Author: Michael Love


Rocco returns to lead Gateway boys bowling team
December 8, 2018
Despite losing four starters to graduation from last year's playoff bowling team in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League, Gateway senior captain Dom Rocco feels this season's Gators boys squad can develop into one that can make it back to the postseason. andquot;It's pretty exciting to get into competition,andquot; Rocco

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Expectations remain high for Plum girls bowling team
Brianna Pilyih made her Plum bowling debut in the 2015-16 season, and as a freshman, she helped the Mustangs girls to the state championship. She learned that year from some of the top performers in the history of Plum bowling. Three from that team -- Meghan Christman, Sarah Kirkpatrick and

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Fox Chapel defeats host Mustangs at Plum Tip-Off Tournament
December 7, 2018
With 3 minutes, 51 seconds left in Friday's season opener between Plum and Fox Chapel, Mustangs senior Lamar Whiting drained a 3-pointer to give his team a five-point advantage. The Foxes took control from there. With a strong final push defensively and from the free-throw line, Fox Chapel used a

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys basketball teams begin seasons in tournament action
The WPIAL high school basketball season begins Friday in gyms all over the region, and the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys teams open with tournament play. The Quakers will play at the Moon Tournament against Brashear on Friday at 7 p.m. Vincentian and Moon also will be in action.

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WPIAL field hockey all-stars announced
December 5, 2018
The Peters Township, Penn-Trafford and Shady Side Academy field hockey teams captured WPIAL championships in 2018, and all three were well represented on the All-WPIAL Division I and II squads released recently. Division I First Team Jessie Kolesar, Norwin Emelia Krakora, Mt. Lebanon Veronica Schratz, Peters Township Greta Schratz, Peters

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Plum girls basketball aims to take next step in WPIAL playoffs
November 29, 2018
The Plum girls basketball team hopes to snap a drought this season. The Mustangs have suffered eight straight WPIAL first-round losses since 2010. Before that, Plum squads went seven years without making it to the postseason. The last playoff victory was a 50-49 win over Ambridge in the 2002 Quad-A

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Plum boys look to rebound after disappointing 2017-18 season
The Plum boys basketball team took its lumps in uncharacteristic fashion last year. The consistent playoff qualifier and section-title contender dipped to 6-16 overall and 1-13 in Section 3-6A. The youthful Mustangs finished the season without a senior in the rotation. They spent the campaign getting used to a new

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Kiski Area girls want to keep arrow pointed up
November 26, 2018
After six seasons, the Kiski Area girls basketball team finds itself under the direction of a new coach. Nick Dizon, who served as a varsity assistant and ninth grade coach in the Gateway boys basketball program the past three seasons, hit the ground running in April and got to know

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Kiski Area boys basketball team returns plenty for new coach
Nick Smith's focus is full speed ahead. The 6-foot-3 senior guard on the Kiski Area boys basketball team is feeling energetic about the potential for this year's team as it builds with a new coach and a new system. The Cavaliers, with five starters back and younger talent pushing for

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Gateway’s Livingston looks to add to medal haul during junior season
November 23, 2018
The list is long: four WPIAL titles, two state championships, records galore in her two freestyle events, and accolades and praise far and wide. Gateway junior Olivia Livingston is well on her way to one of the most successful high school careers by a WPIAL swimmer, and she certainly is

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Apollo-Ridge girls basketball must adjust to playing up in classification
November 19, 2018
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball players were road warriors last season with several long bus rides for section games. That changed in the offseason when the Vikings decided to play up to Class 4A and received a section assignment with opponents closer to home base. Jim Callipare, beginning his sixth year

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In second stint, Fox hopes to guide Apollo-Ridge boys team into playoffs
When Greg Fox began his second stint as Apollo-Ridge's boys basketball coach in May, he felt he inhertited a team with a lot of talent that can make waves in and out of section play. Three sophomores who cut their teeth as varsity starters last year -- guards Keighton Reese,

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South Fayette holds off No. 1 Thomas Jefferson to claim WPIAL Class 4A title
November 17, 2018
With 2 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half of Saturday evening's WPIAL Class 4A championship game at Heinz Field, Thomas Jefferson senior running back Max Shaw found the end zone from 2 yards out. The touchdown, Shaw's third of the half, put the Jaguars ahead by two

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Plum slow-pitch softball team captures another league title
November 16, 2018
With figurative targets on their backs after claiming the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship, the Plum varsity players still turned away the competition this fall. The Mustangs brought home a second straight league title earlier this month, topping Seneca Valley, 15-3, in the championship game. andquot;The expectations were

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Plum slow-pitch softball team captures another league title
With figurative targets on their backs after claiming the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship, the Plum varsity players still turned away the competition this fall. The Mustangs brought home a second straight league title earlier this month, topping Seneca Valley, 15-3, in the championship game. andquot;The expectations were

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Plum’s Marra signs on to pitch at UNC Ashville
Gino Marra has some unfinished business to tend to with the Plum baseball team, but the Mustangs left-handed pitcher also has his long-term diamond plans set. The senior will play for Division I North Carolina-Asheville, and he made his decision final Nov. 14, the first day of the national letter

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Plum’s Scarpino recovering from concussion
November 14, 2018
A Plum ice hockey player has begun the road to recovery after suffering a head injury early in Monday's game against Penn-Trafford. Forward Anthony Scarpino collided with a Warriors player near the boards as play advanced up the ice. His head struck a glass partition that separated one of the

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Defending state champion Freeport ousted in PIAA Class AA volleyball semifinals
November 13, 2018
There will be no PIAA championship repeat for the Freeport girls volleyball team. District 6 champion Bald Eagle Area kept its undefeated season going and put an end to the Yellowjackets' campaign with a 3-1 victory Tuesday evening in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Clarion Area High School. The

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Freeport wants fast, furious start in PIAA Class AAA volleyball semifinal
November 12, 2018
Freeport enjoyed fast starts in each of its first two PIAA Class AA girls volleyball playoff matches. It took control immediately with a 25-12 victory in the opening game of its first-round contest against District 9 champion Redbank Valley. The Yellowjackets didn't let up and breezed to a three-game sweep.

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson a part of Pitt football surge
Dane Jackson, a redshirt junior cornerback for the University of Pittsburgh football team, was a part of a balanced defensive effort Saturday in the Panthers' 52-22 victory over Virginia Tech. The Quaker Valley alum and Cornell High School grad was one of three to finish with six tackles. Five of

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Freeport, Knoch and North Allegheny girls volleyball teams set for PIAA semifinals
November 11, 2018
The Freeport, Knoch and North Allegheny girls volleyball teams all remain alive in their quests for back-to-back PIAA championships. They will play semifinal matches Tuesday evening. Freeport swept District 9 champion Redbank Valley in the first round of the Class AA tournament and scored a 3-2 win over WPIAL champion

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PIAA sets boys soccer semifinal sites and times
Seven WPIAL boys soccer teams will be involved in Tuesday's PIAA boys soccer semifinals. A rematch of the WPIAL Class A title game pits Greensburg Central Catholic (19-2) against WPIAL champion Avonworth (22-0-1). The Antelopes scored a shootout victory in the teams' match for the WPIAL title Nov. 1. GCC

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WPIAL girls soccer teams set for PIAA semifinal matchups
The PIAA girls soccer playoff tournaments have reached the semifinals, and five WPIAL teams still are alive in their quests for state championships. All games are Tuesday evening. It will be an all-WPIAL matchup in Class A as WPIAL champion Freedom (22-1) will face Shady Side Academy (14-4) at 6

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Freeport volleyball team fends off North Catholic to advance
November 10, 2018
The Freeport girls volleyball team has been in many high-pressure situations the past several years. So the importance of staying composed through the ups and downs of a win-or-go-home match was not lost on the Yellowjackets players as they battled WPIAL champion North Catholic on Saturday afternoon in a PIAA

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West Allegheny hangs on to eliminate Woodland Hills
The Woodland Hills and West Allegheny football teams have developed a reputation for playing close and competitive games. In six matchups between the Wolverines and Indians played since 2014, four of them were decided by seven or fewer points. Included in that series was West Allegheny's one-point triumph in conference

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Freeport, North Catholic volleyball set for PIAA showdown
While preparing for Tuesday's PIAA Class AA first-round match against Redbank Valley, Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips stressed to his team not to look ahead to a potential quarterfinal clash with WPIAL champion North Catholic. The Yellowjackets heeded his advice and delivered a dominant three-game sweep over the District 9

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Plum’s Fischetti to play college softball at Northwest Florida State
November 9, 2018
For as long as she can remember, Gabby Fischetti has wanted to go south to play softball in college. With her recent decision to sign on with Northwest Florida State, a Division I program in the National Junior College Athletic Association, she is getting that chance. Fischetti, a senior all-section

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Freeport juniors Russo, Jack ready for ‘prime time’ in PIAA playoffs
November 8, 2018
Isabella Russo saw a couple of rotations for the Freeport girls volleyball team in last year's postseason run which culminated in a PIAA Class AA championship. The 6-foot junior middle hitter took advantage of training sessions at Pitt Elite in the offseason and returned this fall with expectations of an

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Quaker Valley boys soccer dominates Westmont Hilltop in bounce-back victory.
November 7, 2018
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team produced quite the bounce-back performance Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a 6-0 win over District 6 champion Westmont Hilltop. The Quakers, who suffered a loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL championship game last Saturday, got

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Freeport rebounds to sweep Redbank Valley in first round of PIAA playoffs
November 6, 2018
The Freeport girls volleyball team kept its goal of a second straight state championship alive Tuesday as it took down District 9 champion Redbank Valley in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets opened sizeable leads in each game and claimed a 3-0 victory at DuBois

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Hajdukiewicz’s five goals lead Sewickley Academy hockey to victory
The Sewickley Academy hockey team snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-4 triumph over Fox Chapel on Monday at Robert Morris University's Colonials Arena on Neville Island. The Panthers evened their record at 3-3 in the North Division as Matthew Hajdukiewicz scored all five goals to raise his team-leading

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Freeport volleyball sets sights on state title after coming up short in WPIAL
November 5, 2018
Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips was in an optimistic mood Monday after his team finished what he called a andquot;pretty upbeat and spirited practice.andquot; The Yellowjackets clean the slate and enter the PIAA Class AA playoffs Tuesday with the hopes of bouncing back from last Thursday's upset loss to

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Quakers hope to bounce back in PIAA playoffs
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team hopes to bounce back from its loss in the WPIAL Class AA title game when it begins the PIAA playoffs Tuesday. The Quakers (18-4) will face District 6 champion Westmont Hilltop at 8 p.m. at Richland High School in Johnstown. QV saw its 18-game

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PIAA girls soccer matchups finalized
November 4, 2018
The WPIAL girls soccer champions and other state qualifiers from the WPIAL have been determined, and those teams are set for what they hope are successful journeys in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are ready for first-round matchups in each of

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WPIAL girls volleyball teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
The WPIAL girls volleyball playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams that remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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WPIAL boys soccer teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
The WPIAL boys soccer playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams which remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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WPIAL field hockey teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
WPIAL field hockey champions Shady Side Academy (Class A), Penn-Trafford (AA) and Peters Township (AAA) and WPIAL AAA runner-up Pine-Richland begin the PIAA playoffs Tuesday. Shady Side Academy will take on Newporttin the first round at 2 p.m. at Latrobe High School. The tripleheader at Latrobe also will have Penn-Trafford

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Keller and Mattson split pair of matches at PIAA tournament
November 3, 2018
The Sewickley Academy doubles team of Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson went 1-1 Friday in PIAA Class AA girls tennis tournament play at the Hershey Racquet Club. The WPIAL third-place team scored a 6-1, 6-1 first-round triumph over the sister combination of Lilia and Davan Lion, the District 9 champion

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Aliquippa beats Freeport, inches closer to WPIAL title game
Aliquippa has its eyes focused on making the WPIAL title game for an 11th straight season, and it moved a step closer Friday at Ambridge's Moe Rubenstein Stadium. Led by Avante McKenzie's 102 yards and five rushing touchdowns on 17 carries, the No. 1 Quips (10-1) held off an early

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Plum football team gains experience during challenging campaign
November 2, 2018
The Plum football team took its lumps this season as injuries to some key players, youth and inexperience at several positions and a challenging schedule in and out of conference play contributed to a 2-8 overall record. But coach Matt Morgan said the team kept battling through whatever adversity it

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Kiski Area’s Shreffler hopes experience pays off at PIAA championship meet
Kiski Area senior Kierra Shreffler knows what the PIAA cross country course at the Hershey Entertainment Complex can deliver, and she hopes to run her best race there Saturday in her third and final attempt. andquot;The course at Hershey is very tough, mentally and physically,andquot; Shreffler said. andquot;To have those

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Deer Lakes rolls past Charleroi to qualify for PIAA boys soccer tournament
November 1, 2018
There was a sense of frustration among the Deer Lakes boys soccer players after Monday's shutout loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. The No. 2 Lancers fired off 26 shots in the game but were not able to score once in a 1-0 setback. The

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Sewickley Academy’s Hajdukiewicz among goal and point leaders in PIHL Varsity A
Matthew Hajdukiewicz leads Sewickley Academy ice hockey with 11 goals and 14 points through five games, and he is second in all of Varsity A in goals and tied for second in points. He has at least one goal in every game and tallied seven points (four goals, three assists)

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A-K Valley players to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs
October 31, 2018
Jack Colecchi Kiski Area, Sr., WR/LB The Cavaliers' veteran receiver is 20 yards away from becoming the program's all-time leader in receiving yards. He hopes to make an offensive impact Friday against top-seeded Gateway. He stepped up on the defensive side of the ball last Friday with a 100-yard interception

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Sewickley Academy trio set for PIAA tennis tournaments
After helping the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team capture the PIAA Class AA team championship last Saturday, team members Simran Bedi, Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson return to the Hershey Racquet Club this weekend for the state singles and doubles tournaments. Bedi, a sophomore and the WPIAL runner-up, will take

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Avonworth girls soccer ousts Deer Lakes in Class AA consolation
It was a win-or-go-home scenario Tuesday at Mars Athletic Complex for the Deer Lakes and Avonworth girls soccer teams. Only one spot remained in the PIAA Class AA tournament as the Antelopes and Lancers battled after both suffered semifinal losses three days earlier. Avonworth jumped to an early two-goal lead,

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Avonworth edges Springdale in WPIAL semifinal boys soccer showdown
October 29, 2018
After two close, defensive battles during the regular season, section rivals Avonworth and Springdale expected a similar outcome as they met Monday in the WPIAL Class A semifinals at Mars High School. That's exactly how it played out. Senior Sam Guzzo headed in a crossing pass from fellow senior Jason

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North Catholic clinches share of title with win over Deer Lakes
October 26, 2018
With the WPIAL playoffs right around the corner, the North Catholic football team wanted to keep rolling. The Trojans did just that as they jumped out to a four-touchdown lead on Deer Lakes after the first quarter, held a 47-point advantage at halftime and finished off a 64-3 victory in

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With young lineup set to return, future looks promising for Plum girls soccer team
The Plum girls soccer team's stay in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs was brief -- just one game -- but coach Caitlin Schuchert said her young squad continues to trend in the right direction after a positive overall campaign. andquot;We always set the bar high,andquot; Schuchert said. andquot;We came up

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QV’s Wicker defends WPIAL cross country title
Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker lived up to expectations and captured her second consecutive WPIAL Class AA girls cross country championship Thursday at Cal U (Pa.). She ran to a time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds, 28 seconds ahead of a field that included runner-up finisher Gionna Quarzo, a junior

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Strong showing for Riverview boys, girls at WPIAL cross country championships
October 25, 2018
The Riverview, Greensburg Salem and North Allegheny cross country programs compete in different classifications, but after Thursday's WPIAL championship meet on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.), they have something in common. They will have their boys and girls teams competing at the PIAA championships Nov. 3 in Hershey.

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Oakland Catholic’s Shupansky runs to 2nd straight WPIAL title
Oakland Catholic senior Hannah Shupansky mastered Slippery Rock's Cooper's Lake Campground course at last year's WPIAL cross country championships to claim her first WPIAL individual title. A change of scenery this year didn't deter Shupansky from again finishing on top. She turned away the rest of the field Thursday on

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy runners set for WPIAL cross country championships
The WPIAL cross country championships are Thursday at Cal U (Pa.), and runners from Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy are ready to test their mettle against the district's best. The Quakers will compete in the Class AA races, while the Panthers are in Class A. QV's Annie Wicker, Anna Cohen

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Deer Lakes girls soccer returns to semifinals for first time in decade
October 24, 2018
Ten years had elapsed since the Deer Lakes girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL semifinals. That decade-long drought ended Wednesday night as the Lancers, the third seed in the Class AA tournament, topped Quaker Valley, 2-1, in a quarterfinal matchup at Lancers Stadium. andquot;It was a hard-fought game,andquot; Deer

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A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
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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Seeger, Fox Chapel girls have high expectations for WPIAL championship meet
October 23, 2018
Sarena Seeger was satisfied with her first race on the Roadman Park cross country course at Cal (Pa.). The new site of Thursday's WPIAL championships also was the setting for Seeger's win last week in the Class AAA girls race at the Tri-State Coaches Association championships. andquot;It's a really difficult

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PIAA Class AA boys golf tournament continues Tuesday
Sewickley Academy junior JF Aber is tied for 19th, and teammate Austin Applegarth, a senior is tied for 25th after Monday's 18-hole first round at the PIAA Class AA boys golf tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Aber shot a 9-over 80, while Applegarth fired an 85. Quaker

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Knoch, Freeport girls volleyball teams get top playoff seeds
October 22, 2018
The Knoch girls volleyball team won its first WPIAL championship last year, capturing the title in Class AAA. The Knights' journey also took them to their first PIAA crown. Freeport fell one win short of WPIAL Class AA gold in 2017, but the Yellowjackets rallied in the state playoffs and

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WPIAL releases girls volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Knoch (AAA), Freeport (AA) and Bishop Canevin (A) are the top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs are set to begin. All four postseason brackets were released Monday. The tournament begins Tuesday with five preliminary-round games - one in AAA and

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Golfers from Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley set to tee off at PIAA championships
October 21, 2018
The PIAA individual golf championships begin Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, and Sewickley Academy senior Tatum McKelvey is one of the earliest starters. She will tee off at 8:40 a.m. in the girls AA tournament and golf with competitors from Districts 10, 4 and 2. Tatum's Panthers

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Kiski Area beats Plum, rolls into WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer quarterfinals
October 20, 2018
The Kiski Area girls soccer team scored four goals or more seven times during the regular season. The Cavaliers found the back of the net four times in the first half of Saturday's WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against Plum at home. The 4-0 final, Kiski's fourth win in a

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Late goal lifts Burrell girls soccer team past Yough in 1st round
Burrell sophomore midfielder Jordyn Kowalkowski scored 17 goals in 16 regular-season games. Her 18th of the season Saturday put the Bucs girls soccer team into the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals. Kowalkowski scored from 22 yards with 3 minutes, 27 seconds left to lift Burrell to a 1-0 victory over Yough

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Freedom rings up win against Apollo-Ridge
Freedom quarterback Zach Rosa completed a 14-yard pass to running back/receiver Jake Pail on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage Friday night. After two short runs, Rosa found Noah Yelk wide open for a 57-yard touchdown. Less than two minutes into the game, Freedom had the lead on visiting Apollo-Ridge,

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Plum runners set to test mettle on new WPIAL cross country course
October 19, 2018
After holding its cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground for numerous seasons through last fall, the WPIAL moved the event to Cal (Pa.). Teams and individuals had to switch their preparation for the new course at Cal's Roadman Park. Plum coach Adam Molinaro said his runners are ready to

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Gateway runners well-prepared for WPIAL championship meet
After holding its cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground for numerous seasons through last fall, the WPIAL moved the event to Cal (Pa.). Teams and individuals had to switch their preparation for the new course at Cal's Roadman Park. The Gateway teams got a good look at the course

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Quaker Valley football one win away from WPIAL playoff berth
The Quaker Valley football team is close to a WPIAL playoff berth in 3A. All the Quakers need to do is defeat Hopewell on Friday and they are in. They have won two in a row in Tri-County West Conference play and sit at 3-2 in the league and 3-4

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A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Class 5A Northern Fox Chapel (2-6, 1-4) at Armstrong (3-5, 1-4) 7 p.m. Friday at ESS/NexTier Stadium, Kittanning Last week: Mars 49, Fox Chapel 14; North Hills 20, Armstrong 9 Coaches: Tom Loughran, Fox Chapel; Frank Fabian, Armstrong Top players: Shane Susnak, Fox Chapel (Jr., 5-11, 175, QB); Isaac Ridinger,

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Boulos sisters help Deer Lakes capture Section 2-2A girls soccer championship
October 16, 2018
Separated in age by one year and one grade in school, sisters Abigail and Madeline Boulos have their own interests, hobbies and friend groups. At the same time, their close relationship unites them when things such as shopping or listening to music come into play. The quest for academic excellence

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams close out regular season with nonsection matchup
October 15, 2018
The Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams finished off the competition to capture their respective section championships. The Quakers ended 12-0 in Section 4-AA, and the Panthers went 11-1 in Section 1-A. With the playoffs on the horizon, the rivals will meet Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Chuck

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys golfers set for PIAA regional tournament
October 14, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Western Regional individual qualifier is Monday at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley own five of the 18 spots from the WPIAL. The 18-hole event begins at 9 a.m., and the top 22 finishers out of

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys golfers set for PIAA regional tournament
The PIAA Class AA Western Regional individual qualifier is Monday at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley own five of the 18 spots from the WPIAL. The 18-hole event begins at 9 a.m., and the top 22 finishers out of

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Keystone Oaks snaps 3-game skid with nonconference rout over Deer Lakes
October 13, 2018
Greg Perry was all smiles in the moments after his Keystone Oaks football team finished off a 50-0 nonconference victory over Deer Lakes at Dormont Stadium. The homecoming win improved the Golden Eagles to 5-3 ahead of next Friday's crucial Tri-County West Conference matchup at Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa.

