Author: Greg Macafee


Deer Lakes football coach Tim Burk cheers on players as they run through conditioning drills during their first day back at practice on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
A-K Valley football teams return to field with protocols in place
July 2, 2020
Knoch football coach Brandon Mowry couldn’t sleep Tuesday night. He was a like a little kid on Christmas morning. He couldn’t stand the anticipation anymore.

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Kiski starting pitcher Ryan Rametta throws against the Indpendent Players on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Kiski Area taking advantage of opportunities provided by WPBL
June 29, 2020
Kiski Area baseball coach Aaron Albert and the Cavaliers were excited for the 2020 baseball season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Valley News Dispatch boys athlete of the year: Highlands’ Crise savored super senior seasons
June 28, 2020
While coronavirus restrictions disrupted life all over the country this spring and summer, some people found a way to see positives in it as it gave them time to focus on their craft.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz eyes an outside pitch that he takes to right field for a second-inning, three-run triple against the Independent Players in WPBL action Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Golden Cavs hold off late surge to start WPBL season 2-0
June 25, 2020
When the Kiski Area Golden Cavs took on Gateway last Thursday in the Western Pennsylvania Baseball League, they didn’t score until the fourth inning.

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Valley’s Issac Kelley can’t get to a ball hit by Highlands’ Dom Fellows in the sixth inning Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Valley High School.
Mix-and-match Independent Players are ready for busy summer
The Independent Players summer baseball team looks like it is going to have a busy summer.

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Fox Chapel’s Aidan Oehrle watches his tee shot during the PIAA Class AAA boys golf regional on Oct. 10, 2019, at Tom’s Run.
Fox Chapel golfer Aidan Oehrle commits to Lehigh
June 23, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Aidan Oehrle has been playing golf since he could walk.

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Ron Moncrief was named athletic director at St. Joseph in Natrona Heights. Moncrief has been the head athletic director at Vincentian Academy since 2015.
St. Joseph hires former Vincentian Academy athletic director Ron Moncrief
St. Joseph High School has named Ron Moncrief as its new athletic director.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on No. 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Oct. 15, 2019 at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar gearing up to face a new level of competition at Miami (Ohio)
June 22, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar was one of the top golfers in the WPIAL last season.

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Kiski Area’s Carter Dilts works out during a training session for football players Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the high school stadium..
It’s a great day to be a Cavalier: Kiski Area football team returns to practice field
June 18, 2020
Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert starts every practice the same way.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield works against Plum’s Andrea D’Incau during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Ellie Coffield named Gatorade Pa. Girls Soccer Player of the Year
June 17, 2020
After helping the Mars girls soccer team win WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A titles last fall, junior Ellie Coffield has received another honor.

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Caroline McConnell of Bridgeville hits out of a sand trap during the Tri-State Junior PGA Championship on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Willowbrook Country Club.
Franklin Regional’s Wareham, South Fayette’s McConnell capture Tri-State Junior PGA titles
Because it is his home course, Franklin Regional rising senior Michael Wareham has played Willowbrook Country Club a time or two.

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North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi bursts through a banner at the start of a game against Derry on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi commits to Dayton
June 11, 2020
North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi decided where he will play college football.

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Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball. Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball
Senior Spotlight: Laurel’s Will Shaffer capitalized on 2019 playoff run
June 10, 2020
Editor’s note: Trib HSSN is spotlighting WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup (right) battles for the ball during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School. Gallup signed with the FC Cincinnati Academy last week.
North Catholic sophomore Gallup signs with FC Cincinnati academy program
North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup has been working toward a dream for the past four years.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Gatorade Pa. Boys Soccer Player of the Year
June 8, 2020
Last fall, Dom Reiter led the Quaker Valley boys soccer team to WPIAL and PIAA titles, and the accolades are still coming for the Pitt-bound forward.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme scores on a wild pitch past Serra Catholic pitcher Patrick Brennan during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Senior Spotlight: Seton LaSalle’s Boehme will never forget championship performance
June 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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South Park’s Brenden Gray hits a two-run home run against Quaker Valley during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game May 15, 2019 at Seneca Valley.
Senior Spotlight: After lights-out junior year, South Park pitcher Brenden Gray excited to head to Seton Hill
June 3, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year. Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year.
Senior Spotlight: After two runner-up finishes, Union’s Nate Meeks was thinking championship
June 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci works against Seneca Valley’s Antonio Amelio at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Feb. 2, 2019.
Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci transferring to wrestling powerhouse Wyoming Seminary
May 29, 2020
Enzo Morlacci is looking forward to the next chapter of his high school career.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum pitches against Ringgold on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the WPIAL Class 4A first round high school baseball playoff game at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Mt. Pleasant’s Shrum found sanctuary on mound
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trinity catcher Jax Banco gets set to receive a pitch during a game. Banco committed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Thursday morning.
Senior Spotlight: Trinity baseball standout ready to take to the sky
May 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Ryne Wallace runs the bases during practice at Kiski Area High School.
After year at Kiski School, Ryne Wallace finds college home at Old Dominion
Former Kiski Area standout Ryne Wallace always knew he had what it takes to play baseball at the Division I level. He just needed to find the right program.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars on Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High.
Basketball and babysitting: Perfect storm for Plum’s Moss brothers
May 27, 2020
A lot of high school athletes have been trying to find a way to keep themselves busy during quarantine.

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Ringgold’s Travis Drusbasky hit .362 and stole 13 bases as a junior.
Senior Spotlight: State title run in 2018 set tone for Ringgold outfielder
May 26, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran passes over Freeport’s Nolan Plocki during their game Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Freeport.
Highlands seniors win Cager Classic scholarship awards
The 24th annual Cager Classic might have been canceled this year, but the committee still handed out its annual scholarship awards. Two Highlands student-athletes went home with the hardware.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dom Popa makes a play on a ball hit by Serra’s Dom Puzcanchera on June 11, 2019 during the PIAA Class 2A baseball semifinals at West Mifflin.
Senior Spotlight: Before heading to Pitt, Seton LaSalle senior goes out on top as WPIAL champ
May 25, 2020
Baseball has been a fixture in Dom Popa’s life since he was a little kid, and even though he had his senior year taken away from him, baseball won’t be leaving his life any time soon.

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New Central Valley girls soccer coach Bill Pfeifer
Most successful girls soccer coach in Pennsylvania history heading to Central Valley
May 22, 2020
The most successful girls soccer coach in Pennsylvania history is on the move.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers and Luke Cochran celebrate with the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands places 3rd in Eastbay’s ‘Never Not An Athlete’ promotion
The Highlands Golden Rams are making the most of their quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vincentian Academy’s Jared Katz hit .432 as a junior last season.
Senior Spotlight: Vincentian Academy’s Jared Katz left wanting more
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Avonworth’s Trevorv Faulkner celebrates as he crosses the goal line against Apollo-Ridge on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Avonworth High School.
Avonworth’s Trevor Faulkner starting to reel in collegiate offers
May 21, 2020
Avonworth’s Trevor Faulkner was hoping to be a quarterback, but the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder made the switch to tight end last season, when the Antelopes reached the PIAA Class 2A championship game.

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Sara Krofcheck and Steven Manon are Yough’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Yough seniors no strangers to hard work
May 20, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the last in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Luke Robinson looks at a runner at first base during a game.
Senior Spotlight: Waynesburg senior had storied high school career even without final season
May 19, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cubs center fielder Ian Happ greets his high school coach, Mt. Lebanon’s Pat McCloskey, during a rain delay before a game against the Pirates on Aug. 17, 2018 at PNC Park.
WPIAL alumni Ian Happ, LaVar Arrington pass on valuable, virtual advice to alma maters
Mt. Lebanon baseball coach Pat McCloskey was exchanging texts back and forth with a former player on a random Monday night.

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Moon outfielder Logan Young steps into the batters box.
Senior Spotlight: Moon 3-sport athlete was hoping for one more successful season
May 18, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gabe Dunlap and Corina Paszek are Penn-Trafford’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Penn-Trafford seniors defined excellence during high school careers
May 17, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 15th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzi stiff-arms Dallas’ Luke Delgaudio during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Senior Spotlight: After football state title, TJ senior misses chance to shine on diamond
May 16, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Milana Sacco and Cameron Frolo are Monessen’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Monessen seniors stay busy during successful high school careers
May 14, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 12th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Freeport first baseman Matt Mitchell makes a diving catch against Deer Lakes on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Senior Spotlight: Mitchell, Freeport baseball seniors still finding ways to bond
May 13, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Laurel Highlands infielder Santino Marra gets set for a pitch.
Senior Spotlight: Laurel Highlands second baseman won’t soon forget run to WPIAL finals
May 12, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sidney Palla and Jack Blumer are Kiski Area’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
With family help, Kiski Area seniors succeeded in athletic endeavors
Editor’s note: This is the 10th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Springdale quarterback Legend Ausk throws a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Springdale quarterback Ausk returns from collarbone injury bigger and better
May 10, 2020
Legend Ausk was excited about his sophomore year on the football field.

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St. Joseph pitcher Tyler Wood, works out during a practice at Swartz Field in Freeport last season.
Senior Spotlight: After first playoff win in 18 years, St. Joseph senior wanted one more shot
May 8, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cameron Pankyo-Morris takes a swing during a game.
Senior Spotlight: West Allegheny baseball standout grew to love high school game
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Rachel Harter and Colten McCutcheon are Latrobe’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Busy Latrobe seniors nominated for excellence awards
May 7, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Austin was captain of the Central Catholic Anglers Bass Fishing Team and a 2020 Bassmaster All-State Team member.
Lower Burrell native signs with top collegiate bass fishing school
May 6, 2020
When Lower Burrell native Austin Aikins started fishing, he never could have imagined how his future would pan out.

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North Catholic starting pitcher Ryan Feczko throws against Serra Catholic in the WPIAL 2A baseball championship game May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Field.
Senior Spotlight: North Catholic standout proud of claiming WPIAL gold in two sports
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mt. Lebanon shortstop Dante Borris takes a lead off of first base.
Senior Spotlight: Opportunity to play in college motivating Mt. Lebanon shortstop
May 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller carries the WPIAL championship trophy to his teammates after defeating Washington in the WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Senior Spotlight: After successful football season, Avonworth senior sticks with sport he loves
May 3, 2020
Jax Miller’s senior year got off to a pretty exciting start.

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Cornell’s Zaier Harrison scores past Vincentian’s Priest Ryan during the WPIAL Class A championship game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
Senior trio leaves lasting legacy at Cornell, aims to do same in college
May 2, 2020
For the better part of the last decade, there probably wasn’t a time when you wouldn’t find Cornell seniors Kaden DiVito, Isaiah Langston and Zaier Harrison together.

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Senior Spotlight: Franklin Regional catcher gets head start on future career during quarantine
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge passes downfield during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell QB Alex Arledge stays positive during recruiting pause
April 29, 2020
Like so many other juniors throughout the country, Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge was looking forward to his spring and summer.

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South Fayette third basemen Eli Snider takes a swing during a game in the 2019 season.
Senior Spotlight: South Fayette senior looking to improve after productive high school career
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hopewell pitcher Jake McGovern delivers during the WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship game against Steel Valley on May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Field.
Senior Spotlight: Hopewell pitcher aimed for return to WPIAL championship game
April 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years have been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Leechburg quarterback Dylan Cook is tackled by Riverview’s Zach Hanlon (36) and Isaac Murphy during WPIAL football on Saturday, Sept 21, 2019, at Riverview Park in Oakmont.
New A-K Valley coaches adapt to taking over programs during coronavirus pandemic
April 26, 2020
For high school football coaches, spring and summer are crucial to the development of their programs.

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Ligonier native Garrett Smithley has placed in the Top 5 of two of the first four races on the <span class="TextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782">eNASCAR</span></span><span class="TextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782"> </span></span><span class="TextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782">iRacing</span></span><span class="TextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun BCX0 SCXW204608782"> Pro Invitational Series.</span></span>
Ligonier racer Garrett Smithley experiences iRacing success
April 25, 2020
Over the past two months, sports leagues around the world have had to find a way to adapt because of the the coronavirus pandemic.

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Derry’s Seth Loughner reaches to stop Freeport ball carrier Isiah Bauman on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School in WPIAL football.
Freeport’s Isiah Bauman overcoming knee injury to play basketball at Point Park
April 24, 2020
Playing college football always was the goal for Freeport senior Isiah Bauman.

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Mark Black is congratulated by first base coach Phil Cicco after a first-inning single against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Senior Spotlight: Serra Catholic senior Mark Black was hoping for final run with teammates
Most WPIAL pitchers are probably disappointed they won’t have an opportunity to play baseball this spring.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz dives for the ball in the outfield as teammate Ethan Guercio (4) moves in against Laurel Highlands in a WPIAL first-round Class 5A playoff game last season at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Kiski Area outfielder sticking to routine while stuck at home
April 23, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Senior Spotlight: Freeport pitcher picks up an old hobby to pass time during quarantine
April 22, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake announces first Division I offer from Albany
April 21, 2020
Kenny Blake was a Swiss Army knife for the Kiski Area Cavaliers last season.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers and Luke Cochran celebrate with the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Together again: Highlands guards commit to Point Park for basketball
Since they were young, Luke Cochran and Korry Myers have developed a special bond on the basketball court.

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Mars pitcher Joey Craska celebrates during a game last season.
Senior Spotlight: Mars pitcher using downtime to improve game before heading to college
With its season on the line a year ago, the Mars baseball team turned in one of its best performances of the year.

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Valley catcher Madison Gatto prepares for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
With youth and experience, Valley softball is looking to break its playoff hiatus
March 20, 2020
The Valley softball team hasn’t made the WPIAL playoffs in eight years, but the seven returning seniors are hoping to end that streak.

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Union’s Aaron Gunn - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Culture, energy drew Union’s Aaron Gunn to Louisville
March 19, 2020
One of Pennsylvania’s top offensive linemen has decided where he’ll play college football.

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Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman earned an offer from Toledo.
Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman picks up offer from Toledo
The recruitment process has begun for Highlands lineman Wahkeem Roman.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy (7) passes the ball during their game against Franklin Regional on Aug. 30, 2019.
Plum’s Matolcsy experiences uptick in Ivy League recruitment
March 17, 2020
Plum’s Max Matolcsy has seen his football recruitment hit a new level in recent weeks.

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Plum shortstop Mackenzie Lake fields a ground ball during practice on Thursday Friday, March 13, 2020.
After disappointing finish last season, Plum softball ready to bounce back
March 16, 2020
Last season didn’t end the way the Plum softball team wanted it to.

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Plum senior Jared Hoener waits for a pitch during practice on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Plum baseball motivated to return to playoffs after down year
Over the past decade and a half, the Plum baseball team has been a mainstay in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Knoch’s Sophie Brandon stretches for a throw during a practice on March 13, 2020.
Knoch softball looking to build on historic 2019 season
March 14, 2020
After one of its best seasons in 2019, the Knoch softball team heads into this season with a lot of confidence.

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Knoch’s baseball team warms up before a scrimmage game against Slippery Rock High March 12, 2020.
Young Knoch baseball team looks to gain experience as season progresses
As seasons carry on, teams start to gain experience, learn from mistakes and reach their full potential when the postseason approaches.

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Kiski Area senior Brooke Bires works on her swing during a practice on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area softball hungry for bounce-back season
March 13, 2020
Last season didn’t go as expected for the Kiski Area softball team, which battled a lot of adversity along the way.

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Kiski Area outfielder Billy Perroz plays long toss with a teammate on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area baseball looking to build on confidence developed last season
In his first year at the helm of the Kiski Area baseball program, coach Aaron Albert led the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. In year No. 2, they are looking to take another big step.

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Hans Rottman puts up a shot Wednesday night against Aliquippa during their PIAA Class 3A second round matchup at North Hills Middle School.
DeGregorio scores 25 as North Catholic holds off Aliquippa
March 11, 2020
Aliquippa did all it could to derail WPIAL Class 3A champion North Catholic on Wednesday night at North Hills.

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Grove City’s Kade Persinger takes on offensive foul from Highlands’ Luke Cochran during their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Despite loss in PIAA 2nd round, Highlands boys basketball proves it has arrived
All seasons must come to an end. For the Highlands boys basketball team, its storybook season concluded Tuesday night against Grove City in the second round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers walks from the court, as Grove City celebrates after time expired in their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Grove City stuns Highlands in PIAA second round
March 10, 2020
Just a few weeks after winning its first WPIAL championship since 1995, Highlands’ postseason run came to an end Tuesday night at North Allegheny High School.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Canon McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 9, 2020
On the way to becoming the WPIALs all-time wins leader this weekend in Hershey and capturing his second straight state title, Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis was dominant.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst (1) looks to get by Harbor Creek’s Scott Stanyard (22) during a PIAA Class 4A first-round game March 6, 2020, at Kiski High.
Highlands ready to run in PIAA second-round matchup with Grove City
Throughout its playoff run, opponents have tried to throw Highlands off its game.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta authors ‘No Huddle, No Mercy’
When Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta speaks at coaching clinics across the country, he always seems to get asked a certain question.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands gets set for PIAA matchup with Harbor Creek
March 5, 2020
Last weekend, the Golden Rams lifted gold at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center, celebrating Highlands’ first WPIAL boys basketball championship since 1995.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst (1) takes a shot during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Freshman Jimmy Kunst playing big role for WPIAL champion Highlands
March 4, 2020
The Highlands boys basketball team relied on its trio of seniors this season.

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Knoch’s Guy Deleonardis works with a training partnet during practice at OMP Wrestling in preparation for the PIAA tournament this weekend. Deleonardis is the first wrestler in Knoch history to qualify for the tournament.
Guy Deleonardis, Knoch’s 1st wrestler to make states, prepares for big stage
In its 14 years of existence, the Knoch wrestling program never sent a wrestler to the PIAA tournament.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt gets a takedown against Hamburg’s Kyle Vernon at 132 pounds in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt more motivated than ever heading into PIAA tournament
March 3, 2020
Ian Oswalt already has placed himself among some of the best wrestlers who have been part of the prestigious Burrell program.

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Kiski Area’s Samm Starr celebrates in the 152-pound final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: 10 grapplers have high Hershey hopes
The road to an individual state championship begins Thursday in Hershey, and 10 Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers will face three days of competition to bring home a state title.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps
Controversy arose last week on Twitter when the WPIAL Class AAA brackets were released for the 126-pound weight class.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise hoists the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands handles Belle Vernon, wins 1st WPIAL boys basketball title since 1995
February 29, 2020
During the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs, top-seeded Highlands has shown the capability to win in a multitude of ways.

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Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary celebrates a win over Hempfield sophomore Briar Priest at the Class AAA WPIAL tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling notebook: Kiski Area’s Blumer ties pins record
February 28, 2020
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer has racked up pins throughout his entire wrestling career. On Friday, he reached a milestone not many have. With a pin of Hempfield’s Trevor Verkleeren in 55 seconds, Blumer earned career pin No. 106 and tied the Cavaliers career pin record set by Shane Kuhn.

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West Allegheny’s Nico Taddy (left) wrestles Plum’s Vince Citrano at the Class AAA WPIAL tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Plum’s Vince Citrano falls in quarters, vows to improve on Day 2 at WPIALs
Since his two losses at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament last season as a freshman, Plum’s Vince Citrano has been looking for redemption.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran tries to shoot over Blackhawk’s Ryan Heckathorn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in their WPIAL playoff game at North Allegheny.
Highlands, Belle Vernon boys set to face off for WPIAL Class 4A basketball title
At this point in the season, every team is playing its best basketball, and over the past two weeks, Highlands and Belle Vernon boys have played better than anyone in WPIAL Class 4A.

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Junior wide receiver, tight end and linebacker Max Matolcsy led Plum in both receiving and total tackles in 2018.
Plum’s Max Matolcsy announces Harvard offer
It seems like Max Matolcsy’s football recruitment is just getting started.

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The Vincentian boys basketball team celebrates after defeating Cornell in the WPIAL Class A final Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
As school prepares to close, Vincentian Academy wins WPIAL championship
February 27, 2020
Earlier this week, just a few days before the boys basketball team was set to play for a WPIAL Class A championship, Vincentian Academy announced that it would be closing its doors at the end of the school year for financial reasons.

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Highlands senior Johnny Crise heads toward the basket against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Highlands seniors ‘living up to hype’ in WPIAL playoffs
In Highlands’ quarterfinal win Saturday against Ringgold, senior guard Korry Myers got hot from deep, making seven 3-pointers and scoring 25 points.

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Oakdale resident John Krug was selected to play for the US Club Soccer 2020 id2 National Selection boys team.
Chartiers Valley 7th grader selected for international tour
Suzanne and Brian Krug remember when their son John was just a young boy.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise leaps to score against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in WPIAL basketball playoffs at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Johnny Crise scores 27 to lead Highlands past Blackhawk and into WPIAL title game
February 26, 2020
At this time of the year, the best teams learn how to overcome adversity.

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Vincentian’s Priest Ryan (20) competes against Nazareth Prep during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny.
With school about to close, Vincentian Academy to face Cornell in emotional Class A final
When Vincentian Academy and Cornell square off at the Petersen Events Center on Thursday night, it will be the 11th time the teams have met in the last four years. None of those contests has meant more than this one.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp tries to prevent Latrobe’s Logan Zitterbart from earning an escape in the 170-pound weight class during the WPIAL Section 1-AAA team semifinals Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Middleweights lead charge for Kiski Area
Two weeks ago, WPIAL Class AA wrestlers converged on Canon-McMillan for their individual sectional and WPIAL tournaments. Now, the Class AAA wrestlers get their chance this Friday and Saturday at the same site.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer looking to pin down a third straight WPIAL title
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer has won back-to-back WPIAL titles and on Friday, he begins his quest for No. 3.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence
The 160-pound senior dominated at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional this past weekend at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. He captured his second regional title without giving up a point and recorded a perfect 4-0 record. He won three of his matches by fall and one by technical fall.

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Jamil Williams looks to make a move on Tuesday against Shenango in their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal matchup at Woodland Hills
Sto-Rox boys erase 14-point deficit to defeat Shenango in Class 2A semifinals
February 25, 2020
Throughout the course of this year’s WPIAL playoffs, No. 2 Sto Rox has developed a flair for the dramatic.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran (23) looks to get by Ringgold’s Christopher Peccon (3) during a Class 4A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020 at North Hills.
Highlands, Blackhawk in peak form heading into WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
No. 1 Highlands and No. 5 Blackhawk have played through different types of seasons on their way to the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball semifinals.

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Cornell’s Isaiah Langston goes up for a dunk against Bishop Canevin during a WPIAL Class 1A semifinal matchup on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Cornell knocks off Bishop Canevin and punches its ticket to The Pete
February 24, 2020
The Cornell Raiders have been working towards a goal for the past three years.

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Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman (50) and Korry Myers (11) go for a rebound against Ringgold during a Class 4A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020 at North Hills.
Team-first mentality leading Highlands boys during postseason run
For the third time in just as many years, the Highlands Golden Rams are heading to the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Jake Nulph, an Apollo-Ridge grad, plans on recruiting the A-K Valley heavily is his new role as Edinboro’s football coach.
As Edinboro football coach, Apollo-Ridge grad Jake Nulph putting a focus on A-K Valley
February 22, 2020
When Apollo-Ridge grad Jake Nulph was hired as the coach of the Edinboro football team in January, he knew there was one area of Western Pennsylvania he wanted to focus on when it came to recruiting

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New Castle’s Michael Wells takes a jumpshot against Knoch during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal matchup at North Allegheny on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2020.
New Castle boys hold on to beat No. 2 seeded Knoch
When the playoffs roll around, New Castle instantly becomes a tough team to beat and Knoch learned that the hard way Saturday afternoon at North Allegheny.

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Surrounded by Springdale defenders, Winchester Thurston’s Langston Moses goes up for a layup during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal matchup on Friday at Shaler.
Winchester Thurston shocks Springdale to earn second playoff win in school history
February 21, 2020
Sometimes, it’s not the third but the fourth time that’s the charm, and the Winchester Thurston Bears experienced just that Friday night at Shaler.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan drives to the basket against Norwin on Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley basketball playoff capsules: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
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Knoch senior Scott Fraser looks for an opening in the Highlands’ defense during their sectional matchup on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch ready for battle with three-time defending champ New Castle
The Knoch boys basketball team is starting to get restless.

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Lincoln Park’s Johnnie Bryant scores on a layup against Deer Lakes defenders Jack Hollibaugh (34) and Ryan Butler (42) on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Three more teams see their season come to an end
February 20, 2020
Three more A-K Valley boys basketball teams had their seasons end this past weekend as Deer Lakes, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg lost their first-round matchups.

