Author: Kyle Dawson


Upper St. Clair quarterback Ethan Dahlem warms up before a game against South Fayette on Oct. 23, 2020, at South Fayette. Dahlem finished with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns and a rushing TD in the Panthers’ victory.
Late score pushes USC past South Fayette, into playoffs for 21st straight season
October 23, 2020
With his team trailing by three points with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter of a win-and-in game in Week 7, second-year Upper St. Clair coach Mike Junko elected to go for it on a fourth-and-12 from the South Fayette 45-yard line.

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Ringgold goaltender Jerry Mease makes a glove save on Elizabeth Forward’s Tayte Donovan during their PIHL Class B semifinal March 9.
Local players urge USA Hockey to consider rescheduling national championships
March 18, 2020
Since 1938, USA Hockey, then known as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States, has been crowning national champions on the rink at a myriad of different levels.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending March 15, 2020
March 16, 2020
Sophomore forward Nathan Boulanger hasn’t been with the Ringgold Rams all season.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020
Sophomore Jacob Fetzer had six goals during the regular season. They all came in the first 10 games.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending March 8, 2020
March 8, 2020
In Class AAA’s Penguins Cup Playoffs, each game was decided by three goals or fewer.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending March 8, 2020
When it comes to the PIHL playoffs, teams often rely on their experienced players.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Week ending March 1, 2020
March 2, 2020
Entering the final week of the PIHL regular season, much still was to be determined when it came to the playoffs.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Week ending March 1, 2020
Chartiers Valley and North Hills met last Monday in a game featuring two PIHL teams that won’t be taking part in the Penguins Cup or Class B playoffs.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Blaine Gartley celebrates as time expires in the Blue Devils’ WPIAL Class 6A semifinal victory over Central Catholic Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Mt. Lebanon starts strong, finishes off Central Catholic in Class 6A semis
February 26, 2020
Playing in their third consecutive WPIAL semifinal, the defending Class 6A champion Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils knew they’d need a good start on both ends in order to continue to defend their title.

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Bethel Park wins ‘ugly,’ beats Mt. Lebanon to advance to WPIAL 6A title game
February 25, 2020
The last time Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils matched up, scoring was not at a premium.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 23, 2020
February 23, 2020
It has been an interesting season for Plum.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: Upper St. Clair
For the Upper St. Clair hockey team, the start to the season wasn’t great.

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North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi won gold at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
North Allegheny girls, Fox Chapel’s Manelis dominate at WPIAL diving championships
February 22, 2020
Going into the 31-diver girls event at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, the host North Allegheny Tigers had the top three seeds: freshman Zoe Ky first, junior Maya Ennis second and freshman Christina Shi third.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz and Maggie Foley won WPIAL diving championships Feb. 21, 2020.
North Catholic sweeps WPIAL Class AA diving championships
February 21, 2020
North Catholic, on the backs of a freshman and a senior, dominated the girls and boys events at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships Friday at South Park.

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Andre Wilder led Lincoln Park with 18 points Thursday night.
Lincoln Park boys crank up defensive pressure, take down Neshannock
February 20, 2020
When Mike Bariski writes on the white board in Lincoln Park’s locker room before each game, he writes defense first.

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Shaler Area’s Mekhi Reynolds (right) drives by Gateway’s Carlos Parks during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Feb. 17, 2020 at North Hills.
Reynolds makes clutch plays as Shaler boys beat Gateway
February 17, 2020
Late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round game, seventh-seeded Shaler Area’s 14-point halftime lead was gone, erased by upset-minded, 10th-seeded Gateway.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Paszek (right) is 19-9 this season.
Penn-Trafford wrestlers look to take next step at individual section tournament
Coming into the 2019-20 season, Penn-Trafford first-year wrestling coach AJ Brentzel knew it might be a tough winter as he tried to rebuild the program’s winning culture.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: West Allegheny
February 16, 2020
Going into the final two weeks of the PIHL regular season, there is only one remaining unbeaten team.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 16, 2020
High-scoring nights are nothing new to Burrell senior Gio Palombo.

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Trib HSSN PIHL player of the week: Canon-McMillan goalie Mario Eafrati
February 10, 2020
Team success usually hinges on good goaltending, and good goaltending coupled with team success usually leads to the netminder being in the spotlight.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: Greensburg Salem
It’s been an extended playoffs of sorts over the last few weeks for the Greensburg Salem hockey team.

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South Park’s Taylor Glowa (12) celebrates her three-pointer during the fourth quarter against Seton LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
South Park girls overcome obstacles, beat Seton LaSalle for section crown
February 6, 2020
The No. 5 South Park Eagles girls basketball team entered the 2019-20 season as the defending Section 2-3A champions but not without hurdles.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 2, 2020
February 2, 2020
With his team facing two big games last week, Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Crousey knew his team needed his stars to play like stars. They did, and one played especially well and added a five-point All-Star Game to his week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Feb. 2, 2020
The biggest games on the schedule for North Hills are still ahead, and the Indians know that.

