Author: Bill Hartlep


WPIAL Class A girls basketball breakdown
December 6, 2018
WPIAL Class A Preseason Player of the Year Taylor Kirschner Quigley Catholic 5-8, Sr., guard 20.8 ppg last season Players to watch Hailey Drutarosky Quigley Catholic 5-5, So., G, 16.1 ppg Anna Eisaman Greensburg C.C. 5-8, Sr., G, 14.8 ppg Madison Lampe West Greene 5-4, Sr., G, 13.7 ppg McKenna

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WPIAL Class A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class A Preseason Player of the Year Geoff Helm Greensburg C.C. 6-5, Sr., guard/forward 16.7 ppg last season Players to watch Nathan Brudnock West Greene 6-1, Sr., G/F, 17.9 ppg Kaden Divito Cornell 5-10, Jr., G, 14.0 ppg Alex Griggs Vincentian Academy 6-0, So., G, 10.0 ppg Nate Meeks

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WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball breakdown
December 5, 2018
WPIAL Class 2A Preseason Player of the Year Shamyjha Price Bishop Canevin 5-9, Sr., guard 14.4 ppg last season Players to watch Dymond Crawford Jeannette 5-9, Sr., G, 20.4 ppg Gigi Mele-Madigan Serra Catholic 5-7, Sr., G, 11.5 ppg Natalie Murrio Brentwood 5-6, Sr., G, 9.0 ppg Ashley Norling OLSH

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WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class 2A Preseason Player of the Year Isiah Warfield Sewickley Academy 6-4, Jr., guard 16.0 ppg last season Players to watch Daren DiMichele OLSH 6-1, Sr., G, 17.0 ppg Dusan Krivokopic Winchester Thurston 6-5, Jr., F, 20.6 ppg Jimmy Moon Serra Catholic 6-8, Sr., F, 16.1 ppg Dante Spadafora

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WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball breakdown
December 4, 2018
Class 3A Preseason Player of the Year Bella Burrelli, Neshannock 5-11, Sr., forward 17.9 ppg last season Players to watch Ariana Goitz, Shady Side Academy 5-6, Sr., G, 19.0 ppg Maura Huwalt, South Park 6-0, Sr., F, 13.0 ppg Amaia Johnson, East Allegheny 5-8, Jr., G/F, 12.2 ppg Karly McCutcheon,

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WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball breakdown
Class 3A Preseason Player of the Year Keeno Holmes, Lincoln Park 6-3, Sr., guard 23.0 ppg last season Players to watch Tyreek Davis, Avonworth 6-2, Sr., F, 15.7 ppg Isaac DeGregorio, North Catholic 5-10, Jr., G, 14.2 ppg Dan Etheridge, Washington 6-4, Sr., F, 16.8 ppg William Gipson, Aliquippa 6-4,

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WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball breakdown
December 3, 2018
Class 4A Preseason Player of the Year Kylee Lewandowski, North Catholic 6-1, Sr., guard 15.2 ppg last season Players to watch Mackenzie Amalia, Blackhawk 5-5, Jr., G, 17.0 ppg Mady Aulbach, Blackhawk 5-5, Sr., G, 16.0 ppg Tess Myers, North Catholic 5-10, Jr., G, 13.8 ppg Gillian Piccolino, Keystone Oaks

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WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball breakdown
Class 4A Preseason Player of the Year Johnny Crise, Highlands 6-7, Jr., forward 12.0 ppg last season Players to watch Danny Conlan, Quaker Valley 6-5, Sr., F, 12.0 ppg Aaron Hilzendeger, Ambridge 6-6, Sr., F, 19.2 ppg Jacob Johnson, Mt. Pleasant 6-2, Jr., G, 15.5 ppg Cam Nusser, Belle Vernon

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WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball breakdown
December 2, 2018
WPIAL Class 5A Preseason Player of the Year Megan McConnell Chartiers Valley 5-6, Jr., guard 19.0 ppg in 2017-18 Players to watch Adia Brisker Penn Hills 5-8, Sr., G, 13.2 ppg Jenna Clark Thomas Jefferson 5-7, Sr., G, 17.7 ppg Tai Johnson Mars 5-7, Sr., G, 18.4 ppg Tayonna Robertson

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WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class 5A Preseason Player of the Year Donovan Johnson Moon 6-6, Jr., guard 19.0 ppg last season Players to watch Michael Carmody Mars 6-6, Jr., F, 12.0 ppg Nick Leopold Franklin Regional 5-9, Sr., G, 12.0 ppg Jaden Nelson Montour 6-0, Sr., G, 12.0 ppg Joe Pipilo Chartiers Valley

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WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 1, 2018
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton, Butler 6-5, Jr., point guard 24.6 ppg last season Players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe 6-5, Sr., G, 20.9 ppg Reed Fenton, Latrobe 6-4, Sr., G, 22.0 ppg Ryan Meis, Bethel Park 6-0, Jr., G, 15.0 ppg Dan Petcash, Pine-Richland 6-4,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa, Peters Township 5-11, Sr., guard 22.9 ppg last season Players to watch Maria Cerro, Bethel Park 5-7, Jr., G, 13.9 ppg McKenna Gross, Seneca Valley 5-6, Sr., G, 15.1 ppg Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny 5-9, Sr., G, 15.3 ppg Isabella Mills,

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PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals preview capsule: State College vs. Pine-Richland
November 23, 2018
PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals State College (12-1) vs. Pine-Richland (10-2) 7 p.m. Saturday, Altoona's Mansion Park Coaches: Matt Lintal, State College; Eric Kasperowicz, Pine-Richland Winner plays: The winner of St. Joseph's Prep and Freedom in the PIAA semifinals Nov. 30 or Dec. 1. PIAA titles: State College 0; Pine-Richland 1

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WPIAL Class 2A championship preview capsule: South Side vs. Steel Valley
WPIAL Class 2A championship No. 8 South Side Beaver (10-3) vs. No. 3 Steel Valley (11-1) Noon Saturday, Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium On the air: KDKA-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Luke Travelpiece, South Side Beaver; Rod Steele, Steel Valley Winner plays: The winner of District 9

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PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal preview capsule: Cathedral Prep vs. South Fayette
November 22, 2018
PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals Cathedral Prep (10-3) vs. South Fayette (12-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Erie's Veteran Stadium On the air: 1450 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Mike Mischler, Cathedral Prep; Joe Rossi, South Fayette Winner plays: The winner of Bishop McDevitt and Berks Catholic in the PIAA semifinals Nov. 30 or Dec.

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WPIAL Class 4A final preview capsule: Thomas Jefferson vs. South Fayette
November 16, 2018
WPIAL Class 4A championship No. 1 Thomas Jefferson (11-0) vs. No. 2 South Fayette (11-1) 5 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 95.3 FM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Bill Cherpak, Thomas Jefferson; Joe Rossi, South Fayette Winner plays: The winner of District 1 champion Clearfield (12-0) and District

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WPIAL Class 3A final preview capsule: Aliquippa vs. Derry
WPIAL Class 3A championship No. 1 Aliquippa (11-1) vs. No. 2 Derry (11-1) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM, 107.1 FM, 97.3 FM, 1480 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa; Tim Sweeney, Derry Winner plays: The winner gets a bye in

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WPIAL Class A football final capsule: Rochester vs. OLSH
WPIAL Class A championship No. 5 Rochester (11-1) vs. No. 3 OLSH (11-1) 11 a.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Gene Matsook, Rochester; Dan Bradley, OLSH Winner plays: The winner gets a bye in the PIAA quarterfinals and will

