Author: Likitha Janga


Shaler high school sports notebook: Bocce team gets 1st win
February 14, 2019
The Shaler unified bocce team scored its first-ever victory last Wednesday at Montour. The Titans defeated the Spartans, 2-1, and will have their first scheduled home match Feb. 22 against Hampton. Shaler's program is part of the Interscholastic Unified Sports program sponsored by the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania. The teams

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Shaler girls basketball turns focus to offseason improvement
The Shaler girls basketball team didn't find a way to sneak in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs. But the Titans were able to start building the defensive foundation for next season. Shaler (7-14, 5-9), which finished three games out of the playoffs, held opponents to 44.5 points per game. andquot;I

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Jack Duggan, Sewickley Academy
February 10, 2019
Entering Sewickley Academy's game against Beaver last Monday, only one Panther had more than 10 goals this season. Thanks to a five-goal performance from senior forward Jack Duggan, that number is now two. Duggan's five-goal, two-assist performance in a 12-3 win not only was his best game of the season,

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Shaler boys basketball focused on 1 thing: Playoffs
February 7, 2019
Being out of the picture to win the Section 3-5A title had Shaler boys basketball coach Rob Niederberger eagerly awaiting the postseason. Wrapping up the regular season against Plum and McDowell last Friday and Saturday, respectively, was a mere footnote to what Niederberger hopes is a much longer story. Results

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Shaler high school sports notebook: Bonnette headed to Cal (Pa.)
Jeffrey Bonnette learned how to play football in less than ideal circumstances. The Shaler senior offensive lineman started playing in seventh grade, but the Titans didn't have the numbers to have a middle school team. So Bonnette had to play on the freshman team and lock horns with older, more

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Franklin Regional boys top Shaler, move into 2nd place
February 5, 2019
Franklin Regional learned another valuable lesson, and it happened on Teacher's Appreciation Night nonetheless. andquot;We have to finish plays, keep busting our butts and come back stronger ... and that will help us get a good seed for the playoffs,andquot; senior forward Adam Rudzinski said. Still reeling some from a

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Oakland Catholic, Penn Hills girls to meet for Section 3-5A championship
February 4, 2019
It's the final Tuesday of the high school basketball regular season, and there are plenty of key WPIAL boys basketball games on the schedule. One of the better games on the slate though is a girls basketball showdown with a section championship up for grabs. Oakland Catholic sits atop Section

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Shaler Area’s Mekhi Reynolds
Mekhi Reynolds School: Shaler Area Class: Junior They haven't made the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs since 2012. In the six years since, their combined overall record is 49-86. But those recent struggles are becoming a distant memory for Shaler Titans fans. Thanks to a pair of section victories last week,

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Shaler girls basketball finds promise in defense
January 31, 2019
Emily Cavacini was convinced the Shaler girls basketball team could show progress if the defense could improve. The junior guard wasn't ready to bow out after the Titans opened the season 0-5, losing by an average margin of 25.4 points. andquot;Because we are a young team, we had to focus

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Shaler’s Platt reflects on all-star game, Titans season
Spencer Platt doesn't mind any role he is asked to play. Typically, the Shaler junior defenseman is tasked with carrying the puck. But when he gets outside of the Titans' program, Platt finds himself with different responsibilities. Those skills served him well during the Class AA PIHL All-Star game held

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18 WPIAL football players picked for East-West all-star game
South Fayette teammates Mike Trimbur, Tom Elia and Ryan Coe were among 18 WPIAL football players selected for the PSFCA East-West all-star game. The rosters were announced Thursday. Also picked for the West roster were North Hills' Tyler Brennan, Thomas Jefferson's Dominic Serapiglia, Pine-Richland's Mike Dorundo and Anthony Cerminara, Shaler's

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After disappointing team season, Shaler wrestlers point to individual goals
January 24, 2019
Coach Drew D'Agostino is looking forward to getting the Shaler wrestling team ready for the individual championships in February. Beset by injuries, the Titans saw their four-year streak of reaching the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs end when they finished 0-5 in Section 3B. andquot;We have some good individuals,andquot; D'Agostino said.

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Shaler swimmers feel pressure to qualify for WPIALs
Chasing WPIAL Class AAA championship qualifying times is a new experience for Shaler freshman Jacob Picasa. Picasa not locked down necessary marks in the 200 IM or 200 breaststroke, yet, but along with Eddie Sheets, Stephen Adametz and Kevin Chalmers, he helped the Titans 200-yard medley relay hit their mark.

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Top-ranked Mars shows ‘offensive versatility’ in 26-point victory over Shaler
January 23, 2019
Andrew Recchia figured out Shaler's strategy rather quickly. andquot;On the first possession, I was all the way down the court,andquot; he said, andquot;and they were up in my face.andquot; Shaler was determined to keep Mars' leading scorer in check Tuesday night, so the top-ranked Planets relied instead on a few

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: North Hills’ Sam Hillegas
January 22, 2019
Wrestler of the week: Sam Hillegas, jr., North Hills Sam Hillegas won PIAA wrestling championships each of the past two years, and he looks well on his way to another one this spring. The North Hills junior won his second consecutive title at the Allegheny County tournament, dominating a difficult

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Thomas Jefferson captures 1st Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament team title
January 19, 2019
Thomas Jefferson coach Michael Ladick didn't get hoisted and carried off the mat after the Jaguars claimed their first Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament team title Saturday at Fox Chapel. Ladick didn't need to. He already was flying high. Thomas Jefferson crowned three champions -- Mike Zacur, Alex Weber and Max

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Shaler boys see road to success in pushing pace
January 17, 2019
Starting slow isn't what senior guard Colton Schott wants to see from the Shaler boys basketball team. When the Titans are at their best, they are moving quickly. If things stagnate, like they did during Shaler's 68-60 win Jan. 15 at Plum, climbing out of holes can be much harder.

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Dadowski part of Shaler’s record-setting indoor track season
Andrew Dadowski doesn't spend his summer confined to the car, driving to different track events he's competing in. The Shaler sophomore enjoys his time off from competitive sports. Summers are for time with friends and family. That could be why when he returned to action so he could prepare to

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Fox Chapel set to host 18th annual Allegheny County wrestling tournament
A native of East Liberty, where wrestling wasn't very prevalent as he grew up, Ron Frank nonetheless made the sport a significant part of his life's work. And even after nearly four decades of coaching at Fox Chapel, Frank still gets a rush from the sight of the medal stand

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High school wrestling notebook: Dolde to get 1st taste of Hempfield-Greensburg Salem rivalry
January 15, 2019
When Tommy Dolde coached wrestling at Connellsville, the Falcons really didn't have a rivalry match. Mt. Pleasant was the Falcons' rival for a few years when Rob Waller coached the Vikings in the late 1970s, and Uniontown was another rival in the early '80s. Connellsville then left Fayette County and

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK Jake Slinger, Upper St. Clair, senior, heavyweight A PIAA Class AAA medalist as a junior, Slinger is having a dominant senior campaign, and he continued that over the weekend at the Burgettstown Tournament. Slinger rolled to the heavyweight championship at Burgettstown, winning his first three matches

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Franklin Regional boys rally in fourth quarter to defeat Shaler
January 11, 2019
Nick Leopold feels lucky. The senior point guard for Franklin Regional's boys basketball team knows opponents have to be a model of offensive efficiency to beat the Panthers. When Leopold was off to a horrid start shooting Friday night, there was no need to panic. The defense picked up Leopold,

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Shaler coach D’Agostino gets chance to spread Greco-Roman message
January 10, 2019
Drew D'Agostino doesn't have a long, drawn-out explanation for why Greco-Roman is his favorite style of wrestling. It was always a perfect marriage for D'Agostino: He was good at it, and everything about it made sense. andquot;It's probably the least popular of all the styles, but I enjoy it,andquot; said

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Shaler Area spirit team earns spot at PIAA championships
Mya D'Amico knew time was of the essence for the Shaler Area competitive spirit team. Because of the way the schedule was set up, the Titans would only have a week to prepare for the PIAA medium division championships in Hershey. Shaler, which placed third at WPIALs Jan. 5 at

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Sewickley Academy’s Nate Ridgeway
January 7, 2019
Nate Ridgeway School: Sewickley Academy Class: Senior While the results to the start of 2019 for the defending WPIAL champions and the top-ranked team in Class 2A were split, it was a strong start for one of their top players. Sewickley Academy senior Nate Ridgeway scored a combined 50 points

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Shaler hockey struggles with low numbers
January 3, 2019
Circumstances have been bleak for the Shaler hockey team the past month. Being largely undermanned and outgunned has led the Titans to a precarious position. andquot;We've played with one kid over 17 the past month,andquot; Shaler junior forward Sam Stayduhar said. Despite this, the Titans remained tied with Quaker Valley

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Shaler Area athletes preparing for opening indoor track meet of season
December 27, 2018
The Shaler Area indoor track team saw one of its athletes get a surge of confidence from running inside last season. John Franklin set the indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles and rode the momentum to reaching the PIAA Class AAA championships in the 110-meter hurdles. Titans indoor coach Shawn

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Shaler swim teams off to 3-0 start for 1st time in 18 years
The Shaler Area swim team has seen early returns on new training methods. Both the boys and girls are off to a 3-0 start, with dual meet wins against Baldwin, North Catholic and West Mifflin. Coach Keith Simmons believes it's been the first time both teams have started this well

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Shaler Area girls basketball building confidence despite early struggles
December 20, 2018
Learning on the fly is a difficult task in most situations. The Shaler girls basketball team has taken some bumps in its learning process. Injuries and an early schedule loaded with top teams has the Titans off to an 0-5 start, including an 0-2 mark in Section 1-6A. Results from

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Reynolds helps spark Shaler Area boys to 5-1 start
Mekhi Reynolds decided over the summer his before-school routine would be changing. The 6-foot-3 junior guard for the Shaler boys basketball team wanted to get more work in. Reynolds talked to Titans ninth-grade coach Doug Kepreos putting up more shots before school. There was no better time than 6 a.m.

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Shaler bowlers look to build on trip to regional tournament
December 13, 2018
Following his team's surprising run to the Western Regionals last season, Shaler Area girls bowling coach Shawn Pilyih had high expectations for the 2018-19 season. Then, in the first section match, the Titans presented a strong opening salvo. Shaler's girls opened section play two weeks ago with a 4-3 victory

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Shaler notebook: Girls bowling team makes statement
December 6, 2018
The Shaler girls bowling team announced its intentions to the rest of the WPIBL on opening night. The Titans (1-0) bear Butler, who are the defending section, WPIBL and Western Regional champions, 4-3. Shaler was led by Bella Pilyih, who rolled a 620 series with a high game of 219.

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Shaler’s Sullivan chasing more titles during senior wrestling season
November 29, 2018
Entering his final year of high school wrestling, Ryan Sullivan is expected to set a collision course to adding more WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles to his resume. The senior wrestler, who is a expected to compete at 120 and 126 pounds for Shaler this season, knows this will

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Shaler swim team matches up better in new section
Jenna Stanton sees a lot of positives ahead for the Shaler swim team. While the junior swimmer will miss some aspects of competing in the same section as North Allegheny, the Titans have an opportunity to match up better with conference foes. Shaler also will see a lot more competition

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Shaler gets comfortable in Niederberger’s system
November 21, 2018
In Year 4 coaching the Shaler boys basketball team, Rob Niederberger sees a group that has broken from being stuck in its ways. Instead, the Titans have learned to balance his system with improvisation. andquot;I think we are more athletic than we've been,andquot; Niederberger said. andquot;When you first start teaching

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Shaler girls basketball team ready for challenges ahead
Earning a second straight trip to the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs won't be an easy road for the Shaler girls basketball team. Realignment added a stiff new challenge to the Titans' schedule. Perennial power Norwin -- along with a Fox Chapel program that is a consistent playoff contender but missed

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Longtime Oliver football coach Zeglowitsch joins City League Hall of Fame
November 15, 2018
Joe Zeglowitsch could have heard the call from the City League High School Hall of Fame sooner. The problem was no one knew how to get in touch with the 1967 Perry graduate. andquot;I thought they were playing games with me,andquot; Zelgowitsch said. andquot;I asked them who put them up

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Students learn values of sportsmanship at WPIAL’s 10th annual Summit
Even on the gloomiest of days, the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit can provide a glimmer of sunlight. Nearly 600 student-athletes and administrators from about 100 schools were represented Thursday morning at the 10th annual Summit on Sportsmanship at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. A number of

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WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit part of Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
November 14, 2018
The WPIAL will host a big event on the field Saturday as eight football teams head to Heinz Field to play for district gold. However, the WPIAL is hosting another big event Thursday, though it is off the field. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit,

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7 Penn Hills players earn first-team all-conference in Class 5A Northern
November 12, 2018
Northern Conference champion Penn Hills placed seven players on the all-conference first team Monday and the Indians' Jon LeDonne earned coach of the year. Penn Hills' George Freeman III, Hollis Mathis, Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith, Dante Cephas, Corey Thomas Jr., Jordy Boswell and Deaquan Hardy all earned first-team honors. North Hills

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Palko closes out home career as West Allegheny smothers Shaler
November 2, 2018
Bob Palko carried the football in his right arm as he exited the field at Joe P. DiMichela Stadium for the final time. The West Allegheny faithful that stuck it out to the completion of the No. 5 Indians' 37-0 win over No. 12 Shaler in the opening round of

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Shaler notebook: Titans hockey looks for scoring options
October 31, 2018
Shaler hockey coach Steve Stayduhar believes his team has the style they need to play down pat. The Titans want to be a tough-minded, gritty squad on defense. In order to continue to progress into a Class AA Penguins Cup contender, Shaler (1-1-3) will need to build its offensive foundation.

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Shaler dominates Fox Chapel to earn playoff bid
October 26, 2018
On Nov. 4, 2011, the Shaler Titans lost a first-round playoff matchup to Gateway. Since that time, the Titans were 2-55, winning both those games in 2015. Now, the Shaler Titans can call themselves playoff bound, throttling Fox Chapel, 62-0, in the final week of the regular season. With the

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Shaler senior class meets challenge of coaching staff
Win and the Shaler football team would earn its first bid to the WPIAL playoffs in seven years. A loss wouldn't eliminate the possibility, but would make things murky for the Titans. Whatever the math, second-year Shaler coach James Ryan was excited about the position the Titans were in last

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A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
October 24, 2018
Class 5A Northern Fox Chapel (2-7, 1-5) at Shaler (3-6, 2-4) 7 p.m. Friday at Lou Martig Field at Titans Stadium Last week: Armstrong 41, Fox Chapel 14; North Hills 21, Shaler 7 Coaches: Tom Loughran, Fox Chapel; Jim Ryan, Shaler Top players: Korey Simmons, Fox Chapel (Sr., 5-9, 168,

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North Hills grinds out victory over Shaler
October 19, 2018
It's no surprise what North Hills does offensively. And it's no surprise who does it for the Indians. Senior Tyler Brennan, who lined up predominately as the quarterback in the wildcat formation for North Hills, carried the ball 32 times on the night, piling up 152 yards rushing and scoring

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Fugh helps fuel Shaler’s aerial attack
October 4, 2018
Whether Brennan Fugh was emerging from the Atlantic Ocean or hanging out in the backyard, he was prepared to catch footballs. Entering his senior football season at Shaler, Fugh didn't want to miss any opportunities for practice. While on vacation in Virginia Beach last summer, his cousin, Alex Kline, zipped

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Fourth-quarter interception helps Mars hold off Shaler
September 29, 2018
In a game dominated by lengthy, time-consuming drives, the key play led to a two-play, 4-yard scoring drive as Mars came back to defeat host

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Shaler hosts Mars in homecoming game part of 3 things to watch Saturday in high school sports
September 28, 2018
On Oct. 8, 2011, Shaler defeated McDowell, 41-28, on a Saturday afternoon homecoming game to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Seven

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5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football: 16 teams unbeaten at midway point
September 27, 2018
Sixteen teams remain undefeated as the WPIAL football regular season reaches the midway point. Some perfect starts aren't terribly surprising, such as Gateway's, Aliquippa's and

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Shaler hockey team eyes return to PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
September 20, 2018
Shaler hockey coach Steve Stayduhar wants to makes sure all the numbers come out right. The Titans' hockey program recorded 89 goals and compiled a

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Shaler athletics notebook: Titans football team showing improvement on offense
September 14, 2018
Jim Ryan decided to do his best Tom Osborne impersonation during the Shaler football team's 29-28 win over Hampton Sept. 7 at Titans field. After

