Author: Likitha Janga


Jeannette’s Melik Gordon rides the back of teammate Tavon Briston after defeating Clairton last season.
Westmoreland notebook: Jeannette to hold public meeting about artificial turf
February 16, 2019
Rumblings of Jeannette getting artificial turf at McKee Stadium began months ago, but rumors and innuendo could become fact as district officials take proactive steps to advance the process.

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Mars boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 basketball power rankings
February 13, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib Ten is posted at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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Latrobe boys garner No. 2 seed, 1st-round bye in Class 6A playoffs
February 12, 2019
Latrobe felt like it was put under a microscope at Tuesday night's WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting. The boys basketball Section 3 champions figured they did enough to earn a top-three seed in Class 6A, yet had created some conversation and speculation about where they should go in the tournament

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Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
Here is a breakdown of the 2019 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: Class 6A Favorite: Senior guards Dan Petcash (22.2 ppg) and Greg Shulkosky (16.1) lead a high-scoring Pine-Richland lineup that enters the playoffs on a 19-game winning streak. The Rams average 79.7 points per game, which leads the entire WPIAL.

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Bryce Butler, Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long
Bryce Butler School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Butler, a West Liberty (W.Va.) commit, scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Latrobe (18-2, 10-0) to a 75-50 win over Hempfield in Section 3-6A action Feb. 8. Earlier in the week, Butler, who is averaging 22.4

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Latrobe boys hoping for top seed when WPIAL releases basketball playoff pairings
February 11, 2019
Latrobe has been in a number of close games. Like, let's-take-this-and-run games. All the while, the Wildcats have spent the majority of the boys basketball regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in WPIAL Class 6A. They have not lost to a WPIAL team since last year's quarterfinals. They have

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Latrobe divers strong again entering WPIAL championship meet
February 10, 2019
Latrobe has another bumper crop of divers. Four Wildcats qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 23, the same number as last season. Two rank among the league's best. Junior Jordyn Miller (264.40) and sophomore Lauren Bisignani (251.35) stood second and fourth in Class AAA girls 1-meter 6

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Pine-Richland remains atop Trib HSSN PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the Week of Feb. 10. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (16-0-0-1) (Last

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Feb. 10, 2019
February 9, 2019
Rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 19-2, 2 2. Latrobe, 18-2, 1 3. Mt. Lebanon, 17-3, 3 4. Butler, 16-4, 5 5. Upper St. Clair, 19-3, 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 21-1, 1 2. Moon, 21-1, 2 3. Penn Hills, 18-3, 3 4. Woodland Hills, 16-5, 5

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Westmoreland notebook: Penn-Trafford pair pledge to John Carroll football
John Carroll football is getting a package deal from Penn-Trafford. Not long after senior linebacker Niko Rosso committed to the Division III program in University Heights, Ohio, senior wide receiver/defensive back Dimitri George decided to join him. George (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) was the Warriors' go-to receiver last season for junior

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Perfect ending as Latrobe routs Hempfield to finish unbeaten in section
February 8, 2019
Latrobe wasn't about to let Hempfield spoil its first perfect section championship or its postgame net-cutting ceremony on its home floor. It's shiny, new floor the team has grown quite fond of. The top-ranked Wildcats trotted out the ladder and drew the scissors after holding off desperate Hempfield, 75-50, in

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Penn-Trafford girls bounce rival Latrobe to qualify for WPIAL playoffs
Apparently, the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team didn't like missing out on the WPIAL playoffs last season. The Warriors missed out on the postseason for the first time in 10 years last season. On Friday night, they made sure to return. The Warriors celebrated senior night by defeating rival Latrobe, 62-32,

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Hempfield, Latrobe student sections to honor deceased teacher with ‘purple out’
Rival student sections from Latrobe and Hempfield will band together tonight to pay homage to a late friend and teacher. When their boys basketball teams play the Section 3-6A finale at Latrobe, both groups of students will wear purple to recognize Kathryn Soisson, a former Hempfield teacher and Latrobe resident,

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No. 1 Pine-Richland hockey defeats No. 2 Latrobe in shootout
February 7, 2019
The top two PIHL teams in the TribLive High School Sports Network's power rankings got together Thursday night at Nevin Arena for a heated hockey game with a thrilling finish. It was one of those contests that made you feel nobody really lost. andquot;Just proud of our guys doing what

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Playoff-hopeful Hempfield faces No. 1 Latrobe in must-win
Heading into the final night of Section 3-6A play, the Hempfield boys basketball team's season will follow the mantra of just about every game that came out of it: The Spartans still are hanging around. In a season of ups and downs, Hempfield (10-11, 2-7) can clinch a playoff spot

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Mars boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
February 6, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then after the show, the Trib 10 appears online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I FBS programs
Class of 2019 Twenty-one senior football players from the WPIAL accepted scholarships from Division I FBS schools. Three signed letters of intent Wednesday: Division I FBS Tyler Brennan, North Hills, WR/RB, Army* Dante Cephas, Penn Hills, WR, Kent State* Mike Coleman, Woodland Hills, DB, Toledo* M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa, DB, Kentucky

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Unbeaten Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
February 3, 2019
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Feb. 3. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (14-0-0-1) (Last

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe adds football opponent
February 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford football dropped a bombshell recently when it announced it will play national power Washington High in Massillon, Ohio, to fill a void on its schedule. Struggling Albert Gallatin withdrew from the WPIAL in football, leaving teams in the Class 5A Big East Conference with an open week to fill.

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: FR’s Kobus among many thriving 1st-year coaches
January 31, 2019
Anthony Kobus thought a player was joking during a Franklin Regional girls basketball practice when she mentioned the team had not won a section title since 1979. andquot;I laughed at first,andquot; Kobus said. andquot;Then I noticed she was right. It's up there on the banner (beside the scoreboard in the

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Peters Township girls move to top of Trib 10 power rankings
January 30, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib 10 is posted at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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All-American Wresting Club has rich history of training young wrestlers
January 29, 2019
Rob Waller's All-American Wrestling Club couldn't have asked for a better endorsement. Penn State senior Jason Nolf, a Kittanning graduate, credited Waller and his club's training after he won his second NCAA Division I title last March. Nolf sustained a serious knee injury late in the regular season, which forced

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Tyler Stewart, Burrell
January 27, 2019
This week's Trib High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week did something that hasn't been done all season in the league. He did it last year, too, when a goal scored by him made ESPN's andquot;Sportscenterandquot; Top 10 Plays. This time, one of the goals didn't do that,

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Team of the Week: Trinity
With the top eight teams qualifiying for Division 2's playoffs in the PIHL, every game down the stretch for the Trinity Hillers is important. The Hillers took a big step in their playoff push with a win Monday over Knoch, and jumped the Knights for eighth place in Division 2

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Undefeated Pine-Richland stays atop PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the Week of Jan. 27. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland (14-0-0-0) (Last Week 1)

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Top-ranked Latrobe routs Penn-Trafford as Butler hits milestone
January 25, 2019
Latrobe is wearing white hoodies with their snappy pinstripe pants in warmups this season. It's a slightly different look for a boys basketball team that continues to play with the same old swagger. The top-ranked Wildcats sunk their hooks into visiting Penn-Trafford in the second quarter Friday night and never

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Penn-Trafford divers Kalik, Sherwin sweep WCCA titles
Over the past year, Penn-Trafford diver Paige Kalik has been adding to her long list of career achievements. First, she won the 2018 WPIAL Class AAA diving title. Then, she reached the podium at the PIAA championships with a sixth-place finish. Now, Kalik can add a new accolade to her

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Latrobe girls stun Penn Hills on White’s game-winner
January 24, 2019
Senior guard Kayla White hadn't scored a point until the end in Latrobe's game Thursday. But with 6.9 seconds left, it was White who hit the winning shot as Latrobe stunned Penn Hills, 57-56, in a WPIAL Class 5A, Section 3 game. Penn Hills had one last shot at the

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousts Latrobe in 5th-place match
January 23, 2019
The storied history of Franklin Regional's wrestling program is well documented in an area saturated with success stories on the mats. The Panthers were a fixture in statewide discussions in recent years. The 2018-19 season might not stack up against the Panthers' best, but it appears to be a step

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls stay atop Trib 10 basketball power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we post the Trib 10 online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week

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Latrobe uses team effort to defeat Fox Chapel
January 22, 2019
To win big games on the road in a hostile environment, you need more than your stars to play well. Latrobe, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A by Trib HSSN, got that Tuesday at Fox Chapel. The Wildcats got 29 points from senior forward Bryce Butler and 23

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Albert Gallatin’s departure leaves open week for Big East opponents to fill
January 21, 2019
The Big East football conference just got a little smaller. As expected, the Class 5A conference will have only seven teams next fall, now that Albert Gallatin has withdrawn from playing WPIAL football. The WPIAL approved an updated conference alignment at Monday's board meeting. Albert Gallatin's subtraction was the only

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Latrobe girls can’t make early lead stand up vs. Oakland Catholic
For as well as Latrobe started Monday night, visiting Oakland Catholic finished just as strong. A big third quarter helped the third-ranked Eagles overcome a sluggish first half and stave off the hard-charging Wildcats, 57-45, in Section 3-5A girls basketball. As the game wore on, Latrobe could feel the upset

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Big schools open 2nd half of section play to hightlight Tuesday’s 3 things to watch
The second half of section play in WPIAL boys basketball tipped off for many teams last week, but all of Class 6A and some other smaller sections will get the ball rolling on the final three weeks Tuesday. The three section leaders in 6A will begin the second half on

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Pine-Richland continues reign atop TribLive PIHL Power Rankings
January 20, 2019
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Jan. 21. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (13-0-0-0) (Last

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Brose-Holler charge video from Latrobe-Hempfield game goes viral
January 19, 2019
The internet has gotten quite a charge out of a six-second video clip from a Latrobe at Hempfield boys basketball game. A clip of two brawny football lineman playing their second sport like only they can — Latrobe senior Trent Holler taking a vicious charge from Hempfield junior Fintan Brose

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Jan. 20, 2019
Rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 12-2, 1 2. Pine-Richland, 12-2, 3 3. Mt. Lebanon, 13-2, 4 4. Upper St. Clair, 15-1, 2 5. Butler, 11-3, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 14-1, 1 2. Moon, 14-0, 2 3. Penn Hills, 12-2, 4 4. Woodland Hills, 10-2, 3

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WPIAL section tournaments set for Wednesday
January 18, 2019
The section team wrestling tournaments in Class AAA and Class AA will get underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Kiski Area is the returning WPIAL champion in Class AAA and Burrell in Class AA. Burrell has won 12 consecutive Class AA titles. The top two teams in each subsection, which have

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Latrobe pulls out of Woodland Hills basketball showcase
Latrobe boys basketball will not play in the MLK Weekend Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills. The WPIAL Class 6A No. 1-ranked Wildcats (12-2) were scheduled to play District 1 Abington (12-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the 35-team, three-day event. But Latrobe shut down all school-related

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Brozeski subs fast and furious
January 17, 2019
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski joked he has a timing mechanism in his pocket during games that alerts him when to substitute players. Watch a Knights game, and it's like hockey line changes: three in, three out; four down, four up. While a number of teams like to whittle

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls lead Trib 10 basketball rankings
January 16, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we will post the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week

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Latrobe boys basketball survives hard-charging Hempfield
January 15, 2019
Hempfield played about as well as it can play against visiting Latrobe, the No. 1 team in WPIAL Class 6A. But instead of pulling an upset, the Spartans left upset Tuesday night in a foul-filled, 58-56 loss at Spartans Field House. Alex Bisignani made two free throws with four-tenths of

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Kiski Area, Burrell remain atop WPIAL wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 8-0, 1 2. Hempfield, 10-1, 3 3. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 2 4. Waynesburg, 11-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 4-2, 5 6. Thomas Jefferson, 12-0, 7 7. Norwin, 7-2, 8 8. Peters Township, 5-0, 9 9. Greensburg Salem, 6-1, 6

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Latrobe girls keep cool, hold off Penn-Trafford
January 14, 2019
As a comfortable-looking lead began to turn into a potentially precarious situation for the Latrobe girls basketball team, senior guard Carly Augustine and her two fellow captains reeled in the Wildcats. Breathe, just breathe. andquot;As the three captains, we try to stay composed and set an example for our younger

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Latrobe boys basketball not impressed with top billing
Latrobe respects the fact it is the No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in Class 6A. But don't expect the Wildcats to romanticize or gloat about being the top dog in the WPIAL's largest classification. andquot;It's just the Trib's opinion of us,andquot; senior swingman Bryce Butler said. andquot;It's just a number

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Latrobe hockey looking to get back on track against Franklin Regional
January 13, 2019
Latrobe's hockey team is looking to reverse momentum. The Wildcats had a successful early part of December. They won three games going into the holiday break, but then they went 0-3 at a holiday tournament at Harmarville. Latrobe rebounded for a 5-0 win over Moon to open 2019, but dropped

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Baldwin’s O’Malley, NA’s Burton win 3 events at TSTCA indoor meet
Baldwin's Brendan O'Malley and North Allegheny's Casey Burton won three events apiece Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet in Edinboro. O'Malley, a senior, won the boys 200, 400 and long jump. Burton, a junior, won the girls 60, 200 and long jump. The meet was the second

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Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Jan. 13. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (12-0-0-0) (Last

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield’s Remaley out for season
January 12, 2019
Hempfield two-sport athlete Blake Remaley will miss the remainder of the basketball season after having surgery on his left shoulder. A 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior, Remaley said the procedure was to andquot;clean things upandquot; after he injured his labrum last football season. He is the Spartans quarterback. The surgery was to

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Top-ranked Latrobe boys basketball makes quick work of Norwin
January 11, 2019
Norwin had a one-point lead a couple of minutes into Friday night's boys basketball game against No. 1 Latrobe. Then the Knights made a mistake: They blinked. Latrobe erupted for one of its 100-meter-dash surges in the opening quarter and seized control on the way to an 81-50 home victory

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Coach’s son sparks Greensburg Salem over Latrobe
January 9, 2019
Sage Parsley surprised everyone except himself. The Greensburg Salem senior was trailing Latrobe freshman Jack Pletcher late in the first period when he hit a lateral-drop. He stunned the Latrobe fans and Pletcher with a pin, which fired up his teammates. It helped Greensburg Salem (4-0, 4-0 Section 1-B) rally

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls hold strong atop Trib 10 power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we post the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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High school wrestling notebook: Hempfield’s Vance gets physical in claiming county title
January 8, 2019
When Valley senior Dave Schuffert won the 2018 Westmoreland County Coaches' Association heavyweight title, he outmuscled and pinned Isaiah Vance, a Hempfield freshman. Vance changed his attack this season, and the result was a lot different. Vance used an escape and takedown in the third period and defeated Schuffert, Trib

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho, Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla
Colton Camacho School: Franklin Regional Sport: Wrestling Class: Senior Claim to fame: Camacho (19-2), a Pitt recruit, captured his fourth Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament title after defeating Derry's Ty Cymmerman by a 13-3 major decision in the 126-pound bout at Norwin on Saturday. andquot;It's a great accomplish to

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Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2019
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 5-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-1, 2 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 10-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 5 6. Greensburg Salem, 3-0, 7 7. Thomas Jefferson, 8-0, 8 8. Norwin, 7-2, 9 9. Peters Township, 3-0, 10

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Team of the Week: Latrobe IceCats
January 6, 2019
Last season, the Latrobe IceCats won a division title and were the No. 1 seed in the Class AA Penguins Cup Playoffs. Their playoff exit came sooner than hoped, as it bowed out in the first round, losing 1-0 in overtime to No. 4 Quaker Valley. Fast forward to the

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Player of the Week: Burrell’s Dylan Zelonka
Five of the top 12 point scorers in the PIHL's Division II classification play on one team, the division's best team. Burrell is one of the three unbeaten teams in the PIHL, at 13-0, as a result of Thursday's 7-6 win over Central Valley. In that contest, senior Dylan Zelonka,

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Pine-Richland stays atop Trib HSSN PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-2019 PIHL hockey season, the Trib Live High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Jan. 6: Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (11-0-0-0)

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Jan. 6, 2019
January 5, 2019
WPIAL Boys basketball rankings Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 9-2, 1 2. Upper St. Clair, 11-0, 2 3. Pine-Richland, 9-2, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, *9-2, 4 5. Butler, 9-2, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 9-1, 1 2. Moon, 10-0, 2 3. Woodland Hills, 8-1, 3 4. Penn Hills, 7-2,

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Latrobe boys roll past Penn-Trafford for key Section 3-6A victory
January 4, 2019
Latrobe waited for an opening, waited for Penn-Trafford to relent some in its half-court zone, which slowed the track-meet Wildcats for stretches. Then, they pounced. Once top-ranked Latrobe picked up the pace again, they moved the ball, spread the floor, scored in transition and rolled to a 79-55 victory over

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Five things to watch at the WCCA wrestling championships
January 3, 2019
Here are five things to watch at the 66th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament, set for Friday and Saturday at Norwin High School. LUCKY 13 Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho is favored to win his fourth county title. He would become the 13th wrestler to achieve the goal

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Top seeds announced for WCCA tournament
In previous years, the opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament went quickly. There were a lot of lopsided matches and quick pins. But that might not occur this weekend. There will be a lot of quality quarterfinal-round matches at some weight classes. Action begins 5 p.m.

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Latrobe swimmers, divers off to strong start as section meets commence
The Latrobe girls swimming team (3-1) lost two top competitors, but regained one who missed last season because of an injury. Taylor Miller (Ohio) and Rylee Jackson (West Virginia Wesleyan) are freshmen on college teams. Miller placed third in 1-meter diving and Jackson third in the 50-yard freestyle and the

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
January 2, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib Ten is posted online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the

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WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2019
January 1, 2019
TribHSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 4-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-1, 2 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 4-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 5 6. Franklin Regional, 2-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 2-0, 7 8. Thomas Jefferson 7-0, 8 9. Norwin 5-2, 9 10.

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho looks for fourth Westmoreland County title
Will the No. 13 be a lucky number for Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho That's what he is hoping. Camacho is in line to be the latest four-time Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling champion. This is the 66th annual tournament, which begins 5 p.m. Friday at Norwin, and only 12

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Latrobe boys hope to carry momentum into section play
December 31, 2018
Excitement abounds for Latrobe boys basketball in 2019. The Wildcats just hope the momentum from 2018 carries over as the calendar changes. Latrobe racked up an 8-2 record during a busy and challenging December, which culminated in the championship game of the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic in

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Dec. 30, 2018
December 29, 2018
Rankings Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 7-1, 1 2. Upper St. Clair, 10-0, 2 3. Pine-Richland, 7-2, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, 7-2, 4 5. Butler, 7-2, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 7-1, 1 2. Moon, 8-0, 2 3. Woodland Hills, 7-1, - 4. Penn Hills, 6-2, 3 5. Franklin

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe welcomes back 2,000-point scorer Sobota
Latrobe welcomed home one of its own for a holiday girls basketball tournament. Jen Sobota, the Wildcats' all-time leading scorer with 2,093 points, is the coach of the McLean High School girls team in Virginia. Sobota brought her team to Latrobe for the three-day tournament on the refurbished floor. Sobota,

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Penn Hills’ Hardy named state’s Class 5A Football Player of the Year
December 28, 2018
Daequan Hardy had a performance for the ages in the PIAA Class 5A football championship game. Apparently, members of the statewide media took notice. The Penn Hills senior was named the state's Class 5A Player of the Year and joined three of his Indians teammates on the Pennsylvania Football Writers

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe boys head to charity tournament
December 27, 2018
Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler are used to traveling up and down the East Coast for AAU basketball tournaments, but the senior standouts joined their Latrobe teammates for a road trip north this week. The Wildcats are in Elmira, N.Y. for the three-day Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.

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Trib 10 basketball power rankings: Week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 26, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-2019 WPIAL basketball season, the Trib Live High School Sports Network will release its weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. After the show, we will post the Trib Ten online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the

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WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 25, 2018
WPIAL wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 4-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-0, 4 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 4-0, 5 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 2 6. Franklin Regional, 2-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 2-0, 7 8. Thomas Jefferson, 7-0, 8 9. Norwin, 5-2, 9 10.

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Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
December 23, 2018
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Dec. 23. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams

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Derry’s Justin Flack named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 22, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR JUSTIN FLACK RB/QB/DB, Senior, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, Derry Area Justin Flack's senior season turned out better than he or anyone expected. The Derry senior running back said he never dreamed rushing for 1,334 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns. Because of injuries to Colton Nemcheck and Justin

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Latrobe hockey team dominates Hempfield
December 21, 2018
The high school hockey banners at Nevin Arena are dominated by Latrobe's accomplishments, including three consecutive Pennsylvania Cup championships from 2008-10, and the Wildcats stirred those memories Friday night. Three Latrobe players scored two goals apiece, and the Wildcats registered five power-play goals in a 7-1 rout of Hempfield in

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls atop Trib 10 bask power rankings
December 19, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Dec. 17. Overall records are through Tuesday's games. BOYS

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I colleges
Signed on Senior football players from the WPIAL who signed with Division I programs Wednesday: Division I FBS Dante Cephas, Penn Hills, WR -- Kent State Mike Coleman, Woodland Hills, DB -- Toledo Konota Gaskins, McKeesport, DB -- Bowling Green Will Gipson, Aliquippa, WR -- Pitt RJ Hart, Imani Christian,

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Norwin’s Thrift to play at West Virginia as preferred walk-on
Norwin senior safety Jayvon Thrift's first football scholarship offer came from West Virginia during his sophomore year. Pitt offered shortly afterward, as did many others. In early October, he pledged his commitment to Youngstown State. But things changed Sunday when he de-committed. During the first day of the NCAA's three-day

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Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2018
December 18, 2018
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 1-0, 1 2. Canon-McMillan, 1-0, 2 3. Hempfield, 6-0, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 1-0, 4 5. Waynesburg, 3-0, 5 6. Franklin Regional, 1-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 1-0, 8 8. Thomas Jefferson, 6-0, 9 9. Norwin, 4-2,

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Oakland Catholic girls use opportunistic defense to upend Latrobe
December 17, 2018
Despite starting out as a closely-contested Section 3-5A matchup, the Oakland Catholic girls basketball team utilized its disruptive defense and basket-attacking offense to topple Latrobe, 69-50, on Monday night. The No. 3-ranked Eagles (5-0, 3-0) racked up 13 steals and eight blocks and turned those turnovers into high-percentage shots to

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Pine-Richland leads PIHL Trib 10 power rankings
December 16, 2018
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Dec. 16: Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland (10-0-0-0)

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Class 6A Latrobe too much for Valley
December 15, 2018
Both coaches agreed games like this matter. For the winner, especially, so does the outcome. Bryce Butler scored 15 points, and Ryan Sickenberger added 13 to lead unbeaten Latrobe to a 75-46 victory over Valley on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Showcase at Hempfield. Latrobe (5-0), ranked No.

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Basketball showcases on tap in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
December 14, 2018
Tis the season for one-day showcase events. The trend in high school basketball in recent years is for teams to participate in one-day events for various causes held on Saturdays in December and January. One of those events takes place Saturday at Hempfield and will feature seven boys basketball games

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Fenton scores 36 as Latrobe boys top Penn Hills in nonsection showdown
December 13, 2018
Latrobe trailed Penn Hills early, but the Wildcats quickly got on track and rolled to another high-scoring victory to remain unbeaten. Reed Fenton scored half of his game-high 36 points in the second quarter, sparking a Latrobe uprising that carried the Wildcats to a 90-77 victory in a nonsection boys

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Butler boys, North Allegheny girls lead Trib 10 basketball power rankings
December 12, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLIVE High School Sports Network will release Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report show at 6:30 p.m. After the show, check out the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week

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Section girls basketball games get underway in 3 things to watch Thursday in high school sports
A year ago, they were both section champions in different sections and in different classifications. Now Beaver and Neshannock meet in the first of two section contests. Section play tips off for many WPIAL girls' basketball teams on Thursday. The Bobcats have won their first three games this season after

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State, WPIAL champions highlight Trib 25 football all-star team
Another high school football season has come and gone, and 2018 will be memorable for teams and players across Western Pennsylvania. Penn Hills and Aliquippa celebrated PIAA titles in Hershey and shared WPIAL championship glory with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Steel Valley, South Fayette and Pine-Richland. There were

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Fenton, Butler lead Class 6A No. 2 Latrobe past Gateway
December 11, 2018
There was no double-overtime when Latrobe and Gateway met on the basketball court for a rematch on Tuesday night. For Gateway, though, there still was plenty of double jeopardy. The Gators could not slow down the Wildcats' potent one-two scoring duo of Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler as the host

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton, Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore
Reed Fenton School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Fenton, a Lehigh commit, scored 42 points and knocked down 10 3-pointers to lead Latrobe (2-0) to a 90-70 win over Altoona at the Canon-McMillan tournament Friday. He added 23 points in a 72-20 win over Canon-McMillan on Saturday.

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Latrobe wrestling ‘climbing to the top’ of Section 1-AAA mountain
Mike Ciotti's last high school wrestling match for Latrobe was 16 years ago in the 113-pound state finals. Looking back, it doesn't matter that he lost by three points in a decision to Drew Headlee, his eventual Pitt teammate. What is important is that he trained like a state champion,

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High school wrestling notebook: Kiski Area again flexes muscle at EAIWT
Kiski Area coach Chris Heater and assistant coach Chuck Tursky didn't know how many times the Cavaliers had won the Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway. Kiski Area won its fourth consecutive EAIWT championship Saturday and has won more than 20 in the tournament's 41-year history. The Cavaliers finished with 241

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Ross’ deciding pin helps Latrobe take down Derry
December 10, 2018
It was everything you'd want from a rivalry. The outcome came down to the very end. Tyler Ross' quick-strike pin in just 44 seconds at 195 pounds handed Latrobe a gritty 36-30 victory over arch-rival Derry in a WPIAL nonsection wrestling match Monday night at Latrobe. The teams entered the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wickstrom takes over Monessen softball
December 8, 2018
Monessen has made significant strides in the softball postseason the last few years. If the Greyhounds are going to continue their upswing, however, they will do so with a new coach. And a young coach at that. The school recently named Carlee Wickstrom coach after Bo Teets' resignation last month.

