Author: Bill Beckner Jr.


From left, Derry’s Damian Morales, Dom Reffo, Justin Huss, Christian Bartlebaugh and Tara Perry will compete at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Huss, mile relayers continue success of Derry’s ‘400 club’
May 23, 2019
Justin Huss said being a part of the “400 Club” at Derry is a significant honor, one that nobody in the track and field program takes lightly.

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Connellsville’s Mia Burd kicks up a cloud of dust after pitching a throw against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Uncharacteristic mistakes cost top-seeded Penn-Trafford softball trip to final
May 22, 2019
How quickly things can change in the WPIAL softball playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Sofranco bunts the ball on a throw from Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Solid pitching, defense and just enough hitting lift Mt. Pleasant softball into final
Center fielder Sydney Kanuch made a terrific, over-the-shoulder catch to snap closed the sixth inning.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog reacts to striking out to end the game against New Castle in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Top-seeded Greensburg Salem reflects on ‘roller coaster’ quarterfinal
Greensburg Salem’s baseball season came to a screeching halt Tuesday after a weird, wild and well-played quarterfinal game that took two days and two fields to complete. Like the first day, the second ended in darkness for the Golden Lions.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco (center) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the third inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Franklin Regional baseball advances to WPIAL semifinals for 1st time since 2001
May 21, 2019
Andrew Muraco changed gloves, then helped Franklin Regional change momentum in the sixth inning.

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Westmoreland softball preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday’s semifinals

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli slides safely into third base under Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant makes MaxPreps national rankings
Mt. Pleasant has found its way into the national softball rankings.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL sets softball semifinals
The WPIAL softball semifinals are set, and so are the game sites.

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Penn-Trafford softball keeps rolling, shuts out Albert Gallatin
May 20, 2019
Penn-Trafford moved its year-end softball banquet to next month for one simple reason: This season isn’t over yet.

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Buddy Valinsky coaches Allderdice’s state playoff game against Canon-McMillan Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Buddy Valinsky named boys basketball coach at Norwin
Buddy Valinsky said he would have remained at Allderdice had the school joined the WPIAL in boys basketball.

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Carolyn Alincic (right), shown talking with coach Chris Brunson, and undefeated Mt. Pleasant play Ringgold in the WPIAL 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland WPIAL and District 6 softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 20
May 19, 2019
Monday’s games

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High school notebook: Sections of McKee Stadium sod for sale
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the second inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 1, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of May, 20, 1019
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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins during their game Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Baseball, softball teams reap benefits of extra classifications
May 18, 2019
When the WPIAL went to six classifications three years ago, the idea was to create parity and give more teams a chance to play for championships.

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Carmichaels’ pitcher Gavin Pratt adjusts his cap before throwing against Jeannette on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 2A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Pratt, Carmichaels blank Jeannette in Class 2A opening round
May 16, 2019
Down by one and its season on the line, Jeannette had a runner at third with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning.

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Hempfield’s Kelsi Terzolino drives in the winnng run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
Hempfield still showing knack for late-game heroics
Hempfield softball continues to have a flair for the dramatic.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Norwin QB Jack Salopek commits to Western Michigan
Call it a quarterback sneak.

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Norwin’s Bailee Bertani dives into second base with a two-run double under Bethel Park’s Reagan Milliken during the second inning of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
No. 5 Norwin rolls past Bethel Park in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals
May 15, 2019
Slightly perturbed by its WPIAL playoff seeding, Norwin took out its frustration on — and laid the aluminum to — Bethel Park.

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Norwin’s Owen Sabol turns a double play over Latrobe’s Isaac Echard during their game Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of May 16, 2019
Thursday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Auston Kranick works around Bellefonte’s Andrew Sharp and goalkeeper Zachary Spearly during their PIAA Class AAA playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Franklin Regional’s Kranick commits to play soccer at Oakland
Auston Kranick was glad to be collateral damage. That is how recruiting sometimes can work.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette selling sections of McKee Stadium sod
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Jarett Bach and second-seeded Yough face 15th-seeded Central Valley at 4 p.m. today in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
May 14, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Laura Fox and Hempfield begin their quest for a fifth consecutive WPIAL softball title today.
Westmoreland softball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Pitcher Angalee Beall leads sixth-seeded Franklin Regional against No. 11 Montour in the Class 5A playoffs.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of May 14, 2019
May 13, 2019
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner hopes to add to bucket of memories
There is a bucket spilling over with softballs in the corner of Emma Hoffner’s room.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Heritage Conference baseball final rained out
Monday night’s District 6 Heritage Conference baseball championship between Ligonier Valley and West Shamokin has been postponed due to rain and will now be played 7 p.m. Wednesday at Homer-Center.

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Norwin High School football field
Lineman Challenge returning to Norwin
Norwin routinely has drawn dozens of players to its “Norwin Football Lineman Challenge,” which is why the event will return for a fifth year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the catch Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
District 6 baseball playoff capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. West Shamokin
May 12, 2019
District 6 baseball

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of May 13, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper opens recruitment
May 11, 2019
Like the deep-pocketed major leaguer with the same name, Franklin Regional baseball standout Bryce Harper is switching teams.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Penn-Trafford, Mt. Pleasant set to begin softball playoffs as favorites
May 9, 2019
Perhaps as clear-cut as No. 1 seeds come, Penn-Trafford and Mt. Pleasant didn’t give the WPIAL softball steering committee much to think about in Class 5A and 4A.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley teams to play for Heritage titles
Ligonier Valley will go for a double-dip next week.

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Franklin Regional’s Tommy Kegerreis crosses home plate after hitting a go-ahead solo home run during the fifth inning against Gateway Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball completes perfect section season
May 8, 2019
For the first time this season, the scoreboard was up and running at Haymaker Park, adding some ambience to Franklin Regional’s final home game.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry’s John Kerr signs with Penn State for volleyball
Derry two-sport standout John Kerr will play Division I college volleyball.

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Hempfield’s outfielder Elizabeth Martorella returns a ball to the infield on as Norwin runs the bases on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
With just 8 teams in playoff field, Class 6A softball tournament to feature familiar matchups
The WPIAL Class 6A softball bracket will be noticeably more compact when the pairings are released Thursday.

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Fox Chapel’s Dante DeBaldo steals second base next to Franklin Regional’s Jake Williams during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Williams commits to Yale baseball
May 7, 2019
Franklin Regional’s standout shortstop and top entrepreneur is heading to the Ivy League.

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Penn-Trafford to get new turf at Warrior Stadium, possibly at baseball, softball fields
If all goes according to plan, Penn-Trafford could have artificial turf infields on its baseball and softball diamonds in the near future.

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Greensburg Central’s Ava Bailey drives in the winning run in front of Jeannette catcher Taylor-Lynn Finken in an 11-1 victory in five innings Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC softball gets momentum-building win over playoff-bound Jeannette
Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping to take momentum into the WPIAL Class A softball playoffs. To peak at the right time, as the expression goes.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter gets back to second base safely under a tag by Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Yough softball hosting Frazier in ‘Strikeout Cancer’ event
Last year, the Yough softball team raised $6,000 for a pair of classmates who were stricken with cancer. The students since have recovered and are doing better.

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Franklin Regional coach Bobby Sadlet talks with pitcher Mike Klingensmith and his infielders during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland teams claim long-coveted section titles
May 6, 2019
The wait is over for a number of Westmoreland County baseball teams.

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No. 1 Greensburg Salem baseball edges closer to 1st section title since 2012
Put another ball on the banner.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn Trafford in the first inning Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Hitters to pave playoff path for Westmoreland County softball teams
Pitchers made all the headlines in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs in recent years for Westmoreland County teams.

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of May 6, 2019
May 5, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Westmoreland high school notebook: Linemen drawing increased D-I interest
May 4, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman carries past Thomas Jefferson’s Devin Danielson during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon QB Jared Hartman ahead of schedule in recovery from knee surgery
Jared Hartman believes he has more memories to make playing quarterback for Belle Vernon. Warmer, more pleasant memories that involve him making plays on the field — with his arm and legs.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco collides with Fox Chapel’s James Patterson after turning a double play during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco tosses no-hitter
Franklin Regional sophomore Andrew Muraco said he was hitting his spots from the start Friday. And for that reason, the sharp right-hander was spot on.

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From left, Ray Mello, Bob Kalp and Dick Albright, have coached the Hempfield softball team together for 23 years.
Hempfield honors longtime softball coaches Kalp, Albright, Mello
May 3, 2019
Hempfield honored the longtime softball coaching trio of head coach Bob Kalp and assistants Dick Albright and Ray Mello in a pregame ceremony Friday at Robert D. Kalp Field.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
No. 4 Norwin sweeps rival Hempfield in Section 2-6A
Continue to prove.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Carolyn Alincic no-hits Highlands
May 2, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic has been dominant all season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the first inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top-ranked, unbeaten Penn-Trafford starts slow, beats Franklin Regional
Surprised and, at times, bewildered, Penn-Trafford softball players needed time to get used to a pitcher they had never seen.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins.
No. 5 Greensburg Salem slugs past No. 2 Yough in Section 1-4A
May 1, 2019
With each towering drive that carried deep — and there were a bunch of them that gave Yough’s outfielders a guided tour of the home field dimensions at Greensburg Salem — the host Golden Lions watched an early deficit gradually shrink in their rear-view mirror.

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College interest continues to grow for linemen Fintan Brose, Michael Petrof
April 30, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Coach Bob Colbert joins Greensburg Central Catholic football staff
Well-traveled football coach Bob Colbert is joining the staff at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
No. 1 Mt. Pleasant hangs on, beats No. 2 Yough
April 29, 2019
A large ice wrap resting heavily on her right shoulder in the dugout after the game was a stark contrast to the heat lamp of pressure that radiated down on Carolyn Alincic.

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of April 29-May 4
April 28, 2019
MONDAY

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Franklin Regional baseball coach Bob Saddler has his team in position for its first section title in 13 seasons.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional baseball pursues 1st section title in 13 seasons
Bobby Saddler sees winning a section title as a reward for his Franklin Regional baseball players, who have put in the time during what has become a year-round venture.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund high-fives head coach Dan Miller at third base during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford has its own Mr. Baseball
April 27, 2019
Dan Miller is Penn-Trafford’s Mr. Baseball. He lives and breathes the game year-round and gets to see it from a number of perspectives.

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Belle Vernon third baseman Vanessa Porter tags out McKeesport’s Elisabeth Dansak on a stolen base attempt April 4, 2019.
Belle Vernon softball to play game at football stadium
April 26, 2019
Belle Vernon does not have a turf softball field, but that won’t stop the Leopards from playing a home game on an artificial surface Saturday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz fires a shot for one of her goals during a game against Riverview on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Carbon.
GCC’s Gretz, Norwin’s Durmis make Division I soccer commitments
Westmoreland County has become a hot spot for high-end girls soccer recruiting and two more rising standouts are making sure the trend continues.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum (22) and Aaron Alackson (5) call a huddle with their teammates between innings against Derry on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Sweet victory for Mt. Pleasant baseball, Secosky
April 25, 2019
Fresh off an extra-inning win, Mike Secosky took a bite out of a chocolate chip cookie loaded with extra M&Ms.