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Plum hockey looks to regain championship after move back to Class AA
October 12, 2018
The Plum varsity ice hockey team experienced change in the offseason after a playoff trip to cap the 2017-18 campaign. One of those changes came in late May when 2005 Plum graduate and Mustangs hockey alum Phil Mains was named head coach. He took over the reins of the varsity

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Gateway hockey continuing to grow at junior varsity level
The Gateway ice hockey program is in a rebuilding phase in its second season at the PIHL junior varsity level. With five first-year players and four others in their second year on the 14-player roster, coach Shawn Jesih and his coaching staff are focusing on taking positive steps each practice

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Area referees step in at last minute to officiate game in District 9
October 11, 2018
A referee shortage threatened to cancel a high school football game in the heart of District 9 on Friday, but a trio of local officials stepped up and made sure the game would go on as scheduled. Lower Burrell resident Carl Arabia Jr., along with members of his officiating crew

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A-K Valley don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 7
October 10, 2018
Class 5A Big East Latrobe (1-6, 1-4) at Plum (2-5, 1-5) 7 p.m. Friday, Mustangs Stadium, Plum On the air: 97.3 FM, 1480 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Penn-Trafford 27, Latrobe 7; Plum 45, Albert Gallatin 7 Coaches: Jason Marucco, Latrobe; Matt Morgan, Plum Top players: Zak Williams, Latrobe (Sr., 5-9,

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WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis bracket set
October 9, 2018
The WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis championship bracket was released Tuesday, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley begin their title quests Thursday with first-round contests. The Panthers, the Section 4 champions with a 9-0 record, is the top seed and will host Southmoreland. The Quakers, runners-up to Beaver Area

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QV ice hockey team hopes to bounce back from loss in opener
October 8, 2018
The Quaker Valley varsity ice hockey team hopes to bounce back from a close loss in its opener as it faces Shaler on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville. The Quakers fired off 40 shots against Moon on Oct. 1 but fell short on the scoreboard,

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A-K Valley boys soccer teams look to lock up WPIAL playoff berths this week
Heading into the final week of the WPIAL boys soccer regular season, two Alle-Kiski Valley teams -- Springdale and Deer Lakes -- have secured playoff spots, while nine others still are alive but have work to do to be included in the tournament fields from Class 4A to A. Postponed

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Sewickley Academy girls tennis hopes to close out perfect section slate
October 7, 2018
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team hopes to complete an undefeated Section 4-AA slate with the finale Monday against Avella. The Panthers are 14-0 overall and 8-0 in league play. They have not given up a team point in all eight section wins. Sewickley Academy also owns nonsection triumphs against

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Plum slow-pitch softball chasing another WPISL championship
October 6, 2018
The Plum slow-pitch softball team won all 17 of its games last year and captured its second Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship in three years. The Mustangs have their sights set on another title this fall, and the senior-laden group has not slowed down in its quest. andquot;This team

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Valley takes down Apollo-Ridge to snap 5-game losing streak
Apollo-Ridge and Valley both came into Friday's Allegheny Conference contest thirsting to get back in the win column. Apollo-Ridge had lost three in a row, and Valley had dropped five straight since a Week Zero victory over Burrell. In the battle of the Vikings at Apollo-Ridge's Owens Field, Valley collected

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Riverview runners look to build off section championships
October 4, 2018
The Riverview boys cross country team graduated 10 from last year's WPIAL Class A runner-up team that also placed eighth at the PIAA championships. How the team would respond in 2018 with several holes to fill in the lineup rested on a mix of key returnees and a few varsity

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Quakers hope to build on overtime triumph
The Quaker Valley football team hopes to build on last week's 50-43 Tri-County West Conference overtime victory at Keystone Oaks with another conference road contest Friday at Waynesburg Central. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Quakers are right in the playoff race. QV now is tied with

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Sewickley Academy doubles team to play for a trip to states
October 3, 2018
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis duo of Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson will play in the consolation finals of the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament

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McKelvey shooting for second straight WPIAL golf title
October 2, 2018
Sewickley Academy senior Tatum McKelvey hopes to capture WPIAL gold for the second year in a row as she and 12 other golfers take to

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Kiski Area boys soccer looks to finish strong against section’s top teams
October 1, 2018
Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold knew Section 1-AAA would be competitive even before his Cavaliers made their debut after dropping down from Class

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams hope to stay undefeated in section play
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team, No. 1 in the TribHSSN Class AA rankings, is riding a nine-game winning streak, and it hopes to keep

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Quaker Valley football gets back in the win column with high-scoring overtime victory
The Quaker Valley football team is feeling a little better after Friday's wild 50-43 overtime victory over Keystone Oaks snapped a three-game losing streak. The

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Highlands defeats Ambridge for 2nd straight victory
September 28, 2018
For the first time in the 15 games of the Dom Girardi era at Highlands, the Golden Rams have a two-game winning streak. Highlands built

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Plum boys soccer keeping pace in competitive Section 3-4A
It took more than 80 minutes and a lot of physical and mental exertion, but the Plum boys soccer team was able to produce an

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Plum swimmer Taylor commits to James Madison
Devan Taylor is laser focused on her senior swim season at Plum. The school record holder in two individual events and one relay is hoping

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A-K Valley’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 5
September 26, 2018
Class 5A Big East Conference Penn-Trafford (3-2, 3-1) at Plum (1-4, 0-4) 7 p.m. Friday, Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last week: Penn-Trafford 70, Albert Gallatin 0;

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Peters Township’s Johnson fronts qualifiers from Youghiogheny AAA boys semifinal
September 25, 2018
Peters Township senior Parker Johnson shot a 2-over 74 to take first at Tuesday's WPIAL Class AAA boys semifinal at Youghiogheny County Club. He and

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Avonworth displays balanced offensive attack in Allegheny Conference win over Apollo-Ridge
September 21, 2018
Avonworth's balanced offensive attack was on display Friday night as the Antelopes ran and threw their way to a 42-6 Class 2A Allegheny Conference victory

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Gateway quarterback Majocha up to the task for top-ranked Gators
Late in the first quarter of the Week Zero opener against Mt. Lebanon, Gateway senior quarterback Brendan Majocha, making his first varsity start at the

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Plum girls soccer looking to contend for Section 3-3A title
A new classification and several new section opponents greeted the Plum girls soccer team after it moved down from Class 4A to Class AAA under

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A-K Valley football preview capsules for Week 4
September 19, 2018
Class 5A northern Hampton (1-3, 0-3) at Fox Chapel (0-4, 0-3) 7 p.m. Friday, James Burk Athletic Complex, O'Hara Township On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last

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Last-second finishes becoming normal for Highlands boys soccer
September 17, 2018
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker said the past week was pretty emotional for his players because of several dramatic finishes. andamp;#8226; The Golden Rams

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Franklin Regional’s Yan returns to WPIAL singles tournament
September 15, 2018
Hannah Yan began her varsity tennis career at the top as Franklin Regional's No. 1 singles player. She gained valuable experience going up against every

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Gateway golfers look to finish season strong
The Gateway boys golf team delivered its best performance of the season last Thursday against Fox Chapel at Murrysville Golf Course. Led by a 37

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Benedek leads Elizabeth Forward past Freeport in Big East Conference
Freeport entered the fourth quarter of Friday's Big East Conference clash with Elizabeth Forward holding a nine-point lead. The Yellowjackets were hoping to break into

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Knoch’s Laura Greb wins section singles title, eyes WPIAL repeat
September 13, 2018
As the defending WPIAL Class AA singles champion, Knoch sophomore Laura Greb is the hunted. She understands the other top players in next week's WPIAL

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A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Class 5A Big East Plum (1-2, 0-2) at Connellsville (1-2, 0-2) 7 p.m. Friday at Falcon Stadium, Connellsville On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Gateway

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Propel boys basketball programs hire head coaches
September 11, 2018
A pair of experienced basketball coaches will lead the high school boys programs at Propel Braddock Hills and Propel Montour. Rob Greenleaf, the new head

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Majocha, Davis shine as No. 1 Gateway routs rival Plum
September 8, 2018
The Gateway football team kept rolling Friday night at Plum's Mustangs Stadium. The Gators, No. 1 in the TribHSSN WPIAL 5A rankings and No. 2

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Experienced Franklin Regional girls cross country team looks to take next step
September 7, 2018
The Franklin Regional girls cross country team entered the 2018 season with experience as six of the seven runners who competed at last year's WPIAL

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Valotta leads Plum cross country teams into promising season
Angela Valotta didn't have the performance she had hoped at last year's WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships on the Cooper's Lake course near Slippery

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Fox Chapel cross country teams have high expectations
September 6, 2018
The Fox Chapel girls cross country team brought home the top prize in the state last year as PIAA Class AAA team champion. The state

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A-K Valley’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week
September 5, 2018
Class 5A Big East No. 1 Gateway (2-0, 1-0) at Plum (1-1, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday at Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last week: Gateway 27, Penn-Trafford

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WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for week of Sept. 2, 2018
September 2, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review and TribLive High School Sports Network's WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week of Sept. 2, 2018. WPIAL girls

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Franklin Regional boys, girls golfers aim for promising seasons
August 31, 2018
The Franklin Regional boys and girls golf teams have a mix of veteran and new talent, and both are off to strong starts this season.

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Franklin Regional avenges loss with rout of rival Plum
The Franklin Regional offense got it started less than two minutes into Friday's Big East Conference and season opener against rival Plum. Then the defense

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Inexperienced Gateway girls tennis team to rely on ‘determination, ‘sprit’
As the elder stateswoman and the only senior on the Gateway girls tennis team, Kyah Russell has placed a great deal of responsibility on her

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Valley girls soccer team has tough section road ahead
August 30, 2018
Daisha Keys voiced cautious optimism when talking about the early-season state of the Valley girls soccer team. andquot;I'm not going to lie, we still have

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Valley boys soccer continues playoff hunt with new coach
Glenn Francis came to the Valley boys soccer program in the offseason ready for a new challenge. The first-year Vikings coach has nearly two decades

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Week 1’s don’t-miss matchups in the A-K Valley
August 29, 2018
Class 5A Big East Plum (1-0, 0-0) at Franklin Regional (0-0, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Franklin Regional HS Stadium, Murrysville Last week: Plum 32,

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A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 1
Noah Hutcherson Valley, sr., TE/DE Hutcherson used his speed and strength to produce five sacks in last week's opener against Burrell. The Vikings hope he

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Riverview boys reload for another playoff run after hefty graduation losses
August 27, 2018
Eleven seniors, including eight starters, were lost from last year's Riverview boys soccer team that went 12-6-1 overall, 9-4-1 in Section 3-A, defeated Sewickley Academy

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Riverview goalkeeper Alyssa Cappa works out during practice Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at Creekside Park in Oakmont.
Deep junior class ready to help Riverview girls soccer return to WPIAL playoffs
The Riverview girls soccer team traveled a bumpy road last year in terms of wins and losses. The youthful Raiders squad finished 4-8 in Section

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Coaches association releases first WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason WPIAL girls volleyball rankings Monday in all four classifications. The rankings are based on submitted ballots

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Olivia Wood and Becca Kubler, junior, work on drills with members of the Gateway girl's soccer team during regular practice on Tuesday, August 21. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway girls soccer team sets goal of reaching WPIAL playoffs
August 25, 2018
The Gateway girls soccer team didn't win a section game last year. The Gators finished in last place in Section 1-3A. The Gators, coach Kelly

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Norwin’s Gianni Rizzo catches a 78-yard touchdown pass in front of Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye during the first quarter.
Norwin football snaps losing streak vs. Penn-Trafford
August 24, 2018
The Norwin football team had lost seven straight in the series with rival Penn-Trafford dating to 2011. On Friday, the Knights, No. 5 in the

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Plum girls tennis turns to new faces after major losses to graduation
Opportunities abound this fall for members of the Plum girls tennis team. Seven players moved on from last year because of graduation, including Julia Lawrence

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A-K Valley football preview capsules for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Nonconference Highlands at Plum 7 p.m. Friday at Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last year: Highlands finished 5-4, 4-4 in the Northwest Nine (4A); Plum was 3-7,

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Klay Fitzroy - Apollo-Ridge football
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week Zero
Seth Cohen Highlands, sr., QB/S The 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal caller begins his second full season as a starter. Cohen hopes Friday's opener with Plum is

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RiverviewÕs Devon Binz works out during a recent practice. Friday August 10, 2018.
Riverview, Binz ready to display improvement for ’18 season
August 21, 2018
Devon Binz's face lit up when he talked about how the Riverview football team has improved from the end of the 2017 season to now

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Burrell boys soccer looks to build winner
August 20, 2018
Burrell boys soccer coach Andrew Kariotis said his young team played its best at the end of last season. andquot;We improved so much as the

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Kristen Friday, a senior, will play No. 1 singles this fall for the Fox Chapel girls tennis team.
Knoch, Fox Chapel tennis teams look to maintain success
August 19, 2018
The Knoch and Fox Chapel girls tennis teams each captured section championships last year, and individuals on those teams made deep runs in tournament play.

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Burrell returning player Skyler Dale works out during a recent practice.
Burrell girls soccer motivated for more in 2018
Heartbreak last October turned into offseason determination for the Burrell girls soccer team. The Bucs saw their 2017 WPIAL Class 2A playoff runcome to a

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Riverview showing ‘total commitment’ under new, former head coach Massack
August 18, 2018
As much as things changed at the top in the offseason for the Riverview football team, they also stayed the same. Todd Massack, a coach

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Thomas Jefferson No.4 Shane Stump
WPIAL Class 4A breakdown: Thomas Jefferson to again face challengers for crown
Belle Vernon got the better of rival Thomas Jefferson in their conference clash last October. The 21-17 victory helped the Leopards capture the conference title

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Fox Chapel Cole Waxter works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Fox Chapel looks forward to ’18 season with revamped roster
With only two starters back on defense and one on offense, one might think the Fox Chapel football team is in store for a down

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Apollo-Ridge to lean on talented sophomores
When asked what is getting the Apollo-Ridge football team amped up for the 2018 season, sophomores Klay Fitzroy and Logan Harmon pointed to the new

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Peters Township White, Bentworth claim Tri-County golf team titles.
August 17, 2018
The Peters Township White (AAA) and Bentworth (AA) boys golf teams captured team titles Friday at the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association Championships at Village Green

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Football teams gearing up for Saturday scrimmages
August 15, 2018
After nearly nine months of waiting, WPIAL and City League football teams are ready to put on the pads and collide with players in a

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Gateway prepared to defend WPIAL Class 5A championship
August 14, 2018
The Gateway football team had one of its biggest seasons in program history last year as it won the WPIAL Class 5A championship - its

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Fox Chapel’s Waxter steps into bigger role as elder statesman
Just hours after the Fox Chapel football team began what it hopes is a return to the WPIAL 5A playoffs with the start of official

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Apollo-Ridge sophomore Jake Fello
Apollo-Ridge QB Jake Fello feeling confident for his 2nd season
August 12, 2018
When starting quarterback Kyle Fitzroy went down with an injury last year, Jake Fello got the chance, as a freshman, to navigate the Apollo-Ridge offense

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A-K Valley athletes benefit from off-season work for individual sports
August 10, 2018
Izzy Komaniak is enjoying a relaxing vacation with family in Puerto Vallara, Mexico this week, and since she's been there, the Riverview senior has devoted

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Gateway rising senior Bryce Washington works out during the Kohl’s Kicking National Invitaional Scholarship Camp July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Gateway’s Washington tests mettle against nation’s top long-snappers
August 2, 2018
Bryce Washington was having a strong start to his junior football season at Gateway. Through four games of the 2017 campaign, the defensive lineman and

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Steel Valley’s Hill, West Mifflin’s Parker, Penn Hills’ Smith commit to Howard
A trio of WPIAL football standouts plan to become teammates in college. Steel Valley's Todd Hill, West Mifflin's Parrish Parker and Penn Hills' Terry andquot;Tankandquot;

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After transferring from Central Catholic, Thomas brings championship experience to Penn Hills
July 19, 2018
Corey Thomas knew a lot about the talent at Penn Hills long before his transfer to the school from Central Catholic this past spring. The

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High school football camps are coming to a close and area teams are gearing up for the first game of their season. Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis (wearing #12) during practice drills on Tuesday, August 15 at Yuhas-McGinley Stadium. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Penn Hills’ Mathis preps for breakout season
July 14, 2018
Hollis Mathis put up big numbers last season from his quarterback position and led Penn Hills to an 8-4 record in Class 6A, a 3-3

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Josephs returns to bolster defense for WPIAL Class 5A champion Gateway
July 10, 2018
While the Gateway offense grabbed a lot of the headlines last fall during the team's run to the WPIAL Class 5A championship and the PIAA

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Gateway’s Courtney Jackson ready to build on breakout season
July 8, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Penn Hills’ Hardy counting down to promising ’18 campaign
July 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Gateway’s Davis looks to build on impressive freshman season
July 1, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Highlands basketball team members Alexa Marasco (left) and Jaharee' Holt (right) sit for a portrait on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Highlands High School in Natrona Heights.
Highlands basketball tandem on path to recovery
June 28, 2018
Jaharee Holt went after a loose ball heading out of play. She fell, landed awkwardly and felt a pop in her left knee. At that

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Abbie Pierson, a New Kensington resident and rising senior at St. Joseph High School, has been selected to an all-star team representing USA Gymnastics which will compete in Hungary in November.
New Kensington gymnast Pierson to compete with all-stars in Hungary
June 26, 2018
Abbie Pierson finalized obtaining a passport Tuesday that will allow her travel internationally this fall. The New Kensington resident and rising senior at St. Joseph

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Abbie Pierson
St. Joseph student fares well at state, regional and national gymnastic meets
June 20, 2018
Abbie Pierson, a rising senior at St. Joseph High School and a New Kensington resident, fared well in several gymnastics competitions this spring. Pierson, who

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Highlands Girls Basketball Coach Courtney Kordes, works with a group of players during the summer work out program.
New girls basketball coaches start preparing their teams
June 17, 2018
With close to two months since they were hired and with the summer beginning, new girls basketball coaches Nick Dizon (Kiski Area) and Courtney Kordes

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Valley's Darius Johnson catches one of his two touchdown passes during Friday's Foothills Classic football all-star game.
Darius Johnson leads A-K Valley contingent in Foothills Classic
June 15, 2018
Darius Johnson came into Friday's Foothills Classic all-star football game at Hempfield with a lot of confidence. The Valley standout got his chance to shine,

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Burrell's Jake Robertson works on passing drills Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Hempfield Area High School during practice for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's Foothills Classic All-star football team.
With rivalry aside, Burrell, Valley players join forces for Foothills Football Classic
June 14, 2018
Jacob Robertson experienced up close the intensity of the Burrell-Valley on Friday night football rivalry. He and his Bucs teammates were on the short end

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Hampton's Melinda Maers (16) competes against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Hampton.
Players selected to All-WPIAL, all-section girls lacrosse squads
June 13, 2018
The All-WPIAL and all-section girls lacrosse teams for both Class AAA and Class AA recently were finalized. Eight AAA teams and eight in AA were

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

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Olivia Miller performs her floor exercise routine at the USA Gymnastcis national meet in Cincinnati on May 13, 2018.
Gymnast Miller finishes Gateway career strong
June 8, 2018
Olivia Miller knew she would be a gymnast at Pitt since she gave a verbal commitment to the Panthers program as a sophomore at Gateway.

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Two dozen recent Plum graduates will continue their athletic and academic pursuits at the collegiate level. In front, from left, are Katherine Jones, Danielle Sypolt, Tifani McElhose, Kristin MacConnell, Jamie Denzer and Sara Pearlman. In row two are Brianna Bialota, Jackson Gildea, Corey Thomas and Jacob George. In back are Bernard Campbell, Jackson Rogers, Tanner Froehlich, Markus Cestra and Logan Simmons. Others transitioning to athletics in college are Haley Chiusano, Meghan Christman, Karrson Ewing, Ryan Kircher, Kole Lisovich, Callan Scharba, Shelby Shumaker, Dylan Tomko and Sydney Young.
Plum athletes set to begin collegiate careers
Members of the Plum High School Class of 2018 accepted their diplomas June 7. The ceremony capped an important chapter in their lives. A number

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Blackhawk guards Mackenzie Amalia (left) and Mady Aulbach work out together Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the high school in Chippewa.
Blackhawk’s Amalia gives verbal commitment to Robert Morris
June 4, 2018
Blackhawk rising junior guard Mackenzie Amalia announced her verbal commitment Monday evening to the women's basketball program at Division I Robert Morris. Amalia averaged 17

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Gateway softball enjoys improvement in ’18
June 1, 2018
Before the Gateway softball team began its season, first-year coach Scott Lewis said learning and skill improvement in every practice and game would be major

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson lunges toward the finish line next to Mt. Lebanon's Parker Reed during their Class AAA boys 100 meter dash preliminary Friday, May 25, 2018, at the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Gateway’s Jackson stays busy at PIAA championships
Gateway track and field was well represented in championship meets to close out the 2017 spring campaign, and those performances extended to the PIAA Class

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Former Plum player Mains set to lead Mustangs hockey program
When Phil Mains heard Plum hockey officials were interested in talking with him about their open head coach position, he was excited to see what

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Plum's Hunter Linhart competes in the Class AAA boys discus throw during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Plum’s Linhart excels at PIAA championships
Last year, Plum's Hunter Linhart placed 17th in the discus at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships at Baldwin. He refocused his efforts

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Brownsville teammates mob pitcher Dylan Brosky, as the Falcons celebrate after defeating Avonworth, 5-2, in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Brownsville tops Avonworth to claim 1st WPIAL Class 3A baseball title
May 30, 2018
Nearly two decades had passed since a Brownsville baseball team played for a WPIAL baseball championship. The Falcons suffered a loss to Waynesburg in the

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic celebrates after beating Serra Catholic in the WPIAL 2-A Baseball championship Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Field.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball wins WPIAL championship
May 29, 2018
With eight seniors in the lineup for Tuesday's WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship game against Serra Catholic at Washington's Wild Things Park, an experienced Cardinal

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Gateway’s Bryce Washington invited to elite camp for football specialists
May 27, 2018
Gateway junior Bryce Washington is invitated to the Kohl's Kicking National Invitational Scholarship Camp on July 21-22 in Milwaukee. Many of the nation's top kickers,

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All four WPIAL champs advance to PIAA boys singles, doubles tennis semifinals
May 25, 2018
Two WPIAL singles players and two doubles teams still are alive for titles at the PIAA boys tennis championships at the Hershey Racquet Club. All

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North Allegheny's Canyon Tuman competes against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Baldwin.
WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball all-star teams recognized
The WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball all-star first, second and third teams were announced between the Class AA and AAA championships games Thursday night at

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Derry's Jake Griffin defends on a spike by Deer Lakes's Dan Hutchinson Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball all-star teams announced
The WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball all-star first, second and third teams were announced between the Class AA and AAA championships games Thursday night at

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Short-handed Deer Lakes loses to Montour in WPIAL Class AA volleyball consolation
May 24, 2018
A return trip to the PIAA state playoffs wasn't in the cards for Deer Lakes boys volleyball. After losing the first two games of Thursday's

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Highlands' CJ Thimons ran a 4:38 mile run against Hampton Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Highlands.
High hopes for Highlands’ CJ Thimons at PIAA track and field
CJ Thimons finished fourth in the Class AAA 800-meter run at WPIALs on May 17. The Highlands sophomore ran a time of 1 minute, 55.75

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Deer Lakes' Tyler Osselborn serves the ball against Derry during boys' volleyball Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Deer Lakes, Montour meet in WPIAL boys volleyball comsolation
May 23, 2018
Two years ago, the Deer Lakes boys volleyball team, as the No. 3 seed in the WPIAL Class AA tournament, lost in the district semifinals.

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Mains returns to Plum as varsity hockey head coach
A sizeable portion of Phil Mains' growth in hockey came in the several years he spent as a player in the Plum program more than

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McCoy’s walk-off hit leads South Side Beaver baseball past Burrell
May 21, 2018
When Luke Virag lifted a ball over the right-field fence with two runners on in the top of the third of Monday's WPIAL Class 3A

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Gateway coach Bob Stoops congratulates Ethan Frenchik after completing a double play against Hampton during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
Gateway baseball reflects on 3rd straight trip to postseason
May 19, 2018
The Gateway baseball team was on the cusp of ending a WPIAL playoff win drought that extended more than two decades. The Gators and Hampton

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Valley’s Johnson defends WPIAL high jump title
May 17, 2018
Darius Johnson knew what it was like to stand at the top of the medals podium at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships

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Burrell girls relay golden again at WPIAL championships
The Burrell girls 400-meter relay team pulled off a four-peat Thursday at the WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin High School. The Bucs team

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Valley’s Buzzell seeks golden debut at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
Jared Buzzell is making his debut at the WPIAL track and field championships. The Valley senior sprinter missed out on an opportunity to run there

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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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Deer Lakes volleyball looks forward to WPIAL quarterfinals
May 14, 2018
Deer Lakes boys volleyball earned the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and received a bye into the quarterfinals as the brackets

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WPIAL releases boys volleyball playoff brackets
The WPIAL released its Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoff brackets Monday morning, and North Allegheny and Derry are the No. 1 seeds, respectively.

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Defending champions seek repeat performances at WPIAL meet
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA track and field individual finals are Thursday at Baldwin, and there are several athletes who will attempt to defend

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Sprinters lead Gateway boys into WPIAL meet
May 12, 2018
The Gateway track and field teams will be well represented at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships Thursday at Baldwin. andquot;There is a chance for

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Strong finishes lead Gateway baseball, softball teams to postseason berths
As with every other baseball and softball team in the WPIAL, the Gateway squads endured a number of early-season game postponements or cancellations and too

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Plum sending 5 athletes to WPIAL track and field event
May 11, 2018
Maddie Monick now is a three-time WPIAL qualifier in the hurdles who hopes to return to the PIAA championships in a couple of weeks. The

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WPIAL track and field championship heat sheets released
May 10, 2018
The heat sheets for both the WPIAL AAA and AA championships were released to the WPIAL website Thursday morning, paving the way for teams and

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WPIAL alums named to PAC softball all-star teams
May 9, 2018
The Presidents Athletic Conference announced its 2018 softball all-star teams and annual award winners Wednesday, and numerous WPIAL alums filled the lists. Selected to the

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Kiski Area softball holds off Armstrong to clinch playoff spot
May 8, 2018
The Kiski Area softball team is heading back to the playoffs. The Cavaliers topped Armstrong, 4-3, in their Section 1-5A finale Tuesday and clinched their

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Burrell girls settle for 2nd at WPIAL championship meet
May 7, 2018
As the defending WPIAL Class AA girls track and field champion, Burrell entered Monday's championship meet at Baldwin hoping to continue a trend among the

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Final WPVCA boys rankings released
The final Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association boys WPIAL rankings were released Monday, and North Allegheny and Ambridge remained in the top spots of the

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Coaches, campus led Gateway’s Jackson to choose Syracuse
May 5, 2018
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior ended a busy football recruiting process by giving

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Gateway senior John Paul Kromka runs through a drill with assistant coach Alvis Rogers during practice Saturday. Jan. 6, 2018, at Gateway.
Alvis Rogers set to lead Gateway boys basketball
Alvis Rogers was quick to put his name in the hat to become the new varsity boys basketball head coach at Gateway. He wanted to

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Deer Lakes throwers prepare for WPIAL meet
May 3, 2018
At the Allegheny Interscholastic Conference (Section 7-AA) track and field championships April 25 at Freeport High School, Deer Lakes swept the girls throwing events. Seniors

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Confidence growing for Deer Lakes volleyball players
May 2, 2018
With the WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs right around the corner — the playing pairings are expected to be released May 14 — Deer Lakes players

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Teams set for WPIAL track and field finals
May 1, 2018
The WPIAL team track and field finals are set after Tuesday's semifinal meets, and three of the four champions from 2017 will have a shot

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Deer Lakes softball belts 3 home runs to defeat Valley
April 30, 2018
The long ball served the Deer Lakes softball team well in Monday's Section 1-3A contest at Valley. Three home runs accounted for all four Lancers

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Shaler's John Kenst (25) and Owen Freiss (22) go for a block against Fox Chapel Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Shaler.
Western Pa. Boys Volleyball Coaches Association releases Week 7 rankings
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoffs are getting closer as teams prepare themselves for the stretch run of the regular season. The

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Gateway senior John Paul Kromka runs through a drill with assistant coach Alvis Rogers during practice Saturday. Jan. 6, 2018, at Gateway.
Alvis Rogers ready to take over Gateway boys basketball program
April 29, 2018
It was well known Alvis Rogers likely was going to be named the new coach of the Gateway boys basketball program before Thursday's school board

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Gateway grad Means runs record 100 time at Shippensburg invitational
Gateway graduate and Cal (Pa.) junior Jae'Len Means recorded the fastest time in the 100-meter dash in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference since 2006 with

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Members of the Burrell 400-meter relay, from left, Madi Walsh, Taylor Johnson, McKenzie White, Allee Kuhns and Oliva Kelly, warm up before practice Friday, April 27, 2018.
Burrell sprint relay takes aim at WCCA title
April 27, 2018
Taylor Johnson understands the tradition. She knows the standard that has been set by past members of the Burrell girls 400-meter relay, including the team's

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a pass in front of Archbishop Wood's Kevin Otto during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Jackson picks Syracuse
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior gave a verbal committed to the Atlantic Coast

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Deer Lakes's Tyler Osselborn gets a kill past Derry's Dom DeLuca Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes boys rally for dramatic victory over rival Derry
April 26, 2018
The Derry boys volleyball team led Deer Lakes two games to none in their Section 2-AA match Thursday at Deer Lakes High School. The Trojans

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Valley's DeAisha James edges out Leechburg Area High School's Mackenzie Fello and Burrell's Taylor Johnson in the girls 100 meter dash during the 7-AA Individual Championships Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Freeport High School.
Valley’s James impresses in debut track and field season
Before this spring, track and field wasn't on the radar of Valley sophomore DeAisha James. Basketball, softball and volleyball were sports more to her liking.

