Author: Jerin Steele


Avonworth players warm up before taking on Quaker Valley on Sept. 11, 2020, at Avonworth.
Avonworth makes smooth transition to Class 3A, blanks Quaker Valley
September 11, 2020
Coming off a historic season that culminated in a WPIAL Class 2A championship, Avonworth had a lot of great players to replace, including a 2,500-yard passer and a 2,300-yard rusher, as it moved up to Class 3A this fall.

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North Catholic’s Sara Beradelli goes up for a layup against CEntral Valley during their PIAA second round matchup on Wednesday at North Hills Middle School.
North Catholic girls fight off challenge from Central Valley in 4A second round
March 11, 2020
There’s an understanding among the North Catholic Trojanettes that they are going to get everyone’s best.

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Freeport’s Savana Urik competes during practice for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
Freeport confident heading into softball season with small but talented roster
March 10, 2020
When Freeport softball takes the field this year, there’s a good chance there will only be 11 players on the team.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman puts a tag down during practice for the 2020 season March 5, 2020.
With Heilman on hill, Freeport has shot at another special season
Last season, Freeport baseball coach Ed Carr watched a team that consisted mainly of juniors grow up on the fly and exceed expectations.

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Freeport’s Julia Cummings is a member of the 2019-20 bowling team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Freeport’s Julia Cummings and Kiski Area’s Jack Blumer
Julia Cummings

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Fox Chapel pitcher Dante DiMatteo delivers during a scrimmage against Moon Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel baseball optimistic despite heavy turnover from last season
March 9, 2020
Fox Chapel will have to replace 11 seniors, six of their starting nine and most of the pitching staff from a team that went 10-8 and made the WPIAL playoffs, but Foxes coach Jim Hastings has some pieces returning and others coming through the pipeline to help offset the losses.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Mackenzie Borkovich delivers during a scrimmage against Baldwin Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Bigger roster gives new Fox Chapel softball coach Olbrich cause for optimism
During offseason training, first-year Fox Chapel softball coach Chris Olbrich kept seeing more and more girls show up to work out.

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Kiski’s Matthew Drahos (12) is congratulted after scoring against Norwin during a PIHL class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area hockey continues remarkable turnaround
March 8, 2020
Kiski Area sophomore defenseman Aiden Sites said if he was told before the season the Cavaliers would be in the PIHL Class A semifinals he wouldn’t have believed it.

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Mars head coach Rob Carmody talks with an official after an intentional foul was called on Michael Carmody during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Laurel Highlands Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Playing without star center Michael Carmody, Mars falls short in PIAA 1st-round game
March 6, 2020
After his team lost in overtime, battling without standout senior Michael Carmody, who was serving a one-game suspension, Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody told his players he was obviously disappointed, but he was glad they lost on a play made by a “winning player.”

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Kiski Area’s Ethan George (17) and Norwin’s Jacob Meier compete during their PIHL Class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Norwin hockey focuses on positives after abrupt exit from playoffs
March 4, 2020
Norwin hockey’s season ended Tuesday night when the Knights fell 3-2 to Kiski Area in the first round of the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Kiski’s Nicolas Slomka (right) and Norwin’s Jacob Meier collide during a PIHL class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area edges Norwin to reach Penguins Cup semifinals
In one season, Kiski Area hockey has gone from a one-win team to being a victory away from playing for a Penguins Cup championship.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Highlands’ Johnny Crise and Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao
March 3, 2020
Johnny Crise

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Plum defender Parker Gable (95) clears Shaler’s Joey Laquatra (16) for goalie Sam Pine on Oct. 1, 2019, at Alpha Ice Center.
Kiski Area, Plum hockey teams surge into playoffs
March 1, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, Kiski Area and Plum completed two of the more remarkable rebounds in the PIHL.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell presents her dad, coach Tim McConnell, with his gold medal after the Lady Colts defeated Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley defends WPIAL title, wins 55th consecutive game
February 29, 2020
Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach Tim McConnell said he told his younger sister, Trinity coach Kathy McConnell-Miller, that the only good thing about facing each other in a WPIAL final was that a McConnell was guaranteed to win.

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Plum’s Shannon Small is the 2020 WPIBL girls singles champion.
Led by singles champ Small, Plum bowling team has postseason to remember
February 28, 2020
Plum bowling coach Darryl Pilyih said coaching senior standout Shannon Small has become a pretty easy task because she rarely makes a mistake.

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Bethel Park’s Maddie Dzeizgowski (13) pulls down a rebound against Fox Chapel during a Class 6A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 21, 2020 at North Hills.
Shutdown defenses to meet when North Allegheny, Bethel Park tangle for girls 6A title
When Bethel Park and North Allegheny take the floor at Petersen Events Center on Saturday for the Class 6A girls basketball championship, expect a defensive chess match to unfold.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with teammates after defeating Thomas Jefferson in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Feb. 26, 2020.
Chartiers Valley uses bulletin-board material to top TJ, return to Class 5A finals
February 26, 2020
Moments after Chartiers Valley finished off a 65-43 win over Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Wednesday night at Mt. Lebanon, Colts coach Tim McConnell offered an open dinner invitation to who ever made shirts for the Jaguars that read, “3.1 doesn’t equal 4.4.”

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar (25) blocks Upper St. Clair’s Alexandra Pantelis (4) during a Class 6A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
North Allegheny girls shut down Upper St. Clair, get back to WPIAL Class 6A finals
February 25, 2020
On the bus ride to North Hills, members of the North Allegheny girls basketball team chatted back and forth about what their keys were going to be defensively.

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Plum’s Shannon Small is a member of the 2019-20 bowling team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Shannon Small and Korry Myers
Shannon Small

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock powers to the net as Quaker Valley’s James Davis (23) attempts to block Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
Belle Vernon boys basketball upsets Quaker Valley, clinches PIAA spot
February 22, 2020
Listed at 5-foot-9, Devin Whitlock was the shortest player on the floor in Saturday’s game between Quaker Valley and Belle Vernon, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in many other areas.

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Brayden Reynolds scored 19 points for Chartiers Valley on Friday night.
Brayden Reynolds’ clutch shot sparks Chartiers Valley past Shaler
February 21, 2020
Chartiers Valley coach Brandon Sensor thought Shaler did a pretty good job on his standout guard Brayden Reynolds through the first three quarters of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lacey Adamik won a gold medal in beam at the WPIAL gymnastics championships Feb. 15, 2020, at Moon.
Penn-Trafford gymnast Adamik balances fun, competition at high school level
A couple of years ago, Lacey Adamik gave up the everyday grind of training for competitive USA gymnastics, but as time went on, she started to miss the sport.

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Bishop Canevin’s Dom Elliott, taking a shot in practice, hit the game-winning free throws Thursday night.
Elliott handles pressure, shoots Bishop Canevin boys past Union
February 20, 2020
Dom Elliott was honest about what was going through his mind in as he toed the line for two foul shots with five seconds remaining and Bishop Canevin trailing by one.

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Kiski Area’s Samantha Coleman is a member of the 2019-20 gymnastics team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Samantha Coleman and A.J. Corrado
February 18, 2020
Samantha Coleman

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Five Alle-Kiski Valley student-athletes were recognized by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. From left are Fox Chapel’s Brent Brewster, Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler, Fox Chapel’s Kate Carnevale, Valley’s Greg Guzzo, Plum’s Isabella Stoll and Ward.
After scholarship from Hines Ward, Valley’s Guzzo to be featured in book
February 16, 2020
Greg Guzzo was checking his email randomly last year when he saw a message titled “Positive Athlete.”

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Pine-Richland gymnast Samantha Alexander
Pine-Richland’s Alexander, Thomas Jefferson’s Kameg big winners at WPIAL gymnastics meet
February 15, 2020
Pine-Richland’s Samantha Alexander went into WPIAL individual gymnastics championships wanting to stay on her feet.

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Plum’s Connor Moss looks for an open pass against Armstrong on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Q&A with Plum’s Connor Moss
February 14, 2020
Plum’s Connor Moss eclipsed 1,000 career points Feb. 5 after scoring 25 in a 52-51 nonconference win over Baldwin. Moss joins another junior, the girls team’s Kennedie Montue, in hitting the milestone. Moss scored more than 20 points 13 times this season and had more than 30 points four times.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert celebrates his state championship last season.
Iron sharpens iron for Franklin Regional state title hopefuls Dibert, Solomon
At every practice in the Franklin Regional wrestling room, Finn Solomon and Carter Dibert are paired. When they wrestle, it typically becomes a spectacle.

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Burrell gymnasts, from left, Lexi Daniels, Layia Jefferies, Chloe Werner, Georgia Brothers, Raquel Ruggeri and Kelsey Arabia pose for a picture while competing Jan. 23, 2020 at Jewarts Gymnastics.
Burrell gymnastics team beaming at chance to compete at WPIAL championships
February 13, 2020
For a long time, Burrell has been represented at the WPIAL individual gymnastics championship.

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Leechburg’s Dylan Cook is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Highlands’ Sarah Sawhook and Leechburg’s Dylan Cook
February 11, 2020
Sarah Sawhook

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Fox Chapel hockey hopes to ride momentum into postseason
February 9, 2020
In 20 years of being involved in hockey, Fox Chapel coach Cam Raidna never experienced anything like what his team pulled off Thursday night against Kiski Area.

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Recruiting interest ramping up for Plum lineman Evan Azzara
February 7, 2020
Plum junior Evan Azzara has visited almost every Mid-American Conference school in Ohio, but the one he went to the most has been Miami (Ohio).

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Knoch’s Maddie Boyer is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer, Burrell’s Ian Oswalt
February 4, 2020
Madilyn Boyer

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Knoch’s Lauren Cihonski celebrates after her game-winning layup in the final seconds against Freeport Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at Knoch High School.
Knoch girls finally slay rival Freeport
February 3, 2020
Moments after Lauren Cihonski hit a game-winning basket with four seconds remaining to help Knoch beat Freeport 53-52, the magnitude of what transpired hit her.

