Author: Karen Kadilak


Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Belle Vernon state champ Ian Shahan to swim at Army
July 8, 2020
Wanting to be part of something bigger, Belle Vernon rising senior Ian Shahan committed to join the Army men’s swimming team for the 2021-22 season.

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Quaker Valley’s Sophie Besterman competes in the girls 100 backstroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley swimmer Sophie Besterman to join sister at Bloomsburg
June 29, 2020
After turning down an offer to play soccer, Quaker Valley graduate Sophie Besterman will join her sister Amelia on the Bloomsburg women’s swimming team.

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Quaker Valley’s Austin Dohl (left) and Mike Aspiotes celebrate with head coach Jerry Veshio after defeating Aliquippa, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Jerry Veshio’s ‘Moving Forward’ chronicles Quaker Valley’s run to WPIAL, PIAA titles
April 27, 2020
Former Quaker Valley football coach Jerry Veshio hopes a book he wrote will help readers relive the magical season in which he led the Quakers to WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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North Allegheny’s Christina Shi finished fifth and Maya Ennis took third at the PIAA Class AAA diving championships Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Led by veteran Maya Ennis, North Allegheny divers shine at PIAA meet
March 19, 2020
North Allegheny junior diver Maya Ennis shared the spotlight with freshmen Christina Shi and Zoe Ky for much of the season, but it was her turn to shine at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 14 at Bucknell.

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Members of Mt. Pleasant’s 400 free relay who will compete at the PIAA championships are, from left, Heather Gardner, SaraJo Gardner, Cally Hixson and Reegan Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Shahan lead area swimmers into PIAA meet
March 9, 2020
After repeating as WPIAL Class AA champion in two events, Belle Vernon junior swimmer Ian Shahan will be out to defend his PIAA titles this week at Bucknell.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championships Feb. 28 at Trees Pool.
Quaker Valley’s Huang seeking more hardware at PIAA meet
March 6, 2020
After earning two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to more awards at the PIAA meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell.

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North Allegheny swimmer Torie Buerger (center) with her brothers (back from left), Matthew, Zachary and Jonathan Buerger, and her parents, David and Sonya Buerger, at the 2019 PIAA championship meet at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swimmer Buerger winds down family tradition
March 5, 2020
An era will end when North Allegheny senior swimmer Torie Buerger is done competing in the PIAA Class AAA championship meet this week at Bucknell.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers SaraJo (left) and Heather Gardner are among top seeds at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet set for Feb. 27-28, 2020.
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Gardner chases more gold at WPIAL championship meet
February 26, 2020
For the third consecutive season, Mt. Pleasant senior swimmer Heather Gardner is heading toward two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Quaker Valley’s 200-yard freestyle relay team won at the Midwest Athletic Conference championship on Feb. 15, 2020. Top down, then to right are Halle Wagner, Sophie Besterman, Isabel Huang and Ella Fuener.
Quaker Valley’s Huang in position to defend WPIAL swimming titles
February 21, 2020
For the second consecutive season, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to topping the podium at the WPIAL Class AA championship Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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The 2019-20 Franklin Regional boys swim team.
Franklin Regional relay teams to battle for gold at WPIAL championships meet
Relays will be a strength for the Franklin Regional boys swimming and diving team at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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The senior members of the North Allegheny swim team are recognized during the 2019-20 season.
North Allegheny swimming dynasty ready to add to trophy case at WPIAL meet
The North Allegheny girls swimming team is looking forward to making history at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Norwin swimmer Jordan Kutchak poses with fellow gold medalist Ethan Tulenko at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet Jan. 25, 2020, at Derry.
‘Fun begins’ for Norwin swimmers as WPIAL championship looms
February 17, 2020
Norwin junior swimmer Jordan Kutchak worked hard in the offseason and is reaping the rewards.

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Penn-Trafford swimmer Corina Paszek will continue her career at Clarion.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Paszek eyes school record, PIAAs
February 14, 2020
Penn-Trafford senior swimmer Corina Paszek, who committed to compete for Clarion next season, will have a couple of incentives at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 27-28 at Pitt.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Kirkpatrick signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Tampa. She was joined by her parents in front, Denver and Michelle Kirkpatrick, and, in the back, her brother, Owen, and North Allegheny coach Chuck Kelley.
Sun, soccer draw NA’s Hannah Kirkpatrick to Tampa soccer program
February 13, 2020
The promise of warm weather year-round and close proximity to a beach persuaded North Allegheny senior Hannah Kirkpatrick to join the Tampa soccer team next season.

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Belle Vernon’s Delaney Patterson competes during the 2019-20 season.
Belle Vernon swimmer Delaney Patterson joins teammate Ian Shahan among WPIAL’s best
February 10, 2020
Belle Vernon has had some outstanding male swimmers in recent seasons, but a female also deserves a piece of the spotlight.

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North Allegheny swimmer Molly Smyers competes during the 2019-20 season.
North Allegheny’s Smyers motivated to find success at PIAA meet
February 6, 2020
North Allegheny junior swimmer Molly Smyers hopes to change a pattern that has seen her shine in the WPIAL Class AAA championships, then stumble at states.

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Derry divers, with diving coach Morgan Elrick, from left, Jakob Riggle, Alison Cowan and Cameron Washburn compete at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Jan. 24, 2020, at Derry.
Divers delivering for Derry
February 3, 2020
Diving is a strength again for Derry, and longtime swimming and diving coach Jeff Kelly said it is among the most cohesive groups he has overseen.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy poses with his coach, Trish Brownlee, after he won the boys 1-meter diving title Jan. 24, 2020, at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships.
Ligonier Valley diver Nick Roddy learns fast
February 2, 2020
After competing in gymnastics, Ligonier Valley sophomore Nick Roddy took up swimming, then diving, and has had success in both, especially diving.

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Central Catholic rower Colson Poillucci is a Navy recruit.
Central Catholic senior Poillucci will be ‘great asset’ to Navy rowing team
February 1, 2020
Central Catholic senior Colson Poillucci, who gave up football to row, is headed to one of the country’s top men’s lightweight rowing teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe competes in the WCCA diving championships Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Franklin Regional swimming, diving get mixed bag at WCCAs
January 31, 2020
The Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams had mixed outcomes at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships Jan. 24-25 at Derry.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex MacDonald competes at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship on Jan. 25, 2020.
Quaker Valley freshman MacDonald hits his stride at indoor rowing championship
Quaker Valley freshman Alex MacDonald is shining as a first-year rower.

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Quaker Valley swimmer Ella Fuener competes at a meet Jan. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley freshman Fuener makes splash in freestyle
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Ella Fuener is not super-competitive, coach Alexis Glenn said, but she’s still among the team’s best performers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Prokopec leaves WCCAs with record time
Penn-Trafford junior swimmer Austin Prokopec considered himself lucky to set a meet record in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko breaks meet record at WCCAs
Norwin senior swimmer Ethan Tulenko went into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25 expecting to set a meet record, and he did.

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny’s Mihm listed among nation’s top swimmers
January 30, 2020
North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm was recently named to a list of the country’s top 18-and-under male swimmers by USA Swimming.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant girls optimistic about WPIALs after winning county swim title
January 27, 2020
After winning its third straight county Class AA title, the Mt. Pleasant girls swimming team has high hopes for the WPIAL championship meet in late February at Pitt.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny poses atop the medal stand after winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the PIAA meet last season.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny named to list of country’s top under-18 swimmers
Upper St. Clair junior swimmer Josh Matheny is focused on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials after earning a top honor recently from USA Swimming.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner having breakthrough season
January 24, 2020
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner favors the breaststroke but found he is good at other strokes, too.

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The South Fayette girls swim team won the West Allegheny Christmas meet on Dec. 28, 2019.
South Fayette swim team makes best of canceled invitational
January 23, 2020
The South Fayette swimming and diving teams traveled to south-central Pennsylvania for the Big 8 Invitational meet Jan. 17, where they competed against only two schools, including one from their backyard.

