Author: Dean Dellamalva Jr.


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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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.

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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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