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Katie Wilbert competes for the Peters Township hockey team during the 2019-20 season.
PIHL set to launch 4-team girls division in May
February 1, 2020
In the PIHL, there are several girls who don varsity uniforms on a nightly basis, and there have been plenty of instances when girls have succeeded playing among the boys.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 26, 2020
January 26, 2020
When Hampton defeated Pine-Richland in a shootout to hand the Rams their only loss of the 2018-19 PIHL season, Jacob McGee stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 26, 2020
Last season, the Pine-Richland Rams lost one game.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor drives to the basket against Bethel Park.
Last second shot by Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hands No. 1 Bethel Park its first loss
January 23, 2020
In Mt. Lebanon’s two-point loss to Imhotep Charter on Saturday in the MLK Showcase at Woodland Hills, Blue Devils sophomore Ashleigh Connor hit the front rim on a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 19, 2020
January 19, 2020
Ringgold came into the 2019-20 season with lofty expectations, and for good reason. Last year, the Rams avenged being eliminated in the previous postseason by Burrell by beating the Bucs in the Division 2 championship game.

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Riley DeRubbo stars for Trinity in win over Thomas Jefferson
January 13, 2020
Last year, Thomas Jefferson, as part of a 22-win season in girls basketball, beat Trinity three times.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Jan. 12, 2020
January 12, 2020
After a 6-0 start to PIHL play, Seneca Valley started a tailspin.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 12, 2020
The name Tyler Stewart should be familiar to anyone who has followed the PIHL recently.

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Franklin Regional High School cheerleaders compete in the WPIAL Spirit Championships at Hempfield High School on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
Franklin Regional earns another trip competitive spirit state championships
Since the WPIAL officially sanctioned competitive spirit as a district-sponsored sport for the 2012-13 academic year, only 10 teams have qualified for the PIAA championships at least seven times.

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Sidney Shemanski led Freeport with 11 points Thursday night.
Freeport girls shut down Knoch
January 9, 2020
Using a dominant defensive effort, plus a dose of offensive and defensive rebounding and evenly distributed scoring, the Freeport Yellow Jackets defeated next-door neighbor Knoch for the fifth-consecutive time, winning by a final of 53-39 Thursday night.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
No. 1 Fox Chapel stays unbeaten with convincing win over Norwin
January 7, 2020
Fox Chapel, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, jumped ahead in the first minute and didn’t look back, leading the entire way to a 63-48 victory over Norwin on Tuesday night.

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Plum’s Cole Yocca competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Despite shorthanded roster, Plum wrestlers aim for improvement
December 27, 2019
Coming off a 2-5 season in 2018-19 when the team had one senior and just four juniors, Plum’s wrestling team was looking for improvement.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week — Dec. 23, 2019
December 24, 2019
The Montour Spartans didn’t get off to the start they hoped for in the 2019-20 PIHL regular season.

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TribHSSN PIHL player of the week for the week of Dec. 23, 2019
December 23, 2019
Danny Stauffer’s in-net success at Pine-Richland is well-documented.

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TribHSSN PIHL Player of the Week for Week of Dec. 15, 2019
December 15, 2019
Matt Traczynski has become quite the two-way player for Hempfield.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 15, 2019
Last season, Pine-Richland won the Class AA Penguins Cup championship and a state title.

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PIHL Players of the Week: Dec. 8, 2019
December 9, 2019
It’s not always easy to pick just one player of the week with all of the good performances logged in the PIHL each week. This past week was no different.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 8, 2019
Chris Serakowski is in his second season as the head coach of Carrick’s varsity hockey team, and he has a message that he and his staff have been preaching to the Cougar players this season, a season removed from a fifth-place finish in the final Division 2 standings last year, and only two years removed from a one-win season.

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PIHL Player of the Week for week ending Dec. 1, 2019
December 1, 2019
North Catholic is playing varsity hockey for the first time in nearly two decades.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 1, 2019
Mt. Lebanon played four games in two weeks to start the season, and six in October, which is more than most Class AAA teams.

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St. Joseph’s Ally Swierczewski drives around a Riverview defender during a scrimmage.
Nowhere to go but up for St. Joseph girls after 1-21 season
Last season was one to forget for the St. Joseph girls’ basketball team.

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Junior guard Andrew Sullivan is the lone returning starter this season for St. Joseph. He led the team in scoring last season.
Stalwart Sullivan leads new-look St. Joseph boys basketball
Last season was a good time to be part of the St. Joseph boys basketball team.

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PIHL Player of the Week for week ending Nov. 24, 2019
November 24, 2019
It’s been a sluggish start for Thomas Jefferson’s second-leading scorer from the 2018-19 campaign.

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PIHL Team of the Week for week ending Nov. 24, 2019
The 2018-19 season was historic for the Burrell hockey team.

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Freeport’s Madeline Clark takes a shot during practice Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Freeport girls basketball looking for sustained success
November 23, 2019
The Freeport girls basketball team is hoping to carry over its momentum from last season.