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North Allegheny diver Christina Shi is a member of the 2019-20 team.
North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi already one of WPIAL’s elite divers
North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi is such an accomplished diver, Tiger diving coach Patti McClure forgets how young she is.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 meter butterfly on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 during their meet against Greensburg Salem at the Greensburg YMCA.
Several records on shaky ground at WCCA swim meet
At least three records seem destined to fall in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday at Derry.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls’ 100 butterfly against Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Greensburg YMCA.
Greensburg Salem girls swimmers have depth to stay afloat
January 20, 2020
The Greensburg Salem girls swimming team has faced the difficult task of replacing its top performer from last season, but depth has kept the Golden Lions afloat.

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Quaker Valley’s Halle Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Wagner leads youthful, talented Quaker Valley swimming team
January 18, 2020
On a Quaker Valley team with a lot of new members, junior swimmer Halle Wagner is a mainstay.

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North Allegheny junior Katie Oates competes at the Bucknell Invitational on Jan. 4, 2020.
Cross-state meets give North Allegheny swimming, diving teams chance to grow
January 16, 2020
North Allegheny swimming and diving traveled across the state for two meets with mixed results.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam (right) was selected for the 2020 PIHL all-star game.
North Allegheny hockey team loaded with PIHL all-stars
Six players who had North Allegheny hockey sitting atop the PIHL are among selections for the league’s Class AAA All-Star game Sunday at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

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Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee poses with 2020 WPIAL qualifiers Lauren Bisignani, Jordyn Miller and Clay McClintock.
Deaf Latrobe diving coach Brownlee teaching more than technique
January 12, 2020
Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee, who is deaf, said it can be challenging at times to communicate with her divers.

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Quaker Valley senior Daniel Ford is the defending WPIAL Class AA champion in the 1,600-meter run.
Quaker Valley runner Daniel Ford working toward WPIAL title defense
The WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championship meet is months away, but Quaker Valley senior Daniel Ford is taking steps to defend his title in the 1,600-meter run.

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Franklin Regional’s Eli Holm competes in the boys’ butterfly against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Franklin Regional Middle School.
Holm latest from Franklin Regional to choose Mount Union
When Franklin Regional senior Eli Holm committed to compete for Mount Union men’s swimming and diving next season, he continued a trend.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Burton signs a letter of intent to Princeton women’s track and field. With her, in front, are her parents, John and Carolyne Burton; and in back, North Allegheny coach John Neff, Casey’s brother, J.R. Burton, and assistant coach David Interthal.
North Allegheny track star Casey Burton picks Princeton
January 10, 2020
North Allegheny senior Casey Burton has proven herself as a long jumper, but she is expected to shine in another area, too, for the Princeton women’s track and field team.

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The 2019-20 Latrobe swim team.
Latrobe swimming has one of its largest boys teams in years
January 6, 2020
Latrobe boys swimming and diving is off to a perfect start with one of its largest teams in recent seasons.

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Quaker Valley freshman Emma Smith competed at the West Allegheny Christmas meet on Dec. 28. At left is QV coach Alexis Glenn.
Quaker Valley freshman swims individually at holiday meet
January 4, 2020
Quaker Valley freshman Emma Smith is a dedicated swimmer who has drive, coach Alexis Glenn said.

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South Fayette swimmer Abbie Duncan competes at the West Allegheny Christmas meet Dec. 28, 2019.
South Fayette senior Duncan signs with Ohio swim team
January 2, 2020
South Fayette senior Abbie Duncan signed a letter of intent to compete for the Ohio women’s swimming team next season.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Fox Chapel tennis star Charlotte James headed to Davidson
December 27, 2019
Fox Chapel senior Charlotte James is going south to continue her tennis career.

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North Allegheny junior Nico Butera has committed to Wisconsin men’s swimming.
North Allegheny’s Nico Butera to swim at Wisconsin
December 26, 2019
Nico Butera, a North Allegheny junior who competes for a USA Swimming club, committed to the Wisconsin men’s team for the 2021-22 season.

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North Allegheny’s returning boys swimmers include, from left, Alex Grahor, Josh Galecki, Rick Mihm, Ethan Song and Branko Kosanovich.
North Allegheny swimming, diving teams off to fast start as they look to defend titles
The North Allegheny swimming and diving teams are favored to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champions and, for the first time, could earn PIAA titles in the same season.

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Quaker Valley senior Annie Wicker signs her letter of intent to William & Mary for track. She was joined by her parents, Doug and Carolyn Wicker.
Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker to run for William & Mary
December 20, 2019
A lead from a Quaker Valley alum convinced senior Annie Wicker to sign a letter of intent to compete for the William &Mary women’s cross country and track and field teams next season.

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Penn-Trafford boys swimmers, from left, Luke Babik, Ben Yant, Nicholas Graziano and Austin Prokopec show off their record board during the 2018-19 season. Babik is the only member of the relay who graduated. The others return for the 2019-20 season.
Penn-Trafford swim teams working to refill talent pool
The Penn-Trafford swimming and diving teams are rebuilding but remain optimistic.

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Norwin’s Matt Federovich will run track at Bucknell.
Norwin’s Federovich commits to Bucknell for track and field
It was a tough decision, but Norwin senior Matt Federovich committed to the Bucknell men’s track and field team next season.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Lindgren signs a letter of intent to Delaware for cross country. She was joined by her parents Kirsten and Bryan (seated) and (in back) North Allegheny coach John Neff.
North Allegheny runner Hannah Lindgren headed to Delaware
North Allegheny senior Hannah Lindgren has signed a letter of intent with Delaware to continue her running career.

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Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch signs a letter of intent to Temple for track and field and cross country. With him are Fox Chapel coaches Tom Moul, Matthew LaPatka and Pete Shiner.
Fox Chapel runner Fitch signs with Temple
Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch is the most decorated American runner to come down the pike — literally and figuratively — for the Temple men’s cross country team since James Snyder became coach in 2013.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson competes at the 2019 Footlocker Finals on Dec. 14, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.
Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson takes 3rd at national 5K final
December 15, 2019
Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson came up short in his bid for a title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday at San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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The 2019-20 Quaker Valley swim team
Quaker Valley swim team has title aspirations
Bolstered by some new athletes, the Quaker Valley girls swimming team expects to be a serious contender for its first WPIAL title.

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Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Schonbachler returns for the 2019-20 swim season.
Young Pine-Richland swimmers showing potential
The Pine-Richland boys swimming team looks forward to improving after finishing at the bottom in the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet last season.

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The Norwin swim team opens Section 1-AAA action in January.
Norwin swimmers encouraged by fast start
Thanks to a new workout regimen, the Norwin swimming teams are off to encouraging starts.

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Quaker Valley soccer players, from left, Arabella Grant, Sophie Besterman, Fiona Benge, Sydney Persuit and Haley Steffey pose before a game during the 2019 season.
Quaker Valley’s Besterman returns to swim team
December 7, 2019
Thinking about her future, Quaker Valley senior Sophie Besterman returned to the girls swimming team after playing basketball last season.

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The 2019 Plum swim team.
Plum swim teams adopt different approaches at start of season
The Plum swimming teams go into the season Dec. 9 at home against Penn-Trafford from opposite directions.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Norwin swim team welcomes back PIAA qualifier Ethan Tulenko
After sitting out last season to compete for his USA Swimming club, Norwin senior Ethan Tulenko has returned to the Knights.

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The 2019-20 Franklin Regional swim team.
Franklin Regional swim teams eye section championships
The Franklin Regional boys and girls swimming teams expect to be in the hunt for Section 3-AAA titles.

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Zoe Skirboll with her father, Jim Skirboll, at the 2019 USA Swimming Girls National Select Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll swims at U.S. national team camp
Fox Chapel sophomore Zoe Skirboll was one of 48 swimmers from across the country invited to participate in USA Swimming’s Girls National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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Mt. Pleasant junior Heather Gardner emerges from the water as she competes in the girls 100 breaststroke during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Record-breaking Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner commits to Liberty
November 23, 2019
Mt. Pleasant senior Heather Gardner is a year away from competing for the Liberty women’s swimming team, but already her times would rank her among top performers in its conference, Flames coach Jake Shellenberger said.

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North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm, with parents Kathleen and Rick Mihm, signs a national letter of intent to swim at Stanford.
North Allegheny swimmers make NCAA Division I commitments
November 22, 2019
North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm has signed a letter of intent to compete for the nationally ranked Stanford men’s swimming team next season.

