Author: Jeremy Sellew


Cornelious Nesbit runs a Shaler practice in 2019.
Belle Vernon hires former Shaler, Gateway coach to lead girls basketball program
May 22, 2024
Confident, motivated and excited.

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Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Kaitlyn Slagus has stepped down.
Belle Vernon girls basketball coach steps down
March 25, 2024
Belle Vernon will be in the market for a new girls basketball coach in the coming weeks as the Belle Vernon Area School Board formally accepted the resignation of Kaitlyn Slagus at Monday’s voting meeting.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Alyssa Terza blocks the shot of Knoch’s Aubrey Spencer in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.
Elizabeth Forward buckles down on defense to oust Knoch in Class 4A quarterfinals
February 23, 2024
Elizabeth Forward got downright defensive Friday night, switching from man defense to a zone to stifle No. 6 Knoch and cruise into Tuesday’s WPIAL semifinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore shoots a fallaway jumper over Elizabeth Forward’s Isaiah Turner on Friday.
Elizabeth Forward gears up for playoffs with thrilling OT win over rival Belle Vernon
February 9, 2024
Both coaches – Elizabeth Forward’s Nolan Larry and Belle Vernon’s Joe Salvino – saw an eerie resemblance between Friday night’s game and last season’s section finale between the two rivals.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan looks for a teammate against Serra Catholic on Thursday.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls lean on their stars to hold off Serra Catholic
January 4, 2024
As Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls team watched its 10-point lead get shaved to five points in the fourth quarter by host Serra Catholic, the Centurions had their stars step up to say, “not so fast.”

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Crews and Colton Lee celebrate a touchdown against Deer Lakes on Friday during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal.
Belle Vernon rolls over Deer Lakes into WPIAL Class 3A semifinals
November 10, 2023
Belle Vernon quarterback Braden Laux threw three first-half touchdown passes — two to Quinton Martin — to help lead the top-seeded Leopards to a 49-6 WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal win over No. 8 Deer Lakes on The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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California’s Spencer Petrucci scores against Jeannette in a WPIAL Class A first round game Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
California ground game too much for Jeannette in Class A 1st round
November 3, 2023
An earthquake of a running game was too much for Jeannette to overcome as California ran over the Jayhawks for a 44-6 win in a WPIAL Class A first-round game Friday at Trojans Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a touchdown past Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut on Friday.
Belle Vernon locks up conference title with win vs. Elizabeth Forward
October 27, 2023
With his future coach in attendance, Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin could see a position change when he heads to Happy Valley next season.

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Belle Vernon’s Kole Doppelheuer scores in the third quarter against Southmoreland on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.
Belle Vernon rolls past Southmoreland behind dominant ground game
October 20, 2023
Belle Vernon flexed its size and strength as the offensive line got rolling downhill to steamroll host Southmoreland, 49-7, at Russ Grimm Field.

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Springdale’s Chase Weihrauch tackles Frazier’s Chase Fulmer during their game Oct. 13, 2023, at Frazier.
Frazier runs through Springdale for 1st win
October 13, 2023
For the first time “in a very long time,” Frazier had two players rush for more than 100 yards as the Commodores picked up their first win of the season Friday.

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Southmoreland’s Da’sjon Craggette outruns Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut for a touchdown Friday.
Nigut helps Elizabeth Forward rally past Southmoreland
September 29, 2023
Southmoreland coach Tim Bukowski was steadfast when discussing the outcome of the Scotties’ game with Elizabeth Forward on Friday at Warriors Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin tries to get away from Thomas Jefferson’s Sean Sullivan and Brayden White on Friday.
Thomas Jefferson rallies past Belle Vernon on late TD pass
September 22, 2023
When Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson renew their rivalry, there’s usually one play or a series of plays that decide the game.

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Jeannette’s Payton Molter runs past Frazier’s Chase Fulmer on Friday.
Molter’s perfect night, defense help lead Jeannette to rout of Frazier
September 16, 2023
Jeannette found its offensive mojo Friday and had no problems picking up an Eastern Conference win at Frazier’s Commodores Field.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade celebrates a defensive stop against McKeesport on Friday.
Belle Vernon withstands McKeesport in overtime
September 9, 2023
Friday night’s game against McKeesport seemed eerily similar to last season’s game for Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert.

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Belle Vernon pitcher Olivia Kolowitz celebrates a win over West Mifflin in the WPIAL Class 4A softball quarterfinals May 17.
Belle Vernon, Montour to square off for WPIAL Class 4A softball title
May 30, 2023
Belle Vernon coach Tom Rodriguez has been to six WPIAL championship games throughout his career. He is 4-1 in those games and knows anything can happen.

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Belle Vernon’s Ana Zubovic celebrates her home run against Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
With ‘all gas and no brakes,’ Belle Vernon hands 1st loss to Elizabeth Forward in 4A semifinals
May 24, 2023
As sweet as career win No. 300 was for Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez, No. 301 was a little sweeter.

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Belle Vernon catcher Mia Zubovic hugs pitcher Olivia Kolowitz after a win over West Mifflin in the WPIAL Class 4A softball quarterfinals Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Belle Vernon uses pitching, defense, timely hits to get past West Mifflin
May 17, 2023
Good pitching, good defense and timely hits. Those are the keys to victory for Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emma Henry slides safely into home ahead of the tag of Serra Catholic catcher Cassidy Trahan on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
Serra Catholic rallies to defeat Greensburg Central Catholic in softball nail-biter
April 13, 2023
Serra Catholic knocked Greensburg Central Catholic from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of first place in Section 3-2A with a 6-5 comeback win Thursday at Jamie Brewster Filotei Field in McKeesport.

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Belle Vernon’s Jenna Dawson drives past Greensburg Salem’s Ashley Smith in the WPIAL Class 4A first round Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023.
Belle Vernon beats Greensburg Salem girls in Class 4A 1st round
February 21, 2023
For the first time since the 2018 season, the Belle Vernon girls basketball team is moving on in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Laurel Highlands’ Keondre Deshields shoots over Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Laurel Highlands torches reeling Belle Vernon
February 3, 2023
What could have been a rebirth and momentum builder for the Belle Vernon boys basketball team was anything but that Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble shoots a jumper against Serra Catholic on Monday.
Serra Catholic shuts down Greensburg Central Catholic to earn season split
January 30, 2023
After a near miss in Round 1, the Serra Catholic girls basketball team handled business in Round 2 against first-place Greensburg Central Catholic, handing the Centurions their first section loss of the season and thrusting itself back in line for a share of the Section 3-2A title.

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Belle Vernon’s Aiden Johnson recovers a Neumann Goretti fumble at the goal line during the final seconds of the state title game.
Belle Vernon credits defense for state championship
December 12, 2022
Yes Virginia, defense does win championships. And if anyone says otherwise, just roll the tape of Belle Vernon’s PIAA 3A championship win over Neumann-Goretti.

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Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux stiff-arms Freeport’s Cyprian Selinger during a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Nov. 18 at Gateway High School.
There’s no tomorrow for Belle Vernon in state title matchup with Neumann-Goretti
December 9, 2022
The Belle Vernon football team has been moving its expiration date all season long. No matter what, the season ends Saturday and the expiration date has arrived.

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Belle Vernon senior Viva Kreis
Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis takes home national High School Heisman honors
December 1, 2022
In 1994, the Heisman High School Scholarship was created to extend the Heisman Trophy’s prestige from college football to the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh stiff-arms East Allegheny’s Caleb Mills on Friday.
Belle Vernon dominates East Allegheny in WPIAL playoffs
November 11, 2022
All the talk this week was red wave or blue wave. But all No. 9 East Allegheny saw was a green wave on “The Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh averages 9 yards a carry.
Belle Vernon eager to get to work in WPIAL playoffs
November 10, 2022
It’s been two long weeks, but it’s been a time to get back to basics and time to heal up for the Belle Vernon football team.

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Frazier celebrates beating Serra Catholic in the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball championship Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at UPMC Events Center.
No. 2 Frazier sweeps No. 1 Serra Catholic to capture 2nd WPIAL girls volleyball title
November 5, 2022
The Hartman family is going to need a bigger trophy room, as the Frazier volleyball team climbed the mountain and now sits on top of the WPIAL in Class A.