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Quaker Valley, Shady Side Academy to meet for 3rd straight season in boys soccer final
November 2, 2018
Boys soccer WPIAL championship Class AA No. 1 Quaker Valley (18-3) vs. No. 11 Shady Side Academy (11-6-1) 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Andrew Marshall, Quaker Valley; Ed Ellsworth, Shady Side Academy Players to watch: Dom Reiter, Sr., F, Quaker Valley; Wally Navid, Sr., M, Shady Side Academy Corner

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Freedom, Bentworth set to face off for WPIAL Class A title
Girls soccer WPIAL championship Class A No. 1 Freedom (19-1) vs. No. 3 Bentworth (17-2) 11 a.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Colin Williams, Freedom; Tyler Hamstra, Bentworth Players to watch: Jayden Sharpless, Fr, F, Freedom; Jocelyn Timlin, Jr., F, Bentworth Corner kicks: For the first time since Class A was

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Mars, Oakland Catholic to play for WPIAL Class 3A girls soccer crown
November 1, 2018
Girls soccer WPIAL championship game Class AAA No. 1 Mars (18-0) vs. No. 2 Oakland Catholic (17-1) 6 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Blair Gerlach, Mars; Jim Earle, Oakland Catholic Players to watch: Ellie Coffield, So., M, Mars; Hannah Henn, So., F/M, Oakland Catholic Corner kicks: Mars is making its

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South Park, Hopewell set to face off in WPIAL Class AA girls soccer final
Girls soccer WPIAL championship game Class AA No. 1 South Park (18-2) vs. No. 2 Hopewell (15-1-1) 8 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Shelly Thropp, South Park; Bill Pfeifer, Hopewell Players to watch: Haleigh Finale, Jr., F, South Park; Raychel Speicher, Jr., F, Hopewell Corner kicks: Hopewell is riding a

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 10
Here's a look at four players to watch this week during the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs: Sean McGowan Bethel Park, Jr., RB/QB/S McGowan ran for 230 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 5-yard TD to Tiger Burkes during Bethel Park's 20-14 victory over Allegheny Eight Conference

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Defending champions Gateway, TJ, Jeannette draw top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 29, 2018
Three defending champions earned a No. 1 seed Monday night when the WPIAL released pairings for its postseason football playoffs at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree. Gateway (10-0) in Class 5A, Thomas Jefferson (9-0) in Class 4A and Jeannette (10-0) in Class A received the top seeds in their

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Sewickley Academy captures program’s 2nd PIAA girls tennis title
October 27, 2018
Members of the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team sat in the basement of the Hershey Racquet Club after a PIAA semifinal loss to Lower Moreland last fall. There was plenty of disappointment and some tears shed. There also was a resolution to return in 2018 and leave Hershey victorious. On

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WPIAL football don’t-miss matchups for Week 9
October 25, 2018
Here's a look at some don't-miss matchups in each classification for Week 9: Class 6A No. 5 Mt. Lebanon (4-5, 4-3) at No. 3 Central Catholic (7-2, 5-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Mt. Lebanon 34, Norwin 28; Central Catholic 35, Canon-McMillan 7 Coaches:

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball using last season’s early exit as motivation for playoffs
October 22, 2018
To say the members of the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team remember last season's first-round loss would be a drastic understatement. Apparently, it was, and is, motivation for success. andquot;They talked about it so much, and how they wanted to win the section again,andquot; GCC coach Courtney Stynchula said.

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch in Week 8: Zachary Benedek Elizabeth Forward, Sr., QB Benedek (6-1, 185) threw for 103 yards and a score and ran for 82 yards as Elizabeth Forward rolled to a 55-13 win over Mt. Pleasant. This season, he has scored

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WPIAL football players to watch in Week 7
October 10, 2018
Here's a look at four players to watch during Week 7 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania: Dayln Brickner Beaver Falls, Sr., WR/FS Brickner (5-11, 165) ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers rolled past Keystone Oaks in a Class 3A Tri-County West game last week.

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WPIAL high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 6
October 4, 2018
Here's a look at some key Week 6 high school football games in Western Pennsylvania: Class 6A Nonconference Class 5A No. 5 Upper St. Clair (5-1) at Class 6A No. 5 Mt. Lebanon (3-3) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mt. Lebanon Stadium On the air: 1320-AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Upper St.

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 6
October 3, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 6: Nate Alberts Elizabeth Forward, Sr, WR Alberts (6-2, 186) caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown as Elizabeth Forward improved to 5-0 with a win over No. 3 Derry last week. The No. 2 Warriors

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TribLIVE HSSN football players to watch for Week 5
September 26, 2018
Here are four players to watch for Week 5 in WPIAL high school football: Ryan Coe South Fayette, Sr., K/P Coe, a Temple recruit, is

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 4
September 19, 2018
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 4: Mason Stahl, QB, Baldwin Baldwin is off to a 3-1 start, and

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Here are four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3: Dan Deabner Thomas Jefferson, Jr, WR/DB Deabner caught six passes for 200 yards, including

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 2
September 5, 2018
Here are four players to watch for Week 2 of high school football in Western Pa. Seth Morgan Mt. Lebanon, sr., QB Morgan completed 25

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 1
August 29, 2018
Here's a look at players to watch for Week 1 in WPIAL high school football: Tyler Brennan North Hills, sr., RB Brennan scored five first-half

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Fort Cherry to rely on defense in move to Class 2A
August 23, 2018
In moving up to the Class 2A Three Rivers Conference, Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel knows his team will have to be fundamentally sound on

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Seton LaSalle No. 1 Jamar Shegog
WPIAL football players to watch for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch for Week Zero. Joey Porter Jr. North Allegheny, sr., WR/DB The Tigers will kick off

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Talented skill players Fundy, Lincosky return to lead Beth-Center
August 20, 2018
The Class 2A Century Conference will have its share of offensive fireworks this season. Defending WPIAL champion Washington has dynamic playmakers, and Charleroi returns a

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Western Beaver goes through youth movement, jumps to Class 2A
August 17, 2018
Coach Matt Gray's answers were somewhat repetitive when discussing the 2018 Western Beaver football team. andquot;We're young.andquot; That response covered most of the positions for

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Returning skill players provide balance for New Brighton
August 16, 2018
With experienced and talented players returning at all the skill positions, New Brighton coach Joe Greco has high expectations for the 2018 season. Led by

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Freedom to feature new look under Russ Barley
Now the man in charge of Freedom's football team, Russ Barley is making some changes. A Bulldogs assistant coach the past two seasons, he took

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Brownsville adjusts to 3rd football coach in as many seasons
The Brownsville football team is under the guidance of its third head coach in as many seasons, but the new man in charge has been

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Burgettstown looks to maintain momentum after 1st playoff win in 40 years
Burgettstown celebrated the program's first WPIAL playoff win in 40 years last fall with a 31-28 triumph over Neshannock. To reach the postseason for a

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Skill players return as South Side Beaver moves into new conference
With nine starters returning on both sides of the ball, expectations are high for the South Side Beaver football team this fall. The Rams took

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Members of the TribLive High School Sports Network's WPIAL Preseason All-Star Team stand for a photo Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Kennywood Park.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL Preseason All-Star team honored at Kennywood Park
July 24, 2018
Billed as the best Western Pennsylvania has to offer for the upcoming season, many WPIAL champions were recognized Tuesday when the annual TribLive High School

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Brentwood's Tia Cermina competes against Frazier's Kara Mastowski in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round softball game May 14, 2018.
Frazier looks to defend WPIAL Class 2A softball title against Laurel
May 29, 2018
WPIAL Class 2A No. 1 Frazier (16-5) vs. No. 6 Laurel (12-3) Noon Wednesday at Seton Hill Frazier Coach: Don Hartman Projected lineup 3B, Kathryn

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The Latrobe softball team celebrates after defeating Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game May 23, 2018, at Boyce-Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair.
Latrobe headed back to WPIAL softball finals after shutting out Baldwin
May 23, 2018
Members of the Latrobe coaching staff call junior catcher Makayla Munchinski andquot;the Shepherd.andquot; andquot;They are instructed by that shepherd's voice,andquot; Wildcats softball coach Rick Kozusko

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Pine-Richland, Hampton earn top seeds for WPIAL girls lacrosse playoffs
May 11, 2018
Like their boys lacrosse counterparts, the Pine-Richland girls earned the top seed for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, when the postseason pairings were revealed Friday.