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Here are four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3: Dan Deabner Thomas Jefferson, Jr, WR/DB Deabner caught six passes for 200 yards, including

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Seniors Wallace, Colecchi lead Kiski Area past Shaler in Northern Conference opener
September 1, 2018
With Kiski Area facing a third-and-long midway through the fourth quarter, the play call andquot;Work Jackandquot; came in from the sidelines, a deep go-route designed

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Week Zero victory a ‘confidence builder’ for Shaler football team
August 30, 2018
Lining up properly on the line of scrimmage was one of the many challenges Justin DeSabato faced. The Shaler senior wide receiver was getting his

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Increased roster numbers boost optimism for Shaler football
August 14, 2018
Senior defensive end/tight end Matt Bendel worked hard to convince classmates to come out for the Shaler football team. Leaving the program without winning on

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Shaler's Ryan Sullivan points to the crowd after defeating West Chester Henderson's Killian Delaney in the 113-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Shaler wrestler Sullivan commits to Pitt
June 13, 2018
Shaler's Ryan Sullivan removed his final distraction before his senior season by committing to wrestle at Pitt last week. Taking the college decision off his

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Shaler’s Wightman to continue lacrosse career
June 1, 2018
Playing collegiate lacrosse wasn't on Madaline Wightman's radar before her senior season. As a junior, Wightman didn't play at all, choosing to work instead. andquot;I

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Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit watches over practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler notebook: Girls basketball camp benefits ‘coaches’ too
Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit enjoys seeing the benefits all age levels get from summer camps. The participants get an opportunity to improve their

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Shaler hurdler John Franklin stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler’s Franklin showcases skills in 110 hurdles
May 25, 2018
Shaler track coach Jim Ryan didn't want to burn John Franklin out before he could compete in the 110-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class AAA

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BVA's Bailey Parshall fanned 18 Vikings in a semifinal no-hitter.
Parshall’s no-hitter leads Belle Vernon softball past No. 1 Mt. Pleasant
May 23, 2018
For the second consecutive season and third time in four years, the Belle Vernon softball team will play for a WPIAL Class 4A championship. And

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WPIAL baseball, softball quarterfinals among Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 21, 2018
Vincentian Academy's baseball team hasn't played a real game in 10 days. Serra Catholic has waited 11 days, while Riverside and Blackhawk each were idle

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Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules for May 21, 2018
May 19, 2018
WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 1 Hempfield (17-3) vs. No. 8 Canon-McMillan (10-6) 7 p.m. Monday at Latrobe Winner plays: Winner

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Shaler coach Tom Sorce talks to his team during their game against Pine-Richland Monday, May, 7, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Shaler notebook: Titans softball falls short of postseason
May 17, 2018
Tom Sorce didn't have much chance to evaluate what he had on the Shaler softball team before the season began. Weather forced a number of

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Burrell uses 2 home runs to oust Mt. Pleasant in Class 3A 1st round
May 16, 2018
Burrell did not hit a home run during a weather-shortened 12-game regular season. But the sixth-seeded Buccaneers went deep twice in their playoff opener Wednesday

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Mars' Matthew Fuller slides safely into second base under Blackhawk's Zach Zuchelli during their game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Chippewa Park.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball remain atop Trib 10 power rankings – 05/16/2018
Every Tuesday during the 2018 WPIAL baseball and softball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification

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Fast start fuels Plum baseball in 1st-round win vs. Mt. Lebanon
May 15, 2018
The Plum baseball team jumped to a three-run lead on Mt. Lebanon in the first inning of Tuesday's WPIAL 6A first-round game at North Allegheny.

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Past baseball champions to square off in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 14, 2018
Tuesday is a busy day of postseason diamond action in the WPIAL with 22 first-round baseball and 15 opening-round softball playoff games. One anticipated matchup

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Trip to last season’s WPIAL baseball final motivates underdog Mt. Pleasant
With a record of 8-7, Mt. Pleasant sits just one game over .500 as it heads into the WPIAL Class 3A baseball playoffs. It is

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Westmoreland baseball playoff capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Class 6A No. 7 Penn-Trafford (12-5) vs. No. 10 North Allegheny (10-9) 7 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 2 Bethel Park (17-3) Coaches:

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A-K Valley baseball playoff preview capsule: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Class 3A First round No. 6 Burrell (9-3) vs. No. 11 Mt. Pleasant (8-7) 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 3 South Side

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A-K Valley WPIAL baseball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 5 Plum (15-4) vs. No. 12 Mt. Lebanon (9-11) 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 4 Canon-McMillan

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of May 14, 2018
MONDAY Boys lacrosse A trio of area underdog teams will open the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, all at 7 p.m. No. 16 seed Norwin visits

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Hempfield earns No. 3 seed in WPIAL Class 6A baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
Hempfield knew it could compete with the best baseball teams in Class 6A this season because its schedule seemed to grow stronger each week, and

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Shaler athletes set to compete at WPIAL meet
The Shaler boys and girls track program won't send any of the favorites to the WPIAL Class AAA championships this week at Baldwin. But what

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Shaler's Hunter Jamison competes against Moon Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler baseball caps tough season, falls short of playoffs
Being part of a section laced with tradition-laden programs won't be a hill the Shaler baseball has to climb next season. This season, the Titans

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Latrobe's Kiley Myers delivers during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball remain atop Trib 10 power rankings – 05/08/2018
May 8, 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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Jeannette-GCC rematch on tap in Tuesday’s 3 games to watch in high school sports
May 7, 2018
Add another log to the rivalry fire that is Jeannette vs Greensburg Central Catholic. These two schools have had many a fierce competition on the

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Mt. Pleasant softball stays unbeaten after defeating Ligonier Valley
May 2, 2018
Mt. Pleasant softball players wore their retro-red third jerseys for Wednesday's home game against Ligonier Valley. Regardless of their game-to-game attire, this team is quite

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Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
May 1, 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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Section 1-6A baseball showdowns part of 3 things to watch Monday in high school sports
April 29, 2018
The final day of April allows high school sports fans to focus on one of the tightest sections in WPIAL baseball. From first, to middle,

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WPIAL athletes to wrap up Penn Relays competition in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 27, 2018
The oldest and largest track and field competition in the U.S. concludes Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Some of the top track and field

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Canon-McMillan's Erica Haught went 2 for 4 with two home runs as the Big Macs won a Section 1-6A softball game over Mt. Lebanon April 27, 2018, at Mt. Lebanon.
Canon-McMillan softball powers past rival Mt. Lebanon
It was scheduled to be a softball game between two of the top three teams in Section 1-6A between Canon-McMillan and Mt. Lebanon. But the

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Mt. Lebanon's Catie Rogan competes against Bethel Park on April 26, 2018.
Big inning vaults Mt. Lebanon softball over Bethel Park
Through four innings, Mt. Lebanon pitcher Catie Rogan was perfect, retiring all 12 batters she faced. Little did she know that, with an 8-0 cushion,

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Shaler athletes step to podium at Butler Invitational
Conquering the Butler Invitational wasn't going to happen for the Shaler track team. What the Titans were focused on was using the event a barometer

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Derry football coach Tim Sweeney (Red team) and Jeannette football caoch Roy Hall (Blue team) will lead teams in the second annual Foothills Football Classic, set for 7 p.m. June 15, 2018, at Hempfield.
Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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Baseball with glove and bat
Ollio strikes out 12 as Butler baseball defeats Shaler
April 25, 2018
While most WPIAL teams had cancellations on the baseball diamond Wednesday, Butler chose to move its game a mile up the road to the turf

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Freeport pitcher Brodey Cowan (11) delivers a pitch during their game against Highlands on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball atop this week’s Trib 10 power rankings
April 24, 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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Latrobe's catcher Makayla Munchinski cheers on her team while they bat against Norwin during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 23, 2018
April 22, 2018
MONDAY Baseball The weather won again last week, so schedules continue to be a mess. Slowly, though, sections are getting back on track as they

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall
Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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WPIAL lacrosse champions to face off in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 18, 2018
It's not often when you get a WPIAL champion vs. champion matchup in any sport during the regular season. Sure, it has no bearing on

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Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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Hempfield's Kelsey Tobin dives into third base under a tag by Norwin's Carly Cook during their game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Blackhawk baseball, Hempfield softball stay atop Trib 10 power rankings
April 17, 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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High school roundup for April 16, 2018: Central Catholic takes down No. 1 Butler
April 16, 2018
Vinnie Rauso tallied three hits and knocked in all three runs as Central Catholic knocked off No. 1-ranked Butler, 3-1, in a Section 1-6A baseball

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High school notebook: Yough softball takes swing at cancer
April 14, 2018
Yough softball has won eight consecutive games and is primed for a another run at WPIAL and PIAA titles in Class 4A. But the second-ranked

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Hempfield's Tyler Wiederstein celebrates his home run with Tyler Dancu (9) and Luke Hudson during their game against Norwin Thurday, April 12, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Baseball, softball players committing as underclassmen a polarizing topic
Tyler Wiederstein knows he has a baseball scholarship waiting for him at Michigan in about three years. But the sophomore pitcher and second baseman from

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Mt. Lebanon softball uses big 3rd inning to take down Upper St. Clair
Despite playing four games in four days, the Mt. Lebanon softball team registered its third win of the season 3-1 against rival Upper St. Clair

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Ellwood City, Riverside softball to battle in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 13, 2018
In the last 10 years, two neighbors near the border of Beaver and Lawrence counties have become golden softball rivals. Ellwood City has captured two

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Shaler's Tori Martrano prepares for the 2018 season Friday, March 16, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler softball learns to battle back after tough losses
Losing a five-run lead in the fifth inning against Butler wasn't a major concern for the Shaler softball team. The Titans rallied with three runs

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens clears the last hurdle to set a state record and win the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 110 hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
April 12, 2018
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Joe Eisaman talks with his team during a timeout in a game against Penn Hills on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Penn Hills High School. Penn Hills won 55-39.
Joe Eisaman leaving after 5 seasons as Greensburg Central Catholic girls coach
April 11, 2018
Joe Eisaman is leaving Greensburg Central Catholic after five seasons as girls basketball coach. Eisaman resigned Wednesday morning, citing he wanted to andquot;pursue other opportunities.andquot;

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
April 10, 2018
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Shaler-NA baseball, softball teams to square off in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 9, 2018
It's a diamond doubleheader Tuesday afternoon as Shaler visits North Allegheny on neighboring fields in both baseball and softball. All four programs are perennial powers

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Shaler's Nick Rispoli (8) is congratulated by Zach Herron (18) after hitting a home run against Moon Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler baseball prepares for section play
April 5, 2018
Patrick Gumto and his teammates on the Shaler baseball team went about earning respect the right way. The senior pitcher — much like last season

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Trio of Mt. Pleasant pitchers combine to no-hit Highlands in season-opener
After waiting two weeks through all manner of weather roadblocks, the Highlands and Mt. Pleasant softball teams kicked off their seasons Thursday with a Section

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale is announced the winner of the 126 pound semifinal bout after defeating Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the class 2A wrestling semifinals during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Colin Fegley of Mahonoy in the 170 pound weight class quarterfinal in 2A wrestling during the PIAA championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (right) grabs a rebound in front of Norwin's Jacob Williams (25) during the first quarter on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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Boys lacrosse finalists to meet again in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
March 26, 2018
Last year, Peters Township edged Mt. Lebanon, 12-11, in an overtime thriller to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys lacrosse championship. Now the two teams

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Shaler high jumper Adeline Kubicsek stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler girls track and field aiming to get more athletes to WPIAL meet
March 25, 2018
Shaler girls track and field coach Abi May has a simple message for her athletes: Anyone not taking the early season dual meets seriously might

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Shaler hurdler John Franklin stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler’s John Franklin hoping to be among WPIAL’s top hurdlers
Spending a winter focusing on track and field has Shaler senior John Franklin in a strong position entering his final season. Franklin, who decided to

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington scores past Sharon's Elite Williams (5), James McKinney (2) and Tristan Ballard during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Monday, March 19, 2018, at New Castle High School.
ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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Yough players watch from the dugout during the seventh inning of the WPIAL Class 4A softball championship game against Belle Vernon Thursday, June 1 2017, at California University. Belle Vernon won, 4-1.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough softball heading south to open season
March 21, 2018
Winter's last at-bat rally dumped a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory, but it won't bother the Yough softball team. In fact, Yough players

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Mt. Pleasant eager to defend school’s 1st PIAA softball title
March 18, 2018
Post-concussion syndrome still has Carolyn Alincic not feeling right. The Mt. Pleasant junior pitcher had to take three months off after a car accident in

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Mt. Pleasant baseball team seeks return to title game
Mt. Pleasant senior left fielder Noah Lynch has communicated to the team's younger members the benefits a strong playoff run will bring. Continuing to win

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Belle Vernon boys place sixth in AA standings at PIAA swimming and diving
March 17, 2018
Led by two runner-up finishes from freshman Ian Shahan (100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke), a third in the 100 breast and a 10th in the 200

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WPIAL and District 8 swimmers set for Saturday’s PIAA AA championship finals at Bucknell
Northgate junior Karen Siddoway captured a second-place medal Friday in the girls 200-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell.

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Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner earn silver at PIAA swim championships
March 16, 2018
LEWISBURG — Several teams traveling from the north on Route 15 to the PIAA Class AA swimming championships at Bucknell on Thursday morning faced some

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WPIAL swimmers punch tickets to finals on Day 1 at PIAA Class AA championships
LEWISBURG — WPIAL swimmers already are making their mark on Day 1 of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell. Several posted

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Hempfield’s Mayo looks to improve times at PIAA meet
March 12, 2018
Hempfield junior Gavin Mayo swam a personal best of 20.73 seconds in the boys 50-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships March 1. He

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Five things to watch at the PIAA swimming and diving championships
The stage is set for gold medals to be won and record times and point totals to be challenged as the PIAA hosts the state

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Shaler notebook: Swimming team wants to build on WPIAL showing
Everyone involved with the Shaler swimming program came away with a valuable learning experience after the WPIAL Class AAA championships two weeks ago at Pitt's

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Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner hopes for strong showing at states
March 11, 2018
Mt. Pleasant sophomore Heather Gardner has lofty goals heading into the PIAA Class AA girls swimming championships Friday and Saturday at Bucknell. Gardner hopes to

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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Norwin's Kurtis Phipps celebrates a win over Coatesville's Brennan McBride in the 106 pound semifinal bout during the PIAA state championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Phipps moves on to the state final in class 3A.
Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Hampton defeats USC to reach semifinals
March 8, 2018
Matthew Commendatore had two goals, and Jason Reinert, William Meglio, Luke Reiser and Evan Koprivnkar also scored as Hampton defeated Upper St. Clair, 6-2, in

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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PIAA wrestling kicks off as part of Thursday’s 3 things to watch
March 7, 2018
The top scholastic wrestlers in Pennsylvania have made their way to Hershey for the three-day PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center. Action begins on

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Quaker Valley tops Shaler in overtime
March 5, 2018
Quaker Valley's Daniel Fagan scored 1 minute, 23 seconds into overtime to give the Quakers a 4-3 win over Shaler in the PIHL Class 2A

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs begin in Monday’s 3 things to watch
The puck drops Monday evening on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguins Cup playoffs. There are nine games on opening night with five first round

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Penn Hills' Cam Wiley reacts after scoring during the WPIAL boys 6A semifinals against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at Baldwin.
Penn Hills boys take down No. 1 Mt. Lebanon to earn spot in WPIAL Class 6A title game
February 28, 2018
A persistent Penn Hills is headed to andquot;The Pete.andquot; Cory Fulton scored 18 points and No. 5 seed Penn Hills upset top-seeded Mt. Lebanon, 69-66,

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Mt. Pleasan't Alex Miscovich
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Alex Miscovich, Penn-Trafford’s Paige Kalik
Alex Miscovich School: Mt. Pleasant Sport: Wrestling Class: Senior Claim to fame: Miscovich (40-8) captured the 132-pound title at the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional

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Mt. Lebanon's Nora Kogan (3) dribbles the ball down court against North Allegheny's Courtney Roman (13) on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.
After slow start, No. 1 North Allegheny girls rally past Mt. Lebanon in WPIAL semifinals
February 27, 2018
A win, is a win, is a win and North Allegheny girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko will take it and move forward. The defending WPIAL

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Penn-Trafford's Luke Militzasr and Shaler's Mitchell Werry compete during a PIHL Penguins Cup play-in game Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
Shaler edges Penn-Trafford to earn spot in PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
February 26, 2018
Desperately seeking a tying goal late in the third period, Penn-Trafford threw everything it had at Shaler, keeping the puck in the zone for more

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WPIAL girls basketball semifinals continue for Class 6A, A in Tuesday’s 3 games to watch
Three days of WPIAL girls basketball semifinals continues Tuesday as the spotlight shines on Class 6A and Class A with four Final Four contests. Three

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Shaler bowlers Bella Pilyih (left) and Lindsay Gill pose for a picture during practice Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Perry Lanes in McCandless.
Shaler bowler Pilyih focuses on positives
Shaler sophomore Bella Pilyih subscribes to the power of positivity. For her, improving as a bowler is about having a strong attitude. When things didn't

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Penn-Trafford's Jack Hughes celebrates a goal scored against West Allegheny on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in the Greensburg Central Catholic varsity hockey tournament championship at Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
PIHL notebook: Teams streaking toward Penguins Cup playoffs
February 25, 2018
Only a handful of regular-season games remain. But before the PIHL Penguins Cup tournaments begin in March, here is a look at which teams enter

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Derry's Ty Cymmerman
With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Mt. Lebanon girls use fourth quarter surge to bounce Norwin in WPIAL quarterfinals
Mt. Lebanon has had Norwin's number in girls basketball lately. But stay tuned, because you never know when one or the other will get hot.

