Author: Don Rebel


Greensburg Central Catholic’s Amari Mack runs the ball against Clairton last Friday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 5, 2022: GCC, Frazier set for Thursday night football
October 5, 2022
The second half of the high school football regular season begins with a bang with not one but two district games slated for Thursday.

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Steel Valley’s Antonio Bray carries past Sto-Rox’s Eric McGuire (7) and Mekhi Upshaw on Sept. 2 in McKees Rocks.
Trib 10: 2 new teams enter WPIAL football power rankings
Midnight struck for one of the surprise football teams in the WPIAL in Week 5. Now how do they respond “the next day?”

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North Allegheny’s Natalie Figura plays the ball against Fox Chapel on Sept. 14.
WPIAL girls soccer playoff clinchings through Oct. 5, 2022
Section play in the regular season in the 2022 WPIAL girls soccer season has just over one week remaining. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Sewickley Academy tennis against Blackhawk on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Lettsdale.
Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley Academy earn top seeds for WPIAL tennis playoffs
Last year was the Year of the Panthers in WPIAL girls team tennis.

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Plum’s Tyler Yurisinec battles Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson for possession during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at Plum High School.
WPIAL boys soccer clinchings through Oct. 4, 2022
October 4, 2022
Section play in the regular season in the 2022 WPIAL boys soccer season has just over one week remaining. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Lexie Botti battles for possession against Springdale on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Springdale.
What to watch in WPIAL sports for Oct. 5, 2022: Top 4 Section 1-A soccer teams to face off
As time winds down on section play in WPIAL girls soccer, the focus turns toward capturing one of the top four spots in each section to earn a berth in the district postseason in two and a half weeks.

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Central Valley’s Brett FitzSimmons takes a hand-off from Steve Rutherford during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Center.
Trib HSSN state high school football rankings for Oct. 4, 2022
It’s the midway point of the 2022 high school football regular season, and it’s time for the elite teams in the state to flex their muscles heading into the second half.

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North Allegheny’s Maddie Fickess hits against Freeport on Aug. 29 at North Allegheny.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 4, 2022: First place on the line in volleyball sections
October 3, 2022
With three weeks left in WPIAL girls volleyball section play, five matches are set for Tuesday with at least a share of first place up for grabs.

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Montour quarterback Jake Wolfe throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week 2022: Week 5
Montour quarterback Jake Wolfe was enjoying a good season through the first five games. He had thrown for 347 yards on 32 completions with four touchdown passes and two scoring runs as the Spartans entered Week 5 and the midway point of the regular season with a 2-3 overall record.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer plays in the WPIAL Class 2A girls singles tennis championship Thursday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Hampton Community Park.
Knoch, Shady Side Academy duos earn top seeds for WPIAL doubles tournament
In 2019, with Libby Conlan and in 2020 with Brooke Bauer, Ally Bauer of Knoch was part of the winning duo that won WPIAL girls tennis doubles gold.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher carries against Belle Vernon on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week 2022: Week 5
October 2, 2022
Entering a Week 5 Class 4A Big Seven Conference home game, Laurel Highlands was coming off a big road win at Latrobe and had won two of its last three games.

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Gateway’s Dallas Harper catches a long pass in front of Hempfield’s Daniel Katonka during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Spartan Stadium.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Oct. 3, 2022
There is nothing to be frightened about when it comes to our coverage of WPIAL high school sports in the month of October, starting this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Latrobe goalkeeper Sofia DeCerb makes a save next to Plum’s Camryn Rogers during their game on Sept. 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Oct. 3, 2022: First place up for grabs in girls soccer
With two weeks left in WPIAL girls soccer section play, time is running out in the chase for section titles.

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Woodland Hills receiver DeVaughn ‘Sonny” McClinton works out during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 5
September 29, 2022
The second half of the 2022 regular season begins on the final day of September. While there is still a lot of football left, five of the six games below are for at least a share of first place in their respective conferences.

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Allderdice’s Cornell Weems battles Westinghouse’s Keyshaun Robinson for a pass last Thursday at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 29, 2022: Allderdice looks to clinch playoff spot
Midway through the high school football season, Week 5 kicks off Thursday with City League action from Cupples Stadium.

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North Allegheny’s Tyree Alualu leads the Tigers onto the field before the start of their game against Central Catholic last Friday at West Mifflin.
Trib 10: Big midseason shake-up in power rankings
September 28, 2022
Several head-to-head matchups between Trib 10 teams in Week 4 has led to sweeping changes as we hit the midway point of the WPIAL football regular season.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Leah Kessler works against Bethel Park’s Marena Chernicky last Wednesday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 28, 2022: Top 4A girls soccer teams look to break logjam
September 27, 2022
It has become crowded at the top of Section 2-4A in WPIAL girls soccer.

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Aliquippa’s D.J. Walker works out on Aug. 11, 2022, in Aliquippa.
Trib HSSN State High School Football Rankings for Sept. 27, 2022
Once again, there were few changes in the weekly Trib HSSN state football rankings as we have reached the midway point of the 2022 regular season.

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Plum’s Benjamin Pittman battles Franklin Regional’s Nikolas Rupnik for a header during their WPIAL Section 4-3A game Sept. 1 in Murrysville.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 27, 2022: Plum, Franklin Regional renew rivalry
September 26, 2022
The second half of section play around WPIAL boys soccer begins for many teams Tuesday with 47 section matches on the schedule.

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Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for 2022 Week 4
Following a winless 2019 season and a total of four wins in 2020 and 2021 combined, losing the first three games of this season made it seem like another long fall was ahead for West Mifflin football.

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Derry’s Hunter Jurica lines up his putt on Hole 9 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 26, 2022: Golfers begin championship tournaments
September 25, 2022
The top district golfers in Class 2A boys and in both 3A and 2A girls will put ball on tee Monday morning to begin the first two rounds of the WPIAL golf championships.

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Beaver Falls quarterback Jaren Brickner works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Beaver Falls.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2022 Week 4
The smart little pig that built his house with brick was able to survive and thrive the menacing big bad wolf.

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Central Catholic’s Vernon Settles stiff-arms North Allegheny’s Kevin O’Donnell during the fourth quarter on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Sept. 26, 2022
We don’t need a calendar to tell us. An autumn chill is in the air as we close out the month of September with plenty of fall high school sports broadcasts this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Members of the Chartiers Valley girls volleyball team pose for a photo after the 2022 Canon-McMillan tournament.
Chartiers Valley girls volleyball adjusts to new section opponents
September 24, 2022
Every two years based on enrollment numbers, the PIAA sets the parameters for each classification in every high school sport. The WPIAL then sets up sections in each sport based on which schools are in each class.

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The 2022 Chartiers Valley girls cross country team
Chartiers Valley runners set sights on qualifying for PIAA meet
September 22, 2022
The Chartiers Valley boys and girls cross country teams are not shy about their goals this fall.

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Mt. Lebanon quarterback David Shields throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 4
Following two straight weeks of ultra-competitive games, the opening weekend of conference play landed some big-time eyebrow raisers as the Trib HSSN top-ranked teams in Class 6A, 5A and 3A all lost.

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Westinghouse’s Sincere Smith (8) attempts to catch a pass in the end zone but it is broken up by the Allderdice defense during the 2021 City League championship game at Cupples Stadium.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 22, 2022: City League football championship rematch
September 21, 2022
Week 4 of the high school football season begins with a possible preview of the District 8 championship game later this fall.

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Penn-Trafford’s Conlan Greene looks to run early in the first half against Belle Vernon last Friday.
Trib 10: Tumultuous Week 3 shakes up power rankings
Week 3 of the WPIAL football season may be remembered as Freaky Friday.

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North Allegheny’s Sophia Palermo fights for the ball against Fox Chapel on Sept. 14.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 21, 2022: North Allegheny, Seneca Valley collide in girls soccer
September 20, 2022
The first day of autumn brings another warm day throughout the district, as well as a red-hot matchup on the pitch in WPIAL Class 6A girls soccer.

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Central Valley quarterback Antwon Johnson throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 20, 2022
As tidal waves of surprises crashed down on the heads of WPIAL top-ranked teams in Week 2, the rest of the elite teams in the state were closing out victories, making for little movement in the weekly Trib HSSN state football rankings this week.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close returns a volley against Knoch’s Ally Bauer during the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A championship match.
Defending champ, freshman sensation earn WPIAL girls tennis top seeds
Defending champion Ashley Close of Sewickley Academy has earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming WPIAL Class 2A girls singles tennis championships.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 19, 2022: Boys soccer teams thriving in new sections
September 19, 2022
A drop down in classification has helped a pair of district boys soccer teams that are shooting for first place in their respective sections on a busy night of WPIAL boys soccer.

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McKeesport quarterback Jahmil Perryman pitches the ball during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for 2022 Week 3
Through Week 2 of the high school football season, McKeesport senior Bobby Boyd was dominating on both sides of the ball.

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Plum’s Camryn Rogers scores past Latrobe’s Ava Yurko and goalkeeper Sofia DeCerb during the first half on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 19, 2022: Girls soccer showdowns scheduled
September 18, 2022
Another big week of district soccer begins Monday with a showdown for first place in girls WPIAL Class 3A.

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Peters Twp.’s Reston Lehman celebrates after scoring on a fumble recovery against South Fayette on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, at Peters.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Sept. 19, 2022
Let the transition begin as we say so long to summer and hello to autumn with plenty of fall high school sports broadcasts this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips finds space to run during the first half of the Spartans’ 48-7 victory over Shaler on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Titan Stadium.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week 2022: Week 3
In an effort to instill confidence, trust and more leadership, second-year Hempfield coach Mike Brown decided against naming four team captains and instead asked 11 seniors to guide what they call the “leadership group.”

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South Fayette’s Dom Monz catches a pass during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 3
September 15, 2022
If the district playoffs are Christmas for high school football fans, then Week 3 is like Thanksgiving Day.

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Westinghouse’s Sincere Smith (8) attempts to elude Allderdice defender Brandon Massie during last year’s City League championship game at Cupples Stadium.
What to watch for in high school sports on Sept. 15, 2022: Thursday night football in the City League
For the first time this high school football season, a weekend of district gridiron action kicks off on Thursday.

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Peters Township running back Richie Woods carries the ball during a preseason practice.
Trib 10: Conference openers ahead for many top teams in power rankings
September 14, 2022
Week 3 and the start of conference play. It’s like opening up that first Christmas catalog as a kid and going to town on the wish list.

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Moon’s Kayla Leseck heads the ball during the PIAA Class 4A championship game last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 14, 2022: Tough Moon defense to face test
September 13, 2022
Last fall, the Moon girls soccer team got very defensive in the district postseason.

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Gateway’s Jaquan Reynolds (left) and Malachi Moore (right) celebrate a second-half touchdown in a 20-17 victory over North Hills on Friday.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 13, 2022
A pair of top-ranked teams in the weekly Trib HSSN state football rankings tasted defeat in Week 1, yet both held on to their top spot in a week that featured little movement.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler finishes third in the Class 3A girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships last year.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 13, 2022: Runners begin section competition
September 12, 2022
Many people around the area will take advantage of a nice, late summer day Tuesday with some sort of run, jog or brisk walk at a nearby park.

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Ellwood City’s Brighton Mariacher scores during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week 2022: Week 2
When Ellwood City sophomore running back Elijah Palmer-McCaine scored the second of his three touchdowns in Week 2 in the first quarter that put the Wolverines up for good, little did he know that he was making history.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 12, 2022: TJ, Laurel Highlands vie for top spot
September 11, 2022
We inch our way toward the middle of September with a busy night of WPIAL girls soccer section action.

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Shaler running back Luke Cignetti (right) works during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week 2022: Week 2
When it comes to finishing off drives in the end zone, Shaler senior running back Luke Cignetti enjoys them in all shapes and sizes, knowing it all leads to six points on the scoreboard.

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Peters Township quarterback Chris Cibrone throws a pass during a preseason practice.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Sept. 12, 2022
We hit the middle of the first month of the fall sports season with a great long-term forecast, both weather-wise and with broadcast coverage this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Baldwin’s John Kozar works out in the rain at a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 2
September 8, 2022
Welcome to Week 2 of the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 8, 2022: Defending golf champs meet again
Call it the Clash of the Golf Champions II.

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Mars’ Mason Childress celebrates with Eric Kasperowicz after Kasperowicz’s touchdown run against Montour Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Montour High School.
Aliquippa remains atop Trib 10 power rankings while 3 new teams enter
September 7, 2022
A competitive Week 1 led to three changes from the debut Trib 10 of the 2022 season last week.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 7, 2022: South Hills girls soccer rivals to clash
September 6, 2022
Between them, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair have won 14 WPIAL girls soccer titles since the Blue Devils captured the very first district championship awarded in 1983.

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Aliquippa quarterback Quentin Goode throws a pass during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 6, 2022
Losses in the weekly Trib HSSN state football rankings can produce a slight tumble, a free fall or nothing at all.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 6, 2022: Section girls volleyball openers on tap
September 5, 2022
With the picnic gear put away following the holiday weekend, high school sports returns with a busy night of section openers in WPIAL girls volleyball.

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Bethel Park’s Austin Caye works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Bethel Park.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week 2022: Week 1
Historically, Mt. Lebanon has had the better of their rivals south on Route 19, leading Bethel Park, 45-13, in the all-time series.

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McKeesport senior Ahmir Culmer is wrapped up by Penn-Trafford senior defensive back Tommy Kalkstein for minimal gain during the first half on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Warrior Stadium in Harrison City.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Sept. 5, 2022
September 4, 2022
With opening weekend of the high school football season in the rearview mirror, we extend the scholastic sports menu this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Steel Valley quarterback Cruce Brookins carries for a touchdown against Sto-Rox on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in McKees Rocks.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week 2022: Week 1
Steel Valley senior quarterback Cruce Brookins believes in his abilities on the football field. He also has great trust in his offensive line.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner works out during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week 1
September 1, 2022
Welcome to Week 1 of the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Sewickley Academy goalkeeper Cooper Wentz makes a save against Beaver County Christian last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 1, 2022: Top teams meet on busy night of boys soccer
August 31, 2022
Welcome to September, where the thought of fall colors and cooler temperatures down the road may help deal with another summer-like day around the various district athletic fields.

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Aliquippa coach Mike Warfield works with his team during a preseason practice.
Trib 10: Aliquippa tops season’s 1st power rankings
With Zero results in the books, so to speak, which district teams are feeling enough power to earn a spot in the first Trib 10 of the 2022 season?

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Aug. 31, 2022: South Hills soccer showdown in spotlight
August 30, 2022
We close out the month of August with another busy evening of WPIAL girls soccer on the pitch.

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Aliquippa’s Marques Council Jr. works out during a preseason practice.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Aug. 30, 2022
Another high school football season is upon us as we present the first edition of the 2022 Trib HSSN PIAA weekly state rankings.

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The Hampton boys soccer team celebrates its WPIAL championship last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Aug. 30, 2022: Section play begins in boys soccer
August 29, 2022
Ready or not, the WPIAL begins its section schedule for the 2022 boys high school soccer season Tuesday.

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Mars’ Aidan Alessio spins out of the tackle attempt by Montour’s Jake Wolfe on Friday.
Trib HSSN football team of the week for 2022 Week Zero
The Mars football program had a rare down year in 2021. The Fightin’ Planets not only missed the postseason for only the fifth time in the last 30 years, but they also finished 2-8 overall with one of those wins coming via forfeit.

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The Avonworth girls soccer team celebrates after Fiona Mahan scored to win the Class 2A final last year.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Aug. 29, 2022: Girls soccer section play begins
August 28, 2022
Three days into another girls high school soccer season, the district rolls out the red carpet on the start of section play around the WPIAL on Monday.

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Gateway takes the field before the start of its season opener against Mt. Lebanon on Friday.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Aug. 29, 2022
With opening weekend of the high school football season in the rearview mirror, we extend the scholastic sports menu this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Conlan Greene throws during the Larry Sellitto Memorial 7-on-7 passing tournament Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week 2022: Week Zero
At Penn-Trafford, they love their green and gold.

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Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
August 26, 2022
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
August 25, 2022
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Butler looking to build off most successful season in 25 years
Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.

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Albert Gallatin football loving the independent life
These are the glory days of high school football at Albert Gallatin.

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Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Seneca Valley’s Chris D’Appalonia works out on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at NexTier Stadium.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2022 Week Zero
Welcome to the 2022 WPIAL football season.

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Carlynton quarterback Devonte Dean throws during practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 at Carlynton High School.
Carlynton working to end playoff drought
August 24, 2022
Twenty-one years.

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Burgettstown’s Corbin Harrison works out on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, in Burgettstown.
Burgettstown brings momentum into new Black Hills Conference
Burgettstown returned to the playoffs in 2021 for the sixth time in seven years thanks to a strong finish with three straight regular season must-wins.

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Canevin quarterback Kole Olszewski throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
Championship roster almost entirely intact as Bishop Canevin aims to defend WPIAL title
Two years removed from a one-win season, Bishop Canevin quickly built a solid foundation for the football program that led to the school’s first WPIAL championship since 1990 last fall.

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Mohawk football season on hold amidst hazing allegation
August 23, 2022
As 117 WPIAL football teams prepare to begin their new season this weekend with a Week Zero game or a second scrimmage, one district team’s season is on hold after allegations surfaced of a possible hazing incident within the team.

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Montour’s John Midili catches a pass on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Robinson.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Aug. 22, 2022
August 21, 2022
Let the games begin! We kick off another high school sports season with the start of scholastic football in the heat of August this weekend on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Keystone Oaks quarterback Nick Buckley throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
After smooth coaching transition, resilient Keystone Oaks ready for another run
After eight successful seasons in which he went 45-34, Greg Perry left as Keystone Oaks football coach in the offseason, in part because of a cut in pay for his assistant coaches.

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Chartiers Valley soccer teams determined to get back on playoff path
August 20, 2022
Five years ago, the Chartiers Valley soccer teams were in contender mode. The boys team finished 16-5 and reached the WPIAL semifinals. The girls squad was 12-6-1, tied for second in its section.

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Pittsburgh Central Catholic quarterback Peyton Wehner throws during the Willie Thrower quarterback camp in July at Valley High School.
WPIAL Class 6A football breakdown: In tiny field of 5, contenders line up to take shot at Mt. Lebanon
At its zenith, the highest classification in the WPIAL, then called Quad-A, had 28 teams in the early 2000s.

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South Park’s Sean Saunders works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in South Park.
South Park looks to regain winning ways after tough season
August 16, 2022
South Park enters the new season in rebound mode.

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Avonworth quarterback Nate Harper throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Ohio Twp.
Avonworth hopes to climb to top of Western Hills and beyond
When it comes to consistently excellent football programs in the district, Avonworth is right there in the conversation.

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McKeesport’s Devin Long works out on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in McKeesport.
After close call last year, McKeesport hopes to make a run at Class 4A gold
August 15, 2022
Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher used to say, “there is a fine line between winning and losing in the NFL.”

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Montour quarterback Jake Wolfe throws a pass on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in Robinson.
Experience puts Montour in the mix as a challenger in deep Class 4A field
August 13, 2022
For the last 17 years under Lou Cerro, the Montour football program has always competed.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne Jr. scores during practice on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Collier.
Chartiers Valley hopes to be a Payne for Parkway Conference foes
When he was hired in April to replace Dan Knause as head coach of the Chartiers Valley football program, one of the first thoughts Aaron Fitzpatrick had was, ‘It’s go time.’

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West Allegheny’s Nodin Tracy works out on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in North Fayette.
After injuries derailed last season, West Allegheny brings back experienced roster
Every football team has to deal with injuries.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jamaal Brown carries the ball during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair loaded with returning starters, ready for another playoff run
August 10, 2022
After finishing in second place in the balanced Class 5A Allegheny Six Conference a year ago, Upper St. Clair qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for a 22nd straight year.

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Seneca Valley’s Luke Lawson works out Monday at NexTier Stadium.
Experienced Seneca Valley squad ready to make a run for gold in Class 6A
August 8, 2022
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 26.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Kade Capristo works out with the linemen during practice Aug. 2 in Mt. Lebanon.
Perfection in the past, Mt. Lebanon starts new season with lots of fresh faces
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 26.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner works out on Aug. 1 in Oakland.
Central Catholic looking to regain championship swagger
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 26.

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Canon-McMillan quarterback Mikey Evans rolls out to pass on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Big Macs Stadium.
Canon-McMillan looks to join elite in shrinking Class 6A
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 26.

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North Allegheny quarterback Logan Kushner (left) works out with Khyrin Boyd on Monday in McCandless.
North Allegheny expects to be in the title mix in Class 6A
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 26.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko watches a Blue Devils’ preseason practice last year.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Scrimmage schedule set
August 6, 2022
Monday marks the start of the mandatory heat acclimation week for high school football teams across the state.

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Bishop Canevin’s Xavier Nelson intercepts a pass intended for OLSH’s Zion McIntosh during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game last season.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Saturday football hasn’t completely disappeared from WPIAL schedules
August 5, 2022
Are you old enough to remember when high school football carried a nice one-two punch every weekend?

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Captains from Clairton and Riverview meet with the referee before a 2018 game.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Rule change impacts intentional grounding calls
August 3, 2022
Many fans may think they are experts on the rules of high school football, making sure everybody in their section knows when they have witnessed a “bad call.”

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Serra Catholic celebrates after defeating Beaver Falls in the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A championship game at Heinz Field.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: New WPIAL playoff format limits wild cards
August 2, 2022
The term “wild card” has become synonymous with playoff formats.

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Jon LeDonne has moved on from Penn Hills to replace Steve Campos as head coach at Pine-Richland.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Nearly 3 dozen teams welcome new coaches
August 1, 2022
New faces, new places, new hopes, new dreams.

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield celebrates with his team after defeating Bishop McDevitt, 34-27, in the PIAA Class 4A championship game on Thursday, Dec. 49, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Countdown to kickoff 2022: Flashback to 2021 WPIAL high school football season
July 31, 2022
While the Trib HSSN staff prepares you like no other for the upcoming 2022 high school football season over the next three weeks, let’s start our Countdown to Kickoff 2022 with a refresher course on a historic season.

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Chartiers Valley poses with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Mars in the Class 2A finals May 25 at Robert Morris.
Girls lacrosse champs headline successful school year for Chartiers Valley sports
July 23, 2022
There is change in the air on several fronts as Chartiers Valley’s athletic programs prepare for the 2022-2023 season.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne (left) scored seven touchdowns last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne
July 10, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno watches her tee shot on No. 18 during the WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship on Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
Success across sports spectrum leads Greensburg CC to Trib Cup in Class A
July 9, 2022
The battle for the HSSN Trib Cup in Class A in 2021-2022 turned into one of the closest and most unique battles where overall success won out.

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The Neshannock girls basketball team celebrates after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A championship game March 25 at Giant Center in Hershey.
State champion girls basketball, softball, spirit teams lift Neshannock to Trib Cup in Class 2A
July 8, 2022
After finishing second in the HSSN Trib Cup standings a year ago, Neshannock used a perfect season to claim the top spot.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco celebrates with Dacia Lewandowski after defeating Freedom in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Behind 3 WPIAL champions, North Catholic lifts 3rd straight Trib Cup in Class 3A
July 7, 2022
The North Catholic victory tradition continued to ring loud and clear this past school year.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer celebrates a tackle for loss against Hampton on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero carries the WPIAL championship trophy from the court after defeating Montour in Class 4A final on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Bolstered by 5 WPIAL championship teams, Quaker Valley captures Class 4A Trib Cup
July 6, 2022
Mike Mastroianni was in a no lose situation in this year’s race for the Trib HSSN Cup in Class 4A. He is the athletic director and boys basketball coach at Quaker Valley while he lives in the Montour school district.

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The Hampton boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating West Allegheny, 1-0, in the Class 3A final on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Highmark Stadium.
Championship teams guide Hampton to top of Class 5A Trib Cup standings
July 5, 2022
Hampton captured three district championships and one state title this past school year, with three of those four coming during the fall sports season.

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North Allegheny seniors celebrate with the trophy after beating Seneca Valley in the WPIAL Class 3A boys volleyball championship Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
North Allegheny again finishes atop Class 6A Trib Cup standings
July 4, 2022
North Allegheny winning the Trib HSSN Cup comes as no surprise. The fact that it was closer than usual made things interesting in the 6A chase.

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Beaver’s Payton List brings the ball upcourt against Montour on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Beaver Area High School.
Beaver’s Payton List tabbed Trib HSSN Girls Athlete of the Year
July 2, 2022
Specialization in one sport became the thing to do for high school athletes in the early years of this century.

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Seneca Valley’s Luke Lawson competes during the 2021 season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Seneca Valley’s Luke Lawson
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Dori Oldaker claps to encourage her team during a 2019 game against Bethel Park.
Championship girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker steps down at Mt. Lebanon to take spot in South Fayette stands
June 29, 2022
One of the top basketball coaches in the state is putting down her whiteboard and whistle and is preparing to be a fan.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner competes during the 2021 football season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner
June 27, 2022
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List delivers against Freeport during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Mars.
2022 Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Year: Beaver’s Payton List
2022 Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Year

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Chartiers Valley softball season punctuated by memorable playoff wins
June 25, 2022
Success isn’t always measured by championships.

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Chartiers Valley’s Sage Gojsovich, Hallie Cowan and Josie Jones celebrate with Juliana Betts (6) after scoring a goal against Mars in the WPIAL Class 2A girls lacrosse championship game May 25 at Robert Morris.
Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse catches lightning in a bottle in WPIAL championship season
The Chartiers Valley girls basketball team’s run of three straight WPIAL championships ended this past season.

