Author: Dave Mackall


Ligonier Valley’s Ruby Wallace serves the ball against Hempfield during the Penn-Trafford volleyball tournament earlier this month at Penn-Trafford High School.
Mix of veterans, young players providing spark for Ligonier Valley volleyball
October 3, 2022
With just one senior on its roster, the Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team has been looking to its younger veterans for a spark this year.

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A view of the field at Penn-Trafford High School prior to the start of a high school football game between Norwin and Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford bounces back for shutout of Norwin
September 30, 2022
Penn-Trafford shrugged off last week’s disappointing loss to one of its arch-rivals and took out its frustrations this week on another.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Denis has helped the Centurions to a 3-1 start this season.
Familiar face guides Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball to strong start
September 26, 2022
Erin Salas, with a long history of coaching in the Greensburg Central Catholic system, has taken over the Centurions varsity girls volleyball team this year, becoming the program’s third head coach in as many seasons.

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A setting sun silhouettes cutout photos of Ligonier Valley football players on the bleachers at Weller Field before the start of a football game between Ligonier Valley and Steel Valley on Sept. 23, 2022, in Ligonier.
Steel Valley stomps Ligonier Valley to stay undefeated
September 23, 2022
Top-ranked Steel Valley kept rolling in Class 2A on Friday night, earning its first shutout of the high school football season and scoring another mercy-rule victory, its third in a row.

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Latrobe’s Lily Fenton has committed to Notre Dame.
Drop in classification doesn’t change underdog mentality for Latrobe volleyball
September 20, 2022
In volleyball at Latrobe — no matter the classification, the ranking, the opponent — longtime coach Drew Vosefski has continued to preach a singular theme: “Go into every match as if you’re the underdog.”

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Hempfield senior Elizabeth Tapper, a track and field standout, also is a key member of the Spartans’ volleyball team.
Senior-heavy lineup helps Hempfield volleyball build on playoff appearance
As the season got underway, Hempfield was looking to build on last season’s WPIAL playoff appearance in girls volleyball, but the current lineup remained a work in progress.

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The Jeannette cheerleaders await the Jayhawks prior to a high school football game between Frazier and Jeannette on Sept. 16, 2022, at Jeannette.
Jeannette has reason to celebrate after rout of Frazier
September 16, 2022
The WPIAL’s winningest football program hasn’t had much to celebrate since claiming its 10th WPIAL championship and reaching the PIAA final in 2020. The Jeannette Jayhawks have won twice since falling to Steelton-Highspire in Hershey in the Class A final that year.

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Sailors from the USS Somerset take part in a pre-game ceremony before the Greensburg Salem-Ligonier Valley game Sept. 9, 2022, at Ligonier Valley.
Greensburg Salem holds on for win over Ligonier Valley
September 9, 2022
Greensburg Salem made a rare venture into the mountains Friday night and escaped with a narrow high school football victory over relative WPIAL newcomer Ligonier Valley.

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Hempfield honors the 25th anniversary of its first WPIAL football playoff victory as members of the school’s 1997 team line up before the start of a game between Connellsville and Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Hempfield.
Hempfield shows off for program’s 1st playoff team, routs Connellsville
September 2, 2022
Hempfield honored its first playoff team on Friday night then took the field and played like a postseason squad of its own.

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Greensburg Central Catholic and Mt. Pleasant play in a Week Zero football game Aug. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant.
Greensburg Central Catholic runs away from Mt. Pleasant
August 26, 2022
A late-August dogfight became a rout in a hurry. Did lightning provide Greensburg Central Catholic a spark?

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Brownsville embarks on independent schedule following another coaching change
August 25, 2022
After years of despair in the WPIAL, Brownsville’s football program is on the move.

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McGuffey head coach Ed Dalton talks with quarterback Philip McCuen during practice on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, at McGuffey High School.
McGuffey looks to get swagger back after up-and-down year
August 21, 2022
Ed Dalton hasn’t lost his swagger. Or, so it seems.

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Derry’s Roman Darazio makes a catch during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Interest level high at Derry following 2 subpar seasons
August 19, 2022
With a new coach on board, Derry has been repositioned in Class 2A, drastically altering recent schedules. No disrespect to the current opponents, but dropping down just might suit the Trojans better after several fruitless seasons in Class 3A.

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South Allegheny’s Eric Wehrer works out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Liberty.
New coach likes South Allegheny’s chances: ‘The talent level is outstanding’
August 18, 2022
He earned his chops in “The First State,” but Darwin Manges says he’s back where he belongs.

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East Allegheny head coach Dom Pecora talks with quarterback Mike Cahill during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in North Versailles.
East Allegheny hoping to deliver 7th straight playoff berth
August 17, 2022
Want a pizza? Dom can make it for you. How about a winning football team? Well, you’ve come to the right place. More times than not, East Allegheny has come away a winner since coach Dominic Pecora’s arrival in 2013.

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Indiana’s Liam McFarlane runs against Greensburg Salem last season.
With new coach at helm, Indiana continues quest for WPIAL success from afar
August 14, 2022
The road to a WPIAL football championship is a long and winding one for Indiana. As the lone member school currently situated outside the WPIAL’s designed boundaries, the program finds itself in a world of its own.

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Derry’s Dom Patrick takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Derry.
Dom Patrick, Derry seniors passionate about returning to playoff contention
August 12, 2022
Dom Patrick is embarrassed. So are his teammates. After all, this is a Derry program just three years removed from a fourth-in-a-row WPIAL playoff appearance.

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Mike Arone is set to begin the 2022 football season, his first at Derry’s head coach.
Life takes a ‘big twist’ for new Derry football coach as he aims to rebuild program
July 27, 2022
Derry football coach Mike Arone enters his first season looking for passionate players. Not just any old players, but dependable kids with a run-through-the-wall mentality.

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Franklin Regional’s Nolan Schilling blasts out of a sand trap on No. 14 at Latrobe Country Club on June 23 in the Westmoreland County Junior.
Mocello wins Westmoreland Juniors in playoff after improbable approach shot
June 23, 2022
Tyler Mocello took a circuitous path to a victory Thursday, winning a sudden-death playoff hole against two others and claiming the championship of the annual Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior Amateur Tournament at Latrobe Country Club.

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Southmoreland shortstop Anthony Govern makes a play against Yough on May 2 in Herminie.
Return to playoffs boosts Southmoreland baseball program
May 31, 2022
It had been 14 years since the Southmoreland baseball team earned a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti blocks the shot of Seneca Valley’s Dawson Ward in the WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship match Wednesday at UPMC Events Center.
In classic battle of evenly matched rivals, North Allegheny tops Seneca Valley to win 5th straight volleyball crown
May 26, 2022
At first glance, moments after North Allegheny outlasted Seneca Valley in their marathon WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship match Wednesday night at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center for its fifth consecutive title, nobody flinched.

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Montour players lift Nicholas Zezza with the trophy after being OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A volleyball championship match Wednesday at UPMC Events Center.
Montour climbs back from brink to defeat OLSH in WPIAL Class 2A volleyball finals
May 25, 2022
Montour boys volleyball coach Colin Vitale was smiling before, during and after the WPIAL Class 2A championship match Thursday night at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.

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Underdog Greensburg Central Catholic boys lacrosse team makes way into WPIAL playoffs
May 24, 2022
Who would have thought the boys lacrosse team at Greensburg Central Catholic, coming off an 0-8 record and led by a first-year coach with no experience in the sport, would qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, having inched close to the .500 mark going in?

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Latrobe’s Carolina Walters (27) has 26 goals this season.
Team effort helps Latrobe girls lacrosse advance to WPIAL playoffs
May 18, 2022
While the sport of lacrosse continues to grow in popularity in Westmoreland County, increased stability in some high school programs appears on the rise.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Warden (10) dives back ahead of the tag of Latrobe’s Logan Bradish during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Tuesday at Hempfield.
Thomas Jefferson baseball team rallies past Latrobe for Class 5A win
May 17, 2022
Thomas Jefferson called on McClain Flinn to douse an early fire Tuesday.

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Enzo Rodi is a senior returning starter at outside hitter for the Latrobe boys volleyball team.
Latrobe boys volleyball looks to gain momentum after rivalry win
May 10, 2022
Latrobe and Derry high schools, perhaps while not always preferring to be, are linked in the WPIAL, despite their varied classifications. For instance, their football teams frequently have squared off in season openers and they routinely have wrestled one another in front of some of the most spirited crowds around.

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Hempfield’s Lane Harry is an outside hitter on the volleyball team.
Hempfield boys volleyball rolling into 2nd half of regular season
May 3, 2022
With six players getting a late start, including three senior mainstays, the Hempfield boys volleyball team stumbled out of the gate this season and lost to Norwin in its opener.

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Derry’s Matt Rhoades digs a pass during the Trojans’ game against Deer Lakes on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Derry Area High School.
Derry boys volleyball program rebuilding with tenacious team
April 19, 2022
For years, Derry has resided among the elite high school boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL, challenging for championships and sending players off to college.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mike Mullaney won the Western Pennsylvania regional boys singles championship March 4 at North Versailles Bowling Center.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mullaney taking game to new level with regional bowling title
March 22, 2022
On the day Mike Mullaney won a bowling title, his high school coach at Greensburg Central Catholic suggested he take a bit of time away to reflect and refresh.

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Jeannette softball team works through grief, tries to change fortunes after 1-win season
March 16, 2022
Sydney Matijevic’s smile hid the pain in her heart. But while the Jeannette senior was smarting, she wasn’t quitting.

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Jeannette’s Clarkson Field, situated in the city’s West Jeannette neighborhood, is named in memory of former Negro League baseball player and Jeannette native Buster Clarkson. The field, home to the Jeannette High School baseball team, was rededicated by the Westmoreland County Commissioners on July 26, 2003.
Jeannette baseball team will rely on heart, not numbers
When he was a baseball player at Jeannette — and a fine one at that — Marcus Clarkson drove more than a few pitches into the atmosphere at the city’s Clarkson Field.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska fields a ball against Gateway last season.
Senior class hopes to turn around Greensburg Salem baseball’s record in close games
March 14, 2022
Eight seniors return to Greensburg Salem, hoping to help the Golden Lions’ baseball team back to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2019.

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Greensburg Salem’s Chelsea Stabile pitches against Southmoreland last season.
New coach sees potential on Greensburg Salem softball roster
It is Bill Wright’s first high school season as a varsity softball coach, but he knows his players well.

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Derry’s Shelby Glick (left) hit .333 last season.
Derry softball team needs influx of talent
March 11, 2022
At the Derry softball field, the “help wanted” sign is out.

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Derry’s Ryan Hood is expected to be the team’s top pitcher this season.
Derry baseball team wants to build on ‘special year’
After a baseball season in which they notched their first WPIAL section title since 1992 and won their first playoff game since 2005, the Derry Trojans are looking for more.

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Hempfield’s Zack Francisco makes a save against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Late-season victories keep Hempfield hockey in playoff hunt
March 1, 2022
In the fall, hockey players at Hempfield and Latrobe high schools can be found playing on the same club teams.

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Shady Side Academy’s Peter Kramer scoed 21 points against Aliquippa on Monday night.
Shady Side Academy knocks off Aliquippa to earn spot in Class 3A championship game
February 28, 2022
A parade of basketball players in dress clothes emerged from the Shady Side Academy locker room and passed by coach David Vadnais, some tapping him on the shoulder, others offering a shout-out.

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Latrobe’s Fletcher Harvey celebrates his goal with JD Robinson during their game against Penn-Trafford.
Defensively sound Latrobe battling for postseason berth
Consider Josh Werner’s plight. Latrobe’s hockey coach drives 40-plus miles each way to pilot the Wildcats’ home games at Greensburg’s Nevin Arena.

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Southmoreland’s Maddie Moore fouls Highlands’ Jocelyn Luzier during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Friday.
Southmoreland enjoys home-court advantage in Class 4A win over Highlands
February 25, 2022
The Southmoreland girls basketball team continues to thrive on its home court.

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Hampton’s Liam Mignogna defends against Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzales during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Hampton High School.
Hampton coach Lafko gets career win No. 499 as Talbots defeat Kiski Area
February 21, 2022
Joe Lafko has been coaching boys basketball for a long time, and he’s won his share of games during a 32-year high school career.

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Nick Roddy of Ligonier Valley repeated as champion at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Diving Championship.
Ligonier Valley’s Roddy, Latrobe’s Polosky win county diving titles
January 28, 2022
Though he had to wait an extra year to win his second county diving championship, Ligonier Valley senior Nick Roddy never lost confidence in his abilities.

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Hempfield and Butler shooters at a WPIAL rifle match at Keystone Rod and Gun Club in Hannastown on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.
Hempfield rifle team aims to defend WPIAL championship
January 25, 2022
Ping … ping …

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Hempfield junior Elizabeth Tapper, shown on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Tapper is ranked second in Pennsylvania in the indoor shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
Hempfield’s Tapper uses indoor reps to hone talents in throws, pole vault
January 17, 2022
Elizabeth Tapper made history last season at Hempfield as the first female from a Pennsylvania high school to qualify simultaneously for a throwing event and the dissimilar pole vault competition at the PIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page delivers a point in the huddle during a practice session on August 16, 2007.
Family, friends fondly remember longtime Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page
January 10, 2022
The Laurel Highlands took a hit last month that was bigger, harder and louder than any collision ever witnessed during a Saturday afternoon football game in New Florence.

