Author: Kevin Lohman


Rebuilding girls golf team making progress at Pine-Richland
September 20, 2019
In many ways, the Pine-Richland girls golf team is at the beginning of a new era.

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Pine-Richland’s Victor Williams competes during a meet at Pine-Richland September 17, 2019.
Pine-Richland cross country teams picking up the pace
After finishing fifth out of 26 teams at the 17th annual Red, White &Blue Classic at the Schenley Oval, the Pine-Richland girls cross country team is trending upward as it continues to make its way through its 2019 schedule.

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North Hills runners showing pack mentality
With their meet season heating up, the North Hills cross country teams are showing some solid signs of progress under first-year coach Shannon Metzler.

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Jeannette gives coach Roy Hall his 100th career win in rout of Avella
September 13, 2019
Before the first quarter was over, Jeannette’s Roy Hall had a pretty good idea he was about to record the 100th victory of his coaching career Friday night.

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Freshman Kaili Doctor has stepped into one of the outside hitter spots for Pine-Richland.
First-year coach has reloaded Pine-Richland volleyball team humming
First-year Pine-Richland volleyball coach Hanna Ayhan already has a firm grasp on the level of talent that this season’s squad possesses, and she has a clear vision of what the team is capable of.

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Pine-Richland’s Ava Loskoch is committed to play field hockey at Allegheny.
Pine-Richland field hockey racking up big wins
The Pine-Richland field hockey team is only a handful of games deep into its 2019 season but has still managed to topple some of the toughest programs that Western Pennsylvania has to offer.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling (11) looks for an open receiver against Fox Chapel August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills finding different ways to win
September 12, 2019
The North Hills football team is off to a hot start with a 3-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference play.

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Donnie Professori of Pine-Richland tees off during the 99th Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Championship on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Westmoreland Country Club.
Roster turnover can’t slow Pine-Richland golf
September 6, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys golf team is in the rare position of replacing seven seniors who graduated from its 2018 team.

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North Hills’ Emma Patsilevas (24) competes during a scrimmage game August 28, 2019 at North Hills
North Hills volleyball looks to build with experienced roster
September 5, 2019
While the WPIAL volleyball season has yet to hit full swing, North Hills is showing signs of promise as the girls team looks to rebound after suffering through a few challenging seasons.

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North Hills’ Chris Thornton (20) and Shady Side Academy’s (7) Jack Naughton compete during a scrimmage game August 20, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills boys soccer strives to complete turnaround
August 29, 2019
From the start of the 2017 season to the early stages of the ‘18 season, the North Hills boys soccer team went 2-21-1.

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Hampton players look on during the pre-game coin toss Aug. 23, 2019, at Knoch.
Knoch blanks Hampton in season opener
August 23, 2019
Entering their WPIAL Week Zero nonconferene matchup, the 52nd edition of the Knoch versus Hampton rivalry, the all-time series was tied at 25-25-1.

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Pine-Richland junior Megan Donnelly scored 31 goals last season, earning all-state and All-American honors.
Donnelly, potent scoring attack poised to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
In each of the last nine seasons, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team has totaled double-digit wins.

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New coach, new system, same dedication for Pine-Richland boys soccer
The Pine-Richland boys soccer team will be guided by first-year coach Jordan Wiegand, and he will lead a roster that has more sophomores than juniors and more juniors than seniors.

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Latrobe’s Morgan Reilly (16) and Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (9) compete during a scrimmage game August 17, 2019 at Plum High.
Latrobe girls soccer team ready for next step
August 22, 2019
After making incremental progress last fall and finishing with two wins in challenging Section 3-4A, the Latrobe girls soccer team is looking to take another step forward this season.

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Westinghouse’s Dayon Hayes is a Pitt recruit and one of the premier players in Western Pennsylvania
Pitt recruit Hayes, Westinghouse set sights on City League title
August 21, 2019
Allderdice knocked Westinghouse out of the City Leagues playoffs the past two seasons, and the Bulldogs aren’t too happy about it.

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University Prep linebacker Michael Snowden
University Prep football gathering explosive, experienced offense
The University Prep football team enters City League play this season boasting a roster brimming with talent and a good deal of experience, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

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Perry football building around seniors Oaks, Prioleau
For the Perry Traditional Academy football program, last season was one to build upon as the team boosted its win total from one in 2017 to three in 2018.

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North Hills’ Damon Thompson (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 6, 2019.
North Hills football team looks to power its way to playoff run
August 16, 2019
The North Hills football team’s formula for success is no secret. On offense, the Indians prefer to lean on strong line play to pave the way for a potent rushing attack. On defense, they stymie their opponent’s attempts to do the same.

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Pine-Richland wide receiver Luke Miller (right) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 7, 2019.
Pine-Richland football team striving for 3-peat
August 15, 2019
The Pine-Richland football team will be seeking to accomplish one of the most rare achievements in WPIAL football history, winning three straight championships in the league’s highest classification — a feat that has only been accomplished by one team in the last century, North Allegheny from 2010-12.