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Freeport's Austin Kemp is playing lacrosse and throwing the shot put and discus for the track and field team during the 2018 season.
Freeport’s Kemp displays multiple talents for lacrosse, track teams
April 24, 2018
As a thrower for the Freeport boys track and field team, Austin Kemp doesn't compete in running events during meets. But when a spot opened

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WPIAL team tennis semifinals postponed due to rain
Rain forced the WPIAL to postpone Tuesday's Class AAA and AA team tennis semifinal matches to Wednesday. Fox Chapel, the No. 1 seed in Class

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Shady Side Academy starting pitcher Colin Kilano throws against Valley high school in the second inning Monday, April 23, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Valley baseball holds off Shady Side Academy for key section win
April 23, 2018
Jim Basilone had a look of satisfaction on his face after Valley's 4-3 victory at Shady Side Academy on Monday. The Vikings coach knew his

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North Allegheny, Ambridge remain atop boys volleyball rankings
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs are only three weeks away, and the teams in contention are making their final pushes with tournament play as well

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Champions crowned at annual Beaver County Championships
Several athletes at or near the top of the WPIAL Class AAA and AA track and field performances lists were in action Saturday at the

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Bethel Park tops Deer Lakes in finals of Plum Invitational boys volleyball tournament
April 22, 2018
The annual Plum boys volleyball tournament attracted a diverse field of teams from both Class AA and AAA in the WPIAL and from outside of

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Kiski Area's Jean Starr, pictured during a recent practice at Kiski High School.
Starr rising for Kiski Area track and field
April 20, 2018
Jean Starr took extra precautions Friday in the girls javelin competition at the 54th annual Butler Invitational at Butler High School. Recent rain and snow

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Burrell baseball leans on 2-out lightning to defeat rival Valley
April 18, 2018
The Burrell baseball team scored four runs in the top of the second inning of Wednesday's Section 1-3A game at rival Valley. As it turns

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Shortstop Mackenzie Lake takes part in Plum softball practice April 10, 2018, in Plum.
Plum’s Lake continues to shine in sophomore season
April 17, 2018
Mackenzie Lake didn't wait. She knew what she wanted. When St. Francis (Pa.) landed on the Plum sophomore's recruiting radar, it was a process that

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Fox Chapel, Valley set to begin boys tennis playoffs
The WPIAL boys team tennis pairings for Class AAA and AA were released Tuesday, and Fox Chapel and Valley hope to make deep runs in

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Dizon hired as Kiski Area girls basketball coach
Nick Dizon built a basketball coaching philosophy and gained experience at the high school level as an assistant coach the past three seasons with the

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Courtney Kordes
Kordes hired as Highlands girls basketball coach
April 16, 2018
When Courtney Kordes graduated from Highlands in 2009, she had a goal of coming back to the district as a teacher and coach. Her mission

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Penn-Trafford's Mitch Nedley (left) and Jake Tappe compete at North Allegheny's tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
WPVCA releases Week 5 WPIAL boys volleyball poll
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 boys volleyball polls for Class AAA and AA on Monday morning based on a vote

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Fox Chapel sprinter Kate Carnavale runs drills during track and field practice on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Fox Chapel sprinter Kate Carnavale keeps injuries at bay to improve performance
April 15, 2018
Kate Carnavale always knew she was fleet of foot through basketball and other running opportunities. The Fox Chapel junior didn't get a chance to display

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Gateway softball benefits from on-field experience
April 14, 2018
The Gateway softball team won only two games last season. The Gators equaled that total through only four games this year with back-to-back victories over

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Another offensive spurt leads Freeport softball over rival Deer Lakes
The Freeport softball team again used a late-game outburst to capture a Section 1-3A victory. The Yellowjackets, who scored six runs in the sixth inning

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First baseman Alyssa Schofield takes part in Plum softball practice April 10, 2018, in Plum.
Plum softball hopes early success continues through remainder of season
April 13, 2018
Plum coach Jim McGrath said he liked what he saw from his team in early-season workouts. But with so much time spent in the gym

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Freeport softball scores 8 runs in 7th to rally past rival Burrell
April 11, 2018
For the second time in as many days, the Freeport softball team rallied late to pick up a Section 1-3A victory. On Tuesday, the Yellowjackets

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Burrell softball rides explosive offense to mercy-rule win
April 10, 2018
The Burrell softball team is off to a fast start in Section 1-3A. The Bucs have 28 hits in two section contests, including 13 on

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North Allegheny, Ambridge remain at top of WPVCA rankings
April 9, 2018
Bolstered by Saturday's victory at the Derry Invitational, the North Allegheny boys volleyball team remains in the top spot in Class AAA in the latest

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North Allegheny tops field to win Derry boys volleyball tournament
April 8, 2018
The North Allegheny boys volleyball team was a favorite to claim Saturday's Derry Area tournament, and the Tigers produced results to back that up. NA,

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Gateway track teams itching to compete
April 6, 2018
Cold temperatures, rain, wind and snow have messed with the early-season routines and schedules for the region's 100-plus high school track and field programs. The

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Fifteen-team Derry Invitational boys volleyball tournament set for Saturday.
Fifteen boys volleyball teams are set to do battle at the 24th annual Derry Invitational on Saturday at Derry High School. Penn-Trafford enters the tournament

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Weather forecast forces postponement of South Hills Classic
A weather forecast of snow, rain and cold temperatures forced meet officials to postpone Saturday's South Hills Classic track and field meet at Baldwin High

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Plum’s Ryan Kircher getting attention of MLB scouts
Many sets of eyes — and radar guns — will be focused on Plum's Ryan Kircher this spring. The senior lefty has established himself as

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Trio of Mt. Pleasant pitchers combine to no-hit Highlands in season-opener
April 5, 2018
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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Plum senior ace Kircher on radar of Major League scouts
Many sets of eyes, and radar guns, will be focused on Plum's Ryan Kircher this spring. The senior lefty established himself over the past several

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Freeport boys lacrosse can’t pull off another comeback
April 4, 2018
The Freeport boys lacrosse team rallied from multiple-goal deficits twice in West Virginia on Saturday to earn a pair of one-goal victories. But the Yellowjackets

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Boys volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL Week 3 rankings
April 2, 2018
The North Allegheny boys volleyball team owns the top spot for Class AAA in the Western Pennsylvania Boys Volleyball Coaches Association Week 3 poll released

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WPIALs meant a little more for Gateway swimmer Mears
When Jake Mears stepped on the diving board or was moving through the water during his swim event, he was alone with his thoughts. He

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Burrell's Faith Remich (right) runs drills during track practice on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Burrell High School.
A-K Valley track and field preview: Burrell girls hope to defend WPIAL team title
March 30, 2018
The Burrell girls track and field team hoisted the WPIAL Class AA team championship trophy for the first time last spring. A deep lineup on

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Peters Township head baseball coach Joe Maize celebrates his 400th victory with his fellow coaches and his players Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The Indians defeated Steel Valley 11-4 at West Field in Munhall. Maize is 400-225 in 34 seasons at Peters Township.
Peters Township’s Maize picks up win 400
March 28, 2018
Veteran Peters Township baseball coach Joe Maize won his 400th game Wednesday afternoon as the Indians defeated Steel Valley, 11-4, in a nonsection matchup at

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North Allegheny's Josh Bachinsky (22) celebrates during their tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
Coaches association releases Week 2 boys volleyball poll
March 27, 2018
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll for Week 2 has North Allegheny again at the top spot in Class AAA, while Ambridge owns the

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Deer Lakes volleyball sweeps Plum in early-season test
March 26, 2018
The Deer Lakes boys volleyball team used decisive runs en route to wins in each of the first two games of Monday's nonsection match at

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Valley's Jake McNabb warms up during pitching practice on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Valley baseball looking for fast start in Myrtle Beach
March 22, 2018
The Valley baseball team has escaped the grips of the unpredictable March weather in Western Pennsylvania and is opening its season Friday and Saturday with

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Valley's Madison Gatto warms up during pitching practice on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Valley softball sets sights on playoff berth
The Valley softball team last made the WPIAL playoffs in 2012. Coach Carol Perroz said despite some lean years recently, the pieces are in place

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Norwin’s Tulenko competes at PIAA meet
March 19, 2018
Norwin sophomore Ethan Tulenko made his debut at last week's PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, and he turned in a 26th-place finish in the 50-yard

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Quaker Valley’s Hubsch earns 7th place at PIAA swimming
Quaker Valley was well-represented in the championship and consolation finals at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Friday and Saturday at Bucknell. The

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Franklin Regional swimmers compete at PIAA meet
Franklin Regional swimmers took part in five events at the PIAA Class AAA championships last week at Bucknell. The Panthers had a trio of swims

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Penn-Trafford’s Kalik claims 6th at PIAA diving meet
For the second year in a row, Penn-Trafford junior Paige Kalik is a PIAA diving medalist. Kalik, this year's WPIAL Class AAA champion, was one

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Plum’s Taylor continues setting swimming records
Devan Taylor now is on the Plum swimming record board in three places. She added the 200-yard individual medley record in January, became part of

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Gateway swimmer Livingston adds to budding legacy
Olivia Livingston's portfolio her first two years as a swimmer at the high school level ranks among some of the top competitors in WPIAL and

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Shady Side Academy girls 400 free relay captures PIAA championship
March 18, 2018
The Shady Side Academy girls 400-yard freestyle relay came into Saturday evening's PIAA Class AA championship heat at Bucknell as the fourth seed. But the

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Highlands’ Blackburn leads Alle-Kiski Valley contingent at PIAA swimming
March 17, 2018
Rachel Blackburn reports to softball practice Monday afternoon as she starts to get ready for her spring high school season. It's a quick turnaround for

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Belle Vernon boys place sixth in AA standings at PIAA swimming and diving
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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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Maziarz captures PIAA diving title
March 16, 2018
When the high school swimming and diving season began in November, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic sophomore Kyle Maziarz didn't think he would be standing on

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Deer Lakes’ Morrison swims to 15th at PIAA championship meet
As the 14th seed for Thursday's Class AA boys 200-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships at Bucknell, Deer Lakes sophomore Adam Morrison felt confident he

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Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner earn silver at PIAA swim championships
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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Plum’s Taylor earns eighth-place medal at PIAA swim championships
March 15, 2018
After two previous trips to the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, Plum junior Devan Taylor knew what to expect, from the routines of getting ready

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North Allegheny boys set national record in 400 freestyle relay; team claims PIAA title
LEWISBURG — It was a year in the making. The North Allegheny boys 400-yard freestyle relay touched the wall first at the 2017 PIAA Class

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

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WPIAL swimmers set for Thursday’s championship finals at PIAA Class AAA meet
LEWISBURG - The North Allegheny boys swim team captured five PIAA AAA championships on Day 1 Wednesday at Bucknell University. The Tigers are hoping for

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North Allegheny boys strike lots of gold on Day 1 of PIAA swimming championships
March 14, 2018
LEWISBURG — The North Allegheny boys swim team is well on its way to defending its PIAA Class AAA championship. The Tigers captured five state

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

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Fox Chapel diver Cagley claims bronze at PIAA championships
LEWISBURG — Jonah Cagley found himself in third place after the first round of five dives Wednesday at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships

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

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Highlands Rachel Blackburn, swims the breast stroke during a recent practice.Wednesday Dec 6, 2017.
A-K Valley swimmers hoping to make big splash at state meet
March 13, 2018
Sixteen days will pass for Highlands sophomore Rachel Blackburn between her final swim at the WPIAL Class AA championships March 2 and her lone event

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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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Gateway girls bowling team earns berth in state tournament
After finishing undefeated in its section during the regular season and eighth at the WPIBL team championships Feb. 15, the Gateway girls bowling team had

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Springdale boys ousted by West Middlesex in PIAAs
March 10, 2018
The Springdale boys basketball team hoped to make an impact Saturday in its PIAA 2A first-round game against District 10 champion West Middlesex. The Dynamos,

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Plum’s Small, Penn-Trafford’s Barvinchak claim Western Pa. Regional bowling titles
March 9, 2018
Plum's Shannon Small and Penn-Trafford's Mike Barvinchak each captured singles titles at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Championships on Friday at Princess Lanes in Whitehall. Small

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Freedman steps down as Gateway boys basketball coach
March 7, 2018
Daryn Freedman on Wednesday evening confirmed he is stepping down as head coach of the Gateway varsity boys basketball team. Freedman said his desire to

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Lengthy layoff an obstacle for A-K Valley basketball teams
There aren't many secrets left between the Highlands and Franklin Regional boys basketball teams. The Section 3-5A co-champions will meet for the fourth time Friday

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A-K Valley swimmers awarded bids to PIAA meet
March 6, 2018
Kiski Area senior Josh Madzy was pretty confident his time in the 100-yard backstroke at last Friday's WPIAL championships would net him a spot at

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Times at WPIALs earn Westmoreland County swimmers spot at state meet
The PIAA on Tuesday released the automatic and at-large time qualifying lists for the Class AAA and AA swimming championships, set for March 14-17 at

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Shoop brings Riverview back to WPIAL swimming championships
It had been 17 years since a swimmer from Riverview competed at the WPIAL championships. But freshman Beth Shoop was determined to bring the Raiders

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PIAA releases qualifying lists for state swimming championships
The PIAA on Tuesday released the automatic and at-large time qualifying lists for the Class AAA and AA swimming championships March 14 to 17 at

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Stewart nets 4 goals to vault Burrell past Kennedy Catholic
March 5, 2018
The Burrell hockey team scored 101 goals during its 18-game regular season, easily the most in PIHL Division 2. The Bucs' offense continued to surge

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Plum’s Taylor, girls 200 medley relay shine at WPIAL meet
Plum junior Devan Taylor hauled in a pair of medals at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships last week at Pitt's Trees Pool. She swam

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Plum senior Jones to play hockey for Arizona State
Katherine Jones is looking to the future to help with her present. The Plum senior and one of the area's top girls hockey players has

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PIAA again delays release of qualifying lists for state swimming championships
The PIAA has adjusted the day and time it will post the automatic and time qualifiers to the state swimming championships at Bucknell University. The

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston collects two WPIAL golds, sets sights on states
March 4, 2018
After defending both of her WPIAL Class AAA individual championships last week at Pitt's Trees Pool, Gateway sophomore Olivia Livingston is setting her sights on

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PIAA postpones release of swimming state championship qualifier lists
Because of adverse winter weather that has impacted certain areas of the state, a couple of district swimming championship meets will not conclude until Sunday

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Deer Lakes’ Loper surprises himself with WPIAL runner-up finish in 500 free
March 2, 2018
When Deer Lakes sophomore Noah Loper touched the wall at the completion of his 500-yard freestyle race Friday at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships,

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Records set on Day 2 of WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
Three new records, numerous other fast swims and closely contested races highlighted the first session of the WPIAL Class AAA championships Thursday at Pitt's Trees

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Fox Chapel’s Filo takes silver at WPIAL swimming
March 1, 2018
Fox Chapel senior Joslyn Filo knew what it felt like to bring home a WPIAL second-place medal. But she didn't know what it felt like

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WPIAL swimmers break records on Day 1 of Class AAA meet
Three WPIAL records fell on Day 1 of the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt's Trees Pool. North Allegheny junior Jack Wright kicked off the

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Deer Lakes sophomore swimmers, Adam Morrison and Renee Robson, pictured Tuesday Feb 27, 2018, during a recent practice at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes pair set for WPIAL swimming encore
February 28, 2018
Deer Lakes sophomores Adam Morrison and Renee Robson made their mark last March in their inaugural appearances at the WPIAL Class AA swim championships. Robson

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Fox Chapel varsity hockey player Colby Zmenkowski scores a second-period goal against Greensburg Salem goalie Luke Parise during a game Feb. 5, 2018, at the Alpha Ice Rink in Harmarville.
A-K Valley hockey teams learn Penguins Cup playoff foes
February 27, 2018
The PIHL Penguins Cup playoff brackets were released Tuesday, and Plum, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Burrell know where they fit in for each battle

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Countdown to WPIALs: Upper St. Clair’s Jack Fitzpatrick eyes back-to-back titles in 200 IM
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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Plum swimmers, from left, Delanee White, Devan Taylor, Justin DeCheck, Charlotte Jones and Cara Gettings will compete at Pitt's Trees Pool March 1-2, 2018, in Oakland.
Plum swimmers seek WPIAL success
February 26, 2018
After more than three months of dual meets and practices of varying intensity, members of the Plum swim teams are on the cusp of the

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Countdown to WPIALs: Butler’s Laura Goettler has WPIAL record to defend in 200 IM
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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Gateway's swim team will compete at the WPIAL meet at Pitt's Trees Pool March 1-2, 2018. The team includes, in front, from left, Lauren Harper, Olivia Livingston, Savannah Plaskon, Amanda Pugliano, Jake Mears, Sydney Perry and Jessica Stroh; and in back, Michael Holmes, Luke Dipalma, David MacMurchy, Nathan Gabriel, Conor Farren and Sam Dipalma.
Livingston leads Gateway contingent into WPIAL swimming championships
Olivia Livingston understands she no longer is the hunter. The Gateway sophomore will be the hunted Thursday and Friday at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming

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Countdown to WPIALs: Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan hopes for grand debut
February 25, 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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Bell Vernon's Bryce Washington (33) drives against Ambridge's Aaron Hilzendeger in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
Belle Vernon boys basketball survives Ambridge’s rally at WPIALs
February 24, 2018
Belle Vernon made sure there wouldn't be another second-half playoff victory rally for Ambridge. The Bridgers, the No. 6 seed in the WPIAL Class 4A

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Apollo-Ridge girls lose to Neshannock, still have shot at PIAAs
Apollo-Ridge has a new rooting interest. After Saturday's 50-22 loss to No. 3 Neshannock in the WPIAL girls 3A quarterfinals at West Allegheny, the Vikings

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner has golden expectations
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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Highlands' Ramello Freeman scores over West Allehgeny's Isaiah Crowe during 4-A boys WPIAL quarterfinal action at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands boys watch big fourth-quarter lead fade before holding off West A
February 23, 2018
With his team holding a 21-point lead at the midpoint of the third quarter of its WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal Friday against West Allegheny, Highlands

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Countdown to WPIALs: Penn Hills’ Kimani Gregory eyes continued success
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL championship

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Fox Chapel Diver Jonah Cagley, pictured during a recent practice at Fox Chapel High School.Wed Feb 21, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Cagley among favorites to claim WPIAL diving gold
February 22, 2018
When the Fox Chapel and Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams met for section competition Feb. 8, spectators were treated to a mini WPIAL preview.

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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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Apollo-Ridge upends Charleroi in girls Class 3A playoffs
February 21, 2018
Apollo-Ridge got knocked down early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's WPIAL Class 3A first-round girls basketball game against Charleroi at Peters Township. The Vikings

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mars’ Andrew Pierre excels in distance freestyle events
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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Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk fights for a loose ball with California Area's Cochise Ryan during 2-A boys basketball playoff action at Gateway High School.
Zolnierczyk’s free throws seal Springdale’s 1st playoff win since ’08
February 20, 2018
An eight-point halftime lead for the Springdale boys basketball team had evaporated into a back-and-forth one-possession battle with California in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round

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Countdown to WPIALs: Indiana’s Payton Rayko in select company in Class AA
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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Kiski Area hockey clinches playoffs by eliminating Deer Lakes
February 19, 2018
The Penguins Cup playoff fates of the Deer Lakes and Kiski Area hockey teams came down to Monday's head-to-head Class A matchup at Frozen Pond

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Seven Plum seniors celebrated their college recruiting decisions Feb. 7 at the high school. Seated, from left, are Jackson Gildea (Slippery Rock, football), Jamie Denzer (Marietta, women's lacrosse), Sidney Young (Geneva, softball) and Dylan Tomko (Muskingum, football). In back are Kole Lisovich (Penn State-Behrend, men's soccer), Callan Scharba (Point Park, men's soccer) and Jacob George (Slippery Rock, football).
Gildea to join former Plum athletes on Slippery Rock football team
Jackson Gildea began his high school athletic career at Plum as a goalkeeper on the boys soccer team. He added kicking for football his sophomore

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Countdown to WPIALs: North Allegheny’s Mason Gonzalez has 4 titles to defend
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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Gateway wrestler Evan Whiteside (left) competesduring the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestlers prepare for section tournament
February 18, 2018
The Gateway wrestling team has put aside all of the invitationals and dual matches and is focusing on its postseason journey that begins Saturday with

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Countdown to WPIALs: Gateway’s Olivia Livingston aims to defend record-setting freestyle titles
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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Burrell's Shaun Gates grabs the leg of Riverview's Christian Tamburro in the 160 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Shaun Gates earns WPIAL title at 160, leads Burrell contingent into wrestling regionals
February 17, 2018
Burrell senior Shaun Gates finished third at 152 pounds at last year's WPIAL Class AA championships. His focus Saturday at Canon-McMillian was on loftier goals.