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Greensburg Salem and Riverview basketball players wore warmup shirts honoring retired high school coach Paul Sapotichne prior to their game on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic. The number 464 represents Sapotichne’s career coaching victories at three high schools: Greensburg Salem, Riverview and Wilmington. Sapotichne won 399 games in 29 seasons at Greensburg Salem.
Greensburg Salem pays tribute to boys basketball icon ‘Coach Paul’
December 30, 2021
He was a good basketball player at Springdale High School — enough so to earn a scholarship to Westminster — but Paul Sapotichne soon realized he wasn’t going anywhere with a basketball in his hands. So he decided to become a coach.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess with a kill against Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris UPMC Center.
Greensburg Central Catholic senior quartet earns all-WPIAL volleyball honors
December 21, 2021
After falling short of the PIAA playoffs in 2020, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team didn’t let it happen again this season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls hang on vs. Mt. Pleasant
December 10, 2021
Chris Skatell, in his coaching debut at Greensburg Central Catholic, beat longtime pal Scott Giacobbi of Latrobe on Friday night, and Skatell said the Centurions were fortunate to come out on top on the opening night of high school girls basketball.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel is tackled by an Elizabeth Forward defender during a nonconference game.
Ligonier Valley coach reflects on up-and-down football season
December 6, 2021
Two years of football are in the books in Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL after a 50-year run as a member of District 6, where the Rams had established themselves as a consistent contender for the PIAA playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty works against Franklin Regional’s Sophia Reitz last season.
With 4 starters returning, Latrobe girls basketball planning winning encore
November 29, 2021
Four starters return this season to the Latrobe girls basketball team, which looks to defend its section title after a mad scramble for first place saw the Class 5A Wildcats come out on top last year by the thinnest of margins in the WPIAL Section 4 standings.

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Returning starters Chase Sickenberger (left) and Landon Butler of Latrobe defend Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh during a playoff game last season.
Young Latrobe boys basketball roster looks to overachieve again
Ask Latrobe boys basketball coach Brad Wetzel to name something his teams do well from year to year.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins runs the offense during a game against Kiski Area last season.
Veteran lineup looking toward big things ahead for Greensburg Salem girls basketball
November 26, 2021
Rick Klimchock doesn’t need to be reminded of how quickly a basketball season can go south — even with a veteran team. Last year, his Greensburg Salem girls returned four starters, yet the team finished the season under .500.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Jayden Stevens takes foul shots during practice Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at Greensburg-Salem High School.
With bolstered roster, Greensburg Salem boys look to move past difficult season
A year ago, the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team was hit with the “perfect storm” for a winless season with the cancellation of seven games because of covid-19 while moving up to the WPIAL’s highest classification.

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Captains from Rochester (blue) and OLSH approach midfield for the coin toss prior to a WPIAL Class A semifinal Nov. 19, 2021, at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium.
9th-seeded OLSH knocks off conference rival Rochester in Class A semifinals
November 19, 2021
For Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a one-point victory goes a long way when you get this far.

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Avonworth players take the field before facing Mt. Pleasant in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Ian Syam scores 6 TDs in 1st half as Avonworth runs over Mt. Pleasant
November 12, 2021
Ian Syam had himself a Friday night, running for the length of nearly 21⁄2 football fields while playing in just half of a WPIAL playoff game.

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Hempfield finished its season with a 2-8 record, including wins against Franklin Regional and rival Greensburg Salem.
Hempfield football maintains message, builds for future
November 9, 2021
Mike Brown isn’t budging. Doesn’t matter what day it is, what month or who’s listening. His message isn’t changing.

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Bishop Canevin’s Olivia Thomas plays against Greensburg Central Catholic during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris.
Emotional Bishop Canevin beats GCC to win 5th consecutive WPIAL Class A volleyball title
November 6, 2021
A year ago, Angela Wyman stepped into some big shoes, and she’s been walking the sideline since.

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South Side players take the field before a WPIAL playoff game against Ligonier Valley on Nov. 5, 2021, at South Side.
Early surge pushes South Side past Ligonier Valley in Class 2A
November 5, 2021
From one end of the WPIAL to the other, Ligonier Valley traveled to South Side on Friday — a span of 83 miles — for its first appearance in the WPIAL football playoffs.

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Senior-led Hempfield relishes run to WPIAL field hockey playoffs
November 3, 2021
You could say Hempfield’s early exit from the WPIAL field hockey playoffs has cast a persistent pall of doubt over a program that, until this year, hadn’t even sniffed a postseason opportunity. But it did little to break the Spartans’ spirit.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls best Freedom in semifinals
November 1, 2021
Back in September, the Greensburg Central Catholic and Freedom girls soccer teams went on a scoring frenzy, combining for 14 goals in a two-goal GCC win.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace runs against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Leechburg tops Greensburg Central Catholic in thrilling playoff tune-up
October 29, 2021
Two playoff-bound high school football teams, eager to flex their muscles one last time during the regular season, waged a heavyweight battle Friday night in the WPIAL Class A Eastern League.

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South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks makes a save during a playoff game against Franklin Regional last season.
Goalkeepers take center stage as South Fayette tops Franklin Regional in Class 3A shootout
October 28, 2021
South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks met her counterpart, Aris Lamanna of Franklin Regional, face-to-face, eye-to-eye.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess scores against Bishop Canevin’s Sani Joneso during their match on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball takes aim at long playoff run
October 27, 2021
Over the past decade, two teams, including one from Westmoreland County, have dominated the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball playoffs.

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Group effort leads Latrobe girls volleyball to WPIAL playoffs for 4th straight season
October 20, 2021
The Latrobe girls volleyball team has met its first preseason goal of finishing in the top three in its section to secure a spot in the WPIAL playoff brackets for a fourth consecutive season.

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An ominous sky sets in as Greensburg Salem and Mars get set to play a high school football game Oct. 15, 2021, in Greensburg.
Cody Rubrecht does it all in Greensburg Salem’s victory over Mars
October 15, 2021
Cody Rubrecht was everywhere Friday night for Greensburg Salem’s football team.

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The Hempfield band performs before the start of the Baldwin-Hempfield game Oct. 8, 2021, at Hempfield.
Baldwin topples Hempfield in coach’s return to Westmoreland County
October 8, 2021
Baldwin football coach Tim Sweeney has spent a lot of time in Westmoreland County winning games while at Derry, his alma mater. He took the Trojans to four consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances in six seasons.

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Leechburg running back Braylan Lovelace dodges Jeannette’s Andrew Ross on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Jeannette High School.
Leechburg wins at Jeannette for first time
October 1, 2021
Leechburg’s superb season continued Friday night against one of the WPIAL’s winningest programs.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel runs behind Jude Grzywinski during the Rams’ 26-14 victory at Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
Ligonier Valley finding ways to overcome adversity en route to 5-0 start
September 28, 2021
“You can’t let things get you down. It’s just staring at adversity right in his eyes and taking advantage of every day you have. You have to go out there and make the most of every opportunity, despite your situation.”

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Wade Boyle is a member of the 2021 Greensburg Central Catholic boys golf team.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Boyle an athlete for all seasons, but golf rises to top
Baseball mainly has been his summer sport, hockey in the winter. But golf? Well, for Wade Boyle, it’s becoming something he wants to take part in all the time.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel carries the ball during practice.
Ligonier Valley goes to 5-0 with rout of Carrick despite another key injury
September 24, 2021
Ligonier Valley spent another Friday night tuning up for what’s next: The games that count.

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Hempfield volleyball coaches Payton Hileman (left) and head coach Ashten Flynn (right) pose for a photo in the Hempfield gymnasium during the 2021 season.
Longtime friends Flynn, Hileman looking to coach Hempfield girls volleyball to success
September 22, 2021
Friends since birth? Well, perhaps not that far back.

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Derry girls volleyball aims to continue long run of postseason berths
September 21, 2021
Call Derry girls volleyball coach Brock Smith a perfectionist of sorts, though it’s far from a flawless setting.

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With Derry Area High School in the background, Derry and Deer Lakes get set to play on Sept. 17, 2021, at Derry.
Deer Lakes dominates Derry to end 15-game losing skid
September 17, 2021
Deer Lakes’ long losing streak in football is over.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess scores past Bishop Canevin’s Kyla Hartoyo during their match Sept. 13.
Greensburg CC girls volleyball has sights set on WPIAL title after falling short last season
September 15, 2021
It’s not likely to be a situation where a new coach inherits a talented team, then appears to be a genius if the team goes on to new heights.

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Freeport’s Isabella Russo with a kill against North Catholic during girls 2-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
New coach Brannigan hopes to lead her former team back to prominence at Greensburg Salem
September 13, 2021
Maybe it’s her competitive nature. Perhaps it’s the bittersweet memory of falling just short of a PIAA championship as a Greensburg Salem senior in 2006-07 that motivates Rachel Brannigan.

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Kiski Area players head to their locker room prior to the start of their game at Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Kiski Area remains unbeaten, gets past Latrobe
September 10, 2021
Kiski Area and Latrobe conducted a football staredown, trading touchdowns nearly all night long.

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A Netherlands woman hockey player shoots the ball with her stick during a women’s field hockey match at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Hempfield welcomes new field hockey coach
September 8, 2021
Hempfield field hockey, a program without at least a .500 record since its inception nearly 20 years ago, will look to former St. Francis (Pa.) midfielder Nikki (Snyder) Schmitt this season in the hope of building a winner.

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Latrobe’s Lily Fenton returns for the 2021 volleyball season.
Lily Fenton leads Latrobe volleyball team, carries on family legacy
September 6, 2021
She is the final sibling from a family known for its athletic excellence to etch her name into Westmoreland County sports folklore.

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Greensburg Salem’s Rashad Canady (1) celebrates with teammate Ayden Thompson after scoring a rushing touchdown during the first quarter Sept. 3, 2021, against Connellsville at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem reverses fortunes in 4th quarter, pulls away from Connellsville
September 3, 2021
In its opener a week ago, Greensburg Salem folded in the fourth quarter. The Golden Lions didn’t let it happen again on Friday night.

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Derry and Latrobe players warm up Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.
Latrobe builds huge 1st-half lead, dominates Derry
August 27, 2021
Vince Skillings stood motionless as his grandson, Latrobe sophomore Ja’Tawn Williams, intercepted a Derry pass and raced 45 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game.

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Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt during practice Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 at Steel Valley High School.
Steel Valley finding its way back to top
August 22, 2021
Just three years removed from its latest WPIAL football championship, Steel Valley is trying to find a way back to the top.

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Indiana quarterback Devin Flint throws a pass during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Indiana.
Indiana pushing for winning season
August 20, 2021
Like so many coaches, Brandon Overdorff has so many questions.

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Ground has been broken on South Allegheny’s new $7.4 million football stadium.
Winning season ramps up excitement at South Allegheny
August 16, 2021
Interest in football returned to a high level last season at South Allegheny, and with it the Gladiators are intent on keeping the good times rolling.

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Brownsville’s Ayden Teeter is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end/defensive end who has received recruiting interest from schools such as Rhode Island and Kent State.
New coach eager to turn around Brownsville’s program
Others have tried. Now, it’s Brian Gates’ turn.

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East Allegheny’s Drashaun Gainer catches a tennis ball during a drill in practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at East Allegheny High School.
East Allegheny eyes another playoff chance
August 15, 2021
Not long ago at East Allegheny, the concept of regularly playing football in the postseason was but a dream.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski, 15, became the youngest player to win the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur Thursday at Latrobe Country Club.
Turowski siblings turn in big day at Westmoreland Junior Amateur, with Nicholas Turowski winning
June 10, 2021
The siblings, three years apart, sat within earshot of one another, along with some others in the field, while awaiting the official results of the annual Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior Amateur Tournament.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz delivers a pitch during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal matchup with Hempfield on May 25, 2021.
Hempfield baseball team rolls into WPIAL title game with win over Norwin
May 25, 2021
Hempfield is headed to a WPIAL baseball championship game for the first time in school history.

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Latrobe’s Drew Clair is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded during the first inning against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Harrison City.
Latrobe baseball team makes most out of few chances in win over Penn-Trafford
May 6, 2021
Latrobe’s offense took a break Thursday, but the Wildcats baseball team still managed to beat Penn-Trafford for a second consecutive day.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny pitches against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Southmoreland softball team charges out of gate
April 1, 2021
If Southmoreland needed an early-season hint as to its softball team’s chances in Class 3A of the WPIAL, it may have gotten it this week with victories over Class 4A schools in its first two games.

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Southmoreland’s Mason Basinger fields a grounder during practice in 2019.
Southmoreland baseball driven to turn close losses into wins, playoff berth
When the Southmoreland baseball team began preparing for a return to the diamond following last season’s covid-related layoff, coach Al Govern privately asked each player to come up with a goal.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mason Seftas takes batting practice on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the high school.
New league, new team for Ligonier Valley baseball
March 27, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL in baseball began on a triumphant note Friday in the program’s first game back in District 7, a 6-4 decision over Greensburg Salem.

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Ligonier Valley second baseman Bella Schueltz works out during practice on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley softball wants status quo: Success
Every year, it seems, Ligonier Valley coach Mark Zimmerman appears optimistic about his softball team’s chances for a successful season.

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Derry’s Alanna Meloy works out in the batting cage on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball to be tested early on by nonsection opponents
March 20, 2021
The message was clear. With an entire year to think things over, it’s time to make a move.