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Freeport’s Vinnie Clark works against Andrew Speer during practice Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Freeport boys determined to snap WPIAL playoff victory drought
The Freeport boys basketball team is aware of the hump they have not recently managed to get over.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller hurdles Washington’s Zahmere Robinson during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Avonworth’s Jax Miller puts on a show in WPIAL championship victory over Washington
Avonworth relied on the big men up front and the legs of senior running back Jax Miller to record a 28-6 victory over Washington to claim the WPIAL Class 2A championship Saturday at Norwin High School.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week for Nov. 18, 2019
November 18, 2019
For the first time this season, Class B, formerly Division 2 in the PIHL, has a forward as the TribLIVE HSSN PIHL Player of the Week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week — Nov. 18, 2019
One sign of a good program is sustaining success even after taking hits from graduation, and Thomas Jefferson has managed just that.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree (25) runs the ball around Cornell’s Raequan Troutman during the WPIAL Class A semifinals Nov. 8, 2019, at Chartiers-Houston.
WPIAL Class A football finals primer: Clairton vs. Sto-Rox
November 15, 2019
WPIAL Class A championship

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Sto-Rox receiver Jaiden Berry catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in McKees Rocks.
Sto-Rox embracing opportunity against No. 1 Clairton in WPIAL Class A final
November 14, 2019
When the first WPIAL championship football game at Heinz Field kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Class A title will be up for grabs between programs with very different stories.

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Shady Side Academy’s Gabby Hill-Junke scores past Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Shady Side Academy dismisses Greensburg Central Catholic again to reach state finals
November 13, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic and Shady Side Academy have been here before.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Nov. 11, 2019
November 10, 2019
Thursday was another day at the office for this week’s TribLIVE High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Nov. 11, 2019
Last season’s semifinal loss to Pine-Richland left a sour taste in the mouths of the Latroce Icecats.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman breaks the tackle of Mt. Lebanon’s Sam LaSota during the first half of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Eddy Tillman strikes again as Central Catholic runs past Mt. Lebanon
November 8, 2019
In Week 9, the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings beat Mt. Lebanon handily, scoring 35 unanswered points to earn the top seed in the Class 6A playoffs, in large part due to the rushing attack of junior Eddy Tillman.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Nov. 3, 2019
November 3, 2019
Cathedral Prep hosted Bethel Park on Tuesday in what was anything but another early-season PIHL game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Nov. 4, 2019
The TribLIVE High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week is a forward for just the second time this season.

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Canon-McMillan celebrates beating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 4A girls volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Canon-McMillan shocks North Allegheny for first WPIAL volleyball title
November 2, 2019
Entering the WPIAL Class AAAA girls volleyball championship between third-seeded Canon-McMillan and top-seeded and unbeaten North Allegheny, the Big Macs were big underdogs.

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The Jeannette and Sto-Rox captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL Class A playoff game Nov. 1, 2019, at Sto-Rox.
Sto-Rox ends Jeannette’s season with defensive gem
November 1, 2019
Measuring by points allowed per game, Sto-Rox and Jeannette had the two best defenses in WPIAL Class A this season.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 28, 2019
October 27, 2019
Graduation hit a bunch of PIHL teams hard. Some lost more than others. Some have not missed a beat.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Oct. 28, 2019
The PIHL lost plenty of elite goaltenders to graduation last year. Three of the four TribLIVE HSSN Goalies of the Year in their respective classifications graduated.

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Mt. Lebanon boys avenge loss to Seneca Valley in WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2019
Last season, the Seneca Valley Raiders, on their way to a Class AAAA boys soccer championship, defeated Mt. Lebanon, 7-0, in the quarterfinals.

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Shaler Area defeats Fox Chapel, grabs 2nd consecutive playoff spot
October 25, 2019
A stagnant, somewhat-sloppy first half led to halftime adjustments in both locker rooms, and when the dust settled, Shaler Area’s run game paved the way to a 27-20 victory Friday night against Fox Chapel.

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PIHL Team of the Week — Oct. 21, 2019
October 21, 2019
Three PIHL teams accomplished the feat of scoring 17 goals in a game during the 2018-19 season. All of them were in the same division in Class A.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Oct. 21, 2019
October 20, 2019
Talk to any coach in the PIHL, and most will say having good goaltending is half the battle.

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Burrell’s Colby Christie takes a kick in the stomach from Charleroi’s Cullin Woytovich during their WPIAL Class 2A first round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Fifth-seeded Charleroi ousts Burrell boys in WPIAL soccer playoffs
October 19, 2019
Charleroi, the fifth seed in the WPIAL Class AA boys soccer playoffs, lost one game this season, and it was its final game, a 4-3 defeat to Bentworth that moved the Cougars’ record to 17-1 entering the postseason.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman too much for Canon-McMillan
October 18, 2019
Eddy Tillman ran for four first-half touchdowns and racked up 170 yards on only 10 carries to pace No. 2 Central Catholic to a 44-0 victory over Canon-McMillan on Friday night.

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Freeport’s Lauren Lampus is a member of the 2019 girls volleyball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Plum’s Tyler Kolankowski and Freeport’s Lauren Lampus
October 15, 2019
Tyler Kolankowski

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 13, 2019
October 13, 2019
A late surge was the reason for a Class AA playoff appearance last season for the Baldwin hockey team.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Oct. 13, 2019
Last season, Bishop McCort was ineligible for the Penguins Cup Playoffs because of the amount of foreign-exchange students on the team.

