Author: Josh Rowntree


New coach with college ties looks to turn around North Hills girls program
December 3, 2022
Tony Grenek wants his new team to stand up to the bullies.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after being fouled while scoring against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals last season.
Royce Parham, North Hills boys out to take care of unfinished business
North Hills enters the new high school boys basketball season coming off one of the most successful years in program history.

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Strong defensive duo leading way for North Hills hockey
November 19, 2022
Cole Wanner is an avid golfer who looks for any opportunity he can to hit the links. But right now, he’s hoping that may not be for a while.

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Gateway defensive back Kenny Lewis tries to break up a pass intended for North Hills receiver Michael Hoskey on Sept. 9.
After up-and-down season, young talent ready to lead North Hills football into future
The overall record for the North Hills football team in 2022 comes nowhere close to telling its full story.

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Aquinas Academy’s Savannah Deschamps competes at the OCR world championships Sept. 22-25, 2022, in Vermont.
Aquinas Academy freshman overcomes all obstacles as Ninja competition champ
October 22, 2022
A lot of parents try to cast a large net when introducing their children to sports or other extracurricular activities at a young age.

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With experienced lineup, North Hills hockey team sets goals high
North Hills hockey went through a coaching change this season, but continuity is perhaps the team’s biggest asset.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri takes the field for warm-ups before facing Shaler on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
Another big game for Ryan Palmieri leads surging Pine-Richland past Shaler
October 14, 2022
Pine-Richland is hitting its stride at the perfect time. And Ryan Palmieri may be the biggest reason why.

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North Hills’ Jenna Dominek with a dig against Butler Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at North Hills High School.
North Hills volleyball wants to swing away in tough section
September 24, 2022
Matt White knew he was in for a challenge when he agreed to lead the North Hills girls volleyball program this season.

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North Hills quarterback John Green Jr. drops back to pass during the first half of the Indians’ 20-17 loss to Gateway on Sept. 9 at Martorelli Stadium in West View.
North Hills football maintains optimism despite early struggles
North Hills isn’t dismayed.

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips scampers for a first down during the first half of the Spartans’ 48-7 victory over Shaler on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Titan Stadium.
Jake Phillips’ 7 touchdowns lead Hempfield to romp of Shaler
September 16, 2022
Coming into Friday night’s game at Shaler, Hempfield knew it was knocking on history’s door.

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Avonworth’s Nate Harper warms up before playing Sto-Rox on Sept. 9, 2022, at Avonworth.
Avonworth overcomes early deficit to defeat Sto-Rox in wild game
September 9, 2022
Friday night at Lenzner Field was nothing if not a bit bizarre.

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Upper St. Clair sophomore quarterback Julian Dahlem warms up before playing North Hills on Friday at Martorelli Stadium.
Upper St. Clair makes short work of North Hills
September 2, 2022
North Hills coach Pat Carey knew his team was in for a challenge against a big, athletic and, perhaps most importantly, experienced Upper St. Clair team.

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Mars’ Mason Childress celebrates with Eric Kasperowicz after Kasperowicz’s touchdown run against Montour on Friday.
Mars surges past Montour as coach Eric Kasperowicz wins in return to sidelines
August 27, 2022
A year ago, coaches and players throughout Western Pennsylvania had a familiar refrain following their Week Zero contests. They got, as so many said, “back to normal.”

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
August 25, 2022
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Shenango quarterback Sam Patton works out on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at the high school.
Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Laurel quarterback Chase Tintsman works out on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at the high school.
Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Northgate running back Darius Fields goes through drills during practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 at Northgate High School.
With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Rochester’s Jerome Mullins works out on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Rochester.
Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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North Hills quarterback John Green throws a football at practice at Martorelli Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.
North Hills with plenty of ‘untold stories’ entering 2022
August 12, 2022
Coming off its best season since 2010, North Hills is ready to begin writing a fresh chapter. But, right now, the authors are a bit unknown.

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North Hills’ Sophia Roncone threw a complete game against Armstrong as North Hills won the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship.
North Hills pitcher Sophia Roncone picks up bat, becomes doubly dangerous
May 21, 2022
Sophia Roncone has been one of the most electric pitchers in WPIAL Class 5A softball for the last couple of years. This season, however, she gave opponents two reasons to worry about her.

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Led by emerging talents, North Hills boys lacrosse team on the rise
Just two years on the job and Alex Mueser is seeing some very enjoyable progress.

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Former Deer Lakes coach Jon Pedrosky is in his first season at North Hills.
North Hills baseball hoping bats heat up with weather
April 23, 2022
Jon Pedrosky didn’t have to look far for his newest job.

