Author: Jose Negron


Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher scores against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 2A first round Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Beaver Falls puts WPIAL Class 2A title on line vs. Serra Catholic
November 25, 2021
As the Serra Catholic football team prepares to make its first WPIAL championship appearance in 14 years, one thing is for certain: The Eagles aren’t content with simply being in the big game.

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Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward runs against Sto-Rox in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.
Serra Catholic defeats Sto-Rox, headed for WPIAL finals
November 19, 2021
Serra Catholic will be making a trip to the North Shore next week.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield scores against Freeport in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Fake punt call sparks Elizabeth Forward past Freeport, into WPIAL 3A semifinals
November 12, 2021
With Elizabeth Forward facing a 4th-and-7 with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half Friday night, coach Mike Collodi made a call in the hopes of his team some much-needed momentum.

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Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward carries against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 2A first round Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Serra Catholic too much for Neshannock in Class 2A first round
November 5, 2021
Sixth-seeded Serra Catholic scored on all five of its first-half possessions en route to a convincing 61-21 victory over No. 11 Neshannock in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs at Norwin on Friday night.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts (left) works against Deer Lakes’ Vicky Troyan on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in the WPIAL first round.
McKenzie Pritts comes up big for Yough in win over Deer Lakes
October 26, 2021
Yough has relied heavily on the offensive prowess of junior McKenzie Pritts this season.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nathan Bowser dribbles past Mt. Pleasant’s Austin Ulery during a WPIAL Class 2A first-round game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward boys rout Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL soccer playoffs
October 25, 2021
Fifth-seeded Elizabeth Forward cruised to an appearance in the Class 2A quarterfinals with a 6-1 victory over No. 12 Mt. Pleasant in the first round of the playoffs Monday night.

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California’s Damani Stafford carries against Monessen on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Field day for California defense in shutout against Monessen
October 22, 2021
Inclement weather and harsh field conditions played a big role in Friday night’s Tri-County South Conference matchup between California and Monessen.

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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner looks to throw against Charleroi on Sept. 10, 2021, at Monessen.
Monessen beats Charleroi in ‘Battle of the Bridge,’ snaps long losing streak
September 10, 2021
Since arriving at Monessen, first-year football coach Wade Brown constantly has preached to his players that their time was coming.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher tracks a pass during practice.
Loaded Serra Catholic has big goals: ’16-0 or bust’
August 26, 2021
The expectations shared by those in the football locker room at Serra Catholic are the same this season: Win a conference title, claim a WPIAL championship and capture a state title.

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McKeesport quarterback Caleb Reist looks on at practice.
After making statement last season, McKeesport back for more in Class 4A
McKeesport coach Matt Miller believes his team sent a message in its return to Class 4A last season.

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Laurel’s Abbie Miles is congratulated by teammates after homering against Frazier in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Laurel pounds out 17 hits to reach Class 2A softball finals
May 26, 2021
Frazier softball coach Don Hartman didn’t mince words following his team’s six-inning loss to Laurel in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday.

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Serra Catholic girls basketball coach and athletic director Bill Cleary is retiring after the 2020-21 school year.
Bill Cleary reflects on successful career as Serra Catholic basketball coach, athletic director
April 2, 2021
As Bill Cleary reflects on his 30-plus-year career at Serra Catholic, he has more than a few fond memories to look back on.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps celebrates a win over Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Thursday, March 11, 2021.
South Allegheny drops Aliquippa, advances to 1st WPIAL finals
March 11, 2021
For the first time in program history, the South Allegheny boys basketball team will play for a WPIAL championship.

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Serra Catholic’s Chloe Pordash celebrates the game-tying basket at the end of regulation against Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday, march 9, 2021.
Serra Catholic overcomes Winchester Thurston in overtime for spot in Class 2A finals
March 9, 2021
Grace Navarro isn’t one to dwell on the past.

