation, Norwin showed championship confidence early in the season and put it on display late, capturing the first PIHL Penguins Cup title in program history.

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New Hempfield softball coach Tina Madison meets with her players before a recent practice.
New coaches at Jeannette, Hempfield plan to continue their programs’ traditions of winning
April 1, 2022
Tom Paulone watches his players condition in the weight room at Jeannette’s McKee Stadium on a bitter-cold March afternoon.

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Westmoreland H.S. baseball notebook: Latrobe enjoys out-of-state opener
March 31, 2022
Latrobe continued a tradition by playing a baseball game against Upper Arlington High School in Ohio.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock scores against Hempfield on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield Area High School.
Boys rosters set for May’s Roundball Classic all-star basketball games
March 30, 2022
The Roundball Classic senior all-star basketball games will return May 19-21 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Westmoreland softball notebook: Franklin Regional plays power ball
Franklin Regional did more than hit the beach in Florida.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay drives past Southern Columbia’s Loren Gehret during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game March 25 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Girls Roundball Classic all-star basketball rosters announced
March 29, 2022
The Roundball Classic senior all-star basketball games will return May 19-21 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis tries to drive past Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
Belle Vernon’s Kreis makes USA junior handball team
March 28, 2022
What started as a curious activity in gym class turned into a chance for Viva Kreis to represent her country.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores against Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at West Mifflin.
Recruiting hype doesn’t seem to affect Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin
March 27, 2022
Even at a young age, Quinton Martin is existing nicely with the recruiting process.

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Norwin notebook: Girls bowling team reaches playoff round at states
The Norwin girls bowling team reached the playoff round of the state championships March 19 in Lancaster.

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Franklin Regional Senior High School
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Franklin Regional establishes sports hall of fame
March 26, 2022
From now until April 29, Franklin Regional is taking nominations for its inaugural hall of fame class.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jacob Otto celebrates an RBI against Norwin in the second inning Friday, March 25, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball wins opener against rival Norwin
March 25, 2022
Jake Otto batted in the lower third of the Penn-Trafford lineup last season as an unassuming sophomore. But he knew his role likely would increase this season.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas and Mario Cavallaro (left) will play West Chester East in the Pennsylvania Cup championship Saturday.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff preview capsule: Pennsylvania Cup championship game
Saturday’s game

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder moves the ball upfiled past Southern Columbia’s Jadyn Jankowski during the PIAA Class A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Felder will play for Youngstown State
In less than a month’s time, Sara Felder was recruited by a school, visited its campus and made a commitment.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro scrimmages Yough on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland baseball opening day primer: Teams, players, games to watch
March 24, 2022
Friday is opening day for high school baseball in the WPIAL.

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Ligonier Valley’s Maddie Griffin throws a pitch against Sharpsville in the PIAA playoffs last year.
Westmoreland softball opening day primer: Teams, players, games to watch
Friday is opening day for high school softball in the WPIAL. Here are some particulars to get you started on a new season.

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Norwin’s Alex Thomas celebrates his goal against McDowell in the second period during the Class A championship Monday, March 21, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Senior leadership, sophomore talent helps Norwin reach Pennsylvania Cup final
While the roster lists them by their sweater number and class, Norwin hockey players say they identify as one.

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Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon batted .613 with 11 home runs, 27 RBIs and 32 runs as a freshman.
Expectations remain high for Southmoreland softball team
March 23, 2022
Southmoreland softball had some fun with its first week of practices, introducing themes.

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‘Playoffs or nothing’ for refocused Southmoreland baseball team
With rain in the forecast earlier in the week, Southmoreland baseball players rolled out a brand new tarp to cover their home infield.

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Norwin’s Logan Fear holds the Penguins Cup after beating McDowell, 5-0, in the the PIHL Class A championship on Monday, March 21, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Norwin hockey rolls into state final against West Chester East
March 22, 2022
Norwin hockey players held up a poster board with two words written on it Monday night after their first championship victory.

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Norwin with the Penguins Cup after beating McDowell 5-0 to win the Class A Championship on Monday, March 21, 2022 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Norwin blanks McDowell to claim 1st Penguins Cup championship
March 21, 2022
Norwin likes to give out a banana to its top player after each hockey win, the recipient being the choice of senior defenseman Will Dillner.

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Peters Township players celebrate with the Penguins Cup after beating Seneca Valley in the Class AAA Championship on Monday, March 21, 2022 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Peters Township uses 3rd-period surge to capture Class 3A Penguins Cup title
All of their players adorned with blond hair, the Peters Township hockey team captured PIHL gold.

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Norwin pitcher Angelina Pepe will play for Clarion next season.
Expectations are high for Norwin softball team
Satisfied is not a word you want to associate with the Norwin softball team heading into the 2022 season.

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Franklin Regional forward Chase Williams beats South Fayette goalie Brandon Timmins on a penalty shot in the PIHL semifinal March 15.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule: Penguins Cup championship, March 22, 2022
Today’s game

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Norwin baseball coaches and players meet before a scrimmage against North Hills on March 17, 2022, in North Huntingdon.
‘Expectations never change’ for talent-rich Norwin baseball team
Norwin is trying to put last baseball season in the rearview mirror, although the Knights still wonder what might have been.

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North Allegheny, Seton LaSalle top preseason boys volleyball polls
It should come as no surprise that defending WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A champion North Allegheny, and WPIAL 2A winner Seton LaSalle top the Western PA Volleyball Coaches Association preseason polls.

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Norwin’s Ash Yemc moves the puck up-ice against North Catholic on Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
PIHL Class A Penguins Cup capsule for March 21, 2022
March 20, 2022
Monday’s game

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Norwin defenseman Will Dillner works next to goalie Owen Burmeister during their game against North Catholic on Feb. 15, 2022, in Cranberry.
History on the table as Norwin hockey seeks 1st PIHL Penguins Cup title
Dinner tasted particularly good that night.

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Westmoreland notebook: Norwin’s Young added to East-West All-Star Game
March 19, 2022
Better late than not at all.

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Norwin notebook: Young to play in East-West All-Star Game
Norwin senior football player Jacob Young was added to the West roster for the big-school East-West All-Star Game, set for May 29 at Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg.

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The Freedom girls basketball team reacts after shocking the state’s No. 1-ranked team, North Catholic, 46-39, in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals March 18, 2022, at North Hills.
Freedom stuns WPIAL champion North Catholic to earn trip to PIAA basketball finals
March 18, 2022
As Freedom girls basketball coach John Kaercher would have it, “These dogs had their day.”

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Fox Chapel’s JP Dockey drives upcourt against Allderdice’s Ethan Anish during their PIAA Class 6A second-round playoff game Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA boys basketball preview capsule: Fox Chapel vs. Archbishop Wood, Saturday, March 19, 2022
Class 6A

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Latrobe softball hopes old-school approach leads to playoff push
March 17, 2022
Bob Kovalcin is a throwback. He is as old-school as they come and darn proud of it.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Amatucci scores during the first inning against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Harrison City.
Latrobe baseball team hopes pitching catches up to offense
Vinny Amatucci’s nickname is “Ammo.”

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Yough head coach Chris Chunko watches his team during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Chunko resigns as Yough football coach
Yough football will drop to Class 2A next season, but it will do so without Chris Chunko.

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Norwin coach Mike Robinson (center) and his players look on during the PIHL Class A semifinal Wednesday, March 16, 2022,at RMU Island Sports Center.
Norwin hockey team edges Fox Chapel for PIHL playoff win
March 16, 2022
Mario Cavallaro skated wide as two defenders closed in on his puck-handling teammate, Alex Thomas.

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Norwin’s Robbie Chappell celebrates his goal against North Catholic with Hunter Hardy on Feb. 15 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff preview capsule for March 16, 2022
March 15, 2022
Class A

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Ryan Crombie (left) and his Penn-Trafford teammates face top-ranked Thomas Jefferson in the PIHL semifinals Monday.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff preview capsules: Games of March 15, 2022
March 14, 2022
Tuesday’s games

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The Blackhawk girls basketball team remained undefeated with a 72-52 victory over Southmoreland Saturday in the PIAA playoffs at North Allegheny.
Fusetti fuels Blackhawk’s offense in PIAA 2nd-round win against Southmoreland
March 12, 2022
Alena Fusetti knows she doesn’t have to be the main scorer on a team with so much depth and balance.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith is a three-sport standout and could make a move to the infield this season.
Defending baseball champ Franklin Regional returns plenty
Franklin Regional is not ready to loosen its grip on the WPIAL championship trophy just yet.

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Steve Snider (left) and son Nathan display PIAA cross country championship trophies. Steve coached the Greensburg Salem girls to a title in 1993 and Nathan coached the boys in 2018.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem honors coach Snider
Maybe the “Snider Mile” will become a thing in the future.

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Armstrong freshman Jesse Pugh rounds the bases past Franklin Regional’s Madison Nguyen after hitting her first home run of the game on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional softball anticipates making run at section title with talented lineup
His softball team actually outdoors for a practice on the fourth day of preseason workouts, a day before a winter storm watch in the region, Jim Armstrong did a panorama of the mud-caked field at Franklin Regional.

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Norwin senior Chase Kranitz takes a break at practice Feb. 15 at Norwin
Norwin notebook: Wrestler brings home junior high state title
The Norwin wrestling program showcased some potential future standouts at the Pennsylvania Junior High Wrestling State Championships earlier this month at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown.

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Above: Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Bernie Pucka reacts to a play against Greensburg Central Catholic on Dec. 28.
1st-year coaches take lessons from Franklin Regional basketball season
While their teams fell short of the WPIAL postseason, first-year basketball coaches Jesse Reed and Bernie Pucka saw new systems begin to take root and programs take on new personalities this winter.

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Ligonier Valley’s Miles Higgins placed fourth in the javelin at the PIAA Class AA championships May 28, 2021, at Shippensburg University.
Miles Higgins of Ligonier Valley commits to UNC-Wilmington
March 11, 2022
Ligonier Valley senior Miles Higgins will aim for a WPIAL repeat this spring, but he’ll do so with his college plans firmly in place.

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Quaker Valley senior Jack Gardinier scored a career-high 36 points as the Quakers remained unbeaten with an 86-75 victory over Belle Vernon in the PIAA Class 4A second round Friday, March 11, 2022, at North Allegheny.
Gardinier’s career game helps Quaker Valley get by Belle Vernon, into PIAA quarterfinals
Belle Vernon didn’t know Jack.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams dunks past OLSH’s Lukas Daeschner during 2A boys WPIAL semifinal action on Tuesday, March. 1, 2022 at Gateway High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff capsules for March 12, 2022
Boys

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams dunks past OLSH’s Lukas Daeschner during WPIAL Class 2A semifinal action on Tuesday, March. 1, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys vow to ‘Compete!’ in PIAA 2nd-round matchup with Ridgway
Christian Hyland had three things written on the locker room dry-erase board Wednesday night at Conemaugh Township. Three things he figured a state playoff win might boil down to.

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Southmoreland’s Maddie Moore scores past Knoch’s Karlee Buterbaugh during WPIAL Class 4A semifinal action on Tuesday, March. 1, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Southmoreland girls seeking 1st trip to PIAA quarterfinals
For the better part of three seasons, the Southmoreland girls rarely have been viewed as an underdog.

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PIHL announces 2022 all-star rosters
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League announced rosters for its annual all-star games.

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Southmoreland football coach Tim Bukowski
Bukowski hired as Southmoreland football coach, steps in for late friend Frederick
March 10, 2022
Tim Bukowski had planned to be Ron Frederick’s right-hand man on the Southmoreland football coaching staff.

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Wil Dunda and his Quaker Valley teammates face Belle Vernon in the PIAA playoffs Friday.
Westmoreland PIAA playoff capsule: Belle Vernon vs. Quaker Valley, Friday, March 11, 2022
Friday’s game

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin was named a five-star recruit by 247sports.com.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Belle Vernon’s Martin gets 5-star rating
Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin is now a five-star recruit, at least according to one reputable recruiting website.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin goes up for a layup against Montour in the WPIAL semifinals Feb. 26 at Bethel Park.
Belle Vernon to face monumental challenge in Quaker Valley in PIAA 2nd round
Belle Vernon knows it could be in for its toughest challenge of the season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner (right) reacts with teammates Dylan Parsons (10) and Ryan Appleby after his buzzer-beating layup beat Conemaugh Township, 62-60, on Wednesday night in a PIAA first-round playoff game in Davidsville.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys advance on Turner’s buzzer-beating layup
March 9, 2022
DAVIDSVILLE — Greensburg Central Catholic was hooting on the way to hollering with a 19-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

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Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule: Westmont Hilltop vs. Norwin, Thursday, March 10, 2022
Class A

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Norwin’s Robbie Chappell celebrates his goal against North Catholic with Hunter Hardy on Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Norwin carries momentum into Penguins Cup playoffs
The word “monumental” was used to describe this hockey win.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin drives past Obama Academy’s Xzavier Rodgers in a PIAA Class 4A playoff game Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
Short-handed Belle Vernon advances, gets coach Salvino his 700th career win
March 8, 2022
After doing postgame interviews, Joe Salvino was sprayed with water as soon as he opened the door to the Belle Vernon locker room. His players surprised him with an onslaught of hydration.

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Brevan Williams (left) and Greensburg Central Catholic are in the state playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff capsules: Games for Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Boys

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Quinton Martin (right) and his Belle Vernon teammates face Obama Academy in their PIAA opener Monday.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff preview: Games of Tuesday, March 8, 2022
March 7, 2022
Tuesday’s game

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Aiden Alberts and his Penn-Trafford teammates face Meadville in the PIHL playoffs Tuesday.
PIHL Penguins Cup playoff previews: Games of Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Tuesday’s games

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams is fouled by OLSH’s Jake DiMichele (left) during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Tuesday, March. 1, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams ready for PIAA playoffs
March 6, 2022
Some say luck is when preparation crosses paths with opportunity.

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview: Hempfield vs. Thomas Jefferson, Monday, March 7, 2022
Class 2A

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Norwin’s Ty Stecko pulls down a rebound in front of Hempfield’s Charles Ewer during their Section 3-6A game on Jan. 4.
Norwin notebook: Loss to Butler ends solid season for boys basketball team
Norwin’s boys basketball team couldn’t hold off Butler for a second time this season and fell 81-73 in a rematch with the Golden Tornado in the WPIAL Class 6A first round, bringing the Knights’ season to a close.

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Norwin’s Maggie Race works against North Allegheny’s Taylor Rawls during their game on Jan. 27.
Norwin girls basketball looks to future after abrupt playoff exit
Norwin had momentum, a nine-point halftime lead and its sights on a return to the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball semifinals.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich celebrates after scoring next to Avonworth’s Rowan Carmichael during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Belle Vernon resident Eli Teslovich helps Shady Side Academy to WPIAL title
March 5, 2022
Westmoreland County did not produce a WPIAL champion in basketball this season.

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Latrobe goalkeeper Sophia Decerb makes a save against Norwin on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Latrobe goalkeeper DeCerb commits to James Madison
Anyone who follows Latrobe girls soccer will not be surprised to hear the news: Sofia DeCerb will stop shots at the NCAA Division I level.

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OLSH’s Lukas Daeschner celebrates with Jake DiMichele after beating Fort Cherry to win their fourth straight WPIAL Class 2A championship Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Petersen Events Center.
Jake DiMichele, OLSH dominant again in WPIAL Class 2A championship win over Fort Cherry
Jake DiMichele cracked open a cold Pepsi before meeting a gaggle of reporters.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich celebrates afterr scoring next to Avonworth’s Rowan Carmichael during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Shady Side Academy surges past Avonworth to claim WPIAL Class 3A championship
March 4, 2022
Peter Kramer saw Eli Teslovich dribble into the open court with only one defender ahead.

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Fox Chapel’s Danny Downey celebrates his goal against Kiski Area on Nov. 11, 2021, in Harmar.
PIHL playoffs set to begin Monday
March 2, 2022
North Allegheny (Class 3A), Thomas Jefferson (2A), Fox Chapel (A) and Bishop Canevin (Division 2) are the top seeds for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguin Cup playoffs, set to begin Monday at various league-used rinks.

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OLSH’s Rocco Spadafora drives past Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Appleby during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinalTuesday, March. 1, 2022 at Gateway High School.
OLSH blitzes Greensburg CC, earns 6th straight trip to WPIAL finals
March 1, 2022
Greensburg Central Catholic ended Monessen’s 16-game winning streak in the semifinals.

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Southmoreland girls basketball coach Amber Cernuto (center) talks with her players after Monday’s practice in Alverton.
Southmoreland girls continue to rely on trademark defense to advance in WPIAL playoffs
February 28, 2022
Teams that have played against Southmoreland the last several seasons rarely have hit their scoring averages.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Abbleby (right) and his teammates face three-time defending WPIAL champion Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules: Games for Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Semifinals

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Shakeup for football schedules
February 27, 2022
Schedules for the 2022 WPIAL football season came out last week, giving some teams in new classifications, and their fans, a glimpse of what lies ahead.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Appleby defends Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys get much-anticipated rematch with OLSH in WPIAL semifinals
Greensburg Central Catholic players and coaches watched Our Lady of the Sacred Heart celebrate a WPIAL boys basketball title last year at Peters Township — right in front of them.

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Franklin Regional basketball players present a check to Clelian Heights School in Greensburg. Pictured are (from left): Lexie Patberg, Sarah Penrod, Nick Neuschwander, Jordan Suvak, Caden Smith, Kylen, Cameron, Kolby, David, Coach Anthony and Sr. Charlene.
Franklin Regional basketball continues fundraising efforts for Clelian Heights
Organizer Kurt Kimmich longs for the return of the Special Needs Awareness Day at Franklin Regional.