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Union starting pitcher Mia Pruehs throws against West Greene in the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday June 1, 2002 at California University.
2022 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Softball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
June 24, 2022
This spring, those sitting at head of the softball class had a clear view of so many individual and team standout performances.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young scores against Central Catholic on Friday, April 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
2022 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Baseball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
This spring, those sitting at head of the baseball class had a chance to see a lot of thrilling title runs and some great encore performances.

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Bethel Park’s David Kessler celebrates his double against Selinsgrove during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game June 17 at Penn State.
Trib 10: 4 WPIAL baseball, softball teams end season with PIAA gold
June 22, 2022
The 2022 WPIAL baseball and softball season are in the books.

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Mt. Lebanon lineman Kade Capristo
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Mt. Lebanon’s Kade Capristo
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Neshannock pitcher Addyson Frye hugs head coach Jackie Lash after receiving her gold medal after defeating Conwell-Egan, 4-1, in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game June 17 at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Final 2022 Softball State Rankings
June 21, 2022
Six new PIAA champions were crowned last week at Penn State, thus concluding the 2022 softball season.

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Bethel Park’s Cody Geddes celebrates his solo home run next to Ray Altmeyer during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Selinsgrove on June 17 at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Final 2022 State Baseball Rankings
Five new champions and one repeat winner are celebrating 2022 PIAA baseball championships after last week’s finals at Penn State.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay celebrates her double against Conwell-Egan during the PIAA Class 2A championship game on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for the week ending June 20, 2022
June 20, 2022
Perfection is hard to achieve.

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Avonworth pitcher Alivia Lantzy celebrates with teammates after defeating Lewisburg in the PIAA Class 3A state championship game.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Week ending June 19, 2022
The deer may be home, home on the range, but the Antelopes are celebrating in that rare golden field, where only district and state champions go to play.

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Bethel Park pitcher Evan Holewinski throws against West Allegheny during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at W&J.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: Week ending June 19, 2022
June 19, 2022
When it comes to bright lights on the big stage, Bethel Park junior Evan Holewinski doesn’t crave the spotlight, he just wants his toe on the rubber in the big game.

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Montour seniors accept the state championship trophy after defeating Holy Ghost, 10-9, in the PIAA Class 4A final on June 16, 2022, at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for the week ending June 19, 2022
Perhaps the Montour baseball team should celebrate the programs first PIAA championship at Kennywood Park, because it was an emotional roller coaster of a season for the Spartans.

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McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd rushed for 1,545 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd Jr.
Editor’s note: The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Bethel Park’s Nate Vargo smiles after his bunt brought in two runs against West Allegheny during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal June 9.
2022 PIAA Class 5A baseball championship preview: Bethel Park vs. Selinsgrove
June 15, 2022
PIAA Class 5A baseball championship

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Neshannock pitcher Sebastian Coiro celebrates a strikeout against Burgettstown during their PIAA Class 2A state semifinal Monday.
2022 PIAA Class 2A baseball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Everett
PIAA Class 2A baseball championship

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Montour pitcher Dylan Mathiesen throws against West Mifflin during their PIAA Class 4A state semifinal Monday.
2022 PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: Montour vs. Holy Ghost Prep
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship

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Seneca Valley’s Maddie Gross is greeted at home after a two-run homer against North Allegheny in the WPIAL 6A softball championship game June 1.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for June 14, 2022
June 14, 2022
Twelve softball teams from across the state have punched their tickets for the final destination of the season: Penn State.

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Bethel Park’s Ryan Petras (right) celebrates with Raymond Altmeyer after scoring against West Allegheny during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday.
Trib HSSN Baseball State Rankings for June 14, 2022
The path is complete and the stage is set for the 2022 PIAA baseball championships at Penn State on Thursday and Friday.

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Seneca Valley’s Lexie Hames is greeted after a home run against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A championship Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: Week ending June 12, 2022
June 12, 2022
On April 27, the Seneca Valley softball team lost a third straight game, dropping its record to 5-6.

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Laurel’s Autumn Boyd has 153 strikeouts this season.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Week ending June 12, 2022
The Laurel softball machine is used to playing in June.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: Week ending June 12, 2022
Every team in every sport sets goals at the start of the season.

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Bethel Park’s Cody Geddes celebrates after scoring against West Allegheny during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: Week ending June 12, 2022
The calendar has turned to June.

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West Mifflin’s Jake Walker scores during the 12th inning of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on May 31 at Wild Things Park.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 13, 2022: Breaking down the road to the state finals for 12 baseball, softball teams
June 11, 2022
Get ready for Semifinals Monday in the PIAA softball and baseball postseasons.

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Mars’ Wesley Scurci celebrates after scoring against Quaker Valley during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Robert Morris.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for June 11, 2022: Mars, North Allegheny chasing PIAA titles
June 10, 2022
Welcome to Championship Saturday in three spring sports state postseasons.

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Avonworth’s Catherine Barie scores against Karns City after she hit a two-run double during PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal softball action on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Mars Area High School.
7 WPIAL teams set for PIAA softball semifinals
After a strong start in the opening round of the PIAA softball postseason, the wins kept coming for WPIAL teams in the quarterfinals.

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Bethel Park’s Nate Vargo (left) celebrates with Gianni Magnotti after he scored against West Allegheny during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at W&J.
PIAA releases sites, times for baseball semifinals
Five WPIAL teams remain at the midway point of the PIAA baseball postseason.

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Neshannock’s Hunter Newman celebrates after driving in a run during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on June 3 at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
The goal of ending the school year with a PIAA softball championship is still alive for 48 schools across the state, including the 30 listed below.

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West Allegheny’s Gavin Miller throws to Joe Pustover for a force out against Thomas Jefferson during a PIAA Class 5A first-round game Monday at Washington & Jefferson.
Trib HSSN Baseball State Rankings for June 8, 2022
It only took one round of the 2022 PIAA baseball playoffs to shuffle the Top 5 deck.

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West Mifflin’s Zane Griffaton (15) celebrates with Mike Lydon and Derek Kleinhans after defeating Somerset in their PIAA Class 4A first-round game Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 9, 2022: 21 baseball, softball teams alive in state title hunt
Welcome to Quarterfinals Thursday in the PIAA baseball and softball playoffs.

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Seneca Valley’s Mia Ryan tags out North Allegheny’s Megan McDonough in the WPIAL Class 6A softball championship Wednesday, June 1, 2002, at Cal (Pa.).
12 WPIAL softball teams advance to PIAA quarterfinals
June 7, 2022
While opening day of the PIAA baseball playoffs was a mixed bag for district teams, the WPIAL softball qualifiers got a chance to strut their stuff in the first round.

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West Mifflin’s Jake Walker turns a double play over Somerset’s Spencer Marteeny during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game on Monday, June 6, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Sites announced for PIAA baseball quarterfinals
It was a rough start to the PIAA baseball postseason for several WPIAL champions.

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Mars’ Wesley Scurci (left) celebrates with Josh Seipp after scoring against Quaker Valley during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Robert Morris.
                                Mars’ Wes Scurci (left) celebrates with Josh Seipp after scoring against Quaker Valley during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on May 26 at Robert Morris.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 7, 2022: Mars carries banner for WPIAL lacrosse
June 6, 2022
Welcome to Semifinals Tuesday in both the PIAA boys volleyball and lacrosse state playoffs.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Grace Smith talks with Burrell’s Katie Armstrong after their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
What to watch for in the WPIAL: Monday, June 6, 2022
June 5, 2022
And down the stretch they come.

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Union celebrates with the trophy after beating West Greene in the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday June 1, 2022, at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
The third time was the charm for the Union softball team.

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Armstrong’s Jenna Clontz rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off home run in the bootom of the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, June 3, 2022, at California University.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
The Armstrong softball team entered the WPIAL 5A championship game calm, cool and collected.

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South Park’s Drew Lafferty celebrates his solo homer against Mohawk during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
Last spring, South Park knocked on the WPIAL Class 3A title door and settled for silver.

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West Mifflin’s Devin Matey drives in a run during the 12th inning of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: Week ending June 5, 2022
Enough was enough.

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West Greene starting pitcher Kiley Meek throws against Union in the WPIAL Class A softball championship Wednesday, June 1, 2002 at Cal (Pa.).
This week on Trib High School Sports Network: Week of June 6, 2022
The long and winding road is coming to an end as 38 district baseball and softball teams prepare for the final athletic event on the school year this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay celebrates after driving in a run during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Cal (Pa.).
19 WPIAL teams prepare for PIAA softball playoffs
The 2022 PIAA softball playoffs start Monday with 19 WPIAL teams searching for state gold, including recently crowned district winners Seneca Valley, Armstrong, Beaver, Avonworth, Neshannock and Union on the hunt for more treasures.

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Serra Catholic’s Joe DeMoss celebrates his RBI double against Neshannock during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL baseball teams set to begin PIAA playoffs
With Mt. Lebanon, West Allegheny, West Mifflin, South Park, Serra Catholic and Union celebrating WPIAL baseball titles earned last week, those schools and 13 other district baseball teams open the 2022 PIAA baseball postseason Monday.

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Mars’ Josh Seipp works past Quaker Valley’s Christian Brown during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on May 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 4, 2022: Mars boys lacrosse looks to keep rolling
June 3, 2022
Up until last spring, the PIAA lacrosse playoffs were a dry wasteland for WPIAL programs.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tyler Smith (left) celebrates with David Shields after scoring the go-ahead run against Upper St. Clair during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Tuesday at Wild Things Park.
Trib 10: New team in the top spot after WPIAL baseball finals
The gold has been earned this week by the 2022 WPIAL diamond champions as the district baseball and softball postseason comes to an end.

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Avonworth’s Catherine Barie makes a running over-the-shoulder catch on a ball hit by Deer Lakes’ Anna Bokulich in the second inning during the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship game Wednesday	at Cal (Pa.).
Trib HSSN Softball State Rankings for June 2, 2022
June 2, 2022
With a handful of district playoff games remaining throughout the state, attention turns to the pursuit of one of the last championships in the 2021-2022 school year, the PIAA softball crown.

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Serra Catholic’s Zach Karp (16) and Joe DeMoss celebrate after defeating Neshannock, 8-2, in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Tuesday.
Trib HSSN Baseball State Rankings for June 2, 2022
The regular season is over and the district playoffs are complete across the state.

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Burrell meets for a conference in the pitching circle during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal against Eizabeth Forward on May 25.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 31, 2022: Breaking down the baseball, softball 3rd-place games
May 30, 2022
Life is about second chances. If you come up short of a goal and can hit the second-chance button, golden memories could lie ahead.

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Elizabeth Forward pitcher Shelby Telegdy struck out 12 to get the win as the Warriors clinched the Section 2-4A title with a 5-0 win over Yough on May 11.
Trib HSSN softball team of the week: May 30, 2022
The names change, but the Elizabeth Forward softball program just keeps on humming along victory avenue.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List celebrates a strikeout with Kayla Cornell during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal against Freeport on May 23.
Trib HSSN softball player of the week: May 30, 2022
The way the WPIAL softball postseason schedule set up, with a first-round bye for top seed and defending champion Beaver in the Class 4A playoffs, the Bobcats had 22 days between their season-ending win over Laurel and their quarterfinal opener last Monday against Freeport.

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Norwin catcher Tyler Cupp tags out Upper St. Clair’s Charlie Eberlie at home plate during their game on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: May 29, 2022
May 29, 2022
There were some highs and some lows for the Upper St. Clair baseball team in the first year with Jeff Donati as head coach.

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Montour pitcher Mason Sike delivers in the rain against Quaker Valley on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Burkett Field in Robinson.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: May 29, 2022
After a season opening loss to Archbishop Stepinac of New York, the Montour baseball team ripped off 15 consecutive wins to run away with the Section 2-4A title and firmly place itself as the team to beat in Class 4A.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich makes a catch in left field against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 30, 2022
When the first big summer holiday weekend is completed and the picnic baskets have been put away, it will be time to bring out the hardware and celebrate the district diamond championships this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mt. Lebanon’s AJ Stettler turns a double play against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 24.
Trib 10: Power rankings shuffled with WPIAL baseball, softball championships on horizon
May 27, 2022
Three rounds are in the books with one golden game remaining in the 2022 district baseball and softball playoffs.

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The Mars Fightin’ Planets celebrate their fifth straight WPIAL Class 2A title on May 27, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 26, 2022: Mars lacrosse hunts another title
May 25, 2022
Last spring, Mars became the most decorated boys lacrosse program in WPIAL history with a fifth consecutive Class 2A championship.

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Peters Township’s Wes Parker is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on May 19.
Trib HSSN State Baseball Rankings for May 25, 2022
There was little movement in this week’s Trib HSSN state baseball rankings as the district playoffs move into the final week.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Madison Rapp celebrates with pitcher Mia Smith after defeating Chartiers Valley in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Tuesday.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 25, 2022
As we head to the holiday weekend, all is quiet on the elite state softball front.

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North Allegheny senior Caleb Schall (2) attempts to set Varun Kaveti (34) up for a kill against Penn-Trafford May 23, 2022, in a WPIAL Class 3A volleyball semifinal at Fox Chapel.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 25, 2022: Boys volleyball, lacrosse titles up for grabs
The district gold starts to flow Wednesday with two WPIAL boys volleyball and three district lacrosse title matches.

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Armstrong’s Emma Smerick scores behind North Hills catcher Abigail Scheller during last season’s PIAA Class 5A semifinals.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 24, 2022: Softball rivalry writes another chapter
May 23, 2022
Some of the best rivalries in sports were born from postseason clashes.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith delivers against Connellsville last season.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 23, 2022
Veteran high school teams that have a roster of players who have had a taste of the sweet and bitter of the postseason sometimes need to bring their emotions down a level to remain focused on the task at hand.

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Montour pitcher Dylan Mathiesen delivers against Beaver on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Burkett Park in Robinson.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 23, 2022: Rematches set for baseball playoffs
May 22, 2022
Welcome to Semifinals Monday in the 2022 WPIAL baseball playoffs.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alec Warden celebrates with pitcher Brady Haberman after defeating Chartiers Valley, 1-0, in their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: May 22, 2022
The funny thing about momentum in sports: It doesn’t always carry over from the regular season to the postseason.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: May 22, 2022
If championships were determined on paper, rankings and all of the statistic and sabermetrics you could discover would determine which teams win the gold.

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West Allegheny’s Cam Davis scores against Hopewell on Monday, May 9, 2022, at Hopewell.
This week on Trib HSSN for Week of May 22, 2022
It’s a big week of setting up diamond title games while crowning some district spring sports champions this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: May 22, 2022
There are two things you can say about the Mohawk baseball team.

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Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell yells from the bench during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on March 25.
Q and A with former Chartiers Valley basketball coach Tim McConnell
May 21, 2022
The district basketball world was stunned earlier this month when one of the most decorated coaches in WPIAL history decided to make a change and leave the school he had been at for nearly three decades.

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Chartiers Valley boys tennis team scratches out playoff spot
For the second straight spring, the Chartiers Valley boys tennis team finished fourth in rugged Section 4-3A.

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Peters Township’s Wes Parker runs from teammates after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
5 WPIAL teams in Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for May 20, 2022
May 20, 2022
With two weeks left before the start of the PIAA postseason, the days of losing and hoping to cling to a spot in the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings are done.

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Frazier first baseman Delaney Warnick stretches to get Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Scanlon on a ground out to third base Friday, May 13, 2022.
Beaver, Frazier lead WPIAL teams in Trib HSSN state softball rankings for May 20, 2022
If they haven’t already, the districts that make up the PIAA are holding their softball playoffs to determine district crowns and state softball qualifiers.

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Peters Township’s Bryce Thompson rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Penn-Trafford during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at West Mifflin High School.
Peters Township baseball, Beaver softball stay atop Trib 10 power rankings
The 2022 WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs are through the first round and in some classifications, the quarterfinals are in the books as well.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elias Lippincott rounds the bases during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Latrobe on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Hempfield.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 19, 2022: Upset winners to meet in 5A baseball
May 19, 2022
While there were very few upsets in the first round of the WPIAL 5A, 3A, 2A and Class A baseball playoffs, there was one quadrant in the 5A tournament that blew up big time.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Erhard delivers against Upper St. Clair on April 5.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 18, 2022: Class 6A baseball gets going
May 18, 2022
While there aren’t as many district baseball and softball games schedule for Wednesday as there were on Super Tuesday, Mother Nature may have the final say on how many games are played as the first round concludes.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith celebrates with teammates after scoring against Kiski Area on May 3.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 16, 2022: Baseball playoffs heat up with 29 clashes
May 16, 2022
Tuesday is loaded with spring sports postseason action with something for everyone on the playoff menu.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 16, 2022
After a 5-1 start to the season, including three games at the Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Waynesburg softball team lost three of its next five games.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 16, 2022
On the brink of any postseason, it’s natural to look for trends that might help identify those teams that could make a long run in the playoffs and those that might be exiting quickly.

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Norwin’s Kira Phipps scores behind North Allegheny catcher Sydni Junker Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at Norwin Middle School .
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 16, 2022: Baseball, softball playoffs begin
May 15, 2022
Welcome to opening day of the 2022 WPIAL baseball, softball and lacrosse playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis (11) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Thomas Jefferson on April 21.
Trib HSSN broadcasts set to begin for baseball, softball, spring sports playoffs
The curtain is about to rise on the final district party of the school year. Let the games of the 2022 spring sports postseason begin this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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West Allegheny’s Cam Davis (2) celebrates next to Nate Nolan after scoring against Hopewell on May 9.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 15, 2022
A year after key injuries helped keep the district’s preseason top-ranked team in Class 5A baseball from reaching its potential, most of those key players were returning for what looked like a potentially dominant spring for West Allegheny.

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Knoch pitcher Angelo DeLeonardis throws to first base for an out against Highlands on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at No Offseason Sports complex in Russellton.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 15, 2022
Following an 8-2 start to the 2022 baseball season, Knoch hit a rut as April turned to May.

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes celebrates her grand slam as she rounds the bases during the first inning of the 2021 WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 12, 2022: Softball playoff brackets to be unveiled
May 11, 2022
Welcome to springs sports bracketology season.

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Peters Township’s Sam Miller stomps on home plate after hitting a two-run home run against Latrobe in the 2021 WPIAL playoffs.
Trib 10: New team takes top spot in baseball power rankings
The 2022 district baseball and softball regular seasons are in the books.

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Quaker Valley’s Tia Pethel pressures South Fayette’s Bella Rees during their match on April 11.
WPIAL girls lacrosse playoff clinchings through May 10, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls’ lacrosse standings and the final playoff clinchings for the 2022 regular season.

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Hampton’s Sean Donlan plays against Fox Chapel on April 6.
WPIAL boys lacrosse playoff clinchings through May 10, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL boys’ lacrosse standings and the final district playoff clinchings for the 2022 season.

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Seneca Valley’s Aidan Uher sets the ball during a match against North Allegheny on April 22.
WPIAL boys volleyball playoff clinchings through May 10, 2022
The WPIAL boys volleyball regular season is down to its final days.

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Shady Side Academy’s Sam Bitzer (left) and David Mnuskin celebrate a point in the WPIAL Class 3A Doubles Championship April 27 at North Allegheny.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 11, 2022: WPIAL team tennis champs look to repeat
The last of the district boys tennis gold will be handed out Wednesday.

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Penn-Trafford senior Mia Smith uncorks a pitch at practice March 21.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 10, 2022
At first glance, this edition of the Trib HSSN state softball rankings may look like a carbon copy of last week’s presentation.

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Seton LaSalle’s Brian Vogel Jr. celebrates a home run during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal against Serra Catholic on Monday, May 25, 2021.
Trib HSSN State Baseball Rankings for May 10, 2022
With time running out on the 2022 regular season, the elite baseball teams across the state are trying to put their foot down against wholesale changes to the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings.

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Highlands’ Kassidy Cambal collides with Burrell catcher Bella Stewart to score during their game on May 2.
Only 2 spots in WPIAL softball playoff field still up for grabs
May 10, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field is nearly set with 80 teams locked and loaded for the postseason.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Tristan Farrar delivers against North Allegheny on May 4.
WPIAL baseball playoff field set
The 2022 WPIAL baseball playoff field is now set with 83 teams ready to battle for six district championships.

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Norwin’s Angelina Pepe runs to third base during a game against Belle Vernon on March 17, 2021, at Norwin High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 10, 2022: Last few playoff spots on the line
With only days left in the regular season, only a couple of playoff spots remain up for grabs before the WPIAL softball playoff field is complete.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 9, 2022
Last year, the Charleroi softball team won its last four regular season games to finish in a tie with Carmichaels for second place in Section 3-2A behind Frazier.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 9, 2022
The Frye family is doing its part for a golden spring at Neshannock.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against Thomas Jefferson on April 21.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field is almost set with the regular season nearly in the books.

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Central Catholic pitcher Cade O’Leary reacts to a play against North Allegheny on April 22.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 9, 2022
The 2022 WPIAL baseball playoff field is almost set heading into the final days of section play. One more Class 4A team will clinch Tuesday to set the postseason field at 83 teams.

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West Allegheny players celebrate after defeating South Fayette, 11-10, in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in North Fayette.
WPIAL baseball clinchings, playoff scenarios through May 8, 2022
May 8, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Shaler’s Cam Murphy slides sfaely into third baseunder Highlands’ Madi Gorny during their game on April 1, 2022, at Highlands High School.
WPIAL softball clinchings, playoff scenarios through May 8, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field continues to grow as the regular season continues to shrink.

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Mike Sirianni leads defending champion Quaker Valley into the WPIAL Class 2A tennis semifinals Monday.
What to watch for on Trib HSSN for Monday, May 9, 2022: Baseball, softball, tennis on tap
Welcome to the final week of the WPIAL baseball and softball regular season.

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Hampton’s Vince Matthews drives in a run against Fox Chapel during the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
This week on TribLive High School Sports Network: Week of May 9, 2022
The sun will be shining bright all week on the end of the spring sports regular season and on some postseason bracketology.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 8, 2022
After the 2020 season was shut down, the Mt. Lebanon baseball team returned last spring with a young team that finished 11-8 and lost to Butler in the district quarterfinals.

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Freeport’s Carson Wheeler plays against Seton-LaSalle on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Freeport Area High School.
WPIAL boys lacrosse standings, playoff clinchings through May 8, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL boys lacrosse standings and the district playoff clinchings for the 2022 season through May 8.

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Quaker Valley’s Shannon Von Kaenel fires a shot to score against South Fayette on Monday, April 11, 2022, at Chuck Knox Stadium in Leetsdale.
WPIAL girls lacrosse standings, playoff clinchings through May 8, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls lacrosse standings and playoff clinchings for the 2022 regular season through May 8.

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Penn-Trafford’s Dylan Grabowski takes a high pitch during a game against Franklin Regional on Monday, April 4, 2022, at Haymaker Field in Murrysville.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 8, 2022
Penn-Trafford second baseman Dylan Grabowski loves to golf with his father.

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Derry’s Matt Rhoades scores over Deer Lakes’ Evan Frank (left) and Mason Metzler during their match on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Derry Area High School.
WPIAL boys volleyball playoff clinchings through May 8, 2022
The WPIAL boys volleyball regular season is down to the final week of the regular season.

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Jeannette pitcher Michael Mason delivers a pitch against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 6, 2022: Jeannette baseball could sneak into playoffs
May 6, 2022
A week from Friday, the WPIAL will unveil the brackets on the 2022 district baseball playoffs.

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes drives in two runs with a triple during the 2021 WPIAL Class 6A championship game.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 5, 2022
May 5, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field continues to grow as the regular season continues to shrink.

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Pine-Richland’s Jacob McGuire scores against North Allegheny on Wednesday.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 5, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Canon-McMillan’s Taylor Eckles connects on a bases-clearing double during a 2021 WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Norwin.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 5, 2022: 6A softball powers vie for section title
May 4, 2022
The Section 1-6A softball championship will be decided Thursday when Mt. Lebanon visits Canon-McMillan.

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Montour’s Brock Janeda dives for a ground ball behind second base during a game against Quaker Valley on April 8.
Trib 10: Top teams stay the same but plenty of changes in baseball, softball power rankings
Finding power late in the baseball regular season can be a tough ask at times.

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Franklin Regional’s Sydney Jackson doubles in front of Armstrong’s Nichole Benvenuti during their game on April 20.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 4, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field continues to grow as the regular season continues to shrink.

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Norwin’s Jake Kendro (18) celebrates his solo home run against Upper St. Clair on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Norwin High School.
                                Norwin’s Jake Kendro (18) celebrates his solo home run against Upper St. Clair on April 26.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 4, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Plum’s Dani Pici singles against Kiski Area during a game on April 27.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 4, 2022: Softball playoff berths on the line
Win and you’re in. Those four words are sweet music to the ears of any high school team on the bubble as section play winds down.

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North Allegheny pitcher Jack Baumgartel delivers against Central Catholic on April 22.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 3, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Halifax’s Ryan Stahl scores behind Eden Christian Academy catcher Malachi Manges in the first inning during the PIAA Class A Baseball Championship on Thursday, June17, 2021 at Beard Field in State College Pa.
Eden Christian, Serra Catholic stay at No. 1 in Trib HSSN state baseball rankings
May 3, 2022
Last week, 10 teams fell out of the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings.

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Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy pitches against Mt. Pleasant in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Avonworth, Beaver stand atop Trib HSSN state softball rankings
One little slip is all it takes sometimes to lose your grip.