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Members of the North Allegheny girls cross country team competed at the PIAA championship meet Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
North Allegheny runners honored for performances
November 14, 2019
After earning recognition as one of the top cross country performers in the state, North Allegheny senior Dan McGoey will continue his career with North Carolina State next season.

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Quaker Valley’s Anna Cohen, Daniel Ford and Annie Wicker competed at the PIAA cross country championship meet Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
Sewickley-area runners excel at PIAA cross country championships
November 8, 2019
Three Sewickley-area runners earned medals at the PIAA cross country championships Nov. 2 in Hershey.

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Members of the 2019 Eden Christian boys cross country team include, from left, coach Rachel Martin, Noah Reaoch, AJ Wagstaff, Eric Gronbeck, Wes Rodu, Ian Bilger, Sean Aiken, Brandon Gunzburg, David Kettel, Collin Hicks and coach Kelly Gronbeck.
Big finish for Eden Christian boys cross country team at WPIALs
November 1, 2019
Eden Christian Academy cross country coach Kelly Gronbeck screamed herself hoarse watching three of her runners finish in the top 20 in the WPIAL Class A boys cross country championship meet Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Quaker Valley runners Annie Wicker and Anna Cohen placed in the top three Oct. 9, 2019, at the Midwestern Athletic Conference cross country championship meet.
Quaker Valley’s Wicker, Cohen shine at MAC cross country championships
October 11, 2019
Quaker Valley girls cross country did not have enough runners for a team, but still packed a powerful punch in the Midwestern Athletic Conference championship meet Oct. 9 at Beaver County’s Brush Creek Park.

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The North Allegheny girls cross country team finished first at the PIAA Foundation Invitational meet on Sept. 21, 2019, in Hershey.
North Allegheny cross country teams to test course at Tri-State championships
After passing one test with flying colors, the North Allegheny girls cross country team will face another in the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championship meet Thursday at Cal (Pa.).

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Franklin Regional’s Hannah Yan competed at the WPIAL tournament after winning the Section 1-AAA singles title.
Postseason success makes Franklin Regional tennis player eager for more
September 27, 2019
Franklin Regional junior girls tennis player Hannah Yan already is looking forward to next season after a successful run recently.

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North Allegheny’s Nora Catanzarite returns serve during a section doubles match Sept. 25, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny’s Catanzarite hopes to deliver for tennis team
September 26, 2019
Like her older sister, North Allegheny freshman girls tennis player Nora Catanzarite leads the Tigers.

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The 2019 Penn-Trafford girls golf team.
Penn-Trafford girls golfers set sights on section repeat
September 13, 2019
Despite losing three starters, the Penn-Trafford girls golf team is off to a strong start.

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Gateway swimmer Olivia Livingston was named to the 2018-19 USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team.
More All-America honors for Gateway swimmer Livingston
Gateway senior Olivia Livingston is determined to do as well in the classroom as the pool, and it has paid off with a national swimming award.

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Members of the 2019 Sewickley Academy golf team are, from left, Kylie Smith, Haley Nocito, Joey Mucci, Jack Gordon, Navin Rana, Zoey Luther, J.F. Aber, Tim Fitzgerald, Will Dugan, Chris Martian, Thomas Sykes and coach Win Palmer.
Sewickley Academy girls golfers join the boys team
After a successful two-year playoff run, Sewickley Academy girls golf has been blended with the boys team.

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Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny qualified for the U.S. national team.
Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny makes U.S. national team in breaststroke
September 9, 2019
Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny has soared to the top of the national swimming ranks on the heels of an impressive international performance.

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Sewickley Academy’s Simran Bedi returns during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
                                Sewickley Academy’s Simran Bedi is among the team’s returners this season.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis in position to repeat; Quaker Valley rebuilding
September 6, 2019
With most of its players back, the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team is optimistic about repeating as WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champions.

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South Fayette senior Hailey Poe competed this summer at the International Triathlon Union Age Group Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Triathlon experience invaluable to South Fayette 3-sport athlete Hailey Poe
September 5, 2019
South Fayette senior Hailey Poe expects to be a better high school athlete after competing on an international stage this summer.

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Franklin Regional’s Jenny Xu (left) and Ava Kruck return to the girls tennis team for the 2019 season.
Winning reputation to uphold for Franklin Regional girls tennis
August 30, 2019
The Franklin Regional girls tennis team is planning a return to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, but the Panthers have work to do, even with a large team.

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Upper St. Clair swimmer Joshua Matheny poses with a medal Aug. 19-24, 2019, at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
After world juniors, Upper St. Clair’s Matheny to compete at U.S. Olympic swimming trials
August 29, 2019
Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny is shifting his focus to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials after taking his place recently among the world’s best under-18 swimmers.

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Boot camp helps Gateway tennis team prepare for season
August 23, 2019
Members of the Gateway girls tennis team are not in the military, but sure felt like that recently.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ruby Chen returns for the 2019 season.
Improving Penn-Trafford girls tennis eyes WPIAL playoff berth
After coming close last season, the Penn-Trafford girls tennis team is hoping to make the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Norwin girls tennis co-captain Ashley Pesarsick returns for the 2019 season.
Norwin girls tennis eager for extended postseason run
The Norwin girls tennis team looks forward to a longer run in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs after early exits the past two seasons.

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Greensburg Salem’s Kasey Storkel made the WPIAL quarterfinals last season.
Reigning section champ Storkel serves notice for Greensburg Salem tennis
August 18, 2019
Greensburg Salem senior girls tennis player Kasey Storkel will have a shiny new serve when the Golden Lions open the season Monday, one she hopes will lift her to the top of the WPIAL.

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Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny poses with his bronze medal at the 2019 national swimming championship meet. He will compete at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary on August 20-25
Upper St. Clair’s Matheny to swim at World Junior Championships
August 9, 2019
Upper St. Clair rising junior Joshua Matheny will be among the world’s best under-18 swimmers at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 20-25.

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Shady Side Academy lacrosse player Jack Naughton is a Holy Cross recruit.
Shady Side Academy’s Naughton commits to Holy Cross
July 12, 2019
Shady Side Academy rising senior boys lacrosse player Jack Naughton recently committed to Holy Cross but is not taking it for granted.

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Quaker Valley’s Katherine Blaugrund scored 75 goals and added 23 assists and became the program’s all-time scoring leader. She hopes to play club lacrosse at Virginia.
Quaker Valley’s Blaugrund earns U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors
July 5, 2019
Quaker Valley departing senior Katherine Blaugrund put in hours to lacrosse, and she has been rewarded.

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Shady Side Academy’s Emmie Lau was named a North US Lacrosse High School All-American.
Shady Side Academy’s Lau, O’Connor earn lacrosse All-American honors
Shady Side Academy departing senior lacrosse player Emmie Lau topped a historic season with an impressive honor.

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Penn-Trafford diver Logan Sherwin is a Chicago recruit.
Penn-Trafford divers honored by national coaches association
June 21, 2019
Penn-Trafford departing senior divers Paige Kalik and Logan Sherwin capped their high school careers with prestigious honors.

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Sewickley product and Yale fifth-year rower Lucas Peilert
Peilert caps solid rowing career at Yale
June 14, 2019
Sewickley product and Yale fifth-year rower Lucas Peilert ended his college career on a positive note.

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Moon’s Sofia Mancini is competing with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens.
Moon’s Mancini relishes opportunity with USA Rugby All-American Sevens
June 4, 2019
Moon junior Sofia Mancini underwent a positive transformation during her first tour with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens U18 team.

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The WPIAL runner-up Quaker Valley boys tennis team includes, in front, from left, Will Sirianni, coach Christi Hays, Potter Oliver, Mike Sirianni; in back, Zach Albert, Thomas Pangburn, John Watters, Andres Hubsch.
Quaker Valley boys tennis caps special season in state tournament
May 31, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys tennis team had a stellar season, although it did not end the way it hoped.

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Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker competes in the AAA girls 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
QV’s Daniel Ford leads Sewickley-area athletes into PIAA track and field championships
May 24, 2019
Quaker Valley junior Daniel Ford had a spring in his step after the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship May 16 at Slippery Rock.

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Nella Tsudis is Sewickley Academy’s only seeded individual at the 2019 WPIAL track championships.
Quaker Valley runner Annie Wicker among WPIAL favorites in distance events
May 10, 2019
Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker is among favorites in the girls 3,200-meter run at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship meet Thursday at Slippery Rock.

