Author: Jason Black


Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) scores on Mt. Pleasant keeper Jenna Piper in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Southmoreland edges neighborhood rival Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL girls soccer quarterfinals
October 30, 2021
There weren’t many surprises during Saturday’s WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal soccer match between crosstown rivals Mt. Pleasant and host Southmoreland.

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Connellsville’s Nevaeh Hamborsky (23) controls the ball while being pressured by Kiski Area’s Madison Bachar during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff match Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 at Connellsville Stadium.
Kiski Area girls soccer team edges Connellsville with second-half goal
October 25, 2021
The Connellsville girls soccer team came into Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A playoff home game against Kiski Area with the opportunity to make program history. It didn’t happen.

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Southmoreland’s JJ Bloom scored both of his team’s touchdowns in the Scotties’ 55-13 loss to Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Russ Grimm Field.
Elizabeth Forward clinches conference title with resounding win over Southmoreland
October 22, 2021
The Southmoreland football team hit visiting Elizabeth Forward with some big body blows in the early part of Friday’s Class 3A Interstate Conference game Friday at Russ Grimm Field in Alverton.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jacob Otto (right) makes a catch over Connellsville’s Jason McBride during the first half Oct. 15, 2021, at Connellsville Stadium.
Pass-happy Penn-Trafford surprises, routs Connellsville
October 15, 2021
Connellsville prepared all week for the hard-charging rushing attack of Penn-Trafford in Friday’s Class 5A Big East Conference game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Norwin’s Dominic Barca (22) tackles Connellsville punter Ben Zavatchan in the end zone during Friday’s game at Connellsville Stadium.
Norwin blanks Connellsville in nonconference clash
September 10, 2021
Connellsville couldn’t have asked for a better start to Friday’s nonconference home game against Norwin. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the start was about the only thing that went their way as the Knights recovered from an early mistake and rolled to a 37-0 victory at Connellsville Stadium.

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Southmoreland’s Kory Ansell (left) celebrates as Anthony Govern runs in a touchdown during the first half Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, against McGuffey.
Southmoreland football holds on vs. McGuffey
August 27, 2021
Southmoreland had the ball on its own 20 and a 20-point lead when Anthony Govern threw a deep pass over the middle that was intercepted by McGuffey’s Ethan Dietrich and returned 45 yards for a touchdown with 19 seconds left in the first half. Josh Plants made the second of two PATs to cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime.

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Frazier’s Aaron Panepinto will be counted on to be a senior leader for the 2021 Commodores.
After close call, Frazier motivated to claim playoff spot
August 26, 2021
As the 2020 football season unfolded, the Frazier Commodores found themselves wondering what each week would hold.

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Connellsville’s Gabe Ruggieri (right) spins away from John Budd during a pass-catching drill at football practice during the 2021 training camp.
New coach hopes to help Connellsville get its swagger back
When Bill Maczko took the job as the new head coach of the Connellsville football team back in February, he knew the position would come with plenty of challenges.

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Southmoreland’s Gwen Basinger slides safely into home behind Avonworth catcher Rylee Gray in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Avonworth softball shakes off semifinal loss, tops Southmoreland to make states
May 27, 2021
A few missed opportunities early and one golden opportunity wasted late proved to be the downfall for the Southmoreland softball team in Thursday’s WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Avonworth at Gateway.

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Connellsville rallies from 5-run deficit to beat Shaler in Class 5A softball playoffs
May 18, 2021
Having lost five of six to close the regular season, the Connellsville softball team entered the WPIAL playoffs without much momentum or swagger. But the Falcons picked the perfect time to snap out of their slump.

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Frazier’s Jensyn Hartman (33) hits against Waynesburg’s Sarah Stephenson in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal match Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.
Waynesburg girls volleyball on top of its game in playoff win over Frazier
November 2, 2020
During the regular season, the Waynesburg volleyball team used two wins against rival Frazier to earn a section championship.

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Southmoreland’s Kendall Fabery (6) tries to push the ball past Ambridge’s Sofia Chickos during a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Tuesday.
Southmoreland girls soccer backs up strong regular season with playoff win
October 27, 2020
In his first season as coach of the Southmoreland girls soccer team, Josh Pajak couldn’t have asked for a better regular season from the Scotties. Southmoreland posted a 12-1 record, which included a section title and an eight-game win streak.

