Author: Joe Sager


McKeesport’s Devari Robinson runs against Gateway during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at McKeesport.
McKeesport gets another shot at Gateway in Class 5A semifinals
November 13, 2019
It’s not often that conference rivals meet for a chance to play in the WPIAL championship game.

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Latrobe’s Cole Ferri leads the team with seven goals.
Balanced scoring, solid defense get Latrobe hockey off to hot start
November 10, 2019
With an experienced and balanced roster, Latrobe entered the season as one of the favorites to win a PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA championship.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher (44) defends against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Natalie Ward (20) during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Oct. 28.
GCC girls expect test in rematch with Freedom
November 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic is responsible for the only blemish on the Freedom girls soccer team’s record this year.

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Yough’s Amber Biros (2) celebrates her goal off a corner kick with teammates during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal against Burrell Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Yough, North Catholic ready for first WPIAL girls soccer championship appearance
November 1, 2019
Yough and North Catholic’s girls soccer teams had a sense of relief after winning Monday’s WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman works against Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls soccer eager for rematch with Seneca Valley
October 27, 2019
The Norwin girls soccer team has been thinking about a possible rematch with Seneca Valley.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Noah Calisti comes in second overall in the boys varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s cross country meet Oct. 9, 2019 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem boys hope to defend WPIAL cross country title
October 22, 2019
Greensburg Salem’s boys cross country team is going for a WPIAL Class AA title repeat.

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Derry’s Rylee Ellis (12) celebrates a kill with her teammates during their match against Burrell Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Derry volleyball hopes for extended run in WPIAL playoffs
October 21, 2019
Getting past the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs has not been a problem for Derry’s girls volleyball team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emily Zaziski scores against Eden Christian Academy during a match Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Sewickley.
Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball ready for WPIAL playoffs
October 13, 2019
After winning WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles in 2016, Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls volleyball team has been searching for a way back to the top.

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Yough’s Justine Appolonia carries the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Yough High School.
Appolonia sets goal record for streaking Yough girls soccer
October 8, 2019
Growing up in a soccer family, Justine Appolonia has been scoring goals since she can remember.

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Latrobe’s Jenna Bell (left) talks with Caroline Walters during their WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship match against Peters Township on Thursday at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Latrobe ready to make run in WPIAL tennis team tournament
October 6, 2019
With singles and doubles WPIAL girls tennis champions determined, it’s time for area teams to begin their quests for titles.

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Southmoreland girls volleyball team digs in for final stretch
Southmoreland’s girls volleyball team is ready to make a push for a section title.

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Greensburg Salem goalie Cameron Caretti (25) makes a save against Norwin’s Logan Connelly (77) Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at Center Ice Arena.
Expect offensive fireworks from Norwin hockey team
October 4, 2019
This season, Norwin’s hockey team wants to keep the light on — the opposing team’s goal lamp.

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Quaker Valley’s Bodhi Wilson (13) competes against Moon October 3, 2019 at Alpha Ice complex
Quaker Valley hockey looking to rebound
Quaker Valley’s hockey team hopes to rebound from a near postseason miss.

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Franklin Regional’s Kyler McCoy (88) moves up ice against Hampton October 1, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey adapting quickly to new coach
Franklin Regional’s hockey team has a new coach, but the goal remains the same — win a PIHL Penguins Cup championship.

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Hopewell girls soccer coach Bill Pfeifer
Coach Bill Pfeifer boosts Hopewell girls soccer program, sets state wins record
October 1, 2019
Winning follows Bill Pfeifer.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinski (12) moves the ball over Southmoreland’s Ashley Barnhart during their game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer turns attention to defense in second half
The first half of section play was good for Mt. Pleasant’s girls soccer team.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam battles Bethel Park’s Jacob Lang for the puck during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, March 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Contenders aplenty as PIHL drops puck on regular season
September 29, 2019
While there are many unknowns heading into the PIHL season, which opens Monday, two things are certain: there will be new Penguins Cup champions in Class AA and A.

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Hempfield’s Maura Uschock defends against Indiana during Penn-Trafford’s varsity volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
With new coach, Hempfield volleyball team back on top
Sometimes, teams endure growing pains while adjusting to a new coach.