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Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle Huczko and Shelby Cooper are among top seeds in the girls pole vault at the WPIAL championships.
Pole vaulter Huczko leads Franklin Regional track and field athletes into WPIALs
In her first season of track and field, Franklin Regional junior Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko is a favorite at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday at Slippery Rock.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Lagnese competes during the 2019 season.
Dom Lagnese sets Quaker Valley discus record
May 3, 2019
Quaker Valley senior Dom Lagnese set a school record in the discus and, in the process, established himself as a favorite at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship meet May 16.

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Four Quaker Valley tennis players competed in the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament April 30, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club. From left to right are silver medalists Will Sirianni and Potter Oliver and gold medalists Zach Albert and John Watters.
Quaker Valley tennis to be well-represented at PIAA doubles tournament
Quaker Valley juniors and longtime tennis partners Zach Albert and John Watters look forward to their first appearance in the PIAA Class AA boys doubles tournament May 24-25 in Hershey.

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Sewickley Academy’s Victoria Keller (9) competes during a girls lacrosse match in 2019.
Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team looks to take final step
April 19, 2019
After coming close last season, the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team (6-1, 4-0 in Section 2-AAA) looks forward to its first WPIAL title.

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Franklin Regional’s Anup Nadesan returns serve against Gateway March 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional’s Nadesan gears up for tennis test at WPIALs
April 14, 2019
Franklin Regional sophomore Anup Nadesan breezed through the section but will have his work cut out for him at the WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis singles championship tournament starting Monday at the Oxford Athletic Club in Pine.

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The 2019 Quaker Valley boys tennis team is off to a 6-1 start. The team includes, in front, from left, Ryan Edwards, Will Sirianni, Potter Oliver, John Watters, Jack Bresch, Matt Kubinski, Mike Sirianni; and in back, Trent Kozar, Andres Hubsch, Ryan Jackovic, Bodhi Wilson, Thomas Pangburn and Zach Albert.
Quaker Valley tennis wants to snap title drought, while Sewickley Academy adjusts to Class AAA
April 5, 2019
After dominating WPIAL Class AA for years, the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team (4-1, 4-0 in Section 2-AAA) is playing up in Class AAA.

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Newcomer Lee buoys Penn-Trafford boys tennis squad
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team (4-1 in Section 1-AAA) lost its top player but has an able replacement.

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Plum senior Justin Decheck won a Pennsylvania YMCA state swimming title March 22-24 at Penn State.
Plum’s Decheck leads Sampson Family YMCA charge at state meet
Plum senior Justin Decheck keeps every one of the commemorative patches he has earned at the Pennsylvania YMCA State Swimming Championship meet.

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Norwin’s Grant Snyder competes against Gateway March 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Norwin boys tennis team undertakes complete rebuild
The Norwin boys tennis team (2-4 in Section 1-AAA) faces a massive rebuilding job.

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Quaker Valley track teams boast returning pedigree
March 29, 2019
Trios of veterans lead the Quaker Valley track teams.

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North Allegheny’s Jerry Chen is a Pitt swimming recruit.
North Allegheny’s Chen selects Pitt to continue swimming career
Great opportunities in and out of the pool persuaded North Allegheny senior Jerry Chen to continue his swimming career with Pitt next season.

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Franklin Regional’s Shrey Ramesh competes against Gateway March 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional boys tennis young and experienced at same time
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team (4-0) is counting on a rare mixture to take it on a long playoff run.

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North Allegheny’s boys swim team celebrates after winnning a third straight state championship March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swim team revels in PIAA 3-peat
March 21, 2019
The North Allegheny boys swimming team got the three-peat at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 15-16 at Bucknell with some new faces.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo pumps up his teammates prior to the start of the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Hempfield swimmer Mayo sets sights on PIAA success
March 12, 2019
Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo is among favorites in the boys 50-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell, but also might shine in another event.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis in the boys’ 100 yard breaststroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon pair among top seeds at PIAA swim championships
March 11, 2019
Four Westmoreland County swimmers are among individual favorites at the PIAA Class AA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell.

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Quaker Valley freshman Isabel Huang competes in the 100 backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA championships at the Pitt’s Trees Pool. She won the event in 58.13 seconds.
Quaker Valley freshman Huang makes big splash at WPIAL championships
March 8, 2019
Quaker Valley swimming coach Alexis Glenn knew from the beginning of the season she had an amazing swimmer in Isabel Huang.

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Penn Trafford sophomore Austin Prokopec competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Relays, divers lead Penn-Trafford into PIAA championship meet
Despite their small size, the Penn-Trafford boys and girls swimming teams will be well represented at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Norwin senior Courtney Kosanovic competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Class AAA meet.
Young Norwin freestylers set school record at WPIAL championships
The Norwin girls swimming team earned no medals at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt, but it probably is just a matter of time before the Knights do.

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Moon rugby player Isabella Sinatra will be traveling to Ireland to play.
Sinatra to represent Moon rugby team in Ireland
March 5, 2019
Moon rugby player Isabella Sinatra will be getting a taste of international competition.

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North Allegheny’s 200 medley relay unit won the title at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The group included, from left, Jack Wright, Jerry Chen, Rick Mihm and Branko Kosanovich.
North Allegheny boys chasing 3rd straight PIAA swimming championship
Led by four top seeds, the North Allegheny boys swimming team is a serious contender for its third consecutive PIAA Class AAA title March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel rower Sam Gilmore poses with coaches Stephanie Meinert and Molly Schneider at the Erg in the ‘Burgh Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 23, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel rower Gilmore claims title at Erg in the ‘Burgh indoor championships
March 4, 2019
Fox Chapel rower Samuel Gilmore worked hard over the winter, and it paid off at the Erg in the ‘Burgh Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny.

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Penn-Trafford’s diving team was well-represented at the WPIAL championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny. From left are senior Logan Sherwin, Penn-Trafford diving coach Mark Martini, senior Paige Kalik and sophomore Xander Lentz.
Penn-Trafford diver Kalik making familiar trek to PIAA championships
March 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford senior Paige Kalik is headed to the PIAA Class AAA girls diving championship March 15 at Bucknell for the third consecutive season, and this time she will have company.

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Franklin Regional’s Mason Fishell (second from right) placed fifth at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.
Franklin Regional’s Fishell grabs final PIAA diving spot
Franklin Regional senior Mason Fishell hopes to do better at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championship meet March 16 at Bucknell than he did the last time.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competed at the MAC championships Feb. 9, 2019, at Moon.
Quaker Valley swimmers, divers prepare for WPIAL championships
February 14, 2019
Quaker Valley’s Simon Iwanonkiw will be among favorites at the WPIAL Class AA diving championship Friday at South Park, giving the Quakers (3-6 overall, 3-4 in Section 2-AA) a much-needed lift going into the WPIAL swimming championship next week at Pitt.

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley softball have different goals
April 2, 2018
The Sewickley Academy softball team looks forward to a longer playoff run with more pop from its bats. Nearly everyone returned from a squad that

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys 100 butterfly during the 2020 AA WPIAL Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.
Belle Vernon state champ Ian Shahan to swim at Army
July 8, 2020
Wanting to be part of something bigger, Belle Vernon rising senior Ian Shahan committed to join the Army men’s swimming team for the 2021-22 season.

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Quaker Valley’s Sophie Besterman competes in the girls 100 backstroke during the 2020 WPIAL Class AA Swimming and Diving Championship at Trees Pool on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley swimmer Sophie Besterman to join sister at Bloomsburg
June 29, 2020
After turning down an offer to play soccer, Quaker Valley graduate Sophie Besterman will join her sister Amelia on the Bloomsburg women’s swimming team.

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Quaker Valley’s Austin Dohl (left) and Mike Aspiotes celebrate with head coach Jerry Veshio after defeating Aliquippa, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Jerry Veshio’s ‘Moving Forward’ chronicles Quaker Valley’s run to WPIAL, PIAA titles
April 27, 2020
Former Quaker Valley football coach Jerry Veshio hopes a book he wrote will help readers relive the magical season in which he led the Quakers to WPIAL and PIAA titles.