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South Allegheny’s Omar Faulkner dunks against Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Monday, March 8, 2021.
South Allegheny clamps down on Seton LaSalle in Class 3A quarterfinals
March 8, 2021
When South Allegheny entered the halftime locker room leading by 13 in Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup, there was a mutual sense of disappointment felt by the group.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps drives past Ligonier Valley’s Wesley Smykal in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
South Allegheny tops Ligonier Valley, serves notice in Class 3A
March 4, 2021
Top-seeded South Allegheny opened up postseason play with a statement victory Thursday.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh dribbles against Latrobe’s Chase Sickenberger (left) and Landon Butler on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
Latrobe shows toughness, knocks off seventh-seeded Thomas Jefferson
March 3, 2021
Thomas Jefferson head coach Dom DeCicco called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining in Wednesday’s WPIAL playoff opener to devise an appropriate offensive strategy.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher sets up for a free throw late in the game against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.
Laurel Highlands too much for Thomas Jefferson
January 29, 2021
When preparing for the challenge of facing Rodney Gallagher and the high-powered Laurel Highlands offense, Thomas Jefferson coach Dom DeCicco is like most coaches.

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Belle Vernon’s Garrett Greco competes during the 2020 season.
Belle Vernon baseball standout Garrett Greco commits to Gardner-Webb
November 30, 2020
Though Tony Watson has only been at the helm of the Belle Vernon baseball program for a short time, he’s been around senior Garrett Greco long enough to see how hard he’s worked to get to where he is today.

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Thomas Jefferson’ quarterback Jake Pugh rolls out to throw a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Thomas Jefferson preps for PIAA semifinal battle with Oil City
November 19, 2020
Bill Cherpak doesn’t often have to worry about his players moving on from a big win and switching their focus to the next task at hand.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos fends off North Catholic’s Carson Laconi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Friday, Oct. 6, 2020.
Elizabeth Forward blanks North Catholic to reach 1st WPIAL title game
November 6, 2020
To come away with a win over North Catholic on Friday, Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi knew his defensive unit had to play fast and physical, win the turnover battle and compete for a full 48 minutes.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos competes against Freeport in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Elizabeth Forward.
Elizabeth Forward tops Freeport for long-awaited WPIAL playoff victory
October 30, 2020
For the first time in two decades, the Elizabeth Forward football program has a playoff victory under its belt.

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McKeesport’s Colin Lyons puts Caleb Reist in a headlock after a win over Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
McKeesport hands Thomas Jefferson its first home loss in 5 years in Class 4A shocker
October 23, 2020
The final two and a half minutes of Friday night’s showdown with Thomas Jefferson was arguably the most stressful of Matt Miller’s coaching career at McKeesport.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock (1) completes a pass in the second quarter against Trinity on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Another big night for Devin Whitlock leads Belle Vernon to another win over Trinity
October 16, 2020
Belle Vernon Area’s yearly dominance over Trinity continued Friday night at Hillers Stadium.

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Ligonier Valley’s Grant Dowden moves in to tackle Serra Catholic’s Zack Weber on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Serra Catholic catches stride, runs past Ligonier Valley
October 9, 2020
Ligonier Valley knocked Serra Catholic’s high-powered offense off kilter in the first half Friday night.

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McKeesport’s Caleb Reist takes off on a touchdown run against Ringgold on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
McKeesport gets rolling early, often against Ringgold
October 2, 2020
Entering the season, McKeesport coach Matt Miller knew the Tigers’ renowned triple-option offense would be in good hands with quarterbacks Caleb Reist and Terrance Glenn at the forefront.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps (4) runs the ball late in the second half Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps steps on Yough
September 25, 2020
For the third consecutive week, Antonio Epps made his presence felt in a big way for South Allegheny.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier collides with Trinity Anthony Phillips on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
‘Sloppy’ Thomas Jefferson beats Trinity, sets up matchup against Belle Vernon
September 18, 2020
For the second consecutive week, Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak watched as his team once again was on the positive side of a lopsided outcome.

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Yough’s CJ Waldier (5) runs the ball past Chartiers-Houston defenders on Sept. 11, 2020, at Yough.
Yough offensive stars sting Chartiers-Houston, give coach first win
September 11, 2020
Yough successfully defended Cougar Mountain on Friday night thanks in part to the right arm of Tristan Waldier, the legs of Gamal Marballie and the hands of CJ Waldier.

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Yough’s C.J. Waldier works out during practice on Aug. 13, 2020, in Herminie.
Waldier brothers hope to provide winning combination for Yough football
September 5, 2020
It’s been a little more than a year since Tristan Waldier’s sophomore season at Yough came to a drastic, premature end.