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (right) during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Plum hockey gets healthy in time for PIHL playoffs push
January 31, 2020
Every hockey team deals with bumps and bruises, but, in January, Plum could have used a M.A.S.H. unit.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athetes of the Week: Plum’s Kennedie Montue, Leechburg’s Jake Blumer
January 28, 2020
Kennedie Montue

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers drives to the basket past Freeport’s Samantha Clark during their game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Freeport Middle School.
No. 1 North Catholic fights off serious challenge from Freeport
January 27, 2020
Coming into Monday’s game, North Catholic girls basketball had won 54 section games in a row — all but one of them by double digits — so when Freeport tied the game with five minutes remaining, it presented a situation that hadn’t come up in a while.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Eddie Pazo scored a hat trick in the PIHL Class A all-star game Jan. 26, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Thomas Jefferson’s Pazo, North Catholic’s Shaffer lift Team Blue to PIHL Class A All-Star Game win
January 26, 2020
Thomas Jefferson junior Eddie Pazo and North Catholic junior Quinten Shaffer had a hat trick each to lead Team Blue to a 9-5 win over Team Gold in the PIHL Class A All-Star Game Sunday at RMU Island Sports Center.

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Ringgold’s Bradley Bujdos scored a hat trick in the PIHL Class B all-star game Jan. 26, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Centerl
Ringgold’s Budjos nets hat trick to lead Team Blue to victory in PIHL Class B All-Star Game
Typically going on the penalty kill late in a game down by two goals is not a successful strategy, but in the PIHL Class B All-Star Game, Team Blue made being down a player work in a major way.

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Norwin players cheer on their teammates during the Knights’ victory over North Allegheny on Thursday. Norwin is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A.
Surging Norwin girls basketball team finds right balance
January 24, 2020
The Norwin girls basketball team was the top scoring offense in WPIAL Class 6A through 14 games, and the Knights ranked second in scoring average against.

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Gateway’s Lexi Jackson scores over Armstrong’s Sophia Dobransky during their game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Gateway High School.
Gateway girls grind out win over Armstrong
January 23, 2020
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan joked that he started looking in the stands for James Naismith, because it felt like the cylinder hoops at Gateway’s gymnasium were replaced with peach baskets.

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Freeport’s Maddie Clark is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Freeport’s Maddie Clark, Highlands’ Jrake Burford
January 21, 2020
Maddie Clark

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save during a game against North Catholic on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika leads A-K Valley contingent in PIHL All-Star games
January 19, 2020
Kiski Area goalie Eric Petika got a nice wakeup call from his dad the morning after the PIHL All-Star teams were released a couple of weeks ago.

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Steel Valley’s Camden Polak scores past Clairton’s Wayne Wade III during their game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Clairton High School.
Steel Valley’s Camden Polak likes making noise in the library
January 15, 2020
Many high school students go to the library to check out a book for their next homework assignment, but Steel Valley senior Camden Polak goes there for a different reason.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders goes to the basket against Serra Catholic during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette puts together complete effort in routing Serra Catholic
January 14, 2020
Even though Jeannette coach Adrian Batts was hoarse from imploring his team all game, it wasn’t going to stop him from talking about the enjoyment he got from watching his team execute Tuesday night.

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley Athletes of the Week: Riverview’s Sydney McDonough, Knoch’s Ryan Lang
Sydney McDonough

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his first goal against Connellsville during the second period of a Penguins Cup Division 2 semifinal Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Burrell standout Stewart surprises with return to varsity hockey team
January 12, 2020
After spending some time in the junior hockey ranks this season, Tyler Stewart made a surprise return to the ice for Burrell hockey last Monday.

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The Plum competitive spirit team competed at the WPIAL championships Jan. 4, 2020, at Hempfield.
Plum spirit squad shows competitive drive
Every Saturday in the fall, the Plum competitive spirit team met in the gym for a 7 a.m. practice after cheering the night before at football games with a determination to get stronger.

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Plum’s Connor Moss is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: St. Joseph’s Trinity Lockwood-Morris and Plum’s Connor Moss
January 7, 2020
Trinity Lockwood-Morris

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Blackhawk’s Jolie Strati pressures Central Valley’s Allyson Kirby during their game Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Central Valley.
Blackhawk defense shuts down Central Valley in Class 4A showdown
January 6, 2020
Blackhawk girls basketball coach Steve Lodovico loves to run a press and trap defense with the goal of creating turnovers and racking up points off them. Facing a familiar foe in Central Valley on the road, he decided to adjust the gameplan.

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Fox Chapel hockey hopes experience in close games helps with playoff push
January 5, 2020
The Fox Chapel hockey team has played its share of close games this season.

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Plum’s Kai Johnson (right) competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
Plum girls improving in quest for Section 2 championship
January 4, 2020
About an hour removed from a 41-31 victory over Armstrong on Thursday, Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier provided a list of reasons it was their best performance to date.

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Shannon Small, Plum
Plum bowler Shannon Small sets big goals
Nesbit’s Lanes has pretty much become a second home for Shannon Small.

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Andrew Sullivan, St. Joseph boys basketball
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley, St. Joseph’s Andrew Sullivan
December 31, 2019
Andrew Sullivan

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Burrell’s Gio Palombo has seven goals in three games this season.
New-look Burrell hockey team finds stability
December 29, 2019
Entering the season, perhaps no team in the PIHL lost more key pieces than Burrell.

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Nevaeh Ewing, Knoch basketball
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Knoch’s Nevaeh Ewing, Apollo-Ridge’s Keighton Reese
December 24, 2019
Nevaeh Ewing

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Freeport’s Joe Liput (87) looks to score against Westmont goalie Ian Amaranto (35) Dec. 19, 2019 at Belmont Complex.
‘Building year’ for youthful Freeport hockey
December 22, 2019
Jack Mason can still remember the nervousness he felt playing varsity hockey as a freshman.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) goes up for a shot between Kiski Area’s Kyrell Hutcherson (5) and Nick Smith (35) Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Plum.
Plum boys basketball seeks secret to closing out games
December 20, 2019
First-year Plum boys basketball coach Mark Marino has been happy with the buy-in level from his players in the early part of the season.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Morgan Gamble is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Morgan Gamble and Demitri Fritch
December 17, 2019
Demitri

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (left) has 17 points. He has been out with an injury but is expected back in January.
Plum in prime position midway through hockey season
December 15, 2019
As Plum hockey reached the midpoint of the PIHL Class AA season, it found itself tied atop the Northeast Division standings with Armstrong with a pair of games in hand.

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Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento is a member of the 2019 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Valley’s Tori Johnson, Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento
December 10, 2019
Tori Johnson

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Stroudsburg’s Cameron Enriquez in the 120-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Phipps, Norwin wrestling ready to take next step
December 7, 2019
Kurtis Phipps showed his toughness by battling through a foot injury in last year’s PIAA Class AAA championship match. He suffered the injury a day earlier in his semifinal win.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Franklin Regional wrestlers look to add to program’s Hershey history
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe had to stop for a moment and count back through the years to figure out how many seasons in a row the Panthers have had a representative in the PIAA wrestling finals.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley applauds a touchdown earlier this season.
Central Valley dominates Bald Eagle Area to earn trip to Hershey
November 29, 2019
One thing in particular that stands out from the many things that Central Valley coach Mark Lyons loves about his football team is that they enjoy playing together and not one player believes he is above another.

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Plum junior Kennedie Montue competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
With three top starters returning, Plum girls planning banner season
November 28, 2019
In his opening remarks at the first practice of the season, Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier challenged his team.

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Plum senior Tyler Kolankowski competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
Unusual Plum boys roster packed with senior leadership but lacking experience
With plenty of seniors on the roster, it might look like the Plum boys basketball team has a lot of experience. In reality, almost everyone will be new to varsity this winter.

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Kiski Area’s Dejah Burnett (left) competes during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Kiski Area girls hope experience, work ethic lead to growth
November 25, 2019
Kiski Area girls basketball coach Nick Dizon couldn’t have been happier with the work his group put into its offseason.

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Kiski Area junior Jason Baker competes during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Kiski Area boys plan to pick up the pace
Entering year two of his tenure at Kiski Area, Will Saunders is ready to let his team run.

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Junior Ethan Carr will be back next season for the Penn-Trafford football team.
Successful season falls short of ultimate goal for Penn-Trafford
November 23, 2019
The Penn-Trafford football team has high standards, and with that comes championship aspirations.

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Fox Chapel boys head coach Zach Skrinjar works with Eli Yofan during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel boys basketball team rallies around defense
November 22, 2019
At the end of practice, most teams come together in a circle, put their hands in and say one, two, three and then their team name.

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Fox Chapel’s Domenica Delaney brings the ball upcourt during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
New coach works to instill confidence in talented Fox Chapel girls roster
When Marty Matvey arrived to take over the Fox Chapel girls basketball program this summer, he quickly realized there was talent from top to bottom in the lineup.

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Cheswick Christian Academy’s Jesse Raddansky goes through drills during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Cheswick Christian Academy.
Rebuilding plan has Cheswick Christian boys ready to contend again
November 20, 2019
When 6-foot-10 Ben Pollock finished his Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball career in 2016-17 after rewriting much of the school’s record book, longtime Chargers coach Todd Rosio had a three-year plan to build the team back up to contending status.

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Clinton Blazevich talks to the Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball team at practice last season.
Cheswick Christian girls dedicate season to former coach in need of heart transplant
Jacque Willis thought she might become a basketball coach someday, but she never expected it to be just a few months after she graduated college.

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Central Valley’s Stephon Hall (25) and Hunter Mitchell celebrate after stopping Aliquippa on a two-point conversion in overtime during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Central Valley stops Aliquippa in overtime in tense WPIAL title game
November 16, 2019
On the first play of overtime, Michael Barbuto was pushing toward the goal line when he felt something strange happen.

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Washington receiver Zahmere Robinson makes a catch during practice.
Washington leans on Zahmere Robinson to stop upset-minded Brentwood
November 15, 2019
After Washington’s Zahmere Robinson fumbled for the first time this year in a third quarter that saw Brentwood surging, he went to the sidelines and told his teammates he’d make up for it.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic (13) passes the ball against Latrobe during a Sept. 6 game.
Franklin Regional not satisfied with first-round playoff exit
There wasn’t another team in the WPIAL that played a schedule like Franklin Regional did this season.