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Norwin notebook: Knights juniors earn trip to state indoor track championships
A pair of Norwin athletes qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association Indoor Championships Feb. 27 at Penn State.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates his first touchdown with Conlan Greene during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Exeter on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford football was part of last championship weekend in Hershey
February 26, 2022
It turns out Penn-Trafford was the last Westmoreland County team to celebrate a PIAA football title in Hershey.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Franco Alvarez looks to take a charge against Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.
Greensburg CC ends Monessen’s winning streak, earns rematch with OLSH in Class 2A
February 25, 2022
Greensburg Central Catholic’s team size has been a problem for opponents all season.

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Belle Vernon senior Devin Whitlock is averaging 15 points per game this season.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff capsule for Feb. 26, 2022
Saturday’s game

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Seton LaSalle guard Mallory Daly (2) celebrates with her teammates after the Rebels defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 47-30, in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
Daly drives Seton LaSalle past Greensburg CC in Class 2A quarterfinals
February 24, 2022
Mallory Daly knows how to take hits and she knows how to dish them out.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin puts up a shot against Freeport in a WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Wednesday.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Belle Vernon itching for another crack at Montour
Belle Vernon was short a couple of key pieces when it played Montour the first time this season.

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Anna Rafferty and her Latrobe teammates face No. 2 South Fayette on Friday.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules: Games for Friday, Feb. 25, 2022
Friday’s games

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Bethel Park first-year coach Sam Loadman gets ready to greet Norwin’s starters before her Black Hawks played the Lady Knights in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal playoff game in North Huntingdon on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.
Bethel Park girls stage 2nd-half rally to get past Norwin in Class 6A quarterfinals
February 23, 2022
Flat and frustrated at halftime, Bethel Park reminded itself there were still 16 minutes of basketball to play. That the outcome was far from decided and it still had plenty to offer this game.

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Southmoreland’s Maddie Moore makes a pass as Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis defends in a game earlier this season.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Follow-the-winner plan gives teams 2nd chance
With capacity rules decreased and crowds back in gyms, postseason basketball is beginning to feel normal again.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan scored 17 points in the Centurions’ first-round win.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules: Games for Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
GIRLS

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Latrobe girls basketball players stand for the national anthem, which was sung by Wildcats soccer player Morgan Reilly, before Tuesday night’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff game against Mars.
Latrobe girls battle past scrappy Mars into Class 5A quarterfinals
February 22, 2022
This was a playoff win built on the bedrock of team basketball.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kamryn Pieper (left) celebrates with Maura Suman after defeating Norwin, 37-36, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Harrison City.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff capsules for Feb. 23, 2022
Wednesday’ games

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball players sing the school’s alma mater in front of their student section Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after a 51-27 victory over Chartiers-Houston in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
Kuhns, Morgan lead Greensburg Central Catholic past Chartiers-Houston
February 21, 2022
The more patient Greensburg Central Catholic became with Chartiers-Houston’s 2-1-2 press, the wider the margin got in the teams’ playoff opener.

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Jenna Dawson (right) and her Belle Vernon teammates face Quaker Valley in the playoffs Tuesday.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff capsules for Feb. 22, 2022
Tuesday’s games

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior Bailey Kuhns is a Mercyhurst recruit.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff capsules for Feb. 21, 2022
February 20, 2022
Monday’s games

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Hempfield’s Capri DeCaro finished third in the triple jump at the PIAA Class AAA championships May 30, at Shippensburg University.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield senior signs with Duquesne
February 19, 2022
A torn ACL and the accompanying surgery cost Capri DeCaro her senior basketball season, but the injury did not ward off college suitors looking to recruit the Hempfield senior for track and field.

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Norwin’s Luke Passarelli wrestles Kiski School’s Sulayman Bah during the WCCA championships on Jan. 7 at Kiski Area High School.
Norwin notebook: Wrestling team wins late-season tournament
The WPIAL team wrestling championship had already been decided, but that didn’t stop Norwin from beating up on opponents.

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Norwin’s Ty Stecko celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Hempfield during a Section 3-6A game Jan. 4 at Hempfield Area High School.
Playoff berth breathes new life into Norwin boys basketball program
Norwin players and coaches sprinted toward center court and embraced one another. They soon were joined by some student fans who rushed the court after the final buzzer sounded.

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Gateway’s William Kronka fight for a loose ball with Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell on Feb. 11, 2022 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional notebook: Panthers miss playoffs on tiebreaker
The Franklin Regional boys basketball team needed a win in its final Section 3-5A game of the season to get into the WPIAL playoffs, but neighboring Gateway spoiled the Panthers’ plans.

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Lincoln Park boys basketball players gather for the starting lineups Friday night in Midland.
Lincoln Park serves notice to WPIAL Class 4A bracket with rout of Yough
February 18, 2022
Defending champion Lincoln Park is getting healthy, and that is bad news for the WPIAL Class 4A bracket.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby attempts to block the shot of Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon on Dec. 22, 2021.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff capsule for Feb. 18, 2022
February 17, 2022
Today’s game

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon shoots against Hempfield’s Sean Gordon during their game on Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield High School.
With supporting cast thriving, Belle Vernon’s no 2-man show
Belle Vernon is miscast sometimes as a two-man basketball team. A two-man show.

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Joe Salvino
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Belle Vernon’s Salvino nears victory milestone
Somewhat in jest, Joe Salvino said there are two people who care more about his career win total than he does.

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Southmoreland senior Delaynie Morvosh
Delaynie Morvosh sheds unsung label, makes major impact for Southmoreland
February 16, 2022
When teams yell “shooter!” while they’re defending Southmoreland, Delaynie Morvosh is usually surprised when she realizes they mean her.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair (right) has 14 double-doubles in 18 games this season.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Latrobe’s Blair is double-double machine
When the ball goes up, Emma Blair is ready for it to come down.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Appleby defends OLSH’s Jake DiMichele during the WPIAL Class 2A final last season.
GCC boys keep an eye on OLSH as WPIAL playoff brackets revealed
February 14, 2022
Greensburg Central Catholic and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will not meet again in the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball championship game.

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The Ligonier Valley girls basketball team honored educators on Feb. 9. Pictured are, first row from left: Isabella Rosinski, Isabella Pacienza, Sydnee Foust, Selina Bosak, Madison Marinchak, Maddie Griffin, Misty Miller, Abby Painter, Mara Myers, Amanda Woods, Lyla Barr; second row: Maggy Markosky, Kassia McPherson, Johnna McNulty, Colonel Charles Johnson, Amy Brown, Ashley Crossland, Barbara Gilmore, Corinne Kenna, Karen Harding, and Corey Turcheck.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Belle Vernon, Ligonier Valley honor teachers
February 13, 2022
Late-season basketball games are often platforms for special occasions. Senior night and youth recognition night are among them.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams gets ready to shoot a foul shot Saturday at Jeannette.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys bounce back, clinch section title with rout of Jeannette
February 12, 2022
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team had its 20-game home winning streak end Friday night in a loss to Serra Catholic. It was the No. 2-ranked Centurions’ second defeat in three games.

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Ligonier Valley’s Jake Hollick looks to pass during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Hollick brings hockey sensibility
Jake Hollick is one of the top senior basketball players at Ligonier Valley this season. He is known for playing with a little bit of an edge.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimerman celebrates with Brendan Ash after Ash’s goal against Penn-Trafford on Sept. 24, 2020.
Soccer rivalry between Norwin, Penn-Trafford takes hit in realignment
A longtime soccer rivalry was sideswiped by the new enrollment numbers for the PIAA’s next two-year cycle.

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The 100-yard backstroke is one of the events Norwin’s Joey Testa qualified for the WPIAL meet in.
Norwin notebook: Swimmer gets in on ground floor at Southern Indiana
Norwin senior Joey Testa moved from Katy, Texas, where she was a standout for Katy Aquatics in the AAA Junior Olympics. She still holds records there.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith reach out to stiff-arm Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith on Sept. 3, 2021.
Franklin Regional standout Caden Smith seeking college football fit
Franklin Regional standout senior Caden Smith, a terrific three-sport athlete, wants to play football in college.

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Norwin boys basketball players celebrate earning a playoff berth after defeating Penn-Trafford on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
Norwin boys hold off Penn-Trafford, earn playoff spot for 1st time in 6 years
February 11, 2022
Norwin didn’t make a field goal in the fourth quarter, but that might have had something to do with the effort the Knights were putting in on the defensive end against visiting Penn-Trafford.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek brings the ball upcourt past North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson during their game on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Norwin High School
Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek sinks near 70-foot buzzer-beater
Brianna Zajicek moved to point guard this season, so she has a different perspective on the game and new decisions to make.

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Hempfield coach Bill Swan talks with his team during a timeout against Norwin on Jan. 4.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notes: Playoff field nearly set
The Westmoreland County WPIAL boys basketball playoff field is nearly complete.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman celebrates after scoring in the final seconds against Norwin on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Harrison City.
Suman, Penn-Trafford steal the show, top No. 3 Norwin in final seconds
February 10, 2022
Penn-Trafford stole one. Literally.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
                                Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley boys ‘want to earn everything’
Ligonier Valley got a free pass to the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs last year because the league had an open tournament where any team could participate, a result of the covid pandemic.

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Yough athletic director Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison resigns as Yough athletic director
Yough is looking for an athletic director after the resignation of Scott Morrison, who held the position for nearly two years.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty pulls down a rebound against Woodland Hills on Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Playoff participants set
February 9, 2022
Westmoreland County’s contributions to the WPIAL girls basketball playoff field are set.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto dodges around Mount Pleasant defenders Riley Gesinksi (center) and Allison Bailey (left) during a game Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland basketball teams welcome chance to start playoffs at home
A number of basketball coaches expressed their admiration for the WPIAL’s decision to allow higher-seeded teams to host first-round and quarterfinal playoff games last season because of the pandemic.

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Ron Frederick was the recommended candidate to be the new head coach at his alma mater, Southmoreland. He died on Feb. 3, 2022.
Southmoreland plans symbolic hiring of late football coach Ron Frederick
Ron Frederick couldn’t wait to begin his dream job as the head football coach at Southmoreland.

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Hempfield’s Chaz Ewer drives around Penn-Trafford defenders Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 in Harrison City.
Hempfield closes in on WPIAL playoff spot after win at Penn-Trafford
February 8, 2022
Playing with a sense of playoff urgency, Hempfield pieced together a Section 3-6A win and moved a step closer to securing a postseason berth.

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Derry enters the field during a 2019 game against Freeport. Renovations at Trojan Stadium will begin this summer.
Westmoreland notebook: Work to upgrade Derry’s Trojan Stadium begins this summer
The entrance to Derry’s Trojan Stadium is going to look quite different in the near future.

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Derry girls coach Gene Brisbane is down to seven players but has the Trojans in playoff contention.
Short-handed Derry perseveres through trying season
February 7, 2022
Down to seven players, a hobbled leading scorer and a section schedule wearing thin on opportunities, the Derry girls basketball team played on with flickering playoff hopes.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bryce Kurpiel (right) practices drills with teammate Aaron Stasko on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 during team practice at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Stasko to be long snapper at Duquesne
February 5, 2022
Senior Aaron Stasko was a jack-of all-trades type for Greensburg Central Catholic football.

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Norwin junior swimmers Anna Little and Nathan Kostrobala
Pool renovations can’t slow Norwin swim teams
The pool is undergoing a remodel at Norwin, but that doesn’t mean swimming talent has dried up.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek guards North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson during their game on Jan. 27.
Norwin notebook: Girls basketball team makes statement with win over North Allegheny
It was a head-turning win if there ever was one.

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Franklin Regional’s Chase Williams carries the puck past West Allegheny’s Braden Medved during their game on Dec. 1, 2020.
Franklin Regional notebook: Playoffs around corner for hockey team
The Franklin Regional hockey team was gearing up for its final four games of the season as the Panthers build toward another PIHL Class 2A playoff run.

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Fox Chapel and Penn-Trafford tip off in Harrison City on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.
Fox Chapel boys see big lead slip away before holding off Penn-Trafford
February 4, 2022
Getting defensive stops against Fox Chapel is a task much easier said than done.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Christian Hyland (third from right) talks to his team after a recent practice.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Local teams join Hoops For a Cure
February 3, 2022
Allen Deep, who orchestrates a number of in-season charity showcases and the annual Roundball Classic after the basketball season, has two more events lined up for this weekend.

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Monessen coach Dan Bosnic leads his team against Vincentian Academy during a PIAA Class A boys basketball semifinal March 18, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon.
Deep roster helps Monessen boys basketball go on late-season tear
A winning streak can be euphoric and demanding, enjoyable and stressful.

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GCC players celebrate after a 69-54 win over Winchester Thurston on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Carbon.
Well-rounded GCC boys too much for Winchester Thurston, win 14th straight
February 2, 2022
Tyree Turner and Brevan Williams scored inside and out.

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Monessen coach Janine Vertacnik has helped mold her team into a playoff contender.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Monessen motivated by ‘unfinished business’
Monessen has a unique girls basketball roster.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan (left) and Bailey Kuhns re-enter their game against Winchester Thurston on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Carbon.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball leans on top scorers Morgan, Kuhns
Greensburg Central Catholic is charging down the floor on a break.

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Latrobe and Franklin Regional coaches and players meet Tuesday night before their Section 3-5A boys basketball game in Murrysville. Franklin Regional won, 68-36.
Franklin Regional dominates Latrobe in boys basketball rematch
February 1, 2022
How does a team lose by seven on the road and win by 32 at home against the same opponent?

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bailey Kuhns drives to the basket past Winchester Thurston’s Octavia Chitty during their game on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Carbon.
Greensburg Central Catholic gets past Winchester Thurston, nears Section 4-2A title
January 31, 2022
Once Greensburg Central Catholic adjusted to visiting Winchester Thurston’s pressure and sophomore guard Mya Morgan found her shooting touch Monday night, it was the Centurions’ game to lose.

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Greensburg Central Catholic warms up before its game against Latrobe on Sunday at Seton Hill.
Greensburg Central Catholic tunes up for big week by beating Latrobe at Seton Hill
January 30, 2022
With a potentially tough stretch of games this week, high-scoring Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping for a strong showing Sunday night at the five-game Shootout at Seton Hill basketball event — a tune-up of sorts that could do more for the team than a practice.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford football team honored in Harrisburg
Penn-Trafford traveled to Hershey to win a state football championship. The Warriors went to Harrisburg to be recognized for it.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Monessen girls basketball to finish game with Fort Cherry
Monessen had an unusual time Wednesday when it hosted Fort Cherry for a girls basketball game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski holds the flag after carding a birdie on Hole 15, as Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti lines up his putt during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
WPIAL golfers to face true test next fall as championships expand to 2 rounds
January 29, 2022
Two rounds. Thirty-six holes. Two courses?

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Norwin basketball players shake hands with Hempfield players after their game Friday night in North Huntingdon. Norwin won 59-49.
Tough schedule pays off as Norwin boys down Hempfield
January 28, 2022
Norwin and Hempfield know something about tough nonsection schedules.

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Jeannette head coach Adrian Batts watches his team during practice drills on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette coach Adrian Batts gets 200th career win
Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts has never missed the WPIAL playoffs in 12 seasons leading the Jayhawks and he is on pace to reach the postseason again this year.

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A plaque honoring Ben Roethlisberger hangs in the gymnasium of Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio, in this 2006 file photo.
Remembering Ben Roethlisberger’s remarkable senior season at Findlay High
Ben Roethlisberger walked off into the sunset Thursday, announcing his retirement from pro football after 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman scoops up a loose ball from Franklin Regional’s Sophia Yaniga during the Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman breaks school steals record
Penn-Trafford senior point guard Maura Suman can handle the ball and score with some of the better backcourt players in Section 1-6A.

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Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Shootout at Seton Hill returns
January 27, 2022
Basketball showcase events went by the wayside last season as the covid pandemic stretched its long reach over high school and college sports.

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Norwin’s Alyssa Laukus celebrates with Lauren Palangio (33) after Palangio scored against North Allegheny on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls easily drop No. 1 North Allegheny
Norwin had a “purple out” Thursday night as part of a fundraiser.

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Yough sophomore basketball player Terek Crosby
Yough’s rising basketball star Crosby working to expand his game
Terek Crosby is a gifted athlete and a natural scorer on the basketball court.

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Latrobe’s Bailey Watson (20) celebrates with Camille Dominick after scoring against Woodland Hills on Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe girls basketball integrates guarded approach
January 26, 2022
Latrobe has gained some attention around WPIAL girls basketball circles because of its height and old-school post play.

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Norwin head coach Brian Brozeski talks with Chloe Lukondi (14) and Maggie Race during their game against North Allegheny on Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Sizing up the Norwin-North Allegheny rematch
Odds do not favor an offensive extravaganza when North Allegheny and Norwin meet again Thursday night in North Huntingdon.

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Franklin Regional’s Cam Rowell, going up for a dunk against Penn-Trafford on Dec. 13, 2021, led all scorers with 16 points Tuesday night.
Franklin Regional boys claw past Woodland Hills for Section 3-5A basketball win
January 25, 2022
The grind makes the victory that much sweeter.

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Jeannette and Greensburg Salem meet before their nonsection game in Greensburg on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
Jeannette makes plays down stretch to stave off Greensburg Salem rally
January 24, 2022
Greensburg Salem was coming back furiously late in the third quarter.

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Penn Trafford’s Nick Turowski smiles after finishing his round during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford golfer Turowski to play in national event
January 23, 2022
Penn-Trafford sophomore Nick Turowski, the reigning WPIAL Class 3A golf champion, will play in a prestigious tournament this summer.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Geisinksi attempts a shotbut is blocked by Southmoreland’s Delaynie Morvosh (center) and Maddie Moore (right) on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland gets in tune, beats Mt. Pleasant in ‘backyard brawl’
January 22, 2022
The Southmoreland girls began the day by singing the national anthem together.