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Springdale boys basketball coach Aaron Epps works with his team during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Springdale High School.
Springdale boys looking to make WPIAL semifinals for first time since 1991
The No. 4-seeded Springdale Dynamos escaped from Shaler last Saturday night with a big WPIAL Class 2A first-round victory over No. 13 Sewickley Academy.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano wrestles Moon’s Tyler Diggins at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Plum wrestler Vince Citrano a man on a mission in Class AAA postseason
February 18, 2020
Plum sophomore Vince Citrano has been a man on a mission all season long.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Seven wrestlers earn top seeds for sectionals tournament
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers will compete in their section tournaments Saturday, and seven from the Alle-Kiski Valley were seeded first in their respective weight class.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Burrell’s AJ Corrado
Burrell’s AJ Corrado has turned in a dominant junior wrestling season, and he earned his first WPIAL title in the same fashion this weekend.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Burrell
Burrell’s wrestling team turned in quite the weekend at Canon-McMillan on Friday and Saturday.

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Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose will play in a UEFA Development Tournament for the U.S. U-16 Girls National Team in Loughborough, England.
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose set to compete in UEFA development tournament in England
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose continues to stack up invites to prestigious camps and games all over the country.

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Geibel Catholic’s Ryan Anderson drives to the basket against Leechburg’s Connor McDermott during their WPIAL Class 1A first round matchup on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Thomas Jefferson High School.
No. 9 Geibel Catholic boys use an electric fourth quarter to earn first round victory over Leechburg
February 15, 2020
For the past three years, the Geibel boys basketball team qualified for the playoffs. But each time, the Gators lost in the first round.

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Lincoln Park’s Johnnie Bryant drives toward the net for a score against Deer Lakes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game at Fox Chapel.
No. 1 Lincoln Park boys shake off sluggish start, cruise past Deer Lakes
February 14, 2020
WPIAL Class 3A No. 1 seed Lincoln Park is the defending PIAA champion for a reason, and Friday night in the first round of the district playoffs, the Leopards showed why.

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Springdale junior Demitri Fritch drives to the basket during a practice on Dec. 26, 2019 as second-year coach Aaron Epps looks on.
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan shoots a 3-pointer over Norwin’s Nick Fleming during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Highlands, Knoch, Fox Chapel plan to stay sharp during bye week
February 13, 2020
Earlier this week, Highlands, Knoch and Fox Chapel were named among the top two seeds in each of their brackets for the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy gets set for a jumpshot during practice on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
Apollo-Ridge boys snap five-year playoff drought
Just last year, the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team was on the verge of breaking a four-year playoff drought, but when it came down to the waning moments of the regular season, the Vikings barely missed.

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Burrell’s Mikey Scherer works toward a pin against Quaker Valley’s Donovan Cutchember in the 220 weight class semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Burrell’s Mikey Scherer exceeds expectations in return to mat
February 12, 2020
When Burrell’s Mikey Scherer was in eighth grade, he decided he didn’t want to wrestle anymore.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works to pin Southmoreland’s Andrew Johnson at 132 pounds during their Section 3-AA semifinal Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell nabs three top seeds for sectional tournament
WPIAL Class AA wrestlers will converge on Canon-McMillan high school this weekend for their sectional and WPIAL individual tournaments.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Luca Augustine, Waynesburg
In his team’s run to the state championship, the Raiders’ 160-pounder went 4-0 and picked up two pins, a technical fall and a 2-1 second tiebreaker win in the state championship match against Nazareth Area.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Waynesburg
The Raiders finished as the runner-up in the PIAA Class AAA state championship this weekend in Hershey, falling just short of their ultimate goal.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers goes in for a layup during the Golden Rams’ matchup with Knoch on Jan. 28, 2020.
Highlands, Knoch take top 2 seeds for WPIAL Class 4A bracket
February 11, 2020
After jockeying back and forth this season atop the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball rankings, Highlands and Knoch claimed the top two spots in the tournament when the WPIAL revealed the brackets Tuesday night at the annual pairings meeting in Green Tree.

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Trevor George is the new football coach at Riverview high school. He’s had coaching stops at Ambridge, Carolina Forest in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and most recently at Blackhawk this past year.
Riverview tabs Carlynton alum Trevor George as football coach
The Riverview Raiders have found their new football coach.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chase Vecchio secures the ball from Fox Chapel’s Will Livingston on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Fox Chapel learns from loss to Upper St. Clair as postseason approaches
February 10, 2020
For a majority of this season, the Fox Chapel boys basketball team produced a spotless record.

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Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills on Aug. 30, 2019, at North Hills.
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown fulfills dream by committing to Duquesne
February 9, 2020
Since he was 8 years old, Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown hoped to play college football for a hometown school.

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Frnaklin Regional’s Caden Smith makes a pass on Feb. 7 when the Panthers hosted the Kiski Area Cavaliers.
Franklin Regional boys punch ticket to playoffs with win over Kiski Area
February 7, 2020
Sometimes, it’s not always how you start, but how you finish that matters.

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Fox Chapel’s Sam Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown commits to Duquesne
February 6, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown has found his home for the next four years, and he won’t have to go very far to continue his football career.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Multiple players eclipse 1,000-point plateau
It has been a special week for a few players in the A-K Valley as they eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in their careers.

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Knoch guard Ryan Lang drives to the hoop against Highlands on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch boys basketball staying focused down stretch run
On Jan. 28, the No. 2 Knoch Knights dropped a Section 1-4A contest to No. 1 Highlands, losing just their second game of the season.

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Deer Lakes freshman Bryce Robson drives to the hoop against Valley on Feb. 4, 2020.
Deer Lakes boys clinch 4th straight trip to WPIAL playoffs with win over Valley
February 4, 2020
For the second time in school history, Deer Lakes is heading to the WPIAL basketball playoffs for a fourth straight year.

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Burrell’s Trent Valovchik, center, hoists the WPIAL AA team wrestling trophy aside teammates Noah Linderman, left, and Dominic Holmes, right, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, after defeating Burgettstown 63-7 in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Burrell wrestling looking to prove it belongs with the best at state tournament
The Burrell wrestling team has been in this position a time or two.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Waynesburg
The Raiders were trailing Saturday in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship at Canon-McMillan. With three bouts remaining, Waynesburg needed three wins and they needed bonus points in the process.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Waynesburg’s Eli Makel
Waynesburg was in need of a big victory in the final match of the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Saturday afternoon at Canon-McMillan and 170-pound freshman Eli Makel answered the call.

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Kiski Area’s Head Basketball Coach Will Saunders huddles with players during a scrimmage at Kiski Area High School on Nov. 23, 2018.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Kiski Area’s Will Saunders earns 300th win
January 30, 2020
Three hundred coaching wins is a big number, and Kiski Area coach Will Saunders hit that milestone with the Cavaliers’ 58-49 win over Burrell last Friday.

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Highlands Johnny Crise drives through the lane during a matchup with Knoch on Jan. 28, 2020.
Led by Johnny Crise, Highlands is taking a turn after win over No. 1 Knoch
Big-time players make big-time plays in big -time games, and earlier this week when No. 3 Highlands needed a player to step up, senior Johnny Crise answered the call.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado pins Elizabeth-Forward’s Nick Hunnell at 160 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell’s AJ Corrado pins his way to 100th win
January 28, 2020
Burrell’s AJ Corrado headed into last weekend’s Thomas Chevrolet wrestling tournament in Bedford on the brink of earning his 100th career win.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer battles Mitch Tryon of Latrobe in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in the Section 1-AAA wrestling tournament semifinals at Hempfield Area High School.
Kiski Area looking for redemption after section championship loss
For the past three years, the Kiski Area wrestling team has come home from the WPIAL team tournament with gold in hand.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for week of Jan. 27, 2020
Burrell 152-pounder A.J. Corrado turned in a solid performance at the Thomas Chevrolet tournament in Bedford this past weekend, taking home first place with a 4-0 record and four pins.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for week of Jan. 27, 2020
Following a 17th straight section championship last week, the Burrell wrestling team traveled to Bedford for the Thomas Chevrolet tournament. Burrell placed second behind Chestnut Ridge and scored 225.5 points.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams happy with WPIAL realignment
January 25, 2020
The WPIAL has released its newest football alignments for the next two years.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy looks for an open teammate against Armstrong on Jan. 17, 2020.
Plum’s Matolcsy brings toughness from gridiron to court
January 24, 2020
Plum junior Max Matolcsy is no stranger to contact.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta leads national team to International Bowl win
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta is known around the WPIAL for his creative offensive mind.

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Leechburg’s Jake Blumer grabs a rebound over Bishop Canevin’s Nathan Kirsch Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Balanced scoring effort leading Leechburg boys down the stretch
January 23, 2020
The Leechburg boys basketball team has been experiencing a bit of success over the past few seasons, and it could be partly attributed to the contribution from a core group of players.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: 4 teams starting to find rhythm
Teams began the second half of section play this past week and hope to peak at the right time.

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Burrell’s Trent Valovchik works to defeat Elizabeth-Forward’s Caden Brock at 132 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
Burrell captures 17th consecutive section wrestling title
January 22, 2020
Every time Burrell takes the mat, the Bucs are looking to make a statement, and the defending WPIAL Class AA champions did just that on Wednesday at Elizabeth Forward.

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Kiski Area’s LeBryn Smith dribbles the ball at the top of the key during the Cavaliers’ matchup with Plum on Jan. 21, 2020.
Kiski Area boys snap 4-game losing streak with section win over Plum
January 21, 2020
Tuesday night’s matchup between Section 3-5A rivals Plum and Kiski Area was a tale of two halves. And while the Mustangs started it, the Cavaliers finished it on their home court.

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The Burrell wrestling team hoists the WPIAL Class AA team championship trophy after defeating Derry Area, 50-23, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Kiski Area, Burrell set to defend WPIAL, section team titles
As the WPIAL team tournaments begin next week, Kiski Area and Burrell are getting set to defend their WPIAL crowns, but first, they must defend their section superiority.

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Highland’s Jrake Burford celebrates after besting Pine-Richland’s Kelin Laffey at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Highlands makes WPIAL team tournament for first time since 2011
For the first time since 2011, the Highlands wrestling team has qualified for the WPIAL tournament.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout
The senior grappler from Mt. Lebanon won the 195-pound title at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament this past weekend, but this wasn’t Stout’s first trip to the top of the podium at the annual event.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Pine-Richland Rams
The Pine-Richland Rams took home the second Allegheny County title in program history this past weekend, and they did it by the narrowest of margins. They defeated North Allegheny, 223-222.5.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout wrestles Bethel Park’s Luke Montgomery at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Pine-Richland captures Allegheny County team title with nail-biting victory
January 18, 2020
Pine-Richland coach Caleb Kolb was on pins and needles throughout the championship rounds Saturday night at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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Highlands’ Jrake Burford celebrates after besting Pine-Richland’s Kelin Laffey at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Trio of A-K Valley wrestlers capture Allegheny County titles
Plum’s Vince Citrano just came up short at last season’s Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer gets his hand raised after earning his 100th career win on Saturday at the Allegheny Coutny Wrestling tournament.
Allegheny County championship matches are set
The semifinals have concluded at the 2020 Allegheny County wrestling tournament held at Fox Chapel and the championship field is set.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy looks for an open teammate against Armstrong on Jan. 17, 2020.
Plum starts second half of section play with win over Armstrong
January 17, 2020
A balanced offensive attack is something every coach hopes for, and on Friday night, it helped the Plum Mustangs kick off the second half of their Section 3-5A schedule on the right note.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout (top) corralls Keyshawn Frazier from Woodland Hills during their 195-pound match at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament on Jan. 17, 2020.
Allegheny County wrestling tournament notebook: Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout impresses in quest for fourth title
For the past three years, the Allegheny County tournament has been good to Mt. Lebanon senior Luke Stout.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes leaning on experience, defense heading into 2nd half of season
January 16, 2020
Entering the second half of section play, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team is in a position it didn’t expect to be.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars on Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High School.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Local scorers putting up big numbers
Several players from the A-K Valley have been among the WPIAL’s highest scorers this season.

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Springdale’s Chris Mitchell gets set to drive to the basket during a matchup with Riverview on Jan. 14, 2020.
Springdale tops rival Riverview to remain undefeated in section play
January 14, 2020
Throughout the 2019-20 basketball season, the Springdale boys basketball team has been carried by a high-paced offense that has averaged 65.5 points a game, which is the third-highest in WPIAL Class 2A.

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Kiski Area’s Jared Curcio works to pin Plum’s Browndon Wafo at 182 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Starting lineups starting to round out as postseason approaches
As the postseason approaches, teams are mixing and matching weight classes in order to have their optimal starting lineups come section tournament time.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano works to defeat Kiski Area’s Conner Murray at 113 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
Seven returning champs looking for more Allegheny County mat gold
On Friday morning, teams from around Allegheny County will travel to Fox Chapel for the annual Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School on Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s Seth Fischbach, Freeport’s Ricky Hunter play in All-Star game at NFL stadium
Every kid dreams of playing in an NFL stadium, whether it’s for one game or an entire career.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Trent Schultheis, Freedom
Junior Trent Schultheis went on a run last weekend at the 2020 Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament at IUP. In the 170-pound weight class, Schultheis won all five of his matches, four of them via pin.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson won the Burgettstown tournament during the weekend with three first-place finishers, a runner-up, three third-place finishers and a fifth-place.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan blocks a shot by Norwin’s Nathan Petrarco during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Around the A-K Valley, sophomores are playing big roles
January 11, 2020
Successful high school teams often rely on older players, normally seniors or juniors, to lead, play primary roles and help the group reach its maximum potential.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy fights over a screen set by Winchester Thurston’s Igor Karusewicz as Langston Moses (21) looks to drive to the hoop during their matchup on Jan. 9, 2020.
After two losses, Apollo-Ridge gets back on track with section win over Winchester Thurston
January 10, 2020
After losing two straight games, the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team was in need of a win Friday night when it hosted section opponent Winchester Thurston.

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Fox Chapel’s James Dockey (5) celebrates his three-pointer with Shane Susnak as time expired in the first half against Norwin Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Despite injuries, illness, Fox Chapel still finding ways to win
January 9, 2020
Fox Chapel is one of only two teams remaining in the WPIAL that has an undefeated record and they’ve been doing it in all the right ways.

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Knoch senior Scott Fraser looks for an opening in the Highlands’ defense during their sectional matchup on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch boys basketball flying high after signature win over Highlands
Heading into the season, the Knoch boys basketball team had high hopes.

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Knoch’s Jake Schiedt looks for an opening in the Highlands defense during their Section 1-4A matchup on Jan. 6, 2020.
Knoch shocks top-ranked Highlands in section showdown
January 7, 2020
Tuesday night’s meeting between WPIAL Class 4A No. 1 Highlands and No. 4 Knoch was one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Kiski Area’s Samm Starr celebrates a win over Chase Kranitz of Norwin in the 152-pound final at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
With newfound confidence, Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr is seeing success
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr came away from the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament with an individual title in hand.

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Burrell’s Richard Feroce works to pin Hempfield’s Coby Stepanik at 195 pounds during the WCCA Tournament on Friday at Kiski Area High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell, Kiski Area set for annual showdown
Two of the top wrestling teams in the WPIAL will converge on Thursday at Kiski Area as the three-time defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Cavaliers will host the 13-time defending WPIAL Class AA champions, Burrell.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for week of Jan. 6, 2020
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr entered the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament this past weekend in his home gym and came away with a first-place finish.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for week of Jan. 6, 2020
For the fifth straight year, Kiski Area captured the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament title, and this time the Cavaliers did it in front of a hometown crowd.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt tries to finish off a pin on Highlands’ Jrake Burford during their 132-pound match on Jan. 6, 2020 at Burrell high school.
Burrell dominates Highlands in section matchup
January 6, 2020
Heading into Monday night’s Section 3A-AA wrestling match between Burrell and Highlands, both teams were undefeated in their section.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past Freeport’s Andrew Speer during their game Friday at Freeport.
Highlands’ Luke Cochran reaches 1,000-point career milestone in win over Freeport
January 5, 2020
Before Friday night’s game against Freeport, Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski and senior guard Luke Cochran had a conversation about the section matchup.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past Freeport’s Andrew Speer during their game Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Freeport.
Highlands overcomes first-half shooting slump to beat Freeport
January 3, 2020
It wasn’t Highlands’ cleanest game of the season, but the Golden Rams escaped from Freeport with a key section victory on Friday night.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran (23) competes against Gateway on Dec. 7, 2019 at Highlands High.
Highlands boys sharing spotlight, climbing WPIAL rankings
January 2, 2020
When Highlands takes the court, most eyes in the gym usually drift straight toward the play of forward Johnny Crise and point guard Luke Cochran.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan drives to the basket during practice earlier this season.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Marquee matchups set for Tuesday
Basketball fans looking for a big game to check out Tuesday will be in luck as a few of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s top teams face off against some of their toughest opponents yet.

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The Harmon brothers Landon (left) and Logan (right) go to school at Apollo-Ridge but wrestle for Armstrong as a part of a co-op agreement. Logan is currentyl 9-0 in his junior year whule Landon is 6-4 with five pins as a freshman.
Apollo-Ridge’s Harmon brothers excelling on mat at Armstrong
December 31, 2019
Just last year, Apollo-Ridge and Armstrong worked out a co-op agreement that allowed then-Apollo-Ridge sophomore Logan Harmon to wrestle for the River Hawks and compete in orange and blue during the winter months.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Waynesburg
The Raiders finished in third place at the 53rd annual Powerade Tournament hosted by Canon-McMillan. They had one champion, Mac Church (106), and also had wrestlers finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Gabe Willochell, Latrobe
No one had a better Powerade tournament than Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell and he was awarded for it by earning Outstanding Wrestler honors. He also won his weight class at 132 pounds with five pins and an ultimate tiebreaker decision.

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North Hills wrestler Sam Hillegas looks to make a move on Ian Irizzarry from Parkersburg South (WV) during their Round of 32 match at the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Waynesburg leads WPIAL contingent with 4 in semifinals at Powerade
December 27, 2019
After an exciting Friday of wrestling, the field for the semifinals at the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament is set.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer looks to put a finishing move on Caden Stout from St. Clairsville (OH) during the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Powerade wrestling tournament notebook: Waynesburg, Seneca Valley earn top five spots heading into quarters
Heading into the quarterfinals of the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan on Friday, just two WPIAL teams found themselves within the top five teams of one of the toughest competitions in the country. The hosts found themselves just outside of the top five looking in.

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Knoch sophomore guard Ryan Lang is averaging 15.6 points.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Knoch and Leechburg riding balance
December 26, 2019
Balanced attacks can lead to high-scoring offenses, and this season, that formula is working for several area boys basketball teams.

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Springdale’s Logan Dexter goes up for a layup during a practice on Dec. 26, 2019.
Undefeated Springdale boys basketball team surprise of WPIAL Class 2A
Heading into this season, it might have been easy to overlook the Springdale boys basketball team.

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Kiski’s Jack Blumer wrestles Bethlehem Catholic’s Luca Frinzi in the 160-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area, Burrell wrestlers earn Powerade seeds
December 24, 2019
Wrestling teams from all around will travel to Canon-McMillan on Friday and Saturday to compete in the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament, which is considered one of the best in Western Pennsylvania as well as the country.

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Highlands wrestlers Jrake Burford (left) and Blake Clark (right) grapple during a practice on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
Offensive mindset leads to good start for Highlands wrestler Jrake Burford
In his first high school season on the mat last year, Highlands’ Jrake Burford turned in quality performance after quality performance as he was a key contributor to his team’s playoff appearance.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson
The Beast of the East Tournament in New Jersey had close to 130 teams this past weekend and Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson found a way to earn a third-place finish in the 138-pound bracket.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Seneca Valley
Seneca Valley went into the Kiski Area Quad Meet last Friday looking to prove it was one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AAA, and that’s exactly what they did.

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Latrobe’s Chase Sickenberger (5) and Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins (4) go for a rebound during a Class 6A game Dec. 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel.jpg
Defense leads the way as Fox Chapel cruises past Latrobe
December 23, 2019
No team has scored more than 50 points on Fox Chapel this season.

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Highlands basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski and assistant coach Corey Dotchin pose with a basketball that was presented to Stoczynski for his 100th career win.
Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski reaches career win No. 100
December 21, 2019
In his eighth season as the coach of the Highlands boys basketball program, Tyler Stoczynski hit a milestone earlier this week.

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Kiski Area’s Dom Giordano tries to keep his balance during his 126-pound match with Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell at the Kiski Area Quad Meet on Dec. 20, 2019.
Kiski Area wrestling falls short at Quad Meet against top teams
Having the opportunity to test your wrestlers throughout the regular season is the best way to improve for the postseason.

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Seneca Valley’s Drew Vlasnik and Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci get tangled up during their 152-pound match on Dec. 20, 2019 at the Kiski Area Quad Meet.
Seneca Valley, Canon-McMillan come out on top of Kiski Area quad meet
December 20, 2019
Four of the top five Class AAA wrestling teams in the WPIAL got together at Kiski Area on Friday evening for their second annual meeting.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp (left) competes in Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
‘Iron sharpens iron’ for top WPIAL Class AAA wrestling teams at Kiski duals
December 19, 2019
Each wrestling season, teams from around the WPIAL seek out opportunities to test themselves against the best competition before the postseason arrives.

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Fox Chapel boys head coach Zach Skrinjar works with Eli Yofan during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Fox Chapel’s defense leading the way in hot start
In a time in high school basketball where most coaches are having their teams run and put up as many points as possible, Fox Chapel has gone the opposite direction and is letting its defense do the talking.

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Riverview junior Gideon Deasy works on his dribbling skills during a drill at practice on Dec. 16, 2019.
Riverview boys hoops looks to build on experiences from last season
The Riverview boys basketball team is in a familiar position.

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Kaitlin Fournier goes up for a ball during a match this season. Fournier verbally commited to Georgia last week to play volleyball.
Elizabeth Forward volleyball standout Kaitlin Fournier commits to Georgia
December 18, 2019
Elizabeth Forward’s Kaitlin Fournier is becoming a Bulldog.

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Norwin’s Carson Handra struggles in a hold by Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano in the 106 weight class during WPIAL wrestling on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Kiski Area High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area goes undefeated at Moon Duals
December 17, 2019
Even though Kiski Area is the three-time defending WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team champion, the Cavaliers are still out to prove that they are the team to beat.

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Burrell wrestler Ian Oswalt works on lifts during a practice on Dec. 17, 2019 with a partner. Oswalt earned career win No. 100 at the King of the Mountain tournament on Dec. 14, 2019.
Burrell wrestler Ian Oswalt earns career win No. 100
This past weekend, Burrell junior Ian Oswalt reached a milestone in his third year of high school that some wrestlers never reach in their entire scholastic career.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Canon-McMillan
Canon-McMillan started the 2019-20 season on the right note. The Big Macs took third in the Cumberland Valley Kickoff tournament, then won the King of the Mountain tournament by eight points over Mifflin County last weekend. 

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Waynesburg’s Mac Church
Waynesburg’s Mac Church had a great weekend at the Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) Ironman Classic tournament. He placed second in the 106-pound weight class, which had seven other nationally ranked 106-pound wrestlers. The Waynesburg freshman was No. 12 heading into the weekend.

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Zach Clarke of New Kensington pictured at the Valley High School weight room Wednesday. Dec 12, 2019. Clarke recently won three gold medals and a silver in powerlifting at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics championships.
Valley alum Zach Clarke wins powerlifting gold at Pennsylvania Special Olympics
December 16, 2019
At the beginning of November, Valley grad Zach Clarke traveled to Villanova University to compete in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics championships and came home with more than enough gold to go around.

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Westinghouse’s Troy Lanier (3) passes the ball against University Prep during their game on Oct. 26, 2019.
All-City League football team: Westinghouse leads with 9 selections
City League champion Westinghouse was recognized for its accomplishments Monday as nine players were selected to the All-City League team, and coach Donte Green earned coach of the year honors.

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Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake returns for the 2019 season.
2019 Valley News Dispatch Football All-Stars
December 14, 2019
Here’s a look at the Valley News Dispatch football all-star team:

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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Valley News Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year: Burrell’s Alex Arledge
Valley News Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year

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Leechburg guard Dylan Cook looks to avoid pressure from two Propel Andrew Street defenders during their section matchup Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.
Leechburg boys start section play with win over Propel Andrew Street
December 13, 2019
The Leechburg boys basketball team turned in its best section performance since 2006-07 last season, and the Blue Devils continued that performance Friday night at Propel Andrew Street.

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Riverview head coach Todd Massack watches a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Todd Massack resigns as Riverview football coach
Riverview has always held a special place in Todd Massack’s life.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers (11) and Gateway’s Elgin Oliver (0) chase down a loose ball Dec. 7, 2019, at Highlands.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Fox Chapel, Highlands and Springdale build perfect records
December 12, 2019
Building an undefeated record early in the season is the best a team can do, and three Alle-Kiski Valley squads entered Thursday unbeaten.

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Kiski Area’s Jason Baker dunks during Tuesday’s game against Connellsville.
Kiski Area boys basketball on verge of taking next step
A year ago, the Kiski Area boys basketball team finished their 2018-19 season with just four wins in the first year of coach Will Saunders’ tenure.