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Neil Walker is part of the first class in the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame announces 1st class
August 9, 2019
The Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame announced its first class of inductees as decided upon by the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

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Jordan Wiegand works with the Deer Lakes varsity soccer team during practice August 20, 2018, at Deer Lakes.
New Pine-Richland boys soccer coach Wiegand prepares for season
August 2, 2019
Jordan Wiegand spent his high school years playing soccer for North Hills, and now he will lead one of his alma mater’s biggest rivals as he is preparing to enter his first season at the helm of the Pine-Richland boys soccer team.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Tommy Beam (22) competes against Penn-Trafford April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland’s Tommy Beam: WVU ‘really fit my personality’
July 27, 2019
While Pine-Richland baseball player Tommy Beam is only halfway through his high school career, he decided he did not need the next two years to deliberate on his college plans. The Rams standout pitcher cemented his college decision July 5 when he announced on Twitter he had committed to play at West Virginia.

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Pat Weber at Weber, the assistant principal at North Hills High School, was named the district’s athletic director on May 2, 2019.
Patrick Weber steps into athletic director role at North Hills
July 18, 2019
North Hills School District has a new leader in the athletic department, after the school board tabbed high school Assistant Principal Patrick Weber to the position of athletic director, active July 1.

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Pine Richland’s Nate Lukez beats Chartiers Valley’s Zachary Macy 6-5 in the 138lbs bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Pine-Richland’s Lukez commits to wrestle for Army
June 21, 2019
Nate Lukez still has one more year to build his status as one of the winningest wrestlers in Pine-Richland history.

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Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Sarver will play tennis at Lafayette.
Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Sarver to play tennis at Lafayette
Former Pine-Richland tennis player Alyssa Sarver has cemented her college decision, planning to continue her athletic pursuits at Lafayette.

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Pine resident Ty Voit went 89th overall in the Ontario Hockey League draft and ninth overall in the United States Hockey League draft.
Pine’s Voit drafted in OHL and USHL
June 13, 2019
Pine resident Ty Voit recently received two of the biggest honors of his hockey career within the span of one month when he was selected in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft and the 2019 United States Hockey League Phase I draft.

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Pine-Richland’s Danielle Bryant placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA championships.
Sophomore season a resounding success for Pine-Richland’s Bryant
June 8, 2019
For Pine-Richland track and field athlete Danielle Bryant, her sophomore season wasn’t just encouraging or promising.

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North Hills’ Lirion Murtezi (Center) holds the Big 33 trophy with teammates.
North Hills’ Murtezi honored to compete in Big 33 Football Classic
June 6, 2019
Former North Hills football player Lirion Murtezi put an exclamation point on his impressive high school football career May 27 when he suited up for the 62nd annual Big 33 Football Classic at Landis Field at Speed Ebersole Stadium.

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The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AAA title.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse soaks up WPIAL title experience
May 31, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team left little doubt as to which WPIAL Class AAA team was the best this year after toppling Mt. Lebanon, 12-5, to win the program’s first title last Friday at Robert Morris.

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North Hills senior linebacker Brandon Manning competes during a practice.
North Hills’ Manning, Babicz honored for dedication to 3 sports
May 30, 2019
North Hills seniors Brandon Manning and Natalie Babicz are two members of a dying breed, and on May 22, they were honored for it at the Northern Athletic Director’s Association Tri-Athlete Banquet at the Chadwick.

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Pine-Richland’s Olivia Hanulak (right) played in the U.S. women’s national tournament.
Members of Pine-Richland girls lacrosse participate in national tournament
May 24, 2019
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse program was well-represented at the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s national tournament on May 25-26 in Baltimore.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Pair of North Hills track and field athletes headed for PIAAs
May 23, 2019
The North Hills track and field team received stellar performances from two of its athletes at the WPIAL Class AAA championships May 16 at Slippery Rock, with both punching their tickets to the PIAA championships.

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Pine-Richland’s Danielle Bryant won 300 hurdles title at the WPIAL championship meet May 17, 2019, at Slippery Rock. Teammate Chalondra Clarke finished fifth.
Pine-Richland’s Bryant garners WPIAL gold in 300 hurdles
May 17, 2019
The Rams were on the charge at the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships last Thursday at Slippery Rock, toppling a school record and earning a handful of bids to the PIAA meet.

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North Hills’ Tyler Brennan runs the ball against Penn-Trafford defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
North Hills honors future college athletes
On May 10, North Hills High School sent off 16 of its student-athletes with its third annual College-Bound Student Athlete Recognition Reception, celebrating their significant accomplishment in securing a roster spot on a collegiate athletic team.

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Sean Adams and his Pine-Richland teammates received a No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the WPIAL playoffs.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team buckles up for playoff run
May 10, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team was on a roll, toppling three straight opponents by a total score of 53-2 as it headed into its season finale against rival North Allegheny.