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL softball playoffs
May 10, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL softball playoffs. Class 6A Favorite: Two-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield showed some kinks in its armor this season

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Mars' Lauren Wasylson drives past Armstrong's Kenzie Lasher during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Archbishop Wood
March 27, 2018
Class 5A girls Mars (23-6) vs. Archbishop Wood (22-7) 6 p.m. Wednesday, Giant Center, Hershey On the air: PCN-TV Coaches: Dana Petruska, Mars; Mike McDonald,

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Bishop Canevin's Bri Allen is congratulated by head coach Scott Dibble after beating East Allegheny in a PIAA Class 3A semifinal playoff game Monday, March 19, 2018, at Gateway.
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship preview: Bishop Canevin vs. Neumann-Goretti
March 25, 2018
Class 3A girls Bishop Canevin (24-4) vs. Neumann-Goretti (21-7) 6 p.m. Thursday, Giant Center, Hershey On the air: PCN-TV Coaches: Scott Dibble, Bishop Canevin; Andrea

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Pine-Richland baseball coach Kurt Wolfe prepares his team for the upcoming 2018 season during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
WPIAL baseball preview: Teams set to begin quests for championships
March 23, 2018
Though the snow on the ground may disagree, it's spring in Western Pennsylvania and high school baseball season got underway Friday. Pine-Richland (Class 6A), Latrobe

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Mt. Pleasant's Chloe Poulich returns a ground ball to first base during team softball practice Friday, March 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant High School softball field.
WPIAL softball preview: District champions ready to retain titles
March 22, 2018
The WPIAL softball season will officially begin Friday, and Hempfield (Class 6A), West Allegheny (5A), Belle Vernon (4A), Ellwood City (3A), Frazier (2A) and West

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WPIAL Class 5A, 3A girls wrap up semifinals in Wednesday’s 3 games to watch
February 27, 2018
The final night of WPIAL girls basketball semifinals will be contested Wednesday, with championship game berths on the line for Class 5A and Class 3A.

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Semifinals get underway for Class 4A, 2A in Monday’s 3 girls games to watch
February 25, 2018
The WPIAL girls basketball semifinals will get underway Monday night with games at Moon, Geneva, Northgate and Peters Township. Teams in Class 4A and Class

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs: Class 6A Favorite: North Allegheny established itself as the team to beat from the start

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Phillips wins 1st WPIAL rifle title for Waynesburg
February 8, 2018
Selena Phillips sought perfection and achieved it. In the process, she made history for Waynesburg Central High School. Phillips shot a perfect score of 200-20x

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Western Pennsylvania student-athletes sign national letters of intent
February 7, 2018
A winter weather storm and subsequent school postponements and cancellations have limited the number of posed signing day photo today, national signing day. But several

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Mars' Cade Hetzler steals the ball from Moon's Austin Ryan during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
Friday high school basketball games postponed around Western Pennsylvania
January 12, 2018
With a winter storm in the forecast tonight, boys and girls basketball games around Western Pennsylvania have been postponed. Here's a look at games that

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Shaler poses with the Class AAA champion's trophy at the WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Hempfield High School
Hempfield to host WPIAL competitive spirit championships Saturday
January 5, 2018
Shaler, Elizabeth Forward and Bishop Canevin will be looking to defend their titles Saturday at the sixth annual WPIAL competitive spirit championships at Hempfield. Thirty-three

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec named state’s Class 6A Player of the Year
December 18, 2017
It's been more than a week since Pine-Richland's football team celebrated a PIAA Class 6A championship on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium, but the celebration

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Gateway wrestler Caleb Lahmen (right) wins his first match during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestlers kick off season at host Eastern Area tournament
December 10, 2017
The Gateway wrestling team kicked off the season over the weekend by hosting the annual Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The Gators finished 19th out

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson calls a play during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
WPIAL Class A boys basketball players to watch
December 7, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Tre'von Charles Union 5-10, Sr., guard 17.1 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Darrius Davis Propel Andrew Street 6-2, So.,

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Winchester Thurston's Ayanna Townsend (22) grabs a rebound late in the game against Riverview during their PIAA Class A playoff play-in game at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
WPIAL Class A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Ayanna Townsend (above) Winchester Thurston 6-2, Sr., center 18.6 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Taylor Kirschner Quigley Catholic 5-8,

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Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway tries to get around an Our Lady of the Sacred Heart player during the WPIAL 2A boys basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball players to watch
December 6, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Nate Ridgeway (above) Sewickley Academy 6-6, Jr., forward 17.3 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Ryhan Culberson Fort Cherry 6-4,

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Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson scores over Vincentian's Tess Belko during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball championship Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Alexa Williamson Chartiers-Houston 6-2, Sr., center 21.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Caroline Elliott Vincentian Academy 5-10, Sr., G/F,

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball players to watch
December 5, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year TJ Banks East Allegheny 6-5, Sr., forward 16.0 ppg in 2017-18 Players to watch Deoveon Crute Aliquippa 6-3, Sr., F.,

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East Allegheny's Amani Johnson
WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Amani Johnson East Allegheny 5-5, Sr., guard 31.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Brionna Allen Bishop Canevin 5-7, Sr.,

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Butler's Ethan Morton pumps his fist after sinking a three pointer during the WPIAL Boys Class 6A Basketball Championship game at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 2, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton Butler 6-5, So., point guard 14.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Carson Cohen Fox Chapel 6-2, Sr.,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa Peters Township 5-11, Jr., guard 16.5 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Laura Graytok Latrobe 5-7, Sr., G,

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec throws a pass during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Central Catholic Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 6A semifinals primer: Pine-Richland vs. Manheim Township
December 1, 2017
Class 6A Pine-Richland (14-0) vs. Manheim Township (12-1) 1 p.m. Saturday, Mansion Park, Altoona On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Coaches: Eric Kasperowicz, Pine-Richland; Mark Evans, Manheim

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) is upended at the end of a run against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
PIAA Class A semifinals primer: Jeannette vs. Farrell
November 30, 2017
Class A Jeannette (13-1) vs. Farrell (11-2) 7 p.m. Friday, Seneca Valley On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 107.1-FM Coaches: Roy Hall, Jeannette; Jarrett Samuels, Farrell How

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Washington's Nick Welsh carries against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic during the first quarter of a WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
PIAA Class 2A semifinals primer: Washington vs. Wilmington
Class 2A Washington (13-0) vs. Wilmington (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Slippery Rock University On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 1450-AM Coaches: Mike Bosnic, Washington; Terry Verrelli, Wilmington

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Quaker Valley's Isaiah McNair (2) looks for some running room against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at North Hills.
PIAA Class 3A semifinals primer: Quaker Valley vs. Sharon
Class 3A Quaker Valley (12-1) vs. Sharon (10-3) 7 p.m. Friday, Martorelli Stadium, North Hills On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 1230-AM, 1460-AM Coaches: Quaker Valley, Jerry

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass, as Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 5A semifinals primer: Gateway vs. Manheim Central
Class 5A Gateway (13-1) vs. Manheim Central (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Mansion Park, Altoona On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Coaches: Gateway, Don Holl; Manheim Central: Dave

