Author: Jonathan Bombulie


North Hills’ Royce Parham works against North Allegheny’s Ty Iwanonkiw during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball preseason breakdown
November 27, 2022
Fox Chapel and North Hills, last year’s WPIAL finalists in Class 6A, moved into Class 5A in PIAA realignment in the offseason. But they’re not big-school bullies swooping in to steal the lunch money of smaller schools. Far from it.

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Central Catholic’s Dante DePante scores against Fox Chapel last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball preseason breakdown
It’s more than a safe bet to predict that there will be a new WPIAL champion in Class 6A boys basketball this season. It’s a sure thing.

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Captains from Mapletown and Leechburg meet at midfield for the coin toss before their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
Mapletown makes statement, beats Leechburg in Class A first round
November 4, 2022
The Mapletown Maples heard what was being said about them in WPIAL Class A football circles.

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Washington quarterback Davoun Fuse throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Washington.
With star QB leading way, Washington looks to peak at right time
August 21, 2022
Last year, the Washington football team was a case study in peaking at the wrong time.

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Wester Beaver quarterback Xander LeFebvre works out.
QB Xander LeFebvre, Western Beaver out to earn respect
August 20, 2022
Xander LeFebvre has a cool name.

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Riverside head coach Fran Ramsden talks with Sam Hughes during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in North Sewickley.
Coach bets on data-driven approach to get Riverside back on track
Second-year coach Fran Ramsden has a tool he plans to use to liberally to help his Riverside team turn things around after a 1-8 season.

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New Brighton’s Kevin Williams works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in New Brighton.
New coach brings best of Beaver County football to New Brighton
New Brighton’s Tony Caltury speaks highly of Beaver County football, and there are a few really good reasons for that.

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Neshannock’s Jonny Huff works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Neshannock.
Football team looks to get in on championship act at Neshannock
Rumor has it a major repaving project has been planned for Mitchell Road in Neshannock this fall.

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Mohawk’s Junior Micco works out in practice.
Strong, veteran line could keep Mohawk in playoff picture
After a successful season that included a third-place finish in the Midwestern Athletic Conference and a first-round WPIAL playoff victory, Mohawk comes into this year with a strong, veteran line and some inexperience at the skill positions.

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Freedom’s Dakota Roberts works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Freedom.
Having stabilized program, next step for Freedom is playoff berth
After three coaching changes in the previous four years, the Freedom football team was looking to establish some stability last season.

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Ellwood City head coach Dan Bradley works with his team on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Ellwood City.
Former OLSH coach brings positivity, focus on fundamentals to Ellwood City
Looking to turn its program around after three consecutive winless seasons, it’s hard to imagine Ellwood City could have found a coach more suited for the job than Dan Bradley.

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Beaver Falls quarterback Jaren Brickner works out during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Beaver Falls, other perennial powers to duke it out
In one sense, WPIAL Class 2A football looks radically different this season.

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Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins takes part in a training camp workout Aug. 18, 2022, at Steel Valley.
Division I talent could help Steel Valley write happier ending to 2022 season
August 19, 2022
It’s hard to imagine a more satisfying regular season than the one Steel Valley had last year.

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Hempfield’s Sydney Mitchell poses next to the poster bearing her likeness on senior night.
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Hempfield’s Sydney Mitchell
June 20, 2022
Sydney Mitchell, the speedy center fielder for Hempfield’s softball team, always figured she’d wear Pitt colors someday.

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Neshannock’s Gabby Quinn celebrates her RBI double during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on June 3.
2022 PIAA Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Conwell-Egan
June 15, 2022
PIAA Class 2A softball championship

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Seneca Valley’s Maddie Gross watches her three-run homer against Hempfield during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 25 at Fox Chapel.
2022 PIAA Class 6A softball championship preview: Seneca Valley vs. Spring-Ford
PIAA Class 6A softball championship

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Avonworth’s Sydney Savatt scores behind Deer Lakes catcher Tia Germanich during the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship game June 1.
2022 PIAA Class 3A softball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Lewisburg
PIAA Class 3A softball championship

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Armstrong catcher Isabella Atherton celebrates with pitcher Cameryn Sprankle after beating Penn-Trafford in the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals Monday.
2022 PIAA Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Pittston Area
PIAA Class 5A softball championship

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Frazier players celebrate defeating OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals May 25.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Frazier
June 1, 2022
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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South Park’s Drew Lafferty plays in the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Hopewell.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship preview: Mohawk vs. South Park
May 31, 2022
WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on May 24.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A softball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Deer Lakes
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Seneca Valley shortstop Mia Ryan celebrates an out during the seventh inning against Hempfield in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal May 25.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Seneca Valley vs. North Allegheny
WPIAL Class 6A softball championship

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Serra Catholic’s Zack Karp pitches against Seton LaSalle in the 2021 PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship preview: Serra Catholic vs. Neshannock
May 30, 2022
WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tanner Donati celebrates after scoring the go-ahead run against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 24.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship preview: Mt. Lebanon vs. Upper St. Clair
WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler
North Allegheny notebook: Rumpler wins pair of matches at nationals
May 14, 2022
North Allegheny girls wrestler Leyna Rumpler made an impact on the national scene, winning a pair of matches and advancing to the quarterfinals of the U17 USMC Women’s National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month.