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Riverview's Christian Tamburro (left) is the first wrestler from the school to reach a WPIAL championship match.
Riverview wrestler Tamburro makes program history, reaches WPIAL final
Riverview senior Christian Tamburro has an opportunity to accomplish something that hasn't happened in the Raiders wrestling program in 30 years. Tamburro won his first

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WPIAL AA wrestling championships resume at Canon-McMillan
WPIAL wrestling titles will be decided Saturday at the AA individual tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Twelve wrestlers in each weight class, the top four

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Burrell wrestling sends all-time-high 13 to WPIAL individuals
February 16, 2018
The Burrell wrestling team got back in the practice room Monday after last weekend's PIAA Class AA team tournament in Hershey. The focus was on

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Bethel Park's Nick Konyk (24) and Spencer Bawcom defend on Peters Township's Adam Alavi in the second period during the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup finals Monday, March 17, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Charity outdoor hockey game between Bethel Park, Peters Township set
PIHL Class AAA rivals Bethel Park and Peters Township already have played two league games this season. On Tuesday, however, the Black Hawks and Indians

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Leechburg's Daesha Knight (10) drives to the net during their game against Brentwood on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
A-K Valley girls teams leaning on playoff experience
February 15, 2018
The St. Joseph, Leechburg and Freeport girls basketball teams made positive impressions during last year's WPIAL playoffs and punched tickets to the PIAA tournament. All

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WPIBL turning focus to singles championships
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League team championships took center stage this week at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell and Family Bowl-Away in Butler. But

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Freeport girls draw familiar opponent in WPIAL’s 1st round
February 13, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team is experiencing some WPIAL playoff déjà vu. For the second year in a row, the Yellowjackets will face Elizabeth Forward

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A-K Valley girls teams hoping for long postseason runs
February 12, 2018
The Leechburg girls basketball team missed the WPIAL playoffs in 2015, but that year, a group of freshmen began to form what would be the

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Franklin Regional girls fall short of playoff goals
After a campaign of promising basketball in 2016-17, which included a winning record and a trip to the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs, the Franklin Regional

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Plum wrestlers prep for section tournament
The WPIAL Class AAA wrestling section tournaments are just over a week away, and Plum's group of eight, coach Steve Stremple said, is getting a

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Highlands rallies past Freeport for 5th straight victory
With 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter of Monday's nonsection boys basketball matchup between Freeport and Highlands, the score was tied. The

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Burrell girls bowling team hopes regular-season success carries over to postseason
The Burrell girls bowling team finished its regular season Wednesday in some rare company in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League. The Bucs joined Gateway,

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Tri-State indoor track and field championships set for Saturday
February 11, 2018
The winter indoor track and field season in western Pennsylvania will be celebrated Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships at Edinboro University. Competition

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PIHL teams battle for playoff spots as regular season winds down
Several PIHL hockey teams in Division I (Class AAA, AA, A) and Division 2 have clinched Penguins Cup playoff spots and are working to position

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Riverview girls basketball finishes section play with win
February 9, 2018
The Riverview girls basketball team clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Thursday without playing. Northgate's loss to Sto-Rox meant the Raiders will

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

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Leechburg girls basketball team trounces Brentwood
The Leechburg girls basketball team is not taking it easy as it closes out the regular season and turns its focus to the WPIAL Class

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Plum, Riverview girls basketball teams control own destinies for playoffs
February 7, 2018
The Plum and Riverview girls basketball teams have followed similar paths this season. Both began with only one senior, several young starters and questions as

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Freeport's Madeline Clark scores past Burrell's Brittany Dunn Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
Freeport girls lock up 2nd in Section 1 with win over Burrell
February 5, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team added to its playoff resume Monday as it closed the regular season with a resounding Section 1-4A victory over Burrell,

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Plum girls remain in playoff hunt
With only one senior, one returning starter, several young players and several questions entering the season, first-year Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier said he

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Gateway football players ready to finalize college plans on signing day
February 4, 2018
The Gateway football team garnered a great deal of attention near and far this fall as it earned the program's first WPIAL title in 31

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Gateway football team celebrates memorable season with championship rings
A couple of weeks after the Gateway football team concluded its 2017 football season in the PIAA 5A state championship game, a plan began to

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

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams head into final week with playoff spots up for grabs
February 3, 2018
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Freeport girls fend off Deer Lakes for section win
February 1, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team had things going its way after one quarter of Thursday's Section 1-4A game at rival Deer Lakes. The Yellowjackets led

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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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North Catholic's Dani Short battles Freeport's Jenna Manke for a rebound during their game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Manke stands tall for Freeport girls basketball
At 5-foot-8, Jenna Manke often gives up a few inches to the player or players she goes up against in the paint. However, the Freeport

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Vincentian Academy's Olivia O'Brien battles Leechburg's Daesha Knight for a rebound during their game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Leechburg High School.
No. 1 Vincentian Academy too much for No. 4 Leechburg in Class 2A matchup
January 29, 2018
The Leechburg girls basketball team had won seven in a row heading into Monday's Section 2-2A matchup with No. 1 Vincentian Academy. The No. 4

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Franklin Regional's Abigail Ramey competes in the girls' 200 yard individual medley during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming championships Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 at Derry High School. Ramey won first place in the event.
After scoring snafu, Franklin Regional girls swim team awarded WCCA title
Members of the Hempfield girls swimming and diving team left Derry High School on Saturday with what they thought was a Westmoreland County Coaches Association

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Paced by 6 all-stars, Franklin Regional hockey enters home stretch
The Franklin Regional ice hockey team is in the thick of a balanced playoff race in the PIHL Class AA South/East division. The Panthers began

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Members of the Plum hockey team who competed at the 2018 PIHL all-star game Jan. 27, 2018, were, from left, freshman Joseph Costa, senior Dom Borriello, senior Colin Patton and junior A.J. Adamski.
Led by all-stars, Plum hockey makes playoff push
The Plum ice hockey team has been making a comeback recently in PIHL Class AAA. Last year's Class AA champion, coach Vinnie Somma said, has

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WPIAL rifle regular season concludes this week ahead of team and individual championships
Only two more match dates remain in the WPIAL rifle regular season, and teams still are in battles for a spot in the team playoffs,

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Area athletes bring home several firsts from second TSTCA indoor meet
January 28, 2018
The Tri-State Track Coaches Association hosted athletes from all throughout western Pennsylvania for a special Friday meet at Edinboro University. The meet, one of the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) goes up for a shot during their game on Fri. Jan. 26, 2018 at Springdale. Jeannette won 61-24.
With leading scorer Johnson sidelined, Jeannette rolls past Springdale
January 27, 2018
Both the Jeannette and Springdale boys basketball teams entered Friday's Section 1-2A matchup hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss in section play. The Jayhawks

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Kiski Area swimmer Joshua Madzy poses for a portrait during practice on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
Kiski Area’s Madzy, back with varsity, preps for WCCAs
January 26, 2018
Joshua Madzy is glad to be back. The Kiski Area senior didn't swim high school meets last year as he opted to concentrate on training

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North Catholic's Dani Short battles Freeport's Jenna Manke for a rebound during their game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Freeport girls hang with No. 1 North Catholic before falling
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic got the opening tip in Thursday's Section 1-4A matchup with Freeport, and Dani Short converted a layup after seven seconds. The

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North Catholic head coach Molly Rottmann celebrates her 400th win at the school with her team after defeating Freeport Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Rottmann wins No. 400 at alma mater
January 25, 2018
When the final buzzer sounded signalling the end of the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team's 47-33 victory over Freeport, the Trojanettes players surrounded

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Apollo-Ridge’s Elizabeth Penrose (14) attempts to drive around Freeport’s Asti Barstensky (3) in the first half at Freeport High School on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Apollo-Ridge girls focused on stretch run after last season’s collapse
Last season's stretch run was anything but ideal for the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team. The Vikings were right in the playoff mix through 12 games

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Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner warms up Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 before her team's meet against Valley at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Area swimmers and divers gearing up for annual WCCA championships
January 24, 2018
Westmoreland County's best swimmers and divers will descend on Derry High School on Friday and Saturday for the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships. Diving

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Deer Lakes girls basketball loses close contest to Knoch
January 23, 2018
A number of recent matchups between the Knoch and Deer Lakes girls basketball teams went down to the wire, including a five-point win by the

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Franklin Regional's Patrick Cavanaugh trains Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional’s Cavanaugh shows versatility in pool
January 22, 2018
Patrick Cavanaugh knows what it is like to compete at the WPIAL swimming championships in both individual and relay events. He earned a sixth-place medal

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Plum swimmers Devan Taylor (left) and Charlotte Jones train Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Plum.
Plum’s Taylor adds name to school record board
Devan Taylor already owned the school record for the 100-yard breaststroke when she added the record for the 200 individual medley at Plum's Jan. 11

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

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Highlands girls basketball team growing with each game experience
January 20, 2018
The Highlands girls basketball team is young this season and head coach Drew Jonczak said the players have grown through facing adversities in forms such

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during their game against Riverview on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 72-49.
Leechburg girls basketball gets offense going, tops Riverview
January 19, 2018
By the end of the first quarter of Thursday's Section 2-2A girls basketball game against Riverview, Leechburg had found its offense and the Raiders were

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Burrell's Tyler Stewart fires a shot during a game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
A-K Valley players earn PIHL all-star nods
January 18, 2018
The top hockey talent in the PIHL will gather Jan. 28 at Robert Morris' Island Sports Center, and Burrell coach Max Rickard said he's honored

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Burrell's Grace Omecinski drives past Valley's Anna Walkowiak in the first half Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Valley High School.
Burrell girls’ WPIAL basketball playoff streak in danger
The Burrell girls basketball team has an active streak of six consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances. The current Bucs players would love to extend that streak,

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Freeport coach Mike Beale coaches against Deer Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Freeport-Deer Lakes matchup intense as playoff chase heats up
January 17, 2018
Freeport boys basketball coach Mike Beale said he expected intensity between his Yellowjackets and Deer Lakes on Tuesday — with physical defense, players diving everywhere

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Freeport's Jalen Brown pulls up for a shot against Deer Lakes' Jared Colton Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Freeport boys top Deer Lakes to earn key Section 1-4A win
Aiden Skradski was in the starting five for the Freeport boys basketball team Tuesday in its Section 1-4A clash with Deer Lakes. It was the

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After death of freshman classmate, Freeport basketball teams help raise funds for various causes
The Freeport boys and girls basketball teams and their booster organizations, in conjunction with many others in the Freeport community came together Tuesday night to

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Franklin Regional swimming and diving team members eye additional qualifying performances
January 16, 2018
The Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams always are well represented at the WPIAL championships at Pitt's Trees Pool. That is expected to be the

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Burrell's Brittany Dunn is fouled by the Valley's Adriona Lyons in the first half Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Valley High School.
Burrell girls answer early challenge to defeat Valley
The Burrell and Valley girls basketball teams played even over the first six minutes of Monday's Section 1-4A matchup at Valley. The visiting Bucs then

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Plum boys basketball works through challenging season
January 15, 2018
The Plum boys basketball team again finds itself in a challenging section. Section 3 of Class 6A often is regarded as one of the toughest

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Plum swimmers Devan Taylor (left) and Charlotte Jones take a break during training for the 2017-2018 season Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Plum.
Plum swimmers making their marks in WPIAL competition
The Plum swimming team takes to the pool for a pair of meets this week with hopes of building on positive moments in and out

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Meghan Christman warms up before bowling on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at Nesbit's Lanes.
Christman, Mercurio lead Plum bowling teams
Meghan Christman is the defending Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League girls singles champion. With the talent featured throughout the WPIBL this season, the Plum senior

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Gateway hockey alumni winter event helps connect past with present
January 14, 2018
The Gateway ice hockey organization has fielded teams for more than 40 years. The 1975-76 team was honored and enshrined by the Gateway Sports Hall

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Gateway's Jordan Edwards drives past Woodland Hills' Ciara Turner during their game Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Gateway High School in Monroeville.
Gateway girls basketball team earning wins, showing improvement
Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams understands the uphill battles his team faces considering his squad has only one senior and lacks depth. But, he

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Freeport's Sidney Shemanski (22) looks to pass during their game against Valley on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at Freeport. The Yellowjackets beat Valley 55-15.
Key stretch looms for Freeport girls basketball team
January 13, 2018
When asked to break down the mission for his girls basketball team in the stretch run of the regular season, Freeport coach Fred Soilis kept

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Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow goes to the net under presssure from the Freeport defense during their game on Thurs. Jan 11, 2018 at Lower Burrell. Freeport won 48-37.
Sharrow’s scoring, rebounding key for Burrell girls basketball
January 12, 2018
Kaylen Sharrow's role for the Burrell girls basketball team increased last year as the Bucs continued a streak of six-straight WPIAL playoff appearances. That role

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Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow (1) drives to the net during their game against Freeport on Thurs. Jan 11, 2018 at Lower Burrell. Freeport won 48-37.
Freeport girls hold off Burrell rally in Section 1-4A victory
The Freeport girls basketball team built an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter of Thursday's Section 1-4A game at Burrell. The Yellowjackets

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Plum's Anthony Borriello celebrates with Nolan Puhala after Puhala's goal aginst Downingtown East during the class AA Pennsylvania Cup Championship Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Island Sports Center.
Plum grads gather for annual alumni hockey game
January 11, 2018
A tradition spanning two decades continued Dec. 29 as more than 30 Plum High School graduates and Mustang ice hockey alumni gathered at Pittsburgh Ice

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Kurpakus showing scoring touch for St. Joseph girls basketball
Last year as a junior, Chloe Kurpakus was one of three St. Joseph players to score in double figures as she averaged 12.2 points. Her

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St. Joseph’s Jones again making her mark on the court
January 10, 2018
Alex Jones was first off the bench for the St. Joseph girls basketball team last year, but coach Sally Ackerman looked at her as another

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Gators gunning for second section win Thursday in key matchup with Oakland Catholic
January 9, 2018
The Gateway girls basketball team plays a key Section 2-5A game Thursday at Oakland Catholic. The winner between the Gators (1-1) and the Eagles (2-1)

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Burrell bowling teams set to begin second half of section play
The Burrell girls bowling team placed 13th at last year's WPIBL team championship and finished only 35 pins from the top 10. The Bucs entered

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Plum wrestling in the mix for a section playoff spot
The top three teams from each wrestling subsection in WPIAL Class AAA qualify for the postseason, and Plum is right in the mix at 1-2

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Sewickley Academy scores early, often in win against Deer Lakes
January 8, 2018
The Deer Lakes hockey team hoped to improve its playoff positioning in PIHL Class A Monday when it hosted Sewickley Academy at Frozen Pond in

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Burrell hockey to return to action as playoff race heats up
When the Burrell hockey team returns to PIHL Division II action Jan. 15 against Kennedy Catholic at Pittsburgh Ice, it will end a nearly month

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Gateway's Mark Bozicevic practices Saturday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway’s Mark Bozicevic keeping opponents honest with 3-point shooting
January 7, 2018
The Latrobe and Gateway boys basketball teams engaged in an epic battle Dec. 12 with the Wildcats outlasting the Gators, 92-91, in two overtimes. Gateway

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Confidence growing for Gateway wrestling team
The young Gateway wrestling team continues to find its way in the 2017-18 season, and coach Ryan Sula said success on the mat is giving

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Freeport bowlers improving in inaugural WPIBL season
Every year, new teams debut in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League. Freeport joined this year, and coach Tom Livingston said team members of varying

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Gateway boys relying on defense to find success in Section 3
January 4, 2018
The Gateway boys basketball team started Section 3-5A play Dec. 21 with a lockdown defensive performance in a 44-23 victory over Kiski Area. It was

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Plum bowlers gain momentum after sweeping Franklin Regional
There was a little bit of frustration for the Plum boys bowling team heading into Wednesday's WPIBL East section clash with undefeated Franklin Regional. andquot;Even

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams get back to WPIAL section action
With a majority of the nonsection games behind them, WPIAL girls basketball teams in the A-K Valley turn their attention to the stretch run in

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams improving after period of struggle
January 3, 2018
The Springdale girls basketball team went winless last season and started the campaign with forfeits because of a lack of players. It was a low

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Kiski Area goes down to wire with top Class A team as playoff race heats up
Kiski Area was on the cusp of an upset victory in PIHL Class A. The Cavaliers had undefeated Bishop McCort on the ropes with a

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Proud to be a Gator! In a surprise assembly on Wednesday afternoon, Gateway High Principal Peter Murphy, gathered the student body together in the H.J. Furrie Sports Complex to acknowledge individual students, clubs, and organizations for their accomplishments this past year. Olivia Livingston seeded first in both 50 free and 100 free at PIAA State Swim Championships. She is undefeated in every high school race she swam, breaking the 50 free and 200 free school and WPIAL records. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway’s Livingston hoping to build on record-setting freshman season
Gateway sophomore Olivia Livingston, the defending WPIAL Class AAA 50- and 100-yard freestyle champion and record holder, came out strong in December in her quest

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WPIAL rifle teams, individuals set for section competition
The new year for WPIAL rifle begins with section play and the quest for a number of teams to qualify for the team playoffs early

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Burrell boys come up short in another close game
January 2, 2018
The Burrell boys basketball team was involved in a number of close games in December. The Bucs lost three games by two points or less

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Gateway's Olivia Livingston swims to a meet record in winning the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Gateway swimmers rack up records, qualifying times
December 30, 2017
When the Gateway swimmers and coaches arrived at the high school natatorium for practice last Thursday, they were greeted with cold temperatures as heating issues

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Burrell's Brittany Dunn competes during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Burrell.
Dunn drives Burrell girls in pursuit of another turnaround
December 28, 2017
Brittany Dunn's approach to athletics, both in basketball and softball, is to take nothing for granted. The Burrell senior basketball guard/forward, also a standout shortstop

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WPIBL leaders post big numbers through December matches
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional senior Kyle Wilkinson had perhaps the highlight of the first month of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League 2017-18 season. Last week in

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Valley girls pull away from Springdale with late surge
When the Valley and Springdale girls basketball teams met at the season-opening Springdale tournament Dec. 9, the Vikings earned a 16-point victory. Tuesday's rematch was

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Kiski Area's Austin LaPiana (44) takes a shot against Freeport goalie Morgan Penn (1) during their game on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning.
A-K Valley hockey teams gearing up for stretch run of PIHL season
With the PIHL regular season a little more than half complete, teams in playoff contention, including those from the A-K Valley, are beginning to look

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Young Plum team gaining experience through mat action
December 26, 2017
Plum head wrestling coach Steve Stremple said he is encouraged from what he's seen from the effort of his young team over the first few

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Brothers on Highlands swim team dedicated season to grandfather, A-K Valley sports figure
December 23, 2017
Cole Masarik has his sights set on earning a medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL championships and qualifying for states. The Highlands senior

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Kiski Area's Jared Curcio (right) wrestles Plum's Gavin James (left) in the 132-lb match on Wed. Dec. 20, 2017 at Kiski Area High School.
Plum wrestling coaches encouraged by early-season effort
Plum wrestling coach Steve Stremple examined his team's numbers coming into the season and concluded that it would be behind the 8-ball when it came

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Freeport misses mark at buzzer in loss to Indiana
Ben Beale made five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 15 points Friday as Freeport hoped to score a home win over Indiana, the Tribune-Review's

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Kiski Area girls basketball team hoping for more after ‘signature’ win
December 22, 2017
A section victory over Albert Gallatin late in the 2014-15 season snapped a 24-game section losing streak for the Kiski Area girls basketball team. Little

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Deer Lakes hockey ready for stretch run in PIHL Class A
December 21, 2017
The Deer Lakes hockey team got back in the win column in a big way Monday as it routed Blackhawk, 8-2. The Lancers, now 6-5

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during the tip-off tournament against Kiski Area on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 in Leechburg.
Leechburg girls driven to compete for section crown
December 20, 2017
The Leechburg girls basketball team is 4-1 overall heading into a Section 2-2A contest Thursday against Northgate. That one loss came at the hands of

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Proving that you're never too young to start bowling, Eddie Dully, 2, attempts to roll a ball down an alley at Family Fun Night on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Hosted by the Rosedale Beach Club, the event was at Sophie's Lanes in Penn Hills.
AK Valley boasts several of WPIBL’s top bowlers in early-season competition
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League is several weeks into its 2017-18 schedule and a number of A-K Valley competitors are at the top of

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Kiski Area girls snap long losing skid in section play
December 18, 2017
With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter of Monday's Section 4-5A girls basketball game between Plum and Kiski Area, the Mustangs held

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Kiski Area's Austin LaPiana (44) skates during their game against Freeport on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning.
Kiski Area hockey hopes to maintain winning streak
The Kiski Area hockey team suffered an 11-5 loss to undefeated Meadville on Nov. 20, but since then, the Cavaliers have won three straight games

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Gateway bowlers set lofty postseason goals
December 17, 2017
Heading into this season, Gateway bowling coach Joe Bowman saw the potential in his boys and girls teams. With everyone back for the Gators boys

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Gateway wrestler Evan Whiteside (left) competesduring the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestling making progress
Sophomore Evan Whiteside's first season on the Gateway varsity wrestling team featured a team-best 22 victories in 32 matches. andquot;Evan learned a lot last year,andquot;

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Burrell girls basketball team eyes fast starts under new coach
December 14, 2017
One of the things Burrell first-year girls basketball coach Meaghan Volek hoped to see from her team as it got into its early schedule was

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis explains a drill during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Alle-Kiski girls basketball teams find early success
December 13, 2017
Freeport girls basketball coach Fred Soilis said he saw some good things from his team despite season-opening tournament losses to South Fayette and Keystone Oaks,

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Apollo Ridge's Madalyn Moore (17) attempts to pressure Freeport’s Madeline Clark (15) during the first half at Freeport High School.Monday Dec 11, 2017.
Freeport girls basketball runs away with win over Apollo-Ridge
December 11, 2017
With a little more than three minutes elapsed in Monday's nonsection girls basketball game, Freeport had 16 points on its side of the scoreboard. Apollo-Ridge

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Taylor looks to improve record time for Plum swimming
Devan Taylor is the fastest girls 100-yard breaststroker in the history of Plum swimming. She proved it again last year when she set the school

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Gateway's Olivia Livingston swims to a meet record in winning the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Gateway’s Livingston returns to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
December 10, 2017
Olivia Livingston burst onto the high school swimming scene in a big way last year. She already was known as a high-level racer in club-swimming

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Deer Lakes swimer Renee Robson works on her freestyle stroke during practice Thursday, Dec. 7, at Deer Lakes.
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers hunt for hardware
Renee Robson made the most of her first varsity swim season. The Deer Lakes sophomore posted one of the area's top WPIAL finishes last year

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New-look Plum opens season with win against Gateway
December 8, 2017
With three new starters and several others playing their first varsity game, first-year Plum boys basketball coach Hart Coleman said he was anxious to see

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Auveonna Perkins, works out with the Girls Valley Viking’s during a recent practice. Monday Dec 4, 2017
Valley looks to add victories with deeper lineup
December 4, 2017
Last year, the Valley girls basketball team struggled with numbers. The Vikings started the season with eight players on the roster and were down to

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Valley boys basketball coach Mark Faulx during basketball practice on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Valley High School.
Valley boys look to maintain momentum after trip to postseason
Two years ago, the Valley boys basketball team had a season most would want to forget. The Vikings went 1-20 overall and were winless in

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Plum High School Basketball player, Mackenzie Lake drives to the basket during a practice on Nov. 29, 2017.
Plum girls learning new system under 1st-year coach Elsier
November 30, 2017
Alexa Seigh understood the process. The Plum junior and a number of her teammates went through the transition of a coaching change 18 months ago,

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Isaiah Horne, left, and Lamar Whiting, pose for a portrait inside the weight room at Plum High School on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.
Plum boys quickly adjust to 1st-year coach Coleman
When first-year Plum boys basketball coach Hart Coleman got settled into the position after his hiring in late June, he quickly realized his team for

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Gateway seniors Abby Herman and John Paul Kromka are all smiles after finalizing their college decisions during the NCAA National Letter of Intent early signing period from Nov. 8 to 15, 2017. Herman will play tennis at Seton Hill University, while Kromka will join the men's basketball team at Pitt-Johnstown.
Gateway’s Herman, Kromka make college choices official
November 26, 2017
November's NCAA national letter of intent early signing period has been fruitful for Gateway seniors the past couple of years. Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) and

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis explains a drill during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Freeport girls basketball sets sights on longer run
The Freeport girls basketball team put a longstanding drought to rest last season by winning a WPIAL playoff game for the first time since 2004

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Freeport captains, from left, Gavin Sradski, Jalen Brown and Ben Beale during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Freeport boys basketball hoping to build on last season’s playoff berth
The Freeport boys basketball team began last season with uncertainty as it took the court with four new starters. But the Yellowjackets came together throughout

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Freeport's volleyball captains hoist the trophy as PIAA Class 2A state champions after beating Delone Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown. Freeport won in four games; 23-25, 25-9, 25-23, 25-22.
Freeport volleyball celebrates special season
November 20, 2017
The Freeport girls volleyball team scheduled its season-closing banquet for Sunday evening no matter how far it advanced in the WPIAL or state playoffs. It

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North Allegheny sweeps Bishop Shanahan to capture PIAA Class 4A volleyball championship
November 18, 2017
Every member of the North Allegheny girls volleyball team wasn't born when the program last won a PIAA championship. The Tigers captured three straight Class

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Knoch's Kennedy Christy make a play on an Allentown Central Catholic shot during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown.
Knoch outlasts Allentown Central Catholic to win PIAA Class AAA volleyball title
JOHNSTOWN — The Knoch girls volleyball team saw its 2016 season come to an end in the PIAA quarterfinals. From that loss, the Knights players

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Freeport's volleyball captains hoist the trophy as PIAA Class 2A state champions after beating Delone Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown. Freeport won in four games; 23-25, 25-9, 25-23, 25-22.
Freeport rallies past Delone Catholic to capture 1st PIAA volleyball title
JOHNSTOWN — Freeport knew all about having to rally in the PIAA playoffs. The Yellowjackets lost the first game against District 10 champion Corry in

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Freeport's Lauren Lampas spikes on Corry's Monikah McCray during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball braces for another district champion in bid for 1st PIAA title
At the time the Freeport girls volleyball team played District 6 champion Bald Eagle and District 10 champ Corry in the PIAA Class AA first

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer celebrates with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Freeport girls volleyball set to wrap up season in PIAA title game
November 17, 2017
The Freeport girls volleyball team will hold its final practice of the season Friday afternoon. For the team members, it is expected to be a

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer celebrates with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Freeport girls avenge loss to Beaver, advance to PIAA title game
November 14, 2017
Hannah Mason got pretty emotional in anticipation of the final point that clinched the Freeport girls volleyball team's first-ever trip to the PIAA championship game.