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Derry senior Matt McDowell works out in the batting cage on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Section championship the goal for Derry baseball team
After planning to publicly do so last year before the pandemic canceled the schedule, the Derry baseball team will try again this season to honor the memory of the mother of one of its players by including her initials on the team’s hats.

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Upper St. Clair’s Katelyn Robbins scored eight points against Norwin on Wednesday night.
Upper St. Clair holds off Norwin in Class 6A semifinal battle
March 10, 2021
The coaches — Upper St. Clair’s Pete Serio and Norwin’s Brian Brozeski — met at halfcourt with a mutual respect, it was clear, for each other’s program. The girls basketball game that just unfolded provided each with what’s sure to be a lasting memory.

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Trinity’s Courtney Dahlquist scored 19 points against Fox Chapel on Monday night.
Trinity makes short work of Fox Chapel girls in Class 5A quarters
March 8, 2021
Top-seeded Trinity made short work of yet another girls basketball opponent Monday night, going on a first-half rampage that led to a second-half running clock in a 59-27 rout of visiting Fox Chapel in a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game.

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Jeannette’s Anton Good scored 12 points against Winchester Thurston on Saturday.
Surging Jeannette boys overwhelm Winchester Thurston in quarterfinals
March 6, 2021
Count Winchester Thurston boys basketball coach Justin Walther among the believers in surging Jeannette’s WPIAL title chances.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore (back) fouls Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game Friday, March 5, 2021, at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland girls rout Mt. Pleasant in Class 4A quarterfinals
March 5, 2021
Southmoreland reached the WPIAL semifinals in girls basketball for a second consecutive season by overwhelming visiting Mt. Pleasant, 54-23, in a Class 4A quarterfinal-round game Friday night.

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Gateway’s Ryan Greggerson grabs a rebound over Franklin Regional’s Jeffrey Downs on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Gateway goes on 2nd-half run in rout of Franklin Regional
February 12, 2021
Gateway turned a tight battle into a rout in a hurry Friday night, overwhelming section co-leader Franklin Regional with a big third-quarter run en route to a 61-28 Section 3-5A boys basketball victory at home, the Gators’ fourth win in five games.

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Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating Penn-Trafford Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Penn-Trafoord High School.
Girls basketball preview: Latrobe loaded with veteran talent
November 30, 2020
The 2021 senior class at Latrobe includes four girls basketball players who represent the first group to play the sport at the seventh-grade level when the current coaching staff, led by sixth-year coach Mark Burkhardt, took over the program in 2015.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Sickenberger brings the ball up court against Norwin last season.
Boys basketball preview: Latrobe looks for return to winning ways
Latrobe boys basketball has seen its share of success under longtime coach Brad Wetzel, who has experienced just four losing seasons since taking over the program in 2002-03.

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Abby Mankins led Greensburg Salem in scoring (19.5 ppg.), rebounding (7.0 rpg), assists (5.0 apg) and steals (4.0 spg) last season.
Greensburg Salem girls basketball returns plenty of experience, depth
November 27, 2020
Four starters return to the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team, giving coach Rick Klimchock hope for a breakout season heading into his fourth year of leading the Golden Lions, whose enrollment rose enough to place them in Class 5A.

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Greensburg-Salem coach Mark Zahorchak will lead the Golden Lions into a Class 6A section this season.
Greensburg Salem boys basketball preparing to face Class 6A competition
The lure of familiar names was too much for Mark Zahorchak, the third-year Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach and former Golden Lions player. So much so that he elected to take the jump.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in a first-round state playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Belle Vernon could thrive again in underdog role
November 23, 2020
It seems anyone discussing coach Joe Salvino’s long and successful high school basketball career can’t help but refer to all those victories achieved by the 69-year-old Mon Valley staple.

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Belle Vernon’s Taylor Rodriguez tries to break up a pass to Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik last season.
Girls basketball preview: Former Belle Vernon star takes reins of exciting young team
Talk about respect.

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Franklin Regional volleyball impresses with straight-sets win in PIAA quarterfinals
November 14, 2020
There is a thing or two about his girls volleyball team coach Mike Feorene might wish he could change. It’s just Feorene doesn’t feel the need to tinker much amid another season of thrills at Franklin Regional.

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Peters head coach T.J. Plack looks on during workouts Thursday, Aug.20, 2020 at Peters Township High School.
Peters Township avenges loss to Gateway, returns to WPIAL Class 5A title game
November 7, 2020
That bad taste Peters Township had had since a one-point loss to Gateway in a WPIAL championship football game a year ago finally is gone.

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An ominous sky hovers over Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium prior to the Gators’ WPIAL quarterfinal playoff football game against Penn Hills Oct. 30, 2020, in Monroeville.
Gateway defense stands strong, defeats Penn Hills in Class 5A opening round
October 30, 2020
Gateway couldn’t score many points Friday night on its home turf, but the Gators didn’t need to. Their defense took matters personally and stonewalled a determined Penn Hills bunch in a physical WPIAL football playoff victory at Antimarino Stadium.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor (left) moves the ball past Springdale’s Miranda Shock.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer follows script, advances to WPIAL semifinals
October 28, 2020
For a high school soccer program not used to early playoff exits, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls team continues to follow the script to a tee.

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Injured Ligonier Valley sophomore lineman Colin Smith watches his teammates in pregame drills before playing Shady Side Academy on Oct. 23, 2020, at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley caps 1st season back in WPIAL with wild win over Shady Side Academy
October 23, 2020
Consider Ligonier Valley’s return to WPIAL football a success, because the Rams won their season finale Friday night to post a winning record in their first year in District 7 since 1969.

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Penn-Trafford kicks off to Connellsville to start a Class 5A football game Oct. 16, 2020, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford pulls away in second half, dusts Connellsville
October 16, 2020
No. 4 Penn-Trafford, idled by coronavirus-related issues for a week, found itself in a battle Friday with winless Connellsville through one half of a WPIAL Class 5A Big East football game before shaking off the rust and pulling away for a 64-28 thumping of the visiting Falcons.

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Top-ranked North Allegheny runs its offense before its Class 6A game at Norwin on Oct. 9, 2020.
Top-ranked North Allegheny rolls past Norwin
October 9, 2020
A late arrival by North Allegheny to Westmoreland County didn’t manage to derail the WPIAL’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A football team on Friday night at Norwin.

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The Vikings logo towers over Mt. Pleasant High School before the start of a football game Oct. 2, 2020, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
Mt. Pleasant holds off dogged challenge by Yough
October 3, 2020
Mt. Pleasant kept trying to put away the outcome. Yough wouldn’t allow it to happen.

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Jeannette players take the field before playing Imani Christian on Sept. 25, 2020, at Jeannette.
Jeannette brings coach birthday rout
September 25, 2020
For the 10th time in Roy Hall’s 12 seasons as Jeannette’s football coach, the Jayhawks managed to provide their leader with a victory during his birthday week.

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The Seneca Valley football team breaks the pre-game huddle before playing Hempfield on Sept. 18, 2020, at Spartans Stadium.
Seneca Valley makes waves in debut, routs Hempfield
September 18, 2020
The wait was a bit longer than expected, but when Seneca Valley finally was able to take the field for its football opener Friday night, the Raiders did not disappoint.

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The Westmoreland County Courthouse dome is illuminated as darkness sets over Offutt Field while Greensburg Salem hosts Plum on Sept. 11, 2020, in Greensburg.
Plum keeps Greensburg Salem from reaching 700-win plateau
September 11, 2020
For Greensburg Salem, football victory No. 700 will have to wait for at least another week.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball team eyes longer postseason run
March 14, 2020
Another successful softball season at Ligonier Valley in 2019 abruptly ended with an early exit from the postseason.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore Connor Tunstall delivers a pitch during an intrasquad scrimmage Friday, March 13, 2020, at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley baseball has holes to fill in lineup if it wants to chase Heritage title
In its final tuneup before joining the WPIAL next season, the Ligonier Valley baseball team will attempt to exit District 6 this spring with a second consecutive Heritage Conference championship and fifth overall.

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New coach Bates hopes to steer young Greensburg Salem softball team in right direction
March 9, 2020
Former Hempfield softball standout Alyssa Bates steps in this season as coach at Greensburg Salem after a two-year stint as an assistant with the Golden Lions.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Putt, during baseball practice at Greensburg Salem High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Opportunity knocks for Greensburg Salem’s new-look baseball roster
Greensburg Salem faces a major overhaul of its baseball roster after a season that sent the Golden Lions into the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs as a No. 1 seed.

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Carlynton boys outlast Ligonier Valley in PIAA Class 3A first round
March 7, 2020
JOHNSTOWN — Carlynton and Ligonier Valley found another gear during a wild fourth quarter Saturday that saw the Cougars outlast the Rams, 85-81, in a first-round PIAA Class 3A boys basketball game at Johnstown High School.

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Ligonier Valley’s George Golden (background) and teammate Michael Marinchak (left center) talk to teammates Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 in a huddle before playing against Penns Valley at Hollidaysburg Senior High School during the District 6 semifinals.
Ligonier Valley, Carlynton hit reset buttons for PIAA playoffs matchup
March 6, 2020
Mike Kozy inferred District 6 Class 3A runner-up Ligonier Valley, which next season becomes a member of the WPIAL, is perceived to be out in the hinterlands though the Carlynton boys basketball coach is a bit familiar with the area.

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Armstrong’s Ethan Prugh has his shot blocked by Latrobe goaltender Greg Irons during the third period of their PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinals game at Nevins Arena on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Four-goal 1st period paves way for Latrobe hockey victory over Armstrong
March 2, 2020
Latrobe passed its first test with ease Monday night in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Ligonier Valley’s 20-game win streak snapped by Richland in D6 title game
February 28, 2020
CRESSON — For a second season in a row, the Richland Rams proved too strong for the Ligonier Valley Rams and came away with a victory in the District 6 Class 3A boys basketball championship game.

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Ligonier Valley brothers Matthew Marinchak (left) and Michael Marinchak will lead the Rams against Richland in the District 6 Class 3A championship game.
Ligonier Valley, Richland meet in District 6 title-game rubber match
February 27, 2020
It’s the last go-round for the Rams and the Rams.

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High school roundup for Feb. 26, 2020: Allderdice boys win on buzzer beater
February 26, 2020
Blake Haber’s 3-point shot at the final buzzer lifted Allderdice to a 51-49 victory over District 6 champion Altoona in a District 6-8-10 subregional game at Brashear on Wednesday night.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak takes a shot during practice in the school gym earlier this season.
Ligonier Valley boys using speed, not size, to blaze through District 6 playoffs
February 24, 2020
The second season of John Berger’s second stint as boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley has gone much like the first season of his second go-round at his alma mater.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matthew (left) and Michael Marinchak combined for 38 points Friday night.
Marinchak brothers move Ligonier Valley into District 6 semifinals
February 22, 2020
Top-seeded Ligonier Valley survived the first game of its final season in the District 6 boys basketball playoffs Friday night, but it took a big scoring surge in the fourth quarter, led by the Marinchak brothers, to do it.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak practices Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Ligonier Valley boys seeded first for District 6 playoffs
February 13, 2020
Ligonier Valley was awarded the top seed in the District 6-3A boys basketball playoffs, according to pairings released Thursday by the District 6 committee.

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Homer-Center’s Ryan Sardone is surrounded under the basket by Ligonier Valley’s Cooper Mills, left, and Michael Marinchak during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at IUP.
Marinchak leads Ligonier Valley to 3rd straight Heritage Conference title
February 7, 2020
Michael Marinchak’s high school basketball days are numbered, but they won’t soon be forgotten.

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Penn-Trafford boys basketball eliminates Norwin from playoff contention
February 4, 2020
Visiting Penn-Trafford needed a victory to get back on track after losing two games in a row. Norwin needed one to stay in the hunt for a postseason spot.

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Belle Vernon girls top Greensburg Salem in Mt. Pleasant tournament
December 28, 2019
Belle Vernon’s stable of young girls basketball players keep performing at a high level this winter, providing some hope for another successful season.

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Latrobe’s Connor Johnson struggles to gain the upper hand on Hempfield’s Nolan Daerr in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield wrestlers hold off upset-minded Latrobe
December 18, 2019
Top-ranked Hempfield came out on top again in a WPIAL Class AAA dual meet, beating Latrobe on Wednesday night, but Spartans coach Tom Dolde wasn’t in a much of a mood to talk about the success.

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Yough’s Kaden Bizzozero practices a dribbling drill while head coach Jim Nesser oversees practice.
Yough boys basketball ready for heavy lifting
December 1, 2019
Inside a weight room at Yough, music blares while players lift and exercise, some methodically traversing from station to station.

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Yough girls’ basketball head coach Mike Gerdich speaks with his players while at practice Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Yough High School.
Yough girls ‘pointing in the right direction’
It might not seem like much, but three victories last season was a big deal for the Yough girls basketball team. The number represented three more successful outings than a winless team in the previous year.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson lays on the frozen field after the Panthers’ 2-0 loss to Lower Dauphin in a PIAA Class 3A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Lower Dauphin freezes out Franklin Regional in PIAA semifinals
November 12, 2019
ALTOONA — Another state semifinal, another loss for the Franklin Regional boys soccer team. But not for the lack of a superb effort did the Panthers succumb on Tuesday night to District 3 champion Lower Dauphin in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller is brought down by Bellwood-Antis linebacker Nick Plank during the second quarter of a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 7-6 at halftime.
Blocked extra point sends Ligonier Valley into District 6 title game
November 9, 2019
After sending all its games into a mercy-rule mode, the Ligonier Valley football team nearly wound up on the short end in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals Saturday night.