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A.J. Corso is the new basketball coach at Serra Catholic.
New coach A.J. Corso’s love of basketball was sparked at Serra Catholic
June 26, 2020
Growing up in Ohio, A.J. Corso admits he didn’t exactly have a love for basketball.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past Ringgold defenders Friday, Oct. 26, 2019.
Belle Vernon’s Callaway rehabbing from knee injury as he prepares to play at Dayton
March 31, 2020
It wasn’t long ago Larry Callaway questioned if he would play football again.

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Ringgold’s Nathan Boulanger celebrates his goal with Justin Day during their PIHL Class B semifinal against Elizabeth Forward Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Boulanger completes hat trick in OT to lift Ringgold into PIHL Class B title game
March 9, 2020
For the second consecutive year, the Ringgold hockey team will play for a championship.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher and Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh and Isaac McNeil fight for a loose ball during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Eighth-seeded Laurel Highlands rallies past Thomas Jefferson into Class 5A title game
February 25, 2020
Through one half of play Tuesday night, the Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team looked destined to end a nearly 30-year absence from the WPIAL championship game.

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Serra Catholic’s Chloe Pordash (center) celebrates with her teammates while exiting the court after defeating Winchester Thurston in WPIAL girls basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top-seeded Serra Catholic girls look sharp in win over Winchester Thurston
February 20, 2020
The Serra Catholic girls basketball team looked like a group focused and determined to advance in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Thursday night.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alyssa DeAngelo tries to drive past Armstrong’s Layne Miller in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson girls impress in playoff-opening win over Armstrong
February 18, 2020
A solid defensive effort got fifth-seeded Thomas Jefferson off to a good start in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Tuesday night.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps dribbles past Avonworth Jordan Kolenda.
South Allegheny boys hold off upset-minded Avonworth
February 14, 2020
South Allegheny’s Bryce Epps isn’t one to let his critics phase him.

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Perri Page and Megan McConnell celebrate Chartiers Valley’s win over Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 23, 2020.
Perri Page beats buzzer as Chartiers Valley fends off Thomas Jefferson upset bid
January 23, 2020
Every possession was bound to matter when Thomas Jefferson and Chartiers Valley met Thursday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (4) takes a shot against Monessen on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Whitlock’s return to Monessen successful as Belle Vernon rolls to win
January 18, 2020
Devin Whitlock might not have had Saturday’s nonsection game with Monessen circled on his calendar, but it was certainly on his mind.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier and Bowen Dame celebrate after a turnover against Montour during the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Jaguars Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson manhandles Montour
November 1, 2019
A relentless offense and a suffocating defense.

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Mars’ Ellie Howell heads a ball in front of Belle Vernon’s Danielle Engstrom on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.
Mars beats Belle Vernon, advances to 3rd straight WPIAL Class AAA championship
October 28, 2019
Top-seeded Mars entered Monday night’s WPIAL Class 3A semifinal matchup with No. 5 Belle Vernon having scored 14 goals in playoff wins over Trinity and Thomas Jefferson.

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates with Nina Singh (3) and Eve Mango (10) after scoring a goal late in the second half Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 against Bentworth.
Shady Side Academy earns spot in WPIAL Class A girls soccer finals
Callie Davis had a hat trick and Melissa Riggins scored twice as No. 3 Shady Side Academy scored a 5-1 victory over second-seeded Bentworth in a WPIAL Class A girls soccer semifinal matchup Monday night.

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Monessen quarterback Jalen Brice runs against Avella during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at Monessen.
Brice’s return sparks big senior-night win for Monessen against Avella
October 25, 2019
It wasn’t until recently that Jalen Brice was able to grip a football let alone step behind center for Monessen.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell (32) runs the ball past a Mt. Pleasant defender on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
Elizabeth Forward locks in with shutout of Mt. Pleasant
October 11, 2019
Mike Collodi has preached a fast, physical style of play since he began his coaching tenure at Elizabeth Forward in 2015.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda (5) runs the ball past Laurel Highlands’ Daniel Izzi (1) during their game Sept. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon bounces back with 50-point win over Laurel Highlands
September 13, 2019
Last week’s 27-point loss to Thomas Jefferson didn’t exactly sit well with players and coaches at Belle Vernon.