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Norwin’s Aaron Schmook, right, celebrates in the end zone with Dom Barca, left, after scoring a touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Norwin, Hempfield ready for challenges after football realignment
Now that they have a better idea of what they will be dealing with in their new classification and conference, Norwin and Hempfield can begin to plan out next football season.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz (back) is a Buffalo commit.
Norwin notebook: Chase Kranitz hits 100-victory wrestling milestone
Chase Kranitz checked off a career milestone when the Norwin wrestling team hit the road for a recent tournament.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith puts the ball behind his back as he leads the fast break around Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum in December during the Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament.
Franklin Regional notebook: Basketball set for Shootout at Seton Hill
The Franklin Regional girls and boys basketball teams will take a break from their section schedules to play in the Shootout at Seton Hill set for Sunday at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

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Yough boys basketball team falls flat in 2nd half, loses to Uniontown
January 21, 2022
With a name like Notorious Grooms, there has to be a back story.

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Latrobe’s Camille Dominick smiles as time winds down against Woodland Hills on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
No. 5 Latrobe girls score season high in points, turn back Woodland Hills
January 20, 2022
Camille Dominick played three positions Thursday night, working the wings as a small forward before moving to the post as a power forward and then playing some center.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro scores past Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal last season.
Gracie Spadaro joins mom in Southmoreland 1,000-point club
Like mother, like daughter.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Christian Hyland (third from right) talks to his team after a recent practice.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball riding wave of confidence
Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball players fling up half-court shots as a recent practice draws to a close.

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Greensburg Salem senior basketball player Ben Thomas
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem welcomes back its Big Ben
Ben Thomas had not played a WPIAL basketball game in nearly a year.

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Notre Dame latest Power 5 school to offer Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin
Colleges are not offering Belle Vernon’s sensational sophomore too early. They’re right on “Q.”

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Yough girls basketball coach Mike Gerdich has led his team to a 3-9 record this season, but the team has played numerous close games.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Yough making major strides
January 19, 2022
Scores can be indicative of how far struggling programs have come — a measurement of improvement.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek is one of several players to emerge this season with the loss of Savannah Schneck to an ACL injury.
Norwin girls basketball team shows grit, chemistry
When Norwin lost promising junior Savannah Schneck to an ACL injury for the second straight year, the girls basketball team quickly regrouped. It had little choice in the matter, but it regrouped nonetheless.

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Players and coaches from Norwin and Penn-Trafford gather for a pregame meeting before Tuesday night’s Section 3-6A boys basketball game in Harrison City. Penn-Trafford won, 56-45.
Penn-Trafford puts clamps on Norwin during Section 3-6A victory
January 18, 2022
Penn-Trafford could have praised its offensive play, particularly its long-range shooting — after holding back rival Norwin.

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Chris Brunson will continue to coach softball but resigned as the Mt. Pleasant athletic director.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Brunson done as Mt. Pleasant AD
January 17, 2022
Chris Brunson is stepping down as athletic director at Mt. Pleasant, a position he held since 2019.

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Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski (right) fist-bumps Chartiers Valley senior Perri Page before the teams played Saturday.
Chartiers Valley rides 3-pointers to win vs. Norwin
January 15, 2022
Slam dunks can demoralize opponents.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz (right) was the runner-up at the 2022 WCCA tournament.
Norwin notebook: Kranitz’s runner-up finish helps Knights finish 7th at WCCA tournament
Norwin senior Chase Kranitz finished second in the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Wrestling Tournament earlier this month at Kiski Area.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon (33) and Charles Ewer pressure Norwin’s Mike Fleming during their Section 3-6A game on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Opponents taking notice of Norwin’s ‘Waldo’ Fleming
When Norwin basketball player Michael Fleming went off for 27 points and made five 3-pointers in a game at Penn-Trafford last season, he was introduced to the WPIAL basketball world.

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Franklin Regional’s Kadyn Hannah is fouled by Armstrong’s Cadin Olsen during WPIAL Class 5A boys preliminary round playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional notebook: FR grad Kadyn Hannah makes quick impact at La Roche
Kadyn Hannah did not need much adjustment time as a freshman on the La Roche men’s basketball team.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco needs three points to reach 1,000 for her career.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette girls hoops nears return
The Jeannette girls basketball team is hoping to return to the court soon after a week-long quarantine.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum (5) slaps hands with Tommy Kalkstein after the Warriors held back host Hempfield, 50-48, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
Penn-Trafford’s win over Hempfield has football feel
January 14, 2022
Penn-Trafford figured there would come a time this season when it would need to rely on its football players to win basketball games.

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Derry coach Gene Brisbane talks to his players during a 2020 game against Deer Lakes.
Derry coach Gene Brisbane hits 400-win milestone
January 13, 2022
Derry girls basketball coach Gene Brisbane reached a career milestone Thursday night in the Trojans’ 44-41 victory at Burrell.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Chris Skatell (kneeling) talks with his players during a timeout Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Apollo-Ridge.
Greensburg Central Catholic wins back-and-forth tilt vs. Apollo-Ridge
Greensburg Central Catholic sat a few starters midway through the first quarter Thursday night, but the move had nothing to do with their conduct or early play.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matthew Marinchak (left) has five games with 30 or more points this season.
Westmoreland high school boys basketball notebook: Latrobe goes young
Part necessity, part rising talent, Latrobe is playing four freshmen this season.

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Latrobe boys basketball players, including Landon Butler (second from right) and coach Brad Wetzel, gather for a recent pregame meeting.
Carrying on a family tradition in Latrobe boys basketball? The Butlers did it
The Latrobe basketball roster is like a map of Western Pennsylvania. There is always a Butler.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Kaitlyn Mankins tries to make a pass during a game againt Kiski Area on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Greensburg-Salem.
Westmoreland high school girls basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Mankins is ‘irreplaceable’
January 12, 2022
The Franklin Regional gymnasium fell silent for about 40 minutes Tuesday night when Greensburg Salem sophomore center Kaitlyn Mankins went down with a grim injury.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis tries to drive around Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinski during a game in December.
Belle Vernon junior Kreis leans on WNBA exposure
When she was a freshman, Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis sat courtside at various stops and watched all 12 WNBA teams play, interviewed several players and met her favorite player, Diana Taurasi.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players sing the alma mater after defeating Jeannette on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.
2nd-half surge carries No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic over rival Jeannette
January 11, 2022
A Greensburg Central Catholic student brought a bass drum into the student section, but an official told him it was not permitted, so it was removed from the raucous gymnasium.

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Woodland Hills coach Von Pitts talks to his team during a game against Greensburg Salem on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.
Patience pays off as Woodland Hills outlasts Greensburg Salem
January 10, 2022
With offense relegated to half-court sets and fouls piling up, the more patient team was going to have the advantage down the stretch.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock runs for a touchdown against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
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High school notebook: Belle Vernon football won’t play up to 4A
January 9, 2022
Belle Vernon has been one of the top football teams in WPIAL Class 4A for nearly half a decade.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at James Weir Stadium in Rostraver.
Former Pitt assistant Marion joins Texas staff, immediately offers WPIAL stars Gallagher and Martin
January 8, 2022
Brennan Marion has been on the Texas football staff for less than two weeks and he already has tossed a lasso at WPIAL recruiting territory.

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Latrobe players celebrate after the final buzzer as the Wildcats defeated Franklin Regional, 55-48, on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Latrobe.
Latrobe steels nerves for section victory vs. Franklin Regional
January 7, 2022
Landon Butler said he practiced free throws a few hours before game time Friday night.

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Guard Snyder leads way in Latrobe girls basketball team’s win over Franklin Regional
January 6, 2022
Sophomore guard Elle Snyder knows her role on the Latrobe girls basketball team.

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Jeannette basketball players, including Nas Thompson (left) and Anton Good (with face mask) gather in a huddle after a recent practice at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette rallies around newcomer Thompson
Basketball has been the center of Nasheed “Nas” Thompson’s universe for a long time.

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Hempfield’s Harrison Sowers celebrates a 3-pointer against Norwin during a Section 3-6A game Tuesday.
Westmoreland high school boys basketball notebook: GCC disrupted by covid again
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team didn’t play a home game in 2020.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman plays against Hampton on Oct. 6, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Lindeman, Boyd picked for ECNL all-star showcase
A pair of WPIAL girls soccer standouts and Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy players were selected to play in a national showcase.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek drives to the basket against North Allegheny during their Section 1-6A game on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Southmoreland-Greensburg Salem lives up to billing
January 5, 2022
It was a girls game played on night when the spotlight shined on the top boys basketball action in the WPIAL.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro is efended by Belle Vernon’s Kaci Bitonti (left) and Farrah Reader on Mondau, Jan. 3, 2022.
Southmoreland girls will forge ahead rather than dwell on early section loss
For Southmoreland, it’s not as much about the loss as it is what happens after it.

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Mike Arone pegged to fill football coaching vacancy at Derry
Derry is on the verge of hiring a new football coach.

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Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor drives past Norwin’s Ty Stecko during their Section 3-6A game Tuesday.
High-scoring Hempfield boys hold off Norwin in section opener
January 4, 2022
On two previous occasions this season, Hempfield scored 77 points — and lost.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis tries to drive past Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
Belle Vernon makes splash in 4A girls basketball, shocks No. 1 Southmoreland
January 3, 2022
Belle Vernon dunked No. 1 Southmoreland then went for a dip.

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe boys basketball jilted after holiday trip to Farrell
January 2, 2022
The Latrobe boys basketball team never played a holiday tournament game, but it did get called for traveling.

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Hempfield coach Mike Brown said dropping from Class 6A to 5A doesn’t automatically guarantee more success for his program.
Drop to Class 5A could be boost for football teams at Hempfield, Norwin
It was like a release valve was turned for Norwin and Hempfield when enrollment numbers showed the schools would drop to Class 5A for football.

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Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Football players add toughness to Penn-Trafford
January 1, 2022
Penn-Trafford added some championship toughness to its boys basketball rotation.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman drives past Franklin Regional’s Angelina Brush during the Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.
Westmoreland County girls basketball notebook: Youth no problem for Penn-Trafford
December 31, 2021
Senior night shouldn’t take very long at Penn-Trafford this year.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco goes through drills during practice on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Derry Area High School.
Derry’s Tiana Moracco attracting attention as she nears school scoring record
Derry knows how to apply and play against box-and-one defenses.

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Coaches and players meet with the officials before a girls basketball game between Chartiers Valley and Latrobe on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 at the Latrobe Holiday Hoops Fest.
Chartiers Valley finishes stretch of 4 games in 2 tournaments over 3 days with win at Latrobe
December 30, 2021
Playing four games in three days didn’t seem to bother the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Top 10 Westmoreland County sports stories of 2021
They lined roads and highways to welcome their championship teams home, the night sky glowing red with the flashing lights of fire trucks.

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Penn-Trafford’s Noah Wright scores over Franklin Regional’s Fin Hutchinson.
Penn-Trafford boys reach .500 with win vs. Franklin Regional
December 29, 2021
A heavy dose of Noah Wright early was enough to offset a big helping of Caden Smith late as the Penn-Trafford boys basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Franklin Regional.

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Greensburg Salem girls pressure Charleroi, extend winning streak
December 28, 2021
Suffocating opponents from the tip has become a calling card for the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Cara Dupilka (33) drives toward the basket against Franklin Regional’s Avery Must on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Class 2A No. 4 Greensburg C.C. girls take down Franklin Regional
Almost apologetically, Mya Morgan gave a reaction like Michael Jordan did during his “flu game” from the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli hoists the state championship trophy with his Warriors teammates after defeating Imhotep Charter, 17-14 in overtime, in the PIAA Class 5A final on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ex-Penn-Trafford kicker Topper gets closure
December 26, 2021
It has been 24 years since Kevin Topper missed low and left at Three Rivers Stadium.

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Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel (pictured) admired late Laurel Valley coach Jerry Page.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Beitel learned from late Laurel Valley coach
December 24, 2021
Ligonier Valley football coach Roger Beitel always admired Jerry Page.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak brings the ball upcourt during a scrimmage against Summit Academy on Nov. 30, 2021, in Ligonier.
Marinchak lights out for Ligonier Valley
December 23, 2021
Lights out, Matthew. Time to go home.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates after scoring against Hempfield on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield.
Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin flashes potential
Quinton Martin will be one of the most sought-after football recruits in the Class of 2024.

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Latrobe head coach Jason Marucco surveys the game from the sidelines on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, while playing Mt. Pleasant at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Latrobe football coach Jason Marucco resigns
Football coach Jason Marucco would not elaborate on why he wants to leave the sidelines at Latrobe, but he did confirm he turned in a letter of resignation and will not return to coach his alma mater.

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Penn-Trafford used a big second half and its 3-point shooting to defeat Hempfield, 63-39.
Freshman Pieper leads Penn-Trafford past Hempfield for 1st win of season
December 22, 2021
Kam Pieper does not have exotic tastes when it comes to her Christmas list.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis defends Mt. Pleasant’s Riley Gesinski on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Belle Vernon boasts deep rotation
When it started three different lineups in its first four games, it was evident Belle Vernon’s girls basketball team had depth.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maura Suman is fouled by Sto-Rox’s Asia Harper Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at Penn Trafford High School.
Dawson, Suman among Westmoreland girls basketball players battling back from injury
Jenna Dawson takes the basketball court with a giant piece of battle armor on her left leg, a constant reminder of a grueling offseason and the toughness she holds within.

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Laurel Valley coach Jerry Page watches his players run a play during a 2003 practice.
Laurel Valley coaching icon Jerry Page dies at age 89
A local coaching giant is gone but his legacy lives on.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock goes to the basket for a layup during the Leopards’ victory over Yough on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.
Belle Vernon boys basketball makes quick work of Yough
December 21, 2021
There was some discussion over the halftime score Tuesday night at Yough.

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Anthony DiFalco scored 118 goals for the Franklin Regional boys soccer team.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Soccer standout DiFalco believes Duquesne is best fit for him
December 20, 2021
Some were surprised when Anthony DiFalco signed with Duquesne last week, but the soccer star from Franklin Regional believes he has found the perfect fit.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives to the basket past Hempfield’s Brandon Learn during their game on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Hempfield Area High School.
Whitlock scores 39 points as Belle Vernon defeats Hempfield in overtime thriller
December 18, 2021
Asked if he has another gear when the game is on the line, a clutch gene, Devin Whitlock framed his answer neatly.

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Williams leads GCC to impressive win against Norwin
Brevan Willliams can dunk. Anybody who has followed Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball knows that.

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Norwin kicker/punter Joey Castle
Norwin Star notebook: Knights special teams duo earns spot at national showcase
Xander Smith and Joey Castle were a one-two special teams punch for Norwin this season. Smith centered long snaps to Castle, who boomed punts into orbit.

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Franklin Regional grad Jamie Mauro takes a shot while playing for the Slippery Rock hockey team in 2019.
Murrysville Star notebook: FR grad closing in on college hockey milestone
Hockey standout Jamie Mauro is on point at IUP.

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Kiski Area boys basketball shows killer instinct in win over Franklin Regional
December 17, 2021
Kiski Area guard Isaiah Gonzalez had to leave the game briefly because he cut his lip and some blood dripped onto the court.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco plays against Hampton during a WPIAL 3A semifinal on Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Franklin Regional soccer star DiFalco commits to Duquesne
The long-awaited college decision of one of the WPIAL’s best soccer players finally came to light Friday.

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Tom Paulone played football at Jeannette and was a 2010 graduate.
Former Jeannette player expected to be named Jayhawks’ new head coach
Jeannette will recommend a former Jayhawks quarterback to be its next head football coach.

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Belle Vernon girls defeat Mt. Pleasant in section opener
December 16, 2021
It didn’t decide the game, but it didn’t help Mt. Pleasant’s chances of winning it, either.

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Greensburg Salem basketball coach Paul Sapotichne celebrates against Norwin in 2012. Sapotichne retired from coaching last summer and will be honored by the Golden Lions on Dec. 29.
Westmoreland high school boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem to recognize former coach Sapotichne
Greensburg Salem will honor one of its most successful coaches Dec. 29 with “Coach Paul Night,” a tribute to former boys basketball coach Paul Sapotichne.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum shoots over Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich during their game on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Murrysville.
Gritty Penn-Trafford boys basketball team shows flair for tight games
Four games is a long way from a full body of work, and Penn-Trafford already has more losses than its football team had all season, but boys basketball coach Doug Kelly sees an intangible in his team that makes him ball up his fist and grit his teeth when he thinks about it.

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Depth shows for GCC boys basketball team in win over Ligonier Valley
December 14, 2021
Developing depth can be just as important as winning, and Greensburg Central Catholic is doing both as it builds toward section play.

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Franklin Regional’s Brooke Schirmer takes a shot during practice Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional girls basketball shows promise in strong opening weekend
Franklin Regional girls basketball players are trying to learn a new system under coach Bernie Pucka, and if that means a few extra hours in the gym, so be it.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins grabs a rebound over McKeesport’s Carmen Coles during a WPIAL playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem developing depth
Greensburg Salem knows if it is going to compete with the top girls basketball teams in Section 4-5A, it can’t rely solely on the scoring of senior guard Abby Mankins and her sister, sophomore forward Kaitlyn Mankins.

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Roy Hall served on the Jeannette staff for 37 years before resigning at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette prepared to carry on football coaching tradition
Jeannette is ready to hire a football coach.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith drives to the basket against Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum during their game on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional stops Penn-Trafford in OT nail-biter, giving coach his 1st win
December 13, 2021
Jesse Reed’s first win at Franklin Regional may have aged the young coach some, but he will take it.

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Norwin football player Xander Smith was invited to the Hammer Kicking Academy Top 40 event.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin pair headed for kicking academy
December 12, 2021
Xander Smith and Joey Castle were a one-two special teams punch for Norwin this season. Smith centered long snaps to Castle, who boomed punts into orbit.