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Pine-Richland’s Meghan Luellen (19) chases down a loose ball against Fox Chapel’s Mary Ellis (2) April 3, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Pine-Richland girls lacrosse shoots for WPIAL 3-peat
May 9, 2019
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team may be entering this year’s WPIAL Class 3A playoffs with a few more losses than in their last two championship-winning seasons, but they still loom large as a threat to win it all.

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North Hills softball riding hot streak
North Hills might be the hottest team in WPIAL Class 6A softball. The Indians had the classification’s longest winning streak at eight games.

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North Allegheny’s Caroline Wrigley (left) and Pine-Richland’s Lauren Freyvogel were teammates in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championship, at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, North Allegheny’s Wrigley make USGA cut
May 2, 2019
Over the past few years, Pine-Richland’s Lauren Freyvogel and North Allegheny’s Caroline Wrigley have dueled on the golf course, jockeying for top honors at WPIAL championship and PIAA state title events while representing rival schools.

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Pine-Richland senior Morgan Hall competes during practice March 20, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland softball working through struggles at plate
April 26, 2019
If there has been an overarching trait for the Pine-Richland softball team’s season, it has been suffering tough losses.

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North Hills shortstop Jordan Albright (13) competes against Shaler April 17, 2019 at Herb Field.
Defending champion North Hills baseball finds positives in challenging season
April 25, 2019
It appears a successful WPIAL Class 5A title defense isn’t in the cards for the North Hills baseball team this season.

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Pine-Richland’s Josh Scherer was hitting .389 with five doubles through the early stages of the season.
Hot bats power Pine-Richland baseball team on winning streak
April 19, 2019
After battling to a hard-fought 5-4 win over North Allegheny, the Pine-Richland baseball team is unbeaten in its last seven games. Prior to the win the over rival Tigers, the Rams had outscored their opponents 41-4 in the previous five games.

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Pine Richland’s Halley Snyder competes in the 4 X 100 relay against Fox Chapel Area on April 9, at Fox Chapel. Louis Raggiunti l For the Tribune-Review - Copy
Pine-Richland field athletes showing promise
There is plenty of talent taking over the field events for the Pine-Richland track and field team. And while the team’s hurdlers, sprinters and long-distance runners have been performing well this season, so have the throwers.

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
North Hills track athletes prepare for individual competition
April 18, 2019
The WPIAL track and field season is entering its home stretch, as athletes begin to make preparations for postseason competition.

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Pine-Richland hurdlers, relay teams poised for success
April 12, 2019
The Pine-Richland track and field team is off to a solid start, with the boys and girls teams 2-1 in dual meets.

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Pine-Richland’s Sam Skirpan looks for an opening against Hill Academy during the Rams’ 5-3 win April 6.
Strong mental approach has Pine-Richland lacrosse off undefeated start
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team is off to a dominant start, running to an 8-0 record and outscoring its opponents 111-46.

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Strong senior class leads North Hills girls lacrosse to solid start
April 11, 2019
The North Hills girls lacrosse team is off to a scorching hot start, racking up an undefeated 6-0 record as they approach the halfway point of the season.

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Pine-Richland boys tennis team tries to find footing
April 5, 2019
As the WPIAL regular season for boys tennis nears its halfway point, Pine-Richland is seeing mixed results as it tries to find its groove.

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Pine-Richland’s Meghan Luellen (19) chases down a loose ball against Fox Chapel’s Mary Ellis (2) April 3, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Pine-Richland girls lacrosse has plenty of returning experience
Over the course of the last two seasons, the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse program has established itself as the cream of the WPIAL Class AAA crop, racking up a 31-4 record against district opponents and winning back-to-back WPIAL championships.

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North Hills’ Emerson Spear (8) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Hills boys volleyball looking to turn corner
April 4, 2019
Over the last couple of seasons, the North Hills (1-2, 0-1) boys volleyball program has displayed steady improvement.

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Pine-Richland’s David Pohlod (7) competes against Shaler March 26, 2019 at Shaler.
Pine-Richland volleyball looks to deliver on talent
March 29, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball champion has emerged from Section 2-AAA in 15 of the past 16 seasons.

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Gabbie Aughton is expected to pitch behind senior starter Cameron Devinney.
Pine-Richland softball team looks to contend in new-look WPIAL Class 6A
March 23, 2019
With a solid group of experienced players returning, the Pine-Richland softball team enters the 2019 season with an eye on extending its streak of three consecutive winning seasons.

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Pine-Richland goaltender Daniel Stauffer makes a save next to Greater Latrobe’s Gregory Ferri during their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland hockey earns bid to national tournament
March 15, 2019
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League is comprised of 56 teams across four separate classifications. Out of those teams, only one finished the 2018-19 regular season without a loss in regulation time — Pine-Richland.