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Class 2A No. 5 Avonworth remains unbeaten with victory over East Allegheny
October 11, 2019
The Class 2A Allegheny Conference game between No. 5 Avonworth and East Allegheny was expected to be competitive.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Oct. 6, 2019
October 6, 2019
The 2018-19 season was a tough year for Quaker Valley hockey.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 6, 2019
During the 2018-19 PIHL regular season, Class AAA was the most defensive-minded classification by a wide margin.

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Keystone Oaks players warm up before their game against Beaver Falls Oct. 4, 2019, at Dormont Stadium.
Junior running backs power Beaver Falls past Keystone Oaks
October 4, 2019
Beaver Falls rallied in the fourth quarter behind strong performances from junior tailbacks Shileak Livingston and Josh Hough, beating Keystone Oaks, 34-21, Friday night at Dormont Stadium.

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Teddy Ruffner runs for 318 yards, 5 touchdowns to drive Mars past Shaler
September 28, 2019
On several occasions in the second half Friday night, Shaler tried to even things up with Mars in a key Class 5A Northern Conference matchup.

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Burgettstown rolls over South Side
September 20, 2019
One of the keys for fifth-year Burgettstown head coach Mark Druga in his team’s section game against the neighboring South Side Rams was to win the battle in the trenches.

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South Park football gets key conference victory over Keystone Oaks
September 13, 2019
With the game deadlocked in the middle stages of the third quarter at Dormont Stadium, visiting South Park faced a fourth-and-1 from its 45-yard line.

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Defense, rushing of Reese, Harmon pace Apollo-Ridge past Carlynton
September 6, 2019
It didn’t happen as fast as Apollo-Ridge would have liked, but, despite four first-half turnovers, the Vikings eventually came away with a 22-7 nonconference victory over Carlynton on Friday at Owens Field in Apollo.

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Thomas Jefferson topples Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A
April 23, 2019
For the first four innings of Tuesday’s Section 2-4A contest, the defending WPIAL Class 4A champions and defending Class 5A runner-up played even softball.

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Ringgold avenges loss to Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A
April 22, 2019
Two Section 2-4A softball teams who entered the season with different expectations met at Washington Township Park on Monday.

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Belle Vernon third baseman Vanessa Porter tags out McKeesport’s Elisabeth Dansak on a stolen base attempt April 4, 2019.
Hitting, defense come through as defending champion Belle Vernon tops McKeesport
April 4, 2019
The start of the 2019 season for the two-time defending Class 4A WPIAL softball champions has not been one the program is used to.

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North Allegheny goaltender Richie Karapandi works in goal during a Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal against Bethel Park Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Trib HSSN announces PIHL Players, Goalies, Coaches of the Year
March 31, 2019
With the conclusion of the 2018-19 PIHL season, it’s time to look back at the stellar individual performances across the four classifications.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Pine-Richland
March 24, 2019
Going into the season, Pine-Richland’s goal was to win a state championship.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Pine-Richland goalie Danny Stauffer
During the PIHL regular season, Pine-Richland junior goaltender Danny Stauffer led Double-A in goals-against average.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: North Allegheny goalie Richie Karapandi
March 17, 2019
It was as if there was a brick wall between the pipes for North Allegheny in Thursday’s double-overtime win over third-seeded Bethel Park.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Ringgold
Of the eight teams in the Penguins Cup championships or the Division 2 championship, only one is a seeded lower No. 2.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam battles Bethel Park’s Jacob Lang for the puck during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Parreaguirre nets double-OT winner as North Allegheny edges Bethel Park in PIHL semifinals
March 15, 2019
When North Allegheny and Bethel Park meet in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, at least over the last five meetings, the result has been a one-goal game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Franklin Regional
March 11, 2019
After back-to-back Class A Penguins Cup championships, Franklin Regional exited the postseason earlier than they hoped last season, bowing out in the quarterfinals to eventual Double-A champion Armstrong.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Franklin Regional goalie Danny Soltesz
March 10, 2019
As a two-time Penguins Cup champion goaltender, a four-year starter and a three-time PIHL All-Star for Franklin Regional, senior Danny Soltesz’s expectations are always high. But Soltesz, more often than not, exceeds expectations.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Mario Eafrati, Canon-McMillan
March 4, 2019
During the PIHL regular season, two goaltenders in Triple-A faced more than 500 shots.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
During the regular season, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars lost just three games — two of which came to South Fayette — by a combined five goals.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Connellsville
February 17, 2019
Connellsville needed a response after last week’s loss to Carrick, having had a chance to clinch a home game in the Division 2 playoffs in that game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Montour’s Ryan Eisel
During the third period of Monday’s Class A contest between Deer Lakes and Montour, one of the Lancers’ captains skated up to the Montour bench and talked with Montour coach Clay Shell and some of the captains for the Spartans.

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Upper St. Clair quarterback Ethan Dahlem warms up before a game against South Fayette on Oct. 23, 2020, at South Fayette. Dahlem finished with 199 yards passing and three touchdowns and a rushing TD in the Panthers’ victory.
Late score pushes USC past South Fayette, into playoffs for 21st straight season
October 23, 2020
With his team trailing by three points with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter of a win-and-in game in Week 7, second-year Upper St. Clair coach Mike Junko elected to go for it on a fourth-and-12 from the South Fayette 45-yard line.