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Yough’s Hadley Sleith defends a shot by Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz during their game on August 27, 2019, at Yough.
Yough girls soccer standout Hadley Sleith adds football to packed athletic resume
September 24, 2019
Between school and soccer, Hadley Sleith’s schedule is pretty busy most days.

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Latrobe’s Sarah Vasinko earned a letter last season and moved into the Wildcats’ starting lineup this fall.
Latrobe volleyball hopes to gain momentum with healthy lineup
September 22, 2019
Reaching the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs was the goal last year for Latrobe’s girls volleyball team.

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Quaker Valley players participate in drills during soccer practice at the high school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley boys soccer continues section dominance
September 20, 2019
While the players may change on a yearly basis, one thing remains constant for Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team: The Quakers dominate section play.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler is embraced by teammate Katelyn Kauffman, right, after Swankler scored the first goal of the game against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
September 17, 2019
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Norwin’s Megan Dietz runs after a loose ball on an attempted breakaway as Hempfield’s Leah Kern defends on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
September 13, 2019
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Belle Vernon’s Danielle Engstrom competes against Latrobe on Sept. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Balanced approach paying off for Belle Vernon girls soccer team
September 10, 2019
Belle Vernon’s girls soccer team cruised through its section last year.

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The 2018 Quaker Valley girls volleyball team prepares for an early-season match.
Quaker Valley volleyball has mix of youth, experience
September 6, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball team got its introductions out of the way last year.

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Sewickley Academy’s Mary Grace Gordon (5) tries to beat out a Springdale player for the ball during a scrimmage Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Nichols Field.
Young Sewickley Academy girls soccer learning on the go
August 30, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s girls soccer team hopes the process equals results. The Panthers, who graduated 11 seniors from last year’s team, have a new look this fall.

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Senior Fiona Benge is one of two returning starters on defense for Quaker Valley.
Quaker Valley girls soccer eager to gain experience
Quaker Valley’s girls soccer team can’t wait to open the regular season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mackenzie Leeder (bottom) is a Duquesne commit.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer expects to make major strides this season
August 25, 2019
Last season was an adventure for Mt. Pleasant’s girls soccer team.

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Mt. Pleasant will miss the offense of Sam Napper (left).
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer won’t let defense rest
After graduating most of its offensive firepower, Mt. Pleasant’s boys soccer team will look to shut down opponents with its experienced defense this fall.

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Sewickley Academy’s Bobby Serafin participates in drills during soccer practice at the high school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Middle of lineup powers Sewickley Academy boys soccer
August 23, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s boys soccer team is going to build from the middle this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Tommy Guild participates in drills during soccer practice at the hgih school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley boys soccer reloads for another run
The reloading process continues for Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team.

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Seton LaSalle’s Max Schipani returns for the 2019 season.
Seton LaSalle football team hopes to rebound with new coach
August 21, 2019
Seton LaSalle is ready to get back to the top.

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OLSH receiver Brock Saftner catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
OLSH football team reloads hoping for another championship run
August 20, 2019
Last fall, OLSH football enjoyed unprecedented success.

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Moon quarterback Dante Clay works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
Moon hopes better O-line, quick-strike approach pay dividends
August 16, 2019
Moon’s offensive philosophy is simple: Get the ball to a player quickly in open space, and let him do all the rest.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson practices Aug. 14, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Reloaded Belle Vernon girls soccer ready for a long playoff run
August 15, 2019
With nine starters back, new Belle Vernon girls soccer coach Tracy Lovett is excited to see what the team can achieve this year.

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Belle Vernon’s TJ Watson practices Aug. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon boys soccer focusing on defense first
Belle Vernon’s boys soccer team graduated only five starters from a year ago, but two of them accounted for most of the Leopards’ offense.

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Quaker Valley’s Sarah Richman eyes up a volley return at the net against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Caitlyn Null during a WPIAL team tennis semifinal Oct. 17, 2007, at Chartiers Valley.
Quaker Valley HOF tennis teams dominated opposition
August 9, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls tennis program has been a dominant force in the 21st century.

