Author: Kevin Lohman


Newcomers sustaining success for Pine-Richland girls tennis
September 15, 2018
It's not every year Pine-Richland girls tennis coach Janet Chappell rolls out five new starters in her lineup. And if it does happen, it's usually

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Pine-Richland boys golf shooting up the ranks after 10-0 start
Behind an experienced group of veteran leaders, the Pine-Richland boys golf team is tearing its way through its WPIAL Section 3-AAA schedule this season. With

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Central Catholic totals 12 sacks, avoids upset vs. Hempfield
September 14, 2018
Behind a defense that produced 12 sacks, No. 4 Central Catholic toppled WPIAL Class 6A Quad County Conference foe Hempfield, 28-13, on Friday. Defensive tackle

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Freshman kicker boots winning FG as Franklin Regional edges Latrobe
September 7, 2018
After trailing for the first 40 minutes, 44 seconds of their game against WPIAL Class 5A Big East foe Latrobe, Franklin Regional battled back to

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Penn-Trafford field hockey relies on defensive play while offense evolves
In its quest for a three-peat in WPIAL Class AA, the Penn-Trafford field hockey team will look to begin its title defense by getting downright

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball looking for consistency as young lineup develops
After making the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a combination of young talent and experienced returning starters last year, the Pine-Richland girls volleyball team will

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Young Pine-Richland girls golfers improving under new coach
Peter Hawk understands he's walking into a unique situation as the first-year coach of the Pine-Richland girls golf team. In fact, the former Edinboro tennis

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North Hills girls volleyball aims to change course under new coach
September 6, 2018
Plenty of first-year varsity coaches talk about changing the culture around a program that had a tough season the year before their arrival. Renewing the

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Defense leads Elizabeth Forward to victory over Deer Lakes
August 31, 2018
Powered by an opportunistic defensive performance, the Elizabeth Forward football team got out ahead early against Deer Lakes and stayed there, knocking off the Lancers,

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Talented, experienced Pine-Richland field hockey set to begin title defense
On the heels of winning the program's first WPIAL championship, the Pine-Richland field hockey team returns plenty of talent and experience with the hopes of

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Pine-Richland softball’s Alyssa Miller plays for Team USA in Dominican Republic
It will still be a while before Alyssa Miller is suiting up in her Pine-Richland softball uniform. But until then, the all-section honorable mention outfielder

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New coach forming new attitude with North Hills girls soccer
August 30, 2018
For the second time in as many years, the North Hills girls soccer program will be breaking in a new head coach. Rachelle Dixon has

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Experienced group returns to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
August 25, 2018
Despite spending last season breaking in a host of new players, including multiple freshmen starters, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team hoisted a third consecutive Section

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Experienced group returns to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
Despite spending last season breaking in a host of new players, including multiple freshmen starters, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team hoisted a third consecutive Section

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Pine-Richland boys soccer ready to ‘buckle down’ in challenging Section 1-4A
For the last couple of weeks, the Pine-Richland boys soccer team has been waking up at nearly the crack of dawn to train for the

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Running game propels Gateway past Mt. Lebanon
The Gateway offense picked up from where it left off during its dominant run to a WPIAL Class 5A title in 2017. Derrick Davis kicked

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North Hills boys soccer learns from struggles, switches to Class 3A
August 23, 2018
Nearly all of the North Hills boys soccer players are returning from last season's challenging, injury-plagued campaign. For the first time in coach Jared Steigerwald's

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Pine-Richland center Michael Dorundo (left) competes during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Pine-Richland set to kick off season against top-ranked team in country
The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion in Pennsylvania's largest classification, Pine-Richland, will battle the top-ranked football team in the country at 7:30 p.m. Friday at

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Westinghouse leaning on defense, attitude
August 19, 2018
If there's one thing the Westinghouse football team wants to do each Friday night this season, it's to play their own bullying brand of football.

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Pride becoming contagious at Perry Traditional Academy
The pride Rod Rutherford has in his alma mater, Perry Traditional Academy, is evident. Now, in his second season as head coach at Perry --

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Offensive line to pave way for University Prep
After graduating a dozen seniors from a team that finished in a tie for first place in the City League's regular season standings last year,

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder scores against Brockway during the second half of their PIAA Class A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Moon Area High School. GCC won, 3-2.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer geared for WPIAL title defense
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team is used to defending WPIAL titles. After all, the Centurions have totaled five championships since 2010, including last

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Luke Mort, makes his way past Nate Ward, during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic High School, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer works on mental approach
After winning 14 regular-season games last season, the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team was upended in the WPIAL Class A playoff quarterfinals by Winchester

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Pine-Richland reloads in quest to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
August 14, 2018
For a team that graduated its leading passer, its top three rushers and its top five pass-catchers from last year, it would be reasonable to

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North Hills looks to rebound with toughness, speed
After putting together a run of five straight seasons with a postseason appearance, the North Hills football team missed the playoffs last year. The Indians

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Pine-Richland’s Schieder commits to play volleyball at Villanova
August 10, 2018
Once Maddie Schieder saw the campus at Villanova, she said she started to get a feeling she couldn't shake. She was looking at the place

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Pine-Richland’s JD Armstrong made a verbal commitment to High Point.
Pine-Richland’s Armstrong to play baseball at High Point
August 3, 2018
Pine-Richland rising senior J.D. Armstrong has cemented his college plans by announcing his commitment to play baseball at High Point. The Rams shortstop is the

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Former Pine-Richland golfer Kremer nets 1st ace at Sewickley Heights
July 20, 2018
For most of his life, recently graduated Pine-Richland golfer Jack Kremer has been cutting his teeth on his home course, Sewickley Heights Golf Club. For

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Pine-Richland welcomes new hockey coach
July 14, 2018
Back in 2006, Jordan Yoklic helped lead the Pine-Richland hockey team to a state championship as a senior player under the watchful eye of coach

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Pine-Richland coach, players help North United claim regional title
For a few years now, the U16 North United Rush club girls soccer team has competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, held

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Pine-Richland lacrosse players, from left, Ryan Springer, Reis Ravotti and Will Harnick, took part in the Baltimore Summer Kickoff Tournament in Baltimore, Md., June 23-24, 2018.
Pine-Richland lacrosse players shine at summer tournament
July 6, 2018
The Low and Away 2019 team, a competitive summer boys lacrosse team composed of some of the top rising seniors from the WPIAL area, took

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Pine-Richland's Michael Katic celebrates with Kenny White after White's touchdown agianst North Allegheny in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Michael Katic excited about committing to play football at Indiana
Pine-Richland offensive lineman Michael Katic, a rising senior, solidified his future by committing to play at Indiana. Katic played offensive guard and defensive tackle during

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The 2018 Pine-Richland boys ultimate Frisbee team captured the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League championship.
Pine-Richland Frisbee team defends Ultimate league title
June 8, 2018
For the second consecutive season, the Pine-Richland boys ultimate Frisbee team captured the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League championship. The Rams defended their title with

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Pine-Richland’s Meckler, girls 400 relay set school records at PIAA meet
The Pine-Richland track and field team was well-represented at the PIAA championship meet, held at Shippensburg on May 25-26, with multiple Rams finishing on the

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Seniors helped Pine-Richland reach WPIAL quarterfinals
June 1, 2018
With its 9-1 loss to Hempfield in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs, the Pine-Richland baseball team's season came to an end.