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Plum set to induct new class of athletes into Hall of Fame
November 13, 2017
Plum graduates Anthony Cipollone and Jeff Hahn are members of their respective collegiate halls of fame. Cipollone, a 1988 Plum graduate, received enshrinement into the

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Plum baseball players make college decisions final
Each year, the Plum High School baseball program has a knack for celebrating a number of seniors who will take their talents to the next

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Freeport's Courtney Grubbs sets up a shot next to Sarah Hettich during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal against Corry Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball ready for rematch with WPIAL champion Beaver
As soon as Freeport finished its four-game victory over Corry on Saturday in the PIAA Class AA girls volleyball quarterfinals at Slippery Rock High School,

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Freeport's Sarah Hettich celebrates a kill with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal against Corry Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Amid program’s best run, Freeport girls volleyball team still hungry
The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrated making school history Saturday with dinner and a movie. After beating defending state champion Corry to become the first

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Gateway seniors Olivia Miller (Pitt, gymnastics) and Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) made their college decisions final during the recent NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period.
Gateway’s Jordan Edwards, Olivia Miller finalize college decisions
November 12, 2017
Jordan Edwards saw Gateway athletes celebrate their college choices on signing day year after year, and she knew some day, her time would come. That

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Freeport's Sarah Hettich blocks a shot by Corry's Ryann Brundage next to Hannah Mason during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball knocks off defending PIAA champs to advance to semifinals for first time
November 11, 2017
There will be a new PIAA Class AA champion in girls volleyball. Freeport stopped District 10 champion Corry's run to a repeat with a 3-1

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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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Freeport's Claire Crytzer (10) celebrates a point against Beaver in the third set during the WPIAL 2A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Baldwin.
Freeport volleyball hoping to reach 1st PIAA semifinals, but reigning champ stands in way
Haley Graham remembers the feeling, just two years ago, when Freeport last made it to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinal round. The junior middle hitter

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer (11) makes a diving play during their semifinal match against Serra Catholic on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Catholic.
Freeport volleyball’s stellar defense must step up vs. Corry
November 9, 2017
The Bald Eagle Area and Freeport girls volleyball teams were going back and forth early in the third set of Tuesday's PIAA Class AA first-round

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Freeport's Ally DeJidas (7) celebrates a point against Beaver during the fourth set during the WPIAL 2A volleyball championship on Saturday Nov. 04, 2017 at Baldwin.
Freeport sweeps into PIAA girls volleyball quarterfinals
November 7, 2017
CRESSON — The Freeport girls volleyball team ran the gamut of emotions after Saturday's five-set loss to Beaver in the WPIAL Class AA championship game.

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (1) makes a save during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
Springdale boys soccer regroups for PIAA playoffs
November 5, 2017
As Friday's 2-0 loss to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A title game was still fresh in the minds and on the

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Springdale's Logan Panza (39) battles North Catholic's Ryan Augustine (7) during in the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
CW North Catholic blanks Springdale to claim WPIAL boys soccer title
November 3, 2017
The Springdale boys soccer team's run to Friday's WPIAL Class A championship game was fueled by upsets against higher-seeded playoff opponents. The No. 7 Dynamos

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Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips celebrates with the team after defeating Serra Catholic in their semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Catholic.
Freeport girls volleyball aims for 3rd consecutive WPIAL title
Hannah Mason knows what it's like to go head-to-head in an intense battle with the Beaver girls volleyball team. The senior outside hitter and her

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Moon girls edge Mars to defend WPIAL Class AAA title on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium.
Moon girls edge Mars to defend WPIAL Class AAA title
It wasn't easy, but the Moon girls soccer team is a champion again. The Tigers took one-goal leads twice in Friday's WPIAL Class AAA title

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Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips celebrates with the team after defeating Serra Catholic in their semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Catholic.
Defending champion Freeport girls advance to WPIAL title game
November 2, 2017
Freeport ran away from Serra Catholic in Game 1 of Thursday's WPIAL Class AA semifinal at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The No. 1-seeded Yellowjackets were

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Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller bears down on the finish line to take fourth place during the WPIAL girls Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Fox Chapel leads way as A-K Valley runners head to PIAAs
The Fox Chapel girls cross country team made a charge at a WPIAL team championship last week at Cooper's Lake Campground. The Foxes finished as

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Fox Chapel's Jesse Cohen
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
Isiah Bauman Freeport, so., WR/DB Bauman (6-0, 165) caught a touchdown in last week's 34-6 victory over Valley. It was his second score of the

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Fox Chapel's Nicholas Gizzo (11) runs past Plum's Cam Anderson (20) for his second touchdown Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Plum.
Fox Chapel faces familiar foe Penn-Trafford in opening round
Nick Gizzo was a freshman the most recent time Fox Chapel made the WPIAL playoffs. It was 2014, and the Foxes, as the No. 15

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Freeport goalkeeper Jenna Manke gathers the ball from the net after Waynesburg's first goal in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Waynesburg girls soccer ends Freeport’s season
October 30, 2017
The Freeport girls soccer team hoped for a repeat performance. The Yellowjackets' run to last year's WPIAL Class AA title game included a victory over

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Springdale's Michael Mitchell moves the ball past Serra Catholic's Chris Salemi during their WPIAL first round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
Springdale boys soccer set for semifinal match
October 28, 2017
For much of the regular season, the Springdale boys soccer team worked on setting up corner kicks as high-level scoring opportunities. The players knew that

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Freeport's Jacob Sarver (#2) runs against Freeport's Isiah Bauman (#3) during their game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. Freeport won 34-6.
Freeport shows physicality in victory over Valley
Freeport came within seconds of posting its third shutout of the season. But a 45-yard scamper for a touchdown by Valley quarterback Alex Ward on

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Riverview senior Ben Barnes crosses the finish line to take second place during the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Riverview cross country follows Barnes to 2nd-place WPIAL finish
October 26, 2017
Ben Barnes battled the Cooper's Lake cross country course, many of the best runners in the WPIAL and a nagging back issue. In the end,

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Springdale boys soccer edges No. 2 Freedom to reach semifinals
October 25, 2017
Springdale knew of Freedom's offensive and defensive prowess that propelled it to an undefeated record in Class A Section 1, a 17-1 regular-season mark and

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Alex Bellinotti
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 9
Alex Bellinotti Burrell, jr., TE/LB The Bucs hope to end a tough season on a positive note, and the two-way standout is expected to be

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Springdale's Justin McClafferty celebrates his first goal with Brogan McCutcheon during their WPIAL first round playoff game against Serra Catholic Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for A-K Valley teams
October 24, 2017
Quarterfinals Class AA No. 12 Beaver (7-8-3) vs. No. 4 Deer Lakes (13-3-2) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca Valley On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No.

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North Allegheny's Alex Adams carries the ball past Plum's Jasmyn Floyd during their WPIAL first round playoff game Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Plum High School.
Plum girls soccer falls to North Allegheny in 1st round
October 23, 2017
It wasn't the start Plum had envisioned. As a result, it wasn't the ending the Mustangs wanted. North Allegheny jumped out to a quick two-goal

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Plum runners ready for WPIAL meet
Nick Kinek was used to running shorter distances in junior high cross country races. The increase to 3.1 miles for varsity competitions this season apparently

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Upper St. Clair bests Plum boys soccer in overtime
October 21, 2017
Four times in the regular season the Plum boys soccer team scored a goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie or take

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Wesley shines as Imani Christian routs Springdale
October 20, 2017
Tawan Wesley only threw 12 passes in Friday night's Eastern Conference battle between Imani Christian and Springdale, but 11 of them were completed. The Saints

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Fox Chapel's Josh Miller battles Plum's Callan Scharba for a header during their game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Fox Chapel. Plum won, 2-1.
WPIAL boys soccer playoff capsules
October 19, 2017
Class AAAA First round No. 16 Fox Chapel (9-8) at No. 1 Peters Township (14-0-1) 5 p.m. Saturday Winner plays: No. 8 Penn-Trafford or No.

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Springdale's Charlie Sprague
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 8
October 18, 2017
Matt Charlton Freeport, sr., OL/DL The veteran will be key on both sides of the ball in a matchup with Keystone Oaks that will decide

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Deer Lakes' Devin Murray moves the ball past Valley's Greg Guzzo during their game Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in New Kensington.
Deer Lakes boys soccer team excited for postseason
October 16, 2017
In Jordan Wiegand's first stint as coach of the Deer Lakes boys soccer team, he helped the 2013 Lancers snap an 11-year playoff-appearance drought. As

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Abby Herman, a senior on the Gateway girls tennis team, goes through a recent agility and conditioning workout with trainer Erin Racchini.
Much more awaits Gateway tennis standout Abby Herman
October 15, 2017
Abby Herman said the impending conclusion of her high school tennis career is bittersweet. On one hand, the Gateway senior can look back on one

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Freeport's Alec Parker (#27) battles Deer Lakes' Brendan Wangler (#25) during their game on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Deer Lakes. Deer Lakes won 1-0.
Deer Lakes boys soccer edges Freeport
October 12, 2017
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team had a two-sided goal as it hosted rival Freeport on Thursday in the Section 2-AA finale for both teams.

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sara Orndoff (left) and Apollo-Ridge's Mayce Anthony battle for the ball Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Owens Field. Greensburg Central Catholic won 1-0.
GCC girls stay atop Section 1-A after topping Apollo-Ridge
October 11, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic and Apollo-Ridge girls soccer teams share space with Shady Side Academy at or near the top of the Section 1-A standings.

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Freeport's Patrick Keeley
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 7
Seth Cohen Highlands, jr., QB Highlands nearly pulled off an upset of Montour last week, and the Golden Rams QB was a big part of

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Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) gets his head on a corner kick against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport boys soccer team eyes playoff run
October 9, 2017
Last year, the Freeport boys soccer team was unbeaten in Section 2-AA play. With a core of key returning contributors, the Yellowjackets hoped for a

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Mortty Ivy, an assistant coach with the Gateway varsity football team, is a member of the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 which will be inducted Saturday evening at the Doubletree in Monroeville.
Gateway Sports Hall of Fame set to induct Class of 2017
October 8, 2017
The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 began in the late 1960s with a founding father of Gateway's football success and continued to

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Fox Chapel's Paige Ryan competes during practice Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Fox Chapel field hockey counting on young players as it attempts WPIAL three-peat
Fox Chapel is the two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA field hockey champion. The Foxes knew they would get everyone's top game this season as they

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson (9) scores the Gators' second touchdown against Plum Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Plum.
Gateway QB Brady Walker throws 6 touchdowns in rout of Plum
October 6, 2017
The Gateway football team wasted little time getting scoring Friday night at Plum. Gators senior quarterback Brady Walker found Jeremiah Josephs for a 12-yard touchdown.

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Riverview's Devon Binz
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 6
October 4, 2017
Devon Binz Riverview, jr., RB/DB The major focus of the offense in recent weeks at tailback, Binz (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) hopes to break out against

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Burrell girls soccer gets section win over Springdale
October 2, 2017
The Burrell girls soccer team called upon its patience and perseverance Monday during its Section 2-AA game with rival Springdale at Buccaneer Stadium. The Bucs

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Plum's Callan Scharba controls the ball in front of Fox Chapel's David Shin during their game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Fox Chapel. Plum won, 2-1.
Plum boys soccer team chasing section championship
The members of the Plum boys soccer team met Saturday morning — early — for a light 90-minute workout to bridge the gap between last

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East Boros Sports Hall of Fame to enshrine newest class
September 30, 2017
Amy (Williams) Scheuneman was a star in soccer, cross county and track and field at Plum High School in the late 1990s. Just a few

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Springdale's Josh Harmon attempts to break through Riverview's defense when Riverview hosted Springdale in Oakmont, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Springdale tramples Riverview behind ground game that gains 278 yards
September 29, 2017
Legendary football coach Chuck Wagner was honored and celebrated in an emotional time of recognition before Friday's Eastern Conference game between Riverview and Springdale at

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Springdale's Devin Wilks (21), on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Logan Bitar Burrell, jr., RB/DB Bitar (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) is the workhorse for the Bucs' offense with 778 rushing yards and five TDs on 105

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (#1) blocks a shot by Riverview's Adam Walker (#6) during their game on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Riverside Park. The game ended tied 1-1.
Riverview, Springdale boys soccer facing crucial stretch in Section 3-A
September 25, 2017
The Springdale and Riverview boys soccer teams enter Tuesday's Section 3-A play date tied for third place with 5-2-1 records. But both the Dynamos and

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Apollo-Ridge's Logan Harmon breaks through the Burrell defense Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Owens Field. Apollo-Ridge won 28-19.
Apollo-Ridge freshmen lead ‘monumental win’ over Burrell
September 23, 2017
Apollo-Ridge faced a sizeable degree of adversity coming into its Allegheny Conference 3A game against rival Burrell on Friday at Owens Field. The Vikings lost

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Riverview keeper Jordan Zatawski (#1) blocks a shot headed by Springdale's Nick Taliani (#25) on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Riverside Park. The game ended tied 1-1.
Rivals Riverview, Springdale play to draw in 1st meeting
September 21, 2017
As the first half of the Section 3-A slate came to a close Thursday afternoon, the Riverview and Springdale boys soccer teams each had three

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Kiski Area's Ross Greece (2) , on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Noah Gillette Highlands, jr., LB The Golden Rams used a big defensive performance to upend rival Knoch last week, and Gillette (5-foot-10, 192 pounds) was

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Plum cross country runners Chris Izydore and Steve Leone compete against Allderdice Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Boyce Park.
Plum runners continue to lower times
September 18, 2017
The Plum boys and girls cross country teams were young at last year's WPIAL championships. The Mustangs boys took 18th, and the girls were 25th.

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Highlands boys soccer shows marked improvement, eyes postseason berth
A 4-2 home nonsection win last Thursday was the fourth of the season for the Highlands boys soccer team. The Golden Rams, 4-4, won just

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Plum hands Franklin Regional football 1st defeat
September 15, 2017
The Plum offense struggled over the first three weeks of the season. The Mustangs had scored just nine points, and they came on three Jackson

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Apollo-Ridge Vikings Kyle Fitzroy hands off to Logan Harmon during a recent practice at Owens Field in Apollo.Thursday July 27, 2017.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Logan Harmon Apollo-Ridge, fr., RB The Vikings are 3-0, and a number of newcomers have helped the cause. Harmon (5-foot-7, 190) tallied 82 rushing yards

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St. Joseph coach Matthew Skoda talks to his team during halftime of their game against Freeport Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Freeport.
A-K Valley boys soccer teams in transition gain early footing
September 11, 2017
The St. Joseph varsity boys soccer team tested its mettle Monday afternoon against an undefeated Freeport squad ranked third in the Tribune-Review's WPIAL Class AA

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Plum golfer Shelby Shumaker set to compete at Pebble Beach
Two years ago this month, Shelby Shumaker traveled to the Pebble Beach Golf Course in California to support older sister Samantha who played in the

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Valley's Vaun Ross (#5) is brought down by Seton LaSalle's Max Schipani (#10) during their game on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Memorial Field. Seton LaSalle won 37-14.
Seton LaSalle rallies to take down Valley in Allegheny Conference
September 9, 2017
Things started well enough for Valley in its Allegheny Conference game Friday against Seton LaSalle at Memorial Stadium. The Vikings scored on the first play

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Shady Side Academy goalkeeper Chester Todd makes a stop on a shot by Freeport's Hunter Hardin (#21) during their game on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Freeport Area High School.
No. 4 Freeport boys soccer tops No. 2 Shady Side Academy in lightning-halted game
September 7, 2017
With 16 minutes and 44 seconds left in the second half of Thursday's Section 2-2A boys soccer match between rivals Freeport and Shady Side Academy,

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Freeport's Kaylee Comperatore (#15) kicks a shot for a goal in the first half of the soccer game against Burrell on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Burrell High School.
Burrell, Freeport girls soccer clash suspended by weather
September 6, 2017
Mother Nature didn't let the Freeport and Burrell girls soccer teams finish their Section 2-AA opener Wednesday evening at Burrell High School. Lightning caused a

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Burrell's Logan Bitar
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 2
Logan Bitar Burrell, jr., RB/DB Despite his team's 12-6 loss to Hopewell on Friday, Bitar (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) tallied 185 yards on 23 carries and

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Plum volleyball not satisfied with ’16 finish
September 4, 2017
Carly Bonk saw her Plum varsity girls volleyball team make strides throughout last season, and those improvements culminated in a third-place finish in Section 4

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Plum basketball coach Steve Elsier during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at Plum High School.
Plum’s Elsier settles in as girls basketball coach
September 3, 2017
Steve Elsier finds himself in unfamiliar territory as the new Plum girls basketball coach, but he is not unfamiliar to coaching at the high school

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Keystone Oaks scores twice in 4th quarter to rally past Valley
September 1, 2017
Through three quarters of Friday's season-opening Allegheny Conference clash with Valley at Dormont Stadium, Keystone Oaks had just three points on its side of the

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Riverview's Ben Blacksmith
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 1
August 30, 2017
Ben Blacksmith Riverview, jr., WR/DB Blacksmith is one of several on a still-young team with returning experience from a playoff squad. Blacksmith (6-foot, 160) should

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Former Biglerville coach Elsier to lead Plum girls
August 28, 2017
A summer search at Plum has landed a new varsity girls basketball coach. Steve Elsier, the boys varsity coach at District 3's Biglerville High School

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Plum boys soccer team looking for more this season after successful 2016
August 27, 2017
Last season was one of growth for the members of the Plum boys soccer team. The Mustangs turned things around from a 2-9-1 section record

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Plum girls soccer coach Caitlin Schuchert directs a recent practice.
Plum girls soccer team eyes next step after winning sectional title
The Plum girls soccer team snapped a long drought last fall, capturing its first section championship since 1988. The Mustangs clinched a tie for the

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Leechburg quarterback Bret Kardos leads the team onto the field before their game against Apollo-Ridge on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Leechburg. Apollo-Ridge won 34-7.
Fitzroy leads Apollo-Ridge in rout of Leechburg
August 26, 2017
Apollo-Ridge's Kyle Fitzroy connected with younger brother Klay on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter of Friday's

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Kiski Area's Drew DiNunzio-Biss (25), on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week Zero
August 24, 2017
Drew DiNunzio-Biss Kiski Area, RB/LB, jr. The Cavaliers' veteran will try to pick up where he left off last season against Canon-McMillan on Friday. DiNunzio-Biss

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High school football camps are coming to a close and area teams are gearing up for the first game of their season. RB Isaiah Cameron (wearing #24) carries the ball during the Gateway Gators afternoon practice on Wednesday, August 16. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway football team motivated by how its 2016 season ended
August 20, 2017
Five seconds. That's all that separated Gateway from last year's WPIAL 5A championship game at Heinz Field. But McKeesport's dramatic last-second Hail Mary touchdown in

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Riverview's Billy Conley works out during the first day of practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2017.
Riverview football has big plans for transfer Conley
Riverview sophomore offensive lineman and defensive end Zach Hanlon said the young Raiders, with numbers in the low 20s, will need to overcome adversities this

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Senior Breanna Murray practices drills Thrusday, August 17 at Apollo-Ridge high school.
Apollo-Ridge girls soccer keeps building
Three years ago, a group of girls set out on a journey to establish a soccer program at Apollo-Ridge. The foundation was set for future

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Austin Romanchak runs the ball back after an interception during practice Aug. 9, 2017.
Dual-threat Romanchak ready to lead Freeport back to playoffs
August 15, 2017
Austin Romanchak grew up with a mentor in his backyard. He watched his older brother, Andrew, develop his athletic skills and mold himself into a

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Burrell tight end Alex Bellinotti runs drills during a workout Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the high school practice field.
Alex Bellinotti leads Burrell football into season
August 12, 2017
Two years ago, as a freshman, Burrell's Alex Bellinotti got his chance to show what he could do with playing time on offense, defense and

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Plum graduate Joyce recognized for perseverance, courage
August 7, 2017
Steven Joyce finished his Stampede in the Park 5K race July 22 in eighth place with a time of 19 minutes, 50 seconds. The 23-year-old

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Gateway football hopes 7-on-7 success can translate into wins
August 6, 2017
Preseason camp for WPIAL high school football begins early Monday morning. Gateway has its sights set on a strong season in Class 5A. The Gators

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Rocco returns to lead Gateway boys bowling team
December 8, 2018
Despite losing four starters to graduation from last year's playoff bowling team in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League, Gateway senior captain Dom Rocco feels this season's Gators boys squad can develop into one that can make it back to the postseason. andquot;It's pretty exciting to get into competition,andquot; Rocco

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Expectations remain high for Plum girls bowling team
Brianna Pilyih made her Plum bowling debut in the 2015-16 season, and as a freshman, she helped the Mustangs girls to the state championship. She learned that year from some of the top performers in the history of Plum bowling. Three from that team -- Meghan Christman, Sarah Kirkpatrick and

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Fox Chapel defeats host Mustangs at Plum Tip-Off Tournament
December 7, 2018
With 3 minutes, 51 seconds left in Friday's season opener between Plum and Fox Chapel, Mustangs senior Lamar Whiting drained a 3-pointer to give his team a five-point advantage. The Foxes took control from there. With a strong final push defensively and from the free-throw line, Fox Chapel used a

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys basketball teams begin seasons in tournament action
The WPIAL high school basketball season begins Friday in gyms all over the region, and the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys teams open with tournament play. The Quakers will play at the Moon Tournament against Brashear on Friday at 7 p.m. Vincentian and Moon also will be in action.

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WPIAL field hockey all-stars announced
December 5, 2018
The Peters Township, Penn-Trafford and Shady Side Academy field hockey teams captured WPIAL championships in 2018, and all three were well represented on the All-WPIAL Division I and II squads released recently. Division I First Team Jessie Kolesar, Norwin Emelia Krakora, Mt. Lebanon Veronica Schratz, Peters Township Greta Schratz, Peters

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Plum girls basketball aims to take next step in WPIAL playoffs
November 29, 2018
The Plum girls basketball team hopes to snap a drought this season. The Mustangs have suffered eight straight WPIAL first-round losses since 2010. Before that, Plum squads went seven years without making it to the postseason. The last playoff victory was a 50-49 win over Ambridge in the 2002 Quad-A

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Plum boys look to rebound after disappointing 2017-18 season
The Plum boys basketball team took its lumps in uncharacteristic fashion last year. The consistent playoff qualifier and section-title contender dipped to 6-16 overall and 1-13 in Section 3-6A. The youthful Mustangs finished the season without a senior in the rotation. They spent the campaign getting used to a new

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Kiski Area girls want to keep arrow pointed up
November 26, 2018
After six seasons, the Kiski Area girls basketball team finds itself under the direction of a new coach. Nick Dizon, who served as a varsity assistant and ninth grade coach in the Gateway boys basketball program the past three seasons, hit the ground running in April and got to know

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Kiski Area boys basketball team returns plenty for new coach
Nick Smith's focus is full speed ahead. The 6-foot-3 senior guard on the Kiski Area boys basketball team is feeling energetic about the potential for this year's team as it builds with a new coach and a new system. The Cavaliers, with five starters back and younger talent pushing for

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Gateway’s Livingston looks to add to medal haul during junior season
November 23, 2018
The list is long: four WPIAL titles, two state championships, records galore in her two freestyle events, and accolades and praise far and wide. Gateway junior Olivia Livingston is well on her way to one of the most successful high school careers by a WPIAL swimmer, and she certainly is

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Apollo-Ridge girls basketball must adjust to playing up in classification
November 19, 2018
The Apollo-Ridge girls basketball players were road warriors last season with several long bus rides for section games. That changed in the offseason when the Vikings decided to play up to Class 4A and received a section assignment with opponents closer to home base. Jim Callipare, beginning his sixth year

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In second stint, Fox hopes to guide Apollo-Ridge boys team into playoffs
When Greg Fox began his second stint as Apollo-Ridge's boys basketball coach in May, he felt he inhertited a team with a lot of talent that can make waves in and out of section play. Three sophomores who cut their teeth as varsity starters last year -- guards Keighton Reese,

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South Fayette holds off No. 1 Thomas Jefferson to claim WPIAL Class 4A title
November 17, 2018
With 2 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half of Saturday evening's WPIAL Class 4A championship game at Heinz Field, Thomas Jefferson senior running back Max Shaw found the end zone from 2 yards out. The touchdown, Shaw's third of the half, put the Jaguars ahead by two

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Plum slow-pitch softball team captures another league title
November 16, 2018
With figurative targets on their backs after claiming the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship, the Plum varsity players still turned away the competition this fall. The Mustangs brought home a second straight league title earlier this month, topping Seneca Valley, 15-3, in the championship game. andquot;The expectations were

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Plum slow-pitch softball team captures another league title
With figurative targets on their backs after claiming the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship, the Plum varsity players still turned away the competition this fall. The Mustangs brought home a second straight league title earlier this month, topping Seneca Valley, 15-3, in the championship game. andquot;The expectations were

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Plum’s Marra signs on to pitch at UNC Ashville
Gino Marra has some unfinished business to tend to with the Plum baseball team, but the Mustangs left-handed pitcher also has his long-term diamond plans set. The senior will play for Division I North Carolina-Asheville, and he made his decision final Nov. 14, the first day of the national letter

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Plum’s Scarpino recovering from concussion
November 14, 2018
A Plum ice hockey player has begun the road to recovery after suffering a head injury early in Monday's game against Penn-Trafford. Forward Anthony Scarpino collided with a Warriors player near the boards as play advanced up the ice. His head struck a glass partition that separated one of the

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Defending state champion Freeport ousted in PIAA Class AA volleyball semifinals
November 13, 2018
There will be no PIAA championship repeat for the Freeport girls volleyball team. District 6 champion Bald Eagle Area kept its undefeated season going and put an end to the Yellowjackets' campaign with a 3-1 victory Tuesday evening in the PIAA Class AA semifinals at Clarion Area High School. The

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Freeport wants fast, furious start in PIAA Class AAA volleyball semifinal
November 12, 2018
Freeport enjoyed fast starts in each of its first two PIAA Class AA girls volleyball playoff matches. It took control immediately with a 25-12 victory in the opening game of its first-round contest against District 9 champion Redbank Valley. The Yellowjackets didn't let up and breezed to a three-game sweep.