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Ringgold goaltender Jerry Mease makes a glove save on Elizabeth Forward’s Tayte Donovan during their PIHL Class B semifinal March 9.
Local players urge USA Hockey to consider rescheduling national championships
March 18, 2020
Since 1938, USA Hockey, then known as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States, has been crowning national champions on the rink at a myriad of different levels.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending March 15, 2020
March 16, 2020
Sophomore forward Nathan Boulanger hasn’t been with the Ringgold Rams all season.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020
Sophomore Jacob Fetzer had six goals during the regular season. They all came in the first 10 games.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending March 8, 2020
March 8, 2020
In Class AAA’s Penguins Cup Playoffs, each game was decided by three goals or fewer.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending March 8, 2020
When it comes to the PIHL playoffs, teams often rely on their experienced players.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Week ending March 1, 2020
March 2, 2020
Entering the final week of the PIHL regular season, much still was to be determined when it came to the playoffs.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Week ending March 1, 2020
Chartiers Valley and North Hills met last Monday in a game featuring two PIHL teams that won’t be taking part in the Penguins Cup or Class B playoffs.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Blaine Gartley celebrates as time expires in the Blue Devils’ WPIAL Class 6A semifinal victory over Central Catholic Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Mt. Lebanon starts strong, finishes off Central Catholic in Class 6A semis
February 26, 2020
Playing in their third consecutive WPIAL semifinal, the defending Class 6A champion Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils knew they’d need a good start on both ends in order to continue to defend their title.

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Bethel Park wins ‘ugly,’ beats Mt. Lebanon to advance to WPIAL 6A title game
February 25, 2020
The last time Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils matched up, scoring was not at a premium.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 23, 2020
February 23, 2020
It has been an interesting season for Plum.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: Upper St. Clair
For the Upper St. Clair hockey team, the start to the season wasn’t great.

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North Allegheny freshman Christina Shi won gold at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
North Allegheny girls, Fox Chapel’s Manelis dominate at WPIAL diving championships
February 22, 2020
Going into the 31-diver girls event at the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships Saturday, the host North Allegheny Tigers had the top three seeds: freshman Zoe Ky first, junior Maya Ennis second and freshman Christina Shi third.

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North Catholic’s Kyle Maziarz and Maggie Foley won WPIAL diving championships Feb. 21, 2020.
North Catholic sweeps WPIAL Class AA diving championships
February 21, 2020
North Catholic, on the backs of a freshman and a senior, dominated the girls and boys events at the WPIAL Class AA diving championships Friday at South Park.

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Andre Wilder led Lincoln Park with 18 points Thursday night.
Lincoln Park boys crank up defensive pressure, take down Neshannock
February 20, 2020
When Mike Bariski writes on the white board in Lincoln Park’s locker room before each game, he writes defense first.

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Shaler Area’s Mekhi Reynolds (right) drives by Gateway’s Carlos Parks during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round game Feb. 17, 2020 at North Hills.
Reynolds makes clutch plays as Shaler boys beat Gateway
February 17, 2020
Late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s WPIAL Class 5A first-round game, seventh-seeded Shaler Area’s 14-point halftime lead was gone, erased by upset-minded, 10th-seeded Gateway.

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Penn-Trafford’s Luke Paszek (right) is 19-9 this season.
Penn-Trafford wrestlers look to take next step at individual section tournament
Coming into the 2019-20 season, Penn-Trafford first-year wrestling coach AJ Brentzel knew it might be a tough winter as he tried to rebuild the program’s winning culture.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: West Allegheny
February 16, 2020
Going into the final two weeks of the PIHL regular season, there is only one remaining unbeaten team.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 16, 2020
High-scoring nights are nothing new to Burrell senior Gio Palombo.

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Trib HSSN PIHL player of the week: Canon-McMillan goalie Mario Eafrati
February 10, 2020
Team success usually hinges on good goaltending, and good goaltending coupled with team success usually leads to the netminder being in the spotlight.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: Greensburg Salem
It’s been an extended playoffs of sorts over the last few weeks for the Greensburg Salem hockey team.

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South Park’s Taylor Glowa (12) celebrates her three-pointer during the fourth quarter against Seton LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
South Park girls overcome obstacles, beat Seton LaSalle for section crown
February 6, 2020
The No. 5 South Park Eagles girls basketball team entered the 2019-20 season as the defending Section 2-3A champions but not without hurdles.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Feb. 2, 2020
February 2, 2020
With his team facing two big games last week, Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Crousey knew his team needed his stars to play like stars. They did, and one played especially well and added a five-point All-Star Game to his week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Feb. 2, 2020
The biggest games on the schedule for North Hills are still ahead, and the Indians know that.