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McGuffey wide receiver CJ Cole during a July 16, 2019 preseason practice at McGuffey High School.
McGuffey’s CJ Cole accepts preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia
McGuffey wide receiver and defensive back CJ Cole is heading south for college, but not too far south.

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Norwin’s Carson Handra struggles in a hold by Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano in the 106 weight class during WPIAL wrestling on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area wrestling tops Norwin to start section schedule
December 11, 2019
The Kiski Area wrestling team got its first dual win of the season on Wednesday after capturing the Eastern Area tournament this past weekend.

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Highlands wrestlers Jrake Burford (left) and Blake Clark (right) grapple during a practice on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
With program showing signs of progress, Highlands wrestling ready to compete
December 10, 2019
Since Highlands wrestling coach Grant Walters took over the program in 2011-12, it’s been a process to build it from the ground up.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) rushes the ball against New Castle during their game on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
Highlands’ Johnny Crise accepts preferred walk-on offer from Penn State
Highlands’ athlete Johnny Crise made his college decision Tuesday and accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play football at Penn State.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for Week of Dec. 9, 2019
Mt. Lebanon sophomore Mac Stout had a dominating performances at Gateway’s Eastern Area Invitational. He went 5-0 and beat Kiski Area’s Nick Delp in the 170-pound championship bout to capture the bracket and earn Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament in addition to Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week honors.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Week of Dec. 9, 2019
The Butler Golden Tornado started their season with a tournament win at the Chartiers-Houston Invitational, where they topped a field of 29 teams by having a champion, four third-place finishers, a fourth-place medalist and two fifths.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice last Thursday. Mastroianni recorded his 500th career win Monday night.
Quaker Valley’s Mike Mastroianni earns career win No. 500
December 9, 2019
It was a matter of when, not if, Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni would get career win No. 500.

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The Citrano brothers, Jared (left) and Vinny (right) work out during a recent practice.
Citrano brothers give Plum wrestling strong foundation
December 7, 2019
With a roster full of youth, talent and potential, the Plum wrestling team is looking forward to a season in which development and learning experiences are expected.

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Behind Sullivan’s 32-point performance, St. Joseph takes down Propel Braddock Hills
December 6, 2019
St. Joseph guard Andrew Sullivan has been big for the Spartans over the course of his high school career.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes takes down Summit Academy to open up 2019-2020 season
It’s always nice to start the season off with a win and for the first time of Terence Parham’s tenure at Deer Lakes the Lancers gifted their coach with one in the first game of the season.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Mastroianni is nearing his 500th career win.
Quaker Valley basketball coach Mike Mastroianni chasing win No. 500
During his time at Quaker Valley, boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni has built a culture that has allowed the program to reach new heights of success.

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SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise practices last month.
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December 5, 2019
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Highlands Luke Cochran works out during a recent practice Friday. Nov 22, 2019, during a recent practice.
Highlands boys basketball set to play Shaler at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland
The Highlands Golden Rams boys basketball team is headed to Cleveland later this season.

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Noah Linderman sets up a move on his practice partner during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley Class AA wrestling preview: Burrell looking to extend WPIAL championship streak
December 4, 2019
In order to win 13 straight WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships, there has to be some type of secret formula.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Kiski Area wrestler Nick Delp (left) looks to set up a move on practice partner Enzo Morlacci during practice Tuesday.
A-K Valley Class AAA wrestling preview: Kiski Area ready to live up to expectations
December 3, 2019
For the past three years, Kiski Area has been the team to beat in Class AAA.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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The head referee asks Avonworth captain Drew Harper his choice for the coin toss ahead of the PIAA Class 2A semifinal matchup between WPIAL Champion Avonworth and District 10 champion Wilmington on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Avonworth punches ticket to Hershey for first time in program history with win over Wilmington
November 29, 2019
The Avonworth Antelopes will play for a state championship for the first time in program history.

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save against North Catholic at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika giving Cavaliers confidence
November 27, 2019
Throughout this hockey season, a solid defensive effort has led Kiski Area.

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Second-year Leechburg girls basketball coach Andre Carter gives direction during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Leechburg girls looking to prove people wrong
When Andre Carter took over the Leechburg girls basketball program last season, he was met with the challenge of replacing a full starting lineup that had produced the best stretch of success in Blue Devils history.

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Leechburg coach Damian Davies works on a big man drill with sophomore Eli Rich during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
With coach returning, Leechburg boys hope to continue to rise
For the past few years, the Leechburg boys basketball team has been on the rise.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree catches his third touchdown pass next to Sto-Rox’s Traynell Paxton during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton and Farrell prepare for another high-profile matchup in PIAA semis
Clairton and Farrell have a storied history in the PIAA Class A football playoffs.

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Knoch guard Abbey Shearer makes a move to the basket during a scrimmage with Beaver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Knoch girls building on solid foundation
November 26, 2019
Most teams would love to be in the position the Knoch girls basketball team is in for the upcoming season.

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Knoch senior guard Scott Fraser goes up for a layup during a drill at practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
Knoch boys aiming high after breakthrough season
The Knoch boys basketball team had great expectations for themselves last season, and after only losing two seniors from a team that went 18-6 and captured a share of the Section 1-4A title, the Knights have set their sights even higher this season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Strong senior cast has Highlands boys basketball thinking big
November 24, 2019
With eight minutes remaining in their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup last season against New Castle, Highlands faced a 23-point deficit.

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Highlands’ Maria Fabregas works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Highlands girls basketball team looking to build off transition year
In her first year at the helm of the Highlands girls basketball team, Courtney Udanis, a former Golden Ram herself, set out to adjust the mentality of the program, something that had changed significantly since her time in Natrona Heights.

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Central Catholic kicker Jonathan Opalko watches his game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Vikings’ PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against State College Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko makes another game-winning kick to down State College
November 22, 2019
Whether it’s on a soccer pitch or a football field, when the game is on the line, Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko wants the ball on his foot.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar set to play at Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida
November 21, 2019
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar is headed south.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars climbs in national rankings after state championship victory
November 19, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has had an exciting past couple of days.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars captures 2nd PIAA title with win over Villa Joseph Marie
November 16, 2019
HERSHEY — During a preseason workout, Mars girls soccer coach Blair Gerlach told his players they would need to get a little bit stronger because Hershey’s chocolate is pretty heavy.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht tries to make a move around Moravian Academy’s Nikhel Mhatre during their PIAA state championship matchup at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Moravian Academy tops Winchester Thurston in PIAA Class A boys soccer final
HERSHEY — At the beginning of the season, the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team set out on a journey to make an appearance in the state championship game and bring home the title.

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Shady Side Academy coach Mary Lynch presents goalie Molly Skvorak with her runner-up medal and gives her a hug during the postgame ceremony.
District 3 champ Camp Hill blanks Shady Side Academy to capture first PIAA title
HERSHEY — The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team was on a mission to capture a second PIAA title in school history, but when the Indians stepped onto the field at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, they were met by a team equally as motivated.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
November 15, 2019
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A boys soccer finals primer: Winchester Thurston vs. Moravian Academy
Moravian Academy (23-1) vs Winchester Thurston (19-2)

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates her first goal with Emory Anderson (21) and Gabby Hill-Junke during their PIAA Class A state semifinal against Greensburg Central Catholic Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A girls soccer finals primer: Shady Side Academy vs. Camp Hill
Camp Hill (24-0) vs. Shady Side Academy (20-1)

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Members of the Quaker Valley boys soccer team hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley boys soccer captures 2nd state title in 3 years
HERSHEY — For the second time in three years, the Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading home with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in hand.

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WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman speaks to a crowd of more than 600 WPIAL student-athletes and athletic directors Nov. 14, 2019, at the 11th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
WPIAL hosts hundreds of student-athletes at annual Sportsmanship Summit
November 14, 2019
For the 11th year in a row, the WPIAL hosted its annual Sportsmanship Summit at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Thursday morning.

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Dom Reiter scored Quaker Valley’s first goal Wednesday night.
Quaker Valley beats Mercyhurst Prep to make 3rd state finals appearance in 4 years
November 13, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading back to the PIAA Class AA state championship and they are starting to develop quite a sweet tooth.

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Villa Maria tops North Catholic girls in PIAA semifinals
As his team surrounded him during their postgame meeting, Villa Maria girls soccer coach Pete Wagner repeated the goal his team had set at the beginning of the season.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale is a Lehigh commit.
Fox Chapel’s Carnevale commits to Lehigh after taking academy route with PA Classics
Since he was a little kid, Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale has dreamed of playing soccer at the next level.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Northwest Eight: South Fayette has 6 players, coach named to all-conference team
November 12, 2019
South Fayette had six players named to the Northwest Eight all-conference team and coach Joe Rossi was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year.

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Derry’s Justin Huss carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Central Valley on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Big East: North Catholic and Derry lead all-conference team; Huss offensive MVP
November 11, 2019
Derry’s Justin Huss, Gavin Adams and coach Tim Sweeney all won individual awards in the Class 3A Big East Conference.

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Springdale’s Ephrain Duku works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle during their boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Springdale boys soccer set to build on successful season
Over the course of the past three seasons, the Springdale boys soccer team has proved itself to be one of the best in WPIAL Class A.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes falls short but promises to come back stronger
November 10, 2019
After coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA state championship last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came into 2019 with unfinished business.

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Kiski Area wrestlers Jack Blumer and Stone Joseph placed second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at The Surge wrestling tournament at the University of PIttsburgh at Johnstown.
Kiski Area wrestlers prepare for season with The Surge
Kiski Area is heading into the wrestling season in search of its fourth straight Class AAA WPIAL title, and last weekend a few Cavaliers got to test their mettle at The Surge wrestling tournament at the Pitt-Johnstown.

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Mercyhurst Prep’s Jarrett Harry nets hat trick to propel Lakers past Deer Lakes.
November 9, 2019
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team wanted an opportunity to avenge its WPIAL Class AA championship loss to Quaker Valley.

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DiFalco’s 2-goal game leads Panthers past unbeaten Cathedral Prep
Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal matchup between Franklin Regional and Cathedral Prep was a battle of two unbeaten teams.

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Riverside and McGuffey captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL playoff game Nov. 8, 2019, at Montour.
Riverside’s postseason run continues with victory over McGuffey
November 8, 2019
While Riverside’s first round upset of No. 3 Burgettstown surprised a lot of WPIAL football fans, it wasn’t a surprise to the Panthers.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale has plenty of motivation heading into PIAA quarterfinal match with GCC
Heading into Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal matchup with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic, the Springdale boys soccer team won’t lack competitive fire.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Defense fuels Deer Lakes on second straight state tournament run
November 7, 2019
Throughout the postseason, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has displayed a gift for possessing the ball, passing around opponents and finding a way to put the ball into the back of the net.

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Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan (9) dribbles down the sideline during the Lancers’ PIAA first round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Bald Eagle Area High School
Sullivan plays hero again, propels Deer Lakes into PIAA quarterfinals with overtime goal
November 5, 2019
Throughout their PIAA first-round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came within inches of scoring the go-ahead goal.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) battles Springdale’s Duncan Caltagarone for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale boys soccer looks to avenge playoff losses
November 4, 2019
It only has been two years since the Springdale boys soccer team made a run to the PIAA Class A tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes boys soccer turns attention to PIAA tournament
Friday night brought a disappointing end to Deer Lakes’ quest for a WPIAL soccer championship.

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Elizabeth Forward shortstop Anna Resnik loses the ball as West Perry’s Tiara Johnson slides into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Penn State University.
Elizabeth Forward’s Resnik chooses Robert Morris
Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik has decided where she’ll play collegiate softball, and she won’t have to travel too far to do so.

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Mars captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Plum in the girls Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars cruises by Plum to capture 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since ’15
November 2, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship the past two seasons but came up short in both attempts.

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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Deer Lakes in double overtime in the Class AA final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley beats Deer Lakes in 2OT for WPIAL boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
For the past four seasons, Highmark Stadium has been a blessing and a curse for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy sneaks by GCC for 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since 2016
The Shady Side Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer teams split a pair of meetings in the regular season.

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Deer Lakes’ Tyler Tofil battles North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes boys soccer searching for first WPIAL title
October 31, 2019
Since its loss in the PIAA Class AA championship game last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has been on a mission.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) has rushed for 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Apollo-Ridge thrilled to stay at home on a Friday night
October 30, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Owens Field this season. On Friday, they’ll get to do it in style by hosting their first home playoff game since 2014.

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Valley’s Jayden Richter (20) tries to drag down Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy (10) Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings closed out their regular season schedule this past Friday with a 43-33 loss to Charleroi.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown earlier this season against Fox Chapel.
Bethel Park stands in way of elusive playoff victory for Kiski Area
It’s been 29 years since the last Kiski Area football playoff victory.

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Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan square off for WPIAL Class AAAA boys soccer championship
WPIAL Class AAAA Boys Soccer Championship

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is presured by Freeport defenders in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley quarterbacks set the bar high in 2019
October 29, 2019
When the regular season ended this past Friday, seven quarterbacks from around the WPIAL had surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer capsule for Oct. 30
Class A

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) looks to get by Valley’s Ricardo Simmons (28) October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge, Kiski Area, Fox Chapel learn playoff opponents at WPIAL football pairings meeting
October 28, 2019
When the seedings of the WPIAL football playoffs were released Monday evening at the annual pairings meeting, three A-K Valley teams found out who they would be facing in the first round Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis celebrates his goal with Nate Ward (12) next to Springdale’s Roman Liberati during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
WPIAL releases boys soccer championship dates, times
The dates and times for the WPIAL boys soccer championships at Highmark Stadium have been released for all four classifications, and they will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Derry’s Tanner Nicely in the first half. Scherer broke more then 1000 yards for the season during the second quarter Friday at Burrell Stadium Friday. Oct 25, 2019.
Burrell football is back on the map
October 26, 2019
Despite a 56-32 season ending loss to Big East Conference runner-up Derry on Friday night, it’s clear Burrell is a team on the rise in Class 3A.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer is wrapped up by Derry’s Max Malis during the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday, Oct 25, 2019.
Derry runs past Burrell in crucial Big East Conference matchup
October 25, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney put it best earlier this week when he talked about senior running back Justin Huss as they headed into their WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with Burrell.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules for Saturday, Oct. 26
Saturday’s games

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West Allegheny girls soccer defeats Kiski Area to advance to first semifinal in program history
October 24, 2019
For the first time in school history, the West Allegheny girls soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes tops North Catholic in overtime to advance to boys soccer semifinals
October 23, 2019
The first 85 minutes of the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Deer Lakes and No. 7 North Catholic was a stalemate, but something was bound to break sooner or later.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) runs for a touchdown during their game against New Castle on Oct. 18.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Highlands’ Johnny Crise
Over the past few weeks, the Highlands football team has started to hit its stride, especially in the passing game.

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Burrell’s Josh Boak tackles Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley for a loss during a game Sept. 27.
Derry provides tough final hurdle for Burrell’s playoff quest
Since their matchup with Deer Lakes on Sept. 27, the Burrell Bucs have been in playoff mode. They knew to secure their first playoff berth since 2012, they would have to get over some big humps, and it started during that matchup against the Lancers.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules
October 22, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Plum’s Cole Kelly (right) said this year’s team is ready to advance past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Plum boys soccer is ready to push past postseason shortcomings
October 21, 2019
The Plum boys soccer team has enjoyed a storybook-type season heading into their WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal match with Upper St. Clair on Wednesday.

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
After rough start, Fox Chapel is looking to close with 4 wins in row
October 19, 2019
Just a few weeks ago, the Fox Chapel football team was on the outside of the Class 5A playoff picture looking in.

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Springdale boys soccer gets past Chartiers-Houston in physical battle
Throughout the course of a soccer season there are certain moments when seniors feel the need to step up and make big plays.

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Fox Chapel receiver Warner Macklin (10) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel football team cruises by Armstrong for 3rd win in row
October 18, 2019
It didn’t start great, but with its playoff hopes on the line, Fox Chapel rebounded quickly from an early turnover and ran away with its Class 5A Northern Conference matchup against Armstrong, 41-14.

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Deer Lakes’ Ronan Renter (24) celebrates his first goal with Ryan Rodgers during their game against Valley on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Armed with playoff experience, Deer Lakes boys soccer is ready to make another run
Beginning on Saturday, boys soccer teams from around the area will begin their trek to the WPIAL championship game at Highmark Stadium.

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Captain Mike Mitchell will lead Springdale into a first-round playoff matchup with Chartiers-Houston on Saturday.
A-K Valley boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Class AAAA

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Sewickley Academy’s Evelyn Safar reacts after winning a game during the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Sewickley Academy girls top Knoch for third straight WPIAL team tennis title
October 17, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team captured the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship for the third straight year with a 3-2 victory over Knoch.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 16, 2019
Here’s a look at the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Plum’s Bailey Walker (2) celebrates with Laura Pearlman (7) after scoring against West Mifflin on Sept. 18, 2019.
Plum boys and girls soccer teams earn premier seeds for WPIAL playoffs
The Plum boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed successful regular seasons and the WPIAL rewarded both with premier seeds on Wednesday when playoff brackets were unveiled.

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Fox Chapel quarterback Shane Susnak has 1,415 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Fox Chapel’s Shane Susnak
A 42-0 loss to Upper St. Clair on Sept. 27 put Fox Chapel’s record at 1-5, but the Foxes felt the scoreboard that night did not indicate how they played and that better things were ahead.

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Jeremiah Nelson and the Highlands defense held Class 4A No. 2 South Fayette to 21 points last week.
Highlands ready to fight as New Castle pays a visit
Throughout this season, Highlands has displayed an ability to physically compete with teams every Friday night, but it hasn’t always resulted in wins.

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Leechburg’s Jake Schuffert (left) celebrates his goal with Elliot Weigand during their match against Ellwood City on Tuesday.
First-year Leechburg boys soccer shows improvement throughout season
October 15, 2019
The first year of the Leechburg boys soccer program started with a win and ended with a win.

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Burrell’s Nick Kariotis (right) throws a ball to Carson Ley (left) during practice Monday. The Bucs are 10-7 overall and 8-6 in the section.
Burrell boys soccer team clinches first playoff appearance since 2014
October 14, 2019
Over the last few years, the Burrell boys soccer team has taken its lumps. After some recent success, the Bucs are starting to bump back.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Oct. 12
Class AAAA

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrell’s Seth Fischbach as he tries to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
A-K Valley football notebook: WPIAL playoff picture rounding out
October 12, 2019
It’s getting to the point in high school football season when the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar named to AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team
It has been quite the season for Fox Chapel senior golfer Scott Bitar.

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Freeportճ Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrellճ Seth Fischbach as toys to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School Friday. Oct 11, 2019.
Burrell football team defeats Freeport in overtime thriller
October 11, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta has coached a lot of games in his career, but he said he has never coached one like Friday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Freeport.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan heads the ball in front of Shady Side Academy’s George Grune during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at in Fox Chapel.
Plum leads A-K Valley contingent into boys soccer playoffs
For the first time since 2005, the Class AAAA No. 1 Plum boys soccer team captured the Section 3-AAAA section title and will go into Monday’s nonconference regular-season finale against Allderdice with an undefeated record of 15-0-1.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber (right) shakes hands with Quaker Valley’s Aidan Bulger and Riverside’s Skyler Fox after shooting a 71 during the WPIAL Class AA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy boys golf team maintains winning tradition
For the seventh straight year and 10th time in program history, Sewickley Academy captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship last Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar putts on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Fox Chapel boys finally get over the hump, capture WPIAL team gold
October 10, 2019
All season long, the Fox Chapel boys golf team has had a saying that its lived by every match.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Field set for WPIAL golf championships at Cedarbrook
October 9, 2019
The field is set for the WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club on Thursday as six boys teams and four girls teams punched their ticket to the final round on Monday and Tuesday.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere (22) rushes the ball during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Aug. 31.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Riverview’s Dean Cecere
Two weeks ago, Riverview got its first win, escaping with a 21-20 victory over Imani Christian. Zach Hanlon led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Aug. 30 at Derry Area High School.
Burrell-Freeport matchup loaded with playoff implications
Friday night’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup between Burrell and Freeport will pit two teams against each other that have a lot on the line.

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Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris goes over some statistics with Declan McIntire during a practice.
Highlands soccer implementing unique analytical approach
October 7, 2019
Professional sports teams often use anything they can to gain a competitive advantage, and in recent years, different forms of analytics have become a norm across the country.

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                                Will Meyer leads Deer Lakes into today’s WPIAL Class AA semifinal at River Forest.
Four A-K Valley boys golf teams look to punch their ticket to WPIAL championship
On Tuesday morning, four boys golf teams from around the Alle-Kiski Valley will travel to River Forest Golf Course to play in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match and compete for a chance to play for the team championship.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Oct. 5
Class AAAA

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Freeport Area’s Matt Aulicino pulls in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday. Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport stays confident in must-win situations
October 5, 2019
For the second straight year, Freeport is in a position where it needs to win out to secure a playoff spot.

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Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday, Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport keeps playoff hopes alive with 3rd straight win
October 4, 2019
Deer Lakes will have to wait another year to see if it can sneak a win past longtime rival Freeport because from the first whistle Friday night, the Yellowjackets showed why they haven’t lost to their Class 3A Big East Conference rival since 2010.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber chips onto the green on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
WPIAL team golf championship sites and brackets announced
The brackets and competition sites for next week’s WPIAL boys and girls golf team championships were released Friday.

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Freeport leads the all-time series with Deer Lakes, 41-5.
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivaly matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer (left) celebrates with Libby Conlon after winning the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Knoch, Peters Township doubles teams capture WPIAL gold
October 3, 2019
When it came down to it on Thursday at the Oxford Athletic Complex, the Knoch doubles team of Ally Bauer and Libby Conlon did what they needed to do to come away with a WPIAL Class AA doubles championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys golf preparing for a WPIAL team title run
Over the course of the past few years, the Fox Chapel boys golf team have been strokes away from capturing the program’s fifth team championship.

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Knoch’s Libby Conlon (left) and Ally Bauer defeated Burrell’s Isabella Lane and Madyson Radvansky, 6-3, 6-2 in the Section 3-AA doubles finals Sept. 26, 2019, at Alpha Tennis and Fitness in Harmarville.
New girls tennis champs will be crowned in WPIAL doubles
October 2, 2019
New WPIAL champions will be crowned on Thursday when the doubles tournaments conclude at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Freeport’s Daniel Lynch dribbles around the net while Derry defender Elysiah Lopez closes in during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Freeport boys soccer in thick of playoff conversation
With just four games remaining on its regular season schedule, the Freeport boys soccer team is in the thick of the playoff race.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27 at Hampton.
A-K Valley football Q-and-A: Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake
Since their matchup with North Hills in Week 2, the Kiski Area Cavaliers have had a secret weapon in their backfield.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School during WPIAL football against Freeport
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivalry matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Deer Lakes senior AJ Dorman poses with his football pads, saxophone and soccer goal.
Some high school athletes take on two sports in same season
September 30, 2019
In recent years, high school athletes have started to specialize in one sport in hopes of improving their chances at playing in college.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golfers set to chase individual WPIAL title on home course
When 36 golfers take to the links at Fox Chapel Golf Club on Tuesday for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship, three Fox Chapel team members will look to do something only four others have accomplished.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Sept. 28
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Big East Conference playoff picture getting murky
September 28, 2019
Just like they have in years past, the waters are getting murky in the Class 3A Big East Conference playoff picture.

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Running game leads to big win for Burrell over Deer Lakes
September 27, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta is known for his creative offensive mind.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy golf team building a championship tradition unlike any other
The Sewickley Academy boys golf team has a storied history.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber captures WPIAL gold at Class AA boys golf championships
September 26, 2019
Riverside’s Skyler Fox was gunning to become the first golfer in WPIAL history to win four straight individual boys championships.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaugh Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell, Deer Lakes to showcase high-octane passing attacks in Week 5 showdown
September 25, 2019
Friday night’s matchup between Deer Lakes and Burrell has the makings to be special.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell tackles Ricky Hunter on Sept. 13 at Warrior Stadium.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Freeport’s Ricky Hunter
Freeport got in the win column for the first time Friday night and did so in a dominating way, scoring touchdowns in all three phases of the game.

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti skates with the puck past Montour’s Jeremy Freeman during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
Belmont Ice Complex closure affects local hockey teams
The Freeport and the Armstrong hockey teams will be without a home arena for the next month.

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Plum’s Luke Gildea makes a run through a group of Norwin defenders during their Section 3-4A matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Plum takes down Norwin in clash of section rivals
September 24, 2019
After a tie with Norwin earlier this season, the Plum boys soccer team was on a mission to make a statement on Tuesday night when it met up with the Knights for the second time this season.

