Author: Jonathan Bombulie


Washington’s Brandon Paterson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug.20, 2020 at Washington High School.
WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Beaver Falls emerges as Avonworth moves on
September 7, 2020
Most Class 2A coaches who hope to win a WPIAL championship this season were probably thinking it.

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Steel Valley’s Nyzair Burt goes through drills during workouts Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Steel Valley High School.
Avoiding slow start key as Steel Valley aims for return to playoffs
September 4, 2020
Looking back with 20-20 hindsight, the Steel Valley football team needed some time to get its bearings at the start of last season.

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Seton LaSalle receiver Ty Hill catches a pass during practice on Aug. 19, 2020.
Seton LaSalle looks to keep building in Zmijanac’s 2nd season
September 1, 2020
It wouldn’t have been surprising if coach Mike Zmijanac said he made changes to his coaching style when he arrived at Seton LaSalle.

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South Side head coach Luke Travelpiece works with his team during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Putting pressure on defenses, South Side in position for another playoff season
At this time of year, most high school football coaches will profess a desire to get the ball into the hands of a variety of players.

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Blackhawk quarterback Carson Davidson throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Chippewa.
Blackhawk reloads, sets sights on joining Class 4A elite
August 31, 2020
Blackhawk coach Zach Hayward has a motto that his players hear most every time they step on the practice field or in the weight room.

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New Castle quarterback Michael Wells throws a pass during practice on Aug. 11, 2020, in New Castle.
With disruptive defense, New Castle looks to extend playoff streak
Edge rushers Jaylan Cox and Allen Bradley make coach Joe Cowart optimistic about how disruptive New Castle’s defense could be this season.

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Carmichaels’ Trenton Carter throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Carmichaels returns to Class A with new coach, momentum
August 29, 2020
When Ron Gallagher was promoted to the head coach position at Carmichaels in January, he took over a program with momentum.

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Jonathan Wolfe takes a hand-off from Cole Jones during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Jefferson-Morgan looking to find swagger, end playoff drought
The Jefferson-Morgan football team has some players who might turn some heads as they step off the bus this season.

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Mapletown running back Landan Stevenson takes a hand-off from Max Vanata during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Young Mapletown roster making push to improve
As Mapletown coach George Messich and his staff gathered at his home on Friday nights last season, watching video of the game their team just played, a thought often occurred to them.

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Ellwood City quarterback Ryan Gibbons throws a pass next to head coach Joe Lamenza during practice on Aug. 20, 2020.
Ellwood City embraces obstacles on path to success
August 28, 2020
Coach Joe Lamenza read a book over the summer that he found useful when preparing for the Ellwood City football season.

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Laurel’s Mitch Miles works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Line leads Laurel in quest for elusive playoff berth
It’s not the kind of distinction any football team would want to earn, but Laurel is one of the top candidates all the same.

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Mohawk receiver Cory Brown works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Mohawk looking to take 2 steps forward after 1 step back
The Mohawk football team has made the climb from the bottom of the standings to playoff contender once in the past few seasons.

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Neshannock’s Joey Antuono works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020, in Neshannock.
With line leading way, Neshannock looks solid despite personnel losses
After going 8-2 in the regular season and advancing to the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals last season, Neshannock lost some productive skill players to graduation.

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Washington’s Brandon Patterson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at Washington High School.
Even with star-studded senior class gone, Washington still in contention in Class 2A
August 24, 2020
One of the things Washington coach Mike Bosnic has been repeatedly drilling into his team in the run-up to the season is the importance of hand washing.

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Waynesburg Central’s Darnell Johnson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at Waynesburg Central School.
Waynesburg feels at home in Class 2A Century Conference
Looking for the biggest winner in the WPIAL’s biennial realignment?

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Trafford native Jimmy Vaccaro has been in the casino business since 1975.
With casinos reopening, Trafford native Jimmy Vaccaro discusses an unusual time in the gambling business
June 9, 2020
A 74-year-old Trafford native who has been in the casino business since 1975, Jimmy Vaccaro has seen pretty much everything the gambling industry has to offer.