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Pine-Richland senior Jake Maley prepares for the 2019 season March 12, 2019, at Pine-Richland.
Loaded Pine-Richland baseball squad stresses team dynamic
The Pine-Richland baseball team enters the 2019 season boasting a roster bursting at the seams with talent and experience.

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Pine-Richland lacrosse players held a signing ceremony Feb. 27. The group included, from left, Jon Scherer (Mercyhurst), Reis Ravotti (Penn State academics), Sam Skirpan (undecided), Brendan Hein (John Carrol), Will Harnick (York), Ben Barnes (Seton Hill) and coach Kevin Welty.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse players commit to play in college
March 8, 2019
A quartet of Pine-Richland boys lacrosse players pledged their commitments to their future colleges of choice Feb. 27 at the high school athletic office, gathering to both celebrate the future and enjoy the unique moment together before embarking on their senior seasons.

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Aquinas Academy’s Sam Schirra qualified for the WPIAL championships in two events.
Limited time in pool doesn’t keep Aquinas swimmer Schirra from making WPIALs
There were plenty of reasons for Sam Schirra not to swim this season.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay against Hampton.
North Hills swimmers break school records at WPIAL meet
March 6, 2019
A number of school records fell when the North Hills swim team took to the pool at Pitt’s Trees Hall for the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 and March 1.

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Pine Richland’s Nate Lukez (left), shown earlier this season, took first place at the section championships.
6 Pine-Richland wrestlers punch tickets to WPIALs
March 2, 2019
The high school wrestling postseason is in full swing, and Pine-Richland is seeing positive results, starting with the WPIAL Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel.

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Sean Simmons
Sitting down with Pine-Richland director of athletics Sean Simmons
Sean Simmons began his tenure as director of athletics at Pine-Richland on Nov. 14. Prior to his hiring at Pine-Richland, Simmons served as the assistant athletic director of student services and sports operations at Robert Morris, a position he held since 2004.

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Indiana senior Nathan Kerchensky competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Northgate girls, Indiana boys crowned WPIAL Class AA swimming champions
March 1, 2019
Throughout the entirety of the second day of WPIAL Class AA championship swimming action at Pitt’s Trees Pool, both the boys and girls teams for Northgate and Indiana were jockeying for pole position in the standings, trading off the Nos. 1 and 2 spots with each passing event.

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Belle Vernon senior Robert Spekis competes in the boys 100 breaststroke during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool. Spekis set a new WPIAL record with his swim.
Pair of Belle Vernon boys break records at WPIAL swimming championships
A pair of Belle Vernon boys left the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool not only as WPIAL champions, but also as freshly minted record-holders Friday.

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Blackhawk’s Jordan Wright won the WPIBL boys singles title Feb. 27, 2019, at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.
Blackhawk’s Wright defeats teammate to win WPIBL boys singles title
February 27, 2019
More than 100 of Western Pennsylvania’s top boys bowlers competed in the WPIBL singles championship Wednesday at Wildlife Lanes in Burrell.

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North Hill’s Sam Hillegas takes down Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger before pinning him in the 132 pounds bout during the ACWT recently at Fox Chapel Area High School.
North Hills wrestlers turn in strong performances at sections
The North Hills wrestling team put together a strong showing at the Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel, showcasing plenty of improvement across the board.

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North Hills’ Liam Oneill (86) competes against Fox Chapel on Feb. 19 at Alpha Ice Complex
North Hills hockey in position for postseason success
February 21, 2019
The PIHL regular season has come to a close for the North Hills hockey team, a group with a 13-5 record that has the No. 4 seed in the Class A North Division sewn up.

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Greensburg Salem’s Mattie Mae White won the WPIBL girls bowling title Feb. 22, 2019, at Sims Lanes in Beaver Falls.
Greensburg Salem’s White captures WPIBL singles title
In addition to battling fatigue and a field of 90 other bowlers, Greensburg Salem’s Mattie Mae White said she typically finds herself combating nerves in championship-level events.

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The Thomas Jefferson gymnastics team captured the WPIAL championship Feb. 15, 2019, at Moon.
Thomas Jefferson claims 1st WPIAL gymnastics title
February 14, 2019
Last year, the Thomas Jefferson gymnastics team came so close to a WPIAL title, they could taste it as they finished as runner-up to Moon by just one-tenth of a point.

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Rebuilding girls golf team making progress at Pine-Richland
September 20, 2019
In many ways, the Pine-Richland girls golf team is at the beginning of a new era.

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Pine-Richland’s Victor Williams competes during a meet at Pine-Richland September 17, 2019.
Pine-Richland cross country teams picking up the pace
After finishing fifth out of 26 teams at the 17th annual Red, White &Blue Classic at the Schenley Oval, the Pine-Richland girls cross country team is trending upward as it continues to make its way through its 2019 schedule.

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North Hills runners showing pack mentality
With their meet season heating up, the North Hills cross country teams are showing some solid signs of progress under first-year coach Shannon Metzler.

