Author: Charles Curti


Chartiers Valley pitcher Ryan Sharp is among the team’s top returning players.
Chartiers Valley, Carlynton, Bishop Canevin baseball teams hitting pause
March 20, 2020
With the spread of coronavirus putting all levels of sports on hold across the globe, Chartiers Valley baseball coach Curt Cairns summed it up best when asked what his players are doing to get ready for the season — if it happens.

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Carlynton’s Dequay Canton is the top returning Class AA sprinter in the state.
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley track and field expect to have good seasons
March 19, 2020
Good news for Carlynton’s athletic programs spells bad news — at least in the short term — for the Cougars’ track and field team.

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Bishop Canevin’s Bella DeMark scores behind Greensburg Central Catholic’s Anna Vitale during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Signal Item softball preview: Teams hoping to improve on last season’s performance
March 14, 2020
As softball season nears, the three Carnegie-area teams are focused on making the playoffs.

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Christopher Beatty, a sophomore at Chartiers Valley, won the Section 4-AAA title at 145 pounds.
After illness kept him from WPIALs last season, CV wrestler Beatty relishes 2nd chance
February 27, 2020
Regardless of his results at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships, Christopher Beatty already was a winner.

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Chase Brandebura of Carlynton wrestles Laurel’s Colin Bartley (bottom) in the 106 weight class Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in the WPIAL individual wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Carlynton freshman Brandebura hopes WPIAL wrestling title is just the beginning
February 21, 2020
When Chase Brandebura returned from the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships, he set down his gold medal and collapsed into bed. At some point, he said, he will find a special place in his room to display it.

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Bishop Canevin’s Dom Elliott puts up a shot during a drill Nov. 26, 2019, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin boys hope to continue historic season with deep playoff run
February 13, 2020
There probably aren’t many people as invested in the Bishop Canevin boys basketball program as second-year coach Geno Palmosina. He was a ballboy for the Crusaders in his youth, then played for them as a high-schooler.

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Chartiers Valley junior guard Brayden Reynolds leads the team in scoring at 19 points per game.
Chartiers Valley boys basketball piles up wins but searches for perfect game
January 30, 2020
Nobody is perfect. That hasn’t stopped the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team’s pursuit of that elusive ideal.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (center) celebrates with teammate Megan McConnell during a recent victory over Moon.
Chartiers Valley girls basketball player Aislin Malcolm shows poise beyond years
January 23, 2020
If Aislin Malcolm had any ideas about going through high school as a two-sport athlete, they were quashed at an early age.

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Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice takes part in practice Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice goes from role player to reliable scorer
January 16, 2020
When Alyssa Pollice transferred from Seton LaSalle to Bishop Canevin last season, she gave the Crusaders girls basketball team something every team needs: that player who does the dirty work. Defense, rebounding and intangibles that don’t show up in the scorebook were her calling card.

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Senior Luke Vaughn (left) and sophomore Greg Kraemer (right) are two of three Chartiers Valley hockey players tied for the team lead with eight goals.
Offense catching up to defense as Chartiers Valley hockey hopes for strong 2nd half
January 2, 2020
With only three returning varsity players, Chartiers Valley hockey coach Paul Bonetti thought his team might be in for a challenging season. When the Colts dropped their first two games, it looked as though his suspicions were confirmed.

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Carlynton junior swimmer Natali Lutsiv was part of two relay teams that earned medals at the WPIAL championships last season.
Carlynton multi-sport athlete Natali Lutsiv brings versatility to swimming pool
December 26, 2019
During her years as an athlete at Carlynton, junior Natali Lutsiv has proven to be a versatile performer.

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Chartiers Valley swimmer Erik Tagg finished 17th in the 500 freestyle at WPIALs last season.
Carlynton swimmers eye another section title with Chartiers Valley in pursuit
December 20, 2019
The Carlynton swimming team entered the season having won three consecutive section titles for boys and girls. Chartiers Valley is seen as the team most likely to challenge the Cougars, particularly on the girls side.

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Carlynton wrestlers Eddie Huehn (from left), Bryce Rodriguez, Collin Milko and Chase Brandebura earned medals at the Chartiers-Houston tournament.
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley expect to send several wreslters to WPIALs
December 12, 2019
Jesse Valentine and Bill Evans are good friends. Both are wrestling coaches — Valentine at Carlynton and Evans at Chartiers Valley — and they have kids who wrestle together.