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Norwin’s Ashley Laukus ties for first place in the girls high jump during the Wildcat Invitational on April 8.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 3, 2022: Team track semifinals set
Rain may affect a busy day of WPIAL baseball and softball Tuesday, but barring storms, the district postseason should begin for one spring outdoor sport.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 2, 2022
Perennial softball power West Allegheny had hit a wall. After winning five of its first six games and tying for the top spot in Section 4-5A, the Indians dropped two out of three section games and fell into a tie for second place, two games out of first.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 2, 2022
North Hills was cruising out of the gates this spring in defense of its WPIAL Class 5A softball section crown, winning its first three games by a combined score of 37-5.

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Central Catholic pitcher Cade O’Leary reacts after getting a strikeout to end an inning against North Allegheny on April 22.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 2, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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North Hills’ Hanna Murphy drives in the game-ending run against Armstrong in the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 2, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field continues to grow as the regular season continues to shrink.

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against Valley on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Valley High School.
WPIAL softball playoff clinchings through May 1, 2022
May 1, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field is a bit of a mixed bag. Some sections are caught up and postseason berths are nearly complete while others are lagging behind with a lot of section ball to be played over the next week.

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Norwin catcher Tyler Cupp tags out Upper St. Clair’s Charlie Eberlie at home plate during their game on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Norwin High School.
WPIAL baseball playoff clinchings through May 1, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Chartiers Valley’s Sage Gojsovich celebrates after scoring during a game against Plum on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
WPIAL girls lacrosse standings, playoff clinchings through May 1, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls lacrosse standings and playoff clinching’s for the 2022 regular season through May 1.

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Pitcher/first baseman Cam Marshalwitz helped Hampton start 8-0 in Section 2-5A.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 1, 2022
Last year, Hampton finished in fourth place in Section 2-5A with an overall record of 7-11.

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Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor smiles after reaching first base against Upper St. Clair on April 5, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for week of May 2-7
We welcome with open arms the month of May, warmer weather and the stretch run of the 2022 scholastic spring sports season this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Shenango coach Larry Kelly talks with his players before Gabrial Yanssens’ decisive at-bat that drove in the go-ahead run against Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 2A final on June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 1, 2022
WPIAL defending 2A baseball champion Shenango entered last week looking up in the standings at Riverside, Laurel and Neshannock and fighting for a playoff spot, only a half-game in front of South Side for fourth place in Section 2-2A.

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Cam Ward and his North Allegheny teammates face rival Pine-Richland on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 2, 2022: Baseball, softball section play wraps up
Welcome to May, where the regular season continues to wind down, and the postseason is two weeks away.

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Freeport’s Kade Kronen plays against Seton-LaSalle on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Freeport Area High School.
WPIAL boys lacrosse standings, playoff clinchings through May 1, 2022
Here are the WPIAL boys lacrosse standings and the district playoff clinchings for the season through May 1.

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Penn Trafford’s Mia Smith pitches against Hempfield last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 29, 2022: Section title up for grabs when P-T, TJ meet
April 28, 2022
Four years ago, the Thomas Jefferson and Penn-Trafford softball teams met in a WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game.

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Armstrong’s Cassidy Adams celebrates her RBI double against Franklin Regional on April 20.
WPIAL clinched: Softball playoff picture through April 27, 2022
The WPIAL softball playoff field is a bit of a mixed bag. Some sections are caught up and postseason berths are nearly complete while others are lagging behind with a lot of section ball to be played over the next 10 days.

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Hempfield’s Ethan Erhard celebrates during a game against Upper St. Clair on April 5.
WPIAL clinched: Baseball playoff picture through April 27, 2022
In a game with no clock, time is running out on WPIAL baseball teams outside the playoff bubble.

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Montour’s Ryan Gallagher watches his RBI base hit against Quaker Valley on April 8.
Trib 10: New team takes over top spot in baseball power rankings
For the first time this spring, there has been a changing of the guard at the top of the baseball mountain.

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Butler’s Madden Clement delivers against Seneca Valley last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 28, 2022: Butler baseball looks to climb section ladder
April 27, 2022
Things can change quickly in Section 1-6A baseball in the WPIAL.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers a pitch in a scrimmage March 16 against Ligonier Valley.
Trib HSSN state softball rankings for April 27, 2022
Some nice weather later last week and early this week allowed for high school softball teams around the commonwealth a chance to play catch-up with their schedules.

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South Park’s Drew Laffery plays in the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Hopewell.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for April 27, 2022
April may have started with some expected tomfoolery on a day set aside to fool folks; however, the winds of change are blowing cold and dank as far as the state baseball rankings are concerned as the month comes to an end.

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Avonworth’s Alivia Lantzy pitches against Mt. Pleasant in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for April 25, 2022
April 25, 2022
The Avonworth softball team was one of the few district schools to pack its bags and head south as the new season opened in March.

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Trib HSSN Softball Players of the Week for April 25, 2022
In a week when most district teams were fortunate to play ball once, Chartiers-Houston was able to win two big games against teams in the hunt for the Section 1-2A title. Thus, the options for softball standouts are twice as nice.

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Franklin Regional senior Andrew Allen (left) and his brother, junior Aaron Allen, met in the Section 1-3A singles finals April 6, 2022.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 26, 2022: WPIAL doubles tournament commences
Two weeks ago, the WPIAL handed out its first championship of the spring at the district boys singles tennis tournament.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young bats against Central Catholic on Friday, April 22, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 25, 2022: Baseball, softball playoff hunt begins
April 24, 2022
The final full week of April sees the chase for playoff spots in both WPIAL baseball and softball heat up.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for April 24, 2022
Defending WPIAL Class 3A baseball champion Hopewell entered last week tied for first place with Ellwood City, one game ahead of Mohawk and New Brighton in a crowded top in Section 1-3A.

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Chartiers Valley’s Josie Jones celebrates after scoring against Plum during a game on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
WPIAL girls lacrosse standings through April 24, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls lacrosse standings for the 2022 season through April 24.

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Hampton’s Joey Nelson plays against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
WPIAL boys lacrosse standings through April 24, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL boys lacrosse standings for the 2022 season through April 24.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for April 24, 2022
Through the first eight games of the season, the Peters Township baseball team was perfect.

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Hempfield’s Carson Shuglie celebrates his double against Upper St. Clair on April 5, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
This week on Trib HSSN for April 25-30, 2022
We close out April and turn the page to the second half of the spring sports regular season this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley football coach Aaron Fitzpatrick
It’s ‘go time’ for new Chartiers Valley football coach
April 23, 2022
The move earlier this month was no April Fool’s joke.

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Chartiers Valley’s comeback Colts in thick of tough section baseball race
The early part of the 2022 Chartiers Valley baseball schedule has played out like a day at a great amusement park. An occasional bump in the road, but one thrill ride after another that leaves you on top of the world and wanting more as you leave the park.

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Beaver pitcher Payton List throws against Highlands during the PIAA Class 4A softball semifinals last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 23, 2022: Top 2 teams in Class 4A softball to meet
April 22, 2022
A long and soggy week of WPIAL softball will conclude on a bright note with the sun shining on one of the top Class 4A game to this point in the season.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 22, 2022: Slugging softball teams to square off
Following a wet week and assuming the fields are playable, it will be a busy Friday on the diamonds in both WPIAL softball and baseball.

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Hempfield pitcher Riley Miller delivers a pitch in a scrimmage March 16, 2022, against Ligonier Valley.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 21, 2022: Softball showdowns set in Class 6A, 4A
April 20, 2022
A couple of showdowns in Class 6A and 4A highlight a busy Thursday around the softball diamonds.

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Cody Geddes and the Bethel Park Black Hawks are 7-0 this season.
Bethel Park baseball, Beaver softball remain atop Trib 10 power rankings
Cold or warm, wet or dry, there has been a lot of change this spring on a day-to-day basis.

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West Allegheny’s Anthony Pass celebrates after driving in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning against South Fayette on Thursday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 20, 2022: 4-way baseball battle for section top spot
April 19, 2022
Last year, WPIAL Section 3-5A baseball produced three champions as Shaler, South Fayette and West Allegheny finished tied for first place with 8-2 records.

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul pulls a the really from Nichole Benvenuti for a force out on North Hills’ Kassidy Eittig during the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals last season.
Trib HSSN state softball rankings for April 19, 2022
While there was a seven-team shuffle in and out of the state baseball rankings, the girls tread lightly this past week on the damp softball diamonds, leading to few changes in the weekly Trib HSSN state softball rankings from last week.

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Montour’s Brock Janeda celebrates after tagging out Quaker Valley’s Nick Allen at second base on April 8.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for April 19, 2022
Things around state baseball diamonds have been pleasant for a few days, then into a deep chill the rest of the week, or vice-versa. That not only describes the weekly weather pattern thus far in April, it also covers the results from games played last week by teams in the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 19, 2022: Section contenders collide in boys volleyball
April 18, 2022
Tuesday will probably be another good day in Western Pa. to use your inside voice.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Gabriella Aughton delivers during the Rams’ WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Canon-McMillan last season.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for April 18, 2022
The 2022 Trib HSSN Softball Teams of the Week have been Ram tough. Last week it was Ligonier Valley, this week, Pine-Richland takes the honor.

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Yough pitcher Emma Augustine delivers a pitch in a scrimmage against Latrobe on March 22.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for April 18, 2022
Yough entered last week with a 1-1 record in Section 2-4A.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 18, 2022: No. 1 Bethel Park to face No. 3 Peters Township in baseball
April 17, 2022
Monday will be a quiet day around the district with most schools enjoying one more day of their Easter break.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for April 17, 2022
The early part of the 2022 Chartiers Valley baseball schedule has played out like spending the day at a great amusement park. An occasional bump in the road, but one thrill ride after another that leaves you on top of the world and wanting more as you leave the park.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for April 17, 2022
There were a lot of exciting WPIAL baseball games last week, but when it comes to wild, down-to-the-wire diamond action, it would hard to beat the home-and-home series between Indiana and Highlands.

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West Allegheny’s Nate Nolan is tagged out after driving in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning against South Fayette on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in North Fayette.
This week on Trib HSSN for April 18-23, 2022
You don’t have to search high or low for your tasty treats of high school sports broadcasts this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Hampton goalie Kaden Hoolahan plays against Fox Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at Fridley Field in Hampton.
WPIAL boys lacrosse standings through April 17, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL boys lacrosse standings for the 2022 season through April 17.

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Chartiers Valley’s Josie Jones looks to pass during a game against Plum on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
WPIAL girls lacrosse standings through April 17, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls lacrosse standings for the 2022 regular season through April 17.

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Derry’s Matt Rhoades sets a pass during the Trojans’ game against Deer Lakes on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Derry Area High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 14, 2022: Key section volleyball matches on tap
April 14, 2022
Thursday marks another busy night of WPIAL boys volleyball as section play inches closer to the midway point of the regular season.

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Beaver second baseman Corbin Sevcik holds up the ball after tagging out Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith during their game on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Hardy Field in Brighton.
Softball teams maintain spots in latest Trib 10 power rankings; Beaver, Laurel baseball enter
You can call it staying power, or you can acknowledge that Mother Nature has not permitted enough WPIAL baseball or softball games to be played over the past week.

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Washington’s Ron Faust, one of WPIAL’s most successful basketball coaches, retires
April 13, 2022
After stints of 28 and eight years as head coach of the Washington boys basketball program, Ron Faust, one of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history, has stepped down again.

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Laurel’s Abbie Miles rounds the bases after homering against Frazier in a 2021 WPIAL Class 2A semifinal.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 12, 2022: Repeat softball champs square off
April 12, 2022
Seven years ago, the Neshannock softball team was in search of a trifecta of district softball crowns after winning WPIAL Class A championships in 2013 and 2014.

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Beaver’s Payton List reacts after hitting a three-run double against Elizabeth Forward in the 2021 PIAA quarterfinals.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for April 12, 2022
Most of the 30 teams in the inaugural Trib HSSN state softball rankings from last week found their journey to this week’s top five to be smooth sailing.

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Serra Catholic’s Zach Black tries to throw out Seton LaSalle’s Brett Wagner during a 2021 WPIAL Class 2A semifinal.
Trib HSSN State Baseball Rankings for April 12, 2022
While the weather has been up and down, the weekly Trib HSSN state baseball rankings have been steady from the inaugural edition last week to this week’s version of the diamond fab five.

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Seneca Valley’s Alex Mortier tags out Butler’s Brady Gavula at second base last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 12, 2022: Teams of the decade meet on diamond
April 11, 2022
The sectional series in WPIAL baseball continue Tuesday with a “battle of the decade” set in Section 1-6A.

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Ligonier Valley catcher Sydnee Foust snags a popup March 16 in a scrimmage against Hempfield.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for April 11, 2022
Ligonier Valley made quite the splash in WPIAL softball last season.

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Bethel Park junior outfielder Abby Quickel (20) takes off from second base last season.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for April 11, 2022
The 2021 WPIAL Class 6A softball champion Bethel Park won district gold with a perfect record and didn’t taste defeat until the state playoffs in June.

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South Fayette baseball coach Ken Morgan
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 11, 2022: Neighboring Class 5A baseball powers clash
April 10, 2022
Though there is a chance of rain, the temperatures are starting to rise, and just in time for a busy day of WPIAL baseball with 53 section games on Monday’s schedule.

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Trib HSSN sports broadcasts for week of April 11-16
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail with plenty of high school sports action on the way this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Beaver pitcher Carlo Battalini throws against Kiski Area on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Hardy Field in Brighton.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for April 10, 2022
Last year, the Beaver baseball team snuck into the playoffs by winning its last three section games and finishing tied for fourth place with Quaker Valley in Section 2-4A.

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Norwin’s Jacob Kendro (left) celebrates with Ty Stecko after Stecko’s home run against Penn-Trafford in the fourth inning on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Norwin High School.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for April 10, 2022
Norwin was the team to beat in Class 6A last season as April turned to May. The Knights were 11-1 and ranked No. 1 in the classification.

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Bethel Park boys lacrosse junior midfielder Troy Volpatti
WPIAL boys lacrosse standings through April 10, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL boys lacrosse standings for the 2022 season.

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Chartiers Valley goalie Kaitlyn Kuczinski smiles after making a save against Plum on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Plum High School.
WPIAL girls lacrosse standings through April 10, 2022
Here are the latest WPIAL girls’ lacrosse standings for the 2022 regular season.

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Highlands pitcher Jaycee Haidze delivers during a game against Shaler on April 1.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 8, 2022: Early season battles for 1st place on softball diamond
April 7, 2022
Gray and cold and a chance of rain … welcome to another day of WPIAL softball.

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Bethel Park’s David Kessler is hit by a pitch during a game against Fox Chapel last season.
Trib 10: Returning state champs top 1st edition of baseball, softball power rankings
As spring tries to power winter into a thing of the past (good luck), district baseball and softball teams are also flexing their muscles and feeling the power three weeks into the 2022 season.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 6, 2022: Matchups of top teams on boys volleyball court
April 6, 2022
A share of the early lead in WPIAL boys volleyball Section 3-2A is up for grabs Thursday when defending champion Seton LaSalle visits Trinity.

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Armstrong starting pitcher Cameryn Sprankle throws against Lampeter-Strasburg during the PIAA Class 5A softball championship game last season.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for April 6, 2022
Nearly three weeks into a new season and we lift the curtain on the inaugural Trib HSSN state softball rankings.

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Bethel Park catcher John Chalus tags out Fox Chapel’s Vinny Reiber at home plate last season.
Trib HSSN State Baseball Rankings for April 6, 2022
Spring has sprung as trees and flowers blossom, the mercury is (slowly) rising, and we have the return of the weekly Trib HSSN state baseball rankings.

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Beaver starting pitcher Payton List throws against Tunkhannock during the PIAA Class 4A softball championship on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Beard Field in State College.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 6, 2022: Key softball games scheduled
April 5, 2022
Weather permitting, Wednesday is lined up and down with WPIAL section softball games still in the early days of the 2022 season.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham scores against Fox Chapel’s Russell Fenton during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: WPIAL boys basketball’s best in each classification
There were a lot of players and coaches who put in plenty of time on the basketball court this season to be the best they could be.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco scores against Freedom during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: WPIAL girls basketball’s best in each classification
There were a lot of players and coaches who put in plenty of time on the basketball court this season to be the best they could be.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Rodi hits against Ambridge defenders during the 2021 Hempfield Spartan Volleyball Tournament Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Hempfield.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 5, 2022: Section boys volleyball matches commence
April 4, 2022
On the same night section play begins in WPIAL Class 2A boys volleyball, a couple of early-season showdowns highlight Tuesday’s Class 3A section schedule.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with her teammates after defeating Upper St. Clair in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor named 2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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The West Allegheny baseball team celebrates Gavin Miller’s home run during their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game against Franklin Regional on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Latrobe High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for April 4, 2022: Section games on tap in baseball, softball
April 3, 2022
Last week, five of the 20 WPIAL baseball sections got the early jump on section games.

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This week on Trib High School Sports Network: Week of April 4, 2022
Section play is in full force in all of the spring sports this week.

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Seton LaSalle celebrates after defeating North Catholic in the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A boys volleyball finals.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on April 1, 2022: Title rematch in boys volleyball
April 1, 2022
While Class 2A teams in WPIAL boys volleyball will have to wait until next week to begin their section schedule, the first full week of the new season ends with a gem of a nonsection match.

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Plum’s Ashley Polakovic makes a catch in front of Maura Marston during their game against Armstrong on May 10, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 31, 2022: Section clashes on softball diamond
March 31, 2022
The final day of March could mark the final day district softball and baseball teams play under warm conditions for a while.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele battles Constitution’s Simere Blagman for a loose ball during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game last Friday.
Trib 10: State champs top final WPIAL basketball power rankings
Nine WPIAL basketball teams, the most in PIAA postseason hoops history, participated in the 2022 state championships in Hershey last weekend.

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Shenango pitcher Shane Cato celebrates with Santino Campoli after defeating Seton LaSalle, 2-1, in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 30, 2022: With sun shining, let’s play 2
March 29, 2022
After a frigid start to the 2022 district baseball season, temperatures near 70 degrees with no precipitation will be welcomed before the mercury dips again later in the week.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Constitution on March 25 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN final boys basketball state rankings for 2021-22
The 2022 PIAA boys basketball championships are in the books with five new state champions and one perfect repeat performance.

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The Neshannock girls basketball team celebrates with the state championship trophy after defeating Southern Columbia in the PIAA Class 2A final March 25 at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN final girls basketball state rankings for 2021-22
As it turns out, three twos equal one.

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Fans bundle up to watch Freeport and Armstrong square off in a baseball game at Freeport Community Park last Friday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 29, 2022: Bundle up for baseball, softball
March 28, 2022
It will be another hit-or-miss day weather-wise for WPIAL baseball and softball Tuesday.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kai Spears celebrates after scoring against St. John Neumann during the PIAA Class A state championship game Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 28, 2022
There are 220 miles on the trip from Hershey to Green Tree, a trek that lasts nearly four hours.

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What to watch in high school sports on March 28, 2022: Baseball revs up
March 27, 2022
Most WPIAL baseball teams will get a week of nonsection play in this week before starting their “section series” schedule next week.

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Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty celebrates after hitting a three-pointer against Southern Columbia during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week: March 27, 2022
Last season, Neshannnock celebrated a second WPIAL girls basketball championship in three years after beating Serra Catholic in the Class 2A finals.

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This week on Trib HSSN: March 28-April 2, 2022
With the winter sports season in the rearview mirror, the road straight ahead is filled with spring sports here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley’s Marian Turnbull brings the ball upcourt against Moon during a Section 1-5A game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Senior class celebrates special career with Chartiers Valley girls basketball
March 26, 2022
Their roles may have changed over the four years they have been at Chartiers Valley, but their goals for gold and their success rate in victories will make them one of the most successful groups in WPIAL basketball history.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Brandon Sensor and the Colts finished 8-15 this season.
Chartiers Valley boys basketball looks forward to promising future
In the first three years as head coach of the Chartiers Valley boys basketball program, Brandon Sensor started with a bang with 18 wins and a semifinals berth.

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Mt Pleasant celebrates beating Mid Valley in the PIAA Class 3A softball championship on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park .
What to watch for in high school sports for March 25, 2022:
March 24, 2022
As the WPIAL winter sports season concludes with the PIAA basketball championships in Hershey this weekend, the curtain rises Friday on the start of play in spring sports.

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The Bethel Park softball team celebrates Sandra Soltes’ grand slam during the first inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 25, 2022: Baseball, softball season begins
As the WPIAL winter sports season concludes with the basketball state championships in Hershey this weekend, the curtain rises on the start of play in spring sports Friday.

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West Greene starting pitcher Kiley Meek throws against Union during the WPIAL Class A championship on Wednesday June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
2022 WPIAL Class A softball preseason breakdown
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of the covid-19 shutdowns.

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Union pitcher Jack Vitale (left) celebrates with catcher Nick Vitale after throwing a no-hitter to defeat Riverview, 3-0, in the WPIAL Class A championship game Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
2022 WPIAL Class A baseball preseason breakdown
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of the covid-19 shutdowns.

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Aliquippa’s Brandon Banks scores past Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during PIAA boys 3A quarterfinal action at New Castle High School.
PIAA basketball factoids for 2022 championship games
March 23, 2022
For the first time since 2019, basketball players and coaches are about to complete a full journey on the Road to Hershey.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Reagan Murdoch is fouled by Bethel Park’s Ella Sabatos during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib 10 teams head to Hershey for PIAA championship games
Three boys and two girls WPIAL basketball teams saw their dreams of merging gold and chocolate together come to an end last week with a loss in the PIAA semifinals.

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Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski celebrates after a Lancers’ score during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 22, 2022
March 22, 2022
The top two heading into the semifinals remain the top two in four of the six classifications entering championship weekend in Hershey.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates after defeating South Allegheny in a PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for March 22, 2022
The stage is set for the final weekend of high school basketball in the 2022 season as the top 12 boys hoops teams descend on the Giant Center in Hershey in an attempt to win state gold.

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Payton List (left) and her Beaver teammates went 21-0 last season.
2022 WPIAL Class 4A softball preseason breakdown
March 21, 2022
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of the covid-19 shutdowns.

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Blackhawk’s Jarrod Malagise drives in a run against Highlands during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, May 24, 2021, at Fox Chapel High School.
2022 WPIAL Class 4A baseball preseason breakdown
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of covid-19 shutdowns.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores over Fort Cherry’s Dylan Roger in the first half during the WPIAL Class A championships Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 21, 2002
As a junior in 2021, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart guard Jake DiMichele averaged more than 30 points in leading the Chargers to another WPIAL and a PIAA championship in what was a perfect season.

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Franklin Regional forward Chase Williams beats South Fayette goalie Brandon Timmins on a penalty shot with 1:47 left in the PIHL semifinal March 15, 2022.
What to watch for in high school sports for March 21, 2022: More PIHL titles on the line
Welcome to Day 2 of the PIHL Penguins Cup Championships.

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Bishop Canevin’s Amari Evans dunks against Union during the WPIAL Class A championship game.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week: March 21, 2022
In a one-week span last March, the Bishop Canevin boys basketball team went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

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Pitcher Mia Smith is one of the top returners for Penn-Trafford.
2022 WPIAL Class 5A softball preseason breakdown
March 20, 2022
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of the covid-19 shutdowns.

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Franklin Regional defeated Bethel Park for the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A baseball cahmpionship.
2022 WPIAL Class 5A baseball preseason breakdown
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamond after the 2020 season was canceled because of covid-19 shutdowns.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor works against Bethel Park’s Emma Dziezgowski during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week: March 20, 2022
Down through the years, there are plenty of examples of elite WPIAL basketball players who kicked it into another gear in their final high school postseason as their outstanding scholastic careers were winding down.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey scores against South Allegheny’s Ethan Kirkwood during their PIAA Class 3A state semifinal on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at Highlands High School.
This week on Trib HSSN: March 21-27, 2022
The transition becomes official in both seasons and scholastic sports as we move from the conclusion of winter sports to the start of spring sports this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Norwin goalie Owen Burmeister makes a diving save against North Catholic on Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
What to watch in high school sports on March 21, 2022: PIHL titles up for grabs
Welcome to the PIHL Penguins Cup Championships.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay (center) celebrates with Addilae Watts (left) and Aaralyn Nogay after defeating OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week: March 20, 2022
Before this season, the PIAA playoffs started a week after the district championships were played.

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting her second home run during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A softball preseason breakdown
March 19, 2022
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of covid-19 shutdowns.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates with teammates after scoring against Butler during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A baseball preseason breakdown
Last spring was a celebration as district athletes returned to the diamonds after the 2020 season was canceled because of covid-19 shutdowns.

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OLSH’s Dawson Summers blocks the shot of Fort Cherry’s Adam Wolfe during the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball final on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
What to watch for in high school sports for March 19, 2022: Teams chasing PIAA finals berths
March 18, 2022
Welcome to Semifinals Saturday in the PIAA basketball playoffs.

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Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against OLSH during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
What to watch for in high school sports for March 18, 2022: Basketball semifinals tip off
March 17, 2022
Welcome to Semifinals Friday in the PIAA basketball playoffs.

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Quaker Valley’s Daniel Bartels celebrates with Markus Frank during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game against Hickory on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley rises to top of Trib 10 basketball power rankings
For the second week in a row, there is a change at the top of the boys and girls Trib 10 power rankings, and the field of district teams still alive for state gold continues to dwindle.

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North Catholic’s Tori Drevna shoots a 3-pointer next to Freedom’s Shaye Bailey during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
PIAA semifinal games to be broadcast on Trib HSSN
The PIAA basketball playoffs have reached the final four this weekend here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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What to watch for in high school sports for March 17, 2022: Division II semifinals on tap
March 16, 2022
PIHL semifinals week concludes Thursday with a pair of Division II games at RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.