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Gateway’s Body makes up for earlier drop, catches winning TD against Bethel Park
November 8, 2019
Patrick Body didn’t want to go home. Not after dropping a pair of passes during a scoreless first half, the second one in the end zone that seemingly would have gone for a touchdown.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller has 
run for 1,651 yards and has scored 
30 touchdowns this season.
Ligonier Valley, Bellwood-Antis set for rematch with District 6 championship berth on the line
November 6, 2019
For the second time in as many years, Ligonier Valley and Bellwood-Antis find themselves opposite one another in the District 6 Class 2A football semifinals, both eyeing a spot in the championship game next weekend.

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Ligonier Valley opens District 6 playoffs with rout of West Shamokin
November 2, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s presumed final football game against a District 6 Heritage Conference opponent before joining the WPIAL next year ended much like the ones before it.

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The regular rotation of offensive and defensive linemen at Ligonier Valley includes, from left, seniors Dunavin Graham, Michael Petrof, Wylie Spiker, Alex Torrance, Christian Jablonski and Gabriel Gonda and sophomore Jude Grzywinski. The seven players average 6-foot-3 and 268 pounds.
Ligonier Valley’s foes must try to break through ‘Great Wall’
October 30, 2019
At a summer football camp in central Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia-area high school coach observed Ligonier Valley’s massive linemen, prompting an impulsive reaction.

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Ligonier Valley won its fourth consecutive Appalachian Bowl by beating Portage on Friday night.
Ligonier Valley routs Portage to win 4th straight Appalachian Bowl
October 26, 2019
Chalk up another Appalachian Bowl rout for the Ligonier Valley football team.

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Southmoreland’s Colt Harper runs against Greensburg Central Catholic on Oct. 25, 2019, at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Greensburg Central Catholic rolls past Southmoreland in playoff tuneup
October 25, 2019
For one half, it was a defensive struggle Friday night at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller runs the ball against West Shamokin during District 6 football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
In likely its final Appalachian Bowl appearance, Ligonier Valley aims to take down Portage
Ligonier Valley has shown no sympathy this year, enforcing a 35-point mercy rule in all nine football games to date — outscoring opponents by a combined 421-47.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cage Dowden tries to break away from West Shamokin’s Dylan Wolfe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley gets ready to say goodbye to Appalachian Bowl
October 23, 2019
Football for Roger Beitel began for real as a player at Penns Manor High School, which is the site of Saturday’s Appalachian Bowl that matches champions of the Heritage and Western Pennsylvania Athletic conferences.

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Ligonier Valley cruises in probable Heritage Conference swan song
October 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s football dominance in the Heritage Conference is no secret, especially to its District 6 opponents, including Blairsville, the latest victim of a Rams machine that has produced 37 consecutive conference victories dating to 2015.

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Woodland Hills brought back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic for the 2019-20 season.
Woodland Hills brings back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic
October 17, 2019
Matt Furjanic’s phone was ringing all day long. So much so that the Rankin native and former Robert Morris men’s basketball coach was liable to have had it pried off his ear.

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Huss paces Derry in rout of Yough
October 11, 2019
Following a year in which Derry played for a WPIAL championship, anything less might feel like a bust.

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Seneca Valley takes scenic route to win over Hempfield
October 5, 2019
The longer the Seneca Valley football team bus meandered through Hempfield late Friday afternoon, searching for a more direct route to Spartan Stadium amid the chaos of homecoming activities, the more Raiders coach Ron Butschle’s stomach churned.

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Behind QB Jared Hartman, Belle Vernon routs Greensburg Salem
September 27, 2019
Jared Hartman, Belle Vernon’s dynamic quarterback/linebacker, a stocky, 6-foot-1, 210-pound rock, typically prefers to not take credit for much of the Leopards’ success without insisting his teammates join in the spotlight.

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Ligonier Valley’s quarterback Sam Sheeder runs the ball against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley rolls to another conference win over West Shamokin
September 20, 2019
Ligonier Valley wore throwback jerseys Friday night to honor the former New Florence Wolverines, but the Rams played like their usual selves in a 54-7 rout of visiting West Shamokin.

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Central Catholic drops Hempfield to get back in win column
September 13, 2019
Central Catholic shook off a tough, one-point loss a week ago to North Allegheny with a successful trip Friday night to Hempfield.

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Police work on Park Street in Jeannette where a person was shot outside of McKee Stadium during a Jeannette High football game on Friday night.
Jeannette football remains undefeated; shooting mars night
September 7, 2019
Top-ranked Class A Jeannette stayed unbeaten Friday night, but the result paled when the game with Imani Christian Academy was halted in the fourth quarter after shots were fired outside McKee Stadium.

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QB Cole Spencer passes Pine-Richland past Hempfield
August 31, 2019
Pine-Richland is picking up this year where the Rams left off a year ago in claiming another WPIAL Class 6A football championship, their second in a row and third in five seasons.

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Encouraging signs for Yough boys soccer
August 29, 2019
The numbers in boys soccer are up this season at Yough, where coach Chris Duda is encouraged by increased interest in his playoff-starved program.

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Latrobe edges crosstown rival Derry in overtime
August 24, 2019
As backyard brawls go, this one went overtime.

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Hempfield’s Ashleigh VanHorn (left) works out with teammates during practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Hempfield.
Hempfield girls soccer team zeroes in on defense
August 20, 2019
If you notice the Hempfield girls soccer team getting defensive, it’s nothing personal.

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Hempfield’s Jake Ballantyne will be a key member of the Spartans midfield this season.
Hempfield boys soccer team sees dividends from feeder program
It has been eight years since the Hempfield boys team tasted playoff soccer, and that season ended in a Class 4A, first-round loss to Upper St. Clair.

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Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Jake Johnson had 43 receptions and 11 touchdowns last season.
Mt. Pleasant working to rebound after 2-win season
August 18, 2019
How do you erase the memory of a sad season? Turn around the record, of course.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King makes a reception during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant eyes return to winning ways
A stretch of productive seasons that began shortly after the turn of the century earned Mt. Pleasant repeated postseason trips before the Vikings’ fortunes went south the past two years.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cavan Trout participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Veteran team sparks enthusiasm at Greensburg Salem
August 17, 2019
Some time ago, when Dave Keefer was an assistant football coach at Central Catholic, he received a bit of insight from WPIAL coaching legend Art Walker Sr.

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Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to repeat rare postseason appearance
August 16, 2019
Standing on the edge of a field at the athletics complex behind Latrobe High School, Wildcats football coach Jason Marucco couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for the upcoming season.

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Latrobe Quarterback Branden Crosby (14), hands the ball to running back A.J. Rock during practice at Rossi Field in Unity Township, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
Senior running back Rock helps spark culture change at Latrobe
August 15, 2019
A.J. Rock doesn’t hold back his emotions this preseason as he speaks with great conviction about the school’s playoff-hungry football team, insisting the Wildcats are out to change their second-fiddle image.

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem football faces rugged regular-season schedule
August 12, 2019
High school football training camps officially began Monday, but for Greensburg Salem’s Golden Lions, the season started the minute the 2018 campaign concluded with a first-round WPIAL playoff loss to South Fayette.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin reacts after striking out to end the game, as Central Dauphin catcher Hailee Beaver celebrates during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis University.
Hempfield softball loses in PIAA Class 6A semifinals
June 11, 2019
LORETTO — Bob Kalp forced a smile not long after his Hempfield softball team fell just short of yet another trip to the state finals.

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Penn Trafford celebrates with Brooke Cleland after her second home against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
No previous PIAA softball playoffs experience necessary for Penn-Trafford
June 9, 2019
Unlike other Westmoreland County softball teams with recent appearances in the PIAA playoffs — Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant, Valley and Yough have won state championships this decade — Penn-Trafford is new to the scene.

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Penn Trafford celebrates Brooke Clelands’ two-run home run against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
Penn-Trafford softball tops WPIAL champ West A to advance in PIAA playoffs
June 6, 2019
When Penn-Trafford learned its PIAA quarterfinal opponent after a Class 5A first-round victory earlier this week, the players were giddy.

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California’s Jordan Kearns scores on a sqeeze bunt past Union catcher Bryce Smith during the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded California defeats Union for 6th WPIAL baseball title
May 28, 2019
The second time around was bittersweet for California baseball coach Lou Pasquale, who first experienced a WPIAL championship as a Trojans assistant in 2017 before leading the team to a title Tuesday as its head coach.

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Ligonier Valley’s offense grounded in season-ending loss to Chestnut Ridge
May 23, 2019
FISHERTOWN — Ligonier Valley softball fans, agonizing with each run allowed by their beloved Rams on Thursday, momentarily were distracted from the reality of a soon-to-be, season-ending 7-1 loss to top-seeded Chestnut Ridge in the District 5/6 Class 3A semifinals.

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Laurel Highlands upsets No. 2 Franklin Regional in WPIAL semifinals
May 22, 2019
If Scott DeBerry thought he might be dreaming Wednesday afternoon, the ice-water bath that drenched the Laurel Highlands baseball coach surely felt real following the Mustangs’ 4-1 upset of Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals at West Mifflin.

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Breegle’s clutch single lifts Ligonier Valley past Central in District 5/6 playoffs
May 20, 2019
It took 10 innings for Ligonier Valley to pass its first test in the District 5/6 softball playoffs after it was looking like the Rams didn’t have a prayer.

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Mt. Pleasant edges Yough in battle of softball titans
April 10, 2019
Shades of that PIAA championship victory two years ago kept creeping into Carolyn Alincic’s mind Wednesday as the Mt. Pleasant right-hander navigated her way through another tight game.

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Lincoln Park’s Casey Oliver jumps past Richland defense on an attempted shot on net during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Wilder guides Lincoln Park boys past Richland into PIAA Class 3A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Two-time WPIAL champion Lincoln Park is headed to another state semifinal round in boys basketball.

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Vincentian Academy falls short to Shanksville-Stonycreek in PIAA quarterfinals
Ron Moncrief wasn’t shedding tears of sorrow Saturday.

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Central Cambria takes down Beaver girls in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
With a lineup dominated by underclassmen, the Beaver girls basketball team still managed to attract some attention this season, playing into the middle of March, despite entering the state tournament as the sixth-place team from the WPIAL playoffs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Ariana Goitz scores between Central Cambria defenders during their PIAA Class 3A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Shady Side Academy girls fall short in PIAA 2nd round; Szlachetka announces retirement
March 12, 2019
Overall, for the Shady Side Academy girls basketball program, mission accomplished.

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Derry’s Donte Klapcharxxxx.
Derry baseball looks to build on last season’s strong finish
March 9, 2019
Injuries early last season propelled the Derry baseball team into oblivion by midseason, but it was an opportunity to build for the future.

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Derry’s Alexis Jellison winds up a pitch for catcher Shelby Glick during softball drills and team practice Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball returns 8 starters, hopes drop to Class 3A pays off
Could this be a year of playoff success for the Derry softball team?

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Fusco leads Mars past Milton Hershey in PIAA opening round
March 8, 2019
From the Petersen Events Center to Greensburg Salem High School, it was a drastic change in scenery for the WPIAL champion Mars Fightin’ Planets.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak shoots over West Shamokin’s Tyler Lightcap during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley boys turn focus to Beaver Falls, PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley, the only Westmoreland County-based high school whose sports teams compete outside the WPIAL, is getting a rare opportunity to impress its western neighbors in boys basketball.

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Latrobe takes down Hampton in Penguins Cup playoffs
March 4, 2019
Latrobe opened the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs with an emotional victory Monday night, riding the energy of a large, vocal crowd and the offensive expertise of Alex Walker.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak has a tough time going inside against Richland’s Caleb Burke and Kellan Stahl during OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Richland knocks off Ligonier Valley boys in overtime in District 6 final
March 1, 2019
These two schools don’t particularly seem to care much for one another.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley squares off with Richland again in district title game
February 27, 2019
John Berger is hoping for an early birthday present.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Shamokin, 66-42, to win the Heritage Conference championship Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
District 6 basketball playoffs postponed; Ligonier Valley boys to play Saturday
February 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s District 6 playoff schedule in boys basketball will begin a day later as part of a decision to delay most boys and girls games because of a winter storm warning Wednesday.

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Ligonier Valley’s Ruby Wallace serves the ball against Hempfield during the Penn-Trafford volleyball tournament earlier this month at Penn-Trafford High School.
Mix of veterans, young players providing spark for Ligonier Valley volleyball
October 3, 2022
With just one senior on its roster, the Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team has been looking to its younger veterans for a spark this year.

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A view of the field at Penn-Trafford High School prior to the start of a high school football game between Norwin and Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford bounces back for shutout of Norwin
September 30, 2022
Penn-Trafford shrugged off last week’s disappointing loss to one of its arch-rivals and took out its frustrations this week on another.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Eva Denis has helped the Centurions to a 3-1 start this season.
Familiar face guides Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball to strong start
September 26, 2022
Erin Salas, with a long history of coaching in the Greensburg Central Catholic system, has taken over the Centurions varsity girls volleyball team this year, becoming the program’s third head coach in as many seasons.

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A setting sun silhouettes cutout photos of Ligonier Valley football players on the bleachers at Weller Field before the start of a football game between Ligonier Valley and Steel Valley on Sept. 23, 2022, in Ligonier.
Steel Valley stomps Ligonier Valley to stay undefeated
September 23, 2022
Top-ranked Steel Valley kept rolling in Class 2A on Friday night, earning its first shutout of the high school football season and scoring another mercy-rule victory, its third in a row.