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North Hills’ Maria Chutko drives in two runs against Armstrong in the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
Early season trip gets title defense off to good start for North Hills softball
Forty-two years ago, Dolly Parton released the hit song “9 to 5.”

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North Hills’ Alex Smith scores over Fox Chapel’s Russell Fenton during the WPIAL Class 6A title game.
North Hills basketball pleased with breakout season
March 27, 2022
Buzz Gabos is happy with the year his North Hills boys basketball team had in 2021-22. But the finish stings.

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Fueled by playoff loss, expectations surging for Springdale softball
March 23, 2022
To say the Springdale softball program has turned things around would be an understatement.

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Recent Springdale grad set to turn around alma mater’s baseball program
If you’re at a Springdale baseball game this spring, don’t be surprised if it takes a minute to identify the team’s coach.

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St. Joseph’s Gia Richter steals the ball during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Jan. 19.
After postseason upset, St. Joseph girls eager to build
March 22, 2022
While St. Joseph’s girls basketball team didn’t achieve the ultimate WPIAL prize of a district basketball title, it did pull off the win of the postseason.

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Burrell’s Tucker Bitar drives to the basket against North Catholic.
Burrell boys coach encouraged by breakthrough season
March 21, 2022
Burrell boys basketball’s impressive turnaround has surprised a lot of people around the WPIAL.

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Plum’s Makenzie Lang was a first-team all-section honoree at first base last season. This season, she will pitch.
Plum softball has tools to get clear playoff hurdle
March 20, 2022
Plum’s softball team walked off the diamond last spring stunned.

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Plum’s Makenzie Lang was a first-team all-section honoree at first base last season. This season, she will pitch.
Plum softball has tools to get clear playoff hurdle
March 19, 2022
Plum’s softball team walked off the diamond last spring stunned.

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Plum’s Colin Solinski slides into second base during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Latrobe last season. The Mustangs enter the 2022 season as reigning Section 2-5A champs.
With new field complete, Plum baseball looks to defend section crown
There are some things at Plum that need to be broken in.

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Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano placed eighth in the boys 800-meter run at the TSTCA indoor championships.
Kiski track hopes to carry indoor performance into spring
March 8, 2022
After not having a winter indoor track season for two years, Tom Berzonsky was just happy his athletes had an outlet to compete.

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis gives instructions next to Ava Soilis during their game against Highlands on Feb. 7, 2022.
Freeport girls coach frustrated by up-and-down season
March 7, 2022
The exasperation in Fred Soilis’s voice is palpable.

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Apollo-Ridge went 4-18 under coach Greg Fox during a rebuilding season in 2021-22.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball hopes rebuild is quick
February 22, 2022
Greg Fox figured it might go like this.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay.
Before speeding off to Youngstown State, North Hills swimmer excited for WPIAL meet
February 19, 2022
As Maddie Mahoney learned, she also grew an appreciation for teaching.

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North Hills senior Robert Dickerson will compete at Robert Morris in 2022. His cousin, Robb Butler, is one of the all-time great Colonials.
Family, opportunity led North Hills speedster Dickerson to Robert Morris
After an explosive high school football career and a winding, challenging recruiting process, Robert Dickerson has found a home for the next four years. And he will have to drive only a few miles down the road to get there.

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Burrell gymnasts, from left, freshmen Rylie Porter and Sydney Lawson, qualified for the 2022 WPIAL individual gymnastics championships.
Despite tiny roster, young Burrell gymnasts representing school at WPIAL meet
February 10, 2022
Burrell doesn’t exactly have a gymnastics team. It’s actually just a duo.

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang plans to play at Allegheny next season.
Allegheny commit Ryan Lang having strong year for Knoch
February 8, 2022
Ryan Lang worked hard to transform his game, and now it has paid off.

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Springdale’s John Hughes (left) is averaging more than 16 points per game.
Sophomore John Hughes pacing young Springdale core
February 1, 2022
There’s a bit of an interesting bond forming at Springdale between the team’s new head coach and its top player.

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Valley off to 2-1 start as swimmers gain valuable experience
January 25, 2022
Kim Johnson has watched her team progress every day. And now the results are starting to show.

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Highlands’ Aidan Ochoa finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke in last year’s WPIAL championships.
With home pool closed, Highlands swimming performing at high level
There’s no place like home, as they say.

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Kiski Area’s Parker Sterlitz competes in the 200 medley relay during a meet against Plum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area swimming embracing ‘small but mighty’ mantra
January 24, 2022
Kiski Area swimming may not have a massive roster, but it does have massive ambitions.