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Bishop Canevin’s Trey Champine scores past Union defenders during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for March 16, 2022
We have seen in the past, complete turmoil takes over this time of year when it comes to the state rankings with so many head-to-head clashes.

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North Catholic’s Anastasia Peterson celebrates after scoring next to Freedom’s Cadence Gorajewski during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for March 16, 2022
Eleven girls basketball teams saw two dreams come to an end this past week.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Falukner shoots a 3-pointer over South Allegheny’s Michael Michalski during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Feb. 28.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 16, 2022: Avonworth, Aliquippa square off
Welcome to Quarterfinals Wednesday in the PIAA basketball playoffs.

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay (center) celebrates with Addilae Watts (left) and Aaralyn Nogay after defeating OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game March 4 at Petersen Events Center.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 15, 2022: Shenango gets 4th crack at Neshannock
March 14, 2022
High scoring, mid-scoring or low scoring — none of those have worked yet for the Shenango girls basketball team against rival Neshannock.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Feb. 28 at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 14, 2022
In the past, WPIAL basketball championship game participants always had to deal with the title game hangover.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco shoots a 3-pointer against Laurel during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Feb. 23 in Cranberry.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for March 14, 2022
Being the son or daughter of a high school basketball coach has its ups and downs.

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North Catholic’s Anastasia Peterson battles Freedom’s Shaye Bailey for a loose ball during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week: March 13, 2022
March 13, 2022
A nice run in the district playoffs landed the Freedom girls basketball team in the Class 3A title game against Section 1 foe North Catholic. The Trojans captured their 21st WPIAL crown with a 48-43 victory.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells battles Gateway’s Taili Thompson for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 5A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week: March 13, 2022
Through six games, the Gateway boys basketball team didn’t look like a district final four team or a state elite eight squad.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Peacock takes a shot against Central Catholic during PIHL first round playoff action on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the Baierl Ice Center.
What to watch for in high school sports for March 14, 2022: PIHL semifinals begin
A busy week of high school hockey semifinals action begins Monday.

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Laurel Highlands’ Brandon Davis drives past Highlands’ Bradyn Foster during their PIAA Class 5A second-round game Friday, March 11, 2022, at Norwin High School.
TribLive HSSN sports broadcasts for week of March 14-20, 2022
The fields are dwindling as the postseason pucks reach the final four and the state basketball hits the quarterfinals and semifinals this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Fox Chapel’s Russell Fenton celebrates after a Foxes 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against North Hills on March 5.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 12, 2022: WPIAL, City League champs to clash
March 11, 2022
The second round of the PIAA boys basketball playoffs Saturday is highlighted by a clash of champions in Class 6A.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Upper St. Clair’s Katelyn Robbins and Molly James during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
This weekend on Trib HSSN: March 11-12, 2022
The PIAA individual wrestling concludes while the state basketball playoffs head to Round 2 this weekend here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Seton LaSalle’s Mallory Daly drives on OLSH’s Mia Grisafi during WPIAL Class 2A semifinal action Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at Peters Township High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 11, 2022: Shenango-Seton LaSalle to clash on court
Nine months ago, the two schools met for WPIAL gold. Now Shenango battles Seton LaSalle with a spot in the PIAA girls basketball quarterfinals at stake.

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The Blackhawk girls basketball team celebrates after time expires in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Knoch on March 5 at Petersen Events Center.
Trib 10: After WPIAL finals, new teams take top spots in power rankings
March 10, 2022
All year long, the North Hills boys and Chartiers Valley girls basketball programs sat atop the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Mac Stout wrestles Quaker Valley’s Patrick Cutchember in the 189-pound final during the 2022 Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 10, 2022: State wrestling championships open in Hershey
The curtain opens on the biggest three days of the year for scholastic wrestling fans.

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North Catholic’s Dacia Lewandowski drives past Freedom’s Olivia Evans during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Thursday.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 9, 2022
March 9, 2022
With the Road to Hershey open, now the dominoes are starting to fall.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket against Hickory’s Jackson Pryts during their PIAA Class 4A first-round playoff game Tuesday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for March 9, 2022
David Bowie did not have the state boys hoops rankings in mind when he wrote his 1971 hit song, “Changes.”

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti drives between Knoch’s Nina Shaw and Maddie Boyer during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 9, 2022: More PIAA opening round matchups
The opening round of the PIAA basketball postseason is set to conclude Wednesday.

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Upper St. Clair’s Rylee Kalocay battles North Allegheny’s Lydia Betz for a loose ball during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Feb. 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 8, 2022: PIAA basketball playoffs tip off
March 7, 2022
The Road to Hershey opens up Tuesday, a lot sooner this year than in past years.

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Bishop Canevin celebrates beating Aquinas Academy in the WPIAL Class A girls basketball championship game Saturday at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for March 7, 2022
In each of its five previous WPIAL girls basketball championship runs since 2013, Bishop Canevin had high expectations, with teams that were always seeded in the top four.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher scores against New Castle’s Mike Wells during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 7, 2022
No two gold strikes are alike.

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Laurel Highlands’ Keondre Deshields dunks over New Castle’s Cahmari Perkins during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of March 7, 2022
March 6, 2022
The February Frenzy truly becomes the Madness of March with the start of the PIAA basketball and PIHL hockey playoffs this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich drives past Avonworth defenders during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week: March 6, 2022
After back-to-back sub-500 seasons, the Shady Side Academy boys basketball team turned the corner last season with a young roster.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber celebrates as time expires in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Chartiers Valley on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week: March 6, 2022
South Fayette was the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball tournament, but few gave them or anyone else a chance as top-seeded Chartiers Valley was shooting for a fourth straight district title.

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What to watch for in H.S. sports for March 7, 2022: PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs commence
The puck drops on the 2022 PIHL postseason this week with six quarterfinals games Monday, seven more Tuesday and the final three Thursday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Damian Dynys celebrates with goalie Jackson Kerrigan after defeating Latrobe, 5-3, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
Final 2021-22 PIHL regular-season standings through March 6, 2022
Here are the final PIHL high school hockey standings through the end of the regular season.

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Latrobe’s Elle Snyder (10) celebrates with Camille Dominick after defeating Woodland Hills, 76-65, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
WPIAL qualifiers for 2022 PIAA girls basketball tournament
The 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs are in the books, so now area teams that have qualified are preparing to ride the Road to Hershey this week.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger celebrates after scoring against Gateway during a Section 3-5A game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
WPIAL qualifiers for 2022 PIAA boys basketball tournament
With the Path to the Pete complete, the focus turns to the Road to Hershey and the start of the PIAA basketball postseason this week.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Gina Smith hugs Ashleigh Connor as time winds down against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib HSSN set to broadcast 2022 WPIAL championships for basketball, swimming, wrestling
March 3, 2022
The gold will be flowing on the hardwood, the mats and the pool as Championship Week for WPIAL winter sports continues on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Gina Smith hugs Ashleigh Connor as time winds down against Bethel Park during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday.
Which WPIAL girls basketball teams have qualified for the state playoffs?
March 2, 2022
As the Path to the Pete and the 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs conclude with the championship games this week, the Road to Hershey and the start of the PIAA basketball postseason is less than a week away.

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North Hills’ Devin Burgess (left) and his teammates celebrate a 3-pointer during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday.
Which WPIAL boys basketball teams have qualified for the state playoffs?
As the Path to the Pete and the 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs conclude with the championship games this week, the Road to Hershey and the start of the PIAA basketball postseason is less than a week away.

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan (5) celebrates with Perri Page and Hallie Cowan after scoring against Moon during their Section 1-5A game on Jan. 13.
Trib 10: WPIAL semifinals shake up girls power rankings
The drop from the final four to the finals was a steep one as nearly half of the girls basketball teams from last week saw their title district hopes and their spot in the weekly Trib HSSN power rankings disappear.

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Chartiers Valley senior Helene Cowan drives past Moon senior Emma Theodorsson in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal March 1 at Peters Township.
Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for March 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
The changes, they are a-coming in the latest edition of the Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero dunks against Lincoln Park during a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for March 1, 2022
The elite boys basketball teams around the state enjoyed the love as they continue to win through the district playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Nathan Buechel and Derek Burketts (4) defend on Blackhawk’s Lorenzo Jenkins during first round 2A WPIAL playoff action on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes is hottest team in its class
Outside of Quaker Valley and Montour, the top two seeds in the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball playoffs, the hottest team in the classification coming into the postseason was Section 1 third-place finisher Deer Lakes.

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Shady Side Academy’s Eli Teslovich steals the ball from South Allegheny’s Mike Michalski during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, in Fox Chapel.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Feb. 28, 2022
February 27, 2022
Championship Week for several WPIAL winter sports is so big, we are breaking the golden week in half here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Penn-Trafford’s Aiden Alberts celebrates his empty net goal to seal the victory over Latrobe on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings, playoff clinchings through Feb. 27, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 27.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells is fouled by Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher during a 2021 WPIAL Class 5A semifinal.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 24, 2022: Odds against underdogs in Class 5A
February 23, 2022
Welcome to Quarterfinals Thursday, the second of three nights of WPIAL basketball second-round games.

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North Hills’ Matt Seidl scores over North Allegheny’s Erik Sundgren during their Section 1-6A game on Jan. 7.
Trib 10: Top teams defend their spots as WPIAL basketball semifinals approach
All was quiet on the Western Pa. front this past week as the elite teams either disposed of first-round opponents easily or bypassed the opening round with a bye in the quarterfinals.

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Lincoln Park’s LA Pratt shoots over North Catholic’s Max Rottmann during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 23, 2022: Basketball quarterfinals begin
One round is in the books, now it’s time to move on to Round 2 on the Path to the Pete.

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Upper St. Clair’s Porter Rauch shoots a free throw against Penn-Trafford in a Class 6A playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.
Scorching start carries Upper St. Clair past Penn-Trafford in Class 6A
February 22, 2022
There is a term thrown around a lot around tournament time: one and done.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page scores over Moon defenders during their Section 1-5A game on Jan. 13.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 22, 2022
Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth drives to the basket past South Allegheny’s Ethan Kirkwood during the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 22, 2022
This past week was the quiet before the ranking storm.

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Pine-Richland’s Owen Luellen shoots as Butler’s Raine Gratzmiller draws an offensive foul during their game Feb. 4.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 22, 2022: First round ends with appealing matchups
February 21, 2022
Welcome to the final day of the first round in the 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Peters Township’s Journey Thompson scores past Garnet Valley’s Morgan Falcone during the 2019 PIAA Class 6A girls championship game.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 21, 2022
When Journey Thompson started her high school career at Peters Township, she was a starter on a perfect team.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates a 3-pointer against Montour during the first half of a Section 2-4A game Jan. 14.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 21, 2022
Lincoln Park sophomore Brandin Cummings has always been close with his older brother Nelly, who starred with the Leopards and graduated in 2017 before playing his college ball at Bowling Green and Colgate.

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Shaler’s Logan Bernesser shoots a free throw against South Fayette in a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.
Logan Bernesser powers Shaler past South Fayette in overtime win
Shaler senior Logan Bernesser registered a double-double in a dominating first-round performance.

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Deer Lakes’ Armend Karpuzzi (left) celebrates with Justin Brannagan after Brannagan’s 3-pointer to beat Blackhawk, 39-37, at the buzzer during WPIAL Class 2A first-round playoff action Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at Deer Lakes High School.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for week ending Feb. 20, 2022
February 20, 2022
Outside of Quaker Valley and Montour, the top two seeds in the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball playoffs, the hottest team in the classification coming into the postseason was Section 1 third-place finisher Deer Lakes.

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Mohawk’s Erynne Capalbo (right) helped lead the Warriors into the 2021 WPIAL playoffs.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for week ending Feb. 20, 2022
While most of last season’s WPIAL basketball champions continued to enjoy great success this winter, that wasn’t the case for the Mohawk girls basketball program.

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Penn Hills’ Noah Barren pressures Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor during their Section 3-5A game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule for week of Feb. 21-26
The February Frenzy is off and running with winter sports postseason action galore all week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 21, 2022: Class 5A, 3A boys playoff matchups on tap
Welcome to Day 2 of Round 1 in the 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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North Catholic’s Tay Melis (center) celebrates his game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation with Evan Robbins (right) and Mario Smith during their game against Norwin on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
PIHL standings, Penguins Cup playoff clinchings through Feb. 20, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 20.

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Chartiers Valley’s Josh Savasnick earned his 100th career victory during the 2021-22 season.
Chartiers Valley wrestlers find individual success
February 19, 2022
This season has been a wild ride on the mat for the Chartiers Valley wrestling team.

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Development of young Chartiers Valley players provides optimism for future
What a difference a goal or two would have made for the Chartiers Valley hockey team.

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Keystone Oaks’ Eriona Neal shoots a free throw against Brownsville in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.
Keystone Oaks shakes off slow start, tops Brownsville in Class 3A first round
February 18, 2022
The Keystone Oaks girls basketball program had not lost an opening playoff game, preliminary or first round, since 2006.

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Allderdice’s Michael Quigley shoots a 3-pointer against Obama Academy during a City League game on Jan. 26 in Squirrel Hill.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports Feb. 19-20, 2022: Allderdice boys, girls to play for City League titles
The WPIAL basketball championships return to the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in two weeks after a one-year absence due to the pandemic.

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Lincoln Park’s L.A. Pratt and Dontay Green celebrate after Pratt’s winning shot against Montour in their Section 2-4A game Jan. 14 in Midland.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 18, 2022: Basketball playoffs tip off
February 17, 2022
Welcome to the Path to the Pete.

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North Catholic’s Andrew Maddalon blocks the shot of Burrell’s Tucker Bitar on Jan. 21 at North Catholic High School.
Catch WPIAL basketball playoffs, wrestling championships live on Trib HSSN
The curtain rises on the 2022 WPIAL basketball playoffs, plus it’s Day 1 of the 2022 WPIAL Class 2A individual wrestling championships coming up Friday on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan drives to the basket to score past Moon’s Reilly Sunday during their Section 1-5A game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib 10: Power rankings get facelift on eve of WPIAL playoffs
February 16, 2022
The regular season is over and now the curtain is about to rise on the district postseason.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell celebrates with Perri Page and Aislin Malcolm during their Section 1-5A game against Moon on Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 15, 2022
February 15, 2022
By this weekend, most of the 12 high school districts that make up the PIAA will be done with the regular season and starting their district playoffs.

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OLSH’s Rocco Spadafora celebrates after scoring against Avonworth on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Moon.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 15, 2022
Three boys basketball teams are on the outs and two new squads are now sitting on top of their classification as we hit the midway point of the February frenzy with the latest Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Feb. 14, 2022
Mark Stanley returned as head coach of the Union boys basketball program to begin his second stint before the 2017 season.

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North Catholic’s Max Rottman scores past Burrell’s Brandon Coury and Tajean Degore on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at North Catholic High School.
This week on the TribLive High School Sports Network: Week of Feb. 14, 2022
February 13, 2022
Give all your love to your sweetheart Monday, then prepare for the start of the high school basketball and individual wrestling postseason this weekend on the Trib High School Sports Network.

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Mars coach Dana Petruska, with her son Dave, share a laugh during practice of the annual Cager Classic March 21, 2019, at Highlands High School.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for Feb. 13, 2022
Dana Petruska started her coaching career at Mars in 1986. After the 2005 season, she took over at her alma mater and coached Deer Lakes for nearly a decade before returning to coach the Fightin’ Planets in 2015.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emma Riley (10) battles Winchester Thurston’s Nadia Moore for a loose ball during their game on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Carbon.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 13, 2022
Winchester Thurston junior Nadia Moore was like the Energizer Bunny last week. They wound her up Monday, and she just kept going and going and going all week.

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Latrobe’s J.D. Robinson takes a shot against Hempfield on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings with Penguins Cup playoff clinchings through Feb. 13, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 13.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero scores past Lincoln Park’s L.A. Pratt during their Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Midland.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 14, 2022: Basketball brackets to be unveiled
On this Monday, drive time is prime time.

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Central Valley’s Carolyn Grimm (first), Hopewell’s Ashlynn Ealy (second) and Hempfield’s Kayce Tomasic (third) celebrate with their medals in the Diamond Division at the WPIAL gymnastics championships last year.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 12, 2022: Gold up for grabs in gymnastics, wrestling
February 12, 2022
District championships will be captured in gymnastics while state titles are up for grabs in team wrestling on a golden Saturday.

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Bethel Park’s Riley Miller works against Upper St. Clair’s Samantha Prunzik during their Section 2-6A game Jan. 7.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinching scenarios as of Feb. 11, 2022
The 2022 WPIAL girls basketball playoff field is nearly set.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Joey Peters shoots a free throw against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
Mt. Lebanon stops Upper St. Clair to grab share of section crown
February 11, 2022
This time of year, coaches talk about how defense wins championships.

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Rodney Gallagher and Laurel Highlands are the likely top seed in Class 5A.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff field set
The 2022 WPIAL boys basketball playoff field is set as 86 teams have punched their ticket for the Path to the Pete.

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Central Catholic’s Payton Wehner scores during a Section 3-6A game against Fox Chapel on Jan. 18.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 11, 2022: Are section champs in mood to share?
February 10, 2022
The final night of section play in WPIAL boys basketball comes down to a Class 6A version of a two-for-one sale.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson celebrates after scoring against Chartiers Valley during a Section 1-5A game Jan. 13.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinching scenarios as of Feb. 10, 2022
Two days remain in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Hampton’s Biz Watson celebrates a Lady Talbots 3-pointer during their Section 2-5A game against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
WPIAL girls basketball clinching scenarios as of Feb. 9, 2022
February 9, 2022
Less than a week remains in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Butler’s Braylon Littlejohn drives against Pine-Richland’s Andrew Alexander on Friday.
WPIAL boys basketball clinching scenarios as of Feb. 9, 2022
Less than a week remains in section play in the WPIAL boys basketball regular season.

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Serra Catholic’s Chloe Pordash scores late in the second half of a 2020 state playoff game against Penns Manor.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 10, 2022: Head-to-head battle for section crown
For most of the district girls basketball teams, Thursday marks the end of the fight — the end of battling for section crowns, playoff positioning and postseason berths.

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North Hills’ Alex Smith brings the ball upcourt against North Allegheny on Jan. 7, 2022, in McCandless.
Trib 10: Top teams in power rankings tuning up for playoffs
Like sands in the hourglass, so go the dwindling days of the regular season.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan defends against Central Catholic’s Langston Moses during their Section 3-6A game on Jan. 18.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff clinching scenarios as of Feb. 8, 2022
Less than a week remains in section play in the WPIAL boys basketball regular season.

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Jonna Burke has the Shady Side Academy girls team on the verge of a playoff berth.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 9, 2022: Shady Side Academy on verge on playoffs
February 8, 2022
During the offseason, Jonna Burke surprised many in the WPIAL basketball bubble by leaving as head coach at her alma mater Bethel Park to take over the girls basketball program at Shady Side Academy.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Gina Smith drives to the basket past Upper St. Clair’s Kate Moore during their Section 2-6A game Jan. 17.
Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for Feb. 8, 2022
Postseason basketball is in the air as the regular season concludes.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks during the fourth quarter against North Allegheny on Jan. 7.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for Feb. 8, 2022
As we get closer to the end of the regular season and the start of the district playoffs, the weekly Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings have become a battle of the super powers between two districts in the east and west.

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Keystone Oaks and Deer Lakes square off Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022.
Deer Lakes uses second-half rally to dash Keystone Oaks’ playoff hopes
Keystone Oaks came into its home game Tuesday with its playoff hopes on life support.

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Woodland Hills’ Kayla Walter drives against Latrobe’s Bailey Watson during their game Jan. 20.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinching scenarios as of Feb. 7, 2022
February 7, 2022
Less than a week remains in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Butler’s Raine Gratzmiller scores past Pine-Richland’s Nate Zavasky on Friday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 8, 2022: Butler battling for playoff spot
In the last three years, the Butler boys basketball team lost to Mt. Lebanon in the 6A finals in 2019, beat the Blue Devils to win district gold in 2020 and lost to eventual champion Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL semifinals last year.

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Ellwood City’s Alexander Roth celebrates after making a 3-pointer during last year’s WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Feb. 7, 2022
They are the poster child of every darkhorse high school basketball team when the playoffs tip off.

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Winchester Thurston’s Jackson Juzang averages close to 26 points per game.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 7, 2022
As Jackson Juzang wraps up a marvelous high school basketball career at Winchester Thurston, he accomplished a personal achievement this past week. Now he’s focused on the team goal.

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Pine-Richland’s Andy Swartout lofts a shot at the final buzzer against Butler on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff clinchings through Feb. 6, 2022
February 6, 2022
There is one week remaining in section play in the WPIAL boys basketball regular season.

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Upper St. Clair’s Mia Brown works past Bethel Park’s Emma Dziegowski during their Section 2-6A game Jan. 7.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings as of Feb. 6, 2022
One week remains in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Chartiers Valley’s (11) Perri Page is defended by Trinity’s Eden Williamson (20) last year’s WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 7, 2022: Top girls team has chance to clinch
The final week of section play in WPIAL basketball begins with a full slate of section contests in girls hoops.

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Hempfield’s Aiden Dunlap takes a shot against Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
2021-22 PIHL standings through Feb. 6, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 6.

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for Feb. 6, 2022
Last year, Albert Gallatin reached the WPIAL girls basketball postseason for the first time since 2013.

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 6, 2022
Last year, Mallory Daly made a big splash to start her high school basketball career.

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Baldwin’s Owen Hutchison drives past Woodland Hills’ Timothy Jenkins on Dec. 13, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for week of Feb. 7-12, 2022
Like a blast of arctic air, the first full week of February carries a large punch, including the final week of the high school basketball regular season this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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The Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair boys basketball teams square off Feb. 5, 2022, at Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair avenges loss to rival Bethel Park in battle for 1st place in Section 2-6A
February 5, 2022
Last week, four teams were tied for first place in Section 2-6A boys basketball.

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Upper St. Clair’s Porter Rauch celebrates next a basket during a state playoff game against Erie last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 5, 2022: First place up for grabs in boys basketball showdowns
February 4, 2022
Sole possession of first place with one week remaining in section play is at stake in not one, but two WPIAL boys basketball makeup games Saturday.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page scores over Moon’s Sarah Santicola during their Section 1-5A game on Jan. 13.
Trib 10: New team at the top of girls basketball power rankings
February 3, 2022
There was not a lot of movement in the boys basketball weekly Trib 10, but there were some seismic tremors in the girls basketball power rankings this week.

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Pine-Richland’s Anthony Ferraro wrestles Dylan Coy of North Allegheny in the 126-pound final during the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 2, 2022: WPIAL team wrestling field hits mats
February 1, 2022
Only twice in Burrell’s 15-year WPIAL Class 2A team wrestling championship run have the Bucs had to participate in the first round of the district team tournament.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Reagan Murdoch celebrates with Ashleigh Connor after scoring during their Section 2-6A game against Upper St. Clair on Jan. 17.
Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for Feb. 1, 2022
The February Frenzy is already living up to its name as half of the six classifications have a new top-ranked team in the latest weekly edition of the Trib HSSN state Top 5 girls basketball rankings.

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OLSH’s Dawson Summers dunks against Avonworth Jan. 24 in Moon.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for Feb. 1, 2022
We close out the month of January with a little shuffling of the deck in the weekly Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings.

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Lincoln Park’s Dontay Green celebrates after defeating Montour, 51-49, in a Section 2-4A game Jan. 14.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff clinchings for Feb. 1, 2022
Less than two weeks remain in section play in the WPIAL boys basketball regular season.

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Chartiers Valley and South Fayette tip off Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
Second-half surge pushes South Fayette past Chartiers Valley
For two quarters, the South Fayette boys basketball team was limited to 26 points and trailed by double digits by halftime at Chartiers Valley.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basktball Player of the Week for Jan. 31, 2022
January 31, 2022
On the football field, Armstrong junior Cadin Olsen is one of the top quarterbacks in the district. He finished third in the WPIAL is passing this fall with 2,501 yards and 28 touchdown passes.

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Ben Lane helped Freeport to a pair of important wins last week.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 31, 2022
When last week began, the Freeport boys basketball team was in fourth place in Section 1-4A.

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The Mt. Lebanon girls basketball team celebrates after defeating Upper St. Clair, 44-37, in a Section 2-6A game Jan. 17.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings for Jan. 31, 2022
Less than two weeks remain in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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North Allegheny’s Anthony Howard scores during overtime against Pine-Richland on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 1, 2022: Playoff picture still unclear in Class 6A
Welcome to the start of the February Frenzy. The first two weeks of the shortest month of the year concludes the regular season while the final two weeks feature the first three rounds of the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Winchester Thurston’s Maya Roberts handles the ball against Serra Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Jan. 31, 2022: Basketball section titles on the line
January 30, 2022
Welcome to the final day of the first month of the year and the start of the stretch run of the 2022 WPIAL basketball regular season.

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Montour’s Vason Stevenson plays against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Midland.
This week on the TribLive High School Sports Network: Week of Jan. 31, 2022
We say so long to January and hello to February, the shortest month that carries a mighty strong playoff punch.

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Emily Schuck (left) is a senior on the OLSH girls basketball team.
Trib HSSN WPIAL Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 30, 2022
The focus at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and across the WPIAL has been on the record-setting winning streak of the OLSH boys basketball team, breaking the nearly 40-year-old WPIAL record with 54 straight wins, and counting.

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Trib HSSN WPIAL Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 30, 2022
In this day and age, high school basketball coaches often will say teaching unselfishness to their players is the key to a successful team.

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Greensburg Salem’s Landon Morrison plays against Norwin on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
2021-22 PIHL standings through Jan. 30, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Jan. 30.