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Pine-Richland boys lacrosse rebounds from semifinal loss
WPIAL postseason play is expected to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the teams that earn the right to duke it out in

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Sarah Mooney, a junior at Pine-Richland, earned the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2017 Student of the Year as she raised more that $11K for the organization in just seven weeks.
Pine-Richland’s Mooney honored for fundraising efforts
May 25, 2018
Pine-Richland senior Sarah Mooney won the 2017-18 Most Positive Athlete in Western Pennsylvania honor for field hockey after spearheading a campaign that raised more than

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Pine-Richland relays shine at WPIAL meet
For the fifth consecutive year, the Pine-Richland track and field team sent its girls 400-meter relay team to the PIAA championship meet after the group's

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The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team celebrates after defeating Sewickley Academy in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game May 24, 2018, at Robert Morris.
Pine-Richland girls secure back-to-back WPIAL lacrosse titles
May 24, 2018
From the onset of their WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Sewickley Academy, the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team established a stranglehold on the action and

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North Hills athletes bring home WPIAL hardware
The North Hills track and field team put forth a strong showing at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championship meet May 17 at

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Members of the Hampton girls lacrosse team celebrate their victory over Quaker Valley in the WPIAL Class AA championship game May 24, 2018, at Robert Morris.
Hampton edges Quaker Valley for 2nd straight WPIAL girls lacrosse title
After 50 minutes of back-and-forth action Thursday, the Hampton girls lacrosse team utilized a late-scoring run to stay ahead of Quaker Valley and secure an

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Pine Township’s Komoroski excels at national competition
May 18, 2018
Pine Township resident Maddie Komoroski put together an impressive showing at the 2018 Level 9 Eastern National Gymnastics Championships on May 6, grabbing second-place honors

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Pine-Richland third baseman Troy Laneve competes against North Allegheny on April 19, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland baseball places 8 on all-section team
The WPIAL Class 6A baseball playoffs are underway, and defending champion Pine-Richland is hoping to have plenty of ball left after topping Peters Township, 4-1,

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North Hills softball to miss senior leadership
May 17, 2018
After months and months of grinding it out and putting in the effort on the softball diamond, it was one tough inning that ended up

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Young West Mifflin clears obstacles to make softball playoffs
May 14, 2018
For the first time in four years, and just the third time in the last 20, the West Mifflin softball team has earned a place

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Pine-Richland second baseman Cam Devinney completes a forceout against Shaler's Jamie Lappe Monday, May, 7, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland softball hopes for strong run in first playoff appearance in four years
May 11, 2018
The third time ended up being the charm for the Pine-Richland softball team. The Rams finished the season with a winning record for the third

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Pine-Richland track and field hoping for successful WPIAL meet
With 17 girls and 10 boys achieving qualifying marks, the Pine-Richland boys and girls track and field teams will be coming close to packing an

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North Hills athletes prep for WPIAL track championships
May 10, 2018
Despite having one of their smaller rosters in recent memory, the North Hills boys and girls teams managed to qualify a combined 10 athletes for

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Sam Skirpan (right) celebrates after scoring Pine-Richland's first goal Monday, May, 1, 2018, at Seneca Valley.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse clinches section title
May 4, 2018
For the third consecutive season, the Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team clinched the Section 4-AAA championship. Last season, the Rams utilized offensive power to carry them

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Pine-Richland girls lacrosse aims to stay focused for playoff run
The ram and the goat might be different animals, but as far as coach Brittany Adams and her Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team are concerned, the

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North Hills second baseman Jordan Albright (13) competes against Mars Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
Hot bats lead North Hills into baseball playoffs
May 3, 2018
Heading into this year's varsity baseball season, North Hills returned a roster that featured a wealth of experience, including 11 seniors and three juniors. A

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North Hills' James Hollinger (2) competes against Seneca Valley Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Seneca Valley.
Strong defense bolsters North Hills boys lacrosse
April 26, 2018
With a little more than half of the WPIAL boys lacrosse season in the books, most of the success North Hills has had has been

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Pine-Richland's David Pohlod competes against Deer Lakes Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
With Olson injured, Pine-Richland volleyball making adjustments
April 20, 2018
On the heels of completing its first go-around of matches against its Section 2-AAA foes, the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team is preparing to make midseason

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Pine-Richland boys tennis team satisfied with march to playoffs
There have been plenty of challenges for the Pine-Richland boys tennis team this season. Whether it was the matches played in bitter cold weather, or

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North Hills girls lacrosse defines itself with defense
April 19, 2018
In the harshly competitive Section 3-AAA, the North Hills girls lacrosse team has managed to battle and scrape its way to a 4-2 record and

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Pine-Richland ultimate Frisbee team off to fast start
April 13, 2018
After winning the Pittsburgh area ultimate Frisbee title last season against the top competition that the region has to offer, and following that up with

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Pine-Richland crew gearing up for 1st spring race
April 6, 2018
After a successful fall season and a winter that refuses to quit, the Pine-Richland crew team is itching to get outside and onto the water.

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Relays, hurdlers excel for Pine-Richland track
While inclement weather hasn't permitted coach Bill Crummy to fine-tune the techniques of all his runners, the Pine-Richland track and field athletes are preparing as

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Pine-Richland softball focusing on pitching, defense in playoff bid
April 2, 2018
After missing out on the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs last season by one game, the Pine-Richland softball team is doing what it can to prevent

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Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team charges to 3-0 start
They might only be three games into the season, but the Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team is off to as strong of a start as possible.

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Pine-Richland catcher Matt Wood competes during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland baseball rebuilds pitching rotation
March 25, 2018
After taking the WPIAL Class 6A championship thanks in large part to a shutdown pitching staff and a timely ability to manufacture runs, the Pine-Richland

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Defending WPIAL lacrosse champion Pine-Richland loaded with talent
March 18, 2018
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team enjoyed a storybook season a year ago, as the Rams won the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Several valuable contributors graduated,

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Tall task ahead for Pine-Richland boys volleyball opponents
After spending the past few years as an assistant coach for the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team, Shawn Grady is preparing for his first season as

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After trip to WPIAL playoffs, Greensburg Salem baseball aims to take next step
March 13, 2018
Last season, the Greensburg Salem baseball team appeared in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs for the first time in five years. While it was a

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Experienced juniors set to lead Greensburg Salem softball
For the first time in nearly four decades, the Greensburg Salem softball team will have a new head coach in the dugout. Rachel Brannigan has

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Return to playoffs a success for Pine-Richland hockey
March 12, 2018
Pine-Richland's return to the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs was a good one. In the postseason for the first time since 2013, the Rams beat Hempfield,

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Fresh faces fill Pine-Richland boys tennis lineup
Pine-Richland boys tennis will have a new look this season after graduating the bulk of last year's starting roster. Whether the Rams, who started their

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Pine-Richland swimmer Alex Steger fares well at WPIALs
March 4, 2018
Pine-Richland senior Alex Steger closed his WPIAL career with a strong performance at the Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt's Trees Pool this past week,

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Aquinas Academy, Pine-Richland fencing teams earn bronze medals
The Aquinas Academy boys fell just short in Friday's PIFA fencing championships against Peters Township, losing 5-3 in the semifinals at Oakland Catholic on Friday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner captures 2nd gold at WPIAL swimming championships
March 2, 2018
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner turned last season's silver medal in the 50-yard freestyle into a gold medal this year with her performance Thursday during

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North Allegheny teams again sweep WPIAL swimming championships
Another year, another pair of WPIAL Class AAA championships for the North Allegheny boys and girls swimming teams, and another plunge into Trees Pool for

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Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Spekis take WPIAL gold
March 1, 2018
A pair of Westmoreland County swimmers earned their first taste of WPIAL individual gold at Day 1 of the Class AA boys and girls swimming

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Pine-Richland's Andrew Kristofic grabs the ball from Fox Chapel's Kenyon Weiss during 6-A boys WPIAL quarterfinal action at North Hills Middle School.
Pine-Richland diver Shaw qualifies for PIAA meet
February 25, 2018
In a field stacked with the best divers in WPIAL Class AAA, Pine-Richland's Austin Shaw did more than hold his own. The senior cemented his

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Pine-Richland girls fencing ready for postseason
The Pine-Richland fencing team is preparing for the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association playoffs, which take place Friday at Allderdice. The boys team is not certain

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Ringgold's Anna Vogt won the WPIAL Class AA girls diving title Feb. 23, 2018, at South Park.
Ringgold’s Vogt, CWNC’s Maziarz win WPIAL Class AA diving titles
February 23, 2018
Heading into the final dive of the WPIAL Class AA girls diving championship Friday afternoon, the scores were still too tight to determine a favorite.

