Author: Matt Grubba


North Catholic’s Jake Tomer celebrates with Jackson Paschall during their game against Seton LaSalle Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
North Catholic boys running full speed ahead into playoffs
February 7, 2020
North Catholic is coming into the playoffs running, that much is for sure.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone on Dec. 19, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Young Mt. Lebanon girls team continues to progress, develop
January 29, 2020
Most coaches will tell you experience and depth are two key elements that most successful teams possess.

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Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney (4), Kayla Walter (15), Tatiana Vasquez (24) and Nya Morris (1) celebrate after beating Penn Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills girls turn program around, emerge as WPIAL title contenders
January 20, 2020
Woodland Hills has been a team on the rise the last two seasons, but after their past seven days, the Wolverines look like contenders to reach a WPIAL final.

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Qitarah Hardison averages a double-double for the Monessen girls basketball team.
Monessen girls bringing storied program back to prominence
January 15, 2020
Monessen has a long, proud girls basketball history filled with WPIAL and state titles, but the past decade was a lean one for the Greyhounds.

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Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Mankins scores past Freeport’s Grace Soilis during their game Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Sophomore guard Mankins soaring for Greensburg Salem girls basketball
December 25, 2019
Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins has developed into a star for the Golden Lions.

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Valley’s Elijah Murray pulls down a rebound in the final seconds against Shady Side Academy last season.
Valley boys confident revamped roster can extend playoff streak
December 2, 2019
With playoff trips in each of the past three seasons, Valley boys basketball has built some consistency. Enough, the Vikings think, that a fourth trip can happen even with some roster turnover.

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Valley’s DeAisha James works out during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Valley High School.
Valley girls expect to build foundation for return to winning ways
It’s been a long, dark period for Valley girls basketball, but coach Ernie Sipolino believes there might be light at the end of the tunnel.

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Hempfield’s Sarah Liberatore, who will be a four-year starter, averaged 17.3 points last season.
Libertore leads a more balanced Hempfield girls basketball team
November 23, 2019
Hempfield has a player it can lean on in senior Sarah Liberatore.

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Hempfield’s Christian Zilli shoots the ball during a practice game against teammates on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 during boys’ basketball practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield hopes pushing pace results in postseason push
Higher expectations? Yes.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Ward lifts Greensburg Central Catholic to WPIAL Class A boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic’s boys soccer team has a WPIAL title, and it has a moment of individual excellence to thank for it.

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Central Valley’s Stephon Hall (25) celebrates his mercy rule-inducing touchdown with quarterback Ameer Dudley during the second quarter against Aliquippa Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Central Valley hands shocking blowout loss to Aliquippa
October 25, 2019
Aliquippa’s sterling record at home is a thing of legend, but Friday night, The Pit was overtaken by a Valley.

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Mt. Lebanon routs Norwin, looks forward to season finale
October 18, 2019
Mt. Lebanon will finish among the top four in WPIAL Class 6A, but Blue Devils coach Bob Palko thinks his team can produce more.

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South Park boys soccer savors return to section supremacy
October 15, 2019
Like other playoff-bound squads, South Park’s boys soccer team is eagerly awaiting the release of the WPIAL playoff brackets later this week.

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Clairton’s Brendan Parsons looks to make a pass during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Clairton contains Ben Jackson, rolls past West Greene
October 11, 2019
West Greene brought the WPIAL’s leading rusher to Clairton, but the Bears ended up being the ones running wild.

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Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz battles South Fayette’s Brent Goldstrohm for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
After claiming another section title, Franklin Reigonal sets sights on defending WPIAL crown
Losing 10 players off a WPIAL championship team a year ago, it made sense at the start of the season to think there might be a slight step back by the Franklin Regional boys soccer team.

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Woodland Hills goalkeeper A.J. Hill lines up to prevent a shot on net by Hempfield’s Jale Ballantyne (6) on Sept. 5, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
In midst of special season, Woodland Hills boys soccer no longer an easy out
September 30, 2019
They aren’t a ranked team, and they aren’t going to win their section, but something special is happening this year with Woodland Hills boys soccer.

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North Catholic’s Jake Tomer celebrates with Jackson Paschall during their game against Seton LaSalle Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Seton LaSalle High School.
North Catholic boys running full speed ahead into playoffs
February 7, 2020
North Catholic is coming into the playoffs running, that much is for sure.

Read More...

Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone on Dec. 19, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Young Mt. Lebanon girls team continues to progress, develop
January 29, 2020
Most coaches will tell you experience and depth are two key elements that most successful teams possess.

Read More...

Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney (4), Kayla Walter (15), Tatiana Vasquez (24) and Nya Morris (1) celebrate after beating Penn Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Woodland Hills girls turn program around, emerge as WPIAL title contenders
January 20, 2020
Woodland Hills has been a team on the rise the last two seasons, but after their past seven days, the Wolverines look like contenders to reach a WPIAL final.

Read More...

Qitarah Hardison averages a double-double for the Monessen girls basketball team.
Monessen girls bringing storied program back to prominence
January 15, 2020
Monessen has a long, proud girls basketball history filled with WPIAL and state titles, but the past decade was a lean one for the Greyhounds.

Read More...

Greensburg Salem’s Abigail Mankins scores past Freeport’s Grace Soilis during their game Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Freeport Area High School.
Sophomore guard Mankins soaring for Greensburg Salem girls basketball
December 25, 2019
Greensburg Salem’s Abby Mankins has developed into a star for the Golden Lions.

Read More...

Valley’s Elijah Murray pulls down a rebound in the final seconds against Shady Side Academy last season.
Valley boys confident revamped roster can extend playoff streak
December 2, 2019
With playoff trips in each of the past three seasons, Valley boys basketball has built some consistency. Enough, the Vikings think, that a fourth trip can happen even with some roster turnover.

Read More...

Valley’s DeAisha James works out during practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at Valley High School.
Valley girls expect to build foundation for return to winning ways
It’s been a long, dark period for Valley girls basketball, but coach Ernie Sipolino believes there might be light at the end of the tunnel.

Read More...

Hempfield’s Sarah Liberatore, who will be a four-year starter, averaged 17.3 points last season.
Libertore leads a more balanced Hempfield girls basketball team
November 23, 2019
Hempfield has a player it can lean on in senior Sarah Liberatore.

Read More...

Hempfield’s Christian Zilli shoots the ball during a practice game against teammates on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 during boys’ basketball practice at Hempfield Area High School.
Hempfield hopes pushing pace results in postseason push
Higher expectations? Yes.

Read More...

Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Tyler Solis presents his team with the WPIAL championship trophy after the Centurions defeated Winchester Thurston in the Class A final Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Highmark Stadium.
Ward lifts Greensburg Central Catholic to WPIAL Class A boys soccer title
November 1, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic’s boys soccer team has a WPIAL title, and it has a moment of individual excellence to thank for it.

Read More...

Central Valley’s Stephon Hall (25) celebrates his mercy rule-inducing touchdown with quarterback Ameer Dudley during the second quarter against Aliquippa Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at The Pit in Aliquippa.
Central Valley hands shocking blowout loss to Aliquippa
October 25, 2019
Aliquippa’s sterling record at home is a thing of legend, but Friday night, The Pit was overtaken by a Valley.

Read More...

Mt. Lebanon routs Norwin, looks forward to season finale
October 18, 2019
Mt. Lebanon will finish among the top four in WPIAL Class 6A, but Blue Devils coach Bob Palko thinks his team can produce more.

Read More...

South Park boys soccer savors return to section supremacy
October 15, 2019
Like other playoff-bound squads, South Park’s boys soccer team is eagerly awaiting the release of the WPIAL playoff brackets later this week.

Read More...

Clairton’s Brendan Parsons looks to make a pass during a game against West Greene on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 at Clairton.
Clairton contains Ben Jackson, rolls past West Greene
October 11, 2019
West Greene brought the WPIAL’s leading rusher to Clairton, but the Bears ended up being the ones running wild.

Read More...

Franklin Regional’s Zach Lorenz battles South Fayette’s Brent Goldstrohm for a header during their game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Murrysville.
After claiming another section title, Franklin Reigonal sets sights on defending WPIAL crown
Losing 10 players off a WPIAL championship team a year ago, it made sense at the start of the season to think there might be a slight step back by the Franklin Regional boys soccer team.

Read More...

Woodland Hills goalkeeper A.J. Hill lines up to prevent a shot on net by Hempfield’s Jale Ballantyne (6) on Sept. 5, 2019 at Hempfield Area High School.
In midst of special season, Woodland Hills boys soccer no longer an easy out
September 30, 2019
They aren’t a ranked team, and they aren’t going to win their section, but something special is happening this year with Woodland Hills boys soccer.

Read More...

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