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Katie Wilbert competes for the Peters Township hockey team during the 2019-20 season.
PIHL set to launch 4-team girls division in May
February 1, 2020
In the PIHL, there are several girls who don varsity uniforms on a nightly basis, and there have been plenty of instances when girls have succeeded playing among the boys.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 26, 2020
January 26, 2020
When Hampton defeated Pine-Richland in a shootout to hand the Rams their only loss of the 2018-19 PIHL season, Jacob McGee stopped 41 of the 44 shots he faced.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 26, 2020
Last season, the Pine-Richland Rams lost one game.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor drives to the basket against Bethel Park.
Last second shot by Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hands No. 1 Bethel Park its first loss
January 23, 2020
In Mt. Lebanon’s two-point loss to Imhotep Charter on Saturday in the MLK Showcase at Woodland Hills, Blue Devils sophomore Ashleigh Connor hit the front rim on a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Week ending Jan. 19, 2020
January 19, 2020
Ringgold came into the 2019-20 season with lofty expectations, and for good reason. Last year, the Rams avenged being eliminated in the previous postseason by Burrell by beating the Bucs in the Division 2 championship game.

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Riley DeRubbo stars for Trinity in win over Thomas Jefferson
January 13, 2020
Last year, Thomas Jefferson, as part of a 22-win season in girls basketball, beat Trinity three times.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Jan. 12, 2020
January 12, 2020
After a 6-0 start to PIHL play, Seneca Valley started a tailspin.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Week ending Jan. 12, 2020
The name Tyler Stewart should be familiar to anyone who has followed the PIHL recently.

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Franklin Regional High School cheerleaders compete in the WPIAL Spirit Championships at Hempfield High School on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.
Franklin Regional earns another trip competitive spirit state championships
Since the WPIAL officially sanctioned competitive spirit as a district-sponsored sport for the 2012-13 academic year, only 10 teams have qualified for the PIAA championships at least seven times.

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Sidney Shemanski led Freeport with 11 points Thursday night.
Freeport girls shut down Knoch
January 9, 2020
Using a dominant defensive effort, plus a dose of offensive and defensive rebounding and evenly distributed scoring, the Freeport Yellow Jackets defeated next-door neighbor Knoch for the fifth-consecutive time, winning by a final of 53-39 Thursday night.

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Fox Chapel’s Lorenzo Jenkins battles Norwin’s Jayden Walker for a rebound during their game Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
No. 1 Fox Chapel stays unbeaten with convincing win over Norwin
January 7, 2020
Fox Chapel, the top-ranked team in Class 6A, jumped ahead in the first minute and didn’t look back, leading the entire way to a 63-48 victory over Norwin on Tuesday night.

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Plum’s Cole Yocca competes in the Eastern Area Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 6, 2019, at Gateway.
Despite shorthanded roster, Plum wrestlers aim for improvement
December 27, 2019
Coming off a 2-5 season in 2018-19 when the team had one senior and just four juniors, Plum’s wrestling team was looking for improvement.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week — Dec. 23, 2019
December 24, 2019
The Montour Spartans didn’t get off to the start they hoped for in the 2019-20 PIHL regular season.

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TribHSSN PIHL player of the week for the week of Dec. 23, 2019
December 23, 2019
Danny Stauffer’s in-net success at Pine-Richland is well-documented.

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TribHSSN PIHL Player of the Week for Week of Dec. 15, 2019
December 15, 2019
Matt Traczynski has become quite the two-way player for Hempfield.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 15, 2019
Last season, Pine-Richland won the Class AA Penguins Cup championship and a state title.

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PIHL Players of the Week: Dec. 8, 2019
December 9, 2019
It’s not always easy to pick just one player of the week with all of the good performances logged in the PIHL each week. This past week was no different.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 8, 2019
Chris Serakowski is in his second season as the head coach of Carrick’s varsity hockey team, and he has a message that he and his staff have been preaching to the Cougar players this season, a season removed from a fifth-place finish in the final Division 2 standings last year, and only two years removed from a one-win season.

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PIHL Player of the Week for week ending Dec. 1, 2019
December 1, 2019
North Catholic is playing varsity hockey for the first time in nearly two decades.

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PIHL Team of the Week: Dec. 1, 2019
Mt. Lebanon played four games in two weeks to start the season, and six in October, which is more than most Class AAA teams.

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St. Joseph’s Ally Swierczewski drives around a Riverview defender during a scrimmage.
Nowhere to go but up for St. Joseph girls after 1-21 season
Last season was one to forget for the St. Joseph girls’ basketball team.

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Junior guard Andrew Sullivan is the lone returning starter this season for St. Joseph. He led the team in scoring last season.
Stalwart Sullivan leads new-look St. Joseph boys basketball
Last season was a good time to be part of the St. Joseph boys basketball team.

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PIHL Player of the Week for week ending Nov. 24, 2019
November 24, 2019
It’s been a sluggish start for Thomas Jefferson’s second-leading scorer from the 2018-19 campaign.

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PIHL Team of the Week for week ending Nov. 24, 2019
The 2018-19 season was historic for the Burrell hockey team.

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Freeport’s Madeline Clark takes a shot during practice Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Freeport girls basketball looking for sustained success
November 23, 2019
The Freeport girls basketball team is hoping to carry over its momentum from last season.

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Freeport’s Vinnie Clark works against Andrew Speer during practice Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Freeport boys determined to snap WPIAL playoff victory drought
The Freeport boys basketball team is aware of the hump they have not recently managed to get over.