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Springdale Keeper Andrew Haus works with the varsity squad during a practice on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
Springdale’s Andrew Haus is exceeding expectations in net
September 23, 2019
Before the 2019 soccer season started, Springdale boys soccer coach Cesareo Sanchez had a big hole to fill at the goalkeeper position.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 21
WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings

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Fox Chapel football Coach Tom Loughran, takes the field for the first day of heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Several teams finally get in win column
September 21, 2019
The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

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Seth Minor raises his hand to a classmate in the student section ahead of their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup against Mount Pleasant.
Lancers hold off Mount Pleasant in a exciting Big East Conference matchup
September 20, 2019
So far this season, Deer Lakes has had trouble finishing football games.

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A-K Valley High School Notebook: Golfers get set to tee it up; Bucs tab new softball coach
Earlier this week, golfers from around the WPIAL took to the links for an opportunity to qualify for the individual WPIAL tournament next week.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum boys soccer relying on chemistry during hot start
Sometimes, a year of rebuilding and blending a group of players is all it takes. At least that’s the case for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda (11) celebrates his goal with Oz Curtis next to Deer Lakes’ Alex Rodgers during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side tops Deer Lakes in section soccer battle
September 19, 2019
Throughout the 2018 boys soccer season, Deer Lakes and Shady Side Academy established a rivalry that produced some pretty good soccer.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch’s Laura Greb captures third straight AA singles title; Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James wins AAA crown
For the third year in a row, Knoch’s Laura Greb went home with the WPIAL Class AA singles tennis crown, but this one had a different feel.

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Plum sophomore Jake Miller threw for 111 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first career start.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Plum’s Jake Miller
September 18, 2019
For the past three games, Plum sophomore Jake Miller has stepped into the position with a level of confidence every coach looks for in a quarterback.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba has guided his team to a 4-0 record heading into Friday’s game at Avonworth.
Matchup with Avonworth gives Apollo-Ridge chance to prove its mettle
When Apollo-Ridge and No. 5 Avonworth meet at Lenzner Stadium on Friday night, the teams will be battling for a lot more than just another mark in the win column.

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Fox Chapel’s Zane Ingram (21) competes against North Allegheny September 14, 2019 at North Allegheny.
With a team-first mentality, Zane Ingram is leading Fox Chapel to fast start
September 16, 2019
Ever since Zane Ingram joined the Fox Chapel boys soccer program as a freshman, he’s always put the team first.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 15, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer rankings

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher chooses Penn State
After delaying his decision in early August, Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher has made his college choice.

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Deer Lakes junior soccer players Devin Murray, Michael Sullivan and Colton Spence
Trio of juniors show Lancers boys soccer team value of chemistry
September 15, 2019
At the center of any successful team is a core group of players that allows the squad to reach new heights on the field and off of it.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin losses his helmet as he enters the end zone Friday, Sept 13, 2019 against Highlands at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium.
Led by special senior class, Knoch off to best start since 2012
September 14, 2019
With an undefeated start, two defensive shutouts and a stout running game, Knoch is having one of its best seasons in recent memory under first-year coach Brandon Mowry.

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Yough players watch their home game against Mt. Pleasant from the sidelines on Sept. 6.
More than a game: Coaches stress benefits of football as player participation dwindles
On Friday nights across the country, thousands of high school football players sprint onto fields to the cheers of students, relatives and — often — entire communities.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
Knoch gets past rival Highlands to stay undefeated
September 13, 2019
Knoch got off to a slow start in the first half, but its undefeated season is still alive.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James competes during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley High School Notebook: Knoch’s Greb tops teammate Bauer for second sectional title
September 12, 2019
For the second straight year, the Section 3-AA girls tennis singles championship had two teammates playing for a sectional crown. Knoch coach Nance Conlon said the score didn’t indicate the type of competitive match it was, but for the second year in a row, Laura Greb beat Brooke Bauer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is second in the WPIAL in passing yards, attempts, touchdowns and completions.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley
September 11, 2019
Deer Lakes football has gotten off to a rocky start this season, but senior quarterback Aris Hasley has led the passing game to new heights.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin works out during practice this summer.
Knoch, Highlands work up ‘a good dislike’ for each other
The Knoch and Highlands football teams are on opposite sides of the WPIAL Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference.

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Tribune-Review Riverview golfer Dan Donatucci hits a tee shot at Buffalo Golf Course on Monday as the Raiders continued their undefeated season with a 214-261 Section 1-AA win over Freeport.
Riverview taking undefeated season match by match
September 9, 2019
The Riverview boys golf team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA team tournament for the first time in quite a while last season, and with a starting line-up of five seniors and a junior, the Raiders are looking to do it again.

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Riverview Joey Flanick works with the varsity squad during a recent practice Thursday. Aug 22, 2019.
Riverview’s Joey Flanick leading the way for the Raiders
The Riverview boys soccer team is off to a strong start, and senior striker Joey Flanick has been at the center of their early season success.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles against North Penn’s Patrick O’Neill in the 160-pound first round class AAA bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer chooses West Virginia
September 8, 2019
One of the top wrestlers in the A-K Valley chose where he will call home for the next four years Sunday.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith losses control of the ball as North Hills’ Damon Thompson and William Fonzi make the tackle in the second half at Kiski Area on Friday, Sept 6, 2019.
Kiski Area battling through growing pains, still showing fight, potential
September 7, 2019
When teams go through a rebuilding phase, coaches often place young players at the core of it in order to build around them for the future.

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander collides with North Hills’ Tyler Tomasic and Curtis Foskey in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
McDonough leads North Hills past Kiski Area in hard-hitting matchup
September 6, 2019
Heading into Friday night’s WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference matchup between Kiski Area and North Hills, coaches Sam Albert and Pat Carey were expecting a battle, which was exactly what they got.

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Highlands’ Gabe Norris (right) had 23 goals and 20 assists in his first two seasons.
Highlands’ Gabe Norris is connecting the dots for the Golden Rams
Getting off to a good start is important for any young player and Highlands midfielder Gabe Norris is off to one of the best of his high school career.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado is ranked No. 20 among the state’s top 100 wrestlers, according to PA Power Wrestling.
A-K Valley wrestlers named among top 100 in junior class
When PA Power Wrestling, a media company that covers high school wrestling in Pennsylvania, released its Class of 2021 rankings earlier this week three wrestlers from the A-K Valley were among the top 100 in the state.

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Sean Adamski shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 4 vs Gateway last Thursday at Mcmurry golf course
A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area golfer has career week
September 5, 2019
Kiski Area’s Sean Adamski has had a special senior season on the golf course.

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes works out during practice.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Springdale’s Christian Vokes
September 4, 2019
The Springdale football team is off to its best start of the Seth Napierkowski era, and senior Christian Vokes has been a vital piece.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling runs for a first-quarter touchdown against Fox Chapel on Aug. 30 at North Hills.
Kiski Area looking for consistency as North Hills pays visit
The first two weeks of the season have been a roller coaster for the Kiski Area Cavaliers.

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Springdale varsity assistant coach and junior high head coach Giulio Tommarello grabs a bite to eat with a few of his players. The Springdale football program hosts a dinner for varsity and junior high players once a week to get the their younger players accustomed to the varsity program.
Springdale football hopes to see long-term benefits from revival of junior high program
September 2, 2019
There are several crucial parts of a high school football team, but one of the most important — and the one that can produce long-term success — is the establishment of a reliable junior high program.

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jake Fello hands off to Logan Harmon during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the high school.
A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale beats Imani Christian for 1st time
August 31, 2019
As if their last-minute Week Zero win over Deer Lakes wasn’t enough, the Springdale Dynamos took it to another level Friday and took down Class 1A Eastern Conference opponent Imani Christian for the first time.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta looks over pre-game warmups with his team before their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with North Catholic on Aug. 30, 2019.
North Catholic takes down Burrell for 1st win of the season
August 30, 2019
Although he lost his leading rusher and receiver from last year, North Catholic coach Pat O’Shea was confident in his team’s abilities heading into its season opener against Burrell on Friday night at J.C Stone Field in North Park.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel golf, tennis start strong
August 29, 2019
While the Fox Chapel football team has gotten off to a rough start on the gridiron, the golf and tennis teams couldn’t be hotter.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon scored on a 96-yard fumble return last week. He also ran for 180 yards and three scores.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon
August 28, 2019
Leechburg was on Apollo-Ridge’s 4-yard line and trailing by a touchdown with a minute left in the first half of a Week Zero matchup.

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Freeport lineman Logan Manke
Derry, Freeport coaches expect another battle in Big East Conference opener
If you were to compare the Derry and Freeport football teams this season, you might not find many differences, and both coaches take pride in that sentiment.

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Springdale Morgan Fitzgerald works out with the varsity team during a recent practice Monday. Aug19, 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes chemistry carries over under new coach
August 27, 2019
When any first-year coach takes over a program, there are certain goals they want to accomplish to have a successful start.

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Sophomore Andrew Haus is expected to take over as starting goalkeeper this season.
Springdale boys looking to use past 2 seasons as motivation
The Springdale boys soccer team had a big season last fall, and if everything goes right, they could accomplish bigger things this year.

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Drew Karpen dives into job as Highlands athletic director
August 26, 2019
Over the past few years, Drew Karpen has been waiting for the right opportunity to run an athletic department.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz reacts to a play against Laurel Highlands on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 5A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Perroz’s baseball-heavy summer pays off with commitment to IUP
August 25, 2019
Kiski Area senior Billy Perroz has been playing so much baseball this summer that, at times, coach Aaron Albert has told him he has been playing too much.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Valley’s Ricrdo Simmons in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s offense shines in season opener
August 24, 2019
Since he took over the Burrell football program last year, coach Shawn Liotta has been waiting for an opportunity to showcase his fast-paced, high-octane offense.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday. Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell shuts out Valley to snap 6-game streak in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
August 23, 2019
Throughout the history of the “Battle of the Bypass,” Burrell and Valley have traded winning streaks.

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Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold works with his players during practice.
Kiski Area boys hoping to build on chemistry established in 2018
Midway through last season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team hit its stride.

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Veteran coach Mike Spagnolo is in his first season at Kiski Area.
With experience and talent, Kiski Area girls soccer looks to improve
With a talented group of underclassmen, the Kiski Area girls soccer team made significant strides last season.

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Wide receiver/defensive back Vaun Ross will assume a leadership role for Valley.
Ross takes on leadership role for young Valley team
August 22, 2019
Leadership is a quality every coach looks for in his players. They look for players who can step up when the game is on the line or someone who leads with his voice and actions, a player who holds teammates to higher standards.

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Kiski Area junior wide receiver Jason Baker has not played football since seventh grade.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Kiski Area’s Jason Baker
August 21, 2019
In an effort to revamp his team, Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert dug into the depths of the high school to recruit student-athletes he believed could help improve their chances this season.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes (right) will take on rival Valley in the Week Zero “Battle of the Bypass” on Friday.
Valley’s 6-game winning streak on line in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
There’s never a lack of excitement when Burrell and Valley get together for the “Battle of the Bypass.”

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Brownsville sophomore quarterback Hunter Assad competes during a seven-on-seven competiton July 18, 2019, at Connellsville High School.
Fichter more optimistic for 2nd season at Brownsville
August 19, 2019
Even before the 2018 season started, the Brownsville football team was facing an uphill battle.

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Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos aims a pass on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 during girls’ soccer at Burrell High School. Deer Lakes won 2-1.
Deer Lakes looking to build on historic 2018 season
The Deer Lakes girls soccer team won’t be short on fire power in 2019.

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Deer Lakes Ryan Butler, works with the varsity team during a recent practice Tuesday. Aug 13, 2019.
Deer Lakes enters season with ‘unfinished business’ mindset
Deer Lakes boys soccer made a historic run last season.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick named to USA Baseball 18U national roster
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick has had an impressive summer.

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Valley’s Vaun Ross (left) tries to elude a Kiski Area defender during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Ross set to guide Valley’s young roster
Graduation can hit high school athletic programs. Valley knows that feeling.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbaugh goes up for a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell vows to ‘play fast,’ push the tempo
August 18, 2019
When the Burrell offense takes the field this season, don’t blink, because you might just miss the entire offensive series.

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Knoch’s Laura Greb competes during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Greb, Knoch tennis ready to take next step
When Knoch tennis coach Nance Conlon first saw Laura Greb during a summer clinic a few years ago, she quickly noticed the player’s potential.

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From left are A-K Valley quarterbacks Alex Arledge (Burrell), Cayden Quinn (Valley), Garrett Schaffhauser (Freeport), Legend Ausk (Springdale) and Ryan Aber (Riverview).
New A-K Valley quarterbacks face challenge of leading their offenses
August 17, 2019
Quarterback is one of the most complicated positions in football, and it takes a special type of player to bear all of the responsibilities that make an offense successful.

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Highlands quarterback Tyler Brezinski looks to pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Highlands ready to compete in Northwest 8 Conference
Every week in WPIAL’s Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference is a grind, and Highlands coach Dom Girardi would have it no other way.

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Kiski Area’s Peyton McCann drives for extra yardage as Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston attempts to bring him down in the first half at Richard J. Dilts Field on Friday, Sept 14, 2018.
McCann embodies Kiski Area’s hard-nosed mentality
August 16, 2019
After winning three of its first four games last season, the Kiski Area football team was ready to make a strong move in the right direction.

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area continues to grow behind young, dedicated players
Kiski Area coach Sam Albert is no stranger to building a football program. He has done it with success at four schools in Western Pennsylvania.

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Highlands linebacker Brock White tackles a teammate during defensive drills.
Highlands’ Brock White feeling stronger after injury-shortened freshman season
August 15, 2019
Before last season began, Highlands coach Dom Girardi had high hopes for a freshman running back who displayed a lot of potential throughout summer and training camp.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golf ready to take next step
August 14, 2019
Throughout his nine years of coaching at Fox Chapel, golf coach Bryan Deal has built a strong program that has produced two individual WPIAL champions. But a team title always has eluded Deal.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nick Hunnell competes during practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Aliquippa to be challenged in defense of PIAA title
When Mike Warfield took over the storied Aliquippa program last season, the bar was set high for the first-year coach.

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa’s Devonshire making a name for himself at Kentucky
August 13, 2019
It looks like it didn’t take long for Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire, the 2018-19 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year to make a name for himself at Kentucky.

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Luke Lander and Kiski Area are coming off a playoff season.
Camp Preview: Alle-Kiski teams look to bounce back this season
August 12, 2019
Last season was a substandard year for high school football teams throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley.

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Burrell’s Logan Phillips runs after a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell’s Phillips provides leadership and versatility
August 11, 2019
Quarterback is the most important position on the field.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp works against Cam Connor during practice Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the wrestling room at the high school.
Kiski Area’s Blumer and Delp sit among top 100 recruits in 2020 class
August 8, 2019
The Kiski Area Cavaliers had one of the best wrestling teams in the state last season.

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Fox Chapel wide receiver Sam Brown (2) gets yardage during home game against Mars on Oct. 12, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Brown picks up first Division I offer
August 7, 2019
For high school athletes, there might not be a better feeling than the moment they receive their first scholarship offer to play their sport at the collegiate level.

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NFHS makes changes to lacrosse restart protocol
August 6, 2019
The National Federation of State High School Associations made a few rule changes for the 2019-20 boys lacrosse season.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Woood Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Chambersburg Area High School.
WPIAL football coaches honored at Steelers Family Fest
August 5, 2019
On Sunday, just one day before the start of high school football season, the Pittsburgh Steelers held their annual Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love shooting guard Roesing commits to Duquesne
July 31, 2019
First Love Christian Academy shooting guard Jett Roesing has made his college decision and announced his commitment to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

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West Allegheny’s boys soccer team celebrates after winning the PIAA Class AAA title, 4-0, over Strath Haven on Nov. 16, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Book about West Allegheny soccer, ‘Unbeatable’ gains popularity in first month of release
The 2018 West Allegheny boys soccer season was a storybook-type campaign. It was so good in fact that Brent Dragisich, the father of Nathan and Johnny Dragisic, two West A players, decided to author a book about their extraordinary season.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 girls lacrosse season
July 20, 2019
Winning a championship is a great feeling, but when a team captures a championship for the first time in school history, it’s an even greater accomplishment.

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Blackhawk’s Watson-Trent looks to bounce back after injury-shortened season
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 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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The Mars boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning a fourth straight WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys lacrosse season
July 19, 2019
The 2019 boys lacrosse season was one of historical feats.

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The 16U Western PA Bruins will compete in the Finals Tournament of the Under Armour Association girls AAU circuit beginning Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, Ga.
Western PA Bruins earn No. 5 seed for 16U national tournament
July 18, 2019
In the first year of its girls basketball league-style AAU circuit, the Under Armour Association has been providing players from around the country a unique opportunity they didn’t quite have before.

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The Penn Hills football team takes the field at the start of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Manheim Central Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pennsylvania ranked 7th-best state for high school football
July 17, 2019
High School Football America released its rankings for the top 10 states for high school football Wednesday, and Pennsylvania came in at No. 7.

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Plum’s Connor Moss practices Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Moss continues to build on sophomore season
July 13, 2019
Last season was an interesting breakout performance for Plum point guard Connor Moss.

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Daniel Yates takes over a Deer Lakes program that went 
21-2-1 last season and won its first section title in 15 years.
Deer Lakes pegs Daniel Yates as new boys soccer coach
July 12, 2019
It’s not every day you see a coach change jobs after taking his team to the brink of a state title.

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The 16U Beadling Soccer Club team won the Eastern Regional tournament for the third straight year and will head to Overland Park, Kansas for the National Championship tournament during the last week of July.
Beadling Soccer Club 16U boys heading back to national championships
July 11, 2019
For the third straight year, the 16U team for Beadling Soccer Club will be competing for the US Youth Soccer national championship between July 21-28, in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Bradley Walker leads the Leechburg boys soccer team during a recent workout. The program is in its first season.
Leechburg, Apollo-Ridge boys soccer ready to take on WPIAL competition together
July 10, 2019
For the first time in the history of their schools, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg will have a boys soccer program as the two schools have formed in a co-op agreement.

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Union’s Gunn is big man with even bigger work ethic
July 9, 2019
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 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Aliquippa’s Fisher ready to improve on breakout junior year
July 7, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls gymnastics season
July 5, 2019
Just like most of the gymnasts performing their routines, the 2018-19 gymnastics season had a lot of twists and turns that ultimately made it an extraordinary campaign.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love’s Jett Roesing starting to stack up Division I offers
July 2, 2019
In a matter of 24 hours, former Sewickley Academy guard Jett Roesing added four more Division I offers to an ever-growing list.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph’s Academy in the 120-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Burrell’s Oswalt competes on national stage
July 1, 2019
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt was ranked among the best wrestlers in his weight class this past season.

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Mars lineman Michael Carmody is ranked No. 117 on ESPN’s list of the top 300 seniors in high school football.
Mars O-lineman Michael Carmody looking to fine tune blocking before college
June 30, 2019
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 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
Since she was a freshman, Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski has been a key contributor in three sports.

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Trib HSSN Rewind: A look back at the 2018 field hockey season
June 29, 2019
All teams seek the glory of capturing a WPIAL championship, whether it be in football, baseball, softball or field hockey. No matter what the sport, the feeling is always the same for any team that comes into contact with the WPIAL hardware.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls volleyball season
June 28, 2019
For the second straight year, the North Allegheny girls volleyball team went undefeated and captured both a WPIAL and PIAA championship.

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Damian Davies coached the Leechburg boys for 14 seasons in his first stint, including a WPIAL title in the 2006-07 season.
Leechburg brings back Damian Davies to head boys basketball program
After parting ways with boys basketball coach Corey Smith last week, the Leechburg School Board found its new coach, and the members didn’t have to look far.

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Deer Lakes football coach Tim Burk cheers on players as they run through conditioning drills during their first day back at practice on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
A-K Valley football teams return to field with protocols in place
July 2, 2020
Knoch football coach Brandon Mowry couldn’t sleep Tuesday night. He was a like a little kid on Christmas morning. He couldn’t stand the anticipation anymore.

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Kiski starting pitcher Ryan Rametta throws against the Indpendent Players on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Kiski Area taking advantage of opportunities provided by WPBL
June 29, 2020
Kiski Area baseball coach Aaron Albert and the Cavaliers were excited for the 2020 baseball season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Valley News Dispatch boys athlete of the year: Highlands’ Crise savored super senior seasons
June 28, 2020
While coronavirus restrictions disrupted life all over the country this spring and summer, some people found a way to see positives in it as it gave them time to focus on their craft.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz eyes an outside pitch that he takes to right field for a second-inning, three-run triple against the Independent Players in WPBL action Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Valley High School.
Golden Cavs hold off late surge to start WPBL season 2-0
June 25, 2020
When the Kiski Area Golden Cavs took on Gateway last Thursday in the Western Pennsylvania Baseball League, they didn’t score until the fourth inning.

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Valley’s Issac Kelley can’t get to a ball hit by Highlands’ Dom Fellows in the sixth inning Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Valley High School.
Mix-and-match Independent Players are ready for busy summer
The Independent Players summer baseball team looks like it is going to have a busy summer.

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Fox Chapel’s Aidan Oehrle watches his tee shot during the PIAA Class AAA boys golf regional on Oct. 10, 2019, at Tom’s Run.
Fox Chapel golfer Aidan Oehrle commits to Lehigh
June 23, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Aidan Oehrle has been playing golf since he could walk.

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Ron Moncrief was named athletic director at St. Joseph in Natrona Heights. Moncrief has been the head athletic director at Vincentian Academy since 2015.
St. Joseph hires former Vincentian Academy athletic director Ron Moncrief
St. Joseph High School has named Ron Moncrief as its new athletic director.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on No. 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Oct. 15, 2019 at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar gearing up to face a new level of competition at Miami (Ohio)
June 22, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar was one of the top golfers in the WPIAL last season.

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Kiski Area’s Carter Dilts works out during a training session for football players Thursday, June 18, 2020, at the high school stadium..
It’s a great day to be a Cavalier: Kiski Area football team returns to practice field
June 18, 2020
Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert starts every practice the same way.

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Mars’ Ellie Coffield works against Plum’s Andrea D’Incau during the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Ellie Coffield named Gatorade Pa. Girls Soccer Player of the Year
June 17, 2020
After helping the Mars girls soccer team win WPIAL and PIAA Class 3A titles last fall, junior Ellie Coffield has received another honor.

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Caroline McConnell of Bridgeville hits out of a sand trap during the Tri-State Junior PGA Championship on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Willowbrook Country Club.
Franklin Regional’s Wareham, South Fayette’s McConnell capture Tri-State Junior PGA titles
Because it is his home course, Franklin Regional rising senior Michael Wareham has played Willowbrook Country Club a time or two.

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North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi bursts through a banner at the start of a game against Derry on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Mars.
North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi commits to Dayton
June 11, 2020
North Catholic’s Anthony Serventi decided where he will play college football.

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Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball. Will Shaffer throws a pitch during his junior year at Laurel. Shaffer is heading to Youngstown State next year to play baseball
Senior Spotlight: Laurel’s Will Shaffer capitalized on 2019 playoff run
June 10, 2020
Editor’s note: Trib HSSN is spotlighting WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup (right) battles for the ball during a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School. Gallup signed with the FC Cincinnati Academy last week.
North Catholic sophomore Gallup signs with FC Cincinnati academy program
North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup has been working toward a dream for the past four years.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Gatorade Pa. Boys Soccer Player of the Year
June 8, 2020
Last fall, Dom Reiter led the Quaker Valley boys soccer team to WPIAL and PIAA titles, and the accolades are still coming for the Pitt-bound forward.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme scores on a wild pitch past Serra Catholic pitcher Patrick Brennan during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
Senior Spotlight: Seton LaSalle’s Boehme will never forget championship performance
June 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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South Park’s Brenden Gray hits a two-run home run against Quaker Valley during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game May 15, 2019 at Seneca Valley.
Senior Spotlight: After lights-out junior year, South Park pitcher Brenden Gray excited to head to Seton Hill
June 3, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year. Union shortstop Nate Meeks waits for a pitch during a game in his junior year.
Senior Spotlight: After two runner-up finishes, Union’s Nate Meeks was thinking championship
June 1, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci works against Seneca Valley’s Antonio Amelio at 145 pounds during the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Feb. 2, 2019.
Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci transferring to wrestling powerhouse Wyoming Seminary
May 29, 2020
Enzo Morlacci is looking forward to the next chapter of his high school career.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Shrum pitches against Ringgold on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in the WPIAL Class 4A first round high school baseball playoff game at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Mt. Pleasant’s Shrum found sanctuary on mound
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trinity catcher Jax Banco gets set to receive a pitch during a game. Banco committed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Thursday morning.
Senior Spotlight: Trinity baseball standout ready to take to the sky
May 28, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kiski Area’s Ryne Wallace runs the bases during practice at Kiski Area High School.
After year at Kiski School, Ryne Wallace finds college home at Old Dominion
Former Kiski Area standout Ryne Wallace always knew he had what it takes to play baseball at the Division I level. He just needed to find the right program.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars on Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High.
Basketball and babysitting: Perfect storm for Plum’s Moss brothers
May 27, 2020
A lot of high school athletes have been trying to find a way to keep themselves busy during quarantine.