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Hempfield boys basketball coach Bill Swan hugs his former player, Franklin Regional coach Jesse Reed, after their teams met Saturday in the Hempfield Tip-Off Tournament. Hempfield won, 63-62.
Hempfield ekes out victory over scrappy Franklin Regional
December 11, 2021
The wheels were set in motion for a double-digit victory.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum blocks the shot of Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams during the Hempfield Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at Spartans Field House.
Guarded optimism for Penn-Trafford after season-opening win against GCC
December 10, 2021
Playing its first game without senior forward Ben Myers, who has been a staple in the lineup, Penn-Trafford had a different look to its boys basketball team in the season opener.

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Miles Higgin and his Ligonier Valley teammates enter the program’s second season back in the WPIAL.
Starting 5: Westmoreland basketball teams, players and storylines to watch
December 9, 2021
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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty (left) is one of four Wildcats who stand 5-foot-9 or taller this season.
Latrobe’s fabulous frontcourt among top headline-grabbers in Westmoreland County hoops
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday, and big expectations — emphasis on big — are coming out of Latrobe.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht (left) receives his gold medal from head coach Adam Brownold next to Jordan Poller-Prince after the WPIAL Class A boys championship game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
4 from WPIAL tabbed state soccer coaches of year
Adam Brownold guided the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team to its first PIAA championship, its second WPIAL title and a 23-0-1 record.

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Westmoreland County high school notebook: Hempfield senior to play ball at Youngstown State
December 7, 2021
Some people consider Aiden Dunlap a hockey player who also plays baseball — in a Happy Gilmore kind of way.

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Belle Vernon sophomore Quinton Martin picks up fourth Big Ten offer
December 6, 2021
Picture this: Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin and Cade Yacamelli of Penn-Trafford lining up in the same backfield or defensive secondary at Wisconsin a few years down the road.

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Southmoreland’s Nick Dzambo defends against Derry’s Sam Jones during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Southmoreland boys basketball team shows signs of growth
December 5, 2021
Southmoreland mixed and matched its starting five last season as coach Frank Muccino and his staff sought to develop a baby-faced group.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto practices a layup shot during team practice Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland girls basketball team has plenty of experience, talent to continue recent run of success
With 59 wins, a WPIAL runner-up, two WPIAL semifinal trips and a run to the PIAA second round highlighting a three-year run, the Southmoreland girls basketball team has big plans this winter for Year 4.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman, a Towson commit, was a United States Soccer Coaches Association All-Region II East selection.
Sydney Lindeman takes Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Soccer Player of the Year honors
December 4, 2021
Soccer players can get pigeon-holed into a position and the duties that come with it.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco scored 118 goals during his four-year career and was a three-time All-American selection.
Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco again named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Special talents such as Anthony DiFalco don’t come along often.

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Steel Valley’s Kelsey Salopek works against Springdale’s Lilly Iadiccco during their WPIAL Class A semifinal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco plays against Plum on Sept. 7, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
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Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons sacks North Catholic quarterback Joey Prentice during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons receives Bill Fralic Memorial Award
About 12 hours after getting showered with Hershey’s Kisses as he helped his team to a PIAA semifinal win, Sean FitzSimmons was putting away syrup-soaked pancakes in a room full of former Pitt football greats.

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Norwin’s Adam Bilinsky (1) has improved his vertical leap.
Norwin Star notebook: Adam Bilinsky springs into action on hardwood
Adam Bilinsky can fly.

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When healthy, Norwin girls basketball tough to beat
December 3, 2021
Norwin has four starters back, but those players rarely formed the same lineup last season because injuries would not allow it.

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Norwin’s Adam Bilinsky scores past Hempfield’s Sean Gordon Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Norwin boys basketball team working to reach potential
Lance Maha feels like he has been at Norwin for ages, but it has been only about three months since he took the boys basketball coaching job in North Huntingdon.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Myers works against Franklin Regional’s Aidan Carlisle last season.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: P-T hoops standout tears ACL
December 2, 2021
Basketball season tips off a week from Friday, and Penn-Trafford already has been dealt a devastating blow to the lineup.

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Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball coach Chris Klimchock leads the team during the 2021-22 season.
Westmoreland campus clippings: Klimchock picks up 1st UPG win
November 30, 2021
After a slow start to his debut season, Chris Klimchock (Greensburg Salem) picked up his first win as men’s basketball coach at Pitt-Greensburg.

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Yough made the WPIAL playoffs in each of the 10 seasons Dann Appolonia was on the sidelines.
Yough girls soccer coach steps down after outstanding 10-year run
Dann Appolonia has four daughters.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco heads the ball toward net while competing against Trinity on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco earns 3rd All-America honor; 10 from WPIAL make all-region
November 29, 2021
Franklin Regional senior Anthony DiFalco was hoping to cap his brilliant high school soccer career with another WPIAL championship and a PIAA title.

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Senecav Valley’s Jeremiah Laslavic (16) scores on a header next to Nathan Prex and Franklin Regional’s Caleb Lorenz during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional grad Lorenz lands at Division I Sacred Heart
November 28, 2021
Former Franklin Regional soccer standout Zach Lorenz parlayed a year at a prep school into a Division I opportunity.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco celebrates after scoring against Kiski Area during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
25 WPIAL soccer players make all-state teams
With the district and state playoffs complete, the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association announced its boys and girls all-state teams.

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Norwin’s Poloma Swankler battles Latrobe’s Ava Lorenzi for possession during their game on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Knights earn postseason honors
Norwin was recognized for another outstanding season in boys and girls soccer by the Big 5/6 Conference, which follows the top classifications in the WPIAL sports.

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Franklin Regional graduate Nate Leopold was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team for the 2021 season.
Franklin Regional notebook: Leopold earns All-OAC honors at John Carroll
Nate Leopold has been a mainstay on the John Carroll football team since he arrived on campus several years ago, a standout prospect out of Franklin Regional with the potential to lead a defensive unit.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield tries to avoid the water cooler as time expires against Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday at Heinz Field.
Belle Vernon big-play offense runs into Aliquippa roadblock
November 27, 2021
Belle Vernon made it to the WPIAL championship game with highlight-reel plays that punctuated short scoring drives. It was almost the team’s trademark.

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Hempfield coach Tom Brush returns to lead the Spartans after a 4-9 finish in 2020.
Young Hempfield girls looking for consistency after covid shutdowns a year ago
Consistency is not a word you would associate with last year’s Hempfield girls basketball team.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon scores past Jayden Walker Norwin’s Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at Hempfield Area High School.
Deep senior class returns to lead Hempfield boys through challenging schedule
Hempfield is not backing down from anyone this season, that much is clear from a quick once-over of the Spartans’ boys basketball schedule.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli carries past Moon’s Jalen Broxie during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli shines under bright lights of WPIAL final
Cade Yacamelli is headed to Wisconsin to play defensive back.

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Coaches John Ruane of Penn-Trafford and Matt Humbert of Belle Vernon have built their teams into consistent winners.
Ruane, Humbert build Penn-Trafford, Belle Vernon into consistent contenders
November 25, 2021
The local coaches who will try to lead their teams to WPIAL football championships on Saturday at Heinz Field have more in common than a desire to break through.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli tries to elude the tackle of Fox Chapel’s Khi’lee Patterson on Nov. 12.
Westmoreland County football notebook: Penn-Trafford making special plans for Moon matchup
A WPIAL championship would be special to Penn-Trafford.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emma Riley is one of five returning senior starters from a playoff team.
With 5 starters returning, Greensburg Central Catholic girls in position to contend
Chris Skatell is a practicing attorney.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams scores against Sewickley Academy during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal last season.
Tall, talented roster has Greensburg Central Catholic boys talking title
Good luck getting rebounds against Greensburg Central Catholic this season.

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Franklin Regional girls head coach Berrnie Pucka during practice Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional girls basketball team’s young roster to sport new look on defense
November 24, 2021
Bernie Pucka used to be an assistant football coach at Franklin Regional, but now he is the school’s new girls basketball coach.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith goes through drills during practice Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at Franklin Regional High School.
New coach brings energy boost to Franklin Regional boys basketball
The more time Jesse Reed spends around his Franklin Regional boys basketball team, the more enlivened he gets.

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Belle Vernon’s Parker Jewell (center) celebrates a fumble recovery against New Castle in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Mix-and-match approach carries Belle Vernon to brink of WPIAL championship
Championship teams usually have it all sorted out by now.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bulava celebrates her goal against Norwin on Sept. 30.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Big-school soccer standouts honored
November 23, 2021
A number of area soccer players were recognized by the Big 5/6 Conference, which follows the top classifications in WPIAL sports.

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Greensburg Salem’s Billy McChesney
Westmoreland notebook: Greensburg Salem’s McChesney ideal Fralic Award candidate
November 21, 2021
Greensburg Salem senior Billy McChesney is a standout football player and heavyweight wrestler.

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Steel Valley’s Kelsey Salopek works against Springdale’s Lilly Iadiccco during their WPIAL Class A semifinal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Kelsey Salopek of Steel Valley wins Moe Rosensteel Award
Kelsey Salopek led Steel Valley to its first WPIAL girls soccer championship this season.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro signed with Tennessee.
Baseball, girls soccer players among Norwin standouts making college commitments
Signing day once again was good to Norwin.

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Norwin’s Logan Fear plays against Greensburg Salem on Oct. 14.
Norwin Star notebook: Hockey team gets back on track
The Norwin hockey team rebounded nicely from its first loss of the 2021-22 season.

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Winchester Thurston’s Oliver Daboo (3) celebrates his game-winning goal with Daniel Myers after defeating Faith Christian Academy, 1-0 in overtime, in the PIAA Class A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Oliver Daboo nets winner in overtime to give Winchester Thurston 1st PIAA boys soccer title
November 20, 2021
HERSHEY — A choice more related to superstition than diet, Winchester Thurston junior defender Oliver Daboo stopped eating chocolate a few weeks ago with the playoffs approaching.

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Southern Columbia’s Loren Gehret scores her first goal past Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely during the PIAA Class A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Southern Columbia tops Greensburg C.C. in PIAA Class A final for 2nd straight year
HERSHEY — Disarmed early and down two goals before it even took a shot, Greensburg Central Catholic could not recover from a coarse start and lost the state girls soccer championship for the second year in a row to Southern Columbia.

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Franklin Regional’s Billy Christafano battles Kiski Area’s Ethan Beck for a header during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Oct. 27.
Franklin Regional boys soccer remains among elite with another superb season
It’s the time of year when postseason games and accolades pile up for the Franklin Regional boys soccer program.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder takes a shot against Freedom during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny.
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November 19, 2021
PIAA Class A girls soccer championship

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ward sisters, from left, Sydney, Natalie and Sarah. Natalie is a senior defender and Sarah an assistant coach for the Centurions, who will play for a PIAA championship Saturday in Hershey.
Era ending for Ward family dynasty in Greensburg Central Catholic soccer
November 18, 2021
The Ward family name has long been a part of Greensburg Central Catholic soccer. It holds pride and championship clout.

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All-WPIAL boys soccer teams, players, coaches of year announced
The Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association has rounded up its All-WPIAL lists for the season, just in time for the PIAA finals in Hershey.

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Baldwin girls soccer coach Christine Chiado
Baldwin girls soccer coach Chiodo chosen for 30-under-30 program
Christine Chiodo has come a long way from her days as a ball girl for the West Allegheny football team.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner talks with head coach Terry Totten during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Oakland.
Westmoreland County football notebook: Central Catholic QB set for Norwin homecoming
Payton Wehner hoped he could pilot Central Catholic back to the WPIAL finals so the Vikings could chase down a third straight Class 6A championship.

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Bill Fralic finished in the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting twice.
6 finalists announced for 3rd Bill Fralic Award
Finalists were announced this week for the third annual Bill Fralic Memorial Award, which recognizes the top senior football lineman in the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach Olivia Kruger and her newborn son, James Thomas Kruger.
GCC soccer coach gives birth, coaches team to PIAA final 11 days later
November 17, 2021
Olivia Kruger watched the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship game Nov. 5 at Highmark Stadium from a hospital bed, shortly after delivering her 8-pound, 4-ounce bundle of joy, James Thomas Kruger.

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Coach Roy Hall watches a Jeannette preseason workout.
Westmoreland County high school notebook: Search begins for next Jeannette football coach
The search has begun for Jeannette’s next football coach.

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Belle Vernon wide receiver Evan Pohlot makes a catch in practice Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
Belle Vernon receivers don hard hats for matchup with Thomas Jefferson
Belle Vernon players wear practice jerseys with three words emblazoned on the back of them.

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Sara Felder scored for Greensburg Central Catholic against Steel Valley in the PIAA Class A semifinals Tuesday night.
GCC girls soccer avenges WPIAL title loss to Steel Valley
November 16, 2021
It’s back to Hershey for Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder battles Steel Valley’s Krystal Phouthavong for possession during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
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November 15, 2021
PIAA soccer preview

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz is a 100-plus goal scorer for her career, but the Villanova recruit played more of a defensive role in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.
High-scoring Greensburg Central Catholic takes defensive approach in PIAA playoffs
November 14, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic went into the WPIAL championship with energy and bravado.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz battles Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher for possession during their PIAA Class A quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls slam door on Freedom in PIAA quarterfinals
November 13, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic and Freedom combined for 21 goals in their previous two matchups this season.

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Eden Christian’s Ryan Merrick (33) celebrates his winning goal with Grayson Reichert during their PIAA Class A quarterfinal against Greensburg Central Catholicon Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at West Allegheny High School.
Eden Christian tops Greensburg Central Catholic in PIAA playoffs
Down two starters and a decided underdog because of it, Eden Christian was looking for someone to be the hero in Saturday’s PIAA Class A boys soccer quarterfinal against Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Norwin notebook: Goalkeeper comes into her own at Ohio U.
Sam Wexell waited her turn to take over the goalkeeping duties at Ohio. Once she got her chance, she shined.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock passes against New Castle on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
Quick-strike Belle Vernon makes big plays, beats New Castle in Class 4A quarterfinals
November 12, 2021
Concerns about New Castle’s passing game and trick plays ultimately proved groundless for Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis works against Winchester Thurston’s Michael Miller during the WPIAL Class A boys championship game last Friday.
Westmoreland County PIAA soccer quarterfinal capsules for Nov. 13, 2021
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Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely makes a save against Steel Valley during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Nov. 5, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Finding keepers not a problem for Franklin Regional, GCC soccer teams
Goalkeepers for the three local teams remaining in the PIAA soccer postseason have been through a revolving door lately.

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson (10) celebrates with Samuel Dawson after scoring against Kiski Area in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Oct. 27.
Westmoreland County soccer notebook: All-WPIAL honors handed out
November 11, 2021
Several Westmoreland area players were named to the All-WPIAL boys soccer lists, compiled by the Western Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh has two interceptions and is a key member of a defense allowing 10.9 points per game.
Westmoreland football notebook: Quietly, Belle Vernon defense plays fast, hits hard, rarely budges
So much has been made of Belle Vernon’s offense, and rightly so.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne (right) is making a habit of making big plays this postseason.
Fresh looks for PIAA soccer quarterfinalists Franklin Regional, Greensburg Central Catholic
Joey Bayne figured prominently into the Franklin Regional attack, only not this soon and not this much.

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Mt. Pleasant coach Jason Fazekas said his team played fast in its playoff opener against Burrell last week.
Mt. Pleasant motivated to make history in playoff clash with Avonworth
November 10, 2021
Motivation can come in many forms at WPIAL football playoff time.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder battles Steel Valley’s Krystal Phouthavong for possession during the WPIAL Class A girls championship game Friday.
Westmoreland County PIAA soccer playoff capsules for Nov. 9, 2021
November 8, 2021
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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto battles Avonworth’s Eden Schleis for a header during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at West Allegheny High School.
Southmoreland girls soccer pushes through injuries all the way to state tournament
Southmoreland girls soccer players wore blankets on the sideline Thursday night during the WPIAL consolation game against Shady Side Academy at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional’s Joey Bayne (left) celebrates his goal with Anthony DiFalco and Colton Hudson during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Kiski Area.
State playoffs familiar territory for Franklin Regional boys soccer team but a 1st for its coach
November 7, 2021
Thomas Louisy hasn’t experienced the PIAA soccer playoffs as a high school coach. His Franklin Regional boys are teaching him something new with each step they take in the postseason.

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Norwin’s Caleb Yuricha (12) celebrates a goal with Riley Zimmerman last season.
Norwin notebook: Boys soccer team stung by quarterfinal loss
Stunned and seemingly unsure what to do next, Norwin boys soccer players gathered at midfield and talked over a 1-0, season-ending playoff loss to North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.

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Norwin’s Aaron Schmook (right) celebrates in the end zone with Dom Barca after scoring a touchdown against Latrobe on Sept. 3.
Norwin, kept out of playoffs by tiebreakers, savors win in season finale
Norwin players and coaches were all smiles after their final football game of the season.

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Finalists announced for girls soccer’s Moe Rosensteel Award
November 6, 2021
Three finalists have been announced for the third Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award, which recognizes the top player in WPIAL girls soccer.

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Franklin Regional’s Louie Kegerreis tags out Penn-Trafford’s Zach Hoffman in the fifth inning on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Franklin Regional grad, baseball standout Kegerreis commits to Delaware
Louie Kegerreis talked about taking a gap year to get ready to play at the highest level of college baseball possible.

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Franklin Regional’s Riley Phillips battles Hampton’s Kendall Hoolahan for possession during their game on Oct. 6.
Franklin Regional notebook: Girls soccer team falls painfully short of semis
Franklin Regional girls soccer coach Scott Arnold gathered his team together after a WPIAL 3A quarterfinal playoff game that was as emotionally draining as it was physically exhausting.

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Greensburg Central Catholic players gather after their playoff game against OLSH on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at Hempfield.
Mourning Greensburg Central Catholic loses 1st-round game to OLSH
November 5, 2021
Shaken by a double dose of tragedy, Greensburg Central Catholic took the field on its first series Friday night with only five players, all of them linemen.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s first year head coach Olivia Kruger, at right, is handed the championship trophy by player Jessica Nemeth, left, after defeating Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship at Gateway Senior High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer coach goes into labor on championship game day
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team will be without its head coach Friday night for the WPIAL Class A championship.

