Author: Josh Rowntree


Freshmen bring spark to Greensburg Central Catholic girls tennis program
October 13, 2021
Denise Cefola-Guzik remembers the good old days of Greensburg Central Catholic girls tennis and hopes the 2021 season will return a once-proud program to prominence.

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Derry’s Hunter Jurica hits his tee shot on No. 17 during the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship Sept. 30 at Allegheny Country Club.
Led by junior class, Derry golf program reaching new heights
Over the last year, Hunter Jurica’s golf game has taken off.

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Hempfield’s Alexis Smith (from left), Latrobe’s Maya Jain, Molly Campi, Cassandra Campi, Hempfield coach Jerry Way, Latrobe’s Jenna Bell and Latrobe’s Carolina Walters stand for a photo in front of a picture of Enrico Campi last week at Hempfield. Enrico Campi was a former coach and trainer at Greensburg Racquet Club who taught the players photographed. Molly Campi and Cassandra Campi are his wife and daughter.
Hempfield, Latrobe tennis teams come together to celebrate late coach’s vision
October 12, 2021
Enrico Campi played a vital role in developing the blossoming interest of scores of Westmoreland County tennis players in his nearly three decades of owning the Greensburg Racquet Club.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nick Szekely runs against Knoch and Burrell on Tuesday.
Szekely pacing Greensburg Central Catholic cross country youth movement
October 6, 2021
If you’re at a local cross country meet, Nick Szekely is easy to spot. Just look for the socks.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda breaks a tackle attempt by Elizabeth Forward’s Vernon Settles on Oct. 16.
No-nonsense running back gaining ground for Mt. Pleasant
October 5, 2021
Robbie Labuda isn’t one for frills.

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Hempfield cross country teams looking to end season with strong finishing kick
October 4, 2021
Hempfield cross country coach Jeff Mayo came into the season with lofty expectations for the boys and girls teams.

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Greensburg Salem’s Natalie DiCriscio takes fourth in the girls Class AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at White Oak Park.
Greensburg Salem cross country adjusts expectations after championship season
September 29, 2021
The reigning WPIAL Class 2A boys cross country champs have a nice little trend going.

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Latrobe’s Drew Kozuch competes in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
Latrobe cross country teams off to strong starts, eye big-meet success
September 27, 2021
Christmas season isn’t here yet, but Todd Simpson is ready to hang some ornaments.

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Burrell’s Isabella Leger finished 57th at the 2020 WPIAL championship race.
Burrell cross country team adding depth to young program
Chris Legters started the Burrell cross country program six years ago and is excited about the interest developing at the school.

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Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern has emerged as a top dual-threat quarterback.
Dual-threat quarterback on a mission for Southmoreland
September 22, 2021
Southmoreland is determined to avoid starting a new streak, and Anthony Govern is front and center in that quest.

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Leaders for the 2021 Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team include, from left, Taylor Meier, Paige Hickman, Sarah Sheeder and Haley Stormer.
Ligonier Valley girls volleyball talks the talk, walks the walk
September 21, 2021
Following a successful first season in the WPIAL, Ligonier Valley volleyball coach Emily Daugherty easily could identify some areas for her team to improve over the summer.

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Freeport’s Garrett Risch heads the ball to himself past Armstrong’s Nolan Hielman on the way to a goal on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Under new coach, Freeport boys soccer changes approach, sees some results
Tahlon Kirkland knew he was in for a challenge when he took over the Freeport boys soccer coaching job.

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Southmoreland’s Austin Goehring is a member of the 2021 golf team.
Golf game accelerating quickly for Southmoreland’s Goehring
September 15, 2021
Tinkering is a big part of Austin Goehring’s life, whether it be on the golf course or in the garage.

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Latrobe’s Jenna Bell has won two section singles championships and two section doubles championships.
Bell wants deep run, another team title for Latrobe tennis
September 14, 2021
Jenna Bell looks back at 2020 and is pleased with how the season unfolded for the Latrobe girls tennis team.

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Greensburg Salem’s Kasey Storkel talks with Paige Storkel during the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship match against Knoch Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Storkel a positive example for young Greensburg Salem tennis
No matter what instrument you put in her hands, Paige Storkel can swing it.