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Carlynton’s Jada Lee goes in for a layup.
Signal Item girls basketball preview: Division I players give teams high hopes
December 5, 2019
The Carnegie-area girls basketball teams were 3-for-3 in playoff berths last season. Chartiers Valley topped the list, going undefeated (30-0) and winning WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A titles. Carlynton went 19-5 and advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals. Bishop Canevin (23-4) went undefeated in Section 3-2A and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and the second round of states.

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Bishop Canevin’s Nathan Kirsch looks to make a pass during a drill.
Taking next step on minds of Chartiers Valley, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton boys basketball
November 28, 2019
The Chartiers Valley boys basketball team, under first-year coach Brandon Sensor, came within a game of playing for the WPIAL Class 5A title last season.

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Chartiers Valley Maclain Zajicek (center) has contributed to the success of Three Rivers Rowing Associaiton in just her first year in the sport.
Chartiers Valley senior Maclain Zajicek makes quick rise as rower
November 22, 2019
That Maclain Zajicek chose to pursue athletics came as no surprise. As the youngest of six siblings, she watched her brothers and sister excel at Chartiers Valley:

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Bishop Canevin’s Abbie Maziarz spikes over Fort Cherry’s Allie McKean during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship match. The Crusaders won 3-1 for their third consecutive title.
Strong senior class, young players help Bishop Canevin volleyball 3-peat
November 7, 2019
For the third season in a row, the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team saw its season end abruptly in the first round of the PIAA Class A tournament. Bishop Carroll defeated the Crusaders in four sets last Tuesday.

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Bishop Canevin sophomores Erin LaQuatra and Trey Varley qualified for the PIAA meet during the WPIAL championships Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Varley, LaQuatra, Kozy follow siblings’ lead to PIAA cross country championships
October 31, 2019
When it comes to playing sports, a younger sibling usually follows in the footsteps of the older. Bishop Canevin sophomore Trey Varley took the opposite route.

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Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini looks on as players participate in a drill during practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Carlynton football team sees progress despite rough season
October 24, 2019
When Rich Piccinnini took over the Carlynton football program during the most recent offseason, he wasn’t expecting miracles. The Cougars, after all, had almost no success on which to build.

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Carlynton’s Timmy Smith (18) is congratulated by Mark Phillips (8) after scoring against Aquinas Academy October 8, 2019 at Wildwood Sports Complex.
Carlynton boys soccer wins section title, exceeds coach’s expectations
October 10, 2019
There is a lot of soccer talk in the Showman household. Understandable, considering Nick Showman coaches the Carlynton boys team.

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Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reached the 1,000 career kills milestone on Sept. 26.
Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reaches milestone, eyes PIAA volleyball title
October 3, 2019
Seeing Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy step onto a volleyball court, it would be easy to assume she is a defensive specialist. Her 5-foot-6 frame — maybe 5-7, if you ask coach Kevin Walters — looks the part.

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Finding right mix puts Bishop Canevin girls soccer squarely in playoff race
September 26, 2019
As the Bishop Canevin girls soccer team prepared to open the season, coach Pat Egan was sure of two things: His group of returning players would be motivated by last fall’s first-round playoff loss, and they would need help from younger players to be a factor in the 2019 postseason.

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Carlynton’s Spencer Putman returns a serve during a match against Vincentian Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Settler’s Cabin Park.
Carlynton girls tennis starting over, focusing on fun, learning
September 5, 2019
A 5-0 loss in the season-opener never is cause for celebration. But regardless of what the scoresheet said after the Sept. 4 match against Vincentian Academy, members of the Carlynton girls tennis team could walk away satisfied.

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Carlynton boys cross country runners Michael Kozy and Desmond Corrado.
Signal Item cross country preview: Young runners get chance to shine
August 29, 2019
Cross country season opens with many of the Carnegie-area teams looking to replace their top runners. The good news? Most of the teams were young last season and have plenty of experience coming back.

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Carlynton, Canevin, Chartiers Valley volleyball teams seek return to playoffs
August 22, 2019
One is coming off a WPIAL title. Two others are pursuing a championship after seasons in which they qualified for the playoffs. A look at the three area girls volleyball teams:

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Chartiers Valley freshman Madison Crump participates in a team drill Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
Canevin, Chartiers Valley, Carlynton girls soccer teams look to stay on track for playoffs
The 2018 season brought mixed results for the three area girls soccer teams. Only one, Bishop Canevin, qualified for the playoffs. Carlynton narrowly missed, and Chartiers Valley struggled in a tough section.