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Montour’s Tyriq Eleam scores against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Jan. 14.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 29, 2022: Basketball showcases set
January 29, 2022
It will be a busy weekend of high school hoops at Montour as the PBC Classic holds a two-day event with six boys basketball games Saturday and six more Sunday.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele drives to the basket to score against Avonworth on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 28, 2022: OLSH on brink of making history
January 28, 2022
On the final Friday night of high school basketball in January, 57- and 37-year-old WPIAL boys basketball records are in serious jeopardy of being smashed by a bolt of lightning.

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Norwin’s Lauren Palangio battles North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman for a loose ball during their game Thursday.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings for Jan. 27, 2022
January 27, 2022
Just over two weeks remain in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Keystone Oaks and Shady Side Academy stand at the free-throw line on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.
Keystone Oaks beats Shady Side Academy to shore up playoff positioning
As play began on Thursday, there was a major logjam behind Avonworth in WPIAL Section 3-3A girls basketball. Five teams were separated by only two games with just over two weeks remaining.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson scores against Norwin during a Section 1-6A game on Jan. 3.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 27, 2022: North Allegheny, Norwin meet again
Traditional girls Class 6A powers prepare to battle one more time in the regular season Thursday when first-place North Allegheny visits second-place Norwin in a Section 1-6A showdown.

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North Hills’ Matt Seidl blocks a shot by North Allegheny’s Anthony Howard during the second half of their Section 1-6A game Jan. 7.
Trib 10: One unlucky team falls from WPIAL basketball power rankings
As the region dealt with snowy weather and cold temperatures this past week, the top boys and girls basketball teams in the district were able to avoid any stormy results.

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North Allegheny’s Dylan Coy wrestles Pine-Richland’s Anthony Ferraro in the 126-pound final during the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 15.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 26, 2022: Section titles to be decided on mats
January 26, 2022
The stage will be set for the upcoming district team wrestling playoffs with WPIAL team sectionals Wednesday.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson pressures Norwin’s Kathryn Botti during their Section 1-6A game on Jan. 3.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 26, 2022
There was only one team that slipped out of the Trib HSSN state Top 5 from last week as the elite teams across Pa. weathered the storms and took care of business.

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OLSH’s Bryson Kirschner pressures Avonworth’s Peyton Faulkner during their game on Monday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 26, 2022
With less than a month before district playoffs begin, the teams in the weekly Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings are fine-tuning their game.

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North Catholic’s Max Rottman blocks the shot of Burrell’s Macky Bennis on Friday.
WPIAL boys basketball playoff clinchings for Jan. 25, 2022
We have less than three weeks remaining in section play in the WPIAL boys basketball regular season.

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Chartiers Valley and Baldwin players at the foul line during their game Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.
Chartiers Valley scores comeback win over Baldwin
January 25, 2022
The Chartiers Valley boys basketball team’s nonsection game Tuesday at Baldwin was a lot like its season: a mistake-prone slow start followed by a slow comeback trot and then an all-out gallop to the finish line for the victory.

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Highlands’ Caliel Long pressures Hampton’s Eric Weeks during their game on Dec. 21, 2021, at Highlands.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 25, 2022: Top 4 teams square off in Section 4-5A
January 24, 2022
Mars is the only boys basketball team in Section 4-5A to have already clinched a WPIAL playoff berth, but it might be only a matter of time before Highlands, Shaler and Hampton soon follow.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank celebrates after scoring against Lincoln Park during their Section 2-4A game Friday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 24, 2022
Adou Thiero is in his fourth season playing a key role for a Quaker Valley boys basketball team that is undefeated this season and has come so close to WPIAL gold in his first few high school years.

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Baldwin’s James Wesling plays against Woodland Hills on Dec. 13, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 24, 2022
Jeff Ackermann knows a thing or two about winning basketball.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek drives past North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson during their game on Jan. 3.
WPIAL girls basketball playoff clinchings as of Jan. 24, 2022
We have less than three weeks remaining in section play in the WPIAL girls basketball regular season.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for week ending Jan. 23, 2022
January 23, 2022
When Dave Sarra, the former football and boys basketball coach at Waynesburg Central, took over as the girls basketball coach four years ago, he began the process of improving a program that finished the 2017 season with a record of 1-21.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman is a Wheeling University recruit.
Trib HSSN girls basketball player of the week for week ending Jan. 23, 2022
The saying at Thomas Jefferson High School is “Tradition never graduates.”

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele hugs head coach Mike Rodriguez in the final seconds of the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Constitution on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 24, 2022: OLSH, Neshannock look for milestone wins
Monday could be a historic day around WPIAL basketball with two possible landmark victories.

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Penn Hills’ Noah Barren pressures Gateway’s Kaleb Pryor during their Section 3-5A game on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at Gateway High School.
This week on TribLive High School Sports Network: Week of Jan. 24, 2022
There is a big-time chill in the air as winter high school sports action heats up in the final week of January.

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North Hills’ Alex Smith shoots a 3-pointer over North Allegheny’s Will Blass during their Section 1-6A game on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL boys, girls basketball playoff clinchings through Jan. 23, 2022
There are three weeks left in the regular season for WPIAL basketball teams.

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Plum goalie Kaleb McCabe plays against Wheeling Catholic on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings through Jan. 23, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Jan. 23.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm scored 51 points over the first two games of 2022.
Pitt recruit Aislin Malcolm finds ways to stand out in star-studded Chartiers Valley lineup
January 22, 2022
They are the Fab Five of WPIAL girls basketball.

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Chartiers Valley coach Dan Knause will lead the Colts back into the Parkway Conference next season. The conference will include two-time WPIAL and PIAA champion Central Valley, which moves up from Class 3A.
Chartiers Valley football expects challenging schedule after realignment
Now that the WPIAL has the conference alignments for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, teams can start preparing for familiar faces and new foes in the fall.

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis tries to drive past Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
What to watch in WPIAL sports on Jan. 22, 2022: Section showdown in girls hoops
While Saturday will be busy with one-day high school events (see below), there is one big section matinee contest set in district girls hoops.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero (3) and Jack Gardinier pressure Lincoln Park’s LA Pratt during their Section 2-4A game on Dec. 23, 2021, in Leetsdale.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 21, 2022: Heavyweight rematch in 4A basketball
January 21, 2022
What better way to begin the second half of section play in WPIAL boys basketball than with two of the top three teams in Class 4A clashing for a second time this season?

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Hampton’s Biz Watson blocks a shot by Plum’s Megan Marston during their Section 2-5A opener on Dec. 16, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 20, 2022: 2nd half of girls hoops season begins
January 20, 2022
The second half of section play in WPIAL girls basketball begins with a busy Thursday around the district.

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North Hills’ Will Blass shoots a 3-pointer at the buzzer over North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough during the third quarter of their Section 1-6A game Jan. 7.
Trib 10: List of undefeated teams getting shorter in WPIAL basketball
As we hit the midway point of section play in WPIAL basketball, there are fewer and fewer perfect teams in the district.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 19, 2022: Hall of Fame class to be unveiled
January 19, 2022
It is the highest honor an athlete, a coach or a team can achieve: being elected to a Hall of Fame.

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Upper St. Clair players huddle up during their game against Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.
Upper St. Clair’s Tanner O’Grady shoots down Mt. Lebanon with buzzer-beater
January 18, 2022
Following the winter storm on Sunday, snowmen made appearances on many landscapes throughout the district.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson (left) celebrates with Mia Tuman after hitting a last second 3-pointer to defeat Norwin on Jan. 3.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 18, 2022
There were several state ranked girls basketball teams that tasted defeat this past, but only a few slipped out of the Trib HSSN state Top 5.

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New Castle’s Mike Wells scores past Cathedral Prep’s Liam Galla and Khali Horton during last year’s state playoffs.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 18, 2022
As the winter storm has come and gone, most of the teams in the weekly Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings have remained the same.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win in the WPIAL 6A final against Central Catholic on Nov. 20, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 18, 2022: WPIAL board set to unveil realignment
A lot more eyes than usual will be on the monthly WPIAL board of control meeting Tuesday.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly drives past Gateway’s Michael Crawford during their Section 3-5A game Jan. 11.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 17, 2022
In 1987, Penn Hills captured its first WPIAL boys basketball championship with a 64-44 win over Central Catholic.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 17, 2022
Two years ago, a freshman at Laurel Highlands burst onto the boys basketball scene as Rodney Gallagher helped lead the Mustangs to a surprise district championship run.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor (15) celebrates with Brooke Collins after scoring against Upper St. Clair during their Section 2-6A game on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Mt. Lebanon weathers storm, drops rival Upper St. Clair
January 17, 2022
Section 2-6A rivals Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair did not play at all last season due to mask policy.

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Upper St. Clair’s Rylee Kalocay drives to the basket during a Section 2-6A game against Bethel Park on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2022, at Upper St. Clair High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 17, 2022: Rivals Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon to meet
With the snowstorm sweeping through the area the last 24 hours, many a scholastic event has been postponed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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PIHL standings through Jan. 16, 2022
January 16, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Jan. 16.

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Rochester’s Corynne Hauser is hoping to lead the Rams to a fourth consecutive WPIAL Class A title.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 16, 2022
What happens when a team has two bright stars lead it down a path to greatness and one of those guiding lights graduates?

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Montour’s Olivia Lyscik reacts during a 60-33 win over Quaker Valley in a Section 2-4A game on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Montour High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for week ending Jan. 16, 2022
Jenn O’Shea made the move from Fox Chapel to the Montour three years ago, taking over a girls basketball team that won only five games in 2019.

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Laurel Highlands guard Rodney Gallagher
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Jan. 17, 2022
As a winter storms sweeps through the area to start the week, winter sports action will sweep through the district on your destination for high school sports coverage, the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm drives against Moon’s Olivia Logan during their Section 1-5A game on Thursday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 15, 2022: Girls basketball elites to square off
January 14, 2022
If the weather forecasts are right, Saturday’s scholastic schedule will be the sweet calm before the storm.

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North Allegheny’s Ty Iwanonkiw scores against Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan during their game on Dec. 17, 2021.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 14, 2022: Big-school battles in Section 1-6A
How good is Section 1-6A in WPIAL boys basketball?

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page celebrates with Helene Cowan after Cowan scored against Moon during their Section 1-5A game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
No. 1 Chartiers Valley holds off No. 2 Moon in Class 5A showdown
January 13, 2022
The big Section 1-5A girls basketball showdown between undefeated Moon and three-time defending champion Chartiers Valley became a game of runs.

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Charters Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (2) handles the ball against Gateway’s Jayla Oliver (3) last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 13, 2022: Chartiers Valley, Moon to square off
January 12, 2022
They are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the latest Trib HSSN girls basketball rankings in Class 5A.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham dunks during the fourth quarter against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib 10: Elite teams hold serve in WPIAL basketball power rankings
The second power rankings of the 2022 basketball season are almost a carbon copy of the initial Trib 10 posted a week ago.

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Highlands’ Aaron Randolph works against Hampton’s Jon Maguire at 160 pounds during their Section 1-3A match on Jan. 5.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 12, 2022: Dual meet season hits stretch drive
There are only two more Wednesday nights of subsection duals remaining before the WPIAL wrestling team sectionals, followed by the district team playoffs.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor brings the ball upcourt against Oakland Catholic on Dec. 22, 2021.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 12, 2022
The latest Trib HSSN state girls basketball rankings are a tad different from last week with four changes in the Top 5 and a pair of new No. 1 teams.

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Quaker Valley’s Daniel Bartels scores against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Dec. 23, 2021.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Jan. 12, 2022
January 11, 2022
There were very few changes from the first to the second edition of the weekly Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings.

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Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park tip off on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.
Bethel Park gets down and dirty on defense to knock off Upper St. Clair
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair pulls down a rebound over Hampton’s Sophia Kelly during a playoff game last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 11, 2022: Latrobe, McKeesport girls to meet in main event
January 10, 2022
While it is a busy night of section boys basketball games, one of the top contests around the WPIAL is a girls hoops showdown in Class 5A.

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Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins (5) and Dre’von Miller-Ross pressure Carlynton’s Khalil Kerr during a game last season.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 10, 2022
Eight games into last season, the Carlynton boys basketball team was 4-0 in Section 2-2A, 7-1 overall.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 10, 2022
Last year, they were the supporting cast to a senior team that ended a 16-year drought and won WPIAL gold.

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Highlands’ Jocelyn Bielak drives past Burrell’s Addy Landowski and Hope Clark (left) on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Burrell High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 10, 2022: Big night for girls basketball
January 9, 2022
A busy night of WPIAL girls basketball is highlighted by a couple of games for first place.

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Trinity’s Alyssa Clutter drives past Moon’s Sophia Mancini during their game Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for Jan. 10, 2022
After enjoying one of the best seasons in program history, a lot of question marks surrounded Trinity girls basketball during the summer.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm works against Cardinal O’Hara’s Sydni Scott during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN girls basketball player of the week for Jan. 10, 2022
They are the Fabulous Five of WPIAL girls basketball.

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Norwin’s Logan Fear plays against Greensburg Salem on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
2021-22 PIHL standings through Jan. 9, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Jan. 9, 2022:

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Jan. 10, 2022
The winter high school sports action picks up a week into 2022 with section play on the courts, mats and ice, and in the pool on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Quaker Valley’s Markus Frank hits the winning free throw against Montour on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
Quaker Valley edges Montour to stay unbeaten, win another section slugfest
January 7, 2022
It wasn’t pretty at times, but in the end, it was just perfect for Quaker Valley.

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Thomas Jefferson competes at the 2019 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championships at Hempfield.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 8, 2022: Competitive spirit squads go for gold
It is only the eighth day of the New Year, but already, the WPIAL will be handing out gold at the first winter championships of the 2022 season.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Gardinier shoots a 3-pointer against Lincoln Park during a Section 2-4A game on Dec. 23, 2021, in Leetsdale.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 7, 2022: Boys basketball unbeatens collide
January 6, 2022
Once you reach the one-month mark of the WPIAL basketball regular season, the “battle of unbeaten” matchups become rare.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson takes a shot as time expires during a game against Chartiers Valley last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 6, 2022: Moon girls basketball faces test
January 5, 2022
So far, there has been a full Moon in the sky over Class 5A in WPIAL girls basketball.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero scores past Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings during their Section 2-4A game Dec. 23.
Trib 10: Neighbors top season’s 1st WPIAL basketball power rankings
We allowed three weeks for teams to flex their muscles at the start of the 2022 season. Now it’s time to see which teams are showing off the most early season power.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary escapes Notre Dame’s Adam Schweitzer in the 120-pound consolation bout during the Powerade Wrestling Tournament last Thursday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 5, 2022: Favorites emerge on mats
Wednesday is another busy night of dual meets in WPIAL team wrestling with over 30 sub-section matches scheduled.

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson shoots over Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek during their Section 1-6A game on Monday night.
Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for Jan. 5, 2022
The first Trib HSSN state girls basketball rankings are out for the 2021-22 season.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele drives to the basket during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Constitution last season.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for Jan. 5, 2022
After letting the new basketball season simmer for a couple of weeks, it is time to debut the first Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for the 2021-2022 season.

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Chartiers Valley’s Carter Mastovich works against New Castle’s Michael Graham during a game last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Jan. 4, 2022: Boys basketball section action tips off
January 3, 2022
Tuesday has been a day a lot of WPIAL boys basketball teams in the two smallest classifications have had circled on their new calendars. Section play finally tips off.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham scores over North Allegheny defenders last season.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Jan. 3, 2022
Five years ago, the North Hills boys basketball team reached the WPIAL semifinals, losing to eventual Class 6A champion Pine-Richland. The Indians finished 19-7.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 3, 2022
Last year in 13 games for Propel Braddock Hills, Ben Mayhew scored a total of 77 points.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball player of the week for week ending Jan. 2, 2022
After years of success, the Beth-Center girls basketball program struggled last season, finishing with a 3-11 record that included 10 straight losses.

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North Allegheny’s Lydia Betz shoots against Pine-Richland’s Madison Zavasky during their game on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 3, 2022: Big night for girls basketball
January 2, 2022
Welcome to the first day of high school sports in 2022.

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Monessen’s Sydney Caterino is defended by Union’s Kayla Fruehstorfer in a WPIAL Class A playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for week ending Jan. 2, 2022
A lot of attention deservedly has been paid to the Union boys basketball team this season. A preseason top-five team, the Scotties were 7-0 before losing to Class 2A power Neshannock in the finals of the Neshannock Holiday Tournament.

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North Allegheny’s Lydia Betz blocks a shot by Pine-Richland’s M.J. Laird during their game on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. NA won,
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Jan. 3, 2022
Happy New Year from all of us at Trib Total Media and HSSN! Now that the holidays are behind us, we begin the New Year with plenty of winter scholastic sports this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko celebrates a Blue Devils touchdown against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Dec. 11.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Coach of the year in each of WPIAL football’s 6 classes
January 1, 2022
The students are expected to execute a good lesson plan, but it takes a top teacher to develop the plan and find ways to get the most from their students.

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Former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz (center, in black) talks to people during a “Huddle Up for Coach K” rally held in his honor outside of the Pine-Richland School Board’s planning meeting Monday, May 3, 2021. The rally was held to protest the firing of Kasperowicz.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz ousted
December 31, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza scores against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Dec. 11.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Player of the year in each of WPIAL football’s 6 classes
Back in the day, when students did well in the classroom, they were moved to the front of the class.

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Upper St. Clair’s David Pantelis watches from the empty bench during a PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against Erie on March 20 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: St. Clair Six pulled off state playoff stunner
December 30, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page grabs a rebound past Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty during the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball semifinals on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Chartiers Valley High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 30, 2021: Closing the books on an eventful 2021
December 29, 2021
Welcome to the final day of high school sports in 2021.

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Aliquippa’s Cameron Lindsey celebrates his pick-six during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game against Bishop McDevitt at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Goalposts keep moving for Aliquippa football
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Latrobe’s Vinny Kilkeary (top) wrestles Waynesburg’s Joseph Simon (bottom) in the 113-pound final of last year’s Powerade Wrestling Tournament.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 29, 2021: Top wrestlers hit Powerade mats
December 28, 2021
One of the top regular season high school wrestling tournaments in the country is back in its normal place at its regular site.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win in the WPIAL 6A final against Central Catholic on Nov. 20, 2021 at Norwin.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Championship droughts put on ice
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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North Allegheny’s Emma Fischer drives to the basket against Pine-Richland’s Gianna Reighard during their game on Dec. 17.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 28, 2021: More holiday hoops
December 27, 2021
Welcome to Day 2 of the WPIAL holiday hoops season.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora and Jake DiMichele play in the PIAA Class 2A state championship game on March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Top 21 stories of 2021: OLSH boys basketball couldn’t be beat
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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New Castle’s Isaiah Boice (left) celebrates with Jonathan Anderson after defeating Chartiers Valley, 61-45, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: New Castle basketball adds to trophy case
December 26, 2021
The past year wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but 2021 was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Ringgold’s Trent Hawk (right) celebrates his goal with Kenny Cadwallader during their game against Burrell on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings through Dec. 26, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Jan. 2.

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Gateway’s Jaydon Carr takes a shot during practice Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Monroeville.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 27, 2021: Holiday hoops galore
‘Tis the season for holiday hoops around the WPIAL.

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North Allegheny’s Connor Casten quiets the Pine-Richland student section next to Owen Luellen during overtime in their game Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for week of Dec. 27-Jan. 1
Now that the gifts have been unwrapped, we begin our countdown for a new year as we say goodbye to 2021 with plenty of high school sports this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Bethel Park celebrates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship June 17 at Medlar Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Top 21 Stories of 2021: Spring sports make long-awaited return
December 25, 2021
The year 2021 wasn’t one giant leap for mankind, but it was one big step back toward “normalcy” for all of us, especially the high school athletes from around the WPIAL.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero drives to the basket past Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 23, 2021: Big-time battle between Lincoln Park, Quaker Valley
December 23, 2021
Even though it’s only two days until the holiday weekend, there are two more big section basketball games to be played before the first gifts are unwrapped.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo (right) works to turn Valley’s Dion Lyons at 138 pounds during last season’s WPIAL Class 2A individual wrestling championship.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 22, 2021: Wrestlers vie for 1st place in early season tests
December 21, 2021
Three days before the focus is on the family chimney and the big guy making his yearly visit, the focus is on the scholastic wrestling circle as district teams hit the mat for one more sub-section match before the holidays.

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Butler’s Devin Carney scores against Penn-Trafford last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 21, 2021: Butler, Pine-Richland boys to square off
December 20, 2021
Last year, the Pine-Richland boys basketball team finished tied in the loss column with North Allegheny for first place in Section 1-6A. The Rams reached the 6A title game before falling to Upper St. Clair.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for Dec. 20, 2021
A new basketball season brings hope to all programs, whether they are coming off a successful campaign or hoping to put last season in the rearview mirror.

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 20, 2021
While many folks prepare to celebrate Christmas this weekend, there is one local boys basketball team that celebrates a different holiday on game day.

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Blackhawk girls basketball coach Steve Lodovico earned his 300th career victory last week.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for week ending Dec. 18, 2021
December 19, 2021
It has been a great start to the season for traditional girls basketball power Blackhawk.

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Jocelyn Bielak and her Highlands teammates face Derry in Section 1-4A on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Dec. 20, 2021: Early 1st-place basketball clashes
The final week of high school basketball section play in 2021 begins with 30 girls contests slated for Monday.

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for week ending Dec. 18, 2021
The Baldwin girls basketball team won all three games last week to improve to 4-1 overall thanks to the standout scoring from Morgan Altavilla.

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North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough scores against Pine-Richland’s Joseph Dudkowski during their game on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Dec. 20, 2021
Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the district, many high school sports team were scurrying for one more win before the “big guy” arrives this week on the Trib High School Sports Network.

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Jeannette’s Anton Good jump passes the ball over Greensburg Central Catholic defenders last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 17, 2021: Boys hoops showcase in Westmoreland County
December 17, 2021
With holiday tournaments right around the corner, Saturday features several one-day events showcasing some of the top basketball teams from around the district.

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North Allegheny’s Matt McDonough shoots a 3-pointer against Butler last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 16, 2021: Top teams meet in 6A boys basketball
December 16, 2021
Section 1 in Class 6A of WPIAL boys basketball has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years.

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The Beaver girls basketball team celebrates after defeating Quaker Valley, 45-29, in the Class 4A final on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Peters Township High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 16, 2021: Girls basketball champs start section play
December 15, 2021
Thirty games involving 60 WPIAL girls basketball teams are set to begin section play Thursday.

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The Mt. Lebanon football team celebrates with head coach Bob Palko after defeating St. Joseph’s Prep, 35-17, in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib 10: 4 state champs sit atop final power rankings
The 2021 football season is over, and there were a lot of district teams that felt the power this fall.

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Burrell coach Josh Shields works with Damian Barr and Cole Clark during practice Dec. 7.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 15, 2021: Wrestling teams hit the mats
Wednesday night is fight night around the WPIAL.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza scores against St. Joseph’s Prep during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game last Saturday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Dec. 14, 2021
The state finals in Hershey were like a familiar holiday carol. There were five winners from the west, four WPIAL state champions, three days of gridiron thrills, two repeat PIAA title holders and one District 4 powerhouse program saving face for the east.

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Seton LaSalle and Keystone Oaks squared off Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.
Seton LaSalle pulls away from Keystone Oaks in border battle
December 14, 2021
It wasn’t the Hatfields against the McCoys, but there weren’t a lot of warm, fuzzy holiday wishes being spread around either when neighbors Keystone Oaks and Seton LaSalle squared off on Tuesday.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham battles North Allegheny’s Khalil Dinkins for a rebound during a game last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 14, 2021: Section rivalries to tip off
December 13, 2021
While a good chunk of WPIAL boys basketball teams will tip off section play Friday, four Class 6A Section 1 teams are set to begin section play with a bang less than a week into the 2021-2022 season.

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Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane celebrates with quarterback Carter Green after defeating Imhotep Charter in overtime in the PIAA Class 5A state championship game last Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Dec. 13, 2021
When the high school football season hits November and December, every team left is talented. So what separates the teams that come up short, those that settle for silver, from those special groups that bring home the gold?

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander strikes a pose after scoring during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Wyomissing on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Trib HSSN football player of the week: Dec. 13, 2021
In 10 regular season games, Central Valley running back Landon Alexander rushed for 1,362 yards, an average of more than 136 yards per game.

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Deer Lakes’ Derek Burk battles Armend Karpuzi during a drill at practice on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at the high school in West Deer.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Dec. 13, 2021
December 12, 2021
The torch has been passed. We say farewell to the fall sports season and focus on all things winter sports this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Upper St. Clair’s Molly James drives past Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal during their game on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at Bethel Park High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Dec. 13, 2021: Section basketball to tip off
It’s only four days into the new WPIAL basketball season, and already, the first section game is set for Monday.

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Nash Wedner (right) and his Fox Chapel teammates are 10-0 and atop the PIHL Class A Northeast Division standings.
PIHL standings: Week of Dec. 13, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Dec. 12.

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Pine-Richland and Upper St. Clair tip off Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Upper St. Clair beats buzzer to win WPIAL finals rematch with Pine-Richland
December 11, 2021
Upper St. Clair edged Pine-Richland nine months ago to win the 2021 WPIAL 6A boys basketball championship. The sequel took place Saturday in another championship game, this time of the Upper St. Clair Tip-off Tournament.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich stiff-arms State College’s Calvin Roan during their PIAA Class 6A semifinal last Saturday.
PIAA factoids for Saturday’s Class 6A, 3A state championship games
December 10, 2021
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Rochester’s Corynne Hauser (11) moves the ball against West Greene’s Katharine Lampe during the WPIAL Class A championship game at Peters Township last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class A girls basketball preseason breakdown
December 9, 2021
It has been a broken record for three straight years and counting. Rochester and West Greene dominate the rest of Class A in the regular season and district playoffs and reach the WPIAL finals. Then the page turns to the Rams getting the better of the Pioneers in the finals and taking home the gold while West Greene takes silver back to Greene County.