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Latrobe’s Lily Fenton has committed to Notre Dame.
Drop in classification doesn’t change underdog mentality for Latrobe volleyball
September 20, 2022
In volleyball at Latrobe — no matter the classification, the ranking, the opponent — longtime coach Drew Vosefski has continued to preach a singular theme: “Go into every match as if you’re the underdog.”

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Hempfield senior Elizabeth Tapper, a track and field standout, also is a key member of the Spartans’ volleyball team.
Senior-heavy lineup helps Hempfield volleyball build on playoff appearance
As the season got underway, Hempfield was looking to build on last season’s WPIAL playoff appearance in girls volleyball, but the current lineup remained a work in progress.

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The Jeannette cheerleaders await the Jayhawks prior to a high school football game between Frazier and Jeannette on Sept. 16, 2022, at Jeannette.
Jeannette has reason to celebrate after rout of Frazier
September 16, 2022
The WPIAL’s winningest football program hasn’t had much to celebrate since claiming its 10th WPIAL championship and reaching the PIAA final in 2020. The Jeannette Jayhawks have won twice since falling to Steelton-Highspire in Hershey in the Class A final that year.

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Sailors from the USS Somerset take part in a pre-game ceremony before the Greensburg Salem-Ligonier Valley game Sept. 9, 2022, at Ligonier Valley.
Greensburg Salem holds on for win over Ligonier Valley
September 9, 2022
Greensburg Salem made a rare venture into the mountains Friday night and escaped with a narrow high school football victory over relative WPIAL newcomer Ligonier Valley.

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Hempfield honors the 25th anniversary of its first WPIAL football playoff victory as members of the school’s 1997 team line up before the start of a game between Connellsville and Hempfield on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Hempfield.
Hempfield shows off for program’s 1st playoff team, routs Connellsville
September 2, 2022
Hempfield honored its first playoff team on Friday night then took the field and played like a postseason squad of its own.

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Greensburg Central Catholic and Mt. Pleasant play in a Week Zero football game Aug. 26, 2022, at Mt. Pleasant.
Greensburg Central Catholic runs away from Mt. Pleasant
August 26, 2022
A late-August dogfight became a rout in a hurry. Did lightning provide Greensburg Central Catholic a spark?

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Brownsville embarks on independent schedule following another coaching change
August 25, 2022
After years of despair in the WPIAL, Brownsville’s football program is on the move.

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McGuffey head coach Ed Dalton talks with quarterback Philip McCuen during practice on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, at McGuffey High School.
McGuffey looks to get swagger back after up-and-down year
August 21, 2022
Ed Dalton hasn’t lost his swagger. Or, so it seems.

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Derry’s Roman Darazio makes a catch during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Interest level high at Derry following 2 subpar seasons
August 19, 2022
With a new coach on board, Derry has been repositioned in Class 2A, drastically altering recent schedules. No disrespect to the current opponents, but dropping down just might suit the Trojans better after several fruitless seasons in Class 3A.

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South Allegheny’s Eric Wehrer works out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Liberty.
New coach likes South Allegheny’s chances: ‘The talent level is outstanding’
August 18, 2022
He earned his chops in “The First State,” but Darwin Manges says he’s back where he belongs.

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East Allegheny head coach Dom Pecora talks with quarterback Mike Cahill during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in North Versailles.
East Allegheny hoping to deliver 7th straight playoff berth
August 17, 2022
Want a pizza? Dom can make it for you. How about a winning football team? Well, you’ve come to the right place. More times than not, East Allegheny has come away a winner since coach Dominic Pecora’s arrival in 2013.

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Indiana’s Liam McFarlane runs against Greensburg Salem last season.
With new coach at helm, Indiana continues quest for WPIAL success from afar
August 14, 2022
The road to a WPIAL football championship is a long and winding one for Indiana. As the lone member school currently situated outside the WPIAL’s designed boundaries, the program finds itself in a world of its own.

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Derry’s Dom Patrick takes part in a workout Aug. 8, 2022, at Derry.
Dom Patrick, Derry seniors passionate about returning to playoff contention
August 12, 2022
Dom Patrick is embarrassed. So are his teammates. After all, this is a Derry program just three years removed from a fourth-in-a-row WPIAL playoff appearance.

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Mike Arone is set to begin the 2022 football season, his first at Derry’s head coach.
Life takes a ‘big twist’ for new Derry football coach as he aims to rebuild program
July 27, 2022
Derry football coach Mike Arone enters his first season looking for passionate players. Not just any old players, but dependable kids with a run-through-the-wall mentality.

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Franklin Regional’s Nolan Schilling blasts out of a sand trap on No. 14 at Latrobe Country Club on June 23 in the Westmoreland County Junior.
Mocello wins Westmoreland Juniors in playoff after improbable approach shot
June 23, 2022
Tyler Mocello took a circuitous path to a victory Thursday, winning a sudden-death playoff hole against two others and claiming the championship of the annual Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior Amateur Tournament at Latrobe Country Club.

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Southmoreland shortstop Anthony Govern makes a play against Yough on May 2 in Herminie.
Return to playoffs boosts Southmoreland baseball program
May 31, 2022
It had been 14 years since the Southmoreland baseball team earned a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.

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North Allegheny’s Varun Kaveti blocks the shot of Seneca Valley’s Dawson Ward in the WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship match Wednesday at UPMC Events Center.
In classic battle of evenly matched rivals, North Allegheny tops Seneca Valley to win 5th straight volleyball crown
May 26, 2022
At first glance, moments after North Allegheny outlasted Seneca Valley in their marathon WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship match Wednesday night at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center for its fifth consecutive title, nobody flinched.

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Montour players lift Nicholas Zezza with the trophy after being OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A volleyball championship match Wednesday at UPMC Events Center.
Montour climbs back from brink to defeat OLSH in WPIAL Class 2A volleyball finals
May 25, 2022
Montour boys volleyball coach Colin Vitale was smiling before, during and after the WPIAL Class 2A championship match Thursday night at Robert Morris’ UPMC Events Center.

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Underdog Greensburg Central Catholic boys lacrosse team makes way into WPIAL playoffs
May 24, 2022
Who would have thought the boys lacrosse team at Greensburg Central Catholic, coming off an 0-8 record and led by a first-year coach with no experience in the sport, would qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, having inched close to the .500 mark going in?

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Latrobe’s Carolina Walters (27) has 26 goals this season.
Team effort helps Latrobe girls lacrosse advance to WPIAL playoffs
May 18, 2022
While the sport of lacrosse continues to grow in popularity in Westmoreland County, increased stability in some high school programs appears on the rise.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alex Warden (10) dives back ahead of the tag of Latrobe’s Logan Bradish during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Tuesday at Hempfield.
Thomas Jefferson baseball team rallies past Latrobe for Class 5A win
May 17, 2022
Thomas Jefferson called on McClain Flinn to douse an early fire Tuesday.

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Enzo Rodi is a senior returning starter at outside hitter for the Latrobe boys volleyball team.
Latrobe boys volleyball looks to gain momentum after rivalry win
May 10, 2022
Latrobe and Derry high schools, perhaps while not always preferring to be, are linked in the WPIAL, despite their varied classifications. For instance, their football teams frequently have squared off in season openers and they routinely have wrestled one another in front of some of the most spirited crowds around.

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Hempfield’s Lane Harry is an outside hitter on the volleyball team.
Hempfield boys volleyball rolling into 2nd half of regular season
May 3, 2022
With six players getting a late start, including three senior mainstays, the Hempfield boys volleyball team stumbled out of the gate this season and lost to Norwin in its opener.

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Derry’s Matt Rhoades digs a pass during the Trojans’ game against Deer Lakes on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Derry Area High School.
Derry boys volleyball program rebuilding with tenacious team
April 19, 2022
For years, Derry has resided among the elite high school boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL, challenging for championships and sending players off to college.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mike Mullaney won the Western Pennsylvania regional boys singles championship March 4 at North Versailles Bowling Center.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mullaney taking game to new level with regional bowling title
March 22, 2022
On the day Mike Mullaney won a bowling title, his high school coach at Greensburg Central Catholic suggested he take a bit of time away to reflect and refresh.

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Jeannette softball team works through grief, tries to change fortunes after 1-win season
March 16, 2022
Sydney Matijevic’s smile hid the pain in her heart. But while the Jeannette senior was smarting, she wasn’t quitting.

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Jeannette’s Clarkson Field, situated in the city’s West Jeannette neighborhood, is named in memory of former Negro League baseball player and Jeannette native Buster Clarkson. The field, home to the Jeannette High School baseball team, was rededicated by the Westmoreland County Commissioners on July 26, 2003.
Jeannette baseball team will rely on heart, not numbers
When he was a baseball player at Jeannette — and a fine one at that — Marcus Clarkson drove more than a few pitches into the atmosphere at the city’s Clarkson Field.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska fields a ball against Gateway last season.
Senior class hopes to turn around Greensburg Salem baseball’s record in close games
March 14, 2022
Eight seniors return to Greensburg Salem, hoping to help the Golden Lions’ baseball team back to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2019.

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Greensburg Salem’s Chelsea Stabile pitches against Southmoreland last season.
New coach sees potential on Greensburg Salem softball roster
It is Bill Wright’s first high school season as a varsity softball coach, but he knows his players well.

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Derry’s Shelby Glick (left) hit .333 last season.
Derry softball team needs influx of talent
March 11, 2022
At the Derry softball field, the “help wanted” sign is out.

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Derry’s Ryan Hood is expected to be the team’s top pitcher this season.
Derry baseball team wants to build on ‘special year’
After a baseball season in which they notched their first WPIAL section title since 1992 and won their first playoff game since 2005, the Derry Trojans are looking for more.

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Hempfield’s Zack Francisco makes a save against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Late-season victories keep Hempfield hockey in playoff hunt
March 1, 2022
In the fall, hockey players at Hempfield and Latrobe high schools can be found playing on the same club teams.

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Shady Side Academy’s Peter Kramer scoed 21 points against Aliquippa on Monday night.
Shady Side Academy knocks off Aliquippa to earn spot in Class 3A championship game
February 28, 2022
A parade of basketball players in dress clothes emerged from the Shady Side Academy locker room and passed by coach David Vadnais, some tapping him on the shoulder, others offering a shout-out.

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Latrobe’s Fletcher Harvey celebrates his goal with JD Robinson during their game against Penn-Trafford.
Defensively sound Latrobe battling for postseason berth
Consider Josh Werner’s plight. Latrobe’s hockey coach drives 40-plus miles each way to pilot the Wildcats’ home games at Greensburg’s Nevin Arena.

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Southmoreland’s Maddie Moore fouls Highlands’ Jocelyn Luzier during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game Friday.
Southmoreland enjoys home-court advantage in Class 4A win over Highlands
February 25, 2022
The Southmoreland girls basketball team continues to thrive on its home court.

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Hampton’s Liam Mignogna defends against Kiski Area’s Isaiah Gonzales during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at Hampton High School.
Hampton coach Lafko gets career win No. 499 as Talbots defeat Kiski Area
February 21, 2022
Joe Lafko has been coaching boys basketball for a long time, and he’s won his share of games during a 32-year high school career.

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Nick Roddy of Ligonier Valley repeated as champion at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Diving Championship.
Ligonier Valley’s Roddy, Latrobe’s Polosky win county diving titles
January 28, 2022
Though he had to wait an extra year to win his second county diving championship, Ligonier Valley senior Nick Roddy never lost confidence in his abilities.

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Hempfield and Butler shooters at a WPIAL rifle match at Keystone Rod and Gun Club in Hannastown on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.
Hempfield rifle team aims to defend WPIAL championship
January 25, 2022
Ping … ping …

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Hempfield junior Elizabeth Tapper, shown on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Tapper is ranked second in Pennsylvania in the indoor shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
Hempfield’s Tapper uses indoor reps to hone talents in throws, pole vault
January 17, 2022
Elizabeth Tapper made history last season at Hempfield as the first female from a Pennsylvania high school to qualify simultaneously for a throwing event and the dissimilar pole vault competition at the PIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page delivers a point in the huddle during a practice session on August 16, 2007.
Family, friends fondly remember longtime Laurel Valley football coach Jerry Page
January 10, 2022
The Laurel Highlands took a hit last month that was bigger, harder and louder than any collision ever witnessed during a Saturday afternoon football game in New Florence.

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Greensburg Salem and Riverview basketball players wore warmup shirts honoring retired high school coach Paul Sapotichne prior to their game on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic. The number 464 represents Sapotichne’s career coaching victories at three high schools: Greensburg Salem, Riverview and Wilmington. Sapotichne won 399 games in 29 seasons at Greensburg Salem.
Greensburg Salem pays tribute to boys basketball icon ‘Coach Paul’
December 30, 2021
He was a good basketball player at Springdale High School — enough so to earn a scholarship to Westminster — but Paul Sapotichne soon realized he wasn’t going anywhere with a basketball in his hands. So he decided to become a coach.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess with a kill against Bishop Canevin during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris UPMC Center.
Greensburg Central Catholic senior quartet earns all-WPIAL volleyball honors
December 21, 2021
After falling short of the PIAA playoffs in 2020, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball team didn’t let it happen again this season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls hang on vs. Mt. Pleasant
December 10, 2021
Chris Skatell, in his coaching debut at Greensburg Central Catholic, beat longtime pal Scott Giacobbi of Latrobe on Friday night, and Skatell said the Centurions were fortunate to come out on top on the opening night of high school girls basketball.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel is tackled by an Elizabeth Forward defender during a nonconference game.
Ligonier Valley coach reflects on up-and-down football season
December 6, 2021
Two years of football are in the books in Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL after a 50-year run as a member of District 6, where the Rams had established themselves as a consistent contender for the PIAA playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty works against Franklin Regional’s Sophia Reitz last season.
With 4 starters returning, Latrobe girls basketball planning winning encore
November 29, 2021
Four starters return this season to the Latrobe girls basketball team, which looks to defend its section title after a mad scramble for first place saw the Class 5A Wildcats come out on top last year by the thinnest of margins in the WPIAL Section 4 standings.