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Mapletown senior athlete Alex Lipscomb during a preseason practice Aug. 8, 2019, at Mapletown High School.
Coach: ‘This is not the same Mapletown football team’
August 20, 2019
In his 39 years as a high school football coach — most of them spent as the head man at Mapletown — George Messich has seen plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. Last season was too much of the latter.

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Jefferson-Morgan sophomore Colt Fowler during a July 25, 2019 preseason practice at Jefferson-Morgan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan football team relies on competition to improve
Competition for playing time tends to bring out the best in everyone. Young or less-experienced players give their all to make coaches take notice, and established players, in turn, step up their game to avoid losing playing time.

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Avella Eagles’ Brian Humensky runs a drill during a July 15, 2019 preseason workout at Avella High School.
Short-handed Avella football team returns experienced skill group
The conversation has taken place many times over the past decade. Avella football coach Ryan Cecchini, in his ninth season, and longtime Mapletown coach George Messich often talk numbers — or lack thereof.

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Derek Moye works out his receivers during Western Beaver’s "heat week" practice Thursday, Aug. 8, 2018.
Derek Moye eager to guide Western Beaver football team
August 19, 2019
Derek Moye is short on football coaching experience. His only job as a coach, in fact, was last season when he oversaw the receivers at PIAA Class 3A champion Aliquippa.

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Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini talks to players during practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Piccinini out to change culture for Carlynton football
Rich Piccinini is one of the few football coaches in the WPIAL who knows what it is like to be in the playoffs with Carlynton. He was the Cougars’ offensive coordinator in 2001, the last time the team qualified for the postseason.

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Chartiers Valley quarterback Griffin Beatte rolls out to pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
Chartiers Valley eyes improvement in Knause’s 3rd season at helm
August 16, 2019
This season marks Year 3 of Dan Knause’s tenure as Chartiers Valley’s football coach. Knause is hoping this also marks the season the Colts break through.

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Derek Moye works out his receivers during Western Beaver’s "heat week" practice Thursday, Aug. 8, 2018.
Penn State, Rochester product Derek Moye takes over Western Beaver
August 10, 2019
Derek Moye walked into the office of Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook to check on preparations for the upcoming football season. Moye was informed some equipment had arrived, and Matsook presented him with a large cardboard box.

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Signal Item boys soccer preview: After playoff seasons, teams look to take next step
July 29, 2019
The boys soccer teams at Chartiers Valley, Carlynton and Bishop Canevin started the 2018 season with the goal of making the playoffs. Mission accomplished.

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North Catholic’s Josh Ball (left) tries to block a hit from Bishop Canevin’s Matthew Menosky.
Volleyball changes from annoyance to passion for Bishop Canevin’s Matt Menosky
May 9, 2019
When Steve Menosky coached his daughters, Michelina Campanella and Julia Menosky, in volleyball, he often would have young son Matt tag along. More accurately, Matt Menosky would be dragged to the court kicking and screaming.

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Bishop Canevin’s Meadow Lokaitis prepares to take a swing during a matchup with Sewickley Academy on April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
Differences aside, Lokaitis sisters make formidable combo for Bishop Canevin softball
April 18, 2019
Siblings bicker. They get under each other’s skin and on each other’s nerves.

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North Catholic’s Josh Ball (left) tries to block a hit from Bishop Canevin’s Matthew Menosky on April 1, 2019, at Bishop Canevin.
Menosky leads more well-rounded roster for Bishop Canevin volleyball
April 4, 2019
Now in his third season as coach of the Bishop Canevin boys volleyball team, Pete Barakat isn’t quite ready to declare he has a “program” in place.

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Chartiers Valley, Carlynton, Bishop Canevin softball have reasons for optimism
March 15, 2019
Bishop Canevin was the lone area team to make the WPIAL softball playoffs last season. This season, the Crusaders will try to make another run with a roster that looks very different.

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Chartiers Valley sophomore Grace Janas competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Carlynton girls send Kozy, 2 relays to state swimming meet; Chartiers Valley makes headway
March 7, 2019
Heading into the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, the Carlynton girls wanted to finish in the top 10. Senior Katie Kozy said, more specifically, the Cougars wanted to finish ninth or better.

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Chartiers Valley pitcher Ryan Sharp is among the team’s top returning players.
Chartiers Valley, Carlynton, Bishop Canevin baseball teams hitting pause
March 20, 2020
With the spread of coronavirus putting all levels of sports on hold across the globe, Chartiers Valley baseball coach Curt Cairns summed it up best when asked what his players are doing to get ready for the season — if it happens.