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North Catholic celebrates after scoring against Freeport during a PIAA Class AA semifinal game Nov. 12, 2019, at North Allegheny.
North Catholic volleyball gets vengeance, defeats Freeport in PIAAs
November 12, 2019
The day after North Catholic girls volleyball lost to Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA finals by surrendering a 2-0 lead, coach Amanda Fetter told her players they deserved to have a banner hanging in the gymnasium, and the only one left to get was a PIAA banner.

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Fox Chapel’s Colby Zmenkowski is a member of the 2019 hockey team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Knoch’s Skylar Burkett and Fox Chapel’s Colby Zmenkowski
Skylar Burkett

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Knoch celebrates after winning a point against South Fayette during a PIAA Class AAA volleyball first-round match Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Shaler Area High School.
Playing through injuries solidified Knoch volleyball team’s depth
November 11, 2019
At practice Monday, Knoch girls volleyball players sat on the gym floor in a circle around coach Diane Geist as they prepared for their state semifinal opponent, District 3 champion Palmyra.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars girls soccer team rolls past West Allegheny in PIAA playoffs
November 9, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has been dominant against WPIAL opponents all season, and in its final meeting against a district foe this season, it wasted little time establishing the tone.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) runs for a touchdown against North Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game Nov. 8, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland easily handles North Allegheny on way to WPIAL final
November 8, 2019
As Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz was giving his postgame speech with his players surrounding him on a knee, the assistant coaches started tossing Heinz ketchup packets into the huddle.

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Knoch celebrates after winning a point against South Fayette during girls 3-A PIAA volleyball first round action Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Shaler Area High School.
Knoch volleyball back to full strength in first-round PIAA win over South Fayette
November 5, 2019
The last time Kennedy Christy was in the Shaler gym, she was injured on the final night of the regular season in a nonsection match against the Titans and it caused her to miss Knoch’s entire WPIAL playoff run.

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Freeport’s Mackensey Jack with a kill past Brookville’s Maggie Mackins during girls 2-A PIAA volleyball first round action Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Shaler Area High School.
Freeport volleyball shakes off ‘WPIAL hangover,’ cruises in first-round PIAA match
After having to come back from two-set deficits to win in the WPIAL semifinals and finals last week,the Freeport girls volleyball team had a much less stressful opening to the state playoffs.

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Freeport’s Isabella Russo plays for the 2019 volleyball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Freeport’s Isabella Russo, Riverview’s Mason Ochs
Isabella Russo

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe holds the championship trophy after beating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class AAA girls volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Knoch girls volleyball beats Thomas Jefferson for 3rd straight WPIAL title
November 2, 2019
In its playoff run, Knoch girls volleyball proved how strong a team it is by grinding out wins without standout hitters Kennedy Christy and Hannah Rowe.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker on Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum soccer reached goals despite dramatic playoff loss
November 1, 2019
If someone had told Plum boys soccer coach Raf Kolankowski before the season that his team would have been leading in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal with five-plus minutes remaining, he would’ve taken it in a heartbeat.

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Canon-McMillan’s Joey Fonagy (7) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime during the boys WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Mt. Lebanon Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Joey Fonagy’s overtime goal lifts Canon-McMillan to WPIAL boys soccer title
October 31, 2019
The Big Macs had one more comeback in them and it was one that they’ll remember for a long time.

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Plum’s Kaitln Killinger is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
AK Valley high school athletes of the week: Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger and Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan
October 29, 2019
Kaitlyn Killinger

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Hat trick lifts Deer Lakes boys soccer past South Park in Class AA semis
October 26, 2019
Deer Lakes boys soccer has used “unfinished business” as its mantra after narrow misses on the road to a WPIAL championship appearance the last few years.

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Canon-McMillan boys score 2 late goals, edge Plum in Class AAAA semis
A few minutes after the Plum boys soccer team’s magical season ended Saturday with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals that saw Canon-McMillan score twice in the final six minutes, Mustangs coach Raf Kolankowski used the moment as a teaching tool.

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October 20, 2019
The best word to describe Leechburg girls volleyball in matches against the two teams in front of them in the Section 4-A standings is “close.”

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer shakes off slow start, advances in playoffs
October 19, 2019
For Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis, Saturday’s first-round playoff game had several elements that his team needed to get through.

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Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio had a senior night to remember on Friday.

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There were a lot of playoff scenarios in a crowded Midwestern Athletic Conference entering Friday night, but the easiest way for Neshannock to secure a postseason berth was to go out and get a win.

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October 17, 2019
Freedom girls soccer has a bit of a different look from the 2018 WPIAL championship team after the graduation of some key seniors and standout Jayden Sharpless transferring to North Catholic, but the results have been the same.

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Knoch’s Quinn Hughes (left) and Kennedy Christy compete during a scrimmage game August 24, 2019 at Freeport.
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October 13, 2019
The last few seasons for the Knoch girls volleyball team has been a special ride, with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA title. So as the postseason approaches, it is natural for the seniors to dream of finishing their careers with winning a third district title.

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Hughes-Sciarro connection leads Riverside past rival Ellwood City
October 11, 2019
Riverside quarterback Ben Hughes and wide receiver Nathan Sciarro started working on their connection in May, going down to the football field after school and running routes with the goal of getting better timing.

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Plum boys soccer captains Cole Kelly, Luke Gildea and Tyler Kolankowski are well versed in the history of the program.

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October 6, 2019
The day before Thursday’s crucial Section 1-AAA match with Armstrong, Kiski Area libero Rebekah Fowler didn’t want to give too much away.

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (14) competes against Shaler October 1, 2019 at Alpha Ice Center.
Plum’s captains bringing optimism back to ice
October 4, 2019
Prior to the season, Plum hockey coach Phil Mains told his leadership group of captain Dan Baranowski and alternate captains Logan Schlegel and Nic Pushic that the team would go as they go.

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Deer Lakes’ Will Meyer is competing for the Lancers during the 2019 season.
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September 29, 2019
Deer Lakes girls volleyball coach Terry Gaston always tells his team if it can get 20 points in a set against an opponent, it can win.

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September 27, 2019
Prior to Friday’s game with Laurel, Jay Pearson told OLSH coach Dan Bradley that he was going to score on the first play.

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Freeport volleyball seniors determined to return to top
September 22, 2019
Freeport setter Madeline Clark can still recall the feeling of walking off the floor after last year’s WPIAL semifinal loss to Frazier that ended the Yellowjackets’ 3-year run of making the district title game.

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September 20, 2019
From the first meeting with his players, first-year Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart’s message has been “team first.”

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September 15, 2019
When describing how aggressive to be when spiking a volleyball, Fox Chapel coach Phil O’Keeffe likes to use a baseball analogy.

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Plum boys golfers focus on shaving strokes
September 13, 2019
It’s been a tough season in the win-loss department for the Plum boys golf team, going up against section rivals and perennial powers Fox Chapel, Central Catholic and Franklin Regional. In golf, though, success can be measured in different ways.

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Fox Chapel’s Lucy Ream returns for the 2019 season.
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September 6, 2019
North Allegheny coach Art Walker earned his 200th win Friday night, but he won’t remember the game, because of the milestone number.

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The Franklin Regional girls volleyball team was one of the feel-good stories of the WPIAL last season.

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August 24, 2019
When Knoch boys soccer coach Malcolm Cook looked back at last season, the overarching theme was that there were too many holes in the lineup to find the right combination to be competitive.

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Knoch girls soccer already was low on players, but three season-ending injuries before the first practice made the roster even thinner.

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Plum went into its Week Zero matchup at Highlands hoping to take some positive momentum into Class 5A Foothills Conference play and the Mustangs got it in all three phases of the game.

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August 21, 2019
There have been plenty of good on-field moments the last few years for Freeport boys soccer, but one thing that always has stuck out for coach Dave Teorsky didn’t happen in a game.

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Sidney Shemanski will begin the first leg of the three-part finale to her Freeport athletic career this fall with the girls soccer team.

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August 18, 2019
South Park football coach Marty Rieck isn’t one to make excuses for shortcomings, but the fact of the matter is that his team was young last season.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley works out on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at the high school.
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Tim Burk is a Deer Lakes guy through and through, so he took great pride in watching the Lancers’ boys soccer team make a run to the state championship game and the boys basketball team win the first PIAA playoff game in school history and advance to the quarterfinals.

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When you come as close to playing for a championship as North Catholic football has only to see it slip away, it’s hard not to look back at the small moments that swayed the game.

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August 16, 2019
It took only two weeks for Frank Fabian to realize he made a mistake after resigning as Armstrong’s coach.

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Deer Lakes’ Jack Hollibaugh (left) works out with teammates on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at the high school.
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Deer Lakes football coach Tim Burk is never exactly sure what his tight end Jack Hollibaugh is going to say when he enters the locker room, but he knows it likely will be something funny.

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Cole Kelly does his best to split his time for his two passions — soccer and music — because he loves them equally.

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July 17, 2019
Last week, the Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team held its fifth annual youth skills camp, which has become a benefit not only for the future of the program, but the present, as well.

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Plum’s Hunter Linhart takes part in the discus throw Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Gateway.
Plum’s Linhart displays virtues of multisport athletes
June 8, 2019
The three-sport athlete has become a rare breed with many specializing in one sport to try to make it to college, but Hunter Linhart saw the benefits of diversifying.

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June 6, 2019
With teams intentionally walking standout catcher Mark Black regularly in the playoffs, Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda decided to move him from third in the order to the leadoff spot, which put Pat Brennan in Black’s old spot.

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June 5, 2019
Michael Klingensmith led off first base after drawing a walk in the top of the first inning in Monday’s PIAA first- round game when Cathedral Prep pitcher Colin Kelly made a pick-off throw to first.

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June 3, 2019
It often has been said good things come to those who wait, and Franklin Regional baseball proved that in a couple of ways Monday.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie (right) high-fives Aubry Skeel during their WPIAL Class A playoff game against Jeannette Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
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June 1, 2019
Kristen Knapp, Aubry Skeel and Kiera Jones left Leechburg on Thursday night as graduates.

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May 29, 2019
Seton LaSalle first baseman Dan Boehme knew he had a good day, but he was unaware it was a historic one until he got back into the dugout after crushing a two-run homer over the left field fence.

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May 26, 2019
Leechburg softball coach Debbi Young has found it can be tough at times to get a team energized for a consolation game after a difficult loss in the semifinals, but she doesn’t foresee that being a problem with her current group.