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The Greensburg Central Catholic high school football team has tragically lost two assistant football coaches in the past five days.
Greensburg Central Catholic football team staggered by death of 2 assistant coaches in 5 days
November 4, 2021
Greensburg Central Catholic is dealing with the unfathomable loss of two assistant football coaches.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto heads the ball against Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 12. Cernuto had a goal and an assist Thursday night to lead the Scotties past Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class 2A third-place match.
Southmoreland girls rally late to win, advance to PIAA soccer tournament
The thought of playing in the PIAA playoffs motivated Southmoreland. The program, after all, hadn’t been to the state tournament since 2009.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Olivia Kruger, at right, celebrates last year’s WPIAL championship.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls go for WPIAL repeat in title game vs. Steel Valley
Nobody told Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls soccer players a WPIAL repeat would come easy.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kyler Miller (17) celebrates a goal with Jacob Gretz during their WPIAL Class A first round playoff game against Chartiers-Houston on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
WPIAL title game shaping up to be classic between Greensburg CC, Winchester Thurston boys
If there is one thing Rob Fabean wasn’t afraid to do when he took over the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team, it was experimenting.

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Monessen’s Jamar Bethea leaps to try to knock down a pass by Jefferson-Morgan’s Cole Jones on Sept. 24.
Westmoreland County football notebook: Monessen writes feel-good playoff story
Monessen wasn’t supposed to be a playoff team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz shoots and scores against OLSH in last year’s WPIAL finals.
Westmoreland County soccer playoff capsules for Nov. 5, 2021; GCC goes for title sweep
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Franklin Regional and Plum meet in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer third-place match Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
With state playoff berth on the line, Franklin Regional tops Plum in shootout
November 3, 2021
A quickly scribbled together crib sheet that coaches drew up during the second overtime helped Franklin Regional extend its season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner looks for a receiver against Leechburg last Friday.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 10
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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto celebrates her goal next to Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinky during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Alverton. Southmoreland won, 2-0.
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Carlo Denis said he heard a defender say, “Oh, no.”

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November 1, 2021
Franklin Regional has enjoyed deep playoff runs in recent seasons, winning two WPIAL titles in three years.

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The WPIAL girls soccer playoffs have surged into the semifinals with some of the district’s top players leading the way.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean (21) plays the ball during their a state playoff game against Brockway last season.
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Greensburg Central Catholic will be a man down when it takes on Eden Christian on Tuesday night in the WPIAL Class A semifinals.

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October 31, 2021
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With 56 shutouts across the last four seasons, Franklin Regional has developed a reputation as one of the top defensive programs in WPIAL boys soccer.

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North Allegheny’s Evan Anderson, celebrating a goal in a playoff game last season, scored the game’s only goal against Norwin on Saturday.
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A single goal and sound defense can still carry a tune in the WPIAL soccer playoffs. Always has.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mason Fabean, shown in a state playoff game against Brockway last season, received a red card late in Saturday’s game against Springdale.
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When Greensburg Central Catholic and Springdale meet in the boys soccer playoffs, the teams see red.

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Franklin Regional’s girls volleyball team defeated Plum to capture the section championship on Oct. 21, 2021.
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Despite coming into the season as defending WPIAL champion, the Franklin Regional volleyball team took nothing for granted.

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Norwin’s Dom Barca runs the ball against Latrobe on Sept. 3.
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WPIAL mathematics when it comes to tiebreakers can make your head spin and your blood pressure rise, especially if you’re a team trying to get into the football playoffs.

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Hempfield and Norwin players take part in the pre-game coin toss Oct. 29, 2021, at Hempfield.
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October 29, 2021
Mathematically, Norwin is out of playoff contention.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kyler Miller battles Chartiers-Houston’s Tyler Weber for possession during their WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
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Fourteen WPIAL players were announced Friday as Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state selections.

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Peters Township and Latrobe line up before their WPIAL Class 4A girls soccer playoff game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.
Postseason prowess pays off as Peters Township ousts Latrobe in Class 4A quarters
October 28, 2021
A truck carrying a ladder drifted into the lane occupied by the Peters Township girls soccer bus as the team traveled to its playoff game Thursday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Taishaun Jamison is one of five GCC players not eligible for postseason play because of WPIAL transfer rules.
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Greensburg Central Catholic has clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class A football playoffs, but the team the Centurions roll out in the opener might be unrecognizable compared to the one fans have seen all season.

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October 27, 2021
An early two-goal deficit can stun some teams in the WPIAL soccer playoffs.

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Latrobe goalkeeper Sophia Decerb makes a save against Norwin on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School. Both teams are in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.
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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor (4) dribbles the ball against Cambridge Springs’ Aly Reyes (14) during their PIAA semifinal at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
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If Greensburg Central Catholic makes another WPIAL title run in girls soccer, the Centurions will have to do so without senior Bethany Winnor.

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Norwin’s Dom Barca runs the ball against Latrobe on Sept. 3.
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October 26, 2021
A driving, sideways rain made it hard for the teams to concentrate on each other Tuesday night at Mt. Pleasant.

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Franklin Regional’s Dylan Tomb leaps past Trinity goalkeeper Connor Bull to score Oct. 23.
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The Franklin Regional and West Allegheny girls soccer teams prepare for their WPIAL playoff game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.
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October 25, 2021
Sydney Lindeman and her Franklin Regional teammates were wary of 14th-seeded West Allegheny in their playoff opener.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (right) battles Mt. Pleasant’s Maggie Piper for possession earlier this month. The Scotties play West Mifflin, and the Vikings face Beaver, in the WPIAL playoffs Tuesday.
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Scott and Caitlin Schuchert met on a soccer field. Because of course they did.

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Penn-Trafford’s Malia Kearns is a Robert Morris recruit.
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If Ben Ritenour didn’t think he was ready for college golf coming out of high school, he probably does now.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos looks to pass during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
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October 23, 2021
“RWG Pap” was written in bold, black lettering on the tape wrapped around Nate Dlugos’ wrist.

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Norwin’s Hunter Hardy plays against Greensburg Salem on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Norwin hockey program moving in right direction
Norwin second-year hockey coach Mike Robinson lists his team’s strengths in this order:

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Based on the level of competition at the WPIAL Class 3A girls team golf finals, coach Kane Daignault was thrilled to see his Franklin Regional team card a top-five finish.

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Greensburg Central Catholic and Jeannette players meet for the coin toss before their game Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
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October 22, 2021
Talk about a U-turn.

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October 21, 2021
Southmoreland coach Dave Keefer and his staff have prepared for some meaningful games since they took over in 2018.

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16 players get 2-game suspensions for Valley-Yough fight
October 20, 2021
A second-half brawl last week looks like it will cost 16 players the rest of the football season.

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Vince Skillings said he doesn’t believe he did anything to warrant a dismissal, but Derry apparently saw otherwise.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s soccer teams seemed to follow each other around last fall during the WPIAL postseason, figuratively and physically.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Amari Mack carries the ball against Clairton last Friday.
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Seneca Valley’s Connor Oros (left) celebrates with Nathan Prex after Prex’s first goal during their game against Franklin Regional on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Murrysville.
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Yough’s Kendalyn Umbel (right) celebrates her winning goal with Dakota Cross during their game against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Yough High School.
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October 19, 2021
Finally, a one-goal finish Yough can get behind.

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October 18, 2021
Fifteen boys teams and nine girls teams from the WPIAL are among the best in Pennsylvania soccer according to the latest state rankings.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Carsyn Rivardo (right) battles Southmoreland’s Tatum Lucero for a loose ball during their match last week.
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Mt. Pleasant’s motivation for Tuesday’s 5 p.m. Section 3-2A girls soccer finale comes prepackaged and free of charge.

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Morgan Einodshofer and Belle Vernon compete against Ringgold on Oct. 9, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
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October 17, 2021
Morgan Einodshofer is piling up goals for the Belle Vernon girls soccer team. She also is piling up frequent flyer miles.

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Plum goalkeeper Austin Hereda makes a save against Franklin Regional on Sept. 7, 2021, in Murrysvile.
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Latrobe’s Maddy Petruzzi (left) battles Norwin’s Ashley Ornowski for possession earlier this season. Both teams made the WPIAL playoffs.
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The local WPIAL soccer playoff field is set.

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Maybe it’s the football player in him. Or the dek hockey player, for that matter.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns against Trinity.
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October 16, 2021
Belle Vernon had a couple of special guests on campus Friday.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Bewszka (right) celebrates Jared Ribar after Bewszka scored a touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Improbable comeback something Franklin Regional ‘will always remember’
A couple of key plays led to Franklin Regional’s improbable second-half comeback Friday night at Latrobe, perhaps the greatest rally in the football program’s history.

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Norwin’s Luke Levendosky throws against Latrobe on Sept. 3.
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Several area football teams had to sit through delays Oct. 8 as lightning and storms moved through Allegheny County.

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Franklin Regional quarterback Connor Donnelly passes against Latrobe on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium in downtown Latrobe.
Franklin Regional beats Latrobe with 27 unanswered points
October 15, 2021
It may only take two conference wins to get into the WPIAL Class 5A football playoffs, so Friday’s matchup between Franklin Regional and Latrobe — teams that began the night with one conference win apiece — was soaked in importance.

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Fox Chapel’s Max Johnson pumps his fist after securing the victory for the Foxes next to Central Catholic’s Carter Pitcairn during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf team championship on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
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October 14, 2021
Cedarbrook has two 18-hole golf courses: the Red and the Gold.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Marko Thomas watches a 7-on-7 game with quarterback Nate Dlugos on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
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Greensburg Central Catholic might be new to the Trib HSSN Class A football rankings this week, but playing Clairton is nothing new to the Centurions.

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Norwin and Penn-Trafford prepare for kickoff Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.
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October 13, 2021
You couldn’t tell who was more stunned at first, Norwin or Penn-Trafford.

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Franklin Regional goalkeeper Aris Lamana celebrates with teammates after making a save on a penalty shot against Hampton on Oct. 6.
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Staying healthy is a key to any successful sports team. As an extension of that, conditioning and staying in game-shape can be what separates the contenders.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 215 points.
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First he took down the career record for goals. Now, Daniel Sassak has the all-time points mark, too.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan watches his tee shot on Hole 17 during the WPIAL Class 3A boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Nemacolin Country Club.
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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto celebrates her goal next to Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinky during their game on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Alverton. Southmoreland won, 2-0.
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October 12, 2021
Southmoreland’s offense tends to attract all the headlines, but the Scotties showed they can play some defense, too.

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Adeline Guess and Belle Vernon compete against Ringgold on Oct. 9, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
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October 11, 2021
Five years ago, Belle Vernon’s boys soccer team had a smothering defense — and confidence to match.

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Yough boys soccer coach Dave Vilchek (right) talks to his team before a recent practice in Herminie.
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October 10, 2021
Spectators are surprised by what they’re seeing on Cougar Mountain this season: a Yough boys soccer team making a steep climb back to respectability.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno watches her tee shot on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
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Greensburg Central Catholic is climbing the stairway to seven.

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Luke Kolankowski and the Plum boys soccer team held at No. 3 in the Class 3A rankings.
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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) carries the ball against Gateway on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
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October 9, 2021
Penn-Trafford’s Warrior Stadium was alive with goings-on Friday night. It was the hub of Harrison City as the stadium lit up a rainy community.

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The Jeannette boys soccer team is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in its 24-year history.
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When Art Cicero was offered the Jeannette boys soccer job in 2018, the Jayhawks were coming off a 1-16-1 season and facing another rebuild.

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Norwin players get set to play Baldwin on Oct. 1, 2021, at Baldwin.
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Norwin’s football players were itching to get back on the field after a covid-related forfeit Sept. 24 and some unexpected down time. The Knights may never have been so anxious.

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Norwin’s Poloma Swankler battles Latrobe’s Ava Lorenzi for possession during their game on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School.
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With the number of injuries and player rotations Norwin has had this season, you might expect the Knights to be struggling to stay in the playoff race.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) carries the ball against Gateway on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford answers bell, beats Gateway for 1st place in Big East Conference
October 8, 2021
Jakob Haynes saw an opening and rang Gateway’s bell.

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Latrobe’s Drake Clayton attempts to run the ball against Mt. Pleasant defense Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe.
Brownsville-Mt. Pleasant football game canceled
The Brownsville at Mt. Pleasant football game scheduled for Friday night has been canceled and will be ruled a no contest by the WPIAL.

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October 7, 2021
Jessica Melodia played for the Pittsburgh Passion women’s football team from 2015-17. When she “retired,” a void was left in her life.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger watches her tee shot on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
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When she was 9 years old, Marissa Malosh first picked up a golf club during a vacation in Hilton Head, S.C.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Sara Felder (6) dribbles the ball against Cambridge Springs’ Kylie Beck (5) during the PIAA semifinals last season.
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October 6, 2021
As Greensburg Central Catholic prepared to play No. 1 Springdale in a key rematch, practice was replaced by something more fun: a field trip.

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Throughout the soccer season, Pennylvania Soccer and Hudl.com scour the state looking for the top highlight-reel goals.

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Hempfield Area High School pitcher Tina Skelly prepares to deliver a pitch against Montour High School during the PIAA AAA Semifinal Playoff game at California University of Pennsylvania on June 11, 2001. Montour advanced to the PIAA State Championship game with the 4-0 win.
Former pitcher expected to be next Hempfield softball coach
Hempfield has recommended a candidate to replace legendary softball coach Bob Kalp, who resigned in July after 25 seasons.

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Belle Vernon and Greensburg Salem soccer players and coaches meet with officials before their game on Tuesday at Offutt Field in Greensburg.
Belle Vernon girls soccer sees shutout streak end but shows off offense at Greensburg Salem
October 5, 2021
Belle Vernon ran its winning streak to seven, but the Leopards made a rather quick exit after Tuesday’s early evening game in Greensburg.

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The Southmoreland girls soccer team warms up before a Section 3-2A game against Yough on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 in Alverton.
Olivia Cernuto returns from injury, scores hat trick as No. 4 Southmoreland tops No. 2 Yough
October 4, 2021
Junior forward Olivia Cernuto wasn’t at 100%, but neither was her team as Southmoreland hosted Yough in a Section 3-2A rematch of top-five girls soccer teams.

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Greensburg Salem soccer players (from left) Olivia Smith, Brianna Carr, Kylie Smith, Ashley Smith, and Taylor Carr.
Family more than a metaphor for Greensburg Salem girls soccer
“Hop in,” Kylie Smith tells her teammates as she picks them up to go to a game.

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WPIAL team golf playoffs set
The WPIAL team golf playoffs will get underway next Tuesday with 19 Class AAA boys teams playing at semifinal sites Beaver Valley Golf Club in Patterson Heights and The Links at Spring Church in Apollo.

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Belle Vernon’s girls soccer team is having a "You’ve Beem Flocked" fundraiser as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Flamingos ‘flock’ to area for Belle Vernon fundraiser
October 3, 2021
Plastic pink flamingos have been showing up in yards around Belle Vernon, but for good reason.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco (center) has 16 goals and 22 assists through 11 games.
High-scoring DiFalco diversifies his game for Franklin Regional boys soccer team
It was like time stopped for a few seconds, and Anthony DiFalco was controlling the dials.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Marko Thomas became a father Friday morning, and then the Centurions went on to defeat Springdale, 35-0.
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October 2, 2021
Friday will be quite unforgettable for Greensburg Central Catholic first-year coach Marko Thomas.

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Southmoreland junior Lilly Wasmund is believed to be the first girl to score a varsity touchdown in the WPIAL.
Southmoreland’s female running back, Lilly Wasmund, scores TD in win over Derry
The play simply was called, “Lilly.”

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Donnelly competes against Kiski Area on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Richard J. Dilts Field.
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Franklin Regional settled on a starting quarterback — for now.

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Norwin’s Caleb Yuricha tackles North Allegheny’s Kensly Owens during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Norwin.
Norwin notebook: Knights boys soccer climbing Class 4A rankings
Norwin coach Scott Schuchert thinks his team is rounding into form, both on the scoreboard and across the lineup.

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Greensburg Salem’s Donavon Waller attempts to catch a pass in the end zone as Hampton’s Matt DeMatteo defends in the first half Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Hampton High School.
Hampton routs Greensburg Salem in battle for first place
October 1, 2021
Greensburg Salem and Hampton are from different counties, separated by about 40 miles, but they play in the same conference.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock works out Aug. 11, 2021, at James Weir Stadium.
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Devin Whitlock is doing everything he can to land Division I college offers.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bulava celebrates her goal against Norwin on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, at Norwin High School. Latrobe won, 1-0.
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September 30, 2021
Regan Reilly funneled the soccer ball to the middle of the attack, but shifted gears and sent a pass wide and through a pack of Norwin defenders closing in around her.

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Westmoreland football notebook: BVA’s Whitlock, Laurel Highlands’ Gallagher similarly electric, effective
A few months ago, people lined up to watch Devin Whitlock and Rodney Gallagher play basketball against each other in a local summer league.

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Hempfield faces a tough matchup Friday night when it travels to No. 5 Canon-McMillan.
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September 29, 2021
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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts scores during a 2019 playoff game.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notebook: Yough star jumps at Robert Morris offer
McKenzie Pritts said the college where she will continue her soccer career checked all the boxes.

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Norwin’s Caleb Yuricha (12) celebrates a goal with Riley Zimmerman during a playoff game last season.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notebook: Pieces fitting together for Norwin
Norwin coach Scott Schuchert thinks his team is rounding into form, on the scoreboard and across the lineup.

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Mt. Pleasant junior tennis player Emily Marne competes in national rifle competitions.
Mt. Pleasant tennis player Emily Marne on target in another sport
September 27, 2021
From the moment Emily Marne looked through a scope and fired a blast of air at a target from about 33 feet away, she knew rifle was going to be her sport.