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With strong senior class, Valley volleyball looking to pick up wins on, off court
September 13, 2021
At Valley, life lessons are handed out as frequently as volleyball lessons by coach April Stone.

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Moon players celebrate after defeating Woodland Hills on Sept. 10, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Defense steps up for Moon in shutout victory over Woodland Hills
September 10, 2021
When Moon needed it most, its defense came through.

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Southmoreland players leave the field after defeating Perry at Cupples Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Southmoreland football rebounds to defeat Perry
September 9, 2021
In football, one big play can change a game. On Thursday night, Southmoreland got several of them.

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Latrobe’s Josie Straigis works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Veteran Latrobe field hockey team wants title game return
September 8, 2021
Latrobe field hockey coach Jeff Giordan has goals for his players, in athletics and in life. And he uses the game to blend the two.

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Alexis Smith is Hempfield’s No. 1 singles player.
Hempfield senior making headlines, helping build girls tennis program
September 6, 2021
Whether it’s debating the views of world politicians or setting an example in her own life, Alexis Smith has a passion for leadership.

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Hunter Jurica plays a leadership role for the Derry golf team.
Derry junior hunting birdies, team success
Hunter Jurica stays true to his name all year.

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Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close plays against Knoch’s Brooke Bauer during the girls 2020 WPIAL Class 2A team championships at Shady Side Academy.
Despite heavy turnover, expectations high for Sewickley girls tennis
September 5, 2021
In his 29th season at Sewickley Academy, Whitney Snyder went through one of the most challenging, bizarre years he’s experienced since establishing the Panthers’ girls tennis team as one of the premier programs in the district.

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Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger putts on the 18th hole during the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
2-time defending WPIAL girls champ, Quaker Valley golf teammates have title aspirations
For Eva Bulger, family reunions are a who’s who of accomplished WPIAL athletes. And she may just end up being the most decorated of them all.

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North Hills’ Robert Dickerson prepares to play Plum on Sept. 3, 2021, at North Hills.
North Hills football easily dispatches Plum
September 3, 2021
Robert Dickerson stood outside of his locker room, popped a couple of Hot Tamales candies in his mouth and just kept on smiling.

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Sewickley Academy’s Joey Mucci putts on No. 10 during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Sewickley boys golf striving to continue 8-year championship dynasty
August 29, 2021
It was a remarkable achievement when the Sewickley Academy boys golf team had a graduating class win a WPIAL title all four years it was in high school.

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The 2021 Quaker Valley girls tennis team.
Quaker Valley girls tennis looking to foster competitive mindset
Christi Hays looks back at 2020 and can’t believe some of the hoops her team had to jump through just to play.

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Harrisburg’s Nayquan Prather roughs up Pine-Richland Ethan Pillar during their game on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena. Prather was ejected from the game.
Harrisburg rallies past Pine-Richland in coach Steve Campos’ debut
August 28, 2021
For four quarters, on a suffocatingly humid night, the new era at Pine-Richland sure looked pretty similar to the old.

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South Fayette’s Landon Lutz warms up before facing Montour Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
Quarterback’s breakout game powers South Fayette past Montour
August 27, 2021
For Landon Lutz, this was a long time coming.

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Cornell’s Sincere Kimbrough (5) works against EJ Dawson during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Coraopolis.
Cornell embraces positives from trying season
August 26, 2021
A mere glimpse at the standings could indicate that last season was a disappointing one for Ed Dawson and the Cornell Raiders.

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Union’s Jackson Clark catches a pass during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Union has big goals despite small roster
Union coach Stacy Robinson knows that football can be a numbers game. Right now, however, he just is not seeing the numbers he would like to see.

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Shenango’s Sam Patton works against CJ Miller during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Shenango.
After 2020 emergence, Shenango banking on experience
Jimmy Graham has watched his crop of seniors grow in a major way. And now it may be time for the harvest.

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Rochester head coach Gene Matsook works with his team during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Rochester.
Well-rounded roster has Rochester back on track
Gene Matsook did not waste much time righting the Rochester ship. And now the final destination is much more in focus.

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OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Defensive tune-up could get OLSH back in title mix
Very few coaches in the WPIAL have turned around their program like Dan Bradley has at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

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Northgate’s Austin Mitchell works out during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Bellevue.
Northgate’s seniors look to end streak
When Northgate ran the final play of its 2020 season, coach Mike Fulmore looked at his sideline and had to be in near disbelief of what he saw.