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Washington's Nick Welsh scores past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Cameron Branch during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
WPIAL Class 2A championship primer: Steel Valley vs. Washington
November 24, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 2A No. 1 Steel Valley (11-0) vs. No. 2 Washington (12-0) 6 p.m. Saturday, Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium On

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Imani Christian's Samuel Fairley catches a touchdown pass over Jeannette's Jackson Pruitt during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
WPIAL Class A championship primer: Jeannette vs. Imani Christian
WPIAL football championship primer Class A No. 3 Jeannette (12-1) vs. No. 4 Imani Christian (11-2) Noon Saturday, Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium On the

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Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman picks up a first down, as Montour's Jake Tomas defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football championship central: The Trib is live at Heinz Field
November 18, 2017
Welcome to Heinz Field, site of a quartet of 2017 WPIAL football championship games throughout the day Saturday. Follow along for game updates from the

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss (13) celebrates his touchdown against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at North Hills.
WPIAL Class 3A championship primer: Aliquippa vs. Quaker Valley
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa (12-0) vs. No. 2 Quaker Valley (11-1) 11 a.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigna get past Belle Vernon Area's Kirk Polelas in the second quarter during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL Class 4A championship primer: Thomas Jefferson vs. Montour
WPIAL football championship primer Class 4A No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (10-1) vs. No. 4 Montour (9-2) 8 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) is tripped up by Upper St. Clair's Matt Kissinger (20) but not before scoring a touchdown during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
WPIAL Class 5A championship primer: Penn-Trafford vs. Gateway
WPIAL football championship primer Class 5A No. 1 Penn-Trafford (11-1) vs. No. 2 Gateway (11-1) 5 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 107.1-FM/ATandamp;T

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Area student-athletes attend WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit
November 9, 2017
Student-athletes from more than 100 high schools in Western Pennsylvania attended the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Thursday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center

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Mars’ Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Western Pennsylvania athletes sign national letters of intent during early-signing period
November 8, 2017
Wednesday was the start of the week-long early-signing period for high school athletes competing in all sports except football, soccer and boys water polo. Here's

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White makes a cut against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
WPIAL releases football playoff pairings
October 30, 2017
Five teams that finished the regular season undefeated earned No. 1 seeds Monday night, when the WPIAL football committee announced pairings for the playoffs at

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WPIAL sends 3 teams to PIAA tennis semifinals
October 28, 2017
Either North Allegheny or Mt. Lebanon will play for a PIAA girls tennis championship in Hershey on Saturday. The top two WPIAL teams in Class

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Elizabeth Colecchia (6) passes the ball against Trinity Christian on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland volleyball teams learn WPIAL playoff foes
October 23, 2017
Girls volleyball section champions from Westmoreland County will face a tough road during the WPIAL playoffs. Four teams that finished first or tied for first

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Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger (7) against Penn Hills' Jesse Ternent (14) during a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Breaking down the 2017 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
CLASS 4A Favorite: Peters Township is the only unbeaten team in Class 4A and for good reason; the Indians are loaded with talent. They have

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WPIAL releases boys, girls soccer playoff pairings
The Highway to Highmark is about to be well-traveled. The WPIAL released pairings for the postseason boys and girls soccer tournaments on Wednesday afternoon. Peters

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Ligonier Valley players run through a drill during a pre-season workout on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
High school football conference preview: District 6 Heritage
August 23, 2017
The favorite Ligonier Valley (14-1 overall, 9-0 Heritage in 2016) After breezing through the Heritage Conference in 2016, is Ligonier Valley poised for a repeat

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Big Seven
August 22, 2017
The favorite Rochester (11-1 overall, 8-0 Big Seven in 2016) Rochester rolled to 11 straight victories before falling to Jeannette, 30-20, in the WPIAL semifinals

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Mikey Blainefield, head coach for Monessen football, goes over plays with his team at Monessen High School on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Tri-County South
August 21, 2017
The favorite Fort Cherry (9-2 overall, 6-1 Tri-County South in 2016) The Tri-County South runner-up last season, Fort Cherry returns a talented offensive attack that

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 2A Midwestern Athletic
August 18, 2017
The favorite Neshannock (12-2 overall, 7-0 Midwestern in 2016) Reigning conference champion Neshannock is looking to turn the page after having a special season halted

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Steel Valley's Todd Hill fires out to hit the sled during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 2A Three Rivers
August 17, 2017
The favorite Steel Valley (15-0 overall, 7-0 Three Rivers in 2016) The Steel Valley football team was unbeatable last season and dominating en route to

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Derry quarterback Ryan Polinsky, fakes the handoff to Shawn Broadway, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Interstate
August 16, 2017
The favorite South Park (5-5 overall, 5-2 Interstate in 2016) The Eagles were a streaky team a season ago, losing four straight early in the

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Aliquippa quarterback Kwantel Raines sneaks into the end zone to score a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Beaver Valley
August 14, 2017
The favorite Aliquippa (10-3 overall, 5-1 Beaver Valley in 2016) Aliquippa's success is unmatched in the modern era of WPIAL football. The Quips have made

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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.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Big 9
August 13, 2017
The favorite Thomas Jefferson (12-1 overall, 8-0 Big 9 in 2016) Thomas Jefferson has become a regular visitor to Heinz Field, claiming seven WPIAL titles,

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South Fayette's Drew Saxton throws the ball downfield to a receiver during the game against Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A Week Zero matchup at South Fayette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Northwest Nine
August 12, 2017
The favorite South Fayette (10-1 overall, 8-0 Northwest Nine in 2016) South Fayette rode a high-powered offense to an undefeated regular season and Northwest Nine

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South Fayette's Drew Saxton throws the ball downfield to a receiver during the game against Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A Week Zero matchup at South Fayette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Northwest Nine
The favorite South Fayette (10-1 overall, 8-0 Northwest Nine in 2016) South Fayette rode a high-powered offense to an undefeated regular season and Northwest Nine

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 5A Allegheny 9
August 10, 2017
The favorite West Allegheny (13-1 overall, 8-0 Allegheny 9 in 2016) Though standout skill players Kenny White (Pine-Richland), a Division I-bound defensive back, and all-conference WR Brandon Lipford (Montour) transferred and six other first-team all-conference players graduated, the defending WPIAL Class 5A champion Indians have plenty of talent remaining. Back

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Southeastern
August 9, 2017
The favorite Mt. Lebanon (7-4 overall, 5-1 Southeastern in 2016) Bolstered by a pair of Division I-bound linemen and a 2,000-yard passer, Mt. Lebanon has the talent to defend its Southeastern Conference title. The Blue Devils will be led by Colgate recruit Coleman Coco and fellow lineman Colby Sorsdal, who

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Northern Seven
August 8, 2017
The favorite Pine-Richland (7-5 overall, 4-2 Northern Seven in 2016) After losing to Central in the semifinals last season, the Rams are poised to rebound in a big way, with nine starters back on both sides of the ball. Led by one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland

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WPIAL Class A girls basketball breakdown
December 6, 2018
WPIAL Class A Preseason Player of the Year Taylor Kirschner Quigley Catholic 5-8, Sr., guard 20.8 ppg last season Players to watch Hailey Drutarosky Quigley Catholic 5-5, So., G, 16.1 ppg Anna Eisaman Greensburg C.C. 5-8, Sr., G, 14.8 ppg Madison Lampe West Greene 5-4, Sr., G, 13.7 ppg McKenna