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Ringgold’s Travis Drusbasky hit .362 and stole 13 bases as a junior.
Senior Spotlight: State title run in 2018 set tone for Ringgold outfielder
May 26, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight WPIAL spring athletes whose senior years were cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran passes over Freeport’s Nolan Plocki during their game Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Freeport.
Highlands seniors win Cager Classic scholarship awards
The 24th annual Cager Classic might have been canceled this year, but the committee still handed out its annual scholarship awards. Two Highlands student-athletes went home with the hardware.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dom Popa makes a play on a ball hit by Serra’s Dom Puzcanchera on June 11, 2019 during the PIAA Class 2A baseball semifinals at West Mifflin.
Senior Spotlight: Before heading to Pitt, Seton LaSalle senior goes out on top as WPIAL champ
May 25, 2020
Baseball has been a fixture in Dom Popa’s life since he was a little kid, and even though he had his senior year taken away from him, baseball won’t be leaving his life any time soon.

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New Central Valley girls soccer coach Bill Pfeifer
Most successful girls soccer coach in Pennsylvania history heading to Central Valley
May 22, 2020
The most successful girls soccer coach in Pennsylvania history is on the move.

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Highlands places 3rd in Eastbay’s ‘Never Not An Athlete’ promotion
The Highlands Golden Rams are making the most of their quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vincentian Academy’s Jared Katz hit .432 as a junior last season.
Senior Spotlight: Vincentian Academy’s Jared Katz left wanting more
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Avonworth’s Trevorv Faulkner celebrates as he crosses the goal line against Apollo-Ridge on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Avonworth High School.
Avonworth’s Trevor Faulkner starting to reel in collegiate offers
May 21, 2020
Avonworth’s Trevor Faulkner was hoping to be a quarterback, but the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder made the switch to tight end last season, when the Antelopes reached the PIAA Class 2A championship game.

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Sara Krofcheck and Steven Manon are Yough’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Yough seniors no strangers to hard work
May 20, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the last in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Luke Robinson looks at a runner at first base during a game.
Senior Spotlight: Waynesburg senior had storied high school career even without final season
May 19, 2020
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Cubs center fielder Ian Happ greets his high school coach, Mt. Lebanon’s Pat McCloskey, during a rain delay before a game against the Pirates on Aug. 17, 2018 at PNC Park.
WPIAL alumni Ian Happ, LaVar Arrington pass on valuable, virtual advice to alma maters
Mt. Lebanon baseball coach Pat McCloskey was exchanging texts back and forth with a former player on a random Monday night.

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Moon outfielder Logan Young steps into the batters box.
Senior Spotlight: Moon 3-sport athlete was hoping for one more successful season
May 18, 2020
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Gabe Dunlap and Corina Paszek are Penn-Trafford’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Penn-Trafford seniors defined excellence during high school careers
May 17, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 15th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Dylan Mallozzi stiff-arms Dallas’ Luke Delgaudio during the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Senior Spotlight: After football state title, TJ senior misses chance to shine on diamond
May 16, 2020
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Milana Sacco and Cameron Frolo are Monessen’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Monessen seniors stay busy during successful high school careers
May 14, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the 12th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Freeport first baseman Matt Mitchell makes a diving catch against Deer Lakes on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Freeport Community Park.
Senior Spotlight: Mitchell, Freeport baseball seniors still finding ways to bond
May 13, 2020
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Laurel Highlands infielder Santino Marra gets set for a pitch.
Senior Spotlight: Laurel Highlands second baseman won’t soon forget run to WPIAL finals
May 12, 2020
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Sidney Palla and Jack Blumer are Kiski Area’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
With family help, Kiski Area seniors succeeded in athletic endeavors
Editor’s note: This is the 10th in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Springdale quarterback Legend Ausk throws a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Springdale quarterback Ausk returns from collarbone injury bigger and better
May 10, 2020
Legend Ausk was excited about his sophomore year on the football field.

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St. Joseph pitcher Tyler Wood, works out during a practice at Swartz Field in Freeport last season.
Senior Spotlight: After first playoff win in 18 years, St. Joseph senior wanted one more shot
May 8, 2020
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Cameron Pankyo-Morris takes a swing during a game.
Senior Spotlight: West Allegheny baseball standout grew to love high school game
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Rachel Harter and Colten McCutcheon are Latrobe’s nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.
Busy Latrobe seniors nominated for excellence awards
May 7, 2020
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in an 18-part series profiling nominees for the Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards.

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Austin was captain of the Central Catholic Anglers Bass Fishing Team and a 2020 Bassmaster All-State Team member.
Lower Burrell native signs with top collegiate bass fishing school
May 6, 2020
When Lower Burrell native Austin Aikins started fishing, he never could have imagined how his future would pan out.

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North Catholic starting pitcher Ryan Feczko throws against Serra Catholic in the WPIAL 2A baseball championship game May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Field.
Senior Spotlight: North Catholic standout proud of claiming WPIAL gold in two sports
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Mt. Lebanon shortstop Dante Borris takes a lead off of first base.
Senior Spotlight: Opportunity to play in college motivating Mt. Lebanon shortstop
May 5, 2020
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Avonworth’s Jax Miller carries the WPIAL championship trophy to his teammates after defeating Washington in the WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Senior Spotlight: After successful football season, Avonworth senior sticks with sport he loves
May 3, 2020
Jax Miller’s senior year got off to a pretty exciting start.

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Cornell’s Zaier Harrison scores past Vincentian’s Priest Ryan during the WPIAL Class A championship game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
Senior trio leaves lasting legacy at Cornell, aims to do same in college
May 2, 2020
For the better part of the last decade, there probably wasn’t a time when you wouldn’t find Cornell seniors Kaden DiVito, Isaiah Langston and Zaier Harrison together.

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Franklin Regional’s Bryce Harper bats against Fox Chapel during a game on April 5, 2019.
Senior Spotlight: Franklin Regional catcher gets head start on future career during quarantine
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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge passes downfield during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell QB Alex Arledge stays positive during recruiting pause
April 29, 2020
Like so many other juniors throughout the country, Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge was looking forward to his spring and summer.

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South Fayette third basemen Eli Snider takes a swing during a game in the 2019 season.
Senior Spotlight: South Fayette senior looking to improve after productive high school career
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Hopewell pitcher Jake McGovern delivers during the WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship game against Steel Valley on May 28, 2019, at Wild Things Field.
Senior Spotlight: Hopewell pitcher aimed for return to WPIAL championship game
April 28, 2020
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Leechburg quarterback Dylan Cook is tackled by Riverview’s Zach Hanlon (36) and Isaac Murphy during WPIAL football on Saturday, Sept 21, 2019, at Riverview Park in Oakmont.
New A-K Valley coaches adapt to taking over programs during coronavirus pandemic
April 26, 2020
For high school football coaches, spring and summer are crucial to the development of their programs.

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Ligonier racer Garrett Smithley experiences iRacing success
April 25, 2020
Over the past two months, sports leagues around the world have had to find a way to adapt because of the the coronavirus pandemic.

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Derry’s Seth Loughner reaches to stop Freeport ball carrier Isiah Bauman on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School in WPIAL football.
Freeport’s Isiah Bauman overcoming knee injury to play basketball at Point Park
April 24, 2020
Playing college football always was the goal for Freeport senior Isiah Bauman.

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Mark Black is congratulated by first base coach Phil Cicco after a first-inning single against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Senior Spotlight: Serra Catholic senior Mark Black was hoping for final run with teammates
Most WPIAL pitchers are probably disappointed they won’t have an opportunity to play baseball this spring.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz dives for the ball in the outfield as teammate Ethan Guercio (4) moves in against Laurel Highlands in a WPIAL first-round Class 5A playoff game last season at Seton Hill University.
Senior Spotlight: Kiski Area outfielder sticking to routine while stuck at home
April 23, 2020
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Freeport starting pitcher Jarrett Heilman throws against Franklin during PIAA playoff action Monday, June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Senior Spotlight: Freeport pitcher picks up an old hobby to pass time during quarantine
April 22, 2020
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Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27, 2019 at Hampton.
Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake announces first Division I offer from Albany
April 21, 2020
Kenny Blake was a Swiss Army knife for the Kiski Area Cavaliers last season.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers and Luke Cochran celebrate with the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Together again: Highlands guards commit to Point Park for basketball
Since they were young, Luke Cochran and Korry Myers have developed a special bond on the basketball court.

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Mars pitcher Joey Craska celebrates during a game last season.
Senior Spotlight: Mars pitcher using downtime to improve game before heading to college
With its season on the line a year ago, the Mars baseball team turned in one of its best performances of the year.

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Valley catcher Madison Gatto prepares for the 2019 season March 19, 2019 at Valley High
With youth and experience, Valley softball is looking to break its playoff hiatus
March 20, 2020
The Valley softball team hasn’t made the WPIAL playoffs in eight years, but the seven returning seniors are hoping to end that streak.

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Union’s Aaron Gunn - Trib HSSN preseason Kennywood Top 25 football team
Culture, energy drew Union’s Aaron Gunn to Louisville
March 19, 2020
One of Pennsylvania’s top offensive linemen has decided where he’ll play college football.

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Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman earned an offer from Toledo.
Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman picks up offer from Toledo
The recruitment process has begun for Highlands lineman Wahkeem Roman.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy (7) passes the ball during their game against Franklin Regional on Aug. 30, 2019.
Plum’s Matolcsy experiences uptick in Ivy League recruitment
March 17, 2020
Plum’s Max Matolcsy has seen his football recruitment hit a new level in recent weeks.

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Plum shortstop Mackenzie Lake fields a ground ball during practice on Thursday Friday, March 13, 2020.
After disappointing finish last season, Plum softball ready to bounce back
March 16, 2020
Last season didn’t end the way the Plum softball team wanted it to.

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Plum senior Jared Hoener waits for a pitch during practice on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Plum baseball motivated to return to playoffs after down year
Over the past decade and a half, the Plum baseball team has been a mainstay in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Knoch’s Sophie Brandon stretches for a throw during a practice on March 13, 2020.
Knoch softball looking to build on historic 2019 season
March 14, 2020
After one of its best seasons in 2019, the Knoch softball team heads into this season with a lot of confidence.

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Knoch’s baseball team warms up before a scrimmage game against Slippery Rock High March 12, 2020.
Young Knoch baseball team looks to gain experience as season progresses
As seasons carry on, teams start to gain experience, learn from mistakes and reach their full potential when the postseason approaches.

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Kiski Area senior Brooke Bires works on her swing during a practice on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area softball hungry for bounce-back season
March 13, 2020
Last season didn’t go as expected for the Kiski Area softball team, which battled a lot of adversity along the way.

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Kiski Area outfielder Billy Perroz plays long toss with a teammate on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Kiski Area baseball looking to build on confidence developed last season
In his first year at the helm of the Kiski Area baseball program, coach Aaron Albert led the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. In year No. 2, they are looking to take another big step.

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Hans Rottman puts up a shot Wednesday night against Aliquippa during their PIAA Class 3A second round matchup at North Hills Middle School.
DeGregorio scores 25 as North Catholic holds off Aliquippa
March 11, 2020
Aliquippa did all it could to derail WPIAL Class 3A champion North Catholic on Wednesday night at North Hills.

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Grove City’s Kade Persinger takes on offensive foul from Highlands’ Luke Cochran during their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Despite loss in PIAA 2nd round, Highlands boys basketball proves it has arrived
All seasons must come to an end. For the Highlands boys basketball team, its storybook season concluded Tuesday night against Grove City in the second round of the PIAA Class 4A playoffs.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers walks from the court, as Grove City celebrates after time expired in their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
Grove City stuns Highlands in PIAA second round
March 10, 2020
Just a few weeks after winning its first WPIAL championship since 1995, Highlands’ postseason run came to an end Tuesday night at North Allegheny High School.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Canon McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 9, 2020
On the way to becoming the WPIALs all-time wins leader this weekend in Hershey and capturing his second straight state title, Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis was dominant.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst (1) looks to get by Harbor Creek’s Scott Stanyard (22) during a PIAA Class 4A first-round game March 6, 2020, at Kiski High.
Highlands ready to run in PIAA second-round matchup with Grove City
Throughout its playoff run, opponents have tried to throw Highlands off its game.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta authors ‘No Huddle, No Mercy’
When Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta speaks at coaching clinics across the country, he always seems to get asked a certain question.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands gets set for PIAA matchup with Harbor Creek
March 5, 2020
Last weekend, the Golden Rams lifted gold at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center, celebrating Highlands’ first WPIAL boys basketball championship since 1995.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst (1) takes a shot during the third quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Freshman Jimmy Kunst playing big role for WPIAL champion Highlands
March 4, 2020
The Highlands boys basketball team relied on its trio of seniors this season.

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Guy Deleonardis, Knoch’s 1st wrestler to make states, prepares for big stage
In its 14 years of existence, the Knoch wrestling program never sent a wrestler to the PIAA tournament.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt gets a takedown against Hamburg’s Kyle Vernon at 132 pounds in the PIAA team wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt more motivated than ever heading into PIAA tournament
March 3, 2020
Ian Oswalt already has placed himself among some of the best wrestlers who have been part of the prestigious Burrell program.

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Kiski Area’s Samm Starr celebrates in the 152-pound final during the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: 10 grapplers have high Hershey hopes
The road to an individual state championship begins Thursday in Hershey, and 10 Alle-Kiski Valley wrestlers will face three days of competition to bring home a state title.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps
Controversy arose last week on Twitter when the WPIAL Class AAA brackets were released for the 126-pound weight class.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise hoists the WPIAL Class 4A championship trophy with teammates after the Rams defeated Belle Vernon Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands handles Belle Vernon, wins 1st WPIAL boys basketball title since 1995
February 29, 2020
During the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs, top-seeded Highlands has shown the capability to win in a multitude of ways.

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Latrobe freshman Vincent Kilkeary celebrates a win over Hempfield sophomore Briar Priest at the Class AAA WPIAL tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
WPIAL Class AAA wrestling notebook: Kiski Area’s Blumer ties pins record
February 28, 2020
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer has racked up pins throughout his entire wrestling career. On Friday, he reached a milestone not many have. With a pin of Hempfield’s Trevor Verkleeren in 55 seconds, Blumer earned career pin No. 106 and tied the Cavaliers career pin record set by Shane Kuhn.

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West Allegheny’s Nico Taddy (left) wrestles Plum’s Vince Citrano at the Class AAA WPIAL tournament Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Plum’s Vince Citrano falls in quarters, vows to improve on Day 2 at WPIALs
Since his two losses at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament last season as a freshman, Plum’s Vince Citrano has been looking for redemption.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran tries to shoot over Blackhawk’s Ryan Heckathorn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in their WPIAL playoff game at North Allegheny.
Highlands, Belle Vernon boys set to face off for WPIAL Class 4A basketball title
At this point in the season, every team is playing its best basketball, and over the past two weeks, Highlands and Belle Vernon boys have played better than anyone in WPIAL Class 4A.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy announces Harvard offer
It seems like Max Matolcsy’s football recruitment is just getting started.

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The Vincentian boys basketball team celebrates after defeating Cornell in the WPIAL Class A final Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
As school prepares to close, Vincentian Academy wins WPIAL championship
February 27, 2020
Earlier this week, just a few days before the boys basketball team was set to play for a WPIAL Class A championship, Vincentian Academy announced that it would be closing its doors at the end of the school year for financial reasons.

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Highlands senior Johnny Crise heads toward the basket against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Highlands seniors ‘living up to hype’ in WPIAL playoffs
In Highlands’ quarterfinal win Saturday against Ringgold, senior guard Korry Myers got hot from deep, making seven 3-pointers and scoring 25 points.

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Oakdale resident John Krug was selected to play for the US Club Soccer 2020 id2 National Selection boys team.
Chartiers Valley 7th grader selected for international tour
Suzanne and Brian Krug remember when their son John was just a young boy.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise leaps to score against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in WPIAL basketball playoffs at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Johnny Crise scores 27 to lead Highlands past Blackhawk and into WPIAL title game
February 26, 2020
At this time of the year, the best teams learn how to overcome adversity.

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Vincentian’s Priest Ryan (20) competes against Nazareth Prep during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny.
With school about to close, Vincentian Academy to face Cornell in emotional Class A final
When Vincentian Academy and Cornell square off at the Petersen Events Center on Thursday night, it will be the 11th time the teams have met in the last four years. None of those contests has meant more than this one.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp tries to prevent Latrobe’s Logan Zitterbart from earning an escape in the 170-pound weight class during the WPIAL Section 1-AAA team semifinals Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Middleweights lead charge for Kiski Area
Two weeks ago, WPIAL Class AA wrestlers converged on Canon-McMillan for their individual sectional and WPIAL tournaments. Now, the Class AAA wrestlers get their chance this Friday and Saturday at the same site.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer looking to pin down a third straight WPIAL title
Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer has won back-to-back WPIAL titles and on Friday, he begins his quest for No. 3.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence
The 160-pound senior dominated at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional this past weekend at IUP’s Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. He captured his second regional title without giving up a point and recorded a perfect 4-0 record. He won three of his matches by fall and one by technical fall.

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Jamil Williams looks to make a move on Tuesday against Shenango in their WPIAL Class 2A semifinal matchup at Woodland Hills
Sto-Rox boys erase 14-point deficit to defeat Shenango in Class 2A semifinals
February 25, 2020
Throughout the course of this year’s WPIAL playoffs, No. 2 Sto Rox has developed a flair for the dramatic.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran (23) looks to get by Ringgold’s Christopher Peccon (3) during a Class 4A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020 at North Hills.
Highlands, Blackhawk in peak form heading into WPIAL Class 4A semifinals
No. 1 Highlands and No. 5 Blackhawk have played through different types of seasons on their way to the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball semifinals.

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Cornell’s Isaiah Langston goes up for a dunk against Bishop Canevin during a WPIAL Class 1A semifinal matchup on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Cornell knocks off Bishop Canevin and punches its ticket to The Pete
February 24, 2020
The Cornell Raiders have been working towards a goal for the past three years.

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Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman (50) and Korry Myers (11) go for a rebound against Ringgold during a Class 4A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020 at North Hills.
Team-first mentality leading Highlands boys during postseason run
For the third time in just as many years, the Highlands Golden Rams are heading to the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Jake Nulph, an Apollo-Ridge grad, plans on recruiting the A-K Valley heavily is his new role as Edinboro’s football coach.
As Edinboro football coach, Apollo-Ridge grad Jake Nulph putting a focus on A-K Valley
February 22, 2020
When Apollo-Ridge grad Jake Nulph was hired as the coach of the Edinboro football team in January, he knew there was one area of Western Pennsylvania he wanted to focus on when it came to recruiting

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New Castle’s Michael Wells takes a jumpshot against Knoch during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal matchup at North Allegheny on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2020.
New Castle boys hold on to beat No. 2 seeded Knoch
When the playoffs roll around, New Castle instantly becomes a tough team to beat and Knoch learned that the hard way Saturday afternoon at North Allegheny.

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Surrounded by Springdale defenders, Winchester Thurston’s Langston Moses goes up for a layup during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal matchup on Friday at Shaler.
Winchester Thurston shocks Springdale to earn second playoff win in school history
February 21, 2020
Sometimes, it’s not the third but the fourth time that’s the charm, and the Winchester Thurston Bears experienced just that Friday night at Shaler.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan drives to the basket against Norwin on Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley basketball playoff capsules: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
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Knoch senior Scott Fraser looks for an opening in the Highlands’ defense during their sectional matchup on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch ready for battle with three-time defending champ New Castle
The Knoch boys basketball team is starting to get restless.

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Lincoln Park’s Johnnie Bryant scores on a layup against Deer Lakes defenders Jack Hollibaugh (34) and Ryan Butler (42) on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Three more teams see their season come to an end
February 20, 2020
Three more A-K Valley boys basketball teams had their seasons end this past weekend as Deer Lakes, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg lost their first-round matchups.

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Springdale boys basketball coach Aaron Epps works with his team during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Springdale High School.
Springdale boys looking to make WPIAL semifinals for first time since 1991
The No. 4-seeded Springdale Dynamos escaped from Shaler last Saturday night with a big WPIAL Class 2A first-round victory over No. 13 Sewickley Academy.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano wrestles Moon’s Tyler Diggins at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Plum wrestler Vince Citrano a man on a mission in Class AAA postseason
February 18, 2020
Plum sophomore Vince Citrano has been a man on a mission all season long.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles South Fayette’s Praicen Long in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in WPIAL wrestling at Hempfield Area High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Seven wrestlers earn top seeds for sectionals tournament
WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers will compete in their section tournaments Saturday, and seven from the Alle-Kiski Valley were seeded first in their respective weight class.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Burrell’s AJ Corrado
Burrell’s AJ Corrado has turned in a dominant junior wrestling season, and he earned his first WPIAL title in the same fashion this weekend.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Burrell
Burrell’s wrestling team turned in quite the weekend at Canon-McMillan on Friday and Saturday.

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Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose will play in a UEFA Development Tournament for the U.S. U-16 Girls National Team in Loughborough, England.
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose set to compete in UEFA development tournament in England
Brownsville’s Tessa Dellarose continues to stack up invites to prestigious camps and games all over the country.

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Geibel Catholic’s Ryan Anderson drives to the basket against Leechburg’s Connor McDermott during their WPIAL Class 1A first round matchup on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Thomas Jefferson High School.
No. 9 Geibel Catholic boys use an electric fourth quarter to earn first round victory over Leechburg
February 15, 2020
For the past three years, the Geibel boys basketball team qualified for the playoffs. But each time, the Gators lost in the first round.

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Lincoln Park’s Johnnie Bryant drives toward the net for a score against Deer Lakes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game at Fox Chapel.
No. 1 Lincoln Park boys shake off sluggish start, cruise past Deer Lakes
February 14, 2020
WPIAL Class 3A No. 1 seed Lincoln Park is the defending PIAA champion for a reason, and Friday night in the first round of the district playoffs, the Leopards showed why.

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Springdale junior Demitri Fritch drives to the basket during a practice on Dec. 26, 2019 as second-year coach Aaron Epps looks on.
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan shoots a 3-pointer over Norwin’s Nick Fleming during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Highlands, Knoch, Fox Chapel plan to stay sharp during bye week
February 13, 2020
Earlier this week, Highlands, Knoch and Fox Chapel were named among the top two seeds in each of their brackets for the WPIAL basketball playoffs.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy gets set for a jumpshot during practice on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
Apollo-Ridge boys snap five-year playoff drought
Just last year, the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team was on the verge of breaking a four-year playoff drought, but when it came down to the waning moments of the regular season, the Vikings barely missed.

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Burrell’s Mikey Scherer works toward a pin against Quaker Valley’s Donovan Cutchember in the 220 weight class semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Burrell’s Mikey Scherer exceeds expectations in return to mat
February 12, 2020
When Burrell’s Mikey Scherer was in eighth grade, he decided he didn’t want to wrestle anymore.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt works to pin Southmoreland’s Andrew Johnson at 132 pounds during their Section 3-AA semifinal Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell nabs three top seeds for sectional tournament
WPIAL Class AA wrestlers will converge on Canon-McMillan high school this weekend for their sectional and WPIAL individual tournaments.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Luca Augustine, Waynesburg
In his team’s run to the state championship, the Raiders’ 160-pounder went 4-0 and picked up two pins, a technical fall and a 2-1 second tiebreaker win in the state championship match against Nazareth Area.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Waynesburg
The Raiders finished as the runner-up in the PIAA Class AAA state championship this weekend in Hershey, falling just short of their ultimate goal.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers goes in for a layup during the Golden Rams’ matchup with Knoch on Jan. 28, 2020.
Highlands, Knoch take top 2 seeds for WPIAL Class 4A bracket
February 11, 2020
After jockeying back and forth this season atop the WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball rankings, Highlands and Knoch claimed the top two spots in the tournament when the WPIAL revealed the brackets Tuesday night at the annual pairings meeting in Green Tree.

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Trevor George is the new football coach at Riverview high school. He’s had coaching stops at Ambridge, Carolina Forest in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and most recently at Blackhawk this past year.
Riverview tabs Carlynton alum Trevor George as football coach
The Riverview Raiders have found their new football coach.

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Penn-Trafford’s Chase Vecchio secures the ball from Fox Chapel’s Will Livingston on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Fox Chapel learns from loss to Upper St. Clair as postseason approaches
February 10, 2020
For a majority of this season, the Fox Chapel boys basketball team produced a spotless record.

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Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills on Aug. 30, 2019, at North Hills.
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown fulfills dream by committing to Duquesne
February 9, 2020
Since he was 8 years old, Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown hoped to play college football for a hometown school.

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Frnaklin Regional’s Caden Smith makes a pass on Feb. 7 when the Panthers hosted the Kiski Area Cavaliers.
Franklin Regional boys punch ticket to playoffs with win over Kiski Area
February 7, 2020
Sometimes, it’s not always how you start, but how you finish that matters.