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Returning starters Chase Sickenberger (left) and Landon Butler of Latrobe defend Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh during a playoff game last season.
Young Latrobe boys basketball roster looks to overachieve again
Ask Latrobe boys basketball coach Brad Wetzel to name something his teams do well from year to year.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins runs the offense during a game against Kiski Area last season.
Veteran lineup looking toward big things ahead for Greensburg Salem girls basketball
November 26, 2021
Rick Klimchock doesn’t need to be reminded of how quickly a basketball season can go south — even with a veteran team. Last year, his Greensburg Salem girls returned four starters, yet the team finished the season under .500.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Jayden Stevens takes foul shots during practice Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at Greensburg-Salem High School.
With bolstered roster, Greensburg Salem boys look to move past difficult season
A year ago, the Greensburg Salem boys basketball team was hit with the “perfect storm” for a winless season with the cancellation of seven games because of covid-19 while moving up to the WPIAL’s highest classification.

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Captains from Rochester (blue) and OLSH approach midfield for the coin toss prior to a WPIAL Class A semifinal Nov. 19, 2021, at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium.
9th-seeded OLSH knocks off conference rival Rochester in Class A semifinals
November 19, 2021
For Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, a one-point victory goes a long way when you get this far.

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Avonworth players take the field before facing Mt. Pleasant in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Ian Syam scores 6 TDs in 1st half as Avonworth runs over Mt. Pleasant
November 12, 2021
Ian Syam had himself a Friday night, running for the length of nearly 21⁄2 football fields while playing in just half of a WPIAL playoff game.

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Hempfield finished its season with a 2-8 record, including wins against Franklin Regional and rival Greensburg Salem.
Hempfield football maintains message, builds for future
November 9, 2021
Mike Brown isn’t budging. Doesn’t matter what day it is, what month or who’s listening. His message isn’t changing.

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Bishop Canevin’s Olivia Thomas plays against Greensburg Central Catholic during the WPIAL Class A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Robert Morris.
Emotional Bishop Canevin beats GCC to win 5th consecutive WPIAL Class A volleyball title
November 6, 2021
A year ago, Angela Wyman stepped into some big shoes, and she’s been walking the sideline since.

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South Side players take the field before a WPIAL playoff game against Ligonier Valley on Nov. 5, 2021, at South Side.
Early surge pushes South Side past Ligonier Valley in Class 2A
November 5, 2021
From one end of the WPIAL to the other, Ligonier Valley traveled to South Side on Friday — a span of 83 miles — for its first appearance in the WPIAL football playoffs.

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Senior-led Hempfield relishes run to WPIAL field hockey playoffs
November 3, 2021
You could say Hempfield’s early exit from the WPIAL field hockey playoffs has cast a persistent pall of doubt over a program that, until this year, hadn’t even sniffed a postseason opportunity. But it did little to break the Spartans’ spirit.

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Greensburg Central Catholic girls best Freedom in semifinals
November 1, 2021
Back in September, the Greensburg Central Catholic and Freedom girls soccer teams went on a scoring frenzy, combining for 14 goals in a two-goal GCC win.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace runs against Greensburg Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Leechburg tops Greensburg Central Catholic in thrilling playoff tune-up
October 29, 2021
Two playoff-bound high school football teams, eager to flex their muscles one last time during the regular season, waged a heavyweight battle Friday night in the WPIAL Class A Eastern League.

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South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks makes a save during a playoff game against Franklin Regional last season.
Goalkeepers take center stage as South Fayette tops Franklin Regional in Class 3A shootout
October 28, 2021
South Fayette goalkeeper Kaylee Hendricks met her counterpart, Aris Lamanna of Franklin Regional, face-to-face, eye-to-eye.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess scores against Bishop Canevin’s Sani Joneso during their match on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Bishop Canevin High School.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls volleyball takes aim at long playoff run
October 27, 2021
Over the past decade, two teams, including one from Westmoreland County, have dominated the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball playoffs.

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Group effort leads Latrobe girls volleyball to WPIAL playoffs for 4th straight season
October 20, 2021
The Latrobe girls volleyball team has met its first preseason goal of finishing in the top three in its section to secure a spot in the WPIAL playoff brackets for a fourth consecutive season.

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An ominous sky sets in as Greensburg Salem and Mars get set to play a high school football game Oct. 15, 2021, in Greensburg.
Cody Rubrecht does it all in Greensburg Salem’s victory over Mars
October 15, 2021
Cody Rubrecht was everywhere Friday night for Greensburg Salem’s football team.

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The Hempfield band performs before the start of the Baldwin-Hempfield game Oct. 8, 2021, at Hempfield.
Baldwin topples Hempfield in coach’s return to Westmoreland County
October 8, 2021
Baldwin football coach Tim Sweeney has spent a lot of time in Westmoreland County winning games while at Derry, his alma mater. He took the Trojans to four consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances in six seasons.

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Leechburg running back Braylan Lovelace dodges Jeannette’s Andrew Ross on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Jeannette High School.
Leechburg wins at Jeannette for first time
October 1, 2021
Leechburg’s superb season continued Friday night against one of the WPIAL’s winningest programs.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Beitel runs behind Jude Grzywinski during the Rams’ 26-14 victory at Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
Ligonier Valley finding ways to overcome adversity en route to 5-0 start
September 28, 2021
“You can’t let things get you down. It’s just staring at adversity right in his eyes and taking advantage of every day you have. You have to go out there and make the most of every opportunity, despite your situation.”

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Wade Boyle is a member of the 2021 Greensburg Central Catholic boys golf team.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Boyle an athlete for all seasons, but golf rises to top
Baseball mainly has been his summer sport, hockey in the winter. But golf? Well, for Wade Boyle, it’s becoming something he wants to take part in all the time.

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Ligonier Valley running back Nick Beitel carries the ball during practice.
Ligonier Valley goes to 5-0 with rout of Carrick despite another key injury
September 24, 2021
Ligonier Valley spent another Friday night tuning up for what’s next: The games that count.

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Hempfield volleyball coaches Payton Hileman (left) and head coach Ashten Flynn (right) pose for a photo in the Hempfield gymnasium during the 2021 season.
Longtime friends Flynn, Hileman looking to coach Hempfield girls volleyball to success
September 22, 2021
Friends since birth? Well, perhaps not that far back.

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Derry girls volleyball aims to continue long run of postseason berths
September 21, 2021
Call Derry girls volleyball coach Brock Smith a perfectionist of sorts, though it’s far from a flawless setting.

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With Derry Area High School in the background, Derry and Deer Lakes get set to play on Sept. 17, 2021, at Derry.
Deer Lakes dominates Derry to end 15-game losing skid
September 17, 2021
Deer Lakes’ long losing streak in football is over.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Rebecca Hess scores past Bishop Canevin’s Kyla Hartoyo during their match Sept. 13.
Greensburg CC girls volleyball has sights set on WPIAL title after falling short last season
September 15, 2021
It’s not likely to be a situation where a new coach inherits a talented team, then appears to be a genius if the team goes on to new heights.

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Freeport’s Isabella Russo with a kill against North Catholic during girls 2-A WPIAL Volleyball Championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
New coach Brannigan hopes to lead her former team back to prominence at Greensburg Salem
September 13, 2021
Maybe it’s her competitive nature. Perhaps it’s the bittersweet memory of falling just short of a PIAA championship as a Greensburg Salem senior in 2006-07 that motivates Rachel Brannigan.

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Kiski Area players head to their locker room prior to the start of their game at Latrobe on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Kiski Area remains unbeaten, gets past Latrobe
September 10, 2021
Kiski Area and Latrobe conducted a football staredown, trading touchdowns nearly all night long.

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A Netherlands woman hockey player shoots the ball with her stick during a women’s field hockey match at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Hempfield welcomes new field hockey coach
September 8, 2021
Hempfield field hockey, a program without at least a .500 record since its inception nearly 20 years ago, will look to former St. Francis (Pa.) midfielder Nikki (Snyder) Schmitt this season in the hope of building a winner.

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Latrobe’s Lily Fenton returns for the 2021 volleyball season.
Lily Fenton leads Latrobe volleyball team, carries on family legacy
September 6, 2021
She is the final sibling from a family known for its athletic excellence to etch her name into Westmoreland County sports folklore.

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Greensburg Salem’s Rashad Canady (1) celebrates with teammate Ayden Thompson after scoring a rushing touchdown during the first quarter Sept. 3, 2021, against Connellsville at Offutt Field.
Greensburg Salem reverses fortunes in 4th quarter, pulls away from Connellsville
September 3, 2021
In its opener a week ago, Greensburg Salem folded in the fourth quarter. The Golden Lions didn’t let it happen again on Friday night.

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Derry and Latrobe players warm up Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.
Latrobe builds huge 1st-half lead, dominates Derry
August 27, 2021
Vince Skillings stood motionless as his grandson, Latrobe sophomore Ja’Tawn Williams, intercepted a Derry pass and raced 45 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game.

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Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt during practice Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 at Steel Valley High School.
Steel Valley finding its way back to top
August 22, 2021
Just three years removed from its latest WPIAL football championship, Steel Valley is trying to find a way back to the top.

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Indiana quarterback Devin Flint throws a pass during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Indiana.
Indiana pushing for winning season
August 20, 2021
Like so many coaches, Brandon Overdorff has so many questions.

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Ground has been broken on South Allegheny’s new $7.4 million football stadium.
Winning season ramps up excitement at South Allegheny
August 16, 2021
Interest in football returned to a high level last season at South Allegheny, and with it the Gladiators are intent on keeping the good times rolling.

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Brownsville’s Ayden Teeter is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end/defensive end who has received recruiting interest from schools such as Rhode Island and Kent State.
New coach eager to turn around Brownsville’s program
Others have tried. Now, it’s Brian Gates’ turn.

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East Allegheny’s Drashaun Gainer catches a tennis ball during a drill in practice Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 at East Allegheny High School.
East Allegheny eyes another playoff chance
August 15, 2021
Not long ago at East Allegheny, the concept of regularly playing football in the postseason was but a dream.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski, 15, became the youngest player to win the Westmoreland County Junior Amateur Thursday at Latrobe Country Club.
Turowski siblings turn in big day at Westmoreland Junior Amateur, with Nicholas Turowski winning
June 10, 2021
The siblings, three years apart, sat within earshot of one another, along with some others in the field, while awaiting the official results of the annual Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior Amateur Tournament.

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Norwin’s Chase Kranitz delivers a pitch during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal matchup with Hempfield on May 25, 2021.
Hempfield baseball team rolls into WPIAL title game with win over Norwin
May 25, 2021
Hempfield is headed to a WPIAL baseball championship game for the first time in school history.

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Latrobe’s Drew Clair is hit by a pitch with the bases loaded during the first inning against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Harrison City.
Latrobe baseball team makes most out of few chances in win over Penn-Trafford
May 6, 2021
Latrobe’s offense took a break Thursday, but the Wildcats baseball team still managed to beat Penn-Trafford for a second consecutive day.

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Southmoreland’s Jess Matheny pitches against Greensburg Salem on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Greensburg Salem High School.
Southmoreland softball team charges out of gate
April 1, 2021
If Southmoreland needed an early-season hint as to its softball team’s chances in Class 3A of the WPIAL, it may have gotten it this week with victories over Class 4A schools in its first two games.

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Southmoreland’s Mason Basinger fields a grounder during practice in 2019.
Southmoreland baseball driven to turn close losses into wins, playoff berth
When the Southmoreland baseball team began preparing for a return to the diamond following last season’s covid-related layoff, coach Al Govern privately asked each player to come up with a goal.

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Ligonier Valley’s Mason Seftas takes batting practice on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the high school.
New league, new team for Ligonier Valley baseball
March 27, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s return to the WPIAL in baseball began on a triumphant note Friday in the program’s first game back in District 7, a 6-4 decision over Greensburg Salem.

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Ligonier Valley second baseman Bella Schueltz works out during practice on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Ligonier.
Ligonier Valley softball wants status quo: Success
Every year, it seems, Ligonier Valley coach Mark Zimmerman appears optimistic about his softball team’s chances for a successful season.

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Derry’s Alanna Meloy works out in the batting cage on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball to be tested early on by nonsection opponents
March 20, 2021
The message was clear. With an entire year to think things over, it’s time to make a move.

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Derry senior Matt McDowell works out in the batting cage on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Section championship the goal for Derry baseball team
After planning to publicly do so last year before the pandemic canceled the schedule, the Derry baseball team will try again this season to honor the memory of the mother of one of its players by including her initials on the team’s hats.