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North Hills’ Jewel Thomas was a WPIAL qualifier in the 200 IM in 2021.
Experience with premier program guiding new North Hills swim coach
January 22, 2022
Nicole Loutsenhizer has been around swimming’s best for years. And now she is ready to carry over those experiences to the North Hills program.

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North Hills’ Devin Burgess heads upcourt after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Hills boys basketball staying focused despite impressive start
Buzz Gabos is cautiously optimistic.

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Freeport’s Lexi Schrecengost competes in the 100 breaststroke at the WPIAL swimming championship March 6 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Led by Schrecengost sisters, Freeport swimming aiming high
January 18, 2022
Nikki Heasley has a golden reason to be optimistic about her Freeport swimming team.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Reegan Brown competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the WPIAL championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
After strong 2021 finish, Mt. Pleasant swimming wants gold
January 11, 2022
Sandy Felice has high hopes for the Mt. Pleasant swimming team in 2022. And why shouldn’t she?

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Knoch’s Caden Traggiai competes for the 2021-22 swimming team.
Knoch, TikTok benefitting from Traggiai’s talents
January 10, 2022
With his athletic life revolving around shedding seconds off of a clock, it’s no surprise Caden Traggiai’s go-to social media platform is TikTok.

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Derry’s Chloe Buhite competes in the 200-yard medley at the WPIAL Class 2A championships at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Senior leadership key for Derry swimming
January 4, 2022
Derry coach Jeff Kelly hits his young swimmers with a dose of reality right off the bat.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls 200-yard medley at the WPIAL swimming championships on March 6 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Low numbers, big goals for Greensburg Salem swimming
January 3, 2022
At the start of each season, Greensburg Salem swimming coach Bill Salathe hands out papers to each of his swimmers, asking them to write down their goals for the upcoming year.

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Hempfield’s Hunter Cooper helped the 200-yard medley relay team place third in the WPIAL last season.
Led by 5 college recruits, Hempfield swimming optimistic
December 28, 2021
Hempfield’s swimmers, like so many across the state and country last season, had to deal with continual disruptions and unknowns due to covid-19.

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Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky competes in the WPIAL Class 3A diving championship Feb. 27 at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Larger roster providing hope to Latrobe swimming
December 27, 2021
Grey Arrigonie knows that depth matters.

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North Hills girls basketball coach Jim Dudas returns a young lineup for 2021-22.
Young North Hills girls team focused on development
December 5, 2021
Jim Dudas knows that building a winner is tough. Trying to do so while playing in an ultra-competitive section and, particularly, navigating covid-19, has made the journey more complex than he likely ever envisioned.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham scores over North Allegheny defenders during their game Jan. 26 at North Allegheny High School.
Led by Parham, North Hills boys in search of consistency
Atop Buzz Gabos’ wish list for the 2021-22 season is consistency.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson scored 12 touchdowns this season. He is one of 14 seniors on the team.
Mt. Pleasant looking to take next step after playoff win
November 30, 2021
Mt. Pleasant achieved a lot of its goals in the 2021 football season.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba lamented a season of injuries and illnesses.
After tough year, Apollo-Ridge focused on leadership, brotherhood
The deck was stacked against Apollo-Ridge quite a bit in 2021.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner stretches for yardage against Clairton on Oct. 16.
After heartbreaking finish, Thomas, GCC reflect on football season
November 29, 2021
A couple of weeks removed from an unthinkable, devastating end to the 2021 football season, Greensburg Central Catholic coach Marko Thomas has had some time to reflect on the heartbreak he and his team went through.

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Feigel embracing larger role for North Hills hockey
November 21, 2021
Alec Feigel is always looking for a good shot.

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Peters Township’s Jacob Macosko can’t catch North Hills’ Robert Dickerson as he scores a touchdown during a Class 5A playoff game Nov. 5.
North Hills football season defined by close games
The North Hills football team was able to welcome back full capacity crowds at Martorelli Stadium this fall. And they definitely gave the red-and-white-clad faithful their money’s worth.

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After 3rd season, Leechburg boys soccer trending up
November 9, 2021
Leechburg’s boys soccer team was nothing if not resilient in 2021.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts is a Robert Morris recruit and an All-WPIAL selection. The junior scored 26 goals this season.
Despite WPIAL quarterfinal exit, Yough girls soccer proud of season
November 8, 2021
Yough girls soccer fell short of their ultimate goal in 2021, but coach Dann Appolonia likes the makeup of his team going forward.