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Avonworth’s Jax Miller hurdles Washington’s Zahmere Robinson during the WPIAL Class AA championship game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Norwin High School.
Avonworth’s Jax Miller puts on a show in WPIAL championship victory over Washington
Avonworth relied on the big men up front and the legs of senior running back Jax Miller to record a 28-6 victory over Washington to claim the WPIAL Class 2A championship Saturday at Norwin High School.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week for Nov. 18, 2019
November 18, 2019
For the first time this season, Class B, formerly Division 2 in the PIHL, has a forward as the TribLIVE HSSN PIHL Player of the Week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week — Nov. 18, 2019
One sign of a good program is sustaining success even after taking hits from graduation, and Thomas Jefferson has managed just that.

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Clairton’s Kenlein Ogletree (25) runs the ball around Cornell’s Raequan Troutman during the WPIAL Class A semifinals Nov. 8, 2019, at Chartiers-Houston.
WPIAL Class A football finals primer: Clairton vs. Sto-Rox
November 15, 2019
WPIAL Class A championship

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Sto-Rox receiver Jaiden Berry catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in McKees Rocks.
Sto-Rox embracing opportunity against No. 1 Clairton in WPIAL Class A final
November 14, 2019
When the first WPIAL championship football game at Heinz Field kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Class A title will be up for grabs between programs with very different stories.

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Shady Side Academy’s Gabby Hill-Junke scores past Greensburg Central Catholic goalkeeper Lyndsey Szekely during their PIAA Class A state semifinal Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Peters Twp. High School.
Shady Side Academy dismisses Greensburg Central Catholic again to reach state finals
November 13, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic and Shady Side Academy have been here before.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Nov. 11, 2019
November 10, 2019
Thursday was another day at the office for this week’s TribLIVE High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Nov. 11, 2019
Last season’s semifinal loss to Pine-Richland left a sour taste in the mouths of the Latroce Icecats.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman breaks the tackle of Mt. Lebanon’s Sam LaSota during the first half of a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Fox Chapel High School.
Eddy Tillman strikes again as Central Catholic runs past Mt. Lebanon
November 8, 2019
In Week 9, the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings beat Mt. Lebanon handily, scoring 35 unanswered points to earn the top seed in the Class 6A playoffs, in large part due to the rushing attack of junior Eddy Tillman.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Nov. 3, 2019
November 3, 2019
Cathedral Prep hosted Bethel Park on Tuesday in what was anything but another early-season PIHL game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Nov. 4, 2019
The TribLIVE High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week is a forward for just the second time this season.

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Canon-McMillan celebrates beating North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class 4A girls volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Canon-McMillan shocks North Allegheny for first WPIAL volleyball title
November 2, 2019
Entering the WPIAL Class AAAA girls volleyball championship between third-seeded Canon-McMillan and top-seeded and unbeaten North Allegheny, the Big Macs were big underdogs.

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The Jeannette and Sto-Rox captains take part in the coin toss before their WPIAL Class A playoff game Nov. 1, 2019, at Sto-Rox.
Sto-Rox ends Jeannette’s season with defensive gem
November 1, 2019
Measuring by points allowed per game, Sto-Rox and Jeannette had the two best defenses in WPIAL Class A this season.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 28, 2019
October 27, 2019
Graduation hit a bunch of PIHL teams hard. Some lost more than others. Some have not missed a beat.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Oct. 28, 2019
The PIHL lost plenty of elite goaltenders to graduation last year. Three of the four TribLIVE HSSN Goalies of the Year in their respective classifications graduated.

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Mt. Lebanon boys avenge loss to Seneca Valley in WPIAL semifinals
October 26, 2019
Last season, the Seneca Valley Raiders, on their way to a Class AAAA boys soccer championship, defeated Mt. Lebanon, 7-0, in the quarterfinals.

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Shaler Area defeats Fox Chapel, grabs 2nd consecutive playoff spot
October 25, 2019
A stagnant, somewhat-sloppy first half led to halftime adjustments in both locker rooms, and when the dust settled, Shaler Area’s run game paved the way to a 27-20 victory Friday night against Fox Chapel.

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PIHL Team of the Week — Oct. 21, 2019
October 21, 2019
Three PIHL teams accomplished the feat of scoring 17 goals in a game during the 2018-19 season. All of them were in the same division in Class A.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week — Oct. 21, 2019
October 20, 2019
Talk to any coach in the PIHL, and most will say having good goaltending is half the battle.

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Burrell’s Colby Christie takes a kick in the stomach from Charleroi’s Cullin Woytovich during their WPIAL Class 2A first round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Fifth-seeded Charleroi ousts Burrell boys in WPIAL soccer playoffs
October 19, 2019
Charleroi, the fifth seed in the WPIAL Class AA boys soccer playoffs, lost one game this season, and it was its final game, a 4-3 defeat to Bentworth that moved the Cougars’ record to 17-1 entering the postseason.

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Central Catholic’s Eddy Tillman too much for Canon-McMillan
October 18, 2019
Eddy Tillman ran for four first-half touchdowns and racked up 170 yards on only 10 carries to pace No. 2 Central Catholic to a 44-0 victory over Canon-McMillan on Friday night.