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 6: 1981 Baldwin team upends undefeated Shaler
February 22, 2018
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Lebanon’s Trinity Ward eyes longstanding WPIAL record
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network will be profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mars’ Andrew Pierre excels in distance freestyle events
February 21, 2018
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network will be profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 7: 2011 Shaler stuns Mt. Lebanon
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Class 6A girls step into spotlight in 3 WPIAL basketball playoff games to watch Tuesday
February 19, 2018
It will be a somewhat quiet night Tuesday as the opening round of the WPIAL girls basketball postseason continues with only one classification on the

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 9: 1991 St. Francis Academy tops Geibel Catholic
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Conner Redinger of Quaker Valley gains positioning on South Park's Joseph Fischer in the 106 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
February 17, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
St. Joseph girls race past Geibel in WPIAL Class A playoffs
It felt something like two weeks since St. Joseph could play the type of basketball game it wanted. Suffice to say the Spartans didn't want

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WPIAL Class 4A, A girls playoffs get started in Saturday’s 3 games to watch
February 16, 2018
The opening weekend of the WPIAL girls basketball postseason concludes with the spotlight shining on four first-round games each from Class 4A and Class A.

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Freeport's Jenna Manke saves the ball in past Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
Saturday's games Girls Class 4A First round No. 7 Freeport (13-8) vs. No. 10 Elizabeth Forward (14-7) 3 p.m. at Fox Chapel On the air:

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
February 13, 2018
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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Shaler girls basketball look to continue momentum in playoffs
February 12, 2018
Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit reveled in watching his team celebrate. With the Titans' season on the line against Pine-Richland, Shaler more than doubled

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Brunson commits to to Louisiana-Lafayette softball
February 7, 2018
Another day, another Westmoreland County freshman softball player making Division I college plans. A second ninth-grader from Mt. Pleasant accepted a scholarship offer from a

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Shaler’s Owczarzak dives into WPIAL championship meet
February 4, 2018
Shaler junior diver Josh Owczarzak had little experience before this season. That's what made Keith Simmons so excited when he hit the WPIAL qualifying standard

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Shaler boys basketball still has goals
Entering the final week of the season, the WPIAL playoffs were out of the picture for Shaler's boys basketball team. Titans coach Rob Niederberger knew

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Poulich commits to Liberty
February 1, 2018
You'll have to excuse Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren (Shaheen) Armanious if she does not have an extensive scouting report on incoming outfielder Courtney Poulich.

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Belle Vernon's Ian Shahan
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner
Ian Shahan School: Belle Vernon Sport: Swimming and diving Year: Freshman Claim to fame: Shahan set a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke with a

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Burrell's Trent Valovchik wrestles Mount Pleasant's Damian George during their 106lb. match on Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 at Burrell.
Burrell rolls into semifinals in search of 12th straight WPIAL wrestling title
January 31, 2018
Step one is complete. The Burrell wrestling team can turn its focus to Saturday's WPIAL Class AA semifinals in pursuit of its 12th consecutive team

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Bethel Park girls get defensive to take down Mt. Lebanon in Section 3-6A showdown
January 29, 2018
The Bethel Park girls basketball team held Mt. Lebanon to single-digit scoring outputs in three of four quarters Monday night, en route to dispatching the

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Mt. Pleasant girls head coach Scott Giacobbi drives home a point, during practice, at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball battling to keep postseason streak alive
A decade's worth of winning made Mt. Pleasant a perennial playoff team in girls basketball. But a challenging and uncharacteristic season is testing the current

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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Shaler notebook: Dylan Winters joins wrestling 100-win club
January 28, 2018
Attending one practice was enough to plant a seed with Shaler senior Dylan Winters. The 126-pound wrestler was taken to a Titans' workout around the

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Members of the Shaler competitive spirit team captured the PIAA championship Jan. 20, 2018, in Hershey.
Shaler competitive spirit teams overcomes setbacks to win state title
Tear it all down and rebuild. After an injury to a key team member and having a pyramid formation collapse at the WPIAL championships, the

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Derry's Kace Sabedra grapples in neutral with Elizabeth Forward's Freddie Howard in the 113 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
January 25, 2018
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Canon-Mac's Tommy Samosky (30) and Jason Fowlkes celebrate after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 69-64, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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Derry's Jason Baker attempts to put a hold on Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Quaker Valley vs. New Castle Round 2 part of 3 things to watch Tuesday in WPIAL athletics
January 22, 2018
Quaker Valley boys basketball remains undefeated at 11-0 overall and atop a tough Section 2-4A through the midway point of section play. Defending Class 4A

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Shaler guard Emily Cavacini pulls up for a shot against Kiski Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls basketball finds identity, drives toward playoffs
Last week didn't end the way the Shaler girls basketball team wanted. The Titans dropped two in a row, losing to Section 1-6A opponent Pine-Richland

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Shaler wins PIAA competitive spirit team title
January 20, 2018
Shaler wins PIAA spirit title The Shaler competitive spirit team had plenty to cheer about Saturday afternoon. The Titans won the PIAA small squad title

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Derry's Gannon Lenhart wrestles in neutral against Mt. Pleasant's Zac Presock in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
January 19, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Day 2 of Allegheny County tournament part of 3 things to watch Saturday in WPIAL athletics
The final of the four county wrestling tournaments around the WPIAL concludes Saturday with Day 2 of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament from Fox Chapel

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Shaler wrestler Jake Pollak takes second place in overtime against Mt. Lebanon's Luke Stout in the 152-pound weight class Jan. 21, 2017, at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
January 16, 2018
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (00) and Jeannette's Seth Howard (2) battle for control of a rebound during the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Sewickley Academy moves to No. 2 in state basketball rankings
January 15, 2018
Sewickley Academy moved up to No. 2 in the Class 2A boys basketball state rankings this week, the highest ranking for a WPIAL team. Other

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PIHL notebook: Top teams look to maintain winning runs
Although there is snow on the ground and temperatures in the single digits, the action on the ice continues to heat up as the playoff

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball After absorbing its first section loss, Belle Vernon (8-4, 5-1) hits the

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Shaler boys basketball thinking postseason
January 14, 2018
Shaler boys basketball coach Rob Niederberger is excited for the path ahead as the Titans enter the second half of Section 1-6A play. Shaler is

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Shaler's Jack Wiemann competes during their meet against Butler Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler swimmer Harris in midst of solid senior season
Meghan Harris knew as a sophomore she wouldn't be able to stay out of the pool for long. Serving as a manager for the Shaler

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Quaker Valley's Andrew Seymour returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
January 12, 2018
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Mt Lebanon's Alyssa Hyland drives past Peters' Olivia Ziegler Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon girls upset No. 2 Peters Township in Section 3 clash
January 11, 2018
Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker started the week just wanting her squad to stay in the hunt for the WPIAL playoffs. But after

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Winter weather could play factor as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday's 3 things to watch could be summed up in one word — weather. A winter storm that has hit the midwest hard is expected

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Peters Township wrestling stays atop Section 2B after taking down Mt. Lebanon
January 10, 2018
Peters Township had a chance to put a stranglehold on its sub-section Wednesday when the Indians matched up against Mt. Lebanon in a Class AAA,

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Belle Vernon, KO girls battle for section lead as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
One race that is turning into a three-team battle for section supremacy in WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball is Section 3. Another head-to-head matchup takes

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Gateway's Mary Kromka drives past Woodland Hills' Joi Burleigh during their game Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Gateway High School in Monroeville.
High school roundup for Jan. 8: No. 3 Bethel Park girls drop Mt. Lebanon
January 8, 2018
Olivia Westphal had 24 points as No. 3 Bethel Park earned a 55-36 win over No. 5 Mt. Lebanon in a Section 3-6A girls basketball

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Clairton, Ambridge join state boys basketball rankings
Clairton and Ambridge joined the state boys basketball top 10 rankings this week in Class A and 4A, respectively. Other WPIAL representatives include Penn Hills

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Gardner has Mt. Pleasant swimmers eyeing WPIALs
The Mt. Pleasant girls swimming team (5-0) is off to a superb start with its best swimmer in decades leading the charge. Sophomore Heather Gardner

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PIHL notebook: Mt. Lebanon, Armstrong look to maintain winning streaks
January 7, 2018
After a well-deserved holiday break, many PIHL teams returned to the rink last week to resume their schedule, while other teams are back in action

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Shaler hockey hoping strong finish vs. Penn-Trafford provides late-season lift
Shaler hockey got a wake-up call when the PIHL started the second half of the season. The Titans had a 2-1 lead against Penn-Trafford before

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Shaler's Ryan Sullivan defeated North Hills' Jeremy MacPherson Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Shaler.
Garrett Reinsfelder joins Shaler wrestling’s 100-win club
Neil Reinsfelder doesn't want to be a helicopter parent. Nor does he want to be the type of parent who takes glory from his kid's

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Central Catholic’s Nedrow carries on family legacy
If there's work to be done — even nitty-gritty, dirty work — Central Catholic senior Luke Nedrow, a 6-foot-7 forward on the Vikings basketball team,

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Shaler poses with the Class AAA champion's trophy at the WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Hempfield High School
Hempfield to host WPIAL competitive spirit championships Saturday
Shaler, Elizabeth Forward and Bishop Canevin will be looking to defend their titles Saturday at the sixth annual WPIAL competitive spirit championships at Hempfield. Thirty-three

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 4, 2018
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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Burrell's Tyler Stewart carries the puck up the ice during a game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
PIHL notebook: Midseason MVPs lead teams to success
December 31, 2017
With all of the PIHL teams idle over the past week because of the holiday break, this installment of the PIHL notebook will take on

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Shaler bowling teams work through growing pains
December 30, 2017
Shawn Pilyih is used to helping inexperienced players learn everything about being a part of the Shaler bowling team. Taking first-time rollers and bringing them

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Shaler guard Channing Thomas competes against Kiski's Hannah Potter Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls seek tough opponents to develop consistency
Size, style and a challenge are what Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit looks for when seeking nonconference opponents. Entering the Shaler Tournament last Friday

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Members of Shaler's unified bocce program include, from left, Jessica Smith, Angelina Robertson, Zachary Eshelman and Nakeisha McCoy.
Shaler launches unified bocce program
December 23, 2017
Samantha Smyers, a 2010 Shaler graduate, can point to a number of programs that help make the district more inclusive for all students. When approached

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Jenna Stanton, 14, practices the breast stroke on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kiwanis Pool for the Shaler Sea Dogs.
Shaler swimmer Stanton sets high expectations
Making a trip to Bucknell for the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last year was the perfect experience for Shaler sophomore Jenna Stanton. Supporting teammate

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec named state’s Class 6A Player of the Year
December 18, 2017
It's been more than a week since Pine-Richland's football team celebrated a PIAA Class 6A championship on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium, but the celebration

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Shaler's Kiki Agbale competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler boys basketball team eyes more after fast start
December 17, 2017
Senior forward Kiki Agbale clearly hears Shaler assistant coach Mike Mancuso's message of riding the wave. Not getting too high or too low is a

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Shaler's Bella Pilyih competes during a match Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Penny Park Lanes in Cranberry.
Multisport athletes remain rare commodity at Shaler
Looking on social media — or the internet in general — about high school athletics and one common refrain stands out. Former athletes, current coaches

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
December 13, 2017
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Mt. Lebanon's Antonio Garofoli
Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Mt. Lebanon’s Antonio Garofoli, Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa
Antonio Garofoli School: Mt. Lebanon Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: After scoring 44 points by way of 11 3-pointers in a win on

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Shaler sports notebook: Titans will continue to play in Class 5A
December 10, 2017
Where to move the football team wasn't much of a discussion for Shaler athletic director Clinton Rauscher. When the PIAA recently released the enrollment figures

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Shaler junior wrestler Ryan Sullivan (right) competes during practice Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler wrestling keeps chugging, eyes section title
December 3, 2017
Few people within the Shaler wrestling program took a break during the offseason. Junior wrestler Ryan Sullivan, who finished runner-up in the WPIAL and PIAA

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Wycich leads Shaler hockey during hot streak
Cameron Wycich leaves his silent persona in the locker room when he takes the ice. Something about hockey makes the Shaler left wing chatty. andquot;I

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Mt. Pleasant's Christiana Czegan passes the ball, during practice, at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball sets sights on playoff success
November 30, 2017
For the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team, it's not enough anymore just getting to the WPIAL playoffs. The Vikings, like every other playoff qualifier, would

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (left) and Mount Pleasant's Jacob Johnson (4) tie-up the ball during the fourth period on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Greensburg Salem High School. Greensburg Salem won 51-44.
Mt. Pleasant boys hoping to rebuild after tough season
Up and down the Mt. Pleasant boys basketball lineup, coach Donnie Porter sees potential. Now if he can just get results. Almost anything would be

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Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit watches over practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls basketball to lean on versatile senior Meg Lydon
November 26, 2017
Meg Lydon had a specific set of instructions during her freshman season with the Shaler girls basketball team. Lydon, now a senior, was asked to

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Shaler guard Mehki Reynolds competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler boys basketball team hoping balance leads to successful season
Putting together a poster for the Shaler boys basketball team would be done best by placing every guy on the roster somewhere in the image.

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Pine-Richland's Ray Falcone catches a touchdown pass in front of Central Catholic's Chase McCorkle during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Pine-Richland wins title in 4th classification
November 18, 2017
Pine-Richland became the first school to win WPIAL football titles in four different classifications Saturday. The Rams won Class AA titles in 1969 over New

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford hoists the championship trophy next to Dawson Goltz after defeating Central Catholic, 42-7, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Pine-Richland cruises past Central Catholic to secure WPIAL Class 6A championship
Phil Jurkovec, Jordan Crawford and their Pine-Richland teammates checked their phones for weather updates in the days and hours before they headed to Heinz Field.