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Yough junior midfielder McKenzie Pritts will play for Robert Morris in a few years.
Yough girls soccer program loaded once again
As sure as the sun comes up each day, Yough has been a WPIAL girls soccer playoff team under coach Dann Appolonia.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski will take part in the WPIAL semifinals Monday.
Westmoreland High School notebook: WPIAL golf finals on horizon
September 26, 2021
The WPIAL individual golf postseason winds into the semifinal rounds for Class AAA while Class AA players are preparing to play for WPIAL championships.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak broke marks for goals and points in a game during the 2020 season.
Belle Vernon’s Sassak igniting boys soccer team
In the fall, Daniel Sassak likes to add some noise and school spirit to the Belle Vernon student section at football, girls soccer and girls volleyball games.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin returns a kick against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Norwin, Derry on opposite sides of forfeit/no-contest rule
September 25, 2021
Call it a WPIAL dichotomy, the concept of forfeits and no-contests in covid-19 times.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns Friday night against Thomas Jefferson.
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It needs a nickname, that dazzling touchdown run by Devin Whitlock. That 40-yard mad dash with 4.5 seconds remaining Friday night that lifted No. 2 Belle Vernon past No. 1 Thomas Jefferson, 28-21, at James Weir Stadium.

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The Norwin girls tennis team has high expectations this season. Team members are, in front, from left, Alaina Crosby, Hope Kenney, Kayla Sisco, Jenna Walko, Kayla Lovell, Saryn Tadich, Sophia Lepore and Elana Gomez; in middle, Abby Zula, Mary Mahoney, Laura Shuster, Taylor Miller, Erin Alexander, Abby Campbell, and Sadie Cuturilo; and in back, head coach Diane Pesarsick, Shawna Sinchak, Olivia Knoechel, Kylie Everett, Sydney Pesarsick, Jordan Napierkowski, Kylin Smith, Elizabeth Nicholson, Jenna Beach, and junior varsity coach Jeff Toops.
Norwin tennis team off to strong start behind ‘seasoned’ lineup
With the largest and most experienced team she has since taking over at Norwin in 2018, girls tennis coach Diane Pesarsick has even larger expectations for the Knights this fall.

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Norwin notebook: Knights girls soccer rebounds after early loss
Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger isn’t panicking. After all, it’s only one game.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Abdallah putts on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship in 2020 at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Franklin Regional notebook: Panthers golfers advance to semifinals
Three Franklin Regional golfers advanced through the first level of WPIAL boys qualifying on the road to the district championship.

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Southmoreland’s Ronnie Collins (right) tries to elude Mt. Pleasant tackler Lane Golkosky during Friday’s game at Mt. Pleasant.
Labuda, Reese return to lineup, fuel Mt. Pleasant victory over Southmoreland
September 24, 2021
Teams that won’t give one another the pleasure of using their real names, “Alverton” met “Norvelt” on Friday night in a throwback game that first put down roots in 1964.

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Norwin boys soccer coach Scott Schuchert (center) talks to his team after a 4-1 victory over Penn-Trafford on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in North Huntingdon.
Norwin tops rival Penn-Trafford for 6th straight victory as Yuricha nets pair
September 23, 2021
Since a loss to Seneca Valley two games into the season, Norwin has been a brick wall.

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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner looks to throw against Charleroi on Sept. 10.
Westmoreland County football notebook: Monessen making major strides
There were people who didn’t think Monessen, with its small roster and overall lack of experience, would score 50 points all season, let alone in one game.

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Hempfield’s Jake Phillips looks to make a pass as Greensburg Salem’s Jayden Stevens closes in Aug. 27.
First-year quarterbacks learning the ropes, making plays in Westmoreland County
Playing quarterback at the varsity level always intrigued Anthony Govern, but the senior at Southmoreland is finding out for himself just how the position works, how important it is and how enjoyable it can be — especially when the Scotties are winning.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto is out with a leg injury.
Westmoreland County girls soccer notes: Southmoreland star sidelined
September 22, 2021
It is unclear how long Southmoreland standout Olivia Cernuto will be sidelined with a right leg injury.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak and his teammates will meet Thomas Jefferson on Thursday.
Westmoreland County boys soccer notes: Belle Vernon, TJ to square off on pitch, too
Thomas Jefferson at Belle Vernon is the football game with all the sizzle this week in the WPIAL. But the same teams will play in a key boys soccer game Thursday night at Belle Vernon.

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Jeannette coach Roy Hall watches his players go through drills.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 4
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Greensburg Central Catholic players gather after their 11-2 victory over Jeannette on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at GCC.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer too much for Jeannette
September 21, 2021
A confident expression turned to one of wounded surprise as Jeannette watched Greensburg Central Catholic fire goal after goal into the back of the net.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bullava (center) celebrates her goal with Ava Yurko (17) and Maddy Petruzzi during the second half against Fox Chapel on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Latrobe girls soccer in position for breakout season
September 20, 2021
It’s just about fall, so it’s pumpkin spice season. The Latrobe girls soccer team prefers a different flavor: nutmeg.

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Hempfield’s Daniel Sierk rips through a banner as he leads the team onto the field ahead of a game against Greensburg Salem on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Hempfield.
Hempfield’s Daniel Sierk commits to Bucknell
If you have seen Hempfield play this season, then you’ve watched No. 50 blow up opposing plays for the Spartans.

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Southmoreland senior soccer player Taylor Klingensmith
Westmoreland County senior spotlight: Southmoreland’s Taylor Klingensmith
Southmoreland has blossomed into one of the more potent offensive girls soccer teams in the WPIAL.

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Norwin girls tennis living up to expectations
September 19, 2021
With the largest and most experienced team she has had since taking over at Norwin in 2018, girls tennis coach Diane Pesarsick has even larger expectations for the Knights this fall.

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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.
Season-opening loss sharpens focus for Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer
The first game of the season in any sport is important. But, just the same, it can seem quite meaningless.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Zimmerman (5) scores the winning goal in overtime between Plum goalkeeper Austin Hereda and Kyle Ryan on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Murrysville.
Trib HSSN soccer rankings for week of Sept. 19, 2021
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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern ran for 107 yards Friday against South Allegheny.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Southmoreland opens it up
September 18, 2021
Southmoreland is developing a reputation for having an exciting offense.

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The Norwin boys cross country team is inexperienced but hard working, coach Brian Fleckenstein said.
Runners of varying experience levels mix together on Norwin cross country teams
As experienced and trail tested as the girls cross country team is at Norwin, the boys team is just as inexperienced.

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Norwin notebook: Former Knight leads Pitt’s women’s soccer to record scoring surge
Redshirt junior Emily Harrigan helped the Pitt women’s soccer team to its largest margin of victory in program history.

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Jeannette and Riverview players attend the coin toss before their game Sept. 17, 2021, at Jeannette.
Senior quarterback leads Jeannette to feel-good win over Riverview
September 17, 2021
Moral victories mean very little to the Jeannette football program.

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Imani Christian-Greensburg Central Catholic football game canceled
Down to 12 healthy players after a stomach virus hit the Imani Christian football team this week, the Saints called Greensburg Central Catholic to cancel tonight’s football game at GCC.

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Yough and Southmoreland line up before their Section 3-2A matchup on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 in Herminie.
Yough ties No. 2 Southmoreland; Scotties lose star forward Cernuto
September 16, 2021
A tie is worth one point in the standings, but Southmoreland and Yough didn’t want to settle on a 0-0 result Thursday night in their Section 3-2A girls soccer clash.

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Jeannette band members who also play on the football team are (from left) Nathaniel Christoff, Tamarion Stevens-Blow, Nathanael Gantt and Nathan Moore.
Jeannette players band together, show determination
The most trying season in Jeannette football history, one fraught with the unthinkable at every turn, doesn’t seem to be dampening the spirit of the players.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Marko Thomas has shuffled quarterbacks, using Tyree Turner as well as Nate Dlugos (6).
Westmoreland County high school football notebook: GCC shuffles quarterbacks
There might be a quarterback competition at Greensburg Central Catholic. Or maybe the Centurions have found another way to attack opponents.

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The Latrobe girls soccer teams warms up before a game against visiting Norwin on Sept. 14, 2021.
Westmoreland girls soccer notebook: Latrobe ready to ‘exceed expectations’
September 15, 2021
Hello, Latrobe.

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Greensburg Central Catholic celebrates following their PIAA semifinal win over Brockway at Norwin High School on Nov. 17, 2020.
Westmoreland boys soccer notebook: Fewer practices makes perfect for Greensburg Central Catholic
Practice doesn’t make perfect. At least that is the case at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Maddie Barrick (71) is one of three freshmen who are regulars in the starting lineup for the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team.
Freshmen provide spark for emerging Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team
September 13, 2021
A wide-eyed bunch of freshmen are eager to make Mt. Pleasant a WPIAL contender in girls soccer.

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Southmoreland’s Amarah McCutcheon tags out Mt Pleasant’s Katie Hutter during a steal attempt on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Southmoreland softball standouts earning recognition
September 12, 2021
WPIAL Class 3A semifinalist Southmoreland had a young softball lineup last season. It lost only three seniors to graduation.

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Junior Olivia Cernuto (right) has helped the Southmoreland girls soccer team to a No. 2 ranking in Class 2A.
WPIAL boys and girls soccer rankings: Sept. 12, 2021
WPIAL soccer rankings

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Jeannette sophomore soccer player Jordan Taylor.
Soccer Jordan Taylor gets Jeannette boys soccer to think big
Vanity is not among Jordan Taylor’s chief concerns when he tries to put another goal in the net for the Jeannette soccer team.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel runs behind Jude Grzywinski during a nonconference game against Elizabeth Forward earlier this season.
Westmoreland H.S. football notebook: Ligonier Valley finding home in WPIAL
September 11, 2021
Ligonier Valley might have a WPIAL membership like all of the other football teams in District 7. Member since: 2020.

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Norwin girls volleyball motivated to find success
Years ago, Norwin’s girls volleyball program was the standard bearer for WPIAL championships.

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Norwin junior kicker/punter Joey Castle
Norwin notebook: Kicker Joe Castle piling up ‘tackles’
How did Norwin junior kicker Joe Castle get credit for four tackles when he did not hit anyone?

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Franklin Regional girls volleyball embraces changes
It’s not exactly a hot take by Rachel Frye, the new Franklin Regional girls volleyball coach, when she says her team will be watched by many this season.

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Franklin Regional visits Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Hempfield football escapes Franklin Regional rally for win
September 10, 2021
Hempfield made a concerted effort to run the football to open the second half, an impose-your-will mentality driven by junior running back Gino Caesar.

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Franklin Regional sophomore football player Ayden Hudock
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Sophomore Hudock stands out for Franklin Regional
September 9, 2021
Ayden Hudock stood in a hallway outside the Franklin Regional football locker room before a practice this week, a half-eaten apple in his hand and an unsatisfied hunger to be a star grumbling in his stomach.

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Franklin Regional senior Caroline Tragesser won the 2021 WCCA Girls Golf Championship.
Franklin Regional shocks Greensburg CC for girls county golf title in wild finish
Franklin Regional must have felt like it was stuck in the traffic circle in downtown Ligonier and couldn’t get out.

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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.
WCCA girls golf preview: GCC a heavy favorite to 3-peat
September 8, 2021
5th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association Girls Golf Championship

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Westmoreland County girls soccer notes: Small Jeannette roster battles on
Jeannette already had a small roster before a player had to quarantine due to covid exposure, cutting the girls soccer team roster to nine active players.

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Westmoreland County boys soccer notes: No hard feelings after 30-0 game
The score caught the attention of soccer fans and casual observers alike, and many of them asked the same question upon seeing it: “Is that a typo?”

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer points toward the stands after winning the state championship against Montoursville’s Dylan Bennett in the 215-pound final during PIAA wrestling championships on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Mt. Pleasant helps cancer victims
September 5, 2021
Mt. Pleasant is raising money for charity through a unique fundraiser that is fit for a king — and queen.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock scores against Chartiers Valley on Friday night. Whitlock and the Leopards will host Penn-Trafford on Sept. 10.
Westmoreland high school football notebook: Belle Vernon, Penn-Trafford set to clash
September 4, 2021
They don’t make nonconference matchups quite like this one. At least they didn’t used to.

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Norwin senior forward Paloma Swankler
New coach means clean slate for powerful Norwin girls soccer program
New Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger does not plan to have a starting lineup selected until a few days before the season opener.

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Norwin’s Riley Zimmerman shoots and scores against Penn-Trafford Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at Norwin High School.
Norwin boys soccer team has title run in its sights
Riley Zimmerman played only briefly in the WPIAL Class 4A boys soccer championship three years ago at Highmark Stadium, but the experience resonated with him.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Lindeman celebrates her winning goal in a 2020 WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against South Fayette.
Franklin Regional girls soccer has strong base to build on
With nine returning starters, Franklin Regional’s girls soccer team looks like it will have staying power this season.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco carries the ball upfield during a 2020 WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal against Indiana.
Top scorer Anthony DiFalco, Franklin Regional boys soccer teammates set lofty goals
Franklin Regional senior Anthony DiFalco has seen just about everything there is to see in high school soccer.

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Penn-Trafford gets set to play Hempfield on Sept. 3, 2021, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford jumps out to early lead in rout of Hempfield
September 3, 2021
This scoring on the first play of the game thing is catching on at Penn-Trafford.

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Jeannette will wear special helmet decals with the initials "JM" in honor of late Jayhawks football coach Joe Mucci.
Jeannette football team to wear helmet decals to honor late coach Mucci
September 2, 2021
Thinned-out Jeannette will honor the memory of one of its all-time great football coaches Friday night as players wear special “JM” helmet decals for the late Joe Mucci.

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Mt. Pleasant junior linebacker Casey Shaffer
Mt. Pleasant junior Casey Shaffer plays on despite death of his mother; ‘She would have wanted me to’
As he surged through the line and wrapped up a Burrell ball carrier for his first tackle of the game — and season — Casey Shaffer could hear a familiar cheer.

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Sasko Classic returns at Belle Vernon to kick off soccer season
You know the WPIAL soccer season is here again when the name Paul Sasko appears on schedules.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher runs against Belle Vernon on Oct. 2, 2020, at Laurel Highlands.
Westmoreland football notebook: Laurel Highlands’ Gallagher next test for Southmoreland
Southmoreland pulled somewhat of a surprise last week when it knocked off McGuffey.

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The first-year Hempfield girls golf team includes (from left) Raina Jones, Seneca Wagner, Ava Grew, Kylee Grew, Milana Yannascoli, and Mayah Iezzi.
In program’s 1st WPIAL season, Hempfield girls golf comes out of clubhouse firing
September 1, 2021
After playing one season as a club team, Hempfield’s girls golfers were primed to begin their first year as a WPIAL member.

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Norwin’s Kylie Arnold battles North Allegheny’s Lucia Wells for a header during the girls WPIAL Class 4A championship game Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
2021 WPIAL girls soccer preview: Rankings, contenders, players to watch
August 29, 2021
WPIAL girls soccer preview

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Seneca Valley’s Beaux Lizewski (17) celebrates his first goal with Caiden Oros (25) and Connor Scmidt during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Peters Twp. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
2021 WPIAL boys soccer preview: Rankings, contenders, players to watch
WPIAL boys soccer preview

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior Corinn Brewer posted the best score by a high school athlete at the Women’s Decathlon National Championships on Aug. 21-22, 2021 in San Francisco.
Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Corinn Brewer stands out in national decathlon competition
Corinn Brewer wants to compete at the highest level of college track and field — and possibly beyond — so the senior at Greensburg Central Catholic is preparing herself now with high-level competition.

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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.
Westmoreland County girls soccer preview: Southmoreland has ‘something to prove’
August 28, 2021
If Josh Pajak was only allowed to give his Southmoreland girls soccer team one message before the start of the season it might be this: Proceed with caution.

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Franklin Regional’s Anthony DiFalco works against Mars’ Ryan Pasko in front of the Planets’ goal during the first half of the WPIAL Class AAA championship game on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Westmoreland County boys soccer preview: Franklin Regional eyes another title
Franklin Regional senior Anthony DiFalco has seen just about everything there is to see in high school soccer.

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Penn-Trafford head coach John Ruane during 7 on 7 completion on July 8, 2021 at Greater Latrobe Sr. High School.
Westmoreland HS football notebook: Teams enjoy return to normalcy
As the band played and cheerleaders and students chanted from packed bleachers, the normally steely-eyed John Ruane felt some emotion.

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Norwin senior football player Sebastian Rosado Guindin
After leaving Puerto Rican home, Norwin lineman Guindin adjusts to new life
Chased out of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in 2017, Sebastian Rosado Guindin has found a home at Norwin.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin commits to Youngstown State
A slightly crumpled piece of paper is far from a national letter of intent, but it sure meant a lot to Maddie Griffin when she was a big-dreaming middle schooler.

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Penn-Trafford players warm up before facing Norwin on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.
Led by QB’s 99-yard run on 1st snap, Penn-Trafford speeds past Norwin
August 27, 2021
If the first play of the season is an indicator of how Penn-Trafford’s football season is going to go, watch out for the Warriors.

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips throws during 7-on-7 competition in July.
Westmoreland County high school football notes: Franklin Regional to rotate QBs
August 26, 2021
The quarterback competition at Franklin Regional will remain just that as it stretches into the regular season.

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Southmoreland senior quarterback Anthony Govern
Dual-threat quarterback gives Southmoreland offense an edge
August 25, 2021
Spiders and stink bugs make Anthony Govern cower.

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Tyler Horn and Jeannette open the season in Week Zero with a trip to East Allegheny.
Westmoreland County don’t miss high school football matchups for Week Zero 2021
Nonconference

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Jeannette’s Antonio Clark and Payton Molter work out during practice on Aug. 12, 2021, at McKee Stadium.
Just 1 starter returns for defending WPIAL champion Jeannette
Roy Hall is not sure how this season — his last with the Jayhawks — will play out, but he knows what the main goal is for his football team.