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Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Softball coaches walk line between winning and potential over-use of pitchers
April 24, 2019
While softball is different from baseball when it comes to pitchers’ throwing motion and wear and tear on their arms, a risk of over-usage still exists.

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Berwick softball player’s perfectly filmed highlight-catch makes SportsCenter
There was quite a catch made — for a softball player and a heads-up cameraman — across the state on Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford varsity baseball players and seniors, from left, Marrio Disso, Bobby Kusinsky, Connor Bannias, and Luke Fabac pose for a portrait on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Quartet of ‘pleasant surprises’ helps Penn-Trafford baseball climb to No. 2 ranking in Class 6A
April 23, 2019
Even the best baseball teams don’t completely know what they have until the section schedule gets rolling.

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Hympfield’s Mekayla Dedo with a block against North Allegheny during WPIAL girls 6A volleyball semifinals Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Hills High School.
Hempfield’s Mekayla Dedo commits to Air Force
Hempfield junior Mekayla Dedo sometimes skies to make a block or deliver a kill.

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Jeannette softball head coach Zac Karas brings his players in for a group talk at the end of team practice Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette softball gaining recognition for section success
April 22, 2019
As a math teacher at Jeannette, Zac Karas deals with numbers on a daily basis.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski tags out Penn Trafford’s Jordan Sabol in a run-down during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 22, 2019
April 21, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Fun times for Ligonier Valley baseball under 1st-year coach Marabito
April 20, 2019
The old pie in the face is a time-honored tradition in baseball, however hokey and overplayed it might be. Players of all levels often get splattered with the sweets during postgame interviews.

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Hempfield’s Justin Sliwoski (11) is one of the players who upped his college stock by participating in the WCCA Underclassmen Football Showcase.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA football showcase returns in May
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its seventh annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Foothills Football Classic postponed for 2019
April 19, 2019
Logistical issues left the Foothills Football Classic committee with no choice. So, they punted.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball team on home run tear
Back up your outfielders, Southmoreland softball has a knack for hitting the long ball.

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Yough “strikeout cancer” game set
The Yough softball team will have another “Strike Out Cancer” game May 8 when the Cougars host Frazier in Herminie.

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WCCA underclassmen showcase returns next month
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its 7th annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. on May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat celebrates with Luke Fabac after scoring during the sixth inning.
No. 4 Penn-Trafford breaks out bats to defeat rival Norwin
April 18, 2019
Jordan and Owen Sabol play for rival baseball teams. The former is a senior center fielder for Penn-Trafford, the latter a senior shortstop at Norwin.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the throw during Wednesday’s nonsection game.
Ligonier Valley baseball keeps rolling with nonsection win over Greensburg CC
April 17, 2019
Michael Marinchak wears protective glasses when he plays basketball and baseball. The specs essentially have become his trademark.

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Mt. Pleasant softball scratches out victory over Class 6A No. 5 Norwin
April 16, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson said he can feel a breakout offensive performance coming from his team. He can sense the bats warming up.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton scores against Pine Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler’s Ethan Morton brings home 3-on-3 tournament title
April 14, 2019
Opponents would rather not go one-on-one against Butler rising star Ethan Morton.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 15, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Westmoreland notebook: Yough’s Shoaf lands in football all-star game
April 13, 2019
Two-time WPIAL rushing champion Dustin Shoaf will play in an all-star game after all.

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A look at this weekend’s Roundball Classic games, rosters
April 11, 2019
The Roundball Classic all-star basketball games will be Friday and Saturday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
                                Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams strive to maintain perfect records
Undefeated Island has been a crowded place. While the population dwindled some this week, those remaining don’t want to leave.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational meet moved to Saturday
Due to forecasted rain Friday, organizers have moved to Saturday the 28th annual Lady Spartan/17th annual Wildcat Invitational track and field meet at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Anthony Sherwin scores on a single by Luke Fabac in the first inning against Hempfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
Maund pitches No. 2 Penn-Trafford to Section 2-6A shutout over rival Hempfield
April 10, 2019
Maclean Maund said his go-to pitches weren’t working for him. The fastball wasn’t popping and his curve missed its spots.

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Norwin head coach Lynn Washowich works with his players during drills at boys’ basketball practice on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at Norwin Senior High School.
Washowich steps down at Norwin
Lynn Washowich met with his players Monday and explained that it would be unfair to them if he returned as boys basketball coach at Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford football announces latest hall of fame class
Penn-Trafford announced its 2019 Warrior Football Hall of Fame class.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka on Tuesday.
Jeannette shows toughness in nonsection win over Southmoreland
April 9, 2019
Baseball coaches will tell you it never hurts to have a little dog in their team.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette’s McKee Stadium getting upgrades
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette approves turf at McKee Stadium
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Penn Trafford’s Emma Little makes a running catch against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Heavy-hitting Penn-Trafford softball is at it again
April 8, 2019
See it. Rip it.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski (left) runs down Latrobe’s Connor Mondock between second and third base.
Mistakes prove difference as Norwin baseball tops Latrobe
As a scoreless game meandered into the third inning, Norwin figured it might need a fortunate bounce, a break to go its way, if it was going to get a handle on its Section 2-6A baseball opener.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Dan Miller talks to his team during a timeout against Pine-Richland April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 8, 2019
April 7, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn-Trafford in the first inning Friday at Seton Hill.
Westmoreland notebook: Bisignani, Pevarnik pair up in tennis
April 6, 2019
It’s a curious pairing, if nothing else, playing No. 2 doubles for the Latrobe boys tennis team.

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp works with his team in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Kalp, Hempfield look to stay the course after tough loss
Hempfield softball doesn’t lose very often but when it does, especially by 10 runs, it comes as a surprise.

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Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock scores over Indiana’s Laken Dills during their game Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock named Westmoreland Trib Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Here’s a look at the Westmoreland Tribune-Review girls basketball all-stars and player of the year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola named Westmoreland Trib Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Marrek Paola

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Penn Trafford starting pitcher Morgan Hilty throws against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Strong start lifts Penn-Trafford to rare mercy-rule victory over Hempfield
April 5, 2019
There is something about Penn-Trafford softball and games against Hempfield at Seton Hill.

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North Catholic’s Kylee Lewandowski drives past Central Valley’ Kaithlyn Lyons during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL players selected to USA Basketball 3×3 teams
Some of the rising stars in WPIAL basketball that will take the court next season will test their skills against talent from around the country next weekend in Colorado.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Novak (2) celebrates with Jordan Tallman after scoring the winning run against Franklin Regional Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Murrysville.
Tallman strikes out 18 as No. 2 Latrobe edges Franklin Regional in Section 1-5A
April 4, 2019
Franklin Regional and Latrobe are new opponents in Section 1-5A softball so it took them some time to get used to one another Thursday in Murrysville.

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Top-tier AAU girls basketball tournament coming to Western Pa. this weekend
One of the top AAU girls basketball tournaments in the country will play out Saturday and Sunday at 25 gyms throughout WPIAL territory.

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Latrobe’s catcher and senior Makayla Munchinski rounds off on third base to score against Yough on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in a softball scrimmage at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball team rallies around new ace Tallman
April 3, 2019
Latrobe softball is running on battery power again, only the charge is coming from a slightly different pitcher-catcher combo than the Wildcats first envisioned.

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Southmoreland’s Travis Sipple throws pitches during varsity baseball practice on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 1, 2019
March 31, 2019
MONDAY

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield sophomore catcher reopens recruitment
March 30, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball and clearly has the talent to do so.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Hoffner opens recruitment
March 28, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball, and has the talent to do so.

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After missing last softball season with a knee injury, Rachel Martindale was anxious to get back on the field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund (8) is greeted at the dugout by teammates after scoring during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Maund helps Penn-Trafford top North Allegheny on future home field
March 27, 2019
Maclean Maund plans to play college baseball at Seton Hill.

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Head coach Matt Regula during basketball practice at Derry Area High School in Derry, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.
Regula resigns as Derry girls basketball coach
Matt Regula’s stay was short at Derry, his departure not altogether by his choice. But he looks back on his time coaching the girls basketball team at his alma mater with pride.

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Penn-Trafford’s baseball team works out March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford moves games to Seton Hill
March 26, 2019
To counter changing field conditions in Harrison City, Penn-Trafford is moving some baseball and softball games to the artificial turf fields at Seton Hill University.

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Gateway’s Dalton Vojnik gets pumped before a scrimmage game against Greensburg Salem March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 25, 2019
March 24, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley’s Christian Jablonski
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Jablonski gets offer
March 23, 2019
Ligonier Valley already has one football lineman who is drawing Division I attention in junior Michael Petrof. Now, it has two.

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Belle Vernon football players train with the new Tsunami Bar barbell during the 2019 offseason.
Belle Vernon football getting help from new weightlifting aid
March 22, 2019
Opening day of spring sports in the WPIAL was greeted with, sigh, a dose of snow and cold.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo works on hitting drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
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March 19, 2019
Dom Giallonardo could be in for a “Wild” night.

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Senior Garrett Ansell keeps an eye on the ball during batting practice with the Southmoreland varsity baseball team on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland baseball looks to change direction under new coach
Southmoreland baseball will be “governed” differently from now on.

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Southmoreland pitcher Jess Matheny had offseason surgery on her right knee and is ready to start this season.
Southmoreland ready to defend WPIAL title with 8 returning starters
Southmoreland kicked up a thrilling celebration last year after dismantling defending state champion South Park to win the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship on the carpet at Seton Hill.

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates Emma Hoffner’s walk-off hit after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield softball has extended trip home from State Capitol after bus breaks down
March 18, 2019
Stranded but still enjoying the ride, the state softball champions didn’t let a broken down bus dampen their trip to the state capitol.

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Boys PIAA playoff preview capsule: Monessen vs. Vincentian
March 17, 2019
PIAA basketball playoffs

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Monessen’s Marquell Smith faces Vincentian in the PIAA Class A semifinals Monday.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 18, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports:

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates Emma Hoffner’s walk-off hit after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Westmoreland notebook: YWCA to honor Hempfield softball
March 16, 2019
When it comes to awards and championships, Hempfield softball wins in bunches.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo is playing baseball this season after recovering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer, twice.
Inspiring Mt. Pleasant senior back on diamond after cancer, surgery
Dom Giallonardo is not even.

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Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant softball team rebuilds with new coach
Several Mt. Pleasant softball players left the practice field one day last week but didn’t head to the parking lot to catch a ride home or drive away like they had in the past.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Jared Wagner throws practice drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant baseball focuses on bringing runners home
Chris Firmstone does not get bogged down with or obsess over statistics.

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Peters’ Mackenzie Lehman fights for a rebound with Norwin’s Cassie Cole during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Peters Township girls top Norwin in PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
Norwin knew if it had a chance against Peters Township, the game would have to resemble a 12-round heavyweight fight. The Knights would have to trade punches with the unbeaten Indians and be able to go back and forth.

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Franklin Regional head coach Steve Scorpion works with his team during practice Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.
Scorpion admires Groat as grandfather and broadcaster
Dozens of Dick Groat stories have been shared in around Pitt basketball circles in the past few days since word surfaced that the longtime courtside broadcaster and sidekick to Bill Hillgrove was parting ways with the Panthers after 40 years.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Mt. Pleasant’s Alincic changes college commitment
March 14, 2019
On the eve of her senior season, Mt. Pleasant softball player Carolyn Alincic is changing her college plans.