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May 23, 2019
With the score tied 11-11 in the final minute of the WPIAL Class AAA girls lacrosse final between Upper St. Clair and Shady Side Academy, Mother Nature decided to put a halt on the night and add some suspense.

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The Oakland Catholic girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 23, 2019, at Robert Morris.
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Natalie Cyterski was bloodied, battered and exhausted, but she wasn’t going to be denied.

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May 21, 2019
Jake Maley hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel No. 2 Pine-Richland to a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal baseball game Tuesday night at Upper St. Clair’s Boyce-Mayview Park.

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Sophia Beining works out with the Kiski Valley rugby team Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
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May 18, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby advanced to the Rugby PA Club Division II championship game for the second consecutive season with a 32-5 win over North Penn on Saturday at Penn State Berks.

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Mars baseball shuts out Fox Chapel in 1st round
May 16, 2019
Fox Chapel coach Jim Hastings summed up how things went for his team Thursday with five words.

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Autumn Trempus works with coach Keith Erwin during the Kiski Valley rugby team’s practice Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
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May 13, 2019
In the last five years, Kiski Valley rugby has built its program to be on par with some of best in the state and last week reflected that when the girls and boys teams were awarded top seeds in their respective brackets.

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Alyssa Schofield is one of Plum’s top offensive players.
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May 10, 2019
Nearly half of the players in Plum softball’s lineup have batting averages at .400 or above, but none of them know it.

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Senior Sophia Beining is part of an experienced core for the the Kiski Valley rugby team.
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April 27, 2019
After three years of seeing the Kiski Valley girls rugby team finish as the state runner-up, Rilee Roach is ready to break through.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Mike Klingensmith talks with catcher Bryce Harper on the mound during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
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April 26, 2019
Franklin Regional baseball coach Bobby Sadler laughed and then paused for a few seconds when deciding if pitching or hitting was going better for his team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Thomas Salley throws against Ligonier Valley on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
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April 23, 2019
Going into the season with seven new starters, Greensburg Central Catholic baseball coach Dennis Reist beefed up the schedule with an early run of difficult nonsection opponents and hoped Mother Nature would cooperate.

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Shorthanded Penn-Trafford track teams eye individual success
April 5, 2019
For the second year in a row the Penn-Trafford boys and girls track teams have small rosters, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of talent.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Good (35) goes to block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
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March 29, 2019
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team jumped right into the thick of an intense battle in its season opener Tuesday night, and that was exactly what Warriors coach Jim Schall wanted to see to get a better handle on his team.

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Kiski Valley’s Cam Taylor (left) works out with Andrew Bigler Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby gets boost from Buckheads transfers
March 28, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby coach Seth Erwin was already excited about the group he had returning from a team that was the state runner-up last year, and then he received some news in the offseason that made his roster even stronger.

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Deer Lakes’ Devin Reiher during practice Monday, March 25, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
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March 25, 2019
Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Brady Schuller said he had a couple of curveballs thrown his way last year with some injuries to key players in a season that ended one win short of a second consecutive PIAA playoff berth.

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The North Allegheny hockey team shakes hands with La Salle College players after falling in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
La Salle takes down North Allegheny in Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship
March 23, 2019
North Allegheny rolled into the second intermission break on the back of two late goals that got the Tigers tied with La Salle and looked to continue the momentum when they received a power play early in the third.

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Freeport’s Jalen Brown (right) competes during practice for the annual Cager Classic March 23, 2019 at Highlands High School.
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March 22, 2019
Jalen Brown paused a moment before describing the impact his mother, Eve VanDyke, has had on his life and his basketball career.

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Freshmen, sophomores to make quick impact for Springdale softball team
March 19, 2019
Springdale softball coach Anthony Pototo pointed to a few factors that went against his team last season: poor weather, a lack of pitching depth and a young team.

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Springdale’s Isaac Kern connects on a pitch during a scrimmage against Quigley Catholic Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at Springdale High School.
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After each practice, Springdale baseball coach Brett Burger tells his team to “be better tomorrow than they were today.”

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Cook, Ringgold edge No. 1 Burrell to claim PIHL Division II championship
March 18, 2019
With the score tied in the third period, Burrell had the ice tilted in its favor and fired a bunch of shots on goal, but Ringgold goalie Evan Cook answered each time.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Horvat prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
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There isn’t any question that Penn-Trafford baseball lost some talented players to graduation with all five departed seniors going on to play in college.

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Penn-Trafford’s senior Madison Forsythe runs base drills during team softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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When new alignments came out, Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little looked at who was going to be in the Warriors’ section and came to a quick conclusion.

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Pine-Richland’s Brandon Kushar uts a shot on Greater Latrobe goaltender Gage Handwork during the second period of their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
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March 17, 2019
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March 13, 2019
For a half, Pine-Richland controlled the pace with a slow down offense and shot well enough from beyond the arc to go into halftime down only five to Class 6A’s No. 1 team, Kennedy Catholic.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker fires a shot between Hampton defenders during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
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March 12, 2019
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March 8, 2019
Gateway coach Ryan Sula saw improvement from Evan Whiteside in every area of his wrestling, but the one thing that stood out the most was the growing confidence in his 113-pound junior.

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Plum’s Vinny Citrano competes against Central Catholic Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at Plum.
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As a freshman this year, Plum’s Vinny Citrano believed in himself every time he stepped on a mat, and it showed in his results. But before his first match at the WPIAL individual championships Feb. 28, the magnitude of the event set in.

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his second goal of the game during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Stewart’s 7 points lead Burrell to PIHL Division II 1st-round victory over Trinity
March 4, 2019
After Tyler Stewart skated around three Trinity players before depositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the game midway through the third period, Burrell hockey coach Max Rickard said he looked at one of his assistant coaches and just shook his head.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with her dad, coach Tim McConnell, after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley’s McConnells combine for another WPIAL title — this time girls
March 2, 2019
Tim McConnell thought back to eight years ago when he said someone made a comment to him that one day he’d coach his daughter, Megan.

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Spirnak lifts No. 5 Elizabeth Forward past upset-minded Quaker Valley in quarterfinals
February 21, 2019
With Quaker Valley pushing Elizabeth Forward to the edge late in the fourth quarter, Bri Spirnak did what she had been doing all game: She stayed tough and found a way to score.

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Knoch displays versatility, rolls past South Park in 1st round
February 20, 2019
Knoch has displayed an ability and willingness to get out and run the floor a little more than it has in the past, and that continued in a big way in the playoffs Wednesday night.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Stinelli (1) goes up for a shot against Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento (33) Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto won her first advanced division all-around WPIAL individual gymnastics championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Moon.
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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto and her coaches did some quick calculations after she got finished with her final event, and the math showed she had put together her highest score all season.

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Riverview’s Annie Betler (right) pressures South Side’s Emily Bailey during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game.
South Side girls use 3rd-quarter surge to take down Riverview in 1st round
February 14, 2019
Riverview did pretty much everything a lower-seeded team would want to do in the first half.

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Avonworth players warm up before taking on Quaker Valley on Sept. 11, 2020, at Avonworth.
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September 11, 2020
Coming off a historic season that culminated in a WPIAL Class 2A championship, Avonworth had a lot of great players to replace, including a 2,500-yard passer and a 2,300-yard rusher, as it moved up to Class 3A this fall.

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North Catholic’s Sara Beradelli goes up for a layup against CEntral Valley during their PIAA second round matchup on Wednesday at North Hills Middle School.
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March 11, 2020
There’s an understanding among the North Catholic Trojanettes that they are going to get everyone’s best.

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Freeport’s Savana Urik competes during practice for the 2020 season March 7, 2020.
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March 10, 2020
When Freeport softball takes the field this year, there’s a good chance there will only be 11 players on the team.

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Freeport’s Jarrett Heilman puts a tag down during practice for the 2020 season March 5, 2020.
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Last season, Freeport baseball coach Ed Carr watched a team that consisted mainly of juniors grow up on the fly and exceed expectations.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Dante DiMatteo delivers during a scrimmage against Moon Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel baseball optimistic despite heavy turnover from last season
March 9, 2020
Fox Chapel will have to replace 11 seniors, six of their starting nine and most of the pitching staff from a team that went 10-8 and made the WPIAL playoffs, but Foxes coach Jim Hastings has some pieces returning and others coming through the pipeline to help offset the losses.

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Fox Chapel pitcher Mackenzie Borkovich delivers during a scrimmage against Baldwin Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at Fox Chapel High School.
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During offseason training, first-year Fox Chapel softball coach Chris Olbrich kept seeing more and more girls show up to work out.

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Kiski’s Matthew Drahos (12) is congratulted after scoring against Norwin during a PIHL class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area hockey continues remarkable turnaround
March 8, 2020
Kiski Area sophomore defenseman Aiden Sites said if he was told before the season the Cavaliers would be in the PIHL Class A semifinals he wouldn’t have believed it.

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Mars head coach Rob Carmody talks with an official after an intentional foul was called on Michael Carmody during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Laurel Highlands Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
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March 6, 2020
After his team lost in overtime, battling without standout senior Michael Carmody, who was serving a one-game suspension, Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody told his players he was obviously disappointed, but he was glad they lost on a play made by a “winning player.”

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Kiski Area’s Ethan George (17) and Norwin’s Jacob Meier compete during their PIHL Class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Norwin hockey focuses on positives after abrupt exit from playoffs
March 4, 2020
Norwin hockey’s season ended Tuesday night when the Knights fell 3-2 to Kiski Area in the first round of the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Kiski’s Nicolas Slomka (right) and Norwin’s Jacob Meier collide during a PIHL class A first-round game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area edges Norwin to reach Penguins Cup semifinals
In one season, Kiski Area hockey has gone from a one-win team to being a victory away from playing for a Penguins Cup championship.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Highlands’ Johnny Crise and Fox Chapel’s Sophie Shao
March 3, 2020
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Plum defender Parker Gable (95) clears Shaler’s Joey Laquatra (16) for goalie Sam Pine on Oct. 1, 2019, at Alpha Ice Center.
Kiski Area, Plum hockey teams surge into playoffs
March 1, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, Kiski Area and Plum completed two of the more remarkable rebounds in the PIHL.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell presents her dad, coach Tim McConnell, with his gold medal after the Lady Colts defeated Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley defends WPIAL title, wins 55th consecutive game
February 29, 2020
Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach Tim McConnell said he told his younger sister, Trinity coach Kathy McConnell-Miller, that the only good thing about facing each other in a WPIAL final was that a McConnell was guaranteed to win.