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North Allegheny’s Christina Shi finished fifth and Maya Ennis took third at the PIAA Class AAA diving championships Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Led by veteran Maya Ennis, North Allegheny divers shine at PIAA meet
March 19, 2020
North Allegheny junior diver Maya Ennis shared the spotlight with freshmen Christina Shi and Zoe Ky for much of the season, but it was her turn to shine at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 14 at Bucknell.

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Members of Mt. Pleasant’s 400 free relay who will compete at the PIAA championships are, from left, Heather Gardner, SaraJo Gardner, Cally Hixson and Reegan Brown.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Shahan lead area swimmers into PIAA meet
March 9, 2020
After repeating as WPIAL Class AA champion in two events, Belle Vernon junior swimmer Ian Shahan will be out to defend his PIAA titles this week at Bucknell.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA swimming and diving championships Feb. 28 at Trees Pool.
Quaker Valley’s Huang seeking more hardware at PIAA meet
March 6, 2020
After earning two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to more awards at the PIAA meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell.

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North Allegheny swimmer Torie Buerger (center) with her brothers (back from left), Matthew, Zachary and Jonathan Buerger, and her parents, David and Sonya Buerger, at the 2019 PIAA championship meet at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swimmer Buerger winds down family tradition
March 5, 2020
An era will end when North Allegheny senior swimmer Torie Buerger is done competing in the PIAA Class AAA championship meet this week at Bucknell.

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Mt. Pleasant swimmers SaraJo (left) and Heather Gardner are among top seeds at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet set for Feb. 27-28, 2020.
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Gardner chases more gold at WPIAL championship meet
February 26, 2020
For the third consecutive season, Mt. Pleasant senior swimmer Heather Gardner is heading toward two gold medals at the WPIAL Class AA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Quaker Valley’s 200-yard freestyle relay team won at the Midwest Athletic Conference championship on Feb. 15, 2020. Top down, then to right are Halle Wagner, Sophie Besterman, Isabel Huang and Ella Fuener.
Quaker Valley’s Huang in position to defend WPIAL swimming titles
February 21, 2020
For the second consecutive season, Quaker Valley sophomore swimmer Isabel Huang looks forward to topping the podium at the WPIAL Class AA championship Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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The 2019-20 Franklin Regional boys swim team.
Franklin Regional relay teams to battle for gold at WPIAL championships meet
Relays will be a strength for the Franklin Regional boys swimming and diving team at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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The senior members of the North Allegheny swim team are recognized during the 2019-20 season.
North Allegheny swimming dynasty ready to add to trophy case at WPIAL meet
The North Allegheny girls swimming team is looking forward to making history at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday and Friday at Pitt.

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Norwin swimmer Jordan Kutchak poses with fellow gold medalist Ethan Tulenko at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association meet Jan. 25, 2020, at Derry.
‘Fun begins’ for Norwin swimmers as WPIAL championship looms
February 17, 2020
Norwin junior swimmer Jordan Kutchak worked hard in the offseason and is reaping the rewards.

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Penn-Trafford swimmer Corina Paszek will continue her career at Clarion.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Paszek eyes school record, PIAAs
February 14, 2020
Penn-Trafford senior swimmer Corina Paszek, who committed to compete for Clarion next season, will have a couple of incentives at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 27-28 at Pitt.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Kirkpatrick signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Tampa. She was joined by her parents in front, Denver and Michelle Kirkpatrick, and, in the back, her brother, Owen, and North Allegheny coach Chuck Kelley.
Sun, soccer draw NA’s Hannah Kirkpatrick to Tampa soccer program
February 13, 2020
The promise of warm weather year-round and close proximity to a beach persuaded North Allegheny senior Hannah Kirkpatrick to join the Tampa soccer team next season.

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Belle Vernon’s Delaney Patterson competes during the 2019-20 season.
Belle Vernon swimmer Delaney Patterson joins teammate Ian Shahan among WPIAL’s best
February 10, 2020
Belle Vernon has had some outstanding male swimmers in recent seasons, but a female also deserves a piece of the spotlight.

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North Allegheny swimmer Molly Smyers competes during the 2019-20 season.
North Allegheny’s Smyers motivated to find success at PIAA meet
February 6, 2020
North Allegheny junior swimmer Molly Smyers hopes to change a pattern that has seen her shine in the WPIAL Class AAA championships, then stumble at states.

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Derry divers, with diving coach Morgan Elrick, from left, Jakob Riggle, Alison Cowan and Cameron Washburn compete at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Jan. 24, 2020, at Derry.
Divers delivering for Derry
February 3, 2020
Diving is a strength again for Derry, and longtime swimming and diving coach Jeff Kelly said it is among the most cohesive groups he has overseen.

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Ligonier Valley’s Nick Roddy poses with his coach, Trish Brownlee, after he won the boys 1-meter diving title Jan. 24, 2020, at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships.
Ligonier Valley diver Nick Roddy learns fast
February 2, 2020
After competing in gymnastics, Ligonier Valley sophomore Nick Roddy took up swimming, then diving, and has had success in both, especially diving.

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Central Catholic rower Colson Poillucci is a Navy recruit.
Central Catholic senior Poillucci will be ‘great asset’ to Navy rowing team
February 1, 2020
Central Catholic senior Colson Poillucci, who gave up football to row, is headed to one of the country’s top men’s lightweight rowing teams.

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Franklin Regional’s Carson Yohe competes in the WCCA diving championships Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Franklin Regional swimming, diving get mixed bag at WCCAs
January 31, 2020
The Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams had mixed outcomes at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships Jan. 24-25 at Derry.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex MacDonald competes at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship on Jan. 25, 2020.
Quaker Valley freshman MacDonald hits his stride at indoor rowing championship
Quaker Valley freshman Alex MacDonald is shining as a first-year rower.

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Quaker Valley swimmer Ella Fuener competes at a meet Jan. 28, 2020.
Quaker Valley freshman Fuener makes splash in freestyle
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Ella Fuener is not super-competitive, coach Alexis Glenn said, but she’s still among the team’s best performers.

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Penn-Trafford’s Prokopec leaves WCCAs with record time
Penn-Trafford junior swimmer Austin Prokopec considered himself lucky to set a meet record in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko breaks meet record at WCCAs
Norwin senior swimmer Ethan Tulenko went into the Westmoreland County Coaches Association championship Jan. 25 expecting to set a meet record, and he did.

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North Allegheny junior Richard Mihm competes in the boys 200 individual medley during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
North Allegheny’s Mihm listed among nation’s top swimmers
January 30, 2020
North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm was recently named to a list of the country’s top 18-and-under male swimmers by USA Swimming.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner competes in the girls 100-yard freestyle in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s championship swim meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at Derry Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant girls optimistic about WPIALs after winning county swim title
January 27, 2020
After winning its third straight county Class AA title, the Mt. Pleasant girls swimming team has high hopes for the WPIAL championship meet in late February at Pitt.

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Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny poses atop the medal stand after winning the 100-yard breaststroke at the PIAA meet last season.
Upper St. Clair’s Josh Matheny named to list of country’s top under-18 swimmers
Upper St. Clair junior swimmer Josh Matheny is focused on this year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials after earning a top honor recently from USA Swimming.

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Quaker Valley’s Alex Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner having breakthrough season
January 24, 2020
Quaker Valley freshman swimmer Alex Wagner favors the breaststroke but found he is good at other strokes, too.

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The South Fayette girls swim team won the West Allegheny Christmas meet on Dec. 28, 2019.
South Fayette swim team makes best of canceled invitational
January 23, 2020
The South Fayette swimming and diving teams traveled to south-central Pennsylvania for the Big 8 Invitational meet Jan. 17, where they competed against only two schools, including one from their backyard.

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North Allegheny diver Christina Shi is a member of the 2019-20 team.
North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi already one of WPIAL’s elite divers
North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi is such an accomplished diver, Tiger diving coach Patti McClure forgets how young she is.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 meter butterfly on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 during their meet against Greensburg Salem at the Greensburg YMCA.
Several records on shaky ground at WCCA swim meet
At least three records seem destined to fall in the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday and Saturday at Derry.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Sharp competes in the girls’ 100 butterfly against Belle Vernon on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at the Greensburg YMCA.
Greensburg Salem girls swimmers have depth to stay afloat
January 20, 2020
The Greensburg Salem girls swimming team has faced the difficult task of replacing its top performer from last season, but depth has kept the Golden Lions afloat.

