Author: Bill Hartlep


Members of the Butler competitive spirit squad celebrate a PIAA title at the state championship competition Jan., 12, 2019, in Hershey.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 competitive spirit season
July 10, 2019
It was a repeat performance for three teams at the WPIAL competitive spirit championships in January.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Looking back at the WPIAL’s state champions for 2018-19
June 29, 2019
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch’s Amanda Fischer named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Valley News Dispatch Softball All-Stars

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Patterson celebrates after scoring during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Upper St. Clair Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball seeks storybook ending at PIAAs
June 2, 2019
Dan Miller gathered his Warriors in right field at Wild Things Park moments after they watched Pine-Richland receive the WPIAL Class 6A championship trophy.

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores again Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL revises baseball, softball championship schedule for Thursday
May 29, 2019
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the WPIAL softball and baseball championships Wednesday afternoon.

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Frazier outfielder Megan Celaschi watches a pitch in Frazier’s 3-0 loss to Yough on May 8, 2019.
WPIAL Class 2A softball final preview: Frazier vs. Laurel
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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Union Area’s Halaena Blakley scores behind Leechburg Area’s Kristen Knapp in the first inning during WPIAL A girls softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
WPIAL Class A softball final preview: West Greene vs. Union
May 28, 2019
WPIAL Class A softball championship

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL Class 3A softball finals preview: Avonworth vs. Keystone Oaks
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Connellsville players crowd the pitchers mound in celebration of defeating Penn-Trafford 10-4 during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL Class 5A softball finals preview: Connellsville vs. West Allegheny
WPIAL Class 5A softball championship

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Serra Catholic’s Jayden Mertz (5) and Mark Black (9) return to the dugout following Black’s two-run home run to open the scoring in a win over Avonworth on May 20, 2019, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
WPIAL Class 2A baseball final preview: Seton LaSalle vs. Serra Catholic
WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship

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Freeport catcher Jarrett Heilman takes a late throw as Steel Valley’s Josh Fossick scores the go-ahead run during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL Class 3A baseball final preview: Steel Valley vs. Hopewell
May 27, 2019
WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship

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Shaler pitcher Hunter Boyan (10) competes against Gateway during a WPIAL 5A quarterfinal game May 21, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
WPIAL Class 5A baseball final preview: Shaler vs. Laurel Highlands
WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship

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Franklin Regional’s Tommy Kegerreis celebrates as he scores during the third inning of a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Westmoreland baseball preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
May 21, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Penn Trafford’s Morgan Nedley against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL softball playoffs
May 9, 2019
Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 WPIAL softball playoffs:

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Thomas Jefferson’s Bella Bucy throws during the 2019 season.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of May 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
Here are this week’s Trib HSSN softball rankings:

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Plum’s Mackenzie Lake prepares to take some batting after a cancelled a game April 23, 2019.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 28, 2019
April 27, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings:

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Sewickley Academy’s Alexis Barlock winds up for a pitch against Bishop Canevin during their game April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 21, 2019
April 20, 2019
Here are this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Morgan Hilty celebrates after defeating Latrobe Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 14, 2019
April 13, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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Springdale’s Brianna Thompson scores past St. Joseph catcher Kelsey DuVall on a triple and throwing error during their game Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 7, 2019
April 6, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of March 30, 2019
March 30, 2019
Rankings

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Burrell’s Charlie Confer works out in the gym Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Trib HSSN preseason softball rankings for week of March 24, 2019
March 23, 2019
Trib HSSN preseason rankings

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The West Greene softball team celebrates after defeating Williams Valley, 11-7, in the PIAA Class A championship game Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
WPIAL Class A softball preseason breakdown
March 21, 2019
West Greene is coming off back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA titles and finds itself again as the favorite in Class A.

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Laurel varsity softball cheers on their team during the softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Wednesday, May 30. 2018. Laurel won 1-0.
WPIAL Class 2A softball preseason breakdown
March 20, 2019
Laurel edged Frazier, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class 2A softball title game a year ago to win its first championship.

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South Park’s Jessica Dean pitches against Southmoreland during the WPIAL softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Southmoreland won 12-1.
WPIAL Class 3A softball preseason breakdown
March 19, 2019
History was made a year ago when Southmoreland captured the WPIAL Class 3A softball title for the first time.

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Chris Brunson hits balls for his team while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
WPIAL Class 4A softball preseason breakdown
March 18, 2019
The Belle Vernon softball team has found itself atop the WPIAL Class 4A ladder the past two seasons.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Denny Little talks to his team at the end of softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
WPIAL Class 5A softball preseason breakdown
March 17, 2019
West Allegheny captured the WPIAL Class 5A championship a year ago, but the Indians weren’t without challengers.

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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.
WPIAL Class 6A softball preseason breakdown
March 16, 2019
Can anyone dethrone Hempfield softball?

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Laurel Highlands grad Kolesar hired as football coach at alma mater
February 21, 2019
The Laurel Highlands School Board stayed in house in hiring the district’s second high school football coach in as many seasons.

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WPIAL releases basketball playoff pairings
February 12, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys basketball team has reached the WPIAL championship game in the largest classification the past three seasons. The Rams have expectations of returning this year after compiling a 20-2 record in the regular season. On Tuesday night, the Rams were awarded the No. 1 seed for the 2019

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Members of the Butler competitive spirit squad celebrate a PIAA title at the state championship competition Jan., 12, 2019, in Hershey.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 competitive spirit season
July 10, 2019
It was a repeat performance for three teams at the WPIAL competitive spirit championships in January.

Read More...

Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Looking back at the WPIAL’s state champions for 2018-19
June 29, 2019
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Knoch’s Amanda Fischer named Valley News Dispatch Softball Player of the Year
June 22, 2019
2019 Valley News Dispatch Softball All-Stars

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Patterson celebrates after scoring during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Upper St. Clair Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball seeks storybook ending at PIAAs
June 2, 2019
Dan Miller gathered his Warriors in right field at Wild Things Park moments after they watched Pine-Richland receive the WPIAL Class 6A championship trophy.

Read More...

Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores again Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL revises baseball, softball championship schedule for Thursday
May 29, 2019
Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the WPIAL softball and baseball championships Wednesday afternoon.

Read More...

Frazier outfielder Megan Celaschi watches a pitch in Frazier’s 3-0 loss to Yough on May 8, 2019.
WPIAL Class 2A softball final preview: Frazier vs. Laurel
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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Union Area’s Halaena Blakley scores behind Leechburg Area’s Kristen Knapp in the first inning during WPIAL A girls softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
WPIAL Class A softball final preview: West Greene vs. Union
May 28, 2019
WPIAL Class A softball championship

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Keystone Oaks’ Gia Woods scores against Burrell during quarterfinal Monday, May 20, 2019 at Hampton Community Park.
WPIAL Class 3A softball finals preview: Avonworth vs. Keystone Oaks
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Connellsville players crowd the pitchers mound in celebration of defeating Penn-Trafford 10-4 during WPIAL softball semifinals Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL Class 5A softball finals preview: Connellsville vs. West Allegheny
WPIAL Class 5A softball championship

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Serra Catholic’s Jayden Mertz (5) and Mark Black (9) return to the dugout following Black’s two-run home run to open the scoring in a win over Avonworth on May 20, 2019, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
WPIAL Class 2A baseball final preview: Seton LaSalle vs. Serra Catholic
WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship

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Freeport catcher Jarrett Heilman takes a late throw as Steel Valley’s Josh Fossick scores the go-ahead run during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
WPIAL Class 3A baseball final preview: Steel Valley vs. Hopewell
May 27, 2019
WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship

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Shaler pitcher Hunter Boyan (10) competes against Gateway during a WPIAL 5A quarterfinal game May 21, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
WPIAL Class 5A baseball final preview: Shaler vs. Laurel Highlands
WPIAL Class 5A baseball championship

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Franklin Regional’s Tommy Kegerreis celebrates as he scores during the third inning of a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
Westmoreland baseball preview capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 22, 2019
May 21, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Penn Trafford’s Morgan Nedley against Hempfield Friday, April 5, 2019 at Seton Hill University.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL softball playoffs
May 9, 2019
Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 WPIAL softball playoffs:

Read More...

Thomas Jefferson’s Bella Bucy throws during the 2019 season.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of May 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
Here are this week’s Trib HSSN softball rankings:

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Plum’s Mackenzie Lake prepares to take some batting after a cancelled a game April 23, 2019.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 28, 2019
April 27, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s Trib HSSN WPIAL softball rankings:

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Sewickley Academy’s Alexis Barlock winds up for a pitch against Bishop Canevin during their game April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 21, 2019
April 20, 2019
Here are this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Morgan Hilty celebrates after defeating Latrobe Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Seton Hill University.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 14, 2019
April 13, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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Springdale’s Brianna Thompson scores past St. Joseph catcher Kelsey DuVall on a triple and throwing error during their game Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Kotecki Memorial Park.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of April 7, 2019
April 6, 2019
Here’s a look at this week’s WPIAL softball rankings:

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL softball rankings for week of March 30, 2019
March 30, 2019
Rankings

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Burrell’s Charlie Confer works out in the gym Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Trib HSSN preseason softball rankings for week of March 24, 2019
March 23, 2019
Trib HSSN preseason rankings

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The West Greene softball team celebrates after defeating Williams Valley, 11-7, in the PIAA Class A championship game Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Penn State University.
WPIAL Class A softball preseason breakdown
March 21, 2019
West Greene is coming off back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA titles and finds itself again as the favorite in Class A.

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Laurel varsity softball cheers on their team during the softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Wednesday, May 30. 2018. Laurel won 1-0.
WPIAL Class 2A softball preseason breakdown
March 20, 2019
Laurel edged Frazier, 1-0, in the WPIAL Class 2A softball title game a year ago to win its first championship.

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South Park’s Jessica Dean pitches against Southmoreland during the WPIAL softball championship tripleheader at Seton Hill University on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Southmoreland won 12-1.
WPIAL Class 3A softball preseason breakdown
March 19, 2019
History was made a year ago when Southmoreland captured the WPIAL Class 3A softball title for the first time.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant head coach Chris Brunson hits balls for his team while at practice on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant High School.
WPIAL Class 4A softball preseason breakdown
March 18, 2019
The Belle Vernon softball team has found itself atop the WPIAL Class 4A ladder the past two seasons.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford head coach Denny Little talks to his team at the end of softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
WPIAL Class 5A softball preseason breakdown
March 17, 2019
West Allegheny captured the WPIAL Class 5A championship a year ago, but the Indians weren’t without challengers.

Read More...

Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp works with his team in the gym Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at Hempfield Area High School.
WPIAL Class 6A softball preseason breakdown
March 16, 2019
Can anyone dethrone Hempfield softball?

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Laurel Highlands grad Kolesar hired as football coach at alma mater
February 21, 2019
The Laurel Highlands School Board stayed in house in hiring the district’s second high school football coach in as many seasons.

Read More...

WPIAL releases basketball playoff pairings
February 12, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys basketball team has reached the WPIAL championship game in the largest classification the past three seasons. The Rams have expectations of returning this year after compiling a 20-2 record in the regular season. On Tuesday night, the Rams were awarded the No. 1 seed for the 2019

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