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Westmoreland County basketball teams to watch
December 6, 2018
5 teams to watch Boys Belle Vernon -- Longtime Monessen coach Joe Salvino switched Mon-Valley programs to take over the Leopards and has some talent with which to work. Junior guard Cam Nusser (14 ppg) pilots an experienced group that made the PIAA playoffs last year for the first time

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Westmoreland County basketball players to watch
5 players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe (Sr., 6-5, G) -- West Liberty recruit is one of area's more versatile scorers and team players. Averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists for high-scoring Wildcats. Reed Fenton, Latrobe (Sr., 6-4, G) -- With a silky pull-up jumper, long frame and advanced

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Westmoreland County teams prepare for altered basketball landscape
About the only things guaranteed this season in local high school basketball, the only things that haven't changed, are that the ball is round and the rims are 10 feet high. The rest, well, it's all fair game and probably has been subjected in some way to a mass overhaul

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
December 4, 2018
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 1, 2018
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton, Butler 6-5, Jr., point guard 24.6 ppg last season Players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe 6-5, Sr., G, 20.9 ppg Reed Fenton, Latrobe 6-4, Sr., G, 22.0 ppg Ryan Meis, Bethel Park 6-0, Jr., G, 15.0 ppg Dan Petcash, Pine-Richland 6-4,

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Latrobe girls move on from notable graduation loss
November 26, 2018
Latrobe knew the Laura Graytok era would come to an end at some point, much like the boys basketball program begrudgingly anticipated the departure of Austin Butler a couple of years ago. Graytok, a standout in the Wildcats' backcourt for four years and a 1,591-point scorer, is now at American

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Tough road ahead for talented Latrobe boys basketball team
Latrobe won't be criticized for playing a soft boys basketball schedule this winter. The slate is dotted with demanding matchups, from tournaments at Canon-McMillan and Elmira, N.Y., to other nonsection clashes with Abington Prep, Penn Hills, Kiski School, Allderdice, Woodland Hills and Gateway. andquot;The schedule kind of came together. It's

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Westmoreland County athletes follow in older siblings’ footsteps with Division I commitments
November 14, 2018
Nick Coy wanted to be a wrestler because he saw his older brother, Cam, become proficient in the sport. Twisting opponents into precarious positions and holding them down on the mat appealed to the impressionable younger sibling, two years Cam's junior. andquot;I thought, 'I'll give it a try,' andquot; said

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Gateway leads Big East all-conference honors with 8 first-team players
November 12, 2018
Undefeated conference champion Gateway saw eight players receive first-team all-Big East honors Monday and the Gators' Don Holl earned coach of the year. Bryce Washington, Amir Wahid, Tui Faumuina-Brown, Courtney Jackson, Brendan Majocha, Derrick Davis, Kelvon Nelson and Jeremiah Josephs were all named to the first team. Penn-Trafford had seven

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High school notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks up another Division I offer
November 3, 2018
Dom DeLuca knows the farther he can help guide Derry into the WPIAL football playoffs, the better his chances are to get college exposure. Of course, that is not something DeLuca would admit being the team-first senior leader he is for the Trojans. He wants to see Derry win its

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No. 2 Penn Hills jumps on Latrobe in first-round rout
November 2, 2018
Through the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams, Penn Hills dominated in every phase against visiting Latrobe on Friday night. Add in a few nasty stiff arms from Indians standout senior running back Tank Smith, and the 15th-seeded Wildcats had no chance as No. 2 seed

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Area teams enjoy turnaround seasons
November 1, 2018
The football playoffs will have the local regulars. Jeannette, Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford and Belle Vernon occupy spots on the WPIAL brackets. Derry and Monessen are back to being contenders and Ligonier Valley has become a juggernaut in the District 6 Heritage Conference. But the return of a pair of local

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for opening round of playoffs
October 31, 2018
Anthony Bertram Belle Vernon, Sr., WR/OLB The Leopards senior has six catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 17 yards. He had 39 tackles and 11 tackles for losses from his linebacker spot. Josh Cheplick Penn-Trafford, Jr., LT/NT The Warriors junior is an outstanding blocker

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The Birdie makes a muddy mess before this week’s Westmoreland County games
Last week: 12-1 (92.3%) Season: 107-24 (81.7%) Dripping wet and covered in slop, the Birdie returned home from a recent game but neglected to take his dad sneakers off when he entered his front door. Mrs. Birdie blew the whistle before he took a second step. andquot;She had a bonafide

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WPIAL field hockey, volleyball playoffs continue in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 29, 2018
Will the golden runs of Penn-Trafford and Ellis School continue Tuesday in a pair of WPIAL field hockey championship matches Peters Township ended Pine-Richland's title run at one with a victory on Monday in the Class AAA finals. Now Latrobe in Class AA and Shady Side Academy in Class A

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Derry again draws Central Valley in opening round of WPIAL football playoffs
There were a few surprises that came out of the WPIAL football playoff pairings on Monday at the Double Tree Hotel in Green Tree. But one thing that wasn't a shock was who Derry will play in the opening round on Friday. The Trojans, seeded No. 2 in Class 3A,

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Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Helm ‘can’t wait to be a Raider’
October 28, 2018
Geoff Helm will be one of the top returning basketball players in Westmoreland County this season, and now that the Greensburg Central Catholic senior has settled on a college, he can focus on leading the Centurions back to the playoffs. Helm gave a verbal commitment to Shippensburg, turning down other

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Latrobe tops Highlands to enter playoffs on 3-game streak
October 26, 2018
It was pretty clear early Friday night at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium which team was streaking into the playoffs and which wasn't. Backed by AJ Rock's season-high 207 yards rushing and a stout defensive effort, the Wildcats closed the regular season in convincing fashion with a 39-13 nonconference win over

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Westmoreland football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
October 25, 2018
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Reese Mueseler
October 24, 2018
Reese Mueseler wears his shiny new WWE-style belt with pride and confidence. It looks good on him, especially in the mirror -- just like his fluffy, neatly cropped haircut, which he claims is a close second to lineman Trent Holler's andquot;man bunandquot; for team best. He runs his fingers through

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Westmoreland County don’t-miss matchups for Week 9
Class 6A Seneca Valley (6-3, 4-3) at Norwin (3-5, 2-5) 7 p.m. Friday at Norwin Knights Stadium, North Huntingdon Last week: Pine-Richland 21, Seneca Valley 7; Mt. Lebanon 34, Norwin 28 Coaches: Ron Butschle, Seneca Valley; Dave Broseski, Norwin Top players: Gabe Lawson, Seneca Valley (Jr., 6-2, 190, QB); Jayvon

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The Birdie delves into tiebreakers before picking Westmoreland County games
Last week: 14-1 (.933) Season: 95-23 (.805) On the morning of a rare day off, the Birdie pushed around his scrambled eggs at breakfast, scraping his fork against Mrs. Birdie's fancy plate, causing her to cringe. He then used the fork to flip his pumpkin spiced pancakes and sent them

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Latrobe football team excited for 1st WPIAL playoff opportunity since ’09
Arnold Palmer. Fred Rogers. The banana split. A number of historical staples, both timeless and recognizable worldwide, have helped put the Greater in Greater Latrobe. Another is Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College, a summer tradition for more than five decades. While a cornerstone in its history, the Black

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Thomas Jefferson’s Max Shaw named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week
October 21, 2018
Thomas Jefferson's great success over the decades has been a simple recipe. Dominate the line of scrimmage and run the ball down the opponent's throats. That popular menu item in Jaguars Country was on display in Week 8 as Thomas Jefferson plowed Greensburg Salem, 70-21, in a matchup of possible

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Defense fuels Latrobe hockey’s fast start
Two years ago, Latrobe's hockey team surprised PIHL Class 2A when it reached the Penguins Cup final as one of the lower seeds. The Wildcats experienced their own shock last season. As one of the top seed in the playoffs, Latrobe had its hopes of returning to the Penguins Cup

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Anderson collects Penn State offer
October 20, 2018
Malia Anderson expected colleges to take notice after the season she had on the track last spring. The interest has trickled in for the Greensburg Salem senior, who is primed for a big senior year. The 800-meter specialist has heard from Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown. She took an official

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Latrobe routs Albert Gallatin to clinch 1st playoff birth since 2009
October 19, 2018
Senior night was a positive one Friday in Latrobe as the Wildcats knocked off Albert Gallatin, 48-0. The win, Latrobe's third of the year, qualified them for the WPIAL Class 5A football playoffs for the first time since 2009. andquot;Our No. 1 focus was our seniors and to send them

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem boys soccer in win-and-in scenario
October 13, 2018
Greensburg Salem's boys soccer playoff fate will come down to the last night of section play. The top four teams in each section go to the WPIAL postseason. The Golden Lions are tied for fourth place with Trinity at 6-5 and both teams play Tuesday night. Greensburg Salem hosts Laurel

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Defensive TD leads Latrobe past Plum
October 12, 2018
Something had to give. It was late in the first half between Latrobe and Plum, and to that point, little had emerged to separate the two teams trying to gain ground for the fifth and final playoff berth in the Class 5A Big East Conference. The teams had played relatively

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WPIAL team golf titles up for grabs in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 10, 2018
Four champions will be crowned Thursday at the 2018 WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver. Six teams make up the championship field in boys Class AAA and AA. Four teams are in the girls finals in Class AAA and AA. In boys' Class AAA, Central Catholic,

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 7
Class 6A Canon-McMillan (2-4, 1-4) at Norwin (3-4, 2-3) 7 p.m. Friday, Norwin Knights Stadium, North Huntingdon On the air: 1450 AM; andamp;#0010;TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Pine-Richland 38, Canon-McMillan 7; Central Catholic 35, Norwin 16 Coaches: Mike Evans, Canon-andamp;#0010;McMillan; Dave Brozeski, Norwin Top players: Joshua O'Hare, andamp;#0010;Canon-McMillan (Sr., 6-0, 185, RB);

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson, Latrobe’s Lexie Planinsek
October 9, 2018
Palmer Jackson School: Franklin Regional Sport: Golf Class: Senior Claim to fame: Jackson shot 76 to finish tied with Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik for third at the WPIAL Class 3A individual boys golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Oct. 3. Central Catholic's Jimmy Meyers won the event with a round

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Butler makes college decision
October 8, 2018
Bryce Butler likes to hustle to his team's end of the basketball court and score quickly. Keeping the offensive flow moving is what he knows. The get-it-and-go approach works at Latrobe and on the AAU circuit, and Butler fit in well with both uptempo programs. A Division II college team

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Lisbon, Penn-Trafford run over Latrobe
October 5, 2018
Penn-Trafford kept its gameplan simple by relying on the run and playing tough defense as the Warriors extended their win streak to five games at Warrior Stadium. Junior running back Caleb Lisbon led Penn-Trafford with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, helping the Warriors to a 27-7 win

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Westmoreland County gets a look inside the Birdie’s personality
October 3, 2018
Last week: 11-3 (79 percent) Season: 57-19 (75 percent) The Birdie dressed like a zombie earlier this week for the Night of the Living Dead

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Caleb Domenick Latrobe, sr., G/DE The Wildcats' 5-9, 200-pound captain is the starting right guard and defensive end. He has 32 tackles, 10 solo, two

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Golf, soccer, volleyball on tap in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 1, 2018
Thirty-six district Class AAA boys golfers will tee off on one of the toughest golf courses in the country Tuesday to determine the WPIAL champion

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McKeesport runs all over Latrobe in conference victory
September 28, 2018
Run, run, and run again. Latrobe knew what was coming but couldn't stop the McKeesport Tigers from barreling their way on the ground during a

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WPIAL Class 3A boys golf semifinals part of Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
September 24, 2018
For the second time in three years, the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf championships will be held at the prestigious Oakmont Country Club. The

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Latrobe lineman Trent Holler commits to East Carolina
September 22, 2018
In early August, Trent Holler narrowed his list of potential college football destinations to three. But he second-guessed that call, thought it was too hasty

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Latrobe’s Fenton commits to Lehigh for basketball
September 21, 2018
Latrobe senior Reed Fenton, who will be one of the top returning basketball players in the WPIAL this winter, gave a verbal commitment Friday to

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Dustin Shoaf joins 4,000-yard club
September 18, 2018
Throw in the 200 yards he rushed for in his freshman season -- half the total he ran for last Friday -- and Yough senior

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Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik, Jenna Bell
Brady Pevarnik School: Latrobe Sport: Golf Class: Senior Claim to fame: Pevarnik, a Penn State commit, captured his second Westmoreland County Coaches Association title after

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss football matchups for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Class 6A Hempfield (1-2, 0-2) at No. 4 Central Catholic (2-1, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Geling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon University Last week: Norwin 28, Hempfield

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The Birdie offers a little bit of everything for Westmoreland County teams
Last week: 7-5 (.583) Season: 23-11 (.676) The Birdie was having lunch with a friend recently (no, it wasn't Tom Hanks, Huddie Kaufman or Le'Veon

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

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 2
September 5, 2018
Class 6A Norwin (1-1, 0-1) at Hempfield (1-1, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Spartan Stadium, Hempfield On the air: TribHSSN.TribLive.com Last week: North Allegheny 56, Norwin

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The Birdie welcomes Tom Hanks to Westmoreland County
Last week: 11-3 (.786) Season: 16-6 (.727 The Birdie likes to hang out at coffee shops during the week to mingle with -- and eavesdrop

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss matchups for Week 1
August 29, 2018
Class 5A Big East Penn-Trafford (0-1, 0-0) at 1-5A Gateway (1-0, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Pete Antimarino Stadium, Monroeville Radio/Internet: TribHSSN.TribLive.com Last week: Norwin

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The Birdie stress eating after season-opening struggles in Westmoreland County
Last week: 5-3 (.625) Season: 5-3 (.625) It doesn't take much to impress the Birdie. So when the area's prep football expert found a viral

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Kickoff return helps Derry pull away from Latrobe
August 24, 2018
Derry won 20 games the past two years by keeping things simple, executing and coming up with big plays when needed. In Friday's season opener

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Chick’s Picks gets out the crystal ball for Week Zero
August 23, 2018
The man, the myth, the legend: Week Zero is here. You may be asking yourself -- what exactly is Week Zero anyway Week Zero offers

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Ligonier Valley's Aaron Tutino works out Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at the school's stadium.
Westmoreland County football preview capsules for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Nonconference Charleroi at Monessen 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Monessen Last year: Charleroi finished 9-2, 6-1 in the Century (2A); Monessen was 3-8, 2-5 in

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the kickers/punters
Not always does the WPIAL have two kickers who rank among the nation's very best. This year it does. Belle Vernon's Cameron Guess and South

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Schwerha might be on the move
August 21, 2018
JoJo Schwerha, the soccer player from Greensburg Central Catholic who has been trying out for the D.C. United MLS academy, could be transferring. Schwerha, who

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WPIAL Class 5A breakdown: Competition strong top to bottom
August 18, 2018
When Quad-A football was introduced in the 1980s, the WPIAL decided to go with the 16 largest schools in Division I and the next 16

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Latrobes Zachary Williams, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Latrobe looks to continue momentum, eyes return to playoffs
Latrobe challenged the results of its best season in six years by winning four games in 2017 to support coach Jason Marucco's long-term plan for

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A lot to offer: Talented crop brings recruiting buzz to Westmoreland County
Norwin is humming with football attention on the eve of a new season. Yes, Norwin. Knights Stadium was selected to host the WPIAL Class 5A

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High school notebook: Latrobe to recognize ’68 championship team
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago, people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 17, 2018
When Pine-Richland won WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles last season, the star quarterback headed to Notre Dame, and a 1,000-yard running back and a

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Latrobe to honor 1968 WPIAL football champs
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Enthusiasm building as Latrobe continues climb toward postseason berth
August 16, 2018
Cheers erupted when Nathan Clair's 52-yard field goal during kicking drills at Latrobe barely cleared the crossbar near the conclusion of a practice this week

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Holler revises plan
August 11, 2018
Trent Holler is walking back his original top-three list. The standout lineman from Latrobe said he needs more time to evaluate his recruiting situation and

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Jeannette’s Seth Howard is one of several new starters at quarterback.
Westmoreland County quarterbacks take reins as training camp begins
When Rich Bowen left Serra Catholic as a Parade All-American quarterback in the early 1980's, there was chatter that he could possibly be the successor

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Latrobe’s Trent Holler narrows college choices to 3
August 7, 2018
Trent Holler pared down his lengthy list of college choices to a top three, and the rising senior lineman at Latrobe plans to announce his

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore tries to leap over Valley’s Evan Anderson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
MLB controversies teach WPIAL players to exercise caution on social media
August 4, 2018
Skyy Moore lives by a pretty simple social media philosophy. andquot;I try to not put anything on that I wouldn't share to my grandma,andquot; Moore

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Top punter, heat week and more
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Jeannette pitcher Tre Cunningham delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hempfield Park.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Cunningham picks La Roche baseball
August 2, 2018
As a three-sport standout, Tre Cunningham had a tough decision to make. What did he want to play at the next level Two parts luxury

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Belle Vernon Area starting pitcher Bailey Parshall throws against Mt. Pleasant during quarterfinal PIAA 4-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Belle Vernon’s Parshall named Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
Bailey Parshall had an outstanding softball season to cap off an outstanding scholastic career. Parshall was a standout for Belle Vernon both in the pitching

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Division I football recruiting in Westmoreland Co. hits fever pitch
June 16, 2018
Call them Westmoreland County's andquot;Power 5andquot; of high school football. A talented crop of college prospects will add another layer of anticipation to a new

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton picks up another Division I offer
College basketball recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe senior-to-be Reed Fenton. It began last week as the 6-foot-4 guard

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh presents annual awards, scholarships
June 13, 2018
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum provided the setting Tuesday evening for the seventh annual Positive High School Athlete awards.

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
South Hills notes: Seton LaSalle’s Wagner named state’s player of the year
June 8, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.

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Hines Ward sails into the end zone
Hines Ward to present annual Positive HS Athlete Awards
June 7, 2018
A total of $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to dozens of WPIAL student-athletes as part of the seventh annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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Hempfield catcher Emma Hoffner pumps her fist after the final out in a 3-1 victory over Latrobe Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Freshmen playing key roles in postseason for Westmoreland County softball teams
June 5, 2018
Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner peered through the fence near the backstop at Seton Hill last week and held up a posterboard. A day after celebrating

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner earns state Gatorade Softball Player of the Year
June 4, 2018
Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the state's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on Monday. The Oregon recruit batted .680 with 14

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Kyle DeGregorio works with Derek Thomas during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the high school.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Coaching shuffle in full swing
June 3, 2018
Local high school basketball coaches have formed a trend this offseason: leave one school for another. In many cases, coaches seem to have one job

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South Hills notebook: Thomas Jefferson’s 1st-round softball win a thriller
May 28, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • One of the more thrilling games in the WPIAL softball playoffs was won by Thomas Jefferson in

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Mt. Pleasant shortstop Christiana Czegan awaits a throw as Belle Vernon's Jordan French slides in safely to second base.
High school notebook: Defending softball state champion Mt. Pleasant eyes 2nd chance
May 26, 2018
Mt. Pleasant has been down this road before. The Vikings softball team was denied a trip to the WPIAL championship game last season after a

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Candid closeup with Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner
May 21, 2018
Lexi Wagner has had a brilliant four-year softball career at Seton LaSalle. She's regarded by many as being the best player in the WPIAL this

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The Seton LaSalle softball team congratulates Lexi Wagner after her grand slam against Beth-Center in the WPIAL Class 2A first round May 16, 2018, at Baldwin.
No. 3 Seton LaSalle softball captures first-round win over Beth-Center
May 16, 2018
Early on, Beth-Center was playing like a perennial playoff team and Seton LaSalle like a team that was playing a WPIAL softball playoff game for

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5 position players to watch in the WPIAL softball playoffs
May 12, 2018
The game of softball at the high school level has become very offensive in recent years. It wasn't that long ago the WPIAL softball playoff

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton lands Division I offer
May 10, 2018
Latrobe junior basketball standout Reed Fenton hopes his first offer to play Division I college basketball triggers a bunch more of them. For now, he

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Quirky week shakes up WPIAL softball standings
May 5, 2018
A quirky couple of weeks on the local softball scene shook up the rankings and standings — sort of. But it remains to be seen

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Recruiting comes in pairs at Norwin, Jeannette, Latrobe
Jayvon Thrift said opponents rarely try to attack certain areas of Norwin's football defense when he and teammate Gianni Rizzo are occupying space there. andquot;He's

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Myers, Latrobe end No. 1 Hempfield’s 41-game section winning streak
May 3, 2018
Nothing through. Nothing drops. Deep breath. Kiley Myers had those words for her teammates inside an anxious seventh-inning huddle Thursday as Latrobe clung to a

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Central Valley’s Leah Treemarchi keeps running after getting hit by a line drive as Derry’s Chelsea Bisi struggles to catch it during the WPIAL playoff softball game at Fox Chapel High School on Monday, May 15, 2017. Treemarchi was called out on the play.
High school notebook: Tough week for Derry on diamond
April 28, 2018
Derry was dealt a pair of crushing injuries last week. Senior softball standout Chelsea Bisi said she dislocated her kneecap and tore her MCL as

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Hempfield's Ashley Orischak drives in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in front of Latrobe catcher Makayla Munchinski during their game Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield softball rebounds from rare loss to defeat rival Latrobe
April 23, 2018
Still dumbstruck and reeling from a defeat Sunday against Penn-Trafford that terminated its 46-game winning streak, Hempfield's softball team made sure another streak remained intact.

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Latrobe's Andy Bradford raises his glove for a catch near the fence during WPIAL baseball against Franklin Regional at Greater Latrobe High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL realignment affects county baseball, softball
April 22, 2018
WPIAL realignment will give the baseball and softball standings a different look next season, especially for a few Westmoreland teams. The current season is just

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Roundball Classic roundup: Latrobe’s Dudzenski leads East team to convincing victory
April 20, 2018
Latrobe's Marcus Dudzenski had never played in an all-star game before Friday night. But the 6-foot-6 senior made the most of it by leading the

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Shaler long distance runners Eddie Sheets (left) and Dalton Kalbaugh work out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
April 19, 2018
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Trib HSSN athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Michael Turconi, Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner
April 18, 2018
Michael Turconi School: Blackhawk Sport: Baseball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Blackhawk has been one of the top WPIAL baseball programs this century with eight

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Belle Vernon junior pitcher Cole Naylor threw a no-hitter last week against South Park.
Westmoreland County pitchers take the spotlight early in season
April 17, 2018
andquot;This one's for you, dad.andquot; Belle Vernon junior righthander Cole Naylor said he uttered those words to himself seconds before he took the mound Saturday

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Boys tennis brackets to be released in 3 things to watch Tuesday in high school sports
April 16, 2018
While most WPIAL sports are coming up on the halfway point of section play sometime this week, the first postseason of the 2018 spring season

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall celebrates after striking out Yough's Nina Maroney to end the game in the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Strikeouts piling up for BVA’s Bailey Parshall
April 15, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper. Just when it looked like she could not

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of April 16, 2018
MONDAY Baseball Section 2-6A baseball is expected to produce a tight race that lasts late into the season, so every matchup is important. One of

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Yough's Jarett Bach
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Jarett Bach, Latrobe’s Sarah Blair
April 11, 2018
Jarett Bach School: Yough Sport: Baseball Year: Junior Claim to fame: Bach allowed one hit and struck out 13 batters in 52⁄3 innings to lead

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp addresses his team before practice Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Hempfield.
Blackhawk baseball, Hempfield softball atop Trib 10 power rankings
April 10, 2018
Every Tuesday during the 2018 WPIAL baseball and softball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of April 9-14
April 8, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the season stuck in park for almost two weeks, many local teams

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Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
April 7, 2018
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review. Boys Player of the Year

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No. 2 Latrobe enjoys Section 2 softball victory over Norwin
April 6, 2018
Latrobe appears to be a serious contender this season in WPIAL Class 6A softball. That doesn't mean the Wildcats have to take themselves too seriously.