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Beaver’s Payton List pulls down a rebound over Quaker Valley’s Corinne Washington during the WPIAL Class 4A girls championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball preseason breakdown
December 6, 2021
Last March, Beaver used a stingy defensive effort to hold down a talented Quaker Valley team in the Class 4A girls basketball finals, winning the program’s first WPIAL championship.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero works past Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Quaker Valley High School.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball preseason breakdown
Class 4A is where the stars play in WPIAL boys basketball.

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Knoch’s Lindsey Greb (left) and Emily Greb pose with the WPIAL doubles gold medals they won last month. They added PIAA golds to their collection Saturday.
Knoch’s Greb sisters win state tennis gold
November 6, 2021
Because she was playing with her twin sister Lindsey, Emily Greb felt like she might have had a slight advantage over the field at the PIAA Class 2A doubles championships this weekend.

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Beaver Falls head coach Nick Nardone works with his team during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in Beaver Falls.
2021 WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Teams again chasing Beaver Falls
August 24, 2021
The announcement that the WPIAL will bring some of its championship games back to Heinz Field this season after a one-year pandemic-related hiatus was greeted by many as good news.

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Wash High’s Davoun Fuse during practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at Washington High Stadium Football Stadium.
Washington regroups after difficult season
August 22, 2021
Pretty much everyone is glad 2020 is over.

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New Brighton’s Keandre Williams catches a pass during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in New Brighton.
New Brighton driven by playoff near miss
August 21, 2021
Few teams in the history of WPIAL football, if any, have come as close to making the playoffs without getting in as New Brighton did last year.

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Neshannock quarterback Kurt Sommerfeld works out with Cam’Ron Owens during practice on Aug. 18, 2021, in Neshannock.
Explosive running game sets tone for Neshannock
Neshannock senior Cam’Ron Owens has become one of the most dangerous running backs in the WPIAL.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Hard-hitting linebacker leads Laurel
With coach Brian Cooper planning to add heavy doses of spread offense to his usual Wing-T attack, opposing defenses won’t know exactly what they’ll be getting from Laurel this season.

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Freedom’s Damian Grunnagle works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Freedom.
Freedom ready to move forward, focus on fun
There’s one particular stat coach John Rosa would like to see Freedom lead the WPIAL in this season.

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Beaver Falls receiver Mekhi Clark catches a pass during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in Beaver Falls.
Offense gets facelift for defending WPIAL champion Beaver Falls
If he wanted to, Beaver Falls coach Nick Nardone could have written his offensive game plan on a matchbook cover last season.

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Western Beaver running back Thad Gray works out during practice on Aug. 13, 2021, in Hookstown.
Just making playoffs ‘not going to be good enough’ for Western Beaver
When a new player steps into the Western Beaver huddle for the first time, there’s a good chance coach Ron Busby has met him before.

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South Side’s Parker Statler carries past Cameron Knox during practice on Aug. 13, 2021, in Hookstown.
South Side’s first priority for 2021: Stay healthy
South Side coach Luke Travelpiece has turned into a big believer in the law of averages.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Joey Daniels
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Joey Daniels, Mt. Lebanon
June 30, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Canon-McMillan pitcher Brooke Perri celebrates after the final out against Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal May 26.
WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Bethel Park vs. Canon-McMillan
June 2, 2021
Softball

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Laurel’s Abbie Miles rounds the bases after homering against Frazier in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on May 26.
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Shenango vs. Laurel
Softball

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West Greene’s Kiley Meek hits an extra-base hit against Union during the 2019 Class A WPIAL softball championship game.
WPIAL Class A softball championship preview: West Greene vs. Union
June 1, 2021
Softball

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Penn-Trafford’s Brooke Cleland hits a home against Hempfield on April 7.
2 defending champs earn top seeds as WPIAL unveils softball playoff pairings
May 13, 2021
It’s been almost two years since the WPIAL last crowned softball champions, but for at least two teams, seemingly little has changed.