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Connellsville’s Gabriel McCrum (17) makes a catch and is tackled by Gateway’s Camron Price and Jermir Harber on Oct. 23, 2020, at Connellsville Stadium.
Gateway, Davis too much for Connellsville
October 23, 2020
The Connellsville football team did not play poorly in terms of mistakes and effort during Friday’s homecoming game against Gateway.

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Frazier’s Kenny Fine runs against Beth-Center on Oct. 16, 2020, at Frazier.
Frazier shuts out Beth-Center on senior night, stays in playoff hunt
October 16, 2020
Seeking a chance to stay locked into one of the top two positions in Section 3-2A, the Frazier football team turned in a dominating performance on senior night, rolling to a 39-0 victory over visiting Beth-Center on Friday.

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Connellsville’s Ky’ron Craggette fights for yardage while being wrapped up by Latrobe’s Tucker Knupp (left) and Drake Clayton on Oct. 9, 2020, at Connellsville Stadium.
Latrobe makes defensive stand on game’s final play to stop Connellsville
October 9, 2020
Trailing by three points with four seconds left in the game, Connellsville had the ball at the Latrobe 5-yard line on fourth down. Instead of kicking a field goal to tie the game, Falcons coach Marko Thomas opted to go for the win.

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Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic tries to get away from Connellsville’s Gabriel McCrum on Friday.
Franklin Regional overpowers Connellsville with fast start
October 2, 2020
Seeking to build on momentum gained in its last two games, Franklin Regional scored on all four of its first-half possessions and never looked back in a 42-21 win over visiting Connellsville in a Class 5A Big East game Friday night.

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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.
Geibel boys seeking 1st PIAA playoff victory in 36 years
March 4, 2020
By the time the Geibel boys basketball team opens the PIAA Class A tournament Friday against Berlin Brothersvalley at Pitt-Johnstown, more than two weeks will have passed since the Gators last saw the floor in a competitive setting.

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Kyle Polce led Pine-Richland with 27 points Tuesday night.
Polce leads Pine-Richland boys past Connellsville
February 18, 2020
Pinpoint perimeter shooting and dominant rebounding led Pine-Richland to an 81-51 victory over Connellsville in the first round of the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs Tuesday at Fox Chapel High School.

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Avonworth puts quick end to Southmoreland’s playoff run
November 1, 2019
Although the Southmoreland football team accomplished a major goal of breaking a 40-year playoff drought, the Scotties were hoping that their stay in the postseason would turn out to be a bit longer.

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No. 1 Washington gets 6 interceptions in rout of Southmoreland
October 18, 2019
The Southmoreland football team couldn’t have asked for a better start to Friday’s home finale against high-powered Washington.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Connellsville.
Franklin Regional clinches playoff berth behind Zac Gordon’s 228 yards, 3 TDs
October 11, 2019
A couple of trends continued Friday night as Connellsville and Franklin Regional met in a homecoming game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Charleroi’s Legend Davis competes against Southmoreland during a game Oct. 4, 2019, at Southmoreland.
Charleroi rains on on Southmoreland’s playoff-clinching parade
October 5, 2019
It was a bittersweet night on Friday for the Southmoreland football team.

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Latrobe’s Logan Gustafson (22) makes an interception in front of teammate Raymon Henderson (30) and Connellsville’s Gage Gillott (18) during the first half of a game Sept. 20, 2019, at Connellsville Stadium.
Latrobe feasts on Connellsville turnovers
September 20, 2019
Both the Connellsville and Latrobe football teams knew that a win on Friday night was vital to stay on the fringe of the playoff picture in Section 2-5A. With that in mind, both teams played with desperation and either team could have walked out of Connellsville Stadium with an all-important victory.

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Penn-Trafford’s Noah Allen (14) lunges for the ball while being covered by Connellsville’s Jason McBride during their game Sept. 6, 2019, at Connellsville.
Top-ranked Penn-Trafford too much for Connellsville
September 6, 2019
Entering Friday’s game against Penn-Trafford, the Connellsville football team knew it would be tangling with the top-ranked team in Class 5A. Connellsville didn’t come away with a win, but it certainly in a better performance compared to the lopsided loss against McKeesport last week.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto (10) scores on Mt. Pleasant keeper Jenna Piper in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2021, at Southmoreland.
Southmoreland edges neighborhood rival Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL girls soccer quarterfinals
October 30, 2021
There weren’t many surprises during Saturday’s WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal soccer match between crosstown rivals Mt. Pleasant and host Southmoreland.