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Upper St. Clair’s Katelyn Robbins scored eight points against Norwin on Wednesday night.
Upper St. Clair holds off Norwin in Class 6A semifinal battle
March 10, 2021
The coaches — Upper St. Clair’s Pete Serio and Norwin’s Brian Brozeski — met at halfcourt with a mutual respect, it was clear, for each other’s program. The girls basketball game that just unfolded provided each with what’s sure to be a lasting memory.

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Trinity’s Courtney Dahlquist scored 19 points against Fox Chapel on Monday night.
Trinity makes short work of Fox Chapel girls in Class 5A quarters
March 8, 2021
Top-seeded Trinity made short work of yet another girls basketball opponent Monday night, going on a first-half rampage that led to a second-half running clock in a 59-27 rout of visiting Fox Chapel in a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game.

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Jeannette’s Anton Good scored 12 points against Winchester Thurston on Saturday.
Surging Jeannette boys overwhelm Winchester Thurston in quarterfinals
March 6, 2021
Count Winchester Thurston boys basketball coach Justin Walther among the believers in surging Jeannette’s WPIAL title chances.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore (back) fouls Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro during their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game Friday, March 5, 2021, at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland girls rout Mt. Pleasant in Class 4A quarterfinals
March 5, 2021
Southmoreland reached the WPIAL semifinals in girls basketball for a second consecutive season by overwhelming visiting Mt. Pleasant, 54-23, in a Class 4A quarterfinal-round game Friday night.

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Gateway’s Ryan Greggerson grabs a rebound over Franklin Regional’s Jeffrey Downs on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at Gateway High School.
Gateway goes on 2nd-half run in rout of Franklin Regional
February 12, 2021
Gateway turned a tight battle into a rout in a hurry Friday night, overwhelming section co-leader Franklin Regional with a big third-quarter run en route to a 61-28 Section 3-5A boys basketball victory at home, the Gators’ fourth win in five games.

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Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating Penn-Trafford Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Penn-Trafoord High School.
Girls basketball preview: Latrobe loaded with veteran talent
November 30, 2020
The 2021 senior class at Latrobe includes four girls basketball players who represent the first group to play the sport at the seventh-grade level when the current coaching staff, led by sixth-year coach Mark Burkhardt, took over the program in 2015.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Sickenberger brings the ball up court against Norwin last season.
Boys basketball preview: Latrobe looks for return to winning ways
Latrobe boys basketball has seen its share of success under longtime coach Brad Wetzel, who has experienced just four losing seasons since taking over the program in 2002-03.

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Abby Mankins led Greensburg Salem in scoring (19.5 ppg.), rebounding (7.0 rpg), assists (5.0 apg) and steals (4.0 spg) last season.
Greensburg Salem girls basketball returns plenty of experience, depth
November 27, 2020
Four starters return to the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team, giving coach Rick Klimchock hope for a breakout season heading into his fourth year of leading the Golden Lions, whose enrollment rose enough to place them in Class 5A.

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Greensburg-Salem coach Mark Zahorchak will lead the Golden Lions into a Class 6A section this season.
Greensburg Salem boys basketball preparing to face Class 6A competition
The lure of familiar names was too much for Mark Zahorchak, the third-year Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach and former Golden Lions player. So much so that he elected to take the jump.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in a first-round state playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Belle Vernon could thrive again in underdog role
November 23, 2020
It seems anyone discussing coach Joe Salvino’s long and successful high school basketball career can’t help but refer to all those victories achieved by the 69-year-old Mon Valley staple.

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Belle Vernon’s Taylor Rodriguez tries to break up a pass to Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik last season.
Girls basketball preview: Former Belle Vernon star takes reins of exciting young team
Talk about respect.

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Franklin Regional volleyball impresses with straight-sets win in PIAA quarterfinals
November 14, 2020
There is a thing or two about his girls volleyball team coach Mike Feorene might wish he could change. It’s just Feorene doesn’t feel the need to tinker much amid another season of thrills at Franklin Regional.

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Peters head coach T.J. Plack looks on during workouts Thursday, Aug.20, 2020 at Peters Township High School.
Peters Township avenges loss to Gateway, returns to WPIAL Class 5A title game
November 7, 2020
That bad taste Peters Township had had since a one-point loss to Gateway in a WPIAL championship football game a year ago finally is gone.

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An ominous sky hovers over Gateway’s Antimarino Stadium prior to the Gators’ WPIAL quarterfinal playoff football game against Penn Hills Oct. 30, 2020, in Monroeville.
Gateway defense stands strong, defeats Penn Hills in Class 5A opening round
October 30, 2020
Gateway couldn’t score many points Friday night on its home turf, but the Gators didn’t need to. Their defense took matters personally and stonewalled a determined Penn Hills bunch in a physical WPIAL football playoff victory at Antimarino Stadium.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Bethany Winnor (left) moves the ball past Springdale’s Miranda Shock.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer follows script, advances to WPIAL semifinals
October 28, 2020
For a high school soccer program not used to early playoff exits, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls team continues to follow the script to a tee.

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Injured Ligonier Valley sophomore lineman Colin Smith watches his teammates in pregame drills before playing Shady Side Academy on Oct. 23, 2020, at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley caps 1st season back in WPIAL with wild win over Shady Side Academy
October 23, 2020
Consider Ligonier Valley’s return to WPIAL football a success, because the Rams won their season finale Friday night to post a winning record in their first year in District 7 since 1969.

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Penn-Trafford kicks off to Connellsville to start a Class 5A football game Oct. 16, 2020, at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford pulls away in second half, dusts Connellsville
October 16, 2020
No. 4 Penn-Trafford, idled by coronavirus-related issues for a week, found itself in a battle Friday with winless Connellsville through one half of a WPIAL Class 5A Big East football game before shaking off the rust and pulling away for a 64-28 thumping of the visiting Falcons.

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Top-ranked North Allegheny runs its offense before its Class 6A game at Norwin on Oct. 9, 2020.
Top-ranked North Allegheny rolls past Norwin
October 9, 2020
A late arrival by North Allegheny to Westmoreland County didn’t manage to derail the WPIAL’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A football team on Friday night at Norwin.

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The Vikings logo towers over Mt. Pleasant High School before the start of a football game Oct. 2, 2020, in Mt. Pleasant Township.
Mt. Pleasant holds off dogged challenge by Yough
October 3, 2020
Mt. Pleasant kept trying to put away the outcome. Yough wouldn’t allow it to happen.

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Jeannette players take the field before playing Imani Christian on Sept. 25, 2020, at Jeannette.
Jeannette brings coach birthday rout
September 25, 2020
For the 10th time in Roy Hall’s 12 seasons as Jeannette’s football coach, the Jayhawks managed to provide their leader with a victory during his birthday week.

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The Seneca Valley football team breaks the pre-game huddle before playing Hempfield on Sept. 18, 2020, at Spartans Stadium.
Seneca Valley makes waves in debut, routs Hempfield
September 18, 2020
The wait was a bit longer than expected, but when Seneca Valley finally was able to take the field for its football opener Friday night, the Raiders did not disappoint.

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The Westmoreland County Courthouse dome is illuminated as darkness sets over Offutt Field while Greensburg Salem hosts Plum on Sept. 11, 2020, in Greensburg.
Plum keeps Greensburg Salem from reaching 700-win plateau
September 11, 2020
For Greensburg Salem, football victory No. 700 will have to wait for at least another week.

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Ligonier Valley senior pitcher Jane Garver is a Robert Morris recruit.
Ligonier Valley softball team eyes longer postseason run
March 14, 2020
Another successful softball season at Ligonier Valley in 2019 abruptly ended with an early exit from the postseason.

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Ligonier Valley sophomore Connor Tunstall delivers a pitch during an intrasquad scrimmage Friday, March 13, 2020, at Ligonier Valley High School.
Ligonier Valley baseball has holes to fill in lineup if it wants to chase Heritage title
In its final tuneup before joining the WPIAL next season, the Ligonier Valley baseball team will attempt to exit District 6 this spring with a second consecutive Heritage Conference championship and fifth overall.

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New coach Bates hopes to steer young Greensburg Salem softball team in right direction
March 9, 2020
Former Hempfield softball standout Alyssa Bates steps in this season as coach at Greensburg Salem after a two-year stint as an assistant with the Golden Lions.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Putt, during baseball practice at Greensburg Salem High School on Monday, March 6, 2020.
Opportunity knocks for Greensburg Salem’s new-look baseball roster
Greensburg Salem faces a major overhaul of its baseball roster after a season that sent the Golden Lions into the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs as a No. 1 seed.

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Carlynton boys outlast Ligonier Valley in PIAA Class 3A first round
March 7, 2020
JOHNSTOWN — Carlynton and Ligonier Valley found another gear during a wild fourth quarter Saturday that saw the Cougars outlast the Rams, 85-81, in a first-round PIAA Class 3A boys basketball game at Johnstown High School.

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Ligonier Valley’s George Golden (background) and teammate Michael Marinchak (left center) talk to teammates Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 in a huddle before playing against Penns Valley at Hollidaysburg Senior High School during the District 6 semifinals.
Ligonier Valley, Carlynton hit reset buttons for PIAA playoffs matchup
March 6, 2020
Mike Kozy inferred District 6 Class 3A runner-up Ligonier Valley, which next season becomes a member of the WPIAL, is perceived to be out in the hinterlands though the Carlynton boys basketball coach is a bit familiar with the area.

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Armstrong’s Ethan Prugh has his shot blocked by Latrobe goaltender Greg Irons during the third period of their PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinals game at Nevins Arena on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Four-goal 1st period paves way for Latrobe hockey victory over Armstrong
March 2, 2020
Latrobe passed its first test with ease Monday night in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Ligonier Valley’s 20-game win streak snapped by Richland in D6 title game
February 28, 2020
CRESSON — For a second season in a row, the Richland Rams proved too strong for the Ligonier Valley Rams and came away with a victory in the District 6 Class 3A boys basketball championship game.

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Ligonier Valley brothers Matthew Marinchak (left) and Michael Marinchak will lead the Rams against Richland in the District 6 Class 3A championship game.
Ligonier Valley, Richland meet in District 6 title-game rubber match
February 27, 2020
It’s the last go-round for the Rams and the Rams.

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High school roundup for Feb. 26, 2020: Allderdice boys win on buzzer beater
February 26, 2020
Blake Haber’s 3-point shot at the final buzzer lifted Allderdice to a 51-49 victory over District 6 champion Altoona in a District 6-8-10 subregional game at Brashear on Wednesday night.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak takes a shot during practice in the school gym earlier this season.
Ligonier Valley boys using speed, not size, to blaze through District 6 playoffs
February 24, 2020
The second season of John Berger’s second stint as boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley has gone much like the first season of his second go-round at his alma mater.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matthew (left) and Michael Marinchak combined for 38 points Friday night.
Marinchak brothers move Ligonier Valley into District 6 semifinals
February 22, 2020
Top-seeded Ligonier Valley survived the first game of its final season in the District 6 boys basketball playoffs Friday night, but it took a big scoring surge in the fourth quarter, led by the Marinchak brothers, to do it.

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Ligonier Valley’s Matt Marinchak practices Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
Ligonier Valley boys seeded first for District 6 playoffs
February 13, 2020
Ligonier Valley was awarded the top seed in the District 6-3A boys basketball playoffs, according to pairings released Thursday by the District 6 committee.

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Homer-Center’s Ryan Sardone is surrounded under the basket by Ligonier Valley’s Cooper Mills, left, and Michael Marinchak during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at IUP.
Marinchak leads Ligonier Valley to 3rd straight Heritage Conference title
February 7, 2020
Michael Marinchak’s high school basketball days are numbered, but they won’t soon be forgotten.

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Penn-Trafford boys basketball eliminates Norwin from playoff contention
February 4, 2020
Visiting Penn-Trafford needed a victory to get back on track after losing two games in a row. Norwin needed one to stay in the hunt for a postseason spot.

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Belle Vernon girls top Greensburg Salem in Mt. Pleasant tournament
December 28, 2019
Belle Vernon’s stable of young girls basketball players keep performing at a high level this winter, providing some hope for another successful season.

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Latrobe’s Connor Johnson struggles to gain the upper hand on Hempfield’s Nolan Daerr in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield wrestlers hold off upset-minded Latrobe
December 18, 2019
Top-ranked Hempfield came out on top again in a WPIAL Class AAA dual meet, beating Latrobe on Wednesday night, but Spartans coach Tom Dolde wasn’t in a much of a mood to talk about the success.

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Yough’s Kaden Bizzozero practices a dribbling drill while head coach Jim Nesser oversees practice.
Yough boys basketball ready for heavy lifting
December 1, 2019
Inside a weight room at Yough, music blares while players lift and exercise, some methodically traversing from station to station.

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Yough girls’ basketball head coach Mike Gerdich speaks with his players while at practice Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Yough High School.
Yough girls ‘pointing in the right direction’
It might not seem like much, but three victories last season was a big deal for the Yough girls basketball team. The number represented three more successful outings than a winless team in the previous year.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Hudson lays on the frozen field after the Panthers’ 2-0 loss to Lower Dauphin in a PIAA Class 3A state semifinal Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Lower Dauphin freezes out Franklin Regional in PIAA semifinals
November 12, 2019
ALTOONA — Another state semifinal, another loss for the Franklin Regional boys soccer team. But not for the lack of a superb effort did the Panthers succumb on Tuesday night to District 3 champion Lower Dauphin in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller is brought down by Bellwood-Antis linebacker Nick Plank during the second quarter of a PIAA District 6 Class 2A playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Weller Field in Ligonier. Ligonier Valley leads 7-6 at halftime.
Blocked extra point sends Ligonier Valley into District 6 title game
November 9, 2019
After sending all its games into a mercy-rule mode, the Ligonier Valley football team nearly wound up on the short end in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals Saturday night.