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Norwin’s Emily Brozeski (1) competes against Mt. Lebanon during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Senior leaders use past experiences to help Norwin girls prepare for PIAA quarterfinal matchup
When Emily Brozeski and Jessica Kolesar were freshmen, they were part of Norwin’s varsity scout team. They helped get the WPIAL-champion Knights ready for intense, later-round playoff games.

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Norwin’s Olivia Gribble drives past North Allegheny’s Brooke Barcia during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Norwin family trees grow with playoff success
Family connections tend to follow successful sports programs at the high school level.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff capsules for games of March 15
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Nazareth Prep’s Jaden Gales jumps for the net against Shade during PIAA state basketball playoffs on Tuesday night, March 12, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Nazareth Prep continues impressive postseason run with PIAA 2nd-round victory
March 12, 2019
There is a sense of the unknown surrounding Nazareth Prep, the tiny private Catholic school situated along Ohio River Boulevard in the Allegheny County borough of Emsworth.

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The Norwin bench celebrates as time expires in their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Altoona Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Norwin girls overwhelm opponents with depth, substitutions
March 11, 2019
Usually by state playoff time, basketball teams have pared their rotations down to a workable number, maybe six or seven players.

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The Norwin bench celebrates as time expires in their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Altoona Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsules for March 12, 2019
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christopher horner | tribune-review Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola, a Seton Hill recruit, finished his scholastic career with 1,912 points, 1,059 rebounds and 204 blocks.
Big man Paola proud of Ligonier Valley’s accomplishments
March 10, 2019
Marrek Paola felt a range of emotions as he talked with friends outside of his Ligonier Valley’s locker room Saturday, minutes after a season-ending loss to Beaver Falls in the PIAA Class 3A boys basketball playoffs.

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 11, 2019
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Beaver Falls’ pressure, rebounding too much for Ligonier Valley
March 9, 2019
JOHNSTOWN — Ligonier Valley didn’t overlook Beaver Falls, an opponent with a sub-.500 record and fifth-place standing in the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock drives past Knoch’s Abbey Shearer during their game Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Greensburg.
Heavy Westmoreland presence expected for Roundball Classic
Rosters are out for the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games, set for April 12-13 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Westmoreland high school notes: P-T’s Lisbon gets first 2 D-I offers
A running back with breakaway speed, one who averaged nearly 9 yards a carry last season, has his first two Division I offers.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner scores past Altoona’s Caranda Perea (right) during their PIAA playoff game at Hollidaysburg. Wehner had a team-best 13 points.
Fresh legs, strong shooting key opening-round PIAA win for Norwin girls
March 8, 2019
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Playing with confidence, fresh legs and resolve following a gut-wrenching elimination from the WPIAL semifinals, the Norwin girls basketball team opened the state playoffs with a lively victory.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola gets roughed up by Richland’s Colby Bailey in OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Ligonier Valley boys chasing first PIAA win in 3 decades
Ligonier Valley has a proud sports heritage — not exactly the reason the Rams play in the Heritage Conference, but rather fitting nonetheless.

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Woodland Hills’ Keandre Bowles drives to the basket past Gateway’s R.J. Stevenson during their game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Woodland Hills.
Roundball Classic rosters announced
Event director Allen Deep released rosters for the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games, set for April 12-13 at Geneva College.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner drives past North Allegheny’s Taylor Rowls during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsules: Games for March 8-9, 2019
March 7, 2019
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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL athletes garner all-state honors for indoor season
March 6, 2019
Athletes from WPIAL schools were lauded by the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association with the organization’s all-state teams for the indoor season.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Hempfield’s Brose up to eight Division I offers
Hempfield’s Fintan Brose is pulling in offers in pairs.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold gets around Moon’s Donovan Johnson during WPIAL playoff action Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at West Allegheny High School.
Franklin Regional boys excited for ‘another chance to play’ in state tournament
March 5, 2019
A sense of finality seemed to wash over Franklin Regional boys basketball players, coaches and fans after the Panthers lost to Moon in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals at West Allegheny.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon is tackled by North Hills’ defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford RB Lisbon draws Navy offer
A running back who averaged nearly nine yards a carry last season has his first Division I football offer.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold drives to the basket past Thomas Jefferson’s Isaac McNeil during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Decision time nearing for Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold
Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold soon will find himself at a fork in the road.

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Jayla Wehner and Norwin will look to put a WPIAL Class 6A semifinals loss in the rear-view mirror in the first round of the PIAA tournament Friday night against District 6 champion Altoona.
Norwin girls ready to ‘come back even stronger’ for PIAA playoffs
March 4, 2019
Jayla Wehner called on a motivational quote to help erase a tough semifinal loss and fast-forward to what lies ahead for the Norwin girls basketball team.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden battles Hempfield’s Jared Gerger for the puck during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsules for March 4, 2019
March 3, 2019
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Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho is announced winner in the 126 -pound championship bout over Kiski Area’s Darren Miller at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for week of March 4, 2019
MONDAY

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Peters celebrates celebrates beating North Allegheny in the 6A girls WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
Peters Township girls beat 2-time defending champion North Allegheny in OT to win Class 6A title
March 2, 2019
High-scoring Peters Township was lulled into playing North Allegheny’s game in the WPIAL Class 6A championship, which meant a defense-first approach, and that the final score probably was going to resemble a men’s pants size or a recent high-low temperature on the local weather report.

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Monessen’s Dishon Howell drives to the basket between St. Joseph’s defenders during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Monessen boys basketball turn focus to PIAA playoffs
Monessen did not make the PIAA Class A boys basketball playoffs last season and had a coaching change in the offseason when longtime coach Joe Salvino left to take the Belle Vernon job.

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OLSH’s Rico Tate celebrates with the WPIAL Class 2A championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Strong 2nd half lifts OLSH boys past Serra Catholic in WPIAL Class 2A title game
March 1, 2019
With his team up by 17 late in the fourth quarter, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Mike Rodriguez, still coaching up his players with the comfortable advantage, yelled at a reserve to “Take the charge.”

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Southmoreland’s Bailey Kuhns battles Apollo-Ridge’s Elizabeth Penrose (14) and RyleeEaton for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Teams take to scoreboard watching
February 28, 2019
The waiting game commenced for a number of Westmoreland basketball teams after they lost in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson scores past Apollo-Ridge’s Elizbeth Penrose during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Southmoreland girls await outcome that could produce first PIAA berth
Southmoreland coaches and players will be tuned in to the broadcast of the WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball championship Friday night.

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Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule for Feb. 28, 2019
February 27, 2019
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Burrell’s Megan Malits fights for the ball against Yough’s Justine Appolonia as she directs the ball toward the net on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 during WPIAL girls’ 2A soccer playoffs at Kiski Area High School.
Yough’s Appolonia looks forward to soccer career at Youngstown State
Justine Appolonia has plenty of goals — on and off the soccer field. Big goals.

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North Allegheny’s Katerina Balouris scores the winning basket next to Norwin’s Abby Best in the final seconds of their WPIAL Class 6A girls semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Balouris’ score, steal in final seconds lift North Allegheny past Norwin in Class 6A semifinals
February 26, 2019
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski played football at Penn State so he appreciated a gridiron analogy of Tuesday night’s playoff game.

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Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion calls out a play against Shaler Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional quite familiar with Moon
February 21, 2019
Franklin Regional has developed a playoff connection with Moon in the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs.

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Anton Good and his Jeannette teammates face Sewickley Academy for the fourth consecutive postseason.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette gets another shot at Sewickley Academy
To Jeannette, it seems like Sewickley Academy is lurking around every corner at boys basketball playoff time. There seems to be no escaping the perennially strong Panthers.

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Helm-led Greensburg Central Catholic rallies past St. Joseph
January 18, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic exacted some revenge on first-place St. Joseph, but it did not come easy. The host Centurions had to piece together a second-half rally to regain control and take down the Spartans, 62-54, on Friday night in Section 3-A boys basketball. Senior guard Geoff Helm scored a game-high

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 23, 2018
THURSDAY Boys basketball: Several local teams will be in action at holiday tournaments, a staple on local schedules for decades. Greensburg Salem, Penn-Trafford and Jeannette will host two-day tournaments. At Greensburg Salem, Hempfield plays Laurel Highlands at 5 p.m., followed by Bishop Guilfoyle vs. Connellsville at 6:30 and Frazier vs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Westmoreland boys soccer capsules: Monday’s semifinals
October 27, 2018
Boys Soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (16-2-1) vs. No. 3 Upper St. Clair (12-3-2) 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2-1)/No. 4 Canon-McMillan (16-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Uwe Schneider, USC Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Zachary

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

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H.S. football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
October 25, 2018
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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

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

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Westmoreland football notebook: Belle Vernon motivated to win for injured QB
October 18, 2018
Quarterback Jared Hartman's season-ending knee injury was a devastating blow to the Belle Vernon football program but the Leopards were quick to recover. No andquot;break glass in case of emergencyandquot; warnings or waving of white flags down in the Mon Valley. Class 4A No. 3 Belle Vernon (6-1) is not

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Franklin Regional draws No. 1 seed in WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs
October 17, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Rand Hudson hoped his team would get the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. All right, he just about expected it. How could he not The Panthers put together the most dominating regular season in program history. The Panthers (14-0-1) have allowed

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Jeannette aims to cut down on penalties against rival Greensburg Central Catholic
October 10, 2018
Jeannette has to clean up its act, coach Roy Hall preached after last Friday's night's home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. At the time, he meant cut down on penalties. But when he reiterated those words Saturday morning, he was referring to the bleachers at McKee Stadium.

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

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC girls going for 4th straight golf title
October 6, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf could win as many titles in a row as there have been Zambrunos on the team in recent years: four. The Centurions are in the four-team WPIAL Class AA championship field Thursday at Cedarbrook in Rostraver. If they can get past Elizabeth Forward, Sewickley Academy

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

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

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

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

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Norwin sophomore Katelyn Kauffman commits to Pitt for soccer
August 27, 2018
Katelyn Kauffman said she has been a Pitt fan since she was younger -- as in, 10 years old, which really wasn't that long ago.

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

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

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Hempfield’s Remaley looks to build on last season’s spot starts under center
August 14, 2018
Blake Remaley played defensive end in youth football, mainly because he was bigger than everyone else. andquot;Definitely taller,andquot; the Hempfield junior said. andquot;I put on

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

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

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

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

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

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Drake offers Latrobe’s Fenton
June 11, 2018
Recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. The 6-foot-4 guard with the silky smooth jumper

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Monessen's Destiny Habeck hits a double against Union during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game June 7, 2018, at Peterswood Park.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of June 11, 2018
June 10, 2018
MONDAY Four county softball teams and one baseball team will look to continue their runs in the PIAA postseason with semifinal games across the state.