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Serra Catholic’s Ray Holmes returns for the 2019 season.
Time for young core of Serra Catholic football team to rise up
August 22, 2019
Pat Brennan, Khalil Smith, Bernard Lawson, Matt Ulishney, Noah South and Mark Banner.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs returns for the 2019 season.
McKeesport football team returns plenty for triple-option offense
Matt Miller isn’t one to predict conference title wins or WPIAL championship triumphs.

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Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi leads practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
Youthful Elizabeth Forward aims to reload after 8-2 season
After three straight winning seasons, a pair of playoff appearances and back-to-back conference championships, Mike Collodi acknowledges the upcoming football season will be different than in years past at Elizabeth Forward.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Kailey Larcinese pitches a throw against Mt. Pleasant in the PIAA class 4A softball semifinal on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Seton Hill University. Elizabeth Forward defeated Mt. Pleasant 2-1 after eight innings.
Section title. WPIAL title. Goal-oriented Elizabeth Forward now wants state title
June 12, 2019
Prior to the start of this season, Elizabeth Forward softball coach Harry Rutherford approached athletic director Tim Guffey with three goals for his team: Win a section title, a WPIAL championship and state gold.

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Beaver’s Alec Berg pitches against Belle Vernon during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game May 15, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
No. 6 Beaver ousts Belle Vernon in Class 4A 1st round
May 15, 2019
For the fifth consecutive season, Belle Vernon’s WPIAL playoff run ended quicker than anticipated.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock (3) celebrates next to DaWayne Howell as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
No surprises for PIAA Class A semifinalists Monessen, Vincentian Academy
March 17, 2019
The last time Monessen and Vincentian Academy faced one another, a trip to the WPIAL Class A championship game was on the line.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher scores against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 2A first round Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Beaver Falls puts WPIAL Class 2A title on line vs. Serra Catholic
November 25, 2021
As the Serra Catholic football team prepares to make its first WPIAL championship appearance in 14 years, one thing is for certain: The Eagles aren’t content with simply being in the big game.

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Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward runs against Sto-Rox in a WPIAL Class 2A semifinal Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.
Serra Catholic defeats Sto-Rox, headed for WPIAL finals
November 19, 2021
Serra Catholic will be making a trip to the North Shore next week.

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Elizabeth Forward’s DaVontay Brownfield scores against Freeport in a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.
Fake punt call sparks Elizabeth Forward past Freeport, into WPIAL 3A semifinals
November 12, 2021
With Elizabeth Forward facing a 4th-and-7 with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half Friday night, coach Mike Collodi made a call in the hopes of his team some much-needed momentum.

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Serra Catholic’s Elijah Ward carries against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class 2A first round Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.
Serra Catholic too much for Neshannock in Class 2A first round
November 5, 2021
Sixth-seeded Serra Catholic scored on all five of its first-half possessions en route to a convincing 61-21 victory over No. 11 Neshannock in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs at Norwin on Friday night.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts (left) works against Deer Lakes’ Vicky Troyan on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in the WPIAL first round.
McKenzie Pritts comes up big for Yough in win over Deer Lakes
October 26, 2021
Yough has relied heavily on the offensive prowess of junior McKenzie Pritts this season.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nathan Bowser dribbles past Mt. Pleasant’s Austin Ulery during a WPIAL Class 2A first-round game Monday, Oct. 25, 2021.
Elizabeth Forward boys rout Mt. Pleasant in WPIAL soccer playoffs
October 25, 2021
Fifth-seeded Elizabeth Forward cruised to an appearance in the Class 2A quarterfinals with a 6-1 victory over No. 12 Mt. Pleasant in the first round of the playoffs Monday night.

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California’s Damani Stafford carries against Monessen on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Field day for California defense in shutout against Monessen
October 22, 2021
Inclement weather and harsh field conditions played a big role in Friday night’s Tri-County South Conference matchup between California and Monessen.

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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner looks to throw against Charleroi on Sept. 10, 2021, at Monessen.
Monessen beats Charleroi in ‘Battle of the Bridge,’ snaps long losing streak
September 10, 2021
Since arriving at Monessen, first-year football coach Wade Brown constantly has preached to his players that their time was coming.

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Serra Catholic’s Pharoh Fisher tracks a pass during practice.
Loaded Serra Catholic has big goals: ’16-0 or bust’
August 26, 2021
The expectations shared by those in the football locker room at Serra Catholic are the same this season: Win a conference title, claim a WPIAL championship and capture a state title.