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WPIAL Class A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class A Preseason Player of the Year Geoff Helm Greensburg C.C. 6-5, Sr., guard/forward 16.7 ppg last season Players to watch Nathan Brudnock West Greene 6-1, Sr., G/F, 17.9 ppg Kaden Divito Cornell 5-10, Jr., G, 14.0 ppg Alex Griggs Vincentian Academy 6-0, So., G, 10.0 ppg Nate Meeks

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WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball breakdown
December 5, 2018
WPIAL Class 2A Preseason Player of the Year Shamyjha Price Bishop Canevin 5-9, Sr., guard 14.4 ppg last season Players to watch Dymond Crawford Jeannette 5-9, Sr., G, 20.4 ppg Gigi Mele-Madigan Serra Catholic 5-7, Sr., G, 11.5 ppg Natalie Murrio Brentwood 5-6, Sr., G, 9.0 ppg Ashley Norling OLSH

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WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class 2A Preseason Player of the Year Isiah Warfield Sewickley Academy 6-4, Jr., guard 16.0 ppg last season Players to watch Daren DiMichele OLSH 6-1, Sr., G, 17.0 ppg Dusan Krivokopic Winchester Thurston 6-5, Jr., F, 20.6 ppg Jimmy Moon Serra Catholic 6-8, Sr., F, 16.1 ppg Dante Spadafora

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WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball breakdown
December 4, 2018
Class 3A Preseason Player of the Year Bella Burrelli, Neshannock 5-11, Sr., forward 17.9 ppg last season Players to watch Ariana Goitz, Shady Side Academy 5-6, Sr., G, 19.0 ppg Maura Huwalt, South Park 6-0, Sr., F, 13.0 ppg Amaia Johnson, East Allegheny 5-8, Jr., G/F, 12.2 ppg Karly McCutcheon,

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WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball breakdown
Class 3A Preseason Player of the Year Keeno Holmes, Lincoln Park 6-3, Sr., guard 23.0 ppg last season Players to watch Tyreek Davis, Avonworth 6-2, Sr., F, 15.7 ppg Isaac DeGregorio, North Catholic 5-10, Jr., G, 14.2 ppg Dan Etheridge, Washington 6-4, Sr., F, 16.8 ppg William Gipson, Aliquippa 6-4,

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WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball breakdown
December 3, 2018
Class 4A Preseason Player of the Year Kylee Lewandowski, North Catholic 6-1, Sr., guard 15.2 ppg last season Players to watch Mackenzie Amalia, Blackhawk 5-5, Jr., G, 17.0 ppg Mady Aulbach, Blackhawk 5-5, Sr., G, 16.0 ppg Tess Myers, North Catholic 5-10, Jr., G, 13.8 ppg Gillian Piccolino, Keystone Oaks

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WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball breakdown
Class 4A Preseason Player of the Year Johnny Crise, Highlands 6-7, Jr., forward 12.0 ppg last season Players to watch Danny Conlan, Quaker Valley 6-5, Sr., F, 12.0 ppg Aaron Hilzendeger, Ambridge 6-6, Sr., F, 19.2 ppg Jacob Johnson, Mt. Pleasant 6-2, Jr., G, 15.5 ppg Cam Nusser, Belle Vernon

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WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball breakdown
December 2, 2018
WPIAL Class 5A Preseason Player of the Year Megan McConnell Chartiers Valley 5-6, Jr., guard 19.0 ppg in 2017-18 Players to watch Adia Brisker Penn Hills 5-8, Sr., G, 13.2 ppg Jenna Clark Thomas Jefferson 5-7, Sr., G, 17.7 ppg Tai Johnson Mars 5-7, Sr., G, 18.4 ppg Tayonna Robertson

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WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball breakdown
WPIAL Class 5A Preseason Player of the Year Donovan Johnson Moon 6-6, Jr., guard 19.0 ppg last season Players to watch Michael Carmody Mars 6-6, Jr., F, 12.0 ppg Nick Leopold Franklin Regional 5-9, Sr., G, 12.0 ppg Jaden Nelson Montour 6-0, Sr., G, 12.0 ppg Joe Pipilo Chartiers Valley

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WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 1, 2018
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton, Butler 6-5, Jr., point guard 24.6 ppg last season Players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe 6-5, Sr., G, 20.9 ppg Reed Fenton, Latrobe 6-4, Sr., G, 22.0 ppg Ryan Meis, Bethel Park 6-0, Jr., G, 15.0 ppg Dan Petcash, Pine-Richland 6-4,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa, Peters Township 5-11, Sr., guard 22.9 ppg last season Players to watch Maria Cerro, Bethel Park 5-7, Jr., G, 13.9 ppg McKenna Gross, Seneca Valley 5-6, Sr., G, 15.1 ppg Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny 5-9, Sr., G, 15.3 ppg Isabella Mills,

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PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals preview capsule: State College vs. Pine-Richland
November 23, 2018
PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals State College (12-1) vs. Pine-Richland (10-2) 7 p.m. Saturday, Altoona's Mansion Park Coaches: Matt Lintal, State College; Eric Kasperowicz, Pine-Richland Winner plays: The winner of St. Joseph's Prep and Freedom in the PIAA semifinals Nov. 30 or Dec. 1. PIAA titles: State College 0; Pine-Richland 1

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WPIAL Class 2A championship preview capsule: South Side vs. Steel Valley
WPIAL Class 2A championship No. 8 South Side Beaver (10-3) vs. No. 3 Steel Valley (11-1) Noon Saturday, Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium On the air: KDKA-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Luke Travelpiece, South Side Beaver; Rod Steele, Steel Valley Winner plays: The winner of District 9

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PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal preview capsule: Cathedral Prep vs. South Fayette
November 22, 2018
PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals Cathedral Prep (10-3) vs. South Fayette (12-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Erie's Veteran Stadium On the air: 1450 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Mike Mischler, Cathedral Prep; Joe Rossi, South Fayette Winner plays: The winner of Bishop McDevitt and Berks Catholic in the PIAA semifinals Nov. 30 or Dec.

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WPIAL Class 4A final preview capsule: Thomas Jefferson vs. South Fayette
November 16, 2018
WPIAL Class 4A championship No. 1 Thomas Jefferson (11-0) vs. No. 2 South Fayette (11-1) 5 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 95.3 FM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Bill Cherpak, Thomas Jefferson; Joe Rossi, South Fayette Winner plays: The winner of District 1 champion Clearfield (12-0) and District

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WPIAL Class 3A final preview capsule: Aliquippa vs. Derry
WPIAL Class 3A championship No. 1 Aliquippa (11-1) vs. No. 2 Derry (11-1) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM, 107.1 FM, 97.3 FM, 1480 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Mike Warfield, Aliquippa; Tim Sweeney, Derry Winner plays: The winner gets a bye in

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WPIAL Class A football final capsule: Rochester vs. OLSH
WPIAL Class A championship No. 5 Rochester (11-1) vs. No. 3 OLSH (11-1) 11 a.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh the CW-TV; 1230 AM, 1460 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Coaches: Gene Matsook, Rochester; Dan Bradley, OLSH Winner plays: The winner gets a bye in the PIAA quarterfinals and will

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Quaker Valley, Shady Side Academy to meet for 3rd straight season in boys soccer final
November 2, 2018
Boys soccer WPIAL championship Class AA No. 1 Quaker Valley (18-3) vs. No. 11 Shady Side Academy (11-6-1) 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Andrew Marshall, Quaker Valley; Ed Ellsworth, Shady Side Academy Players to watch: Dom Reiter, Sr., F, Quaker Valley; Wally Navid, Sr., M, Shady Side Academy Corner