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Serra Catholic’s Michael Schanck stiff arms Washington’s Zxavian Willis on Friday.
Washington upsets Serra Catholic in opening round
November 4, 2022
There will be a new champion in the WPIAL’s Class 2A classification after defending champion Serra Catholic was upset and dethroned Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores his fourth touchdown of the game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, against Elizabeth Forward.
Quinton Martin scores 5 TDs as Belle Vernon dominates Elizabeth Forward
October 28, 2022
It’s the season for trick or treat, and Friday night it was Belle Vernon reaping the treats and causing Elizabeth Forward nightmares days before Halloween.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zachary Boyd is averaging 33 yards per catch.
Belle Vernon aiming to knock Elizabeth Forward off its Interstate Conference perch
For schools 6 miles apart, it has been seven years since Elizabeth Forward and Belle Vernon Area have met on the football field.

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Belle Vernon’s Brandon Yeschenko (6) gets past West Mifflin’s Nick Miller (8) on Monday.
West Mifflin gets past Belle Vernon, earns elusive trip to WPIAL quarterfinals
October 24, 2022
In what is believed to be a first in program history, West Mifflin is advancing to the WPIAL quarterfinals after holding off a late Belle Vernon push for a 1-0 win in a Class 2A boys soccer first-round match at The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh dives for a touchdown against Southmoreland on Friday.
Belle Vernon overwhelms Southmoreland with 7 TDs in 7 drives
October 21, 2022
Another Friday night, another early ending for Belle Vernon.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin is grabbed by Mt. Pleasant’s Devin Kuhns on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
Belle Vernon takes advantage of field position, Martin scores 5 times in win over Mt. Pleasant
October 14, 2022
Belle Vernon Area started seven of its eight first-half drives deep in Mt. Pleasant territory, and Quinton Martin scored five first-half touchdowns and picked off a pair of passes as the Leopards routed the visiting Vikings, 55-7, in a Class 3A Interstate Conference matchup Friday on The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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Former South Allegheny coach Darwin Manges
South Allegheny football coach steps down, citing health concerns
South Allegheny’s turbulent football season got a little more tumultuous this week with the abrupt resignation of coach Darwin Manges.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Keilly Rush scores a touchdown past Mt. Pleasant’s Lucas Nicotera on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward cruises to victory over Mt. Pleasant
October 7, 2022
A quick-strike offense and a shutdown defense helped lead Elizabeth Forward to a 42-14 win over visiting Mt. Pleasant in Class 3A’s Interstate Conference on Friday night at Warriors Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a 79-yard touchdown against South Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
Belle Vernon opens conference play with dominant win over South Allegheny
September 30, 2022
Belle Vernon football coach Matt Humbert wanted his team to be battled tested when Class 3A Interstate Conference play began Friday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zachary Boyd outruns Shady Side Academy’s Noah Yeh (left) on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
Boyd, White lead Elizabeth Forward past Shady Side Academy
September 16, 2022
Zach Boyd and Zion White continue to torch opposing secondaries, and Elizabeth Forward continues to win because of it.

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Washington’s Logan Carlisle looks to pass in the first half against Serra Catholic on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Serra rallies from pair of 2-TD deficits, uses big defensive play to hold off Washington
September 10, 2022
Being a ball hawk is a skill, a skill they take very seriously at Serra Catholic.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates against Laurel Highlands on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
Quinton Martin’s 3 touchdowns lead Belle Vernon past Laurel Highlands
September 2, 2022
With Penn State coach James Franklin in attendance for the first half, Quinton Martin ripped off three touchdown runs to help push Belle Vernon to a 41-20 win over visiting Laurel Highlands on “The Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Johnny DiNapoli works out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Forward.
Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
August 26, 2022
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
August 25, 2022
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Notre Dame’s Charel Allen handles the ball against DePaul in the 2007 Big East Championship tournament.
Former Monessen star Charel Allen comes full circle, joins Notre Dame coaching staff
July 21, 2022
After five years on the West Coast, Charel Allen is returning to her alma mater.

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Frazier first baseman Delaney Warnick stretches to get Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Scanlon on a ground out to third base Friday, May 13, 2022.
Frazier passes stern test from Mt. Pleasant with playoffs around corner
May 13, 2022
As coaches schedule playoff “tune-up” games, they’re looking to put their team in some situations that they’ll face in the playoffs.

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Yough third baseman Kaylin Ritenour leaps to the third base bag to force out Elizabeth Forward’s Grace Smith for the final out of the sixth inning Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward wins section title softball showdown with Yough
May 11, 2022
For the third straight season, Elizabeth Forward reigns at the top of Section 2-4A.

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Belle Vernon catcher Mia Zubovic slaps a tag on Elizabeth Forward’s Bella Gimiliano for the final out of the top of the third inning Monday, April 25, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward softball holds on to beat Belle Vernon
April 25, 2022
Elizabeth Forward used two big innings, including a five-run fifth, to hang on for a 9-6 win at Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A softball Monday.

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Mark Gambino was hired to coach the Charleroi football team on March 15, 2022.
Gambino takes over Charleroi football program
March 17, 2022
The Charleroi Area School Board found their man to take over the Cougars football program.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Falukner (22) celebrates after scoring with Rowan Carmichael (2) and Jordan Kolenda late in the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against South Allegheny on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Avonworth pulls off another upset, beating South Allegheny in Class 3A semifinals
February 28, 2022
Cinderella is heading to the ball once again. And again, it’s South Allegheny that came out on the losing side.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade competes against Montour’s Tyriq Eleam in the WPIAL semifinals Feb. 26, 2022, at Bethel Park.
Montour holds off Belle Vernon, advances to WPIAL championship game
February 26, 2022
For the second straight season, Belle Vernon’s chase for an elusive WPIAL title ended in the semifinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock returns a punt for a touchdown against Laurel Highlands on Oct. 1, 2021.
Belle Vernon playmaker Devin Whitlock to walk on at Pitt
February 3, 2022
One of the WPIAL’s most exciting athletes has announced where he’ll continue playing football.

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Belle Vernon’s Tessa Rodriguez dribbles as Southmoreland’s Elle Pawlikowsky defends Thursday.
Southmoreland seizes control of Section 3-4A with win against Belle Vernon
January 28, 2022
The road to then Section 3-4A title again will travel through Alverton after the Southmoreland girls pulled away from Belle Vernon on Thursday night.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock has rushed and thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Rematch between Belle Vernon, Aliquippa has more on the line this time around
November 27, 2021
Saturday is Round 2 between Belle Vernon and Aliquippa, only this time the stakes are a little higher than their last meeting.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates against Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at West Mifflin.
Star-studded lineup leads Belle Vernon past rival Thomas Jefferson into WPIAL title game
November 19, 2021
Devin Whitlock, Quinton Martin, Cole Weightman, Tommy Kovatch and the boys in green are heading to Heinz Field in search of a WPIAL championship.

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Miklos makes a play on the ball in front of Quinton Martin in practice Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
No surprises when Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson meet in anticipated rematch
November 18, 2021
When Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson meet Friday in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal, there won’t be anything to hide.

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Quinton Martin looks on at Belle Vernon practice Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.
Discipline key for top-seeded Belle Vernon when New Castle comes to town
November 10, 2021
Defensive discipline played a big role in Belle Vernon’s 46-14 win over McKeesport to win the Big 8 Conference title two weeks ago.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a touchdown against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Whitlock, Martin lead Belle Vernon to Big 8 Conference title by beating McKeesport
October 29, 2021
Belle Vernon didn’t wear masks with the likeness of Michael Myers, but the Leopards handed out nightmares for McKeesport Friday night.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elias Lippincott is pursued by McKeesport’s Keyshawn Humphries on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
McKeesport knocks off TJ, sets up winner-take-all showdown with Belle Vernon next week
October 22, 2021
When it comes to the Big 8 Conference, most of the talk usually revolves around Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon. But there’s a new big cat on the block, and the McKeesport Tigers have entered the chat.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs against Trinity on Oct. 15, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
Quinton Martin romps, Belle Vernon stomps Trinity
October 15, 2021
It’s not quite Halloween, but Trinity may have nightmares of Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin. After his performance Friday, who could blame them?

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Elizabeth Forward’s Kyle Flournoy carries the ball against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward capitalizes on South Allegheny mistakes in Interstate victory
October 9, 2021
Elizabeth Forward used a number of South Allegheny miscues to take a commanding three-score lead after the first 10 minutes Friday night and cruised to a 36-7 win over its WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference rivals at Glassport Memorial Stadium.