Read More...

Carlynton’s Dequay Canton is the top returning Class AA sprinter in the state.
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley track and field expect to have good seasons
March 19, 2020
Good news for Carlynton’s athletic programs spells bad news — at least in the short term — for the Cougars’ track and field team.

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Bella DeMark scores behind Greensburg Central Catholic’s Anna Vitale during first round WPIAL A Softball action at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Signal Item softball preview: Teams hoping to improve on last season’s performance
March 14, 2020
As softball season nears, the three Carnegie-area teams are focused on making the playoffs.

Read More...

Christopher Beatty, a sophomore at Chartiers Valley, won the Section 4-AAA title at 145 pounds.
After illness kept him from WPIALs last season, CV wrestler Beatty relishes 2nd chance
February 27, 2020
Regardless of his results at the WPIAL Class AAA wrestling championships, Christopher Beatty already was a winner.

Read More...

Chase Brandebura of Carlynton wrestles Laurel’s Colin Bartley (bottom) in the 106 weight class Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in the WPIAL individual wrestling championship at Canon-McMillan High School.
Carlynton freshman Brandebura hopes WPIAL wrestling title is just the beginning
February 21, 2020
When Chase Brandebura returned from the WPIAL Class AA wrestling championships, he set down his gold medal and collapsed into bed. At some point, he said, he will find a special place in his room to display it.

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Dom Elliott puts up a shot during a drill Nov. 26, 2019, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin boys hope to continue historic season with deep playoff run
February 13, 2020
There probably aren’t many people as invested in the Bishop Canevin boys basketball program as second-year coach Geno Palmosina. He was a ballboy for the Crusaders in his youth, then played for them as a high-schooler.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley junior guard Brayden Reynolds leads the team in scoring at 19 points per game.
Chartiers Valley boys basketball piles up wins but searches for perfect game
January 30, 2020
Nobody is perfect. That hasn’t stopped the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team’s pursuit of that elusive ideal.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (center) celebrates with teammate Megan McConnell during a recent victory over Moon.
Chartiers Valley girls basketball player Aislin Malcolm shows poise beyond years
January 23, 2020
If Aislin Malcolm had any ideas about going through high school as a two-sport athlete, they were quashed at an early age.

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice takes part in practice Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice goes from role player to reliable scorer
January 16, 2020
When Alyssa Pollice transferred from Seton LaSalle to Bishop Canevin last season, she gave the Crusaders girls basketball team something every team needs: that player who does the dirty work. Defense, rebounding and intangibles that don’t show up in the scorebook were her calling card.

Read More...

Senior Luke Vaughn (left) and sophomore Greg Kraemer (right) are two of three Chartiers Valley hockey players tied for the team lead with eight goals.
Offense catching up to defense as Chartiers Valley hockey hopes for strong 2nd half
January 2, 2020
With only three returning varsity players, Chartiers Valley hockey coach Paul Bonetti thought his team might be in for a challenging season. When the Colts dropped their first two games, it looked as though his suspicions were confirmed.

Read More...

Carlynton junior swimmer Natali Lutsiv was part of two relay teams that earned medals at the WPIAL championships last season.
Carlynton multi-sport athlete Natali Lutsiv brings versatility to swimming pool
December 26, 2019
During her years as an athlete at Carlynton, junior Natali Lutsiv has proven to be a versatile performer.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley swimmer Erik Tagg finished 17th in the 500 freestyle at WPIALs last season.
Carlynton swimmers eye another section title with Chartiers Valley in pursuit
December 20, 2019
The Carlynton swimming team entered the season having won three consecutive section titles for boys and girls. Chartiers Valley is seen as the team most likely to challenge the Cougars, particularly on the girls side.

Read More...

Carlynton wrestlers Eddie Huehn (from left), Bryce Rodriguez, Collin Milko and Chase Brandebura earned medals at the Chartiers-Houston tournament.
Carlynton, Chartiers Valley expect to send several wreslters to WPIALs
December 12, 2019
Jesse Valentine and Bill Evans are good friends. Both are wrestling coaches — Valentine at Carlynton and Evans at Chartiers Valley — and they have kids who wrestle together.

Read More...