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Freedom, Bentworth set to face off for WPIAL Class A title
Girls soccer WPIAL championship Class A No. 1 Freedom (19-1) vs. No. 3 Bentworth (17-2) 11 a.m. Saturday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Colin Williams, Freedom; Tyler Hamstra, Bentworth Players to watch: Jayden Sharpless, Fr, F, Freedom; Jocelyn Timlin, Jr., F, Bentworth Corner kicks: For the first time since Class A was

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Mars, Oakland Catholic to play for WPIAL Class 3A girls soccer crown
November 1, 2018
Girls soccer WPIAL championship game Class AAA No. 1 Mars (18-0) vs. No. 2 Oakland Catholic (17-1) 6 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Blair Gerlach, Mars; Jim Earle, Oakland Catholic Players to watch: Ellie Coffield, So., M, Mars; Hannah Henn, So., F/M, Oakland Catholic Corner kicks: Mars is making its

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South Park, Hopewell set to face off in WPIAL Class AA girls soccer final
Girls soccer WPIAL championship game Class AA No. 1 South Park (18-2) vs. No. 2 Hopewell (15-1-1) 8 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium Coaches: Shelly Thropp, South Park; Bill Pfeifer, Hopewell Players to watch: Haleigh Finale, Jr., F, South Park; Raychel Speicher, Jr., F, Hopewell Corner kicks: Hopewell is riding a

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 10
Here's a look at four players to watch this week during the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs: Sean McGowan Bethel Park, Jr., RB/QB/S McGowan ran for 230 yards and a touchdown and also threw a 5-yard TD to Tiger Burkes during Bethel Park's 20-14 victory over Allegheny Eight Conference

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Defending champions Gateway, TJ, Jeannette draw top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 29, 2018
Three defending champions earned a No. 1 seed Monday night when the WPIAL released pairings for its postseason football playoffs at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree. Gateway (10-0) in Class 5A, Thomas Jefferson (9-0) in Class 4A and Jeannette (10-0) in Class A received the top seeds in their

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Sewickley Academy captures program’s 2nd PIAA girls tennis title
October 27, 2018
Members of the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team sat in the basement of the Hershey Racquet Club after a PIAA semifinal loss to Lower Moreland last fall. There was plenty of disappointment and some tears shed. There also was a resolution to return in 2018 and leave Hershey victorious. On

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WPIAL football don’t-miss matchups for Week 9
October 25, 2018
Here's a look at some don't-miss matchups in each classification for Week 9: Class 6A No. 5 Mt. Lebanon (4-5, 4-3) at No. 3 Central Catholic (7-2, 5-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Highmark Stadium On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Mt. Lebanon 34, Norwin 28; Central Catholic 35, Canon-McMillan 7 Coaches:

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball using last season’s early exit as motivation for playoffs
October 22, 2018
To say the members of the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team remember last season's first-round loss would be a drastic understatement. Apparently, it was, and is, motivation for success. andquot;They talked about it so much, and how they wanted to win the section again,andquot; GCC coach Courtney Stynchula said.

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch in Week 8: Zachary Benedek Elizabeth Forward, Sr., QB Benedek (6-1, 185) threw for 103 yards and a score and ran for 82 yards as Elizabeth Forward rolled to a 55-13 win over Mt. Pleasant. This season, he has scored

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WPIAL football players to watch in Week 7
October 10, 2018
Here's a look at four players to watch during Week 7 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania: Dayln Brickner Beaver Falls, Sr., WR/FS Brickner (5-11, 165) ran for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers rolled past Keystone Oaks in a Class 3A Tri-County West game last week.

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WPIAL high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 6
October 4, 2018
Here's a look at some key Week 6 high school football games in Western Pennsylvania: Class 6A Nonconference Class 5A No. 5 Upper St. Clair (5-1) at Class 6A No. 5 Mt. Lebanon (3-3) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mt. Lebanon Stadium On the air: 1320-AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Upper St.

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 6
October 3, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 6: Nate Alberts Elizabeth Forward, Sr, WR Alberts (6-2, 186) caught four passes for 105 yards and a touchdown as Elizabeth Forward improved to 5-0 with a win over No. 3 Derry last week. The No. 2 Warriors

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TribLIVE HSSN football players to watch for Week 5
September 26, 2018
Here are four players to watch for Week 5 in WPIAL high school football: Ryan Coe South Fayette, Sr., K/P Coe, a Temple recruit, is

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 4
September 19, 2018
Here are four WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 4: Mason Stahl, QB, Baldwin Baldwin is off to a 3-1 start, and

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Here are four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3: Dan Deabner Thomas Jefferson, Jr, WR/DB Deabner caught six passes for 200 yards, including

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 2
September 5, 2018
Here are four players to watch for Week 2 of high school football in Western Pa. Seth Morgan Mt. Lebanon, sr., QB Morgan completed 25

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WPIAL high school football players to watch for Week 1
August 29, 2018
Here's a look at players to watch for Week 1 in WPIAL high school football: Tyler Brennan North Hills, sr., RB Brennan scored five first-half

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Fort Cherry to rely on defense in move to Class 2A
August 23, 2018
In moving up to the Class 2A Three Rivers Conference, Fort Cherry coach Jim Shiel knows his team will have to be fundamentally sound on

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Here's a look at four WPIAL football players to watch for Week Zero. Joey Porter Jr. North Allegheny, sr., WR/DB The Tigers will kick off

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Talented skill players Fundy, Lincosky return to lead Beth-Center
August 20, 2018
The Class 2A Century Conference will have its share of offensive fireworks this season. Defending WPIAL champion Washington has dynamic playmakers, and Charleroi returns a

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Western Beaver goes through youth movement, jumps to Class 2A
August 17, 2018
Coach Matt Gray's answers were somewhat repetitive when discussing the 2018 Western Beaver football team. andquot;We're young.andquot; That response covered most of the positions for

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Returning skill players provide balance for New Brighton
August 16, 2018
With experienced and talented players returning at all the skill positions, New Brighton coach Joe Greco has high expectations for the 2018 season. Led by

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Freedom to feature new look under Russ Barley
Now the man in charge of Freedom's football team, Russ Barley is making some changes. A Bulldogs assistant coach the past two seasons, he took

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Brownsville adjusts to 3rd football coach in as many seasons
The Brownsville football team is under the guidance of its third head coach in as many seasons, but the new man in charge has been

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Burgettstown looks to maintain momentum after 1st playoff win in 40 years
Burgettstown celebrated the program's first WPIAL playoff win in 40 years last fall with a 31-28 triumph over Neshannock. To reach the postseason for a

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Skill players return as South Side Beaver moves into new conference
With nine starters returning on both sides of the ball, expectations are high for the South Side Beaver football team this fall. The Rams took

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Members of the TribLive High School Sports Network's WPIAL Preseason All-Star Team stand for a photo Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Kennywood Park.
TribLive HSSN WPIAL Preseason All-Star team honored at Kennywood Park
July 24, 2018
Billed as the best Western Pennsylvania has to offer for the upcoming season, many WPIAL champions were recognized Tuesday when the annual TribLive High School

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Brentwood's Tia Cermina competes against Frazier's Kara Mastowski in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round softball game May 14, 2018.
Frazier looks to defend WPIAL Class 2A softball title against Laurel
May 29, 2018
WPIAL Class 2A No. 1 Frazier (16-5) vs. No. 6 Laurel (12-3) Noon Wednesday at Seton Hill Frazier Coach: Don Hartman Projected lineup 3B, Kathryn

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The Latrobe softball team celebrates after defeating Baldwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game May 23, 2018, at Boyce-Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair.
Latrobe headed back to WPIAL softball finals after shutting out Baldwin
May 23, 2018
Members of the Latrobe coaching staff call junior catcher Makayla Munchinski andquot;the Shepherd.andquot; andquot;They are instructed by that shepherd's voice,andquot; Wildcats softball coach Rick Kozusko

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Pine-Richland, Hampton earn top seeds for WPIAL girls lacrosse playoffs
May 11, 2018
Like their boys lacrosse counterparts, the Pine-Richland girls earned the top seed for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, when the postseason pairings were revealed Friday.