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Mt. Pleasant's first baseman Courtney Poulich (16), finishes a double play, during the WPIAL softball consolation match at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Mt. Pleasant’s Poulich sisters make softball success a family tradition
June 9, 2018
A cracked lamp is a small price to pay for two Division I college scholarships. Chloe and Courtney Poulich are a few years apart, but

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

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

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

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Waywood sharp in circle as Yough softball shuts out Indiana
May 21, 2018
Yough's Kierra Waywood missed some time recently with a self-caused injury to her pitching arm. She bruised her elbow while warming up for a late-season

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

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Westmoreland high school notebook: County teams play baseball, softball doubleheaders Monday
May 19, 2018
Westmoreland County softball and baseball fans will be treated Monday to several playoff doubleheaders around the district. The Yough and Latrobe softball teams will get

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

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

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

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

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Derry's Shawn Broadway
Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry track teams each start 6-0
April 19, 2018
Derry's track and field teams had a strong showing at the United Invitational in Armaugh. Shawn Broadway won the 110- (14.9 seconds) and 300-meter (40.3)

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

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette football honored before House of Representatives
April 17, 2018
Jeannette was honored Tuesday afternoon before the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for winning the PIAA Class A football championship last season. Among those recognizing

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Westmoreland lookahead: April 2-7, 2018
April 1, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) misses on a 3-point shot to tie the game with seconds remaining against Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A game on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy won 40-37.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Stone hopes return home for charity game is a slam dunk
March 29, 2018
Sought-after basketball standout Brandon Stone will return to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, and he has his eye on the slam dunk contest at the

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

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Latrobe players celebrate with head coach Matt Basciano after receiving their medals as the champion in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams on a champions tour in ’18
March 24, 2018
If there ever was a coach who thought he could one-up perfection it's Hempfield softball's Bob Kalp. Kalp has been with the program for 28

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo gets 1st offer
March 17, 2018
It is no secret Norwin's Gianni Rizzo has speed around the track. He ran a leg of the Knights' PIAA Class AAA winning 1,600-meter relay

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

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Rause resigns as Derry’s boys coach
March 5, 2018
Damon Rause means business — in so many facets of life. And while his heart is in everything he does, his growing list of priorities

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

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

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

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

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy jumps for an attempt to score against Greensburg Central Catholic in the two rival school's non-conference matchup Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at Jeannette High School.
WPIAL basketball realignment wipes out several Westmoreland rivalries
February 24, 2018
WPIAL basketball underwent another facelift, and the results substantially will change the look of sections involving Westmoreland County teams. Its current playoffs are just getting

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

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman drives toward the net on an attempted layup shot against California during girls' basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic High School on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s games
February 20, 2018
Boys Class A Quarterfinals No. 2 Monessen (13-8) vs. No. 7 Imani Christian (12-9) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers-Houston On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
February 15, 2018
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs. Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the

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

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Franklin Regional surging with energy as playoff near
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
February 8, 2018
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fox Chapel defense stymies Latrobe boys in Section 3 win
January 12, 2018
Latrobe has pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of big games before. But that was when it had commanding leads that made for anticlimactic

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

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Hempfield, GCC boys employ unique free throw strategy
January 5, 2018
A Hempfield player gets set to take a foul shot, but none of his teammates are in the lane. It's more like a free rebound

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Norwin boys charge back in overtime win vs. rival Penn-Trafford
January 4, 2018
Most of Wednesday night's Section 3-6A game between teams that didn't send each other Christmas cards was somewhat pedestrian. Nothing stood out. There were plenty

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward looks for an open shot on net as East Allegheny's guard Amani Johnson closes in Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 during the Jamfest basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.
East Allegheny star guard Johnson scores 26 in win over Greensburg Central Catholic girls
December 24, 2017
Like any team that plays East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic's quandary was take-over senior guard Amani Johnson. Speeding up the game with her up-tempo play

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) charges up field with the ball against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
Penn-Trafford’s Stovar learns of all-state honor after clerical error
December 14, 2017
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season. She was a standout forward for

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

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

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

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

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: 2017 was a year of titles for local teams
December 9, 2017
The 2017 calendar year has been a reign of championships for Westmoreland County high school teams. Jeannette football captured its second PIAA title Thursday in

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Head coach Brad Wetzel talks to his team before the beginning of boys' basketball practice Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland County basketball’s starting 5 season primer
December 7, 2017
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some things to look for this season in Westmoreland County hoops. Boys 5 Teams to watch Franklin Regional:

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

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

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

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

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Mount Pleasant's Ava Gnibus (1) rounds second base on Meadow Uncapher's double in the fifth inning against Derry on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant won 6-0.
High school notebook: Mt. Pleasant softball players make college commitments
November 18, 2017
Two players who had pivotal roles in Mt. Pleasant's run to the PIAA Class 4A softball championship last season have made college commitments. Both players

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Jon Peduzzi (4) and Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) celebrate their team's 28-21 win against Fox Chapel in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford to rely on recent playoff experience in matchup with USC
November 7, 2017
Experience, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said, is the best trait a football team can have at the high school level. Ruane would know. He has

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) controls the ball against Hempfield in the first half on Wednesday Oct. 04, 2017 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Hoffman commits to Youngstown State
November 4, 2017
Belle Vernon's Josh Hoffman had interest from several Division I baseball programs but none surpassed the level of interest he had in Youngstown State. Hoffman,

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

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

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

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Norwin girls soccer rolls Kiski Area in WPIAL quarterfinals
October 26, 2017
Thursday night's WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal game was moved to Penn-Trafford because of scoreboard problems at Gateway. Norwin can attest: The scoreboard at

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

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) is dragged down by the Homer-Center defense after a long gain in the third quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Center.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty
October 25, 2017
As one of the state's most versatile playmakers, Jackson Daugherty has accounted for 1,284 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns, scoring via rush, pass and reception

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Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) jumps for a header against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for Westmoreland County teams
October 24, 2017
Quarterfinals Class 4A No. 3 Franklin Regional (16-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-McMillan (11-6) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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

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Video: Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title
October 21, 2017
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane and Kiski Area coach Sam Albert talk about the Warriors' 54-19 victory on Friday night.

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) gets around Greensburg Central Catholic's Jacob Reihart (9) to go 34 yards for a touchdown at 7:41 of the second quarter during a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
High school football notebook: Newcomers bolster No. 1 Jeannette
October 19, 2017
Jeannette's Seth Howard wasn't going to play football this season. But coaches and teammates wooed him to the gridiron and he changed his mind. andquot;I

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Norwin's Dani Iannuzzo (2) is tripped up by Penn-Trafford's Jordan Lawrence (6) in the second half on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at Norwin.
Norwin girls soccer getting healthy just in time for playoff run
October 18, 2017
Norwin players saunter out of soccer practice and games wrapped in the same post-action armor: ice packs. The plastic bags cover legs, arms, even thighs

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Belle Vernon's Hunter Ruokonen celebrates his touchdown with Nolan Labuda (5) and Anthony Rebar during the third quarter against Thomas Jefferson Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 16-22
October 15, 2017
Monday Golf The top WPIAL golfers will join players from five other districts at the PIAA Western Regional tournaments at Tom's Run Golf Course, located

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Video: Jeannette starts fast in victory over rival GCC
October 14, 2017
The Jeannette football team improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class A Eastern Conference with a convincing victory over rival Greensburg Central Catholic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Matt Wilkie runs the ball against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
High school football notebook: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional overcoming injuries in advance of Big East matchup
October 5, 2017
Unbeaten Penn-Trafford — 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference — expects to be at full strength Friday night. andquot;Everyone should be ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Franklin Regional's Bryce Lauer practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Bryce Lauer
September 6, 2017
Franklin Regional's head-turning, 13-7 upset last week of No. 1 McKeesport might not have been possible without nicked-up senior linebacker Bryce Lauer, Panthers coach Greg

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Penn-Trafford's Logan Hawkins, does some sit-ups during practice because of a hamstring issue at the Penn-Trafford Warriors Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Logan Hawkins
August 24, 2017
Logan Hawkins wasn't too worried about Monday's solar eclipse. The Penn-Trafford senior lineman took a peek at the moon-covered sun through a pair of special

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The Norwin girls soccer team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Canon-McMillan, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class AAAA final Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
Norwin girls soccer rated No. 2 in nation
August 22, 2017
Norwin's girls soccer team jumped eight spots in the Top Drawer Soccer national rankings without even playing a game yet. Norwin is facing great expectations

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

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

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

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

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

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From left, Derry’s Damian Morales, Dom Reffo, Justin Huss, Christian Bartlebaugh and Tara Perry will compete at the PIAA track and field championships May 24-25, at Shippensburg.
Huss, mile relayers continue success of Derry’s ‘400 club’
May 23, 2019
Justin Huss said being a part of the “400 Club” at Derry is a significant honor, one that nobody in the track and field program takes lightly.

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Connellsville’s Mia Burd kicks up a cloud of dust after pitching a throw against Penn-Trafford during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Uncharacteristic mistakes cost top-seeded Penn-Trafford softball trip to final
May 22, 2019
How quickly things can change in the WPIAL softball playoffs.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Sofranco bunts the ball on a throw from Thomas Jefferson during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Solid pitching, defense and just enough hitting lift Mt. Pleasant softball into final
Center fielder Sydney Kanuch made a terrific, over-the-shoulder catch to snap closed the sixth inning.

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Greensburg Salem’s Dajauhn Hertzog reacts to striking out to end the game against New Castle in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at North Allegheny High School.
Top-seeded Greensburg Salem reflects on ‘roller coaster’ quarterfinal
Greensburg Salem’s baseball season came to a screeching halt Tuesday after a weird, wild and well-played quarterfinal game that took two days and two fields to complete. Like the first day, the second ended in darkness for the Golden Lions.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco (center) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the third inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Franklin Regional baseball advances to WPIAL semifinals for 1st time since 2001
May 21, 2019
Andrew Muraco changed gloves, then helped Franklin Regional change momentum in the sixth inning.

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Westmoreland softball preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Wednesday’s semifinals

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Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli slides safely into third base under Mt. Pleasant’s Haylie Brunson during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant makes MaxPreps national rankings
Mt. Pleasant has found its way into the national softball rankings.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL sets softball semifinals
The WPIAL softball semifinals are set, and so are the game sites.

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Penn-Trafford softball keeps rolling, shuts out Albert Gallatin
May 20, 2019
Penn-Trafford moved its year-end softball banquet to next month for one simple reason: This season isn’t over yet.

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Buddy Valinsky coaches Allderdice’s state playoff game against Canon-McMillan Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Buddy Valinsky named boys basketball coach at Norwin
Buddy Valinsky said he would have remained at Allderdice had the school joined the WPIAL in boys basketball.

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Carolyn Alincic (right), shown talking with coach Chris Brunson, and undefeated Mt. Pleasant play Ringgold in the WPIAL 4A quarterfinals.
Westmoreland WPIAL and District 6 softball playoff capsules: Games of Monday, May 20
May 19, 2019
Monday’s games

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High school notebook: Sections of McKee Stadium sod for sale
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the second inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 1, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of May, 20, 1019
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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins during their game Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Baseball, softball teams reap benefits of extra classifications
May 18, 2019
When the WPIAL went to six classifications three years ago, the idea was to create parity and give more teams a chance to play for championships.