Carlynton’s Jada Lee goes in for a layup.
Signal Item girls basketball preview: Division I players give teams high hopes
December 5, 2019
The Carnegie-area girls basketball teams were 3-for-3 in playoff berths last season. Chartiers Valley topped the list, going undefeated (30-0) and winning WPIAL and PIAA Class 5A titles. Carlynton went 19-5 and advanced to the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals. Bishop Canevin (23-4) went undefeated in Section 3-2A and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals and the second round of states.

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Bishop Canevin’s Nathan Kirsch looks to make a pass during a drill.
Taking next step on minds of Chartiers Valley, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton boys basketball
November 28, 2019
The Chartiers Valley boys basketball team, under first-year coach Brandon Sensor, came within a game of playing for the WPIAL Class 5A title last season.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley Maclain Zajicek (center) has contributed to the success of Three Rivers Rowing Associaiton in just her first year in the sport.
Chartiers Valley senior Maclain Zajicek makes quick rise as rower
November 22, 2019
That Maclain Zajicek chose to pursue athletics came as no surprise. As the youngest of six siblings, she watched her brothers and sister excel at Chartiers Valley:

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Abbie Maziarz spikes over Fort Cherry’s Allie McKean during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship match. The Crusaders won 3-1 for their third consecutive title.
Strong senior class, young players help Bishop Canevin volleyball 3-peat
November 7, 2019
For the third season in a row, the Bishop Canevin girls volleyball team saw its season end abruptly in the first round of the PIAA Class A tournament. Bishop Carroll defeated the Crusaders in four sets last Tuesday.

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Bishop Canevin sophomores Erin LaQuatra and Trey Varley qualified for the PIAA meet during the WPIAL championships Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Varley, LaQuatra, Kozy follow siblings’ lead to PIAA cross country championships
October 31, 2019
When it comes to playing sports, a younger sibling usually follows in the footsteps of the older. Bishop Canevin sophomore Trey Varley took the opposite route.

Read More...

Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini looks on as players participate in a drill during practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Carlynton football team sees progress despite rough season
October 24, 2019
When Rich Piccinnini took over the Carlynton football program during the most recent offseason, he wasn’t expecting miracles. The Cougars, after all, had almost no success on which to build.

Read More...

Carlynton’s Timmy Smith (18) is congratulated by Mark Phillips (8) after scoring against Aquinas Academy October 8, 2019 at Wildwood Sports Complex.
Carlynton boys soccer wins section title, exceeds coach’s expectations
October 10, 2019
There is a lot of soccer talk in the Showman household. Understandable, considering Nick Showman coaches the Carlynton boys team.

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reached the 1,000 career kills milestone on Sept. 26.
Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy reaches milestone, eyes PIAA volleyball title
October 3, 2019
Seeing Bishop Canevin’s Alexa Malloy step onto a volleyball court, it would be easy to assume she is a defensive specialist. Her 5-foot-6 frame — maybe 5-7, if you ask coach Kevin Walters — looks the part.

Read More...

Finding right mix puts Bishop Canevin girls soccer squarely in playoff race
September 26, 2019
As the Bishop Canevin girls soccer team prepared to open the season, coach Pat Egan was sure of two things: His group of returning players would be motivated by last fall’s first-round playoff loss, and they would need help from younger players to be a factor in the 2019 postseason.

Read More...

Carlynton’s Spencer Putman returns a serve during a match against Vincentian Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Settler’s Cabin Park.
Carlynton girls tennis starting over, focusing on fun, learning
September 5, 2019
A 5-0 loss in the season-opener never is cause for celebration. But regardless of what the scoresheet said after the Sept. 4 match against Vincentian Academy, members of the Carlynton girls tennis team could walk away satisfied.

Read More...

Carlynton boys cross country runners Michael Kozy and Desmond Corrado.
Signal Item cross country preview: Young runners get chance to shine
August 29, 2019
Cross country season opens with many of the Carnegie-area teams looking to replace their top runners. The good news? Most of the teams were young last season and have plenty of experience coming back.

Read More...

Carlynton, Canevin, Chartiers Valley volleyball teams seek return to playoffs
August 22, 2019
One is coming off a WPIAL title. Two others are pursuing a championship after seasons in which they qualified for the playoffs. A look at the three area girls volleyball teams:

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Chartiers Valley freshman Madison Crump participates in a team drill Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 at Chartiers Valley Stadium.
Canevin, Chartiers Valley, Carlynton girls soccer teams look to stay on track for playoffs
The 2018 season brought mixed results for the three area girls soccer teams. Only one, Bishop Canevin, qualified for the playoffs. Carlynton narrowly missed, and Chartiers Valley struggled in a tough section.