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Plum’s Shannon Small is the 2020 WPIBL girls singles champion.
Led by singles champ Small, Plum bowling team has postseason to remember
February 28, 2020
Plum bowling coach Darryl Pilyih said coaching senior standout Shannon Small has become a pretty easy task because she rarely makes a mistake.

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Bethel Park’s Maddie Dzeizgowski (13) pulls down a rebound against Fox Chapel during a Class 6A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 21, 2020 at North Hills.
Shutdown defenses to meet when North Allegheny, Bethel Park tangle for girls 6A title
When Bethel Park and North Allegheny take the floor at Petersen Events Center on Saturday for the Class 6A girls basketball championship, expect a defensive chess match to unfold.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with teammates after defeating Thomas Jefferson in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Feb. 26, 2020.
Chartiers Valley uses bulletin-board material to top TJ, return to Class 5A finals
February 26, 2020
Moments after Chartiers Valley finished off a 65-43 win over Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Wednesday night at Mt. Lebanon, Colts coach Tim McConnell offered an open dinner invitation to who ever made shirts for the Jaguars that read, “3.1 doesn’t equal 4.4.”

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar (25) blocks Upper St. Clair’s Alexandra Pantelis (4) during a Class 6A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
North Allegheny girls shut down Upper St. Clair, get back to WPIAL Class 6A finals
February 25, 2020
On the bus ride to North Hills, members of the North Allegheny girls basketball team chatted back and forth about what their keys were going to be defensively.

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Plum’s Shannon Small is a member of the 2019-20 bowling team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Shannon Small and Korry Myers
Shannon Small

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock powers to the net as Quaker Valley’s James Davis (23) attempts to block Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
Belle Vernon boys basketball upsets Quaker Valley, clinches PIAA spot
February 22, 2020
Listed at 5-foot-9, Devin Whitlock was the shortest player on the floor in Saturday’s game between Quaker Valley and Belle Vernon, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in many other areas.

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Brayden Reynolds scored 19 points for Chartiers Valley on Friday night.
Brayden Reynolds’ clutch shot sparks Chartiers Valley past Shaler
February 21, 2020
Chartiers Valley coach Brandon Sensor thought Shaler did a pretty good job on his standout guard Brayden Reynolds through the first three quarters of Friday’s WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal game.

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Penn-Trafford’s Lacey Adamik won a gold medal in beam at the WPIAL gymnastics championships Feb. 15, 2020, at Moon.
Penn-Trafford gymnast Adamik balances fun, competition at high school level
A couple of years ago, Lacey Adamik gave up the everyday grind of training for competitive USA gymnastics, but as time went on, she started to miss the sport.

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Bishop Canevin’s Dom Elliott, taking a shot in practice, hit the game-winning free throws Thursday night.
Elliott handles pressure, shoots Bishop Canevin boys past Union
February 20, 2020
Dom Elliott was honest about what was going through his mind in as he toed the line for two foul shots with five seconds remaining and Bishop Canevin trailing by one.

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Kiski Area’s Samantha Coleman is a member of the 2019-20 gymnastics team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Samantha Coleman and A.J. Corrado
February 18, 2020
Samantha Coleman

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Five Alle-Kiski Valley student-athletes were recognized by former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward and the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. From left are Fox Chapel’s Brent Brewster, Kiski Area’s Kierra Shreffler, Fox Chapel’s Kate Carnevale, Valley’s Greg Guzzo, Plum’s Isabella Stoll and Ward.
After scholarship from Hines Ward, Valley’s Guzzo to be featured in book
February 16, 2020
Greg Guzzo was checking his email randomly last year when he saw a message titled “Positive Athlete.”

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Pine-Richland gymnast Samantha Alexander
Pine-Richland’s Alexander, Thomas Jefferson’s Kameg big winners at WPIAL gymnastics meet
February 15, 2020
Pine-Richland’s Samantha Alexander went into WPIAL individual gymnastics championships wanting to stay on her feet.

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Plum’s Connor Moss looks for an open pass against Armstrong on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Q&A with Plum’s Connor Moss
February 14, 2020
Plum’s Connor Moss eclipsed 1,000 career points Feb. 5 after scoring 25 in a 52-51 nonconference win over Baldwin. Moss joins another junior, the girls team’s Kennedie Montue, in hitting the milestone. Moss scored more than 20 points 13 times this season and had more than 30 points four times.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert celebrates his state championship last season.
Iron sharpens iron for Franklin Regional state title hopefuls Dibert, Solomon
At every practice in the Franklin Regional wrestling room, Finn Solomon and Carter Dibert are paired. When they wrestle, it typically becomes a spectacle.

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Burrell gymnasts, from left, Lexi Daniels, Layia Jefferies, Chloe Werner, Georgia Brothers, Raquel Ruggeri and Kelsey Arabia pose for a picture while competing Jan. 23, 2020 at Jewarts Gymnastics.
Burrell gymnastics team beaming at chance to compete at WPIAL championships
February 13, 2020
For a long time, Burrell has been represented at the WPIAL individual gymnastics championship.

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Leechburg’s Dylan Cook is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Highlands’ Sarah Sawhook and Leechburg’s Dylan Cook
February 11, 2020
Sarah Sawhook

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Fox Chapel hockey hopes to ride momentum into postseason
February 9, 2020
In 20 years of being involved in hockey, Fox Chapel coach Cam Raidna never experienced anything like what his team pulled off Thursday night against Kiski Area.

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Recruiting interest ramping up for Plum lineman Evan Azzara
February 7, 2020
Plum junior Evan Azzara has visited almost every Mid-American Conference school in Ohio, but the one he went to the most has been Miami (Ohio).

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Knoch’s Maddie Boyer is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer, Burrell’s Ian Oswalt
February 4, 2020
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Knoch’s Lauren Cihonski celebrates after her game-winning layup in the final seconds against Freeport Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at Knoch High School.
Knoch girls finally slay rival Freeport
February 3, 2020
Moments after Lauren Cihonski hit a game-winning basket with four seconds remaining to help Knoch beat Freeport 53-52, the magnitude of what transpired hit her.

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (right) during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Plum hockey gets healthy in time for PIHL playoffs push
January 31, 2020
Every hockey team deals with bumps and bruises, but, in January, Plum could have used a M.A.S.H. unit.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athetes of the Week: Plum’s Kennedie Montue, Leechburg’s Jake Blumer
January 28, 2020
Kennedie Montue

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers drives to the basket past Freeport’s Samantha Clark during their game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Freeport Middle School.
No. 1 North Catholic fights off serious challenge from Freeport
January 27, 2020
Coming into Monday’s game, North Catholic girls basketball had won 54 section games in a row — all but one of them by double digits — so when Freeport tied the game with five minutes remaining, it presented a situation that hadn’t come up in a while.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Eddie Pazo scored a hat trick in the PIHL Class A all-star game Jan. 26, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Thomas Jefferson’s Pazo, North Catholic’s Shaffer lift Team Blue to PIHL Class A All-Star Game win
January 26, 2020
Thomas Jefferson junior Eddie Pazo and North Catholic junior Quinten Shaffer had a hat trick each to lead Team Blue to a 9-5 win over Team Gold in the PIHL Class A All-Star Game Sunday at RMU Island Sports Center.

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Ringgold’s Bradley Bujdos scored a hat trick in the PIHL Class B all-star game Jan. 26, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Centerl
Ringgold’s Budjos nets hat trick to lead Team Blue to victory in PIHL Class B All-Star Game
Typically going on the penalty kill late in a game down by two goals is not a successful strategy, but in the PIHL Class B All-Star Game, Team Blue made being down a player work in a major way.

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Norwin players cheer on their teammates during the Knights’ victory over North Allegheny on Thursday. Norwin is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A.
Surging Norwin girls basketball team finds right balance
January 24, 2020
The Norwin girls basketball team was the top scoring offense in WPIAL Class 6A through 14 games, and the Knights ranked second in scoring average against.

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Gateway’s Lexi Jackson scores over Armstrong’s Sophia Dobransky during their game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Gateway High School.
Gateway girls grind out win over Armstrong
January 23, 2020
Armstrong girls basketball coach Kirk Lorigan joked that he started looking in the stands for James Naismith, because it felt like the cylinder hoops at Gateway’s gymnasium were replaced with peach baskets.

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Freeport’s Maddie Clark is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Freeport’s Maddie Clark, Highlands’ Jrake Burford
January 21, 2020
Maddie Clark

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Kiski Area goaltender Eric Petika gets set to make a save during a game against North Catholic on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Kiski Area goalie Petika leads A-K Valley contingent in PIHL All-Star games
January 19, 2020
Kiski Area goalie Eric Petika got a nice wakeup call from his dad the morning after the PIHL All-Star teams were released a couple of weeks ago.

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Steel Valley’s Camden Polak scores past Clairton’s Wayne Wade III during their game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Clairton High School.
Steel Valley’s Camden Polak likes making noise in the library
January 15, 2020
Many high school students go to the library to check out a book for their next homework assignment, but Steel Valley senior Camden Polak goes there for a different reason.

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Jeannette’s Imani Sanders goes to the basket against Serra Catholic during their game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Jeannette High School.
Jeannette puts together complete effort in routing Serra Catholic
January 14, 2020
Even though Jeannette coach Adrian Batts was hoarse from imploring his team all game, it wasn’t going to stop him from talking about the enjoyment he got from watching his team execute Tuesday night.

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley Athletes of the Week: Riverview’s Sydney McDonough, Knoch’s Ryan Lang
Sydney McDonough

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his first goal against Connellsville during the second period of a Penguins Cup Division 2 semifinal Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Burrell standout Stewart surprises with return to varsity hockey team
January 12, 2020
After spending some time in the junior hockey ranks this season, Tyler Stewart made a surprise return to the ice for Burrell hockey last Monday.

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The Plum competitive spirit team competed at the WPIAL championships Jan. 4, 2020, at Hempfield.
Plum spirit squad shows competitive drive
Every Saturday in the fall, the Plum competitive spirit team met in the gym for a 7 a.m. practice after cheering the night before at football games with a determination to get stronger.