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Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer smiles after defeating Montour's Nico Marsico during the 152-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Pine-Richland wrestlers shift focus to individual postseason success
February 18, 2018
On Saturday, the WPIAL Class AAA individual postseason will begin for the Pine-Richland wrestling team as it heads to Fox Chapel to for the Section

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Pine-Richland girls prep for playoff test against Norwin
In large part because of its ability to scratch out two tough section wins in its final three Section 1-6A contests, the Pine-Richland girls basketball

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Moon captures 2nd straight WPIAL gymnastics championship
February 16, 2018
In the comforts of their home gym, members of the Moon gymnastics team edged a tough Thomas Jefferson squad by a margin of just one-tenth

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Return of key players helps prime Pine-Richland hockey for playoffs
February 11, 2018
Few teams in the PIHL are as hot as the Pine-Richland hockey team. The Rams have won four of their past five games to vault

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Aquinas Academy fending team prepares to push toward postseason
February 4, 2018
After winning four of its first five matches, the Aquinas Academy fencing team faced one of its most difficult challenges of the season when it

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Seniors lead Highlands boys to victory over Kiski Area
February 2, 2018
The Highlands boys basketball team typically doesn't start five seniors. But on senior night against Kiski Area, it did just that and did it with

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Members of the Norwin competitive spirit team competed at the PIAA championship Jan. 20, 2018, in Hershey.
Norwin spirit prepares for nationals
January 29, 2018
After parlaying a second-place finish in the large group division at the WPIAL competitive spirit championships into a PIAA championship berth, Norwin capitalized on its

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Bethel Park girls get defensive to take down Mt. Lebanon in Section 3-6A showdown
The Bethel Park girls basketball team held Mt. Lebanon to single-digit scoring outputs in three of four quarters Monday night, en route to dispatching the

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Pine-Richland's Amaan Kazi competes in the 100 fly against North Hills Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at North Hills.
Pine-Richland swimmers seize opportunity
January 28, 2018
The team results for the boys and girls swimmers at Pine-Richland have been mixed. Both started hot, but once the Section 2-AAA schedule opened, the

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Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel won the PIAA Class AAA golf title Oct. 24, 2017, at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Pine-Richland golfer Freyvogel honored in Harrisburg
Last year was special for Pine-Richland golfer Lauren Freyvogel, one that included capturing a PIAA Class AAA individual title and a college commitment to Virginia.

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Fast start vaults No. 2 Peters Township past No. 3 Bethel Park
January 22, 2018
From the opening tip of a WPIAL Section 3-6A matchup against No. 3 Bethel Park, the No. 2 Peters Township girls basketball team came out

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Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson is pressured by OLSH's Haley Hamilton during their game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Moon.
Temple recruit Alexa Williamson increases output for Chartiers-Houston girls
January 21, 2018
About four years ago, Laura Montecalvo accepted the position of head coach for the Chartiers-Houston girls basketball team with little knowledge of the group of

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Aquinas Academy's Mary Casamassa dribbles downcourt during against Winchester Thurston on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Aquinas Academy girls basketball excels in first season in WPIAL
Over the past five years, the Aquinas Academy girls basketball team has carved out its place as the premier program in the Southwestern Christian Athletic

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Pine-Richland hockey trio heading to All-Star game
The Pine-Richland hockey team has been battling its way to success this season, going 7-4-2 in PIHL Class AA as it readies for the home

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OLSH's Kennede Mickle scores past Chartiers-Houston's Madison Simpson during their game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Moon.
Suffocating defense helps No. 3 OLSH girls snap No. 1 Chartiers-Houston’s section winning streak
January 18, 2018
In a matchup that pitted the top two teams in Section 1-2A, it was team defense that made the difference as Our Lady of the

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Pine-Richland guard Meghan Luellen competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls basketball wants to build on 1st section win
January 14, 2018
An 0-3 start in Section 1-6A play was not what the Pine-Richland girls basketball team envisioned. On Thursday, however, the Rams (3-7, 1-3) found a

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High-scoring Thomas Jefferson girls race past Oakland Catholic
January 8, 2018
In a matchup between the highest-scoring team in WPIAL Class 5A and the classification's stingiest defense, it was the offensive firepower of No. 1 Thomas

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Pine-Richland cheer team reaches PIAAs
January 7, 2018
Despite being plagued with injuries, including ones that were suffered in the week leading up to the competition, the Pine-Richland competitive cheer team battled through

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New look, same expectations for Pine-Richland fencers
December 30, 2017
The Pine-Richland fencing team will open its 2018 season Friday at Oakland Catholic with a dual meets against Fox Chapel and Winchester Thurston. The boys

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Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash scores past Butler's John Michalek during their game Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Butler High School. Pine-Richland won, 80-64.
Pine-Richland’s Petcash makes name for himself
The Pine-Richland boys basketball team is off to a 5-1 start, and it's becoming clear Dan Petcash is a backcourt threat opponents must account for

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Pine-Richland hockey enters break on high note
December 24, 2017
The Pine-Richland hockey team entered the holiday break riding high, after toppling a strong Latrobe squad 6-5. The hard-fought victory was instrumental in keeping the

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Pine-Richland gymnasts optimistic despite loss
Right out of the gate this season, the Pine-Richland gymnastics team was competing in quite the measuring stick matchup against Moon, a program that has

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Pine-Richland swimmers see opportunity in roster turnover
December 17, 2017
Whether it is because of graduation, commitment to another sport or a move out of town, the Pine-Richland boys and girls swimming teams have had

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Newcomers ready to take plunge for Pine-Richland diving team
The 2016-17 season was productive for the Pine-Richland diving program, as coach Maria Misenhelter saw three of her divers place in the top 10 at

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Youth movement rises for Pine-Richland wrestling
December 3, 2017
Last year, the Pine-Richland wrestling team boasted a strong senior class that included Division I recruits in Hunter Baxter (Maryland), Garrett Burnham (Maryland), Alex Salas

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Pine-Richland football reloads, readies for state title game
With as many as twelve of its players, including quarterback Phil Jurkovec, battling illness, the Pine-Richland football team punched its ticket to the state title

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Pine-Richland senior Victoria Crankovic competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls basketball starts over with new cast
November 26, 2017
For some teams, the offseason is a time to sharpen players' skills and expand their games. But for the Pine-Richland girls basketball team, the offseason

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Pine-Richland point guard Greg Shulkosky competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland boys expect to be solid despite graduation losses
Part of why the Pine-Richland boys basketball team rattled off 28 wins on its way to a WPIAL Class 6A championship last season was the

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Pine fencer Hardman makes his point at Michigan competition
November 18, 2017
For the past few years, Pine resident Harry Hardman has been making a name for himself in the local community for the sport of fencing.

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Pine-Richland coach Jodi Chmielewski, Rams earn soccer honors
November 12, 2017
For her large part in guiding the Pine-Richland girls soccer team to a 16-2-1 overall record and a Section 1-AAAA crown, Jodi Chmielewski was named

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) rushes the ball downfield during their WPIAL playoff game agains North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
Jurkovec-led Pine-Richland marches into Heinz Field
Twelve games down and one to go for the Pine-Richland football team as it gears up for the WPIAL Class 6A championship game after ending

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Strong line combinations powering Pine-Richland attack
November 5, 2017
As coach Jim Black expected coming into this season, the Pine-Richland hockey team is displaying offensive firepower early in the 2017 campaign. So far, the

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Pine-Richland celebrates 1st WPIAL field hockey title
For the first time in school history, the Pine-Richland field hockey team won the WPIAL Class AAA championship after dispatching rival North Allegheny 4-0 last

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Montour's Seth Schleicher controls the ball in front of West Allegheny's Logan Keast during the boys WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Montour boys secure 1st WPIAL soccer championship
November 4, 2017
For the first time in school history, Montour brought home a WPIAL boys soccer championship trophy after defeating rival West Allegheny, 1-0, in the Class

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PIAA playoffs possible for Pine-Richland boys soccer
October 29, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys soccer team's dramatic postseason run hit an insurmountable hurdle Saturday when the Rams lost to top-seeded Peters Township, 4-1, in a WPIAL