Read More...

Mapletown senior athlete Alex Lipscomb during a preseason practice Aug. 8, 2019, at Mapletown High School.
Coach: ‘This is not the same Mapletown football team’
August 20, 2019
In his 39 years as a high school football coach — most of them spent as the head man at Mapletown — George Messich has seen plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. Last season was too much of the latter.

Read More...

Jefferson-Morgan sophomore Colt Fowler during a July 25, 2019 preseason practice at Jefferson-Morgan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan football team relies on competition to improve
Competition for playing time tends to bring out the best in everyone. Young or less-experienced players give their all to make coaches take notice, and established players, in turn, step up their game to avoid losing playing time.

Read More...

Avella Eagles’ Brian Humensky runs a drill during a July 15, 2019 preseason workout at Avella High School.
Short-handed Avella football team returns experienced skill group
The conversation has taken place many times over the past decade. Avella football coach Ryan Cecchini, in his ninth season, and longtime Mapletown coach George Messich often talk numbers — or lack thereof.

Read More...

Derek Moye works out his receivers during Western Beaver’s "heat week" practice Thursday, Aug. 8, 2018.
Derek Moye eager to guide Western Beaver football team
August 19, 2019
Derek Moye is short on football coaching experience. His only job as a coach, in fact, was last season when he oversaw the receivers at PIAA Class 3A champion Aliquippa.

Read More...

Carlynton head coach Rich Piccinini talks to players during practice at the high school Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.
Piccinini out to change culture for Carlynton football
Rich Piccinini is one of the few football coaches in the WPIAL who knows what it is like to be in the playoffs with Carlynton. He was the Cougars’ offensive coordinator in 2001, the last time the team qualified for the postseason.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley quarterback Griffin Beatte rolls out to pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.
Chartiers Valley eyes improvement in Knause’s 3rd season at helm
August 16, 2019
This season marks Year 3 of Dan Knause’s tenure as Chartiers Valley’s football coach. Knause is hoping this also marks the season the Colts break through.

Read More...

Derek Moye works out his receivers during Western Beaver’s "heat week" practice Thursday, Aug. 8, 2018.
Penn State, Rochester product Derek Moye takes over Western Beaver
August 10, 2019
Derek Moye walked into the office of Western Beaver athletic director Ryan Matsook to check on preparations for the upcoming football season. Moye was informed some equipment had arrived, and Matsook presented him with a large cardboard box.

Read More...

Signal Item boys soccer preview: After playoff seasons, teams look to take next step
July 29, 2019
The boys soccer teams at Chartiers Valley, Carlynton and Bishop Canevin started the 2018 season with the goal of making the playoffs. Mission accomplished.

Read More...

North Catholic’s Josh Ball (left) tries to block a hit from Bishop Canevin’s Matthew Menosky.
Volleyball changes from annoyance to passion for Bishop Canevin’s Matt Menosky
May 9, 2019
When Steve Menosky coached his daughters, Michelina Campanella and Julia Menosky, in volleyball, he often would have young son Matt tag along. More accurately, Matt Menosky would be dragged to the court kicking and screaming.

Read More...

Bishop Canevin’s Meadow Lokaitis prepares to take a swing during a matchup with Sewickley Academy on April 15, 2019, at Sewickley Academy.
Differences aside, Lokaitis sisters make formidable combo for Bishop Canevin softball
April 18, 2019
Siblings bicker. They get under each other’s skin and on each other’s nerves.

Read More...

North Catholic’s Josh Ball (left) tries to block a hit from Bishop Canevin’s Matthew Menosky on April 1, 2019, at Bishop Canevin.
Menosky leads more well-rounded roster for Bishop Canevin volleyball
April 4, 2019
Now in his third season as coach of the Bishop Canevin boys volleyball team, Pete Barakat isn’t quite ready to declare he has a “program” in place.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley, Carlynton, Bishop Canevin softball have reasons for optimism
March 15, 2019
Bishop Canevin was the lone area team to make the WPIAL softball playoffs last season. This season, the Crusaders will try to make another run with a roster that looks very different.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley sophomore Grace Janas competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Carlynton girls send Kozy, 2 relays to state swimming meet; Chartiers Valley makes headway
March 7, 2019
Heading into the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships, the Carlynton girls wanted to finish in the top 10. Senior Katie Kozy said, more specifically, the Cougars wanted to finish ninth or better.

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