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Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman picks up a first down, as Montour's Jake Tomas defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football championship central: The Trib is live at Heinz Field
Welcome to Heinz Field, site of a quartet of 2017 WPIAL football championship games throughout the day Saturday. Follow along for game updates from the

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Bethel Park's Tanner Volatti pulls away from Norwin's Gage Luptak Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
WPIAL to have just 9 Class 6A football teams next fall
November 17, 2017
The odds could be 1 in 9 to win a WPIAL Class 6A football title. The PIAA on Friday released enrollment numbers for the 2018-19

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford celebrates with Kenny White after Whites touchdown against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
No. 1 Pine-Richland aims to topple two-time defending champ Central Catholic in Class 6A final
This week, the eight days between the WPIAL semifinals and the bus ride to Heinz Field, is kind of like Super Bowl week on the

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) eyes a pass downfield during their WPIAL playoff game against North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A championship primer: Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (12-0) vs. No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Video: WPIAL football championship breakdown for Class 6A
November 14, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and Triblive High School Sports Network broadcaster Don Rebel preview the WPIAL Class 6A championship featuring Pine-Richland and Central Catholic on

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Shaler senior goalie Matt Potock competes during practice Aug. 24, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler notebook: Titans hockey rallies for wild win versus Montour
November 12, 2017
Shaler hockey snapped a losing skid in the best way possible. The Titans scored three third-period goals to beat Montour, 4-3, in PIHL Class AA

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson celebrates with Garret Fairman after Hartman's second-quarter touchdown against Belle Vernon Area during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Five things we learned from Week 11 of WPIAL football season
November 11, 2017
Welcome back. Some familiar school buses will arrive Saturday at Heinz Field for the WPIAL football championships, bringing with them players, bands and fans from

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Central Catholic downs Penn Hills to return to WPIAL Class 6A final
November 10, 2017
Central Catholic is headed back to Heinz Field. For the fifth straight season and second time in the new 6A classification, the Vikings will play

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Shaler runners build foundation at WPIAL meet
November 5, 2017
A majority of Shaler's cross country runners had their first experience at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships Oct. 26 at Cooper's Lake. With

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North Allegheny football jumps on Mt. Lebanon early for win
November 4, 2017
It's hard to stop a tiger, especially when it gets rolling so early. North Allegheny jumped on Mt. Lebanon for a 21-point first-half lead and

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek hands off to Jayvon Thrift against Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss matchups for the opening round
Class 6A First round 8-Norwin (5-5) at 1-Pine-Richland (10-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Norwin defeated Hempfield, 24-14. Pine-Richland rolled past North Allegheny, 48-28. The

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Shaler goalie Wyatt Wolf stretches before practice Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Alpha Ice Arena.
Shaler hockey focuses on improving decisions
October 29, 2017
Before the Shaler hockey team played Latrobe on Oct. 23, first-year Titans coach Steve Stayduhar mapped out every goal scored against them in the first

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Central Catholic shuts out Penn Hills to finish 2nd in Northern Seven
October 28, 2017
Though both teams already punched their tickets to the WPIAL playoffs, there was still plenty still on the line when Class 6A No. 3 Central

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Bethel Park clinches Southeast Conference title with win over rival Mt. Lebanon
Bethel Park went to Mt. Lebanon on Friday and proved it is the beast of the Southeast. The Black Hawks topped the Blue Devils, 34-24,

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TribLIVE High School Football Show Week 9
October 25, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and high school sports analyst Chris Harlan break down the top games, players and trends for Week 9 on the TribLIVE

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Shaler cross country teams look to reach potential at WPIAL championship meet
October 22, 2017
Inexperience won't be an issue for Shaler cross country coach Justin Eskra heading into Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA championship meet. Everyone running the course will

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Penn Hills thwarts Mt. Lebanon rally in possible playoff preview
October 21, 2017
If Friday's game between Penn Hills and Mt. Lebanon turns out to be a playoff preview, the WPIAL could have quite the Class 6A quarterfinal

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Shaler's Tanner Grzegorczyk hits from the rough on Hole 17 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Shaler roundup: Golfer Grzegorczyk limps into PIAA Western Regional
October 16, 2017
Even with a fractured ankle constantly screaming at him, Shaler senior golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk feels the need to march on. Despite suffering a soccer injury

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Mt. Pleasant's Michael Govern takes a hand off from quarterback Lucas Pieszak on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football against Derry at Mt. Pleasant High School.
High school football notebook: Mt. Pleasant focused on present, not playoff streak
October 12, 2017
Mt. Pleasant is staying in the present — in the hopes it won't have to worry as much about the future. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4)

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
October 10, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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Winless, resilient Shaler football focuses on achievements
October 8, 2017
Darin Mizgorski led the drive Shaler football coach Jim Ryan was looking for all season. When Canon-McMillan surged ahead by a touchdown with 6 minutes,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Derry's Colton Nemcheck carries the ball for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Derry overcomes slow start, penalties to defeat Mount Pleasant
October 6, 2017
Derry ran the ball over Mount Pleasant's defense on multiple occasions in its 41-9 road victory. andquot;They beat us. Hands down, they just beat us,andquot;

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Shaler goalie Wyatt Wolf makes a save during practice Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Alpha Ice Arena.
Shaler hockey will lean on offensive depth, senior leadership
October 1, 2017
Shaler senior defenseman Nathan Boch didn't think long on what the Titans hockey team's strength would be. andquot;Definitely our offense,andquot; he said. andquot;Our offense has

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Pine-Richland quarterback Philip Jurkovec throws against Central Catholic Friday, Sept. 29, 20127 at Pine-Richland High School.
Crawford’s 7 touchdowns lead Pine-Richland to rout over Central Catholic
September 29, 2017
Jordan Crawford didn't pout this summer, a decision that ultimately had him smiling Friday. The senior running back scored seven first-half touchdowns for No. 1-ranked

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Franklin Regional's Sydney Caldwell
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Shane Piper, Franklin Regional’s Sydney Caldwell
September 27, 2017
Shane Piper School: Mt. Pleasant Sport: Soccer Class: Junior Claim to fame: Piper, who collected 13 saves last week, extended his shutout streak to five

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Shaler cross country team keeps dropping times
September 24, 2017
Danielle Eshelman wants to take every opportunity to learn what it takes to be a strong cross country runner. The Shaler freshman picked people's brains

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Shaler pitcher Gumto commits to Cal (Pa.); Titans hall of fame class announced
September 17, 2017
Shaler senior Patrick Gumto will be part of a motivated Titans pitching staff this spring. By committing to Division II Cal (Pa.) to play baseball,

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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Kadylak is tackled by McGuffey's Greg McBride on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Former Mt. Pleasant coach Ed Dalton leads McGuffey to OT win over Vikings
September 15, 2017
It was another triumphant return to Mt. Pleasant for McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton, who led the Vikings for two seasons, including an 11-1 record

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Central Catholic’s Fisher leads way against Hempfield
Central Catholic was forced to punt on its first two possessions before its offense scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter in a 42-14

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North Hills Melvin Blanks, who will play running back and defensive back, practices Aug. 15, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) extends the ball towards the goalline during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
5 things we learned in Week 2: In defensive stalemate, Central Catholic offense shows big-play potential
September 9, 2017
Central Catholic and North Allegheny traditionally win with defense, but will either have the offense to keep up with WPIAL favorite Pine-Richland The two Northern

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Central Catholic's Troy Fisher (16) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Allegheny during game at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Fisher carries No. 2 Central Catholic past rival North Allegheny
Instead of touchdowns or yards, wins is the stat Central Catholic's offensive coordinator uses to define Troy Fisher. As in, andquot;we want to put the

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Mt. Lebanon's Michael Palmer forces a fumble during the first quarter against Hempfield Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Smith leads South Park past Mt. Pleasant
Damon Smith was a one-man wrecking crew for South Park on Friday night. Through the air and on the ground, Smith led the fourth-ranked Eagles

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Cody Reese - Mount Pleasant
Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley during practice on Tuesday Sept. 05, 2017 at Hempfield.
Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Shaler's cross country team trains for the upcoming season Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Titan Stadium.
Shaler runners eye improvement
September 3, 2017
Having the boys and girls cross country team stocked with freshmen is an encouraging sign for Shaler coach Justin Eskra. Getting middle school runners into

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

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Fox Chapel can’t hold lead late against Mt. Lebanon
August 25, 2017
Fox Chapel had the No. 4 ranked team in WPIAL Class 6A on the ropes, and then Mt. Lebanon did what it does best: move

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no. 12 Sean Mason, recieves a hand-off duirng heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Week Zero’s don’t miss matchups in the A-K Valley
August 24, 2017
NonCONFERENCE APOLLO-RIDGE (7-4 in '16) at LEECHBURG (1-9 in '16) 7 p.m. Friday Last year: Apollo-Ridge went 5-2 in the Class 3A Allegheny Conference and

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Pine-Richland head football coach Eric Kasperowicz conducts the first week of workouts Aug. 14.
WPIAL teams slotted among top teams in preseason state rankings
August 22, 2017
Western Pennsylvania high school football teams were well-represented on the preseason state rankings, released by PennLive.com on Tuesday. Pine-Richland is ranked No. 2 in Class

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Shaler senior Parker Kilgore, who will play linebacker in the upcoming 2017 season, competes during practice Aug. 16, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler football focuses on improvement
August 20, 2017
Going into training camp, first-year Shaler football coach Jim Ryan wants to emphasize the process: don't loaf, make good choices and keep moving forward. The

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Mt. Pleasant's Cody Reese practices Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Reese relishes role in Mt. Pleasant backfield
August 18, 2017
Midseason changes aren't always the best thing for football teams. But for Mt. Pleasant and Cody Reese, a major position change paid off last season,

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson goes through a workout Aug. 17, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 17, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's defense contains two dominant linemen — a tackle and an end both headed to Pitt — and it certainly showed last season. The

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Jason Fazekas, during practice at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Area’s new football coaches set to take on first season
August 14, 2017
The Viking Jacks are back. The pre-practice, pregame ritual that began at Mt. Pleasant under venerable coach Bill Elder in the late 1970s might not

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Shaler softball coach Skip Palmer in 2012.
Just-retired Shaler softball coach dies suddenly
Skip Palmer's way with words was something his Shaler softball players admired. In every situation, Palmer was able to disarm people with his tone. Sydney

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Deeper, more experienced roster to carry Shaler girls golf
August 13, 2017
Caught in the sand or stuck under the tree doesn't require taking big risks. When Shaler girls golf coach Samantha Smyers works with her team,

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Northern Seven
August 8, 2017
The favorite Pine-Richland (7-5 overall, 4-2 Northern Seven in 2016) After losing to Central in the semifinals last season, the Rams are poised to rebound in a big way, with nine starters back on both sides of the ball. Led by one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland

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PIHL Penguin Cup Playoff Recap for Sunday, March 6th
March 6, 2011
The First Round of the 2011 PIHL Penguin Cup high school hockey playoffs take place Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th. However, before the pucks drops on the opening round, there was one Preliminary Round contest Sunday night to determine the final team in the Class AAA field. Here is the recap from that contest played at the Rostraver Ice Gardens.

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Shady Side Academy Wins PIAA Girls AAA Team Tennis Title by Edging Mt. Lebo
October 30, 2010
Last week, Shady Side Academy edged Mount Lebanon to win the 2010 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Class AAA Championship. One week later, history has repeated itself in the 2010 PIAA Girls Team Tennis Finals. The Indians once again got the better of the Blue Devils Saturday afternoon to bring state gold back to The Academy.

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Shaler high school sports notebook: Bocce team gets 1st win
February 14, 2019
The Shaler unified bocce team scored its first-ever victory last Wednesday at Montour. The Titans defeated the Spartans, 2-1, and will have their first scheduled home match Feb. 22 against Hampton. Shaler's program is part of the Interscholastic Unified Sports program sponsored by the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania. The teams

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Shaler girls basketball turns focus to offseason improvement
The Shaler girls basketball team didn't find a way to sneak in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs. But the Titans were able to start building the defensive foundation for next season. Shaler (7-14, 5-9), which finished three games out of the playoffs, held opponents to 44.5 points per game. andquot;I

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Jack Duggan, Sewickley Academy
February 10, 2019
Entering Sewickley Academy's game against Beaver last Monday, only one Panther had more than 10 goals this season. Thanks to a five-goal performance from senior forward Jack Duggan, that number is now two. Duggan's five-goal, two-assist performance in a 12-3 win not only was his best game of the season,

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Shaler boys basketball focused on 1 thing: Playoffs
February 7, 2019
Being out of the picture to win the Section 3-5A title had Shaler boys basketball coach Rob Niederberger eagerly awaiting the postseason. Wrapping up the regular season against Plum and McDowell last Friday and Saturday, respectively, was a mere footnote to what Niederberger hopes is a much longer story. Results

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Shaler high school sports notebook: Bonnette headed to Cal (Pa.)
Jeffrey Bonnette learned how to play football in less than ideal circumstances. The Shaler senior offensive lineman started playing in seventh grade, but the Titans didn't have the numbers to have a middle school team. So Bonnette had to play on the freshman team and lock horns with older, more

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Franklin Regional boys top Shaler, move into 2nd place
February 5, 2019
Franklin Regional learned another valuable lesson, and it happened on Teacher's Appreciation Night nonetheless. andquot;We have to finish plays, keep busting our butts and come back stronger ... and that will help us get a good seed for the playoffs,andquot; senior forward Adam Rudzinski said. Still reeling some from a

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Oakland Catholic, Penn Hills girls to meet for Section 3-5A championship
February 4, 2019
It's the final Tuesday of the high school basketball regular season, and there are plenty of key WPIAL boys basketball games on the schedule. One of the better games on the slate though is a girls basketball showdown with a section championship up for grabs. Oakland Catholic sits atop Section

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Shaler Area’s Mekhi Reynolds
Mekhi Reynolds School: Shaler Area Class: Junior They haven't made the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs since 2012. In the six years since, their combined overall record is 49-86. But those recent struggles are becoming a distant memory for Shaler Titans fans. Thanks to a pair of section victories last week,

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Shaler girls basketball finds promise in defense
January 31, 2019
Emily Cavacini was convinced the Shaler girls basketball team could show progress if the defense could improve. The junior guard wasn't ready to bow out after the Titans opened the season 0-5, losing by an average margin of 25.4 points. andquot;Because we are a young team, we had to focus

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Shaler’s Platt reflects on all-star game, Titans season
Spencer Platt doesn't mind any role he is asked to play. Typically, the Shaler junior defenseman is tasked with carrying the puck. But when he gets outside of the Titans' program, Platt finds himself with different responsibilities. Those skills served him well during the Class AA PIHL All-Star game held

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18 WPIAL football players picked for East-West all-star game
South Fayette teammates Mike Trimbur, Tom Elia and Ryan Coe were among 18 WPIAL football players selected for the PSFCA East-West all-star game. The rosters were announced Thursday. Also picked for the West roster were North Hills' Tyler Brennan, Thomas Jefferson's Dominic Serapiglia, Pine-Richland's Mike Dorundo and Anthony Cerminara, Shaler's

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After disappointing team season, Shaler wrestlers point to individual goals
January 24, 2019
Coach Drew D'Agostino is looking forward to getting the Shaler wrestling team ready for the individual championships in February. Beset by injuries, the Titans saw their four-year streak of reaching the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs end when they finished 0-5 in Section 3B. andquot;We have some good individuals,andquot; D'Agostino said.

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Shaler swimmers feel pressure to qualify for WPIALs
Chasing WPIAL Class AAA championship qualifying times is a new experience for Shaler freshman Jacob Picasa. Picasa not locked down necessary marks in the 200 IM or 200 breaststroke, yet, but along with Eddie Sheets, Stephen Adametz and Kevin Chalmers, he helped the Titans 200-yard medley relay hit their mark.

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Top-ranked Mars shows ‘offensive versatility’ in 26-point victory over Shaler
January 23, 2019
Andrew Recchia figured out Shaler's strategy rather quickly. andquot;On the first possession, I was all the way down the court,andquot; he said, andquot;and they were up in my face.andquot; Shaler was determined to keep Mars' leading scorer in check Tuesday night, so the top-ranked Planets relied instead on a few

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: North Hills’ Sam Hillegas
January 22, 2019
Wrestler of the week: Sam Hillegas, jr., North Hills Sam Hillegas won PIAA wrestling championships each of the past two years, and he looks well on his way to another one this spring. The North Hills junior won his second consecutive title at the Allegheny County tournament, dominating a difficult

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Thomas Jefferson captures 1st Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament team title
January 19, 2019
Thomas Jefferson coach Michael Ladick didn't get hoisted and carried off the mat after the Jaguars claimed their first Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament team title Saturday at Fox Chapel. Ladick didn't need to. He already was flying high. Thomas Jefferson crowned three champions -- Mike Zacur, Alex Weber and Max

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Shaler boys see road to success in pushing pace
January 17, 2019
Starting slow isn't what senior guard Colton Schott wants to see from the Shaler boys basketball team. When the Titans are at their best, they are moving quickly. If things stagnate, like they did during Shaler's 68-60 win Jan. 15 at Plum, climbing out of holes can be much harder.