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Carlynton grad Bill Cowher spoke at his alma mater’s virtual graduation ceremony Friday night.
Bill Cowher surprises Carlynton grads with virtual commencement speech
June 5, 2020
Graduating from high school during a pandemic has eliminated many of the traditional trappings associated with the annual ceremony, but there is a bright side.

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Seton LaSalle’s Michael Bigley shoots a 3-pointer over North Catholic’s Isaiah Jackson during their game Jan. 24, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
Senior spotlight: Seton LaSalle hoops standout won’t forget good times on diamond
April 21, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic middle infielder Meghan Grill hit .295 with three home runs last season.
Senior spotlight: North Catholic infielder takes pride in defense, accomplishments of classmates
April 20, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Burrell girls 400-meter relay team (Jocelyn Vickers, Allee Kuhns, Madi Walsh and Liv Kelly) celebrates on the podium while receiving gold medals after winning the Class AA final during the PIAA track and field state championships May 25, 2019 at Shippensburg University.
Senior spotlight: Spring sports cancellation has WVU-bound Burrell track star weighing options
April 18, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burrell starting pitcher Jack Henderson throws against Deer Lakes on May 1, 2019.
Senior spotlight: Burrell pitcher uses off-the-wall method to keep throwing
April 17, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher talks with Notre Dame football recruit Michael Carmody of Mars after an intentional foul during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 28, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Pitt football makes offer as recruiting frenzy for freshman phenom Rodney Gallagher heats up
April 16, 2020
Before it’s done, the recruitment of Laurel Highlands freshman sensation Rodney Gallagher might wake up the echoes of the mad 2008 pursuit of Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Senior spotlight: Knoch pitcher ended high school softball career on good note
After the disappointment of having her senior season canceled began to subside, a thought occurred to Knoch pitcher Amanda Fischer.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates as time expires inthe WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Mars Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Freshman basketball star Rodney Gallagher gets football offer from Penn State
April 15, 2020
It’s not surprising that Rodney Gallagher received a scholarship offer from Penn State on Wednesday.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels takes the mat during the parade of champions before wrestling in the 120-pound Class AA finals March 7, 2020 at the PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL wrestling champ Ryan Michaels of Elizabeth Forward headed to Pitt
Coach Keith Gavin, now wrapping up his third season at the helm, has made solid progress in improving the standing of the Pitt wrestling program on the national scene.

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Quaker Valley’s Zach Albert (left) and John Watters won the 2019 WPIAL Class AA doubles title. They are pictured with coach Christi Hays.
Senior spotlight: Doubles partner pushed Quaker Valley tennis ace to new heights
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pine-Richland lineman Harrison Hayes chooses Liberty
April 14, 2020
Pine-Richland junior Harrison Hayes, one of the top linemen in the WPIAL, announced his commitment to Liberty University on Tuesday night.

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South Fayette wrestler Eli Brinsky commits to Clarion
South Fayette wrestler Eli Brinsky has committed to Clarion.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives past Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler during their PIAA Class 6A second-round state playoff game March 11, 2020. Morton was scheduled to play in the Roundball Classic, which was canceled Tuesday.
Roundball Classic called off
The Roundball Classic, an annual high school basketball all-star game scheduled for the end of April, was canceled Tuesday, the latest domino to fall after the PIAA called off its winter sports championships and spring sports last week.

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Gavin Adams takes part in a blocking drill during practice Aug. 7, 2019, at Derry.
Derry lineman Gavin Adams sticks with recruiting process, earns walk-on spot at Miami
While he wraps up his senior year at Derry, Gavin Adams still is working his after-school job at Lowe’s. Hardware stores remain open, so Adams is considered essential personnel.

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Seneca Valley outfielder Kearson Wagner only struck out three times last season.
Senior spotlight: WPIAL pitchers missed chance to whiff all-state Seneca Valley outfielder
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shady Side Academy’s Nyla Rozier competes against Sewickley Academy during a scrimmage Dec. 3, 2019 at Shady Side Academy.
Shady Side Academy basketball standout Nyla Rozier picks St. Francis
April 13, 2020
Shady Side Academy junior Nyla Rozier made her college choice Monday, committing to St. Francis.