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Quaker Valley goalie Zach Zinger celebrates with Furman South and Eryk Stunda after the Quakers defeated Penncrest, 9-2, in the Pennsylvania Cup A final April 8, 2006, at Island Sports Center.
Quaker Valley’s 2006 hockey team set program standard
Quaker Valley’s hockey team has developed into one of the PIHL’s most consistent programs over the past two decades.

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Quaker Valley’s Cate Stewart eyes up a serve from Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha DeStefano during a WPIAL team tennis semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at Chartiers Valley.
Stewart cruised past opponents on the tennis court for Quaker Valley
August 2, 2019
When Cate Stewart moved with her family to the Quaker Valley School District after her freshman year of high school, she wasn’t sure how she would fit into a new community.

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Quaker Valley safety Darren Rogers calls a defensive play during training camp Friday August 12, 2005.
Darren Rogers starred on, off the field at Quaker Valley
July 27, 2019
Darren Rogers starred on the track, basketball court, football field and in the classroom while attending Quaker Valley.

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Quaker Valley graduate Justin Hughes will be inducted into the 2019 class of the Quaker Valley Hall of Fame.
Quaker Valley’s Hughes notches another victory with hall of fame induction
July 19, 2019
Justin Hughes knows how to win.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden battles Hempfield’s Jared Gerger for the puck during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Hempfield’s Gerger will continue hockey career in Canada
June 24, 2019
When Canada came calling for Jared Gerger, he couldn’t resist.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Cade Patterson tags out North Allegheny’s Nate Campbell at home plate during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball gets boost from former pro Dana Williams
May 27, 2019
Like most championship baseball teams, Penn-Trafford relies heavily on its pitching and defense.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a three-run home run in front of Norwin catcher Sara Russell during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Martindale’s blast helps carry North Allegheny softball past Norwin
May 22, 2019
North Allegheny felt pretty relived when Rachel Martindale smacked a three-run homer Wednesday.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox (right) watches her three-run home run during the ninth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Laura Fox’s homer lifts Hempfield past Seneca Valley in Class 6A semifinals
Laura Fox saved the game then won it for Hempfield on Wednesday.

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Volleyball semifinals roundup: Ambridge edges Derry to earn spot in WPIAL Class AA final
May 21, 2019
Ambridge’s boys volleyball team is ready to defend its title.

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Latrobe’s Tommy Labick (1) celebrates with teammates a score during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Latrobe, Derry ready for WPIAL volleyball semifinals
May 19, 2019
Latrobe and Derry hope to reach Thursday’s WPIAL championship matches.

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Southmoreland softball downs Deer Lakes in WPIAL playoff opener
May 16, 2019
Southmoreland’s WPIAL Class 3A title defense started on a strong note.

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Springdale’s Alexis Hrivnak pitches against Quigley Catholic during a WPIAL playoff game May 16, 2019, at Shaler.
Freshman throws no-hitter as Springdale softball routs Quigley Catholic
The wait was worth it for the Springdale softball team.

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (2) hits the ball back against Latrobe defenders Jake Tappe, right, and Jake Seruga during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Section champion Latrobe volleyball ready for playoffs
May 12, 2019
Latrobe’s boys volleyball team emerged from a competitive field to capture a section championship.

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The Fox Chapel boys tennis team shows off its trophy after winning the WPIAL Class AAA title Wednesday.
Fox Chapel, Indiana capture WPIAL boys tennis team titles
May 8, 2019
Fox Chapel and Indiana joined elite clubs at Wednesday’s WPIAL boys tennis team championships at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Jeannette first baseman Drake Petrillo (10) celebrates with second baseman Michael McCabe during their game against Southmoreland Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Jeannette.
Jeannette seniors looking for one last run in baseball playoffs
May 7, 2019
Next week is what Jeannette’s baseball team has been thinking about since last May — the start of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Plum tennis team overcomes small numbers
May 3, 2019
Plum’s boys tennis team finished 2-8 this spring.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball team seeks focus for playoff run
April 28, 2019
Derry’s boys volleyball team wants to play for the WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Hempfield’s varsity volleyball team moves in for a group huddle before taking on Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 during boys’ volleyball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Hempfield boys volleyball ready to win now
April 7, 2019
With no senior starters, Hempfield’s boys volleyball team feels pretty good about its future.