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Quaker Valley’s Halle Wagner is a member of the 2019-20 swim team.
Wagner leads youthful, talented Quaker Valley swimming team
January 18, 2020
On a Quaker Valley team with a lot of new members, junior swimmer Halle Wagner is a mainstay.

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North Allegheny junior Katie Oates competes at the Bucknell Invitational on Jan. 4, 2020.
Cross-state meets give North Allegheny swimming, diving teams chance to grow
January 16, 2020
North Allegheny swimming and diving traveled across the state for two meets with mixed results.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam (right) was selected for the 2020 PIHL all-star game.
North Allegheny hockey team loaded with PIHL all-stars
Six players who had North Allegheny hockey sitting atop the PIHL are among selections for the league’s Class AAA All-Star game Sunday at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

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Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee poses with 2020 WPIAL qualifiers Lauren Bisignani, Jordyn Miller and Clay McClintock.
Deaf Latrobe diving coach Brownlee teaching more than technique
January 12, 2020
Latrobe diving coach Trish Brownlee, who is deaf, said it can be challenging at times to communicate with her divers.

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Quaker Valley senior Daniel Ford is the defending WPIAL Class AA champion in the 1,600-meter run.
Quaker Valley runner Daniel Ford working toward WPIAL title defense
The WPIAL Class AA boys track and field championship meet is months away, but Quaker Valley senior Daniel Ford is taking steps to defend his title in the 1,600-meter run.

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Franklin Regional’s Eli Holm competes in the boys’ butterfly against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at Franklin Regional Middle School.
Holm latest from Franklin Regional to choose Mount Union
When Franklin Regional senior Eli Holm committed to compete for Mount Union men’s swimming and diving next season, he continued a trend.

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North Allegheny’s Casey Burton signs a letter of intent to Princeton women’s track and field. With her, in front, are her parents, John and Carolyne Burton; and in back, North Allegheny coach John Neff, Casey’s brother, J.R. Burton, and assistant coach David Interthal.
North Allegheny track star Casey Burton picks Princeton
January 10, 2020
North Allegheny senior Casey Burton has proven herself as a long jumper, but she is expected to shine in another area, too, for the Princeton women’s track and field team.

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The 2019-20 Latrobe swim team.
Latrobe swimming has one of its largest boys teams in years
January 6, 2020
Latrobe boys swimming and diving is off to a perfect start with one of its largest teams in recent seasons.

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Quaker Valley freshman Emma Smith competed at the West Allegheny Christmas meet on Dec. 28. At left is QV coach Alexis Glenn.
Quaker Valley freshman swims individually at holiday meet
January 4, 2020
Quaker Valley freshman Emma Smith is a dedicated swimmer who has drive, coach Alexis Glenn said.

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South Fayette swimmer Abbie Duncan competes at the West Allegheny Christmas meet Dec. 28, 2019.
South Fayette senior Duncan signs with Ohio swim team
January 2, 2020
South Fayette senior Abbie Duncan signed a letter of intent to compete for the Ohio women’s swimming team next season.

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Fox Chapel’s Charlotte James returns a serve during her WPIAL Class AAA championship match against Baldwin’s Bethany Yauch Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at Shady Side Academy.
Fox Chapel tennis star Charlotte James headed to Davidson
December 27, 2019
Fox Chapel senior Charlotte James is going south to continue her tennis career.

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North Allegheny junior Nico Butera has committed to Wisconsin men’s swimming.
North Allegheny’s Nico Butera to swim at Wisconsin
December 26, 2019
Nico Butera, a North Allegheny junior who competes for a USA Swimming club, committed to the Wisconsin men’s team for the 2021-22 season.

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North Allegheny’s returning boys swimmers include, from left, Alex Grahor, Josh Galecki, Rick Mihm, Ethan Song and Branko Kosanovich.
North Allegheny swimming, diving teams off to fast start as they look to defend titles
The North Allegheny swimming and diving teams are favored to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champions and, for the first time, could earn PIAA titles in the same season.

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Quaker Valley senior Annie Wicker signs her letter of intent to William & Mary for track. She was joined by her parents, Doug and Carolyn Wicker.
Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker to run for William & Mary
December 20, 2019
A lead from a Quaker Valley alum convinced senior Annie Wicker to sign a letter of intent to compete for the William &Mary women’s cross country and track and field teams next season.

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Penn-Trafford boys swimmers, from left, Luke Babik, Ben Yant, Nicholas Graziano and Austin Prokopec show off their record board during the 2018-19 season. Babik is the only member of the relay who graduated. The others return for the 2019-20 season.
Penn-Trafford swim teams working to refill talent pool
The Penn-Trafford swimming and diving teams are rebuilding but remain optimistic.

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Norwin’s Matt Federovich will run track at Bucknell.
Norwin’s Federovich commits to Bucknell for track and field
It was a tough decision, but Norwin senior Matt Federovich committed to the Bucknell men’s track and field team next season.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Lindgren signs a letter of intent to Delaware for cross country. She was joined by her parents Kirsten and Bryan (seated) and (in back) North Allegheny coach John Neff.
North Allegheny runner Hannah Lindgren headed to Delaware
North Allegheny senior Hannah Lindgren has signed a letter of intent with Delaware to continue her running career.

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Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch signs a letter of intent to Temple for track and field and cross country. With him are Fox Chapel coaches Tom Moul, Matthew LaPatka and Pete Shiner.
Fox Chapel runner Fitch signs with Temple
Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch is the most decorated American runner to come down the pike — literally and figuratively — for the Temple men’s cross country team since James Snyder became coach in 2013.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson competes at the 2019 Footlocker Finals on Dec. 14, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.
Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson takes 3rd at national 5K final
December 15, 2019
Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson came up short in his bid for a title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday at San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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The 2019-20 Quaker Valley swim team
Quaker Valley swim team has title aspirations
Bolstered by some new athletes, the Quaker Valley girls swimming team expects to be a serious contender for its first WPIAL title.

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Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Schonbachler returns for the 2019-20 swim season.
Young Pine-Richland swimmers showing potential
The Pine-Richland boys swimming team looks forward to improving after finishing at the bottom in the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet last season.

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The Norwin swim team opens Section 1-AAA action in January.
Norwin swimmers encouraged by fast start
Thanks to a new workout regimen, the Norwin swimming teams are off to encouraging starts.

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Quaker Valley soccer players, from left, Arabella Grant, Sophie Besterman, Fiona Benge, Sydney Persuit and Haley Steffey pose before a game during the 2019 season.
Quaker Valley’s Besterman returns to swim team
December 7, 2019
Thinking about her future, Quaker Valley senior Sophie Besterman returned to the girls swimming team after playing basketball last season.

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The 2019 Plum swim team.
Plum swim teams adopt different approaches at start of season
The Plum swimming teams go into the season Dec. 9 at home against Penn-Trafford from opposite directions.

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Norwin’s Ethan Tulenko plans to swim at George Washington.
Norwin swim team welcomes back PIAA qualifier Ethan Tulenko
After sitting out last season to compete for his USA Swimming club, Norwin senior Ethan Tulenko has returned to the Knights.

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The 2019-20 Franklin Regional swim team.
Franklin Regional swim teams eye section championships
The Franklin Regional boys and girls swimming teams expect to be in the hunt for Section 3-AAA titles.

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Zoe Skirboll with her father, Jim Skirboll, at the 2019 USA Swimming Girls National Select Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Fox Chapel’s Zoe Skirboll swims at U.S. national team camp
Fox Chapel sophomore Zoe Skirboll was one of 48 swimmers from across the country invited to participate in USA Swimming’s Girls National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

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Mt. Pleasant junior Heather Gardner emerges from the water as she competes in the girls 100 breaststroke during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Record-breaking Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner commits to Liberty
November 23, 2019
Mt. Pleasant senior Heather Gardner is a year away from competing for the Liberty women’s swimming team, but already her times would rank her among top performers in its conference, Flames coach Jake Shellenberger said.

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North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm, with parents Kathleen and Rick Mihm, signs a national letter of intent to swim at Stanford.
North Allegheny swimmers make NCAA Division I commitments
November 22, 2019
North Allegheny senior Rick Mihm has signed a letter of intent to compete for the nationally ranked Stanford men’s swimming team next season.