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Laurel Highlands defenders try to contain Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during last season’s meeting.
Laurel Highlands steps into spotlight for marquee matchup with Belle Vernon
September 30, 2021
It’s been a long time coming for the Laurel Highlands football program.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock eludes tacklers against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Whitlock’s big play lifts Belle Vernon over Thomas Jefferson in game that lives up to hype
September 24, 2021
The Big 8 Conference battle between Belle Vernon Area and Thomas Jefferson lived up to every bit of the hype.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew against Penn-Trafford on Sept. 10.
Showdown between Thomas Jefferson, Belle Vernon has big-game feel
September 23, 2021
There will be no better place to be tonight for a high school football fan than James Weir Stadium.

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Laurel Highlands rallies to defeat Ringgold on Rams’ homecoming
September 17, 2021
Sometimes football is an unfair game, and sometimes it will frustrate you and bite you.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew during a game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Whitlock, Belle Vernon earn statement victory over Penn-Trafford
September 10, 2021
Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock continued to dazzle Friday night, running for three touchdowns among his 20 carries for 208 yards, as the Leopards beat Class 5A No. 1 Penn-Trafford, 27-7, in a nonconference game at James Weir Stadium.

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Ringgold’s Brayden Fine runs against Yough on Sept. 3, 2021, at Ringgold.
Ringgold football runs to shutout of Yough
September 3, 2021
Ringgold coach Darwin Manges was looking for his Rams to build confidence after last week’s tough loss to Elizabeth Forward.

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Ringgold wide receiver Donte Kinds pulls in a pass during practice.
Ringgold looking to surprise in Big Eight Conference
August 26, 2021
For third-year Ringgold head coach Darwin Manges, the formula for his program is starting to become clear and he’s hoping this is the season it all comes together.

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Elizabeth Forward running back DaVontay Brownfield runs in practice.
After title game appearance, Elizabeth Forward hungry for more
Elizabeth Forward rode its fast and physical style all the way to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game last season, where it ran into the Beaver County buzzsaw in Central Valley.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze and Abbie Deiseroth celebrate a win over Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Highlands mounts comeback, shocks No. 1 Elizabeth Forward in Class 4A semifinals
May 26, 2021
Down by three runs and down to its last three outs, the Highlands softball team mounted an epic comeback against the top-seeded defending WPIAL champs Wednesday afternoon.

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North Catholic’s Isaiah Jackson (5) celebrates with Max Rottmann (24) after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Rottmann’s shooting helps North Catholic knock off No. 1 Belle Vernon in semifinals
March 11, 2021
Every game this season, it’s been a different North Catholic player showing up in big spots, Trojans coach Dave DeGregorio said.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock scores on a layup against South Park on Monday, March 8, 2021, in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game at Belle Vernon
Devin Whitlock walks the walk, leads Belle Vernon past South Park
March 8, 2021
If a team is game-planning to face the Belle Vernon boys basketball team, one of the first things a coach should do is give his team a commandment: “Thou shalt not chirp or trash talk Devin Whitlock.”

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon (20) looks to advance past Freeport’s Zach Clark (11) in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Two players set career highs in points as Belle Vernon boys rout Freeport
March 4, 2021
While Belle Vernon is the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 4A bracket, the Leopards feel disrespected.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock handles the ball as Laurel Highlands’ Brandon Davis defends Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock steals show with Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher sidelined
January 20, 2021
Fans wanting to see a battle between Laurel Highlands standout Rodney Gallagher and Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock were likely a little disappointed Wednesday.

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Monessen hires West Mifflin assistant to lead football program
January 14, 2021
Wade Brown was hired Tuesday by the Monessen School Board to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of Shane Swope Jr., just days after the football team forfeited its last game of the season.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps carries the ball against Yough on Sept. 25.
South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps stays at home, picks Duquesne
December 15, 2020
Since he was little, Antonio Epps always wanted to play college football at the Division 1 level.

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Clairton’s Brooklyn Cannon makes a catch in front of Shenango’s Preston Schry during their WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game Nov. 6, 2020, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Top-seeded Clairton rolls past Shenango to return to WPIAL Class A championship game
November 6, 2020
While the road to Heinz Field usually goes through Clairton, this year the Bears have built a highway to North Hills.

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Bell Vernon’s Devin Whitlock looks to pass over Chartiers Valley’s Patrick Mulligan on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Belle Vernon dispatches Chartiers Valley in WPIAL 1st round
October 30, 2020
Despite at times playing like a team that hasn’t played in the past two weeks, the Belle Vernon football team advanced to the WPIAL semifinals Friday.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield runs the ball late in the second half Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, against Southmoreland.
EF’s touchdown on last play of 1st half keys victory over Southmoreland
October 23, 2020
When Southmoreland scored a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the first half to pull within one of conference champion Elizabeth Forward, the Warriors could have been content to take the slim lead to the locker room.

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Monessen coach Shane Swope oversees a preseason practice.
Lack of eligible players shuts down Monessen’s football season
October 14, 2020
The Monessen football program will forfeit the remaining two games of the 2020 football season.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock carries against Ringgold in their Big Eight Conference game Oct. 9, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Devin Whitlock’s record touchdown helps Belle Vernon run through Ringgold
October 9, 2020
There’s no doubting Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock’s athletic talent. Now, the junior will hold a place in Leopards history as well.

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Monessen’s Shane Swope coaches against Jefferson-Morgan on Sept. 25.
With injuries hitting roster, Monessen football forced to forfeit to Carmichaels
October 7, 2020
Low numbers have cost Monessen with three games left to play this season.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield stays in bounds against South Park on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Elizabeth Forward beats South Park, moves to head of the class in Interstate Conference
October 2, 2020
Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi called Friday’s Class 3A Interstate Conference matchup with South Park “the best game his team’s played” in his tenure leading the Warriors.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shultz Reinhard intercepts a pass intended for Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
Big second half leads Thomas Jefferson past Belle Vernon
September 25, 2020
A dominant second half and the return of a Thomas Jefferson staple helped the Jaguars roar past rival Belle Vernon Area on Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (1) runs past West Mifflin’s Diondre Jefferson (5) on Sept. 18, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon shuts out West Mifflin for Big 8 victory
September 18, 2020
After a big win, Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert usually tells his team to enjoy it for a day or two before returning to practice the following week.

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Belle Vernon’s Logan Cunningham returns an interception Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, against McKeesport.
QB Whitlock helps Belle Vernon shut out McKeesport in opener
September 11, 2020
When the Belle Vernon football team shuts out an opponent, it gets doughnuts from the coaching staff.

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Former Monessen girls basketball coach Major Corley was chosen for the class of 2020 of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame.
Major Corley, championship coach of Monessen girls basketball team, dies of coronavirus
July 13, 2020
To many who didn’t know him, Major Corley was an imposing figure.

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Bucknell’s Kaitlyn Slagus poses with her All Tournament team and Tournament MVP trophy after the 2019 Patriot League tournament.
Belle Vernon hires one of program’s best players, Kaitlyn Slagus, as girls basketball coach
June 23, 2020
Kaitlyn Slagus is one of the best basketball players to ever take the court at Belle Vernon Area High School.

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Lindsy Muchnock coached at Hempfield in 2017-18.
Latrobe grad steps down from Ringgold girls basketball coaching position
June 2, 2020
After two seasons at the helm of the Ringgold girls basketball program, Lindsy Muchnock has tendered her resignation.

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Coach Ronnie Drennan offers direction to Grace Henderson (22) during a 2018 practice.
Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Ronnie Drennen steps down after 2 successful seasons
May 15, 2020
After winning 30 games during the past two seasons, Ronnie Drennen resigned as girls basketball coach at Belle Vernon.

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Former California head football coach Brady Barbero was hired Tuesday, April 21, 2020, as Charleroi’s football coach.
Charleroi names athletic director Brady Barbero as new football coach
April 22, 2020
Charleroi didn’t have to search far and wide to find its new football coach after Lance Getsy tendered his resignation near the end of February.

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Belle Vernon’s Isabella Laurita and West Mifflin’s Alyssa Deacon compete during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer standout Laurita flips college commitment to Georgia State
March 20, 2020
Nearly six months after announcing a verbal commitment to the University of Memphis to play soccer, former Belle Vernon Area star and Pittsburgh Riverhounds ECNL squad member Izzy Laurita flipped her commitment and will now be heading to Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock plays against Clearfield in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Belle Vernon to face hefty challenge in second-round state playoff matchup
March 9, 2020
Even though the Belle Vernon boys basketball team is in the second round of the PIAA tournament, coach Joe Salvino said a lot of things need to change if his team wants to see the quarterfinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (right) drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Belle Vernon earns long-awaited PIAA tournament victory
March 6, 2020
For the first time since 1981, the Belle Vernon boys basketball team will play in a PIAA second-round game.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock listens to coach Joe Salvino (left) during their game against Penn-Trafford on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in the Hempfield High School Tip-Off Tournament.
Belle Vernon’s Salvino hopes boys basketball team refocuses for PIAAs
March 5, 2020
Belle Vernon coach Joe Salvino has been through this before.