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (2) hits the ball back against Latrobe defenders Jake Tappe, right, and Jake Seruga during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Latrobe boys volleyball team ready to make a run
March 27, 2019
Now is the time for Latrobe to make a run through the boys volleyball postseason. With 10 starters back and a senior-laden roster, the Wildcats have high hopes.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball faces challenging start to season
March 24, 2019
Derry’s boys volleyball team began the season ranked among the top WPIAL Class 2A teams.

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North Catholic’s Dani Short scores over Central Valley’ Kaelyn Underwood during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic girls hope defense shines against Bethlehem Catholic
March 22, 2019
North Catholic’s girls basketball team is known for its offensive production — and rightfully so.

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North Allegheny’s Aaron Miller celebrates his second goal of the game against Peters during the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Championship game Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
North Allegheny blanks Peters Township to claim PIHL Penguins Cup Class 3A title
March 19, 2019
North Allegheny sought perfection Tuesday night.

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Montour celebrates beating South Fayette to win the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A Championship game Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Montour’s offense shines in PIHL Class A Penguins Cup championship victory
Offense wins championships, too.

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Pine Richland’s Will Studt celebrates his second goal against Upper St. Clair’s during the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Monday, March 18, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Late surge lifts Pine-Richland to PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup title
March 18, 2019
The final surge was the difference for Pine-Richland.

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Plum outside hitter Andrew Wright prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum volleyball hopes to take step forward this season
March 15, 2019
Plum’s boys volleyball team hopes the rebuilding project is a quick one.

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Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe (right) celebrates next to Joseph Pulit after scoring the winning goal in overtime during their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal against Franklin Regional Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Giacobbe, Upper St. Clair outduel Franklin Regional in PIHL Class AA semifinals
March 13, 2019
Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe and Franklin Regional’s Olda Virag put on a show within a show Wednesday night.

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Pine-Richland goaltender Daniel Stauffer celebrates with teammates after defeating Latrobe in their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland puts away Latrobe to reach Penguins Cup final
Once was enough for Pine-Richland — the Rams weren’t about to let Latrobe come back again.

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Franklin Regional goaltender Daniel Soltesz makes a save on Hempfield’s Matthew Traczynski during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey relishing underdog role
March 11, 2019
After years of being one of the top-seeded teams in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, Franklin Regional is relishing its underdog role this postseason.

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Latrobe goaltender Gage Handowrk makes a save next to Hampton’s Matthew Commendatore during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks for balance in semifinal matchup
March 10, 2019
Any victory in the Penguins Cup playoffs is a good one.

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Belle Vernon’s Ally Pacak practices catching with teammate Sophia Godzak, right, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 during softball practice and try-outs at the Belle Vernon Multiplex.
Without Parshall, Belle Vernon softball team seeks new identity
March 7, 2019
How will Belle Vernon’s softball team fare without Bailey Parshall?

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Belle Vernon baseball leans on middle of its lineup for experience
Belle Vernon’s baseball team enters the season with many questions.

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Pine-Richland’s offense shines in PIHL quarterfinal win over Hempfield
March 4, 2019
Hempfield entered Monday night’s PIHL Penguins Cup Class 2A quarterfinal as the classification’s top scoring offense.

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Mt. Lebanon surges past Canon-McMillan in WPIAL Class 6A semifinals
February 27, 2019
With his shooters struggling in the first half, Joe David remained confident heading into the second half.

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Norwin hockey looks to get back to its aggressive game
February 13, 2019
Norwin’s hockey team achieved its first goal: qualifying for the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs.

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McKeesport’s Devari Robinson runs against Gateway during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at McKeesport.
McKeesport gets another shot at Gateway in Class 5A semifinals
November 13, 2019
It’s not often that conference rivals meet for a chance to play in the WPIAL championship game.

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Latrobe’s Cole Ferri leads the team with seven goals.
Balanced scoring, solid defense get Latrobe hockey off to hot start
November 10, 2019
With an experienced and balanced roster, Latrobe entered the season as one of the favorites to win a PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA championship.