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Plum’s Connor Moss is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: St. Joseph’s Trinity Lockwood-Morris and Plum’s Connor Moss
January 7, 2020
Trinity Lockwood-Morris

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Blackhawk’s Jolie Strati pressures Central Valley’s Allyson Kirby during their game Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Central Valley.
Blackhawk defense shuts down Central Valley in Class 4A showdown
January 6, 2020
Blackhawk girls basketball coach Steve Lodovico loves to run a press and trap defense with the goal of creating turnovers and racking up points off them. Facing a familiar foe in Central Valley on the road, he decided to adjust the gameplan.

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Fox Chapel hockey hopes experience in close games helps with playoff push
January 5, 2020
The Fox Chapel hockey team has played its share of close games this season.

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Plum’s Kai Johnson (right) competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
Plum girls improving in quest for Section 2 championship
January 4, 2020
About an hour removed from a 41-31 victory over Armstrong on Thursday, Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier provided a list of reasons it was their best performance to date.

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Shannon Small, Plum
Plum bowler Shannon Small sets big goals
Nesbit’s Lanes has pretty much become a second home for Shannon Small.

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Andrew Sullivan, St. Joseph boys basketball
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley, St. Joseph’s Andrew Sullivan
December 31, 2019
Andrew Sullivan

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Burrell’s Gio Palombo has seven goals in three games this season.
New-look Burrell hockey team finds stability
December 29, 2019
Entering the season, perhaps no team in the PIHL lost more key pieces than Burrell.

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Nevaeh Ewing, Knoch basketball
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Knoch’s Nevaeh Ewing, Apollo-Ridge’s Keighton Reese
December 24, 2019
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Freeport’s Joe Liput (87) looks to score against Westmont goalie Ian Amaranto (35) Dec. 19, 2019 at Belmont Complex.
‘Building year’ for youthful Freeport hockey
December 22, 2019
Jack Mason can still remember the nervousness he felt playing varsity hockey as a freshman.

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Plum’s Connor Moss (2) goes up for a shot between Kiski Area’s Kyrell Hutcherson (5) and Nick Smith (35) Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at Plum.
Plum boys basketball seeks secret to closing out games
December 20, 2019
First-year Plum boys basketball coach Mark Marino has been happy with the buy-in level from his players in the early part of the season.

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Apollo-Ridge’s Morgan Gamble is a member of the 2019-20 basketball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Morgan Gamble and Demitri Fritch
December 17, 2019
Demitri

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (left) has 17 points. He has been out with an injury but is expected back in January.
Plum in prime position midway through hockey season
December 15, 2019
As Plum hockey reached the midpoint of the PIHL Class AA season, it found itself tied atop the Northeast Division standings with Armstrong with a pair of games in hand.

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Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento is a member of the 2019 basketball team.
Alle-Kiski Valley Athletes of the Week: Valley’s Tori Johnson, Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento
December 10, 2019
Tori Johnson

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Norwin’s Kurtis Phipps wrestles Stroudsburg’s Cameron Enriquez in the 120-pound class AAA quarterfinal during the PIAA wrestling tournament on Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Phipps, Norwin wrestling ready to take next step
December 7, 2019
Kurtis Phipps showed his toughness by battling through a foot injury in last year’s PIAA Class AAA championship match. He suffered the injury a day earlier in his semifinal win.

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Franklin Regional’s Garrett Thompson competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Franklin Regional wrestlers look to add to program’s Hershey history
Franklin Regional coach Matt Lebe had to stop for a moment and count back through the years to figure out how many seasons in a row the Panthers have had a representative in the PIAA wrestling finals.

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Central Valley’s Ameer Dudley applauds a touchdown earlier this season.
Central Valley dominates Bald Eagle Area to earn trip to Hershey
November 29, 2019
One thing in particular that stands out from the many things that Central Valley coach Mark Lyons loves about his football team is that they enjoy playing together and not one player believes he is above another.

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Plum junior Kennedie Montue competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
With three top starters returning, Plum girls planning banner season
November 28, 2019
In his opening remarks at the first practice of the season, Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier challenged his team.

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Plum senior Tyler Kolankowski competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 20, 2019.
Unusual Plum boys roster packed with senior leadership but lacking experience
With plenty of seniors on the roster, it might look like the Plum boys basketball team has a lot of experience. In reality, almost everyone will be new to varsity this winter.

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Kiski Area’s Dejah Burnett (left) competes during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Kiski Area girls hope experience, work ethic lead to growth
November 25, 2019
Kiski Area girls basketball coach Nick Dizon couldn’t have been happier with the work his group put into its offseason.

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Kiski Area junior Jason Baker competes during practice Nov. 19, 2019.
Kiski Area boys plan to pick up the pace
Entering year two of his tenure at Kiski Area, Will Saunders is ready to let his team run.

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Junior Ethan Carr will be back next season for the Penn-Trafford football team.
Successful season falls short of ultimate goal for Penn-Trafford
November 23, 2019
The Penn-Trafford football team has high standards, and with that comes championship aspirations.

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Fox Chapel boys head coach Zach Skrinjar works with Eli Yofan during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Fox Chapel boys basketball team rallies around defense
November 22, 2019
At the end of practice, most teams come together in a circle, put their hands in and say one, two, three and then their team name.

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Fox Chapel’s Domenica Delaney brings the ball upcourt during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
New coach works to instill confidence in talented Fox Chapel girls roster
When Marty Matvey arrived to take over the Fox Chapel girls basketball program this summer, he quickly realized there was talent from top to bottom in the lineup.

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Cheswick Christian Academy’s Jesse Raddansky goes through drills during practice Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Cheswick Christian Academy.
Rebuilding plan has Cheswick Christian boys ready to contend again
November 20, 2019
When 6-foot-10 Ben Pollock finished his Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball career in 2016-17 after rewriting much of the school’s record book, longtime Chargers coach Todd Rosio had a three-year plan to build the team back up to contending status.

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Clinton Blazevich talks to the Cheswick Christian Academy girls basketball team at practice last season.
Cheswick Christian girls dedicate season to former coach in need of heart transplant
Jacque Willis thought she might become a basketball coach someday, but she never expected it to be just a few months after she graduated college.

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Central Valley’s Stephon Hall (25) and Hunter Mitchell celebrate after stopping Aliquippa on a two-point conversion in overtime during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Heinz Field.
Central Valley stops Aliquippa in overtime in tense WPIAL title game
November 16, 2019
On the first play of overtime, Michael Barbuto was pushing toward the goal line when he felt something strange happen.

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Washington receiver Zahmere Robinson makes a catch during practice.
Washington leans on Zahmere Robinson to stop upset-minded Brentwood
November 15, 2019
After Washington’s Zahmere Robinson fumbled for the first time this year in a third quarter that saw Brentwood surging, he went to the sidelines and told his teammates he’d make up for it.

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Franklin Regional’s Trevor Brncic (13) passes the ball against Latrobe during a Sept. 6 game.
Franklin Regional not satisfied with first-round playoff exit
There wasn’t another team in the WPIAL that played a schedule like Franklin Regional did this season.

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North Catholic celebrates after scoring against Freeport during a PIAA Class AA semifinal game Nov. 12, 2019, at North Allegheny.
North Catholic volleyball gets vengeance, defeats Freeport in PIAAs
November 12, 2019
The day after North Catholic girls volleyball lost to Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA finals by surrendering a 2-0 lead, coach Amanda Fetter told her players they deserved to have a banner hanging in the gymnasium, and the only one left to get was a PIAA banner.

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Fox Chapel’s Colby Zmenkowski is a member of the 2019 hockey team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Knoch’s Skylar Burkett and Fox Chapel’s Colby Zmenkowski
Skylar Burkett

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Knoch celebrates after winning a point against South Fayette during a PIAA Class AAA volleyball first-round match Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Shaler Area High School.
Playing through injuries solidified Knoch volleyball team’s depth
November 11, 2019
At practice Monday, Knoch girls volleyball players sat on the gym floor in a circle around coach Diane Geist as they prepared for their state semifinal opponent, District 3 champion Palmyra.

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Mars girls soccer players celebrate during their PIAA playoff win over West Allegheny on Nov. 9, 2019, at Chartiers Valley.
Mars girls soccer team rolls past West Allegheny in PIAA playoffs
November 9, 2019
The Mars girls soccer team has been dominant against WPIAL opponents all season, and in its final meeting against a district foe this season, it wasted little time establishing the tone.

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Pine-Richland’s Luke Meckler (2) runs for a touchdown against North Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal game Nov. 8, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland easily handles North Allegheny on way to WPIAL final
November 8, 2019
As Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz was giving his postgame speech with his players surrounding him on a knee, the assistant coaches started tossing Heinz ketchup packets into the huddle.

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Knoch celebrates after winning a point against South Fayette during girls 3-A PIAA volleyball first round action Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Shaler Area High School.
Knoch volleyball back to full strength in first-round PIAA win over South Fayette
November 5, 2019
The last time Kennedy Christy was in the Shaler gym, she was injured on the final night of the regular season in a nonsection match against the Titans and it caused her to miss Knoch’s entire WPIAL playoff run.

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Freeport’s Mackensey Jack with a kill past Brookville’s Maggie Mackins during girls 2-A PIAA volleyball first round action Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at Shaler Area High School.
Freeport volleyball shakes off ‘WPIAL hangover,’ cruises in first-round PIAA match
After having to come back from two-set deficits to win in the WPIAL semifinals and finals last week,the Freeport girls volleyball team had a much less stressful opening to the state playoffs.

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Freeport’s Isabella Russo plays for the 2019 volleyball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Freeport’s Isabella Russo, Riverview’s Mason Ochs
Isabella Russo

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Knoch’s Hannah Rowe holds the championship trophy after beating Thomas Jefferson during the WPIAL Class AAA girls volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Knoch girls volleyball beats Thomas Jefferson for 3rd straight WPIAL title
November 2, 2019
In its playoff run, Knoch girls volleyball proved how strong a team it is by grinding out wins without standout hitters Kennedy Christy and Hannah Rowe.

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Plum’s DD Flowers controls the ball in front of Knoch’s Adam Walker on Aug. 22, 2019.
Plum soccer reached goals despite dramatic playoff loss
November 1, 2019
If someone had told Plum boys soccer coach Raf Kolankowski before the season that his team would have been leading in a WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal with five-plus minutes remaining, he would’ve taken it in a heartbeat.