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Serra Catholic’s Rain Watson dribbles against Laurel’s Reese Bintrim during the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Laurel digs deep on defense, upsets No. 1 Serra Catholic in Class 2A semifinals
February 24, 2020
A slow start, nearly 20 turnovers and foul trouble are part of the formula for an upset, and No. 1 seed Serra Catholic found out the hard way in a WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball semifinal Monday at Peters Township.

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Carlynton overcomes foul trouble, beats Charleroi in overtime
February 14, 2020
Carlynton coach Mike Kozy wrote the word “team” on the board prior to Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against Charleroi. He knew it was going to take a team effort if his Cougars wanted to advance.

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BVA’s Rachel Wobrak (4) celebrates with teammates after defeating Elizabeth Forward on Feb. 6, 2020 at Belle Vernon Area High School.
Wobrak enjoys senior night to remember as Belle Vernon rallies past Elizabeth Forward
February 6, 2020
Belle Vernon senior Rachel Wobrak knew she wanted her senior night to be a game to remember.

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Belle Vernon Area’s Rachel Wobrak dribbles against McKeesport’s Laila Taylor on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.
Belle Vernon girls hold on for section win against McKeesport
January 30, 2020
Two days ago, Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Ronnie Drennen made a statement with the utmost confidence.

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Uniontown’s Keondre Deshields (1) blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock on Jan. 24, 2020.
Uniontown survives scare from Belle Vernon
January 24, 2020
After a 27-point beating at the hands of Uniontown Jan. 3, the Belle Vernon Area boys basketball team wanted nothing more than another shot at the Red Raiders.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Farah Reader on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Undefeated Southmoreland fights off Belle Vernon upset bid
January 9, 2020
Belle Vernon Area gave Southmoreland its best shot Thursday, but the Scotties were the team delivering the knockout blow to avoid the Leopards’ upset bid.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda runs against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Belle Vernon ‘a different team’ since lopsided loss to Thomas Jefferson in September
November 15, 2019
For Belle Vernon’s football team, it doesn’t matter what you call them heading into Saturday’s WPIAL Class 4A championship game against conference rival Thomas Jefferson.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Jared Hartman throws a pass against South Fayette in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Belle Vernon gets revenge, stuns South Fayette
November 8, 2019
For 364 days, Belle Vernon Area worked long and hard to get to where they were Friday night. That’s the WPIAL Class 4A semifinal.

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Belle Vernon’s Dane Anden (7) runs the ball past New Castle’s defense on Nov. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon preps for South Fayette with ‘laser focus’
November 7, 2019
Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert had a message for his football team after last week’s quarterfinal win over New Castle.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past New Castle’s Donny Cade in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game Nov. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon golden at home, beats New Castle in Class 4A quarters
November 1, 2019
Belle Vernon prides itself on defending the beach and ringing the bell, and there was no way the seniors were going to be upset on their gold turf.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past Ringgold defenders Friday, Oct. 26, 2019.
Belle Vernon offense overpowers Ringgold
October 25, 2019
Belle Vernon had no problems running through rival Ringgold in the regular-season finale for both teams Friday night at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Dakota Marion kneels over West Mifflin’s Tayshawn McMillan on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon routs West Mifflin as Hartman sets school TD record
October 11, 2019
Belle Vernon clinched a home playoff game and quarterback Jared Hartman set a single-season record for touchdown passes as the Leopards rolled past West Mifflin, 40-7, in a Big 8 conference showdown on Friday on “the Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Izzy Laurita scored 33 goals and added 20 assists last season.
Belle Vernon soccer star Izzy Laurita leaving team due to safety concerns
September 9, 2019
Citing risk of long-term injury, Belle Vernon Area’s Izzy Laurita has walked away from high school soccer.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump competes against Belle Vernon on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson pulls away in 2nd half to rout Belle Vernon
September 6, 2019
In front of a capacity crowd at Jaguars Stadium, Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon showed why they are two of the top teams in Class 4A, at least for a half.

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California’s Cochise Ryan (10) leaps over Monessen’s Darius Stevenson (15) during their game Aug. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
QB Cochise Ryan powers California past Monessen
August 30, 2019
California’s Cochise Ryan had a little motivation heading into the Trojans’ important Tri-County South battle at Monessen on Friday night.

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Charleroi’s Legend Davis returns for the 2019 season.
Puzzle pieces need placed for talented Charleroi
August 22, 2019
There’s something surrounding the Charleroi football team that hasn’t been there the past few seasons: a semblance of mystery.

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Ringgold’s James Minnie returns for the 2019 season.
New coach helps Ringgold forget about last season
Last season is a wash for the Ringgold football team. New coach Darwin Manges has made that abundantly clear to his players and those around the program.

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Pitching coach Watson takes over Belle Vernon baseball program
June 24, 2019
For Tony Watson, there’s no place like home.

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Frazier’s Logan Hartman rounds third on her way to scoring the winning run in Tuesday’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Cranberry.
‘Last lap’ focuses Frazier for PIAA Class 2A softball championship
June 12, 2019
Before every practice this season, the Frazier softball team takes a lap around Commodore Park.

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Monessen’s Vin Rhome tries to beat a throw from 
St. Joseph’s Joe Godinez to Hayden Mallin at Seton Hill.
St. Joseph tops Monessen for 1st playoff win in 18 seasons
May 15, 2019
For the first time in 18 seasons, St. Joseph has advanced in the WPIAL baseball playoffs.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock
Monessen football, basketball standout Whitlock transfers to Belle Vernon
May 13, 2019
Devin Whitlock has withdrawn from Monessen and has enrolled at neighboring Belle Vernon.

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Belle Vernon wrestlers and head coach Mike Doppelheuer celebrate as Billy Korber secures them a 30-28 victory over Nazareth to earn them a third place finish at the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Hershey.
Belle Vernon wrestling coach Doppelheuer resigns
April 15, 2019
Belle Vernon is in the market for a new wrestling coach after the school board Monday accepted the resignation of Mike Doppelheuer.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Monessen boys ready for test against WPIAL champion Nazareth Prep in PIAA quarterfinals
March 14, 2019
Dan Bosnic won’t hide the fact his Greyhounds have been more successful than many predicted this postseason.

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Monessen freshman Devin Whitlock (center) scored 23 points against Jamestown in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Similiarities exist between PIAA basketball opponents Monessen, Bishop Carroll
March 11, 2019
It will be a “Dog Day Afternoon” tonight at Greensburg Salem as Monessen takes on District 6 runner-up Bishop Carroll in a PIAA Class A second-round game.

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Monessen’s DaWayne Howell drives against Jamestown during their PIAA Class A playoff game March 8, 2019, at Edinboro.
Monessen uses depth to take down Jamestown in PIAA Class A opening round
March 8, 2019
Monessen boys basketball coach Dan Bosnic knew District 10 champion Jamestown’s weakness was its depth.

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Keystone Oaks gets defensive in Class 4A 1st-round win over Belle Vernon
February 18, 2019
Two long runs and 12 Belle Vernon turnovers in a span of two quarters helped Keystone Oaks advance to the WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball quarterfinals.

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Cornelious Nesbit runs a Shaler practice in 2019.
Belle Vernon hires former Shaler, Gateway coach to lead girls basketball program
May 22, 2024
Confident, motivated and excited.