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Dadowski part of Shaler’s record-setting indoor track season
Andrew Dadowski doesn't spend his summer confined to the car, driving to different track events he's competing in. The Shaler sophomore enjoys his time off from competitive sports. Summers are for time with friends and family. That could be why when he returned to action so he could prepare to

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Fox Chapel set to host 18th annual Allegheny County wrestling tournament
A native of East Liberty, where wrestling wasn't very prevalent as he grew up, Ron Frank nonetheless made the sport a significant part of his life's work. And even after nearly four decades of coaching at Fox Chapel, Frank still gets a rush from the sight of the medal stand

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High school wrestling notebook: Dolde to get 1st taste of Hempfield-Greensburg Salem rivalry
January 15, 2019
When Tommy Dolde coached wrestling at Connellsville, the Falcons really didn't have a rivalry match. Mt. Pleasant was the Falcons' rival for a few years when Rob Waller coached the Vikings in the late 1970s, and Uniontown was another rival in the early '80s. Connellsville then left Fayette County and

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Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Week: Upper St. Clair’s Jake Slinger
WRESTLER OF THE WEEK Jake Slinger, Upper St. Clair, senior, heavyweight A PIAA Class AAA medalist as a junior, Slinger is having a dominant senior campaign, and he continued that over the weekend at the Burgettstown Tournament. Slinger rolled to the heavyweight championship at Burgettstown, winning his first three matches

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Franklin Regional boys rally in fourth quarter to defeat Shaler
January 11, 2019
Nick Leopold feels lucky. The senior point guard for Franklin Regional's boys basketball team knows opponents have to be a model of offensive efficiency to beat the Panthers. When Leopold was off to a horrid start shooting Friday night, there was no need to panic. The defense picked up Leopold,

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Shaler coach D’Agostino gets chance to spread Greco-Roman message
January 10, 2019
Drew D'Agostino doesn't have a long, drawn-out explanation for why Greco-Roman is his favorite style of wrestling. It was always a perfect marriage for D'Agostino: He was good at it, and everything about it made sense. andquot;It's probably the least popular of all the styles, but I enjoy it,andquot; said

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Shaler Area spirit team earns spot at PIAA championships
Mya D'Amico knew time was of the essence for the Shaler Area competitive spirit team. Because of the way the schedule was set up, the Titans would only have a week to prepare for the PIAA medium division championships in Hershey. Shaler, which placed third at WPIALs Jan. 5 at

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Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week: Sewickley Academy’s Nate Ridgeway
January 7, 2019
Nate Ridgeway School: Sewickley Academy Class: Senior While the results to the start of 2019 for the defending WPIAL champions and the top-ranked team in Class 2A were split, it was a strong start for one of their top players. Sewickley Academy senior Nate Ridgeway scored a combined 50 points

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Shaler hockey struggles with low numbers
January 3, 2019
Circumstances have been bleak for the Shaler hockey team the past month. Being largely undermanned and outgunned has led the Titans to a precarious position. andquot;We've played with one kid over 17 the past month,andquot; Shaler junior forward Sam Stayduhar said. Despite this, the Titans remained tied with Quaker Valley

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Shaler Area athletes preparing for opening indoor track meet of season
December 27, 2018
The Shaler Area indoor track team saw one of its athletes get a surge of confidence from running inside last season. John Franklin set the indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles and rode the momentum to reaching the PIAA Class AAA championships in the 110-meter hurdles. Titans indoor coach Shawn

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Shaler swim teams off to 3-0 start for 1st time in 18 years
The Shaler Area swim team has seen early returns on new training methods. Both the boys and girls are off to a 3-0 start, with dual meet wins against Baldwin, North Catholic and West Mifflin. Coach Keith Simmons believes it's been the first time both teams have started this well

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Shaler Area girls basketball building confidence despite early struggles
December 20, 2018
Learning on the fly is a difficult task in most situations. The Shaler girls basketball team has taken some bumps in its learning process. Injuries and an early schedule loaded with top teams has the Titans off to an 0-5 start, including an 0-2 mark in Section 1-6A. Results from

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Reynolds helps spark Shaler Area boys to 5-1 start
Mekhi Reynolds decided over the summer his before-school routine would be changing. The 6-foot-3 junior guard for the Shaler boys basketball team wanted to get more work in. Reynolds talked to Titans ninth-grade coach Doug Kepreos putting up more shots before school. There was no better time than 6 a.m.

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Shaler bowlers look to build on trip to regional tournament
December 13, 2018
Following his team's surprising run to the Western Regionals last season, Shaler Area girls bowling coach Shawn Pilyih had high expectations for the 2018-19 season. Then, in the first section match, the Titans presented a strong opening salvo. Shaler's girls opened section play two weeks ago with a 4-3 victory

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Shaler notebook: Girls bowling team makes statement
December 6, 2018
The Shaler girls bowling team announced its intentions to the rest of the WPIBL on opening night. The Titans (1-0) bear Butler, who are the defending section, WPIBL and Western Regional champions, 4-3. Shaler was led by Bella Pilyih, who rolled a 620 series with a high game of 219.

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Shaler’s Sullivan chasing more titles during senior wrestling season
November 29, 2018
Entering his final year of high school wrestling, Ryan Sullivan is expected to set a collision course to adding more WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles to his resume. The senior wrestler, who is a expected to compete at 120 and 126 pounds for Shaler this season, knows this will

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Shaler swim team matches up better in new section
Jenna Stanton sees a lot of positives ahead for the Shaler swim team. While the junior swimmer will miss some aspects of competing in the same section as North Allegheny, the Titans have an opportunity to match up better with conference foes. Shaler also will see a lot more competition

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Shaler gets comfortable in Niederberger’s system
November 21, 2018
In Year 4 coaching the Shaler boys basketball team, Rob Niederberger sees a group that has broken from being stuck in its ways. Instead, the Titans have learned to balance his system with improvisation. andquot;I think we are more athletic than we've been,andquot; Niederberger said. andquot;When you first start teaching

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Shaler girls basketball team ready for challenges ahead
Earning a second straight trip to the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs won't be an easy road for the Shaler girls basketball team. Realignment added a stiff new challenge to the Titans' schedule. Perennial power Norwin -- along with a Fox Chapel program that is a consistent playoff contender but missed

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Longtime Oliver football coach Zeglowitsch joins City League Hall of Fame
November 15, 2018
Joe Zeglowitsch could have heard the call from the City League High School Hall of Fame sooner. The problem was no one knew how to get in touch with the 1967 Perry graduate. andquot;I thought they were playing games with me,andquot; Zelgowitsch said. andquot;I asked them who put them up

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Students learn values of sportsmanship at WPIAL’s 10th annual Summit
Even on the gloomiest of days, the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit can provide a glimmer of sunlight. Nearly 600 student-athletes and administrators from about 100 schools were represented Thursday morning at the 10th annual Summit on Sportsmanship at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District. A number of

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WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit part of Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
November 14, 2018
The WPIAL will host a big event on the field Saturday as eight football teams head to Heinz Field to play for district gold. However, the WPIAL is hosting another big event Thursday, though it is off the field. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit,

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7 Penn Hills players earn first-team all-conference in Class 5A Northern
November 12, 2018
Northern Conference champion Penn Hills placed seven players on the all-conference first team Monday and the Indians' Jon LeDonne earned coach of the year. Penn Hills' George Freeman III, Hollis Mathis, Terry andquot;Tankandquot; Smith, Dante Cephas, Corey Thomas Jr., Jordy Boswell and Deaquan Hardy all earned first-team honors. North Hills

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Palko closes out home career as West Allegheny smothers Shaler
November 2, 2018
Bob Palko carried the football in his right arm as he exited the field at Joe P. DiMichela Stadium for the final time. The West Allegheny faithful that stuck it out to the completion of the No. 5 Indians' 37-0 win over No. 12 Shaler in the opening round of

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Shaler notebook: Titans hockey looks for scoring options
October 31, 2018
Shaler hockey coach Steve Stayduhar believes his team has the style they need to play down pat. The Titans want to be a tough-minded, gritty squad on defense. In order to continue to progress into a Class AA Penguins Cup contender, Shaler (1-1-3) will need to build its offensive foundation.

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Shaler dominates Fox Chapel to earn playoff bid
October 26, 2018
On Nov. 4, 2011, the Shaler Titans lost a first-round playoff matchup to Gateway. Since that time, the Titans were 2-55, winning both those games in 2015. Now, the Shaler Titans can call themselves playoff bound, throttling Fox Chapel, 62-0, in the final week of the regular season. With the

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Shaler senior class meets challenge of coaching staff
Win and the Shaler football team would earn its first bid to the WPIAL playoffs in seven years. A loss wouldn't eliminate the possibility, but would make things murky for the Titans. Whatever the math, second-year Shaler coach James Ryan was excited about the position the Titans were in last

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A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
October 24, 2018
Class 5A Northern Fox Chapel (2-7, 1-5) at Shaler (3-6, 2-4) 7 p.m. Friday at Lou Martig Field at Titans Stadium Last week: Armstrong 41, Fox Chapel 14; North Hills 21, Shaler 7 Coaches: Tom Loughran, Fox Chapel; Jim Ryan, Shaler Top players: Korey Simmons, Fox Chapel (Sr., 5-9, 168,

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North Hills grinds out victory over Shaler
October 19, 2018
It's no surprise what North Hills does offensively. And it's no surprise who does it for the Indians. Senior Tyler Brennan, who lined up predominately as the quarterback in the wildcat formation for North Hills, carried the ball 32 times on the night, piling up 152 yards rushing and scoring

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Fugh helps fuel Shaler’s aerial attack
October 4, 2018
Whether Brennan Fugh was emerging from the Atlantic Ocean or hanging out in the backyard, he was prepared to catch footballs. Entering his senior football season at Shaler, Fugh didn't want to miss any opportunities for practice. While on vacation in Virginia Beach last summer, his cousin, Alex Kline, zipped

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Fourth-quarter interception helps Mars hold off Shaler
September 29, 2018
In a game dominated by lengthy, time-consuming drives, the key play led to a two-play, 4-yard scoring drive as Mars came back to defeat host

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Shaler hosts Mars in homecoming game part of 3 things to watch Saturday in high school sports
September 28, 2018
On Oct. 8, 2011, Shaler defeated McDowell, 41-28, on a Saturday afternoon homecoming game to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Seven

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5 things to watch in Week 5 of high school football: 16 teams unbeaten at midway point
September 27, 2018
Sixteen teams remain undefeated as the WPIAL football regular season reaches the midway point. Some perfect starts aren't terribly surprising, such as Gateway's, Aliquippa's and

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Shaler hockey team eyes return to PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
September 20, 2018
Shaler hockey coach Steve Stayduhar wants to makes sure all the numbers come out right. The Titans' hockey program recorded 89 goals and compiled a

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Shaler athletics notebook: Titans football team showing improvement on offense
September 14, 2018
Jim Ryan decided to do his best Tom Osborne impersonation during the Shaler football team's 29-28 win over Hampton Sept. 7 at Titans field. After

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WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Here are four WPIAL football players to watch for Week 3: Dan Deabner Thomas Jefferson, Jr, WR/DB Deabner caught six passes for 200 yards, including

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Seniors Wallace, Colecchi lead Kiski Area past Shaler in Northern Conference opener
September 1, 2018
With Kiski Area facing a third-and-long midway through the fourth quarter, the play call andquot;Work Jackandquot; came in from the sidelines, a deep go-route designed

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Week Zero victory a ‘confidence builder’ for Shaler football team
August 30, 2018
Lining up properly on the line of scrimmage was one of the many challenges Justin DeSabato faced. The Shaler senior wide receiver was getting his

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Increased roster numbers boost optimism for Shaler football
August 14, 2018
Senior defensive end/tight end Matt Bendel worked hard to convince classmates to come out for the Shaler football team. Leaving the program without winning on

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Shaler's Ryan Sullivan points to the crowd after defeating West Chester Henderson's Killian Delaney in the 113-pound 3A championship final during the PIAA state wrestling championship Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Shaler wrestler Sullivan commits to Pitt
June 13, 2018
Shaler's Ryan Sullivan removed his final distraction before his senior season by committing to wrestle at Pitt last week. Taking the college decision off his

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Shaler’s Wightman to continue lacrosse career
June 1, 2018
Playing collegiate lacrosse wasn't on Madaline Wightman's radar before her senior season. As a junior, Wightman didn't play at all, choosing to work instead. andquot;I

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Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit watches over practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler notebook: Girls basketball camp benefits ‘coaches’ too
Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit enjoys seeing the benefits all age levels get from summer camps. The participants get an opportunity to improve their

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Shaler hurdler John Franklin stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler’s Franklin showcases skills in 110 hurdles
May 25, 2018
Shaler track coach Jim Ryan didn't want to burn John Franklin out before he could compete in the 110-meter hurdles at the WPIAL Class AAA

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BVA's Bailey Parshall fanned 18 Vikings in a semifinal no-hitter.
Parshall’s no-hitter leads Belle Vernon softball past No. 1 Mt. Pleasant
May 23, 2018
For the second consecutive season and third time in four years, the Belle Vernon softball team will play for a WPIAL Class 4A championship. And

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WPIAL baseball, softball quarterfinals among Monday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 21, 2018
Vincentian Academy's baseball team hasn't played a real game in 10 days. Serra Catholic has waited 11 days, while Riverside and Blackhawk each were idle

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Westmoreland WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules for May 21, 2018
May 19, 2018
WPIAL softball playoff preview capsules Class 6A Quarterfinals No. 1 Hempfield (17-3) vs. No. 8 Canon-McMillan (10-6) 7 p.m. Monday at Latrobe Winner plays: Winner

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Shaler coach Tom Sorce talks to his team during their game against Pine-Richland Monday, May, 7, 2018, at Pine-Richland.
Shaler notebook: Titans softball falls short of postseason
May 17, 2018
Tom Sorce didn't have much chance to evaluate what he had on the Shaler softball team before the season began. Weather forced a number of

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Burrell uses 2 home runs to oust Mt. Pleasant in Class 3A 1st round
May 16, 2018
Burrell did not hit a home run during a weather-shortened 12-game regular season. But the sixth-seeded Buccaneers went deep twice in their playoff opener Wednesday

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Mars' Matthew Fuller slides safely into second base under Blackhawk's Zach Zuchelli during their game Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Chippewa Park.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball remain atop Trib 10 power rankings – 05/16/2018
Every Tuesday during the 2018 WPIAL baseball and softball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings. These rankings have zero classification

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Fast start fuels Plum baseball in 1st-round win vs. Mt. Lebanon
May 15, 2018
The Plum baseball team jumped to a three-run lead on Mt. Lebanon in the first inning of Tuesday's WPIAL 6A first-round game at North Allegheny.

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Past baseball champions to square off in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 14, 2018
Tuesday is a busy day of postseason diamond action in the WPIAL with 22 first-round baseball and 15 opening-round softball playoff games. One anticipated matchup

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Trip to last season’s WPIAL baseball final motivates underdog Mt. Pleasant
With a record of 8-7, Mt. Pleasant sits just one game over .500 as it heads into the WPIAL Class 3A baseball playoffs. It is

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Westmoreland baseball playoff capsules: Games of Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Class 6A No. 7 Penn-Trafford (12-5) vs. No. 10 North Allegheny (10-9) 7 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 2 Bethel Park (17-3) Coaches:

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A-K Valley baseball playoff preview capsule: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Class 3A First round No. 6 Burrell (9-3) vs. No. 11 Mt. Pleasant (8-7) 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Latrobe Winner plays: No. 3 South Side

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A-K Valley WPIAL baseball capsules: Games of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
May 13, 2018
Class 6A First round No. 5 Plum (15-4) vs. No. 12 Mt. Lebanon (9-11) 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny Winner plays: No. 4 Canon-McMillan

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of May 14, 2018
MONDAY Boys lacrosse A trio of area underdog teams will open the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, all at 7 p.m. No. 16 seed Norwin visits

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Hempfield earns No. 3 seed in WPIAL Class 6A baseball playoffs
May 11, 2018
Hempfield knew it could compete with the best baseball teams in Class 6A this season because its schedule seemed to grow stronger each week, and

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Shaler athletes set to compete at WPIAL meet
The Shaler boys and girls track program won't send any of the favorites to the WPIAL Class AAA championships this week at Baldwin. But what

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Shaler's Hunter Jamison competes against Moon Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler baseball caps tough season, falls short of playoffs
Being part of a section laced with tradition-laden programs won't be a hill the Shaler baseball has to climb next season. This season, the Titans

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Latrobe's Kiley Myers delivers during the fifth inning against Hempfield Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball remain atop Trib 10 power rankings – 05/08/2018
May 8, 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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Jeannette-GCC rematch on tap in Tuesday’s 3 games to watch in high school sports
May 7, 2018
Add another log to the rivalry fire that is Jeannette vs Greensburg Central Catholic. These two schools have had many a fierce competition on the

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Mt. Pleasant softball stays unbeaten after defeating Ligonier Valley
May 2, 2018
Mt. Pleasant softball players wore their retro-red third jerseys for Wednesday's home game against Ligonier Valley. Regardless of their game-to-game attire, this team is quite

