Author: Dave Mackall


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 Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Coach Berger brings calming influence to Ligonier Valley boys
February 17, 2019
The coach at Ligonier Valley has changed, but the core group of players remained the same, providing an opportunity for another banner year in boys basketball after last season’s District 6-3A championship and PIAA first-round ouster.

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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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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
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 Michael Marinchak works against West Shamokin’s Jack McCullough during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at IUP.
Coach Berger brings calming influence to Ligonier Valley boys
February 17, 2019
The coach at Ligonier Valley has changed, but the core group of players remained the same, providing an opportunity for another banner year in boys basketball after last season’s District 6-3A championship and PIAA first-round ouster.

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