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Games on turf fields on tap in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 5, 2018
There was some sun on Wednesday and plenty of high winds. Is that enough to dry a lot of the natural surfaces to salvage what

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Latrobe’s Mira Rolin set to join new hockey program at Concordia-Ann Arbor
April 3, 2018
Latrobe senior Mira Rolin will be getting in on the ground floor as a member of the Concordia Ann Arbor women's hockey team. Rolin plans

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams weather storms with trips south
April 2, 2018
Spring seasons in the WPIAL have been soggy and sluggish before, but this one has dragged into the start of section play, and some teams

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Brentwood's Morgan Dryburgh (34) goes up for a shot during their game against Leechburg on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
South Hills notebook: Area girls to play in Roundball Classic
March 30, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Four area seniors were selected to play in the annual Roundball Classic girls all-star games April 20-21

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe basketball stars compete in 3-on-3 tournament
For the second year in a row, Latrobe juniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler teamed to play in the USA Basketball 3 vs. 3 U18

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Hempfield's Tyler Dancu aims a pitch against Latrobe during WPIAL baseball Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Defense leads Hempfield baseball past Latrobe in season debut
March 29, 2018
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of

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Latrobe begins PIAA title defense with victory over Greensburg Salem
March 26, 2018
The Barbie car might have needed snow tires to roll into a new baseball season at Latrobe, but it made its return for another run

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Franklin Regional catcher Abby Kane competes during practice Friday, March 9, 2018, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland look ahead: March 26-31, 2018
March 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the opening weekend of the season wiped out by snow and cold

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold splits Highlands defenders Luke Cochran and Ryan Signorella (10) during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Roundball Classic loaded with local talent
March 24, 2018
Organizers call them andquot;the best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic

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Pine-Richland baseball coach Kurt Wolfe prepares his team for the upcoming 2018 season during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
WPIAL baseball preview: Teams set to begin quests for championships
March 23, 2018
Though the snow on the ground may disagree, it's spring in Western Pennsylvania and high school baseball season got underway Friday. Pine-Richland (Class 6A), Latrobe

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
WPIAL well-represented at USA 3 vs. 3 basketball competition
A number of WPIAL players will be in Colorado Springs over the weekend to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships. The tournaments

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Mt. Pleasant's Chloe Poulich returns a ground ball to first base during team softball practice Friday, March 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant High School softball field.
WPIAL softball preview: District champions ready to retain titles
March 22, 2018
The WPIAL softball season will officially begin Friday, and Hempfield (Class 6A), West Allegheny (5A), Belle Vernon (4A), Ellwood City (3A), Frazier (2A) and West

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Latrobe baseball rebuilding lineup after claiming WPIAL, PIAA titles
March 16, 2018
Senior Griffin Clark and a few of his teammates pound foam yellow baseballs into a net on a cold winter afternoon, somewhere in the belly

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Latrobe softball team aims to contend for titles this season
Last season has a rather unfinished look to the Latrobe softball team. The Wildcats reached the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2011 but

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P-T diver Kalik finishes 6th at PIAAchampionships
March 15, 2018
LEWISBURG — For the second year in a row, Penn-Trafford junior Paige Kalik is a PIAA diving medalist. Kalik, this year's WPIAL Class AAA champion,

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Latrobe’s Jackson, Hempfield’s Mayo earn medals at PIAA swimming championships
March 14, 2018
LEWISBURG — Latrobe senior Rylee Jackson hoped to go faster in her 50-yard freestyle championship-finals swim Wednesday at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships. She

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Several WPIAL swimmers, relays punch tickets to PIAA finals
North Allegheny boys swim team members garnered top seeds for the championship finals on Day 1 of the PIAA Class AAA championships Wednesday at Bucknell

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps struggles against Seneca Valley's Alejandro Herrera in the 106-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps lost 1-0 to Herrera in the final.
Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Connellsville's Nate Ansell is congratulated by coaching staff after winning the 195 pound quarterfinal against Blue Mountain's Nate Stine in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Greater Latrobe's Gabe Willochell attempts to maintain an offensive position over Owen J. Roberts' Connor Quinn in the 126 pound class 3A bout during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Pine-Richland ousts Hempfield in 1st round
March 7, 2018
William Studt had two goals to help Pine-Richland earn a 5-1 victory over Hempfield in the first round of the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup

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Tomczak nets overtime winner to lead Quaker Valley past Latrobe
With his father — former Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak — watching from a station as operator of the penalty box at Nevin Arena, Beau Tomczak

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PIHL quarterfinals continue in Wednesday’s 3 games to watch
March 6, 2018
Wednesday is a quiet day in Western Pennsylvania high school sports, one day before the PIAA individual wrestling championships begin in Hershey and two days

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Latrobe, Hempfield among teams in way of Franklin Regional PIHL 3-peat
March 4, 2018
Technically, there will be no andquot;three-peatandquot; for Franklin Regional's hockey team this year though the Panthers can win a third consecutive PIHL Penguins Cup. That's

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 5, 2018
MONDAY Hockey The PIHL playoffs begin with a play-in round matchup in Class AA as East No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (11-8) takes on West

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Will Mayr picked for Big 33
March 3, 2018
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball teams eye 2nd chances in PIAAs
February 25, 2018
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Some Westmoreland teams’ state playoff chances hang in balance
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Westmoreland County wrestlers advance to WPIAL Class AAA tournament
February 24, 2018
There will be a large contingent of Westmoreland County wresters competing at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament Friday and Saturday. Host Kiski Area had six

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Mt. Lebanon boys slam Latrobe in WPIALs
Latrobe drew up a game plan designed to take away Mt. Lebanon's 3-point shooting, a hallmark of the top-seeded Blue Devils who love to fire

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Fox Chapel junior Jonah Cagley captured a second straight WPIAL Class AAA diving title Feb. 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel’s Cagley, Penn-Trafford’s Kalik win WPIAL diving titles
Fox Chapel's Jonah Cagley entered his final dive of the WPIAL Class 3A boys diving championships trailing by 5.85 points. The junior, a silver medalist

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Class 5A, 2A quarterfinals on tap in Saturday’s 3 girls basketball games to watch
February 23, 2018
Three days of WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal action concludes Saturday as the spotlight shines on Class 5A and Class 2A contests. This will also mark

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Latrobe's Marcus Dedzenski (33) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 22, 2018
WPIAL basketball playoff capsules Boys Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 1 Mt. Lebanon (19-3) 3 p.m. Saturday at Canon-McMillan On the

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Latrobe players try to block a shot by Shaler's Megan Lydon during the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe teams get defensive in playoffs
Don't tell the Latrobe boys and girls basketball teams they are all finesse and only care about offense and scoring. They will just get defensive.

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Deer Lakes' Jared Colton competes against Ambridge during a WPIAL first-round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
WPIAL playoffs roundup for Feb. 21: Uniontown upsets No. 5 Central Valley in 1st round
February 21, 2018
Trenton Uphold had 22 points and Cedric Greer scored 15 as No. 12 Uniontown upset No. 5 Central Valley, 59-57, in a WPIAL Class 4A

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold battles Belle Vernon's Griff LaCarte for loose ball in their game during the Hempfield boys tip-off tournament at Hempfield's Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec 08, 2017. Franklin Regional defeated Belle Vernon 67-55.
Westmoreland County WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Friday’s games
Boys Class 5A Quarterfinals No. 3 Franklin Regional (18-4) vs. No. 6 Moon (18-5) 8 p.m. Friday at North Hills On air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Latrobe's Kayla White (20), Carly Augustine (10) and teammates celebrate their win against Shaler in the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Latrobe girls speed past Shaler, earn 1st WPIAL playoff win since ’07
February 20, 2018
Latrobe wanted to play fast in its playoff opener. It's the Wildcats' M.O. And that's what they did to set the tone on the way

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High school roundup for Feb. 19, 2018: Melonja’s 35 points leads Lincoln Park past Carlynton
February 19, 2018
Thomas Melonja had 35 points and Keeno Holmes scored 14, including the 1,000th of his career, as No. 1 Lincoln Park defeated No. 16 Carlynton,

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar looks for an opening on net as Latrobe's Laura Graytok follows up on defense during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Competition in Section 2-6A has girls basketball teams prepped for playoffs
When the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings were released last week on an overhead projector in a crowded hotel ballroom in Green Tree, the eyes of

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (00) attempts to put up a shot over Jeannette's Tre' Cunningham (3) and Seth Howard during the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
February 18, 2018
Boys Class 5A First round No. 12 Greensburg Salem (12-10) vs. No. 5 Trinity (18-4) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peters Township Winner plays: No. 13

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Latrobe divers who have qualified for the 2018 WPIAL championships include, from left, Lauren Bisignani, Jordyn Miller, Taylor Miller and Lily Barta.
Quartet of Latrobe divers set for WPIAL competition
Two Latrobe divers who are sisters expect to be among top contenders for the WPIAL Class AAA title Saturday at North Allegheny. Senior Taylor Miller

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Latrobe boys show grit in playoff victory over Butler
February 17, 2018
Miffed by constant comparisons to last year's team and the notion that it doesn't play enough defense to go far in the WPIAL boys basketball

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Class 6A boys teams begin WPIAL postseason play in Saturday’s 3 games to watch
February 16, 2018
Day 2 of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs is a quiet one with only four contests. However the interest level is high as these first-round

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Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 15, 2018
Saturday's games Boys WPIAL Class 6A First round No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (18-4) 1:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Jeannette boys awarded byes in WPIAL opening round
February 13, 2018
Section championships carried plenty of significance for area boys teams Tuesday night at the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting in Green Tree. Four Westmoreland teams

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Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams set to learn playoff opponents
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Westmoreland lookahead for Feb. 12-17
February 11, 2018
MONDAY Hockey PIHL Class AA South/East heavyweights Latrobe (12-5) and Franklin Regional (10-6) square off in an important divisional clash at 8:30 p.m. at Center

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Seton LaSalle girls hoops charge into playoffs
February 10, 2018
A pair of late-season section victories vaulted the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team into the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. After defeating Carlynton, 62-48, the Rebels

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Seton LaSalle dominates section
Seton LaSalle is one of the most explosive offensive teams, with one of the lowest defensive averages, in its division. The formula has resulted in

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PIHL announces January Players of the Month
February 9, 2018
The PIHL has announced its players of the month for January. Those selected will receive tickets to and be recognized at the Penguins home game

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Westmoreland County football players sign on with college programs
February 7, 2018
Braden Brose was up bright and early Wednesday morning. But since school was canceled because of the snow and ice he could not fax his

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Bryce Butler, Ligonier Valley’s Alexia Boyd
Bryce Butler School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Claim to fame: Butler scored 28 points to lead Latrobe (14-6, 9-4) to a 66-56 win over

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Cohen nets 31 as No. 5 Fox Chapel boys sweep Latrobe in Section 3-6A
February 6, 2018
With the outcome having long been decided, Fox Chapel's Carson Cohen stepped to the foul line and snuck a glance at the scoreboard at Latrobe,

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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A-K Valley boys squads eye basketball playoff pairings
February 4, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoff pairings committee meets Feb. 12 to set the brackets for the boys and girls playoffs in 12 classifications. Several A-K Valley

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 4
February 3, 2018
WPIAL rankings Boys basketball Class 6A Team, W-L, Last 1. Canon-McMillan, 17-1, 1 2. Butler, 17-2, 2 3. Mt. Lebanon, 17-3, 4 4. Penn Hills,

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South Hills notebook: Baldwin grad Duchon shines at Thiel
February 2, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Thiel forward and Baldwin graduate Taylor Duchon connected for a career-best 27 points last week in a

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Buying championship rings a costly process for Westmoreland County’s state title teams
February 1, 2018
Jeannette is fundraising in a variety of ways to purchase championship rings for its football players, cheerleaders and others around the program. It's a pricey

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Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley yells out during the 152-pound bout during a dual meet against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
January 31, 2018
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Hempfield girls slow Latrobe’s Graytok in Section 2-6A victory
January 30, 2018
If Hempfield knew one thing about No. 4 Latrobe from their previous girls basketball meeting, it was that in order to beat the Wildcats, you've

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Canon-Mac head coach Rick Bell celebrates with Jason Fowlkes after Fowlkes made a three-point shot during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
High school basketball rankings for the week of Jan. 28, 2018
January 28, 2018
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Canon-McMillan, 14-1, 5 2. Butler, 15-2, NR 3. Pine-Richland, 13-4, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, 15-3, 1 5. Penn Hills,

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Latrobe's Taylor Miller competes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving championships Friday Jan. 26, 2018 at Derry High School.
Latrobe’s Miller captures 3rd straight WCCA diving championship
January 27, 2018
Latrobe senior Taylor Miller, winner of the past two Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving championships, made it a three-peat Friday night. Miller was the favorite

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Pittsburgh Basketball Club showcases part of 3 things to watch Saturday, Sunday in WPIAL athletics
January 26, 2018
This Daily 3 is not just for Saturday, but for the entire weekend. The Pittsburgh Basketball Club is hosting three events at two sites over

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar prepares an attempted layup shot on net as Latrobe's Kayla White (20) defends during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin girls halt Latrobe’s win streak
Norwin's message to Latrobe: don't play with scissors. Latrobe will have to wait to cut down the nets to celebrate a section title after the

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Latrobe's Taylor Miller (left) and Penn-Trafford's Paige Kalik finished 1-2 at the 2017 WCCA diving championship at Derry.
Latrobe’s Miller, P-T’s Kalik set to face off at WCCA diving championships
January 25, 2018
Two of the finest divers in the WPIAL will square off Friday in the first day of competition at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming

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Greater Latrobe's Laura Graytok navigates toward the net against Hempfield defender Allison Podkul (15) during girls' basketball Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School. Latrobe defeated Hempfield 67-52.
Surging Latrobe girls basketball riding high on 7-game winning streak
Latrobe has gone away from hosting some girls-boys basketball doubleheaders this season. Separate nights gives each team the spotlight all to themselves. The boys' games

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Hempfield edges Latrobe, pulls into 1st-place tie with rival Wildcats
January 23, 2018
Another game against a top rival turned into another PIHL victory for the Hempfield Spartans on Monday night. And you could imagine the joy just

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Latrobe's Joe Piper competes at a Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association indoor meet Jan. 20, 2018, at Edinboro.
Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
January 22, 2018
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan scores past Ambridge's Tay Lindsey during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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Penn Hills' Jayla Ellis competes in a track meet at Penn Hills on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Several WPIAL athletes earn top honors at weekend indoor track events
Athletes from several dozen WPIAL and City League teams descended on Edinboro University on Saturday for the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet of the

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman knocks down a three pointer as Jeannette's Dymond Crawford defends during their WPIAL Class 2A conference game at GCC on Monday Jan.15, 2018, in Carbon.Eisaman scored 24 points to lead GCC past Jeannette 57 46.
Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Tasked with having to rally from a slow start, Greensburg Central Catholic (7-6, 6-2 Section 3-2A) has answered the call. The Centurions

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington runs down the clock in front of head coach Mike Mastroianni during their game against Ambridge Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 21, 2018
January 20, 2018
Boys Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 13-2 1 2. Penn Hills 15-1 2 3. Pine-Richland 11-3 3 4. Woodland Hills 13-2 5 5. Canon-McMillan 12-1 — Out: Butler (13-2, 4) Class 5A 1. Mars 10-2 1 2.

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Britt becomes Woodland Hills’ all-time leading scorer in win over Latrobe
Getting stops was never going to be enough for the Latrobe boys basketball team. Woodland Hills guard Armani Obringer had his breakaway dunk attempt turned

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Burrell's Logan Schoepf celebrates his first goal with Tyler Stewart during their game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
PIHL releases all-star rosters for Jan. 28 games
January 18, 2018
The four PIHL all-star games will be Jan. 28 at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center, and the rosters for those contests were released Wednesday

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Girls basketball teams begin 2nd half as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
January 17, 2018
The start to the second half of section play in WPIAL girls basketball gets off to a bit of a slow start Thursday night with

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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Kiski Area's Noah Levett pins Southmoreland's Devin Brubacher during their 138 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
January 16, 2018
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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No. 4 Latrobe girls earn overtime win over Penn Hills
Latrobe's free-throw shooting warmed up when the Wildcats needed it most on Monday night. They made a total of 13 from the stripe in the

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Late basket gives No. 4 Avonworth girls come-from-behind win over Seton LaSalle
January 15, 2018
Good teams try to find a way to win even when it's not their night. Class 3A No. 4 Avonworth stayed within striking distance of

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Jim Nesser talks with his team during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. Hempfield won 61-44.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jim Nesser to coach against former Jeannette squad
January 14, 2018
When Jim Nesser returned to coaching, he knew he would run into some old friends. And when he took the job at Greensburg Central Catholic,

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Greensburg Salem's Megan Kallock brings the ball downcourt against Hampton during the WPIAL Girls Class 5A playoff game at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Greensburg lost the game, 75-34.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Kallock among Greensburg Salem’s all-time scorers
January 12, 2018
Greensburg Salem junior combo-guard Megan Kallock is on her way to chasing some of the big names on the program's scoring list. Only a junior,

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Seton LaSalle's Layni Ziegler competes against Brentwood on Jan. 2, 2018, at Brentwood.
Seton LaSalle’s ‘Road Warriors’ start 2nd half on positive note
January 6, 2018
The Seton LaSalle girls basketball team tipped off the new year in thrilling fashion. On Tuesday, the Rebels edged Brentwood, 43-38, in a nonsection matchup.

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Latrobe's Anthony Fannie attempts to block a pass by Hempfield's Jules Nicholls on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 during WPIAL boys' basketball at Greater Latrobe Area High School.
Fenton scores 35 to lead Latrobe boys past rival Hempfield
January 5, 2018
Latrobe honored its WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team at halftime on Friday night. The basketball team didn't need to take on the persona of

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Brentwood's Michael Trent competes against Carrick on Dec. 8, 2017, at Brentwood.
South Hills sports notebook: Brentwood boys start 2018 strong
Items from around the South Hills: • Brentwood's boys basketball team ended the first month of the season on a winning note, defeating Sto-Rox, 68-55,

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Graytok scores 29 as Latrobe girls win ‘Backyard Brawl’ over Hempfield
January 4, 2018
Latrobe senior guard Laura Graytok wasn't about to let her team lose the latest installment of what the Wildcats call, andquot;The Backyard Brawl.andquot; andquot;Rankings don't

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Girls basketball returns to section play as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
January 3, 2018
Section play resumes for the first time in 2018 for most WPIAL girls basketball teams Thursday. One of the better matchups is a Royal Blue

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Latrobe players celebrate with the PIAA Class 5A championship trophy after their 7-0 victory over Whitehall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in State College. The game was called after a rain delay stopped play.
State championship dominance among Westmoreland County sports highlights from 2017
December 31, 2017
Flash bulbs and fire truck escorts back to town. Exuberant student sections and bus loads full of fans with plenty to cheer about — all

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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Baldwin's Mike Goga competes against Thomas Jefferson on Dec. 9, 2017, at Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Baldwin boys take trip to Orlando
December 28, 2017
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Baldwin's boys basketball team traveled to Orlando, Fla., last week to participate in the KSA holiday tournament

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Hempfield's Braden Brose
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Braden Brose, Latrobe’s Laura Graytok
December 27, 2017
Braden Brose School: Hempfield Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Brose scored 23 points to lead Hempfield (3-5, 1-2) to a 77-66 win over

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Jeannette's A.J. Sharp shoots some hoops with teammates Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Sharp, Crise switch sides in Jeannette, GS basketball rivalry
Friday night's Jeannette (3-1) at Greensburg Salem (5-2) boys basketball game, the finale of the Golden Lions' holiday classic, already is a much-anticipated rematch, but

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan scores past Mt. Pleasant's Jacob Johnson during their game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Where to go for Westmoreland holiday hoops
It is holiday basketball tournament time. Here are the local tournaments to keep an eye on this week: BOYS Greensburg Salem tournament: The Golden Lions

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Latrobe’s Laura Graytok (24) drives to the basket against the Hempfield Spartans in the second quarter Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Hempfield Area Senior High School in Hempfield.
Latrobe girls last of the undefeateds in Westmoreland
Latrobe girls basketball appears to be headed for a turnaround. The Widcats have started 5-0 for the first time since 2004-05 and are the last

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Latrobe welcomes newest Butler brother to basketball limelight
December 25, 2017
If a tree falls in the forest ... If Bryce Butler beats Austin Butler at one-on-one ... Wait, there was a witness: dad. andquot;It was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Houseman, Penn-Trafford’s Suman get offers
December 24, 2017
Division II schools have been scouring the WPIAL in recent weeks and extended scholarship offers to several Westmoreland players. Yough lineman Scotty Houseman and Penn-Trafford

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Guards Fenton, Butler shine as Latrobe boys take down Norwin
December 23, 2017
Norwin honored its boys PIAA champion 1,600-meter relay team before Friday night's home boys basketball game. Then Latrobe sprinted past the Knights. And its standout

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Thomas Jefferson seniors (from left) Devin Danielson and Noah Palmer officially signed their national letters of intent Dec. 20 with Pitt, where they will continue their football careers.
South Hills high school notebook: Thomas Jefferson pair make all-state in football
December 22, 2017
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Two senior members of the Thomas Jefferson football squad — lineman Devin Danielson and running back Justin

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem the place to be for holiday tournament
December 21, 2017
Holiday basketball tournaments return next week and the best local stop again appears to be Greensburg Salem. The two-day Golden Lions Holiday Classic features six

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton, Ligonier Valley’s Lexie Petrof
December 20, 2017
Reed Fenton School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Claim to fame: Fenton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Latrobe (2-2) to a 92-91

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Latrobe's Brady Johnson and Norwin's Jason Miller collide in neutral position Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 in the 152 class bout during their wrestling meet at Norwin Senior High School.
Latrobe wrestlers defeat Class 3A foe Norwin
Adam Hoffman kept a positive vibe throughout his match-deciding victory for the Latrobe wrestling team Wednesday night, never wavering from an I've-got-this-in-the-bag mentality. Clinging to

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
December 19, 2017
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Seton LaSalle boys look to improve as season progresses
December 14, 2017
The Seton LaSalle boys basketball team was a WPIAL and PIAA qualifier in Class 3A last season. And all but one player is back from

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Latrobe's Daniel Marinchak competes in swimming heats against Greensburg Salem on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, during their swim meet at the Greater Latrobe High School natatorium.
Latrobe swimmers dealing with injuries early in season
The Latrobe girls swimming team (1-0) faces the season without one of its top swimmers. Junior Carrie Lenz, a WPIAL individual finalist last season, is

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past St. Joseph's Prep's Jake Feehery (50) and Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
December 13, 2017
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Senior guard Layni Ziegler is a returning starter for Seton LaSalle girls basketball.
Former assistant coach Barrett set to guide Seton LaSalle girls
December 3, 2017
Ian Barrett has served his coaching apprenticeship. An assistant in recent years at Seton LaSalle (2012-13), Oakland Catholic (2012-13) and Keystone Oaks (2014-16), Barrett is

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (15) goes scores a basket and is fouled for a three point opportunity against Butler in the third quarter during the in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Saturday at Penn Hills.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Latrobe junior Fenton
December 2, 2017
Recruiting is beginning to pick up for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Fenton had a big summer with the PK

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Butler's Ethan Morton pumps his fist after sinking a three pointer during the WPIAL Boys Class 6A Basketball Championship game at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton Butler 6-5, So., point guard 14.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Carson Cohen Fox Chapel 6-2, Sr.,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa Peters Township 5-11, Jr., guard 16.5 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Laura Graytok Latrobe 5-7, Sr., G,

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok drives past Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.Penn Hills defeated Latrobe 67-42.
Graytok develops into leader for Latrobe girls basketball
November 28, 2017
Latrobe won four if its final five games last season but missed the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs. With five starters back, including standout

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Latrobe's varsity basketball players Markus Dudzenski (foreground) Bryce Butler, Reed Fenton (top, left) and Jason Armstrong (right) pose for a group portrait Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Despite graduation of star guards, Latrobe boys want another shot at playoff run
Tasked with the challenge of replacing two of the best players to come through the program, Latrobe will have a different look on the court

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Latrobe's Cole Ferri
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Cole Ferri, Norwin’s Emily Harrigan
November 15, 2017
Cole Ferri School: Latrobe Sport: Hockey Class: Sophomore Claim to fame: Ferri, who has five goals and four assists this season, recorded two goals and

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) yells out in celebration after Penn-Trafford's 35-14 win against Upper St. Clair in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
P-T football shoots for trifecta
November 12, 2017
Penn-Trafford already has put together quite a fall sports season, but it could reach another level if the football team can bring home a WPIAL

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Derry softball player Chelsea Bisi at Derry Area High School in Extension, Pa. on Wednesday March 08, 2017.
Westmoreland high school notebook: County softball players sign with Division I schools
November 8, 2017
Softball popularity and talent in the county has risen in recent years. It might be at an all-time high. College recruiting is a reflection of

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok is fouled by Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.
High school notebook: Westmoreland County athletes to sign with Division I schools
November 7, 2017
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday for all sports other than football, soccer and men's water polo. A number of area athletes plan to

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Seton LaSalle's Lionel Deanes break into the clear against Freeport during first round WPIAL action Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Dormont Stadium.
Seton LaSalle’s Deanes joins 5,000-yard club in win over Freeport
November 6, 2017
Answer: Quick, strong, fast, elusive, durable, hard-working, humble. Question: What are some terms that describe Seton LaSalle's staunch running back Lionel Deanes. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift (5) leads his teammates in a cheer before entering the field to face Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense braces for Jurkovec, No. 1 Pine-Richland
November 2, 2017
Norwin has faced some good quarterbacks this season. Cam Laffoon of Penn-Trafford, Central Catholic's Troy Fisher and Justin Sliwoski of Hempfield are among them. But

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon carries past Norwin's John Piekut during the third quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense among WPIAL’s best
October 26, 2017
Talk to coaches who have played Norwin and their first point of emphasis is defense. Norwin (4-5 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) is no knock-off of

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) extends for a touchdown reception against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 9’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Westmoreland County
October 25, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern CONFERENCE Norwin (4-5, 2-3) at Hempfield (0-5, 1-8) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Norwin lost to Central Catholic, 35-14. Hempfield lost 63-28

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The Birdie scares up Week 9 picks for Westmoreland County
Halloween is the Birdie's favorite holiday. andquot;It's nice because I get to dress up and step out of character,andquot; he said, wearing a Groucho Marx

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Yough junior running back Dustin Shoaf
High school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf in elite company after record-breaking performance
October 21, 2017
Yough football coach Scott Wood predicted a few weeks ago that Cougars' junior running back Dustin Shoaf had the potential to break the school's single-game

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong hurdles Plum's Nicolas Sluka during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Latrobe knocks off Plum behind running attack
October 20, 2017
Nearly every time Plum's defense appeared as though it was going to make a tackle Friday night, Latrobe's Ivan Etienne and Jason Armstrong seemed to

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The Birdie sets a gold standard in Westmoreland County
October 18, 2017
When the cleaning crew came in late one night this week, they found The Birdie pounding nails into new gold-colored carpet he had just rolled

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Video: Seton LaSalle rallies past Freeport in Week 7
October 14, 2017
Seton LaSalle's Tyler Hillebrand discusses the Rebels' 21-10 Allegheny Conference victory over Freeport.