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Gateway’s Body makes up for earlier drop, catches winning TD against Bethel Park
November 8, 2019
Patrick Body didn’t want to go home. Not after dropping a pair of passes during a scoreless first half, the second one in the end zone that seemingly would have gone for a touchdown.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller has 
run for 1,651 yards and has scored 
30 touchdowns this season.
Ligonier Valley, Bellwood-Antis set for rematch with District 6 championship berth on the line
November 6, 2019
For the second time in as many years, Ligonier Valley and Bellwood-Antis find themselves opposite one another in the District 6 Class 2A football semifinals, both eyeing a spot in the championship game next weekend.

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Ligonier Valley opens District 6 playoffs with rout of West Shamokin
November 2, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s presumed final football game against a District 6 Heritage Conference opponent before joining the WPIAL next year ended much like the ones before it.

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The regular rotation of offensive and defensive linemen at Ligonier Valley includes, from left, seniors Dunavin Graham, Michael Petrof, Wylie Spiker, Alex Torrance, Christian Jablonski and Gabriel Gonda and sophomore Jude Grzywinski. The seven players average 6-foot-3 and 268 pounds.
Ligonier Valley’s foes must try to break through ‘Great Wall’
October 30, 2019
At a summer football camp in central Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia-area high school coach observed Ligonier Valley’s massive linemen, prompting an impulsive reaction.

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Ligonier Valley won its fourth consecutive Appalachian Bowl by beating Portage on Friday night.
Ligonier Valley routs Portage to win 4th straight Appalachian Bowl
October 26, 2019
Chalk up another Appalachian Bowl rout for the Ligonier Valley football team.

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Southmoreland’s Colt Harper runs against Greensburg Central Catholic on Oct. 25, 2019, at Greensburg Central Catholic.
Greensburg Central Catholic rolls past Southmoreland in playoff tuneup
October 25, 2019
For one half, it was a defensive struggle Friday night at Greensburg Central Catholic.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyrie Miller runs the ball against West Shamokin during District 6 football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
In likely its final Appalachian Bowl appearance, Ligonier Valley aims to take down Portage
Ligonier Valley has shown no sympathy this year, enforcing a 35-point mercy rule in all nine football games to date — outscoring opponents by a combined 421-47.

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Ligonier Valley’s Cage Dowden tries to break away from West Shamokin’s Dylan Wolfe on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley gets ready to say goodbye to Appalachian Bowl
October 23, 2019
Football for Roger Beitel began for real as a player at Penns Manor High School, which is the site of Saturday’s Appalachian Bowl that matches champions of the Heritage and Western Pennsylvania Athletic conferences.

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Ligonier Valley cruises in probable Heritage Conference swan song
October 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s football dominance in the Heritage Conference is no secret, especially to its District 6 opponents, including Blairsville, the latest victim of a Rams machine that has produced 37 consecutive conference victories dating to 2015.

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Woodland Hills brought back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic for the 2019-20 season.
Woodland Hills brings back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic
October 17, 2019
Matt Furjanic’s phone was ringing all day long. So much so that the Rankin native and former Robert Morris men’s basketball coach was liable to have had it pried off his ear.

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Huss paces Derry in rout of Yough
October 11, 2019
Following a year in which Derry played for a WPIAL championship, anything less might feel like a bust.

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Seneca Valley takes scenic route to win over Hempfield
October 5, 2019
The longer the Seneca Valley football team bus meandered through Hempfield late Friday afternoon, searching for a more direct route to Spartan Stadium amid the chaos of homecoming activities, the more Raiders coach Ron Butschle’s stomach churned.

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Behind QB Jared Hartman, Belle Vernon routs Greensburg Salem
September 27, 2019
Jared Hartman, Belle Vernon’s dynamic quarterback/linebacker, a stocky, 6-foot-1, 210-pound rock, typically prefers to not take credit for much of the Leopards’ success without insisting his teammates join in the spotlight.

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Ligonier Valley’s quarterback Sam Sheeder runs the ball against West Shamokin during WPIAL football on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at Ligonier Valley.
Ligonier Valley rolls to another conference win over West Shamokin
September 20, 2019
Ligonier Valley wore throwback jerseys Friday night to honor the former New Florence Wolverines, but the Rams played like their usual selves in a 54-7 rout of visiting West Shamokin.

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Central Catholic drops Hempfield to get back in win column
September 13, 2019
Central Catholic shook off a tough, one-point loss a week ago to North Allegheny with a successful trip Friday night to Hempfield.

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Police work on Park Street in Jeannette where a person was shot outside of McKee Stadium during a Jeannette High football game on Friday night.
Jeannette football remains undefeated; shooting mars night
September 7, 2019
Top-ranked Class A Jeannette stayed unbeaten Friday night, but the result paled when the game with Imani Christian Academy was halted in the fourth quarter after shots were fired outside McKee Stadium.

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QB Cole Spencer passes Pine-Richland past Hempfield
August 31, 2019
Pine-Richland is picking up this year where the Rams left off a year ago in claiming another WPIAL Class 6A football championship, their second in a row and third in five seasons.

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Encouraging signs for Yough boys soccer
August 29, 2019
The numbers in boys soccer are up this season at Yough, where coach Chris Duda is encouraged by increased interest in his playoff-starved program.

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Latrobe edges crosstown rival Derry in overtime
August 24, 2019
As backyard brawls go, this one went overtime.

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Hempfield’s Ashleigh VanHorn (left) works out with teammates during practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Hempfield.
Hempfield girls soccer team zeroes in on defense
August 20, 2019
If you notice the Hempfield girls soccer team getting defensive, it’s nothing personal.

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Hempfield’s Jake Ballantyne will be a key member of the Spartans midfield this season.
Hempfield boys soccer team sees dividends from feeder program
It has been eight years since the Hempfield boys team tasted playoff soccer, and that season ended in a Class 4A, first-round loss to Upper St. Clair.

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Mt. Pleasant wide receiver Jake Johnson had 43 receptions and 11 touchdowns last season.
Mt. Pleasant working to rebound after 2-win season
August 18, 2019
How do you erase the memory of a sad season? Turn around the record, of course.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jonas King makes a reception during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Mt. Pleasant eyes return to winning ways
A stretch of productive seasons that began shortly after the turn of the century earned Mt. Pleasant repeated postseason trips before the Vikings’ fortunes went south the past two years.

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Greensburg Salem’s Cavan Trout participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Veteran team sparks enthusiasm at Greensburg Salem
August 17, 2019
Some time ago, when Dave Keefer was an assistant football coach at Central Catholic, he received a bit of insight from WPIAL coaching legend Art Walker Sr.

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Latrobe quarterback Branden Crosby looks to pass during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe looks to repeat rare postseason appearance
August 16, 2019
Standing on the edge of a field at the athletics complex behind Latrobe High School, Wildcats football coach Jason Marucco couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for the upcoming season.

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Latrobe Quarterback Branden Crosby (14), hands the ball to running back A.J. Rock during practice at Rossi Field in Unity Township, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
Senior running back Rock helps spark culture change at Latrobe
August 15, 2019
A.J. Rock doesn’t hold back his emotions this preseason as he speaks with great conviction about the school’s playoff-hungry football team, insisting the Wildcats are out to change their second-fiddle image.

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Trent Patrick passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7on7 tournament on Thursday July 18, 2019 at Latrobe High School.
Greensburg Salem football faces rugged regular-season schedule
August 12, 2019
High school football training camps officially began Monday, but for Greensburg Salem’s Golden Lions, the season started the minute the 2018 campaign concluded with a first-round WPIAL playoff loss to South Fayette.

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Hempfield’s Jessica Persin reacts after striking out to end the game, as Central Dauphin catcher Hailee Beaver celebrates during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Francis University.
Hempfield softball loses in PIAA Class 6A semifinals
June 11, 2019
LORETTO — Bob Kalp forced a smile not long after his Hempfield softball team fell just short of yet another trip to the state finals.

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Penn Trafford celebrates with Brooke Cleland after her second home against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
No previous PIAA softball playoffs experience necessary for Penn-Trafford
June 9, 2019
Unlike other Westmoreland County softball teams with recent appearances in the PIAA playoffs — Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant, Valley and Yough have won state championships this decade — Penn-Trafford is new to the scene.

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Penn Trafford celebrates Brooke Clelands’ two-run home run against West Allegheny during PIAA 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Peters Township High School.
Penn-Trafford softball tops WPIAL champ West A to advance in PIAA playoffs
June 6, 2019
When Penn-Trafford learned its PIAA quarterfinal opponent after a Class 5A first-round victory earlier this week, the players were giddy.

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California’s Jordan Kearns scores on a sqeeze bunt past Union catcher Bryce Smith during the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Top-seeded California defeats Union for 6th WPIAL baseball title
May 28, 2019
The second time around was bittersweet for California baseball coach Lou Pasquale, who first experienced a WPIAL championship as a Trojans assistant in 2017 before leading the team to a title Tuesday as its head coach.

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Ligonier Valley’s offense grounded in season-ending loss to Chestnut Ridge
May 23, 2019
FISHERTOWN — Ligonier Valley softball fans, agonizing with each run allowed by their beloved Rams on Thursday, momentarily were distracted from the reality of a soon-to-be, season-ending 7-1 loss to top-seeded Chestnut Ridge in the District 5/6 Class 3A semifinals.

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Laurel Highlands upsets No. 2 Franklin Regional in WPIAL semifinals
May 22, 2019
If Scott DeBerry thought he might be dreaming Wednesday afternoon, the ice-water bath that drenched the Laurel Highlands baseball coach surely felt real following the Mustangs’ 4-1 upset of Franklin Regional in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals at West Mifflin.

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Breegle’s clutch single lifts Ligonier Valley past Central in District 5/6 playoffs
May 20, 2019
It took 10 innings for Ligonier Valley to pass its first test in the District 5/6 softball playoffs after it was looking like the Rams didn’t have a prayer.

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Mt. Pleasant edges Yough in battle of softball titans
April 10, 2019
Shades of that PIAA championship victory two years ago kept creeping into Carolyn Alincic’s mind Wednesday as the Mt. Pleasant right-hander navigated her way through another tight game.

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Lincoln Park’s Casey Oliver jumps past Richland defense on an attempted shot on net during the Class AAA PIAA state basketball playoffs on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
Wilder guides Lincoln Park boys past Richland into PIAA Class 3A semifinals
March 16, 2019
Two-time WPIAL champion Lincoln Park is headed to another state semifinal round in boys basketball.

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Vincentian Academy falls short to Shanksville-Stonycreek in PIAA quarterfinals
Ron Moncrief wasn’t shedding tears of sorrow Saturday.

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Central Cambria takes down Beaver girls in PIAA quarterfinals
March 15, 2019
With a lineup dominated by underclassmen, the Beaver girls basketball team still managed to attract some attention this season, playing into the middle of March, despite entering the state tournament as the sixth-place team from the WPIAL playoffs.

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Shady Side Academy’s Ariana Goitz scores between Central Cambria defenders during their PIAA Class 3A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Shady Side Academy girls fall short in PIAA 2nd round; Szlachetka announces retirement
March 12, 2019
Overall, for the Shady Side Academy girls basketball program, mission accomplished.

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Derry’s Donte Klapcharxxxx.
Derry baseball looks to build on last season’s strong finish
March 9, 2019
Injuries early last season propelled the Derry baseball team into oblivion by midseason, but it was an opportunity to build for the future.

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Derry’s Alexis Jellison winds up a pitch for catcher Shelby Glick during softball drills and team practice Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Derry softball returns 8 starters, hopes drop to Class 3A pays off
Could this be a year of playoff success for the Derry softball team?

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Fusco leads Mars past Milton Hershey in PIAA opening round
March 8, 2019
From the Petersen Events Center to Greensburg Salem High School, it was a drastic change in scenery for the WPIAL champion Mars Fightin’ Planets.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak shoots over West Shamokin’s Tyler Lightcap during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley boys turn focus to Beaver Falls, PIAA tournament
March 7, 2019
Ligonier Valley, the only Westmoreland County-based high school whose sports teams compete outside the WPIAL, is getting a rare opportunity to impress its western neighbors in boys basketball.

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Latrobe takes down Hampton in Penguins Cup playoffs
March 4, 2019
Latrobe opened the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs with an emotional victory Monday night, riding the energy of a large, vocal crowd and the offensive expertise of Alex Walker.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak has a tough time going inside against Richland’s Caleb Burke and Kellan Stahl during OT of the District 6 title game March 1, 2019, at Mt. Aloysius College.
Richland knocks off Ligonier Valley boys in overtime in District 6 final
March 1, 2019
These two schools don’t particularly seem to care much for one another.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola scores over West Shamokin defenders during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Ligonier Valley squares off with Richland again in district title game
February 27, 2019
John Berger is hoping for an early birthday present.

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Ligonier Valley’s Marrek Paola (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating West Shamokin, 66-42, to win the Heritage Conference championship Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
District 6 basketball playoffs postponed; Ligonier Valley boys to play Saturday
February 19, 2019
Ligonier Valley’s District 6 playoff schedule in boys basketball will begin a day later as part of a decision to delay most boys and girls games because of a winter storm warning Wednesday.

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