Author: Dean Dellamalva Jr.


Sto-Rox’s Diontae Givens brings down Serra Catholic’s Zack Weber during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal game Nov. 6, 2020, at Sto-Rox.
Fireworks aplenty as Sto-Rox gets past Serra Catholic and into Class 2A finals
November 6, 2020
The WPIAL Class 2A semifinal game between Sto-Rox and Serra Catholic had all the makings of a shootout as two prolific offenses with play-making athletes took the field Friday night.

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Yough’s Makayla Dixon defends Avonworth’s Ava Wert in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
Avonworth surges late to defeat Yough in WPIAL semifinals
November 4, 2020
For nearly 38 minutes, Yough was on its heels but holding its own at Avonworth. However, two late first-half goals propelled the No. 5 Antelopes into the WPIAL Class 2A girls soccer finals with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night at Lenzner Field.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ian Hansen makes a catch as Mars’ Rafael Bartley defends in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson bounces back from loss, routs Mars in Class 4A
October 30, 2020
If there was any thought Thomas Jefferson was in trouble in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs after dropping its regular season finale to McKeesport, the Jaguars quickly squashed that notion Friday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton (19) celebrates after the game-winning touchdown against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Unbeaten Elizabeth Forward hangs on, beats South Allegheny in double OT
October 9, 2020
Over the course of a season, there are games that test a team like no other. Injuries, a tough opponent and a star running back can give that kind of challenge to any team with championship aspirations.

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McGuffey’s Rocco Falosk caries the ball against Charleroi on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
No letdown for McGuffey after big win; Highlanders rout Charleroi
September 18, 2020
McGuffey coach Ed Dalton had to wonder how his team would respond after defeating Washington — one of their biggest wins in recent history — 7-6 last week. Early in a Century Conference game against Charleroi, Dalton probably was worried.

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Monessen quarterback Shane Swope Jr. attempts a pass against Avella on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Avella uses fake punt, interception return to rock Monessen
September 11, 2020
The game could not have started any better for Shane Swope and his debut with the Monessen Greyhounds. However, things turned in the second quarter and left Swope looking for answers.

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Serra Catholic’s Brianna Pasternak dribbles up the court against Penns Manor’s defense in the PIAA Class 2A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Serra Catholic girls bow out of PIAA postseason
March 6, 2020
After suffering losses in the district playoffs, both Serra Catholic and Penns Manor returned to the floor in search of a bounce back effort in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs Friday evening.

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Clairton’s Iyauna Chapman struggles for a rebound with Rochester’s Bethany Barto (31) and Mekenzie Robinson (23) in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Rochester handles Clairton, earns chance to defend Class A girls title
February 25, 2020
Rochester and Clairton met Tuesday night for a chance to play for the Class A title game. The Rams are the reigning champions while the Bears were trying to make it back to the Petersen Events Center for the first time since 2005.

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Charleroi’s Bella Skobel shoots over the East Allegheny defense in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
East Allegheny girls cruise past Charleroi
February 19, 2020
The Charleroi Cougars girls basketball team has excelled this season in competitive, close games. East Allegheny made sure Wednesday night’s Class 3A first-round WPIAL matchup wouldn’t be one of those.

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Indiana’s Lexi Smathers keeps the ball away from McKeesport’s Laila Taylor in a Class 4A WPIAL playoff game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Indiana girls clean glass, knock off shorthanded McKeesport
February 17, 2020
All season long, the McKeesport girls basketball team wreaked havoc on the glass thanks to the play of Jhayla Bray.

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Jackson Pruitt led Jeannette with 20 points Friday night.
Jeannette stops Serra Catholic, takes section title
February 7, 2020
Jeannette won the battle on the glass and made its free throws down the stretch Friday night, holding on for a 56-53 victory over Serra Catholic to become the outright champion of Section 2-2A.