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Blackhawk receiver Connor Joy catches a pass during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Chippewa.
Experience, new addition to bolster Blackhawk
August 23, 2021
The 2020 season was a humbling reminder of how important health and preparation are for high school football teams.

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Beaver head coach Cort Rowse talks with his team during practice on Aug. 19, 2021, in Beaver.
New coach wants to change direction at Beaver
Cort Rowse is certainly no stranger to the tradition of the Beaver football program.

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Bethel Park catcher Sandra Soltes tags out Pine-Richland’s Natalie Zentz during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Bethel Park weathers early storm, drops Pine-Richland in Class 6A softball semifinals
May 26, 2021
Through the first three batters of the game, it appeared as if unbeaten Bethel Park was in for a rare test.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds, left, lays it in for the score over Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Pierce during their matchup Friday, Jan. 24 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Brayden Reynolds, Chartiers Valley slam Thomas Jefferson
January 24, 2020
Brayden Reynolds had never dunked in a game before.

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Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko works with his team at the start of practice during the first day of football camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
Mt. Lebanon flashes versatility in win over Upper St. Clair
October 4, 2019
Chalk up another one to coach Bob Palko’s trademark versatility.

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Upper St. Clair rallies in second half to pull away from Baldwin
September 6, 2019
Through one half, it looked as if Baldwin finally would end its nine-game losing streak to Upper St. Clair.

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Gateway running back Derrick Davis avoids Mt. Lebanon’s Sam Rolfsen on the way to a first-quarter touchdown Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Antimarino Stadium at Gateway High School.
Davis, Venanzio power Gateway football team past Mt. Lebanon
August 24, 2019
Bob Palko’s debut as Mt. Lebanon’s coach quickly turned into the Derrick Davis show.

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Imani Christian Academy’s Sean McCaskill catches the ball when Jeannette hosted Imani, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.
Small roster Imani Christian hopes for happier ending
August 20, 2019
Imani Christian is faced with a steep task to begin 2019, but it is not necessarily something new.

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Clairton’s Dontae Sanders takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Clairton.
Typical high expectations fuel healthier Clairton
Clairton’s football players, to a man, know the anticipation of the fanbase.

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Beaver’s Joe Hammel works out during practice Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Beaver.
Despite losing key starters, Beaver looks to keep building
August 17, 2019
Following an adjustment period, Beaver football hopes it is more acclimated to Class 4A football.

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Ambridge head coach Don Phllips works with his team during practice Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Ambridge.
New Ambridge coach Phillips wants to boost interest, rebuild program
Don Phillips knew he was in for a challenge when he accepted the head coaching job at Ambridge. But that is what excites him.

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Blackhawk’s Ryan Giles works out during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Chippewa.
After turnaround season, Blackhawk wants more
What the Blackhawk football team was able to accomplish last season was remarkable. But now the Cougars are ready to take the next step.

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Yough pitcher Kierra Waywood throws during Yough’s 3-0 win over Frazier on May 8, 2019.
Waywood’s gem lifts Yough over Frazier in charity event
May 8, 2019
Kierra Waywood took the name of her team’s fundraiser to heart.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall pitches during the Panthers’ 6-4 win over Latrobe on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Franklin Regional tops shorthanded Latrobe in Section 1-5A finale
May 6, 2019
Franklin Regional breathed a sigh of relief as Latrobe’s “next-player-up” mindset came up just short.

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Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Connellsville knocks off No. 2 Latrobe; Tallman leaves with injury
April 18, 2019
Latrobe softball’s pitching depth has again been tested.

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Freshmen bring spark to Greensburg Central Catholic girls tennis program
October 13, 2021
Denise Cefola-Guzik remembers the good old days of Greensburg Central Catholic girls tennis and hopes the 2021 season will return a once-proud program to prominence.

Read More...

Derry’s Hunter Jurica hits his tee shot on No. 17 during the WPIAL Class 2A boys golf championship Sept. 30 at Allegheny Country Club.
Led by junior class, Derry golf program reaching new heights
Over the last year, Hunter Jurica’s golf game has taken off.