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Quaker Valley’s Jackson a part of Pitt football surge
Dane Jackson, a redshirt junior cornerback for the University of Pittsburgh football team, was a part of a balanced defensive effort Saturday in the Panthers' 52-22 victory over Virginia Tech. The Quaker Valley alum and Cornell High School grad was one of three to finish with six tackles. Five of

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Freeport, Knoch and North Allegheny girls volleyball teams set for PIAA semifinals
November 11, 2018
The Freeport, Knoch and North Allegheny girls volleyball teams all remain alive in their quests for back-to-back PIAA championships. They will play semifinal matches Tuesday evening. Freeport swept District 9 champion Redbank Valley in the first round of the Class AA tournament and scored a 3-2 win over WPIAL champion

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PIAA sets boys soccer semifinal sites and times
Seven WPIAL boys soccer teams will be involved in Tuesday's PIAA boys soccer semifinals. A rematch of the WPIAL Class A title game pits Greensburg Central Catholic (19-2) against WPIAL champion Avonworth (22-0-1). The Antelopes scored a shootout victory in the teams' match for the WPIAL title Nov. 1. GCC

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WPIAL girls soccer teams set for PIAA semifinal matchups
The PIAA girls soccer playoff tournaments have reached the semifinals, and five WPIAL teams still are alive in their quests for state championships. All games are Tuesday evening. It will be an all-WPIAL matchup in Class A as WPIAL champion Freedom (22-1) will face Shady Side Academy (14-4) at 6

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Freeport volleyball team fends off North Catholic to advance
November 10, 2018
The Freeport girls volleyball team has been in many high-pressure situations the past several years. So the importance of staying composed through the ups and downs of a win-or-go-home match was not lost on the Yellowjackets players as they battled WPIAL champion North Catholic on Saturday afternoon in a PIAA

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West Allegheny hangs on to eliminate Woodland Hills
The Woodland Hills and West Allegheny football teams have developed a reputation for playing close and competitive games. In six matchups between the Wolverines and Indians played since 2014, four of them were decided by seven or fewer points. Included in that series was West Allegheny's one-point triumph in conference

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Freeport, North Catholic volleyball set for PIAA showdown
While preparing for Tuesday's PIAA Class AA first-round match against Redbank Valley, Freeport volleyball coach Tom Phillips stressed to his team not to look ahead to a potential quarterfinal clash with WPIAL champion North Catholic. The Yellowjackets heeded his advice and delivered a dominant three-game sweep over the District 9

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Plum’s Fischetti to play college softball at Northwest Florida State
November 9, 2018
For as long as she can remember, Gabby Fischetti has wanted to go south to play softball in college. With her recent decision to sign on with Northwest Florida State, a Division I program in the National Junior College Athletic Association, she is getting that chance. Fischetti, a senior all-section

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Freeport juniors Russo, Jack ready for ‘prime time’ in PIAA playoffs
November 8, 2018
Isabella Russo saw a couple of rotations for the Freeport girls volleyball team in last year's postseason run which culminated in a PIAA Class AA championship. The 6-foot junior middle hitter took advantage of training sessions at Pitt Elite in the offseason and returned this fall with expectations of an

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Quaker Valley boys soccer dominates Westmont Hilltop in bounce-back victory.
November 7, 2018
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team produced quite the bounce-back performance Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a 6-0 win over District 6 champion Westmont Hilltop. The Quakers, who suffered a loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL championship game last Saturday, got

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Freeport rebounds to sweep Redbank Valley in first round of PIAA playoffs
November 6, 2018
The Freeport girls volleyball team kept its goal of a second straight state championship alive Tuesday as it took down District 9 champion Redbank Valley in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs. The Yellowjackets opened sizeable leads in each game and claimed a 3-0 victory at DuBois

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Hajdukiewicz’s five goals lead Sewickley Academy hockey to victory
The Sewickley Academy hockey team snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-4 triumph over Fox Chapel on Monday at Robert Morris University's Colonials Arena on Neville Island. The Panthers evened their record at 3-3 in the North Division as Matthew Hajdukiewicz scored all five goals to raise his team-leading

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Freeport volleyball sets sights on state title after coming up short in WPIAL
November 5, 2018
Freeport girls volleyball coach Tom Phillips was in an optimistic mood Monday after his team finished what he called a andquot;pretty upbeat and spirited practice.andquot; The Yellowjackets clean the slate and enter the PIAA Class AA playoffs Tuesday with the hopes of bouncing back from last Thursday's upset loss to

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Quakers hope to bounce back in PIAA playoffs
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team hopes to bounce back from its loss in the WPIAL Class AA title game when it begins the PIAA playoffs Tuesday. The Quakers (18-4) will face District 6 champion Westmont Hilltop at 8 p.m. at Richland High School in Johnstown. QV saw its 18-game

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PIAA girls soccer matchups finalized
November 4, 2018
The WPIAL girls soccer champions and other state qualifiers from the WPIAL have been determined, and those teams are set for what they hope are successful journeys in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are ready for first-round matchups in each of

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WPIAL girls volleyball teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
The WPIAL girls volleyball playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams that remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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WPIAL boys soccer teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
The WPIAL boys soccer playoff tournaments have concluded, and the teams which remain alive are gearing up for what they hope are successful runs in the PIAA playoffs that begin Tuesday at sites all throughout the state. Sixteen teams are set for first-round matchups in each of the four classifications.

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WPIAL field hockey teams ready to begin PIAA playoffs
WPIAL field hockey champions Shady Side Academy (Class A), Penn-Trafford (AA) and Peters Township (AAA) and WPIAL AAA runner-up Pine-Richland begin the PIAA playoffs Tuesday. Shady Side Academy will take on Newporttin the first round at 2 p.m. at Latrobe High School. The tripleheader at Latrobe also will have Penn-Trafford

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Keller and Mattson split pair of matches at PIAA tournament
November 3, 2018
The Sewickley Academy doubles team of Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson went 1-1 Friday in PIAA Class AA girls tennis tournament play at the Hershey Racquet Club. The WPIAL third-place team scored a 6-1, 6-1 first-round triumph over the sister combination of Lilia and Davan Lion, the District 9 champion

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Aliquippa beats Freeport, inches closer to WPIAL title game
Aliquippa has its eyes focused on making the WPIAL title game for an 11th straight season, and it moved a step closer Friday at Ambridge's Moe Rubenstein Stadium. Led by Avante McKenzie's 102 yards and five rushing touchdowns on 17 carries, the No. 1 Quips (10-1) held off an early

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Plum football team gains experience during challenging campaign
November 2, 2018
The Plum football team took its lumps this season as injuries to some key players, youth and inexperience at several positions and a challenging schedule in and out of conference play contributed to a 2-8 overall record. But coach Matt Morgan said the team kept battling through whatever adversity it

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Kiski Area’s Shreffler hopes experience pays off at PIAA championship meet
Kiski Area senior Kierra Shreffler knows what the PIAA cross country course at the Hershey Entertainment Complex can deliver, and she hopes to run her best race there Saturday in her third and final attempt. andquot;The course at Hershey is very tough, mentally and physically,andquot; Shreffler said. andquot;To have those

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Deer Lakes rolls past Charleroi to qualify for PIAA boys soccer tournament
November 1, 2018
There was a sense of frustration among the Deer Lakes boys soccer players after Monday's shutout loss to Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. The No. 2 Lancers fired off 26 shots in the game but were not able to score once in a 1-0 setback. The

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Sewickley Academy’s Hajdukiewicz among goal and point leaders in PIHL Varsity A
Matthew Hajdukiewicz leads Sewickley Academy ice hockey with 11 goals and 14 points through five games, and he is second in all of Varsity A in goals and tied for second in points. He has at least one goal in every game and tallied seven points (four goals, three assists)

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A-K Valley players to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs
October 31, 2018
Jack Colecchi Kiski Area, Sr., WR/LB The Cavaliers' veteran receiver is 20 yards away from becoming the program's all-time leader in receiving yards. He hopes to make an offensive impact Friday against top-seeded Gateway. He stepped up on the defensive side of the ball last Friday with a 100-yard interception

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Sewickley Academy trio set for PIAA tennis tournaments
After helping the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team capture the PIAA Class AA team championship last Saturday, team members Simran Bedi, Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson return to the Hershey Racquet Club this weekend for the state singles and doubles tournaments. Bedi, a sophomore and the WPIAL runner-up, will take

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Avonworth girls soccer ousts Deer Lakes in Class AA consolation
It was a win-or-go-home scenario Tuesday at Mars Athletic Complex for the Deer Lakes and Avonworth girls soccer teams. Only one spot remained in the PIAA Class AA tournament as the Antelopes and Lancers battled after both suffered semifinal losses three days earlier. Avonworth jumped to an early two-goal lead,

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Avonworth edges Springdale in WPIAL semifinal boys soccer showdown
October 29, 2018
After two close, defensive battles during the regular season, section rivals Avonworth and Springdale expected a similar outcome as they met Monday in the WPIAL Class A semifinals at Mars High School. That's exactly how it played out. Senior Sam Guzzo headed in a crossing pass from fellow senior Jason

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North Catholic clinches share of title with win over Deer Lakes
October 26, 2018
With the WPIAL playoffs right around the corner, the North Catholic football team wanted to keep rolling. The Trojans did just that as they jumped out to a four-touchdown lead on Deer Lakes after the first quarter, held a 47-point advantage at halftime and finished off a 64-3 victory in

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With young lineup set to return, future looks promising for Plum girls soccer team
The Plum girls soccer team's stay in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs was brief -- just one game -- but coach Caitlin Schuchert said her young squad continues to trend in the right direction after a positive overall campaign. andquot;We always set the bar high,andquot; Schuchert said. andquot;We came up

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QV’s Wicker defends WPIAL cross country title
Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker lived up to expectations and captured her second consecutive WPIAL Class AA girls cross country championship Thursday at Cal U (Pa.). She ran to a time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds, 28 seconds ahead of a field that included runner-up finisher Gionna Quarzo, a junior

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Strong showing for Riverview boys, girls at WPIAL cross country championships
October 25, 2018
The Riverview, Greensburg Salem and North Allegheny cross country programs compete in different classifications, but after Thursday's WPIAL championship meet on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.), they have something in common. They will have their boys and girls teams competing at the PIAA championships Nov. 3 in Hershey.

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Oakland Catholic’s Shupansky runs to 2nd straight WPIAL title
Oakland Catholic senior Hannah Shupansky mastered Slippery Rock's Cooper's Lake Campground course at last year's WPIAL cross country championships to claim her first WPIAL individual title. A change of scenery this year didn't deter Shupansky from again finishing on top. She turned away the rest of the field Thursday on

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy runners set for WPIAL cross country championships
The WPIAL cross country championships are Thursday at Cal U (Pa.), and runners from Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy are ready to test their mettle against the district's best. The Quakers will compete in the Class AA races, while the Panthers are in Class A. QV's Annie Wicker, Anna Cohen

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Deer Lakes girls soccer returns to semifinals for first time in decade
October 24, 2018
Ten years had elapsed since the Deer Lakes girls soccer team advanced to the WPIAL semifinals. That decade-long drought ended Wednesday night as the Lancers, the third seed in the Class AA tournament, topped Quaker Valley, 2-1, in a quarterfinal matchup at Lancers Stadium. andquot;It was a hard-fought game,andquot; Deer

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A-K Valley don’t-miss football matchups for Week 9
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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Seeger, Fox Chapel girls have high expectations for WPIAL championship meet
October 23, 2018
Sarena Seeger was satisfied with her first race on the Roadman Park cross country course at Cal (Pa.). The new site of Thursday's WPIAL championships also was the setting for Seeger's win last week in the Class AAA girls race at the Tri-State Coaches Association championships. andquot;It's a really difficult

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PIAA Class AA boys golf tournament continues Tuesday
Sewickley Academy junior JF Aber is tied for 19th, and teammate Austin Applegarth, a senior is tied for 25th after Monday's 18-hole first round at the PIAA Class AA boys golf tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Aber shot a 9-over 80, while Applegarth fired an 85. Quaker

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Knoch, Freeport girls volleyball teams get top playoff seeds
October 22, 2018
The Knoch girls volleyball team won its first WPIAL championship last year, capturing the title in Class AAA. The Knights' journey also took them to their first PIAA crown. Freeport fell one win short of WPIAL Class AA gold in 2017, but the Yellowjackets rallied in the state playoffs and

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WPIAL releases girls volleyball playoff brackets
North Allegheny (Class AAAA), Knoch (AAA), Freeport (AA) and Bishop Canevin (A) are the top seeds in their respective classifications as the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs are set to begin. All four postseason brackets were released Monday. The tournament begins Tuesday with five preliminary-round games - one in AAA and

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Golfers from Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley set to tee off at PIAA championships
October 21, 2018
The PIAA individual golf championships begin Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, and Sewickley Academy senior Tatum McKelvey is one of the earliest starters. She will tee off at 8:40 a.m. in the girls AA tournament and golf with competitors from Districts 10, 4 and 2. Tatum's Panthers

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Kiski Area beats Plum, rolls into WPIAL Class AAA girls soccer quarterfinals
October 20, 2018
The Kiski Area girls soccer team scored four goals or more seven times during the regular season. The Cavaliers found the back of the net four times in the first half of Saturday's WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against Plum at home. The 4-0 final, Kiski's fourth win in a

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Late goal lifts Burrell girls soccer team past Yough in 1st round
Burrell sophomore midfielder Jordyn Kowalkowski scored 17 goals in 16 regular-season games. Her 18th of the season Saturday put the Bucs girls soccer team into the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals. Kowalkowski scored from 22 yards with 3 minutes, 27 seconds left to lift Burrell to a 1-0 victory over Yough

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Freedom rings up win against Apollo-Ridge
Freedom quarterback Zach Rosa completed a 14-yard pass to running back/receiver Jake Pail on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage Friday night. After two short runs, Rosa found Noah Yelk wide open for a 57-yard touchdown. Less than two minutes into the game, Freedom had the lead on visiting Apollo-Ridge,

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Plum runners set to test mettle on new WPIAL cross country course
October 19, 2018
After holding its cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground for numerous seasons through last fall, the WPIAL moved the event to Cal (Pa.). Teams and individuals had to switch their preparation for the new course at Cal's Roadman Park. Plum coach Adam Molinaro said his runners are ready to

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Gateway runners well-prepared for WPIAL championship meet
After holding its cross country championships at Cooper's Lake Campground for numerous seasons through last fall, the WPIAL moved the event to Cal (Pa.). Teams and individuals had to switch their preparation for the new course at Cal's Roadman Park. The Gateway teams got a good look at the course

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Quaker Valley football one win away from WPIAL playoff berth
The Quaker Valley football team is close to a WPIAL playoff berth in 3A. All the Quakers need to do is defeat Hopewell on Friday and they are in. They have won two in a row in Tri-County West Conference play and sit at 3-2 in the league and 3-4

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A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 8
October 17, 2018
Class 5A Northern Fox Chapel (2-6, 1-4) at Armstrong (3-5, 1-4) 7 p.m. Friday at ESS/NexTier Stadium, Kittanning Last week: Mars 49, Fox Chapel 14; North Hills 20, Armstrong 9 Coaches: Tom Loughran, Fox Chapel; Frank Fabian, Armstrong Top players: Shane Susnak, Fox Chapel (Jr., 5-11, 175, QB); Isaac Ridinger,

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Boulos sisters help Deer Lakes capture Section 2-2A girls soccer championship
October 16, 2018
Separated in age by one year and one grade in school, sisters Abigail and Madeline Boulos have their own interests, hobbies and friend groups. At the same time, their close relationship unites them when things such as shopping or listening to music come into play. The quest for academic excellence

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Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams close out regular season with nonsection matchup
October 15, 2018
The Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams finished off the competition to capture their respective section championships. The Quakers ended 12-0 in Section 4-AA, and the Panthers went 11-1 in Section 1-A. With the playoffs on the horizon, the rivals will meet Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Chuck

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys golfers set for PIAA regional tournament
October 14, 2018
The PIAA Class AA Western Regional individual qualifier is Monday at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley own five of the 18 spots from the WPIAL. The 18-hole event begins at 9 a.m., and the top 22 finishers out of

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Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys golfers set for PIAA regional tournament
The PIAA Class AA Western Regional individual qualifier is Monday at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley own five of the 18 spots from the WPIAL. The 18-hole event begins at 9 a.m., and the top 22 finishers out of

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Keystone Oaks snaps 3-game skid with nonconference rout over Deer Lakes
October 13, 2018
Greg Perry was all smiles in the moments after his Keystone Oaks football team finished off a 50-0 nonconference victory over Deer Lakes at Dormont Stadium. The homecoming win improved the Golden Eagles to 5-3 ahead of next Friday's crucial Tri-County West Conference matchup at Class 3A No. 1 Aliquippa.

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Plum hockey looks to regain championship after move back to Class AA
October 12, 2018
The Plum varsity ice hockey team experienced change in the offseason after a playoff trip to cap the 2017-18 campaign. One of those changes came in late May when 2005 Plum graduate and Mustangs hockey alum Phil Mains was named head coach. He took over the reins of the varsity

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Gateway hockey continuing to grow at junior varsity level
The Gateway ice hockey program is in a rebuilding phase in its second season at the PIHL junior varsity level. With five first-year players and four others in their second year on the 14-player roster, coach Shawn Jesih and his coaching staff are focusing on taking positive steps each practice

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Area referees step in at last minute to officiate game in District 9
October 11, 2018
A referee shortage threatened to cancel a high school football game in the heart of District 9 on Friday, but a trio of local officials stepped up and made sure the game would go on as scheduled. Lower Burrell resident Carl Arabia Jr., along with members of his officiating crew

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A-K Valley don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 7
October 10, 2018
Class 5A Big East Latrobe (1-6, 1-4) at Plum (2-5, 1-5) 7 p.m. Friday, Mustangs Stadium, Plum On the air: 97.3 FM, 1480 AM; TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Penn-Trafford 27, Latrobe 7; Plum 45, Albert Gallatin 7 Coaches: Jason Marucco, Latrobe; Matt Morgan, Plum Top players: Zak Williams, Latrobe (Sr., 5-9,

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WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis bracket set
October 9, 2018
The WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis championship bracket was released Tuesday, and Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley begin their title quests Thursday with first-round contests. The Panthers, the Section 4 champions with a 9-0 record, is the top seed and will host Southmoreland. The Quakers, runners-up to Beaver Area

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QV ice hockey team hopes to bounce back from loss in opener
October 8, 2018
The Quaker Valley varsity ice hockey team hopes to bounce back from a close loss in its opener as it faces Shaler on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville. The Quakers fired off 40 shots against Moon on Oct. 1 but fell short on the scoreboard,

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A-K Valley boys soccer teams look to lock up WPIAL playoff berths this week
Heading into the final week of the WPIAL boys soccer regular season, two Alle-Kiski Valley teams -- Springdale and Deer Lakes -- have secured playoff spots, while nine others still are alive but have work to do to be included in the tournament fields from Class 4A to A. Postponed

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Sewickley Academy girls tennis hopes to close out perfect section slate
October 7, 2018
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team hopes to complete an undefeated Section 4-AA slate with the finale Monday against Avella. The Panthers are 14-0 overall and 8-0 in league play. They have not given up a team point in all eight section wins. Sewickley Academy also owns nonsection triumphs against

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Plum slow-pitch softball chasing another WPISL championship
October 6, 2018
The Plum slow-pitch softball team won all 17 of its games last year and captured its second Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League championship in three years. The Mustangs have their sights set on another title this fall, and the senior-laden group has not slowed down in its quest. andquot;This team

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Valley takes down Apollo-Ridge to snap 5-game losing streak
Apollo-Ridge and Valley both came into Friday's Allegheny Conference contest thirsting to get back in the win column. Apollo-Ridge had lost three in a row, and Valley had dropped five straight since a Week Zero victory over Burrell. In the battle of the Vikings at Apollo-Ridge's Owens Field, Valley collected

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Riverview runners look to build off section championships
October 4, 2018
The Riverview boys cross country team graduated 10 from last year's WPIAL Class A runner-up team that also placed eighth at the PIAA championships. How the team would respond in 2018 with several holes to fill in the lineup rested on a mix of key returnees and a few varsity

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Quakers hope to build on overtime triumph
The Quaker Valley football team hopes to build on last week's 50-43 Tri-County West Conference overtime victory at Keystone Oaks with another conference road contest Friday at Waynesburg Central. With three weeks left in the regular season, the Quakers are right in the playoff race. QV now is tied with

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Sewickley Academy doubles team to play for a trip to states
October 3, 2018
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis duo of Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson will play in the consolation finals of the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament

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McKelvey shooting for second straight WPIAL golf title
October 2, 2018
Sewickley Academy senior Tatum McKelvey hopes to capture WPIAL gold for the second year in a row as she and 12 other golfers take to

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Kiski Area boys soccer looks to finish strong against section’s top teams
October 1, 2018
Kiski Area boys soccer coach Sean Arnold knew Section 1-AAA would be competitive even before his Cavaliers made their debut after dropping down from Class

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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy boys soccer teams hope to stay undefeated in section play
The Quaker Valley boys soccer team, No. 1 in the TribHSSN Class AA rankings, is riding a nine-game winning streak, and it hopes to keep

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Quaker Valley football gets back in the win column with high-scoring overtime victory
The Quaker Valley football team is feeling a little better after Friday's wild 50-43 overtime victory over Keystone Oaks snapped a three-game losing streak. The

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Highlands defeats Ambridge for 2nd straight victory
September 28, 2018
For the first time in the 15 games of the Dom Girardi era at Highlands, the Golden Rams have a two-game winning streak. Highlands built

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Plum boys soccer keeping pace in competitive Section 3-4A
It took more than 80 minutes and a lot of physical and mental exertion, but the Plum boys soccer team was able to produce an

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Plum swimmer Taylor commits to James Madison
Devan Taylor is laser focused on her senior swim season at Plum. The school record holder in two individual events and one relay is hoping

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A-K Valley’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week 5
September 26, 2018
Class 5A Big East Conference Penn-Trafford (3-2, 3-1) at Plum (1-4, 0-4) 7 p.m. Friday, Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last week: Penn-Trafford 70, Albert Gallatin 0;

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Peters Township’s Johnson fronts qualifiers from Youghiogheny AAA boys semifinal
September 25, 2018
Peters Township senior Parker Johnson shot a 2-over 74 to take first at Tuesday's WPIAL Class AAA boys semifinal at Youghiogheny County Club. He and

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Avonworth displays balanced offensive attack in Allegheny Conference win over Apollo-Ridge
September 21, 2018
Avonworth's balanced offensive attack was on display Friday night as the Antelopes ran and threw their way to a 42-6 Class 2A Allegheny Conference victory

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Gateway quarterback Majocha up to the task for top-ranked Gators
Late in the first quarter of the Week Zero opener against Mt. Lebanon, Gateway senior quarterback Brendan Majocha, making his first varsity start at the

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Plum girls soccer looking to contend for Section 3-3A title
A new classification and several new section opponents greeted the Plum girls soccer team after it moved down from Class 4A to Class AAA under

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A-K Valley football preview capsules for Week 4
September 19, 2018
Class 5A northern Hampton (1-3, 0-3) at Fox Chapel (0-4, 0-3) 7 p.m. Friday, James Burk Athletic Complex, O'Hara Township On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last

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Last-second finishes becoming normal for Highlands boys soccer
September 17, 2018
Highlands boys soccer coach Brad Walker said the past week was pretty emotional for his players because of several dramatic finishes. andamp;#8226; The Golden Rams

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Franklin Regional’s Yan returns to WPIAL singles tournament
September 15, 2018
Hannah Yan began her varsity tennis career at the top as Franklin Regional's No. 1 singles player. She gained valuable experience going up against every

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Gateway golfers look to finish season strong
The Gateway boys golf team delivered its best performance of the season last Thursday against Fox Chapel at Murrysville Golf Course. Led by a 37

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Benedek leads Elizabeth Forward past Freeport in Big East Conference
Freeport entered the fourth quarter of Friday's Big East Conference clash with Elizabeth Forward holding a nine-point lead. The Yellowjackets were hoping to break into

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Knoch’s Laura Greb wins section singles title, eyes WPIAL repeat
September 13, 2018
As the defending WPIAL Class AA singles champion, Knoch sophomore Laura Greb is the hunted. She understands the other top players in next week's WPIAL

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A-K Valley high school football don’t-miss matchups for Week 3
September 12, 2018
Class 5A Big East Plum (1-2, 0-2) at Connellsville (1-2, 0-2) 7 p.m. Friday at Falcon Stadium, Connellsville On the air: TribHSSN.triblive.com Last week: Gateway

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Propel boys basketball programs hire head coaches
September 11, 2018
A pair of experienced basketball coaches will lead the high school boys programs at Propel Braddock Hills and Propel Montour. Rob Greenleaf, the new head

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Majocha, Davis shine as No. 1 Gateway routs rival Plum
September 8, 2018
The Gateway football team kept rolling Friday night at Plum's Mustangs Stadium. The Gators, No. 1 in the TribHSSN WPIAL 5A rankings and No. 2

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Experienced Franklin Regional girls cross country team looks to take next step
September 7, 2018
The Franklin Regional girls cross country team entered the 2018 season with experience as six of the seven runners who competed at last year's WPIAL

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Valotta leads Plum cross country teams into promising season
Angela Valotta didn't have the performance she had hoped at last year's WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships on the Cooper's Lake course near Slippery

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Fox Chapel cross country teams have high expectations
September 6, 2018
The Fox Chapel girls cross country team brought home the top prize in the state last year as PIAA Class AAA team champion. The state

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A-K Valley’s don’t-miss high school football matchups for Week
September 5, 2018
Class 5A Big East No. 1 Gateway (2-0, 1-0) at Plum (1-1, 0-1) 7 p.m. Friday at Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last week: Gateway 27, Penn-Trafford

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WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for week of Sept. 2, 2018
September 2, 2018
Here's a look at the Tribune-Review and TribLive High School Sports Network's WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week of Sept. 2, 2018. WPIAL girls

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Franklin Regional boys, girls golfers aim for promising seasons
August 31, 2018
The Franklin Regional boys and girls golf teams have a mix of veteran and new talent, and both are off to strong starts this season.