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Jeannette gives coach Roy Hall his 100th career win in rout of Avella
September 13, 2019
Before the first quarter was over, Jeannette’s Roy Hall had a pretty good idea he was about to record the 100th victory of his coaching career Friday night.

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Freshman Kaili Doctor has stepped into one of the outside hitter spots for Pine-Richland.
First-year coach has reloaded Pine-Richland volleyball team humming
First-year Pine-Richland volleyball coach Hanna Ayhan already has a firm grasp on the level of talent that this season’s squad possesses, and she has a clear vision of what the team is capable of.

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Pine-Richland’s Ava Loskoch is committed to play field hockey at Allegheny.
Pine-Richland field hockey racking up big wins
The Pine-Richland field hockey team is only a handful of games deep into its 2019 season but has still managed to topple some of the toughest programs that Western Pennsylvania has to offer.

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North Hills quarterback Dylan Pawling (11) looks for an open receiver against Fox Chapel August 30, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills finding different ways to win
September 12, 2019
The North Hills football team is off to a hot start with a 3-0 overall record and a 2-0 mark in WPIAL Class 5A Northern Conference play.

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Donnie Professori of Pine-Richland tees off during the 99th Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Championship on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Westmoreland Country Club.
Roster turnover can’t slow Pine-Richland golf
September 6, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys golf team is in the rare position of replacing seven seniors who graduated from its 2018 team.

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North Hills’ Emma Patsilevas (24) competes during a scrimmage game August 28, 2019 at North Hills
North Hills volleyball looks to build with experienced roster
September 5, 2019
While the WPIAL volleyball season has yet to hit full swing, North Hills is showing signs of promise as the girls team looks to rebound after suffering through a few challenging seasons.

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North Hills’ Chris Thornton (20) and Shady Side Academy’s (7) Jack Naughton compete during a scrimmage game August 20, 2019 at North Hills.
North Hills boys soccer strives to complete turnaround
August 29, 2019
From the start of the 2017 season to the early stages of the ‘18 season, the North Hills boys soccer team went 2-21-1.

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Hampton players look on during the pre-game coin toss Aug. 23, 2019, at Knoch.
Knoch blanks Hampton in season opener
August 23, 2019
Entering their WPIAL Week Zero nonconferene matchup, the 52nd edition of the Knoch versus Hampton rivalry, the all-time series was tied at 25-25-1.

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Pine-Richland junior Megan Donnelly scored 31 goals last season, earning all-state and All-American honors.
Donnelly, potent scoring attack poised to lead Pine-Richland girls soccer
In each of the last nine seasons, the Pine-Richland girls soccer team has totaled double-digit wins.

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New coach, new system, same dedication for Pine-Richland boys soccer
The Pine-Richland boys soccer team will be guided by first-year coach Jordan Wiegand, and he will lead a roster that has more sophomores than juniors and more juniors than seniors.

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Latrobe’s Morgan Reilly (16) and Plum’s Emily Kirkpatrick (9) compete during a scrimmage game August 17, 2019 at Plum High.
Latrobe girls soccer team ready for next step
August 22, 2019
After making incremental progress last fall and finishing with two wins in challenging Section 3-4A, the Latrobe girls soccer team is looking to take another step forward this season.

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Westinghouse’s Dayon Hayes is a Pitt recruit and one of the premier players in Western Pennsylvania
Pitt recruit Hayes, Westinghouse set sights on City League title
August 21, 2019
Allderdice knocked Westinghouse out of the City Leagues playoffs the past two seasons, and the Bulldogs aren’t too happy about it.

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University Prep linebacker Michael Snowden
University Prep football gathering explosive, experienced offense
The University Prep football team enters City League play this season boasting a roster brimming with talent and a good deal of experience, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

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Perry football building around seniors Oaks, Prioleau
For the Perry Traditional Academy football program, last season was one to build upon as the team boosted its win total from one in 2017 to three in 2018.

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North Hills’ Damon Thompson (left) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 6, 2019.
North Hills football team looks to power its way to playoff run
August 16, 2019
The North Hills football team’s formula for success is no secret. On offense, the Indians prefer to lean on strong line play to pave the way for a potent rushing attack. On defense, they stymie their opponent’s attempts to do the same.

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Pine-Richland wide receiver Luke Miller (right) prepares for the 2019-2020 season August 7, 2019.
Pine-Richland football team striving for 3-peat
August 15, 2019
The Pine-Richland football team will be seeking to accomplish one of the most rare achievements in WPIAL football history, winning three straight championships in the league’s highest classification — a feat that has only been accomplished by one team in the last century, North Allegheny from 2010-12.

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Neil Walker is part of the first class in the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame announces 1st class
August 9, 2019
The Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame announced its first class of inductees as decided upon by the Pine-Richland Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

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Jordan Wiegand works with the Deer Lakes varsity soccer team during practice August 20, 2018, at Deer Lakes.
New Pine-Richland boys soccer coach Wiegand prepares for season
August 2, 2019
Jordan Wiegand spent his high school years playing soccer for North Hills, and now he will lead one of his alma mater’s biggest rivals as he is preparing to enter his first season at the helm of the Pine-Richland boys soccer team.