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Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
May 1, 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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Section 1-6A baseball showdowns part of 3 things to watch Monday in high school sports
April 29, 2018
The final day of April allows high school sports fans to focus on one of the tightest sections in WPIAL baseball. From first, to middle,

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WPIAL athletes to wrap up Penn Relays competition in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 27, 2018
The oldest and largest track and field competition in the U.S. concludes Saturday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Some of the top track and field

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Canon-McMillan's Erica Haught went 2 for 4 with two home runs as the Big Macs won a Section 1-6A softball game over Mt. Lebanon April 27, 2018, at Mt. Lebanon.
Canon-McMillan softball powers past rival Mt. Lebanon
It was scheduled to be a softball game between two of the top three teams in Section 1-6A between Canon-McMillan and Mt. Lebanon. But the

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Mt. Lebanon's Catie Rogan competes against Bethel Park on April 26, 2018.
Big inning vaults Mt. Lebanon softball over Bethel Park
Through four innings, Mt. Lebanon pitcher Catie Rogan was perfect, retiring all 12 batters she faced. Little did she know that, with an 8-0 cushion,

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Shaler athletes step to podium at Butler Invitational
Conquering the Butler Invitational wasn't going to happen for the Shaler track team. What the Titans were focused on was using the event a barometer

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Derry football coach Tim Sweeney (Red team) and Jeannette football caoch Roy Hall (Blue team) will lead teams in the second annual Foothills Football Classic, set for 7 p.m. June 15, 2018, at Hempfield.
Talented quarterbacks highlight WCCA Foothills Football Classic rosters
April 26, 2018
Robert Kennedy led Jeannette to WPIAL and PIAA Class A football titles last fall. So when his coach, Roy Hall, was selecting the Blue team

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Baseball with glove and bat
Ollio strikes out 12 as Butler baseball defeats Shaler
April 25, 2018
While most WPIAL teams had cancellations on the baseball diamond Wednesday, Butler chose to move its game a mile up the road to the turf

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Freeport pitcher Brodey Cowan (11) delivers a pitch during their game against Highlands on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Freeport Community Park.
Blackhawk baseball, West Allegheny softball atop this week’s Trib 10 power rankings
April 24, 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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Latrobe's catcher Makayla Munchinski cheers on her team while they bat against Norwin during WPIAL softball at Greater Latrobe High School in Latrobe, on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of April 23, 2018
April 22, 2018
MONDAY Baseball The weather won again last week, so schedules continue to be a mess. Slowly, though, sections are getting back on track as they

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Belle Vernon's Bailey Parshall
Thirty-six seniors up for Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award
April 21, 2018
Here's a look at the 36 seniors who are in the running for the annual Westmoreland County Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award. A male and female winner

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WPIAL sets baseball, softball, lacrosse sections for 2019 season
April 19, 2018
Every WPIAL baseball and softball section will have at least one new team next season in the updated spring sports alignments approved by the WPIAL

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WPIAL lacrosse champions to face off in Thursday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 18, 2018
It's not often when you get a WPIAL champion vs. champion matchup in any sport during the regular season. Sure, it has no bearing on

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Winchester Thurston's Tristan Forsythe crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
21 athletes picked for WPIAL scholarships
The WPIAL announced its annual scholarship winners Wednesday with 21 student-athletes receiving $1,000 apiece. The boys winners were Mars' Robby Carmody, Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman,

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Hempfield's Kelsey Tobin dives into third base under a tag by Norwin's Carly Cook during their game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Hempfield High School.
Blackhawk baseball, Hempfield softball stay atop Trib 10 power rankings
April 17, 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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High school roundup for April 16, 2018: Central Catholic takes down No. 1 Butler
April 16, 2018
Vinnie Rauso tallied three hits and knocked in all three runs as Central Catholic knocked off No. 1-ranked Butler, 3-1, in a Section 1-6A baseball

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High school notebook: Yough softball takes swing at cancer
April 14, 2018
Yough softball has won eight consecutive games and is primed for a another run at WPIAL and PIAA titles in Class 4A. But the second-ranked

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Hempfield's Tyler Wiederstein celebrates his home run with Tyler Dancu (9) and Luke Hudson during their game against Norwin Thurday, April 12, 2018, at Norwin High School.
Baseball, softball players committing as underclassmen a polarizing topic
Tyler Wiederstein knows he has a baseball scholarship waiting for him at Michigan in about three years. But the sophomore pitcher and second baseman from

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Mt. Lebanon softball uses big 3rd inning to take down Upper St. Clair
Despite playing four games in four days, the Mt. Lebanon softball team registered its third win of the season 3-1 against rival Upper St. Clair

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Ellwood City, Riverside softball to battle in Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 13, 2018
In the last 10 years, two neighbors near the border of Beaver and Lawrence counties have become golden softball rivals. Ellwood City has captured two

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Shaler's Tori Martrano prepares for the 2018 season Friday, March 16, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler softball learns to battle back after tough losses
Losing a five-run lead in the fifth inning against Butler wasn't a major concern for the Shaler softball team. The Titans rallied with three runs

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens clears the last hurdle to set a state record and win the gold medal in the Boy's Class AAA 110 hurdles at the PIAA track and field individual championships at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Eight WPIAL athletes to compete at Penn Relays
April 12, 2018
At least eight athletes from WPIAL schools will participate in the 2018 Penn Relays on April 28-30 at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Heading the

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Joe Eisaman talks with his team during a timeout in a game against Penn Hills on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Penn Hills High School. Penn Hills won 55-39.
Joe Eisaman leaving after 5 seasons as Greensburg Central Catholic girls coach
April 11, 2018
Joe Eisaman is leaving Greensburg Central Catholic after five seasons as girls basketball coach. Eisaman resigned Wednesday morning, citing he wanted to andquot;pursue other opportunities.andquot;

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Alincic, Mt. Pleasant softball post ‘extra special’ shutout over Indiana
April 10, 2018
Mt. Pleasant officials and fans recognized the Vikings softball team for their PIAA championship before the team's home opener Tuesday. It was one last in-house

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Shaler-NA baseball, softball teams to square off in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
April 9, 2018
It's a diamond doubleheader Tuesday afternoon as Shaler visits North Allegheny on neighboring fields in both baseball and softball. All four programs are perennial powers

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Shaler's Nick Rispoli (8) is congratulated by Zach Herron (18) after hitting a home run against Moon Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler baseball prepares for section play
April 5, 2018
Patrick Gumto and his teammates on the Shaler baseball team went about earning respect the right way. The senior pitcher — much like last season

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Trio of Mt. Pleasant pitchers combine to no-hit Highlands in season-opener
After waiting two weeks through all manner of weather roadblocks, the Highlands and Mt. Pleasant softball teams kicked off their seasons Thursday with a Section

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Jefferson Morgan's Gavin Teasdale is announced the winner of the 126 pound semifinal bout after defeating Athen's A.J. Burkhart in the class 2A wrestling semifinals during the PIAA state championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale named 2018 Trib HSSN Wrestler of the Year
March 31, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale used a loss at the Powerade tournament as motivation to win his fourth PIAA Class AA title and finish his career

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Ligonier Valley's Robert Patrick wrestles against Colin Fegley of Mahonoy in the 170 pound weight class quarterfinal in 2A wrestling during the PIAA championship tournament Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick named Westmoreland Tribune-Review Wrestler of the Year
Ligonier Valley senior Robby Patrick hadn't been forced to go the distance in a match until the PIAA Class AA semifinals. He won that match,

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Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (right) grabs a rebound in front of Norwin's Jacob Williams (25) during the first quarter on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Nominees announced for Westmoreland County’s Judge Driscoll Scholar-AthleteAward
March 27, 2018
As retired Westmoreland County Judge John J. Driscoll addressed the county high school athletic directors and a school representative at his annual luncheon to decide

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Boys lacrosse finalists to meet again in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
March 26, 2018
Last year, Peters Township edged Mt. Lebanon, 12-11, in an overtime thriller to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys lacrosse championship. Now the two teams

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Shaler high jumper Adeline Kubicsek stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler girls track and field aiming to get more athletes to WPIAL meet
March 25, 2018
Shaler girls track and field coach Abi May has a simple message for her athletes: Anyone not taking the early season dual meets seriously might

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Shaler hurdler John Franklin stretches before working out Friday, March 23, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler’s John Franklin hoping to be among WPIAL’s top hurdlers
Spending a winter focusing on track and field has Shaler senior John Franklin in a strong position entering his final season. Franklin, who decided to

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington scores past Sharon's Elite Williams (5), James McKinney (2) and Tristan Ballard during their PIAA Class 4A semifinal Monday, March 19, 2018, at New Castle High School.
ITPS cancels underclassmen showcase games
March 23, 2018
Organizers want the first ITPS Cancer Sucks charity basketball games to be a controversy-free success, so they've canceled the underclassmen contests that drew critics. Now,

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Yough softball heading south to open season
March 21, 2018
Winter's last at-bat rally dumped a fresh heaping of snow on WPIAL territory, but it won't bother the Yough softball team. In fact, Yough players

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Mt. Pleasant eager to defend school’s 1st PIAA softball title
March 18, 2018
Post-concussion syndrome still has Carolyn Alincic not feeling right. The Mt. Pleasant junior pitcher had to take three months off after a car accident in

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Mt. Pleasant baseball team seeks return to title game
Mt. Pleasant senior left fielder Noah Lynch has communicated to the team's younger members the benefits a strong playoff run will bring. Continuing to win

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Belle Vernon boys place sixth in AA standings at PIAA swimming and diving
March 17, 2018
Led by two runner-up finishes from freshman Ian Shahan (100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke), a third in the 100 breast and a 10th in the 200

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WPIAL and District 8 swimmers set for Saturday’s PIAA AA championship finals at Bucknell
Northgate junior Karen Siddoway captured a second-place medal Friday in the girls 200-yard freestyle at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell.

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Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner earn silver at PIAA swim championships
March 16, 2018
LEWISBURG — Several teams traveling from the north on Route 15 to the PIAA Class AA swimming championships at Bucknell on Thursday morning faced some

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WPIAL swimmers punch tickets to finals on Day 1 at PIAA Class AA championships
LEWISBURG — WPIAL swimmers already are making their mark on Day 1 of the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell. Several posted

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Hempfield’s Mayo looks to improve times at PIAA meet
March 12, 2018
Hempfield junior Gavin Mayo swam a personal best of 20.73 seconds in the boys 50-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships March 1. He

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The stage is set for gold medals to be won and record times and point totals to be challenged as the PIAA hosts the state

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Shaler notebook: Swimming team wants to build on WPIAL showing
Everyone involved with the Shaler swimming program came away with a valuable learning experience after the WPIAL Class AAA championships two weeks ago at Pitt's

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Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner hopes for strong showing at states
March 11, 2018
Mt. Pleasant sophomore Heather Gardner has lofty goals heading into the PIAA Class AA girls swimming championships Friday and Saturday at Bucknell. Gardner hopes to

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Blaufeld carries Allderdice past Mt. Lebanon in PIAA first-round victory
March 10, 2018
Allderdice's Jackson Blaufeld is an opponent you love to watch, said Mt. Lebanon coach Joe David after sharing a gym with the junior Saturday. andquot;But

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Norwin’s Phipps, Seneca Valley’s Herrera-Rondon get rematch in PIAA Class AAA finals
HERSHEY — When Norwin sophomore Kurtis Phipps won his second WPIAL Class AAA title last week with a 1-0 victory against Seneca Valley freshman Alejandro

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Ligonier Valley’s Patrick earns rematch with nemesis for state wrestling crown
March 9, 2018
HERSHEY – Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick has been waiting 363 days for another shot at Susquehanna Township junior Edmond Ruth. He gets that shot Saturday

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Hampton defeats USC to reach semifinals
March 8, 2018
Matthew Commendatore had two goals, and Jason Reinert, William Meglio, Luke Reiser and Evan Koprivnkar also scored as Hampton defeated Upper St. Clair, 6-2, in

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Southmoreland senior pair advances to PIAA Class AA quarterfinals
HERSHEY — This is the last hurrah for Southmoreland seniors Tyler Griffiths and Jaden Datz. They are closing in on the conclusion of their high

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PIAA wrestling kicks off as part of Thursday’s 3 things to watch
March 7, 2018
The top scholastic wrestlers in Pennsylvania have made their way to Hershey for the three-day PIAA wrestling championships at the Giant Center. Action begins on

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Area wrestlers look to make history at PIAA championships
March 6, 2018
Four victories. That's all that stands between Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale, North Hills sophomore Sam Hillegas and all the seeded wrestlers from making history at

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs roundup: Quaker Valley tops Shaler in overtime
March 5, 2018
Quaker Valley's Daniel Fagan scored 1 minute, 23 seconds into overtime to give the Quakers a 4-3 win over Shaler in the PIHL Class 2A

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The puck drops Monday evening on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguins Cup playoffs. There are nine games on opening night with five first round

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WPIAL wrestling tournament notebook: Former Shaler, Hampton coach Siar remembered
March 2, 2018
When Fox Chapel wrestling coach Ron Frank started coaching, two former opposing coaches helped him. One was late North Allegheny coach Gus DeAugustino and the

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Penn Hills' Cam Wiley reacts after scoring during the WPIAL boys 6A semifinals against Mt. Lebanon on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at Baldwin.
Penn Hills boys take down No. 1 Mt. Lebanon to earn spot in WPIAL Class 6A title game
February 28, 2018
A persistent Penn Hills is headed to andquot;The Pete.andquot; Cory Fulton scored 18 points and No. 5 seed Penn Hills upset top-seeded Mt. Lebanon, 69-66,

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After slow start, No. 1 North Allegheny girls rally past Mt. Lebanon in WPIAL semifinals
February 27, 2018
A win, is a win, is a win and North Allegheny girls basketball coach Spencer Stefko will take it and move forward. The defending WPIAL

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WPIAL Class 6A, 4A boys semifinals on deck in Wednesday’s games to watch
Pine-Richland, New Castle and Quaker Valley already know the way to Petersen Events Center. Those three finalists from last season will try to earn return

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Penn-Trafford's Luke Militzasr and Shaler's Mitchell Werry compete during a PIHL Penguins Cup play-in game Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
Shaler edges Penn-Trafford to earn spot in PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
February 26, 2018
Desperately seeking a tying goal late in the third period, Penn-Trafford threw everything it had at Shaler, keeping the puck in the zone for more

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WPIAL girls basketball semifinals continue for Class 6A, A in Tuesday’s 3 games to watch
Three days of WPIAL girls basketball semifinals continues Tuesday as the spotlight shines on Class 6A and Class A with four Final Four contests. Three

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Shaler bowlers Bella Pilyih (left) and Lindsay Gill pose for a picture during practice Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at Perry Lanes in McCandless.
Shaler bowler Pilyih focuses on positives
Shaler sophomore Bella Pilyih subscribes to the power of positivity. For her, improving as a bowler is about having a strong attitude. When things didn't

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Penn-Trafford's Jack Hughes celebrates a goal scored against West Allegheny on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in the Greensburg Central Catholic varsity hockey tournament championship at Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
PIHL notebook: Teams streaking toward Penguins Cup playoffs
February 25, 2018
Only a handful of regular-season games remain. But before the PIHL Penguins Cup tournaments begin in March, here is a look at which teams enter

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Derry's Ty Cymmerman
With his late father on his mind, Derry’s Cymmerman advances to Southwest Regional semifinals
February 23, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell said he needs to yell at freshman Ty Cymmerman during a match to get him to wrestle well. It would

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Mt. Lebanon girls use fourth quarter surge to bounce Norwin in WPIAL quarterfinals
Mt. Lebanon has had Norwin's number in girls basketball lately. But stay tuned, because you never know when one or the other will get hot.

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Freedom, McGuffey, Quaker Valley wrestlers advance to regional quarterfinals
Freedom advanced five of eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional at IUP's Kovalchick Conference and Athletic Complex on Friday.