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Fox Chapel’s Sam Brown (2) looks for some running room against North Hills August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown commits to Duquesne
February 6, 2020
Fox Chapel’s Sammy Brown has found his home for the next four years, and he won’t have to go very far to continue his football career.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Multiple players eclipse 1,000-point plateau
It has been a special week for a few players in the A-K Valley as they eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in their careers.

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Knoch guard Ryan Lang drives to the hoop against Highlands on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch boys basketball staying focused down stretch run
On Jan. 28, the No. 2 Knoch Knights dropped a Section 1-4A contest to No. 1 Highlands, losing just their second game of the season.

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Deer Lakes freshman Bryce Robson drives to the hoop against Valley on Feb. 4, 2020.
Deer Lakes boys clinch 4th straight trip to WPIAL playoffs with win over Valley
February 4, 2020
For the second time in school history, Deer Lakes is heading to the WPIAL basketball playoffs for a fourth straight year.

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Burrell’s Trent Valovchik, center, hoists the WPIAL AA team wrestling trophy aside teammates Noah Linderman, left, and Dominic Holmes, right, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, after defeating Burgettstown 63-7 in WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Burrell wrestling looking to prove it belongs with the best at state tournament
The Burrell wrestling team has been in this position a time or two.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Waynesburg
The Raiders were trailing Saturday in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship at Canon-McMillan. With three bouts remaining, Waynesburg needed three wins and they needed bonus points in the process.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Waynesburg’s Eli Makel
Waynesburg was in need of a big victory in the final match of the WPIAL Class AAA team championship Saturday afternoon at Canon-McMillan and 170-pound freshman Eli Makel answered the call.

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Kiski Area’s Head Basketball Coach Will Saunders huddles with players during a scrimmage at Kiski Area High School on Nov. 23, 2018.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Kiski Area’s Will Saunders earns 300th win
January 30, 2020
Three hundred coaching wins is a big number, and Kiski Area coach Will Saunders hit that milestone with the Cavaliers’ 58-49 win over Burrell last Friday.

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Highlands Johnny Crise drives through the lane during a matchup with Knoch on Jan. 28, 2020.
Led by Johnny Crise, Highlands is taking a turn after win over No. 1 Knoch
Big-time players make big-time plays in big -time games, and earlier this week when No. 3 Highlands needed a player to step up, senior Johnny Crise answered the call.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado pins Elizabeth-Forward’s Nick Hunnell at 160 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell’s AJ Corrado pins his way to 100th win
January 28, 2020
Burrell’s AJ Corrado headed into last weekend’s Thomas Chevrolet wrestling tournament in Bedford on the brink of earning his 100th career win.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer battles Mitch Tryon of Latrobe in the 160 weight class Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in the Section 1-AAA wrestling tournament semifinals at Hempfield Area High School.
Kiski Area looking for redemption after section championship loss
For the past three years, the Kiski Area wrestling team has come home from the WPIAL team tournament with gold in hand.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for week of Jan. 27, 2020
Burrell 152-pounder A.J. Corrado turned in a solid performance at the Thomas Chevrolet tournament in Bedford this past weekend, taking home first place with a 4-0 record and four pins.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for week of Jan. 27, 2020
Following a 17th straight section championship last week, the Burrell wrestling team traveled to Bedford for the Thomas Chevrolet tournament. Burrell placed second behind Chestnut Ridge and scored 225.5 points.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
A-K Valley football teams happy with WPIAL realignment
January 25, 2020
The WPIAL has released its newest football alignments for the next two years.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy looks for an open teammate against Armstrong on Jan. 17, 2020.
Plum’s Matolcsy brings toughness from gridiron to court
January 24, 2020
Plum junior Max Matolcsy is no stranger to contact.

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Burrell head coach Shawn Liotta talks with his team between 7-on-7 games Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta leads national team to International Bowl win
Burrell football coach Shawn Liotta is known around the WPIAL for his creative offensive mind.

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Leechburg’s Jake Blumer grabs a rebound over Bishop Canevin’s Nathan Kirsch Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Balanced scoring effort leading Leechburg boys down the stretch
January 23, 2020
The Leechburg boys basketball team has been experiencing a bit of success over the past few seasons, and it could be partly attributed to the contribution from a core group of players.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: 4 teams starting to find rhythm
Teams began the second half of section play this past week and hope to peak at the right time.

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Burrell’s Trent Valovchik works to defeat Elizabeth-Forward’s Caden Brock at 132 pounds during their Section 3-AA final match Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Elizabeth-Forward High School.
Burrell captures 17th consecutive section wrestling title
January 22, 2020
Every time Burrell takes the mat, the Bucs are looking to make a statement, and the defending WPIAL Class AA champions did just that on Wednesday at Elizabeth Forward.

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Kiski Area’s LeBryn Smith dribbles the ball at the top of the key during the Cavaliers’ matchup with Plum on Jan. 21, 2020.
Kiski Area boys snap 4-game losing streak with section win over Plum
January 21, 2020
Tuesday night’s matchup between Section 3-5A rivals Plum and Kiski Area was a tale of two halves. And while the Mustangs started it, the Cavaliers finished it on their home court.

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The Burrell wrestling team hoists the WPIAL Class AA team championship trophy after defeating Derry Area, 50-23, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Chartiers-Houston High School.
Kiski Area, Burrell set to defend WPIAL, section team titles
As the WPIAL team tournaments begin next week, Kiski Area and Burrell are getting set to defend their WPIAL crowns, but first, they must defend their section superiority.

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Highland’s Jrake Burford celebrates after besting Pine-Richland’s Kelin Laffey at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Highlands makes WPIAL team tournament for first time since 2011
For the first time since 2011, the Highlands wrestling team has qualified for the WPIAL tournament.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout
The senior grappler from Mt. Lebanon won the 195-pound title at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament this past weekend, but this wasn’t Stout’s first trip to the top of the podium at the annual event.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Pine-Richland Rams
The Pine-Richland Rams took home the second Allegheny County title in program history this past weekend, and they did it by the narrowest of margins. They defeated North Allegheny, 223-222.5.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout wrestles Bethel Park’s Luke Montgomery at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Pine-Richland captures Allegheny County team title with nail-biting victory
January 18, 2020
Pine-Richland coach Caleb Kolb was on pins and needles throughout the championship rounds Saturday night at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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Highlands’ Jrake Burford celebrates after besting Pine-Richland’s Kelin Laffey at the 2020 Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel High School on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Trio of A-K Valley wrestlers capture Allegheny County titles
Plum’s Vince Citrano just came up short at last season’s Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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South Park’s Joey Fischer gets his hand raised after earning his 100th career win on Saturday at the Allegheny Coutny Wrestling tournament.
Allegheny County championship matches are set
The semifinals have concluded at the 2020 Allegheny County wrestling tournament held at Fox Chapel and the championship field is set.

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Plum’s Max Matolcsy looks for an open teammate against Armstrong on Jan. 17, 2020.
Plum starts second half of section play with win over Armstrong
January 17, 2020
A balanced offensive attack is something every coach hopes for, and on Friday night, it helped the Plum Mustangs kick off the second half of their Section 3-5A schedule on the right note.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout (top) corralls Keyshawn Frazier from Woodland Hills during their 195-pound match at the Allegheny County wrestling tournament on Jan. 17, 2020.
Allegheny County wrestling tournament notebook: Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Stout impresses in quest for fourth title
For the past three years, the Allegheny County tournament has been good to Mt. Lebanon senior Luke Stout.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes leaning on experience, defense heading into 2nd half of season
January 16, 2020
Entering the second half of section play, the Deer Lakes boys basketball team is in a position it didn’t expect to be.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) competes against Mars on Jan. 7, 2020 at Plum High School.
A-K Valley Boys Basketball Notebook: Local scorers putting up big numbers
Several players from the A-K Valley have been among the WPIAL’s highest scorers this season.

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Springdale’s Chris Mitchell gets set to drive to the basket during a matchup with Riverview on Jan. 14, 2020.
Springdale tops rival Riverview to remain undefeated in section play
January 14, 2020
Throughout the 2019-20 basketball season, the Springdale boys basketball team has been carried by a high-paced offense that has averaged 65.5 points a game, which is the third-highest in WPIAL Class 2A.

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Kiski Area’s Jared Curcio works to pin Plum’s Browndon Wafo at 182 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Starting lineups starting to round out as postseason approaches
As the postseason approaches, teams are mixing and matching weight classes in order to have their optimal starting lineups come section tournament time.

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Plum’s Vince Citrano works to defeat Kiski Area’s Conner Murray at 113 pounds during their match Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Kiski Area High School. Kiski won, 66-12.
Seven returning champs looking for more Allegheny County mat gold
On Friday morning, teams from around Allegheny County will travel to Fox Chapel for the annual Allegheny County wrestling tournament.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School on Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s Seth Fischbach, Freeport’s Ricky Hunter play in All-Star game at NFL stadium
Every kid dreams of playing in an NFL stadium, whether it’s for one game or an entire career.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Trent Schultheis, Freedom
Junior Trent Schultheis went on a run last weekend at the 2020 Mid-Winter Mayhem tournament at IUP. In the 170-pound weight class, Schultheis won all five of his matches, four of them via pin.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson won the Burgettstown tournament during the weekend with three first-place finishers, a runner-up, three third-place finishers and a fifth-place.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan blocks a shot by Norwin’s Nathan Petrarco during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Around the A-K Valley, sophomores are playing big roles
January 11, 2020
Successful high school teams often rely on older players, normally seniors or juniors, to lead, play primary roles and help the group reach its maximum potential.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy fights over a screen set by Winchester Thurston’s Igor Karusewicz as Langston Moses (21) looks to drive to the hoop during their matchup on Jan. 9, 2020.
After two losses, Apollo-Ridge gets back on track with section win over Winchester Thurston
January 10, 2020
After losing two straight games, the Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team was in need of a win Friday night when it hosted section opponent Winchester Thurston.

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Fox Chapel’s James Dockey (5) celebrates his three-pointer with Shane Susnak as time expired in the first half against Norwin Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Despite injuries, illness, Fox Chapel still finding ways to win
January 9, 2020
Fox Chapel is one of only two teams remaining in the WPIAL that has an undefeated record and they’ve been doing it in all the right ways.

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Knoch senior Scott Fraser looks for an opening in the Highlands’ defense during their sectional matchup on Jan. 7, 2020.
Knoch boys basketball flying high after signature win over Highlands
Heading into the season, the Knoch boys basketball team had high hopes.

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Knoch’s Jake Schiedt looks for an opening in the Highlands defense during their Section 1-4A matchup on Jan. 6, 2020.
Knoch shocks top-ranked Highlands in section showdown
January 7, 2020
Tuesday night’s meeting between WPIAL Class 4A No. 1 Highlands and No. 4 Knoch was one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Kiski Area’s Samm Starr celebrates a win over Chase Kranitz of Norwin in the 152-pound final at the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
With newfound confidence, Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr is seeing success
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr came away from the 67th annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament with an individual title in hand.

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Burrell’s Richard Feroce works to pin Hempfield’s Coby Stepanik at 195 pounds during the WCCA Tournament on Friday at Kiski Area High School.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Burrell, Kiski Area set for annual showdown
Two of the top wrestling teams in the WPIAL will converge on Thursday at Kiski Area as the three-time defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Cavaliers will host the 13-time defending WPIAL Class AA champions, Burrell.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for week of Jan. 6, 2020
Kiski Area’s Sammy Starr entered the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament this past weekend in his home gym and came away with a first-place finish.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for week of Jan. 6, 2020
For the fifth straight year, Kiski Area captured the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament title, and this time the Cavaliers did it in front of a hometown crowd.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt tries to finish off a pin on Highlands’ Jrake Burford during their 132-pound match on Jan. 6, 2020 at Burrell high school.
Burrell dominates Highlands in section matchup
January 6, 2020
Heading into Monday night’s Section 3A-AA wrestling match between Burrell and Highlands, both teams were undefeated in their section.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past Freeport’s Andrew Speer during their game Friday at Freeport.
Highlands’ Luke Cochran reaches 1,000-point career milestone in win over Freeport
January 5, 2020
Before Friday night’s game against Freeport, Highlands coach Tyler Stoczynski and senior guard Luke Cochran had a conversation about the section matchup.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran scores past Freeport’s Andrew Speer during their game Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Freeport.
Highlands overcomes first-half shooting slump to beat Freeport
January 3, 2020
It wasn’t Highlands’ cleanest game of the season, but the Golden Rams escaped from Freeport with a key section victory on Friday night.

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Highlands’ Luke Cochran (23) competes against Gateway on Dec. 7, 2019 at Highlands High.
Highlands boys sharing spotlight, climbing WPIAL rankings
January 2, 2020
When Highlands takes the court, most eyes in the gym usually drift straight toward the play of forward Johnny Crise and point guard Luke Cochran.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan drives to the basket during practice earlier this season.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Marquee matchups set for Tuesday
Basketball fans looking for a big game to check out Tuesday will be in luck as a few of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s top teams face off against some of their toughest opponents yet.

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The Harmon brothers Landon (left) and Logan (right) go to school at Apollo-Ridge but wrestle for Armstrong as a part of a co-op agreement. Logan is currentyl 9-0 in his junior year whule Landon is 6-4 with five pins as a freshman.
Apollo-Ridge’s Harmon brothers excelling on mat at Armstrong
December 31, 2019
Just last year, Apollo-Ridge and Armstrong worked out a co-op agreement that allowed then-Apollo-Ridge sophomore Logan Harmon to wrestle for the River Hawks and compete in orange and blue during the winter months.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Waynesburg
The Raiders finished in third place at the 53rd annual Powerade Tournament hosted by Canon-McMillan. They had one champion, Mac Church (106), and also had wrestlers finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Gabe Willochell, Latrobe
No one had a better Powerade tournament than Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell and he was awarded for it by earning Outstanding Wrestler honors. He also won his weight class at 132 pounds with five pins and an ultimate tiebreaker decision.

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North Hills wrestler Sam Hillegas looks to make a move on Ian Irizzarry from Parkersburg South (WV) during their Round of 32 match at the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Waynesburg leads WPIAL contingent with 4 in semifinals at Powerade
December 27, 2019
After an exciting Friday of wrestling, the field for the semifinals at the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament is set.

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Seneca Valley’s Chanz Shearer looks to put a finishing move on Caden Stout from St. Clairsville (OH) during the Powerade Tournament on Dec. 27, 2019.
Powerade wrestling tournament notebook: Waynesburg, Seneca Valley earn top five spots heading into quarters
Heading into the quarterfinals of the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan on Friday, just two WPIAL teams found themselves within the top five teams of one of the toughest competitions in the country. The hosts found themselves just outside of the top five looking in.

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Knoch sophomore guard Ryan Lang is averaging 15.6 points.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Knoch and Leechburg riding balance
December 26, 2019
Balanced attacks can lead to high-scoring offenses, and this season, that formula is working for several area boys basketball teams.

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Springdale’s Logan Dexter goes up for a layup during a practice on Dec. 26, 2019.
Undefeated Springdale boys basketball team surprise of WPIAL Class 2A
Heading into this season, it might have been easy to overlook the Springdale boys basketball team.

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Kiski’s Jack Blumer wrestles Bethlehem Catholic’s Luca Frinzi in the 160-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
A-K Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area, Burrell wrestlers earn Powerade seeds
December 24, 2019
Wrestling teams from all around will travel to Canon-McMillan on Friday and Saturday to compete in the 2019 Powerade wrestling tournament, which is considered one of the best in Western Pennsylvania as well as the country.

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Highlands wrestlers Jrake Burford (left) and Blake Clark (right) grapple during a practice on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
Offensive mindset leads to good start for Highlands wrestler Jrake Burford
In his first high school season on the mat last year, Highlands’ Jrake Burford turned in quality performance after quality performance as he was a key contributor to his team’s playoff appearance.

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Trib HSSN wrestler of the week: Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson
The Beast of the East Tournament in New Jersey had close to 130 teams this past weekend and Waynesburg’s Wyatt Henson found a way to earn a third-place finish in the 138-pound bracket.

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Trib HSSN wrestling team of the week: Seneca Valley
Seneca Valley went into the Kiski Area Quad Meet last Friday looking to prove it was one of the top teams in WPIAL Class AAA, and that’s exactly what they did.

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Latrobe’s Chase Sickenberger (5) and Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins (4) go for a rebound during a Class 6A game Dec. 23, 2019 at Fox Chapel.jpg
Defense leads the way as Fox Chapel cruises past Latrobe
December 23, 2019
No team has scored more than 50 points on Fox Chapel this season.

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Highlands basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski and assistant coach Corey Dotchin pose with a basketball that was presented to Stoczynski for his 100th career win.
Highlands boys basketball coach Tyler Stoczynski reaches career win No. 100
December 21, 2019
In his eighth season as the coach of the Highlands boys basketball program, Tyler Stoczynski hit a milestone earlier this week.

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Kiski Area’s Dom Giordano tries to keep his balance during his 126-pound match with Seneca Valley’s Dylan Chappell at the Kiski Area Quad Meet on Dec. 20, 2019.
Kiski Area wrestling falls short at Quad Meet against top teams
Having the opportunity to test your wrestlers throughout the regular season is the best way to improve for the postseason.

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Seneca Valley’s Drew Vlasnik and Kiski Area’s Enzo Morlacci get tangled up during their 152-pound match on Dec. 20, 2019 at the Kiski Area Quad Meet.
Seneca Valley, Canon-McMillan come out on top of Kiski Area quad meet
December 20, 2019
Four of the top five Class AAA wrestling teams in the WPIAL got together at Kiski Area on Friday evening for their second annual meeting.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp (left) competes in Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
‘Iron sharpens iron’ for top WPIAL Class AAA wrestling teams at Kiski duals
December 19, 2019
Each wrestling season, teams from around the WPIAL seek out opportunities to test themselves against the best competition before the postseason arrives.

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Fox Chapel boys head coach Zach Skrinjar works with Eli Yofan during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Fox Chapel’s defense leading the way in hot start
In a time in high school basketball where most coaches are having their teams run and put up as many points as possible, Fox Chapel has gone the opposite direction and is letting its defense do the talking.

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Riverview junior Gideon Deasy works on his dribbling skills during a drill at practice on Dec. 16, 2019.
Riverview boys hoops looks to build on experiences from last season
The Riverview boys basketball team is in a familiar position.

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Kaitlin Fournier goes up for a ball during a match this season. Fournier verbally commited to Georgia last week to play volleyball.
Elizabeth Forward volleyball standout Kaitlin Fournier commits to Georgia
December 18, 2019
Elizabeth Forward’s Kaitlin Fournier is becoming a Bulldog.

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Norwin’s Carson Handra struggles in a hold by Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano in the 106 weight class during WPIAL wrestling on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Kiski Area High School.
Alle-Kiski Valley wrestling notebook: Kiski Area goes undefeated at Moon Duals
December 17, 2019
Even though Kiski Area is the three-time defending WPIAL Class AAA wrestling team champion, the Cavaliers are still out to prove that they are the team to beat.

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Burrell wrestler Ian Oswalt works on lifts during a practice on Dec. 17, 2019 with a partner. Oswalt earned career win No. 100 at the King of the Mountain tournament on Dec. 14, 2019.
Burrell wrestler Ian Oswalt earns career win No. 100
This past weekend, Burrell junior Ian Oswalt reached a milestone in his third year of high school that some wrestlers never reach in their entire scholastic career.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week: Canon-McMillan
Canon-McMillan started the 2019-20 season on the right note. The Big Macs took third in the Cumberland Valley Kickoff tournament, then won the King of the Mountain tournament by eight points over Mifflin County last weekend. 

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Waynesburg’s Mac Church
Waynesburg’s Mac Church had a great weekend at the Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) Ironman Classic tournament. He placed second in the 106-pound weight class, which had seven other nationally ranked 106-pound wrestlers. The Waynesburg freshman was No. 12 heading into the weekend.

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Zach Clarke of New Kensington pictured at the Valley High School weight room Wednesday. Dec 12, 2019. Clarke recently won three gold medals and a silver in powerlifting at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics championships.
Valley alum Zach Clarke wins powerlifting gold at Pennsylvania Special Olympics
December 16, 2019
At the beginning of November, Valley grad Zach Clarke traveled to Villanova University to compete in the Pennsylvania Special Olympics championships and came home with more than enough gold to go around.

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Westinghouse’s Troy Lanier (3) passes the ball against University Prep during their game on Oct. 26, 2019.
All-City League football team: Westinghouse leads with 9 selections
City League champion Westinghouse was recognized for its accomplishments Monday as nine players were selected to the All-City League team, and coach Donte Green earned coach of the year honors.

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Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake returns for the 2019 season.
2019 Valley News Dispatch Football All-Stars
December 14, 2019
Here’s a look at the Valley News Dispatch football all-star team:

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Burrell quarterback Alex Arledge participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Valley News Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year: Burrell’s Alex Arledge
Valley News Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year

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Leechburg guard Dylan Cook looks to avoid pressure from two Propel Andrew Street defenders during their section matchup Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.
Leechburg boys start section play with win over Propel Andrew Street
December 13, 2019
The Leechburg boys basketball team turned in its best section performance since 2006-07 last season, and the Blue Devils continued that performance Friday night at Propel Andrew Street.

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Riverview head coach Todd Massack watches a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Todd Massack resigns as Riverview football coach
Riverview has always held a special place in Todd Massack’s life.

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Highlands’ Korry Myers (11) and Gateway’s Elgin Oliver (0) chase down a loose ball Dec. 7, 2019, at Highlands.
Alle-Kiski Valley boys basketball notebook: Fox Chapel, Highlands and Springdale build perfect records
December 12, 2019
Building an undefeated record early in the season is the best a team can do, and three Alle-Kiski Valley squads entered Thursday unbeaten.

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Kiski Area’s Jason Baker dunks during Tuesday’s game against Connellsville.
Kiski Area boys basketball on verge of taking next step
A year ago, the Kiski Area boys basketball team finished their 2018-19 season with just four wins in the first year of coach Will Saunders’ tenure.

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McGuffey wide receiver CJ Cole during a July 16, 2019 preseason practice at McGuffey High School.
McGuffey’s CJ Cole accepts preferred walk-on offer from West Virginia
McGuffey wide receiver and defensive back CJ Cole is heading south for college, but not too far south.

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Norwin’s Carson Handra struggles in a hold by Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano in the 106 weight class during WPIAL wrestling on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area wrestling tops Norwin to start section schedule
December 11, 2019
The Kiski Area wrestling team got its first dual win of the season on Wednesday after capturing the Eastern Area tournament this past weekend.

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Highlands wrestlers Jrake Burford (left) and Blake Clark (right) grapple during a practice on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
With program showing signs of progress, Highlands wrestling ready to compete
December 10, 2019
Since Highlands wrestling coach Grant Walters took over the program in 2011-12, it’s been a process to build it from the ground up.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) rushes the ball against New Castle during their game on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
Highlands’ Johnny Crise accepts preferred walk-on offer from Penn State
Highlands’ athlete Johnny Crise made his college decision Tuesday and accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play football at Penn State.

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week for Week of Dec. 9, 2019
Mt. Lebanon sophomore Mac Stout had a dominating performances at Gateway’s Eastern Area Invitational. He went 5-0 and beat Kiski Area’s Nick Delp in the 170-pound championship bout to capture the bracket and earn Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament in addition to Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week honors.

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Trib HSSN Wrestling Team of the Week for Week of Dec. 9, 2019
The Butler Golden Tornado started their season with a tournament win at the Chartiers-Houston Invitational, where they topped a field of 29 teams by having a champion, four third-place finishers, a fourth-place medalist and two fifths.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice last Thursday. Mastroianni recorded his 500th career win Monday night.
Quaker Valley’s Mike Mastroianni earns career win No. 500
December 9, 2019
It was a matter of when, not if, Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni would get career win No. 500.

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The Citrano brothers, Jared (left) and Vinny (right) work out during a recent practice.
Citrano brothers give Plum wrestling strong foundation
December 7, 2019
With a roster full of youth, talent and potential, the Plum wrestling team is looking forward to a season in which development and learning experiences are expected.

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Behind Sullivan’s 32-point performance, St. Joseph takes down Propel Braddock Hills
December 6, 2019
St. Joseph guard Andrew Sullivan has been big for the Spartans over the course of his high school career.

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Deer Lakes’ Ryan Butler scores over Summit Academy’s Kysheem Woods during the Saint Joseph’s tip off Tournament Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at Saint Joseph’s.
Deer Lakes takes down Summit Academy to open up 2019-2020 season
It’s always nice to start the season off with a win and for the first time of Terence Parham’s tenure at Deer Lakes the Lancers gifted their coach with one in the first game of the season.

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Quaker Valley boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni gives direction during a practice on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Mastroianni is nearing his 500th career win.
Quaker Valley basketball coach Mike Mastroianni chasing win No. 500
During his time at Quaker Valley, boys basketball coach Mike Mastroianni has built a culture that has allowed the program to reach new heights of success.