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Bishop Canevin’s KeVaughn Price scores over Rochester’s Jerome Mullins during the WPIAL class A boys basketball final last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class A boys basketball preseason breakdown
The Bishop Canevin boys basketball program finally won its first WPIAL championship last season and is the preseason favorite to repeat. But with plenty of talent back and some notable transfers around the classification, it won’t be easy for the Crusaders to win gold again.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli scores past Exeter’s Andrew Miller during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal last Friday.
PIAA factoids for Friday’s Class 5A, 2A state championship games
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Aliquippa linemen Tyrese Jones (72) and Neco Eberhardt (52) play in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA factoids for Thursday’s Class 4A, A state championship games
December 8, 2021
In 34 years of PIAA football playoffs, the WPIAL has never had more than three state champions crowned in a single year.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Eli Heidenreich eludes State College’s Jashaun Green on a 40-yard reception during their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal on Dec. 4, 2021, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Trib 10: WPIAL seeks record PIAA championship haul
The WPIAL never has sent more than four district teams to the state finals.

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Ellwood City’s Steve Antuono scores against South Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball preseason breakdown
December 7, 2021
West Allegheny became the poster boys of “anybody can win it” when it comes to the WPIAL basketball playoffs after taking the 2007 boys Class AAA crown as the No. 16 seed. Well, West A has company on that poster after No. 11 seed Ellwood City went on a shocking postseason run that earned the Wolverines their first district hoops title last winter.

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North Catholic’s Dacia Lewandowski battles Mohawk’s Erynne Capalbo for a rebound last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball preseason breakdown
After beating Mohawk twice in the regular season, North Catholic looked ready to be fitted for a WPIAL girls basketball crown for the 21st time. However, in a district title game eyebrow-raiser, the Warriors upset the Trojans, 54-48, to bring the first basketball championship back to Bessemer.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries past North Catholic’s Joey Prentice during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Nov. 27 at Heinz Field.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Dec. 7, 2021
The stage is set for the final six high school football games in the state as we conclude the 2021 season this week in Hershey.

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Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels rolls out to pass to Eli Heidenreich for a touchdown during a PIAA Class 6A state semifinal against State College on Saturday.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for Dec. 6, 2021
December 6, 2021
Most teams at all levels of football prefer to defer receiving the football until the second half when they win the coin toss.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes runs for a long gain past the Belle Vernon sideline during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Trib HSSN football team of the week: Dec. 6, 2021
December 5, 2021
The story is well-known now. Aliquippa, a Class A school in enrollment that has always faced the challenge and played up in class in AA and then 3A upon expansion to six classifications in 2016, has spent the last two years forced to play up in Class 4A by the PIAA.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli scores a 75-yard touchdown past Exeter’s Jacob Wolfe and Tyler Yocum during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Bald Eagle High School.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Dec. 6, 2021
The short ride on the Road to Hershey concludes at the same time the winter sports schedule tips off this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Norwin is in first place in the PIHL Class A Southeast division.
PIHL standings: Week of Dec. 6, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Dec. 5.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm scores against Warren during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal last season.
Chartiers Valley girls basketball juggernaut enters season in familiar favorite role
Since moving over from the boys to the girls coaching job at Chartiers Valley, Tim McConnell’s basketball teams have had a direct bull’s-eye on their backs.

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Chartiers Valley’s Carter Mastovich drives to the basket past New Castle’s Jonathon Anderson last season.
Chartiers Valley boys basketball ready to tackle challenge of remaining among WPIAL elite
The Chartiers Valley boys basketball program was already established as a force in the district when Brandon Sensor took over as head coach three years ago.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball preseason breakdown
December 4, 2021
Thirty years ago, Penn Hills was winding down one of the most dominant stretches in district girls basketball history, winning a seventh straight WPIAL Class AAAA title. This year, North Allegheny is trying to three-peat and capture a fifth WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball championship in the last six years.

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Butler’s Devin Carney (2) celebrates with Madden Clement after hitting the winning 3-pointer as time expired in overtime of their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal against Penn-Trafford last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball preseason breakdown
When it comes to 6A boys basketball this season, bigger might be better. A year after Upper St. Clair won the WPIAL 6A boys basketball championship with one starter over 6-0, most of the top players in the classification check in at 6-1 and taller.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their WPIAL 6A championship Nov. 20.
Trib 10: WPIAL champs take their rightful place in top 6 in power rankings
December 1, 2021
The WPIAL playoffs are in the books with five new champions crowned. The results ended several lengthy title droughts among the 2021 champions.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson returns an interception past North Catholic’s Justin Smith during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 30, 2021
November 30, 2021
The 2021 football season has reached the final four in the PIAA.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against North Catholic on Saturday.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule: Week of Nov. 29, 2021
November 29, 2021
The cruise down the Highway to Heinz is over for 2021. Now the drive on the Road to Hershey kicks into full gear this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Serra Catholic’s Jayvon Holt celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Eagles defeated Beaver Falls, 35-12, in the WPIAL Class 2A final on Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 29, 2021
From 2012-2016, the Serra Catholic football team was a combined 10-38 in five seasons with one playoff appearance.

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Serra Catholic’s Jayvon Holt celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Eagles defeated Beaver Falls, 35-12, in the WPIAL Class 2A final on Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 29, 2021
From 2012-2016, the Serra Catholic football team was a combined 10-38 in five seasons with one playoff appearance.

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Penn-Trafford’s Cade Yacamelli celebrates after defeating Moon, 24-21, in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 13
November 28, 2021
Penn-Trafford started as hot as the weather in its much anticipated WPIAL Class 5A football championship game against top-seeded and unbeaten Moon.

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Kiski Area’s Jonathan Ayres works out with Stephen Rayburg on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
2021-22 PIHL standings through Nov. 28, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday:

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander eludes North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski to score his second touchdown during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Heinz Field.
PIAA announces sites for football semifinals
With the WPIAL football playoffs and the Highway to Heinz in the rearview mirror, the focus now turns to the PIAA postseason and the Road to Hershey.

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OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice Aug. 3 in Clinton.
WPIAL Class A football championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. OLSH
November 25, 2021
WPIAL Class A football championship

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Bishop Canevin’s Brandon Travis (44) celebrates with Lesae Lacks after a first-half touchdown against Leechburg on Oct 8.
Bishop Canevin, OLSH both looking for school’s 2nd WPIAL title in Class A final
Having one WPIAL football championship in the trophy case is good, but having two is twice as nice.

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Moon’s Ben Bladel scores on a 26-yard run past Bethel Park’s Jack Kirchner on Oct. 21.
WPIAL football championship factoids: A warm welcome back to the North Side
November 24, 2021
Last year marked the first time a WPIAL football championship game was not played at either Heinz Field or Three Rivers Stadium since 1982.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza is tackled by Central Catholic’s Keith Cushenberry (24) in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game last Saturday at Norwin.
Trib 10: Big power-rankings shake-up before Heinz Field showdowns
With many head-to-head matchups last weekend and the district field whittled to only 11, there was a big shuffling of the power deck heading into the final weekend of November.

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Central Vallley’s Rylan Jeter tussles with Aliquippa’s Tajier Thornton during the second quarter on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 23, 2021
November 23, 2021
Usually at this time of year, there is a large shuffling of the deck when it comes to state rankings as the district playoffs wind down and morph into the state playoffs.

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Mt. Lebanon players celebrate their win over Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 6A final Saturday night.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 22, 2021
November 22, 2021
Bob Palko knows a thing to two about winning championships.

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Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes carries against Central Valley’s Jack Bible during game on Sept. 10 , 2021, at The Pit.
Trib HSSN football player of the week for 2021 Week 12
November 21, 2021
Aliquippa continued to build on its astonishing WPIAL football record Friday when it beat McKeesport in double overtime to reach the district championship game for a 14th consecutive year.

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Moon’s Caden Newhouse celebrates his fourth-quarter interception against Penn Hills during WPIAL Class 5A semifinal action on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for week of Nov. 22-28
The WPIAL football playoffs conclude with a two-day holiday feast at Heinz Field this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Ringgold’s Ethan Saylor (right) celebrates his goal with Trent Hawk during their game against Burrell on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings through Nov. 21, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday:

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Chartiers Valley athletes signing letters of intent include, standing, Helene Cowan (Seton Hill basketball), Kaden Crump (Seton Hill cross country), Perri Page (Columbia basketball), Hallie Cowan (Seton Hill basketball) and Aislin Malcolm (Pitt basketball) and seated, Marian Turnbull (Northeastern basketball), Josie Jones (Seton Hill lacrosse) and Mackenzie Minney (Indiana Wesleyan soccer). The group of seniors picked the earlier of two official national letter of intent days, Nov. 10, to recognize their choices. “We are very excited for all of our student athletes that are going to continue to play athletics at the collegiate level,” Colts athletic director Mike Gavlik said.
Chartiers Valley athletes, including 5 girls basketball players, sign with colleges
November 20, 2021
Nov. 10 was a busy day for eight Chartiers Valley athletes as the seniors put pen to paper and officially signed on the first of two national letter of intent days.

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The Chartiers Valley girls volleyball team went 3-9 this season.
Slow start gave Chartiers Valley volleyball a big hill to climb
In her first season as coach of the Chartiers Valley girls volleyball program, Amanda Burgess guided the Colts to a fourth-place finish in Section 2-3A and a WPIAL playoff berth.

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McKeesport’s Caleb Reist hands off to Bobbie Boyd against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
WPIAL football playoff preview: A closer look at all 13 of this weekend’s games
November 18, 2021
Welcome to championship weekend in Class 6A and the final stop on the Highway to Heinz in the other five classifications.

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Mt. Lebanon quarterback Joey Daniels catches a touchdown pass as Central Catholic’s Robinson Waddell defends during their game Oct. 8.
Trib 10: One team falls out of power rankings in 2nd week of WPIAL playoff action
November 17, 2021
It was nearly a perfect week for the teams ranked in the Week 11 edition of the Trib 10 power rankings.

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Central Vallley’s Landon Alexander celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter against Aliquippa on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 16, 2021
November 16, 2021
As the Road to Hershey officially opens up this weekend, there were plenty of changes in the Trib HSSN weekly state rankings as the district playoffs wind down.

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Shaler’s Mia Schubert hits against North Allegheny’s Mia Tuman during the WPIAL Class 4A volleyball championship Nov. 6.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 16, 2021: Another chapter in volleyball’s hottest rivalry
November 15, 2021
A fourth fray in the final four of 4A.

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Penn Hills’ Julian Dugger throws a pass to Chase Barney to set up the game-winning touchdown to beat Gateway during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 15, 2021
So what does a head coach think about when the opposing team is ling up for a potential game-tying field goal in the waning seconds of regulation?

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Penn Hills’ Chase Barney pulls in a pass to set up the game-winning score against Gateway during WPIAL Class 5A playoff action on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Antimarino Stadium.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of Nov. 15, 2021
The WPIAL football playoffs reach their final destination in Class 6A while making one final stop on the Highway to Heinz this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins picks up a first down as Avonworth’s Ian Syam defends on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, in Ohio Twp.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 11
November 14, 2021
It took Sto-Rox quarterback Josh Jenkins four games to reach the 1,000-yard passing plateau.

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Fox Chapel’s Danny Downey (91) celebrates his goal with teammates during their game against Kiski Area on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Harmar.
PIHL standings through Nov. 14, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday:

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Moon’s Cole Newhouse sacks Bethel Park quarterback Max Blanc on Oct. 21.
WPIAL football playoff preview: An in-depth look at all 22 games
November 11, 2021
The simple math tells the story.

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Moon’s Taite Beachy celebrates a fumble recovery against Bethel Park on Oct. 21.
Trib 10: Back to work for ranked teams in Week 11
November 10, 2021
The Trib 10 power rankings last week resembled the 1930s movie classic, All Quiet on the Western (Pa) Front.

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Freeport’s Cassidy Dell sets up a kill in front of Plum’s Maria Hunter (12) and Caroline Hunter during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff match on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at Freeport.
WPIAL girls volleyball teams learn sites, times for PIAA quarterfinals
Twelve WPIAL teams began the girls volleyball state playoffs on opening night Tuesday. Four saw their season come to an end while eight District 7 teams were winners and are moving on to Round 2.

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Mars goalkeeper Megan Boddy makes a save on Red Land’s Carlee Collier during their PIAA Class 3A first round playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Adams.
PIAA releases sites, times for boys, girls soccer quarterfinals
It was a nearly flawless start for WPIAL soccer teams in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday.

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Central Valley’s Landon Alexander carries to the goal line past Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark during the first quarter on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Nov. 9, 2021
November 9, 2021
There was no sliding and there was no climbing for teams across Pennsylvania as the district playoffs began for some last week.

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Seneca Valley’s Cole Kamarec works against Peters Township’s Connor Hoye during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 9, 2021: State soccer playoffs kick off
November 8, 2021
Even though the district-champion-only format for the PIAA playoffs in 2020 cut the state soccer playoffs from four rounds to three, it turned out to be a historic postseason for the WPIAL.

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Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher rolls out to pass during a game against Belle Vernon on Oct. 1.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Nov. 8, 2021
Sometimes a trip on the Highway to Heinz can be a very long journey.

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Serra Catholic’s Terrell Booth hits Neshannock’s Kurt Sommerfeld in the WPIAL Class 2A first round last Friday.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule: Week of Nov. 8, 2021
The WPIAL football playoffs move on to the quarterfinals and semifinals this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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New Castle’s Christopher Hood looks to make a pass during a game against Highlands on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Highlands.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 10
November 7, 2021
There was a serious chill in the air for opening night of the WPIAL football playoffs, but that didn’t prevent New Castle quarterback Christopher Hood from getting soaked with all of the “splash” plays he made Friday.

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Greater Latrobe’s takes a shot against Hempfield on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
2021 PIHL standings through Nov. 7, 2021
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Nov. 7.

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Woodland Hills running back Eris Seibles carries against Wayne Valley on Aug. 28.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football playoff matchups for 2021 Week 10
November 4, 2021
Welcome to the 2021 WPIAL football playoffs.

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Hampton’s Kai Herchenroether with a dig against Plum during the Class 3A girls volleyball semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at Gateway High School.
WPIAL girls volleyball championship preview: 3 teams look to defend titles
A pair of WPIAL schools will be playing for the Triple Crown this week.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Jack Smith works out during practice on Aug. 11.
Trib 10: 7 undefeated teams fill power ratings as playoffs open
November 3, 2021
The regular season is in the books and playoff fever is spreading throughout the district.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Appleby scores against Chartiers-Houston during a WPIAL Class A first-round playoff game Oct. 26.
WPIAL boys soccer championship preview: North Catholic, GCC have shot at history
A pair of WPIAL schools will be playing for the triple crown this week.

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North Catholic players celebrate a goal by Lily Karsman during their game against Avonworth on Sept. 8.
WPIAL girls soccer championship preview: 3 teams bring repeat dreams to Highmark
A pair of WPIAL schools will be playing for the triple crown this week.

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Central Valley’s Jayvin Thompson intercepts a pass over Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark during the second quarter on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Nov. 2, 2021
November 2, 2021
Four teams lost their grip and slipped out of the Trib HSSN weekly state football rankings in the final week of the regular season.

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Freeport’s Alaina Whitlinger plays against Highlands on Sept. 9.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Nov. 2, 2021: Top seeds meet in volleyball final four
November 1, 2021
Sixteen teams are one win away from playing for district gold this Saturday at Robert Morris University.

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Armstrong quarterback Cadin Olsen threw for 212 yards and ran for 108 against Indiana last Friday.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for Nov. 1, 2021
Cadin Olsen has accomplished a lot in his brief scholastic career as the starting quarterback at Armstrong. He has been one of the top passers in the district as a sophomore last year and now in his junior season.

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Fox Chapel goalkeeper Molly McNaughton makes a diving save against North Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule: Week of Nov. 1, 2021
October 31, 2021
November gets off to a golden start as the WPIAL fall sports postseason goes prime time this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Peters Twp.’s Jillian Marvin works against Moon’s Madison Felton during their game on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Moon Area High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Nov. 1, 2021: Soccer semifinals get underway
The day after Halloween is one several district soccer teams hope is filled with golden treats instead of sour tastes.

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South Allegheny quarterback Eric Wehrer looks for an open reciever against Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Trib HSSN Team of the Week for 2021 Week 9
Last week, we celebrated the end of a 33-year playoff drought for Leechburg.

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A rainbow appears as Chartiers Valley players come together prior to a game against Montour on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Chartiers Valley.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 29, 2021: Football playoff fields nearly set
October 30, 2021
The 2021 WPIAL playoff field is nearly set.

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Upper St. Clair’s Mateo Cepullio catches a pass over Moon’s Dylan Sleva on Oct. 15.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 9
October 28, 2021
Welcome to Week 9 and the final two days of the WPIAL regular season.

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Runners participate in the WPIAL cross country championships at White Oak Park on Oct. 28, 2020.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 28, 2021: Cross country championships back at Cal (Pa.)
October 27, 2021
In the last two decades, the WPIAL has moved the district cross-country championships to various venues across the area.

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Central Catholic’s Gannon Carothers returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Mt. Lebanon on Oct. 8.
Trib 10: Tough year for defending WPIAL champs in power rankings
My, how the top cats from a year ago have fallen in 2021.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 27, 2021: Seeds look different in volleyball playoffs
October 26, 2021
The opening round of the 2021 WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs concludes with first-round matches in Class 3A and 2A.

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Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins catches a pass as Avonworth’s Ian Syam defends on Sept. 17.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Oct. 26, 2021
Eight might be great, but nine is fine as scholastic high school football teams prepare to conclude October football and their regular season this weekend.

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Fox Chapel’s Saidi Issa moves the ball away from Seneca Valley’s Gavin Loya on Sept. 15.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 26, 2021: Rematches set in boys soccer playoffs
October 25, 2021
Class 4A and A will take the stage Tuesday with opening-round boys soccer playoffs in both classifications.

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Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace fends off Brentwood’s Jackson Vingelen on Sept. 9.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Oct. 25, 2021
The year was 1988. President Ronald Reagan was concluding his eighth year in office while turning the White House over to George H. W. Bush.

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Upper St. Clair’s Mateo Cepullio catches a pass over Moon’s Dylan Sleva during their game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
Trib HSSN broadcast schedule: Week of Oct. 25, 2021
October 24, 2021
The stretch run of the 2021 fall high school sports season concludes as district soccer, volleyball and field hockey playoffs begin in this final week of October.

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North Catholic’s Teagan McTighe hits his fairway shot on Hole 9 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Oct. 25, 2021: PIAA team golf champs to be crowned
Monday, weather permitting, is the last day on the links for scholastic golfers in 2021.

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McKeesport’s Bobbie Boyd runs for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, against Thomas Jefferson.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 8
During the Bill Cherpak era, there aren’t many teams that with an edge against Thomas Jefferson.

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Seneca Valley’s Alex Paulsen takes down North Hills quarterback John Green on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
2021 WPIAL football playoff picture entering final week of regular season
The final week of the 2021 WPIAL football regular season is upon us.

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Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne is tacked by Belle Vernon’s Chase Ruokonen on Sept. 3.
Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne thriving since committing to Penn State
Lamont Payne has lived up to his surname, as he has been a big pain for opposing coaches to game plan around.

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Chartiers Valley girls soccer team writes 1st chapter in program’s new era
Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.

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Baldwin and Central Catholic square off Saturday, OCt. 23, 2021.
Central Catholic jumps on Baldwin quickly, cruises to 6A win
October 23, 2021
It took longer for Central Catholic to salute its 22 seniors before the game than it did for the Vikings to strike on their first three drives.

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Pine-Richland’s Sophie Catalano and Sarah Faber (11) go up for a block against North Hills on Sept. 7.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 21, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 21, 2021
The 2021 WPIAL girls volleyball regular season has come to an end as 72 teams have earned a ticket to ride into the postseason starting next week.

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Seneca Valley’s Brandon Ross takes it to the house against North Hills on Sept. 10.
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Welcome to Week 8, as the “stretch run” of the WPIAL football season continues.

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October 20, 2021
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Trib 10: Upset shuffles WPIAL football power rankings
The top eight teams from last week’s Trib 10 power rankings remain the same, but a Class 5A surprise in Week 7 led to some movement at the bottom of the poll heading into Week 8.

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Shaler’s Tia Bozzo (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring against North Allegheny during the 2020 WPIAL Class 4A championship match.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 19, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 19, 2021
We are down to two days remaining in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season as the list of teams that have clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs continues to grow.

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Seneca Valley’s Conor Morrisard battles North Allegheny’s Evan Anderson for a header during their game on Oct. 11.
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It’s time to pull back the curtain and unveil the 2021 WPIAL boys and girls soccer brackets.

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Sto-Rox quarterback Austin Jones scores the go-ahead touchdown against Avonworth on Sept. 17.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Oct. 19, 2021
Now that we have hit the 2021 “stretch run,” the elite high school football teams across the state are picking it up a notch.

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South Fayette’s Marissa Malosh watches her tee shot on Hole 15 during the WPIAL Class 3A girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 19, 2021: Class 3A golfers compete for PIAA gold
October 18, 2021
The best Class 3A boys and girls golfers across the state will tee off Tuesday morning in the 18-hole PIAA individual golf championships at the Heritage Hills Golf Course in York.

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Beaver quarterback Wyatt Ringer carries past Seton-LaSalle’s William Hess (65) and Liam Halligan on Sept. 25.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Oct. 18, 2021
When long-time Beaver football coach Jeff Beltz retired after the 2020 football season, the district stayed in-house with his replacement and promoted assistant coach Cort Rowse.

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Moon goalkeeper Serayah Leech celebrates with Olivia Shaver after defeating Peters Twp. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 17, 2021: Girls soccer
October 17, 2021
Section play in the girls soccer regular season has only a few makeup games left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. If teams are tied for a playoff spot and head-to-head does not break the tie, all qualify for the postseason.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Conner Murga pressures Gateway quarterback Brad Birch during the third quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 7
During the offseason, Brad Birch and his older brother, Brett, made headlines when they transferred from Jeannette to Gateway shortly after helping the Jayhawks win a WPIAL football championship.

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North Allegheny’s Katie Rose Rankin watches her tee shot on Hole 15 during the WPIAL Class 3A girls golf championship on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Hannastown Golf Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports Oct. 18, 2021: PIAA golf, WPIAL tennis semifinals on tap
The top Class 2A boys and girls golfers from across the state will tee off Monday morning in the 18-hole PIAA individual golf championships at the Heritage Hills Golf Course in York.

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Moon’s Anthony Antoniades (13) celebrates with Elijah Davis after his long catch during their game against Upper St. Clair on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Tigers Stadium in Moon.
2021 WPIAL football playoff picture entering final 2 weeks of regular season
Two weeks remain in the 2021 WPIAL football season, and the stretch run is picking up.

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Zach Panza and his Hampton teammates have clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 17, 2021: Boys soccer
Section play in the regular season is complete, and the WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. If teams are tied for a playoff spot and head-to-head does not break the tie, all qualify for the postseason.

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Grace Petnuch and her Greensburg Central Catholic teammates have clinched a WPIAL playoff spot.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 17, 2021: Girls volleyball
We are down to one week remaining in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season, however the list of teams that have clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs continues to grow.

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Abigail Stager and her North Allegheny teammates face Butler on the North Allegheny Sports Network at TribHSSN.TribLive.com on Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Oct. 18, 2021
The stretch run of the fall high school sports season continues with pair of district playoff bracket unveiling shows this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Bishop Canevin’s Olivia Thomas celebrates with Keira Kozlowski after winning a game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at Bishop Canevin High School.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 15, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 15, 2021
We are down to one week remaining in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season, and the list of teams that have clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs continues to grow.

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Shady Side Academy’s Sadie Navid heads the ball over Burrell’s Leah Brockett during their game on Sept. 27.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 14, 2021: Girls soccer
October 14, 2021
Section play in the 2021 girls soccer regular season section play has only a few makeup games left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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North Allegheny head coach Art Walker Jr. works with his team during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in McCandless.
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Welcome to Week 7 and the “stretch run” of the 2021 WPIAL football season.

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Deer Lakes’ Ruger Beer battles Shady Side Academy’s Koven Johnson for possession during their game on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fox Chapel.
WPIAL clinched for Oct. 14, 2021: Boys soccer playoff field set
Section play in the regular season is nearly complete and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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What to watch for in high school sports on Oct. 14, 2021: City League rivals kick off Week 7
October 13, 2021
Three times in four years, Brashear and Allderdice battled for the City League football championship.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza eludes Central Catholic’s Keith Cushenberry to score last Friday.
Trib 10: Top 3 changes after clash of titans
Following a couple of tumultuous weeks, there was very little change in the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kyla Hartoyo scores against Greensburg Central Catholic on Sept. 13.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 12, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 12, 2021
There are still two weeks left in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season, but several teams have already clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs.

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Hampton’s Sophie Kelly scores against Franklin Regional on Oct. 6.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 12, 2021: Girls soccer
Section play in the 2021 girls soccer regular season section play has less than one week left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 13, 2021: Final boys soccer playoff spots on the line
Fourteen of the 16-team playoff field is set in Class 3A WPIAL boys soccer with the final two postseason berths possibly decided by two matches Wednesday.