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Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher (44) defends against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Natalie Ward (20) during a WPIAL Class A semifinal Oct. 28.
GCC girls expect test in rematch with Freedom
November 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic is responsible for the only blemish on the Freedom girls soccer team’s record this year.

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Yough’s Amber Biros (2) celebrates her goal off a corner kick with teammates during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal against Burrell Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Yough, North Catholic ready for first WPIAL girls soccer championship appearance
November 1, 2019
Yough and North Catholic’s girls soccer teams had a sense of relief after winning Monday’s WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

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Norwin’s Katelyn Kauffman works against Fox Chapel’s Carly Barnett during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Norwin girls soccer eager for rematch with Seneca Valley
October 27, 2019
The Norwin girls soccer team has been thinking about a possible rematch with Seneca Valley.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Noah Calisti comes in second overall in the boys varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s cross country meet Oct. 9, 2019 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem boys hope to defend WPIAL cross country title
October 22, 2019
Greensburg Salem’s boys cross country team is going for a WPIAL Class AA title repeat.

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Derry’s Rylee Ellis (12) celebrates a kill with her teammates during their match against Burrell Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Burrell High School.
Derry volleyball hopes for extended run in WPIAL playoffs
October 21, 2019
Getting past the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs has not been a problem for Derry’s girls volleyball team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Emily Zaziski scores against Eden Christian Academy during a match Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Sewickley.
Greensburg Central Catholic volleyball ready for WPIAL playoffs
October 13, 2019
After winning WPIAL and PIAA Class A titles in 2016, Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls volleyball team has been searching for a way back to the top.

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Yough’s Justine Appolonia carries the ball upfield during a scrimmage against Greensburg Central Catholic Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Yough High School.
Appolonia sets goal record for streaking Yough girls soccer
October 8, 2019
Growing up in a soccer family, Justine Appolonia has been scoring goals since she can remember.

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Latrobe’s Jenna Bell (left) talks with Caroline Walters during their WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship match against Peters Township on Thursday at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Latrobe ready to make run in WPIAL tennis team tournament
October 6, 2019
With singles and doubles WPIAL girls tennis champions determined, it’s time for area teams to begin their quests for titles.

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Southmoreland girls volleyball team digs in for final stretch
Southmoreland’s girls volleyball team is ready to make a push for a section title.

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Greensburg Salem goalie Cameron Caretti (25) makes a save against Norwin’s Logan Connelly (77) Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at Center Ice Arena.
Expect offensive fireworks from Norwin hockey team
October 4, 2019
This season, Norwin’s hockey team wants to keep the light on — the opposing team’s goal lamp.

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Quaker Valley’s Bodhi Wilson (13) competes against Moon October 3, 2019 at Alpha Ice complex
Quaker Valley hockey looking to rebound
Quaker Valley’s hockey team hopes to rebound from a near postseason miss.

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Franklin Regional’s Kyler McCoy (88) moves up ice against Hampton October 1, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey adapting quickly to new coach
Franklin Regional’s hockey team has a new coach, but the goal remains the same — win a PIHL Penguins Cup championship.

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Hopewell girls soccer coach Bill Pfeifer
Coach Bill Pfeifer boosts Hopewell girls soccer program, sets state wins record
October 1, 2019
Winning follows Bill Pfeifer.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Gesinski (12) moves the ball over Southmoreland’s Ashley Barnhart during their game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer turns attention to defense in second half
The first half of section play was good for Mt. Pleasant’s girls soccer team.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam battles Bethel Park’s Jacob Lang for the puck during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, March 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Contenders aplenty as PIHL drops puck on regular season
September 29, 2019
While there are many unknowns heading into the PIHL season, which opens Monday, two things are certain: there will be new Penguins Cup champions in Class AA and A.

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Hempfield’s Maura Uschock defends against Indiana during Penn-Trafford’s varsity volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
With new coach, Hempfield volleyball team back on top
Sometimes, teams endure growing pains while adjusting to a new coach.

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Yough’s Hadley Sleith defends a shot by Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tatum Gretz during their game on August 27, 2019, at Yough.
Yough girls soccer standout Hadley Sleith adds football to packed athletic resume
September 24, 2019
Between school and soccer, Hadley Sleith’s schedule is pretty busy most days.