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Clairton’s Capone Jones tosses a ball at practice Aug. 19, 2021.
Clairton reloads behind imposing offensive line
It’s a hot July afternoon and Clairton just finished its final 7-on-7 competition of the summer.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos looks to pass during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
With new coach in place, Greensburg CC to rely on strong defense, deep skill group
It could take some time for Greensburg Central Catholic to find its identity early in the football season.

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Penn-Trafford golfer Nick Turowski (right) poses with friend and teammate Bryce Williams, after Turowski shot a course-record 63 Tuesday at Manor Valley Golf Course in Export. He had a school-record 29 on the front nine during Penn-Trafford’s win over Indiana.
Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski has record-breaking day at Manor Valley
August 24, 2021
Nick Turowski drove the first green Tuesday, ripping a 300-plus-yard drive to about 20 feet to open his nine-hole high school match.

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Clairton’s Brooklyn Cannon beats Jeannette’s Brett Birch for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 11, 2020.
2021 WPIAL Class A football breakdown: Clairton returns size, skill, speed … again
Wayne Wade has heard about Jeannette’s transfer issues and low player turnout.

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Norwin senior football player Dom Barca
‘Dangerous’ senior running back leads Norwin’s quest for respect
August 23, 2021
Dom Barca appreciates variety in life.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto is on the Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award watch list.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Locals make soccer award watch list
August 21, 2021
The Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award recognizes the best WPIAL girls soccer player “whose play, leadership and passion for the game emulates that of the award’s namesake.”

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Jeannette senior lineman Justin Shank is the lone returning starter on the Jayhawks team.
Once-proud programs in Jeannette, Monessen fall on hard times
Jeannette and Monessen have a lot in common.

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Latrobe senior quarterback Bobby Fetter
Latrobe QB Bobby Fetter displays leadership, perspective for Wildcats
August 19, 2021
When Bobby Fetter learned he might not be able to play football again after he separated his left shoulder for a third time and needed surgery, the Latrobe senior gained a measure of perspective.

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Sewickley Academy’s Jack Gordon smiles as he is greeted by coach Win Palmer after completing his round during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
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10 WPIAL players make All-American games watch list
August 18, 2021
The 2021 High School All-American soccer games will be played Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla.

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Jeannette senior lineman Justin Shank
Despite defection of teammates, Jeannette’s Justin Shank determined to give his all
Justin Shank often asks himself, “Why me?”

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Latrobe quarterback Bobby Fetter throws during 7-on-7 competition July 8, 2021.
After close calls, Latrobe searching for signature win
Latrobe has made things interesting late in the season the past two years, hanging around teams it wasn’t supposed to get in the ring with and nearly pulling stunners.

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Hempfield senior Dan Sierk
No-nonsense lineman helps launch Hempfield into new era
August 17, 2021
If you like no-nonsense, hand-in-the-dirt linemen with impeccable smarts and a mean streak, Dan Sierk is your guy.

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High school notebook: Derry football coaches bridging the age gap
Football teams are learning how to read gaps at camp this week so they can open running lanes this season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic quarterback Nate Dlugos looks to pass during a 7on7 game on July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic hits road for football camp
August 16, 2021
While high school football teams going away for training camp seems like a forgotten tradition, a lost art even, one local program hit the road and rekindled the custom for the first week of preseason workouts.

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WPIAL’s top girls soccer players make Moe Rosensteel award watch list
The Moe Rosensteel Player of the Year Award recognizes the best WPIAL girls soccer player “whose play, leadership and passion for the game emulates that of the award’s namesake.”

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Southmoreland quarterback Anthony Govern throws during 7-on-7 completion on July 8, 2021.
Southmoreland craves return to playoffs
Enjoying his team’s demeanor more by the day, coach Dave Keefer watches the Southmoreland football team get ready for a voluntary workout on a warm summer evening at Russ Grimm Field.

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Greensburg Central Catholic senior football player Danny Dlugos
Danny Dlugos aims to carry on family football tradition at GCC, get Centurions back to playoffs
August 15, 2021
During a recent heat-week drill, Greensburg Central Catholic first-year football coach Marko Thomas held up a blocking pad to help demonstrate a formation.

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Derry’s Zack Revoir throws a pass during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
New players to step into leadership roles at Derry
Derry lost 14 seniors to commencement but quickly replenished the roster with 14 freshmen. That doesn’t mean the team will get nearly the production of last year’s 12th graders.

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Derry sophomore football player Ahmad Ward
Ahmad Ward hopes to be bigger part of Derry’s offense this season
August 13, 2021
A comic book and collectables enthusiast, Ahmad Ward owns a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure of Marvel character Thanos that he believes is worth $400.

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Hempfield head coach Mike Brown during a 7-on-7 competition July 8 at Latrobe.
New coach begins program overhaul at Hempfield
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Norwin quarterback Luke Levendosky throws during a 7-on-7 competition July 8, 2021 at Latrobe.
Norwin eager to change program’s image
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Norwin junior kicker/punter Joey Castle
Norwin kicker Castle seeing his profile increase nationally
August 12, 2021
Soccer was once the sport that fueled Joey Castle’s adrenaline rush. The thrill of scoring goals and stopping them drove him to compete.

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Greensburg Central Catholic football players finish a recent summer workout as they prepare for the 2021 WPIAL season.
Greensburg Central Catholic football team looking for Week Zero opponent
For Greensburg Central Catholic, Week Zero is living up to its name. As in, zero teams to play.

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Lance Maha watches West Mifflin play Franklin Regional in 2016.
New Norwin coach sees untapped potential in boys basketball program
August 9, 2021
From afar, Lance Maha always watched the Norwin boys basketball program with curious eyes.

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Norwin boys basketball boosters and former teammates presented Ty Bilinsky with a check to help with his medical expenses. Pictured are (back row, from left) Michael Fleming, Jayden Walker, Nck Fleming, Josh Williams, Adam Bilinsky, and Rick Thomas, booster vice president; front row, booster secretary Sue Mihalov and Ty Bilinsky.
Norwin boosters, friends present Ty Bilinsky with check to help with medical expenses
August 8, 2021
Norwin’s boys basketball boosters and several former teammates presented Ty Bilinsky with a check for $5,900 on Sunday, the culmination of months-long fundraising efforts to help the recent Knights graduate with medical costs.

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Katie Miller Gee (right) poses with the trophy after winning the PA Women’s Golf Association Mid-Amateur alongside Pat Hughes Gelardi, a member of the association’s executive committee.
Hempfield golf coach Katie Miller Gee playing through pregnancy
Balance rarely has been an issue for Katie Miller Gee.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abby Vaites and Perri Page defend onLatrobe’s Anna Rafferty during the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball semifinals on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Rafferty commits to IUP
August 7, 2021
Basketball player Anna Rafferty was receiving NCAA Division I and II college attention well before last season, but the 6-foot-2 center reaffirmed her next-level potential by helping Latrobe reach the WPIAL semifinals for the first time 1998.

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Norwin pitcher Noah Czajkowski delivers against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Norwin’s Noah Czajkowski commits to St. Bonaventure
As his control improved through the spring and summer, Noah Czajkowski amped up his pitching during the travel season and began to draw interest from NCAA Division I programs.

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Norwin graduate Drew Phipps competes for the Bucknell University wrestling team in a match against North Carolina on Feb. 1, 2019.
Norwin notebook: Hall of Fame to honor 2 classes of inductees
The latest classes of the Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame will include stars of the past from track and field, cross country, soccer, swimming, wrestling, softball and volleyball.

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West Mifflin coach Lance Maha watches his team against Franklin Regional in 2016.
Norwin set to hire veteran West Mifflin coach for boys basketball post
August 6, 2021
Norwin will recommend longtime West Mifflin coach Lance Maha to take over its boys basketball program.

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Franklin Regional golfer Michael Wareham
Michael Wareham, Victoria Witouski awarded inaugural Fuhrer scholarships
August 4, 2021
The first two recipients of the inaugural Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Junior Golf Scholarship were announced Wednesday by the Tri-State Section PGA.

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Jesse Reed, who played at Saltsburg, Greensburg Central Catholic and The Kiski School, is the new boys basketball coach at Franklin Regional.
Former CMU, Saint Vincent assistant ready to attack Franklin Regional basketball job
August 2, 2021
Asked if he is ready to become a head basketball coach, Jesse Reed answered like he was finishing an alley-oop with authority.

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Inaugural Cunningham memorial tournament a success
Organizer Tim Carney called the inaugural Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament “a huge success.”

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The Hempfield softball coaching staff is breaking up. Some of them have coached together for decades. Pictured are, top, from left, Alex Belgiovane, John Sherrow, Ed Diorio, Tine Skelly, and Melissa Lupinacci. Sitting, from left: Dick Albright, Ray Melo and Bob Kalp.
Hempfield softball team prepares for post-Bob Kalp era
August 1, 2021
With the namesake of Robert D. Kalp Field no longer the softball coach at Hempfield, the program has to take a lonely look into the future.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Miele (left) and Aiden Kammerer qualified for the Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in Baltimore.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL champs head to PNC Park; lacrosse players hit big stage
July 31, 2021
A pair of WPIAL championship teams will be honored Sunday at PNC Park. The Franklin Regional baseball team and Mt. Pleasant softball team will be recognized, along with 10 other WPIAL champions, when the Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m.

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Norwin graduate Drew Phipps competes for the Bucknell University wrestling team in a match against North Carolina on Feb. 1, 2019.
Norwin recognizes latest Hall of Fame classes
July 30, 2021
The latest two classes of the Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame will include stars of the past from track and field, cross country, soccer, swimming, wrestling, softball and volleyball.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Joe Blahovec made a verbal commitment to Youngstown State.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Blahovec commits to Youngstown State
July 29, 2021
Like a third-and-long pass reception, Joe Blahovec took his one Division I scholarship offer and ran with it.

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Jesse Reed, who played at Saltsburg, Greensburg Central Catholic and The Kiski School, is the recommended candidate to be the next boys basketball coach at Franklin Regional.
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Franklin Regional will recommend Jesse Reed to be its boys head basketball coach Monday at a school board meeting.

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Losing a head coach at any time of the year can have a stifling effect on a high school basketball program.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield battles Plum’s Cameron Collins for a header during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at North Allegheny.
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July 27, 2021
When student-athletes are named the Gatorade athlete of the year in their state for their respective sport, they are awarded $1,000 to donate to their entity of choice.

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Central Catholic’s Anthony Speca returns an interception to seal the victory in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Allegheny Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Martorelli Stadium.
Anthony Speca, Quinton Martin named to MaxPreps sophomore preseason All-America team
MaxPreps announced its preseason All-American football team for the Class of 2024 and a pair of WPIAL standouts made the list.

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Southmoreland soccer standout wastes no time making Division I college commitment
July 26, 2021
With two years of high school soccer to play, Kendall Fabery has her college plans figured out. Fabery, a rising junior at Southmoreland, announced she has made a verbal commitment to play at Cleveland State.

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First-year Hempfield football coach Mike Brown speaks with players during a recent workout.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield football leaning on strength coach Cortazzo
July 24, 2021
If Hempfield football turns a corner and gets back into playoff contention again this fall, the Spartans might be able to thank their strength coach.

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Vince Skillings is entering his second season as Derry’s football coach.
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He didn’t plan it, but Vince Skillings literally saw the light in the darkest of dark times.

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Legendary Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp, 7-time WPIAL champ, retires
July 21, 2021
Bob Kalp carried the torch for the Hempfield softball program until it burned his arm.

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Jeannette pitcher Tre Cunningham delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hempfield Park.
Field set for Tre Cunningham memorial basketball tournament
The field is set for the inaugural Tre Cunningham Memorial Basketball Tournament to be played Friday and Saturday at the Jeannette High School gymnasium.

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Declan Ochendowski knew he wanted to play college football, but it wasn’t that long ago that the incoming senior at Penn-Trafford doubted he would draw attention from Division I programs.

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Southmoreland football players will wear a No. 15 decal on their helmets this season to honor fallen former teammate Brandon Peterson.
Southmoreland to honor late alumnus with football helmet sticker
July 20, 2021
Remembered as a teammate who could lighten the mood when football created tense moments like it can, Brandon Peterson left quite an impression on the Southmoreland football team. He is missed more every day.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Cade Yacamelli, Penn-Trafford
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized Thursday during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Jeannette coach Adrian Batts watches his team play Shenango in a 2020 WPIAL playoff game.
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts adds athletic director duties
July 19, 2021
A familiar face was hired Monday night as the new athletic director at Jeannette.

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Yough’s Tristan Waldier has had two consecutive seasons ended by injury. He moves from quarterback to receiver this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Waldier on his way back again
Tristan Waldier is back on the field for the Yough football team, medically cleared after season-ending knee injuries two years in a row.

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July 18, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized Thursday during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Norwin girls soccer coach Diane Metzger
Norwin alum Metzger expects smooth transition as new coach of girls soccer team
When she begins her new job, Diane Metzger said she will not have to focus on fixing something that isn’t broken.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro committed to play at IUP earlier this week.
Westmoreland notebook: Southmoreland duo could become IUP teammates
IUP has an eye on two Southmoreland basketball standouts. The Crimson Hawks landed one and hope to get the other.

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First-year Hempfield football coach Mike Brown speaks with players during a recent workout.
New Spartans coach Brown eager to turn Hempfield football into winners
July 17, 2021
When he was an assistant at Robert Morris, Mike Brown recruited football players from Hempfield, so he was familiar with the program.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Anthony Speca, Central Catholic
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Norwin graduate Drew Phipps competes for the Bucknell University wrestling team in a match against North Carolina on Feb. 1, 2019.
Norwin product Phipps to help coach Seton Hill
Former Norwin and Bucknell wrestling standout Drew Phipps will join the staff at Seton Hill as a graduate assistant.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Trevor Wilson delivers against Norwin on April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford’s Trevor Wilson headed for Gardner-Webb
July 16, 2021
Trevor Wilson was born in Charlotte, N.C., and eventually made his way to Penn-Trafford where he developed into a talented baseball pitcher.

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Norwin quarterback Luke Levendosky looks to pass during the WCCA 7-on-7 championship game against Franklin Regional on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin serves notice with win at WCCA 7-on-7 tournament
July 15, 2021
There were notable absences at Thursday’s Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 Football Passing Tournament at Latrobe.

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Greensburg Central Catholic football coach Marko Thomas leads his team in an offseason workout.
Marko Thomas makes quick adjustment to surroundings as GCC’s head coach
July 14, 2021
Marko Thomas took over the Greensburg Central Catholic football program not quite knowing what to expect. But just the same, he was eager to peel back the curtain.

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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.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer program under new leadership
Two-time defending WPIAL Class A boys soccer champion Greensburg Central Catholic is loaded with talent again, but the team will have a new coach this fall.

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Jeannette announces latest hall of fame class
July 13, 2021
Jeannette announced its 2021 Jayhawk Athletic Hall of Fame class on Tuesday.

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July 11, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14.
Westmoreland County Girls Athlete of the Year: Olivia Cernuto, Southmoreland
July 10, 2021
Unless she takes a summer vacation or a few random days off, Olivia Cernuto gets little rest during the sports year.

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Jeannette’s football team wore “TC 6” decals last season to honor late standout Tre Cunningham, who wore No. 6.
Westmoreland high school notes: Basketball tournament to honor late Jeannette standout
Almost a year to the day that he was killed in a motorcycle accident, former Jeannette three-sport star athlete Tre Cunningham will be honored through a charity basketball event.

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Head coach Roy Hall looks presides over a preseason practice in 2018.
Jeannette football program soldiers on as transfers, defections decimate roster
July 9, 2021
Tyler Horn said his motivation to play football at Jeannette this season is simple.

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July 7, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Mt Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky drives in Haylie Brunson in the PIAA Class 3A softball championship game June 18. Both were named first-team all-state Tuesday.
Mt. Pleasant softball places 3 on all-state 1st team
July 6, 2021
Another state championship in hand, the Mt. Pleasant softball team celebrated some personal accolades Tuesday when the all-state teams came out.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Tunkhannock during the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game June 17.
Beaver’s Payton List, Bethel Park’s Reagan Milliken win state player of year honors
One did it with her arm, the other with a heavy bat.

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Westmoreland high school notes: Hempfield’s Sierk has smarts
July 3, 2021
Dan Sierk is as much a student of the game as he is a fierce, run-blocking tight end and an edge-turning defensive end.

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Murrysville Star notebook: Local volleyball team headed to nationals
The Westmoreland Elite 17 Black volleyball team qualified for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Tournament, which was set to begin Saturday in Las Vegas.

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Diane Metzger to take over Norwin girls soccer team
July 1, 2021
Diane Metzger is the new girls soccer coach at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional head coach Steve Scorpion reacts to a play on the sidelines against Greensburg-Salem on Dec. 7, 2019, in the Hempfield High School Tip-Off Tournament.
Former Franklin Regional boys basketball coach opens up about opioid abuse
June 29, 2021
Steve Scorpion admits he almost died.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich celebrates with Haylie Brunson after Brunson scored against Ellwood City during the WPIAL 3-A Softball Championship on Wednesday June 2, 2021 at Lilley Field Cal U.
Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson honored as Tribune-Review Westmoreland Softball Player of the Year
June 26, 2021
2021 Tribune-Review Westmoreland Softball All-Stars

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Joe Blahovec caught 21 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns last season.
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Behind the scenes, Joe Blahovec could be carving out a path to a Division I football career.

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Norwin football player Xander Smith
Norwin long snapper Xander Smith garnering national attention
Xander Smith is chasing a dream to play college football at the highest level possible.

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June 25, 2021
Xander Smith is chasing a dream to play college football at the highest level possible.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky keeps an eye on home plate before preparing to pitch against Punxsutawney on June 14 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky writes fairy-tale ending to pitching career
June 21, 2021
A future college outfielder, Mary Smithnosky had to reaffirm to herself that she was a pitcher in her final high school softball season.