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Pine-Richland pitcher Tommy Beam (22) competes against Penn-Trafford April 2, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland’s Tommy Beam: WVU ‘really fit my personality’
July 27, 2019
While Pine-Richland baseball player Tommy Beam is only halfway through his high school career, he decided he did not need the next two years to deliberate on his college plans. The Rams standout pitcher cemented his college decision July 5 when he announced on Twitter he had committed to play at West Virginia.

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Pat Weber at Weber, the assistant principal at North Hills High School, was named the district’s athletic director on May 2, 2019.
Patrick Weber steps into athletic director role at North Hills
July 18, 2019
North Hills School District has a new leader in the athletic department, after the school board tabbed high school Assistant Principal Patrick Weber to the position of athletic director, active July 1.

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Pine Richland’s Nate Lukez beats Chartiers Valley’s Zachary Macy 6-5 in the 138lbs bout during the ACWT Saturday Jan. 19, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Pine-Richland’s Lukez commits to wrestle for Army
June 21, 2019
Nate Lukez still has one more year to build his status as one of the winningest wrestlers in Pine-Richland history.

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Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Sarver will play tennis at Lafayette.
Pine-Richland’s Alyssa Sarver to play tennis at Lafayette
Former Pine-Richland tennis player Alyssa Sarver has cemented her college decision, planning to continue her athletic pursuits at Lafayette.

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Pine resident Ty Voit went 89th overall in the Ontario Hockey League draft and ninth overall in the United States Hockey League draft.
Pine’s Voit drafted in OHL and USHL
June 13, 2019
Pine resident Ty Voit recently received two of the biggest honors of his hockey career within the span of one month when he was selected in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft and the 2019 United States Hockey League Phase I draft.

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Pine-Richland’s Danielle Bryant placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at the PIAA championships.
Sophomore season a resounding success for Pine-Richland’s Bryant
June 8, 2019
For Pine-Richland track and field athlete Danielle Bryant, her sophomore season wasn’t just encouraging or promising.

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North Hills’ Lirion Murtezi (Center) holds the Big 33 trophy with teammates.
North Hills’ Murtezi honored to compete in Big 33 Football Classic
June 6, 2019
Former North Hills football player Lirion Murtezi put an exclamation point on his impressive high school football career May 27 when he suited up for the 62nd annual Big 33 Football Classic at Landis Field at Speed Ebersole Stadium.

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The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team celebrates after winning the WPIAL Class AAA title.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse soaks up WPIAL title experience
May 31, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team left little doubt as to which WPIAL Class AAA team was the best this year after toppling Mt. Lebanon, 12-5, to win the program’s first title last Friday at Robert Morris.

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North Hills senior linebacker Brandon Manning competes during a practice.
North Hills’ Manning, Babicz honored for dedication to 3 sports
May 30, 2019
North Hills seniors Brandon Manning and Natalie Babicz are two members of a dying breed, and on May 22, they were honored for it at the Northern Athletic Director’s Association Tri-Athlete Banquet at the Chadwick.

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Pine-Richland’s Olivia Hanulak (right) played in the U.S. women’s national tournament.
Members of Pine-Richland girls lacrosse participate in national tournament
May 24, 2019
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse program was well-represented at the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s national tournament on May 25-26 in Baltimore.

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Sergey Shubenkov, authorised neutral athlete for Europe, right, and Ronald Levy of Jamaica for the Americas, left, concentrate prior to the 110 meters hurdles at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Pair of North Hills track and field athletes headed for PIAAs
May 23, 2019
The North Hills track and field team received stellar performances from two of its athletes at the WPIAL Class AAA championships May 16 at Slippery Rock, with both punching their tickets to the PIAA championships.

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Pine-Richland’s Danielle Bryant won 300 hurdles title at the WPIAL championship meet May 17, 2019, at Slippery Rock. Teammate Chalondra Clarke finished fifth.
Pine-Richland’s Bryant garners WPIAL gold in 300 hurdles
May 17, 2019
The Rams were on the charge at the 2019 WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships last Thursday at Slippery Rock, toppling a school record and earning a handful of bids to the PIAA meet.

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North Hills’ Tyler Brennan runs the ball against Penn-Trafford defense on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in the WPIAL 5A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School.
North Hills honors future college athletes
On May 10, North Hills High School sent off 16 of its student-athletes with its third annual College-Bound Student Athlete Recognition Reception, celebrating their significant accomplishment in securing a roster spot on a collegiate athletic team.

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Sean Adams and his Pine-Richland teammates received a No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the WPIAL playoffs.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team buckles up for playoff run
May 10, 2019
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team was on a roll, toppling three straight opponents by a total score of 53-2 as it headed into its season finale against rival North Allegheny.