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Franklin Regional’s Jake Kimmich talks with Kiski Area’s Owen Zimmerman after their WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at Franklin Regional High School.
After historic season, Kiski Area boys soccer ready to reload
Sean Arnold had high hopes for his Kiski Area boys soccer team this year.

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Sto-Rox and Shady Side Academy players meet at midfield before their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Peters Township.
Sto-Rox beats Shady Side Academy, pushes way into WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals
November 5, 2021
After Friday’s game, Sto-Rox’s football players lined up in the end zone, got down and started doing push-ups.

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Deer Lakes volleyball perseveres through in-season coaching change
November 3, 2021
One word can be used to describe the Deer Lakes girls volleyball season: necessity.

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Sophomore Kaylee Doppelheuer (15) came on strong toward the end of the season for the Southmoreland girls volleyball team.
Southmoreland volleyball reflects on up-and-down season
Heather Meyer’s team showed it can compete with some of the best the WPIAL has to offer in Class 2A.

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Latrobe’s Lauren Sapp works out with her teammates during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe field hockey encouraged by strong playoff showing
November 2, 2021
A pair of inmates, a princess, a frat boy and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich were key components in the final Latrobe field hockey practice of 2021.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak ended his high school career with 99 goals.
Belle Vernon soccer optimistic about future
November 1, 2021
Belle Vernon boys soccer, like so many teams throughout high school sports in the region, continued to feel the impact of the pandemic in 2021, even as play returned to normal.

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Peters Township players huddle up before taking on South Fayette on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Peters Township drops South Fayette in battle for final Allegheny Six playoff spot
October 29, 2021
Rainbows are thought to be a sign of promise and of good things to come.

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Hempfield’s Raina Jones watches her chip shot on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf team championship on Oct. 13, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Hempfield girls golf team savors successful 1st season, plans encore
October 27, 2021
Like trying to fly a ball out of a deep bunker, Katie Miller Gee took a bit of a blind swing this year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Allison Tepper helped the golf team to a third-place finish at the WPIAL Class 2A tournament.
Mt. Pleasant girls golf team pleased but not satisfied with solid season
October 26, 2021
The last 14 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Ken Ivory.

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Ligonier Valley’s Tucker Klotz finishes second during the WCCA boys cross country championship Oct. 13.
Ligonier Valley cross country team battle tested heading into WPIAL meet
October 25, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s cross country season has been a battle. But that has undoubtedly left the Rams battle tested.

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Runners from Highlands, Burrell, Freeport and Apollo-Ridge compete during a cross country meet hosted by Highlands at Harrison Hills park in Natrona Heights on Sept. 14, 2021.
Highlands cross country team finds plenty of positives in up-and-down season
Rich Bogaty has been around competitive running for a long time.

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North Hills’ Noah Benscoter returns for his sophomore season.
North Hills hockey hopes last year’s strong finish carries over
October 23, 2021
North Hills hockey was able to close out last year’s regular season as strong as any team in the PIHL’s Class A. But now the program wants more following a crushing ending.

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Mt. Lebanon players line up to warm up before facing Seneca Valley on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Mt. Lebanon football team easily handles Seneca Valley
October 22, 2021
Mt. Lebanon just keeps on rolling its way through WPIAL Class 6A.

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Greensburg Salem’s Landon Morrison plays against Norwin on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Greensburg Salem hockey in search of ‘next step’
October 20, 2021
Corey Mentch would love nothing more than to continue on the path he and his alma mater are taking.

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Greater Latrobe’s J.D. Robinson takes a shot against Hempfield on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks to build on last season’s strong finish
October 19, 2021
Like many PIHL teams a year ago, Latrobe had to navigate the choppy waters of playing a season while covid-19 ran rampant through the area.

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Hempfield’s Aiden Dunlap takes a shot against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Hempfield hockey team looks to add finishing touches
October 18, 2021
Eric Grant knows all about a hard-working mentality. He learned it growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York.

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Deer Lakes’ Nate Litrun and goalkeeper Nick Braun celebrate as time expires in their 2-1 win over Shady Side Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fox Chapel.
Deer Lakes boys soccer wants to carry momentum after upset win
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team is preparing to defend its title and might just be hitting its stride at the right time.

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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.

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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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New coach with college ties looks to turn around North Hills girls program
December 3, 2022
Tony Grenek wants his new team to stand up to the bullies.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham celebrates after being fouled while scoring against North Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals last season.
Royce Parham, North Hills boys out to take care of unfinished business
North Hills enters the new high school boys basketball season coming off one of the most successful years in program history.