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Franklin Regional avenges loss with rout of rival Plum
The Franklin Regional offense got it started less than two minutes into Friday's Big East Conference and season opener against rival Plum. Then the defense

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Inexperienced Gateway girls tennis team to rely on ‘determination, ‘sprit’
As the elder stateswoman and the only senior on the Gateway girls tennis team, Kyah Russell has placed a great deal of responsibility on her

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Valley girls soccer team has tough section road ahead
August 30, 2018
Daisha Keys voiced cautious optimism when talking about the early-season state of the Valley girls soccer team. andquot;I'm not going to lie, we still have

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Valley boys soccer continues playoff hunt with new coach
Glenn Francis came to the Valley boys soccer program in the offseason ready for a new challenge. The first-year Vikings coach has nearly two decades

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Week 1’s don’t-miss matchups in the A-K Valley
August 29, 2018
Class 5A Big East Plum (1-0, 0-0) at Franklin Regional (0-0, 0-0) 7 p.m. Friday at Franklin Regional HS Stadium, Murrysville Last week: Plum 32,

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A-K Valley football players to watch for Week 1
Noah Hutcherson Valley, sr., TE/DE Hutcherson used his speed and strength to produce five sacks in last week's opener against Burrell. The Vikings hope he

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Riverview boys reload for another playoff run after hefty graduation losses
August 27, 2018
Eleven seniors, including eight starters, were lost from last year's Riverview boys soccer team that went 12-6-1 overall, 9-4-1 in Section 3-A, defeated Sewickley Academy

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Riverview goalkeeper Alyssa Cappa works out during practice Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at Creekside Park in Oakmont.
Deep junior class ready to help Riverview girls soccer return to WPIAL playoffs
The Riverview girls soccer team traveled a bumpy road last year in terms of wins and losses. The youthful Raiders squad finished 4-8 in Section

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Coaches association releases first WPIAL girls volleyball rankings
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its preseason WPIAL girls volleyball rankings Monday in all four classifications. The rankings are based on submitted ballots

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Olivia Wood and Becca Kubler, junior, work on drills with members of the Gateway girl's soccer team during regular practice on Tuesday, August 21. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway girls soccer team sets goal of reaching WPIAL playoffs
August 25, 2018
The Gateway girls soccer team didn't win a section game last year. The Gators finished in last place in Section 1-3A. The Gators, coach Kelly

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Norwin’s Gianni Rizzo catches a 78-yard touchdown pass in front of Penn-Trafford’s Nate Frye during the first quarter.
Norwin football snaps losing streak vs. Penn-Trafford
August 24, 2018
The Norwin football team had lost seven straight in the series with rival Penn-Trafford dating to 2011. On Friday, the Knights, No. 5 in the

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Plum girls tennis turns to new faces after major losses to graduation
Opportunities abound this fall for members of the Plum girls tennis team. Seven players moved on from last year because of graduation, including Julia Lawrence

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A-K Valley football preview capsules for Week Zero
August 22, 2018
Nonconference Highlands at Plum 7 p.m. Friday at Mustangs Stadium, Plum Last year: Highlands finished 5-4, 4-4 in the Northwest Nine (4A); Plum was 3-7,

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Klay Fitzroy - Apollo-Ridge football
A-K Valley football players to watch for Week Zero
Seth Cohen Highlands, sr., QB/S The 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal caller begins his second full season as a starter. Cohen hopes Friday's opener with Plum is

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RiverviewÕs Devon Binz works out during a recent practice. Friday August 10, 2018.
Riverview, Binz ready to display improvement for ’18 season
August 21, 2018
Devon Binz's face lit up when he talked about how the Riverview football team has improved from the end of the 2017 season to now

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Burrell boys soccer looks to build winner
August 20, 2018
Burrell boys soccer coach Andrew Kariotis said his young team played its best at the end of last season. andquot;We improved so much as the

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Kristen Friday, a senior, will play No. 1 singles this fall for the Fox Chapel girls tennis team.
Knoch, Fox Chapel tennis teams look to maintain success
August 19, 2018
The Knoch and Fox Chapel girls tennis teams each captured section championships last year, and individuals on those teams made deep runs in tournament play.

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Burrell returning player Skyler Dale works out during a recent practice.
Burrell girls soccer motivated for more in 2018
Heartbreak last October turned into offseason determination for the Burrell girls soccer team. The Bucs saw their 2017 WPIAL Class 2A playoff runcome to a

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Riverview showing ‘total commitment’ under new, former head coach Massack
August 18, 2018
As much as things changed at the top in the offseason for the Riverview football team, they also stayed the same. Todd Massack, a coach

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Thomas Jefferson No.4 Shane Stump
WPIAL Class 4A breakdown: Thomas Jefferson to again face challengers for crown
Belle Vernon got the better of rival Thomas Jefferson in their conference clash last October. The 21-17 victory helped the Leopards capture the conference title

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Fox Chapel Cole Waxter works out during a heat acclimation practice. Monday August 6, 2018.
Fox Chapel looks forward to ’18 season with revamped roster
With only two starters back on defense and one on offense, one might think the Fox Chapel football team is in store for a down

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Apollo-Ridge to lean on talented sophomores
When asked what is getting the Apollo-Ridge football team amped up for the 2018 season, sophomores Klay Fitzroy and Logan Harmon pointed to the new

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Peters Township White, Bentworth claim Tri-County golf team titles.
August 17, 2018
The Peters Township White (AAA) and Bentworth (AA) boys golf teams captured team titles Friday at the Tri-County Athletic Directors Association Championships at Village Green

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Football teams gearing up for Saturday scrimmages
August 15, 2018
After nearly nine months of waiting, WPIAL and City League football teams are ready to put on the pads and collide with players in a

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Gateway prepared to defend WPIAL Class 5A championship
August 14, 2018
The Gateway football team had one of its biggest seasons in program history last year as it won the WPIAL Class 5A championship - its

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Fox Chapel’s Waxter steps into bigger role as elder statesman
Just hours after the Fox Chapel football team began what it hopes is a return to the WPIAL 5A playoffs with the start of official

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Apollo-Ridge sophomore Jake Fello
Apollo-Ridge QB Jake Fello feeling confident for his 2nd season
August 12, 2018
When starting quarterback Kyle Fitzroy went down with an injury last year, Jake Fello got the chance, as a freshman, to navigate the Apollo-Ridge offense

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A-K Valley athletes benefit from off-season work for individual sports
August 10, 2018
Izzy Komaniak is enjoying a relaxing vacation with family in Puerto Vallara, Mexico this week, and since she's been there, the Riverview senior has devoted

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Gateway rising senior Bryce Washington works out during the Kohl’s Kicking National Invitaional Scholarship Camp July 22, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Gateway’s Washington tests mettle against nation’s top long-snappers
August 2, 2018
Bryce Washington was having a strong start to his junior football season at Gateway. Through four games of the 2017 campaign, the defensive lineman and

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Steel Valley’s Hill, West Mifflin’s Parker, Penn Hills’ Smith commit to Howard
A trio of WPIAL football standouts plan to become teammates in college. Steel Valley's Todd Hill, West Mifflin's Parrish Parker and Penn Hills' Terry andquot;Tankandquot;

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After transferring from Central Catholic, Thomas brings championship experience to Penn Hills
July 19, 2018
Corey Thomas knew a lot about the talent at Penn Hills long before his transfer to the school from Central Catholic this past spring. The

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High school football camps are coming to a close and area teams are gearing up for the first game of their season. Penn Hills quarterback Hollis Mathis (wearing #12) during practice drills on Tuesday, August 15 at Yuhas-McGinley Stadium. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Penn Hills’ Mathis preps for breakout season
July 14, 2018
Hollis Mathis put up big numbers last season from his quarterback position and led Penn Hills to an 8-4 record in Class 6A, a 3-3

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Gateway High School's Jeremiah Josephs (2) rushes the ball down field against Woodland Hills on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Josephs returns to bolster defense for WPIAL Class 5A champion Gateway
July 10, 2018
While the Gateway offense grabbed a lot of the headlines last fall during the team's run to the WPIAL Class 5A championship and the PIAA

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Gateway’s Courtney Jackson ready to build on breakout season
July 8, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Penn Hills’ Hardy counting down to promising ’18 campaign
July 3, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Gateway’s Davis looks to build on impressive freshman season
July 1, 2018
The Tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling each member of the 25-player Trib HSSN Preseason WPIAL Football All-Star team. The players

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Highlands basketball team members Alexa Marasco (left) and Jaharee' Holt (right) sit for a portrait on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Highlands High School in Natrona Heights.
Highlands basketball tandem on path to recovery
June 28, 2018
Jaharee Holt went after a loose ball heading out of play. She fell, landed awkwardly and felt a pop in her left knee. At that

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Abbie Pierson, a New Kensington resident and rising senior at St. Joseph High School, has been selected to an all-star team representing USA Gymnastics which will compete in Hungary in November.
New Kensington gymnast Pierson to compete with all-stars in Hungary
June 26, 2018
Abbie Pierson finalized obtaining a passport Tuesday that will allow her travel internationally this fall. The New Kensington resident and rising senior at St. Joseph

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Abbie Pierson
St. Joseph student fares well at state, regional and national gymnastic meets
June 20, 2018
Abbie Pierson, a rising senior at St. Joseph High School and a New Kensington resident, fared well in several gymnastics competitions this spring. Pierson, who

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Highlands Girls Basketball Coach Courtney Kordes, works with a group of players during the summer work out program.
New girls basketball coaches start preparing their teams
June 17, 2018
With close to two months since they were hired and with the summer beginning, new girls basketball coaches Nick Dizon (Kiski Area) and Courtney Kordes

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Valley's Darius Johnson catches one of his two touchdown passes during Friday's Foothills Classic football all-star game.
Darius Johnson leads A-K Valley contingent in Foothills Classic
June 15, 2018
Darius Johnson came into Friday's Foothills Classic all-star football game at Hempfield with a lot of confidence. The Valley standout got his chance to shine,

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Burrell's Jake Robertson works on passing drills Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Hempfield Area High School during practice for the Westmoreland County Coaches Association's Foothills Classic All-star football team.
With rivalry aside, Burrell, Valley players join forces for Foothills Football Classic
June 14, 2018
Jacob Robertson experienced up close the intensity of the Burrell-Valley on Friday night football rivalry. He and his Bucs teammates were on the short end

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Hampton's Melinda Maers (16) competes against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Hampton.
Players selected to All-WPIAL, all-section girls lacrosse squads
June 13, 2018
The All-WPIAL and all-section girls lacrosse teams for both Class AAA and Class AA recently were finalized. Eight AAA teams and eight in AA were

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

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Olivia Miller performs her floor exercise routine at the USA Gymnastcis national meet in Cincinnati on May 13, 2018.
Gymnast Miller finishes Gateway career strong
June 8, 2018
Olivia Miller knew she would be a gymnast at Pitt since she gave a verbal commitment to the Panthers program as a sophomore at Gateway.

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Two dozen recent Plum graduates will continue their athletic and academic pursuits at the collegiate level. In front, from left, are Katherine Jones, Danielle Sypolt, Tifani McElhose, Kristin MacConnell, Jamie Denzer and Sara Pearlman. In row two are Brianna Bialota, Jackson Gildea, Corey Thomas and Jacob George. In back are Bernard Campbell, Jackson Rogers, Tanner Froehlich, Markus Cestra and Logan Simmons. Others transitioning to athletics in college are Haley Chiusano, Meghan Christman, Karrson Ewing, Ryan Kircher, Kole Lisovich, Callan Scharba, Shelby Shumaker, Dylan Tomko and Sydney Young.
Plum athletes set to begin collegiate careers
Members of the Plum High School Class of 2018 accepted their diplomas June 7. The ceremony capped an important chapter in their lives. A number

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Blackhawk guards Mackenzie Amalia (left) and Mady Aulbach work out together Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the high school in Chippewa.
Blackhawk’s Amalia gives verbal commitment to Robert Morris
June 4, 2018
Blackhawk rising junior guard Mackenzie Amalia announced her verbal commitment Monday evening to the women's basketball program at Division I Robert Morris. Amalia averaged 17

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Gateway softball enjoys improvement in ’18
June 1, 2018
Before the Gateway softball team began its season, first-year coach Scott Lewis said learning and skill improvement in every practice and game would be major

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson lunges toward the finish line next to Mt. Lebanon's Parker Reed during their Class AAA boys 100 meter dash preliminary Friday, May 25, 2018, at the PIAA track and field state championships at Shippensburg University.
Gateway’s Jackson stays busy at PIAA championships
Gateway track and field was well represented in championship meets to close out the 2017 spring campaign, and those performances extended to the PIAA Class

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Former Plum player Mains set to lead Mustangs hockey program
When Phil Mains heard Plum hockey officials were interested in talking with him about their open head coach position, he was excited to see what

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Plum's Hunter Linhart competes in the Class AAA boys discus throw during the PIAA track and field state championships Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Shippensburg University.
Plum’s Linhart excels at PIAA championships
Last year, Plum's Hunter Linhart placed 17th in the discus at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships at Baldwin. He refocused his efforts

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Brownsville teammates mob pitcher Dylan Brosky, as the Falcons celebrate after defeating Avonworth, 5-2, in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
Brownsville tops Avonworth to claim 1st WPIAL Class 3A baseball title
May 30, 2018
Nearly two decades had passed since a Brownsville baseball team played for a WPIAL baseball championship. The Falcons suffered a loss to Waynesburg in the

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic celebrates after beating Serra Catholic in the WPIAL 2-A Baseball championship Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Wild Things Field.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball wins WPIAL championship
May 29, 2018
With eight seniors in the lineup for Tuesday's WPIAL Class 2A baseball championship game against Serra Catholic at Washington's Wild Things Park, an experienced Cardinal

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Gateway’s Bryce Washington invited to elite camp for football specialists
May 27, 2018
Gateway junior Bryce Washington is invitated to the Kohl's Kicking National Invitational Scholarship Camp on July 21-22 in Milwaukee. Many of the nation's top kickers,

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All four WPIAL champs advance to PIAA boys singles, doubles tennis semifinals
May 25, 2018
Two WPIAL singles players and two doubles teams still are alive for titles at the PIAA boys tennis championships at the Hershey Racquet Club. All

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North Allegheny's Canyon Tuman competes against Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Baldwin.
WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball all-star teams recognized
The WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball all-star first, second and third teams were announced between the Class AA and AAA championships games Thursday night at

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Derry's Jake Griffin defends on a spike by Deer Lakes's Dan Hutchinson Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball all-star teams announced
The WPIAL Class AA boys volleyball all-star first, second and third teams were announced between the Class AA and AAA championships games Thursday night at

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Short-handed Deer Lakes loses to Montour in WPIAL Class AA volleyball consolation
May 24, 2018
A return trip to the PIAA state playoffs wasn't in the cards for Deer Lakes boys volleyball. After losing the first two games of Thursday's

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Highlands' CJ Thimons ran a 4:38 mile run against Hampton Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Highlands.
High hopes for Highlands’ CJ Thimons at PIAA track and field
CJ Thimons finished fourth in the Class AAA 800-meter run at WPIALs on May 17. The Highlands sophomore ran a time of 1 minute, 55.75

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Deer Lakes' Tyler Osselborn serves the ball against Derry during boys' volleyball Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Derry Area High School.
Deer Lakes, Montour meet in WPIAL boys volleyball comsolation
May 23, 2018
Two years ago, the Deer Lakes boys volleyball team, as the No. 3 seed in the WPIAL Class AA tournament, lost in the district semifinals.

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Mains returns to Plum as varsity hockey head coach
A sizeable portion of Phil Mains' growth in hockey came in the several years he spent as a player in the Plum program more than

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McCoy’s walk-off hit leads South Side Beaver baseball past Burrell
May 21, 2018
When Luke Virag lifted a ball over the right-field fence with two runners on in the top of the third of Monday's WPIAL Class 3A

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Gateway coach Bob Stoops congratulates Ethan Frenchik after completing a double play against Hampton during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Fox Chapel.
Gateway baseball reflects on 3rd straight trip to postseason
May 19, 2018
The Gateway baseball team was on the cusp of ending a WPIAL playoff win drought that extended more than two decades. The Gators and Hampton

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Valley’s Johnson defends WPIAL high jump title
May 17, 2018
Darius Johnson knew what it was like to stand at the top of the medals podium at the WPIAL Class AA track and field championships

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Burrell girls relay golden again at WPIAL championships
The Burrell girls 400-meter relay team pulled off a four-peat Thursday at the WPIAL track and field championships at Baldwin High School. The Bucs team

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Valley’s Buzzell seeks golden debut at WPIAL championships
May 16, 2018
Jared Buzzell is making his debut at the WPIAL track and field championships. The Valley senior sprinter missed out on an opportunity to run there

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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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Deer Lakes volleyball looks forward to WPIAL quarterfinals
May 14, 2018
Deer Lakes boys volleyball earned the No. 3 seed for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs and received a bye into the quarterfinals as the brackets

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WPIAL releases boys volleyball playoff brackets
The WPIAL released its Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoff brackets Monday morning, and North Allegheny and Derry are the No. 1 seeds, respectively.

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Defending champions seek repeat performances at WPIAL meet
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA track and field individual finals are Thursday at Baldwin, and there are several athletes who will attempt to defend

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Sprinters lead Gateway boys into WPIAL meet
May 12, 2018
The Gateway track and field teams will be well represented at the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships Thursday at Baldwin. andquot;There is a chance for

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Strong finishes lead Gateway baseball, softball teams to postseason berths
As with every other baseball and softball team in the WPIAL, the Gateway squads endured a number of early-season game postponements or cancellations and too

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Plum sending 5 athletes to WPIAL track and field event
May 11, 2018
Maddie Monick now is a three-time WPIAL qualifier in the hurdles who hopes to return to the PIAA championships in a couple of weeks. The

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WPIAL track and field championship heat sheets released
May 10, 2018
The heat sheets for both the WPIAL AAA and AA championships were released to the WPIAL website Thursday morning, paving the way for teams and

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WPIAL alums named to PAC softball all-star teams
May 9, 2018
The Presidents Athletic Conference announced its 2018 softball all-star teams and annual award winners Wednesday, and numerous WPIAL alums filled the lists. Selected to the

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Kiski Area softball holds off Armstrong to clinch playoff spot
May 8, 2018
The Kiski Area softball team is heading back to the playoffs. The Cavaliers topped Armstrong, 4-3, in their Section 1-5A finale Tuesday and clinched their

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Burrell girls settle for 2nd at WPIAL championship meet
May 7, 2018
As the defending WPIAL Class AA girls track and field champion, Burrell entered Monday's championship meet at Baldwin hoping to continue a trend among the

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Final WPVCA boys rankings released
The final Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association boys WPIAL rankings were released Monday, and North Allegheny and Ambridge remained in the top spots of the

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Coaches, campus led Gateway’s Jackson to choose Syracuse
May 5, 2018
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior ended a busy football recruiting process by giving

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Gateway senior John Paul Kromka runs through a drill with assistant coach Alvis Rogers during practice Saturday. Jan. 6, 2018, at Gateway.
Alvis Rogers set to lead Gateway boys basketball
Alvis Rogers was quick to put his name in the hat to become the new varsity boys basketball head coach at Gateway. He wanted to

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Deer Lakes throwers prepare for WPIAL meet
May 3, 2018
At the Allegheny Interscholastic Conference (Section 7-AA) track and field championships April 25 at Freeport High School, Deer Lakes swept the girls throwing events. Seniors

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Confidence growing for Deer Lakes volleyball players
May 2, 2018
With the WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs right around the corner — the playing pairings are expected to be released May 14 — Deer Lakes players

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Teams set for WPIAL track and field finals
May 1, 2018
The WPIAL team track and field finals are set after Tuesday's semifinal meets, and three of the four champions from 2017 will have a shot

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Deer Lakes softball belts 3 home runs to defeat Valley
April 30, 2018
The long ball served the Deer Lakes softball team well in Monday's Section 1-3A contest at Valley. Three home runs accounted for all four Lancers

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Shaler's John Kenst (25) and Owen Freiss (22) go for a block against Fox Chapel Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Shaler.
Western Pa. Boys Volleyball Coaches Association releases Week 7 rankings
The WPIAL Class AAA and AA boys volleyball playoffs are getting closer as teams prepare themselves for the stretch run of the regular season. The

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Gateway senior John Paul Kromka runs through a drill with assistant coach Alvis Rogers during practice Saturday. Jan. 6, 2018, at Gateway.
Alvis Rogers ready to take over Gateway boys basketball program
April 29, 2018
It was well known Alvis Rogers likely was going to be named the new coach of the Gateway boys basketball program before Thursday's school board

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Gateway grad Means runs record 100 time at Shippensburg invitational
Gateway graduate and Cal (Pa.) junior Jae'Len Means recorded the fastest time in the 100-meter dash in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference since 2006 with

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Members of the Burrell 400-meter relay, from left, Madi Walsh, Taylor Johnson, McKenzie White, Allee Kuhns and Oliva Kelly, warm up before practice Friday, April 27, 2018.
Burrell sprint relay takes aim at WCCA title
April 27, 2018
Taylor Johnson understands the tradition. She knows the standard that has been set by past members of the Burrell girls 400-meter relay, including the team's

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson catches a pass in front of Archbishop Wood's Kevin Otto during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gateway’s Jackson picks Syracuse
Courtney Jackson will go from Gateway black and gold to the orange of Syracuse. The Gators junior gave a verbal committed to the Atlantic Coast

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Deer Lakes's Tyler Osselborn gets a kill past Derry's Dom DeLuca Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes boys rally for dramatic victory over rival Derry
April 26, 2018
The Derry boys volleyball team led Deer Lakes two games to none in their Section 2-AA match Thursday at Deer Lakes High School. The Trojans

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Valley's DeAisha James edges out Leechburg Area High School's Mackenzie Fello and Burrell's Taylor Johnson in the girls 100 meter dash during the 7-AA Individual Championships Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Freeport High School.
Valley’s James impresses in debut track and field season
Before this spring, track and field wasn't on the radar of Valley sophomore DeAisha James. Basketball, softball and volleyball were sports more to her liking.