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Sto-Rox’s Drevon Miller-Ross catches a pass as Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli defends Sept. 17.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Oct. 12, 2021
After a big-time shuffling of the deck the last few weeks with several head-to-head contests, the waters calmed in the sea of state football rankings in Week 6.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 12, 2021: Girls soccer races coming down to wire
October 11, 2021
You could say that South Park and Elizabeth Forward are fit to be tied for their girls soccer section title.

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Seneca Valley’s Nolan Dworek celebrates his second-quarter touchdown against North Hills on Sept. 10.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Oct. 11, 2021
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Hampton’s Zach Panza (7) battles Kiski Area’s Owen Zimmerman for possession during their game on Oct. 7.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 11, 2021: Boys soccer
Section play in the regular season is winding down and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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North Hills’ Liam Tracey break the tackle attempt by Kiski’s Dominic Dininno on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Martorelli Stadium.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Oct. 11, 2021
October 10, 2021
Welcome to the “Stretch Run” of the 2021 fall high school sports season as we head toward mid-October this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Alex Tecza carries for a long gain against Central Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 6
Mt. Lebanon senior running back Alex Tecza could do nothing about the weather in Week 6 as a series of storms forced the stoppage, then the suspension of the Blue Devils’ big No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against visiting Central Catholic.

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Springdale’s Chris Mitchell moves the ball upfield against Aquinas Academy during a game on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Hampton.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports Oct. 11, 2021: Playoff berths on the line in boys soccer
The final week of section play in WPIAL soccer begins with a busy night on the boys soccer pitch.

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Moon goalkeeper Serayah Leech celebrates with Olivia Shaver after defeating Peters Twp. on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, at Moon Area High School. Moon won, 1-0.
WPIAL clinched for Oct. 10, 2021: Girls soccer
Section play in the 2021 WPIAL girls soccer regular season has one week left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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Moon head coach Ryan Linn talks with his team after practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Moon.
Top-ranked Moon edges Peters Township to stay undefeated
October 9, 2021
The difference between the first half and the second half of the Moon at Peters Township Class 5A Allegheny Six Conference football game was night and day.

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WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 7, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 8, 2021
There are still two weeks left in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season, but several teams have already clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs.

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Allderdice’s Ben Beale celebrates his goal next to Penn-Trafford’s Logan Swartz during their game on Tuesday.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 7, 2021: Boys soccer
October 7, 2021
Section play in the regular season is winding down and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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Moon’s Joe Cotton eludes North Hills’ Caleb Armstead during their game Sept. 17.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 6
Welcome to Week 6, where the feeling out process continues.

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Latrobe’s Ella Bulava scores past Norwin goalkeeper Riley Morningstar on Sept. 30.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 6, 2021: Girls soccer
October 6, 2021
Section play in the 2021 girls soccer regular season section play has just over one week left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Lindsey Powanda watches her tee shot on No. 9 during the 2020 WPIAL Class 3A girls golf championship at Oakmont Country Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Oct. 7, 2021: WPIAL girls golf gold up for grabs
You could say that a select few WPIAL girls golfers and tennis players will be in action Thursday and Friday for the love of gold.

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Central Catholic’s Brandon Jackson catches a pass in front of the North Allegheny bench during the first quarter on Sept. 24.
Trib 10: Top 2 teams in weekly power rankings set to collide
Several big head-to-head matchups last week led to a pair of Class 6A district teams being bounced from the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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Bishop Canevin’s Ava Gaitens celebrates with teammates after a kill against Greensburg Central Catholic on Sept. 13.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 5, 2021: Girls volleyball
October 5, 2021
There are still three weeks left in the WPIAL girls volleyball regular season, but a handful of teams have already clinched a spot in the upcoming district playoffs.

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Plum goalkeeper Austin Hereda makes a save against Franklin Regional on Sept. 7.
WPIAL Clinched for Oct. 5, 2021: Boys soccer
Section play in the regular season is winding down and the 2021 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs are just around the corner. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie qualify for the postseason.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 6, 2021: Franklin Regional, Hampton square off
A year ago, Hampton and Franklin Regional finished first and second in the WPIAL Section 1-3A standings with the Talbots beating out the Panthers for the section crown by only a half-game.

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Sto-Rox’s Zay Davis carries past Avonworth’s Brandon Biagiarelli on Sept. 17.
Trib HSSN state high school football rankings for Oct. 5, 2021
The calendar turning from September to October wasn’t the only big change last week.

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Central Catholic’s Rocco Salvitti watches his tee shot on No. 17 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at South Hills Country Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Oct. 5, 2021: Class AAA boys golfers chase WPIAL gold
October 4, 2021
Seventeen years ago, Pine-Richland senior Mike Van Sickle, now a pro golfer, tamed the Mystic Rock Golf Course and shot a 3-over par 75 to capture his second straight WPIAL boys individual golf championship.

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Upper St. Clair’s Ethan Hiester cuts back on Penn Hills’ D’Andre Cochran for a touchdown on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN Team of the Week for 2021 Week 5
After winning two of its first three football games, Upper St. Clair hit a rut.

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Mars’ Aly Cooper (21) celebrates her goal with Piper Coffield during their game against Montour on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, in Robinson. Mars won, 1-0.
WPIAL girls soccer playoff clinchings through Oct. 4, 2021
Section play in the 2021 WPIAL girls soccer regular season has less than two weeks left. The top four teams in each section qualify for the district playoffs. All teams tied for a playoff spot in which head-to-head does not break the tie all qualify for the postseason.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Oct. 4, 2021: Peters Township heads to Moon for girls soccer clash
October 3, 2021
The first full week of WPIAL October soccer begins with a busy night on the pitch for the girls.

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Steel Valley’s Nijhay Burt during practice Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021 at Steel Valley High School.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for Week 5
No matter how much opposing teams try to slow him down, the man of Steel throws on his maroon and gold cape, takes the football and runs through, around and away from the freshly shredded defenses.

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Central Catholic’s Matthew Petruzzi Jr. (34) and Keith Cushenberry celebrate on defense during their game against North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN broadcast listings for week of Oct. 4, 2021
There is nothing quite like another busy week of fall high school sports with a dash of winter scholastic sports sprinkled in during the first full week of October on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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North Allegheny’s Jacob Porter (left) and Tyree Alualu work out together during practice.
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September 30, 2021
WPIAL football now enters prime time.

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Sewickley Academy’s Tim Fitzgerald watches his approach shot on Hole 16 during the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 30, 2021: Golf gold up for grabs
September 29, 2021
To highlight the final day of September, the district is set to distribute golf gold on Thursday as the WPIAL Class 2A boys individual golf championships tee off at the Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Jack Smith works out during practice.
Trib 10: New team takes over top spot in WPIAL power rankings
As we hit the midway point of the regular season and September turns to October, there is change in the air in the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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Thomas Jefferson’s AJ Getsy competes against Laurel Highlands on Sept. 9.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 29, 2021: First place up for grabs in boys soccer
September 28, 2021
With just over two weeks left in soccer section play around the WPIAL, each match with first-place implications takes on greater meaning as September winds down.

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Runners compete at the 2020 Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 27, 2021: Key cross country meets on tap
September 27, 2021
If you wanted to know which way to run to win cross country gold in WPIAL Class 3A in 2020, the answer was north.

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Mohawk quaterback JC Voss throws a pass during practice.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 27, 2021
The Mohawk football team won a combined three games in the last two years.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock eludes tacklers against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 4
September 26, 2021
He scored the tying touchdown with under five minutes left in the game, then he ran 40 yards for the winning TD with under 10 seconds remaining in a battle between the two top teams in Class 4A of the WPIAL.

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Belle Vernon’s Tyler Mocello will take part in the WPIAL semifinals Monday.
What to watch for Sept. 27, 2021: Boys head to WPIAL golf semis
The district individual golf postseason continues Monday with the WPIAL Class AAA boys semifinals.

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Penn Hills’ Khalil Barley-Morrow lifts Amir Key after scoring a touchdown against Upper St. Clair’s on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN broadcast listings for week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3
We turn the calendar from September to October this week with plenty of high school sports on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Penn-Trafford (right) plays Shaler on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.
Penn-Trafford gets back on track with big win over Shaler
September 25, 2021
Saturday marked the sixth meeting between Penn-Trafford and Shaler on the football field. The Warriors were a perfect 5-0 and had outscored the Titans, 257-15 in those wins.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abraham Ibrahim pulls in a first-quarter touchdown agsinst Blackhawk last season.
Emergence of senior receiver adds another weapon to Chartiers Valley’s offense
Coming into this season, all eyes were on Chartiers Valley junior wide receiver Lamont Payne, and for good reason.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger looks to throw during practice.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 4
September 23, 2021
For some district football teams, it’s the second week of conference play. For others, it is the final tune-up before conference play is underway for all 17 WPIAL conferences.

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What to watch for in high school sports on Sept. 23, 2021: City League kicks off Week 4
September 22, 2021
Ten years ago, the two met in the City League championship game. On Thursday, University Prep and Allderdice square off to kick off Week 4 of the high school football season.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Bryan celebrates a tackle for loss next to Gateway quarterback Brad Birch on Sept. 3.
Trib 10: Friday’s schedule features 2 showdowns between ranked teams
There was little movement in the Trib 10 power rankings after Week 3, but that could change after this weekend.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Meghan Zambruno finishes her round at the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 22, 2021: Girls golf moves into sectional spotlight
September 21, 2021
After most of the individual boys golf sectionals here held earlier this week, it’s time for the girls to tee it up in three sections.

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Central Valley running back Landon Alexander works out during practice on Aug. 9.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Sept. 21, 2021
While there were no changes at the top, six teams lost their grip and dropped out of the latest edition of the Trib HSSN state football rankings.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 21, 2021: South Hills soccer showdown
September 20, 2021
Even though the pendulum has swung due north with Seneca Valley and North Allegheny winning the four of the last five WPIAL boys soccer championships in the highest classification, there was a time when gold could be found in a four-mile radius of Route 19 in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

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Union quarterback Tyler Staub throws a pass during practice on Aug. 4.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 20, 2021
In 30 all-time meetings on the football field, Rochester has dominated Class A Big Seven Conference foe Union. The Rams are 25-5 overall.

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Thomas Jefferson assistant coach TJ Srsic celebrates with quarterback Joe Lekse after his third-quarter touchdown against Gateway on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville. TJ plays Belle Vernon this week.
Trib HSSN broadcast listings for week of Sept. 20-25
September 19, 2021
We hit the midway point of the WPIAL football regular season with key conference and nonconference games this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Carmichaels’ Trenton Carter works during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for 2021 Week 3
His name might not be Michael, but on Friday of Week 3 at Mapletown High School, Carmichaels senior Trenton Carter was truly a Mighty Mike.

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Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer applauds his team after the Panthers fininshed their rounds during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
What to watch for Sept. 20, 2021: WPIAL golf tournaments begin
While the WPIAL girls singles tennis championships are set for Thursday and Friday, another fall postseason tees off Monday.

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Canon-McMillan linemen Julius Pruss (left) and Sean Lesnock work out during practice on Aug. 12.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 3
September 16, 2021
Finally, conference games have arrived in the WPIAL.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close plays in last year’s WPIAL Class 2A team championships.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 15, 2021: Tennis postseason gets underway
September 15, 2021
Two days before conference play begins for many teams in WPIAL football, the first postseason event began in district girls tennis.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores on a kickoff return with Chartiers Valley’s Joseph Krug trailing on Sept. 3, 2021, at Chartiers Valley.
Trib 10: Belle Vernon makes big jump in WPIAL football power rankings
The first two teams have been bounced from Trib 10 power rankings after head-to-head showdown losses in Week 2.

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Shady Side Academy celebrates a 2-1 victory over Ellis School in the 2020 WPIAL Class A field hockey championship game.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 14, 2021: Field hockey blue bloods square off
September 14, 2021
One of the more amazing streaks in the WPIAL is the on-going rivalry between Shady Side Academy and the Ellis School in field hockey.

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Mars’ Leana Cuzzocrea battles Villa Joseph Marie’s Madison Crozier for possession during the 2020 PIAA Class 3A girls soccer state championship game.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 14, 2021: Girls soccer section contenders collide
September 13, 2021
Last season, they finished in first and second place in their respective WPIAL girls soccer sections. On Tuesday, they meet for the first of two regular season meetings.

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McKeesport running back Kanye Thompson catches a pass in practice.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week for Sept. 13, 2021
The nonconference portion of the 2021 McKeesport football schedule has been like a box of mixed chocolates: Each one is different from the other and no two are alike.

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Central Vallley’s Jayvin Thompson stiff-arms Aliquippa’s Cyair Clark during the second quarter on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Sept. 13, 2021
September 12, 2021
This weekend marks the start of conference play for WPIAL football teams in Class 6A and A, along with some in 4A, 3A and 2A, with a lot of the action seen or heard on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abe Ibrahim pulls in a first-quarter touchdown pass over Blackhawk’s Brendan Welsh Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 at Chartiers Valley High School.
2021 Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week for Week 2
Through two weeks of the 2021 WPIAL football season, Abraham Ibrahim had modest stats. The Chartiers Valley senior wide receiver had five receptions for 26 yards.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 13, 2021: Section 2-A boys soccer gets started
Finally, WPIAL boys soccer section play will begin in Section 2-A on Monday.

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Carlynton’s Shawn Curry picks up a first down against Riverview defenders during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Oakmont.
Shawn Curry runs for 256 yards as Carlynton pulls away from Riverview
September 11, 2021
Saturday afternoon did not start well for visiting Carlynton.

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Peters Township quarterback Sam Miller works out during practice on Aug. 12.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 2
September 9, 2021
Area high school football fans, we are inching closer to the start of conference games. Those are the games that will decide which teams qualify for the WPIAL playoffs in November.

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Thomas Jefferson assistant coach TJ Srsic celebrates with quarterback Joe Lekse after his third quarter touchdown against Gateway last Friday.
Trib 10: New team takes over top spot in WPIAL power rankings
September 8, 2021
With plenty of big contests in Week 1, there was a shuffling of the deck in this week’s Trib 10 power rankings.

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern leads his team on the field before kickoff against Mt. Pleasant last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 9, 2021: Thursday night football on the South Side
Week 2 of the 2021 high school football season kicks off Thursday with another battle between the WPIAL and the Pittsburgh City League.

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North Catholic players celebrate defeating Avonworth in the WPIAL Class 2A girls soccer championship game Nov. 7, 2020.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Sept. 8, 2021: Finals rematch in girls soccer
September 7, 2021
Last season, North Catholic and Avonworth played to a scoreless tie in their first Section 1-2A meeting, then the Trojans edged the Antelopes in the final section game of the regular season, 2-1.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer (33) celebrates his touchdown catch with McClain Flinn during the second quarter against Gateway last Friday.
Trib HSSN state football rankings for Sept. 7, 2021
The top 30 teams in last week’s HSSN state football rankings were like an old Bachman-Turner Overdrive classic song as they spent Week 1 takin’ care of business.

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Shalers’ Keegan Smetanka throws during practice Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, at Shaler Titans Football Field.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week 2021: Week 1
It has been 12 years since the Shaler football team has been undefeated through two weeks.

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Plum goalkeeper Gabe Kuhn makes a save on Franklin Regional’s Colton Hudson late in the second half of their game on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Murrysville.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 7, 2021: Boys soccer opens section play
September 6, 2021
Once again this school year, the network with the best coverage of high school sports brings you a daily dose of what to watch for around scholastic sports that day.

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Trib HSSN Football Player of The Week 2021: Week 1
September 5, 2021
Trailing by three points in the final two minutes of an emotional nonconference game against visiting Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley quarterback Graham Hancox showed no signs of nerves as he led the offense on the field.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Angelo Volomino defends against Gateway’s Patrick Body Jr. late in the fourth quarter Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Monroeville.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for the week starting Monday, Sept. 6
With the traditional end-of-summer holiday weekend behind us, we labor toward a busy week of high school sports on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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McKeesport quarterback Caleb Reist tries to pull away from a Woodland Hills tackler on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.
McKeesport edges Woodland Hills in throwback showdown
September 4, 2021
For the better part of the second quarter Saturday afternoon, the scoreboard clock at McKeesport was not operational.

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Penn Hills quarterback Julian Dugger looks to throw during practice Aug. 13.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for 2021 Week 1
September 2, 2021
In what we hope is not a flashback to last year, five area high school football games slated for this holiday weekend have been postponed due to covid-19 related issues.

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Gateway’s Patrick Body practices Aug. 13.
Trib 10: Gateway tops 1st power poll of season
September 1, 2021
Once again this season, teams across the WPIAL can flex their muscles when the Trib 10 power rankings are released each week.

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Thomas Jefferson quarterback Brody Evans throws a pass in practice on Aug. 23.
Trib HSSN State Football Rankings for Aug. 31, 2021
August 31, 2021
The first edition of the weekly 2021 HSSN state football rankings is here with a lot of familiar faces from the end of the 2020 high school football season.

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Northgate’s Austin Mitchell throws a pass during practice Aug. 9.
Trib HSSN Football Team of the Week 2021: Week Zero
August 30, 2021
On Sept. 22, 2017, Northgate edged Sto-Rox, 17-14 to improve the Flames’ record in the Class A Big Seven Conference to 2-2.

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Greensburg Salem’s Hayden Teska looks to during a game against Hempfield on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Hempfield.
Trib HSSN broadcasts for the week starting Monday, Aug. 30
August 29, 2021
We turn the calendar from the heat of August to the comfort (fingers crossed) of September with another busy weekend of high school football on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Trib HSSN Football Player of The Week 2021: Week Zero
If he wasn’t on the list of top quarterbacks to watch around the district in 2021, Carson Davidson has ‘thrown’ his hat in the ring after a big start in Week Zero.

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Westinghouse and Seton LaSalle square off Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021.
Westinghouse dominates Seton LaSalle, scores one for the City League
August 28, 2021
The dog days of summer produced another hot and steamy evening as Week Zero concluded Saturday at Dormont Stadium.

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Montour’s John Midili carries during practice on Aug. 18, 2021, in Robinson.
Trib HSSN don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week Zero 2021
August 26, 2021
The 2021 high school football season kicks off this weekend with Week Zero games. All of the contests are nonconference. Here is a look at some of the top matchups in each class. Final records from 2020 are in parenthesis.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tommy Boehner works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Mt Lebanon.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of Aug. 26, 2021
Let the games begin! We kick off another season with August high school football for the first time in two years this weekend on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Coach Eric Christy is in his fourth year at Butler.
Butler’s major rebuilding project making significant strides
In a move to save the football program, Butler school officials decided to leave the WPIAL for football only after consecutive 0-10 seasons in 2018-2019 and with roster numbers shrinking despite the school’s large enrollment.

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Independence breeds success for Albert Gallatin
It had been 35 years since the Albert Gallatin football team enjoyed a winning season when school district officials made the decision to leave the WPIAL in football only.

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Burgettstown High School stadium.
Burgettstown looks to rebound from down season behind 1st-year coach
In searching for a new football coach for the first time in six years, Burgettstown went right next door with the hiring of Greg Marshall.

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Bishop Canevin receiver Lesae Lacks catches a pass over Xavier Nelson during practice on Aug. 24, 2021.
Bishop Canevin continues to build winning atmosphere
August 25, 2021
In 2019, Bishop Canevin finished 1-9 and had to forfeit a game because of a lack of healthy players.

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Central Catholic quarterback Payton Wehner talks with head coach Terry Totten during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Oakland.
2021 WPIAL Class 6A football breakdown: District playoffs to now feature 5 teams
August 24, 2021
Class 6A may have been the hardest-hit classification when it came to playing football during a global pandemic in 2020.

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Montour lineman Braden Flint smiles during practice on Aug. 18, 2021, in Robinson.
Led by line, Montour out to finish strong
August 23, 2021
Following an opening night loss to Chartiers Valley, the 2020 Montour football team ripped off four straight wins and looked to be in good shape for a playoff spot with two Parkway Conference games remaining.

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Chartiers Valley quarterback Anthony Mackey works out during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Collier.
Chartiers Valley looks to keep ball rolling
It seems like every fall, there are those high school football programs around the WPIAL that are a gridiron force. No matter how many players they lose to graduation, they always find a way to be in the championship mix.

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McGuffey’s Philip McCuen throws during practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at McGuffey High School.
Led by defense, McGuffey feels ‘championship-level good’
August 22, 2021
On Oct. 23 last season, McGuffey beat Beth-Center to clinch an undefeated Class 2A Century Conference title.

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Beth-Center coach Tony Ruscitto
Beth-Center turns back the clock as Tony Ruscitto returns to lead Bulldogs
It was late May when Joe Kuhns resigned after five years as head coach of the Beth-Center football team.

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Sto-Rox head coach LaRoi Johnson (middle) reacts during a team skills challenge during a 7 on 7 high school football tournament on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at Bethel Park.
Loaded Sto-Rox chasing elusive title
August 21, 2021
There were a lot of new faces for Sto-Rox in 2020 as the team that lost to Clairton in the 2019 Class A title game braced for what might be a bumpy ride moving up to Class 2A in 2020.

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Carlynton running back Shawn Curry carries the ball on Aug. 17, 2021, in Rosslyn Farms.
Carlynton looks to turn corner in more normal season
The Carlynton football team won its season opener for a third straight year in 2020, albeit via forfeit when Sto-Rox could not field a team for its Class 2A Three Rivers Conference opener.

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West Allegheny quarterback Gavin Miller throws a pass during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in North Fayette.
Blue-chip QB boosts West Allegheny’s hopes
August 17, 2021
As September became October last season, West Allegheny was 3-1 and in good shape to earn one of eight Class 5A football playoff spots.

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South Fayette quarterback Landon Lutz works out during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in South Fayette.
South Fayette working toward Class 5A breakthrough
In the 2002 WPIAL football season, South Fayette moved up from Class A to AA, finished 4-5 and missed the playoffs.

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South Park head coach Marty Rieck watches practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in South Park.
Promising offense holds key for South Park
August 16, 2021
The 2020 football regular season for South Park came down to basic fundamentals on offense.

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Quaker Valley’s Will Sirianni plays against South Park during the WPIAL Class 2A boys tennis doubles tournament April 28.
Quaker Valley athletic program enjoys success across the board
August 15, 2021
Even in a school year unlike any other, the typically outstanding athletic program at Quaker Valley reached its customary level of success.

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Bishop Canevin’s Abbie Maziarz, Gillian Golupski and Olivia Thomas celebrate after beating Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL championship game.
Bishop Canevin, Carlynton found all-around sports success in trying year
A pair of local schools finished in the top 10 in their respective classifications in the 2020-21 HSSN Trib Cup Standings.

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Keystone Oaks’ Tyler Perry works out during practice on Aug. 11, 2021, in Dormont.
Keystone Oaks confident, even with big shoes to fill under center
August 14, 2021
For the last four years, the Keystone Oaks offense had been in the good hands of Logan Shrubb, one of the school’s best quarterbacks who could hurt defenses with his arm and his legs.

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Central Catholic’s JD Younger smiles during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Oakland.
Central Catholic sets sights on historic 3-peat
August 13, 2021
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Canon-McMillan’s Chris Davis makes a one-handed catch during practice on Aug. 12, 2021, at Big Mac Stadium.
Skilled seniors return to lead Canon-McMillan
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Seneca Valley linemen work out during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Jackson.
Fast-paced offense could keep Seneca Valley in title hunt
Editor’s note: Starting today, Trib HSSN will preview at least one WPIAL conference per day until the start of high school football season Aug. 27.

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Chartiers Valley celebrates after beating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship at Peters Township High School on March 15.
Chartiers Valley, South Fayette celebrate all-around sports success
August 8, 2021
It was solid success across the board that helped a pair of local high schools finish in the top five in the Class 5A chase for the 2020-2021 HSSN Trib Cup.

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South Fayette’s relay of, from left, Amy Allen, Amanda Marquis, Olivia Renk and Melana Schumaker finished eighth at nationals July 3, 2021.
South Fayette relay teams conclude special season at nationals
August 1, 2021
After missing out on the 2020 season last spring, the South Fayette green machine girls track relay team became the dream team on the district, state and, finally, the national stage earlier this summer.

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Carlynton Junior-Senior High School.
Carlynton hires new girls volleyball, basketball coaches
July 18, 2021
While the summer months are down time from actual events going on, coaches and athletes are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s coach Olivia Kruger, at right, is handed the championship trophy by player Jessica Nemeth, left, after defeating Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in the WPIAL Class A girls soccer championship at Gateway Senior High School.
Soccer, golf success guides Greensburg Central Catholic to Class A Trib Cup title
July 15, 2021
The battle for the HSSN Trib Cup in Class A turned into a private affair.

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The Shenango baseball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Seton LaSalle, 2-1, in the WPIAL Class 2A final on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
In another victory for Lawrence County schools, Shenango secures Class 2A Trib Cup title
July 14, 2021
It was an incredible year for the WPIAL high schools located in Lawrence County.

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Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Lamont Payne, Chartiers Valley
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Members of the North Catholic girls volleyball team celebate after defeating Ellwood City in the WPIAL Class 2A championship match Nov. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel.
Trio of WPIAL champions, runners-up carry North Catholic to Class 3A Trib Cup crown
July 13, 2021
North Catholic’s team colors are scarlet and gold.

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Quaker Valley’s Thomas Pangburn (left) and Will Sirianni play against South Park during the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis doubles championship Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Championship appearances help Quaker Valley claim Class 4A Trib Cup
July 12, 2021
Other WPIAL Class 4A schools may have won more district or state championships this past school year, but a consistently strong effort across the board each season and winning its lone WPIAL crown in the spring helped Quaker Valley win another HSSN Trib Cup championship.