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Members of the North Allegheny girls cross country team competed at the PIAA championship meet Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
North Allegheny runners honored for performances
November 14, 2019
After earning recognition as one of the top cross country performers in the state, North Allegheny senior Dan McGoey will continue his career with North Carolina State next season.

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Quaker Valley’s Anna Cohen, Daniel Ford and Annie Wicker competed at the PIAA cross country championship meet Nov. 2, 2019, in Hershey.
Sewickley-area runners excel at PIAA cross country championships
November 8, 2019
Three Sewickley-area runners earned medals at the PIAA cross country championships Nov. 2 in Hershey.

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Members of the 2019 Eden Christian boys cross country team include, from left, coach Rachel Martin, Noah Reaoch, AJ Wagstaff, Eric Gronbeck, Wes Rodu, Ian Bilger, Sean Aiken, Brandon Gunzburg, David Kettel, Collin Hicks and coach Kelly Gronbeck.
Big finish for Eden Christian boys cross country team at WPIALs
November 1, 2019
Eden Christian Academy cross country coach Kelly Gronbeck screamed herself hoarse watching three of her runners finish in the top 20 in the WPIAL Class A boys cross country championship meet Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Quaker Valley runners Annie Wicker and Anna Cohen placed in the top three Oct. 9, 2019, at the Midwestern Athletic Conference cross country championship meet.
Quaker Valley’s Wicker, Cohen shine at MAC cross country championships
October 11, 2019
Quaker Valley girls cross country did not have enough runners for a team, but still packed a powerful punch in the Midwestern Athletic Conference championship meet Oct. 9 at Beaver County’s Brush Creek Park.

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The North Allegheny girls cross country team finished first at the PIAA Foundation Invitational meet on Sept. 21, 2019, in Hershey.
North Allegheny cross country teams to test course at Tri-State championships
After passing one test with flying colors, the North Allegheny girls cross country team will face another in the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championship meet Thursday at Cal (Pa.).

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Franklin Regional’s Hannah Yan competed at the WPIAL tournament after winning the Section 1-AAA singles title.
Postseason success makes Franklin Regional tennis player eager for more
September 27, 2019
Franklin Regional junior girls tennis player Hannah Yan already is looking forward to next season after a successful run recently.

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North Allegheny’s Nora Catanzarite returns serve during a section doubles match Sept. 25, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Allegheny’s Catanzarite hopes to deliver for tennis team
September 26, 2019
Like her older sister, North Allegheny freshman girls tennis player Nora Catanzarite leads the Tigers.

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The 2019 Penn-Trafford girls golf team.
Penn-Trafford girls golfers set sights on section repeat
September 13, 2019
Despite losing three starters, the Penn-Trafford girls golf team is off to a strong start.

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Gateway swimmer Olivia Livingston was named to the 2018-19 USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team.
More All-America honors for Gateway swimmer Livingston
Gateway senior Olivia Livingston is determined to do as well in the classroom as the pool, and it has paid off with a national swimming award.

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Members of the 2019 Sewickley Academy golf team are, from left, Kylie Smith, Haley Nocito, Joey Mucci, Jack Gordon, Navin Rana, Zoey Luther, J.F. Aber, Tim Fitzgerald, Will Dugan, Chris Martian, Thomas Sykes and coach Win Palmer.
Sewickley Academy girls golfers join the boys team
After a successful two-year playoff run, Sewickley Academy girls golf has been blended with the boys team.

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Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny qualified for the U.S. national team.
Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny makes U.S. national team in breaststroke
September 9, 2019
Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny has soared to the top of the national swimming ranks on the heels of an impressive international performance.

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Sewickley Academy’s Simran Bedi returns during the WPIAL Class AA final Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
                                Sewickley Academy’s Simran Bedi is among the team’s returners this season.
Sewickley Academy girls tennis in position to repeat; Quaker Valley rebuilding
September 6, 2019
With most of its players back, the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team is optimistic about repeating as WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champions.

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South Fayette senior Hailey Poe competed this summer at the International Triathlon Union Age Group Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Triathlon experience invaluable to South Fayette 3-sport athlete Hailey Poe
September 5, 2019
South Fayette senior Hailey Poe expects to be a better high school athlete after competing on an international stage this summer.

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Franklin Regional’s Jenny Xu (left) and Ava Kruck return to the girls tennis team for the 2019 season.
Winning reputation to uphold for Franklin Regional girls tennis
August 30, 2019
The Franklin Regional girls tennis team is planning a return to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, but the Panthers have work to do, even with a large team.

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Upper St. Clair swimmer Joshua Matheny poses with a medal Aug. 19-24, 2019, at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
After world juniors, Upper St. Clair’s Matheny to compete at U.S. Olympic swimming trials
August 29, 2019
Upper St. Clair junior Joshua Matheny is shifting his focus to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials after taking his place recently among the world’s best under-18 swimmers.

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Boot camp helps Gateway tennis team prepare for season
August 23, 2019
Members of the Gateway girls tennis team are not in the military, but sure felt like that recently.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ruby Chen returns for the 2019 season.
Improving Penn-Trafford girls tennis eyes WPIAL playoff berth
After coming close last season, the Penn-Trafford girls tennis team is hoping to make the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

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Norwin girls tennis co-captain Ashley Pesarsick returns for the 2019 season.
Norwin girls tennis eager for extended postseason run
The Norwin girls tennis team looks forward to a longer run in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs after early exits the past two seasons.

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Greensburg Salem’s Kasey Storkel made the WPIAL quarterfinals last season.
Reigning section champ Storkel serves notice for Greensburg Salem tennis
August 18, 2019
Greensburg Salem senior girls tennis player Kasey Storkel will have a shiny new serve when the Golden Lions open the season Monday, one she hopes will lift her to the top of the WPIAL.

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Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny poses with his bronze medal at the 2019 national swimming championship meet. He will compete at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary on August 20-25
Upper St. Clair’s Matheny to swim at World Junior Championships
August 9, 2019
Upper St. Clair rising junior Joshua Matheny will be among the world’s best under-18 swimmers at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 20-25.

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Shady Side Academy lacrosse player Jack Naughton is a Holy Cross recruit.
Shady Side Academy’s Naughton commits to Holy Cross
July 12, 2019
Shady Side Academy rising senior boys lacrosse player Jack Naughton recently committed to Holy Cross but is not taking it for granted.

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Quaker Valley’s Katherine Blaugrund scored 75 goals and added 23 assists and became the program’s all-time scoring leader. She hopes to play club lacrosse at Virginia.
Quaker Valley’s Blaugrund earns U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors
July 5, 2019
Quaker Valley departing senior Katherine Blaugrund put in hours to lacrosse, and she has been rewarded.

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Shady Side Academy’s Emmie Lau was named a North US Lacrosse High School All-American.
Shady Side Academy’s Lau, O’Connor earn lacrosse All-American honors
Shady Side Academy departing senior lacrosse player Emmie Lau topped a historic season with an impressive honor.

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Penn-Trafford diver Logan Sherwin is a Chicago recruit.
Penn-Trafford divers honored by national coaches association
June 21, 2019
Penn-Trafford departing senior divers Paige Kalik and Logan Sherwin capped their high school careers with prestigious honors.

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Sewickley product and Yale fifth-year rower Lucas Peilert
Peilert caps solid rowing career at Yale
June 14, 2019
Sewickley product and Yale fifth-year rower Lucas Peilert ended his college career on a positive note.

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Moon’s Sofia Mancini is competing with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens.
Moon’s Mancini relishes opportunity with USA Rugby All-American Sevens
June 4, 2019
Moon junior Sofia Mancini underwent a positive transformation during her first tour with the USA Rugby Girls High School All-American Sevens U18 team.

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The WPIAL runner-up Quaker Valley boys tennis team includes, in front, from left, Will Sirianni, coach Christi Hays, Potter Oliver, Mike Sirianni; in back, Zach Albert, Thomas Pangburn, John Watters, Andres Hubsch.
Quaker Valley boys tennis caps special season in state tournament
May 31, 2019
The Quaker Valley boys tennis team had a stellar season, although it did not end the way it hoped.