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Latrobe's Peyton Feathers is tackled by Franklin Regional defenders, including Devon Powell (18) and Jack Polling (44) on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in WPIAL football at Franklin Regional.
DiFalco’s FG with 2 seconds left lifts Franklin Regional over Latrobe
October 13, 2017
Franklin Regional appeared to be well on its way to the WPIAL playoffs, but Latrobe turned it on and made the Panthers fight to the

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown leads teammate Cameron Binda during the boys varsity race during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Thomas Jefferson's Shane Stump competes against Uniontown on Sept. 1, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
What to watch in Week 7 of high school football: Top-ranked teams could face challenges
Aliquippa, Steel Valley and Thomas Jefferson, three top-ranked teams in the WPIAL, could face a challenge this week. Emphasis on andquot;could.andquot; Combined, that trio has

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Franklin Regional's Devon Powell (18) reaches out to attempt a catch guarded by Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Week 7’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Westmoreland County
October 11, 2017
Class 5A Big East Armstrong (4-3, 2-3) at 1-5A Penn-Trafford (7-0, 5-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Armstrong edged Latrobe, 38-37, in double overtime. Penn-Trafford

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The Birdie learns from his losses
The Birdie is no sore loser. If someone proves him wrong, he accepts it and moves on. andquot;Coach Harvey Hornbill taught me in pee wees

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Greensburg Salem's Kevin Braswell
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Armstrong edges Latrobe in double overtime
October 6, 2017
Facing a virtual must-win Class 5A Big East 9 Conference game Friday night on the perfectly-manicured turf at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium, Armstrong kept alive its

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Hempfield's Isaiah DiAndreth (23) celebrates a touchdown against Greensburg Salem in the second quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 6’s don’t-miss high school football matchups in Westmoreland County
October 4, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern Conference Hempfield (1-5, 0-4) at Altoona (1-5, 0-4) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Hempfield lost to Bethel Park, 55-21. Altoona lost to

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The Birdie is always hungry for more in Westmoreland County
The Birdie never judges a playbook by its cover and he never judges a press box by its aroma on Friday nights — until he

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Southmoreland's Jaden Datz
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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TribLIVE High School Football Show Week 6
October 3, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and high school sports analyst Chris Harlan break down the top games, players and trends for Week 6 on the TribLIVE

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Latrobe's Cole Novak (21) plays the puck in front of Mars' Hudson Finn (76) during the first round of the Penguins Cup Class AA playoffs on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg. Latrobe won 5-4.
Latrobe hockey taking aim at Penguins Cup championship
October 2, 2017
Latrobe surprised many when it reached the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA championship game last year. With only three players gone from that squad, the

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong throws a pass under pressure from McKeesport's Edward Meadows during their game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at McKeesport High School.
No. 4 McKeesport stifles Latrobe in 49-0 rout
September 30, 2017
McKeesport's triple option, flexbone offense is a sight to behold when it's in high gear. But Tigers coach Matt Miller wants to see his team's

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Seton LaSalle’s Lionel Deanes (30) breaks the tackle of Apollo-Ridge’s Daniel Dametta during the first half of a game Friday, Sept., 29, 2017, at Apollo-Ridge.
Seton LaSalle’s Deanes leads Rebels past Apollo-Ridge
September 29, 2017
Apollo-Ridge gave opposing defenses fits in recent years with playmakers like Tre Tipton and Duane Brown. On Friday, the Vikings experienced life on the other

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) passes the ball against Greensburg Salem in the third quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 5’s don’t-miss high school matchups in Westmoreland County
September 27, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern Conference 5-6A Bethel Park (3-1, 2-0) at Hempfield (1-4, 0-3) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Bethel Park lost to No. 1 Pine-Richland,

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Apollo-Ridge's quarterback Kyle Fitzroy (14) looks for a pass downfield during their game at Shady Side Academy on Sept. 15, 2017.
Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Deanes, Seton LaSalle
The WPIAL realignment brought on by a shift to six classifications last season placed unfamiliar teams in the same conference. For holdovers of the Allegheny

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The Birdie needs to cool off in Westmoreland County
Before the Birdie begins his picks column for Week 5, he asks that you allow him 15 minutes to cool off. andquot;Don't want to say

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches ‘cool’ with WPIAL’s cool-down rule
September 23, 2017
The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute andquot;cool-downandquot; period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford runs past rival Latrobe in Big East victory
September 22, 2017
Facing a third-and-22 from its own 29-yard line, Penn-Trafford seemed destined for a punt. But from the second he touched the ball on that, at

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Latrobe's quarterback Jason Armstrong tries to break away from Derry defender Jacob Stillio (50) on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL football at Derry.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Jason Armstrong
September 20, 2017
Excuse Jason Armstrong if he is occasionally winded on Friday nights. It's not that he is out of shape; quite the contrary. It's that the

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Latrobe's Nate Clair
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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The Birdie appreciates a good goose egg in Westmoreland County
Four weeks into his new gig as Westmoreland County's high school football analyst, expert and forecaster — andquot;Call me what you'd like,andquot; he said, andquot;Just

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik plays the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Westmoreland notebook: Golf season shifts to individual postseason
September 16, 2017
Golf season shifts to the individual postseason this week as section tournaments are played around the WPIAL. Boys tournaments will be Monday and Tuesday, and

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Seton LaSalle RB Deanes uses 2nd-half surge to hold off Burrell
Seton LaSalle senior running back Lionel Deanes ran for more than 200 yards in each of his first two games this season. Deanes couldn't make

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Armstrong leads Latrobe past Kiski Area
September 15, 2017
It might not like seem much to many, but Latrobe has won two games in a row for the first time since 2011. Senior quarterback/linebacker

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik takes a practice swing on the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Plum's, Matt Morgan, works with his varsity Mustangs during a recent practice.Friday August 11, 201
Week 3’s don’t-miss high school football matchups in Westmoreland County
September 13, 2017
Class 5A Big East Conference 4-5A Franklin Regional (2-0, 2-0) at Plum (1-2, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Franklin Regional topped Kiski Area, 19-14,

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The Birdie has ‘IT’ factor in Westmoreland County
The Birdie saw the andquot;ITandquot; remake over the weekend and the horror movie nearly freaked him out of his feathers. andquot;Had nightmares,andquot; he said. andquot;Like

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The Birdie likes to see upsets in Westmoreland County
September 6, 2017
Upsets always get the Birdie excited — even when he doesn't call them. He was bouncing off the walls in the office last week when

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Norwin's Cayton Taylor breaks up a pass intended for Penn-Trafford's John Gay during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Week 2’s don’t miss matchups in Westmoreland County
Class 5A Big East Conference 4-5A FRANKLIN REGIONAL (1-0, 1-0) at KISKI AREA (0-2, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Franklin Regional defeated McKeesport, 13-7;

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The Birdie viewed a good fight last week in Westmoreland County
August 30, 2017
After dishing out $100 from his piggy bank — he had a part-timer roll a big pile of change he dumped in the center of

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Norwin's Tevin Thrift breaks through the line for a long gain during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Week 1’s don’t miss matchups for Westmoreland County
Class 6A SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE ALTOONA (1-0, 0-0) at NORWIN (0-1, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Altoona rallied in the fourth quarter to edge past

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Derry's Shawn Broadway carries the ball for a touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL week one high school football action at Derry.
Derry knocks off neighboring Latrobe behind Broadway’s 3 TDs
August 25, 2017
This time, there was no andquot;trickery.andquot; Derry coach Tim Sweeney, incensed by the reference to last year's eight-point victory over neighboring rival Latrobe on running

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Bruce Leonard passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7 on 7 Football Tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School's Viking Stadium on Thursday July 21, 2016, in Mt. Pleasant.
Week Zero’s don’t-miss matchups in Westmoreland County
August 24, 2017
NonCONFERENCE GREENSBURG C.C. (2-8 in '16) at TUSCARAWAS C.C., OHIO (5-5 in '16) 7 p.m. Saturday Last year: Greensburg Central missed the playoffs for the

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Hempfield's Isiah Diandreth, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
The Birdie offers Week Zero predictions for Westmoreland County
A few coaches asked the Birdie if he bumped his head before he put together his column for last Sunday's preseason andquot;Gameplanandquot; section that gave

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik putts on the 18th green during the 2016 PIAA West Region golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville, Pa.
Arnold Palmer links high school golfers Pevarnik, Jackson
August 16, 2017
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson have been friends for years and have played countless rounds of golf together. High school golf season opens Thursday and

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Presence of pros on campus leaves impression on Latrobe players
August 15, 2017
Of all the high school football teams in Western Pennsylvania — and there are many — only one consistently shares its stadium with the Steelers,

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Latrobe Greater Than Whitehall to Win PIAA 5-A Gold
June 15, 2017
After a playoff run that featured multiple come-from-behind victories, Greater Latrobe left no doubt in the state title game. The Wildcats cruised to a 7-0 rain-shortened win against District 11 champion Whitehall to claim the first PIAA 5A Championship at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game was called after more than an hour delay in the top of the sixth, and with no end in sight for the steady downpour. The rain did not dampen the celebration, though, as the Wildcats savored their first state title, just weeks after securing the team's first WPIAL crown.

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Latrobe Wins First WPIAL Baseball Title With Win Over Mars
May 31, 2017
The last time the Latrobe Wildcats played in a WPIAL Championship baseball game, things were much different than they are now, in 2017. On May 30, 1985, Latrobe lost to Bethel Park in the Class AAA title game. Gas was $1.20 per gallon, Ronald Reagan was the President and there were only two classifications in the WPIAL. On May 31, 2017, Latrobe won its first ever baseball crown by defeating another team looking for its first championship, in its first championship appearance, Mars, by a final of 6-2. Coming into the game, both coaches, Matt Basciano of Latrobe and Andy Bednar of Mars, emphasized the importance of their team getting and holding an early lead.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Latrobe Wildcats – 04/25/2017
April 25, 2017
Greater Latrobe finally got back to what they know best. Winning. After a four game slide that dropped the Wildcats to under .500 overall and already two section loses, Greater Latrobe rebounded for a 12-2 victory over Penn Hills on Tuesday in Class 6A Section 2 matchup Graham Sabota Field in Latrobe. Greater Latrobe (5-5, 4-2 in section) had lost consecutive games to Hempfield, North Allegheny, Yough and Norwin, with the most recent loss coming this past Monday and found themselves on a losing streak heading into the game against Penn Hills.

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Plum Pounds Latrobe For First Pens Cup in 28 Years
March 21, 2017
In two previous meetings against Latrobe during the regular season in PIHL Class AA, Plum lead early, blew a lead, rallied and won, and in the second game trailed early, rallied, trailed again and rallied to win again. This time, in the PIHL Class 2-A Penguins Cup Finals on Tuesday night at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex in Wexford, Plum didn't leave anything to chance. The Mustangs, the highest scoring team in Class AA with 117 regular season goals, struck early and left little doubt in claiming the AA title with a 6-1 win over the Wildcats, a team that got hot at the tail end of the regular season and surged to its fifth Penguins Cup final since 2008.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Tim Shoup
February 20, 2017
The 2010-11 PIHL season was one for the record books for Upper St. Clair, as the Panthers won both the Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup in dramatic fashion. That historic team was comprised of several future DI players, including sophomore blueliner Tim Shoup. Shoup, who is now one of the top defensemen at Dartmouth College, is under the microscope for this week's edition of the WPIAL Alum Q&A. During that campaign for the Panthers, Shoup contributed one goal and eight assists in the regular season. Upper St. Clair advanced to the Class AAA title game against Canon-McMillan, but the Panthers trailed late in the third period. The team got the equalizer, though, and then prevailed in overtime to claim the championship.

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WPIAL Coaches Corner – Danny Holzer
January 9, 2017
In this brand new feature titled “Coach’s Corner”, I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts. This week’s edition is with the boys basketball coach at Upper St. Clair, Danny Holzer. Coach Holzer is entering his 21st season as the Panthers head coach, and he has won two WPIAL titles in 1996 and 2005. Let’s take a look inside Coach Holzer’s corner:  

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Zack Zavatsky
January 18, 2016
Greater Latrobe's wrestling team has been one of the top programs in the WPIAL for quite some time. While the Wildcats have had some great grapplers over the years, perhaps no one left a bigger mark than Zack Zavatsky. Zavatsky, a 2014 graduate, compiled an incredible career mark of 166-18 in high school. After posting 41 wins in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons, the 182-pounder went 42-2 as a junior, and finished third in the Class AAA PIAA Championship. His senior campaign, though, was historic, as Zavatsky compiled an undefeated season, going 42-0 and winning the state title by defeating Mount Lebanon's Kellan Stout.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Luke Stork
December 14, 2015
Even though the warm December temperatures have not made the past few weeks feel like winter, on the high school calendar, it is certainly winter sports time. Consequently, the WPIAL Alum Q&A will shift its focus to former high school standouts who are now playing well at the collegiate level in basketball or hockey. This week, former Upper Saint Clair hockey player and current member of the Ohio State hockey team Luke Stork is profiled. Like several of the elite hockey players in the area, Stork did not spend his entire time during his high-school years playing with the school’s varsity team. Rather, Stork played just one year with the Panthers, in 2010-11.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – April Krivoniak
November 30, 2015
Competing in one college sport is very challenging, but playing two sports at the collegiate level is incredibly impressive. April Krivoniak, a junior at Robert Morris University, competes on both the volleyball and track and field teams for the Colonials. As a result, she is the featured athlete on this week’s installment of WPIAL Alum Q&A. Krivoniak’s diverse athleticism was on display prior to college, as she competed in three sports, including basketball, while at Greater Latrobe High School. She made quite a mark on the volleyball court, however, as she became a four-year starter for the Wildcats. She was a three-time section honoree, and during her sophomore and season campaigns, Krivoniak earned All-WPIAL honors.

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2015 PIAA Girls Soccer State Playoff Results
November 22, 2015
Upper St. Clair played the role of undefeated spoiler to perfection and in the end, had the gold to prove it. After beating undefeated Norwin in the PIAA Class AAA Semifinals, the Panthers knocked off previously unbeaten Central Bucks East to capture the schools first ever girls soccer state championship. District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy in AA and District 3 champion Camp Hill Trinity in A were the other state champs crowned in Hershey. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Girls Soccer Playoffs. 2015 PIAA CLASS AAA GIRLS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS 2 - Central Bucks East Patriots 1 PIAA CLASS AAA Semifinals:

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Upper St. Clair Wins First PIAA AAA Girls Soccer Championship
November 21, 2015
Two shots, two goals, one championship. That was the recipe for success for the Upper St. Clair Panthers girl soccer team Saturday evening at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey as they edged the Central Bucks East Patriots 2-1 in the PIAA Class AAA title match. Senior Emma Hasco scored an unassisted goal with just over six minutes left in the first half to give the WPIAL runner-up Panthers a 1-0 lead which they took into the half. With about 16 minutes left in regulation, Emma Loving scored for Central Bucks East to tie the game at 1-1 with an assist from Hannah Zach. But with one second under seven minutes left in regulation, Hasco struck again as she executed a great give and go with Rachel Witte before slamming a shot past Kristen Obetz to give USC a 2-1 lead.

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/20/2015
November 20, 2015
In his first season as a starter, Pine-Richland sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec has played his way into the WPIAL spotlight, becoming only the second QB in WPIAL history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000. But there is another sophomore quarterback at the Class AAAA level who also has made a gigantic impact in his first season as a starter. Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Troy Fisher doesn’t have the jaw-dropping statistics like Jurkovec, but Fisher has uplifted the Vikings’ offense with his passing and running, and also helped the team reach the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals.

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Dominant Norwin Wins WPIAL Girls AAA Title
November 7, 2015
The top-seeded Norwin Knights continued their incredible defensive run with a dominatin 3-0 over the Upper Saint Clair Panthers at Highmark Stadium at Station Square Friday night to win their first WPIAL girls soccer championship since 1997. The Knights dominated throughout finally cracking the scoreboard in the 21st minute of play when Emily Harrigan headed a perfect cross from Lexie Kolano to the upper left hand corner of the goal behind USC keeper Nikki Gibbons for a 1-0 lead. As has been the case 18 times this season, that single goal would be all the Knights needed. The goal for Harrigan was her 19th of the season.

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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 10/11/2015
October 11, 2015
On a crisp clear fall afternoon two long time rivals got together in a Hometown soccer game at Upper Saint Clair high school. The home standing Panthers came away with an impressive 7-0 victory over the Blue Devils.  Rivals in every sport and neighboring communities everyone was looking forward to this clash, but the Panthers on senior day had an easy time handling their neighbor. USC opened the scoring on a goal from Steffano Paolino at 11:07 of the first half. The Panthers tic tac toed passes around from right to left and he was wide open in front to tap it in for a 1-0 lead.

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 09/29/2015
September 29, 2015
Upper St Clair and Peters Township are two of the most celebrated soccer programs in the WPIAL and every time the two squads do battle with each other, one can expect a classic. Monday night's matchup at USC was no different as the Indians edged the Panthers 2-1.  After a bit of a feeling-out process in the early going, the Indians struck first in the 12th minute off of a corner kick. An accidental own goal was scored when the ball ricocheted off a USC defender into the net. The goal was credited to PT's Brianne Latsko, and the Indians took a 1-nil lead. 

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2015 WPIAL Scholar Athletes
May 22, 2015
The Class of 2015   On Monday, May 18th, twenty (20) student athletes were recognized by the WPIAL for their extraordinary achievements - both academically and athletically - throughout their high school careers.  This years scholarship recipients are listed below, including brief bios on each  (as provided by the WPIAL).      

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WPIAL Recruiting: USC’s Blair Commits to Pitt
July 28, 2013
This 'Cat may be changing colors, but he's not changing his stripes. The great comeback story of Upper St. Clair senior Rori Blair continued when he announced he would be going from the Upper St. Clair Panthers this fall to the Pitt Panthers next fall. Blair made a verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh on Friday after his family met with Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.The decision for the 6-3, 225-pound tight end/defensive end continues an incredible comeback that began with a near death experience 15 months ago.

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Upper St. Clair Wins 3rd PIAA Boys Soccer Championship
November 17, 2012
Despite losing in the District 7 finals, Upper St. Clair grabbed an early lead and held on Saturday to win the boys Class AAA state championship 1-0 over West Lawn Wilson. Wes Burdette served a ball to Doug Hateman who finished the play with a header and the games only goal 20 minutes in at Hersheypark Stadium. The state crown is the third for USC after winning back-to-back PIAA gold in 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, after yielding back-to-back shutouts in PIAA Quarterfinals and semifinals victories, Sewickley Academy was blanked Friday by Mountain View in the Class A championship match. Here are ALL of the results from the 2012 PIAA Boys Soccer Playoffs.2012 PIAA CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

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USC Claims Boys WPIAL AAA Soccer Title After Beating Rival PT
November 5, 2011
The Upper Saint Clair Panthers collected their sixth WPIAL soccer championship Saturday at Baldwin High School, the title leaves them one short of the record, seven WPIAL soccer titles held by, the team they beat in the Championship game, the Peters Township Indians.

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USC Dethrones Peters Twp As WPIAL Class AAA Girls Soccer Queens
The rivalry between the Upper St. Clair Panthers and the Peters Township Indians spilled over from football into both the Girls and Boys AAA Soccer Championships.  Baldwin High School was the venue for both title matches, and the ladies were up first. 

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WPIAL Week 4 Thursday Football Scores
September 23, 2010
Call it the storm after the storm as the fourth week of the 2010 District 7 and District 8 high school football season kicked off Thursday. Two games included a clash of 2-1 Class AAAA teams in WPIAL non-conference action that was heard here on MSA Sports. Here are the two final results. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Non-Conference:

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Jeannette’s Melik Gordon rides the back of teammate Tavon Briston after defeating Clairton last season.
Westmoreland notebook: Jeannette to hold public meeting about artificial turf
February 16, 2019
Rumblings of Jeannette getting artificial turf at McKee Stadium began months ago, but rumors and innuendo could become fact as district officials take proactive steps to advance the process.

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Mars boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 basketball power rankings
February 13, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib Ten is posted at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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Latrobe boys garner No. 2 seed, 1st-round bye in Class 6A playoffs
February 12, 2019
Latrobe felt like it was put under a microscope at Tuesday night's WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting. The boys basketball Section 3 champions figured they did enough to earn a top-three seed in Class 6A, yet had created some conversation and speculation about where they should go in the tournament

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Breaking down the 2019 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
Here is a breakdown of the 2019 WPIAL boys basketball playoffs: Class 6A Favorite: Senior guards Dan Petcash (22.2 ppg) and Greg Shulkosky (16.1) lead a high-scoring Pine-Richland lineup that enters the playoffs on a 19-game winning streak. The Rams average 79.7 points per game, which leads the entire WPIAL.

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Bryce Butler, Penn-Trafford’s Bella Long
Bryce Butler School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Butler, a West Liberty (W.Va.) commit, scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Latrobe (18-2, 10-0) to a 75-50 win over Hempfield in Section 3-6A action Feb. 8. Earlier in the week, Butler, who is averaging 22.4

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Latrobe boys hoping for top seed when WPIAL releases basketball playoff pairings
February 11, 2019
Latrobe has been in a number of close games. Like, let's-take-this-and-run games. All the while, the Wildcats have spent the majority of the boys basketball regular season as the No. 1-ranked team in WPIAL Class 6A. They have not lost to a WPIAL team since last year's quarterfinals. They have

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Latrobe divers strong again entering WPIAL championship meet
February 10, 2019
Latrobe has another bumper crop of divers. Four Wildcats qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 23, the same number as last season. Two rank among the league's best. Junior Jordyn Miller (264.40) and sophomore Lauren Bisignani (251.35) stood second and fourth in Class AAA girls 1-meter 6

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Pine-Richland remains atop Trib HSSN PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the Week of Feb. 10. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (16-0-0-1) (Last

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Feb. 10, 2019
February 9, 2019
Rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 19-2, 2 2. Latrobe, 18-2, 1 3. Mt. Lebanon, 17-3, 3 4. Butler, 16-4, 5 5. Upper St. Clair, 19-3, 4 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 21-1, 1 2. Moon, 21-1, 2 3. Penn Hills, 18-3, 3 4. Woodland Hills, 16-5, 5

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Westmoreland notebook: Penn-Trafford pair pledge to John Carroll football
John Carroll football is getting a package deal from Penn-Trafford. Not long after senior linebacker Niko Rosso committed to the Division III program in University Heights, Ohio, senior wide receiver/defensive back Dimitri George decided to join him. George (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) was the Warriors' go-to receiver last season for junior

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Perfect ending as Latrobe routs Hempfield to finish unbeaten in section
February 8, 2019
Latrobe wasn't about to let Hempfield spoil its first perfect section championship or its postgame net-cutting ceremony on its home floor. It's shiny, new floor the team has grown quite fond of. The top-ranked Wildcats trotted out the ladder and drew the scissors after holding off desperate Hempfield, 75-50, in

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Penn-Trafford girls bounce rival Latrobe to qualify for WPIAL playoffs
Apparently, the Penn-Trafford girls basketball team didn't like missing out on the WPIAL playoffs last season. The Warriors missed out on the postseason for the first time in 10 years last season. On Friday night, they made sure to return. The Warriors celebrated senior night by defeating rival Latrobe, 62-32,

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Hempfield, Latrobe student sections to honor deceased teacher with ‘purple out’
Rival student sections from Latrobe and Hempfield will band together tonight to pay homage to a late friend and teacher. When their boys basketball teams play the Section 3-6A finale at Latrobe, both groups of students will wear purple to recognize Kathryn Soisson, a former Hempfield teacher and Latrobe resident,

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No. 1 Pine-Richland hockey defeats No. 2 Latrobe in shootout
February 7, 2019
The top two PIHL teams in the TribLive High School Sports Network's power rankings got together Thursday night at Nevin Arena for a heated hockey game with a thrilling finish. It was one of those contests that made you feel nobody really lost. andquot;Just proud of our guys doing what

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Playoff-hopeful Hempfield faces No. 1 Latrobe in must-win
Heading into the final night of Section 3-6A play, the Hempfield boys basketball team's season will follow the mantra of just about every game that came out of it: The Spartans still are hanging around. In a season of ups and downs, Hempfield (10-11, 2-7) can clinch a playoff spot

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Mars boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
February 6, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then after the show, the Trib 10 appears online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I FBS programs
Class of 2019 Twenty-one senior football players from the WPIAL accepted scholarships from Division I FBS schools. Three signed letters of intent Wednesday: Division I FBS Tyler Brennan, North Hills, WR/RB, Army* Dante Cephas, Penn Hills, WR, Kent State* Mike Coleman, Woodland Hills, DB, Toledo* M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa, DB, Kentucky

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Unbeaten Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
February 3, 2019
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Feb. 3. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (14-0-0-1) (Last

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe adds football opponent
February 2, 2019
Penn-Trafford football dropped a bombshell recently when it announced it will play national power Washington High in Massillon, Ohio, to fill a void on its schedule. Struggling Albert Gallatin withdrew from the WPIAL in football, leaving teams in the Class 5A Big East Conference with an open week to fill.