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 6: 1981 Baldwin team upends undefeated Shaler
February 22, 2018
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Lebanon’s Trinity Ward eyes longstanding WPIAL record
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network will be profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mars’ Andrew Pierre excels in distance freestyle events
February 21, 2018
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network will be profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 7: 2011 Shaler stuns Mt. Lebanon
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Class 6A girls step into spotlight in 3 WPIAL basketball playoff games to watch Tuesday
February 19, 2018
It will be a somewhat quiet night Tuesday as the opening round of the WPIAL girls basketball postseason continues with only one classification on the

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All-time WPIAL girls basketball championship games No. 9: 1991 St. Francis Academy tops Geibel Catholic
The TribLive High School Sports Network will be counting down the Top 10 boys and girls WPIAL basketball championship games leading up to the 2018

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Conner Redinger of Quaker Valley gains positioning on South Park's Joseph Fischer in the 106 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Jefferson-Morgan’s Gavin Teasdale wins 4th WPIAL wrestling championship
February 17, 2018
Jefferson-Morgan senior Gavin Teasdale probably doesn't like to see two losses on his record this season, but what's important is winning titles. Teasdale became the

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St. Joseph's Alex Jones (1) moves the ball up the court during their WPIAL playoff game against Geibel Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
St. Joseph girls race past Geibel in WPIAL Class A playoffs
It felt something like two weeks since St. Joseph could play the type of basketball game it wanted. Suffice to say the Spartans didn't want

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WPIAL Class 4A, A girls playoffs get started in Saturday’s 3 games to watch
February 16, 2018
The opening weekend of the WPIAL girls basketball postseason concludes with the spotlight shining on four first-round games each from Class 4A and Class A.

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Freeport's Jenna Manke saves the ball in past Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
A-K Valley basketball playoff preview capsules for Saturday’s games
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Mt. Lebanon boys earn top seed in Class 6A as WPIAL playoff pairings are released
February 13, 2018
If the WPIAL ran the Class 6A boys basketball tournament five times, it might crown five different champions. That's the opinion of Mt. Lebanon coach

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Shaler girls basketball look to continue momentum in playoffs
February 12, 2018
Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit reveled in watching his team celebrate. With the Titans' season on the line against Pine-Richland, Shaler more than doubled

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Class 6A football coaches have mixed opinions on playoff possibilities
February 10, 2018
If the WPIAL lets eight out of nine teams into the Class 6A football playoffs, then the regular season should come with a caveat. andquot;The

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Brunson commits to to Louisiana-Lafayette softball
February 7, 2018
Another day, another Westmoreland County freshman softball player making Division I college plans. A second ninth-grader from Mt. Pleasant accepted a scholarship offer from a

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Shaler’s Owczarzak dives into WPIAL championship meet
February 4, 2018
Shaler junior diver Josh Owczarzak had little experience before this season. That's what made Keith Simmons so excited when he hit the WPIAL qualifying standard

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Shaler boys basketball still has goals
Entering the final week of the season, the WPIAL playoffs were out of the picture for Shaler's boys basketball team. Titans coach Rob Niederberger knew

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Mt. Pleasant freshman Poulich commits to Liberty
February 1, 2018
You'll have to excuse Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren (Shaheen) Armanious if she does not have an extensive scouting report on incoming outfielder Courtney Poulich.

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Belle Vernon's Ian Shahan
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner
Ian Shahan School: Belle Vernon Sport: Swimming and diving Year: Freshman Claim to fame: Shahan set a meet record in the 100-yard backstroke with a

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Burrell's Trent Valovchik wrestles Mount Pleasant's Damian George during their 106lb. match on Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 at Burrell.
Burrell rolls into semifinals in search of 12th straight WPIAL wrestling title
January 31, 2018
Step one is complete. The Burrell wrestling team can turn its focus to Saturday's WPIAL Class AA semifinals in pursuit of its 12th consecutive team

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Bethel Park girls get defensive to take down Mt. Lebanon in Section 3-6A showdown
January 29, 2018
The Bethel Park girls basketball team held Mt. Lebanon to single-digit scoring outputs in three of four quarters Monday night, en route to dispatching the

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Mt. Pleasant girls head coach Scott Giacobbi drives home a point, during practice, at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball battling to keep postseason streak alive
A decade's worth of winning made Mt. Pleasant a perennial playoff team in girls basketball. But a challenging and uncharacteristic season is testing the current

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Preliminary matches in WPIAL team wrestling tournament among 3 things to watch Monday in WPIAL athletics
The WPIAL team wrestling tournament starts Monday at Franklin Regional with four preliminary round matches in Class AAA. Most qualifiers must wait until Wednesday when

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Shaler notebook: Dylan Winters joins wrestling 100-win club
January 28, 2018
Attending one practice was enough to plant a seed with Shaler senior Dylan Winters. The 126-pound wrestler was taken to a Titans' workout around the

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Members of the Shaler competitive spirit team captured the PIAA championship Jan. 20, 2018, in Hershey.
Shaler competitive spirit teams overcomes setbacks to win state title
Tear it all down and rebuild. After an injury to a key team member and having a pyramid formation collapse at the WPIAL championships, the

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Derry's Kace Sabedra grapples in neutral with Elizabeth Forward's Freddie Howard in the 113 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 10, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Hempfield, Derry coaches prepare for WPIAL team tournament
January 25, 2018
Some coaches might have felt the WPIAL wrestling committee slighted their teams. Don't count Hempfield's Vince DeAugustine or Derry's Mike Weinell among that group. They

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Canon-Mac's Tommy Samosky (30) and Jason Fowlkes celebrate after defeating Mt. Lebanon, 69-64, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
No. 5 Canon-McMillan boys hone in on section title after toppling No. 1 Mt. Lebanon
January 24, 2018
Tucked away in the Canon-McMillan coaches office was an old blue-and-gold banner that commemorated the boys basketball team's one and only section title, won by

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Derry's Jason Baker attempts to put a hold on Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich in the 132 weight class bout on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 during WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Mt. Pleasant’s Miscovich aims to learn from mistakes
Things didn't look good for Mt. Pleasant senior wrestler Al Miscovich in a recent bout against Derry junior Jason Baker. He trailed 3-0 early in

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Quaker Valley vs. New Castle Round 2 part of 3 things to watch Tuesday in WPIAL athletics
January 22, 2018
Quaker Valley boys basketball remains undefeated at 11-0 overall and atop a tough Section 2-4A through the midway point of section play. Defending Class 4A

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Shaler guard Emily Cavacini pulls up for a shot against Kiski Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls basketball finds identity, drives toward playoffs
Last week didn't end the way the Shaler girls basketball team wanted. The Titans dropped two in a row, losing to Section 1-6A opponent Pine-Richland

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Hampton's Justin Hart works against Thomas Jefferson's Max Shaw during the 182-pound final at the Allegheny County wrestling championships Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Fox Chapel High School.
Two returning champions defend titles at Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament
January 21, 2018
Defending a title isn't easy, just ask Moon senior Frankie Bonura and Baldwin senior Gehrig Hutchison. But for Moon senior Nick Acuna and Mt. Lebanon

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Shaler wins PIAA competitive spirit team title
January 20, 2018
Shaler wins PIAA spirit title The Shaler competitive spirit team had plenty to cheer about Saturday afternoon. The Titans won the PIAA small squad title

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Derry's Gannon Lenhart wrestles in neutral against Mt. Pleasant's Zac Presock in the 160 weight class bout Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry to be shorthanded for section tournament
January 19, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell feels his second-ranked Trojans can compete with anyone in Class AA when healthy. But when the team tournament begins Wednesday,

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Day 2 of Allegheny County tournament part of 3 things to watch Saturday in WPIAL athletics
The final of the four county wrestling tournaments around the WPIAL concludes Saturday with Day 2 of the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament from Fox Chapel

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Derry's Dominic DeLuca battles Mt. Pleasant's Ian Forsano in neutral during the 220 weight class bout Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018 in WPIAL wrestling at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Derry wrestling defeats Mt. Pleasant, will host Section 2 tournament
January 17, 2018
Derry wrestling coach Mike Weinell gave his team a stern talk after Wednesday's Section 2B match against Mt. Pleasant. Even though the Class AA No.

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Section wrestling finales among 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athletics
Wednesday marks the final night of section matches on the WPIAL wrestling schedule, and several head-to-head contests will decide sub-section winners. Among them, in Class

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Shaler wrestler Jake Pollak takes second place in overtime against Mt. Lebanon's Luke Stout in the 152-pound weight class Jan. 21, 2017, at the Allegheny County Tournament at Fox Chapel.
Mt. Lebanon’s Stout set to defend title at Allegheny County wrestling tournament
January 16, 2018
During the 16-year history of the Allegheny County Wrestling Championship, only four wrestlers have become four-time champions. While no one is in line to capture

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (00) and Jeannette's Seth Howard (2) battle for control of a rebound during the second quarter on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the Greensburg Salem Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament.
Sewickley Academy moves to No. 2 in state basketball rankings
January 15, 2018
Sewickley Academy moved up to No. 2 in the Class 2A boys basketball state rankings this week, the highest ranking for a WPIAL team. Other

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PIHL notebook: Top teams look to maintain winning runs
Although there is snow on the ground and temperatures in the single digits, the action on the ice continues to heat up as the playoff

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Westmoreland high school week ahead: Week of Jan. 15, 2018
Highlights of the week ahead in Westmoreland high school sports: MONDAY Girls basketball After absorbing its first section loss, Belle Vernon (8-4, 5-1) hits the

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Shaler boys basketball thinking postseason
January 14, 2018
Shaler boys basketball coach Rob Niederberger is excited for the path ahead as the Titans enter the second half of Section 1-6A play. Shaler is

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Shaler's Jack Wiemann competes during their meet against Butler Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Shaler.
Shaler swimmer Harris in midst of solid senior season
Meghan Harris knew as a sophomore she wouldn't be able to stay out of the pool for long. Serving as a manager for the Shaler

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Quaker Valley's Andrew Seymour returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter the PIAA Class 3A state championship game against Middletown Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
What could WPIAL football conferences look like next season?
January 12, 2018
The wait is almost over. The WPIAL football committee met Thursday to decide the conferences for the next two seasons, leaving coaches, players and fans

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Mt Lebanon's Alyssa Hyland drives past Peters' Olivia Ziegler Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon girls upset No. 2 Peters Township in Section 3 clash
January 11, 2018
Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker started the week just wanting her squad to stay in the hunt for the WPIAL playoffs. But after

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Winter weather could play factor as part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
Friday's 3 things to watch could be summed up in one word — weather. A winter storm that has hit the midwest hard is expected

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Peters Township wrestling stays atop Section 2B after taking down Mt. Lebanon
January 10, 2018
Peters Township had a chance to put a stranglehold on its sub-section Wednesday when the Indians matched up against Mt. Lebanon in a Class AAA,

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Belle Vernon, KO girls battle for section lead as part of 3 things to watch Thursday in WPIAL athletics
One race that is turning into a three-team battle for section supremacy in WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball is Section 3. Another head-to-head matchup takes

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Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s. After 49 years, he left

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Peters Township, Mt. Lebanon wrestling look to lock up sub-section title as part of 3 things to watch Wednesday in WPIAL athl…
January 9, 2018
First place is up for grabs Wednesday in Class AAA, Section 2B. Peters Township will host Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m., with the winner likely

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Gateway's Mary Kromka drives past Woodland Hills' Joi Burleigh during their game Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Gateway High School in Monroeville.
High school roundup for Jan. 8: No. 3 Bethel Park girls drop Mt. Lebanon
January 8, 2018
Olivia Westphal had 24 points as No. 3 Bethel Park earned a 55-36 win over No. 5 Mt. Lebanon in a Section 3-6A girls basketball

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Clairton, Ambridge join state boys basketball rankings
Clairton and Ambridge joined the state boys basketball top 10 rankings this week in Class A and 4A, respectively. Other WPIAL representatives include Penn Hills

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Gardner has Mt. Pleasant swimmers eyeing WPIALs
The Mt. Pleasant girls swimming team (5-0) is off to a superb start with its best swimmer in decades leading the charge. Sophomore Heather Gardner

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PIHL notebook: Mt. Lebanon, Armstrong look to maintain winning streaks
January 7, 2018
After a well-deserved holiday break, many PIHL teams returned to the rink last week to resume their schedule, while other teams are back in action

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Shaler hockey hoping strong finish vs. Penn-Trafford provides late-season lift
Shaler hockey got a wake-up call when the PIHL started the second half of the season. The Titans had a 2-1 lead against Penn-Trafford before

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Shaler's Ryan Sullivan defeated North Hills' Jeremy MacPherson Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Shaler.
Garrett Reinsfelder joins Shaler wrestling’s 100-win club
Neil Reinsfelder doesn't want to be a helicopter parent. Nor does he want to be the type of parent who takes glory from his kid's

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Mt. Lebanon boys earn section victory over shorthanded Connellsville
January 6, 2018
Mt. Lebanon arrived Friday ready to battle Connellsville's Seth Younkin, a 6-foot-6 forward who leads his team in points and rebounds. But the senior injured

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Norwin freshman Alteri upsets No. 2-seeded Gaul to highlight 1st day of WCCA wrestling tournament
January 5, 2018
The opening night of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association wrestling tournament always seems have a surprise winner. And the 65th annual championship had its shocker.

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Central Catholic’s Nedrow carries on family legacy
If there's work to be done — even nitty-gritty, dirty work — Central Catholic senior Luke Nedrow, a 6-foot-7 forward on the Vikings basketball team,

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Shaler poses with the Class AAA champion's trophy at the WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Hempfield High School
Hempfield to host WPIAL competitive spirit championships Saturday
Shaler, Elizabeth Forward and Bishop Canevin will be looking to defend their titles Saturday at the sixth annual WPIAL competitive spirit championships at Hempfield. Thirty-three

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Despite postponement, key boys basketball games among 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 4, 2018
Friday will be frigid. The weather forecasts predict single-digit temperatures throughout the day with a low near 1 degree. As a result, many high school

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Burrell's Tyler Stewart carries the puck up the ice during a game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
PIHL notebook: Midseason MVPs lead teams to success
December 31, 2017
With all of the PIHL teams idle over the past week because of the holiday break, this installment of the PIHL notebook will take on

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Shaler bowling teams work through growing pains
December 30, 2017
Shawn Pilyih is used to helping inexperienced players learn everything about being a part of the Shaler bowling team. Taking first-time rollers and bringing them

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Shaler guard Channing Thomas competes against Kiski's Hannah Potter Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls seek tough opponents to develop consistency
Size, style and a challenge are what Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit looks for when seeking nonconference opponents. Entering the Shaler Tournament last Friday

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Members of Shaler's unified bocce program include, from left, Jessica Smith, Angelina Robertson, Zachary Eshelman and Nakeisha McCoy.
Shaler launches unified bocce program
December 23, 2017
Samantha Smyers, a 2010 Shaler graduate, can point to a number of programs that help make the district more inclusive for all students. When approached

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Jenna Stanton, 14, practices the breast stroke on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at Kiwanis Pool for the Shaler Sea Dogs.
Shaler swimmer Stanton sets high expectations
Making a trip to Bucknell for the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships last year was the perfect experience for Shaler sophomore Jenna Stanton. Supporting teammate

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec scores past Manheim Township's Sam Emge during the third quarter of their PIAA Class 6A state semifinal Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec named state’s Class 6A Player of the Year
December 18, 2017
It's been more than a week since Pine-Richland's football team celebrated a PIAA Class 6A championship on the turf at Hersheypark Stadium, but the celebration

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Shaler's Kiki Agbale competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler boys basketball team eyes more after fast start
December 17, 2017
Senior forward Kiki Agbale clearly hears Shaler assistant coach Mike Mancuso's message of riding the wave. Not getting too high or too low is a

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Shaler's Bella Pilyih competes during a match Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Penny Park Lanes in Cranberry.
Multisport athletes remain rare commodity at Shaler
Looking on social media — or the internet in general — about high school athletics and one common refrain stands out. Former athletes, current coaches

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Central Catholic’s Trautman commits to Dayton
December 13, 2017
Central Catholic lineman Josh Trautman announced his commitment Wednesday to Dayton, an FCS program that already has seven former WPIAL players on its roster. The

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Mt. Lebanon's Antonio Garofoli
Pittsburgh athletes of the week: Mt. Lebanon’s Antonio Garofoli, Peters Township’s Makenna Marisa
Antonio Garofoli School: Mt. Lebanon Class: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: After scoring 44 points by way of 11 3-pointers in a win on

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Shaler sports notebook: Titans will continue to play in Class 5A
December 10, 2017
Where to move the football team wasn't much of a discussion for Shaler athletic director Clinton Rauscher. When the PIAA recently released the enrollment figures

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Shaler junior wrestler Ryan Sullivan (right) competes during practice Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler wrestling keeps chugging, eyes section title
December 3, 2017
Few people within the Shaler wrestling program took a break during the offseason. Junior wrestler Ryan Sullivan, who finished runner-up in the WPIAL and PIAA

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Wycich leads Shaler hockey during hot streak
Cameron Wycich leaves his silent persona in the locker room when he takes the ice. Something about hockey makes the Shaler left wing chatty. andquot;I

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Mt. Pleasant's Christiana Czegan passes the ball, during practice, at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017.
Mt. Pleasant girls basketball sets sights on playoff success
November 30, 2017
For the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball team, it's not enough anymore just getting to the WPIAL playoffs. The Vikings, like every other playoff qualifier, would

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Greensburg Salem's Marvel McGowan (left) and Mount Pleasant's Jacob Johnson (4) tie-up the ball during the fourth period on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Greensburg Salem High School. Greensburg Salem won 51-44.
Mt. Pleasant boys hoping to rebuild after tough season
Up and down the Mt. Pleasant boys basketball lineup, coach Donnie Porter sees potential. Now if he can just get results. Almost anything would be

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Shaler girls basketball coach Cornelious Nesbit watches over practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler girls basketball to lean on versatile senior Meg Lydon
November 26, 2017
Meg Lydon had a specific set of instructions during her freshman season with the Shaler girls basketball team. Lydon, now a senior, was asked to

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Shaler guard Mehki Reynolds competes during practice Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler boys basketball team hoping balance leads to successful season
Putting together a poster for the Shaler boys basketball team would be done best by placing every guy on the roster somewhere in the image.