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Hempfield’s Alexis Smith (from left), Latrobe’s Maya Jain, Molly Campi, Cassandra Campi, Hempfield coach Jerry Way, Latrobe’s Jenna Bell and Latrobe’s Carolina Walters stand for a photo in front of a picture of Enrico Campi last week at Hempfield. Enrico Campi was a former coach and trainer at Greensburg Racquet Club who taught the players photographed. Molly Campi and Cassandra Campi are his wife and daughter.
Hempfield, Latrobe tennis teams come together to celebrate late coach’s vision
October 12, 2021
Enrico Campi played a vital role in developing the blossoming interest of scores of Westmoreland County tennis players in his nearly three decades of owning the Greensburg Racquet Club.

Read More...

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nick Szekely runs against Knoch and Burrell on Tuesday.
Szekely pacing Greensburg Central Catholic cross country youth movement
October 6, 2021
If you’re at a local cross country meet, Nick Szekely is easy to spot. Just look for the socks.

Read More...

Mt. Pleasant’s Robbie Labuda breaks a tackle attempt by Elizabeth Forward’s Vernon Settles on Oct. 16.
No-nonsense running back gaining ground for Mt. Pleasant
October 5, 2021
Robbie Labuda isn’t one for frills.

Read More...

Hempfield cross country teams looking to end season with strong finishing kick
October 4, 2021
Hempfield cross country coach Jeff Mayo came into the season with lofty expectations for the boys and girls teams.

Read More...

Greensburg Salem’s Natalie DiCriscio takes fourth in the girls Class AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at White Oak Park.
Greensburg Salem cross country adjusts expectations after championship season
September 29, 2021
The reigning WPIAL Class 2A boys cross country champs have a nice little trend going.

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Latrobe’s Drew Kozuch competes in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
Latrobe cross country teams off to strong starts, eye big-meet success
September 27, 2021
Christmas season isn’t here yet, but Todd Simpson is ready to hang some ornaments.

Read More...

Burrell’s Isabella Leger finished 57th at the 2020 WPIAL championship race.
Burrell cross country team adding depth to young program
Chris Legters started the Burrell cross country program six years ago and is excited about the interest developing at the school.

Read More...

Southmoreland’s Anthony Govern has emerged as a top dual-threat quarterback.
Dual-threat quarterback on a mission for Southmoreland
September 22, 2021
Southmoreland is determined to avoid starting a new streak, and Anthony Govern is front and center in that quest.

Read More...

Leaders for the 2021 Ligonier Valley girls volleyball team include, from left, Taylor Meier, Paige Hickman, Sarah Sheeder and Haley Stormer.
Ligonier Valley girls volleyball talks the talk, walks the walk
September 21, 2021
Following a successful first season in the WPIAL, Ligonier Valley volleyball coach Emily Daugherty easily could identify some areas for her team to improve over the summer.

Read More...

Freeport’s Garrett Risch heads the ball to himself past Armstrong’s Nolan Hielman on the way to a goal on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Freeport Area High School.
Under new coach, Freeport boys soccer changes approach, sees some results
Tahlon Kirkland knew he was in for a challenge when he took over the Freeport boys soccer coaching job.

Read More...

Southmoreland’s Austin Goehring is a member of the 2021 golf team.
Golf game accelerating quickly for Southmoreland’s Goehring
September 15, 2021
Tinkering is a big part of Austin Goehring’s life, whether it be on the golf course or in the garage.

Read More...

Latrobe’s Jenna Bell has won two section singles championships and two section doubles championships.
Bell wants deep run, another team title for Latrobe tennis
September 14, 2021
Jenna Bell looks back at 2020 and is pleased with how the season unfolded for the Latrobe girls tennis team.

Read More...

Greensburg Salem’s Kasey Storkel talks with Paige Storkel during the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship match against Knoch Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford.
Storkel a positive example for young Greensburg Salem tennis
No matter what instrument you put in her hands, Paige Storkel can swing it.

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With strong senior class, Valley volleyball looking to pick up wins on, off court
September 13, 2021
At Valley, life lessons are handed out as frequently as volleyball lessons by coach April Stone.

Read More...

Moon players celebrate after defeating Woodland Hills on Sept. 10, 2021, at the Wolvarena.
Defense steps up for Moon in shutout victory over Woodland Hills
September 10, 2021
When Moon needed it most, its defense came through.

Read More...