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Latrobe’s Sarah Vasinko earned a letter last season and moved into the Wildcats’ starting lineup this fall.
Latrobe volleyball hopes to gain momentum with healthy lineup
September 22, 2019
Reaching the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs was the goal last year for Latrobe’s girls volleyball team.

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Quaker Valley players participate in drills during soccer practice at the high school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley boys soccer continues section dominance
September 20, 2019
While the players may change on a yearly basis, one thing remains constant for Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team: The Quakers dominate section play.

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Norwin’s Paloma Swankler is embraced by teammate Katelyn Kauffman, right, after Swankler scored the first goal of the game against Hempfield on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
September 17, 2019
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Norwin’s Megan Dietz runs after a loose ball on an attempted breakaway as Hempfield’s Leah Kern defends on Wednesday night, Sept. 4, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School’s Spartan Stadium during girls’ WPIAL soccer.
Balanced attack leading Norwin girls soccer
September 13, 2019
Norwin’s girls soccer team is hoping to rediscover its championship recipe this fall.

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Belle Vernon’s Danielle Engstrom competes against Latrobe on Sept. 1, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Balanced approach paying off for Belle Vernon girls soccer team
September 10, 2019
Belle Vernon’s girls soccer team cruised through its section last year.

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The 2018 Quaker Valley girls volleyball team prepares for an early-season match.
Quaker Valley volleyball has mix of youth, experience
September 6, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls volleyball team got its introductions out of the way last year.

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Sewickley Academy’s Mary Grace Gordon (5) tries to beat out a Springdale player for the ball during a scrimmage Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Nichols Field.
Young Sewickley Academy girls soccer learning on the go
August 30, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s girls soccer team hopes the process equals results. The Panthers, who graduated 11 seniors from last year’s team, have a new look this fall.

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Senior Fiona Benge is one of two returning starters on defense for Quaker Valley.
Quaker Valley girls soccer eager to gain experience
Quaker Valley’s girls soccer team can’t wait to open the regular season.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Mackenzie Leeder (bottom) is a Duquesne commit.
Mt. Pleasant girls soccer expects to make major strides this season
August 25, 2019
Last season was an adventure for Mt. Pleasant’s girls soccer team.

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Mt. Pleasant will miss the offense of Sam Napper (left).
Mt. Pleasant boys soccer won’t let defense rest
After graduating most of its offensive firepower, Mt. Pleasant’s boys soccer team will look to shut down opponents with its experienced defense this fall.

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Sewickley Academy’s Bobby Serafin participates in drills during soccer practice at the high school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Middle of lineup powers Sewickley Academy boys soccer
August 23, 2019
Sewickley Academy’s boys soccer team is going to build from the middle this season.

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Quaker Valley’s Tommy Guild participates in drills during soccer practice at the hgih school Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.
Quaker Valley boys soccer reloads for another run
The reloading process continues for Quaker Valley’s boys soccer team.

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Seton LaSalle’s Max Schipani returns for the 2019 season.
Seton LaSalle football team hopes to rebound with new coach
August 21, 2019
Seton LaSalle is ready to get back to the top.

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OLSH receiver Brock Saftner catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
OLSH football team reloads hoping for another championship run
August 20, 2019
Last fall, OLSH football enjoyed unprecedented success.

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Moon quarterback Dante Clay works out during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
Moon hopes better O-line, quick-strike approach pay dividends
August 16, 2019
Moon’s offensive philosophy is simple: Get the ball to a player quickly in open space, and let him do all the rest.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson practices Aug. 14, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Reloaded Belle Vernon girls soccer ready for a long playoff run
August 15, 2019
With nine starters back, new Belle Vernon girls soccer coach Tracy Lovett is excited to see what the team can achieve this year.

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Belle Vernon’s TJ Watson practices Aug. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon boys soccer focusing on defense first
Belle Vernon’s boys soccer team graduated only five starters from a year ago, but two of them accounted for most of the Leopards’ offense.

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Quaker Valley’s Sarah Richman eyes up a volley return at the net against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Caitlyn Null during a WPIAL team tennis semifinal Oct. 17, 2007, at Chartiers Valley.
Quaker Valley HOF tennis teams dominated opposition
August 9, 2019
Quaker Valley’s girls tennis program has been a dominant force in the 21st century.