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: FR’s Kobus among many thriving 1st-year coaches
January 31, 2019
Anthony Kobus thought a player was joking during a Franklin Regional girls basketball practice when she mentioned the team had not won a section title since 1979. andquot;I laughed at first,andquot; Kobus said. andquot;Then I noticed she was right. It's up there on the banner (beside the scoreboard in the

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Peters Township girls move to top of Trib 10 power rankings
January 30, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib 10 is posted at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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All-American Wresting Club has rich history of training young wrestlers
January 29, 2019
Rob Waller's All-American Wrestling Club couldn't have asked for a better endorsement. Penn State senior Jason Nolf, a Kittanning graduate, credited Waller and his club's training after he won his second NCAA Division I title last March. Nolf sustained a serious knee injury late in the regular season, which forced

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Tyler Stewart, Burrell
January 27, 2019
This week's Trib High School Sports Network PIHL Player of the Week did something that hasn't been done all season in the league. He did it last year, too, when a goal scored by him made ESPN's andquot;Sportscenterandquot; Top 10 Plays. This time, one of the goals didn't do that,

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Team of the Week: Trinity
With the top eight teams qualifiying for Division 2's playoffs in the PIHL, every game down the stretch for the Trinity Hillers is important. The Hillers took a big step in their playoff push with a win Monday over Knoch, and jumped the Knights for eighth place in Division 2

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Undefeated Pine-Richland stays atop PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the Week of Jan. 27. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland (14-0-0-0) (Last Week 1)

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Top-ranked Latrobe routs Penn-Trafford as Butler hits milestone
January 25, 2019
Latrobe is wearing white hoodies with their snappy pinstripe pants in warmups this season. It's a slightly different look for a boys basketball team that continues to play with the same old swagger. The top-ranked Wildcats sunk their hooks into visiting Penn-Trafford in the second quarter Friday night and never

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Penn-Trafford divers Kalik, Sherwin sweep WCCA titles
Over the past year, Penn-Trafford diver Paige Kalik has been adding to her long list of career achievements. First, she won the 2018 WPIAL Class AAA diving title. Then, she reached the podium at the PIAA championships with a sixth-place finish. Now, Kalik can add a new accolade to her

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Latrobe girls stun Penn Hills on White’s game-winner
January 24, 2019
Senior guard Kayla White hadn't scored a point until the end in Latrobe's game Thursday. But with 6.9 seconds left, it was White who hit the winning shot as Latrobe stunned Penn Hills, 57-56, in a WPIAL Class 5A, Section 3 game. Penn Hills had one last shot at the

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Franklin Regional wrestling ousts Latrobe in 5th-place match
January 23, 2019
The storied history of Franklin Regional's wrestling program is well documented in an area saturated with success stories on the mats. The Panthers were a fixture in statewide discussions in recent years. The 2018-19 season might not stack up against the Panthers' best, but it appears to be a step

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls stay atop Trib 10 basketball power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we post the Trib 10 online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week

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Latrobe uses team effort to defeat Fox Chapel
January 22, 2019
To win big games on the road in a hostile environment, you need more than your stars to play well. Latrobe, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 6A by Trib HSSN, got that Tuesday at Fox Chapel. The Wildcats got 29 points from senior forward Bryce Butler and 23

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Albert Gallatin’s departure leaves open week for Big East opponents to fill
January 21, 2019
The Big East football conference just got a little smaller. As expected, the Class 5A conference will have only seven teams next fall, now that Albert Gallatin has withdrawn from playing WPIAL football. The WPIAL approved an updated conference alignment at Monday's board meeting. Albert Gallatin's subtraction was the only

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Latrobe girls can’t make early lead stand up vs. Oakland Catholic
For as well as Latrobe started Monday night, visiting Oakland Catholic finished just as strong. A big third quarter helped the third-ranked Eagles overcome a sluggish first half and stave off the hard-charging Wildcats, 57-45, in Section 3-5A girls basketball. As the game wore on, Latrobe could feel the upset

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Big schools open 2nd half of section play to hightlight Tuesday’s 3 things to watch
The second half of section play in WPIAL boys basketball tipped off for many teams last week, but all of Class 6A and some other smaller sections will get the ball rolling on the final three weeks Tuesday. The three section leaders in 6A will begin the second half on

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Pine-Richland continues reign atop TribLive PIHL Power Rankings
January 20, 2019
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Jan. 21. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (13-0-0-0) (Last

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Brose-Holler charge video from Latrobe-Hempfield game goes viral
January 19, 2019
The internet has gotten quite a charge out of a six-second video clip from a Latrobe at Hempfield boys basketball game. A clip of two brawny football lineman playing their second sport like only they can — Latrobe senior Trent Holler taking a vicious charge from Hempfield junior Fintan Brose

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Jan. 20, 2019
Rankings Boys basketball Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 12-2, 1 2. Pine-Richland, 12-2, 3 3. Mt. Lebanon, 13-2, 4 4. Upper St. Clair, 15-1, 2 5. Butler, 11-3, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 14-1, 1 2. Moon, 14-0, 2 3. Penn Hills, 12-2, 4 4. Woodland Hills, 10-2, 3

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WPIAL section tournaments set for Wednesday
January 18, 2019
The section team wrestling tournaments in Class AAA and Class AA will get underway at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Kiski Area is the returning WPIAL champion in Class AAA and Burrell in Class AA. Burrell has won 12 consecutive Class AA titles. The top two teams in each subsection, which have

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Latrobe pulls out of Woodland Hills basketball showcase
Latrobe boys basketball will not play in the MLK Weekend Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills. The WPIAL Class 6A No. 1-ranked Wildcats (12-2) were scheduled to play District 1 Abington (12-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the 35-team, three-day event. But Latrobe shut down all school-related

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Brozeski subs fast and furious
January 17, 2019
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski joked he has a timing mechanism in his pocket during games that alerts him when to substitute players. Watch a Knights game, and it's like hockey line changes: three in, three out; four down, four up. While a number of teams like to whittle

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls lead Trib 10 basketball rankings
January 16, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we will post the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week

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Latrobe boys basketball survives hard-charging Hempfield
January 15, 2019
Hempfield played about as well as it can play against visiting Latrobe, the No. 1 team in WPIAL Class 6A. But instead of pulling an upset, the Spartans left upset Tuesday night in a foul-filled, 58-56 loss at Spartans Field House. Alex Bisignani made two free throws with four-tenths of

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Kiski Area, Burrell remain atop WPIAL wrestling rankings
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 8-0, 1 2. Hempfield, 10-1, 3 3. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 2 4. Waynesburg, 11-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 4-2, 5 6. Thomas Jefferson, 12-0, 7 7. Norwin, 7-2, 8 8. Peters Township, 5-0, 9 9. Greensburg Salem, 6-1, 6

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Latrobe girls keep cool, hold off Penn-Trafford
January 14, 2019
As a comfortable-looking lead began to turn into a potentially precarious situation for the Latrobe girls basketball team, senior guard Carly Augustine and her two fellow captains reeled in the Wildcats. Breathe, just breathe. andquot;As the three captains, we try to stay composed and set an example for our younger

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Latrobe boys basketball not impressed with top billing
Latrobe respects the fact it is the No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in Class 6A. But don't expect the Wildcats to romanticize or gloat about being the top dog in the WPIAL's largest classification. andquot;It's just the Trib's opinion of us,andquot; senior swingman Bryce Butler said. andquot;It's just a number

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Latrobe hockey looking to get back on track against Franklin Regional
January 13, 2019
Latrobe's hockey team is looking to reverse momentum. The Wildcats had a successful early part of December. They won three games going into the holiday break, but then they went 0-3 at a holiday tournament at Harmarville. Latrobe rebounded for a 5-0 win over Moon to open 2019, but dropped

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Baldwin’s O’Malley, NA’s Burton win 3 events at TSTCA indoor meet
Baldwin's Brendan O'Malley and North Allegheny's Casey Burton won three events apiece Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet in Edinboro. O'Malley, a senior, won the boys 200, 400 and long jump. Burton, a junior, won the girls 60, 200 and long jump. The meet was the second

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Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Jan. 13. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (12-0-0-0) (Last

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Hempfield’s Remaley out for season
January 12, 2019
Hempfield two-sport athlete Blake Remaley will miss the remainder of the basketball season after having surgery on his left shoulder. A 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior, Remaley said the procedure was to andquot;clean things upandquot; after he injured his labrum last football season. He is the Spartans quarterback. The surgery was to

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Top-ranked Latrobe boys basketball makes quick work of Norwin
January 11, 2019
Norwin had a one-point lead a couple of minutes into Friday night's boys basketball game against No. 1 Latrobe. Then the Knights made a mistake: They blinked. Latrobe erupted for one of its 100-meter-dash surges in the opening quarter and seized control on the way to an 81-50 home victory

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Coach’s son sparks Greensburg Salem over Latrobe
January 9, 2019
Sage Parsley surprised everyone except himself. The Greensburg Salem senior was trailing Latrobe freshman Jack Pletcher late in the first period when he hit a lateral-drop. He stunned the Latrobe fans and Pletcher with a pin, which fired up his teammates. It helped Greensburg Salem (4-0, 4-0 Section 1-B) rally

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls hold strong atop Trib 10 power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, we post the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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High school wrestling notebook: Hempfield’s Vance gets physical in claiming county title
January 8, 2019
When Valley senior Dave Schuffert won the 2018 Westmoreland County Coaches' Association heavyweight title, he outmuscled and pinned Isaiah Vance, a Hempfield freshman. Vance changed his attack this season, and the result was a lot different. Vance used an escape and takedown in the third period and defeated Schuffert, Trib

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Colton Camacho, Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla
Colton Camacho School: Franklin Regional Sport: Wrestling Class: Senior Claim to fame: Camacho (19-2), a Pitt recruit, captured his fourth Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament title after defeating Derry's Ty Cymmerman by a 13-3 major decision in the 126-pound bout at Norwin on Saturday. andquot;It's a great accomplish to

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Trib HSSN WPIAL team wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 7, 2019
Trib HSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 5-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-1, 2 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 10-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 5 6. Greensburg Salem, 3-0, 7 7. Thomas Jefferson, 8-0, 8 8. Norwin, 7-2, 9 9. Peters Township, 3-0, 10

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Team of the Week: Latrobe IceCats
January 6, 2019
Last season, the Latrobe IceCats won a division title and were the No. 1 seed in the Class AA Penguins Cup Playoffs. Their playoff exit came sooner than hoped, as it bowed out in the first round, losing 1-0 in overtime to No. 4 Quaker Valley. Fast forward to the

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Trib HSSN’s PIHL Player of the Week: Burrell’s Dylan Zelonka
Five of the top 12 point scorers in the PIHL's Division II classification play on one team, the division's best team. Burrell is one of the three unbeaten teams in the PIHL, at 13-0, as a result of Thursday's 7-6 win over Central Valley. In that contest, senior Dylan Zelonka,

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Pine-Richland stays atop Trib HSSN PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-2019 PIHL hockey season, the Trib Live High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Jan. 6: Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams (11-0-0-0)

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for Week of Jan. 6, 2019
January 5, 2019
WPIAL Boys basketball rankings Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 9-2, 1 2. Upper St. Clair, 11-0, 2 3. Pine-Richland, 9-2, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, *9-2, 4 5. Butler, 9-2, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 9-1, 1 2. Moon, 10-0, 2 3. Woodland Hills, 8-1, 3 4. Penn Hills, 7-2,

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Latrobe boys roll past Penn-Trafford for key Section 3-6A victory
January 4, 2019
Latrobe waited for an opening, waited for Penn-Trafford to relent some in its half-court zone, which slowed the track-meet Wildcats for stretches. Then, they pounced. Once top-ranked Latrobe picked up the pace again, they moved the ball, spread the floor, scored in transition and rolled to a 79-55 victory over

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Five things to watch at the WCCA wrestling championships
January 3, 2019
Here are five things to watch at the 66th annual Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament, set for Friday and Saturday at Norwin High School. LUCKY 13 Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho is favored to win his fourth county title. He would become the 13th wrestler to achieve the goal

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Top seeds announced for WCCA tournament
In previous years, the opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling tournament went quickly. There were a lot of lopsided matches and quick pins. But that might not occur this weekend. There will be a lot of quality quarterfinal-round matches at some weight classes. Action begins 5 p.m.

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Latrobe swimmers, divers off to strong start as section meets commence
The Latrobe girls swimming team (3-1) lost two top competitors, but regained one who missed last season because of an injury. Taylor Miller (Ohio) and Rylee Jackson (West Virginia Wesleyan) are freshmen on college teams. Miller placed third in 1-meter diving and Jackson third in the 50-yard freestyle and the

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
January 2, 2019
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib Ten is posted online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the

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WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Jan. 1, 2019
January 1, 2019
TribHSSN wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 4-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-1, 2 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 4-0, 4 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 5 6. Franklin Regional, 2-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 2-0, 7 8. Thomas Jefferson 7-0, 8 9. Norwin 5-2, 9 10.

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho looks for fourth Westmoreland County title
Will the No. 13 be a lucky number for Franklin Regional senior Colton Camacho That's what he is hoping. Camacho is in line to be the latest four-time Westmoreland County Coaches' Association wrestling champion. This is the 66th annual tournament, which begins 5 p.m. Friday at Norwin, and only 12

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Latrobe boys hope to carry momentum into section play
December 31, 2018
Excitement abounds for Latrobe boys basketball in 2019. The Wildcats just hope the momentum from 2018 carries over as the calendar changes. Latrobe racked up an 8-2 record during a busy and challenging December, which culminated in the championship game of the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic in

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WPIAL boys basketball rankings for week of Dec. 30, 2018
December 29, 2018
Rankings Class 6A 1. Latrobe, 7-1, 1 2. Upper St. Clair, 10-0, 2 3. Pine-Richland, 7-2, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, 7-2, 4 5. Butler, 7-2, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Mars, 7-1, 1 2. Moon, 8-0, 2 3. Woodland Hills, 7-1, - 4. Penn Hills, 6-2, 3 5. Franklin

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Westmoreland notebook: Latrobe welcomes back 2,000-point scorer Sobota
Latrobe welcomed home one of its own for a holiday girls basketball tournament. Jen Sobota, the Wildcats' all-time leading scorer with 2,093 points, is the coach of the McLean High School girls team in Virginia. Sobota brought her team to Latrobe for the three-day tournament on the refurbished floor. Sobota,

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Penn Hills’ Hardy named state’s Class 5A Football Player of the Year
December 28, 2018
Daequan Hardy had a performance for the ages in the PIAA Class 5A football championship game. Apparently, members of the statewide media took notice. The Penn Hills senior was named the state's Class 5A Player of the Year and joined three of his Indians teammates on the Pennsylvania Football Writers

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Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe boys head to charity tournament
December 27, 2018
Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler are used to traveling up and down the East Coast for AAU basketball tournaments, but the senior standouts joined their Latrobe teammates for a road trip north this week. The Wildcats are in Elmira, N.Y. for the three-day Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.

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Trib 10 basketball power rankings: Week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 26, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-2019 WPIAL basketball season, the Trib Live High School Sports Network will release its weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. After the show, we will post the Trib Ten online at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the

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WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 24, 2018
December 25, 2018
WPIAL wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 4-0, 1 2. Seneca Valley, 4-0, 4 3. Hempfield, 8-1, 3 4. Waynesburg, 4-0, 5 5. Canon-McMillan, 2-2, 2 6. Franklin Regional, 2-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 2-0, 7 8. Thomas Jefferson, 7-0, 8 9. Norwin, 5-2, 9 10.

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Pine-Richland remains atop PIHL power rankings
December 23, 2018
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Dec. 23. Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland Rams

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Derry’s Justin Flack named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 22, 2018
PLAYER OF THE YEAR JUSTIN FLACK RB/QB/DB, Senior, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, Derry Area Justin Flack's senior season turned out better than he or anyone expected. The Derry senior running back said he never dreamed rushing for 1,334 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns. Because of injuries to Colton Nemcheck and Justin

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Latrobe hockey team dominates Hempfield
December 21, 2018
The high school hockey banners at Nevin Arena are dominated by Latrobe's accomplishments, including three consecutive Pennsylvania Cup championships from 2008-10, and the Wildcats stirred those memories Friday night. Three Latrobe players scored two goals apiece, and the Wildcats registered five power-play goals in a 7-1 rout of Hempfield in

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Mars boys, North Allegheny girls atop Trib 10 bask power rankings
December 19, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the rankings for the week of Dec. 17. Overall records are through Tuesday's games. BOYS

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WPIAL football players sign with Division I colleges
Signed on Senior football players from the WPIAL who signed with Division I programs Wednesday: Division I FBS Dante Cephas, Penn Hills, WR -- Kent State Mike Coleman, Woodland Hills, DB -- Toledo Konota Gaskins, McKeesport, DB -- Bowling Green Will Gipson, Aliquippa, WR -- Pitt RJ Hart, Imani Christian,

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Norwin’s Thrift to play at West Virginia as preferred walk-on
Norwin senior safety Jayvon Thrift's first football scholarship offer came from West Virginia during his sophomore year. Pitt offered shortly afterward, as did many others. In early October, he pledged his commitment to Youngstown State. But things changed Sunday when he de-committed. During the first day of the NCAA's three-day

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Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings for week of Dec. 18, 2018
December 18, 2018
Trib HSSN WPIAL wrestling rankings Class AAA Team, record, previous 1. Kiski Area, 1-0, 1 2. Canon-McMillan, 1-0, 2 3. Hempfield, 6-0, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 1-0, 4 5. Waynesburg, 3-0, 5 6. Franklin Regional, 1-0, 6 7. Greensburg Salem, 1-0, 8 8. Thomas Jefferson, 6-0, 9 9. Norwin, 4-2,

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Oakland Catholic girls use opportunistic defense to upend Latrobe
December 17, 2018
Despite starting out as a closely-contested Section 3-5A matchup, the Oakland Catholic girls basketball team utilized its disruptive defense and basket-attacking offense to topple Latrobe, 69-50, on Monday night. The No. 3-ranked Eagles (5-0, 3-0) racked up 13 steals and eight blocks and turned those turnovers into high-percentage shots to

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Pine-Richland leads PIHL Trib 10 power rankings
December 16, 2018
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the week of Dec. 16: Overall record includes wins, losses, ties and overtime losses. PIHL TRIB 10 1. Pine-Richland (10-0-0-0)

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Class 6A Latrobe too much for Valley
December 15, 2018
Both coaches agreed games like this matter. For the winner, especially, so does the outcome. Bryce Butler scored 15 points, and Ryan Sickenberger added 13 to lead unbeaten Latrobe to a 75-46 victory over Valley on Saturday at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association Showcase at Hempfield. Latrobe (5-0), ranked No.

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Basketball showcases on tap in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
December 14, 2018
Tis the season for one-day showcase events. The trend in high school basketball in recent years is for teams to participate in one-day events for various causes held on Saturdays in December and January. One of those events takes place Saturday at Hempfield and will feature seven boys basketball games

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Fenton scores 36 as Latrobe boys top Penn Hills in nonsection showdown
December 13, 2018
Latrobe trailed Penn Hills early, but the Wildcats quickly got on track and rolled to another high-scoring victory to remain unbeaten. Reed Fenton scored half of his game-high 36 points in the second quarter, sparking a Latrobe uprising that carried the Wildcats to a 90-77 victory in a nonsection boys

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Butler boys, North Allegheny girls lead Trib 10 basketball power rankings
December 12, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLIVE High School Sports Network will release Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report show at 6:30 p.m. After the show, check out the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week

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Section girls basketball games get underway in 3 things to watch Thursday in high school sports
A year ago, they were both section champions in different sections and in different classifications. Now Beaver and Neshannock meet in the first of two section contests. Section play tips off for many WPIAL girls' basketball teams on Thursday. The Bobcats have won their first three games this season after

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State, WPIAL champions highlight Trib 25 football all-star team
Another high school football season has come and gone, and 2018 will be memorable for teams and players across Western Pennsylvania. Penn Hills and Aliquippa celebrated PIAA titles in Hershey and shared WPIAL championship glory with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Steel Valley, South Fayette and Pine-Richland. There were

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Fenton, Butler lead Class 6A No. 2 Latrobe past Gateway
December 11, 2018
There was no double-overtime when Latrobe and Gateway met on the basketball court for a rematch on Tuesday night. For Gateway, though, there still was plenty of double jeopardy. The Gators could not slow down the Wildcats' potent one-two scoring duo of Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler as the host

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton, Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore
Reed Fenton School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Fenton, a Lehigh commit, scored 42 points and knocked down 10 3-pointers to lead Latrobe (2-0) to a 90-70 win over Altoona at the Canon-McMillan tournament Friday. He added 23 points in a 72-20 win over Canon-McMillan on Saturday.

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Latrobe wrestling ‘climbing to the top’ of Section 1-AAA mountain
Mike Ciotti's last high school wrestling match for Latrobe was 16 years ago in the 113-pound state finals. Looking back, it doesn't matter that he lost by three points in a decision to Drew Headlee, his eventual Pitt teammate. What is important is that he trained like a state champion,

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High school wrestling notebook: Kiski Area again flexes muscle at EAIWT
Kiski Area coach Chris Heater and assistant coach Chuck Tursky didn't know how many times the Cavaliers had won the Eastern Area Invitational at Gateway. Kiski Area won its fourth consecutive EAIWT championship Saturday and has won more than 20 in the tournament's 41-year history. The Cavaliers finished with 241

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Ross’ deciding pin helps Latrobe take down Derry
December 10, 2018
It was everything you'd want from a rivalry. The outcome came down to the very end. Tyler Ross' quick-strike pin in just 44 seconds at 195 pounds handed Latrobe a gritty 36-30 victory over arch-rival Derry in a WPIAL nonsection wrestling match Monday night at Latrobe. The teams entered the

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wickstrom takes over Monessen softball
December 8, 2018
Monessen has made significant strides in the softball postseason the last few years. If the Greyhounds are going to continue their upswing, however, they will do so with a new coach. And a young coach at that. The school recently named Carlee Wickstrom coach after Bo Teets' resignation last month.

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Westmoreland County basketball teams to watch
December 6, 2018
5 teams to watch Boys Belle Vernon -- Longtime Monessen coach Joe Salvino switched Mon-Valley programs to take over the Leopards and has some talent with which to work. Junior guard Cam Nusser (14 ppg) pilots an experienced group that made the PIAA playoffs last year for the first time

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Westmoreland County basketball players to watch
5 players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe (Sr., 6-5, G) -- West Liberty recruit is one of area's more versatile scorers and team players. Averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists for high-scoring Wildcats. Reed Fenton, Latrobe (Sr., 6-4, G) -- With a silky pull-up jumper, long frame and advanced

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Westmoreland County teams prepare for altered basketball landscape
About the only things guaranteed this season in local high school basketball, the only things that haven't changed, are that the ball is round and the rims are 10 feet high. The rest, well, it's all fair game and probably has been subjected in some way to a mass overhaul

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Several wrestlers return after reaching PIAA Class AAA tournament
December 4, 2018
Returning PIAA Class AAA champions Alejandro Herrera, Seneca Valley (46-8 last season) The sophomore won the 106-pound state title and placed second in the WPIAL. Sam Hillegas, North Hills (32-1) The junior is a two-time PIAA champion, winning the 126-pound title in 2018. He has a 85-1 career record. Ryan

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WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
December 1, 2018
Class 6A Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton, Butler 6-5, Jr., point guard 24.6 ppg last season Players to watch Bryce Butler, Latrobe 6-5, Sr., G, 20.9 ppg Reed Fenton, Latrobe 6-4, Sr., G, 22.0 ppg Ryan Meis, Bethel Park 6-0, Jr., G, 15.0 ppg Dan Petcash, Pine-Richland 6-4,

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Latrobe girls move on from notable graduation loss
November 26, 2018
Latrobe knew the Laura Graytok era would come to an end at some point, much like the boys basketball program begrudgingly anticipated the departure of Austin Butler a couple of years ago. Graytok, a standout in the Wildcats' backcourt for four years and a 1,591-point scorer, is now at American

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Tough road ahead for talented Latrobe boys basketball team
Latrobe won't be criticized for playing a soft boys basketball schedule this winter. The slate is dotted with demanding matchups, from tournaments at Canon-McMillan and Elmira, N.Y., to other nonsection clashes with Abington Prep, Penn Hills, Kiski School, Allderdice, Woodland Hills and Gateway. andquot;The schedule kind of came together. It's

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Westmoreland County athletes follow in older siblings’ footsteps with Division I commitments
November 14, 2018
Nick Coy wanted to be a wrestler because he saw his older brother, Cam, become proficient in the sport. Twisting opponents into precarious positions and holding them down on the mat appealed to the impressionable younger sibling, two years Cam's junior. andquot;I thought, 'I'll give it a try,' andquot; said

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Gateway leads Big East all-conference honors with 8 first-team players
November 12, 2018
Undefeated conference champion Gateway saw eight players receive first-team all-Big East honors Monday and the Gators' Don Holl earned coach of the year. Bryce Washington, Amir Wahid, Tui Faumuina-Brown, Courtney Jackson, Brendan Majocha, Derrick Davis, Kelvon Nelson and Jeremiah Josephs were all named to the first team. Penn-Trafford had seven

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High school notebook: Derry’s DeLuca picks up another Division I offer
November 3, 2018
Dom DeLuca knows the farther he can help guide Derry into the WPIAL football playoffs, the better his chances are to get college exposure. Of course, that is not something DeLuca would admit being the team-first senior leader he is for the Trojans. He wants to see Derry win its

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No. 2 Penn Hills jumps on Latrobe in first-round rout
November 2, 2018
Through the air, on the ground, on defense and on special teams, Penn Hills dominated in every phase against visiting Latrobe on Friday night. Add in a few nasty stiff arms from Indians standout senior running back Tank Smith, and the 15th-seeded Wildcats had no chance as No. 2 seed

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Westmoreland high school football notebook: Area teams enjoy turnaround seasons
November 1, 2018
The football playoffs will have the local regulars. Jeannette, Franklin Regional, Penn-Trafford and Belle Vernon occupy spots on the WPIAL brackets. Derry and Monessen are back to being contenders and Ligonier Valley has become a juggernaut in the District 6 Heritage Conference. But the return of a pair of local

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Westmoreland County football players to watch for opening round of playoffs
October 31, 2018
Anthony Bertram Belle Vernon, Sr., WR/OLB The Leopards senior has six catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns and rushed four times for 17 yards. He had 39 tackles and 11 tackles for losses from his linebacker spot. Josh Cheplick Penn-Trafford, Jr., LT/NT The Warriors junior is an outstanding blocker

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The Birdie makes a muddy mess before this week’s Westmoreland County games
Last week: 12-1 (92.3%) Season: 107-24 (81.7%) Dripping wet and covered in slop, the Birdie returned home from a recent game but neglected to take his dad sneakers off when he entered his front door. Mrs. Birdie blew the whistle before he took a second step. andquot;She had a bonafide