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West Allegheny’s Gavin Miller
Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Gavin Miller, West Allegheny
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar kisses the championship trophy after defeating Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class 6A state final on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN girls athlete of the year: NA’s Paige Morningstar caps gold-plated 2-sport career
What better way to conclude a golden scholastic career than to be named the MaxPreps national high school female athlete of the year?

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The Mars boys soccer team celebrates with the PIAA Class 3A soccer championship trophy after defeating Northern, 2-1, in the state final Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Soccer, lacrosse titles lift Mars to Class 5A Trib Cup championship
July 11, 2021
Thanks to a historic run in soccer and lacrosse this past school year, Mars’ climb to the top of the HSSN Trib Cup standings in Class 5A was out of this world.

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South Fayette made the WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs in the program’s inaugural season in 2020-21.
South Fayette boys volleyball makes massive strides in program’s 1st season
July 10, 2021
All of the spring high school sports teams around the WPIAL and throughout the state were in the same boat this past season.

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TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Lorenzo Jenkins, Blackhawk
July 9, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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North Allegheny libero Caroline Curran (2) celebrates with teammates after defeating Shaler to win the WPIAL Class 4A championship match on Nov. 7, 2020, at Chartiers Valley.
North Allegheny again wins Class 6A Trib Cup in dominant fashion
July 8, 2021
Ben Franklin once said; “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Josh Jenkins, Sto-Rox
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Trib HSSN Head of the Class: Softball Player and Coach of the Year for each classification
July 3, 2021
Whether their school had students in the classroom or virtually this spring, there is a special seat up front reserved for these standout performers and coaches in the return to the softball diamonds.

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Chartiers Valley boys lacrosse finished as WPIAL runners-up in 2021.
Chartiers Valley lacrosse beats odds to have memorable season
Overcoming great odds. It is the stuff of lore that has been the focus of many Hollywood scripts.

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Beaver’s Payton List pitches against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
2021 Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Year: Payton List, Beaver
July 2, 2021
2021 HSSN Softball Player of the Year

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes drives in two runs with a triple during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on June 3.
Talented young players headline Trib HSSN Softball All-Stars
June 30, 2021
The 2021 WPIAL softball season proved two things were true.

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Plenty of bright spots for young Chartiers Valley baseball roster
June 27, 2021
Five years ago, Chartiers Valley was on top the of WPIAL Class AAA mountain.

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Bishop Canevin finished in fourth place in Section 2-A this season.
Bishop Canevin baseball takes step forward with playoff berth
There was a time when making the playoffs was no big deal for Bishop Canevin baseball. It was expected as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina celebrates after the final out in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on June 2.
Trib 10: 4 WPIAL teams win state gold, top final power rankings
June 24, 2021
A record 10 WPIAL baseball and softball teams advanced to Penn State last week to play for a PIAA championship.

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Bethel Park starting pitcher Eric Chalus holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after beating Red Land to win the PIAA Class 5A baseball championship June 17 at Medlar Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Final State Baseball Rankings for June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021
Six teams have been crowned state champion as the 2021 high school baseball season is now in the books.

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Beaver’s Payton List (8) celebrates after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship game June 17 at Beard Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Final State Softball Rankings for June 22, 2021
June 22, 2021
A year after great disappointment over the lost 2020 spring season, the 2021 high school softball season concluded on a great high after six PIAA champions were crowned.

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New Castle coaches and players pose for photographers on the field after defeating Wyoming Area in the PIAA Class 4A baseball championship game Friday at Penn State.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021
New Castle finished the regular season 10-9 overall with its longest winning streak being two victories in a row, twice.

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Bethel Park’s Cody Geddes tags out Shaler’s Bryan Rincon during the WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinals May 21.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for June 21, 2021
Bethel Park used the one-two punch of senior lefty Eric Chalus and sophomore righty Evan Holewinski all season in route to a Section 4-5A title, a runner-up trophy in the WPIAL playoffs and the Black Hawks’ first state baseball championship in 33 years.

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Beaver celebrates after beating Tunkhannock in extra innings to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at Beard Field in State College.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for June 20, 2021
June 20, 2021
Three weeks ago, Beaver was named the Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week.

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Mt Pleasant’s Courtney Poulich celebrates scoring against Mid Valley during the PIAA Class 3A softball championship on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 20, 2021
In 2017, when Mt. Pleasant defeated Tunkhannock, 5-3, to win the PIAA Class 4A softball championship, Courtney Poulich and her current Vikings senior teammates were in eighth grade and watching their future team win the school’s first state softball title.

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The 2021 Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse team.
Season full of highlights for Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse
The Chartiers Valley girls lacrosse season began with the team having to reschedule a scrimmage because of a lack of players.

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Carlynton baseball team looks forward to future
It’s better to walk before you run.

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West Greene starting pitcher Kiley Meek throws against Union during the WPIAL Class A softball championships on June 2.
PIAA Class A softball championship preview: West Greene vs. Tri-Valley
June 17, 2021
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Shenango’s Gabrial Yanssens drives in the winning run against Seton LaSalle during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on June 2.
PIAA Class 2A baseball championship preview: Shenango vs. Schuylkill Haven
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina visits with the student section while waiting on deck during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on June 2.
PIAA Class 4A baseball championship preview: New Castle vs. Wyoming Area
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates after defeating Hempfield, 4-0, in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on June 1.
PIAA Class 6A baseball championship preview: North Allegheny vs. La Salle College
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Armstrong’s Jesse Pugh hits a home run in the fifth inning against North Hills during the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals on June 14.
PIAA Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Lampeter-Strasburg
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State University to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Rick Kabbert was hired to coach the North Hills girls soccer team prior to the 2020 season.
North Hills girls soccer coach dies
The North Hills athletic community took a hit with the announcement of the sudden death of soccer coach Rick Kabbert.

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Beaver celebrates Anna Blum’s three-run home run in the sixth inning during the PIAA Class 4A softball semifinal on Monday, June 14, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
PIAA Class 4A softball championship preview: Beaver vs. Tunkhannock
June 16, 2021
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Bethel Park’s Zack Sackett drives in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against West Allegheny on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Matulevic Field in Shaler.
PIAA Class 5A baseball championship preview: Bethel Park vs. Red Land
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Eden Christian pitcher Jacob Fisher delivers against Kennedy Catholic during a PIAA Class A state quarterfinal on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
PIAA Class A baseball championship preview: Eden Christian vs. Halifax
History is being made in Happy Valley this week as the WPIAL sends a record 10 baseball and softball teams to Penn State to compete in the PIAA championships.

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Shenango’s Shane Cato pitches against Serra Catholic during a PIAA semifinal game against Serra Catholic on June 14, 2021, at Neshannock.
Shenango shuts out Serra Catholic, advances to 1st PIAA championship game
June 14, 2021
Shenango senior Shane Cato led his team with his arm and his bat. Now the Wildcats’ Path to Penn State is complete.

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Bethel Park pitcher Eric Chalus delivers against Franklin Regional during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: June 14, 2021
June 13, 2021
In most games, Bethel Park’s Eric Chalus is one of two, maybe three seniors in the starting lineup. While 2022 looks bright, Chalus has made sure the future is now for the Black Hawks.

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Serra Catholic celebrates its 4-1 win over Seton LaSalle in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: June 14, 2021
For the second season in a row, the Serra Catholic baseball team had its hopes of a WPIAL championship crushed in a one-sided loss to Seton LaSalle.

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Beaver’s Payton List pitches against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 14, 2021
What a year for the Beaver softball team.

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Canon-McMillan’s Abby Allen (17) crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Norwin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: June 14, 2021
If it is an unwritten rule that teams that finish in third place in their section, four games behind the section champion, aren’t still playing in mid-June, then the exception to that rule is the 2021 Canon-McMillan softball team.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina delivers during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Montour on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
PIAA baseball, softball semifinals part of what to watch in WPIAL sports Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday is the final stop on the Path to Penn State.

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Montour pitcher Dylan Mathiesen throws during a PIAA Class 4A state quarterfinal against Cathedral Prep on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock University.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of June 14, 2021
There is a golden light at the end of the tunnel as the high school baseball and softball season concludes this week, putting an end to the 2020-21 high school sports season on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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South Fayette boys lacrosse reaches new heights
In a season like no other due to the covid-19 protocols, the South Fayette boys lacrosse team enjoyed a season like no other.

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Chartiers Valley’s Marie Kinchington competes during the 2021 softball season.
After trip to PIAA playoffs, future bright for Chartiers Valley softball
In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Chartiers Valley softball team finished second to last in its section with a combined record of 7-23.

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West Greene celebrates after beating Union to win the WPIAL A championship on Wednesday June 2, 2021 at Cal (Pa.).
Trib 10: New teams top baseball, softball rankings
June 12, 2021
It took the next-to-last power rankings before we had new No. 1 teams in baseball and softball.

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Anna Sheppard and her Canon-McMillan teammates are in the state’s top fiveonce again.
Trib HSSN state softball rankings for June 12, 2021
When it comes to the Trib HSSN state softball rankings, the winds of change are going to happen in June.

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Eden Christian Academy’s Jacob Fisher celebrates with catcher Malachi Manges after defeating Kennedy Catholic, 12-5, in their PIAA Class A quarterfinal June 10, 2021, at Slippery Rock.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings: June 12, 2021
We have reached the final four in the 2021 PIAA postseason and the penultimate Trib HSSN state baseball rankings as we prepare for the final week of the season.

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Beaver’s Payton List reacts after hitting a three-run double against Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA quarterfinals June 10, 2021, at Norwin.
Big hit from Peyton List lifts Beaver past Elizabeth Forward in softball showdown
June 10, 2021
All year, Beaver junior Peyton List has been dominant in the pitcher’s circle.

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Beaver celebrates winning the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship June 2.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 10, 2021: PIAA baseball, softball playoffs resume
June 9, 2021
Thursday is the second round of the 2021 PIAA baseball and softball playoffs, weather permitting.

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Mars’ Luke Whittaker makes a move past Chartiers Valley midfielder Jackson Fodor in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL championship game on May 27.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 8, 2021: WPIAL lacrosse teams seek elusive spot in state finals
June 7, 2021
History could be made Tuesday in the PIAA lacrosse semifinals.

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West Greene’s Kiley Meek pitches in the seventh inning of a PIAA Class A playoff game against Shade on Monday, June 7, 2021.
West Greene softball fights off pesky Shade to advance in PIAA playoffs
In opening-round PIAA playoff games following its previous four WPIAL championships, the West Greene softball team has cruised into the state quarterfinals by a combined score of 40-5.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco delivers a walk-off hit to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for June 7, 2021: Baseball, softball teams start PIAA playoffs
A total of 38 WPIAL baseball and softball teams hit the ground running for state gold as the Path to Penn State begins Monday.

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes smiles as she rounds the bases after hitting her second home run during the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California (Pa.).
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: June 7, 2021
June 6, 2021
It was a championship performance for the ages.

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West Greene’s Jersey Wise beats the tag attempt by Union’s Kate McCurdy in the third inning during the WPIAL Class A softball championship on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Cal (Pa.)’s Lilley Field.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: June 7, 2021
Every once in a while, the stars align and a special group of young athletes comes up through the program to make good teams great and great teams champions.

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Sam Miller (right) and his Peters Township teammates begin the PIAA playoffs Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of June 7, 2021
The district gold rush has come to an end. Now, with two weeks left in the season, the focus turns to the chase for state gold on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Shenango pitcher Shane Cato celebrates with Santino Campoli after defeating Seton LaSalle, 2-1, in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week: June 7, 2021
Shenango had a fantastic regular season, winning 16 of 18 games, including the final 14 while outdistancing the rest of a tough Section 2-2A by two games.

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New Castle pitcher Rocco Bernadina delivers the final pitch against Montour in his one-hitter to win the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week: June 7, 2021
Billy Cook was sitting in unfamiliar territory last week. He was calling the shots as New Castle head coach in a WPIAL baseball championship game.

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South Fayette girls lacrosse shakes ‘new team’ label
For five years, the South Fayette girls lacrosse team has been trying to break on through to the other side of consistently playing competitive matches.

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West Greene’s Jersey Wise beats the tag attempt by Union’s Kate McCurdy in the third inning of the WPIAL Class A softball championship game Wednesday.
Trib HSSN Softball State Rankings for June 5, 2021
June 5, 2021
There were major changes this week in half of the softball classifications and minimal movement in the other three classes on the brink of the 2021 PIAA softball playoffs.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco celebrates his walk-off hit to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game on Tuesday.
Trib HSSN Baseball State Rankings for June 4, 2021
June 4, 2021
A historic shuffling of the deck in the Trib HSSN state baseball rankings as the district playoffs conclude and the state playoffs begin.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco celebrates his walk-off hit to defeat Bethel Park, 2-1, with Timmy Quinn (2) and Jordan Suvak in the bottom of the seventh inning of WPIAL Class 5A championship game Tuesday.
Trib 10: WPIAL champs take top spots in baseball, softball power rankings
June 3, 2021
Twelve newly minted district champions have been crowned, and they are not only hoisting gold, they are also taking up the top six spots in the weekly Trib 10 power rankings.

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North Hills’ Brenna Westwood drives in a run against Armstrong in the third inning of the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game Wednesday.
First-round PIAA matchups set for many WPIAL softball teams
The 2021 WPIAL softball playoffs are history with four new champions crowned and two others continuing their title runs.

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Bethel Park’s Sandra Soltes celebrates her grand slam as she rounds the bases, during the first inning of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game against Canon-McMillan on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at California University.
Sandra Soltes’ 2 home runs lead Bethel Park to 1st WPIAL softball title
The Bethel Park softball team remained undefeated in grand style.

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Hopewell’s Ty Eberhardt scores on a squeeze play past South Park catcher Derek Kalafatis during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL baseball teams set for PIAA playoffs
The 2021 WPIAL baseball playoffs are now in the books with six new champions crowned and the order of district teams set for the PIAA postseason.

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West Greene celebrates after beating Union to win the WPIAL Class A softball championship on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Lilley Field at Cal (Pa.).
West Greene wins 5th straight WPIAL softball title in dominant performance
June 2, 2021
Not even a global pandemic can slow down the West Greene softball team.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on June 1, 2021: Baseball title games galore
May 31, 2021
Three days, 12 championship games, one network.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 31, 2021
The Montour baseball team won the tough Section 2-4A title by two games.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 31, 2021
Most coaches are worried about team rust if they go 10 to 14 days between games. Union went nearly a month between baseball games.

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Shortstop Christian Zilli and his Hempfield teammates face North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Tuesday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 31, 2021
May 30, 2021
The final district gold rush of the 2020-21 school year takes place at Wild Things Park in Washington for baseball and Lilly Field at Cal (Pa.) for softball this week, only here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: May 31, 2021
While most teams were one or two games into the district postseason last week, Class 4A Beaver was just getting started.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze connects on a pitch during the Rams’ game against Valley on April 5, 2021, in Harrison.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: May 31, 2021
All season, the talk in WPIAL Class 4A softball has been the pitching dominance of Kailey Larcinese of Elizabeth Forward and Payton List of Beaver.

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The Bishop Canevin softball team gathers around Bree Bazeck and Meadow Lokaitis on senior night.
Playoff win caps season of growth for Bishop Canevin softball
May 29, 2021
The Bishop Canevin softball team started the season losing four of its first five games.

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North Allegheny’s Cole Young celebrates with teammates after scoring against Butler during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for May 28, 2021
May 28, 2021
It was not a good week for the favorites in district baseball playoff across the state.

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Bethel Park’s Gianna Sciullo scores on a wild pitch past Pine-Richland pitcher Gabriella Aughton during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
What you see this time of year on scholastic diamonds across the state is the cream slowly rising to the top.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kailey Johnston hits a two-run triple against Apollo-Ridge on April 26.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 27, 2021: One spot in finals still up for grabs
May 26, 2021
The WPIAL baseball and softball semifinals are all in the book.

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Bethel Park pitcher Delaney Nagy celebrates a strikeout during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Pine-Richland on Wednesday.
Trib 10: Playoff upsets change face of baseball, softball power rankings
There were some major changes to the Trib 10 this week with some eyebrow-raisers that forced a shift in power heading into diamond championship week.

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Fox Chapel’s Eliza Auffenberg defends against Shady Side Academy’s Claire Taylor on April 29.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 26, 2021: Champions crowned in lacrosse, volleyball
May 25, 2021
The week long gold rush begins Wednesday as the WPIAL will crown champions in four spring sports over the next seven days.

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Seton LaSalle’s Brian Vogel Jr. celebrates a home run during a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal against Serra Catholic on Monday, May 25, 2021.
Another dominant performance for Seton LaSalle in 2A baseball semifinals
Veteran Serra Catholic coach Brian Dzurenda didn’t have much to say after his team lost to Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals at West Mifflin, but what he did share said it all.

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North Allegheny pitcher Connor Smith delivers against Norwin on April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 25, 2021: Baseball teams fight for finals berths today
Wet weather, maybe more accurately, the threat of wet weather forced the WPIAL to shuffle the deck on the lineup for Monday.

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Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week for May 24, 2021
This winter, high school sports fans from across the WPIAL watched as the Ellwood City boys basketball team stunned the experts with a district championship run from the No. 11 seed in Class 3A.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 24, 2021
May 24, 2021
The Peters Township baseball program has an outstanding tradition with great success in the district and state postseason.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 23, 2021
May 23, 2021
The Big Three in Section 3-5A baseball is down to the Big One through two rounds of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week for May 23, 2021
Every little kid who loves baseball or softball seems to have the same dream.

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Highlands’ Tanner Nulph and his teammates will face Blackhawk in the Class 4A quarterfinals Monday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 24, 2021
It’s the diamond version of the countdown to the final four as the spring postseason heats up this week on the Trib High School Sports Network.

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Eric Chorba and Norwin will face Hempfield for the third time this season in the WPIAL semifinals.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports: Monday, May 24, 2021
The third time’s a charm.

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South Fayette’s Tyler Pitzer celebrates his RBI triple against Upper St. Clair on April 15 at Boyce Mayview Park.
Super sophomores make instant impact for South Fayette baseball
The Three Musketeers was a 19th century French historical adventure novel about three swordsmen who fought for justice.

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Carlynton’s Emma Weiland competes during the 2021 season.
Carlynton softball savors highlights from up-and-down season
After sweeping Aliquippa in a doubleheader in early May, the Carlynton softball team was 4-3 in Section 1-2A and 6-3 overall.

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Upper St. Clair’s Jake Casey scored the winning run against Canon-McMillan in a WPIAL Class 6A first-round playoff game Friday, May 21, 2021.
Upper St. Clair baseball downs Canon-McMillan in another come-from-behind win
May 21, 2021
Just call them the Cardiac Cats.

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Latrobe pitcher Tommy Ciesielski (24) is mobbed by teammates after defeating Plum, 8-7, in their WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game on Wednesday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 21, 2021: Class 6A baseball joins the playoff party
Then there was one.

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West Allegheny’s Colin Marinpetro (26) celebrates with Joseph Pustover Jr. after he scored against Montour on May 13.
Trib 10 for May 20, 2021: Playoff upsets shake up power rankings
The district playoffs are upon us with the first two rounds being played this week. It’s a time of year when losses end the season.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Mackenzie Borlovich (right) celebrates the first out of the seventh inning during a WPIAL Class 5A first round playoff game against Plum on Tuesday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 20, 2021: Unpredictable 5A softball tourney rolls on
May 20, 2021
Call it Black Tuesday around the WPIAL Class 5A softball playoffs.

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Montour pitcher Gannon Kadlecik delivers against West Allegheny on May 13.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for May 19, 2021
There was only one change to the latest edition of the 2021 Trib HSSN state baseball rankings in the bottom three classifications, but five teams were out in the top three classifications as the district playoffs begin.

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Canon-McMillan pitcher Lauren Duke delivers against Hempfield in a WPIAL Class 6A softball playoff game Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Canon-McMillan dethrones 5-time defending WPIAL softball champ Hempfield
May 19, 2021
The longest WPIAL softball championship streak has ended.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Luke Hudic delivers against Plum on May 10.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 19, 2021: It’s time for playoff baseball
May 18, 2021
This hump day happens to be the busiest day of the WPIAL spring postseason with lots of action in softball, lacrosse and boys volleyball.

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Kailey Larcinese runs the bases against Yough on April 26.
Trib HSSN State Softball Rankings for May 18, 2021
Only two teams dropped out of the Trib HSSN state softball rankings from last week as we closed out the regular season and geared up for the district playoffs.

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Southmoreland and Keystone Oaks square off in a Class 3A first-round WPIAL playoff game Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
Southmoreland keeps cool, downs Keystone Oaks in Class 3A softball
Southmoreland jumped out to a big early lead and held on for an 11-9 victory over Keystone Oaks in a first-round WPIAL Class 3A softball playoff game Tuesday afternoon at West Mifflin.

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Franklin Regional shortstop Tait Ranchandran makes a diving stop against Armstrong on April 22.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 18, 2021: Softball playoffs heat up
May 17, 2021
The WPIAL softball playoffs get underway in three classifications Tuesday.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Team of the Week for May 17, 2021
The top teams in WPIAL Class A baseball this season have a shiny history coming into the postseason.

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Trib HSSN Baseball Player of the Week for May 17, 2021
Most utility baseball players are good at a little bit of everything, and their versatility is a blessing to all coaches.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 17, 2021
May 16, 2021
Let the games begin!

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Southmoreland celebrates with Emily Eutsey as she scores after her home run against Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.
This week on Trib HSSN: Week of May 17, 2021
The curtain rises on the WPIAL spring sports playoffs with plenty of postseason action on the baseball and softball diamonds, the lacrosse fields and the volleyball courts starting this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Latrobe’s Enzo Rodi attempts to score against Ambridge defenders during the Hempfield Spartan Volleyball Tournament Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Hempfield.
WPIAL boys volleyball clinchings through May 16, 2021
The WPIAL boys volleyball regular season is over, and the 15-team playoff field in both Class AAA and AA is set.

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Bethel Park’s Carley O’Mara competes against Latrobe on April 6, 2021, at Bethel Park.
Final 2021 WPIAL girls lacrosse standings
Here are the final WPIAL girls lacrosse standings for the 2021 regular season.

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Final 2021 WPIAL boys lacrosse standings
Here are the final WPIAL boys lacrosse standings for the 2021 season.

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Armstrong pitcher delivers against Plum on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Armstrong High School.
Trib HSSN Softball Team of the Week: May 17, 2021
After the merger of the Kittanning and Ford City school districts to form Armstrong before the 2015-16 school year, the softball program went 18-54 over four years.

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Ligonier Valley pitcher Maddie Griffin delivers during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Monday, April 26, 2021, in Ligonier.
Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Week: May 17, 2021
You know you are having a special year when you throw a no-hitter, and it’s treated like just another day at the office.

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Siblings Marie and Will Kinchington compete for the 2021 Chartiers Valley softball and baseball teams, respectively.
Slugging siblings make mark at Chartiers Valley
Western Pennsylvania is roughly near the midway point between Berkeley, Calif., and London, England.

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Late coach’s influence seen in growth of Bishop Canevin boys volleyball program
It’s hard not to talk Bishop Canevin volleyball without talking about the late Kevin Walters.

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North Allegheny shortstop Cole Young takes a throw at second base during a game against Seneca Valley on April 7.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 14, 2021: It’s time for baseball brackets
May 13, 2021
For the first time in two years, it is time to discuss baseball bracketology in the WPIAL.

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Bethel Park pitcher Nate Vargo delivers against Fox Chapel on April 26.
Trib 10: New team takes top spot in baseball power rankings
After weeks of calm waters and few changes, the boats were rockin’ as the regular season came to an unsteady finish this past week.

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North Allegheny’s Joe Manesiotis drives in a run during a game against Seneca Valley on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in McCandless.
Trib HSSN state baseball rankings for May 13, 2021
Three of the classifications combined for six changes in the 2021 Trib HSSN state baseball rankings while the other three combined for only one.

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Plum’s Jillian Durst (4) celebrates with Maura Marston after scoring against Armstrong on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 13, 2021: Softball brackets to be unveiled
For the first time since 2019, it’s spring bracketology time in WPIAL softball.

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Mt. Pleasant celebrates with Haylie Brunson after her two-run homer against Southmoreland on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
WPIAL bracketology: HSSN takes an early look at potential 2021 softball pairings
After a two-year wait, the WPIAL softball playoffs are back.

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North Catholic’s Drew Doherty (26) fist bumps Brady Alexander after scoring during their game against Knoch on May 4.
WPIAL clinched for May 12, 2021: Baseball teams jockey for last few playoff spots
May 12, 2021
Only a few section games are left with playoff implications as three of the six classifications have their playoff fields set.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Mia Smith celebrates a strikeout with Sarah Yamrick during their game against Connellsville on April 14.
WPIAL clinched for May 12, 2021: Softball playoff field set
The WPIAL softball playoff field is now complete as 76 district teams will participate in the 2021 postseason.

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Mt. Lebanon and Thomas Jefferson square off on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Bethel Park baseball tunes up for playoffs with shutout of Thomas Jefferson
Bethel Park finished off a perfect section season with a 15-0 whitewash of playoff-bound Thomas Jefferson on Wednesday.

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Latrobe’s Bill Burkhard and Antonio Kantor attempt to block the shot of Ambridge’s Austin Melina Saturday, April 17, 2021, during the Hempfield Spartan Volleyball Tournament.
WPIAL boys volleyball clinchings through May 11, 2021
The WPIAL boys volleyball regular season is almost over. There is at least one more playoff spot up for grabs in a match on Saturday plus a spot undecided in both Class AAA and AA.

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