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL softball playoffs
May 10, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL softball playoffs. Class 6A Favorite: Two-time defending PIAA champion Hempfield showed some kinks in its armor this season

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Mars' Lauren Wasylson drives past Armstrong's Kenzie Lasher during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship preview: Mars vs. Archbishop Wood
March 27, 2018
Class 5A girls Mars (23-6) vs. Archbishop Wood (22-7) 6 p.m. Wednesday, Giant Center, Hershey On the air: PCN-TV Coaches: Dana Petruska, Mars; Mike McDonald,

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Bishop Canevin's Bri Allen is congratulated by head coach Scott Dibble after beating East Allegheny in a PIAA Class 3A semifinal playoff game Monday, March 19, 2018, at Gateway.
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship preview: Bishop Canevin vs. Neumann-Goretti
March 25, 2018
Class 3A girls Bishop Canevin (24-4) vs. Neumann-Goretti (21-7) 6 p.m. Thursday, Giant Center, Hershey On the air: PCN-TV Coaches: Scott Dibble, Bishop Canevin; Andrea

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Pine-Richland baseball coach Kurt Wolfe prepares his team for the upcoming 2018 season during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
WPIAL baseball preview: Teams set to begin quests for championships
March 23, 2018
Though the snow on the ground may disagree, it's spring in Western Pennsylvania and high school baseball season got underway Friday. Pine-Richland (Class 6A), Latrobe

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Mt. Pleasant's Chloe Poulich returns a ground ball to first base during team softball practice Friday, March 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant High School softball field.
WPIAL softball preview: District champions ready to retain titles
March 22, 2018
The WPIAL softball season will officially begin Friday, and Hempfield (Class 6A), West Allegheny (5A), Belle Vernon (4A), Ellwood City (3A), Frazier (2A) and West

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WPIAL Class 5A, 3A girls wrap up semifinals in Wednesday’s 3 games to watch
February 27, 2018
The final night of WPIAL girls basketball semifinals will be contested Wednesday, with championship game berths on the line for Class 5A and Class 3A.

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Semifinals get underway for Class 4A, 2A in Monday’s 3 girls games to watch
February 25, 2018
The WPIAL girls basketball semifinals will get underway Monday night with games at Moon, Geneva, Northgate and Peters Township. Teams in Class 4A and Class

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Breaking down the 2018 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
February 13, 2018
Here's a breakdown of the 2018 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs: Class 6A Favorite: North Allegheny established itself as the team to beat from the start

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Phillips wins 1st WPIAL rifle title for Waynesburg
February 8, 2018
Selena Phillips sought perfection and achieved it. In the process, she made history for Waynesburg Central High School. Phillips shot a perfect score of 200-20x

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Western Pennsylvania student-athletes sign national letters of intent
February 7, 2018
A winter weather storm and subsequent school postponements and cancellations have limited the number of posed signing day photo today, national signing day. But several

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Mars' Cade Hetzler steals the ball from Moon's Austin Ryan during their game Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Mars Area High School in Adams.
Friday high school basketball games postponed around Western Pennsylvania
January 12, 2018
With a winter storm in the forecast tonight, boys and girls basketball games around Western Pennsylvania have been postponed. Here's a look at games that

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Shaler poses with the Class AAA champion's trophy at the WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Hempfield High School
Hempfield to host WPIAL competitive spirit championships Saturday
January 5, 2018
Shaler, Elizabeth Forward and Bishop Canevin will be looking to defend their titles Saturday at the sixth annual WPIAL competitive spirit championships at Hempfield. Thirty-three

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec named state’s Class 6A Player of the Year
December 18, 2017
It's been more than a week since Pine-Richland's football team celebrated a PIAA Class 6A championship on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium, but the celebration

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Gateway wrestler Caleb Lahmen (right) wins his first match during the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestlers kick off season at host Eastern Area tournament
December 10, 2017
The Gateway wrestling team kicked off the season over the weekend by hosting the annual Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The Gators finished 19th out

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Monessen's Lyndon Henderson calls a play during a scrimmage against Greensburg Salem Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Monessen High School.
WPIAL Class A boys basketball players to watch
December 7, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Tre'von Charles Union 5-10, Sr., guard 17.1 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Darrius Davis Propel Andrew Street 6-2, So.,

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Winchester Thurston's Ayanna Townsend (22) grabs a rebound late in the game against Riverview during their PIAA Class A playoff play-in game at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
WPIAL Class A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Ayanna Townsend (above) Winchester Thurston 6-2, Sr., center 18.6 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Taylor Kirschner Quigley Catholic 5-8,

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Sewickley Academy's Nate Ridgeway tries to get around an Our Lady of the Sacred Heart player during the WPIAL 2A boys basketball championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball players to watch
December 6, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Nate Ridgeway (above) Sewickley Academy 6-6, Jr., forward 17.3 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Ryhan Culberson Fort Cherry 6-4,

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Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson scores over Vincentian's Tess Belko during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball championship Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Alexa Williamson Chartiers-Houston 6-2, Sr., center 21.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Caroline Elliott Vincentian Academy 5-10, Sr., G/F,

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball players to watch
December 5, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year TJ Banks East Allegheny 6-5, Sr., forward 16.0 ppg in 2017-18 Players to watch Deoveon Crute Aliquippa 6-3, Sr., F.,

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East Allegheny's Amani Johnson
WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball players to watch
Preseason Player of the Year Amani Johnson East Allegheny 5-5, Sr., guard 31.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Brionna Allen Bishop Canevin 5-7, Sr.,

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Butler's Ethan Morton pumps his fist after sinking a three pointer during the WPIAL Boys Class 6A Basketball Championship game at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 2, 2017
Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton Butler 6-5, So., point guard 14.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Carson Cohen Fox Chapel 6-2, Sr.,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa Peters Township 5-11, Jr., guard 16.5 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Laura Graytok Latrobe 5-7, Sr., G,

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec throws a pass during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Central Catholic Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 6A semifinals primer: Pine-Richland vs. Manheim Township
December 1, 2017
Class 6A Pine-Richland (14-0) vs. Manheim Township (12-1) 1 p.m. Saturday, Mansion Park, Altoona On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Coaches: Eric Kasperowicz, Pine-Richland; Mark Evans, Manheim

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Jeannette's Seth Howard (8) is upended at the end of a run against Imani Christian during the WPIAL 1A Championship on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 at Robert Morris University.
PIAA Class A semifinals primer: Jeannette vs. Farrell
November 30, 2017
Class A Jeannette (13-1) vs. Farrell (11-2) 7 p.m. Friday, Seneca Valley On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 107.1-FM Coaches: Roy Hall, Jeannette; Jarrett Samuels, Farrell How

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Washington's Nick Welsh carries against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic during the first quarter of a WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
PIAA Class 2A semifinals primer: Washington vs. Wilmington
Class 2A Washington (13-0) vs. Wilmington (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Slippery Rock University On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 1450-AM Coaches: Mike Bosnic, Washington; Terry Verrelli, Wilmington

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Quaker Valley's Isaiah McNair (2) looks for some running room against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at North Hills.
PIAA Class 3A semifinals primer: Quaker Valley vs. Sharon
Class 3A Quaker Valley (12-1) vs. Sharon (10-3) 7 p.m. Friday, Martorelli Stadium, North Hills On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 1230-AM, 1460-AM Coaches: Quaker Valley, Jerry