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WPIAL field hockey, volleyball playoffs continue in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 29, 2018
Will the golden runs of Penn-Trafford and Ellis School continue Tuesday in a pair of WPIAL field hockey championship matches Peters Township ended Pine-Richland's title run at one with a victory on Monday in the Class AAA finals. Now Latrobe in Class AA and Shady Side Academy in Class A

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Derry again draws Central Valley in opening round of WPIAL football playoffs
There were a few surprises that came out of the WPIAL football playoff pairings on Monday at the Double Tree Hotel in Green Tree. But one thing that wasn't a shock was who Derry will play in the opening round on Friday. The Trojans, seeded No. 2 in Class 3A,

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Westmoreland notebook: GCC’s Helm ‘can’t wait to be a Raider’
October 28, 2018
Geoff Helm will be one of the top returning basketball players in Westmoreland County this season, and now that the Greensburg Central Catholic senior has settled on a college, he can focus on leading the Centurions back to the playoffs. Helm gave a verbal commitment to Shippensburg, turning down other

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Latrobe tops Highlands to enter playoffs on 3-game streak
October 26, 2018
It was pretty clear early Friday night at Highlands Golden Rams Stadium which team was streaking into the playoffs and which wasn't. Backed by AJ Rock's season-high 207 yards rushing and a stout defensive effort, the Wildcats closed the regular season in convincing fashion with a 39-13 nonconference win over

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Westmoreland football notebook: Greensburg Salem hopes to complete turnaround
October 25, 2018
Win and you're in. There aren't many motivating factors better than that one in the final week of a regular season. Greensburg Salem could be like Latrobe and become another local turnaround story if the Golden Lions can win Friday night at Indiana. They have not been to the WPIAL

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Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Reese Mueseler
October 24, 2018
Reese Mueseler wears his shiny new WWE-style belt with pride and confidence. It looks good on him, especially in the mirror -- just like his fluffy, neatly cropped haircut, which he claims is a close second to lineman Trent Holler's andquot;man bunandquot; for team best. He runs his fingers through

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Westmoreland County don’t-miss matchups for Week 9
Class 6A Seneca Valley (6-3, 4-3) at Norwin (3-5, 2-5) 7 p.m. Friday at Norwin Knights Stadium, North Huntingdon Last week: Pine-Richland 21, Seneca Valley 7; Mt. Lebanon 34, Norwin 28 Coaches: Ron Butschle, Seneca Valley; Dave Broseski, Norwin Top players: Gabe Lawson, Seneca Valley (Jr., 6-2, 190, QB); Jayvon

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The Birdie delves into tiebreakers before picking Westmoreland County games
Last week: 14-1 (.933) Season: 95-23 (.805) On the morning of a rare day off, the Birdie pushed around his scrambled eggs at breakfast, scraping his fork against Mrs. Birdie's fancy plate, causing her to cringe. He then used the fork to flip his pumpkin spiced pancakes and sent them

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Latrobe football team excited for 1st WPIAL playoff opportunity since ’09
Arnold Palmer. Fred Rogers. The banana split. A number of historical staples, both timeless and recognizable worldwide, have helped put the Greater in Greater Latrobe. Another is Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College, a summer tradition for more than five decades. While a cornerstone in its history, the Black

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Thomas Jefferson’s Max Shaw named Trib HSSN Football Player of the Week
October 21, 2018
Thomas Jefferson's great success over the decades has been a simple recipe. Dominate the line of scrimmage and run the ball down the opponent's throats. That popular menu item in Jaguars Country was on display in Week 8 as Thomas Jefferson plowed Greensburg Salem, 70-21, in a matchup of possible

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Defense fuels Latrobe hockey’s fast start
Two years ago, Latrobe's hockey team surprised PIHL Class 2A when it reached the Penguins Cup final as one of the lower seeds. The Wildcats experienced their own shock last season. As one of the top seed in the playoffs, Latrobe had its hopes of returning to the Penguins Cup

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem’s Anderson collects Penn State offer
October 20, 2018
Malia Anderson expected colleges to take notice after the season she had on the track last spring. The interest has trickled in for the Greensburg Salem senior, who is primed for a big senior year. The 800-meter specialist has heard from Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown. She took an official

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Latrobe routs Albert Gallatin to clinch 1st playoff birth since 2009
October 19, 2018
Senior night was a positive one Friday in Latrobe as the Wildcats knocked off Albert Gallatin, 48-0. The win, Latrobe's third of the year, qualified them for the WPIAL Class 5A football playoffs for the first time since 2009. andquot;Our No. 1 focus was our seniors and to send them

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Greensburg Salem boys soccer in win-and-in scenario
October 13, 2018
Greensburg Salem's boys soccer playoff fate will come down to the last night of section play. The top four teams in each section go to the WPIAL postseason. The Golden Lions are tied for fourth place with Trinity at 6-5 and both teams play Tuesday night. Greensburg Salem hosts Laurel

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Defensive TD leads Latrobe past Plum
October 12, 2018
Something had to give. It was late in the first half between Latrobe and Plum, and to that point, little had emerged to separate the two teams trying to gain ground for the fifth and final playoff berth in the Class 5A Big East Conference. The teams had played relatively

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WPIAL team golf titles up for grabs in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 10, 2018
Four champions will be crowned Thursday at the 2018 WPIAL team golf championships at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Rostraver. Six teams make up the championship field in boys Class AAA and AA. Four teams are in the girls finals in Class AAA and AA. In boys' Class AAA, Central Catholic,

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 7
Class 6A Canon-McMillan (2-4, 1-4) at Norwin (3-4, 2-3) 7 p.m. Friday, Norwin Knights Stadium, North Huntingdon On the air: 1450 AM; andamp;#0010;TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Pine-Richland 38, Canon-McMillan 7; Central Catholic 35, Norwin 16 Coaches: Mike Evans, Canon-andamp;#0010;McMillan; Dave Brozeski, Norwin Top players: Joshua O'Hare, andamp;#0010;Canon-McMillan (Sr., 6-0, 185, RB);

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Franklin Regional’s Palmer Jackson, Latrobe’s Lexie Planinsek
October 9, 2018
Palmer Jackson School: Franklin Regional Sport: Golf Class: Senior Claim to fame: Jackson shot 76 to finish tied with Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik for third at the WPIAL Class 3A individual boys golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Oct. 3. Central Catholic's Jimmy Meyers won the event with a round

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Butler makes college decision
October 8, 2018
Bryce Butler likes to hustle to his team's end of the basketball court and score quickly. Keeping the offensive flow moving is what he knows. The get-it-and-go approach works at Latrobe and on the AAU circuit, and Butler fit in well with both uptempo programs. A Division II college team

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Lisbon, Penn-Trafford run over Latrobe
October 5, 2018
Penn-Trafford kept its gameplan simple by relying on the run and playing tough defense as the Warriors extended their win streak to five games at Warrior Stadium. Junior running back Caleb Lisbon led Penn-Trafford with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, helping the Warriors to a 27-7 win

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Westmoreland County gets a look inside the Birdie’s personality
October 3, 2018
Last week: 11-3 (79 percent) Season: 57-19 (75 percent) The Birdie dressed like a zombie earlier this week for the Night of the Living Dead

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Westmoreland County football players to watch in Week 6
Caleb Domenick Latrobe, sr., G/DE The Wildcats' 5-9, 200-pound captain is the starting right guard and defensive end. He has 32 tackles, 10 solo, two

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Golf, soccer, volleyball on tap in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
October 1, 2018
Thirty-six district Class AAA boys golfers will tee off on one of the toughest golf courses in the country Tuesday to determine the WPIAL champion

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McKeesport runs all over Latrobe in conference victory
September 28, 2018
Run, run, and run again. Latrobe knew what was coming but couldn't stop the McKeesport Tigers from barreling their way on the ground during a

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WPIAL Class 3A boys golf semifinals part of Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
September 24, 2018
For the second time in three years, the WPIAL Class AAA boys individual golf championships will be held at the prestigious Oakmont Country Club. The

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Latrobe lineman Trent Holler commits to East Carolina
September 22, 2018
In early August, Trent Holler narrowed his list of potential college football destinations to three. But he second-guessed that call, thought it was too hasty

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Latrobe’s Fenton commits to Lehigh for basketball
September 21, 2018
Latrobe senior Reed Fenton, who will be one of the top returning basketball players in the WPIAL this winter, gave a verbal commitment Friday to

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Dustin Shoaf joins 4,000-yard club
September 18, 2018
Throw in the 200 yards he rushed for in his freshman season -- half the total he ran for last Friday -- and Yough senior

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Westmoreland County athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Brady Pevarnik, Jenna Bell
Brady Pevarnik School: Latrobe Sport: Golf Class: Senior Claim to fame: Pevarnik, a Penn State commit, captured his second Westmoreland County Coaches Association title after

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss football matchups for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Class 6A Hempfield (1-2, 0-2) at No. 4 Central Catholic (2-1, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Geling Stadium, Carnegie Mellon University Last week: Norwin 28, Hempfield

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The Birdie offers a little bit of everything for Westmoreland County teams
Last week: 7-5 (.583) Season: 23-11 (.676) The Birdie was having lunch with a friend recently (no, it wasn't Tom Hanks, Huddie Kaufman or Le'Veon

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

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 2
September 5, 2018
Class 6A Norwin (1-1, 0-1) at Hempfield (1-1, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday, Spartan Stadium, Hempfield On the air: TribHSSN.TribLive.com Last week: North Allegheny 56, Norwin

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The Birdie welcomes Tom Hanks to Westmoreland County
Last week: 11-3 (.786) Season: 16-6 (.727 The Birdie likes to hang out at coffee shops during the week to mingle with -- and eavesdrop

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Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss matchups for Week 1
August 29, 2018
Class 5A Big East Penn-Trafford (0-1, 0-0) at 1-5A Gateway (1-0, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Pete Antimarino Stadium, Monroeville Radio/Internet: TribHSSN.TribLive.com Last week: Norwin

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The Birdie stress eating after season-opening struggles in Westmoreland County
Last week: 5-3 (.625) Season: 5-3 (.625) It doesn't take much to impress the Birdie. So when the area's prep football expert found a viral

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Kickoff return helps Derry pull away from Latrobe
August 24, 2018
Derry won 20 games the past two years by keeping things simple, executing and coming up with big plays when needed. In Friday's season opener

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Chick’s Picks gets out the crystal ball for Week Zero
August 23, 2018
The man, the myth, the legend: Week Zero is here. You may be asking yourself -- what exactly is Week Zero anyway Week Zero offers

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Ligonier Valley's Aaron Tutino works out Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at the school's stadium.
Westmoreland County football preview capsules for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Nonconference Charleroi at Monessen 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Monessen Last year: Charleroi finished 9-2, 6-1 in the Century (2A); Monessen was 3-8, 2-5 in

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the kickers/punters
Not always does the WPIAL have two kickers who rank among the nation's very best. This year it does. Belle Vernon's Cameron Guess and South

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Westmoreland high school notebook: GCC’s Schwerha might be on the move
August 21, 2018
JoJo Schwerha, the soccer player from Greensburg Central Catholic who has been trying out for the D.C. United MLS academy, could be transferring. Schwerha, who

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WPIAL Class 5A breakdown: Competition strong top to bottom
August 18, 2018
When Quad-A football was introduced in the 1980s, the WPIAL decided to go with the 16 largest schools in Division I and the next 16

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Latrobes Zachary Williams, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Latrobe looks to continue momentum, eyes return to playoffs
Latrobe challenged the results of its best season in six years by winning four games in 2017 to support coach Jason Marucco's long-term plan for

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift, during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association annual 7 on 7 tournament, at Greater Latrobe Area High School, in Unity Twp., on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
A lot to offer: Talented crop brings recruiting buzz to Westmoreland County
Norwin is humming with football attention on the eve of a new season. Yes, Norwin. Knights Stadium was selected to host the WPIAL Class 5A

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High school notebook: Latrobe to recognize ’68 championship team
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago, people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the offensive linemen
August 17, 2018
When Pine-Richland won WPIAL and PIAA Class 6A titles last season, the star quarterback headed to Notre Dame, and a 1,000-yard running back and a

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Latrobe to honor 1968 WPIAL football champs
Latrobe has one WPIAL football championship. But the title happened so long ago people tend to overlook it -- 50 years is a long time.

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Enthusiasm building as Latrobe continues climb toward postseason berth
August 16, 2018
Cheers erupted when Nathan Clair's 52-yard field goal during kicking drills at Latrobe barely cleared the crossbar near the conclusion of a practice this week

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Holler revises plan
August 11, 2018
Trent Holler is walking back his original top-three list. The standout lineman from Latrobe said he needs more time to evaluate his recruiting situation and

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Jeannette’s Seth Howard is one of several new starters at quarterback.
Westmoreland County quarterbacks take reins as training camp begins
When Rich Bowen left Serra Catholic as a Parade All-American quarterback in the early 1980's, there was chatter that he could possibly be the successor

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Latrobe’s Trent Holler narrows college choices to 3
August 7, 2018
Trent Holler pared down his lengthy list of college choices to a top three, and the rising senior lineman at Latrobe plans to announce his

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Shady Side Academy’s Skyy Moore tries to leap over Valley’s Evan Anderson Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Shady Side Academy.
MLB controversies teach WPIAL players to exercise caution on social media
August 4, 2018
Skyy Moore lives by a pretty simple social media philosophy. andquot;I try to not put anything on that I wouldn't share to my grandma,andquot; Moore

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Top punter, heat week and more
Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season. But punting shouldn't be an issue, not with

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Jeannette pitcher Tre Cunningham delivers against Greensburg Central Catholic during a game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Hempfield Park.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Cunningham picks La Roche baseball
August 2, 2018
As a three-sport standout, Tre Cunningham had a tough decision to make. What did he want to play at the next level Two parts luxury

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Belle Vernon Area starting pitcher Bailey Parshall throws against Mt. Pleasant during quarterfinal PIAA 4-A softball action at Greater Latrobe High School.
Belle Vernon’s Parshall named Trib HSSN Softball Player of the Year
June 30, 2018
Bailey Parshall had an outstanding softball season to cap off an outstanding scholastic career. Parshall was a standout for Belle Vernon both in the pitching

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Division I football recruiting in Westmoreland Co. hits fever pitch
June 16, 2018
Call them Westmoreland County's andquot;Power 5andquot; of high school football. A talented crop of college prospects will add another layer of anticipation to a new

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton picks up another Division I offer
College basketball recruiting is expected to take off in the coming months for Latrobe senior-to-be Reed Fenton. It began last week as the 6-foot-4 guard

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh presents annual awards, scholarships
June 13, 2018
The Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum provided the setting Tuesday evening for the seventh annual Positive High School Athlete awards.

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
South Hills notes: Seton LaSalle’s Wagner named state’s player of the year
June 8, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in Pennsylvania.

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Hines Ward sails into the end zone
Hines Ward to present annual Positive HS Athlete Awards
June 7, 2018
A total of $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to dozens of WPIAL student-athletes as part of the seventh annual Positive High School Athlete Awards.

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Hempfield catcher Emma Hoffner pumps her fist after the final out in a 3-1 victory over Latrobe Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Freshmen playing key roles in postseason for Westmoreland County softball teams
June 5, 2018
Hempfield freshman Emma Hoffner peered through the fence near the backstop at Seton Hill last week and held up a posterboard. A day after celebrating

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner earns state Gatorade Softball Player of the Year
June 4, 2018
Seton LaSalle senior shortstop/outfielder Lexi Wagner was named the state's Gatorade Softball Player of the Year on Monday. The Oregon recruit batted .680 with 14

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Belle Vernon boys basketball coach Kyle DeGregorio works with Derek Thomas during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the high school.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Coaching shuffle in full swing
June 3, 2018
Local high school basketball coaches have formed a trend this offseason: leave one school for another. In many cases, coaches seem to have one job

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South Hills notebook: Thomas Jefferson’s 1st-round softball win a thriller
May 28, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • One of the more thrilling games in the WPIAL softball playoffs was won by Thomas Jefferson in

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Mt. Pleasant shortstop Christiana Czegan awaits a throw as Belle Vernon's Jordan French slides in safely to second base.
High school notebook: Defending softball state champion Mt. Pleasant eyes 2nd chance
May 26, 2018
Mt. Pleasant has been down this road before. The Vikings softball team was denied a trip to the WPIAL championship game last season after a

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Seton LaSalle's Lexi Wagner
Candid closeup with Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner
May 21, 2018
Lexi Wagner has had a brilliant four-year softball career at Seton LaSalle. She's regarded by many as being the best player in the WPIAL this

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The Seton LaSalle softball team congratulates Lexi Wagner after her grand slam against Beth-Center in the WPIAL Class 2A first round May 16, 2018, at Baldwin.
No. 3 Seton LaSalle softball captures first-round win over Beth-Center
May 16, 2018
Early on, Beth-Center was playing like a perennial playoff team and Seton LaSalle like a team that was playing a WPIAL softball playoff game for

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5 position players to watch in the WPIAL softball playoffs
May 12, 2018
The game of softball at the high school level has become very offensive in recent years. It wasn't that long ago the WPIAL softball playoff

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Fenton lands Division I offer
May 10, 2018
Latrobe junior basketball standout Reed Fenton hopes his first offer to play Division I college basketball triggers a bunch more of them. For now, he

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Quirky week shakes up WPIAL softball standings
May 5, 2018
A quirky couple of weeks on the local softball scene shook up the rankings and standings — sort of. But it remains to be seen

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Recruiting comes in pairs at Norwin, Jeannette, Latrobe
Jayvon Thrift said opponents rarely try to attack certain areas of Norwin's football defense when he and teammate Gianni Rizzo are occupying space there. andquot;He's

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Myers, Latrobe end No. 1 Hempfield’s 41-game section winning streak
May 3, 2018
Nothing through. Nothing drops. Deep breath. Kiley Myers had those words for her teammates inside an anxious seventh-inning huddle Thursday as Latrobe clung to a

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Central Valley’s Leah Treemarchi keeps running after getting hit by a line drive as Derry’s Chelsea Bisi struggles to catch it during the WPIAL playoff softball game at Fox Chapel High School on Monday, May 15, 2017. Treemarchi was called out on the play.
High school notebook: Tough week for Derry on diamond
April 28, 2018
Derry was dealt a pair of crushing injuries last week. Senior softball standout Chelsea Bisi said she dislocated her kneecap and tore her MCL as

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Hempfield's Ashley Orischak drives in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in front of Latrobe catcher Makayla Munchinski during their game Monday, April 23, 2018, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Hempfield softball rebounds from rare loss to defeat rival Latrobe
April 23, 2018
Still dumbstruck and reeling from a defeat Sunday against Penn-Trafford that terminated its 46-game winning streak, Hempfield's softball team made sure another streak remained intact.

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Latrobe's Andy Bradford raises his glove for a catch near the fence during WPIAL baseball against Franklin Regional at Greater Latrobe High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Westmoreland notebook: WPIAL realignment affects county baseball, softball
April 22, 2018
WPIAL realignment will give the baseball and softball standings a different look next season, especially for a few Westmoreland teams. The current season is just

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Roundball Classic roundup: Latrobe’s Dudzenski leads East team to convincing victory
April 20, 2018
Latrobe's Marcus Dudzenski had never played in an all-star game before Friday night. But the 6-foot-6 senior made the most of it by leading the

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Shaler long distance runners Eddie Sheets (left) and Dalton Kalbaugh work out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Butler Invitational draws top teams, athletes from Western Pa.
April 19, 2018
When the Butler and Shaler track teams battled Tuesday, they ran the gamut of weather conditions. andquot;It went from ice balls to sun to 2

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Blackhawk's Michael Turconi
Trib HSSN athletes of the week: Blackhawk’s Michael Turconi, Seton LaSalle’s Lexi Wagner
April 18, 2018
Michael Turconi School: Blackhawk Sport: Baseball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Blackhawk has been one of the top WPIAL baseball programs this century with eight

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Belle Vernon junior pitcher Cole Naylor threw a no-hitter last week against South Park.
Westmoreland County pitchers take the spotlight early in season
April 17, 2018
andquot;This one's for you, dad.andquot; Belle Vernon junior righthander Cole Naylor said he uttered those words to himself seconds before he took the mound Saturday

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Boys tennis brackets to be released in 3 things to watch Tuesday in high school sports
April 16, 2018
While most WPIAL sports are coming up on the halfway point of section play sometime this week, the first postseason of the 2018 spring season

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Belle Vernon pitcher Bailey Parshall celebrates after striking out Yough's Nina Maroney to end the game in the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Strikeouts piling up for BVA’s Bailey Parshall
April 15, 2018
Bailey Parshall keeps baffling hitters as her arsenal of pitches and her execution of them gets sharper. Just when it looked like she could not

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of April 16, 2018
MONDAY Baseball Section 2-6A baseball is expected to produce a tight race that lasts late into the season, so every matchup is important. One of

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Yough's Jarett Bach
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Yough’s Jarett Bach, Latrobe’s Sarah Blair
April 11, 2018
Jarett Bach School: Yough Sport: Baseball Year: Junior Claim to fame: Bach allowed one hit and struck out 13 batters in 52⁄3 innings to lead

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Hempfield softball coach Bob Kalp addresses his team before practice Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Hempfield.
Blackhawk baseball, Hempfield softball atop Trib 10 power rankings
April 10, 2018
Every Tuesday during the 2018 WPIAL baseball and softball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network will release weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero

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Westmoreland H.S. lookahead: Week of April 9-14
April 8, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the season stuck in park for almost two weeks, many local teams

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Jeannette’s Cunningham, Latrobe’s Graytok named Westmoreland Trib Players of the Year
April 7, 2018
Jeannette's Tre Cunningham and Latrobe's Laura Graytok have been named the Basketball Players of the Year for the Westmoreland Tribune-Review. Boys Player of the Year

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No. 2 Latrobe enjoys Section 2 softball victory over Norwin
April 6, 2018
Latrobe appears to be a serious contender this season in WPIAL Class 6A softball. That doesn't mean the Wildcats have to take themselves too seriously.

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Games on turf fields on tap in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 5, 2018
There was some sun on Wednesday and plenty of high winds. Is that enough to dry a lot of the natural surfaces to salvage what

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Latrobe’s Mira Rolin set to join new hockey program at Concordia-Ann Arbor
April 3, 2018
Latrobe senior Mira Rolin will be getting in on the ground floor as a member of the Concordia Ann Arbor women's hockey team. Rolin plans

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Westmoreland baseball, softball teams weather storms with trips south
April 2, 2018
Spring seasons in the WPIAL have been soggy and sluggish before, but this one has dragged into the start of section play, and some teams

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Brentwood's Morgan Dryburgh (34) goes up for a shot during their game against Leechburg on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
South Hills notebook: Area girls to play in Roundball Classic
March 30, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Four area seniors were selected to play in the annual Roundball Classic girls all-star games April 20-21

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe basketball stars compete in 3-on-3 tournament
For the second year in a row, Latrobe juniors Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler teamed to play in the USA Basketball 3 vs. 3 U18

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Hempfield's Tyler Dancu aims a pitch against Latrobe during WPIAL baseball Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Defense leads Hempfield baseball past Latrobe in season debut
March 29, 2018
Isaiah DiAndreth had flied out, reached on an error and walked when he came to the plate for a fourth time in the top of

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Latrobe begins PIAA title defense with victory over Greensburg Salem
March 26, 2018
The Barbie car might have needed snow tires to roll into a new baseball season at Latrobe, but it made its return for another run

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Franklin Regional catcher Abby Kane competes during practice Friday, March 9, 2018, at Franklin Regional High School.
Westmoreland look ahead: March 26-31, 2018
March 25, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Baseball With the opening weekend of the season wiped out by snow and cold

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold splits Highlands defenders Luke Cochran and Ryan Signorella (10) during 5-A boys PIAA first round action Friday, March 9, 2018 at Fox Chapel High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Roundball Classic loaded with local talent
March 24, 2018
Organizers call them andquot;the best in the West.andquot; The top senior basketball players in Western Pennsylvania will once again gather for the annual Roundball Classic

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Pine-Richland baseball coach Kurt Wolfe prepares his team for the upcoming 2018 season during practice Friday, March 23, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
WPIAL baseball preview: Teams set to begin quests for championships
March 23, 2018
Though the snow on the ground may disagree, it's spring in Western Pennsylvania and high school baseball season got underway Friday. Pine-Richland (Class 6A), Latrobe

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
WPIAL well-represented at USA 3 vs. 3 basketball competition
A number of WPIAL players will be in Colorado Springs over the weekend to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships. The tournaments

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Mt. Pleasant's Chloe Poulich returns a ground ball to first base during team softball practice Friday, March 16, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant High School softball field.
WPIAL softball preview: District champions ready to retain titles
March 22, 2018
The WPIAL softball season will officially begin Friday, and Hempfield (Class 6A), West Allegheny (5A), Belle Vernon (4A), Ellwood City (3A), Frazier (2A) and West

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Latrobe baseball rebuilding lineup after claiming WPIAL, PIAA titles
March 16, 2018
Senior Griffin Clark and a few of his teammates pound foam yellow baseballs into a net on a cold winter afternoon, somewhere in the belly

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Latrobe softball team aims to contend for titles this season
Last season has a rather unfinished look to the Latrobe softball team. The Wildcats reached the WPIAL finals for the first time since 2011 but

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P-T diver Kalik finishes 6th at PIAAchampionships
March 15, 2018
LEWISBURG — For the second year in a row, Penn-Trafford junior Paige Kalik is a PIAA diving medalist. Kalik, this year's WPIAL Class AAA champion,

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Latrobe’s Jackson, Hempfield’s Mayo earn medals at PIAA swimming championships
March 14, 2018
LEWISBURG — Latrobe senior Rylee Jackson hoped to go faster in her 50-yard freestyle championship-finals swim Wednesday at the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships. She

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Several WPIAL swimmers, relays punch tickets to PIAA finals
North Allegheny boys swim team members garnered top seeds for the championship finals on Day 1 of the PIAA Class AAA championships Wednesday at Bucknell