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Strong defensive duo leading way for North Hills hockey
November 19, 2022
Cole Wanner is an avid golfer who looks for any opportunity he can to hit the links. But right now, he’s hoping that may not be for a while.

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Gateway defensive back Kenny Lewis tries to break up a pass intended for North Hills receiver Michael Hoskey on Sept. 9.
After up-and-down season, young talent ready to lead North Hills football into future
The overall record for the North Hills football team in 2022 comes nowhere close to telling its full story.

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Aquinas Academy’s Savannah Deschamps competes at the OCR world championships Sept. 22-25, 2022, in Vermont.
Aquinas Academy freshman overcomes all obstacles as Ninja competition champ
October 22, 2022
A lot of parents try to cast a large net when introducing their children to sports or other extracurricular activities at a young age.

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With experienced lineup, North Hills hockey team sets goals high
North Hills hockey went through a coaching change this season, but continuity is perhaps the team’s biggest asset.

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Pine-Richland’s Ryan Palmieri takes the field for warm-ups before facing Shaler on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.
Another big game for Ryan Palmieri leads surging Pine-Richland past Shaler
October 14, 2022
Pine-Richland is hitting its stride at the perfect time. And Ryan Palmieri may be the biggest reason why.

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North Hills’ Jenna Dominek with a dig against Butler Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at North Hills High School.
North Hills volleyball wants to swing away in tough section
September 24, 2022
Matt White knew he was in for a challenge when he agreed to lead the North Hills girls volleyball program this season.

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North Hills quarterback John Green Jr. drops back to pass during the first half of the Indians’ 20-17 loss to Gateway on Sept. 9 at Martorelli Stadium in West View.
North Hills football maintains optimism despite early struggles
North Hills isn’t dismayed.

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Hempfield quarterback Jake Phillips scampers for a first down during the first half of the Spartans’ 48-7 victory over Shaler on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 at Titan Stadium.
Jake Phillips’ 7 touchdowns lead Hempfield to romp of Shaler
September 16, 2022
Coming into Friday night’s game at Shaler, Hempfield knew it was knocking on history’s door.

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Avonworth’s Nate Harper warms up before playing Sto-Rox on Sept. 9, 2022, at Avonworth.
Avonworth overcomes early deficit to defeat Sto-Rox in wild game
September 9, 2022
Friday night at Lenzner Field was nothing if not a bit bizarre.

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Upper St. Clair sophomore quarterback Julian Dahlem warms up before playing North Hills on Friday at Martorelli Stadium.
Upper St. Clair makes short work of North Hills
September 2, 2022
North Hills coach Pat Carey knew his team was in for a challenge against a big, athletic and, perhaps most importantly, experienced Upper St. Clair team.

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Mars’ Mason Childress celebrates with Eric Kasperowicz after Kasperowicz’s touchdown run against Montour on Friday.
Mars surges past Montour as coach Eric Kasperowicz wins in return to sidelines
August 27, 2022
A year ago, coaches and players throughout Western Pennsylvania had a familiar refrain following their Week Zero contests. They got, as so many said, “back to normal.”

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
August 25, 2022
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Shenango quarterback Sam Patton works out on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at the high school.
Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Laurel quarterback Chase Tintsman works out on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at the high school.
Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Northgate running back Darius Fields goes through drills during practice Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 at Northgate High School.
With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Rochester’s Jerome Mullins works out on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022, in Rochester.
Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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Despite roster losses, reloaded Laurel in good position to contend in Class A
Last fall, Brian Cooper watched as, week in and week out, his running back and quarterback sliced through opposing defenses.

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Despite playoff win, Shenango wants to shake off disappointing 2021
Coming off a 7-2 season in 2020, Shenango had high hopes this time last year. But reality failed to meet expectations and, despite a second straight season with a playoff victory, the Wildcats were left wanting more.

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Rochester ready to ‘kick the door down’ in 2022
Rochester has a message for its Class A opponents this year — tighten those hinges.

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With losing streak in rearview mirror, Northgate excited about progress
A year ago, Northgate entered the 2021 season carrying the weight of the WPIAL’s longest losing streak — 32 games played, 32 straight losses.

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North Hills quarterback John Green throws a football at practice at Martorelli Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.
North Hills with plenty of ‘untold stories’ entering 2022
August 12, 2022
Coming off its best season since 2010, North Hills is ready to begin writing a fresh chapter. But, right now, the authors are a bit unknown.

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North Hills’ Sophia Roncone threw a complete game against Armstrong as North Hills won the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A softball championship.
North Hills pitcher Sophia Roncone picks up bat, becomes doubly dangerous
May 21, 2022
Sophia Roncone has been one of the most electric pitchers in WPIAL Class 5A softball for the last couple of years. This season, however, she gave opponents two reasons to worry about her.