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Canon-McMillan’s Joey Fonagy (7) celebrates after scoring the winning goal in overtime during the boys WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Mt. Lebanon Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Joey Fonagy’s overtime goal lifts Canon-McMillan to WPIAL boys soccer title
October 31, 2019
The Big Macs had one more comeback in them and it was one that they’ll remember for a long time.

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Plum’s Kaitln Killinger is a member of the 2019 soccer team.
AK Valley high school athletes of the week: Plum’s Kaitlyn Killinger and Deer Lakes’ Michael Sullivan
October 29, 2019
Kaitlyn Killinger

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Hat trick lifts Deer Lakes boys soccer past South Park in Class AA semis
October 26, 2019
Deer Lakes boys soccer has used “unfinished business” as its mantra after narrow misses on the road to a WPIAL championship appearance the last few years.

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Canon-McMillan boys score 2 late goals, edge Plum in Class AAAA semis
A few minutes after the Plum boys soccer team’s magical season ended Saturday with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals that saw Canon-McMillan score twice in the final six minutes, Mustangs coach Raf Kolankowski used the moment as a teaching tool.

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Westmoreland girls soccer playoff capsules: Games of Oct. 24, 2019
October 23, 2019
Class AAAA

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Burrell’s Sara Novak is a member of the 2019 girls volleyball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Burrell’s Sara Novak and Springdale’s Mike Mitchell
October 22, 2019
Sara Novak

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Middle hitter Ashley Grine (left) and libero Gracie Heinke are part of a senior-filled lineup for Leechburg.
Senior-led Leechburg girls volleyball turns focus to playoffs
October 20, 2019
The best word to describe Leechburg girls volleyball in matches against the two teams in front of them in the Section 4-A standings is “close.”

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Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer shakes off slow start, advances in playoffs
October 19, 2019
For Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer coach Tyler Solis, Saturday’s first-round playoff game had several elements that his team needed to get through.

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Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio, a senior with Down syndrome, scores a touchdown against Western Beaver on Oct. 18, 2019, at Neshannock.
Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio, who has Down syndrome, scores touchdown on senior night
October 18, 2019
Neshannock’s Jeremy Nativio had a senior night to remember on Friday.

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Neshannock shuts down Western Beaver, secures playoff berth
There were a lot of playoff scenarios in a crowded Midwestern Athletic Conference entering Friday night, but the easiest way for Neshannock to secure a postseason berth was to go out and get a win.

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Freedom’s Renae Mohrbacher (11) celebrates a goal with her sister, Jules, during their game against Quigley Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at Freedom Area High School.
With Mohrbacher sisters filling the net, Freedom girls soccer doesn’t skip a beat
October 17, 2019
Freedom girls soccer has a bit of a different look from the 2018 WPIAL championship team after the graduation of some key seniors and standout Jayden Sharpless transferring to North Catholic, but the results have been the same.

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Knoch’s Quinn Hughes (left) and Kennedy Christy compete during a scrimmage game August 24, 2019 at Freeport.
Knoch girls volleyball team doesn’t let success become distraction
October 13, 2019
The last few seasons for the Knoch girls volleyball team has been a special ride, with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA title. So as the postseason approaches, it is natural for the seniors to dream of finishing their careers with winning a third district title.

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Hughes-Sciarro connection leads Riverside past rival Ellwood City
October 11, 2019
Riverside quarterback Ben Hughes and wide receiver Nathan Sciarro started working on their connection in May, going down to the football field after school and running routes with the goal of getting better timing.

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Plum’s Cole Kelly competes during a game in the 2019 boys soccer campaign.
Plum boys soccer team ready to make history
Plum boys soccer captains Cole Kelly, Luke Gildea and Tyler Kolankowski are well versed in the history of the program.

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October 8, 2019
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October 6, 2019
The day before Thursday’s crucial Section 1-AAA match with Armstrong, Kiski Area libero Rebekah Fowler didn’t want to give too much away.

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Plum’s Logan Schlegel (14) competes against Shaler October 1, 2019 at Alpha Ice Center.
Plum’s captains bringing optimism back to ice
October 4, 2019
Prior to the season, Plum hockey coach Phil Mains told his leadership group of captain Dan Baranowski and alternate captains Logan Schlegel and Nic Pushic that the team would go as they go.

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Deer Lakes’ Will Meyer is competing for the Lancers during the 2019 season.
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October 1, 2019
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Deer Lakes volleyball encouraged by performance in tough tests
September 29, 2019
Deer Lakes girls volleyball coach Terry Gaston always tells his team if it can get 20 points in a set against an opponent, it can win.

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QB Jay Pearson keeps his word, helps OLSH torch Laurel
September 27, 2019
Prior to Friday’s game with Laurel, Jay Pearson told OLSH coach Dan Bradley that he was going to score on the first play.

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Knoch’s Kenzie Kerkan returns for the 2019 season.
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September 24, 2019
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Freeport senior Lauren Lampus (14) is introduced before their game against East Allegheny September 12, 2019.
Freeport volleyball seniors determined to return to top
September 22, 2019
Freeport setter Madeline Clark can still recall the feeling of walking off the floor after last year’s WPIAL semifinal loss to Frazier that ended the Yellowjackets’ 3-year run of making the district title game.

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Plum’s Marissa Liberto (33) competes against West Mifflin September 18, 2019.
Plum girls soccer uses team-first approach to climb standings
September 20, 2019
From the first meeting with his players, first-year Plum girls soccer coach Jamie Stewart’s message has been “team first.”

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Burrell’s Allie Vescio had a hat trick against Deer Lakes on Sept. 9, 2019.
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September 17, 2019
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September 15, 2019
When describing how aggressive to be when spiking a volleyball, Fox Chapel coach Phil O’Keeffe likes to use a baseball analogy.

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Plum boys golfers focus on shaving strokes
September 13, 2019
It’s been a tough season in the win-loss department for the Plum boys golf team, going up against section rivals and perennial powers Fox Chapel, Central Catholic and Franklin Regional. In golf, though, success can be measured in different ways.

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Fox Chapel’s Lucy Ream returns for the 2019 season.
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September 10, 2019
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Percise Colon scores clutch touchdown to carry NA past Central Catholic
September 6, 2019
North Allegheny coach Art Walker earned his 200th win Friday night, but he won’t remember the game, because of the milestone number.

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Franklin Regional’s Chuck Tragesser and Michael Wareham spend a lot of their free time playing golf together at Willowbrook Country Club in Apollo. On match days, they are paired.

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Franklin Regional’s Ashley Feorene (2) and Aly Kindelberger (9) compete against Hampton during a scrimmage game August 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
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August 30, 2019
The Franklin Regional girls volleyball team was one of the feel-good stories of the WPIAL last season.

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Knoch’s Andrew Fanton celebrates after scoring during a scrimmage against Plum on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.
Competition to bring out best in Knoch boys soccer
August 24, 2019
When Knoch boys soccer coach Malcolm Cook looked back at last season, the overarching theme was that there were too many holes in the lineup to find the right combination to be competitive.

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Small roster not dimming enthusiasm for Knoch girls soccer
Knoch girls soccer already was low on players, but three season-ending injuries before the first practice made the roster even thinner.

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Plum gains momentum with Week Zero win over Highlands
August 23, 2019
Plum went into its Week Zero matchup at Highlands hoping to take some positive momentum into Class 5A Foothills Conference play and the Mustangs got it in all three phases of the game.

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Freeport boys soccer confident it can compete in tough section
August 21, 2019
There have been plenty of good on-field moments the last few years for Freeport boys soccer, but one thing that always has stuck out for coach Dave Teorsky didn’t happen in a game.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski scores next to Highlands’ Madison Faas during their game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Brackenridge.
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Sidney Shemanski will begin the first leg of the three-part finale to her Freeport athletic career this fall with the girls soccer team.

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South Park’s Eagle Stadium was renovated in 2017.
South Park ready to rebound with experienced group
August 18, 2019
South Park football coach Marty Rieck isn’t one to make excuses for shortcomings, but the fact of the matter is that his team was young last season.

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Deer Lakes’ Aris Hasley works out on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at the high school.
Deer Lakes adopts ‘why not us?’ mantra in quest for playoff berth
Tim Burk is a Deer Lakes guy through and through, so he took great pride in watching the Lancers’ boys soccer team make a run to the state championship game and the boys basketball team win the first PIAA playoff game in school history and advance to the quarterfinals.

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North Catholic quarterback Zack Rocco reacts after a touchdown pass during a game against Freeport on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Mars High School stadium.
After near misses, North Catholic focused reaching championship game
When you come as close to playing for a championship as North Catholic football has only to see it slip away, it’s hard not to look back at the small moments that swayed the game.

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Armstrong’s Isaac Ridinger finds a hole to run through against Kiski Area in the first half at Armstrong’s ESS Nextiers Athletic Complex on Friday, Oct 26, 2018.
Armstrong looks to gain experience early on with young roster
August 16, 2019
It took only two weeks for Frank Fabian to realize he made a mistake after resigning as Armstrong’s coach.

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Deer Lakes’ Jack Hollibaugh (left) works out with teammates on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at the high school.
Always one to lighten mood, Deer Lakes’ Hollibaugh got lighter to improve his play
August 12, 2019
Deer Lakes football coach Tim Burk is never exactly sure what his tight end Jack Hollibaugh is going to say when he enters the locker room, but he knows it likely will be something funny.

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Plum’s Cole Kelly competes during a game in the 2019 boys soccer campaign.
Plum’s Kelly balances sports, music as key cog on soccer team
August 9, 2019
Cole Kelly does his best to split his time for his two passions — soccer and music — because he loves them equally.

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Youth soccer players took part in a camp at Apollo-Ridge July 8-12, 2019.
Youth camp helps fund Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team
July 17, 2019
Last week, the Apollo-Ridge girls soccer team held its fifth annual youth skills camp, which has become a benefit not only for the future of the program, but the present, as well.

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Plum’s Hunter Linhart takes part in the discus throw Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Gateway.
Plum’s Linhart displays virtues of multisport athletes
June 8, 2019
The three-sport athlete has become a rare breed with many specializing in one sport to try to make it to college, but Hunter Linhart saw the benefits of diversifying.