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Pine-Richland’s Meghan Luellen (19) chases down a loose ball against Fox Chapel’s Mary Ellis (2) April 3, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Pine-Richland girls lacrosse shoots for WPIAL 3-peat
May 9, 2019
The Pine-Richland girls lacrosse team may be entering this year’s WPIAL Class 3A playoffs with a few more losses than in their last two championship-winning seasons, but they still loom large as a threat to win it all.

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North Hills softball riding hot streak
North Hills might be the hottest team in WPIAL Class 6A softball. The Indians had the classification’s longest winning streak at eight games.

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North Allegheny’s Caroline Wrigley (left) and Pine-Richland’s Lauren Freyvogel were teammates in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championship, at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla.
Pine-Richland’s Freyvogel, North Allegheny’s Wrigley make USGA cut
May 2, 2019
Over the past few years, Pine-Richland’s Lauren Freyvogel and North Allegheny’s Caroline Wrigley have dueled on the golf course, jockeying for top honors at WPIAL championship and PIAA state title events while representing rival schools.

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Pine-Richland senior Morgan Hall competes during practice March 20, 2019 at Pine-Richland.
Pine-Richland softball working through struggles at plate
April 26, 2019
If there has been an overarching trait for the Pine-Richland softball team’s season, it has been suffering tough losses.

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North Hills shortstop Jordan Albright (13) competes against Shaler April 17, 2019 at Herb Field.
Defending champion North Hills baseball finds positives in challenging season
April 25, 2019
It appears a successful WPIAL Class 5A title defense isn’t in the cards for the North Hills baseball team this season.

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Pine-Richland’s Josh Scherer was hitting .389 with five doubles through the early stages of the season.
Hot bats power Pine-Richland baseball team on winning streak
April 19, 2019
After battling to a hard-fought 5-4 win over North Allegheny, the Pine-Richland baseball team is unbeaten in its last seven games. Prior to the win the over rival Tigers, the Rams had outscored their opponents 41-4 in the previous five games.

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Pine Richland’s Halley Snyder competes in the 4 X 100 relay against Fox Chapel Area on April 9, at Fox Chapel. Louis Raggiunti l For the Tribune-Review - Copy
Pine-Richland field athletes showing promise
There is plenty of talent taking over the field events for the Pine-Richland track and field team. And while the team’s hurdlers, sprinters and long-distance runners have been performing well this season, so have the throwers.

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United States’ Morolake Akinosun runs the last leg in a women’s 4x100-meter relay rerun after dropping the baton in the race in the morning during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
North Hills track athletes prepare for individual competition
April 18, 2019
The WPIAL track and field season is entering its home stretch, as athletes begin to make preparations for postseason competition.

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Pine-Richland hurdlers, relay teams poised for success
April 12, 2019
The Pine-Richland track and field team is off to a solid start, with the boys and girls teams 2-1 in dual meets.

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Pine-Richland’s Sam Skirpan looks for an opening against Hill Academy during the Rams’ 5-3 win April 6.
Strong mental approach has Pine-Richland lacrosse off undefeated start
The Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team is off to a dominant start, running to an 8-0 record and outscoring its opponents 111-46.

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Strong senior class leads North Hills girls lacrosse to solid start
April 11, 2019
The North Hills girls lacrosse team is off to a scorching hot start, racking up an undefeated 6-0 record as they approach the halfway point of the season.

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Pine-Richland boys tennis team tries to find footing
April 5, 2019
As the WPIAL regular season for boys tennis nears its halfway point, Pine-Richland is seeing mixed results as it tries to find its groove.

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Pine-Richland’s Meghan Luellen (19) chases down a loose ball against Fox Chapel’s Mary Ellis (2) April 3, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Pine-Richland girls lacrosse has plenty of returning experience
Over the course of the last two seasons, the Pine-Richland girls lacrosse program has established itself as the cream of the WPIAL Class AAA crop, racking up a 31-4 record against district opponents and winning back-to-back WPIAL championships.

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North Hills’ Emerson Spear (8) competes during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
North Hills boys volleyball looking to turn corner
April 4, 2019
Over the last couple of seasons, the North Hills (1-2, 0-1) boys volleyball program has displayed steady improvement.

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Pine-Richland’s David Pohlod (7) competes against Shaler March 26, 2019 at Shaler.
Pine-Richland volleyball looks to deliver on talent
March 29, 2019
The WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball champion has emerged from Section 2-AAA in 15 of the past 16 seasons.

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Gabbie Aughton is expected to pitch behind senior starter Cameron Devinney.
Pine-Richland softball team looks to contend in new-look WPIAL Class 6A
March 23, 2019
With a solid group of experienced players returning, the Pine-Richland softball team enters the 2019 season with an eye on extending its streak of three consecutive winning seasons.