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Carmichaels’ pitcher Gavin Pratt adjusts his cap before throwing against Jeannette on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 2A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Pratt, Carmichaels blank Jeannette in Class 2A opening round
May 16, 2019
Down by one and its season on the line, Jeannette had a runner at third with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning.

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Hempfield’s Kelsi Terzolino drives in the winnng run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
Hempfield still showing knack for late-game heroics
Hempfield softball continues to have a flair for the dramatic.

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek throws a pass during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Norwin QB Jack Salopek commits to Western Michigan
Call it a quarterback sneak.

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Norwin’s Bailee Bertani dives into second base with a two-run double under Bethel Park’s Reagan Milliken during the second inning of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Gateway High School.
No. 5 Norwin rolls past Bethel Park in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals
May 15, 2019
Slightly perturbed by its WPIAL playoff seeding, Norwin took out its frustration on — and laid the aluminum to — Bethel Park.

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Norwin’s Owen Sabol turns a double play over Latrobe’s Isaac Echard during their game Monday, April 8, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of May 16, 2019
Thursday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Auston Kranick works around Bellefonte’s Andrew Sharp and goalkeeper Zachary Spearly during their PIAA Class AAA playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Franklin Regional’s Kranick commits to play soccer at Oakland
Auston Kranick was glad to be collateral damage. That is how recruiting sometimes can work.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette selling sections of McKee Stadium sod
How much does Jeannette love its high school football?

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Jarett Bach and second-seeded Yough face 15th-seeded Central Valley at 4 p.m. today in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
Westmoreland baseball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
May 14, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Laura Fox and Hempfield begin their quest for a fifth consecutive WPIAL softball title today.
Westmoreland softball playoff preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Pitcher Angalee Beall leads sixth-seeded Franklin Regional against No. 11 Montour in the Class 5A playoffs.
Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff capsules: Games of May 14, 2019
May 13, 2019
WPIAL softball playoffs

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner hopes to add to bucket of memories
There is a bucket spilling over with softballs in the corner of Emma Hoffner’s room.

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Heritage Conference baseball final rained out
Monday night’s District 6 Heritage Conference baseball championship between Ligonier Valley and West Shamokin has been postponed due to rain and will now be played 7 p.m. Wednesday at Homer-Center.

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Norwin High School football field
Lineman Challenge returning to Norwin
Norwin routinely has drawn dozens of players to its “Norwin Football Lineman Challenge,” which is why the event will return for a fifth year.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the catch Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
District 6 baseball playoff capsule: Ligonier Valley vs. West Shamokin
May 12, 2019
District 6 baseball

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of May 13, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Westmoreland notebook: Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper opens recruitment
May 11, 2019
Like the deep-pocketed major leaguer with the same name, Franklin Regional baseball standout Bryce Harper is switching teams.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Penn-Trafford, Mt. Pleasant set to begin softball playoffs as favorites
May 9, 2019
Perhaps as clear-cut as No. 1 seeds come, Penn-Trafford and Mt. Pleasant didn’t give the WPIAL softball steering committee much to think about in Class 5A and 4A.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley teams to play for Heritage titles
Ligonier Valley will go for a double-dip next week.

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Franklin Regional’s Tommy Kegerreis crosses home plate after hitting a go-ahead solo home run during the fifth inning against Gateway Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Murrysville.
Franklin Regional baseball completes perfect section season
May 8, 2019
For the first time this season, the scoreboard was up and running at Haymaker Park, adding some ambience to Franklin Regional’s final home game.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry’s John Kerr signs with Penn State for volleyball
Derry two-sport standout John Kerr will play Division I college volleyball.

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Hempfield’s outfielder Elizabeth Martorella returns a ball to the infield on as Norwin runs the bases on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
With just 8 teams in playoff field, Class 6A softball tournament to feature familiar matchups
The WPIAL Class 6A softball bracket will be noticeably more compact when the pairings are released Thursday.

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Fox Chapel’s Dante DeBaldo steals second base next to Franklin Regional’s Jake Williams during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Williams commits to Yale baseball
May 7, 2019
Franklin Regional’s standout shortstop and top entrepreneur is heading to the Ivy League.

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Penn-Trafford to get new turf at Warrior Stadium, possibly at baseball, softball fields
If all goes according to plan, Penn-Trafford could have artificial turf infields on its baseball and softball diamonds in the near future.

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Greensburg Central’s Ava Bailey drives in the winning run in front of Jeannette catcher Taylor-Lynn Finken in an 11-1 victory in five innings Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
GCC softball gets momentum-building win over playoff-bound Jeannette
Greensburg Central Catholic was hoping to take momentum into the WPIAL Class A softball playoffs. To peak at the right time, as the expression goes.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Katie Hutter gets back to second base safely under a tag by Yough’s Kaylyn Odelli during their game Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Yough softball hosting Frazier in ‘Strikeout Cancer’ event
Last year, the Yough softball team raised $6,000 for a pair of classmates who were stricken with cancer. The students since have recovered and are doing better.

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Franklin Regional coach Bobby Sadlet talks with pitcher Mike Klingensmith and his infielders during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland teams claim long-coveted section titles
May 6, 2019
The wait is over for a number of Westmoreland County baseball teams.

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No. 1 Greensburg Salem baseball edges closer to 1st section title since 2012
Put another ball on the banner.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn Trafford in the first inning Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Hitters to pave playoff path for Westmoreland County softball teams
Pitchers made all the headlines in the WPIAL and PIAA playoffs in recent years for Westmoreland County teams.

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of May 6, 2019
May 5, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Westmoreland high school notebook: Linemen drawing increased D-I interest
May 4, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Belle Vernon’s Jared Hartman carries past Thomas Jefferson’s Devin Danielson during the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Belle Vernon QB Jared Hartman ahead of schedule in recovery from knee surgery
Jared Hartman believes he has more memories to make playing quarterback for Belle Vernon. Warmer, more pleasant memories that involve him making plays on the field — with his arm and legs.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco collides with Fox Chapel’s James Patterson after turning a double play during their game Friday, April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco tosses no-hitter
Franklin Regional sophomore Andrew Muraco said he was hitting his spots from the start Friday. And for that reason, the sharp right-hander was spot on.

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From left, Ray Mello, Bob Kalp and Dick Albright, have coached the Hempfield softball team together for 23 years.
Hempfield honors longtime softball coaches Kalp, Albright, Mello
May 3, 2019
Hempfield honored the longtime softball coaching trio of head coach Bob Kalp and assistants Dick Albright and Ray Mello in a pregame ceremony Friday at Robert D. Kalp Field.

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Norwin’s Sydney Lokay pitches against Hempfield in the 6th inning on Friday, May 3, 2019 during WPIAL softball at Hempfield Area High School.
No. 4 Norwin sweeps rival Hempfield in Section 2-6A
Continue to prove.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic delivers against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Carolyn Alincic no-hits Highlands
May 2, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic has been dominant all season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Morgan Hilty pitches out of a bases-loaded jam during the first inning against Franklin Regional Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top-ranked, unbeaten Penn-Trafford starts slow, beats Franklin Regional
Surprised and, at times, bewildered, Penn-Trafford softball players needed time to get used to a pitcher they had never seen.

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Greensburg Salem’s Jack Oberdorf celebrates his RBI double next to Yough’s Nathaniel Wilkins.
No. 5 Greensburg Salem slugs past No. 2 Yough in Section 1-4A
May 1, 2019
With each towering drive that carried deep — and there were a bunch of them that gave Yough’s outfielders a guided tour of the home field dimensions at Greensburg Salem — the host Golden Lions watched an early deficit gradually shrink in their rear-view mirror.

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College interest continues to grow for linemen Fintan Brose, Michael Petrof
April 30, 2019
The college offers keep pouring in for a pair of Westmoreland County linemen who are as proficient in the classroom as they are as pass-blockers.

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Coach Bob Colbert joins Greensburg Central Catholic football staff
Well-traveled football coach Bob Colbert is joining the staff at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Carolyn Alincic celebrates a strike-out with her infielders during their game against Yough Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
No. 1 Mt. Pleasant hangs on, beats No. 2 Yough
April 29, 2019
A large ice wrap resting heavily on her right shoulder in the dugout after the game was a stark contrast to the heat lamp of pressure that radiated down on Carolyn Alincic.

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of April 29-May 4
April 28, 2019
MONDAY

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Franklin Regional baseball coach Bob Saddler has his team in position for its first section title in 13 seasons.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Franklin Regional baseball pursues 1st section title in 13 seasons
Bobby Saddler sees winning a section title as a reward for his Franklin Regional baseball players, who have put in the time during what has become a year-round venture.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund high-fives head coach Dan Miller at third base during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Penn-Trafford has its own Mr. Baseball
April 27, 2019
Dan Miller is Penn-Trafford’s Mr. Baseball. He lives and breathes the game year-round and gets to see it from a number of perspectives.

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Belle Vernon third baseman Vanessa Porter tags out McKeesport’s Elisabeth Dansak on a stolen base attempt April 4, 2019.
Belle Vernon softball to play game at football stadium
April 26, 2019
Belle Vernon does not have a turf softball field, but that won’t stop the Leopards from playing a home game on an artificial surface Saturday.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz fires a shot for one of her goals during a game against Riverview on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Carbon.
GCC’s Gretz, Norwin’s Durmis make Division I soccer commitments
Westmoreland County has become a hot spot for high-end girls soccer recruiting and two more rising standouts are making sure the trend continues.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum (22) and Aaron Alackson (5) call a huddle with their teammates between innings against Derry on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Sweet victory for Mt. Pleasant baseball, Secosky
April 25, 2019
Fresh off an extra-inning win, Mike Secosky took a bite out of a chocolate chip cookie loaded with extra M&Ms.

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Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Softball coaches walk line between winning and potential over-use of pitchers
April 24, 2019
While softball is different from baseball when it comes to pitchers’ throwing motion and wear and tear on their arms, a risk of over-usage still exists.

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Berwick softball player’s perfectly filmed highlight-catch makes SportsCenter
There was quite a catch made — for a softball player and a heads-up cameraman — across the state on Tuesday.

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Penn-Trafford varsity baseball players and seniors, from left, Marrio Disso, Bobby Kusinsky, Connor Bannias, and Luke Fabac pose for a portrait on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Quartet of ‘pleasant surprises’ helps Penn-Trafford baseball climb to No. 2 ranking in Class 6A
April 23, 2019
Even the best baseball teams don’t completely know what they have until the section schedule gets rolling.

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Hympfield’s Mekayla Dedo with a block against North Allegheny during WPIAL girls 6A volleyball semifinals Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Hills High School.
Hempfield’s Mekayla Dedo commits to Air Force
Hempfield junior Mekayla Dedo sometimes skies to make a block or deliver a kill.

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Jeannette softball head coach Zac Karas brings his players in for a group talk at the end of team practice Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette softball gaining recognition for section success
April 22, 2019
As a math teacher at Jeannette, Zac Karas deals with numbers on a daily basis.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski tags out Penn Trafford’s Jordan Sabol in a run-down during their game Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 22, 2019
April 21, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley head coach Brett Marabito smiles while coaching his team against Greensburg Central Catholic in WPIAL baseball on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Fun times for Ligonier Valley baseball under 1st-year coach Marabito
April 20, 2019
The old pie in the face is a time-honored tradition in baseball, however hokey and overplayed it might be. Players of all levels often get splattered with the sweets during postgame interviews.