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford celebrates with Kenny White after Whites touchdown against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Pine-Richland football wants to guard against letdown
To say the Pine-Richland football team's regular season was a success is a vast understatement. The Rams (10-0, 6-0) marched through their WPIAL Class 6A

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd gets taken down by a Gateway player when Franklin Regional hosted Gateway, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Franklin Regional slowed by Gateway defense in Big East loss
October 27, 2017
Throughout most of the regular season, Gateway chewed through Class 5A Big East Conference on the backs of their high-powered offense. But Friday night at

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball overcomes adversity en route to playoffs
October 22, 2017
No matter the level or classification it plays at, almost every high school sports team is dealt a difficult challenge at some point. For the

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Pine-Richland cross country teams impress at warm-up events
Just 12 days before the WPIAL cross country championships, the girls and boys squads at Pine-Richland participated in the ideal warm-up event: Slippery Rock University's

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Franklin Regional slows down Blanks, escapes North Hills with win
October 20, 2017
It wasn't pretty game, but thanks to some staunch defensive play, a steady rushing game and one big play in the passing game, Franklin Regional

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Pine-Richland field hockey looks to finish in postseason
October 16, 2017
Not much more could be asked of the Pine-Richland field hockey team. Last year's WPIAL Class AAA runners-up steamrolled their way through the regular season

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Pine-Richland's Jack Wymard hits out of a bunker on Hole 15 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Solid season for Pine-Richland boys golf
The Pine-Richland boys golf team took third place at the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon on Oct.

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Fast start helps No. 1 Steel Valley take down No. 3 East Allegheny
October 14, 2017
In a WPIAL Three Rivers Conference matchup between two of the top-ranked teams in the their classification, No. 1 Steel Valley utilized its stiff defense

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Pine-Richland girls tennis qualifies for PIAA tournament for 1st time
October 8, 2017
A year after falling to Fox Chapel in the WPIAL Class AAA championship tournament consolation match, Pine-Richland girls tennis entered this season's postseason as a

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Pine-Richland girls soccer on a roll
It didn't take long for Pine-Richland girls soccer to extend the program's streak of consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins to eight, as this

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McKeesport runs past Kiski Area in Big East Conference
October 7, 2017
On many occasions during Kiski Area's 48-14 loss to No. 4 McKeesport, the Cavaliers were in the right place at the right time. Oftentimes, the

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Major goals ahead for Pine-Richland hockey team
October 1, 2017
The Pine-Richland hockey team finished in the bottom half of the PIHL Class AAA standings last season, in large part because it finished second to

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Greensburg Central Catholic pulls away from Leechburg with big second half
September 29, 2017
After a closely contested first half between Class A Eastern Conference foes, Greensburg Central Catholic (2-4, 1-2) turned a 20-13 halftime lead into a 36-13

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Six Pine-Richland boys advance to WPIAL golf semis; Freyvogel to represent Rams girls in WPIAL final
September 24, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys golf team steamrolled its Section 3-AAA competition on its way to clinching the section title. As individuals, the Rams have continued to

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Quaker Valley shuts out Central Valley in matchup of top 5 teams
September 23, 2017
Quaker Valley and Central Valley each rolled into their Beaver Valley Conference tilt Friday night sporting 1-0 conference records. Both teams employ similar offenses that

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Pine-Richland's Abhinav Venkatakrishnan and North Hills' Nate Sual compete Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at North Hills.
Pine-Richland boys soccer looking to bounce back from pair of tough section losses
September 17, 2017
Last week was a challenging one for the Pine-Richland boys soccer team in Section 1-AAAA. After defeating North Hills, 2-0, on Monday, the Rams (2-2-2,

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Strong second half propels Brashear past Westinghouse
September 16, 2017
Westinghouse entered Cupples Stadium for its City League tilt versus Brashear undefeated and unscored upon through two games. The Bulldogs' streak lasted for one quarter

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Pine-Richland boys golf rides hard work to 7-0 start
September 10, 2017
After graduating one senior off of last year's roster, the Pine-Richland boys team entered this season with a group of talented, experienced golfers. The Rams

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Pine-Richland girls tennis rolling through section
The Pine-Richland girls tennis team is halfway through its Section 2-AAA schedule, and its play couldn't be going any more smoothly. The Rams (4-0) knocked

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Palko’s gamble pays off as West Allegheny edges North Hills in overtime
September 9, 2017
During regulation of his team's Class 5A Allegheny Nine Conference game against North Hills, West Allegheny coach Bob Palko repeatedly came up empty on his

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball optimistic about season
September 3, 2017
The Pine-Richland girls volleyball team hasn't played an official contest yet, but the work the group put in during the preseason has coach Amanda Fetter

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Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone scores against Bethel Park during the WPIAL Class 6A First Round Playoff game at Blackhawk Stadium on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
Pine-Richland’s Falcone keeps up production rate
Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone was one of the WPIAL's most productive wide receivers last season, catching 59 passes for a district-best 1,229 yards with 14 touchdowns

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No. 1 Pine-Richland holds off Mt. Lebanon in offensive shootout
September 2, 2017
A good, old-fashioned shootout took place at Pine-Richland Stadium on Friday night, with a pair of gunslingers stepping forward to lead their offenses. Rams quarterback

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Pine-Richland's Megan Donnelly and Abby Waryanka compete during practice Aug. 23, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls to lean on young, balanced lineup
August 27, 2017
The standard for what a successful season looks like has been set for the Pine-Richland girls soccer team, and it's not an easy mark to

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Pine-Richland aims to return to WPIAL field hockey title game
Last season, the Pine-Richland field hockey team put together a landmark campaign. For the first time in program history, the Rams went undefeated in Section

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Monessen's Mattie Telegraphis, left, during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen girls soccer making important strides
August 26, 2017
At first glance, a 4-12 record might not have given the Monessen girls soccer team reason to celebrate last season. Considering the Greyhounds went 1-67-1

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Monessen's Cory Flemming during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen boys soccer ready for more growth
The Monessen boys soccer team was a young group that was short on experience last season. As a result, the Greyhounds experienced growing pains. They

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North Allegheny, Trueman take control against Morgantown
August 25, 2017
North Allegheny won the opening coin toss, elected to receive and then proceeded to start off its season with a strong and steady drive that

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Pine-Richland head football coach Eric Kasperowicz conducts the first week of workouts Aug. 14.
With wealth of talented, experienced players, Pine-Richland football team sets bar high
August 20, 2017
It wouldn't take a crystal ball to predict that the offense for the Pine-Richland football team is going to be explosive this season. Judging by

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Pine-Richland girls golf has solid 1-2 punch with Freyvogel, Chopra
Last season came down to the wire for the Pine-Richland girls golf team. After a slow start left the team lower than it would have

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward heads a corner kick as she jumps over Vincentian Academy's Keely Aiken #9 in their WPIAL Class A Girl's Soccer Semifinal at Elizabeth Forward High School on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic shut out Vincentian Academy 5-0.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer moves past sizable turnover
This season is bound to be different from the last few for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team. After all, Bailey Cartwright has graduated

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Competition heating up for Pine-Richland boys soccer
August 13, 2017
Last season, the Pine-Richland boys soccer team finished third in Section 1-4A, which was just enough to clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. From there, the

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Pine-Richland hires Welty as boys lacrosse coach
August 6, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team will have a new leader after hiring Kevin Welty to take over as coach. Welty, who spent the last four

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Pine-Richland golfer Aiyana Chopra shines during summer tour
After competing for three months in the Isaly's Junior Golf Tour, competition in the summer circuit came to a close for Pine-Richland's Aiyana Chopra on

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Newcomers sustaining success for Pine-Richland girls tennis
September 15, 2018
It's not every year Pine-Richland girls tennis coach Janet Chappell rolls out five new starters in her lineup. And if it does happen, it's usually

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Pine-Richland boys golf shooting up the ranks after 10-0 start
Behind an experienced group of veteran leaders, the Pine-Richland boys golf team is tearing its way through its WPIAL Section 3-AAA schedule this season. With