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Pine-Richland goaltender Daniel Stauffer makes a save next to Greater Latrobe’s Gregory Ferri during their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Pine-Richland hockey earns bid to national tournament
March 15, 2019
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League is comprised of 56 teams across four separate classifications. Out of those teams, only one finished the 2018-19 regular season without a loss in regulation time — Pine-Richland.

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Pine-Richland senior Jake Maley prepares for the 2019 season March 12, 2019, at Pine-Richland.
Loaded Pine-Richland baseball squad stresses team dynamic
The Pine-Richland baseball team enters the 2019 season boasting a roster bursting at the seams with talent and experience.

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Pine-Richland lacrosse players held a signing ceremony Feb. 27. The group included, from left, Jon Scherer (Mercyhurst), Reis Ravotti (Penn State academics), Sam Skirpan (undecided), Brendan Hein (John Carrol), Will Harnick (York), Ben Barnes (Seton Hill) and coach Kevin Welty.
Pine-Richland boys lacrosse players commit to play in college
March 8, 2019
A quartet of Pine-Richland boys lacrosse players pledged their commitments to their future colleges of choice Feb. 27 at the high school athletic office, gathering to both celebrate the future and enjoy the unique moment together before embarking on their senior seasons.

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Aquinas Academy’s Sam Schirra qualified for the WPIAL championships in two events.
Limited time in pool doesn’t keep Aquinas swimmer Schirra from making WPIALs
There were plenty of reasons for Sam Schirra not to swim this season.

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North Hills’ Maddie Mahoney competes in the 200 freestyle relay against Hampton.
North Hills swimmers break school records at WPIAL meet
March 6, 2019
A number of school records fell when the North Hills swim team took to the pool at Pitt’s Trees Hall for the WPIAL Class AAA championships Feb. 28 and March 1.

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Pine Richland’s Nate Lukez (left), shown earlier this season, took first place at the section championships.
6 Pine-Richland wrestlers punch tickets to WPIALs
March 2, 2019
The high school wrestling postseason is in full swing, and Pine-Richland is seeing positive results, starting with the WPIAL Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel.

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Sean Simmons
Sitting down with Pine-Richland director of athletics Sean Simmons
Sean Simmons began his tenure as director of athletics at Pine-Richland on Nov. 14. Prior to his hiring at Pine-Richland, Simmons served as the assistant athletic director of student services and sports operations at Robert Morris, a position he held since 2004.

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Indiana senior Nathan Kerchensky competes in the boys 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.
Northgate girls, Indiana boys crowned WPIAL Class AA swimming champions
March 1, 2019
Throughout the entirety of the second day of WPIAL Class AA championship swimming action at Pitt’s Trees Pool, both the boys and girls teams for Northgate and Indiana were jockeying for pole position in the standings, trading off the Nos. 1 and 2 spots with each passing event.

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Belle Vernon senior Robert Spekis competes in the boys 100 breaststroke during the AA WPIAL Swimming/Diving Championship on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool. Spekis set a new WPIAL record with his swim.
Pair of Belle Vernon boys break records at WPIAL swimming championships
A pair of Belle Vernon boys left the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships at Pitt’s Trees Pool not only as WPIAL champions, but also as freshly minted record-holders Friday.

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Blackhawk’s Jordan Wright won the WPIBL boys singles title Feb. 27, 2019, at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell.
Blackhawk’s Wright defeats teammate to win WPIBL boys singles title
February 27, 2019
More than 100 of Western Pennsylvania’s top boys bowlers competed in the WPIBL singles championship Wednesday at Wildlife Lanes in Burrell.

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North Hill’s Sam Hillegas takes down Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger before pinning him in the 132 pounds bout during the ACWT recently at Fox Chapel Area High School.
North Hills wrestlers turn in strong performances at sections
The North Hills wrestling team put together a strong showing at the Section 3-AAA individual championships Feb. 23 at Fox Chapel, showcasing plenty of improvement across the board.

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North Hills’ Liam Oneill (86) competes against Fox Chapel on Feb. 19 at Alpha Ice Complex
North Hills hockey in position for postseason success
February 21, 2019
The PIHL regular season has come to a close for the North Hills hockey team, a group with a 13-5 record that has the No. 4 seed in the Class A North Division sewn up.

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Greensburg Salem’s Mattie Mae White won the WPIBL girls bowling title Feb. 22, 2019, at Sims Lanes in Beaver Falls.
Greensburg Salem’s White captures WPIBL singles title
In addition to battling fatigue and a field of 90 other bowlers, Greensburg Salem’s Mattie Mae White said she typically finds herself combating nerves in championship-level events.

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The Thomas Jefferson gymnastics team captured the WPIAL championship Feb. 15, 2019, at Moon.
Thomas Jefferson claims 1st WPIAL gymnastics title
February 14, 2019
Last year, the Thomas Jefferson gymnastics team came so close to a WPIAL title, they could taste it as they finished as runner-up to Moon by just one-tenth of a point.

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