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The Mt Pleasant fan cheer after a three-run fifth inning against Mid Valley during the PIAA Class 4A Girls Softball Championship on Friday, June18, 2021 at Beard Field in University Park Pa.
Softball a family affair for PIAA champion Mt. Pleasant
June 19, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Mt. Pleasant took extra time to board the team bus for the ride home Friday from Penn State after the Vikings won the PIAA Class 3A softball championship.

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Bell Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Chartiers Valley on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Westmoreland notebook: Youngstown State offers Belle Vernon’s Whitlock
Devin Whitlock reeled in his first Division I football scholarship offer. He hopes it will be the first of many to come.

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Norwin’s Jack Whalen drives in the Knights’ first run with a single against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Knights baseball, softball players earn spot on Big 5/6 all-section teams
Norwin was well-represented on the Big 5/6 Conference all-section baseball and softball teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Treloar celebrates as he scores to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Franklin Regional baseball team looks back on memorable season
Franklin Regional coach Bobby Saddler did not ride the team bus, instead driving separately to what turned out to be his team’s final baseball game of the 2021 season.

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Mt. Pleasant players celebrate beating Mid Valley in the PIAA Class 3A softball championship game Friday, June 18, 2021 at Beard Field in University Park.
Mt. Pleasant rallies past Mid Valley to capture state softball championship
June 18, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK — Tested for the first time in the postseason, the Mt. Pleasant softball team had to find a higher gear to get around Mid Valley in the state championship game.

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Ryan Hayden was named the Jeannette athletic director in July 2019.
Jeannette athletic director Ryan Hayden resigns
June 17, 2021
Ryan Hayden is stepping down as athletic director at Jeannette after two years on the job.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich (8) celebrates her home run with Hannah Gnibus during their PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game against Bald Eagle Area on June 7.
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From left, Mt. Pleasant softball players Haylie Brunson, Courtney Poulich and Katie Hutter are three of the program’s most productive weightlifters and hitters.
Weight-training program powers Mt. Pleasant softball’s run to state finals
Each grapefruit the Mt. Pleasant softball team smashes out of the park seems to go farther than the last.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich reacts as her team makes a run against Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball hopes to answer one last call
June 16, 2021
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson has been receiving dozens of phone calls and texts from fellow coaches and colleagues in the area with good luck wishes, salutes and plaudits.

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Mt. Pleasant catcher Lexis Shawley tags out Yough’s Katelyn Chilzer at home plate during the seventh inning of their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
PIAA softball notebook: Mt. Pleasant catcher Shawley battles through pain
Lexis Shawley became such a regular with Allegheny Health Network that the medical system decided to use her in one of its commercials.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock carries against Ringgold in their Big Eight Conference game Oct. 9, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock gets 1st Division I offer
Devin Whitlock reeled in his first Division I football scholarship offer, and he hopes it will be the first of many to come.

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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.
Mars’ Ellie Coffield wins 2nd straight Gatorade player of year award
Ellie Coffield knows a little something about repeat performances.

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Mt. Pleasant players react after defeating Punxsutawney on Monday, June 14, 2021 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals at St. Francis University.
Mt. Pleasant softball blanks Punxsutawney, advances to PIAA Class 3A title game
June 14, 2021
LORETTO — This must be what they mean at Mt. Pleasant when they say, “Row, Vikes.”

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gbnibus tries to complete the double play after the force play on Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy during the completion of the PIAA Class 3A Girls Softball quarterfinal on Thursday, June11, 2021 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant seeks to regain focus in time for PIAA semifinal against Punxsutawney
June 13, 2021
The best softball teams usually are the most self-critical at this time of year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Lexi Puskar bats against Avonworth during the completion of the PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal on Thursday, June 11, 2021, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Puskar delays National Guard for semifinal game
It’s all about the red, white and blue for Lexi Puskar.

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Ligonier Valley third baseman Jordan Hofecker runs down a ball hit by Chestnut Ridge’s Isabella Wingard during the PIAA Class 2A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Mt. Aloysius College.
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Norwin senior John Giansante
Westmoreland notebook: Norwin’s Giansante hits right notes on, off track
June 12, 2021
For John Giansante, it is all about rhythm.

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Norwin senior John Giansante
Norwin Star notebook: Triple jumper puts a bow on high school career
For John Giansante, it is all about rhythm.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky dribbles side-by-side with Hempfield defender Blake Remaley (32) as Norwin’s Jayden Walker puts on pressure during a 2020 game.
Medically cleared to return to court, Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky headed to UPJ
Ty Bilinsky went from thinking it might be time to throw his basketball shoes over the telephone wires to merging back into the fast lane to a possible college career.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Mary Smithnosky smiles after shutting out Avonworth during the completion of a PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal Thursday, June 11, 2021 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant sees room to improve after closing out Avonworth for 5th straight postseason shutout
June 11, 2021
Mt. Pleasant slept on a 3-0 lead but didn’t think that would be the final score against Avonworth in a PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal that took two days to complete.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter laughs with coach Chris Brunson after hitting a triple during a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal against Avonworth on Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant takes lead before rain suspends PIAA quarterfinal matchup with Avonworth
June 10, 2021
Mt. Pleasant was primed to add to its lead in a PIAA Class 3A softball quarterfinal Thursday afternoon when the sky darkened, lightning struck and heavy rain pelted the field at Norwin.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco celebrates his walk-off hit to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Franklin Regional enjoys ‘the year of firsts’
June 8, 2021
Even with a pandemic shadowing their every move, Franklin Regional sports teams have found a way to flourish this school year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich celebrates as she rounds the bases during a PIAA Class 3A first-round playoff game Monday.
Mt. Pleasant, Ligonier Valley softball roll with punches to move on in state tournament
Besides winning, Mt. Pleasant and Ligonier Valley had something else in common in their PIAA softball playoff openers Monday.

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West Allegheny’s Gavin Miller rounds the bases past Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco after hitting a home run during their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Latrobe High School.
West Allegheny knocks off WPIAL champ Franklin Regional in 1st round of PIAA playoffs
June 7, 2021
West Allegheny kept loading the bases against Franklin Regional in the teams’ PIAA first-round playoff game.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin celebrates a strikeout with Haley Boyd (left) and Jordan Hofecker (right) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
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Mt. Pleasant celebrates after beating Ellwood City in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Wednesday June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa).
WPIAL champ Mt. Pleasant hopes to carry momentum into PIAA playoffs
June 5, 2021
Mt. Pleasant won its second WPIAL softball title with a relentless, rapid-fire offensive attack. Frozen ropes and gap shots. Doubles off the wall.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Brian Pirone delivers against Bethel Park during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Local baseball, softball players earn honors
Westmoreland County was well represented on the Big 5/6 Conference all-section baseball and softball teams.

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Norwin’s Olivia Mastrilli slides into second base under Canon-McMillan’s Olivia Ulam during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Norwin notebook: Knights baseball, softball teams reflect on seasons
Postseason runs that were expected to last a lot longer ended rather abruptly in the WPIAL semifinals for the Norwin baseball and softball teams.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) rushes the ball tackled by Franklin Regional’s during their game on Oct. 23, 2020.
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June 3, 2021
Another week, another Division I football offer for Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston celebrates her two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
Ligonier Valley softball hits reset button, sets sights on PIAA run
Mark Zimmerman said the chip Ligonier Valley softball had resting firmly on its collective shoulder is all but gone.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates with the trophy after beating Ellwood City in the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal U’s Lilley Field.
Big-hitting Mt. Pleasant blanks Ellwood City for 2nd WPIAL softball championship
June 2, 2021
A fourth-grade student made the Mt. Pleasant softball team a good-luck card before the WPIAL championship, one of several the players received and read.

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Ligonier Valley earns Class 2A bronze in softball with 4-0 win over Frazier
June 1, 2021
“Mad dog” doesn’t like to hear about games being meaningless.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky has pitched a pair of shutouts in the WPIAL postseason.
Battery powered: Chemistry between pitcher Smithnosky, catcher Shawley drives Mt. Pleasant softball
Catcher Lexis Shawley received an unsolicited compliment from an umpire after a recent playoff game.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich scores behind Southmoreland’s Gwen Bassinger on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin celebrates a strikeout with Haley Boyd (22) and Jordan Hofecker (3) during their game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
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May 31, 2021
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Hempfield shortstop Christian Zilli drives in two runs with a double against Central Catholic during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on May 22, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
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Dinner time at the Zilli house used to turn into a competition, which confirms a couple of things.

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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.
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Louie Kegerreis is seeing the baseball better than he has all year, but he isn’t just laser-focused on incoming pitches.

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Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus delivers against West Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
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North Allegheny’s Spencer Barnett watches his home run against Butler during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
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Jeannette girls basketball coach Bill Flow, a Norwin graduate
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May 30, 2021
Bill Flow called the Jeannette girls basketball program “a sleeping giant.”

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Hempfield’s Phil Fox (right) celebrates with Jayson Jacob during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal. Fox had a highlight-reel catch in the semifinals go viral last week.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Fresh girls hoops coaching faces
May 29, 2021
A pair of Westmoreland County girls basketball programs will have new coaches next season.

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Franklin Regional’s Jack Kiefer (8) is mobbed by teammates after scoring during overtime of a WPIAL Class 2A first-round playoff game against Shaler on May 17.
Murrysville Star notebook: FR grad earns all-region honors for Mercyhurst baseball
It has been eight years since the Mercyhurst baseball team saw a relief pitcher earn all-region honors.

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Bethel Park’s Lauren Caye slides into second base under the tag of Pine-Richalnd’s Marissa DeLuca during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Play ball: Times set for WPIAL softball championships
May 27, 2021
The WPIAL softball championships will return to renovated Cal U for the first time since 2017.

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Canon-McMillan’s Taylor Eckles connects on a bases-clearing double during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Norwin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Canon-McMillan advances past Norwin to reach WPIAL Class 6A softball final in a pinch
May 26, 2021
About a month ago, Taylor Eckles wasn’t sure if she would be able to join her teammates in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny pitches against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
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Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky delivers against Avonworth in a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Monday, May 25, 2021.
Smithnosky powers top-seeded Mt. Pleasant past Avonworth into Class 3A finals
May 25, 2021
Taking ownership of another WPIAL playoff game, senior Mary Smithnosky propelled Mt. Pleasant into the Class 3A championship with her arm and her bat.

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Winners of the first Kaitlyn "Moe" Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation $2,000 scholarships Hannah Nelson (left) and Sydney Willig.
Inspirational soccer standouts honored with ‘Moe’ Rosensteel scholarships
The Kaitlyn “Moe” Rosensteel Scholarship Foundation planned to award one scholarship to a deserving WPIAL girls soccer player in the name of the late Ringgold and travel soccer standout and West Virginia Wesleyan recruit who was killed in June of 2019 by a lightning strike at Mammoth Park in Mt. Pleasant Township.

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The Ellwood City softball team defeated Southmoreland, 4-2, in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Penn-Trafford.
No. 11 Ellwood City tops Southmoreland, continues underdog run to softball finals
Ellwood City coach Gary Rozanski has seen his teams win WPIAL championships before but never has judged them on aesthetics.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston legs out a two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
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Riverview winning pitcher Enzo Lio celebrates a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal victory over Greensburg Central Catholic with a pirate flag and a championship belt Monday, May 24, 2021.
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The volume seemed to get louder from the Riverview dugout as the game progressed.

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Southmoreland’s Kaylee Dopplehauer beats the tag attempt by Mt. Pleasant’s Mary Smithnosky to score Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland high school softball notebook: Sister pairs contribute for Mt. Pleasant
Sister combinations are nothing new to high school softball, but having multiple combos is a little less common.

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Southmoreland celebrates with Emily Eutsey as she scores after her home run against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
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May 23, 2021
With lower participation numbers than usual at Jeannette, rumors have been swirling around the football program.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli (5) rushes the ball against Woodland Hills on Oct. 2, 2020.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: More offers coming in for P-T’s Cade Yacamelli
With high school football training camps set to open in less than three months, Cade Yacamelli of Penn-Trafford has a lot on his mind.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston hits a two-run triple during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
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Hempfield’s Gage Wheaton celebrates his three-run home run against Central Catholic during the fifth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Hempfield baseball survives up-and-down inning, stops Central Catholic
May 22, 2021
No matter how far this playoff runs goes, Hempfield will remember that nerve-racking yet fun-filled fifth inning from the quarterfinals when the Spartans turned a negative into a positive.

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Norwin pitcher Jake Bazala celebrates after getting a strikeout during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Seneca Valley on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Jake Bazala’s strong outing helps Norwin down Seneca Valley in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals
After the baseball season is over, Jake Bazala plans to cut his long, auburn-colored locks and donate them to a good cause.

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Norwin’s Eric Chorba bats against Hempfield on May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin baseball turns up offense at right time
Norwin had made a habit out of eking one-run baseball games, which is fine with the coaching staff, as long as the Knights are winning.

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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.
Franklin Regional baseball works to ‘flush’ late-season loss
For Franklin Regional baseball coach Bobby Saddler and his players, it must have been like having the theme from “Psycho” pierce their ears.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie (8) celebrates a strikeout with Anna Cibik during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal against Mapletown on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Leechburg softball rolls past Mapletown, advances to WPIAL Class A semifinals
May 20, 2021
Adjusting her helmet and gripping her bat while on the move from the dugout, Bella Vozar shuffled toward the plate in the bottom of the third inning like she was late for class.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Mary Smithnosky delivers against Derry during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Smithnosky pitches top-seeded Mt. Pleasant past Derry, into Class 3A semifinals
Normally, hitting is what jump starts the high-powered Mt. Pleasant softball team. One knock usually leads to many more.

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Yough’s Makayla Spoonhoward celebrates with her teammates after scoring 
the winning run Wednesday against Freeport.
Yough softball team scores winning run on error in 8th inning to top Freeport
May 19, 2021
Freshman Makayla Spoonhoward made the turn for home, hit the deck and did a rollover.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith (right) celebrates a strikeout with Sarah Yamrick during their WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game against Hampton on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Gateway High School.
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Norwin’s Emma Rigone (3) celebrates the Lady Knights’ first goal with Anna Durmis during the second half of their game against Penn-Trafford Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Norwin.
Westmoreland notebook: Youngstown State right fit for Norwin’s Rigone
May 18, 2021
Emma Rigone had interest from a number of Division I women’s soccer programs but went with the one that checked all the boxes.

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Derry celebrates after a 3-1 win over South Park, the first playoff win in Trojans history, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Derry softball gets 1st playoff win in program history
From the routine-looking plays they made all over the field to the steady pitching and hitting they displayed, Derry softball players looked like they had been here before, like they belonged here even.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates with Haylie Brunson after her two-run home run against Southmoreland on May 11.
Favorite status doesn’t faze top softball seeds from Westmoreland County
If the softball playoffs come to pass the way the WPIAL committee foresees — “to chalk,” as they say — there are going to be some celebrations in Westmoreland County.

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Norwin pitcher Sydney Lokay delivers against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith delivers against Connellsville on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Harrison City.
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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky (7) celebrates with Jayden Walker after scoring during their game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Norwin, Hempfield could meet in baseball, softball playoffs
May 15, 2021
Norwin and Hempfield could meet again in the WPIAL baseball and softball semifinals, and that could mean at least two local teams making the Class 6A finals.

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Norwin’s Madie Kessler rounds the bases after hitting her second home run against Hempfield on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Kessler’s home run trot a familiar sight for Knights
Sophomore Madie Kessler wasn’t aiming for Route 30, but those who witnessed her towering home run against North Allegheny believe the ball might have landed on the highway below Norwin High School.

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Franklin Regional’s Carli Ranchandran rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Armstrong on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional softball team hits upswing as playoffs approach
After losing its first two games, the Franklin Regional softball has been a model of consistency. Sort of.

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Norwin girls soccer coaches Lauren Karcher (left) and Lesley Kaminski talk to their team before practice Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.
Norwin soccer coach Lauren Karcher resigns after 7 successful seasons
May 14, 2021
Pregnant with her second child who is due to arrive in mid-September, Lauren Karcher knows she won’t be able to dedicate all of her attention to the girls soccer program at Norwin.

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Latrobe pitcher Jordan Tallman delivers during a scrimmage at Seneca Valley on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Jackson.
Latrobe in lofty spot as Westmoreland County softball squads earn top WPIAL seeds
May 13, 2021
Even though it seemed like it at first glance, there was no clerical error or mix-up on the right side of the WPIAL Class 5A softball playoff bracket when it met public eyes Thursday.

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Derry players celebrate after defeating Deer Lakes, 2-1, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Deer Lakes High School.
Westmoreland high school baseball notebook: Area teams set for WPIAL playoffs
The WPIAL will convene Friday to draw up playoff brackets. The pairings will be announced around 3 p.m. on the Trib High School Sports Network.

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Franklin Regional’s Carli Ranchandran rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Armstrong on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland softball notebook: Franklin Regional surges into playoffs
May 12, 2021
After losing its first two games, the Franklin Regional softball has been a model of consistency.

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Latrobe pitcher Jordan Tallman has been out since suffering a wrist injury April 20 against Penn-Trafford.
Latrobe softball pitchers prove to be worthy replacements
Latrobe has done just fine without Jordan Tallman, thank you.

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Norwin upended Franklin Regional, 18-2, in four innings on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in North Huntingdon.
Norwin baseball batters Class 5A No. 1 Franklin Regional, 18-2
Norwin had lost two section games in a row and was looking to recharge its battery – and its bats — against Franklin Regional in a nonsection baseball game that had some extra shine to it.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Luke Mort fires a shot against Vincentian during a WPIAL Class A first round playoff game Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at Franklin Regional High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic grads Nate Ward, Luke Mort to face off in NCAA College Cup
Nate Ward and Luke Mort pondered about the two of them meeting in a college soccer game, but chances seemed slim with them playing in different conferences.

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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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 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 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 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 Heart 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
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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
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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
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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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