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Central Catholic totals 12 sacks, avoids upset vs. Hempfield
September 14, 2018
Behind a defense that produced 12 sacks, No. 4 Central Catholic toppled WPIAL Class 6A Quad County Conference foe Hempfield, 28-13, on Friday. Defensive tackle

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Freshman kicker boots winning FG as Franklin Regional edges Latrobe
September 7, 2018
After trailing for the first 40 minutes, 44 seconds of their game against WPIAL Class 5A Big East foe Latrobe, Franklin Regional battled back to

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Penn-Trafford field hockey relies on defensive play while offense evolves
In its quest for a three-peat in WPIAL Class AA, the Penn-Trafford field hockey team will look to begin its title defense by getting downright

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball looking for consistency as young lineup develops
After making the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs with a combination of young talent and experienced returning starters last year, the Pine-Richland girls volleyball team will

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Young Pine-Richland girls golfers improving under new coach
Peter Hawk understands he's walking into a unique situation as the first-year coach of the Pine-Richland girls golf team. In fact, the former Edinboro tennis

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North Hills girls volleyball aims to change course under new coach
September 6, 2018
Plenty of first-year varsity coaches talk about changing the culture around a program that had a tough season the year before their arrival. Renewing the

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Defense leads Elizabeth Forward to victory over Deer Lakes
August 31, 2018
Powered by an opportunistic defensive performance, the Elizabeth Forward football team got out ahead early against Deer Lakes and stayed there, knocking off the Lancers,

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Talented, experienced Pine-Richland field hockey set to begin title defense
On the heels of winning the program's first WPIAL championship, the Pine-Richland field hockey team returns plenty of talent and experience with the hopes of

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Pine-Richland softball’s Alyssa Miller plays for Team USA in Dominican Republic
It will still be a while before Alyssa Miller is suiting up in her Pine-Richland softball uniform. But until then, the all-section honorable mention outfielder

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New coach forming new attitude with North Hills girls soccer
August 30, 2018
For the second time in as many years, the North Hills girls soccer program will be breaking in a new head coach. Rachelle Dixon has

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Experienced group returns to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
August 25, 2018
Despite spending last season breaking in a host of new players, including multiple freshmen starters, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team hoisted a third consecutive Section

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Experienced group returns to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
Despite spending last season breaking in a host of new players, including multiple freshmen starters, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team hoisted a third consecutive Section

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Pine-Richland boys soccer ready to ‘buckle down’ in challenging Section 1-4A
For the last couple of weeks, the Pine-Richland boys soccer team has been waking up at nearly the crack of dawn to train for the

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Running game propels Gateway past Mt. Lebanon
The Gateway offense picked up from where it left off during its dominant run to a WPIAL Class 5A title in 2017. Derrick Davis kicked

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North Hills boys soccer learns from struggles, switches to Class 3A
August 23, 2018
Nearly all of the North Hills boys soccer players are returning from last season's challenging, injury-plagued campaign. For the first time in coach Jared Steigerwald's

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Pine-Richland center Michael Dorundo (left) competes during practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.
Pine-Richland set to kick off season against top-ranked team in country
The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion in Pennsylvania's largest classification, Pine-Richland, will battle the top-ranked football team in the country at 7:30 p.m. Friday at

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Westinghouse leaning on defense, attitude
August 19, 2018
If there's one thing the Westinghouse football team wants to do each Friday night this season, it's to play their own bullying brand of football.

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Pride becoming contagious at Perry Traditional Academy
The pride Rod Rutherford has in his alma mater, Perry Traditional Academy, is evident. Now, in his second season as head coach at Perry --

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Offensive line to pave way for University Prep
After graduating a dozen seniors from a team that finished in a tie for first place in the City League's regular season standings last year,

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Samantha Felder scores against Brockway during the second half of their PIAA Class A girls playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Moon Area High School. GCC won, 3-2.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer geared for WPIAL title defense
The Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team is used to defending WPIAL titles. After all, the Centurions have totaled five championships since 2010, including last

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Luke Mort, makes his way past Nate Ward, during soccer practice at Greensburg Central Catholic High School, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer works on mental approach
After winning 14 regular-season games last season, the Greensburg Central Catholic boys soccer team was upended in the WPIAL Class A playoff quarterfinals by Winchester

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Pine-Richland reloads in quest to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
August 14, 2018
For a team that graduated its leading passer, its top three rushers and its top five pass-catchers from last year, it would be reasonable to

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North Hills looks to rebound with toughness, speed
After putting together a run of five straight seasons with a postseason appearance, the North Hills football team missed the playoffs last year. The Indians

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Pine-Richland’s Schieder commits to play volleyball at Villanova
August 10, 2018
Once Maddie Schieder saw the campus at Villanova, she said she started to get a feeling she couldn't shake. She was looking at the place

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Pine-Richland’s JD Armstrong made a verbal commitment to High Point.
Pine-Richland’s Armstrong to play baseball at High Point
August 3, 2018
Pine-Richland rising senior J.D. Armstrong has cemented his college plans by announcing his commitment to play baseball at High Point. The Rams shortstop is the

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Former Pine-Richland golfer Kremer nets 1st ace at Sewickley Heights
July 20, 2018
For most of his life, recently graduated Pine-Richland golfer Jack Kremer has been cutting his teeth on his home course, Sewickley Heights Golf Club. For

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Pine-Richland welcomes new hockey coach
July 14, 2018
Back in 2006, Jordan Yoklic helped lead the Pine-Richland hockey team to a state championship as a senior player under the watchful eye of coach

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Pine-Richland coach, players help North United claim regional title
For a few years now, the U16 North United Rush club girls soccer team has competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, held

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Pine-Richland lacrosse players, from left, Ryan Springer, Reis Ravotti and Will Harnick, took part in the Baltimore Summer Kickoff Tournament in Baltimore, Md., June 23-24, 2018.
Pine-Richland lacrosse players shine at summer tournament
July 6, 2018
The Low and Away 2019 team, a competitive summer boys lacrosse team composed of some of the top rising seniors from the WPIAL area, took

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Pine-Richland's Michael Katic celebrates with Kenny White after White's touchdown agianst North Allegheny in the first quarter Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Michael Katic excited about committing to play football at Indiana
Pine-Richland offensive lineman Michael Katic, a rising senior, solidified his future by committing to play at Indiana. Katic played offensive guard and defensive tackle during

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The 2018 Pine-Richland boys ultimate Frisbee team captured the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League championship.
Pine-Richland Frisbee team defends Ultimate league title
June 8, 2018
For the second consecutive season, the Pine-Richland boys ultimate Frisbee team captured the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League championship. The Rams defended their title with

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Pine-Richland’s Meckler, girls 400 relay set school records at PIAA meet
The Pine-Richland track and field team was well-represented at the PIAA championship meet, held at Shippensburg on May 25-26, with multiple Rams finishing on the

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Seniors helped Pine-Richland reach WPIAL quarterfinals
June 1, 2018
With its 9-1 loss to Hempfield in the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs, the Pine-Richland baseball team's season came to an end.

