Author: Jose Negron


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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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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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.

Read More...

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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