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Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Kaitlyn Slagus has stepped down.
Belle Vernon girls basketball coach steps down
March 25, 2024
Belle Vernon will be in the market for a new girls basketball coach in the coming weeks as the Belle Vernon Area School Board formally accepted the resignation of Kaitlyn Slagus at Monday’s voting meeting.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Alyssa Terza blocks the shot of Knoch’s Aubrey Spencer in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.
Elizabeth Forward buckles down on defense to oust Knoch in Class 4A quarterfinals
February 23, 2024
Elizabeth Forward got downright defensive Friday night, switching from man defense to a zone to stifle No. 6 Knoch and cruise into Tuesday’s WPIAL semifinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore shoots a fallaway jumper over Elizabeth Forward’s Isaiah Turner on Friday.
Elizabeth Forward gears up for playoffs with thrilling OT win over rival Belle Vernon
February 9, 2024
Both coaches – Elizabeth Forward’s Nolan Larry and Belle Vernon’s Joe Salvino – saw an eerie resemblance between Friday night’s game and last season’s section finale between the two rivals.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Mya Morgan looks for a teammate against Serra Catholic on Thursday.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls lean on their stars to hold off Serra Catholic
January 4, 2024
As Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls team watched its 10-point lead get shaved to five points in the fourth quarter by host Serra Catholic, the Centurions had their stars step up to say, “not so fast.”

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Crews and Colton Lee celebrate a touchdown against Deer Lakes on Friday during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal.
Belle Vernon rolls over Deer Lakes into WPIAL Class 3A semifinals
November 10, 2023
Belle Vernon quarterback Braden Laux threw three first-half touchdown passes — two to Quinton Martin — to help lead the top-seeded Leopards to a 49-6 WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal win over No. 8 Deer Lakes on The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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California’s Spencer Petrucci scores against Jeannette in a WPIAL Class A first round game Friday, Nov. 3, 2023.
California ground game too much for Jeannette in Class A 1st round
November 3, 2023
An earthquake of a running game was too much for Jeannette to overcome as California ran over the Jayhawks for a 44-6 win in a WPIAL Class A first-round game Friday at Trojans Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a touchdown past Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut on Friday.
Belle Vernon locks up conference title with win vs. Elizabeth Forward
October 27, 2023
With his future coach in attendance, Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin could see a position change when he heads to Happy Valley next season.

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Belle Vernon’s Kole Doppelheuer scores in the third quarter against Southmoreland on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.
Belle Vernon rolls past Southmoreland behind dominant ground game
October 20, 2023
Belle Vernon flexed its size and strength as the offensive line got rolling downhill to steamroll host Southmoreland, 49-7, at Russ Grimm Field.

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Springdale’s Chase Weihrauch tackles Frazier’s Chase Fulmer during their game Oct. 13, 2023, at Frazier.
Frazier runs through Springdale for 1st win
October 13, 2023
For the first time “in a very long time,” Frazier had two players rush for more than 100 yards as the Commodores picked up their first win of the season Friday.

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Southmoreland’s Da’sjon Craggette outruns Elizabeth Forward’s Charlie Nigut for a touchdown Friday.
Nigut helps Elizabeth Forward rally past Southmoreland
September 29, 2023
Southmoreland coach Tim Bukowski was steadfast when discussing the outcome of the Scotties’ game with Elizabeth Forward on Friday at Warriors Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin tries to get away from Thomas Jefferson’s Sean Sullivan and Brayden White on Friday.
Thomas Jefferson rallies past Belle Vernon on late TD pass
September 22, 2023
When Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson renew their rivalry, there’s usually one play or a series of plays that decide the game.

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Jeannette’s Payton Molter runs past Frazier’s Chase Fulmer on Friday.
Molter’s perfect night, defense help lead Jeannette to rout of Frazier
September 16, 2023
Jeannette found its offensive mojo Friday and had no problems picking up an Eastern Conference win at Frazier’s Commodores Field.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade celebrates a defensive stop against McKeesport on Friday.
Belle Vernon withstands McKeesport in overtime
September 9, 2023
Friday night’s game against McKeesport seemed eerily similar to last season’s game for Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert.

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Belle Vernon pitcher Olivia Kolowitz celebrates a win over West Mifflin in the WPIAL Class 4A softball quarterfinals May 17.
Belle Vernon, Montour to square off for WPIAL Class 4A softball title
May 30, 2023
Belle Vernon coach Tom Rodriguez has been to six WPIAL championship games throughout his career. He is 4-1 in those games and knows anything can happen.

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Belle Vernon’s Ana Zubovic celebrates her home run against Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
With ‘all gas and no brakes,’ Belle Vernon hands 1st loss to Elizabeth Forward in 4A semifinals
May 24, 2023
As sweet as career win No. 300 was for Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez, No. 301 was a little sweeter.

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Belle Vernon catcher Mia Zubovic hugs pitcher Olivia Kolowitz after a win over West Mifflin in the WPIAL Class 4A softball quarterfinals Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
Belle Vernon uses pitching, defense, timely hits to get past West Mifflin
May 17, 2023
Good pitching, good defense and timely hits. Those are the keys to victory for Belle Vernon softball coach Tom Rodriguez.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emma Henry slides safely into home ahead of the tag of Serra Catholic catcher Cassidy Trahan on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
Serra Catholic rallies to defeat Greensburg Central Catholic in softball nail-biter
April 13, 2023
Serra Catholic knocked Greensburg Central Catholic from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of first place in Section 3-2A with a 6-5 comeback win Thursday at Jamie Brewster Filotei Field in McKeesport.

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Belle Vernon’s Jenna Dawson drives past Greensburg Salem’s Ashley Smith in the WPIAL Class 4A first round Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023.
Belle Vernon beats Greensburg Salem girls in Class 4A 1st round
February 21, 2023
For the first time since the 2018 season, the Belle Vernon girls basketball team is moving on in the WPIAL playoffs.

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Laurel Highlands’ Keondre Deshields shoots over Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Laurel Highlands torches reeling Belle Vernon
February 3, 2023
What could have been a rebirth and momentum builder for the Belle Vernon boys basketball team was anything but that Friday night.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Erica Gribble shoots a jumper against Serra Catholic on Monday.
Serra Catholic shuts down Greensburg Central Catholic to earn season split
January 30, 2023
After a near miss in Round 1, the Serra Catholic girls basketball team handled business in Round 2 against first-place Greensburg Central Catholic, handing the Centurions their first section loss of the season and thrusting itself back in line for a share of the Section 3-2A title.

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Belle Vernon’s Aiden Johnson recovers a Neumann Goretti fumble at the goal line during the final seconds of the state title game.
Belle Vernon credits defense for state championship
December 12, 2022
Yes Virginia, defense does win championships. And if anyone says otherwise, just roll the tape of Belle Vernon’s PIAA 3A championship win over Neumann-Goretti.

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Belle Vernon’s Braden Laux stiff-arms Freeport’s Cyprian Selinger during a WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Nov. 18 at Gateway High School.
There’s no tomorrow for Belle Vernon in state title matchup with Neumann-Goretti
December 9, 2022
The Belle Vernon football team has been moving its expiration date all season long. No matter what, the season ends Saturday and the expiration date has arrived.

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Belle Vernon senior Viva Kreis
Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis takes home national High School Heisman honors
December 1, 2022
In 1994, the Heisman High School Scholarship was created to extend the Heisman Trophy’s prestige from college football to the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh stiff-arms East Allegheny’s Caleb Mills on Friday.
Belle Vernon dominates East Allegheny in WPIAL playoffs
November 11, 2022
All the talk this week was red wave or blue wave. But all No. 9 East Allegheny saw was a green wave on “The Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh averages 9 yards a carry.
Belle Vernon eager to get to work in WPIAL playoffs
November 10, 2022
It’s been two long weeks, but it’s been a time to get back to basics and time to heal up for the Belle Vernon football team.

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Frazier celebrates beating Serra Catholic in the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball championship Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at UPMC Events Center.
No. 2 Frazier sweeps No. 1 Serra Catholic to capture 2nd WPIAL girls volleyball title
November 5, 2022
The Hartman family is going to need a bigger trophy room, as the Frazier volleyball team climbed the mountain and now sits on top of the WPIAL in Class A.

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Serra Catholic’s Michael Schanck stiff arms Washington’s Zxavian Willis on Friday.
Washington upsets Serra Catholic in opening round
November 4, 2022
There will be a new champion in the WPIAL’s Class 2A classification after defending champion Serra Catholic was upset and dethroned Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin scores his fourth touchdown of the game Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, against Elizabeth Forward.
Quinton Martin scores 5 TDs as Belle Vernon dominates Elizabeth Forward
October 28, 2022
It’s the season for trick or treat, and Friday night it was Belle Vernon reaping the treats and causing Elizabeth Forward nightmares days before Halloween.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zachary Boyd is averaging 33 yards per catch.
Belle Vernon aiming to knock Elizabeth Forward off its Interstate Conference perch
For schools 6 miles apart, it has been seven years since Elizabeth Forward and Belle Vernon Area have met on the football field.