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Pine-Richland boys lacrosse rebounds from semifinal loss
WPIAL postseason play is expected to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride for the teams that earn the right to duke it out in

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Sarah Mooney, a junior at Pine-Richland, earned the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2017 Student of the Year as she raised more that $11K for the organization in just seven weeks.
Pine-Richland’s Mooney honored for fundraising efforts
May 25, 2018
Pine-Richland senior Sarah Mooney won the 2017-18 Most Positive Athlete in Western Pennsylvania honor for field hockey after spearheading a campaign that raised more than

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Pine-Richland relays shine at WPIAL meet
For the fifth consecutive year, the Pine-Richland track and field team sent its girls 400-meter relay team to the PIAA championship meet after the group's

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The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team celebrates after defeating Sewickley Academy in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game May 24, 2018, at Robert Morris.
Pine-Richland girls secure back-to-back WPIAL lacrosse titles
May 24, 2018
From the onset of their WPIAL Class AAA championship game against Sewickley Academy, the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team established a stranglehold on the action and

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North Hills athletes bring home WPIAL hardware
The North Hills track and field team put forth a strong showing at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championship meet May 17 at

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Members of the Hampton girls lacrosse team celebrate their victory over Quaker Valley in the WPIAL Class AA championship game May 24, 2018, at Robert Morris.
Hampton edges Quaker Valley for 2nd straight WPIAL girls lacrosse title
After 50 minutes of back-and-forth action Thursday, the Hampton girls lacrosse team utilized a late-scoring run to stay ahead of Quaker Valley and secure an

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Pine Township’s Komoroski excels at national competition
May 18, 2018
Pine Township resident Maddie Komoroski put together an impressive showing at the 2018 Level 9 Eastern National Gymnastics Championships on May 6, grabbing second-place honors

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Pine-Richland third baseman Troy Laneve competes against North Allegheny on April 19, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland baseball places 8 on all-section team
The WPIAL Class 6A baseball playoffs are underway, and defending champion Pine-Richland is hoping to have plenty of ball left after topping Peters Township, 4-1,

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North Hills softball to miss senior leadership
May 17, 2018
After months and months of grinding it out and putting in the effort on the softball diamond, it was one tough inning that ended up

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Young West Mifflin clears obstacles to make softball playoffs
May 14, 2018
For the first time in four years, and just the third time in the last 20, the West Mifflin softball team has earned a place

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Pine-Richland second baseman Cam Devinney completes a forceout against Shaler's Jamie Lappe Monday, May, 7, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland softball hopes for strong run in first playoff appearance in four years
May 11, 2018
The third time ended up being the charm for the Pine-Richland softball team. The Rams finished the season with a winning record for the third

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Pine-Richland track and field hoping for successful WPIAL meet
With 17 girls and 10 boys achieving qualifying marks, the Pine-Richland boys and girls track and field teams will be coming close to packing an

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North Hills athletes prep for WPIAL track championships
May 10, 2018
Despite having one of their smaller rosters in recent memory, the North Hills boys and girls teams managed to qualify a combined 10 athletes for

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Sam Skirpan (right) celebrates after scoring Pine-Richland's first goal Monday, May, 1, 2018, at Seneca Valley.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse clinches section title
May 4, 2018
For the third consecutive season, the Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team clinched the Section 4-AAA championship. Last season, the Rams utilized offensive power to carry them

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Pine-Richland girls lacrosse aims to stay focused for playoff run
The ram and the goat might be different animals, but as far as coach Brittany Adams and her Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team are concerned, the

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North Hills second baseman Jordan Albright (13) competes against Mars Monday, April 30, 2018, at North Hills.
Hot bats lead North Hills into baseball playoffs
May 3, 2018
Heading into this year's varsity baseball season, North Hills returned a roster that featured a wealth of experience, including 11 seniors and three juniors. A

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North Hills' James Hollinger (2) competes against Seneca Valley Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Seneca Valley.
Strong defense bolsters North Hills boys lacrosse
April 26, 2018
With a little more than half of the WPIAL boys lacrosse season in the books, most of the success North Hills has had has been

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Pine-Richland's David Pohlod competes against Deer Lakes Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
With Olson injured, Pine-Richland volleyball making adjustments
April 20, 2018
On the heels of completing its first go-around of matches against its Section 2-AAA foes, the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team is preparing to make midseason

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Pine-Richland boys tennis team satisfied with march to playoffs
There have been plenty of challenges for the Pine-Richland boys tennis team this season. Whether it was the matches played in bitter cold weather, or

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North Hills girls lacrosse defines itself with defense
April 19, 2018
In the harshly competitive Section 3-AAA, the North Hills girls lacrosse team has managed to battle and scrape its way to a 4-2 record and

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Pine-Richland ultimate Frisbee team off to fast start
April 13, 2018
After winning the Pittsburgh area ultimate Frisbee title last season against the top competition that the region has to offer, and following that up with

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Pine-Richland crew gearing up for 1st spring race
April 6, 2018
After a successful fall season and a winter that refuses to quit, the Pine-Richland crew team is itching to get outside and onto the water.

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Relays, hurdlers excel for Pine-Richland track
While inclement weather hasn't permitted coach Bill Crummy to fine-tune the techniques of all his runners, the Pine-Richland track and field athletes are preparing as

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Pine-Richland softball focusing on pitching, defense in playoff bid
April 2, 2018
After missing out on the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs last season by one game, the Pine-Richland softball team is doing what it can to prevent

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Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team charges to 3-0 start
They might only be three games into the season, but the Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team is off to as strong of a start as possible.

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Pine-Richland catcher Matt Wood competes during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland baseball rebuilds pitching rotation
March 25, 2018
After taking the WPIAL Class 6A championship thanks in large part to a shutdown pitching staff and a timely ability to manufacture runs, the Pine-Richland

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Defending WPIAL lacrosse champion Pine-Richland loaded with talent
March 18, 2018
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team enjoyed a storybook season a year ago, as the Rams won the WPIAL Class AAA championship. Several valuable contributors graduated,

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Tall task ahead for Pine-Richland boys volleyball opponents
After spending the past few years as an assistant coach for the Pine-Richland boys volleyball team, Shawn Grady is preparing for his first season as

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After trip to WPIAL playoffs, Greensburg Salem baseball aims to take next step
March 13, 2018
Last season, the Greensburg Salem baseball team appeared in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs for the first time in five years. While it was a

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Experienced juniors set to lead Greensburg Salem softball
For the first time in nearly four decades, the Greensburg Salem softball team will have a new head coach in the dugout. Rachel Brannigan has

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Return to playoffs a success for Pine-Richland hockey
March 12, 2018
Pine-Richland's return to the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs was a good one. In the postseason for the first time since 2013, the Rams beat Hempfield,

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Fresh faces fill Pine-Richland boys tennis lineup
Pine-Richland boys tennis will have a new look this season after graduating the bulk of last year's starting roster. Whether the Rams, who started their

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Pine-Richland swimmer Alex Steger fares well at WPIALs
March 4, 2018
Pine-Richland senior Alex Steger closed his WPIAL career with a strong performance at the Class AAA swimming championships at Pitt's Trees Pool this past week,

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Aquinas Academy, Pine-Richland fencing teams earn bronze medals
The Aquinas Academy boys fell just short in Friday's PIFA fencing championships against Peters Township, losing 5-3 in the semifinals at Oakland Catholic on Friday.

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Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner captures 2nd gold at WPIAL swimming championships
March 2, 2018
Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner turned last season's silver medal in the 50-yard freestyle into a gold medal this year with her performance Thursday during

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North Allegheny teams again sweep WPIAL swimming championships
Another year, another pair of WPIAL Class AAA championships for the North Allegheny boys and girls swimming teams, and another plunge into Trees Pool for

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Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner, Belle Vernon’s Spekis take WPIAL gold
March 1, 2018
A pair of Westmoreland County swimmers earned their first taste of WPIAL individual gold at Day 1 of the Class AA boys and girls swimming

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Pine-Richland's Andrew Kristofic grabs the ball from Fox Chapel's Kenyon Weiss during 6-A boys WPIAL quarterfinal action at North Hills Middle School.
Pine-Richland diver Shaw qualifies for PIAA meet
February 25, 2018
In a field stacked with the best divers in WPIAL Class AAA, Pine-Richland's Austin Shaw did more than hold his own. The senior cemented his

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Pine-Richland girls fencing ready for postseason
The Pine-Richland fencing team is preparing for the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association playoffs, which take place Friday at Allderdice. The boys team is not certain

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Ringgold's Anna Vogt won the WPIAL Class AA girls diving title Feb. 23, 2018, at South Park.
Ringgold’s Vogt, CWNC’s Maziarz win WPIAL Class AA diving titles
February 23, 2018
Heading into the final dive of the WPIAL Class AA girls diving championship Friday afternoon, the scores were still too tight to determine a favorite.