Southmoreland players leave the field after defeating Perry at Cupples Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.
Southmoreland football rebounds to defeat Perry
September 9, 2021
In football, one big play can change a game. On Thursday night, Southmoreland got several of them.

Read More...

Latrobe’s Josie Straigis works out during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Veteran Latrobe field hockey team wants title game return
September 8, 2021
Latrobe field hockey coach Jeff Giordan has goals for his players, in athletics and in life. And he uses the game to blend the two.

Read More...

Alexis Smith is Hempfield’s No. 1 singles player.
Hempfield senior making headlines, helping build girls tennis program
September 6, 2021
Whether it’s debating the views of world politicians or setting an example in her own life, Alexis Smith has a passion for leadership.

Read More...

Hunter Jurica plays a leadership role for the Derry golf team.
Derry junior hunting birdies, team success
Hunter Jurica stays true to his name all year.

Read More...

Sewickley Academy’s Ashley Close plays against Knoch’s Brooke Bauer during the girls 2020 WPIAL Class 2A team championships at Shady Side Academy.
Despite heavy turnover, expectations high for Sewickley girls tennis
September 5, 2021
In his 29th season at Sewickley Academy, Whitney Snyder went through one of the most challenging, bizarre years he’s experienced since establishing the Panthers’ girls tennis team as one of the premier programs in the district.

Read More...

Quaker Valley’s Eva Bulger putts on the 18th hole during the 2020 WPIAL Class 2A girls golf championship at Allegheny Country Club.
2-time defending WPIAL girls champ, Quaker Valley golf teammates have title aspirations
For Eva Bulger, family reunions are a who’s who of accomplished WPIAL athletes. And she may just end up being the most decorated of them all.

Read More...

North Hills’ Robert Dickerson prepares to play Plum on Sept. 3, 2021, at North Hills.
North Hills football easily dispatches Plum
September 3, 2021
Robert Dickerson stood outside of his locker room, popped a couple of Hot Tamales candies in his mouth and just kept on smiling.

Read More...

Sewickley Academy’s Joey Mucci putts on No. 10 during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA boys golf championship at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Sewickley boys golf striving to continue 8-year championship dynasty
August 29, 2021
It was a remarkable achievement when the Sewickley Academy boys golf team had a graduating class win a WPIAL title all four years it was in high school.

Read More...

The 2021 Quaker Valley girls tennis team.
Quaker Valley girls tennis looking to foster competitive mindset
Christi Hays looks back at 2020 and can’t believe some of the hoops her team had to jump through just to play.

Read More...

Harrisburg’s Nayquan Prather roughs up Pine-Richland Ethan Pillar during their game on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Wolvarena. Prather was ejected from the game.
Harrisburg rallies past Pine-Richland in coach Steve Campos’ debut
August 28, 2021
For four quarters, on a suffocatingly humid night, the new era at Pine-Richland sure looked pretty similar to the old.

Read More...

South Fayette’s Landon Lutz warms up before facing Montour Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
Quarterback’s breakout game powers South Fayette past Montour
August 27, 2021
For Landon Lutz, this was a long time coming.

Read More...

Cornell’s Sincere Kimbrough (5) works against EJ Dawson during practice on Aug. 17, 2021, in Coraopolis.
Cornell embraces positives from trying season
August 26, 2021
A mere glimpse at the standings could indicate that last season was a disappointing one for Ed Dawson and the Cornell Raiders.

Read More...

Union’s Jackson Clark catches a pass during practice on Aug. 4, 2021.
Union has big goals despite small roster
Union coach Stacy Robinson knows that football can be a numbers game. Right now, however, he just is not seeing the numbers he would like to see.

Read More...

Shenango’s Sam Patton works against CJ Miller during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Shenango.
After 2020 emergence, Shenango banking on experience
Jimmy Graham has watched his crop of seniors grow in a major way. And now it may be time for the harvest.

Read More...

Rochester head coach Gene Matsook works with his team during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Rochester.
Well-rounded roster has Rochester back on track
Gene Matsook did not waste much time righting the Rochester ship. And now the final destination is much more in focus.

Read More...

OLSH quarterback Neimiah Azeem hands off to Stephen Greer during practice on Aug. 3, 2021, in Clinton.
Defensive tune-up could get OLSH back in title mix
Very few coaches in the WPIAL have turned around their program like Dan Bradley has at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Read More...