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Mohawk’s Hannah McDanel celebrates with Paige Julian in the final seconds of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against North Catholic on March 13.
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship breakdown: Mohawk vs. West Catholic
March 24, 2021
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay scores past Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pawlowski during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball final on March 10.
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship breakdown: Neshannock vs. Mount Carmel
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship

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Freeport senior Mark Livingston threw a 299 game in the regional finals Friday.
Freeport bowler wins regional title with 299 game
March 5, 2021
Freeport’s Mark Livingston turned in a tremendous performance Friday at the North Versailles Bowling Center.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Sto-Rox defenders during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2020-21 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball preseason breakdown
December 10, 2020
This will surely be a boys basketball season like no other.

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Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pawlowski works against Laurel’s Danielle Pontius during the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals last season.
Trib HSSN 2020-21 WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball preseason breakdown
Getting to the WPIAL girls basketball finals will take more dedication and focus than ever this season.

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Knock’s Laura Greb plays in the WPIAL team tennis championships Oct. 22.
Knoch girls tennis wins state title in dominant performance
October 31, 2020
The Knoch girls tennis team faced far more pressure this year than it would in a normal season.

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Covid case forces Carmichaels to forfeit WPIAL girls volleyball playoff match
October 29, 2020
Carmichaels has forfeited its first-round WPIAL Class 2A volleyball playoff match against Shenango scheduled for Thursday night because a member of the team has a presumed positive case of covid-19.

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Coach Mike Zmijanac retired Saturday after two seasons with Seton LaSalle.
Coach Mike Zmijanac retires after 2 seasons at Seton LaSalle
October 24, 2020
Mike Zmijanac, six times a WPIAL champion as Aliquippa’s coach, has retired after two seasons at the helm of Seton LaSalle’s program.

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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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High school scores, summaries, schedules for Sept. 3, 2019
September 4, 2019
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North Hills’ Royce Parham works against North Allegheny’s Ty Iwanonkiw during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball preseason breakdown
November 27, 2022
Fox Chapel and North Hills, last year’s WPIAL finalists in Class 6A, moved into Class 5A in PIAA realignment in the offseason. But they’re not big-school bullies swooping in to steal the lunch money of smaller schools. Far from it.

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Central Catholic’s Dante DePante scores against Fox Chapel last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball preseason breakdown
It’s more than a safe bet to predict that there will be a new WPIAL champion in Class 6A boys basketball this season. It’s a sure thing.

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Captains from Mapletown and Leechburg meet at midfield for the coin toss before their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
Mapletown makes statement, beats Leechburg in Class A first round
November 4, 2022
The Mapletown Maples heard what was being said about them in WPIAL Class A football circles.

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Washington quarterback Davoun Fuse throws a pass on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Washington.
With star QB leading way, Washington looks to peak at right time
August 21, 2022
Last year, the Washington football team was a case study in peaking at the wrong time.

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Wester Beaver quarterback Xander LeFebvre works out.
QB Xander LeFebvre, Western Beaver out to earn respect
August 20, 2022
Xander LeFebvre has a cool name.

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Riverside head coach Fran Ramsden talks with Sam Hughes during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in North Sewickley.
Coach bets on data-driven approach to get Riverside back on track
Second-year coach Fran Ramsden has a tool he plans to use to liberally to help his Riverside team turn things around after a 1-8 season.

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New Brighton’s Kevin Williams works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in New Brighton.
New coach brings best of Beaver County football to New Brighton
New Brighton’s Tony Caltury speaks highly of Beaver County football, and there are a few really good reasons for that.

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Neshannock’s Jonny Huff works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Neshannock.
Football team looks to get in on championship act at Neshannock
Rumor has it a major repaving project has been planned for Mitchell Road in Neshannock this fall.

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Mohawk’s Junior Micco works out in practice.
Strong, veteran line could keep Mohawk in playoff picture
After a successful season that included a third-place finish in the Midwestern Athletic Conference and a first-round WPIAL playoff victory, Mohawk comes into this year with a strong, veteran line and some inexperience at the skill positions.

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Freedom’s Dakota Roberts works out on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Freedom.
Having stabilized program, next step for Freedom is playoff berth
After three coaching changes in the previous four years, the Freedom football team was looking to establish some stability last season.

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Ellwood City head coach Dan Bradley works with his team on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Ellwood City.
Former OLSH coach brings positivity, focus on fundamentals to Ellwood City
Looking to turn its program around after three consecutive winless seasons, it’s hard to imagine Ellwood City could have found a coach more suited for the job than Dan Bradley.