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Keystone Oaks left-hander Sam Tortorella comes off the field during his perfect game against Washington last season.
Senior spotlight: Keystone Oaks ace headed to Akron after giving WPIAL hitters fits
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100 yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship meet Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry.
PIAA cancellation hits Mt. Pleasant WPIAL champion swimmer hard
April 10, 2020
The sight of a team full of high school swimmers huddled together in the lobby of Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell, tears streaming down their faces, that’s not something Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner will forget any time soon.

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Bethel Park’s Sean McGowan was an all-section outfielder last season.
Senior spotlight: Bethel Park’s McGowan has college ball at James Madison to look forward to
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Daivon Stephens led Penn Hills to a WPIAL title in 2018.
Former Penn Hills basketball standout Daivon Stephens headed to Coastal Carolina
April 9, 2020
Daivon Stephens’ college basketball career has carried him to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Burrell’s Liv Kelly anchors the 400 relay team in a girls Class AA preliminary race during the PIAA track and field state championships May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
High school athletes struggle with PIAA’s decision to cancel winter, spring sports
Liv Kelly figured this news was coming. It didn’t make it any easier to take.

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Derry head coach Tim Sweeney stands in the wind, as he watches his team warm up before a game against Mount Pleasant Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Successful football coach Tim Sweeney leaves Derry for Baldwin
April 8, 2020
Tim Sweeney had a big job ahead of him when he took over as football coach at Derry in 2013.

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Seton LaSalle’s Alex Shaughnessy serves last season.
Senior spotlight: Before college football starts, Seton LaSalle’s Shaughnessy savors memories on court
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers (23) celebrates with Kylee Lewandowski as time expires in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Southmoreland Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Impact players from powerhouse teams headline Trib 10 girls basketball all-stars
April 7, 2020
It might not have been as obvious as last season, when Peters Township and Chartiers Valley went undefeated on their way to state titles, but WPIAL girls basketball was dominated by a select group of super teams this season.

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Highlands’ Sarah Sawhook pulls down a rebound against Freeport on Dec. 16, 2019.
Senior spotlight: Highlands’ speedy Sarah Sawhook selects Seton Hill
Editor’s note: Each day, the Tribune-Review will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic. For more athletes’ stories, visit TribHSSN.triblive.com.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson pressures Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm named Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 6, 2020
Some athletes are motivated by the desire to win. Others are driven by the fear of losing.

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Maci Priddi is a three-time WPIAL champ at West Allegheny.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny outfielder not ready to hang up spikes
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Quaker Valley’s Zach Albert (left) and John Watters won the 2019 WPIAL Class AA doubles title.
Senior spotlight: Quaker Valley tennis champ tries to take stalled senior year in stride
April 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Elizabeth Forward defender Abigail Bickerton defends as Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro looks for an opening Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro wins Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors
April 4, 2020
Tribune-Review Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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With eight seconds left on the clock, Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots the free throw that secured his team’s 66-61 victory over Quaker Valley in WPIAL playoffs Feb. 22, 2020.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Outgoing Hempfield athletic director was the school’s football coach from 2005-11.
Hempfield athletic director Greg Meisner to step down
April 3, 2020
For the first time in 15 years, Hempfield will have a new athletic director this summer.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels wins against Brandon Chletsos of Notre Dame in the 120-pound semifinal at the PIAA Class AA state wrestling championship March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels, 2-time WPIAL wrestling champ, reopens recruitment
Two-time WPIAL champion Ryan Michaels of Elizabeth Forward has reopened his college recruitment.

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Bethel Park’s Kevin Kogler was an all-section infielder last season.
Senior spotlight: Future is full of possibilities for Bethel Park infielder
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Luke Manion is an all-state setter for Seton LaSalle.
Senior spotlight: Seton LaSalle volleyball’s Manion brings a lot to the table
April 2, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Penn Hills players take the field before kickoff against McKeesport on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Penn Hills to open football season against West Virginia power
April 1, 2020
Penn Hills announced the opening game on its 2020 football schedule Wednesday night, and it’s a headline-grabber for a variety of reasons.