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Uniontown’s Billy Deshields (22) dribbles past Belle Vernon Area’s Jared Hartman (0) Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
Uniontown batters Belle Vernon, looks like team to beat in section
January 3, 2020
The Belle Vernon boys basketball team has made long strides in the second year of head coach Joe Salvino’s tenure on the bench. However, Friday night at Uniontown, the Leopards found out they still have some growing to do in order to contend with the defending section champs.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree runs against OLSH during their game Nov. 1, 2019, at West Mifflin.
Led by Kenlein Ogletree, Clairton knocks OLSH off Class A throne
November 1, 2019
There will be a new WPIAL Class A champion in 2019.

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Gateway’s Derrick Davis runs against McKeesport during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at McKeesport.
Gateway defense has all the answers in rout of McKeesport
October 25, 2019
McKeesport had little trouble scoring in its previous five victories, averaging more than 40 points per game. None of those opponents, however, had defenses as stingy as Gateway’s on Friday night. The Gators had only given up 35 points in Class 5A’s Big East Conference all year.

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Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram runs against Mapletown on Oct. 11, 2019 at Monessen.
Dynamic Beltram leads Monessen past Tri-County South foe Mapletown
October 11, 2019
There was little Mapletown could do to slow down Monessen’s dynamic quarterback Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Too many penalties didn’t hurt the Greyhounds much, either.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson beats the tackle of Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram Sept. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
Fumble return turns tide as Ben Jackson, West Greene run past Monessen
September 20, 2019
Typically one play can be the difference in a high school football game. From there, momentum changes and affects everything.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons (5) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Greensburg Central Catholic on Sept. 6, 2019, at GCC.
Clairton survives 4th quarter Greensburg Central Catholic rally
September 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns but couldn’t convert two fourth-and-goal opportunities in the game’s waning moments, giving Clairton a 21-14 victory in a key Eastern Conference matchup Friday night.

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Yough’s Michael Bell competes against Beaver in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals May 22, 2019, at Washington & Jefferson.
Beaver baseball rallies in 7th inning to defeat No. 2 Yough
May 22, 2019
The Yough baseball team was three outs away from earning its first trip to the WPIAL finals Wednesday afternoon.

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Sto-Rox’s Diontae Givens brings down Serra Catholic’s Zack Weber during their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal game Nov. 6, 2020, at Sto-Rox.
Fireworks aplenty as Sto-Rox gets past Serra Catholic and into Class 2A finals
November 6, 2020
The WPIAL Class 2A semifinal game between Sto-Rox and Serra Catholic had all the makings of a shootout as two prolific offenses with play-making athletes took the field Friday night.

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Yough’s Makayla Dixon defends Avonworth’s Ava Wert in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
Avonworth surges late to defeat Yough in WPIAL semifinals
November 4, 2020
For nearly 38 minutes, Yough was on its heels but holding its own at Avonworth. However, two late first-half goals propelled the No. 5 Antelopes into the WPIAL Class 2A girls soccer finals with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night at Lenzner Field.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Ian Hansen makes a catch as Mars’ Rafael Bartley defends in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson bounces back from loss, routs Mars in Class 4A
October 30, 2020
If there was any thought Thomas Jefferson was in trouble in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs after dropping its regular season finale to McKeesport, the Jaguars quickly squashed that notion Friday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton (19) celebrates after the game-winning touchdown against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Unbeaten Elizabeth Forward hangs on, beats South Allegheny in double OT
October 9, 2020
Over the course of a season, there are games that test a team like no other. Injuries, a tough opponent and a star running back can give that kind of challenge to any team with championship aspirations.

Read More...

McGuffey’s Rocco Falosk caries the ball against Charleroi on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
No letdown for McGuffey after big win; Highlanders rout Charleroi
September 18, 2020
McGuffey coach Ed Dalton had to wonder how his team would respond after defeating Washington — one of their biggest wins in recent history — 7-6 last week. Early in a Century Conference game against Charleroi, Dalton probably was worried.

Read More...

Monessen quarterback Shane Swope Jr. attempts a pass against Avella on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.
Avella uses fake punt, interception return to rock Monessen
September 11, 2020
The game could not have started any better for Shane Swope and his debut with the Monessen Greyhounds. However, things turned in the second quarter and left Swope looking for answers.