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Pine-Richland freshman Cole Spencer smiles after defeating Montour's Nico Marsico during the 152-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Pine-Richland wrestlers shift focus to individual postseason success
February 18, 2018
On Saturday, the WPIAL Class AAA individual postseason will begin for the Pine-Richland wrestling team as it heads to Fox Chapel to for the Section

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Pine-Richland girls prep for playoff test against Norwin
In large part because of its ability to scratch out two tough section wins in its final three Section 1-6A contests, the Pine-Richland girls basketball

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Moon captures 2nd straight WPIAL gymnastics championship
February 16, 2018
In the comforts of their home gym, members of the Moon gymnastics team edged a tough Thomas Jefferson squad by a margin of just one-tenth

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Return of key players helps prime Pine-Richland hockey for playoffs
February 11, 2018
Few teams in the PIHL are as hot as the Pine-Richland hockey team. The Rams have won four of their past five games to vault

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Aquinas Academy fending team prepares to push toward postseason
February 4, 2018
After winning four of its first five matches, the Aquinas Academy fencing team faced one of its most difficult challenges of the season when it

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Seniors lead Highlands boys to victory over Kiski Area
February 2, 2018
The Highlands boys basketball team typically doesn't start five seniors. But on senior night against Kiski Area, it did just that and did it with

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Members of the Norwin competitive spirit team competed at the PIAA championship Jan. 20, 2018, in Hershey.
Norwin spirit prepares for nationals
January 29, 2018
After parlaying a second-place finish in the large group division at the WPIAL competitive spirit championships into a PIAA championship berth, Norwin capitalized on its

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Bethel Park girls get defensive to take down Mt. Lebanon in Section 3-6A showdown
The Bethel Park girls basketball team held Mt. Lebanon to single-digit scoring outputs in three of four quarters Monday night, en route to dispatching the

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Pine-Richland's Amaan Kazi competes in the 100 fly against North Hills Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at North Hills.
Pine-Richland swimmers seize opportunity
January 28, 2018
The team results for the boys and girls swimmers at Pine-Richland have been mixed. Both started hot, but once the Section 2-AAA schedule opened, the

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Pine-Richland's Lauren Freyvogel won the PIAA Class AAA golf title Oct. 24, 2017, at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Pine-Richland golfer Freyvogel honored in Harrisburg
Last year was special for Pine-Richland golfer Lauren Freyvogel, one that included capturing a PIAA Class AAA individual title and a college commitment to Virginia.

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Fast start vaults No. 2 Peters Township past No. 3 Bethel Park
January 22, 2018
From the opening tip of a WPIAL Section 3-6A matchup against No. 3 Bethel Park, the No. 2 Peters Township girls basketball team came out

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Chartiers-Houston's Alexa Williamson is pressured by OLSH's Haley Hamilton during their game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Moon.
Temple recruit Alexa Williamson increases output for Chartiers-Houston girls
January 21, 2018
About four years ago, Laura Montecalvo accepted the position of head coach for the Chartiers-Houston girls basketball team with little knowledge of the group of

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Aquinas Academy's Mary Casamassa dribbles downcourt during against Winchester Thurston on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.
Aquinas Academy girls basketball excels in first season in WPIAL
Over the past five years, the Aquinas Academy girls basketball team has carved out its place as the premier program in the Southwestern Christian Athletic

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Pine-Richland hockey trio heading to All-Star game
The Pine-Richland hockey team has been battling its way to success this season, going 7-4-2 in PIHL Class AA as it readies for the home

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OLSH's Kennede Mickle scores past Chartiers-Houston's Madison Simpson during their game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Moon.
Suffocating defense helps No. 3 OLSH girls snap No. 1 Chartiers-Houston’s section winning streak
January 18, 2018
In a matchup that pitted the top two teams in Section 1-2A, it was team defense that made the difference as Our Lady of the

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Pine-Richland guard Meghan Luellen competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls basketball wants to build on 1st section win
January 14, 2018
An 0-3 start in Section 1-6A play was not what the Pine-Richland girls basketball team envisioned. On Thursday, however, the Rams (3-7, 1-3) found a

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High-scoring Thomas Jefferson girls race past Oakland Catholic
January 8, 2018
In a matchup between the highest-scoring team in WPIAL Class 5A and the classification's stingiest defense, it was the offensive firepower of No. 1 Thomas

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Pine-Richland cheer team reaches PIAAs
January 7, 2018
Despite being plagued with injuries, including ones that were suffered in the week leading up to the competition, the Pine-Richland competitive cheer team battled through

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New look, same expectations for Pine-Richland fencers
December 30, 2017
The Pine-Richland fencing team will open its 2018 season Friday at Oakland Catholic with a dual meets against Fox Chapel and Winchester Thurston. The boys

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Pine-Richland's Dan Petcash scores past Butler's John Michalek during their game Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Butler High School. Pine-Richland won, 80-64.
Pine-Richland’s Petcash makes name for himself
The Pine-Richland boys basketball team is off to a 5-1 start, and it's becoming clear Dan Petcash is a backcourt threat opponents must account for

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Pine-Richland hockey enters break on high note
December 24, 2017
The Pine-Richland hockey team entered the holiday break riding high, after toppling a strong Latrobe squad 6-5. The hard-fought victory was instrumental in keeping the

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Pine-Richland gymnasts optimistic despite loss
Right out of the gate this season, the Pine-Richland gymnastics team was competing in quite the measuring stick matchup against Moon, a program that has

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Pine-Richland swimmers see opportunity in roster turnover
December 17, 2017
Whether it is because of graduation, commitment to another sport or a move out of town, the Pine-Richland boys and girls swimming teams have had

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Newcomers ready to take plunge for Pine-Richland diving team
The 2016-17 season was productive for the Pine-Richland diving program, as coach Maria Misenhelter saw three of her divers place in the top 10 at

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Youth movement rises for Pine-Richland wrestling
December 3, 2017
Last year, the Pine-Richland wrestling team boasted a strong senior class that included Division I recruits in Hunter Baxter (Maryland), Garrett Burnham (Maryland), Alex Salas

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Pine-Richland football reloads, readies for state title game
With as many as twelve of its players, including quarterback Phil Jurkovec, battling illness, the Pine-Richland football team punched its ticket to the state title

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Pine-Richland senior Victoria Crankovic competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls basketball starts over with new cast
November 26, 2017
For some teams, the offseason is a time to sharpen players' skills and expand their games. But for the Pine-Richland girls basketball team, the offseason

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Pine-Richland point guard Greg Shulkosky competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland boys expect to be solid despite graduation losses
Part of why the Pine-Richland boys basketball team rattled off 28 wins on its way to a WPIAL Class 6A championship last season was the

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Pine fencer Hardman makes his point at Michigan competition
November 18, 2017
For the past few years, Pine resident Harry Hardman has been making a name for himself in the local community for the sport of fencing.

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Pine-Richland coach Jodi Chmielewski, Rams earn soccer honors
November 12, 2017
For her large part in guiding the Pine-Richland girls soccer team to a 16-2-1 overall record and a Section 1-AAAA crown, Jodi Chmielewski was named

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) rushes the ball downfield during their WPIAL playoff game agains North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
Jurkovec-led Pine-Richland marches into Heinz Field
Twelve games down and one to go for the Pine-Richland football team as it gears up for the WPIAL Class 6A championship game after ending

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Strong line combinations powering Pine-Richland attack
November 5, 2017
As coach Jim Black expected coming into this season, the Pine-Richland hockey team is displaying offensive firepower early in the 2017 campaign. So far, the

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Pine-Richland celebrates 1st WPIAL field hockey title
For the first time in school history, the Pine-Richland field hockey team won the WPIAL Class AAA championship after dispatching rival North Allegheny 4-0 last

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Montour's Seth Schleicher controls the ball in front of West Allegheny's Logan Keast during the boys WPIAL Class 3A championship game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Highmark Stadium.
Montour boys secure 1st WPIAL soccer championship
November 4, 2017
For the first time in school history, Montour brought home a WPIAL boys soccer championship trophy after defeating rival West Allegheny, 1-0, in the Class

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PIAA playoffs possible for Pine-Richland boys soccer
October 29, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys soccer team's dramatic postseason run hit an insurmountable hurdle Saturday when the Rams lost to top-seeded Peters Township, 4-1, in a WPIAL