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Freeport’s Lauren Lampus is a member of the 2019 girls volleyball team.
A-K Valley high school athletes of the week: Plum’s Tyler Kolankowski and Freeport’s Lauren Lampus
October 15, 2019
Tyler Kolankowski

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 13, 2019
October 13, 2019
A late surge was the reason for a Class AA playoff appearance last season for the Baldwin hockey team.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Oct. 13, 2019
Last season, Bishop McCort was ineligible for the Penguins Cup Playoffs because of the amount of foreign-exchange students on the team.

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Class 2A No. 5 Avonworth remains unbeaten with victory over East Allegheny
October 11, 2019
The Class 2A Allegheny Conference game between No. 5 Avonworth and East Allegheny was expected to be competitive.

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PIHL Player of the Week for Oct. 6, 2019
October 6, 2019
The 2018-19 season was a tough year for Quaker Valley hockey.

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PIHL Team of the Week for Oct. 6, 2019
During the 2018-19 PIHL regular season, Class AAA was the most defensive-minded classification by a wide margin.

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Keystone Oaks players warm up before their game against Beaver Falls Oct. 4, 2019, at Dormont Stadium.
Junior running backs power Beaver Falls past Keystone Oaks
October 4, 2019
Beaver Falls rallied in the fourth quarter behind strong performances from junior tailbacks Shileak Livingston and Josh Hough, beating Keystone Oaks, 34-21, Friday night at Dormont Stadium.

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Teddy Ruffner runs for 318 yards, 5 touchdowns to drive Mars past Shaler
September 28, 2019
On several occasions in the second half Friday night, Shaler tried to even things up with Mars in a key Class 5A Northern Conference matchup.

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Burgettstown rolls over South Side
September 20, 2019
One of the keys for fifth-year Burgettstown head coach Mark Druga in his team’s section game against the neighboring South Side Rams was to win the battle in the trenches.

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South Park football gets key conference victory over Keystone Oaks
September 13, 2019
With the game deadlocked in the middle stages of the third quarter at Dormont Stadium, visiting South Park faced a fourth-and-1 from its 45-yard line.

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Defense, rushing of Reese, Harmon pace Apollo-Ridge past Carlynton
September 6, 2019
It didn’t happen as fast as Apollo-Ridge would have liked, but, despite four first-half turnovers, the Vikings eventually came away with a 22-7 nonconference victory over Carlynton on Friday at Owens Field in Apollo.

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Thomas Jefferson topples Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A
April 23, 2019
For the first four innings of Tuesday’s Section 2-4A contest, the defending WPIAL Class 4A champions and defending Class 5A runner-up played even softball.

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Ringgold avenges loss to Belle Vernon in Section 2-4A
April 22, 2019
Two Section 2-4A softball teams who entered the season with different expectations met at Washington Township Park on Monday.

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Belle Vernon third baseman Vanessa Porter tags out McKeesport’s Elisabeth Dansak on a stolen base attempt April 4, 2019.
Hitting, defense come through as defending champion Belle Vernon tops McKeesport
April 4, 2019
The start of the 2019 season for the two-time defending Class 4A WPIAL softball champions has not been one the program is used to.

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North Allegheny goaltender Richie Karapandi works in goal during a Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal against Bethel Park Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Trib HSSN announces PIHL Players, Goalies, Coaches of the Year
March 31, 2019
With the conclusion of the 2018-19 PIHL season, it’s time to look back at the stellar individual performances across the four classifications.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Pine-Richland
March 24, 2019
Going into the season, Pine-Richland’s goal was to win a state championship.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Pine-Richland goalie Danny Stauffer
During the PIHL regular season, Pine-Richland junior goaltender Danny Stauffer led Double-A in goals-against average.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: North Allegheny goalie Richie Karapandi
March 17, 2019
It was as if there was a brick wall between the pipes for North Allegheny in Thursday’s double-overtime win over third-seeded Bethel Park.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Ringgold
Of the eight teams in the Penguins Cup championships or the Division 2 championship, only one is a seeded lower No. 2.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam battles Bethel Park’s Jacob Lang for the puck during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Parreaguirre nets double-OT winner as North Allegheny edges Bethel Park in PIHL semifinals
March 15, 2019
When North Allegheny and Bethel Park meet in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, at least over the last five meetings, the result has been a one-goal game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Franklin Regional
March 11, 2019
After back-to-back Class A Penguins Cup championships, Franklin Regional exited the postseason earlier than they hoped last season, bowing out in the quarterfinals to eventual Double-A champion Armstrong.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Franklin Regional goalie Danny Soltesz
March 10, 2019
As a two-time Penguins Cup champion goaltender, a four-year starter and a three-time PIHL All-Star for Franklin Regional, senior Danny Soltesz’s expectations are always high. But Soltesz, more often than not, exceeds expectations.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Mario Eafrati, Canon-McMillan
March 4, 2019
During the PIHL regular season, two goaltenders in Triple-A faced more than 500 shots.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
During the regular season, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars lost just three games — two of which came to South Fayette — by a combined five goals.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Connellsville
February 17, 2019
Connellsville needed a response after last week’s loss to Carrick, having had a chance to clinch a home game in the Division 2 playoffs in that game.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Montour’s Ryan Eisel
During the third period of Monday’s Class A contest between Deer Lakes and Montour, one of the Lancers’ captains skated up to the Montour bench and talked with Montour coach Clay Shell and some of the captains for the Spartans.

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