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West Allegheny’s Britney Wilson celebrates scoring against Connellsville during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game May 31, 2019.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny catcher misses camaraderie on softball diamond
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Yash Maheshwari is a two-time defending section champ.
Senior spotlight: TJ tennis standout would like another crack at WPIAL title
March 31, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell (left), Aislin Malcolm and Amaleen Malcolm hoist the championship trophy after defeating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 29, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley headlines Big 56 all-section basketball teams
March 30, 2020
No team in the WPIAL had as successful a 2019-20 season as the Chartiers Valley girls.

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec scores during a 2017 game against Butler.
PCN to broadcast 2017 basketball title tilt between Pine-Richland, Reading
Led by Miami recruit Lonnie Walker, Reading High came into the 2017 PIAA Class 6A basketball finals with a caravan of fired-up fans hoping to see the school win its first state title.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Lincoln Park on Feb. 27, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio to walk on at Kentucky
March 28, 2020
North Catholic standout Isaac DeGregorio will continue his basketball career at one of the most successful college programs in the country.

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Peters Twp.’s Donovan McMillon blocks a punt by Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi Oct. 18, 2019.
Pitt, Penn State make cut as Peters Township’s Donovan McMillon narrows college choices
March 27, 2020
After receiving scholarship offers from more than three dozen schools, Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon has narrowed down his choices.

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Waynesburg poses with its Class AAA runner-up trophy at the PIAA team wrestling tournament Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Waynesburg wrestling ranked among top 50 high school teams in country
According to trackwrestling.com, one WPIAL school was among the top 50 high school wrestling teams in the country this season.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the 182-pound final in Class AAA at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN wrestler of the year: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 25, 2020
Gerrit Nijenhuis is a dynamic performer and two-time state champion who added another sparkling chapter to Canon-McMillan’s storied wrestling history this season, so it probably is not fair to boil down his high school career to just one number.

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New Leechburg coach Randy Walters was head coach at Valley in 2002-03.
Leechburg hires new football coach, athletic director
As an assistant coach with Burrell football the last two seasons, Randy Walters watched the Bucs fling the ball all over the field using head coach Shawn Liotta’s up-tempo Air Raid approach.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody battles Laurel Highlands’ Nick Egnot for a rebound during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
If PIAA playoffs resume, these WPIAL stars can look forward to Roundball Classic
March 24, 2020
If the suspended PIAA basketball playoffs resume, the season won’t end after all the hardware is handed out in Hershey.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm celebrates with Megan McConnell next to Moon’s Brianna Toal during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm wins Pennsylvania player of year honors
Given the depth of talent on the court at any given time, it’s hard for any individual player to stand out on the Chartiers Valley girls basketball roster.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the 182-pound final in Class AAA at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN wrestler of the year: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 21, 2020
Gerrit Nijenhuis is a dynamic performer and two-time state champion who added another sparkling chapter to Canon-McMillan’s storied wrestling history this season, so it probably is not fair to boil down his high school career to just one number.

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Pine Richland’s Seth Bolin celebrates with Eli Jochem after Jochem torched North Allegheny for a touchdown this season.
Pine-Richland, South Fayette join 5A football as PIAA officially draws up new classifications in all sports
December 5, 2019
Claiming a Class 5A title in WPIAL football will be that much more difficult next season, according to enrollment numbers released by the PIAA Thursday.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Taylor Hamlett’s hat trick carries Mars into state championship game
November 12, 2019
If being able to score a big goal in a big game is the mark of a clutch soccer player, what does that make Mars’ Taylor Hamlett?

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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Sept. 3, 2019
September 4, 2019
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Washington’s Brandon Paterson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug.20, 2020 at Washington High School.
WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Beaver Falls emerges as Avonworth moves on
September 7, 2020
Most Class 2A coaches who hope to win a WPIAL championship this season were probably thinking it.

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Steel Valley’s Nyzair Burt goes through drills during workouts Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 at Steel Valley High School.
Avoiding slow start key as Steel Valley aims for return to playoffs
September 4, 2020
Looking back with 20-20 hindsight, the Steel Valley football team needed some time to get its bearings at the start of last season.