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Serra Catholic’s Brianna Pasternak dribbles up the court against Penns Manor’s defense in the PIAA Class 2A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Serra Catholic girls bow out of PIAA postseason
March 6, 2020
After suffering losses in the district playoffs, both Serra Catholic and Penns Manor returned to the floor in search of a bounce back effort in the PIAA Class 2A playoffs Friday evening.

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Clairton’s Iyauna Chapman struggles for a rebound with Rochester’s Bethany Barto (31) and Mekenzie Robinson (23) in a WPIAL Class A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Rochester handles Clairton, earns chance to defend Class A girls title
February 25, 2020
Rochester and Clairton met Tuesday night for a chance to play for the Class A title game. The Rams are the reigning champions while the Bears were trying to make it back to the Petersen Events Center for the first time since 2005.

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Charleroi’s Bella Skobel shoots over the East Allegheny defense in a WPIAL Class 3A playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
East Allegheny girls cruise past Charleroi
February 19, 2020
The Charleroi Cougars girls basketball team has excelled this season in competitive, close games. East Allegheny made sure Wednesday night’s Class 3A first-round WPIAL matchup wouldn’t be one of those.

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Indiana’s Lexi Smathers keeps the ball away from McKeesport’s Laila Taylor in a Class 4A WPIAL playoff game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Indiana girls clean glass, knock off shorthanded McKeesport
February 17, 2020
All season long, the McKeesport girls basketball team wreaked havoc on the glass thanks to the play of Jhayla Bray.

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Jackson Pruitt led Jeannette with 20 points Friday night.
Jeannette stops Serra Catholic, takes section title
February 7, 2020
Jeannette won the battle on the glass and made its free throws down the stretch Friday night, holding on for a 56-53 victory over Serra Catholic to become the outright champion of Section 2-2A.

Read More...

Uniontown’s Billy Deshields (22) dribbles past Belle Vernon Area’s Jared Hartman (0) Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.
Uniontown batters Belle Vernon, looks like team to beat in section
January 3, 2020
The Belle Vernon boys basketball team has made long strides in the second year of head coach Joe Salvino’s tenure on the bench. However, Friday night at Uniontown, the Leopards found out they still have some growing to do in order to contend with the defending section champs.

Read More...

Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree runs against OLSH during their game Nov. 1, 2019, at West Mifflin.
Led by Kenlein Ogletree, Clairton knocks OLSH off Class A throne
November 1, 2019
There will be a new WPIAL Class A champion in 2019.

Read More...

Gateway’s Derrick Davis runs against McKeesport during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at McKeesport.
Gateway defense has all the answers in rout of McKeesport
October 25, 2019
McKeesport had little trouble scoring in its previous five victories, averaging more than 40 points per game. None of those opponents, however, had defenses as stingy as Gateway’s on Friday night. The Gators had only given up 35 points in Class 5A’s Big East Conference all year.

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Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram runs against Mapletown on Oct. 11, 2019 at Monessen.
Dynamic Beltram leads Monessen past Tri-County South foe Mapletown
October 11, 2019
There was little Mapletown could do to slow down Monessen’s dynamic quarterback Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Too many penalties didn’t hurt the Greyhounds much, either.

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West Greene’s Ben Jackson beats the tackle of Monessen’s Isaiah Beltram Sept. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
Fumble return turns tide as Ben Jackson, West Greene run past Monessen
September 20, 2019
Typically one play can be the difference in a high school football game. From there, momentum changes and affects everything.

Read More...

Clairton’s Brendan Parsons (5) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Greensburg Central Catholic on Sept. 6, 2019, at GCC.
Clairton survives 4th quarter Greensburg Central Catholic rally
September 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns but couldn’t convert two fourth-and-goal opportunities in the game’s waning moments, giving Clairton a 21-14 victory in a key Eastern Conference matchup Friday night.

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Yough’s Michael Bell competes against Beaver in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals May 22, 2019, at Washington & Jefferson.
Beaver baseball rallies in 7th inning to defeat No. 2 Yough
May 22, 2019
The Yough baseball team was three outs away from earning its first trip to the WPIAL finals Wednesday afternoon.

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