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Quaker Valley goalie Zach Zinger celebrates with Furman South and Eryk Stunda after the Quakers defeated Penncrest, 9-2, in the Pennsylvania Cup A final April 8, 2006, at Island Sports Center.
Quaker Valley’s 2006 hockey team set program standard
Quaker Valley’s hockey team has developed into one of the PIHL’s most consistent programs over the past two decades.

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Quaker Valley’s Cate Stewart eyes up a serve from Greensburg Central Catholic’s Samantha DeStefano during a WPIAL team tennis semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at Chartiers Valley.
Stewart cruised past opponents on the tennis court for Quaker Valley
August 2, 2019
When Cate Stewart moved with her family to the Quaker Valley School District after her freshman year of high school, she wasn’t sure how she would fit into a new community.

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Quaker Valley safety Darren Rogers calls a defensive play during training camp Friday August 12, 2005.
Darren Rogers starred on, off the field at Quaker Valley
July 27, 2019
Darren Rogers starred on the track, basketball court, football field and in the classroom while attending Quaker Valley.

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Quaker Valley graduate Justin Hughes will be inducted into the 2019 class of the Quaker Valley Hall of Fame.
Quaker Valley’s Hughes notches another victory with hall of fame induction
July 19, 2019
Justin Hughes knows how to win.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden battles Hempfield’s Jared Gerger for the puck during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Hempfield’s Gerger will continue hockey career in Canada
June 24, 2019
When Canada came calling for Jared Gerger, he couldn’t resist.

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Penn-Trafford catcher Cade Patterson tags out North Allegheny’s Nate Campbell at home plate during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Penn-Trafford baseball gets boost from former pro Dana Williams
May 27, 2019
Like most championship baseball teams, Penn-Trafford relies heavily on its pitching and defense.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale hits a three-run home run in front of Norwin catcher Sara Russell during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Martindale’s blast helps carry North Allegheny softball past Norwin
May 22, 2019
North Allegheny felt pretty relived when Rachel Martindale smacked a three-run homer Wednesday.

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Hempfield’s Laura Fox (right) watches her three-run home run during the ninth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Seneca Valley Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Laura Fox’s homer lifts Hempfield past Seneca Valley in Class 6A semifinals
Laura Fox saved the game then won it for Hempfield on Wednesday.

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Volleyball semifinals roundup: Ambridge edges Derry to earn spot in WPIAL Class AA final
May 21, 2019
Ambridge’s boys volleyball team is ready to defend its title.

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Latrobe’s Tommy Labick (1) celebrates with teammates a score during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Latrobe, Derry ready for WPIAL volleyball semifinals
May 19, 2019
Latrobe and Derry hope to reach Thursday’s WPIAL championship matches.

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Southmoreland softball downs Deer Lakes in WPIAL playoff opener
May 16, 2019
Southmoreland’s WPIAL Class 3A title defense started on a strong note.

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Springdale’s Alexis Hrivnak pitches against Quigley Catholic during a WPIAL playoff game May 16, 2019, at Shaler.
Freshman throws no-hitter as Springdale softball routs Quigley Catholic
The wait was worth it for the Springdale softball team.

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (2) hits the ball back against Latrobe defenders Jake Tappe, right, and Jake Seruga during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Section champion Latrobe volleyball ready for playoffs
May 12, 2019
Latrobe’s boys volleyball team emerged from a competitive field to capture a section championship.

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The Fox Chapel boys tennis team shows off its trophy after winning the WPIAL Class AAA title Wednesday.
Fox Chapel, Indiana capture WPIAL boys tennis team titles
May 8, 2019
Fox Chapel and Indiana joined elite clubs at Wednesday’s WPIAL boys tennis team championships at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.

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Jeannette first baseman Drake Petrillo (10) celebrates with second baseman Michael McCabe during their game against Southmoreland Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Jeannette.
Jeannette seniors looking for one last run in baseball playoffs
May 7, 2019
Next week is what Jeannette’s baseball team has been thinking about since last May — the start of the WPIAL playoffs.