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Seton LaSalle receiver Ty Hill catches a pass during practice on Aug. 19, 2020.
Seton LaSalle looks to keep building in Zmijanac’s 2nd season
September 1, 2020
It wouldn’t have been surprising if coach Mike Zmijanac said he made changes to his coaching style when he arrived at Seton LaSalle.

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South Side head coach Luke Travelpiece works with his team during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Putting pressure on defenses, South Side in position for another playoff season
At this time of year, most high school football coaches will profess a desire to get the ball into the hands of a variety of players.

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Blackhawk quarterback Carson Davidson throws a pass during practice on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Chippewa.
Blackhawk reloads, sets sights on joining Class 4A elite
August 31, 2020
Blackhawk coach Zach Hayward has a motto that his players hear most every time they step on the practice field or in the weight room.

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New Castle quarterback Michael Wells throws a pass during practice on Aug. 11, 2020, in New Castle.
With disruptive defense, New Castle looks to extend playoff streak
Edge rushers Jaylan Cox and Allen Bradley make coach Joe Cowart optimistic about how disruptive New Castle’s defense could be this season.

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Carmichaels’ Trenton Carter throws a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Carmichaels returns to Class A with new coach, momentum
August 29, 2020
When Ron Gallagher was promoted to the head coach position at Carmichaels in January, he took over a program with momentum.

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Jefferson-Morgan’s Jonathan Wolfe takes a hand-off from Cole Jones during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Jefferson-Morgan looking to find swagger, end playoff drought
The Jefferson-Morgan football team has some players who might turn some heads as they step off the bus this season.

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Mapletown running back Landan Stevenson takes a hand-off from Max Vanata during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.
Young Mapletown roster making push to improve
As Mapletown coach George Messich and his staff gathered at his home on Friday nights last season, watching video of the game their team just played, a thought often occurred to them.

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Ellwood City quarterback Ryan Gibbons throws a pass next to head coach Joe Lamenza during practice on Aug. 20, 2020.
Ellwood City embraces obstacles on path to success
August 28, 2020
Coach Joe Lamenza read a book over the summer that he found useful when preparing for the Ellwood City football season.

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Laurel’s Mitch Miles works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Line leads Laurel in quest for elusive playoff berth
It’s not the kind of distinction any football team would want to earn, but Laurel is one of the top candidates all the same.

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Mohawk receiver Cory Brown works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020.
Mohawk looking to take 2 steps forward after 1 step back
The Mohawk football team has made the climb from the bottom of the standings to playoff contender once in the past few seasons.

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Neshannock’s Joey Antuono works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2020, in Neshannock.
With line leading way, Neshannock looks solid despite personnel losses
After going 8-2 in the regular season and advancing to the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals last season, Neshannock lost some productive skill players to graduation.

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Washington’s Brandon Patterson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at Washington High School.
Even with star-studded senior class gone, Washington still in contention in Class 2A
August 24, 2020
One of the things Washington coach Mike Bosnic has been repeatedly drilling into his team in the run-up to the season is the importance of hand washing.

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Waynesburg Central’s Darnell Johnson goes through drills during workouts Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at Waynesburg Central School.
Waynesburg feels at home in Class 2A Century Conference
Looking for the biggest winner in the WPIAL’s biennial realignment?

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Trafford native Jimmy Vaccaro has been in the casino business since 1975.
With casinos reopening, Trafford native Jimmy Vaccaro discusses an unusual time in the gambling business
June 9, 2020
A 74-year-old Trafford native who has been in the casino business since 1975, Jimmy Vaccaro has seen pretty much everything the gambling industry has to offer.

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Carlynton grad Bill Cowher spoke at his alma mater’s virtual graduation ceremony Friday night.
Bill Cowher surprises Carlynton grads with virtual commencement speech
June 5, 2020
Graduating from high school during a pandemic has eliminated many of the traditional trappings associated with the annual ceremony, but there is a bright side.