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Hempfield’s Justin Sliwoski (11) is one of the players who upped his college stock by participating in the WCCA Underclassmen Football Showcase.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA football showcase returns in May
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its seventh annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Foothills Football Classic postponed for 2019
April 19, 2019
Logistical issues left the Foothills Football Classic committee with no choice. So, they punted.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson competes against South Allegheny on April 18, 2019, at South Allegheny.
Southmoreland softball team on home run tear
Back up your outfielders, Southmoreland softball has a knack for hitting the long ball.

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Yough “strikeout cancer” game set
The Yough softball team will have another “Strike Out Cancer” game May 8 when the Cougars host Frazier in Herminie.

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WCCA underclassmen showcase returns next month
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association will host its 7th annual Underclassmen Football Showcase 9 a.m. on May 11 at Hempfield’s Spartan Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Horvat celebrates with Luke Fabac after scoring during the sixth inning.
No. 4 Penn-Trafford breaks out bats to defeat rival Norwin
April 18, 2019
Jordan and Owen Sabol play for rival baseball teams. The former is a senior center fielder for Penn-Trafford, the latter a senior shortstop at Norwin.

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Ligonier Valley’s Sullivan Schueltz slides safely to third base as Greensburg Central Catholic’s Thomas Voelker attempts to grab the throw during Wednesday’s nonsection game.
Ligonier Valley baseball keeps rolling with nonsection win over Greensburg CC
April 17, 2019
Michael Marinchak wears protective glasses when he plays basketball and baseball. The specs essentially have become his trademark.

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Mt. Pleasant softball scratches out victory over Class 6A No. 5 Norwin
April 16, 2019
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Chris Brunson said he can feel a breakout offensive performance coming from his team. He can sense the bats warming up.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton scores against Pine Richland during boys 6A semifinal WPIAL action Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area School.
Butler’s Ethan Morton brings home 3-on-3 tournament title
April 14, 2019
Opponents would rather not go one-on-one against Butler rising star Ethan Morton.

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Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 15, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports:

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Westmoreland notebook: Yough’s Shoaf lands in football all-star game
April 13, 2019
Two-time WPIAL rushing champion Dustin Shoaf will play in an all-star game after all.

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A look at this weekend’s Roundball Classic games, rosters
April 11, 2019
The Roundball Classic all-star basketball games will be Friday and Saturday at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
                                Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams strive to maintain perfect records
Undefeated Island has been a crowded place. While the population dwindled some this week, those remaining don’t want to leave.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational meet moved to Saturday
Due to forecasted rain Friday, organizers have moved to Saturday the 28th annual Lady Spartan/17th annual Wildcat Invitational track and field meet at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium.

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Penn-Trafford’s Anthony Sherwin scores on a single by Luke Fabac in the first inning against Hempfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
Maund pitches No. 2 Penn-Trafford to Section 2-6A shutout over rival Hempfield
April 10, 2019
Maclean Maund said his go-to pitches weren’t working for him. The fastball wasn’t popping and his curve missed its spots.

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Norwin head coach Lynn Washowich works with his players during drills at boys’ basketball practice on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 at Norwin Senior High School.
Washowich steps down at Norwin
Lynn Washowich met with his players Monday and explained that it would be unfair to them if he returned as boys basketball coach at Norwin.

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Penn-Trafford football announces latest hall of fame class
Penn-Trafford announced its 2019 Warrior Football Hall of Fame class.

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Jeannette’s Zack Berginc scores past Southmoreland catcher Brok Potoka on Tuesday.
Jeannette shows toughness in nonsection win over Southmoreland
April 9, 2019
Baseball coaches will tell you it never hurts to have a little dog in their team.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette’s McKee Stadium getting upgrades
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Jeannette’s McKee Stadium has had a natural grass playing surface since it opened in 1937. In the fall of 2019, it will have turf.
Jeannette approves turf at McKee Stadium
Jeannette’s longtime vision of having artificial turf at McKee Stadium is no longer a pipe dream.

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Penn Trafford’s Emma Little makes a running catch against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Heavy-hitting Penn-Trafford softball is at it again
April 8, 2019
See it. Rip it.

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Norwin’s Logan Liebdzinski (left) runs down Latrobe’s Connor Mondock between second and third base.
Mistakes prove difference as Norwin baseball tops Latrobe
As a scoreless game meandered into the third inning, Norwin figured it might need a fortunate bounce, a break to go its way, if it was going to get a handle on its Section 2-6A baseball opener.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Dan Miller talks to his team during a timeout against Pine-Richland April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 8, 2019
April 7, 2019
MONDAY

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in a run against Penn-Trafford in the first inning Friday at Seton Hill.
Westmoreland notebook: Bisignani, Pevarnik pair up in tennis
April 6, 2019
It’s a curious pairing, if nothing else, playing No. 2 doubles for the Latrobe boys tennis team.

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp works with his team in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Kalp, Hempfield look to stay the course after tough loss
Hempfield softball doesn’t lose very often but when it does, especially by 10 runs, it comes as a surprise.

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Penn Trafford starting pitcher Morgan Hilty throws against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Strong start lifts Penn-Trafford to rare mercy-rule victory over Hempfield
April 5, 2019
There is something about Penn-Trafford softball and games against Hempfield at Seton Hill.

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WPIAL players selected to USA Basketball 3×3 teams
Some of the rising stars in WPIAL basketball that will take the court next season will test their skills against talent from around the country next weekend in Colorado.

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Latrobe’s Jordan Novak (2) celebrates with Jordan Tallman after scoring the winning run against Franklin Regional Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Murrysville.
Tallman strikes out 18 as No. 2 Latrobe edges Franklin Regional in Section 1-5A
April 4, 2019
Franklin Regional and Latrobe are new opponents in Section 1-5A softball so it took them some time to get used to one another Thursday in Murrysville.

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Top-tier AAU girls basketball tournament coming to Western Pa. this weekend
One of the top AAU girls basketball tournaments in the country will play out Saturday and Sunday at 25 gyms throughout WPIAL territory.

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Latrobe’s catcher and senior Makayla Munchinski rounds off on third base to score against Yough on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in a softball scrimmage at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe softball team rallies around new ace Tallman
April 3, 2019
Latrobe softball is running on battery power again, only the charge is coming from a slightly different pitcher-catcher combo than the Wildcats first envisioned.

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Southmoreland’s Travis Sipple throws pitches during varsity baseball practice on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for Week of April 1, 2019
March 31, 2019
MONDAY

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield sophomore catcher reopens recruitment
March 30, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball and clearly has the talent to do so.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner drives in the winning run with a base hit during the eighth inning of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Parkland Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield’s Hoffner opens recruitment
March 28, 2019
Sophomore Emma Hoffner still plans to play Division I softball, and has the talent to do so.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
Martindale’s grand slam lifts North Allegheny past No. 1 Hempfield
After missing last softball season with a knee injury, Rachel Martindale was anxious to get back on the field.

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Penn-Trafford’s Maclean Maund (8) is greeted at the dugout by teammates after scoring during their game against North Allegheny Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
Maund helps Penn-Trafford top North Allegheny on future home field
March 27, 2019
Maclean Maund plans to play college baseball at Seton Hill.

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Head coach Matt Regula during basketball practice at Derry Area High School in Derry, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.
Regula resigns as Derry girls basketball coach
Matt Regula’s stay was short at Derry, his departure not altogether by his choice. But he looks back on his time coaching the girls basketball team at his alma mater with pride.

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Penn-Trafford’s baseball team works out March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford moves games to Seton Hill
March 26, 2019
To counter changing field conditions in Harrison City, Penn-Trafford is moving some baseball and softball games to the artificial turf fields at Seton Hill University.

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Gateway’s Dalton Vojnik gets pumped before a scrimmage game against Greensburg Salem March 13, 2019, at Gateway.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 25, 2019
March 24, 2019
MONDAY

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Ligonier Valley’s Christian Jablonski
Westmoreland high school notebook: Ligonier Valley’s Jablonski gets offer
March 23, 2019
Ligonier Valley already has one football lineman who is drawing Division I attention in junior Michael Petrof. Now, it has two.

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Belle Vernon football players train with the new Tsunami Bar barbell during the 2019 offseason.
Belle Vernon football getting help from new weightlifting aid
March 22, 2019
Opening day of spring sports in the WPIAL was greeted with, sigh, a dose of snow and cold.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo works on hitting drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Giallonardo invited to be Wild Things’ special guest
March 19, 2019
Dom Giallonardo could be in for a “Wild” night.

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Senior Garrett Ansell keeps an eye on the ball during batting practice with the Southmoreland varsity baseball team on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland baseball looks to change direction under new coach
Southmoreland baseball will be “governed” differently from now on.

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Southmoreland pitcher Jess Matheny had offseason surgery on her right knee and is ready to start this season.
Southmoreland ready to defend WPIAL title with 8 returning starters
Southmoreland kicked up a thrilling celebration last year after dismantling defending state champion South Park to win the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship on the carpet at Seton Hill.

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates Emma Hoffner’s walk-off hit after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Hempfield softball has extended trip home from State Capitol after bus breaks down
March 18, 2019
Stranded but still enjoying the ride, the state softball champions didn’t let a broken down bus dampen their trip to the state capitol.

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Boys PIAA playoff preview capsule: Monessen vs. Vincentian
March 17, 2019
PIAA basketball playoffs

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Monessen’s Marquell Smith faces Vincentian in the PIAA Class A semifinals Monday.
Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 18, 2019
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland County high school sports:

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The Hempfield Area softball team celebrates Emma Hoffner’s walk-off hit after defeating Parkland, 4-3 in 8 innings, in the PIAA Class 6A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Westmoreland notebook: YWCA to honor Hempfield softball
March 16, 2019
When it comes to awards and championships, Hempfield softball wins in bunches.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Dom Giallonardo is playing baseball this season after recovering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer, twice.
Inspiring Mt. Pleasant senior back on diamond after cancer, surgery
Dom Giallonardo is not even.

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Mt. Pleasant softball pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant softball team rebuilds with new coach
Several Mt. Pleasant softball players left the practice field one day last week but didn’t head to the parking lot to catch a ride home or drive away like they had in the past.

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Mt. Pleasant pitcher Jared Wagner throws practice drills while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Mt. Pleasant baseball focuses on bringing runners home
Chris Firmstone does not get bogged down with or obsess over statistics.

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Peters’ Mackenzie Lehman fights for a rebound with Norwin’s Cassie Cole during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Peters Township girls top Norwin in PIAA basketball quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
Norwin knew if it had a chance against Peters Township, the game would have to resemble a 12-round heavyweight fight. The Knights would have to trade punches with the unbeaten Indians and be able to go back and forth.

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Franklin Regional head coach Steve Scorpion works with his team during practice Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at the high school in Murrysville.
Scorpion admires Groat as grandfather and broadcaster
Dozens of Dick Groat stories have been shared in around Pitt basketball circles in the past few days since word surfaced that the longtime courtside broadcaster and sidekick to Bill Hillgrove was parting ways with the Panthers after 40 years.