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McKeesport quarterback Caleb Reist looks on at practice.
After making statement last season, McKeesport back for more in Class 4A
McKeesport coach Matt Miller believes his team sent a message in its return to Class 4A last season.

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Laurel’s Abbie Miles is congratulated by teammates after homering against Frazier in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Laurel pounds out 17 hits to reach Class 2A softball finals
May 26, 2021
Frazier softball coach Don Hartman didn’t mince words following his team’s six-inning loss to Laurel in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Wednesday.

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Serra Catholic girls basketball coach and athletic director Bill Cleary is retiring after the 2020-21 school year.
Bill Cleary reflects on successful career as Serra Catholic basketball coach, athletic director
April 2, 2021
As Bill Cleary reflects on his 30-plus-year career at Serra Catholic, he has more than a few fond memories to look back on.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps celebrates a win over Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Thursday, March 11, 2021.
South Allegheny drops Aliquippa, advances to 1st WPIAL finals
March 11, 2021
For the first time in program history, the South Allegheny boys basketball team will play for a WPIAL championship.

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Serra Catholic’s Chloe Pordash celebrates the game-tying basket at the end of regulation against Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Tuesday, march 9, 2021.
Serra Catholic overcomes Winchester Thurston in overtime for spot in Class 2A finals
March 9, 2021
Grace Navarro isn’t one to dwell on the past.

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South Allegheny’s Omar Faulkner dunks against Seton LaSalle in the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals Monday, March 8, 2021.
South Allegheny clamps down on Seton LaSalle in Class 3A quarterfinals
March 8, 2021
When South Allegheny entered the halftime locker room leading by 13 in Monday’s WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal matchup, there was a mutual sense of disappointment felt by the group.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps drives past Ligonier Valley’s Wesley Smykal in a WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game Thursday, March 4, 2021.
South Allegheny tops Ligonier Valley, serves notice in Class 3A
March 4, 2021
Top-seeded South Allegheny opened up postseason play with a statement victory Thursday.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh dribbles against Latrobe’s Chase Sickenberger (left) and Landon Butler on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
Latrobe shows toughness, knocks off seventh-seeded Thomas Jefferson
March 3, 2021
Thomas Jefferson head coach Dom DeCicco called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining in Wednesday’s WPIAL playoff opener to devise an appropriate offensive strategy.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher sets up for a free throw late in the game against Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.
Laurel Highlands too much for Thomas Jefferson
January 29, 2021
When preparing for the challenge of facing Rodney Gallagher and the high-powered Laurel Highlands offense, Thomas Jefferson coach Dom DeCicco is like most coaches.

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Belle Vernon’s Garrett Greco competes during the 2020 season.
Belle Vernon baseball standout Garrett Greco commits to Gardner-Webb
November 30, 2020
Though Tony Watson has only been at the helm of the Belle Vernon baseball program for a short time, he’s been around senior Garrett Greco long enough to see how hard he’s worked to get to where he is today.

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Thomas Jefferson’ quarterback Jake Pugh rolls out to throw a touchdown pass during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Aliquippa on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Thomas Jefferson preps for PIAA semifinal battle with Oil City
November 19, 2020
Bill Cherpak doesn’t often have to worry about his players moving on from a big win and switching their focus to the next task at hand.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos fends off North Catholic’s Carson Laconi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Friday, Oct. 6, 2020.
Elizabeth Forward blanks North Catholic to reach 1st WPIAL title game
November 6, 2020
To come away with a win over North Catholic on Friday, Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi knew his defensive unit had to play fast and physical, win the turnover battle and compete for a full 48 minutes.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nico Mrvos competes against Freeport in a WPIAL playoff game Oct. 30, 2020, at Elizabeth Forward.
Elizabeth Forward tops Freeport for long-awaited WPIAL playoff victory
October 30, 2020
For the first time in two decades, the Elizabeth Forward football program has a playoff victory under its belt.

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McKeesport’s Colin Lyons puts Caleb Reist in a headlock after a win over Thomas Jefferson on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
McKeesport hands Thomas Jefferson its first home loss in 5 years in Class 4A shocker
October 23, 2020
The final two and a half minutes of Friday night’s showdown with Thomas Jefferson was arguably the most stressful of Matt Miller’s coaching career at McKeesport.