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Pine-Richland's Ray Falcone catches a touchdown pass in front of Central Catholic's Chase McCorkle during the first quarter of the WPIAL Class 6A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL Class 6A final notebook: Pine-Richland wins title in 4th classification
November 18, 2017
Pine-Richland became the first school to win WPIAL football titles in four different classifications Saturday. The Rams won Class AA titles in 1969 over New

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford hoists the championship trophy next to Dawson Goltz after defeating Central Catholic, 42-7, in the WPIAL Class 6A final Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Pine-Richland cruises past Central Catholic to secure WPIAL Class 6A championship
Phil Jurkovec, Jordan Crawford and their Pine-Richland teammates checked their phones for weather updates in the days and hours before they headed to Heinz Field.

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Thomas Jefferson's Garret Fairman picks up a first down, as Montour's Jake Tomas defends during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
WPIAL football championship central: The Trib is live at Heinz Field
Welcome to Heinz Field, site of a quartet of 2017 WPIAL football championship games throughout the day Saturday. Follow along for game updates from the

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Bethel Park's Tanner Volatti pulls away from Norwin's Gage Luptak Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Black Hawk Stadium.
WPIAL to have just 9 Class 6A football teams next fall
November 17, 2017
The odds could be 1 in 9 to win a WPIAL Class 6A football title. The PIAA on Friday released enrollment numbers for the 2018-19

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Pine-Richland's Jordan Crawford celebrates with Kenny White after Whites touchdown against North Allegheny Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Wright Field at Newman Stadium.
No. 1 Pine-Richland aims to topple two-time defending champ Central Catholic in Class 6A final
This week, the eight days between the WPIAL semifinals and the bus ride to Heinz Field, is kind of like Super Bowl week on the

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) eyes a pass downfield during their WPIAL playoff game against North Allegheny in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
WPIAL Class 6A championship primer: Pine-Richland vs. Central Catholic
November 16, 2017
WPIAL football championship primer Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland (12-0) vs. No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) 2 p.m. Saturday, Heinz Field On the air: Tribhssn.triblive.com;

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Video: WPIAL football championship breakdown for Class 6A
November 14, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and Triblive High School Sports Network broadcaster Don Rebel preview the WPIAL Class 6A championship featuring Pine-Richland and Central Catholic on

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Shaler senior goalie Matt Potock competes during practice Aug. 24, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler notebook: Titans hockey rallies for wild win versus Montour
November 12, 2017
Shaler hockey snapped a losing skid in the best way possible. The Titans scored three third-period goals to beat Montour, 4-3, in PIHL Class AA

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson celebrates with Garret Fairman after Hartman's second-quarter touchdown against Belle Vernon Area during WPIAL 4A semifinals at Baldwin High School.
Five things we learned from Week 11 of WPIAL football season
November 11, 2017
Welcome back. Some familiar school buses will arrive Saturday at Heinz Field for the WPIAL football championships, bringing with them players, bands and fans from

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Central Catholic downs Penn Hills to return to WPIAL Class 6A final
November 10, 2017
Central Catholic is headed back to Heinz Field. For the fifth straight season and second time in the new 6A classification, the Vikings will play

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Shaler runners build foundation at WPIAL meet
November 5, 2017
A majority of Shaler's cross country runners had their first experience at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships Oct. 26 at Cooper's Lake. With

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North Allegheny football jumps on Mt. Lebanon early for win
November 4, 2017
It's hard to stop a tiger, especially when it gets rolling so early. North Allegheny jumped on Mt. Lebanon for a 21-point first-half lead and

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) rushes the ball downfield during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Weathers collects college offers
November 1, 2017
College offer No. 26 arrived earlier this week for Khalil Weathers, a Central Catholic senior with plenty of options. This time it was Brown, his

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Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek hands off to Jayvon Thrift against Canon-McMillan on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland County’s don’t-miss matchups for the opening round
Class 6A First round 8-Norwin (5-5) at 1-Pine-Richland (10-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Last week: Norwin defeated Hempfield, 24-14. Pine-Richland rolled past North Allegheny, 48-28. The

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Shaler goalie Wyatt Wolf stretches before practice Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Alpha Ice Arena.
Shaler hockey focuses on improving decisions
October 29, 2017
Before the Shaler hockey team played Latrobe on Oct. 23, first-year Titans coach Steve Stayduhar mapped out every goal scored against them in the first

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Central Catholic shuts out Penn Hills to finish 2nd in Northern Seven
October 28, 2017
Though both teams already punched their tickets to the WPIAL playoffs, there was still plenty still on the line when Class 6A No. 3 Central

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Bethel Park clinches Southeast Conference title with win over rival Mt. Lebanon
Bethel Park went to Mt. Lebanon on Friday and proved it is the beast of the Southeast. The Black Hawks topped the Blue Devils, 34-24,

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TribLIVE High School Football Show Week 9
October 25, 2017
Tribune-Review columnist Kevin Gorman and high school sports analyst Chris Harlan break down the top games, players and trends for Week 9 on the TribLIVE

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Shaler cross country teams look to reach potential at WPIAL championship meet
October 22, 2017
Inexperience won't be an issue for Shaler cross country coach Justin Eskra heading into Thursday's WPIAL Class AAA championship meet. Everyone running the course will

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Penn Hills thwarts Mt. Lebanon rally in possible playoff preview
October 21, 2017
If Friday's game between Penn Hills and Mt. Lebanon turns out to be a playoff preview, the WPIAL could have quite the Class 6A quarterfinal

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Shaler's Tanner Grzegorczyk hits from the rough on Hole 17 during the WPIAL boys Class AAA golf championship Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Nemacolin Country Club in Beallsville.
Shaler roundup: Golfer Grzegorczyk limps into PIAA Western Regional
October 16, 2017
Even with a fractured ankle constantly screaming at him, Shaler senior golfer Tanner Grzegorczyk feels the need to march on. Despite suffering a soccer injury

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Mt. Pleasant's Michael Govern takes a hand off from quarterback Lucas Pieszak on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football against Derry at Mt. Pleasant High School.
High school football notebook: Mt. Pleasant focused on present, not playoff streak
October 12, 2017
Mt. Pleasant is staying in the present — in the hopes it won't have to worry as much about the future. The Vikings (2-5, 1-4)

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Westmoreland high school notebook: Wiederstein lands Michigan scholarship before pitching for Hempfield varsity
October 10, 2017
Tyler Wiederstein did not throw a single pitch at the varsity level last season for Hempfield baseball, but the sophomore right-hander has a scholarship to

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Winless, resilient Shaler football focuses on achievements
October 8, 2017
Darin Mizgorski led the drive Shaler football coach Jim Ryan was looking for all season. When Canon-McMillan surged ahead by a touchdown with 6 minutes,

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Greensburg Salem boys win Class AA title at Tri-State cross country meet
October 7, 2017
It was a big day for runners from smaller schools at the annual Tri-State Track Coaches Association cross country meet Saturday at Cal (Pa). Despite

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Derry's Colton Nemcheck carries the ball for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 during WPIAL football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Derry overcomes slow start, penalties to defeat Mount Pleasant
October 6, 2017
Derry ran the ball over Mount Pleasant's defense on multiple occasions in its 41-9 road victory. andquot;They beat us. Hands down, they just beat us,andquot;

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Shaler goalie Wyatt Wolf makes a save during practice Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Alpha Ice Arena.
Shaler hockey will lean on offensive depth, senior leadership
October 1, 2017
Shaler senior defenseman Nathan Boch didn't think long on what the Titans hockey team's strength would be. andquot;Definitely our offense,andquot; he said. andquot;Our offense has

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Pine-Richland quarterback Philip Jurkovec throws against Central Catholic Friday, Sept. 29, 20127 at Pine-Richland High School.
Crawford’s 7 touchdowns lead Pine-Richland to rout over Central Catholic
September 29, 2017
Jordan Crawford didn't pout this summer, a decision that ultimately had him smiling Friday. The senior running back scored seven first-half touchdowns for No. 1-ranked

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Franklin Regional's Sydney Caldwell
Westmoreland athletes of the week: Mt. Pleasant’s Shane Piper, Franklin Regional’s Sydney Caldwell
September 27, 2017
Shane Piper School: Mt. Pleasant Sport: Soccer Class: Junior Claim to fame: Piper, who collected 13 saves last week, extended his shutout streak to five

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Shaler cross country team keeps dropping times
September 24, 2017
Danielle Eshelman wants to take every opportunity to learn what it takes to be a strong cross country runner. The Shaler freshman picked people's brains

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Shaler pitcher Gumto commits to Cal (Pa.); Titans hall of fame class announced
September 17, 2017
Shaler senior Patrick Gumto will be part of a motivated Titans pitching staff this spring. By committing to Division II Cal (Pa.) to play baseball,

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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Kadylak is tackled by McGuffey's Greg McBride on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 during WPIAL Class 3A Interstate Conference football at Mt. Pleasant High School.
Former Mt. Pleasant coach Ed Dalton leads McGuffey to OT win over Vikings
September 15, 2017
It was another triumphant return to Mt. Pleasant for McGuffey football coach Ed Dalton, who led the Vikings for two seasons, including an 11-1 record

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Central Catholic’s Fisher leads way against Hempfield
Central Catholic was forced to punt on its first two possessions before its offense scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter in a 42-14

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North Hills Melvin Blanks, who will play running back and defensive back, practices Aug. 15, 2017.
Harlan on recruiting: Central Catholic’s Dallas, North Hills’ Blanks put their skills on tape
September 13, 2017
If college recruiters were waiting for more game film, Central Catholic's Brian Dallas and North Hills' Melvin Blanks will have scholarship offers soon. Now three

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Central Catholic's Khalil Weathers (19) extends the ball towards the goalline during Central Catholic's game against North Allegheny at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
5 things we learned in Week 2: In defensive stalemate, Central Catholic offense shows big-play potential
September 9, 2017
Central Catholic and North Allegheny traditionally win with defense, but will either have the offense to keep up with WPIAL favorite Pine-Richland The two Northern

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Central Catholic's Troy Fisher (16) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Allegheny during game at North Allegheny on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
Fisher carries No. 2 Central Catholic past rival North Allegheny
Instead of touchdowns or yards, wins is the stat Central Catholic's offensive coordinator uses to define Troy Fisher. As in, andquot;we want to put the

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Mt. Lebanon's Michael Palmer forces a fumble during the first quarter against Hempfield Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
No. 5 Mt. Lebanon routs Hempfield behind defense
September 8, 2017
If you looked at the final score of Friday's Class 6A Southeastern Conference battle, a 31-0 Mt. Lebanon victory, you would assume the leading passer

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Smith leads South Park past Mt. Pleasant
Damon Smith was a one-man wrecking crew for South Park on Friday night. Through the air and on the ground, Smith led the fourth-ranked Eagles

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Westmoreland County players to watch for Week 2
September 6, 2017
Marcus Barnes Jeannette, jr., WR/S Barnes (6-4, 180) was quarterback Robert Kennedy's top target last week against Chartiers-Houston, catching four passes for 73 yards and

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Hempfield quarterback Blake Remaley during practice on Tuesday Sept. 05, 2017 at Hempfield.
Backup quarterbacks step into spotlight for Hempfield, Mt. Lebanon
Justin Sliwoski spent Tuesday in the trainer's room getting his injured right shoulder tended to. It's not where the Hempfield senior wanted to be. Sliwoski

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Shaler's cross country team trains for the upcoming season Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Titan Stadium.
Shaler runners eye improvement
September 3, 2017
Having the boys and girls cross country team stocked with freshmen is an encouraging sign for Shaler coach Justin Eskra. Getting middle school runners into

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

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Fox Chapel can’t hold lead late against Mt. Lebanon
August 25, 2017
Fox Chapel had the No. 4 ranked team in WPIAL Class 6A on the ropes, and then Mt. Lebanon did what it does best: move

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no. 12 Sean Mason, recieves a hand-off duirng heat acclimation practice on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Week Zero’s don’t miss matchups in the A-K Valley
August 24, 2017
NonCONFERENCE APOLLO-RIDGE (7-4 in '16) at LEECHBURG (1-9 in '16) 7 p.m. Friday Last year: Apollo-Ridge went 5-2 in the Class 3A Allegheny Conference and

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Pine-Richland head football coach Eric Kasperowicz conducts the first week of workouts Aug. 14.
WPIAL teams slotted among top teams in preseason state rankings
August 22, 2017
Western Pennsylvania high school football teams were well-represented on the preseason state rankings, released by PennLive.com on Tuesday. Pine-Richland is ranked No. 2 in Class

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Shaler senior Parker Kilgore, who will play linebacker in the upcoming 2017 season, competes during practice Aug. 16, 2017, at Shaler.
Shaler football focuses on improvement
August 20, 2017
Going into training camp, first-year Shaler football coach Jim Ryan wants to emphasize the process: don't loaf, make good choices and keep moving forward. The

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Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the safeties
Western Pennsylvania once was the cradle of quarterbacks. Now, it more often is home to great defensive backs. From Aliquippa's Ty Law and Darrelle Revis

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Mt. Pleasant's Cody Reese practices Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Reese relishes role in Mt. Pleasant backfield
August 18, 2017
Midseason changes aren't always the best thing for football teams. But for Mt. Pleasant and Cody Reese, a major position change paid off last season,

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Thomas Jefferson's Devin Danielson goes through a workout Aug. 17, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
August 17, 2017
Thomas Jefferson's defense contains two dominant linemen — a tackle and an end both headed to Pitt — and it certainly showed last season. The

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Mt. Pleasant head coach Jason Fazekas, during practice at Mt. Pleasant High School, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
Area’s new football coaches set to take on first season
August 14, 2017
The Viking Jacks are back. The pre-practice, pregame ritual that began at Mt. Pleasant under venerable coach Bill Elder in the late 1970s might not

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Shaler softball coach Skip Palmer in 2012.
Just-retired Shaler softball coach dies suddenly
Skip Palmer's way with words was something his Shaler softball players admired. In every situation, Palmer was able to disarm people with his tone. Sydney

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Deeper, more experienced roster to carry Shaler girls golf
August 13, 2017
Caught in the sand or stuck under the tree doesn't require taking big risks. When Shaler girls golf coach Samantha Smyers works with her team,

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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WPIAL football conference preview: Class 6A Northern Seven
August 8, 2017
The favorite Pine-Richland (7-5 overall, 4-2 Northern Seven in 2016) After losing to Central in the semifinals last season, the Rams are poised to rebound in a big way, with nine starters back on both sides of the ball. Led by one of the nation's top quarterbacks, Phil Jurkovec, Pine-Richland

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PIHL Penguin Cup Playoff Recap for Sunday, March 6th
March 6, 2011
The First Round of the 2011 PIHL Penguin Cup high school hockey playoffs take place Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th. However, before the pucks drops on the opening round, there was one Preliminary Round contest Sunday night to determine the final team in the Class AAA field. Here is the recap from that contest played at the Rostraver Ice Gardens.

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Shady Side Academy Wins PIAA Girls AAA Team Tennis Title by Edging Mt. Lebo
October 30, 2010
Last week, Shady Side Academy edged Mount Lebanon to win the 2010 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Class AAA Championship. One week later, history has repeated itself in the 2010 PIAA Girls Team Tennis Finals. The Indians once again got the better of the Blue Devils Saturday afternoon to bring state gold back to The Academy.

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