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Seton LaSalle’s Michael Bigley shoots a 3-pointer over North Catholic’s Isaiah Jackson during their game Jan. 24, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
Senior spotlight: Seton LaSalle hoops standout won’t forget good times on diamond
April 21, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic middle infielder Meghan Grill hit .295 with three home runs last season.
Senior spotlight: North Catholic infielder takes pride in defense, accomplishments of classmates
April 20, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Burrell girls 400-meter relay team (Jocelyn Vickers, Allee Kuhns, Madi Walsh and Liv Kelly) celebrates on the podium while receiving gold medals after winning the Class AA final during the PIAA track and field state championships May 25, 2019 at Shippensburg University.
Senior spotlight: Spring sports cancellation has WVU-bound Burrell track star weighing options
April 18, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burrell starting pitcher Jack Henderson throws against Deer Lakes on May 1, 2019.
Senior spotlight: Burrell pitcher uses off-the-wall method to keep throwing
April 17, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher talks with Notre Dame football recruit Michael Carmody of Mars after an intentional foul during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 28, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Pitt football makes offer as recruiting frenzy for freshman phenom Rodney Gallagher heats up
April 16, 2020
Before it’s done, the recruitment of Laurel Highlands freshman sensation Rodney Gallagher might wake up the echoes of the mad 2008 pursuit of Jeannette star Terrelle Pryor.

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Knoch starting pitcher Amanda Fischer throws against Grove City during PIAA playoff action June 3, 2019 at Slippery Rock University.
Senior spotlight: Knoch pitcher ended high school softball career on good note
After the disappointment of having her senior season canceled began to subside, a thought occurred to Knoch pitcher Amanda Fischer.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher celebrates as time expires inthe WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Mars Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Freshman basketball star Rodney Gallagher gets football offer from Penn State
April 15, 2020
It’s not surprising that Rodney Gallagher received a scholarship offer from Penn State on Wednesday.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels takes the mat during the parade of champions before wrestling in the 120-pound Class AA finals March 7, 2020 at the PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
WPIAL wrestling champ Ryan Michaels of Elizabeth Forward headed to Pitt
Coach Keith Gavin, now wrapping up his third season at the helm, has made solid progress in improving the standing of the Pitt wrestling program on the national scene.

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Quaker Valley’s Zach Albert (left) and John Watters won the 2019 WPIAL Class AA doubles title. They are pictured with coach Christi Hays.
Senior spotlight: Doubles partner pushed Quaker Valley tennis ace to new heights
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pine-Richland lineman Harrison Hayes chooses Liberty
April 14, 2020
Pine-Richland junior Harrison Hayes, one of the top linemen in the WPIAL, announced his commitment to Liberty University on Tuesday night.

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South Fayette wrestler Eli Brinsky commits to Clarion
South Fayette wrestler Eli Brinsky has committed to Clarion.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton drives past Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler during their PIAA Class 6A second-round state playoff game March 11, 2020. Morton was scheduled to play in the Roundball Classic, which was canceled Tuesday.
Roundball Classic called off
The Roundball Classic, an annual high school basketball all-star game scheduled for the end of April, was canceled Tuesday, the latest domino to fall after the PIAA called off its winter sports championships and spring sports last week.

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Gavin Adams takes part in a blocking drill during practice Aug. 7, 2019, at Derry.
Derry lineman Gavin Adams sticks with recruiting process, earns walk-on spot at Miami
While he wraps up his senior year at Derry, Gavin Adams still is working his after-school job at Lowe’s. Hardware stores remain open, so Adams is considered essential personnel.

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Seneca Valley outfielder Kearson Wagner only struck out three times last season.
Senior spotlight: WPIAL pitchers missed chance to whiff all-state Seneca Valley outfielder
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shady Side Academy’s Nyla Rozier competes against Sewickley Academy during a scrimmage Dec. 3, 2019 at Shady Side Academy.
Shady Side Academy basketball standout Nyla Rozier picks St. Francis
April 13, 2020
Shady Side Academy junior Nyla Rozier made her college choice Monday, committing to St. Francis.