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Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Carolyn Alincic throws against Punxsutawney during PIAA 4-A softball semifinal Monday, June 11, 2018 at St. Francis, Pa.
Mt. Pleasant’s Alincic changes college commitment
March 14, 2019
On the eve of her senior season, Mt. Pleasant softball player Carolyn Alincic is changing her college plans.

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Norwin’s Emily Brozeski (1) competes against Mt. Lebanon during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Senior leaders use past experiences to help Norwin girls prepare for PIAA quarterfinal matchup
When Emily Brozeski and Jessica Kolesar were freshmen, they were part of Norwin’s varsity scout team. They helped get the WPIAL-champion Knights ready for intense, later-round playoff games.

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Norwin’s Olivia Gribble drives past North Allegheny’s Brooke Barcia during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Norwin family trees grow with playoff success
Family connections tend to follow successful sports programs at the high school level.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball playoff capsules for games of March 15
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Nazareth Prep’s Jaden Gales jumps for the net against Shade during PIAA state basketball playoffs on Tuesday night, March 12, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Nazareth Prep continues impressive postseason run with PIAA 2nd-round victory
March 12, 2019
There is a sense of the unknown surrounding Nazareth Prep, the tiny private Catholic school situated along Ohio River Boulevard in the Allegheny County borough of Emsworth.

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The Norwin bench celebrates as time expires in their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Altoona Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Norwin girls overwhelm opponents with depth, substitutions
March 11, 2019
Usually by state playoff time, basketball teams have pared their rotations down to a workable number, maybe six or seven players.

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The Norwin bench celebrates as time expires in their PIAA Class 6A first round state playoff game against Altoona Friday, Mar. 8, 2019, at Hollidaysburg High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsules for March 12, 2019
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christopher horner | tribune-review Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola, a Seton Hill recruit, finished his scholastic career with 1,912 points, 1,059 rebounds and 204 blocks.
Big man Paola proud of Ligonier Valley’s accomplishments
March 10, 2019
Marrek Paola felt a range of emotions as he talked with friends outside of his Ligonier Valley’s locker room Saturday, minutes after a season-ending loss to Beaver Falls in the PIAA Class 3A boys basketball playoffs.

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 11, 2019
TUESDAY

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Beaver Falls’ pressure, rebounding too much for Ligonier Valley
March 9, 2019
JOHNSTOWN — Ligonier Valley didn’t overlook Beaver Falls, an opponent with a sub-.500 record and fifth-place standing in the WPIAL.

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Greensburg Salem’s Megan Kallock drives past Knoch’s Abbey Shearer during their game Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Greensburg.
Heavy Westmoreland presence expected for Roundball Classic
Rosters are out for the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games, set for April 12-13 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

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Westmoreland high school notes: P-T’s Lisbon gets first 2 D-I offers
A running back with breakaway speed, one who averaged nearly 9 yards a carry last season, has his first two Division I offers.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner scores past Altoona’s Caranda Perea (right) during their PIAA playoff game at Hollidaysburg. Wehner had a team-best 13 points.
Fresh legs, strong shooting key opening-round PIAA win for Norwin girls
March 8, 2019
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Playing with confidence, fresh legs and resolve following a gut-wrenching elimination from the WPIAL semifinals, the Norwin girls basketball team opened the state playoffs with a lively victory.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola gets roughed up by Richland’s Colby Bailey in OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Ligonier Valley boys chasing first PIAA win in 3 decades
Ligonier Valley has a proud sports heritage — not exactly the reason the Rams play in the Heritage Conference, but rather fitting nonetheless.

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Woodland Hills’ Keandre Bowles drives to the basket past Gateway’s R.J. Stevenson during their game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Woodland Hills.
Roundball Classic rosters announced
Event director Allen Deep released rosters for the Roundball Classic all-star basketball games, set for April 12-13 at Geneva College.

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Norwin’s Jayla Wehner drives past North Allegheny’s Taylor Rowls during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland PIAA basketball capsules: Games for March 8-9, 2019
March 7, 2019
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Hempfield Area’s Mackenna Orie takes second in the girls shot put Thursday, May 17, 2018 during WPIAL AAA track and field championships at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL athletes garner all-state honors for indoor season
March 6, 2019
Athletes from WPIAL schools were lauded by the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association with the organization’s all-state teams for the indoor season.

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Hempfield’s Fintan Brose
Hempfield’s Brose up to eight Division I offers
Hempfield’s Fintan Brose is pulling in offers in pairs.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold gets around Moon’s Donovan Johnson during WPIAL playoff action Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at West Allegheny High School.
Franklin Regional boys excited for ‘another chance to play’ in state tournament
March 5, 2019
A sense of finality seemed to wash over Franklin Regional boys basketball players, coaches and fans after the Panthers lost to Moon in the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals at West Allegheny.

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Penn-Trafford’s Caleb Lisbon is tackled by North Hills’ defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
Penn-Trafford RB Lisbon draws Navy offer
A running back who averaged nearly nine yards a carry last season has his first Division I football offer.

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Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold drives to the basket past Thomas Jefferson’s Isaac McNeil during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Decision time nearing for Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold
Franklin Regional’s Nick Leopold soon will find himself at a fork in the road.

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Jayla Wehner and Norwin will look to put a WPIAL Class 6A semifinals loss in the rear-view mirror in the first round of the PIAA tournament Friday night against District 6 champion Altoona.
Norwin girls ready to ‘come back even stronger’ for PIAA playoffs
March 4, 2019
Jayla Wehner called on a motivational quote to help erase a tough semifinal loss and fast-forward to what lies ahead for the Norwin girls basketball team.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden battles Hempfield’s Jared Gerger for the puck during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsules for March 4, 2019
March 3, 2019
Monday’s games

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Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho is announced winner in the 126 -pound championship bout over Kiski Area’s Darren Miller at the WPIAL class AAA individual tournament finals on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Canon-McMillan High School.
Westmoreland lookahead for week of March 4, 2019
MONDAY

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Peters celebrates celebrates beating North Allegheny in the 6A girls WPIAL Championship Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Petersen Events Center.
Peters Township girls beat 2-time defending champion North Allegheny in OT to win Class 6A title
March 2, 2019
High-scoring Peters Township was lulled into playing North Allegheny’s game in the WPIAL Class 6A championship, which meant a defense-first approach, and that the final score probably was going to resemble a men’s pants size or a recent high-low temperature on the local weather report.

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Monessen’s Dishon Howell drives to the basket between St. Joseph’s defenders during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Monessen boys basketball turn focus to PIAA playoffs
Monessen did not make the PIAA Class A boys basketball playoffs last season and had a coaching change in the offseason when longtime coach Joe Salvino left to take the Belle Vernon job.

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OLSH’s Rico Tate celebrates with the WPIAL Class 2A championship trophy after defeating Serra Catholic Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Strong 2nd half lifts OLSH boys past Serra Catholic in WPIAL Class 2A title game
March 1, 2019
With his team up by 17 late in the fourth quarter, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Mike Rodriguez, still coaching up his players with the comfortable advantage, yelled at a reserve to “Take the charge.”

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Southmoreland’s Bailey Kuhns battles Apollo-Ridge’s Elizabeth Penrose (14) and RyleeEaton for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Teams take to scoreboard watching
February 28, 2019
The waiting game commenced for a number of Westmoreland basketball teams after they lost in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

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Southmoreland’s Charity Henderson scores past Apollo-Ridge’s Elizbeth Penrose during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Southmoreland girls await outcome that could produce first PIAA berth
Southmoreland coaches and players will be tuned in to the broadcast of the WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball championship Friday night.

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Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule for Feb. 28, 2019
February 27, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview

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Burrell’s Megan Malits fights for the ball against Yough’s Justine Appolonia as she directs the ball toward the net on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 during WPIAL girls’ 2A soccer playoffs at Kiski Area High School.
Yough’s Appolonia looks forward to soccer career at Youngstown State
Justine Appolonia has plenty of goals — on and off the soccer field. Big goals.

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North Allegheny’s Katerina Balouris scores the winning basket next to Norwin’s Abby Best in the final seconds of their WPIAL Class 6A girls semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Balouris’ score, steal in final seconds lift North Allegheny past Norwin in Class 6A semifinals
February 26, 2019
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski played football at Penn State so he appreciated a gridiron analogy of Tuesday night’s playoff game.

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Franklin Regional coach Steve Scorpion calls out a play against Shaler Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional quite familiar with Moon
February 21, 2019
Franklin Regional has developed a playoff connection with Moon in the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs.

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Anton Good and his Jeannette teammates face Sewickley Academy for the fourth consecutive postseason.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jeannette gets another shot at Sewickley Academy
To Jeannette, it seems like Sewickley Academy is lurking around every corner at boys basketball playoff time. There seems to be no escaping the perennially strong Panthers.

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Helm-led Greensburg Central Catholic rallies past St. Joseph
January 18, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic exacted some revenge on first-place St. Joseph, but it did not come easy. The host Centurions had to piece together a second-half rally to regain control and take down the Spartans, 62-54, on Friday night in Section 3-A boys basketball. Senior guard Geoff Helm scored a game-high

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Westmoreland lookahead for week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 23, 2018
THURSDAY Boys basketball: Several local teams will be in action at holiday tournaments, a staple on local schedules for decades. Greensburg Salem, Penn-Trafford and Jeannette will host two-day tournaments. At Greensburg Salem, Hempfield plays Laurel Highlands at 5 p.m., followed by Bishop Guilfoyle vs. Connellsville at 6:30 and Frazier vs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Westmoreland boys soccer capsules: Monday’s semifinals
October 27, 2018
Boys Soccer Class 4A Semifinals No. 2 Norwin (16-2-1) vs. No. 3 Upper St. Clair (12-3-2) 8 p.m. Monday at North Allegheny Winner plays: Winner of No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2-1)/No. 4 Canon-McMillan (16-2) Coaches: Scott Schuchert, Norwin; Uwe Schneider, USC Players to watch: Carter Breen, Sr., F, Norwin; Zachary

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

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H.S. football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
October 25, 2018
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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

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

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Westmoreland football notebook: Belle Vernon motivated to win for injured QB
October 18, 2018
Quarterback Jared Hartman's season-ending knee injury was a devastating blow to the Belle Vernon football program but the Leopards were quick to recover. No andquot;break glass in case of emergencyandquot; warnings or waving of white flags down in the Mon Valley. Class 4A No. 3 Belle Vernon (6-1) is not

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Franklin Regional draws No. 1 seed in WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs
October 17, 2018
Franklin Regional coach Rand Hudson hoped his team would get the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 3A boys soccer playoffs. All right, he just about expected it. How could he not The Panthers put together the most dominating regular season in program history. The Panthers (14-0-1) have allowed

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Jeannette aims to cut down on penalties against rival Greensburg Central Catholic
October 10, 2018
Jeannette has to clean up its act, coach Roy Hall preached after last Friday's night's home win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. At the time, he meant cut down on penalties. But when he reiterated those words Saturday morning, he was referring to the bleachers at McKee Stadium.