Northgate’s Austin Mitchell works out during practice on Aug. 9, 2021, in Bellevue.
Northgate’s seniors look to end streak
When Northgate ran the final play of its 2020 season, coach Mike Fulmore looked at his sideline and had to be in near disbelief of what he saw.

Read More...

Blackhawk receiver Connor Joy catches a pass during practice on Aug. 16, 2021, in Chippewa.
Experience, new addition to bolster Blackhawk
August 23, 2021
The 2020 season was a humbling reminder of how important health and preparation are for high school football teams.

Read More...

Beaver head coach Cort Rowse talks with his team during practice on Aug. 19, 2021, in Beaver.
New coach wants to change direction at Beaver
Cort Rowse is certainly no stranger to the tradition of the Beaver football program.

Read More...

Bethel Park catcher Sandra Soltes tags out Pine-Richland’s Natalie Zentz during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at West Mifflin High School.
Bethel Park weathers early storm, drops Pine-Richland in Class 6A softball semifinals
May 26, 2021
Through the first three batters of the game, it appeared as if unbeaten Bethel Park was in for a rare test.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds, left, lays it in for the score over Thomas Jefferson’s Noah Pierce during their matchup Friday, Jan. 24 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Brayden Reynolds, Chartiers Valley slam Thomas Jefferson
January 24, 2020
Brayden Reynolds had never dunked in a game before.

Read More...

Mt. Lebanon head coach Bob Palko works with his team at the start of practice during the first day of football camp Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.
Mt. Lebanon flashes versatility in win over Upper St. Clair
October 4, 2019
Chalk up another one to coach Bob Palko’s trademark versatility.

Read More...

Upper St. Clair rallies in second half to pull away from Baldwin
September 6, 2019
Through one half, it looked as if Baldwin finally would end its nine-game losing streak to Upper St. Clair.

Read More...

Gateway running back Derrick Davis avoids Mt. Lebanon’s Sam Rolfsen on the way to a first-quarter touchdown Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at Antimarino Stadium at Gateway High School.
Davis, Venanzio power Gateway football team past Mt. Lebanon
August 24, 2019
Bob Palko’s debut as Mt. Lebanon’s coach quickly turned into the Derrick Davis show.

Read More...

Imani Christian Academy’s Sean McCaskill catches the ball when Jeannette hosted Imani, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.
Small roster Imani Christian hopes for happier ending
August 20, 2019
Imani Christian is faced with a steep task to begin 2019, but it is not necessarily something new.

Read More...

Clairton’s Dontae Sanders takes part in practice Aug. 6, 2019, at Clairton.
Typical high expectations fuel healthier Clairton
Clairton’s football players, to a man, know the anticipation of the fanbase.

Read More...

Beaver’s Joe Hammel works out during practice Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Beaver.
Despite losing key starters, Beaver looks to keep building
August 17, 2019
Following an adjustment period, Beaver football hopes it is more acclimated to Class 4A football.

Read More...

Ambridge head coach Don Phllips works with his team during practice Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Ambridge.
New Ambridge coach Phillips wants to boost interest, rebuild program
Don Phillips knew he was in for a challenge when he accepted the head coaching job at Ambridge. But that is what excites him.

Read More...

Blackhawk’s Ryan Giles works out during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Chippewa.
After turnaround season, Blackhawk wants more
What the Blackhawk football team was able to accomplish last season was remarkable. But now the Cougars are ready to take the next step.

Read More...

Yough pitcher Kierra Waywood throws during Yough’s 3-0 win over Frazier on May 8, 2019.
Waywood’s gem lifts Yough over Frazier in charity event
May 8, 2019
Kierra Waywood took the name of her team’s fundraiser to heart.

Read More...

Franklin Regional pitcher Angalee Beall pitches during the Panthers’ 6-4 win over Latrobe on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Franklin Regional tops shorthanded Latrobe in Section 1-5A finale
May 6, 2019
Franklin Regional breathed a sigh of relief as Latrobe’s “next-player-up” mindset came up just short.

Read More...

Sophomore pitcher Jordan Tallman throws against Connellsville during their game April 18, 2019, at Latrobe.
Connellsville knocks off No. 2 Latrobe; Tallman leaves with injury
April 18, 2019
Latrobe softball’s pitching depth has again been tested.

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