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Beaver Falls quarterback Jaren Brickner works out during a preseason practice last year.
WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Beaver Falls, other perennial powers to duke it out
In one sense, WPIAL Class 2A football looks radically different this season.

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Steel Valley’s Cruce Brookins takes part in a training camp workout Aug. 18, 2022, at Steel Valley.
Division I talent could help Steel Valley write happier ending to 2022 season
August 19, 2022
It’s hard to imagine a more satisfying regular season than the one Steel Valley had last year.

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Hempfield’s Sydney Mitchell poses next to the poster bearing her likeness on senior night.
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Hempfield’s Sydney Mitchell
June 20, 2022
Sydney Mitchell, the speedy center fielder for Hempfield’s softball team, always figured she’d wear Pitt colors someday.

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Neshannock’s Gabby Quinn celebrates her RBI double during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against Frazier on June 3.
2022 PIAA Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Conwell-Egan
June 15, 2022
PIAA Class 2A softball championship

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Seneca Valley’s Maddie Gross watches her three-run homer against Hempfield during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 25 at Fox Chapel.
2022 PIAA Class 6A softball championship preview: Seneca Valley vs. Spring-Ford
PIAA Class 6A softball championship

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Avonworth’s Sydney Savatt scores behind Deer Lakes catcher Tia Germanich during the WPIAL Class 3A softball championship game June 1.
2022 PIAA Class 3A softball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Lewisburg
PIAA Class 3A softball championship

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Armstrong catcher Isabella Atherton celebrates with pitcher Cameryn Sprankle after beating Penn-Trafford in the PIAA Class 5A softball semifinals Monday.
2022 PIAA Class 5A softball championship preview: Armstrong vs. Pittston Area
PIAA Class 5A softball championship

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Frazier players celebrate defeating OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals May 25.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Neshannock vs. Frazier
June 1, 2022
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship

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South Park’s Drew Lafferty plays in the 2021 WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Hopewell.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship preview: Mohawk vs. South Park
May 31, 2022
WPIAL Class 3A baseball championship

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Deer Lakes pitcher Maddie Kee delivers against South Allegheny during their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal on May 24.
2022 WPIAL Class 3A softball championship preview: Avonworth vs. Deer Lakes
WPIAL Class 3A softball championship

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Seneca Valley shortstop Mia Ryan celebrates an out during the seventh inning against Hempfield in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal May 25.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Seneca Valley vs. North Allegheny
WPIAL Class 6A softball championship

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Serra Catholic’s Zack Karp pitches against Seton LaSalle in the 2021 PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals.
2022 WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship preview: Serra Catholic vs. Neshannock
May 30, 2022
WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship

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Mt. Lebanon’s Tanner Donati celebrates after scoring the go-ahead run against Central Catholic during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on May 24.
2022 WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship preview: Mt. Lebanon vs. Upper St. Clair
WPIAL Class 6A baseball championship

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North Allegheny’s Leyna Rumpler
North Allegheny notebook: Rumpler wins pair of matches at nationals
May 14, 2022
North Allegheny girls wrestler Leyna Rumpler made an impact on the national scene, winning a pair of matches and advancing to the quarterfinals of the U17 USMC Women’s National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this month.

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Beaver’s Payton List pulls down a rebound over Quaker Valley’s Corinne Washington during the WPIAL Class 4A girls championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball preseason breakdown
December 6, 2021
Last March, Beaver used a stingy defensive effort to hold down a talented Quaker Valley team in the Class 4A girls basketball finals, winning the program’s first WPIAL championship.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero works past Lincoln Park’s Dakari Bradford during their game on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Quaker Valley High School.
Trib HSSN 2021-22 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball preseason breakdown
Class 4A is where the stars play in WPIAL boys basketball.

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Knoch’s Lindsey Greb (left) and Emily Greb pose with the WPIAL doubles gold medals they won last month. They added PIAA golds to their collection Saturday.
Knoch’s Greb sisters win state tennis gold
November 6, 2021
Because she was playing with her twin sister Lindsey, Emily Greb felt like she might have had a slight advantage over the field at the PIAA Class 2A doubles championships this weekend.

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Beaver Falls head coach Nick Nardone works with his team during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in Beaver Falls.
2021 WPIAL Class 2A football breakdown: Teams again chasing Beaver Falls
August 24, 2021
The announcement that the WPIAL will bring some of its championship games back to Heinz Field this season after a one-year pandemic-related hiatus was greeted by many as good news.

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Wash High’s Davoun Fuse during practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 at Washington High Stadium Football Stadium.
Washington regroups after difficult season
August 22, 2021
Pretty much everyone is glad 2020 is over.