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a touchdown pass, as Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
PIAA Class 5A semifinals primer: Gateway vs. Manheim Central
Class 5A Gateway (13-1) vs. Manheim Central (13-0) 7 p.m. Friday, Mansion Park, Altoona On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Coaches: Gateway, Don Holl; Manheim Central: Dave

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Washington's Nick Welsh scores past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Cameron Branch during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class AA semifinal Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
WPIAL Class 2A championship primer: Steel Valley vs. Washington
November 24, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 2A No. 1 Steel Valley (11-0) vs. No. 2 Washington (12-0) 6 p.m. Saturday, Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium On

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Imani Christian's Samuel Fairley catches a touchdown pass over Jeannette's Jackson Pruitt during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
WPIAL Class A championship primer: Jeannette vs. Imani Christian
WPIAL football championship primer Class A No. 3 Jeannette (12-1) vs. No. 4 Imani Christian (11-2) Noon Saturday, Robert Morris' Joe Walton Stadium On the

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Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman picks up a first down, as Montour's Jake Tomas defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football championship central: The Trib is live at Heinz Field
November 18, 2017
Welcome to Heinz Field, site of a quartet of 2017 WPIAL football championship games throughout the day Saturday. Follow along for game updates from the

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss (13) celebrates his touchdown against Seton LaSalle during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at North Hills.
WPIAL Class 3A championship primer: Aliquippa vs. Quaker Valley
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa (12-0) vs. No. 2 Quaker Valley (11-1) 11 a.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Thomas Jefferson's Justin Vigna get past Belle Vernon Area's Kirk Polelas in the second quarter during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
WPIAL Class 4A championship primer: Thomas Jefferson vs. Montour
WPIAL football championship primer Class 4A No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (10-1) vs. No. 4 Montour (9-2) 8 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Penn-Trafford's Caleb Lisbon (10) is tripped up by Upper St. Clair's Matt Kissinger (20) but not before scoring a touchdown during a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
WPIAL Class 5A championship primer: Penn-Trafford vs. Gateway
WPIAL football championship primer Class 5A No. 1 Penn-Trafford (11-1) vs. No. 2 Gateway (11-1) 5 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com; 107.1-FM/ATandamp;T

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Area student-athletes attend WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit
November 9, 2017
Student-athletes from more than 100 high schools in Western Pennsylvania attended the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Thursday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center

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Mars’ Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.
Western Pennsylvania athletes sign national letters of intent during early-signing period
November 8, 2017
Wednesday was the start of the week-long early-signing period for high school athletes competing in all sports except football, soccer and boys water polo. Here's

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Pine-Richland's Kenny White makes a cut against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
WPIAL releases football playoff pairings
October 30, 2017
Five teams that finished the regular season undefeated earned No. 1 seeds Monday night, when the WPIAL football committee announced pairings for the playoffs at

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WPIAL sends 3 teams to PIAA tennis semifinals
October 28, 2017
Either North Allegheny or Mt. Lebanon will play for a PIAA girls tennis championship in Hershey on Saturday. The top two WPIAL teams in Class

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Elizabeth Colecchia (6) passes the ball against Trinity Christian on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Westmoreland volleyball teams learn WPIAL playoff foes
October 23, 2017
Girls volleyball section champions from Westmoreland County will face a tough road during the WPIAL playoffs. Four teams that finished first or tied for first

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Penn-Trafford's Austin Kreutzberger (7) against Penn Hills' Jesse Ternent (14) during a preseason scrimmage on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
Breaking down the 2017 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 18, 2017
CLASS 4A Favorite: Peters Township is the only unbeaten team in Class 4A and for good reason; the Indians are loaded with talent. They have

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WPIAL releases boys, girls soccer playoff pairings
The Highway to Highmark is about to be well-traveled. The WPIAL released pairings for the postseason boys and girls soccer tournaments on Wednesday afternoon. Peters

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Ligonier Valley players run through a drill during a pre-season workout on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at Ligonier Valley Stadium.
High school football conference preview: District 6 Heritage
August 23, 2017
The favorite Ligonier Valley (14-1 overall, 9-0 Heritage in 2016) After breezing through the Heritage Conference in 2016, is Ligonier Valley poised for a repeat

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Big Seven
August 22, 2017
The favorite Rochester (11-1 overall, 8-0 Big Seven in 2016) Rochester rolled to 11 straight victories before falling to Jeannette, 30-20, in the WPIAL semifinals

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Mikey Blainefield, head coach for Monessen football, goes over plays with his team at Monessen High School on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class A Tri-County South
August 21, 2017
The favorite Fort Cherry (9-2 overall, 6-1 Tri-County South in 2016) The Tri-County South runner-up last season, Fort Cherry returns a talented offensive attack that

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 2A Midwestern Athletic
August 18, 2017
The favorite Neshannock (12-2 overall, 7-0 Midwestern in 2016) Reigning conference champion Neshannock is looking to turn the page after having a special season halted

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Steel Valley's Todd Hill fires out to hit the sled during practice on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 2A Three Rivers
August 17, 2017
The favorite Steel Valley (15-0 overall, 7-0 Three Rivers in 2016) The Steel Valley football team was unbeatable last season and dominating en route to

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Derry quarterback Ryan Polinsky, fakes the handoff to Shawn Broadway, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Interstate
August 16, 2017
The favorite South Park (5-5 overall, 5-2 Interstate in 2016) The Eagles were a streaky team a season ago, losing four straight early in the

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Aliquippa quarterback Kwantel Raines sneaks into the end zone to score a 1-yard touchdown during the third quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 3A Beaver Valley
August 14, 2017
The favorite Aliquippa (10-3 overall, 5-1 Beaver Valley in 2016) Aliquippa's success is unmatched in the modern era of WPIAL football. The Quips have made

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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.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Big 9
August 13, 2017
The favorite Thomas Jefferson (12-1 overall, 8-0 Big 9 in 2016) Thomas Jefferson has become a regular visitor to Heinz Field, claiming seven WPIAL titles,

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South Fayette's Drew Saxton throws the ball downfield to a receiver during the game against Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A Week Zero matchup at South Fayette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Northwest Nine
August 12, 2017
The favorite South Fayette (10-1 overall, 8-0 Northwest Nine in 2016) South Fayette rode a high-powered offense to an undefeated regular season and Northwest Nine

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South Fayette's Drew Saxton throws the ball downfield to a receiver during the game against Central Valley in the WPIAL Class 4A Week Zero matchup at South Fayette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
WPIAL football conference preview: Class 4A Northwest Nine
The favorite South Fayette (10-1 overall, 8-0 Northwest Nine in 2016) South Fayette rode a high-powered offense to an undefeated regular season and Northwest Nine

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 5A Allegheny 9
August 10, 2017
The favorite West Allegheny (13-1 overall, 8-0 Allegheny 9 in 2016) Though standout skill players Kenny White (Pine-Richland), a Division I-bound defensive back, and all-conference WR Brandon Lipford (Montour) transferred and six other first-team all-conference players graduated, the defending WPIAL Class 5A champion Indians have plenty of talent remaining. Back

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Southeastern
August 9, 2017
The favorite Mt. Lebanon (7-4 overall, 5-1 Southeastern in 2016) Bolstered by a pair of Division I-bound linemen and a 2,000-yard passer, Mt. Lebanon has the talent to defend its Southeastern Conference title. The Blue Devils will be led by Colgate recruit Coleman Coco and fellow lineman Colby Sorsdal, who

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Northern Seven
August 8, 2017
The favorite Pine-Richland (7-5 overall, 4-2 Northern Seven in 2016) After losing to Central in the semifinals last season, the Rams are poised to rebound in a big way, with nine starters back on both sides of the ball. Led by one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland

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