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Led by emerging talents, North Hills boys lacrosse team on the rise
Just two years on the job and Alex Mueser is seeing some very enjoyable progress.

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Former Deer Lakes coach Jon Pedrosky is in his first season at North Hills.
North Hills baseball hoping bats heat up with weather
April 23, 2022
Jon Pedrosky didn’t have to look far for his newest job.

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North Hills’ Maria Chutko drives in two runs against Armstrong in the 2021 WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
Early season trip gets title defense off to good start for North Hills softball
Forty-two years ago, Dolly Parton released the hit song “9 to 5.”

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North Hills’ Alex Smith scores over Fox Chapel’s Russell Fenton during the WPIAL Class 6A title game.
North Hills basketball pleased with breakout season
March 27, 2022
Buzz Gabos is happy with the year his North Hills boys basketball team had in 2021-22. But the finish stings.

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Fueled by playoff loss, expectations surging for Springdale softball
March 23, 2022
To say the Springdale softball program has turned things around would be an understatement.

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Recent Springdale grad set to turn around alma mater’s baseball program
If you’re at a Springdale baseball game this spring, don’t be surprised if it takes a minute to identify the team’s coach.

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St. Joseph’s Gia Richter steals the ball during a game against Apollo-Ridge on Jan. 19.
After postseason upset, St. Joseph girls eager to build
March 22, 2022
While St. Joseph’s girls basketball team didn’t achieve the ultimate WPIAL prize of a district basketball title, it did pull off the win of the postseason.

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Burrell’s Tucker Bitar drives to the basket against North Catholic.
Burrell boys coach encouraged by breakthrough season
March 21, 2022
Burrell boys basketball’s impressive turnaround has surprised a lot of people around the WPIAL.

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Plum’s Makenzie Lang was a first-team all-section honoree at first base last season. This season, she will pitch.
Plum softball has tools to get clear playoff hurdle
March 20, 2022
Plum’s softball team walked off the diamond last spring stunned.

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Plum’s Makenzie Lang was a first-team all-section honoree at first base last season. This season, she will pitch.
Plum softball has tools to get clear playoff hurdle
March 19, 2022
Plum’s softball team walked off the diamond last spring stunned.

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Plum’s Colin Solinski slides into second base during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Latrobe last season. The Mustangs enter the 2022 season as reigning Section 2-5A champs.
With new field complete, Plum baseball looks to defend section crown
There are some things at Plum that need to be broken in.

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Kiski Area’s Antonio Giordano placed eighth in the boys 800-meter run at the TSTCA indoor championships.
Kiski track hopes to carry indoor performance into spring
March 8, 2022
After not having a winter indoor track season for two years, Tom Berzonsky was just happy his athletes had an outlet to compete.

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis gives instructions next to Ava Soilis during their game against Highlands on Feb. 7, 2022.
Freeport girls coach frustrated by up-and-down season
March 7, 2022
The exasperation in Fred Soilis’s voice is palpable.

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Apollo-Ridge went 4-18 under coach Greg Fox during a rebuilding season in 2021-22.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball hopes rebuild is quick
February 22, 2022
Greg Fox figured it might go like this.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay.
Before speeding off to Youngstown State, North Hills swimmer excited for WPIAL meet
February 19, 2022
As Maddie Mahoney learned, she also grew an appreciation for teaching.

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North Hills senior Robert Dickerson will compete at Robert Morris in 2022. His cousin, Robb Butler, is one of the all-time great Colonials.
Family, opportunity led North Hills speedster Dickerson to Robert Morris
After an explosive high school football career and a winding, challenging recruiting process, Robert Dickerson has found a home for the next four years. And he will have to drive only a few miles down the road to get there.

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Burrell gymnasts, from left, freshmen Rylie Porter and Sydney Lawson, qualified for the 2022 WPIAL individual gymnastics championships.
Despite tiny roster, young Burrell gymnasts representing school at WPIAL meet
February 10, 2022
Burrell doesn’t exactly have a gymnastics team. It’s actually just a duo.

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Knoch’s Ryan Lang plans to play at Allegheny next season.
Allegheny commit Ryan Lang having strong year for Knoch
February 8, 2022
Ryan Lang worked hard to transform his game, and now it has paid off.

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Springdale’s John Hughes (left) is averaging more than 16 points per game.
Sophomore John Hughes pacing young Springdale core
February 1, 2022
There’s a bit of an interesting bond forming at Springdale between the team’s new head coach and its top player.