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New Brighton’s Keandre Williams catches a pass during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in New Brighton.
New Brighton driven by playoff near miss
August 21, 2021
Few teams in the history of WPIAL football, if any, have come as close to making the playoffs without getting in as New Brighton did last year.

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Neshannock quarterback Kurt Sommerfeld works out with Cam’Ron Owens during practice on Aug. 18, 2021, in Neshannock.
Explosive running game sets tone for Neshannock
Neshannock senior Cam’Ron Owens has become one of the most dangerous running backs in the WPIAL.

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Laurel running back Luke McCoy works out during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Hard-hitting linebacker leads Laurel
With coach Brian Cooper planning to add heavy doses of spread offense to his usual Wing-T attack, opposing defenses won’t know exactly what they’ll be getting from Laurel this season.

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Freedom’s Damian Grunnagle works out during practice on Aug. 10, 2021, in Freedom.
Freedom ready to move forward, focus on fun
There’s one particular stat coach John Rosa would like to see Freedom lead the WPIAL in this season.

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Beaver Falls receiver Mekhi Clark catches a pass during practice on Aug. 5, 2021, in Beaver Falls.
Offense gets facelift for defending WPIAL champion Beaver Falls
If he wanted to, Beaver Falls coach Nick Nardone could have written his offensive game plan on a matchbook cover last season.

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Western Beaver running back Thad Gray works out during practice on Aug. 13, 2021, in Hookstown.
Just making playoffs ‘not going to be good enough’ for Western Beaver
When a new player steps into the Western Beaver huddle for the first time, there’s a good chance coach Ron Busby has met him before.

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South Side’s Parker Statler carries past Cameron Knox during practice on Aug. 13, 2021, in Hookstown.
South Side’s first priority for 2021: Stay healthy
South Side coach Luke Travelpiece has turned into a big believer in the law of averages.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Joey Daniels
TribHSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team: Joey Daniels, Mt. Lebanon
June 30, 2021
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star team. The players will be recognized July 22 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

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Canon-McMillan pitcher Brooke Perri celebrates after the final out against Norwin in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal May 26.
WPIAL Class 6A softball championship preview: Bethel Park vs. Canon-McMillan
June 2, 2021
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Laurel’s Abbie Miles rounds the bases after homering against Frazier in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal on May 26.
WPIAL Class 2A softball championship preview: Shenango vs. Laurel
Softball

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West Greene’s Kiley Meek hits an extra-base hit against Union during the 2019 Class A WPIAL softball championship game.
WPIAL Class A softball championship preview: West Greene vs. Union
June 1, 2021
Softball

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Penn-Trafford’s Brooke Cleland hits a home against Hempfield on April 7.
2 defending champs earn top seeds as WPIAL unveils softball playoff pairings
May 13, 2021
It’s been almost two years since the WPIAL last crowned softball champions, but for at least two teams, seemingly little has changed.

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Mohawk’s Hannah McDanel celebrates with Paige Julian in the final seconds of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against North Catholic on March 13.
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship breakdown: Mohawk vs. West Catholic
March 24, 2021
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay scores past Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pawlowski during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball final on March 10.
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship breakdown: Neshannock vs. Mount Carmel
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship

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Freeport senior Mark Livingston threw a 299 game in the regional finals Friday.
Freeport bowler wins regional title with 299 game
March 5, 2021
Freeport’s Mark Livingston turned in a tremendous performance Friday at the North Versailles Bowling Center.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Sto-Rox defenders during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2020-21 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball preseason breakdown
December 10, 2020
This will surely be a boys basketball season like no other.

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Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pawlowski works against Laurel’s Danielle Pontius during the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals last season.
Trib HSSN 2020-21 WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball preseason breakdown
Getting to the WPIAL girls basketball finals will take more dedication and focus than ever this season.

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Knock’s Laura Greb plays in the WPIAL team tennis championships Oct. 22.
Knoch girls tennis wins state title in dominant performance
October 31, 2020
The Knoch girls tennis team faced far more pressure this year than it would in a normal season.

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Covid case forces Carmichaels to forfeit WPIAL girls volleyball playoff match
October 29, 2020
Carmichaels has forfeited its first-round WPIAL Class 2A volleyball playoff match against Shenango scheduled for Thursday night because a member of the team has a presumed positive case of covid-19.

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Coach Mike Zmijanac retired Saturday after two seasons with Seton LaSalle.
Coach Mike Zmijanac retires after 2 seasons at Seton LaSalle
October 24, 2020
Mike Zmijanac, six times a WPIAL champion as Aliquippa’s coach, has retired after two seasons at the helm of Seton LaSalle’s program.

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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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