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Belle Vernon’s Brandon Yeschenko (6) gets past West Mifflin’s Nick Miller (8) on Monday.
West Mifflin gets past Belle Vernon, earns elusive trip to WPIAL quarterfinals
October 24, 2022
In what is believed to be a first in program history, West Mifflin is advancing to the WPIAL quarterfinals after holding off a late Belle Vernon push for a 1-0 win in a Class 2A boys soccer first-round match at The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Jake Gedekoh dives for a touchdown against Southmoreland on Friday.
Belle Vernon overwhelms Southmoreland with 7 TDs in 7 drives
October 21, 2022
Another Friday night, another early ending for Belle Vernon.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin is grabbed by Mt. Pleasant’s Devin Kuhns on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
Belle Vernon takes advantage of field position, Martin scores 5 times in win over Mt. Pleasant
October 14, 2022
Belle Vernon Area started seven of its eight first-half drives deep in Mt. Pleasant territory, and Quinton Martin scored five first-half touchdowns and picked off a pair of passes as the Leopards routed the visiting Vikings, 55-7, in a Class 3A Interstate Conference matchup Friday on The Beach at James Weir Stadium.

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Former South Allegheny coach Darwin Manges
South Allegheny football coach steps down, citing health concerns
South Allegheny’s turbulent football season got a little more tumultuous this week with the abrupt resignation of coach Darwin Manges.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Keilly Rush scores a touchdown past Mt. Pleasant’s Lucas Nicotera on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward cruises to victory over Mt. Pleasant
October 7, 2022
A quick-strike offense and a shutdown defense helped lead Elizabeth Forward to a 42-14 win over visiting Mt. Pleasant in Class 3A’s Interstate Conference on Friday night at Warriors Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a 79-yard touchdown against South Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.
Belle Vernon opens conference play with dominant win over South Allegheny
September 30, 2022
Belle Vernon football coach Matt Humbert wanted his team to be battled tested when Class 3A Interstate Conference play began Friday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Zachary Boyd outruns Shady Side Academy’s Noah Yeh (left) on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.
Boyd, White lead Elizabeth Forward past Shady Side Academy
September 16, 2022
Zach Boyd and Zion White continue to torch opposing secondaries, and Elizabeth Forward continues to win because of it.

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Washington’s Logan Carlisle looks to pass in the first half against Serra Catholic on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Serra rallies from pair of 2-TD deficits, uses big defensive play to hold off Washington
September 10, 2022
Being a ball hawk is a skill, a skill they take very seriously at Serra Catholic.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin celebrates against Laurel Highlands on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.
Quinton Martin’s 3 touchdowns lead Belle Vernon past Laurel Highlands
September 2, 2022
With Penn State coach James Franklin in attendance for the first half, Quinton Martin ripped off three touchdown runs to help push Belle Vernon to a 41-20 win over visiting Laurel Highlands on “The Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Johnny DiNapoli works out on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, in Forward.
Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
August 26, 2022
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
August 25, 2022
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Elizabeth Forward not ready to relinquish top spot in Class 3A Interstate Conference
Elizabeth Forward has heard all the rumblings about certain Interstate Conference newcomers. But as far as the Warriors are concerned, they’re still the top dogs.

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Notre Dame’s Charel Allen handles the ball against DePaul in the 2007 Big East Championship tournament.
Former Monessen star Charel Allen comes full circle, joins Notre Dame coaching staff
July 21, 2022
After five years on the West Coast, Charel Allen is returning to her alma mater.

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Frazier first baseman Delaney Warnick stretches to get Mt. Pleasant’s Emma Scanlon on a ground out to third base Friday, May 13, 2022.
Frazier passes stern test from Mt. Pleasant with playoffs around corner
May 13, 2022
As coaches schedule playoff “tune-up” games, they’re looking to put their team in some situations that they’ll face in the playoffs.

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Yough third baseman Kaylin Ritenour leaps to the third base bag to force out Elizabeth Forward’s Grace Smith for the final out of the sixth inning Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward wins section title softball showdown with Yough
May 11, 2022
For the third straight season, Elizabeth Forward reigns at the top of Section 2-4A.

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Belle Vernon catcher Mia Zubovic slaps a tag on Elizabeth Forward’s Bella Gimiliano for the final out of the top of the third inning Monday, April 25, 2022.
Elizabeth Forward softball holds on to beat Belle Vernon
April 25, 2022
Elizabeth Forward used two big innings, including a five-run fifth, to hang on for a 9-6 win at Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A softball Monday.

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Mark Gambino was hired to coach the Charleroi football team on March 15, 2022.
Gambino takes over Charleroi football program
March 17, 2022
The Charleroi Area School Board found their man to take over the Cougars football program.

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Avonworth’s Peyton Falukner (22) celebrates after scoring with Rowan Carmichael (2) and Jordan Kolenda late in the fourth quarter of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal against South Allegheny on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Avonworth pulls off another upset, beating South Allegheny in Class 3A semifinals
February 28, 2022
Cinderella is heading to the ball once again. And again, it’s South Allegheny that came out on the losing side.

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Belle Vernon’s Alonzo Wade competes against Montour’s Tyriq Eleam in the WPIAL semifinals Feb. 26, 2022, at Bethel Park.
Montour holds off Belle Vernon, advances to WPIAL championship game
February 26, 2022
For the second straight season, Belle Vernon’s chase for an elusive WPIAL title ended in the semifinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock returns a punt for a touchdown against Laurel Highlands on Oct. 1, 2021.
Belle Vernon playmaker Devin Whitlock to walk on at Pitt
February 3, 2022
One of the WPIAL’s most exciting athletes has announced where he’ll continue playing football.

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Belle Vernon’s Tessa Rodriguez dribbles as Southmoreland’s Elle Pawlikowsky defends Thursday.
Southmoreland seizes control of Section 3-4A with win against Belle Vernon
January 28, 2022
The road to then Section 3-4A title again will travel through Alverton after the Southmoreland girls pulled away from Belle Vernon on Thursday night.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock has rushed and thrown for more than 1,000 yards this season.
Rematch between Belle Vernon, Aliquippa has more on the line this time around
November 27, 2021
Saturday is Round 2 between Belle Vernon and Aliquippa, only this time the stakes are a little higher than their last meeting.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates against Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at West Mifflin.
Star-studded lineup leads Belle Vernon past rival Thomas Jefferson into WPIAL title game
November 19, 2021
Devin Whitlock, Quinton Martin, Cole Weightman, Tommy Kovatch and the boys in green are heading to Heinz Field in search of a WPIAL championship.

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Belle Vernon’s Anthony Miklos makes a play on the ball in front of Quinton Martin in practice Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
No surprises when Belle Vernon, Thomas Jefferson meet in anticipated rematch
November 18, 2021
When Belle Vernon and Thomas Jefferson meet Friday in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal, there won’t be anything to hide.

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Quinton Martin looks on at Belle Vernon practice Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.
Discipline key for top-seeded Belle Vernon when New Castle comes to town
November 10, 2021
Defensive discipline played a big role in Belle Vernon’s 46-14 win over McKeesport to win the Big 8 Conference title two weeks ago.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs for a touchdown against McKeesport on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Whitlock, Martin lead Belle Vernon to Big 8 Conference title by beating McKeesport
October 29, 2021
Belle Vernon didn’t wear masks with the likeness of Michael Myers, but the Leopards handed out nightmares for McKeesport Friday night.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Elias Lippincott is pursued by McKeesport’s Keyshawn Humphries on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
McKeesport knocks off TJ, sets up winner-take-all showdown with Belle Vernon next week
October 22, 2021
When it comes to the Big 8 Conference, most of the talk usually revolves around Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon. But there’s a new big cat on the block, and the McKeesport Tigers have entered the chat.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin runs against Trinity on Oct. 15, 2021, at Belle Vernon.
Quinton Martin romps, Belle Vernon stomps Trinity
October 15, 2021
It’s not quite Halloween, but Trinity may have nightmares of Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin. After his performance Friday, who could blame them?

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Elizabeth Forward’s Kyle Flournoy carries the ball against South Allegheny on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward capitalizes on South Allegheny mistakes in Interstate victory
October 9, 2021
Elizabeth Forward used a number of South Allegheny miscues to take a commanding three-score lead after the first 10 minutes Friday night and cruised to a 36-7 win over its WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference rivals at Glassport Memorial Stadium.