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Keystone Oaks left-hander Sam Tortorella comes off the field during his perfect game against Washington last season.
Senior spotlight: Keystone Oaks ace headed to Akron after giving WPIAL hitters fits
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100 yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship meet Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry.
PIAA cancellation hits Mt. Pleasant WPIAL champion swimmer hard
April 10, 2020
The sight of a team full of high school swimmers huddled together in the lobby of Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell, tears streaming down their faces, that’s not something Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner will forget any time soon.

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Bethel Park’s Sean McGowan was an all-section outfielder last season.
Senior spotlight: Bethel Park’s McGowan has college ball at James Madison to look forward to
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Daivon Stephens led Penn Hills to a WPIAL title in 2018.
Former Penn Hills basketball standout Daivon Stephens headed to Coastal Carolina
April 9, 2020
Daivon Stephens’ college basketball career has carried him to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Burrell’s Liv Kelly anchors the 400 relay team in a girls Class AA preliminary race during the PIAA track and field state championships May 24, 2019, at Shippensburg University.
High school athletes struggle with PIAA’s decision to cancel winter, spring sports
Liv Kelly figured this news was coming. It didn’t make it any easier to take.

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Derry head coach Tim Sweeney stands in the wind, as he watches his team warm up before a game against Mount Pleasant Friday, Sept.13, 2019, at Derry Area High School.
Successful football coach Tim Sweeney leaves Derry for Baldwin
April 8, 2020
Tim Sweeney had a big job ahead of him when he took over as football coach at Derry in 2013.

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Seton LaSalle’s Alex Shaughnessy serves last season.
Senior spotlight: Before college football starts, Seton LaSalle’s Shaughnessy savors memories on court
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers (23) celebrates with Kylee Lewandowski as time expires in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Southmoreland Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Impact players from powerhouse teams headline Trib 10 girls basketball all-stars
April 7, 2020
It might not have been as obvious as last season, when Peters Township and Chartiers Valley went undefeated on their way to state titles, but WPIAL girls basketball was dominated by a select group of super teams this season.

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Highlands’ Sarah Sawhook pulls down a rebound against Freeport on Dec. 16, 2019.
Senior spotlight: Highlands’ speedy Sarah Sawhook selects Seton Hill
Editor’s note: Each day, the Tribune-Review will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic. For more athletes’ stories, visit TribHSSN.triblive.com.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson pressures Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm named Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 6, 2020
Some athletes are motivated by the desire to win. Others are driven by the fear of losing.

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Maci Priddi is a three-time WPIAL champ at West Allegheny.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny outfielder not ready to hang up spikes
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Quaker Valley’s Zach Albert (left) and John Watters won the 2019 WPIAL Class AA doubles title.
Senior spotlight: Quaker Valley tennis champ tries to take stalled senior year in stride
April 5, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Elizabeth Forward defender Abigail Bickerton defends as Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro looks for an opening Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro wins Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors
April 4, 2020
Tribune-Review Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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With eight seconds left on the clock, Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots the free throw that secured his team’s 66-61 victory over Quaker Valley in WPIAL playoffs Feb. 22, 2020.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Outgoing Hempfield athletic director was the school’s football coach from 2005-11.
Hempfield athletic director Greg Meisner to step down
April 3, 2020
For the first time in 15 years, Hempfield will have a new athletic director this summer.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels wins against Brandon Chletsos of Notre Dame in the 120-pound semifinal at the PIAA Class AA state wrestling championship March 6, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Elizabeth Forward’s Ryan Michaels, 2-time WPIAL wrestling champ, reopens recruitment
Two-time WPIAL champion Ryan Michaels of Elizabeth Forward has reopened his college recruitment.

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Bethel Park’s Kevin Kogler was an all-section infielder last season.
Senior spotlight: Future is full of possibilities for Bethel Park infielder
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Luke Manion is an all-state setter for Seton LaSalle.
Senior spotlight: Seton LaSalle volleyball’s Manion brings a lot to the table
April 2, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Penn Hills players take the field before kickoff against McKeesport on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Penn Hills to open football season against West Virginia power
April 1, 2020
Penn Hills announced the opening game on its 2020 football schedule Wednesday night, and it’s a headline-grabber for a variety of reasons.