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Belle Vernon quarterback Devin Whitlock (1) completes a pass in the second quarter against Trinity on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.
Another big night for Devin Whitlock leads Belle Vernon to another win over Trinity
October 16, 2020
Belle Vernon Area’s yearly dominance over Trinity continued Friday night at Hillers Stadium.

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Ligonier Valley’s Grant Dowden moves in to tackle Serra Catholic’s Zack Weber on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.
Serra Catholic catches stride, runs past Ligonier Valley
October 9, 2020
Ligonier Valley knocked Serra Catholic’s high-powered offense off kilter in the first half Friday night.

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McKeesport’s Caleb Reist takes off on a touchdown run against Ringgold on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
McKeesport gets rolling early, often against Ringgold
October 2, 2020
Entering the season, McKeesport coach Matt Miller knew the Tigers’ renowned triple-option offense would be in good hands with quarterbacks Caleb Reist and Terrance Glenn at the forefront.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps (4) runs the ball late in the second half Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps steps on Yough
September 25, 2020
For the third consecutive week, Antonio Epps made his presence felt in a big way for South Allegheny.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier collides with Trinity Anthony Phillips on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.
‘Sloppy’ Thomas Jefferson beats Trinity, sets up matchup against Belle Vernon
September 18, 2020
For the second consecutive week, Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Cherpak watched as his team once again was on the positive side of a lopsided outcome.

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Yough’s CJ Waldier (5) runs the ball past Chartiers-Houston defenders on Sept. 11, 2020, at Yough.
Yough offensive stars sting Chartiers-Houston, give coach first win
September 11, 2020
Yough successfully defended Cougar Mountain on Friday night thanks in part to the right arm of Tristan Waldier, the legs of Gamal Marballie and the hands of CJ Waldier.

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Yough’s C.J. Waldier works out during practice on Aug. 13, 2020, in Herminie.
Waldier brothers hope to provide winning combination for Yough football
September 5, 2020
It’s been a little more than a year since Tristan Waldier’s sophomore season at Yough came to a drastic, premature end.

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A.J. Corso is the new basketball coach at Serra Catholic.
New coach A.J. Corso’s love of basketball was sparked at Serra Catholic
June 26, 2020
Growing up in Ohio, A.J. Corso admits he didn’t exactly have a love for basketball.

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Belle Vernon’s Larry Callaway runs the ball past Ringgold defenders Friday, Oct. 26, 2019.
Belle Vernon’s Callaway rehabbing from knee injury as he prepares to play at Dayton
March 31, 2020
It wasn’t long ago Larry Callaway questioned if he would play football again.

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Ringgold’s Nathan Boulanger celebrates his goal with Justin Day during their PIHL Class B semifinal against Elizabeth Forward Monday, Mar. 9, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Boulanger completes hat trick in OT to lift Ringgold into PIHL Class B title game
March 9, 2020
For the second consecutive year, the Ringgold hockey team will play for a championship.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher and Thomas Jefferson’s Jake Pugh and Isaac McNeil fight for a loose ball during a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.
Eighth-seeded Laurel Highlands rallies past Thomas Jefferson into Class 5A title game
February 25, 2020
Through one half of play Tuesday night, the Thomas Jefferson boys basketball team looked destined to end a nearly 30-year absence from the WPIAL championship game.

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Serra Catholic’s Chloe Pordash (center) celebrates with her teammates while exiting the court after defeating Winchester Thurston in WPIAL girls basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Top-seeded Serra Catholic girls look sharp in win over Winchester Thurston
February 20, 2020
The Serra Catholic girls basketball team looked like a group focused and determined to advance in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Thursday night.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Alyssa DeAngelo tries to drive past Armstrong’s Layne Miller in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
Thomas Jefferson girls impress in playoff-opening win over Armstrong
February 18, 2020
A solid defensive effort got fifth-seeded Thomas Jefferson off to a good start in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs Tuesday night.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps dribbles past Avonworth Jordan Kolenda.
South Allegheny boys hold off upset-minded Avonworth
February 14, 2020
South Allegheny’s Bryce Epps isn’t one to let his critics phase him.