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Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker competes in the AAA girls 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track and Field Championships on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Slippery Rock.
QV’s Daniel Ford leads Sewickley-area athletes into PIAA track and field championships
May 24, 2019
Quaker Valley junior Daniel Ford had a spring in his step after the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship May 16 at Slippery Rock.

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Nella Tsudis is Sewickley Academy’s only seeded individual at the 2019 WPIAL track championships.
Quaker Valley runner Annie Wicker among WPIAL favorites in distance events
May 10, 2019
Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker is among favorites in the girls 3,200-meter run at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship meet Thursday at Slippery Rock.

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Franklin Regional’s Jo-Michelle Huczko and Shelby Cooper are among top seeds in the girls pole vault at the WPIAL championships.
Pole vaulter Huczko leads Franklin Regional track and field athletes into WPIALs
In her first season of track and field, Franklin Regional junior Jo-Michelle “JoJo” Huczko is a favorite at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Thursday at Slippery Rock.

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Quaker Valley’s Dom Lagnese competes during the 2019 season.
Dom Lagnese sets Quaker Valley discus record
May 3, 2019
Quaker Valley senior Dom Lagnese set a school record in the discus and, in the process, established himself as a favorite at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championship meet May 16.

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Four Quaker Valley tennis players competed in the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament April 30, 2019, at Oxford Athletic Club. From left to right are silver medalists Will Sirianni and Potter Oliver and gold medalists Zach Albert and John Watters.
Quaker Valley tennis to be well-represented at PIAA doubles tournament
Quaker Valley juniors and longtime tennis partners Zach Albert and John Watters look forward to their first appearance in the PIAA Class AA boys doubles tournament May 24-25 in Hershey.

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Sewickley Academy’s Victoria Keller (9) competes during a girls lacrosse match in 2019.
Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team looks to take final step
April 19, 2019
After coming close last season, the Sewickley Academy girls lacrosse team (6-1, 4-0 in Section 2-AAA) looks forward to its first WPIAL title.

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Franklin Regional’s Anup Nadesan returns serve against Gateway March 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional’s Nadesan gears up for tennis test at WPIALs
April 14, 2019
Franklin Regional sophomore Anup Nadesan breezed through the section but will have his work cut out for him at the WPIAL Class AAA boys tennis singles championship tournament starting Monday at the Oxford Athletic Club in Pine.

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The 2019 Quaker Valley boys tennis team is off to a 6-1 start. The team includes, in front, from left, Ryan Edwards, Will Sirianni, Potter Oliver, John Watters, Jack Bresch, Matt Kubinski, Mike Sirianni; and in back, Trent Kozar, Andres Hubsch, Ryan Jackovic, Bodhi Wilson, Thomas Pangburn and Zach Albert.
Quaker Valley tennis wants to snap title drought, while Sewickley Academy adjusts to Class AAA
April 5, 2019
After dominating WPIAL Class AA for years, the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team (4-1, 4-0 in Section 2-AAA) is playing up in Class AAA.

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Newcomer Lee buoys Penn-Trafford boys tennis squad
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team (4-1 in Section 1-AAA) lost its top player but has an able replacement.

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Plum senior Justin Decheck won a Pennsylvania YMCA state swimming title March 22-24 at Penn State.
Plum’s Decheck leads Sampson Family YMCA charge at state meet
Plum senior Justin Decheck keeps every one of the commemorative patches he has earned at the Pennsylvania YMCA State Swimming Championship meet.

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Norwin’s Grant Snyder competes against Gateway March 18, 2019 at Gateway.
Norwin boys tennis team undertakes complete rebuild
The Norwin boys tennis team (2-4 in Section 1-AAA) faces a massive rebuilding job.

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Quaker Valley track teams boast returning pedigree
March 29, 2019
Trios of veterans lead the Quaker Valley track teams.

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North Allegheny’s Jerry Chen is a Pitt swimming recruit.
North Allegheny’s Chen selects Pitt to continue swimming career
Great opportunities in and out of the pool persuaded North Allegheny senior Jerry Chen to continue his swimming career with Pitt next season.

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Franklin Regional’s Shrey Ramesh competes against Gateway March 27, 2019 at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional boys tennis young and experienced at same time
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team (4-0) is counting on a rare mixture to take it on a long playoff run.

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North Allegheny’s boys swim team celebrates after winnning a third straight state championship March 16, 2019, at Bucknell.
North Allegheny swim team revels in PIAA 3-peat
March 21, 2019
The North Allegheny boys swimming team got the three-peat at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 15-16 at Bucknell with some new faces.

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Hempfield senior Gavin Mayo pumps up his teammates prior to the start of the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Hempfield swimmer Mayo sets sights on PIAA success
March 12, 2019
Hempfield swimmer Gavin Mayo is among favorites in the boys 50-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet Friday and Saturday at Bucknell, but also might shine in another event.

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Belle Vernon’s Robert Spekis in the boys’ 100 yard breaststroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon pair among top seeds at PIAA swim championships
March 11, 2019
Four Westmoreland County swimmers are among individual favorites at the PIAA Class AA championship meet Wednesday and Thursday at Bucknell.

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Quaker Valley freshman Isabel Huang competes in the 100 backstroke during the WPIAL Class AA championships at the Pitt’s Trees Pool. She won the event in 58.13 seconds.
Quaker Valley freshman Huang makes big splash at WPIAL championships
March 8, 2019
Quaker Valley swimming coach Alexis Glenn knew from the beginning of the season she had an amazing swimmer in Isabel Huang.

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Penn Trafford sophomore Austin Prokopec competes in the boys 200 freestyle during the AAA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Relays, divers lead Penn-Trafford into PIAA championship meet
Despite their small size, the Penn-Trafford boys and girls swimming teams will be well represented at the PIAA Class AAA championship meet March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Norwin senior Courtney Kosanovic competes in the girls 200 individual medley during the WPIAL Class AAA meet.
Young Norwin freestylers set school record at WPIAL championships
The Norwin girls swimming team earned no medals at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 28-March 1 at Pitt, but it probably is just a matter of time before the Knights do.

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Moon rugby player Isabella Sinatra will be traveling to Ireland to play.
Sinatra to represent Moon rugby team in Ireland
March 5, 2019
Moon rugby player Isabella Sinatra will be getting a taste of international competition.

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North Allegheny’s 200 medley relay unit won the title at the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The group included, from left, Jack Wright, Jerry Chen, Rick Mihm and Branko Kosanovich.
North Allegheny boys chasing 3rd straight PIAA swimming championship
Led by four top seeds, the North Allegheny boys swimming team is a serious contender for its third consecutive PIAA Class AAA title March 15-16 at Bucknell.

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Fox Chapel rower Sam Gilmore poses with coaches Stephanie Meinert and Molly Schneider at the Erg in the ‘Burgh Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 23, 2019, at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel rower Gilmore claims title at Erg in the ‘Burgh indoor championships
March 4, 2019
Fox Chapel rower Samuel Gilmore worked hard over the winter, and it paid off at the Erg in the ‘Burgh Indoor Rowing Championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny.

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Penn-Trafford’s diving team was well-represented at the WPIAL championships Feb. 23 at North Allegheny. From left are senior Logan Sherwin, Penn-Trafford diving coach Mark Martini, senior Paige Kalik and sophomore Xander Lentz.
Penn-Trafford diver Kalik making familiar trek to PIAA championships
March 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford senior Paige Kalik is headed to the PIAA Class AAA girls diving championship March 15 at Bucknell for the third consecutive season, and this time she will have company.

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Franklin Regional’s Mason Fishell (second from right) placed fifth at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.
Franklin Regional’s Fishell grabs final PIAA diving spot
Franklin Regional senior Mason Fishell hopes to do better at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championship meet March 16 at Bucknell than he did the last time.

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Quaker Valley’s Isabel Huang competed at the MAC championships Feb. 9, 2019, at Moon.
Quaker Valley swimmers, divers prepare for WPIAL championships
February 14, 2019
Quaker Valley’s Simon Iwanonkiw will be among favorites at the WPIAL Class AA diving championship Friday at South Park, giving the Quakers (3-6 overall, 3-4 in Section 2-AA) a much-needed lift going into the WPIAL swimming championship next week at Pitt.

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley softball have different goals
April 2, 2018
The Sewickley Academy softball team looks forward to a longer playoff run with more pop from its bats. Nearly everyone returned from a squad that

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