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West Allegheny’s Britney Wilson celebrates scoring against Connellsville during the WPIAL Class 5A softball championship game May 31, 2019.
Senior spotlight: West Allegheny catcher misses camaraderie on softball diamond
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thomas Jefferson senior Yash Maheshwari is a two-time defending section champ.
Senior spotlight: TJ tennis standout would like another crack at WPIAL title
March 31, 2020
Editor’s note: Each day, Trib HSSN will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell (left), Aislin Malcolm and Amaleen Malcolm hoist the championship trophy after defeating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 29, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley headlines Big 56 all-section basketball teams
March 30, 2020
No team in the WPIAL had as successful a 2019-20 season as the Chartiers Valley girls.

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec scores during a 2017 game against Butler.
PCN to broadcast 2017 basketball title tilt between Pine-Richland, Reading
Led by Miami recruit Lonnie Walker, Reading High came into the 2017 PIAA Class 6A basketball finals with a caravan of fired-up fans hoping to see the school win its first state title.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Lincoln Park on Feb. 27, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio to walk on at Kentucky
March 28, 2020
North Catholic standout Isaac DeGregorio will continue his basketball career at one of the most successful college programs in the country.

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Peters Twp.’s Donovan McMillon blocks a punt by Bethel Park’s Austin Cortopassi Oct. 18, 2019.
Pitt, Penn State make cut as Peters Township’s Donovan McMillon narrows college choices
March 27, 2020
After receiving scholarship offers from more than three dozen schools, Peters Township safety Donovan McMillon has narrowed down his choices.

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Waynesburg poses with its Class AAA runner-up trophy at the PIAA team wrestling tournament Feb. 8, 2020, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Waynesburg wrestling ranked among top 50 high school teams in country
According to trackwrestling.com, one WPIAL school was among the top 50 high school wrestling teams in the country this season.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the 182-pound final in Class AAA at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN wrestler of the year: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 25, 2020
Gerrit Nijenhuis is a dynamic performer and two-time state champion who added another sparkling chapter to Canon-McMillan’s storied wrestling history this season, so it probably is not fair to boil down his high school career to just one number.

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New Leechburg coach Randy Walters was head coach at Valley in 2002-03.
Leechburg hires new football coach, athletic director
As an assistant coach with Burrell football the last two seasons, Randy Walters watched the Bucs fling the ball all over the field using head coach Shawn Liotta’s up-tempo Air Raid approach.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody battles Laurel Highlands’ Nick Egnot for a rebound during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
If PIAA playoffs resume, these WPIAL stars can look forward to Roundball Classic
March 24, 2020
If the suspended PIAA basketball playoffs resume, the season won’t end after all the hardware is handed out in Hershey.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm celebrates with Megan McConnell next to Moon’s Brianna Toal during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm wins Pennsylvania player of year honors
Given the depth of talent on the court at any given time, it’s hard for any individual player to stand out on the Chartiers Valley girls basketball roster.

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Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis celebrates a win against Donovan McMillan of Peters Township in the 182-pound final in Class AAA at the PIAA wrestling championships March 7, 2020 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN wrestler of the year: Canon-McMillan’s Gerrit Nijenhuis
March 21, 2020
Gerrit Nijenhuis is a dynamic performer and two-time state champion who added another sparkling chapter to Canon-McMillan’s storied wrestling history this season, so it probably is not fair to boil down his high school career to just one number.

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Pine Richland’s Seth Bolin celebrates with Eli Jochem after Jochem torched North Allegheny for a touchdown this season.
Pine-Richland, South Fayette join 5A football as PIAA officially draws up new classifications in all sports
December 5, 2019
Claiming a Class 5A title in WPIAL football will be that much more difficult next season, according to enrollment numbers released by the PIAA Thursday.

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Mars’ Taylor Hamlett celebrates as time expires in the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Plum Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Taylor Hamlett’s hat trick carries Mars into state championship game
November 12, 2019
If being able to score a big goal in a big game is the mark of a clutch soccer player, what does that make Mars’ Taylor Hamlett?

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