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SSA head soccer coach Mary Lynch talks to team after win on Oct. 9, 2018 against Jeannette.
Shady Side Academy’s Mary Lynch named Regional Coach of the Year
Throughout the postseason, a few WPIAL soccer coaches have earned coach of the year honors. Earlier this week another one joined the group.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise practices last month.
Starting 5: A guide to the A-K Valley boys high school basketball season
December 5, 2019
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Highlands Luke Cochran works out during a recent practice Friday. Nov 22, 2019, during a recent practice.
Highlands boys basketball set to play Shaler at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland
The Highlands Golden Rams boys basketball team is headed to Cleveland later this season.

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Noah Linderman sets up a move on his practice partner during a practice on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley Class AA wrestling preview: Burrell looking to extend WPIAL championship streak
December 4, 2019
In order to win 13 straight WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championships, there has to be some type of secret formula.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars’ Blair Gerlach named PSCA Class AAA Girls Soccer Coach of the Year
Postseason honors keep piling up for the Mars girls soccer team.

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Kiski Area wrestler Nick Delp (left) looks to set up a move on practice partner Enzo Morlacci during practice Tuesday.
A-K Valley Class AAA wrestling preview: Kiski Area ready to live up to expectations
December 3, 2019
For the past three years, Kiski Area has been the team to beat in Class AAA.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan named Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year
November 30, 2019
Valley News Dispatch Boys Soccer Player of the Year

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars’ Taylor Hamlett named Trib HSSN Girls Soccer Player of the Year
To accomplish something as significant as winning a WPIAL and PIAA title in the same season, teams must come together and reach their peak ability.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter (center) and teammates get set to hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Dom Reiter named Trib HSSN Boys Soccer Player of the Year
Not many people can say they had the type of senior year that Quaker Valley forward Dom Reiter did.

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The head referee asks Avonworth captain Drew Harper his choice for the coin toss ahead of the PIAA Class 2A semifinal matchup between WPIAL Champion Avonworth and District 10 champion Wilmington on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
Avonworth punches ticket to Hershey for first time in program history with win over Wilmington
November 29, 2019
The Avonworth Antelopes will play for a state championship for the first time in program history.

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save against North Catholic at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika giving Cavaliers confidence
November 27, 2019
Throughout this hockey season, a solid defensive effort has led Kiski Area.

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Second-year Leechburg girls basketball coach Andre Carter gives direction during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Leechburg girls looking to prove people wrong
When Andre Carter took over the Leechburg girls basketball program last season, he was met with the challenge of replacing a full starting lineup that had produced the best stretch of success in Blue Devils history.

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Leechburg coach Damian Davies works on a big man drill with sophomore Eli Rich during a practice on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
With coach returning, Leechburg boys hope to continue to rise
For the past few years, the Leechburg boys basketball team has been on the rise.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree catches his third touchdown pass next to Sto-Rox’s Traynell Paxton during the WPIAL Class A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Clairton and Farrell prepare for another high-profile matchup in PIAA semis
Clairton and Farrell have a storied history in the PIAA Class A football playoffs.

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Knoch guard Abbey Shearer makes a move to the basket during a scrimmage with Beaver on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.
Knoch girls building on solid foundation
November 26, 2019
Most teams would love to be in the position the Knoch girls basketball team is in for the upcoming season.

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Knoch senior guard Scott Fraser goes up for a layup during a drill at practice on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
Knoch boys aiming high after breakthrough season
The Knoch boys basketball team had great expectations for themselves last season, and after only losing two seniors from a team that went 18-6 and captured a share of the Section 1-4A title, the Knights have set their sights even higher this season.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Strong senior cast has Highlands boys basketball thinking big
November 24, 2019
With eight minutes remaining in their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal matchup last season against New Castle, Highlands faced a 23-point deficit.

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Highlands’ Maria Fabregas works out during a recent practice Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.
Highlands girls basketball team looking to build off transition year
In her first year at the helm of the Highlands girls basketball team, Courtney Udanis, a former Golden Ram herself, set out to adjust the mentality of the program, something that had changed significantly since her time in Natrona Heights.

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Central Catholic kicker Jonathan Opalko watches his game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the Vikings’ PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal against State College Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at North Allegheny High School.
Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko makes another game-winning kick to down State College
November 22, 2019
Whether it’s on a soccer pitch or a football field, when the game is on the line, Central Catholic’s Johnathan Opalko wants the ball on his foot.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar chips onto the green on Hole 13 during the PIAA West Region golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Tom’s Run Golf Course.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar set to play at Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida
November 21, 2019
Fox Chapel golfer Scott Bitar is headed south.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars climbs in national rankings after state championship victory
November 19, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has had an exciting past couple of days.

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Members of the Mars girls soccer team lift the PIAA Class AAA trophy after defeating Villa Joseph Marie 1-0 at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Mars captures 2nd PIAA title with win over Villa Joseph Marie
November 16, 2019
HERSHEY — During a preseason workout, Mars girls soccer coach Blair Gerlach told his players they would need to get a little bit stronger because Hershey’s chocolate is pretty heavy.

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Winchester Thurston’s Alex Hauskrecht tries to make a move around Moravian Academy’s Nikhel Mhatre during their PIAA state championship matchup at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Moravian Academy tops Winchester Thurston in PIAA Class A boys soccer final
HERSHEY — At the beginning of the season, the Winchester Thurston boys soccer team set out on a journey to make an appearance in the state championship game and bring home the title.

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Shady Side Academy coach Mary Lynch presents goalie Molly Skvorak with her runner-up medal and gives her a hug during the postgame ceremony.
District 3 champ Camp Hill blanks Shady Side Academy to capture first PIAA title
HERSHEY — The Shady Side Academy girls soccer team was on a mission to capture a second PIAA title in school history, but when the Indians stepped onto the field at Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, they were met by a team equally as motivated.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett (38) celebrates withGwen Howell after defeating Plum in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
PIAA Class AAA girls soccer finals primer: Mars vs. Villa Joseph Marie
November 15, 2019
Villa Joseph Marie (21-2-1) vs. Mars (21-0-1)

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Winchester Thurston’s Beck Buchanan works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Seth Skowronek during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A boys soccer finals primer: Winchester Thurston vs. Moravian Academy
Moravian Academy (23-1) vs Winchester Thurston (19-2)

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates her first goal with Emory Anderson (21) and Gabby Hill-Junke during their PIAA Class A state semifinal against Greensburg Central Catholic Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
PIAA Class A girls soccer finals primer: Shady Side Academy vs. Camp Hill
Camp Hill (24-0) vs. Shady Side Academy (20-1)

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Members of the Quaker Valley boys soccer team hoist the PIAA Class AA championship trophy Nov. 15, 2019, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley boys soccer captures 2nd state title in 3 years
HERSHEY — For the second time in three years, the Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading home with the PIAA Class AA state championship trophy in hand.

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WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman speaks to a crowd of more than 600 WPIAL student-athletes and athletic directors Nov. 14, 2019, at the 11th annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
WPIAL hosts hundreds of student-athletes at annual Sportsmanship Summit
November 14, 2019
For the 11th year in a row, the WPIAL hosted its annual Sportsmanship Summit at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on Thursday morning.

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Dom Reiter scored Quaker Valley’s first goal Wednesday night.
Quaker Valley beats Mercyhurst Prep to make 3rd state finals appearance in 4 years
November 13, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team is heading back to the PIAA Class AA state championship and they are starting to develop quite a sweet tooth.

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Villa Maria tops North Catholic girls in PIAA semifinals
As his team surrounded him during their postgame meeting, Villa Maria girls soccer coach Pete Wagner repeated the goal his team had set at the beginning of the season.

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Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale is a Lehigh commit.
Fox Chapel’s Carnevale commits to Lehigh after taking academy route with PA Classics
Since he was a little kid, Fox Chapel’s Will Carnevale has dreamed of playing soccer at the next level.

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Blackhawk’s Marques Watson-Trent (23) stiff-arms Greensburg Salem’s Aaren Putt (26) during their game at Blackhawk High School on Nov. 1, 2019.
Northwest Eight: South Fayette has 6 players, coach named to all-conference team
November 12, 2019
South Fayette had six players named to the Northwest Eight all-conference team and coach Joe Rossi was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year.

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Derry’s Justin Huss carries the ball during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals against Central Valley on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Big East: North Catholic and Derry lead all-conference team; Huss offensive MVP
November 11, 2019
Derry’s Justin Huss, Gavin Adams and coach Tim Sweeney all won individual awards in the Class 3A Big East Conference.

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Springdale’s Ephrain Duku works against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ethan Boyle during their boys PIAA Class A state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Springdale boys soccer set to build on successful season
Over the course of the past three seasons, the Springdale boys soccer team has proved itself to be one of the best in WPIAL Class A.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes falls short but promises to come back stronger
November 10, 2019
After coming up just short in the PIAA Class AA state championship last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came into 2019 with unfinished business.

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Kiski Area wrestlers Jack Blumer and Stone Joseph placed second and third, respectively, in their weight classes at The Surge wrestling tournament at the University of PIttsburgh at Johnstown.
Kiski Area wrestlers prepare for season with The Surge
Kiski Area is heading into the wrestling season in search of its fourth straight Class AAA WPIAL title, and last weekend a few Cavaliers got to test their mettle at The Surge wrestling tournament at the Pitt-Johnstown.

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Mercyhurst Prep’s Jarrett Harry nets hat trick to propel Lakers past Deer Lakes.
November 9, 2019
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team wanted an opportunity to avenge its WPIAL Class AA championship loss to Quaker Valley.

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DiFalco’s 2-goal game leads Panthers past unbeaten Cathedral Prep
Saturday’s PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal matchup between Franklin Regional and Cathedral Prep was a battle of two unbeaten teams.

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Riverside and McGuffey captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL playoff game Nov. 8, 2019, at Montour.
Riverside’s postseason run continues with victory over McGuffey
November 8, 2019
While Riverside’s first round upset of No. 3 Burgettstown surprised a lot of WPIAL football fans, it wasn’t a surprise to the Panthers.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale has plenty of motivation heading into PIAA quarterfinal match with GCC
Heading into Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal matchup with WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic, the Springdale boys soccer team won’t lack competitive fire.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Defense fuels Deer Lakes on second straight state tournament run
November 7, 2019
Throughout the postseason, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has displayed a gift for possessing the ball, passing around opponents and finding a way to put the ball into the back of the net.

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Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan (9) dribbles down the sideline during the Lancers’ PIAA first round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Bald Eagle Area High School
Sullivan plays hero again, propels Deer Lakes into PIAA quarterfinals with overtime goal
November 5, 2019
Throughout their PIAA first-round matchup with District 6 champion Juniata on Tuesday, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team came within inches of scoring the go-ahead goal.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Reitler (27) battles Springdale’s Duncan Caltagarone for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Springdale boys soccer looks to avenge playoff losses
November 4, 2019
It only has been two years since the Springdale boys soccer team made a run to the PIAA Class A tournament.

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Quaker Valley’s Matt Kublinski (5) battles Deer Lakes’ Mike Sullivan for a header during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Deer Lakes boys soccer turns attention to PIAA tournament
Friday night brought a disappointing end to Deer Lakes’ quest for a WPIAL soccer championship.

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Elizabeth Forward shortstop Anna Resnik loses the ball as West Perry’s Tiara Johnson slides into second base in the bottom of the seventh inning of the PIAA Class 4A state championship game Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Penn State University.
Elizabeth Forward’s Resnik chooses Robert Morris
Elizabeth Forward’s Anna Resnik has decided where she’ll play collegiate softball, and she won’t have to travel too far to do so.

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Mars captains hoist the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Plum in the girls Class AAA championship game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Mars cruises by Plum to capture 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since ’15
November 2, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA championship the past two seasons but came up short in both attempts.

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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team celebrates with the WPIAL championship trophy after defeating Deer Lakes in double overtime in the Class AA final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Quaker Valley beats Deer Lakes in 2OT for WPIAL boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
For the past four seasons, Highmark Stadium has been a blessing and a curse for the Quaker Valley boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy sneaks by GCC for 1st WPIAL girls soccer title since 2016
The Shady Side Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer teams split a pair of meetings in the regular season.

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Deer Lakes’ Tyler Tofil battles North Catholic’s Gabe Gallup for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes boys soccer searching for first WPIAL title
October 31, 2019
Since its loss in the PIAA Class AA championship game last season, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team has been on a mission.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) has rushed for 1,338 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Apollo-Ridge thrilled to stay at home on a Friday night
October 30, 2019
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Owens Field this season. On Friday, they’ll get to do it in style by hosting their first home playoff game since 2014.

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Valley’s Jayden Richter (20) tries to drag down Apollo-Ridge’s Klayton Fitzroy (10) Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Klay Fitzroy
The Apollo-Ridge Vikings closed out their regular season schedule this past Friday with a 43-33 loss to Charleroi.

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Kiski Area’s Justin Hessom (52) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown earlier this season against Fox Chapel.
Bethel Park stands in way of elusive playoff victory for Kiski Area
It’s been 29 years since the last Kiski Area football playoff victory.

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Mt. Lebanon, Canon-McMillan square off for WPIAL Class AAAA boys soccer championship
WPIAL Class AAAA Boys Soccer Championship

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is presured by Freeport defenders in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
A-K Valley quarterbacks set the bar high in 2019
October 29, 2019
When the regular season ended this past Friday, seven quarterbacks from around the WPIAL had surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark.

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Springdale’s Matt Taliani (top) battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ricco Ciccarelli for a header during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer capsule for Oct. 30
Class A

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon (44) looks to get by Valley’s Ricardo Simmons (28) October 4, 2019 at Valley High.
Apollo-Ridge, Kiski Area, Fox Chapel learn playoff opponents at WPIAL football pairings meeting
October 28, 2019
When the seedings of the WPIAL football playoffs were released Monday evening at the annual pairings meeting, three A-K Valley teams found out who they would be facing in the first round Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Carlo Denis celebrates his goal with Nate Ward (12) next to Springdale’s Roman Liberati during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Hampton High School.
WPIAL releases boys soccer championship dates, times
The dates and times for the WPIAL boys soccer championships at Highmark Stadium have been released for all four classifications, and they will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Derry’s Tanner Nicely in the first half. Scherer broke more then 1000 yards for the season during the second quarter Friday at Burrell Stadium Friday. Oct 25, 2019.
Burrell football is back on the map
October 26, 2019
Despite a 56-32 season ending loss to Big East Conference runner-up Derry on Friday night, it’s clear Burrell is a team on the rise in Class 3A.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer is wrapped up by Derry’s Max Malis during the first half at Burrell Stadium Friday, Oct 25, 2019.
Derry runs past Burrell in crucial Big East Conference matchup
October 25, 2019
Derry coach Tim Sweeney put it best earlier this week when he talked about senior running back Justin Huss as they headed into their WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with Burrell.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles North Catholic’s Brendan Shantz for the ball during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules for Saturday, Oct. 26
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West Allegheny girls soccer defeats Kiski Area to advance to first semifinal in program history
October 24, 2019
For the first time in school history, the West Allegheny girls soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Tony Wanamaker during their WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal against North Catholic Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at Seneca Valley High School.
Deer Lakes tops North Catholic in overtime to advance to boys soccer semifinals
October 23, 2019
The first 85 minutes of the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Deer Lakes and No. 7 North Catholic was a stalemate, but something was bound to break sooner or later.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise (26) runs for a touchdown during their game against New Castle on Oct. 18.
A-K Valley high school football Q&A with Highlands’ Johnny Crise
Over the past few weeks, the Highlands football team has started to hit its stride, especially in the passing game.

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Burrell’s Josh Boak tackles Deer Lakes quarterback Aris Hasley for a loss during a game Sept. 27.
Derry provides tough final hurdle for Burrell’s playoff quest
Since their matchup with Deer Lakes on Sept. 27, the Burrell Bucs have been in playoff mode. They knew to secure their first playoff berth since 2012, they would have to get over some big humps, and it started during that matchup against the Lancers.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
A-K Valley boys soccer playoff capsules
October 22, 2019
Wednesday’s games

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Plum’s Cole Kelly (right) said this year’s team is ready to advance past the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Plum boys soccer is ready to push past postseason shortcomings
October 21, 2019
The Plum boys soccer team has enjoyed a storybook-type season heading into their WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal match with Upper St. Clair on Wednesday.

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Fox Chapel’s Zidane Thomas (3) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
After rough start, Fox Chapel is looking to close with 4 wins in row
October 19, 2019
Just a few weeks ago, the Fox Chapel football team was on the outside of the Class 5A playoff picture looking in.

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Springdale boys soccer gets past Chartiers-Houston in physical battle
Throughout the course of a soccer season there are certain moments when seniors feel the need to step up and make big plays.

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Fox Chapel receiver Warner Macklin (10) looks for some running room against Armstrong October 18, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Fox Chapel football team cruises by Armstrong for 3rd win in row
October 18, 2019
It didn’t start great, but with its playoff hopes on the line, Fox Chapel rebounded quickly from an early turnover and ran away with its Class 5A Northern Conference matchup against Armstrong, 41-14.

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Deer Lakes’ Ronan Renter (24) celebrates his first goal with Ryan Rodgers during their game against Valley on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Deer Lakes High School.
Armed with playoff experience, Deer Lakes boys soccer is ready to make another run
Beginning on Saturday, boys soccer teams from around the area will begin their trek to the WPIAL championship game at Highmark Stadium.

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Captain Mike Mitchell will lead Springdale into a first-round playoff matchup with Chartiers-Houston on Saturday.
A-K Valley boys soccer matchups for the first round of the WPIAL playoffs
Class AAAA

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Sewickley Academy’s Evelyn Safar reacts after winning a game during the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Sewickley Academy girls top Knoch for third straight WPIAL team tennis title
October 17, 2019
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team captured the WPIAL Class AA team tennis championship for the third straight year with a 3-2 victory over Knoch.

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Knoch’s Daniel Olean battles Plum’s Cole Kelly for a header during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Knoch.
Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs
October 16, 2019
Here’s a look at the 2019 WPIAL boys soccer playoffs:

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Plum’s Bailey Walker (2) celebrates with Laura Pearlman (7) after scoring against West Mifflin on Sept. 18, 2019.
Plum boys and girls soccer teams earn premier seeds for WPIAL playoffs
The Plum boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed successful regular seasons and the WPIAL rewarded both with premier seeds on Wednesday when playoff brackets were unveiled.

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Fox Chapel quarterback Shane Susnak has 1,415 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Fox Chapel’s Shane Susnak
A 42-0 loss to Upper St. Clair on Sept. 27 put Fox Chapel’s record at 1-5, but the Foxes felt the scoreboard that night did not indicate how they played and that better things were ahead.

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Jeremiah Nelson and the Highlands defense held Class 4A No. 2 South Fayette to 21 points last week.
Highlands ready to fight as New Castle pays a visit
Throughout this season, Highlands has displayed an ability to physically compete with teams every Friday night, but it hasn’t always resulted in wins.

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Leechburg’s Jake Schuffert (left) celebrates his goal with Elliot Weigand during their match against Ellwood City on Tuesday.
First-year Leechburg boys soccer shows improvement throughout season
October 15, 2019
The first year of the Leechburg boys soccer program started with a win and ended with a win.

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Burrell’s Nick Kariotis (right) throws a ball to Carson Ley (left) during practice Monday. The Bucs are 10-7 overall and 8-6 in the section.
Burrell boys soccer team clinches first playoff appearance since 2014
October 14, 2019
Over the last few years, the Burrell boys soccer team has taken its lumps. After some recent success, the Bucs are starting to bump back.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Oct. 12
Class AAAA

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Freeport’s Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrell’s Seth Fischbach as he tries to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School on Friday, Oct 11, 2019.
A-K Valley football notebook: WPIAL playoff picture rounding out
October 12, 2019
It’s getting to the point in high school football season when the playoff picture is starting to become clearer.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel’s Bitar named to AJGA Scholastic Junior All-America Team
It has been quite the season for Fox Chapel senior golfer Scott Bitar.

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Freeportճ Brodey Woods attempts to cover Burrellճ Seth Fischbach as toys to pull in a pass in the second half at Burrell High School Friday. Oct 11, 2019.
Burrell football team defeats Freeport in overtime thriller
October 11, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta has coached a lot of games in his career, but he said he has never coached one like Friday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Freeport.

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Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan heads the ball in front of Shady Side Academy’s George Grune during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at in Fox Chapel.
Plum leads A-K Valley contingent into boys soccer playoffs
For the first time since 2005, the Class AAAA No. 1 Plum boys soccer team captured the Section 3-AAAA section title and will go into Monday’s nonconference regular-season finale against Allderdice with an undefeated record of 15-0-1.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber (right) shakes hands with Quaker Valley’s Aidan Bulger and Riverside’s Skyler Fox after shooting a 71 during the WPIAL Class AA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Sewickley Academy boys golf team maintains winning tradition
For the seventh straight year and 10th time in program history, Sewickley Academy captured the WPIAL Class AA boys golf team championship last Thursday at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar putts on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championship match Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Fox Chapel boys finally get over the hump, capture WPIAL team gold
October 10, 2019
All season long, the Fox Chapel boys golf team has had a saying that its lived by every match.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ella Zambruno chips onto the green on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AA girls golf championship Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Diamond Run Golf Club.
Field set for WPIAL golf championships at Cedarbrook
October 9, 2019
The field is set for the WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club on Thursday as six boys teams and four girls teams punched their ticket to the final round on Monday and Tuesday.

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Riverview’s Dean Cecere (22) rushes the ball during their game against Greensburg Central Catholic on Aug. 31.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Riverview’s Dean Cecere
Two weeks ago, Riverview got its first win, escaping with a 21-20 victory over Imani Christian. Zach Hanlon led the way with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Aug. 30 at Derry Area High School.
Burrell-Freeport matchup loaded with playoff implications
Friday night’s WPIAL Class 3A Big East Conference matchup between Burrell and Freeport will pit two teams against each other that have a lot on the line.

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Highlands boys soccer coach Jason Norris goes over some statistics with Declan McIntire during a practice.
Highlands soccer implementing unique analytical approach
October 7, 2019
Professional sports teams often use anything they can to gain a competitive advantage, and in recent years, different forms of analytics have become a norm across the country.

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                                Will Meyer leads Deer Lakes into today’s WPIAL Class AA semifinal at River Forest.
Four A-K Valley boys golf teams look to punch their ticket to WPIAL championship
On Tuesday morning, four boys golf teams from around the Alle-Kiski Valley will travel to River Forest Golf Course to play in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal match and compete for a chance to play for the team championship.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Oct. 5
Class AAAA

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Freeport Area’s Matt Aulicino pulls in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday. Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport stays confident in must-win situations
October 5, 2019
For the second straight year, Freeport is in a position where it needs to win out to secure a playoff spot.

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Deer Lakes’ Isaiah Yoder attempts to pull in a pass during the first half at Freeport Area Athletic Stadium Friday, Oct 4, 2019.
Freeport keeps playoff hopes alive with 3rd straight win
October 4, 2019
Deer Lakes will have to wait another year to see if it can sneak a win past longtime rival Freeport because from the first whistle Friday night, the Yellowjackets showed why they haven’t lost to their Class 3A Big East Conference rival since 2010.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber chips onto the green on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
WPIAL team golf championship sites and brackets announced
The brackets and competition sites for next week’s WPIAL boys and girls golf team championships were released Friday.

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Freeport leads the all-time series with Deer Lakes, 41-5.
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivaly matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Knoch’s Ally Bauer (left) celebrates with Libby Conlon after winning the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Knoch, Peters Township doubles teams capture WPIAL gold
October 3, 2019
When it came down to it on Thursday at the Oxford Athletic Complex, the Knoch doubles team of Ally Bauer and Libby Conlon did what they needed to do to come away with a WPIAL Class AA doubles championship.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his tee shot on Hole 16 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Fox Chapel boys golf preparing for a WPIAL team title run
Over the course of the past few years, the Fox Chapel boys golf team have been strokes away from capturing the program’s fifth team championship.

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Knoch’s Libby Conlon (left) and Ally Bauer defeated Burrell’s Isabella Lane and Madyson Radvansky, 6-3, 6-2 in the Section 3-AA doubles finals Sept. 26, 2019, at Alpha Tennis and Fitness in Harmarville.
New girls tennis champs will be crowned in WPIAL doubles
October 2, 2019
New WPIAL champions will be crowned on Thursday when the doubles tournaments conclude at the Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Freeport’s Daniel Lynch dribbles around the net while Derry defender Elysiah Lopez closes in during WPIAL boys’ soccer on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Derry Area High School.
Freeport boys soccer in thick of playoff conversation
With just four games remaining on its regular season schedule, the Freeport boys soccer team is in the thick of the playoff race.

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Kiski Area’s Kenneth Blake (1) runs past Hampton’s Josh Andersson (33) Sept. 27 at Hampton.
A-K Valley football Q-and-A: Kiski Area’s Kenny Blake
Since their matchup with North Hills in Week 2, the Kiski Area Cavaliers have had a secret weapon in their backfield.

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Freeport quarterback Garret Schaffhauser runs the ball against Derry on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School during WPIAL football against Freeport
Deer Lakes, Freeport prepare for Big East rivalry matchup with playoff implications on the line
Deer Lakes and Freeport have a storied history in football.