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps struggles against Seneca Valley's Alejandro Herrera in the 106-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps lost 1-0 to Herrera in the final.
Westmoreland wrestlers suffer tough losses at PIAAs
March 10, 2018
HERSHEY — The sweetest place on Earth turned sour for Westmoreland County wrestlers at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Saturday. Three close losses, including

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Franklin Regional’s Camacho cruises into PIAA Class AAA semifinals
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY — Franklin Regional junior Colton Camacho had a close call in his opening-round match at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships Thursday at Giant

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Connellsville's Nate Ansell is congratulated by coaching staff after winning the 195 pound quarterfinal against Blue Mountain's Nate Stine in class 3A during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Twenty WPIAL wrestlers advance to PIAA Class AAA semifinals
HERSHEY — The WPIAL proved again why it is one of the toughest wrestling regions in the state. Twenty wrestlers advanced to Saturday's semifinals at

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Greater Latrobe's Gabe Willochell attempts to maintain an offensive position over Owen J. Roberts' Connor Quinn in the 126 pound class 3A bout during the PIAA championship wrestling tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Latrobe’s Willochell, Hempfield’s Burkholder post upsets at PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament
March 8, 2018
HERSHEY — After Latrobe sophomore Gabe Willochell won his preliminary-round match Thursday at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships, his coach Mike Ciotti predicted his

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Pine-Richland ousts Hempfield in 1st round
March 7, 2018
William Studt had two goals to help Pine-Richland earn a 5-1 victory over Hempfield in the first round of the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup

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Tomczak nets overtime winner to lead Quaker Valley past Latrobe
With his father — former Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak — watching from a station as operator of the penalty box at Nevin Arena, Beau Tomczak

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PIHL quarterfinals continue in Wednesday’s 3 games to watch
March 6, 2018
Wednesday is a quiet day in Western Pennsylvania high school sports, one day before the PIAA individual wrestling championships begin in Hershey and two days

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Latrobe, Hempfield among teams in way of Franklin Regional PIHL 3-peat
March 4, 2018
Technically, there will be no andquot;three-peatandquot; for Franklin Regional's hockey team this year though the Panthers can win a third consecutive PIHL Penguins Cup. That's

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Westmoreland high school lookahead: Week of March 5, 2018
MONDAY Hockey The PIHL playoffs begin with a play-in round matchup in Class AA as East No. 4 seed Franklin Regional (11-8) takes on West

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Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Will Mayr picked for Big 33
March 3, 2018
When a player backed out of the Big 33 Football Classic, Will Mayr's phone rang. And the Penn-Trafford senior is glad he answered. Mayr was

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

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Lincoln Park boys take down Seton LaSalle in WPIAL Class 3A title game
March 1, 2018
Lincoln Park's Keeno Holmes knows there are two silver medals stashed away somewhere in his home, but he can't say exactly where because he never

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

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton (15) goes up for a shot during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball teams eye 2nd chances in PIAAs
February 25, 2018
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Some Westmoreland teams’ state playoff chances hang in balance
Coaches often stress the importance of second-chance points. Their teams could get a second chance in the basketball postseason. Thanks to the WPIAL's follow-the-winner format,

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Westmoreland County wrestlers advance to WPIAL Class AAA tournament
February 24, 2018
There will be a large contingent of Westmoreland County wresters competing at the WPIAL Class AAA tournament Friday and Saturday. Host Kiski Area had six

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Mt. Lebanon boys slam Latrobe in WPIALs
Latrobe drew up a game plan designed to take away Mt. Lebanon's 3-point shooting, a hallmark of the top-seeded Blue Devils who love to fire

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Fox Chapel junior Jonah Cagley captured a second straight WPIAL Class AAA diving title Feb. 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
Fox Chapel’s Cagley, Penn-Trafford’s Kalik win WPIAL diving titles
Fox Chapel's Jonah Cagley entered his final dive of the WPIAL Class 3A boys diving championships trailing by 5.85 points. The junior, a silver medalist

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Class 5A, 2A quarterfinals on tap in Saturday’s 3 girls basketball games to watch
February 23, 2018
Three days of WPIAL girls basketball quarterfinal action concludes Saturday as the spotlight shines on Class 5A and Class 2A contests. This will also mark

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Latrobe's Marcus Dedzenski (33) goes to the net during their WPIAL playoff game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School. Latrobe won 73-66.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 22, 2018
WPIAL basketball playoff capsules Boys Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 1 Mt. Lebanon (19-3) 3 p.m. Saturday at Canon-McMillan On the

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Latrobe players try to block a shot by Shaler's Megan Lydon during the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Latrobe teams get defensive in playoffs
Don't tell the Latrobe boys and girls basketball teams they are all finesse and only care about offense and scoring. They will just get defensive.

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Deer Lakes' Jared Colton competes against Ambridge during a WPIAL first-round playoff game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
WPIAL playoffs roundup for Feb. 21: Uniontown upsets No. 5 Central Valley in 1st round
February 21, 2018
Trenton Uphold had 22 points and Cedric Greer scored 15 as No. 12 Uniontown upset No. 5 Central Valley, 59-57, in a WPIAL Class 4A

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Franklin Regional's Nate Leopold battles Belle Vernon's Griff LaCarte for loose ball in their game during the Hempfield boys tip-off tournament at Hempfield's Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec 08, 2017. Franklin Regional defeated Belle Vernon 67-55.
Westmoreland County WPIAL basketball playoff preview capsules for Friday’s games
Boys Class 5A Quarterfinals No. 3 Franklin Regional (18-4) vs. No. 6 Moon (18-5) 8 p.m. Friday at North Hills On air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Winner plays:

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Latrobe's Kayla White (20), Carly Augustine (10) and teammates celebrate their win against Shaler in the first round of the WPIAL girls 6A basketball playoffs Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Plum.
Latrobe girls speed past Shaler, earn 1st WPIAL playoff win since ’07
February 20, 2018
Latrobe wanted to play fast in its playoff opener. It's the Wildcats' M.O. And that's what they did to set the tone on the way

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High school roundup for Feb. 19, 2018: Melonja’s 35 points leads Lincoln Park past Carlynton
February 19, 2018
Thomas Melonja had 35 points and Keeno Holmes scored 14, including the 1,000th of his career, as No. 1 Lincoln Park defeated No. 16 Carlynton,

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar looks for an opening on net as Latrobe's Laura Graytok follows up on defense during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Competition in Section 2-6A has girls basketball teams prepped for playoffs
When the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings were released last week on an overhead projector in a crowded hotel ballroom in Green Tree, the eyes of

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (00) attempts to put up a shot over Jeannette's Tre' Cunningham (3) and Seth Howard during the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
February 18, 2018
Boys Class 5A First round No. 12 Greensburg Salem (12-10) vs. No. 5 Trinity (18-4) 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peters Township Winner plays: No. 13

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Latrobe divers who have qualified for the 2018 WPIAL championships include, from left, Lauren Bisignani, Jordyn Miller, Taylor Miller and Lily Barta.
Quartet of Latrobe divers set for WPIAL competition
Two Latrobe divers who are sisters expect to be among top contenders for the WPIAL Class AAA title Saturday at North Allegheny. Senior Taylor Miller

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Bryce Butler celebrates Latrobe's win over Butler in a WPIAL Class tA first-round playoff game.
Latrobe boys show grit in playoff victory over Butler
February 17, 2018
Miffed by constant comparisons to last year's team and the notion that it doesn't play enough defense to go far in the WPIAL boys basketball

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Class 6A boys teams begin WPIAL postseason play in Saturday’s 3 games to watch
February 16, 2018
Day 2 of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs is a quiet one with only four contests. However the interest level is high as these first-round

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Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
February 15, 2018
Saturday's games Boys WPIAL Class 6A First round No. 9 Latrobe (15-7) vs. No. 8 Butler (18-4) 1:30 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Franklin Regional, Belle Vernon, Jeannette boys awarded byes in WPIAL opening round
February 13, 2018
Section championships carried plenty of significance for area boys teams Tuesday night at the WPIAL basketball playoff pairings meeting in Green Tree. Four Westmoreland teams

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Westmoreland boys, girls basketball teams set to learn playoff opponents
February 12, 2018
Franklin Regional's run to its first boys basketball section championship in a decade started last March at neighboring Plum. At least that's when the team

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Sewickley Academy, OLSH trade spots in boys basketball state rankings
The Sewickley Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys basketball teams switched spots in the Class 2A state rankings this week, with Sewickley

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Westmoreland lookahead for Feb. 12-17
February 11, 2018
MONDAY Hockey PIHL Class AA South/East heavyweights Latrobe (12-5) and Franklin Regional (10-6) square off in an important divisional clash at 8:30 p.m. at Center

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Seton LaSalle girls hoops charge into playoffs
February 10, 2018
A pair of late-season section victories vaulted the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team into the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs. After defeating Carlynton, 62-48, the Rebels

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Seton LaSalle dominates section
Seton LaSalle is one of the most explosive offensive teams, with one of the lowest defensive averages, in its division. The formula has resulted in

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PIHL announces January Players of the Month
February 9, 2018
The PIHL has announced its players of the month for January. Those selected will receive tickets to and be recognized at the Penguins home game

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Westmoreland County football players sign on with college programs
February 7, 2018
Braden Brose was up bright and early Wednesday morning. But since school was canceled because of the snow and ice he could not fax his

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Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Bryce Butler, Ligonier Valley’s Alexia Boyd
Bryce Butler School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Claim to fame: Butler scored 28 points to lead Latrobe (14-6, 9-4) to a 66-56 win over

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Cohen nets 31 as No. 5 Fox Chapel boys sweep Latrobe in Section 3-6A
February 6, 2018
With the outcome having long been decided, Fox Chapel's Carson Cohen stepped to the foul line and snuck a glance at the scoreboard at Latrobe,

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Winning streak carries Washington into boys state basketball rankings
February 5, 2018
A 10-game winning streak earned Washington a spot in the state boys basketball rankings this week. Washington is No. 10 in Class 3A according to

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A-K Valley boys squads eye basketball playoff pairings
February 4, 2018
The WPIAL basketball playoff pairings committee meets Feb. 12 to set the brackets for the boys and girls playoffs in 12 classifications. Several A-K Valley

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High school basketball rankings for week of Feb. 4
February 3, 2018
WPIAL rankings Boys basketball Class 6A Team, W-L, Last 1. Canon-McMillan, 17-1, 1 2. Butler, 17-2, 2 3. Mt. Lebanon, 17-3, 4 4. Penn Hills,

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South Hills notebook: Baldwin grad Duchon shines at Thiel
February 2, 2018
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Thiel forward and Baldwin graduate Taylor Duchon connected for a career-best 27 points last week in a

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Buying championship rings a costly process for Westmoreland County’s state title teams
February 1, 2018
Jeannette is fundraising in a variety of ways to purchase championship rings for its football players, cheerleaders and others around the program. It's a pricey

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Greensburg Salem coach Randy Parsley yells out during the 152-pound bout during a dual meet against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg.
High school wrestling notebook: Greensburg Salem coach approaching milestone
January 31, 2018
The next time the Greensburg Salem wrestling teams wins a dual meet, which could be Wednesday against North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA team

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Hempfield girls slow Latrobe’s Graytok in Section 2-6A victory
January 30, 2018
If Hempfield knew one thing about No. 4 Latrobe from their previous girls basketball meeting, it was that in order to beat the Wildcats, you've

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Canon-Mac head coach Rick Bell celebrates with Jason Fowlkes after Fowlkes made a three-point shot during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
High school basketball rankings for the week of Jan. 28, 2018
January 28, 2018
rankings Basketball Boys Class 6A 1. Canon-McMillan, 14-1, 5 2. Butler, 15-2, NR 3. Pine-Richland, 13-4, 3 4. Mt. Lebanon, 15-3, 1 5. Penn Hills,

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High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind. The standout junior safety has eight Division I

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Latrobe's Taylor Miller competes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving championships Friday Jan. 26, 2018 at Derry High School.
Latrobe’s Miller captures 3rd straight WCCA diving championship
January 27, 2018
Latrobe senior Taylor Miller, winner of the past two Westmoreland County Coaches Association diving championships, made it a three-peat Friday night. Miller was the favorite

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Reed Fenton’s big night leads Latrobe boys over Norwin
Latrobe couldn't afford a letdown against Norwin on Friday in a key Section 3-6A game. Thanks to a career night from junior guard Reed Fenton,

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Pittsburgh Basketball Club showcases part of 3 things to watch Saturday, Sunday in WPIAL athletics
January 26, 2018
This Daily 3 is not just for Saturday, but for the entire weekend. The Pittsburgh Basketball Club is hosting three events at two sites over

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Norwin's Jessica Kolesar prepares an attempted layup shot on net as Latrobe's Kayla White (20) defends during girls' basketball Thursday Jan. 25, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Norwin girls halt Latrobe’s win streak
Norwin's message to Latrobe: don't play with scissors. Latrobe will have to wait to cut down the nets to celebrate a section title after the

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Latrobe's Taylor Miller (left) and Penn-Trafford's Paige Kalik finished 1-2 at the 2017 WCCA diving championship at Derry.
Latrobe’s Miller, P-T’s Kalik set to face off at WCCA diving championships
January 25, 2018
Two of the finest divers in the WPIAL will square off Friday in the first day of competition at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming

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Greater Latrobe's Laura Graytok navigates toward the net against Hempfield defender Allison Podkul (15) during girls' basketball Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Greater Latrobe High School. Latrobe defeated Hempfield 67-52.
Surging Latrobe girls basketball riding high on 7-game winning streak
Latrobe has gone away from hosting some girls-boys basketball doubleheaders this season. Separate nights gives each team the spotlight all to themselves. The boys' games

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Hempfield edges Latrobe, pulls into 1st-place tie with rival Wildcats
January 23, 2018
Another game against a top rival turned into another PIHL victory for the Hempfield Spartans on Monday night. And you could imagine the joy just

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Latrobe's Joe Piper competes at a Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association indoor meet Jan. 20, 2018, at Edinboro.
Latrobe duo sets school records during indoor meet
January 22, 2018
Three Latrobe athletes set school records at the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association indoor meet of the season Saturday at Edinboro. Sydney Mizikar set a

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Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan scores past Ambridge's Tay Lindsey during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley, OLSH rise to second in state boys basketball rankings
No WPIAL boys basketball teams are ranked first in the state, but Quaker Valley and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart each jumped to second

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Penn Hills' Jayla Ellis competes in a track meet at Penn Hills on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Several WPIAL athletes earn top honors at weekend indoor track events
Athletes from several dozen WPIAL and City League teams descended on Edinboro University on Saturday for the first Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet of the

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Anna Eisaman knocks down a three pointer as Jeannette's Dymond Crawford defends during their WPIAL Class 2A conference game at GCC on Monday Jan.15, 2018, in Carbon.Eisaman scored 24 points to lead GCC past Jeannette 57 46.
Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 22, 2018
January 21, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball Tasked with having to rally from a slow start, Greensburg Central Catholic (7-6, 6-2 Section 3-2A) has answered the call. The Centurions

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington runs down the clock in front of head coach Mike Mastroianni during their game against Ambridge Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
High school basketball rankings for week of Jan. 21, 2018
January 20, 2018
Boys Class 6A 1. Mt. Lebanon 13-2 1 2. Penn Hills 15-1 2 3. Pine-Richland 11-3 3 4. Woodland Hills 13-2 5 5. Canon-McMillan 12-1 — Out: Butler (13-2, 4) Class 5A 1. Mars 10-2 1 2.

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Britt becomes Woodland Hills’ all-time leading scorer in win over Latrobe
Getting stops was never going to be enough for the Latrobe boys basketball team. Woodland Hills guard Armani Obringer had his breakaway dunk attempt turned

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Burrell's Logan Schoepf celebrates his first goal with Tyler Stewart during their game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
PIHL releases all-star rosters for Jan. 28 games
January 18, 2018
The four PIHL all-star games will be Jan. 28 at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center, and the rosters for those contests were released Wednesday

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Girls basketball teams begin 2nd half as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
January 17, 2018
The start to the second half of section play in WPIAL girls basketball gets off to a bit of a slow start Thursday night with

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Latrobe upsets Class 6A No. 2 Penn Hills
This was a gut check for the Latrobe basketball team. After an embarrassing loss at Fox Chapel on Friday, the Wildcats were down 10 points

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Kiski Area's Noah Levett pins Southmoreland's Devin Brubacher during their 138 lb. quarterfinal at the WCCA wrestling tournament Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Wrestling notebook: Section tournament berths up for grabs Wednesday
January 16, 2018
There is a lot on the line Wednesday for the final wrestling section matches in the WPIAL. Section titles and section team tournament berths are

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No. 4 Latrobe girls earn overtime win over Penn Hills
Latrobe's free-throw shooting warmed up when the Wildcats needed it most on Monday night. They made a total of 13 from the stripe in the

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Late basket gives No. 4 Avonworth girls come-from-behind win over Seton LaSalle
January 15, 2018
Good teams try to find a way to win even when it's not their night. Class 3A No. 4 Avonworth stayed within striking distance of

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Jim Nesser talks with his team during a timeout midway through the fourth quarter against Hempfield on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament. Hempfield won 61-44.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Jim Nesser to coach against former Jeannette squad
January 14, 2018
When Jim Nesser returned to coaching, he knew he would run into some old friends. And when he took the job at Greensburg Central Catholic,

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Greensburg Salem's Megan Kallock brings the ball downcourt against Hampton during the WPIAL Girls Class 5A playoff game at Fox Chapel High School on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Greensburg lost the game, 75-34.
Westmoreland basketball notebook: Kallock among Greensburg Salem’s all-time scorers
January 12, 2018
Greensburg Salem junior combo-guard Megan Kallock is on her way to chasing some of the big names on the program's scoring list. Only a junior,

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Seton LaSalle's Layni Ziegler competes against Brentwood on Jan. 2, 2018, at Brentwood.
Seton LaSalle’s ‘Road Warriors’ start 2nd half on positive note
January 6, 2018
The Seton LaSalle girls basketball team tipped off the new year in thrilling fashion. On Tuesday, the Rebels edged Brentwood, 43-38, in a nonsection matchup.

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Latrobe's Anthony Fannie attempts to block a pass by Hempfield's Jules Nicholls on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 during WPIAL boys' basketball at Greater Latrobe Area High School.
Fenton scores 35 to lead Latrobe boys past rival Hempfield
January 5, 2018
Latrobe honored its WPIAL and PIAA baseball championship team at halftime on Friday night. The basketball team didn't need to take on the persona of

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Brentwood's Michael Trent competes against Carrick on Dec. 8, 2017, at Brentwood.
South Hills sports notebook: Brentwood boys start 2018 strong
Items from around the South Hills: • Brentwood's boys basketball team ended the first month of the season on a winning note, defeating Sto-Rox, 68-55,

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Graytok scores 29 as Latrobe girls win ‘Backyard Brawl’ over Hempfield
January 4, 2018
Latrobe senior guard Laura Graytok wasn't about to let her team lose the latest installment of what the Wildcats call, andquot;The Backyard Brawl.andquot; andquot;Rankings don't

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Girls basketball returns to section play as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
January 3, 2018
Section play resumes for the first time in 2018 for most WPIAL girls basketball teams Thursday. One of the better matchups is a Royal Blue

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Latrobe players celebrate with the PIAA Class 5A championship trophy after their 7-0 victory over Whitehall on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in State College. The game was called after a rain delay stopped play.
State championship dominance among Westmoreland County sports highlights from 2017
December 31, 2017
Flash bulbs and fire truck escorts back to town. Exuberant student sections and bus loads full of fans with plenty to cheer about — all

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford carries the PIAA Class 6A championship trophy to the fans with Phil Jurkovec, after the Rams defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 41-21, in the state final Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Performance of Pine-Richland, Phil Jurkovec among WPIAL’s top high school sports stories from 2017
This was a year of milestones in Western Pennsylvania sports including the birth of a new high school sports network. The TribLive High School Sports

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Baldwin's Mike Goga competes against Thomas Jefferson on Dec. 9, 2017, at Baldwin.
South Hills notebook: Baldwin boys take trip to Orlando
December 28, 2017
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Baldwin's boys basketball team traveled to Orlando, Fla., last week to participate in the KSA holiday tournament

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Hempfield's Braden Brose
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Hempfield’s Braden Brose, Latrobe’s Laura Graytok
December 27, 2017
Braden Brose School: Hempfield Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Claim to fame: Brose scored 23 points to lead Hempfield (3-5, 1-2) to a 77-66 win over

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Jeannette's A.J. Sharp shoots some hoops with teammates Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Jeannette High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Sharp, Crise switch sides in Jeannette, GS basketball rivalry
Friday night's Jeannette (3-1) at Greensburg Salem (5-2) boys basketball game, the finale of the Golden Lions' holiday classic, already is a much-anticipated rematch, but

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan scores past Mt. Pleasant's Jacob Johnson during their game Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at Greensburg Salem High School.
Where to go for Westmoreland holiday hoops
It is holiday basketball tournament time. Here are the local tournaments to keep an eye on this week: BOYS Greensburg Salem tournament: The Golden Lions

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Latrobe’s Laura Graytok (24) drives to the basket against the Hempfield Spartans in the second quarter Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Hempfield Area Senior High School in Hempfield.
Latrobe girls last of the undefeateds in Westmoreland
Latrobe girls basketball appears to be headed for a turnaround. The Widcats have started 5-0 for the first time since 2004-05 and are the last

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Latrobe welcomes newest Butler brother to basketball limelight
December 25, 2017
If a tree falls in the forest ... If Bryce Butler beats Austin Butler at one-on-one ... Wait, there was a witness: dad. andquot;It was

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough’s Houseman, Penn-Trafford’s Suman get offers
December 24, 2017
Division II schools have been scouring the WPIAL in recent weeks and extended scholarship offers to several Westmoreland players. Yough lineman Scotty Houseman and Penn-Trafford

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Guards Fenton, Butler shine as Latrobe boys take down Norwin
December 23, 2017
Norwin honored its boys PIAA champion 1,600-meter relay team before Friday night's home boys basketball game. Then Latrobe sprinted past the Knights. And its standout

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Thomas Jefferson seniors (from left) Devin Danielson and Noah Palmer officially signed their national letters of intent Dec. 20 with Pitt, where they will continue their football careers.
South Hills high school notebook: Thomas Jefferson pair make all-state in football
December 22, 2017
Notebook items from around the South Hills: • Two senior members of the Thomas Jefferson football squad — lineman Devin Danielson and running back Justin

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Westmoreland basketball notebook: Greensburg Salem the place to be for holiday tournament
December 21, 2017
Holiday basketball tournaments return next week and the best local stop again appears to be Greensburg Salem. The two-day Golden Lions Holiday Classic features six

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Latrobe's Reed Fenton
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Reed Fenton, Ligonier Valley’s Lexie Petrof
December 20, 2017
Reed Fenton School: Latrobe Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Claim to fame: Fenton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Latrobe (2-2) to a 92-91

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Latrobe's Brady Johnson and Norwin's Jason Miller collide in neutral position Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 in the 152 class bout during their wrestling meet at Norwin Senior High School.
Latrobe wrestlers defeat Class 3A foe Norwin
Adam Hoffman kept a positive vibe throughout his match-deciding victory for the Latrobe wrestling team Wednesday night, never wavering from an I've-got-this-in-the-bag mentality. Clinging to

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Quaker Valley's Ricky Guss carries for a first down past Middletown'sGage Radabaugh during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Quaker Valley’s Ricky Guss named Pennsylvania’s Class 3A player of the year
December 19, 2017
Quaker Valley coach Jerry Veshio and quarterback Ricky Guss, who led the Quakers to a PIAA football championship this month, were named Tuesday as the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy celebrates his second touchdown during the second quarter of the PIAA Class A state championship game against Homer-Center Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Jeannette’s Kennedy named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Football Player of the Year
December 16, 2017
Player of the Year Robert Kennedy, QB/WR/DB Jeannette, Sr., 5-10, 175 One of the things coaches like about Robert Kennedy is his coolness under pressure.