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Laurel Highlands defenders try to contain Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock during last season’s meeting.
Laurel Highlands steps into spotlight for marquee matchup with Belle Vernon
September 30, 2021
It’s been a long time coming for the Laurel Highlands football program.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock eludes tacklers against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.
Whitlock’s big play lifts Belle Vernon over Thomas Jefferson in game that lives up to hype
September 24, 2021
The Big 8 Conference battle between Belle Vernon Area and Thomas Jefferson lived up to every bit of the hype.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew against Penn-Trafford on Sept. 10.
Showdown between Thomas Jefferson, Belle Vernon has big-game feel
September 23, 2021
There will be no better place to be tonight for a high school football fan than James Weir Stadium.

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Laurel Highlands rallies to defeat Ringgold on Rams’ homecoming
September 17, 2021
Sometimes football is an unfair game, and sometimes it will frustrate you and bite you.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock celebrates his touchdown with Ryan McGrew during a game against Penn-Trafford on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Whitlock, Belle Vernon earn statement victory over Penn-Trafford
September 10, 2021
Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock continued to dazzle Friday night, running for three touchdowns among his 20 carries for 208 yards, as the Leopards beat Class 5A No. 1 Penn-Trafford, 27-7, in a nonconference game at James Weir Stadium.

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Ringgold’s Brayden Fine runs against Yough on Sept. 3, 2021, at Ringgold.
Ringgold football runs to shutout of Yough
September 3, 2021
Ringgold coach Darwin Manges was looking for his Rams to build confidence after last week’s tough loss to Elizabeth Forward.

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Ringgold wide receiver Donte Kinds pulls in a pass during practice.
Ringgold looking to surprise in Big Eight Conference
August 26, 2021
For third-year Ringgold head coach Darwin Manges, the formula for his program is starting to become clear and he’s hoping this is the season it all comes together.

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Elizabeth Forward running back DaVontay Brownfield runs in practice.
After title game appearance, Elizabeth Forward hungry for more
Elizabeth Forward rode its fast and physical style all the way to the WPIAL Class 3A championship game last season, where it ran into the Beaver County buzzsaw in Central Valley.

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Highlands’ Jaycee Haidze and Abbie Deiseroth celebrate a win over Elizabeth Forward in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Highlands mounts comeback, shocks No. 1 Elizabeth Forward in Class 4A semifinals
May 26, 2021
Down by three runs and down to its last three outs, the Highlands softball team mounted an epic comeback against the top-seeded defending WPIAL champs Wednesday afternoon.

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North Catholic’s Isaiah Jackson (5) celebrates with Max Rottmann (24) after defeating Belle Vernon in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Rottmann’s shooting helps North Catholic knock off No. 1 Belle Vernon in semifinals
March 11, 2021
Every game this season, it’s been a different North Catholic player showing up in big spots, Trojans coach Dave DeGregorio said.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock scores on a layup against South Park on Monday, March 8, 2021, in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game at Belle Vernon
Devin Whitlock walks the walk, leads Belle Vernon past South Park
March 8, 2021
If a team is game-planning to face the Belle Vernon boys basketball team, one of the first things a coach should do is give his team a commandment: “Thou shalt not chirp or trash talk Devin Whitlock.”

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon (20) looks to advance past Freeport’s Zach Clark (11) in a WPIAL Class 4A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Two players set career highs in points as Belle Vernon boys rout Freeport
March 4, 2021
While Belle Vernon is the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class 4A bracket, the Leopards feel disrespected.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock handles the ball as Laurel Highlands’ Brandon Davis defends Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock steals show with Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher sidelined
January 20, 2021
Fans wanting to see a battle between Laurel Highlands standout Rodney Gallagher and Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock were likely a little disappointed Wednesday.

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Monessen hires West Mifflin assistant to lead football program
January 14, 2021
Wade Brown was hired Tuesday by the Monessen School Board to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of Shane Swope Jr., just days after the football team forfeited its last game of the season.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps carries the ball against Yough on Sept. 25.
South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps stays at home, picks Duquesne
December 15, 2020
Since he was little, Antonio Epps always wanted to play college football at the Division 1 level.

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Clairton’s Brooklyn Cannon makes a catch in front of Shenango’s Preston Schry during their WPIAL Class A semifinal playoff game Nov. 6, 2020, at Norwin Knights Stadium.
Top-seeded Clairton rolls past Shenango to return to WPIAL Class A championship game
November 6, 2020
While the road to Heinz Field usually goes through Clairton, this year the Bears have built a highway to North Hills.

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Bell Vernon’s Devin Whitlock looks to pass over Chartiers Valley’s Patrick Mulligan on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
Belle Vernon dispatches Chartiers Valley in WPIAL 1st round
October 30, 2020
Despite at times playing like a team that hasn’t played in the past two weeks, the Belle Vernon football team advanced to the WPIAL semifinals Friday.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield runs the ball late in the second half Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, against Southmoreland.
EF’s touchdown on last play of 1st half keys victory over Southmoreland
October 23, 2020
When Southmoreland scored a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the first half to pull within one of conference champion Elizabeth Forward, the Warriors could have been content to take the slim lead to the locker room.

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Monessen coach Shane Swope oversees a preseason practice.
Lack of eligible players shuts down Monessen’s football season
October 14, 2020
The Monessen football program will forfeit the remaining two games of the 2020 football season.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock carries against Ringgold in their Big Eight Conference game Oct. 9, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Devin Whitlock’s record touchdown helps Belle Vernon run through Ringgold
October 9, 2020
There’s no doubting Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock’s athletic talent. Now, the junior will hold a place in Leopards history as well.

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Monessen’s Shane Swope coaches against Jefferson-Morgan on Sept. 25.
With injuries hitting roster, Monessen football forced to forfeit to Carmichaels
October 7, 2020
Low numbers have cost Monessen with three games left to play this season.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield stays in bounds against South Park on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Elizabeth Forward beats South Park, moves to head of the class in Interstate Conference
October 2, 2020
Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi called Friday’s Class 3A Interstate Conference matchup with South Park “the best game his team’s played” in his tenure leading the Warriors.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shultz Reinhard intercepts a pass intended for Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
Big second half leads Thomas Jefferson past Belle Vernon
September 25, 2020
A dominant second half and the return of a Thomas Jefferson staple helped the Jaguars roar past rival Belle Vernon Area on Friday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (1) runs past West Mifflin’s Diondre Jefferson (5) on Sept. 18, 2020, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon shuts out West Mifflin for Big 8 victory
September 18, 2020
After a big win, Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert usually tells his team to enjoy it for a day or two before returning to practice the following week.

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Belle Vernon’s Logan Cunningham returns an interception Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, against McKeesport.
QB Whitlock helps Belle Vernon shut out McKeesport in opener
September 11, 2020
When the Belle Vernon football team shuts out an opponent, it gets doughnuts from the coaching staff.

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Former Monessen girls basketball coach Major Corley was chosen for the class of 2020 of the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame.
Major Corley, championship coach of Monessen girls basketball team, dies of coronavirus
July 13, 2020
To many who didn’t know him, Major Corley was an imposing figure.

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Bucknell’s Kaitlyn Slagus poses with her All Tournament team and Tournament MVP trophy after the 2019 Patriot League tournament.
Belle Vernon hires one of program’s best players, Kaitlyn Slagus, as girls basketball coach
June 23, 2020
Kaitlyn Slagus is one of the best basketball players to ever take the court at Belle Vernon Area High School.

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Lindsy Muchnock coached at Hempfield in 2017-18.
Latrobe grad steps down from Ringgold girls basketball coaching position
June 2, 2020
After two seasons at the helm of the Ringgold girls basketball program, Lindsy Muchnock has tendered her resignation.

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Coach Ronnie Drennan offers direction to Grace Henderson (22) during a 2018 practice.
Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Ronnie Drennen steps down after 2 successful seasons
May 15, 2020
After winning 30 games during the past two seasons, Ronnie Drennen resigned as girls basketball coach at Belle Vernon.

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Former California head football coach Brady Barbero was hired Tuesday, April 21, 2020, as Charleroi’s football coach.
Charleroi names athletic director Brady Barbero as new football coach
April 22, 2020
Charleroi didn’t have to search far and wide to find its new football coach after Lance Getsy tendered his resignation near the end of February.