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Deer Lakes senior AJ Dorman poses with his football pads, saxophone and soccer goal.
Some high school athletes take on two sports in same season
September 30, 2019
In recent years, high school athletes have started to specialize in one sport in hopes of improving their chances at playing in college.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golfers set to chase individual WPIAL title on home course
When 36 golfers take to the links at Fox Chapel Golf Club on Tuesday for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championship, three Fox Chapel team members will look to do something only four others have accomplished.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings through Sept. 28
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Big East Conference playoff picture getting murky
September 28, 2019
Just like they have in years past, the waters are getting murky in the Class 3A Big East Conference playoff picture.

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Burrell’s Mike Scherer drives for yardage as Deer Lakes Austin Duddy attempts to make the tackle in the first half at Burrell Friday.Sept 27, 2019.
Running game leads to big win for Burrell over Deer Lakes
September 27, 2019
Burrell coach Shawn Liotta is known for his creative offensive mind.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy golf team building a championship tradition unlike any other
The Sewickley Academy boys golf team has a storied history.

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Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber shakes hands with Riverside’s Skyler Fox after winning the WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Allegheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy’s J.F. Aber captures WPIAL gold at Class AA boys golf championships
September 26, 2019
Riverside’s Skyler Fox was gunning to become the first golfer in WPIAL history to win four straight individual boys championships.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaugh Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell, Deer Lakes to showcase high-octane passing attacks in Week 5 showdown
September 25, 2019
Friday night’s matchup between Deer Lakes and Burrell has the makings to be special.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell tackles Ricky Hunter on Sept. 13 at Warrior Stadium.
A-K Valley football Q&A: Freeport’s Ricky Hunter
Freeport got in the win column for the first time Friday night and did so in a dominating way, scoring touchdowns in all three phases of the game.

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti skates with the puck past Montour’s Jeremy Freeman during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
Belmont Ice Complex closure affects local hockey teams
The Freeport and the Armstrong hockey teams will be without a home arena for the next month.

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Plum’s Luke Gildea makes a run through a group of Norwin defenders during their Section 3-4A matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at Norwin High School.
Plum takes down Norwin in clash of section rivals
September 24, 2019
After a tie with Norwin earlier this season, the Plum boys soccer team was on a mission to make a statement on Tuesday night when it met up with the Knights for the second time this season.

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Springdale Keeper Andrew Haus works with the varsity squad during a practice on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
Springdale’s Andrew Haus is exceeding expectations in net
September 23, 2019
Before the 2019 soccer season started, Springdale boys soccer coach Cesareo Sanchez had a big hole to fill at the goalkeeper position.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 21
WPIAL Boys Soccer Rankings

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Fox Chapel football Coach Tom Loughran, takes the field for the first day of heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
A-K Valley high school football notebook: Several teams finally get in win column
September 21, 2019
The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

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Seth Minor raises his hand to a classmate in the student section ahead of their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup against Mount Pleasant.
Lancers hold off Mount Pleasant in a exciting Big East Conference matchup
September 20, 2019
So far this season, Deer Lakes has had trouble finishing football games.

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A-K Valley High School Notebook: Golfers get set to tee it up; Bucs tab new softball coach
Earlier this week, golfers from around the WPIAL took to the links for an opportunity to qualify for the individual WPIAL tournament next week.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker during a scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum boys soccer relying on chemistry during hot start
Sometimes, a year of rebuilding and blending a group of players is all it takes. At least that’s the case for the Plum boys soccer team.

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Shady Side Academy’s Hazem Hamda (11) celebrates his goal with Oz Curtis next to Deer Lakes’ Alex Rodgers during their game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Fox Chapel.
Shady Side tops Deer Lakes in section soccer battle
September 19, 2019
Throughout the 2018 boys soccer season, Deer Lakes and Shady Side Academy established a rivalry that produced some pretty good soccer.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Knoch’s Laura Greb captures third straight AA singles title; Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James wins AAA crown
For the third year in a row, Knoch’s Laura Greb went home with the WPIAL Class AA singles tennis crown, but this one had a different feel.

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Plum sophomore Jake Miller threw for 111 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his first career start.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Plum’s Jake Miller
September 18, 2019
For the past three games, Plum sophomore Jake Miller has stepped into the position with a level of confidence every coach looks for in a quarterback.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba has guided his team to a 4-0 record heading into Friday’s game at Avonworth.
Matchup with Avonworth gives Apollo-Ridge chance to prove its mettle
When Apollo-Ridge and No. 5 Avonworth meet at Lenzner Stadium on Friday night, the teams will be battling for a lot more than just another mark in the win column.

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Fox Chapel’s Zane Ingram (21) competes against North Allegheny September 14, 2019 at North Allegheny.
With a team-first mentality, Zane Ingram is leading Fox Chapel to fast start
September 16, 2019
Ever since Zane Ingram joined the Fox Chapel boys soccer program as a freshman, he’s always put the team first.

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WPIAL boys soccer rankings through Sept. 15, 2019
WPIAL boys soccer rankings

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Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher eyes Sharon’s Jordan Wilson for a tackle during the 3A PIAA semifinal Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Milhalik-Thompson .
Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher chooses Penn State
After delaying his decision in early August, Aliquippa’s Zuriah Fisher has made his college choice.

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Deer Lakes junior soccer players Devin Murray, Michael Sullivan and Colton Spence
Trio of juniors show Lancers boys soccer team value of chemistry
September 15, 2019
At the center of any successful team is a core group of players that allows the squad to reach new heights on the field and off of it.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin losses his helmet as he enters the end zone Friday, Sept 13, 2019 against Highlands at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium.
Led by special senior class, Knoch off to best start since 2012
September 14, 2019
With an undefeated start, two defensive shutouts and a stout running game, Knoch is having one of its best seasons in recent memory under first-year coach Brandon Mowry.

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Yough players watch their home game against Mt. Pleasant from the sidelines on Sept. 6.
More than a game: Coaches stress benefits of football as player participation dwindles
On Friday nights across the country, thousands of high school football players sprint onto fields to the cheers of students, relatives and — often — entire communities.

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Knochճ Matt Goodlin works for extra yardage against the Golden Rams In the first quarter at Highlands Golden Ram Stadium Friday. Sept 12, 2019.
Knoch gets past rival Highlands to stay undefeated
September 13, 2019
Knoch got off to a slow start in the first half, but its undefeated season is still alive.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James competes during a qualifying match September 12, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
A-K Valley High School Notebook: Knoch’s Greb tops teammate Bauer for second sectional title
September 12, 2019
For the second straight year, the Section 3-AA girls tennis singles championship had two teammates playing for a sectional crown. Knoch coach Nance Conlon said the score didn’t indicate the type of competitive match it was, but for the second year in a row, Laura Greb beat Brooke Bauer in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley is second in the WPIAL in passing yards, attempts, touchdowns and completions.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley
September 11, 2019
Deer Lakes football has gotten off to a rocky start this season, but senior quarterback Aris Hasley has led the passing game to new heights.

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Knoch’s Matt Goodlin works out during practice this summer.
Knoch, Highlands work up ‘a good dislike’ for each other
The Knoch and Highlands football teams are on opposite sides of the WPIAL Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference.

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Tribune-Review Riverview golfer Dan Donatucci hits a tee shot at Buffalo Golf Course on Monday as the Raiders continued their undefeated season with a 214-261 Section 1-AA win over Freeport.
Riverview taking undefeated season match by match
September 9, 2019
The Riverview boys golf team qualified for the WPIAL Class AA team tournament for the first time in quite a while last season, and with a starting line-up of five seniors and a junior, the Raiders are looking to do it again.

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Riverview Joey Flanick works with the varsity squad during a recent practice Thursday. Aug 22, 2019.
Riverview’s Joey Flanick leading the way for the Raiders
The Riverview boys soccer team is off to a strong start, and senior striker Joey Flanick has been at the center of their early season success.

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Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer wrestles against North Penn’s Patrick O’Neill in the 160-pound first round class AAA bout during the PIAA state wrestling tournament on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Kiski Area’s Blumer chooses West Virginia
September 8, 2019
One of the top wrestlers in the A-K Valley chose where he will call home for the next four years Sunday.

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Kiski Area’s Lebryn Smith losses control of the ball as North Hills’ Damon Thompson and William Fonzi make the tackle in the second half at Kiski Area on Friday, Sept 6, 2019.
Kiski Area battling through growing pains, still showing fight, potential
September 7, 2019
When teams go through a rebuilding phase, coaches often place young players at the core of it in order to build around them for the future.

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Kiski Area’s Luke Lander collides with North Hills’ Tyler Tomasic and Curtis Foskey in the second quarter Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
McDonough leads North Hills past Kiski Area in hard-hitting matchup
September 6, 2019
Heading into Friday night’s WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference matchup between Kiski Area and North Hills, coaches Sam Albert and Pat Carey were expecting a battle, which was exactly what they got.

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Highlands’ Gabe Norris (right) had 23 goals and 20 assists in his first two seasons.
Highlands’ Gabe Norris is connecting the dots for the Golden Rams
Getting off to a good start is important for any young player and Highlands midfielder Gabe Norris is off to one of the best of his high school career.

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Burrell’s AJ Corrado is ranked No. 20 among the state’s top 100 wrestlers, according to PA Power Wrestling.
A-K Valley wrestlers named among top 100 in junior class
When PA Power Wrestling, a media company that covers high school wrestling in Pennsylvania, released its Class of 2021 rankings earlier this week three wrestlers from the A-K Valley were among the top 100 in the state.

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Sean Adamski shot a hole-in-one on hole No. 4 vs Gateway last Thursday at Mcmurry golf course
A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Kiski Area golfer has career week
September 5, 2019
Kiski Area’s Sean Adamski has had a special senior season on the golf course.

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Springdale’s Christian Vokes works out during practice.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Springdale’s Christian Vokes
September 4, 2019
The Springdale football team is off to its best start of the Seth Napierkowski era, and senior Christian Vokes has been a vital piece.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling runs for a first-quarter touchdown against Fox Chapel on Aug. 30 at North Hills.
Kiski Area looking for consistency as North Hills pays visit
The first two weeks of the season have been a roller coaster for the Kiski Area Cavaliers.

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Springdale varsity assistant coach and junior high head coach Giulio Tommarello grabs a bite to eat with a few of his players. The Springdale football program hosts a dinner for varsity and junior high players once a week to get the their younger players accustomed to the varsity program.
Springdale football hopes to see long-term benefits from revival of junior high program
September 2, 2019
There are several crucial parts of a high school football team, but one of the most important — and the one that can produce long-term success — is the establishment of a reliable junior high program.

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Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jake Fello hands off to Logan Harmon during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at the high school.
A-K Valley football notebook: Springdale beats Imani Christian for 1st time
August 31, 2019
As if their last-minute Week Zero win over Deer Lakes wasn’t enough, the Springdale Dynamos took it to another level Friday and took down Class 1A Eastern Conference opponent Imani Christian for the first time.

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Burrell coach Shawn Liotta looks over pre-game warmups with his team before their Class 3A Big East Conference matchup with North Catholic on Aug. 30, 2019.
North Catholic takes down Burrell for 1st win of the season
August 30, 2019
Although he lost his leading rusher and receiver from last year, North Catholic coach Pat O’Shea was confident in his team’s abilities heading into its season opener against Burrell on Friday night at J.C Stone Field in North Park.

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Alle-Kiski Valley high school notebook: Fox Chapel golf, tennis start strong
August 29, 2019
While the Fox Chapel football team has gotten off to a rough start on the gridiron, the golf and tennis teams couldn’t be hotter.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon scored on a 96-yard fumble return last week. He also ran for 180 yards and three scores.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Apollo-Ridge’s Logan Harmon
August 28, 2019
Leechburg was on Apollo-Ridge’s 4-yard line and trailing by a touchdown with a minute left in the first half of a Week Zero matchup.

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Freeport lineman Logan Manke
Derry, Freeport coaches expect another battle in Big East Conference opener
If you were to compare the Derry and Freeport football teams this season, you might not find many differences, and both coaches take pride in that sentiment.

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Springdale Morgan Fitzgerald works out with the varsity team during a recent practice Monday. Aug19, 2019.
Springdale girls soccer hopes chemistry carries over under new coach
August 27, 2019
When any first-year coach takes over a program, there are certain goals they want to accomplish to have a successful start.

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Sophomore Andrew Haus is expected to take over as starting goalkeeper this season.
Springdale boys looking to use past 2 seasons as motivation
The Springdale boys soccer team had a big season last fall, and if everything goes right, they could accomplish bigger things this year.

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Drew Karpen dives into job as Highlands athletic director
August 26, 2019
Over the past few years, Drew Karpen has been waiting for the right opportunity to run an athletic department.

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Kiski’s Billy Perroz reacts to a play against Laurel Highlands on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the WPIAL first round class 5A playoffs at Seton Hill University.
Perroz’s baseball-heavy summer pays off with commitment to IUP
August 25, 2019
Kiski Area senior Billy Perroz has been playing so much baseball this summer that, at times, coach Aaron Albert has told him he has been playing too much.

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Burrell’s Michael Scherer breaks the tackle of Valley’s Ricrdo Simmons in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday, Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell’s offense shines in season opener
August 24, 2019
Since he took over the Burrell football program last year, coach Shawn Liotta has been waiting for an opportunity to showcase his fast-paced, high-octane offense.

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Burrell’s Seth Fischbach intercepts a pass intended for Vaun Ross in the first quarter at Valley High School Friday. Aug 23, 2019.
Burrell shuts out Valley to snap 6-game streak in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
August 23, 2019
Throughout the history of the “Battle of the Bypass,” Burrell and Valley have traded winning streaks.

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Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold works with his players during practice.
Kiski Area boys hoping to build on chemistry established in 2018
Midway through last season, the Kiski Area boys soccer team hit its stride.

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Veteran coach Mike Spagnolo is in his first season at Kiski Area.
With experience and talent, Kiski Area girls soccer looks to improve
With a talented group of underclassmen, the Kiski Area girls soccer team made significant strides last season.

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Wide receiver/defensive back Vaun Ross will assume a leadership role for Valley.
Ross takes on leadership role for young Valley team
August 22, 2019
Leadership is a quality every coach looks for in his players. They look for players who can step up when the game is on the line or someone who leads with his voice and actions, a player who holds teammates to higher standards.

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Kiski Area junior wide receiver Jason Baker has not played football since seventh grade.
A-K Valley football Q&A with Kiski Area’s Jason Baker
August 21, 2019
In an effort to revamp his team, Kiski Area football coach Sam Albert dug into the depths of the high school to recruit student-athletes he believed could help improve their chances this season.

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Burrell’s Dom Holmes (right) will take on rival Valley in the Week Zero “Battle of the Bypass” on Friday.
Valley’s 6-game winning streak on line in ‘Battle of the Bypass’
There’s never a lack of excitement when Burrell and Valley get together for the “Battle of the Bypass.”

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Brownsville sophomore quarterback Hunter Assad competes during a seven-on-seven competiton July 18, 2019, at Connellsville High School.
Fichter more optimistic for 2nd season at Brownsville
August 19, 2019
Even before the 2018 season started, the Brownsville football team was facing an uphill battle.

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Deer Lakes’ Madeline Boulos aims a pass on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 during girls’ soccer at Burrell High School. Deer Lakes won 2-1.
Deer Lakes looking to build on historic 2018 season
The Deer Lakes girls soccer team won’t be short on fire power in 2019.

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Deer Lakes Ryan Butler, works with the varsity team during a recent practice Tuesday. Aug 13, 2019.
Deer Lakes enters season with ‘unfinished business’ mindset
Deer Lakes boys soccer made a historic run last season.

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West Allegheny’s Hendrick named to USA Baseball 18U national roster
West Allegheny’s Austin Hendrick has had an impressive summer.

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Valley’s Vaun Ross (left) tries to elude a Kiski Area defender during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Ross set to guide Valley’s young roster
Graduation can hit high school athletic programs. Valley knows that feeling.

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Burrell’s Seth Fishbaugh goes up for a pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Burrell vows to ‘play fast,’ push the tempo
August 18, 2019
When the Burrell offense takes the field this season, don’t blink, because you might just miss the entire offensive series.

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Knoch’s Laura Greb competes during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Greb, Knoch tennis ready to take next step
When Knoch tennis coach Nance Conlon first saw Laura Greb during a summer clinic a few years ago, she quickly noticed the player’s potential.

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From left are A-K Valley quarterbacks Alex Arledge (Burrell), Cayden Quinn (Valley), Garrett Schaffhauser (Freeport), Legend Ausk (Springdale) and Ryan Aber (Riverview).
New A-K Valley quarterbacks face challenge of leading their offenses
August 17, 2019
Quarterback is one of the most complicated positions in football, and it takes a special type of player to bear all of the responsibilities that make an offense successful.

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Highlands quarterback Tyler Brezinski looks to pass during a 7-on-7 game Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Freeport High School.
Highlands ready to compete in Northwest 8 Conference
Every week in WPIAL’s Class 4A Northwest Eight Conference is a grind, and Highlands coach Dom Girardi would have it no other way.

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Kiski Area’s Peyton McCann drives for extra yardage as Fox Chapel’s Timothy Johnston attempts to bring him down in the first half at Richard J. Dilts Field on Friday, Sept 14, 2018.
McCann embodies Kiski Area’s hard-nosed mentality
August 16, 2019
After winning three of its first four games last season, the Kiski Area football team was ready to make a strong move in the right direction.

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Kiski Area’s Dylan Hutcherson participates in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Latrobe High School.
Kiski Area continues to grow behind young, dedicated players
Kiski Area coach Sam Albert is no stranger to building a football program. He has done it with success at four schools in Western Pennsylvania.

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Highlands linebacker Brock White tackles a teammate during defensive drills.
Highlands’ Brock White feeling stronger after injury-shortened freshman season
August 15, 2019
Before last season began, Highlands coach Dom Girardi had high hopes for a freshman running back who displayed a lot of potential throughout summer and training camp.

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Fox Chapel’s Scott Bitar watches his drive on Hole 12 during the WPIAL Class AAA boys golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Oakmont Country Club.
Fox Chapel golf ready to take next step
August 14, 2019
Throughout his nine years of coaching at Fox Chapel, golf coach Bryan Deal has built a strong program that has produced two individual WPIAL champions. But a team title always has eluded Deal.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nick Hunnell competes during practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
WPIAL Class 3A football breakdown: Aliquippa to be challenged in defense of PIAA title
When Mike Warfield took over the storied Aliquippa program last season, the bar was set high for the first-year coach.

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Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter of the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Aliquippa’s Devonshire making a name for himself at Kentucky
August 13, 2019
It looks like it didn’t take long for Aliquippa’s MJ Devonshire, the 2018-19 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year to make a name for himself at Kentucky.

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Luke Lander and Kiski Area are coming off a playoff season.
Camp Preview: Alle-Kiski teams look to bounce back this season
August 12, 2019
Last season was a substandard year for high school football teams throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley.

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Burrell’s Logan Phillips runs after a catch during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7-on-7 tournament on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Burrell’s Phillips provides leadership and versatility
August 11, 2019
Quarterback is the most important position on the field.

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Kiski Area’s Nick Delp works against Cam Connor during practice Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in the wrestling room at the high school.
Kiski Area’s Blumer and Delp sit among top 100 recruits in 2020 class
August 8, 2019
The Kiski Area Cavaliers had one of the best wrestling teams in the state last season.

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Fox Chapel wide receiver Sam Brown (2) gets yardage during home game against Mars on Oct. 12, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Brown picks up first Division I offer
August 7, 2019
For high school athletes, there might not be a better feeling than the moment they receive their first scholarship offer to play their sport at the collegiate level.

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NFHS makes changes to lacrosse restart protocol
August 6, 2019
The National Federation of State High School Associations made a few rule changes for the 2019-20 boys lacrosse season.

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Penn Hills head coach Jon LeDonne greets Terry Smith on the sideline after Smith’s 75-yard touchdown during their PIAA Class 5A state semifinal against Archbishop Woood Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Chambersburg Area High School.
WPIAL football coaches honored at Steelers Family Fest
August 5, 2019
On Sunday, just one day before the start of high school football season, the Pittsburgh Steelers held their annual Steelers Family Fest at Heinz Field.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love shooting guard Roesing commits to Duquesne
July 31, 2019
First Love Christian Academy shooting guard Jett Roesing has made his college decision and announced his commitment to Duquesne on Wednesday night.

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West Allegheny’s boys soccer team celebrates after winning the PIAA Class AAA title, 4-0, over Strath Haven on Nov. 16, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Book about West Allegheny soccer, ‘Unbeatable’ gains popularity in first month of release
The 2018 West Allegheny boys soccer season was a storybook-type campaign. It was so good in fact that Brent Dragisich, the father of Nathan and Johnny Dragisic, two West A players, decided to author a book about their extraordinary season.

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 girls lacrosse season
July 20, 2019
Winning a championship is a great feeling, but when a team captures a championship for the first time in school history, it’s an even greater accomplishment.

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Blackhawk’s Watson-Trent looks to bounce back after injury-shortened season
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 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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The Mars boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning a fourth straight WPIAL Class AA title May 24, 2019, at Robert Morris.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2019 boys lacrosse season
July 19, 2019
The 2019 boys lacrosse season was one of historical feats.

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The 16U Western PA Bruins will compete in the Finals Tournament of the Under Armour Association girls AAU circuit beginning Tuesday, July 23, in Atlanta, Ga.
Western PA Bruins earn No. 5 seed for 16U national tournament
July 18, 2019
In the first year of its girls basketball league-style AAU circuit, the Under Armour Association has been providing players from around the country a unique opportunity they didn’t quite have before.

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The Penn Hills football team takes the field at the start of the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Manheim Central Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Pennsylvania ranked 7th-best state for high school football
July 17, 2019
High School Football America released its rankings for the top 10 states for high school football Wednesday, and Pennsylvania came in at No. 7.

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Plum’s Connor Moss practices Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at Plum High School.
Plum’s Moss continues to build on sophomore season
July 13, 2019
Last season was an interesting breakout performance for Plum point guard Connor Moss.

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Daniel Yates takes over a Deer Lakes program that went 
21-2-1 last season and won its first section title in 15 years.
Deer Lakes pegs Daniel Yates as new boys soccer coach
July 12, 2019
It’s not every day you see a coach change jobs after taking his team to the brink of a state title.

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The 16U Beadling Soccer Club team won the Eastern Regional tournament for the third straight year and will head to Overland Park, Kansas for the National Championship tournament during the last week of July.
Beadling Soccer Club 16U boys heading back to national championships
July 11, 2019
For the third straight year, the 16U team for Beadling Soccer Club will be competing for the US Youth Soccer national championship between July 21-28, in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Bradley Walker leads the Leechburg boys soccer team during a recent workout. The program is in its first season.
Leechburg, Apollo-Ridge boys soccer ready to take on WPIAL competition together
July 10, 2019
For the first time in the history of their schools, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg will have a boys soccer program as the two schools have formed in a co-op agreement.

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Union’s Gunn is big man with even bigger work ethic
July 9, 2019
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 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Aliquippa’s Fisher ready to improve on breakout junior year
July 7, 2019
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 23 during a HSSN Media Day live broadcast at Kennywood Park.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls gymnastics season
July 5, 2019
Just like most of the gymnasts performing their routines, the 2018-19 gymnastics season had a lot of twists and turns that ultimately made it an extraordinary campaign.

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Jett Roesing compets for First Love Christian Academy during the 2018-19 season.
First Love’s Jett Roesing starting to stack up Division I offers
July 2, 2019
In a matter of 24 hours, former Sewickley Academy guard Jett Roesing added four more Division I offers to an ever-growing list.

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Burrell’s Ian Oswalt wrestles Amonn Ohl of St. Joseph’s Academy in the 120-pound championship final in the PIAA class 2A southwest regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Kovalchik Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Burrell’s Oswalt competes on national stage
July 1, 2019
Burrell’s Ian Oswalt was ranked among the best wrestlers in his weight class this past season.

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Mars lineman Michael Carmody is ranked No. 117 on ESPN’s list of the top 300 seniors in high school football.
Mars O-lineman Michael Carmody looking to fine tune blocking before college
June 30, 2019
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 23 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
Since she was a freshman, Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski has been a key contributor in three sports.

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Trib HSSN Rewind: A look back at the 2018 field hockey season
June 29, 2019
All teams seek the glory of capturing a WPIAL championship, whether it be in football, baseball, softball or field hockey. No matter what the sport, the feeling is always the same for any team that comes into contact with the WPIAL hardware.

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Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018 girls volleyball season
June 28, 2019
For the second straight year, the North Allegheny girls volleyball team went undefeated and captured both a WPIAL and PIAA championship.

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Damian Davies coached the Leechburg boys for 14 seasons in his first stint, including a WPIAL title in the 2006-07 season.
Leechburg brings back Damian Davies to head boys basketball program
After parting ways with boys basketball coach Corey Smith last week, the Leechburg School Board found its new coach, and the members didn’t have to look far.

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