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Connellsville’s Nevaeh Hamborsky (23) controls the ball while being pressured by Kiski Area’s Madison Bachar during a WPIAL Class 3A playoff match Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 at Connellsville Stadium.
Kiski Area girls soccer team edges Connellsville with second-half goal
October 25, 2021
The Connellsville girls soccer team came into Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A playoff home game against Kiski Area with the opportunity to make program history. It didn’t happen.

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Southmoreland’s JJ Bloom scored both of his team’s touchdowns in the Scotties’ 55-13 loss to Elizabeth Forward on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Russ Grimm Field.
Elizabeth Forward clinches conference title with resounding win over Southmoreland
October 22, 2021
The Southmoreland football team hit visiting Elizabeth Forward with some big body blows in the early part of Friday’s Class 3A Interstate Conference game Friday at Russ Grimm Field in Alverton.

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Penn-Trafford’s Jacob Otto (right) makes a catch over Connellsville’s Jason McBride during the first half Oct. 15, 2021, at Connellsville Stadium.
Pass-happy Penn-Trafford surprises, routs Connellsville
October 15, 2021
Connellsville prepared all week for the hard-charging rushing attack of Penn-Trafford in Friday’s Class 5A Big East Conference game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Norwin’s Dominic Barca (22) tackles Connellsville punter Ben Zavatchan in the end zone during Friday’s game at Connellsville Stadium.
Norwin blanks Connellsville in nonconference clash
September 10, 2021
Connellsville couldn’t have asked for a better start to Friday’s nonconference home game against Norwin. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the start was about the only thing that went their way as the Knights recovered from an early mistake and rolled to a 37-0 victory at Connellsville Stadium.

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Southmoreland’s Kory Ansell (left) celebrates as Anthony Govern runs in a touchdown during the first half Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, against McGuffey.
Southmoreland football holds on vs. McGuffey
August 27, 2021
Southmoreland had the ball on its own 20 and a 20-point lead when Anthony Govern threw a deep pass over the middle that was intercepted by McGuffey’s Ethan Dietrich and returned 45 yards for a touchdown with 19 seconds left in the first half. Josh Plants made the second of two PATs to cut the deficit to 13 points at halftime.

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Frazier’s Aaron Panepinto will be counted on to be a senior leader for the 2021 Commodores.
After close call, Frazier motivated to claim playoff spot
August 26, 2021
As the 2020 football season unfolded, the Frazier Commodores found themselves wondering what each week would hold.

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Connellsville’s Gabe Ruggieri (right) spins away from John Budd during a pass-catching drill at football practice during the 2021 training camp.
New coach hopes to help Connellsville get its swagger back
When Bill Maczko took the job as the new head coach of the Connellsville football team back in February, he knew the position would come with plenty of challenges.

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Southmoreland’s Gwen Basinger slides safely into home behind Avonworth catcher Rylee Gray in the WPIAL Class 3A third-place game Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Avonworth softball shakes off semifinal loss, tops Southmoreland to make states
May 27, 2021
A few missed opportunities early and one golden opportunity wasted late proved to be the downfall for the Southmoreland softball team in Thursday’s WPIAL Class 3A consolation game against Avonworth at Gateway.

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Connellsville rallies from 5-run deficit to beat Shaler in Class 5A softball playoffs
May 18, 2021
Having lost five of six to close the regular season, the Connellsville softball team entered the WPIAL playoffs without much momentum or swagger. But the Falcons picked the perfect time to snap out of their slump.

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Frazier’s Jensyn Hartman (33) hits against Waynesburg’s Sarah Stephenson in a WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal match Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.
Waynesburg girls volleyball on top of its game in playoff win over Frazier
November 2, 2020
During the regular season, the Waynesburg volleyball team used two wins against rival Frazier to earn a section championship.

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Southmoreland’s Kendall Fabery (6) tries to push the ball past Ambridge’s Sofia Chickos during a WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Tuesday.
Southmoreland girls soccer backs up strong regular season with playoff win
October 27, 2020
In his first season as coach of the Southmoreland girls soccer team, Josh Pajak couldn’t have asked for a better regular season from the Scotties. Southmoreland posted a 12-1 record, which included a section title and an eight-game win streak.