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Valley off to 2-1 start as swimmers gain valuable experience
January 25, 2022
Kim Johnson has watched her team progress every day. And now the results are starting to show.

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Highlands’ Aidan Ochoa finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke in last year’s WPIAL championships.
With home pool closed, Highlands swimming performing at high level
There’s no place like home, as they say.

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Kiski Area’s Parker Sterlitz competes in the 200 medley relay during a meet against Plum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at Kiski Area High School.
Kiski Area swimming embracing ‘small but mighty’ mantra
January 24, 2022
Kiski Area swimming may not have a massive roster, but it does have massive ambitions.

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North Hills’ Jewel Thomas was a WPIAL qualifier in the 200 IM in 2021.
Experience with premier program guiding new North Hills swim coach
January 22, 2022
Nicole Loutsenhizer has been around swimming’s best for years. And now she is ready to carry over those experiences to the North Hills program.

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North Hills boys basketball staying focused despite impressive start
Buzz Gabos is cautiously optimistic.

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January 18, 2022
Nikki Heasley has a golden reason to be optimistic about her Freeport swimming team.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Reegan Brown competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the WPIAL championship at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
After strong 2021 finish, Mt. Pleasant swimming wants gold
January 11, 2022
Sandy Felice has high hopes for the Mt. Pleasant swimming team in 2022. And why shouldn’t she?

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Knoch’s Caden Traggiai competes for the 2021-22 swimming team.
Knoch, TikTok benefitting from Traggiai’s talents
January 10, 2022
With his athletic life revolving around shedding seconds off of a clock, it’s no surprise Caden Traggiai’s go-to social media platform is TikTok.

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Derry’s Chloe Buhite competes in the 200-yard medley at the WPIAL Class 2A championships at Upper St. Clair High School on March 6, 2021.
Senior leadership key for Derry swimming
January 4, 2022
Derry coach Jeff Kelly hits his young swimmers with a dose of reality right off the bat.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls 200-yard medley at the WPIAL swimming championships on March 6 at Upper St. Clair High School.
Low numbers, big goals for Greensburg Salem swimming
January 3, 2022
At the start of each season, Greensburg Salem swimming coach Bill Salathe hands out papers to each of his swimmers, asking them to write down their goals for the upcoming year.

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Hempfield’s Hunter Cooper helped the 200-yard medley relay team place third in the WPIAL last season.
Led by 5 college recruits, Hempfield swimming optimistic
December 28, 2021
Hempfield’s swimmers, like so many across the state and country last season, had to deal with continual disruptions and unknowns due to covid-19.

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Latrobe’s Hannah Polosky competes in the WPIAL Class 3A diving championship Feb. 27 at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Larger roster providing hope to Latrobe swimming
December 27, 2021
Grey Arrigonie knows that depth matters.

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North Hills girls basketball coach Jim Dudas returns a young lineup for 2021-22.
Young North Hills girls team focused on development
December 5, 2021
Jim Dudas knows that building a winner is tough. Trying to do so while playing in an ultra-competitive section and, particularly, navigating covid-19, has made the journey more complex than he likely ever envisioned.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham scores over North Allegheny defenders during their game Jan. 26 at North Allegheny High School.
Led by Parham, North Hills boys in search of consistency
Atop Buzz Gabos’ wish list for the 2021-22 season is consistency.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Aaron Alakson scored 12 touchdowns this season. He is one of 14 seniors on the team.
Mt. Pleasant looking to take next step after playoff win
November 30, 2021
Mt. Pleasant achieved a lot of its goals in the 2021 football season.

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Apollo-Ridge coach John Skiba lamented a season of injuries and illnesses.
After tough year, Apollo-Ridge focused on leadership, brotherhood
The deck was stacked against Apollo-Ridge quite a bit in 2021.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Tyree Turner stretches for yardage against Clairton on Oct. 16.
After heartbreaking finish, Thomas, GCC reflect on football season
November 29, 2021
A couple of weeks removed from an unthinkable, devastating end to the 2021 football season, Greensburg Central Catholic coach Marko Thomas has had some time to reflect on the heartbreak he and his team went through.

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Feigel embracing larger role for North Hills hockey
November 21, 2021
Alec Feigel is always looking for a good shot.

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North Hills football season defined by close games
The North Hills football team was able to welcome back full capacity crowds at Martorelli Stadium this fall. And they definitely gave the red-and-white-clad faithful their money’s worth.

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After 3rd season, Leechburg boys soccer trending up
November 9, 2021
Leechburg’s boys soccer team was nothing if not resilient in 2021.