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Plum tennis team overcomes small numbers
May 3, 2019
Plum’s boys tennis team finished 2-8 this spring.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball team seeks focus for playoff run
April 28, 2019
Derry’s boys volleyball team wants to play for the WPIAL Class 2A title.

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Hempfield’s varsity volleyball team moves in for a group huddle before taking on Penn-Trafford on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 during boys’ volleyball at Penn-Trafford High School.
Hempfield boys volleyball ready to win now
April 7, 2019
With no senior starters, Hempfield’s boys volleyball team feels pretty good about its future.

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (2) hits the ball back against Latrobe defenders Jake Tappe, right, and Jake Seruga during boys’ volleyball on Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Latrobe boys volleyball team ready to make a run
March 27, 2019
Now is the time for Latrobe to make a run through the boys volleyball postseason. With 10 starters back and a senior-laden roster, the Wildcats have high hopes.

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Derry’s John Kerr (13) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Derry volleyball faces challenging start to season
March 24, 2019
Derry’s boys volleyball team began the season ranked among the top WPIAL Class 2A teams.

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North Catholic’s Dani Short scores over Central Valley’ Kaelyn Underwood during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic girls hope defense shines against Bethlehem Catholic
March 22, 2019
North Catholic’s girls basketball team is known for its offensive production — and rightfully so.

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North Allegheny’s Aaron Miller celebrates his second goal of the game against Peters during the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Championship game Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
North Allegheny blanks Peters Township to claim PIHL Penguins Cup Class 3A title
March 19, 2019
North Allegheny sought perfection Tuesday night.

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Montour celebrates beating South Fayette to win the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A Championship game Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Montour’s offense shines in PIHL Class A Penguins Cup championship victory
Offense wins championships, too.

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Pine Richland’s Will Studt celebrates his second goal against Upper St. Clair’s during the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Monday, March 18, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Late surge lifts Pine-Richland to PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup title
March 18, 2019
The final surge was the difference for Pine-Richland.

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Plum outside hitter Andrew Wright prepares for the 2019 season March 13, 2019 at Plum High.
Plum volleyball hopes to take step forward this season
March 15, 2019
Plum’s boys volleyball team hopes the rebuilding project is a quick one.

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Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe (right) celebrates next to Joseph Pulit after scoring the winning goal in overtime during their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal against Franklin Regional Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Giacobbe, Upper St. Clair outduel Franklin Regional in PIHL Class AA semifinals
March 13, 2019
Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe and Franklin Regional’s Olda Virag put on a show within a show Wednesday night.

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Pine-Richland goaltender Daniel Stauffer celebrates with teammates after defeating Latrobe in their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland puts away Latrobe to reach Penguins Cup final
Once was enough for Pine-Richland — the Rams weren’t about to let Latrobe come back again.

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Franklin Regional goaltender Daniel Soltesz makes a save on Hempfield’s Matthew Traczynski during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey relishing underdog role
March 11, 2019
After years of being one of the top-seeded teams in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, Franklin Regional is relishing its underdog role this postseason.

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Latrobe goaltender Gage Handowrk makes a save next to Hampton’s Matthew Commendatore during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks for balance in semifinal matchup
March 10, 2019
Any victory in the Penguins Cup playoffs is a good one.

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Belle Vernon’s Ally Pacak practices catching with teammate Sophia Godzak, right, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 during softball practice and try-outs at the Belle Vernon Multiplex.
Without Parshall, Belle Vernon softball team seeks new identity
March 7, 2019
How will Belle Vernon’s softball team fare without Bailey Parshall?

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Belle Vernon baseball leans on middle of its lineup for experience
Belle Vernon’s baseball team enters the season with many questions.

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Pine-Richland’s offense shines in PIHL quarterfinal win over Hempfield
March 4, 2019
Hempfield entered Monday night’s PIHL Penguins Cup Class 2A quarterfinal as the classification’s top scoring offense.

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Mt. Lebanon surges past Canon-McMillan in WPIAL Class 6A semifinals
February 27, 2019
With his shooters struggling in the first half, Joe David remained confident heading into the second half.

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Norwin hockey looks to get back to its aggressive game
February 13, 2019
Norwin’s hockey team achieved its first goal: qualifying for the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs.

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