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Seton LaSalle boys look to improve as season progresses
December 14, 2017
The Seton LaSalle boys basketball team was a WPIAL and PIAA qualifier in Class 3A last season. And all but one player is back from

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Latrobe's Daniel Marinchak competes in swimming heats against Greensburg Salem on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, during their swim meet at the Greater Latrobe High School natatorium.
Latrobe swimmers dealing with injuries early in season
The Latrobe girls swimming team (1-0) faces the season without one of its top swimmers. Junior Carrie Lenz, a WPIAL individual finalist last season, is

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec carries for a touchdown past St. Joseph's Prep's Jake Feehery (50) and Devon Dickerson during the second quarter of the PIAA Class 6A state championship game Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
WPIAL players selected to 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team
December 13, 2017
Here's a look at the 2017 Trib 25 football all-star team: T.J. Banks East Allegheny, WR/TE/DL Senior, 6-5, 240 The West Virginia recruit had 48

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Senior guard Layni Ziegler is a returning starter for Seton LaSalle girls basketball.
Former assistant coach Barrett set to guide Seton LaSalle girls
December 3, 2017
Ian Barrett has served his coaching apprenticeship. An assistant in recent years at Seton LaSalle (2012-13), Oakland Catholic (2012-13) and Keystone Oaks (2014-16), Barrett is

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Latrobe’s Reed Fenton (15) goes scores a basket and is fouled for a three point opportunity against Butler in the third quarter during the in WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Saturday at Penn Hills.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Recruiting picks up for Latrobe junior Fenton
December 2, 2017
Recruiting is beginning to pick up for Latrobe junior basketball player Reed Fenton. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Fenton had a big summer with the PK

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Butler's Ethan Morton pumps his fist after sinking a three pointer during the WPIAL Boys Class 6A Basketball Championship game at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Ethan Morton Butler 6-5, So., point guard 14.0 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Carson Cohen Fox Chapel 6-2, Sr.,

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WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball breakdown
Preseason Player of the Year Makenna Marisa Peters Township 5-11, Jr., guard 16.5 ppg in 2016-17 Players to watch Laura Graytok Latrobe 5-7, Sr., G,

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok drives past Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.Penn Hills defeated Latrobe 67-42.
Graytok develops into leader for Latrobe girls basketball
November 28, 2017
Latrobe won four if its final five games last season but missed the WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball playoffs. With five starters back, including standout

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Latrobe's varsity basketball players Markus Dudzenski (foreground) Bryce Butler, Reed Fenton (top, left) and Jason Armstrong (right) pose for a group portrait Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Greater Latrobe High School.
Despite graduation of star guards, Latrobe boys want another shot at playoff run
Tasked with the challenge of replacing two of the best players to come through the program, Latrobe will have a different look on the court

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Latrobe's Cole Ferri
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Latrobe’s Cole Ferri, Norwin’s Emily Harrigan
November 15, 2017
Cole Ferri School: Latrobe Sport: Hockey Class: Sophomore Claim to fame: Ferri, who has five goals and four assists this season, recorded two goals and

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Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) yells out in celebration after Penn-Trafford's 35-14 win against Upper St. Clair in a WPIAL playoff game on Friday Nov. 10, 2017 at West Mifflin.
P-T football shoots for trifecta
November 12, 2017
Penn-Trafford already has put together quite a fall sports season, but it could reach another level if the football team can bring home a WPIAL

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Derry softball player Chelsea Bisi at Derry Area High School in Extension, Pa. on Wednesday March 08, 2017.
Westmoreland high school notebook: County softball players sign with Division I schools
November 8, 2017
Softball popularity and talent in the county has risen in recent years. It might be at an all-time high. College recruiting is a reflection of

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Latrobe's Laura Graytok is fouled by Penn Hills' Tayonna Robertson during their WPIAL Girl's Basketball contest at Latrobe High School on Friday Feb.10, 2017 in Latrobe.
High school notebook: Westmoreland County athletes to sign with Division I schools
November 7, 2017
The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday for all sports other than football, soccer and men's water polo. A number of area athletes plan to

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Seton LaSalle's Lionel Deanes break into the clear against Freeport during first round WPIAL action Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Dormont Stadium.
Seton LaSalle’s Deanes joins 5,000-yard club in win over Freeport
November 6, 2017
Answer: Quick, strong, fast, elusive, durable, hard-working, humble. Question: What are some terms that describe Seton LaSalle's staunch running back Lionel Deanes. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound

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Norwin's Jayvon Thrift (5) leads his teammates in a cheer before entering the field to face Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense braces for Jurkovec, No. 1 Pine-Richland
November 2, 2017
Norwin has faced some good quarterbacks this season. Cam Laffoon of Penn-Trafford, Central Catholic's Troy Fisher and Justin Sliwoski of Hempfield are among them. But

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Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon carries past Norwin's John Piekut during the third quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
High school football notebook: Norwin defense among WPIAL’s best
October 26, 2017
Talk to coaches who have played Norwin and their first point of emphasis is defense. Norwin (4-5 overall, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) is no knock-off of

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Hempfield's Braden Brose (7) extends for a touchdown reception against Greensburg Salem in the first quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 9’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Westmoreland County
October 25, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern CONFERENCE Norwin (4-5, 2-3) at Hempfield (0-5, 1-8) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Norwin lost to Central Catholic, 35-14. Hempfield lost 63-28

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The Birdie scares up Week 9 picks for Westmoreland County
Halloween is the Birdie's favorite holiday. andquot;It's nice because I get to dress up and step out of character,andquot; he said, wearing a Groucho Marx

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Yough junior running back Dustin Shoaf
High school notebook: Yough’s Shoaf in elite company after record-breaking performance
October 21, 2017
Yough football coach Scott Wood predicted a few weeks ago that Cougars' junior running back Dustin Shoaf had the potential to break the school's single-game

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong hurdles Plum's Nicolas Sluka during the first quarter Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.
Latrobe knocks off Plum behind running attack
October 20, 2017
Nearly every time Plum's defense appeared as though it was going to make a tackle Friday night, Latrobe's Ivan Etienne and Jason Armstrong seemed to

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The Birdie sets a gold standard in Westmoreland County
October 18, 2017
When the cleaning crew came in late one night this week, they found The Birdie pounding nails into new gold-colored carpet he had just rolled

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Video: Seton LaSalle rallies past Freeport in Week 7
October 14, 2017
Seton LaSalle's Tyler Hillebrand discusses the Rebels' 21-10 Allegheny Conference victory over Freeport.

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Latrobe's Peyton Feathers is tackled by Franklin Regional defenders, including Devon Powell (18) and Jack Polling (44) on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in WPIAL football at Franklin Regional.
DiFalco’s FG with 2 seconds left lifts Franklin Regional over Latrobe
October 13, 2017
Franklin Regional appeared to be well on its way to the WPIAL playoffs, but Latrobe turned it on and made the Panthers fight to the

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Greensburg Salem's Mark Brown leads teammate Cameron Binda during the boys varsity race during the WCCA cross country championships on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem runners sweep top 3 spots at WCCA meet
October 12, 2017
Greensburg Salem runner Cameron Binda was trailing teammate Mark Brown coming through the woods at Westmoreland College on Thursday. That's when he decided to pick

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Thomas Jefferson's Shane Stump competes against Uniontown on Sept. 1, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
What to watch in Week 7 of high school football: Top-ranked teams could face challenges
Aliquippa, Steel Valley and Thomas Jefferson, three top-ranked teams in the WPIAL, could face a challenge this week. Emphasis on andquot;could.andquot; Combined, that trio has

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Franklin Regional's Devon Powell (18) reaches out to attempt a catch guarded by Penn-Trafford's John Gay (46) in Murraysville on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Week 7’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Westmoreland County
October 11, 2017
Class 5A Big East Armstrong (4-3, 2-3) at 1-5A Penn-Trafford (7-0, 5-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Armstrong edged Latrobe, 38-37, in double overtime. Penn-Trafford

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The Birdie learns from his losses
The Birdie is no sore loser. If someone proves him wrong, he accepts it and moves on. andquot;Coach Harvey Hornbill taught me in pee wees

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Greensburg Salem's Kevin Braswell
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 7
Kevin Braswell Greensburg Salem, sr., DB Braswell (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) made the game-turning play at Albert Gallatin when he returned an interception 55 yards for

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Armstrong edges Latrobe in double overtime
October 6, 2017
Facing a virtual must-win Class 5A Big East 9 Conference game Friday night on the perfectly-manicured turf at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium, Armstrong kept alive its

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Hempfield's Isaiah DiAndreth (23) celebrates a touchdown against Greensburg Salem in the second quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 6’s don’t-miss high school football matchups in Westmoreland County
October 4, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern Conference Hempfield (1-5, 0-4) at Altoona (1-5, 0-4) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Hempfield lost to Bethel Park, 55-21. Altoona lost to

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The Birdie is always hungry for more in Westmoreland County
The Birdie never judges a playbook by its cover and he never judges a press box by its aroma on Friday nights — until he

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Southmoreland's Jaden Datz
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 6
Jaden Datz Southmoreland, Sr., QB Despite playing behind an inexperienced and young offensive line that's been decimated by injuries, Datz (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) has become

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TribLIVE High School Football Show Week 6
October 3, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and high school sports analyst Chris Harlan break down the top games, players and trends for Week 6 on the TribLIVE

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Latrobe's Cole Novak (21) plays the puck in front of Mars' Hudson Finn (76) during the first round of the Penguins Cup Class AA playoffs on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg. Latrobe won 5-4.
Latrobe hockey taking aim at Penguins Cup championship
October 2, 2017
Latrobe surprised many when it reached the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA championship game last year. With only three players gone from that squad, the

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Greater Latrobe quarterback Jason Armstrong throws a pass under pressure from McKeesport's Edward Meadows during their game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at McKeesport High School.
No. 4 McKeesport stifles Latrobe in 49-0 rout
September 30, 2017
McKeesport's triple option, flexbone offense is a sight to behold when it's in high gear. But Tigers coach Matt Miller wants to see his team's

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Seton LaSalle’s Lionel Deanes (30) breaks the tackle of Apollo-Ridge’s Daniel Dametta during the first half of a game Friday, Sept., 29, 2017, at Apollo-Ridge.
Seton LaSalle’s Deanes leads Rebels past Apollo-Ridge
September 29, 2017
Apollo-Ridge gave opposing defenses fits in recent years with playmakers like Tre Tipton and Duane Brown. On Friday, the Vikings experienced life on the other

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Hempfield's Justin Sliwoski (11) passes the ball against Greensburg Salem in the third quarter of a non conference football game on Friday Aug. 25, 2017 at Hempfield.
Week 5’s don’t-miss high school matchups in Westmoreland County
September 27, 2017
Class 6A Southeastern Conference 5-6A Bethel Park (3-1, 2-0) at Hempfield (1-4, 0-3) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Bethel Park lost to No. 1 Pine-Richland,

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Apollo-Ridge's quarterback Kyle Fitzroy (14) looks for a pass downfield during their game at Shady Side Academy on Sept. 15, 2017.
Apollo-Ridge knows what to expect from Deanes, Seton LaSalle
The WPIAL realignment brought on by a shift to six classifications last season placed unfamiliar teams in the same conference. For holdovers of the Allegheny

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The Birdie needs to cool off in Westmoreland County
Before the Birdie begins his picks column for Week 5, he asks that you allow him 15 minutes to cool off. andquot;Don't want to say

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Coaches ‘cool’ with WPIAL’s cool-down rule
September 23, 2017
The WPIAL's proposed 15-minute andquot;cool-downandquot; period for coaches before they talk to the media after playoff games could take some getting used to. Some area

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No. 2 Penn-Trafford runs past rival Latrobe in Big East victory
September 22, 2017
Facing a third-and-22 from its own 29-yard line, Penn-Trafford seemed destined for a punt. But from the second he touched the ball on that, at

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Latrobe's quarterback Jason Armstrong tries to break away from Derry defender Jacob Stillio (50) on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL football at Derry.
Westmoreland County football Q&A with Latrobe’s Jason Armstrong
September 20, 2017
Excuse Jason Armstrong if he is occasionally winded on Friday nights. It's not that he is out of shape; quite the contrary. It's that the

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Latrobe's Nate Clair
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 4
Nathan Clair Latrobe, jr., K Clair (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) booted field goals of 27, 40 and 37 yards to help the Wildcats defeat Kiski Area

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The Birdie appreciates a good goose egg in Westmoreland County
Four weeks into his new gig as Westmoreland County's high school football analyst, expert and forecaster — andquot;Call me what you'd like,andquot; he said, andquot;Just

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik plays the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Westmoreland notebook: Golf season shifts to individual postseason
September 16, 2017
Golf season shifts to the individual postseason this week as section tournaments are played around the WPIAL. Boys tournaments will be Monday and Tuesday, and

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Seton LaSalle RB Deanes uses 2nd-half surge to hold off Burrell
Seton LaSalle senior running back Lionel Deanes ran for more than 200 yards in each of his first two games this season. Deanes couldn't make

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Armstrong leads Latrobe past Kiski Area
September 15, 2017
It might not like seem much to many, but Latrobe has won two games in a row for the first time since 2011. Senior quarterback/linebacker

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik takes a practice swing on the fourth hole during the WCCA golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Latrobe Elks Golf Course, in Latrobe.
Latrobe’s Pevarnik edges FR’s Jackson to claim WCCA title
September 14, 2017
When Brady Pevarnik sank a tricky downhill 15-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association golf tournament Thursday at Latrobe Elks

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Plum's, Matt Morgan, works with his varsity Mustangs during a recent practice.Friday August 11, 201
Week 3’s don’t-miss high school football matchups in Westmoreland County
September 13, 2017
Class 5A Big East Conference 4-5A Franklin Regional (2-0, 2-0) at Plum (1-2, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Franklin Regional topped Kiski Area, 19-14,

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The Birdie has ‘IT’ factor in Westmoreland County
The Birdie saw the andquot;ITandquot; remake over the weekend and the horror movie nearly freaked him out of his feathers. andquot;Had nightmares,andquot; he said. andquot;Like

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The Birdie likes to see upsets in Westmoreland County
September 6, 2017
Upsets always get the Birdie excited — even when he doesn't call them. He was bouncing off the walls in the office last week when

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Norwin's Cayton Taylor breaks up a pass intended for Penn-Trafford's John Gay during the first quarter Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Week 2’s don’t miss matchups in Westmoreland County
Class 5A Big East Conference 4-5A FRANKLIN REGIONAL (1-0, 1-0) at KISKI AREA (0-2, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Franklin Regional defeated McKeesport, 13-7;

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The Birdie viewed a good fight last week in Westmoreland County
August 30, 2017
After dishing out $100 from his piggy bank — he had a part-timer roll a big pile of change he dumped in the center of

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Norwin's Tevin Thrift breaks through the line for a long gain during the first quarter against Penn-Trafford Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Norwin.
Week 1’s don’t miss matchups for Westmoreland County
Class 6A SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE ALTOONA (1-0, 0-0) at NORWIN (0-1, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday Last week: Altoona rallied in the fourth quarter to edge past

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Derry's Shawn Broadway carries the ball for a touchdown against Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 during WPIAL week one high school football action at Derry.
Derry knocks off neighboring Latrobe behind Broadway’s 3 TDs
August 25, 2017
This time, there was no andquot;trickery.andquot; Derry coach Tim Sweeney, incensed by the reference to last year's eight-point victory over neighboring rival Latrobe on running

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Greensburg Salem quarterback Bruce Leonard passes during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association 7 on 7 Football Tournament at Mt. Pleasant High School's Viking Stadium on Thursday July 21, 2016, in Mt. Pleasant.
Week Zero’s don’t-miss matchups in Westmoreland County
August 24, 2017
NonCONFERENCE GREENSBURG C.C. (2-8 in '16) at TUSCARAWAS C.C., OHIO (5-5 in '16) 7 p.m. Saturday Last year: Greensburg Central missed the playoffs for the

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Hempfield's Isiah Diandreth, during the WCCA 7 on 7 football games, at Latrobe Area Senior High School, in Unity Township, on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
The Birdie offers Week Zero predictions for Westmoreland County
A few coaches asked the Birdie if he bumped his head before he put together his column for last Sunday's preseason andquot;Gameplanandquot; section that gave

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Latrobe's Brady Pevarnik putts on the 18th green during the 2016 PIAA West Region golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville, Pa.
Arnold Palmer links high school golfers Pevarnik, Jackson
August 16, 2017
Brady Pevarnik and Palmer Jackson have been friends for years and have played countless rounds of golf together. High school golf season opens Thursday and

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Latrobe's Trent Holler practices Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Latrobe.
Presence of pros on campus leaves impression on Latrobe players
August 15, 2017
Of all the high school football teams in Western Pennsylvania — and there are many — only one consistently shares its stadium with the Steelers,

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Latrobe Greater Than Whitehall to Win PIAA 5-A Gold
June 15, 2017
After a playoff run that featured multiple come-from-behind victories, Greater Latrobe left no doubt in the state title game. The Wildcats cruised to a 7-0 rain-shortened win against District 11 champion Whitehall to claim the first PIAA 5A Championship at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The game was called after more than an hour delay in the top of the sixth, and with no end in sight for the steady downpour. The rain did not dampen the celebration, though, as the Wildcats savored their first state title, just weeks after securing the team's first WPIAL crown.

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Latrobe Wins First WPIAL Baseball Title With Win Over Mars
May 31, 2017
The last time the Latrobe Wildcats played in a WPIAL Championship baseball game, things were much different than they are now, in 2017. On May 30, 1985, Latrobe lost to Bethel Park in the Class AAA title game. Gas was $1.20 per gallon, Ronald Reagan was the President and there were only two classifications in the WPIAL. On May 31, 2017, Latrobe won its first ever baseball crown by defeating another team looking for its first championship, in its first championship appearance, Mars, by a final of 6-2. Coming into the game, both coaches, Matt Basciano of Latrobe and Andy Bednar of Mars, emphasized the importance of their team getting and holding an early lead.

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Hometown Softball Recap – Latrobe Wildcats – 04/25/2017
April 25, 2017
Greater Latrobe finally got back to what they know best. Winning. After a four game slide that dropped the Wildcats to under .500 overall and already two section loses, Greater Latrobe rebounded for a 12-2 victory over Penn Hills on Tuesday in Class 6A Section 2 matchup Graham Sabota Field in Latrobe. Greater Latrobe (5-5, 4-2 in section) had lost consecutive games to Hempfield, North Allegheny, Yough and Norwin, with the most recent loss coming this past Monday and found themselves on a losing streak heading into the game against Penn Hills.

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Plum Pounds Latrobe For First Pens Cup in 28 Years
March 21, 2017
In two previous meetings against Latrobe during the regular season in PIHL Class AA, Plum lead early, blew a lead, rallied and won, and in the second game trailed early, rallied, trailed again and rallied to win again. This time, in the PIHL Class 2-A Penguins Cup Finals on Tuesday night at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex in Wexford, Plum didn't leave anything to chance. The Mustangs, the highest scoring team in Class AA with 117 regular season goals, struck early and left little doubt in claiming the AA title with a 6-1 win over the Wildcats, a team that got hot at the tail end of the regular season and surged to its fifth Penguins Cup final since 2008.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Tim Shoup
February 20, 2017
The 2010-11 PIHL season was one for the record books for Upper St. Clair, as the Panthers won both the Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup in dramatic fashion. That historic team was comprised of several future DI players, including sophomore blueliner Tim Shoup. Shoup, who is now one of the top defensemen at Dartmouth College, is under the microscope for this week's edition of the WPIAL Alum Q&A. During that campaign for the Panthers, Shoup contributed one goal and eight assists in the regular season. Upper St. Clair advanced to the Class AAA title game against Canon-McMillan, but the Panthers trailed late in the third period. The team got the equalizer, though, and then prevailed in overtime to claim the championship.

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WPIAL Coaches Corner – Danny Holzer
January 9, 2017
In this brand new feature titled “Coach’s Corner”, I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts. This week’s edition is with the boys basketball coach at Upper St. Clair, Danny Holzer. Coach Holzer is entering his 21st season as the Panthers head coach, and he has won two WPIAL titles in 1996 and 2005. Let’s take a look inside Coach Holzer’s corner:  

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Zack Zavatsky
January 18, 2016
Greater Latrobe's wrestling team has been one of the top programs in the WPIAL for quite some time. While the Wildcats have had some great grapplers over the years, perhaps no one left a bigger mark than Zack Zavatsky. Zavatsky, a 2014 graduate, compiled an incredible career mark of 166-18 in high school. After posting 41 wins in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons, the 182-pounder went 42-2 as a junior, and finished third in the Class AAA PIAA Championship. His senior campaign, though, was historic, as Zavatsky compiled an undefeated season, going 42-0 and winning the state title by defeating Mount Lebanon's Kellan Stout.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Luke Stork
December 14, 2015
Even though the warm December temperatures have not made the past few weeks feel like winter, on the high school calendar, it is certainly winter sports time. Consequently, the WPIAL Alum Q&A will shift its focus to former high school standouts who are now playing well at the collegiate level in basketball or hockey. This week, former Upper Saint Clair hockey player and current member of the Ohio State hockey team Luke Stork is profiled. Like several of the elite hockey players in the area, Stork did not spend his entire time during his high-school years playing with the school’s varsity team. Rather, Stork played just one year with the Panthers, in 2010-11.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – April Krivoniak
November 30, 2015
Competing in one college sport is very challenging, but playing two sports at the collegiate level is incredibly impressive. April Krivoniak, a junior at Robert Morris University, competes on both the volleyball and track and field teams for the Colonials. As a result, she is the featured athlete on this week’s installment of WPIAL Alum Q&A. Krivoniak’s diverse athleticism was on display prior to college, as she competed in three sports, including basketball, while at Greater Latrobe High School. She made quite a mark on the volleyball court, however, as she became a four-year starter for the Wildcats. She was a three-time section honoree, and during her sophomore and season campaigns, Krivoniak earned All-WPIAL honors.

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2015 PIAA Girls Soccer State Playoff Results
November 22, 2015
Upper St. Clair played the role of undefeated spoiler to perfection and in the end, had the gold to prove it. After beating undefeated Norwin in the PIAA Class AAA Semifinals, the Panthers knocked off previously unbeaten Central Bucks East to capture the schools first ever girls soccer state championship. District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy in AA and District 3 champion Camp Hill Trinity in A were the other state champs crowned in Hershey. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Girls Soccer Playoffs. 2015 PIAA CLASS AAA GIRLS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS 2 - Central Bucks East Patriots 1 PIAA CLASS AAA Semifinals:

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Upper St. Clair Wins First PIAA AAA Girls Soccer Championship
November 21, 2015
Two shots, two goals, one championship. That was the recipe for success for the Upper St. Clair Panthers girl soccer team Saturday evening at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey as they edged the Central Bucks East Patriots 2-1 in the PIAA Class AAA title match. Senior Emma Hasco scored an unassisted goal with just over six minutes left in the first half to give the WPIAL runner-up Panthers a 1-0 lead which they took into the half. With about 16 minutes left in regulation, Emma Loving scored for Central Bucks East to tie the game at 1-1 with an assist from Hannah Zach. But with one second under seven minutes left in regulation, Hasco struck again as she executed a great give and go with Rachel Witte before slamming a shot past Kristen Obetz to give USC a 2-1 lead.

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/20/2015
November 20, 2015
In his first season as a starter, Pine-Richland sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec has played his way into the WPIAL spotlight, becoming only the second QB in WPIAL history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000. But there is another sophomore quarterback at the Class AAAA level who also has made a gigantic impact in his first season as a starter. Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s Troy Fisher doesn’t have the jaw-dropping statistics like Jurkovec, but Fisher has uplifted the Vikings’ offense with his passing and running, and also helped the team reach the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals.

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Dominant Norwin Wins WPIAL Girls AAA Title
November 7, 2015
The top-seeded Norwin Knights continued their incredible defensive run with a dominatin 3-0 over the Upper Saint Clair Panthers at Highmark Stadium at Station Square Friday night to win their first WPIAL girls soccer championship since 1997. The Knights dominated throughout finally cracking the scoreboard in the 21st minute of play when Emily Harrigan headed a perfect cross from Lexie Kolano to the upper left hand corner of the goal behind USC keeper Nikki Gibbons for a 1-0 lead. As has been the case 18 times this season, that single goal would be all the Knights needed. The goal for Harrigan was her 19th of the season.

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Hometown Boys Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 10/11/2015
October 11, 2015
On a crisp clear fall afternoon two long time rivals got together in a Hometown soccer game at Upper Saint Clair high school. The home standing Panthers came away with an impressive 7-0 victory over the Blue Devils.  Rivals in every sport and neighboring communities everyone was looking forward to this clash, but the Panthers on senior day had an easy time handling their neighbor. USC opened the scoring on a goal from Steffano Paolino at 11:07 of the first half. The Panthers tic tac toed passes around from right to left and he was wide open in front to tap it in for a 1-0 lead.

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Hometown Girls Soccer Recap – Upper St. Clair Panthers – 09/29/2015
September 29, 2015
Upper St Clair and Peters Township are two of the most celebrated soccer programs in the WPIAL and every time the two squads do battle with each other, one can expect a classic. Monday night's matchup at USC was no different as the Indians edged the Panthers 2-1.  After a bit of a feeling-out process in the early going, the Indians struck first in the 12th minute off of a corner kick. An accidental own goal was scored when the ball ricocheted off a USC defender into the net. The goal was credited to PT's Brianne Latsko, and the Indians took a 1-nil lead. 

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2015 WPIAL Scholar Athletes
May 22, 2015
The Class of 2015   On Monday, May 18th, twenty (20) student athletes were recognized by the WPIAL for their extraordinary achievements - both academically and athletically - throughout their high school careers.  This years scholarship recipients are listed below, including brief bios on each  (as provided by the WPIAL).      

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WPIAL Recruiting: USC’s Blair Commits to Pitt
July 28, 2013
This 'Cat may be changing colors, but he's not changing his stripes. The great comeback story of Upper St. Clair senior Rori Blair continued when he announced he would be going from the Upper St. Clair Panthers this fall to the Pitt Panthers next fall. Blair made a verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh on Friday after his family met with Pitt head coach Paul Chryst.The decision for the 6-3, 225-pound tight end/defensive end continues an incredible comeback that began with a near death experience 15 months ago.

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Upper St. Clair Wins 3rd PIAA Boys Soccer Championship
November 17, 2012
Despite losing in the District 7 finals, Upper St. Clair grabbed an early lead and held on Saturday to win the boys Class AAA state championship 1-0 over West Lawn Wilson. Wes Burdette served a ball to Doug Hateman who finished the play with a header and the games only goal 20 minutes in at Hersheypark Stadium. The state crown is the third for USC after winning back-to-back PIAA gold in 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, after yielding back-to-back shutouts in PIAA Quarterfinals and semifinals victories, Sewickley Academy was blanked Friday by Mountain View in the Class A championship match. Here are ALL of the results from the 2012 PIAA Boys Soccer Playoffs.2012 PIAA CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

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USC Claims Boys WPIAL AAA Soccer Title After Beating Rival PT
November 5, 2011
The Upper Saint Clair Panthers collected their sixth WPIAL soccer championship Saturday at Baldwin High School, the title leaves them one short of the record, seven WPIAL soccer titles held by, the team they beat in the Championship game, the Peters Township Indians.

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USC Dethrones Peters Twp As WPIAL Class AAA Girls Soccer Queens
The rivalry between the Upper St. Clair Panthers and the Peters Township Indians spilled over from football into both the Girls and Boys AAA Soccer Championships.  Baldwin High School was the venue for both title matches, and the ladies were up first. 

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WPIAL Week 4 Thursday Football Scores
September 23, 2010
Call it the storm after the storm as the fourth week of the 2010 District 7 and District 8 high school football season kicked off Thursday. Two games included a clash of 2-1 Class AAAA teams in WPIAL non-conference action that was heard here on MSA Sports. Here are the two final results. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Non-Conference:

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