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Yough’s McKenzie Pritts is a Robert Morris recruit and an All-WPIAL selection. The junior scored 26 goals this season.
Despite WPIAL quarterfinal exit, Yough girls soccer proud of season
November 8, 2021
Yough girls soccer fell short of their ultimate goal in 2021, but coach Dann Appolonia likes the makeup of his team going forward.

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After historic season, Kiski Area boys soccer ready to reload
Sean Arnold had high hopes for his Kiski Area boys soccer team this year.

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Sto-Rox and Shady Side Academy players meet at midfield before their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Peters Township.
Sto-Rox beats Shady Side Academy, pushes way into WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals
November 5, 2021
After Friday’s game, Sto-Rox’s football players lined up in the end zone, got down and started doing push-ups.

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Deer Lakes volleyball perseveres through in-season coaching change
November 3, 2021
One word can be used to describe the Deer Lakes girls volleyball season: necessity.

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Sophomore Kaylee Doppelheuer (15) came on strong toward the end of the season for the Southmoreland girls volleyball team.
Southmoreland volleyball reflects on up-and-down season
Heather Meyer’s team showed it can compete with some of the best the WPIAL has to offer in Class 2A.

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Latrobe’s Lauren Sapp works out with her teammates during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe field hockey encouraged by strong playoff showing
November 2, 2021
A pair of inmates, a princess, a frat boy and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich were key components in the final Latrobe field hockey practice of 2021.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Sassak ended his high school career with 99 goals.
Belle Vernon soccer optimistic about future
November 1, 2021
Belle Vernon boys soccer, like so many teams throughout high school sports in the region, continued to feel the impact of the pandemic in 2021, even as play returned to normal.

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Peters Township players huddle up before taking on South Fayette on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Peters Township drops South Fayette in battle for final Allegheny Six playoff spot
October 29, 2021
Rainbows are thought to be a sign of promise and of good things to come.

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Hempfield’s Raina Jones watches her chip shot on Hole 18 during the WPIAL Class AAA girls golf team championship on Oct. 13, 2021, at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Hempfield girls golf team savors successful 1st season, plans encore
October 27, 2021
Like trying to fly a ball out of a deep bunker, Katie Miller Gee took a bit of a blind swing this year.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Allison Tepper helped the golf team to a third-place finish at the WPIAL Class 2A tournament.
Mt. Pleasant girls golf team pleased but not satisfied with solid season
October 26, 2021
The last 14 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Ken Ivory.

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Ligonier Valley’s Tucker Klotz finishes second during the WCCA boys cross country championship Oct. 13.
Ligonier Valley cross country team battle tested heading into WPIAL meet
October 25, 2021
Ligonier Valley’s cross country season has been a battle. But that has undoubtedly left the Rams battle tested.

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Runners from Highlands, Burrell, Freeport and Apollo-Ridge compete during a cross country meet hosted by Highlands at Harrison Hills park in Natrona Heights on Sept. 14, 2021.
Highlands cross country team finds plenty of positives in up-and-down season
Rich Bogaty has been around competitive running for a long time.

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North Hills’ Noah Benscoter returns for his sophomore season.
North Hills hockey hopes last year’s strong finish carries over
October 23, 2021
North Hills hockey was able to close out last year’s regular season as strong as any team in the PIHL’s Class A. But now the program wants more following a crushing ending.

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Mt. Lebanon players line up to warm up before facing Seneca Valley on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Mt. Lebanon football team easily handles Seneca Valley
October 22, 2021
Mt. Lebanon just keeps on rolling its way through WPIAL Class 6A.

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Greensburg Salem’s Landon Morrison plays against Norwin on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Greensburg Salem hockey in search of ‘next step’
October 20, 2021
Corey Mentch would love nothing more than to continue on the path he and his alma mater are taking.

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Greater Latrobe’s J.D. Robinson takes a shot against Hempfield on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks to build on last season’s strong finish
October 19, 2021
Like many PIHL teams a year ago, Latrobe had to navigate the choppy waters of playing a season while covid-19 ran rampant through the area.

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Hempfield’s Aiden Dunlap takes a shot against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Hempfield hockey team looks to add finishing touches
October 18, 2021
Eric Grant knows all about a hard-working mentality. He learned it growing up on a dairy farm in upstate New York.

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Deer Lakes’ Nate Litrun and goalkeeper Nick Braun celebrate as time expires in their 2-1 win over Shady Side Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Fox Chapel.
Deer Lakes boys soccer wants to carry momentum after upset win
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team is preparing to defend its title and might just be hitting its stride at the right time.

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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.

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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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