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

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC girls going for 4th straight golf title
October 6, 2018
Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf could win as many titles in a row as there have been Zambrunos on the team in recent years: four. The Centurions are in the four-team WPIAL Class AA championship field Thursday at Cedarbrook in Rostraver. If they can get past Elizabeth Forward, Sewickley Academy

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

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

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

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

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Norwin sophomore Katelyn Kauffman commits to Pitt for soccer
August 27, 2018
Katelyn Kauffman said she has been a Pitt fan since she was younger -- as in, 10 years old, which really wasn't that long ago.

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

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

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Hempfield’s Remaley looks to build on last season’s spot starts under center
August 14, 2018
Blake Remaley played defensive end in youth football, mainly because he was bigger than everyone else. andquot;Definitely taller,andquot; the Hempfield junior said. andquot;I put on

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

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

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

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

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

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Drake offers Latrobe’s Fenton
June 11, 2018
Recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. The 6-foot-4 guard with the silky smooth jumper

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Monessen's Destiny Habeck hits a double against Union during a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game June 7, 2018, at Peterswood Park.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of June 11, 2018
June 10, 2018
MONDAY Four county softball teams and one baseball team will look to continue their runs in the PIAA postseason with semifinal games across the state.

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Mt. Pleasant's first baseman Courtney Poulich (16), finishes a double play, during the WPIAL softball consolation match at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Mt. Pleasant’s Poulich sisters make softball success a family tradition
June 9, 2018
A cracked lamp is a small price to pay for two Division I college scholarships. Chloe and Courtney Poulich are a few years apart, but

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

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

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

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Waywood sharp in circle as Yough softball shuts out Indiana
May 21, 2018
Yough's Kierra Waywood missed some time recently with a self-caused injury to her pitching arm. She bruised her elbow while warming up for a late-season

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

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Westmoreland high school notebook: County teams play baseball, softball doubleheaders Monday
May 19, 2018
Westmoreland County softball and baseball fans will be treated Monday to several playoff doubleheaders around the district. The Yough and Latrobe softball teams will get

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

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

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

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

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Derry's Shawn Broadway
Westmoreland high school notebook: Derry track teams each start 6-0
April 19, 2018
Derry's track and field teams had a strong showing at the United Invitational in Armaugh. Shawn Broadway won the 110- (14.9 seconds) and 300-meter (40.3)

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

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette football honored before House of Representatives
April 17, 2018
Jeannette was honored Tuesday afternoon before the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for winning the PIAA Class A football championship last season. Among those recognizing

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Westmoreland lookahead: April 2-7, 2018
April 1, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball As weather conditions improve and fields begin to dry to playable standards, many

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Southmoreland's Brandon Stone (23) misses on a 3-point shot to tie the game with seconds remaining against Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A game on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Gateway High School. Shady Side Academy won 40-37.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Stone hopes return home for charity game is a slam dunk
March 29, 2018
Sought-after basketball standout Brandon Stone will return to the Pittsburgh area this weekend, and he has his eye on the slam dunk contest at the

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

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Latrobe players celebrate with head coach Matt Basciano after receiving their medals as the champion in the WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship at Wild Things Park, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Washington.
Westmoreland baseball, softball teams on a champions tour in ’18
March 24, 2018
If there ever was a coach who thought he could one-up perfection it's Hempfield softball's Bob Kalp. Kalp has been with the program for 28

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Rizzo gets 1st offer
March 17, 2018
It is no secret Norwin's Gianni Rizzo has speed around the track. He ran a leg of the Knights' PIAA Class AAA winning 1,600-meter relay

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

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Rause resigns as Derry’s boys coach
March 5, 2018
Damon Rause means business — in so many facets of life. And while his heart is in everything he does, his growing list of priorities

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

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

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

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

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy jumps for an attempt to score against Greensburg Central Catholic in the two rival school's non-conference matchup Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 at Jeannette High School.
WPIAL basketball realignment wipes out several Westmoreland rivalries
February 24, 2018
WPIAL basketball underwent another facelift, and the results substantially will change the look of sections involving Westmoreland County teams. Its current playoffs are just getting

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

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman drives toward the net on an attempted layup shot against California during girls' basketball at Greensburg Central Catholic High School on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
Westmoreland WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Thursday’s games
February 20, 2018
Boys Class A Quarterfinals No. 2 Monessen (13-8) vs. No. 7 Imani Christian (12-9) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chartiers-Houston On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Latrobe’s Graytok siblings top 4,000 points
February 15, 2018
Latrobe has its basketball families. The names are woven into the fabric of the boys and girls programs. Mueseler, Fenton, Biss, Wetzel, Butler ... the

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

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Franklin Regional surging with energy as playoff near
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem boys optimistic
February 8, 2018
Greensburg Salem might be trending in the wrong direction as it gets set to start the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs, but the Golden Lions believe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fox Chapel defense stymies Latrobe boys in Section 3 win
January 12, 2018
Latrobe has pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of big games before. But that was when it had commanding leads that made for anticlimactic

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

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Hempfield, GCC boys employ unique free throw strategy
January 5, 2018
A Hempfield player gets set to take a foul shot, but none of his teammates are in the lane. It's more like a free rebound

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Norwin boys charge back in overtime win vs. rival Penn-Trafford
January 4, 2018
Most of Wednesday night's Section 3-6A game between teams that didn't send each other Christmas cards was somewhat pedestrian. Nothing stood out. There were plenty

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward looks for an open shot on net as East Allegheny's guard Amani Johnson closes in Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 during the Jamfest basketball tournament at Penn Hills High School.
East Allegheny star guard Johnson scores 26 in win over Greensburg Central Catholic girls
December 24, 2017
Like any team that plays East Allegheny, Greensburg Central Catholic's quandary was take-over senior guard Amani Johnson. Speeding up the game with her up-tempo play

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) charges up field with the ball against Fox Chapel in the second half on Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at Norwin.
Penn-Trafford’s Stovar learns of all-state honor after clerical error
December 14, 2017
Some wondered why Penn-Trafford senior Lauren Stovar did not make the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association all-state team this season. She was a standout forward for

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

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

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

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

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Jeannette's Anthony Johnson celebrates with teammates and the PIAA Class A state championship trophy after defeating Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Westmoreland high school notebook: 2017 was a year of titles for local teams
December 9, 2017
The 2017 calendar year has been a reign of championships for Westmoreland County high school teams. Jeannette football captured its second PIAA title Thursday in

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Head coach Brad Wetzel talks to his team before the beginning of boys' basketball practice Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Westmoreland County basketball’s starting 5 season primer
December 7, 2017
WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some things to look for this season in Westmoreland County hoops. Boys 5 Teams to watch Franklin Regional:

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

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

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

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

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Mount Pleasant's Ava Gnibus (1) rounds second base on Meadow Uncapher's double in the fifth inning against Derry on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant won 6-0.
High school notebook: Mt. Pleasant softball players make college commitments
November 18, 2017
Two players who had pivotal roles in Mt. Pleasant's run to the PIAA Class 4A softball championship last season have made college commitments. Both players

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Jon Peduzzi (4) and Penn-Trafford's Dimitri George (8) celebrate their team's 28-21 win against Fox Chapel in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford to rely on recent playoff experience in matchup with USC
November 7, 2017
Experience, Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said, is the best trait a football team can have at the high school level. Ruane would know. He has

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Penn-Trafford's Lauren Stovar (7) controls the ball against Hempfield in the first half on Wednesday Oct. 04, 2017 at Hempfield.
Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon’s Hoffman commits to Youngstown State
November 4, 2017
Belle Vernon's Josh Hoffman had interest from several Division I baseball programs but none surpassed the level of interest he had in Youngstown State. Hoffman,

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

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

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

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Norwin girls soccer rolls Kiski Area in WPIAL quarterfinals
October 26, 2017
Thursday night's WPIAL Class AAAA girls soccer quarterfinal game was moved to Penn-Trafford because of scoreboard problems at Gateway. Norwin can attest: The scoreboard at

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

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Ligonier Valley's Jackson Daugherty (12) is dragged down by the Homer-Center defense after a long gain in the third quarter on Friday Oct. 06, 2017 at Homer-Center.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Ligonier Valley’s Jackson Daugherty
October 25, 2017
As one of the state's most versatile playmakers, Jackson Daugherty has accounted for 1,284 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns, scoring via rush, pass and reception

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Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) jumps for a header against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for Westmoreland County teams
October 24, 2017
Quarterfinals Class 4A No. 3 Franklin Regional (16-2) vs. No. 11 Canon-McMillan (11-6) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gateway On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No. 2

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

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Video: Penn-Trafford clinches share of conference title
October 21, 2017
Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane and Kiski Area coach Sam Albert talk about the Warriors' 54-19 victory on Friday night.

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) gets around Greensburg Central Catholic's Jacob Reihart (9) to go 34 yards for a touchdown at 7:41 of the second quarter during a WPIAL Class A Eastern Conference game Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at McKee Stadium in Jeannette. Jeannette won 55-7.
High school football notebook: Newcomers bolster No. 1 Jeannette
October 19, 2017
Jeannette's Seth Howard wasn't going to play football this season. But coaches and teammates wooed him to the gridiron and he changed his mind. andquot;I

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Norwin's Dani Iannuzzo (2) is tripped up by Penn-Trafford's Jordan Lawrence (6) in the second half on Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017 at Norwin.
Norwin girls soccer getting healthy just in time for playoff run
October 18, 2017
Norwin players saunter out of soccer practice and games wrapped in the same post-action armor: ice packs. The plastic bags cover legs, arms, even thighs

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Belle Vernon's Hunter Ruokonen celebrates his touchdown with Nolan Labuda (5) and Anthony Rebar during the third quarter against Thomas Jefferson Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Rostraver.
Westmoreland week ahead: Oct. 16-22
October 15, 2017
Monday Golf The top WPIAL golfers will join players from five other districts at the PIAA Western Regional tournaments at Tom's Run Golf Course, located

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Video: Jeannette starts fast in victory over rival GCC
October 14, 2017
The Jeannette football team improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class A Eastern Conference with a convincing victory over rival Greensburg Central Catholic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Penn-Trafford's Matt Wilkie runs the ball against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 during WPIAL football at Penn-Trafford High School.
High school football notebook: Penn-Trafford, Franklin Regional overcoming injuries in advance of Big East matchup
October 5, 2017
Unbeaten Penn-Trafford — 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big East Conference — expects to be at full strength Friday night. andquot;Everyone should be ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Franklin Regional's Bryce Lauer practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Franklin Regional.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Franklin Regional’s Bryce Lauer
September 6, 2017
Franklin Regional's head-turning, 13-7 upset last week of No. 1 McKeesport might not have been possible without nicked-up senior linebacker Bryce Lauer, Panthers coach Greg

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Penn-Trafford's Logan Hawkins, does some sit-ups during practice because of a hamstring issue at the Penn-Trafford Warriors Stadium on August 8th, 2017.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Penn-Trafford’s Logan Hawkins
August 24, 2017
Logan Hawkins wasn't too worried about Monday's solar eclipse. The Penn-Trafford senior lineman took a peek at the moon-covered sun through a pair of special

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The Norwin girls soccer team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Canon-McMillan, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class AAAA final Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
Norwin girls soccer rated No. 2 in nation
August 22, 2017
Norwin's girls soccer team jumped eight spots in the Top Drawer Soccer national rankings without even playing a game yet. Norwin is facing great expectations

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

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

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

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

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

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