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford celebrates with Kenny White after Whites touchdown against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
Pine-Richland football wants to guard against letdown
To say the Pine-Richland football team's regular season was a success is a vast understatement. The Rams (10-0, 6-0) marched through their WPIAL Class 6A

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Franklin Regional's Jacob Shedd gets taken down by a Gateway player when Franklin Regional hosted Gateway, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Franklin Regional slowed by Gateway defense in Big East loss
October 27, 2017
Throughout most of the regular season, Gateway chewed through Class 5A Big East Conference on the backs of their high-powered offense. But Friday night at

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball overcomes adversity en route to playoffs
October 22, 2017
No matter the level or classification it plays at, almost every high school sports team is dealt a difficult challenge at some point. For the

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Pine-Richland cross country teams impress at warm-up events
Just 12 days before the WPIAL cross country championships, the girls and boys squads at Pine-Richland participated in the ideal warm-up event: Slippery Rock University's

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Franklin Regional slows down Blanks, escapes North Hills with win
October 20, 2017
It wasn't pretty game, but thanks to some staunch defensive play, a steady rushing game and one big play in the passing game, Franklin Regional

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Pine-Richland field hockey looks to finish in postseason
October 16, 2017
Not much more could be asked of the Pine-Richland field hockey team. Last year's WPIAL Class AAA runners-up steamrolled their way through the regular season

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Pine-Richland's Jack Wymard hits out of a bunker on Hole 15 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Solid season for Pine-Richland boys golf
The Pine-Richland boys golf team took third place at the WPIAL Class AAA team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon on Oct.

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Fast start helps No. 1 Steel Valley take down No. 3 East Allegheny
October 14, 2017
In a WPIAL Three Rivers Conference matchup between two of the top-ranked teams in the their classification, No. 1 Steel Valley utilized its stiff defense

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Pine-Richland girls tennis qualifies for PIAA tournament for 1st time
October 8, 2017
A year after falling to Fox Chapel in the WPIAL Class AAA championship tournament consolation match, Pine-Richland girls tennis entered this season's postseason as a

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Pine-Richland girls soccer on a roll
It didn't take long for Pine-Richland girls soccer to extend the program's streak of consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins to eight, as this

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McKeesport runs past Kiski Area in Big East Conference
October 7, 2017
On many occasions during Kiski Area's 48-14 loss to No. 4 McKeesport, the Cavaliers were in the right place at the right time. Oftentimes, the

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Major goals ahead for Pine-Richland hockey team
October 1, 2017
The Pine-Richland hockey team finished in the bottom half of the PIHL Class AAA standings last season, in large part because it finished second to

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Greensburg Central Catholic pulls away from Leechburg with big second half
September 29, 2017
After a closely contested first half between Class A Eastern Conference foes, Greensburg Central Catholic (2-4, 1-2) turned a 20-13 halftime lead into a 36-13

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Six Pine-Richland boys advance to WPIAL golf semis; Freyvogel to represent Rams girls in WPIAL final
September 24, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys golf team steamrolled its Section 3-AAA competition on its way to clinching the section title. As individuals, the Rams have continued to

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Quaker Valley shuts out Central Valley in matchup of top 5 teams
September 23, 2017
Quaker Valley and Central Valley each rolled into their Beaver Valley Conference tilt Friday night sporting 1-0 conference records. Both teams employ similar offenses that

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Pine-Richland's Abhinav Venkatakrishnan and North Hills' Nate Sual compete Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at North Hills.
Pine-Richland boys soccer looking to bounce back from pair of tough section losses
September 17, 2017
Last week was a challenging one for the Pine-Richland boys soccer team in Section 1-AAAA. After defeating North Hills, 2-0, on Monday, the Rams (2-2-2,

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Strong second half propels Brashear past Westinghouse
September 16, 2017
Westinghouse entered Cupples Stadium for its City League tilt versus Brashear undefeated and unscored upon through two games. The Bulldogs' streak lasted for one quarter

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Pine-Richland boys golf rides hard work to 7-0 start
September 10, 2017
After graduating one senior off of last year's roster, the Pine-Richland boys team entered this season with a group of talented, experienced golfers. The Rams

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Pine-Richland girls tennis rolling through section
The Pine-Richland girls tennis team is halfway through its Section 2-AAA schedule, and its play couldn't be going any more smoothly. The Rams (4-0) knocked

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Palko’s gamble pays off as West Allegheny edges North Hills in overtime
September 9, 2017
During regulation of his team's Class 5A Allegheny Nine Conference game against North Hills, West Allegheny coach Bob Palko repeatedly came up empty on his

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Pine-Richland girls volleyball optimistic about season
September 3, 2017
The Pine-Richland girls volleyball team hasn't played an official contest yet, but the work the group put in during the preseason has coach Amanda Fetter

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Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone scores against Bethel Park during the WPIAL Class 6A First Round Playoff game at Blackhawk Stadium on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
Pine-Richland’s Falcone keeps up production rate
Pine-Richland's Raymond Falcone was one of the WPIAL's most productive wide receivers last season, catching 59 passes for a district-best 1,229 yards with 14 touchdowns

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No. 1 Pine-Richland holds off Mt. Lebanon in offensive shootout
September 2, 2017
A good, old-fashioned shootout took place at Pine-Richland Stadium on Friday night, with a pair of gunslingers stepping forward to lead their offenses. Rams quarterback

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Pine-Richland's Megan Donnelly and Abby Waryanka compete during practice Aug. 23, 2017, at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland girls to lean on young, balanced lineup
August 27, 2017
The standard for what a successful season looks like has been set for the Pine-Richland girls soccer team, and it's not an easy mark to

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Pine-Richland aims to return to WPIAL field hockey title game
Last season, the Pine-Richland field hockey team put together a landmark campaign. For the first time in program history, the Rams went undefeated in Section

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Monessen's Mattie Telegraphis, left, during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen girls soccer making important strides
August 26, 2017
At first glance, a 4-12 record might not have given the Monessen girls soccer team reason to celebrate last season. Considering the Greyhounds went 1-67-1

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Monessen's Cory Flemming during practice on Thursday Aug. 24, 2017 at Monessen.
Monessen boys soccer ready for more growth
The Monessen boys soccer team was a young group that was short on experience last season. As a result, the Greyhounds experienced growing pains. They

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North Allegheny, Trueman take control against Morgantown
August 25, 2017
North Allegheny won the opening coin toss, elected to receive and then proceeded to start off its season with a strong and steady drive that

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Pine-Richland head football coach Eric Kasperowicz conducts the first week of workouts Aug. 14.
With wealth of talented, experienced players, Pine-Richland football team sets bar high
August 20, 2017
It wouldn't take a crystal ball to predict that the offense for the Pine-Richland football team is going to be explosive this season. Judging by

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Pine-Richland girls golf has solid 1-2 punch with Freyvogel, Chopra
Last season came down to the wire for the Pine-Richland girls golf team. After a slow start left the team lower than it would have

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sydney Ward heads a corner kick as she jumps over Vincentian Academy's Keely Aiken #9 in their WPIAL Class A Girl's Soccer Semifinal at Elizabeth Forward High School on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016, in Elizabeth. Greensburg Central Catholic shut out Vincentian Academy 5-0.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer moves past sizable turnover
This season is bound to be different from the last few for the Greensburg Central Catholic girls soccer team. After all, Bailey Cartwright has graduated

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Competition heating up for Pine-Richland boys soccer
August 13, 2017
Last season, the Pine-Richland boys soccer team finished third in Section 1-4A, which was just enough to clinch a WPIAL playoff berth. From there, the

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Pine-Richland hires Welty as boys lacrosse coach
August 6, 2017
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team will have a new leader after hiring Kevin Welty to take over as coach. Welty, who spent the last four

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Pine-Richland golfer Aiyana Chopra shines during summer tour
After competing for three months in the Isaly's Junior Golf Tour, competition in the summer circuit came to a close for Pine-Richland's Aiyana Chopra on

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