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Perri Page and Megan McConnell celebrate Chartiers Valley’s win over Thomas Jefferson on Jan. 23, 2020.
Perri Page beats buzzer as Chartiers Valley fends off Thomas Jefferson upset bid
January 23, 2020
Every possession was bound to matter when Thomas Jefferson and Chartiers Valley met Thursday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock (4) takes a shot against Monessen on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
Whitlock’s return to Monessen successful as Belle Vernon rolls to win
January 18, 2020
Devin Whitlock might not have had Saturday’s nonsection game with Monessen circled on his calendar, but it was certainly on his mind.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Preston Zandier and Bowen Dame celebrate after a turnover against Montour during the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Jaguars Stadium.
Thomas Jefferson manhandles Montour
November 1, 2019
A relentless offense and a suffocating defense.

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Mars’ Ellie Howell heads a ball in front of Belle Vernon’s Danielle Engstrom on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.
Mars beats Belle Vernon, advances to 3rd straight WPIAL Class AAA championship
October 28, 2019
Top-seeded Mars entered Monday night’s WPIAL Class 3A semifinal matchup with No. 5 Belle Vernon having scored 14 goals in playoff wins over Trinity and Thomas Jefferson.

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Shady Side Academy’s Callie Davis (5) celebrates with Nina Singh (3) and Eve Mango (10) after scoring a goal late in the second half Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 against Bentworth.
Shady Side Academy earns spot in WPIAL Class A girls soccer finals
Callie Davis had a hat trick and Melissa Riggins scored twice as No. 3 Shady Side Academy scored a 5-1 victory over second-seeded Bentworth in a WPIAL Class A girls soccer semifinal matchup Monday night.

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Monessen quarterback Jalen Brice runs against Avella during their game Oct. 25, 2019, at Monessen.
Brice’s return sparks big senior-night win for Monessen against Avella
October 25, 2019
It wasn’t until recently that Jalen Brice was able to grip a football let alone step behind center for Monessen.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Nicholas Hunnell (32) runs the ball past a Mt. Pleasant defender on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
Elizabeth Forward locks in with shutout of Mt. Pleasant
October 11, 2019
Mike Collodi has preached a fast, physical style of play since he began his coaching tenure at Elizabeth Forward in 2015.

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Belle Vernon’s Nolan Labuda (5) runs the ball past Laurel Highlands’ Daniel Izzi (1) during their game Sept. 13, 2019, at Belle Vernon.
Belle Vernon bounces back with 50-point win over Laurel Highlands
September 13, 2019
Last week’s 27-point loss to Thomas Jefferson didn’t exactly sit well with players and coaches at Belle Vernon.

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Serra Catholic’s Ray Holmes returns for the 2019 season.
Time for young core of Serra Catholic football team to rise up
August 22, 2019
Pat Brennan, Khalil Smith, Bernard Lawson, Matt Ulishney, Noah South and Mark Banner.

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McKeesport’s Deamontae Diggs returns for the 2019 season.
McKeesport football team returns plenty for triple-option offense
Matt Miller isn’t one to predict conference title wins or WPIAL championship triumphs.

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Elizabeth Forward coach Mike Collodi leads practice on Aug. 7, 2019.
Youthful Elizabeth Forward aims to reload after 8-2 season
After three straight winning seasons, a pair of playoff appearances and back-to-back conference championships, Mike Collodi acknowledges the upcoming football season will be different than in years past at Elizabeth Forward.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Kailey Larcinese pitches a throw against Mt. Pleasant in the PIAA class 4A softball semifinal on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Seton Hill University. Elizabeth Forward defeated Mt. Pleasant 2-1 after eight innings.
Section title. WPIAL title. Goal-oriented Elizabeth Forward now wants state title
June 12, 2019
Prior to the start of this season, Elizabeth Forward softball coach Harry Rutherford approached athletic director Tim Guffey with three goals for his team: Win a section title, a WPIAL championship and state gold.

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Beaver’s Alec Berg pitches against Belle Vernon during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game May 15, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
No. 6 Beaver ousts Belle Vernon in Class 4A 1st round
May 15, 2019
For the fifth consecutive season, Belle Vernon’s WPIAL playoff run ended quicker than anticipated.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock (3) celebrates next to DaWayne Howell as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
No surprises for PIAA Class A semifinalists Monessen, Vincentian Academy
March 17, 2019
The last time Monessen and Vincentian Academy faced one another, a trip to the WPIAL Class A championship game was on the line.

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