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Connellsville’s Gabriel McCrum (17) makes a catch and is tackled by Gateway’s Camron Price and Jermir Harber on Oct. 23, 2020, at Connellsville Stadium.
Gateway, Davis too much for Connellsville
October 23, 2020
The Connellsville football team did not play poorly in terms of mistakes and effort during Friday’s homecoming game against Gateway.

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Frazier’s Kenny Fine runs against Beth-Center on Oct. 16, 2020, at Frazier.
Frazier shuts out Beth-Center on senior night, stays in playoff hunt
October 16, 2020
Seeking a chance to stay locked into one of the top two positions in Section 3-2A, the Frazier football team turned in a dominating performance on senior night, rolling to a 39-0 victory over visiting Beth-Center on Friday.

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Connellsville’s Ky’ron Craggette fights for yardage while being wrapped up by Latrobe’s Tucker Knupp (left) and Drake Clayton on Oct. 9, 2020, at Connellsville Stadium.
Latrobe makes defensive stand on game’s final play to stop Connellsville
October 9, 2020
Trailing by three points with four seconds left in the game, Connellsville had the ball at the Latrobe 5-yard line on fourth down. Instead of kicking a field goal to tie the game, Falcons coach Marko Thomas opted to go for the win.

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Franklin Regional’s Mario Sarnic tries to get away from Connellsville’s Gabriel McCrum on Friday.
Franklin Regional overpowers Connellsville with fast start
October 2, 2020
Seeking to build on momentum gained in its last two games, Franklin Regional scored on all four of its first-half possessions and never looked back in a 42-21 win over visiting Connellsville in a Class 5A Big East game Friday night.

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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.
Geibel boys seeking 1st PIAA playoff victory in 36 years
March 4, 2020
By the time the Geibel boys basketball team opens the PIAA Class A tournament Friday against Berlin Brothersvalley at Pitt-Johnstown, more than two weeks will have passed since the Gators last saw the floor in a competitive setting.

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Kyle Polce led Pine-Richland with 27 points Tuesday night.
Polce leads Pine-Richland boys past Connellsville
February 18, 2020
Pinpoint perimeter shooting and dominant rebounding led Pine-Richland to an 81-51 victory over Connellsville in the first round of the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs Tuesday at Fox Chapel High School.

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Avonworth puts quick end to Southmoreland’s playoff run
November 1, 2019
Although the Southmoreland football team accomplished a major goal of breaking a 40-year playoff drought, the Scotties were hoping that their stay in the postseason would turn out to be a bit longer.

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No. 1 Washington gets 6 interceptions in rout of Southmoreland
October 18, 2019
The Southmoreland football team couldn’t have asked for a better start to Friday’s home finale against high-powered Washington.

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Franklin Regional’s Zac Gordon rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns against Connellsville.
Franklin Regional clinches playoff berth behind Zac Gordon’s 228 yards, 3 TDs
October 11, 2019
A couple of trends continued Friday night as Connellsville and Franklin Regional met in a homecoming game at Connellsville Stadium.

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Charleroi’s Legend Davis competes against Southmoreland during a game Oct. 4, 2019, at Southmoreland.
Charleroi rains on on Southmoreland’s playoff-clinching parade
October 5, 2019
It was a bittersweet night on Friday for the Southmoreland football team.

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Latrobe’s Logan Gustafson (22) makes an interception in front of teammate Raymon Henderson (30) and Connellsville’s Gage Gillott (18) during the first half of a game Sept. 20, 2019, at Connellsville Stadium.
Latrobe feasts on Connellsville turnovers
September 20, 2019
Both the Connellsville and Latrobe football teams knew that a win on Friday night was vital to stay on the fringe of the playoff picture in Section 2-5A. With that in mind, both teams played with desperation and either team could have walked out of Connellsville Stadium with an all-important victory.

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Penn-Trafford’s Noah Allen (14) lunges for the ball while being covered by Connellsville’s Jason McBride during their game Sept. 6, 2019, at Connellsville.
Top-ranked Penn-Trafford too much for Connellsville
September 6, 2019
Entering Friday’s game against Penn-Trafford, the Connellsville football team knew it would be tangling with the top-ranked team in Class 5A. Connellsville didn’t come away with a win, but it certainly in a better performance compared to the lopsided loss against McKeesport last week.

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