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Belle Vernon’s Isabella Laurita and West Mifflin’s Alyssa Deacon compete during the Paul Sasko tournament Sept. 1, 2018, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon soccer standout Laurita flips college commitment to Georgia State
March 20, 2020
Nearly six months after announcing a verbal commitment to the University of Memphis to play soccer, former Belle Vernon Area star and Pittsburgh Riverhounds ECNL squad member Izzy Laurita flipped her commitment and will now be heading to Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock plays against Clearfield in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Belle Vernon to face hefty challenge in second-round state playoff matchup
March 9, 2020
Even though the Belle Vernon boys basketball team is in the second round of the PIAA tournament, coach Joe Salvino said a lot of things need to change if his team wants to see the quarterfinals.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (right) drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in the PIAA Class 4A first round Friday, March 6, 2020.
Belle Vernon earns long-awaited PIAA tournament victory
March 6, 2020
For the first time since 1981, the Belle Vernon boys basketball team will play in a PIAA second-round game.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock listens to coach Joe Salvino (left) during their game against Penn-Trafford on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 in the Hempfield High School Tip-Off Tournament.
Belle Vernon’s Salvino hopes boys basketball team refocuses for PIAAs
March 5, 2020
Belle Vernon coach Joe Salvino has been through this before.

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Serra Catholic’s Rain Watson dribbles against Laurel’s Reese Bintrim during the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Laurel digs deep on defense, upsets No. 1 Serra Catholic in Class 2A semifinals
February 24, 2020
A slow start, nearly 20 turnovers and foul trouble are part of the formula for an upset, and No. 1 seed Serra Catholic found out the hard way in a WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball semifinal Monday at Peters Township.

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Carlynton overcomes foul trouble, beats Charleroi in overtime
February 14, 2020
Carlynton coach Mike Kozy wrote the word “team” on the board prior to Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against Charleroi. He knew it was going to take a team effort if his Cougars wanted to advance.

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BVA’s Rachel Wobrak (4) celebrates with teammates after defeating Elizabeth Forward on Feb. 6, 2020 at Belle Vernon Area High School.
Wobrak enjoys senior night to remember as Belle Vernon rallies past Elizabeth Forward
February 6, 2020
Belle Vernon senior Rachel Wobrak knew she wanted her senior night to be a game to remember.

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Belle Vernon Area’s Rachel Wobrak dribbles against McKeesport’s Laila Taylor on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.
Belle Vernon girls hold on for section win against McKeesport
January 30, 2020
Two days ago, Belle Vernon girls basketball coach Ronnie Drennen made a statement with the utmost confidence.

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Uniontown’s Keondre Deshields (1) blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock on Jan. 24, 2020.
Uniontown survives scare from Belle Vernon
January 24, 2020
After a 27-point beating at the hands of Uniontown Jan. 3, the Belle Vernon Area boys basketball team wanted nothing more than another shot at the Red Raiders.

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Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula blocks the shot of Belle Vernon’s Farah Reader on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.
Undefeated Southmoreland fights off Belle Vernon upset bid
January 9, 2020
Belle Vernon Area gave Southmoreland its best shot Thursday, but the Scotties were the team delivering the knockout blow to avoid the Leopards’ upset bid.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda runs against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Belle Vernon ‘a different team’ since lopsided loss to Thomas Jefferson in September
November 15, 2019
For Belle Vernon’s football team, it doesn’t matter what you call them heading into Saturday’s WPIAL Class 4A championship game against conference rival Thomas Jefferson.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Jared Hartman throws a pass against South Fayette in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Belle Vernon gets revenge, stuns South Fayette
November 8, 2019
For 364 days, Belle Vernon Area worked long and hard to get to where they were Friday night. That’s the WPIAL Class 4A semifinal.

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Belle Vernon’s Dane Anden (7) runs the ball past New Castle’s defense on Nov. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon preps for South Fayette with ‘laser focus’
November 7, 2019
Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert had a message for his football team after last week’s quarterfinal win over New Castle.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past New Castle’s Donny Cade in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal game Nov. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon golden at home, beats New Castle in Class 4A quarters
November 1, 2019
Belle Vernon prides itself on defending the beach and ringing the bell, and there was no way the seniors were going to be upset on their gold turf.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past Ringgold defenders Friday, Oct. 26, 2019.
Belle Vernon offense overpowers Ringgold
October 25, 2019
Belle Vernon had no problems running through rival Ringgold in the regular-season finale for both teams Friday night at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Dakota Marion kneels over West Mifflin’s Tayshawn McMillan on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon routs West Mifflin as Hartman sets school TD record
October 11, 2019
Belle Vernon clinched a home playoff game and quarterback Jared Hartman set a single-season record for touchdown passes as the Leopards rolled past West Mifflin, 40-7, in a Big 8 conference showdown on Friday on “the Beach” at James Weir Stadium.

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Belle Vernon’s Izzy Laurita scored 33 goals and added 20 assists last season.
Belle Vernon soccer star Izzy Laurita leaving team due to safety concerns
September 9, 2019
Citing risk of long-term injury, Belle Vernon Area’s Izzy Laurita has walked away from high school soccer.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Shane Stump competes against Belle Vernon on Sept. 6, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson pulls away in 2nd half to rout Belle Vernon
September 6, 2019
In front of a capacity crowd at Jaguars Stadium, Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon showed why they are two of the top teams in Class 4A, at least for a half.

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California’s Cochise Ryan (10) leaps over Monessen’s Darius Stevenson (15) during their game Aug. 20, 2019, at Monessen.
QB Cochise Ryan powers California past Monessen
August 30, 2019
California’s Cochise Ryan had a little motivation heading into the Trojans’ important Tri-County South battle at Monessen on Friday night.

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Charleroi’s Legend Davis returns for the 2019 season.
Puzzle pieces need placed for talented Charleroi
August 22, 2019
There’s something surrounding the Charleroi football team that hasn’t been there the past few seasons: a semblance of mystery.

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Ringgold’s James Minnie returns for the 2019 season.
New coach helps Ringgold forget about last season
Last season is a wash for the Ringgold football team. New coach Darwin Manges has made that abundantly clear to his players and those around the program.

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Pitching coach Watson takes over Belle Vernon baseball program
June 24, 2019
For Tony Watson, there’s no place like home.

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Frazier’s Logan Hartman rounds third on her way to scoring the winning run in Tuesday’s PIAA Class 2A semifinal against Cranberry.
‘Last lap’ focuses Frazier for PIAA Class 2A softball championship
June 12, 2019
Before every practice this season, the Frazier softball team takes a lap around Commodore Park.

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Monessen’s Vin Rhome tries to beat a throw from 
St. Joseph’s Joe Godinez to Hayden Mallin at Seton Hill.
St. Joseph tops Monessen for 1st playoff win in 18 seasons
May 15, 2019
For the first time in 18 seasons, St. Joseph has advanced in the WPIAL baseball playoffs.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock
Monessen football, basketball standout Whitlock transfers to Belle Vernon
May 13, 2019
Devin Whitlock has withdrawn from Monessen and has enrolled at neighboring Belle Vernon.

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Belle Vernon wrestlers and head coach Mike Doppelheuer celebrate as Billy Korber secures them a 30-28 victory over Nazareth to earn them a third place finish at the PIAA Class AAA team wrestling tournament championship at the Giant Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Hershey.
Belle Vernon wrestling coach Doppelheuer resigns
April 15, 2019
Belle Vernon is in the market for a new wrestling coach after the school board Monday accepted the resignation of Mike Doppelheuer.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Monessen boys ready for test against WPIAL champion Nazareth Prep in PIAA quarterfinals
March 14, 2019
Dan Bosnic won’t hide the fact his Greyhounds have been more successful than many predicted this postseason.

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Monessen freshman Devin Whitlock (center) scored 23 points against Jamestown in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Similiarities exist between PIAA basketball opponents Monessen, Bishop Carroll
March 11, 2019
It will be a “Dog Day Afternoon” tonight at Greensburg Salem as Monessen takes on District 6 runner-up Bishop Carroll in a PIAA Class A second-round game.

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Monessen’s DaWayne Howell drives against Jamestown during their PIAA Class A playoff game March 8, 2019, at Edinboro.
Monessen uses depth to take down Jamestown in PIAA Class A opening round
March 8, 2019
Monessen boys basketball coach Dan Bosnic knew District 10 champion Jamestown’s weakness was its depth.

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Keystone Oaks gets defensive in Class 4A 1st-round win over Belle Vernon
February 18, 2019
Two long runs and 12 Belle Vernon turnovers in a span of two quarters helped Keystone Oaks advance to the WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball quarterfinals.

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