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Serra Catholic starter Alex Glumac delivers to the plate in the second inning against Neshannock on June 6, 2019, at Shaler.
Brennan powers Serra Catholic past Neshannock in PIAA quarterfinals
June 6, 2019
With teams intentionally walking standout catcher Mark Black regularly in the playoffs, Serra Catholic baseball coach Brian Dzurenda decided to move him from third in the order to the leadoff spot, which put Pat Brennan in Black’s old spot.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Seaman (17) high-fives Mathew Fitzmaurice after they scored against Cathedral Prep during their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game Monday, June 3, 2019, at Neshannock High School. Franklin Regional won, 13-4.
Franklin Regional ‘revved up’ for PIAA quarterfinal matchup
June 5, 2019
Michael Klingensmith led off first base after drawing a walk in the top of the first inning in Monday’s PIAA first- round game when Cathedral Prep pitcher Colin Kelly made a pick-off throw to first.

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Franklin Regional’s Mike Klingensmith is greeted by teammates at the dugout after scoring against Cathedral Prep during their PIAA Class 5A first round state playoff game Monday, June 3, 2019, at Neshannock High School. Franklin Regional won, 13-4.
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June 3, 2019
It often has been said good things come to those who wait, and Franklin Regional baseball proved that in a couple of ways Monday.

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Leechburg pitcher Emma Ritchie (right) high-fives Aubry Skeel during their WPIAL Class A playoff game against Jeannette Monday, May 20, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
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June 1, 2019
Kristen Knapp, Aubry Skeel and Kiera Jones left Leechburg on Thursday night as graduates.

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Seton LaSalle’s Dan Boehme celebrates his RBI triple with head coach Mike Wagner during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Serra Catholic Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Wild Things Park.
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May 29, 2019
Seton LaSalle first baseman Dan Boehme knew he had a good day, but he was unaware it was a historic one until he got back into the dugout after crushing a two-run homer over the left field fence.

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Franklin Regional’s Andrew Muraco (center) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates during the third inning of their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal against South Fayette Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at West Mifflin High School.
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May 27, 2019
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Leechburg Area starting pitcher Emma Ritchie throws against Union Area Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Hampton Coummnity Park.
Leechburg softball focused on consolation prize
May 26, 2019
Leechburg softball coach Debbi Young has found it can be tough at times to get a team energized for a consolation game after a difficult loss in the semifinals, but she doesn’t foresee that being a problem with her current group.

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WPIAL Class AAA girls lacrosse final suspended by inclement weather
May 23, 2019
With the score tied 11-11 in the final minute of the WPIAL Class AAA girls lacrosse final between Upper St. Clair and Shady Side Academy, Mother Nature decided to put a halt on the night and add some suspense.

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The Oakland Catholic girls lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AA title May 23, 2019, at Robert Morris.
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Natalie Cyterski was bloodied, battered and exhausted, but she wasn’t going to be denied.

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Pine-Richland’s Matt Wood bats against Norwin in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals May 21, 2019, at Boyce-Mayview Park.
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May 21, 2019
Jake Maley hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel No. 2 Pine-Richland to a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal baseball game Tuesday night at Upper St. Clair’s Boyce-Mayview Park.

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Greensburg Salem pitcher Matt Wicker delivers against Yough on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
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May 19, 2019
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Sophia Beining works out with the Kiski Valley rugby team Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams advance to state championship games
May 18, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby advanced to the Rugby PA Club Division II championship game for the second consecutive season with a 32-5 win over North Penn on Saturday at Penn State Berks.

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Mars baseball shuts out Fox Chapel in 1st round
May 16, 2019
Fox Chapel coach Jim Hastings summed up how things went for his team Thursday with five words.

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Autumn Trempus works with coach Keith Erwin during the Kiski Valley rugby team’s practice Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams vying for state championships
May 13, 2019
In the last five years, Kiski Valley rugby has built its program to be on par with some of best in the state and last week reflected that when the girls and boys teams were awarded top seeds in their respective brackets.

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Alyssa Schofield is one of Plum’s top offensive players.
Plum softball not caught up in numbers game
May 10, 2019
Nearly half of the players in Plum softball’s lineup have batting averages at .400 or above, but none of them know it.

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Senior Sophia Beining is part of an experienced core for the the Kiski Valley rugby team.
Kiski Valley girls rugby team hoping for breakthrough
April 27, 2019
After three years of seeing the Kiski Valley girls rugby team finish as the state runner-up, Rilee Roach is ready to break through.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Mike Klingensmith talks with catcher Bryce Harper on the mound during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
All systems rolling for Franklin Regional baseball
April 26, 2019
Franklin Regional baseball coach Bobby Sadler laughed and then paused for a few seconds when deciding if pitching or hitting was going better for his team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Thomas Salley throws against Ligonier Valley on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Tough nonsection slate paying off for Greensburg Central Catholic baseball
April 23, 2019
Going into the season with seven new starters, Greensburg Central Catholic baseball coach Dennis Reist beefed up the schedule with an early run of difficult nonsection opponents and hoped Mother Nature would cooperate.

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Shorthanded Penn-Trafford track teams eye individual success
April 5, 2019
For the second year in a row the Penn-Trafford boys and girls track teams have small rosters, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of talent.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Good (35) goes to block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball aims for another section title
March 29, 2019
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team jumped right into the thick of an intense battle in its season opener Tuesday night, and that was exactly what Warriors coach Jim Schall wanted to see to get a better handle on his team.

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Kiski Valley’s Cam Taylor (left) works out with Andrew Bigler Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby gets boost from Buckheads transfers
March 28, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby coach Seth Erwin was already excited about the group he had returning from a team that was the state runner-up last year, and then he received some news in the offseason that made his roster even stronger.

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Deer Lakes’ Devin Reiher during practice Monday, March 25, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
New-look Deer Lakes boys volleyball team looks to maintain high standard of success
March 25, 2019
Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Brady Schuller said he had a couple of curveballs thrown his way last year with some injuries to key players in a season that ended one win short of a second consecutive PIAA playoff berth.

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The North Allegheny hockey team shakes hands with La Salle College players after falling in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
La Salle takes down North Allegheny in Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship
March 23, 2019
North Allegheny rolled into the second intermission break on the back of two late goals that got the Tigers tied with La Salle and looked to continue the momentum when they received a power play early in the third.

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Freeport’s Jalen Brown (right) competes during practice for the annual Cager Classic March 23, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Brown follows in mother’s footsteps with selection to Cager Classic
March 22, 2019
Jalen Brown paused a moment before describing the impact his mother, Eve VanDyke, has had on his life and his basketball career.

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Freshmen, sophomores to make quick impact for Springdale softball team
March 19, 2019
Springdale softball coach Anthony Pototo pointed to a few factors that went against his team last season: poor weather, a lack of pitching depth and a young team.

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Springdale’s Isaac Kern connects on a pitch during a scrimmage against Quigley Catholic Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at Springdale High School.
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After each practice, Springdale baseball coach Brett Burger tells his team to “be better tomorrow than they were today.”

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Ringgold’s Hunter Suarez celebrates with Justin Day after Day’s gamer winner to beat Burrell in the PIHL Division 2 Final Monday, March 18, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Cook, Ringgold edge No. 1 Burrell to claim PIHL Division II championship
March 18, 2019
With the score tied in the third period, Burrell had the ice tilted in its favor and fired a bunch of shots on goal, but Ringgold goalie Evan Cook answered each time.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Horvat prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
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There isn’t any question that Penn-Trafford baseball lost some talented players to graduation with all five departed seniors going on to play in college.

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North Allegheny goaltender Richard Karapandi makes a save in front of Bethel Park’s Luke McLinden during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
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Penn-Trafford’s senior Madison Forsythe runs base drills during team softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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When new alignments came out, Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little looked at who was going to be in the Warriors’ section and came to a quick conclusion.

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Pine-Richland’s Brandon Kushar uts a shot on Greater Latrobe goaltender Gage Handwork during the second period of their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
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March 17, 2019
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March 13, 2019
For a half, Pine-Richland controlled the pace with a slow down offense and shot well enough from beyond the arc to go into halftime down only five to Class 6A’s No. 1 team, Kennedy Catholic.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker fires a shot between Hampton defenders during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
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March 12, 2019
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March 8, 2019
Gateway coach Ryan Sula saw improvement from Evan Whiteside in every area of his wrestling, but the one thing that stood out the most was the growing confidence in his 113-pound junior.

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Plum’s Vinny Citrano competes against Central Catholic Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at Plum.
Plum’s Citrano, Stecik cap season at WPIAL wrestling championships
As a freshman this year, Plum’s Vinny Citrano believed in himself every time he stepped on a mat, and it showed in his results. But before his first match at the WPIAL individual championships Feb. 28, the magnitude of the event set in.

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his second goal of the game during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Stewart’s 7 points lead Burrell to PIHL Division II 1st-round victory over Trinity
March 4, 2019
After Tyler Stewart skated around three Trinity players before depositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the game midway through the third period, Burrell hockey coach Max Rickard said he looked at one of his assistant coaches and just shook his head.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with her dad, coach Tim McConnell, after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley’s McConnells combine for another WPIAL title — this time girls
March 2, 2019
Tim McConnell thought back to eight years ago when he said someone made a comment to him that one day he’d coach his daughter, Megan.

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Spirnak lifts No. 5 Elizabeth Forward past upset-minded Quaker Valley in quarterfinals
February 21, 2019
With Quaker Valley pushing Elizabeth Forward to the edge late in the fourth quarter, Bri Spirnak did what she had been doing all game: She stayed tough and found a way to score.

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Knoch displays versatility, rolls past South Park in 1st round
February 20, 2019
Knoch has displayed an ability and willingness to get out and run the floor a little more than it has in the past, and that continued in a big way in the playoffs Wednesday night.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Stinelli (1) goes up for a shot against Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento (33) Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
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February 15, 2019
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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto won her first advanced division all-around WPIAL individual gymnastics championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Moon.
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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto and her coaches did some quick calculations after she got finished with her final event, and the math showed she had put together her highest score all season.

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Riverview’s Annie Betler (right) pressures South Side’s Emily Bailey during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game.
South Side girls use 3rd-quarter surge to take down Riverview in 1st round
February 14, 2019
Riverview did pretty much everything a lower-seeded team would want to do in the first half.

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