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Freeport's Austin Kemp is playing lacrosse and throwing the shot put and discus for the track and field team during the 2018 season.
Freeport’s Kemp displays multiple talents for lacrosse, track teams
April 24, 2018
As a thrower for the Freeport boys track and field team, Austin Kemp doesn't compete in running events during meets. But when a spot opened

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WPIAL team tennis semifinals postponed due to rain
Rain forced the WPIAL to postpone Tuesday's Class AAA and AA team tennis semifinal matches to Wednesday. Fox Chapel, the No. 1 seed in Class

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Shady Side Academy starting pitcher Colin Kilano throws against Valley high school in the second inning Monday, April 23, 2018 at Shady Side Academy.
Valley baseball holds off Shady Side Academy for key section win
April 23, 2018
Jim Basilone had a look of satisfaction on his face after Valley's 4-3 victory at Shady Side Academy on Monday. The Vikings coach knew his

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North Allegheny, Ambridge remain atop boys volleyball rankings
The WPIAL boys volleyball playoffs are only three weeks away, and the teams in contention are making their final pushes with tournament play as well

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Champions crowned at annual Beaver County Championships
Several athletes at or near the top of the WPIAL Class AAA and AA track and field performances lists were in action Saturday at the

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Bethel Park tops Deer Lakes in finals of Plum Invitational boys volleyball tournament
April 22, 2018
The annual Plum boys volleyball tournament attracted a diverse field of teams from both Class AA and AAA in the WPIAL and from outside of

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Kiski Area's Jean Starr, pictured during a recent practice at Kiski High School.
Starr rising for Kiski Area track and field
April 20, 2018
Jean Starr took extra precautions Friday in the girls javelin competition at the 54th annual Butler Invitational at Butler High School. Recent rain and snow

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Burrell baseball leans on 2-out lightning to defeat rival Valley
April 18, 2018
The Burrell baseball team scored four runs in the top of the second inning of Wednesday's Section 1-3A game at rival Valley. As it turns

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Shortstop Mackenzie Lake takes part in Plum softball practice April 10, 2018, in Plum.
Plum’s Lake continues to shine in sophomore season
April 17, 2018
Mackenzie Lake didn't wait. She knew what she wanted. When St. Francis (Pa.) landed on the Plum sophomore's recruiting radar, it was a process that

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Fox Chapel, Valley set to begin boys tennis playoffs
The WPIAL boys team tennis pairings for Class AAA and AA were released Tuesday, and Fox Chapel and Valley hope to make deep runs in

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Dizon hired as Kiski Area girls basketball coach
Nick Dizon built a basketball coaching philosophy and gained experience at the high school level as an assistant coach the past three seasons with the

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Courtney Kordes
Kordes hired as Highlands girls basketball coach
April 16, 2018
When Courtney Kordes graduated from Highlands in 2009, she had a goal of coming back to the district as a teacher and coach. Her mission

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Penn-Trafford's Mitch Nedley (left) and Jake Tappe compete at North Allegheny's tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
WPVCA releases Week 5 WPIAL boys volleyball poll
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association released its Week 5 boys volleyball polls for Class AAA and AA on Monday morning based on a vote

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Fox Chapel sprinter Kate Carnavale runs drills during track and field practice on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
Fox Chapel sprinter Kate Carnavale keeps injuries at bay to improve performance
April 15, 2018
Kate Carnavale always knew she was fleet of foot through basketball and other running opportunities. The Fox Chapel junior didn't get a chance to display

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Gateway softball benefits from on-field experience
April 14, 2018
The Gateway softball team won only two games last season. The Gators equaled that total through only four games this year with back-to-back victories over

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Another offensive spurt leads Freeport softball over rival Deer Lakes
The Freeport softball team again used a late-game outburst to capture a Section 1-3A victory. The Yellowjackets, who scored six runs in the sixth inning

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First baseman Alyssa Schofield takes part in Plum softball practice April 10, 2018, in Plum.
Plum softball hopes early success continues through remainder of season
April 13, 2018
Plum coach Jim McGrath said he liked what he saw from his team in early-season workouts. But with so much time spent in the gym

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Freeport softball scores 8 runs in 7th to rally past rival Burrell
April 11, 2018
For the second time in as many days, the Freeport softball team rallied late to pick up a Section 1-3A victory. On Tuesday, the Yellowjackets

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Burrell softball rides explosive offense to mercy-rule win
April 10, 2018
The Burrell softball team is off to a fast start in Section 1-3A. The Bucs have 28 hits in two section contests, including 13 on

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North Allegheny, Ambridge remain at top of WPVCA rankings
April 9, 2018
Bolstered by Saturday's victory at the Derry Invitational, the North Allegheny boys volleyball team remains in the top spot in Class AAA in the latest

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North Allegheny tops field to win Derry boys volleyball tournament
April 8, 2018
The North Allegheny boys volleyball team was a favorite to claim Saturday's Derry Area tournament, and the Tigers produced results to back that up. NA,

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Gateway track teams itching to compete
April 6, 2018
Cold temperatures, rain, wind and snow have messed with the early-season routines and schedules for the region's 100-plus high school track and field programs. The

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Fifteen-team Derry Invitational boys volleyball tournament set for Saturday.
Fifteen boys volleyball teams are set to do battle at the 24th annual Derry Invitational on Saturday at Derry High School. Penn-Trafford enters the tournament

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Weather forecast forces postponement of South Hills Classic
A weather forecast of snow, rain and cold temperatures forced meet officials to postpone Saturday's South Hills Classic track and field meet at Baldwin High

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Plum’s Ryan Kircher getting attention of MLB scouts
Many sets of eyes — and radar guns — will be focused on Plum's Ryan Kircher this spring. The senior lefty has established himself as

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Trio of Mt. Pleasant pitchers combine to no-hit Highlands in season-opener
April 5, 2018
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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Plum senior ace Kircher on radar of Major League scouts
Many sets of eyes, and radar guns, will be focused on Plum's Ryan Kircher this spring. The senior lefty established himself over the past several

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Freeport boys lacrosse can’t pull off another comeback
April 4, 2018
The Freeport boys lacrosse team rallied from multiple-goal deficits twice in West Virginia on Saturday to earn a pair of one-goal victories. But the Yellowjackets

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Boys volleyball coaches association releases WPIAL Week 3 rankings
April 2, 2018
The North Allegheny boys volleyball team owns the top spot for Class AAA in the Western Pennsylvania Boys Volleyball Coaches Association Week 3 poll released

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WPIALs meant a little more for Gateway swimmer Mears
When Jake Mears stepped on the diving board or was moving through the water during his swim event, he was alone with his thoughts. He

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Burrell's Faith Remich (right) runs drills during track practice on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Burrell High School.
A-K Valley track and field preview: Burrell girls hope to defend WPIAL team title
March 30, 2018
The Burrell girls track and field team hoisted the WPIAL Class AA team championship trophy for the first time last spring. A deep lineup on

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Peters Township head baseball coach Joe Maize celebrates his 400th victory with his fellow coaches and his players Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The Indians defeated Steel Valley 11-4 at West Field in Munhall. Maize is 400-225 in 34 seasons at Peters Township.
Peters Township’s Maize picks up win 400
March 28, 2018
Veteran Peters Township baseball coach Joe Maize won his 400th game Wednesday afternoon as the Indians defeated Steel Valley, 11-4, in a nonsection matchup at

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North Allegheny's Josh Bachinsky (22) celebrates during their tournament Saturday, March 24, 2018, at North Allegheny.
Coaches association releases Week 2 boys volleyball poll
March 27, 2018
The Western Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll for Week 2 has North Allegheny again at the top spot in Class AAA, while Ambridge owns the

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Deer Lakes volleyball sweeps Plum in early-season test
March 26, 2018
The Deer Lakes boys volleyball team used decisive runs en route to wins in each of the first two games of Monday's nonsection match at

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Valley's Jake McNabb warms up during pitching practice on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Valley baseball looking for fast start in Myrtle Beach
March 22, 2018
The Valley baseball team has escaped the grips of the unpredictable March weather in Western Pennsylvania and is opening its season Friday and Saturday with

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Valley's Madison Gatto warms up during pitching practice on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Valley softball sets sights on playoff berth
The Valley softball team last made the WPIAL playoffs in 2012. Coach Carol Perroz said despite some lean years recently, the pieces are in place

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Norwin’s Tulenko competes at PIAA meet
March 19, 2018
Norwin sophomore Ethan Tulenko made his debut at last week's PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, and he turned in a 26th-place finish in the 50-yard

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Quaker Valley’s Hubsch earns 7th place at PIAA swimming
Quaker Valley was well-represented in the championship and consolation finals at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships Friday and Saturday at Bucknell. The

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Franklin Regional swimmers compete at PIAA meet
Franklin Regional swimmers took part in five events at the PIAA Class AAA championships last week at Bucknell. The Panthers had a trio of swims

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Penn-Trafford’s Kalik claims 6th at PIAA diving meet
For the second year in a row, Penn-Trafford junior Paige Kalik is a PIAA diving medalist. Kalik, this year's WPIAL Class AAA champion, was one

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Plum’s Taylor continues setting swimming records
Devan Taylor now is on the Plum swimming record board in three places. She added the 200-yard individual medley record in January, became part of

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Gateway swimmer Livingston adds to budding legacy
Olivia Livingston's portfolio her first two years as a swimmer at the high school level ranks among some of the top competitors in WPIAL and

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Shady Side Academy girls 400 free relay captures PIAA championship
March 18, 2018
The Shady Side Academy girls 400-yard freestyle relay came into Saturday evening's PIAA Class AA championship heat at Bucknell as the fourth seed. But the

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Highlands’ Blackburn leads Alle-Kiski Valley contingent at PIAA swimming
March 17, 2018
Rachel Blackburn reports to softball practice Monday afternoon as she starts to get ready for her spring high school season. It's a quick turnaround for

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Belle Vernon boys place sixth in AA standings at PIAA swimming and diving
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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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Maziarz captures PIAA diving title
March 16, 2018
When the high school swimming and diving season began in November, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic sophomore Kyle Maziarz didn't think he would be standing on

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Deer Lakes’ Morrison swims to 15th at PIAA championship meet
As the 14th seed for Thursday's Class AA boys 200-yard freestyle at the PIAA championships at Bucknell, Deer Lakes sophomore Adam Morrison felt confident he

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Belle Vernon’s Shahan, Mt. Pleasant’s Gardner earn silver at PIAA swim championships
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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Plum’s Taylor earns eighth-place medal at PIAA swim championships
March 15, 2018
After two previous trips to the PIAA Class AAA swimming championships, Plum junior Devan Taylor knew what to expect, from the routines of getting ready

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North Allegheny boys set national record in 400 freestyle relay; team claims PIAA title
LEWISBURG — It was a year in the making. The North Allegheny boys 400-yard freestyle relay touched the wall first at the 2017 PIAA Class

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

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WPIAL swimmers set for Thursday’s championship finals at PIAA Class AAA meet
LEWISBURG - The North Allegheny boys swim team captured five PIAA AAA championships on Day 1 Wednesday at Bucknell University. The Tigers are hoping for

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North Allegheny boys strike lots of gold on Day 1 of PIAA swimming championships
March 14, 2018
LEWISBURG — The North Allegheny boys swim team is well on its way to defending its PIAA Class AAA championship. The Tigers captured five state

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

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Fox Chapel diver Cagley claims bronze at PIAA championships
LEWISBURG — Jonah Cagley found himself in third place after the first round of five dives Wednesday at the PIAA Class AAA boys diving championships

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

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Highlands Rachel Blackburn, swims the breast stroke during a recent practice.Wednesday Dec 6, 2017.
A-K Valley swimmers hoping to make big splash at state meet
March 13, 2018
Sixteen days will pass for Highlands sophomore Rachel Blackburn between her final swim at the WPIAL Class AA championships March 2 and her lone event

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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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Gateway girls bowling team earns berth in state tournament
After finishing undefeated in its section during the regular season and eighth at the WPIBL team championships Feb. 15, the Gateway girls bowling team had

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Springdale boys ousted by West Middlesex in PIAAs
March 10, 2018
The Springdale boys basketball team hoped to make an impact Saturday in its PIAA 2A first-round game against District 10 champion West Middlesex. The Dynamos,

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Plum’s Small, Penn-Trafford’s Barvinchak claim Western Pa. Regional bowling titles
March 9, 2018
Plum's Shannon Small and Penn-Trafford's Mike Barvinchak each captured singles titles at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Championships on Friday at Princess Lanes in Whitehall. Small

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Freedman steps down as Gateway boys basketball coach
March 7, 2018
Daryn Freedman on Wednesday evening confirmed he is stepping down as head coach of the Gateway varsity boys basketball team. Freedman said his desire to

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Lengthy layoff an obstacle for A-K Valley basketball teams
There aren't many secrets left between the Highlands and Franklin Regional boys basketball teams. The Section 3-5A co-champions will meet for the fourth time Friday

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A-K Valley swimmers awarded bids to PIAA meet
March 6, 2018
Kiski Area senior Josh Madzy was pretty confident his time in the 100-yard backstroke at last Friday's WPIAL championships would net him a spot at

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Times at WPIALs earn Westmoreland County swimmers spot at state meet
The PIAA on Tuesday released the automatic and at-large time qualifying lists for the Class AAA and AA swimming championships, set for March 14-17 at

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Shoop brings Riverview back to WPIAL swimming championships
It had been 17 years since a swimmer from Riverview competed at the WPIAL championships. But freshman Beth Shoop was determined to bring the Raiders

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PIAA releases qualifying lists for state swimming championships
The PIAA on Tuesday released the automatic and at-large time qualifying lists for the Class AAA and AA swimming championships March 14 to 17 at

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Stewart nets 4 goals to vault Burrell past Kennedy Catholic
March 5, 2018
The Burrell hockey team scored 101 goals during its 18-game regular season, easily the most in PIHL Division 2. The Bucs' offense continued to surge

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Plum’s Taylor, girls 200 medley relay shine at WPIAL meet
Plum junior Devan Taylor hauled in a pair of medals at the WPIAL Class AAA swim championships last week at Pitt's Trees Pool. She swam

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Plum senior Jones to play hockey for Arizona State
Katherine Jones is looking to the future to help with her present. The Plum senior and one of the area's top girls hockey players has

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PIAA again delays release of qualifying lists for state swimming championships
The PIAA has adjusted the day and time it will post the automatic and time qualifiers to the state swimming championships at Bucknell University. The

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Gateway’s Olivia Livingston collects two WPIAL golds, sets sights on states
March 4, 2018
After defending both of her WPIAL Class AAA individual championships last week at Pitt's Trees Pool, Gateway sophomore Olivia Livingston is setting her sights on

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PIAA postpones release of swimming state championship qualifier lists
Because of adverse winter weather that has impacted certain areas of the state, a couple of district swimming championship meets will not conclude until Sunday

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Deer Lakes’ Loper surprises himself with WPIAL runner-up finish in 500 free
March 2, 2018
When Deer Lakes sophomore Noah Loper touched the wall at the completion of his 500-yard freestyle race Friday at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships,

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Records set on Day 2 of WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships
Three new records, numerous other fast swims and closely contested races highlighted the first session of the WPIAL Class AAA championships Thursday at Pitt's Trees

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Fox Chapel’s Filo takes silver at WPIAL swimming
March 1, 2018
Fox Chapel senior Joslyn Filo knew what it felt like to bring home a WPIAL second-place medal. But she didn't know what it felt like

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WPIAL swimmers break records on Day 1 of Class AAA meet
Three WPIAL records fell on Day 1 of the WPIAL Class AAA championships at Pitt's Trees Pool. North Allegheny junior Jack Wright kicked off the

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Deer Lakes sophomore swimmers, Adam Morrison and Renee Robson, pictured Tuesday Feb 27, 2018, during a recent practice at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes pair set for WPIAL swimming encore
February 28, 2018
Deer Lakes sophomores Adam Morrison and Renee Robson made their mark last March in their inaugural appearances at the WPIAL Class AA swim championships. Robson

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Fox Chapel varsity hockey player Colby Zmenkowski scores a second-period goal against Greensburg Salem goalie Luke Parise during a game Feb. 5, 2018, at the Alpha Ice Rink in Harmarville.
A-K Valley hockey teams learn Penguins Cup playoff foes
February 27, 2018
The PIHL Penguins Cup playoff brackets were released Tuesday, and Plum, Fox Chapel, Kiski Area and Burrell know where they fit in for each battle

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Countdown to WPIALs: Upper St. Clair’s Jack Fitzpatrick eyes back-to-back titles in 200 IM
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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Plum swimmers, from left, Delanee White, Devan Taylor, Justin DeCheck, Charlotte Jones and Cara Gettings will compete at Pitt's Trees Pool March 1-2, 2018, in Oakland.
Plum swimmers seek WPIAL success
February 26, 2018
After more than three months of dual meets and practices of varying intensity, members of the Plum swim teams are on the cusp of the

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Countdown to WPIALs: Butler’s Laura Goettler has WPIAL record to defend in 200 IM
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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Gateway's swim team will compete at the WPIAL meet at Pitt's Trees Pool March 1-2, 2018. The team includes, in front, from left, Lauren Harper, Olivia Livingston, Savannah Plaskon, Amanda Pugliano, Jake Mears, Sydney Perry and Jessica Stroh; and in back, Michael Holmes, Luke Dipalma, David MacMurchy, Nathan Gabriel, Conor Farren and Sam Dipalma.
Livingston leads Gateway contingent into WPIAL swimming championships
Olivia Livingston understands she no longer is the hunter. The Gateway sophomore will be the hunted Thursday and Friday at the WPIAL Class AAA swimming

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Countdown to WPIALs: Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan hopes for grand debut
February 25, 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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Bell Vernon's Bryce Washington (33) drives against Ambridge's Aaron Hilzendeger in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
Belle Vernon boys basketball survives Ambridge’s rally at WPIALs
February 24, 2018
Belle Vernon made sure there wouldn't be another second-half playoff victory rally for Ambridge. The Bridgers, the No. 6 seed in the WPIAL Class 4A

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Apollo-Ridge girls lose to Neshannock, still have shot at PIAAs
Apollo-Ridge has a new rooting interest. After Saturday's 50-22 loss to No. 3 Neshannock in the WPIAL girls 3A quarterfinals at West Allegheny, the Vikings

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mt. Pleasant’s Heather Gardner has golden expectations
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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Highlands' Ramello Freeman scores over West Allehgeny's Isaiah Crowe during 4-A boys WPIAL quarterfinal action at Fox Chapel High School.
Highlands boys watch big fourth-quarter lead fade before holding off West A
February 23, 2018
With his team holding a 21-point lead at the midpoint of the third quarter of its WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal Friday against West Allegheny, Highlands

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Countdown to WPIALs: Penn Hills’ Kimani Gregory eyes continued success
Tribune-Review sports reporter Michael Love and the TribLive High School Sports Network are profiling 10 swimmers to watch leading up to the 2018 WPIAL championship

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Fox Chapel Diver Jonah Cagley, pictured during a recent practice at Fox Chapel High School.Wed Feb 21, 2018.
Fox Chapel’s Cagley among favorites to claim WPIAL diving gold
February 22, 2018
When the Fox Chapel and Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams met for section competition Feb. 8, spectators were treated to a mini WPIAL preview.

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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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Apollo-Ridge upends Charleroi in girls Class 3A playoffs
February 21, 2018
Apollo-Ridge got knocked down early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's WPIAL Class 3A first-round girls basketball game against Charleroi at Peters Township. The Vikings

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Countdown to WPIALs: Mars’ Andrew Pierre excels in distance freestyle events
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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Springdale's Michael Zolnierczyk fights for a loose ball with California Area's Cochise Ryan during 2-A boys basketball playoff action at Gateway High School.
Zolnierczyk’s free throws seal Springdale’s 1st playoff win since ’08
February 20, 2018
An eight-point halftime lead for the Springdale boys basketball team had evaporated into a back-and-forth one-possession battle with California in a WPIAL Class 2A first-round

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Countdown to WPIALs: Indiana’s Payton Rayko in select company in Class AA
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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Kiski Area hockey clinches playoffs by eliminating Deer Lakes
February 19, 2018
The Penguins Cup playoff fates of the Deer Lakes and Kiski Area hockey teams came down to Monday's head-to-head Class A matchup at Frozen Pond

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Seven Plum seniors celebrated their college recruiting decisions Feb. 7 at the high school. Seated, from left, are Jackson Gildea (Slippery Rock, football), Jamie Denzer (Marietta, women's lacrosse), Sidney Young (Geneva, softball) and Dylan Tomko (Muskingum, football). In back are Kole Lisovich (Penn State-Behrend, men's soccer), Callan Scharba (Point Park, men's soccer) and Jacob George (Slippery Rock, football).
Gildea to join former Plum athletes on Slippery Rock football team
Jackson Gildea began his high school athletic career at Plum as a goalkeeper on the boys soccer team. He added kicking for football his sophomore

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Countdown to WPIALs: North Allegheny’s Mason Gonzalez has 4 titles to defend
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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Gateway wrestler Evan Whiteside (left) competesduring the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestlers prepare for section tournament
February 18, 2018
The Gateway wrestling team has put aside all of the invitationals and dual matches and is focusing on its postseason journey that begins Saturday with

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Countdown to WPIALs: Gateway’s Olivia Livingston aims to defend record-setting freestyle titles
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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Burrell's Shaun Gates grabs the leg of Riverview's Christian Tamburro in the 160 lbs. championship bout during the WPIAL Class 2A wrestling championships Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Shaun Gates earns WPIAL title at 160, leads Burrell contingent into wrestling regionals
February 17, 2018
Burrell senior Shaun Gates finished third at 152 pounds at last year's WPIAL Class AA championships. His focus Saturday at Canon-McMillian was on loftier goals.

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Riverview's Christian Tamburro (left) is the first wrestler from the school to reach a WPIAL championship match.
Riverview wrestler Tamburro makes program history, reaches WPIAL final
Riverview senior Christian Tamburro has an opportunity to accomplish something that hasn't happened in the Raiders wrestling program in 30 years. Tamburro won his first

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WPIAL AA wrestling championships resume at Canon-McMillan
WPIAL wrestling titles will be decided Saturday at the AA individual tournament at Canon-McMillan High School. Twelve wrestlers in each weight class, the top four

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Burrell wrestling sends all-time-high 13 to WPIAL individuals
February 16, 2018
The Burrell wrestling team got back in the practice room Monday after last weekend's PIAA Class AA team tournament in Hershey. The focus was on

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Bethel Park's Nick Konyk (24) and Spencer Bawcom defend on Peters Township's Adam Alavi in the second period during the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup finals Monday, March 17, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.
Charity outdoor hockey game between Bethel Park, Peters Township set
PIHL Class AAA rivals Bethel Park and Peters Township already have played two league games this season. On Tuesday, however, the Black Hawks and Indians

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Leechburg's Daesha Knight (10) drives to the net during their game against Brentwood on Thurs. Feb. 8, 2018. Leechburg won 80-56.
A-K Valley girls teams leaning on playoff experience
February 15, 2018
The St. Joseph, Leechburg and Freeport girls basketball teams made positive impressions during last year's WPIAL playoffs and punched tickets to the PIAA tournament. All

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WPIBL turning focus to singles championships
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League team championships took center stage this week at Wildlife Lanes in Lower Burrell and Family Bowl-Away in Butler. But

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Freeport girls draw familiar opponent in WPIAL’s 1st round
February 13, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team is experiencing some WPIAL playoff déjà vu. For the second year in a row, the Yellowjackets will face Elizabeth Forward

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A-K Valley girls teams hoping for long postseason runs
February 12, 2018
The Leechburg girls basketball team missed the WPIAL playoffs in 2015, but that year, a group of freshmen began to form what would be the

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Franklin Regional girls fall short of playoff goals
After a campaign of promising basketball in 2016-17, which included a winning record and a trip to the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs, the Franklin Regional

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Plum wrestlers prep for section tournament
The WPIAL Class AAA wrestling section tournaments are just over a week away, and Plum's group of eight, coach Steve Stremple said, is getting a

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Highlands rallies past Freeport for 5th straight victory
With 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter of Monday's nonsection boys basketball matchup between Freeport and Highlands, the score was tied. The

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Burrell girls bowling team hopes regular-season success carries over to postseason
The Burrell girls bowling team finished its regular season Wednesday in some rare company in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League. The Bucs joined Gateway,

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Tri-State indoor track and field championships set for Saturday
February 11, 2018
The winter indoor track and field season in western Pennsylvania will be celebrated Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships at Edinboro University. Competition

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PIHL teams battle for playoff spots as regular season winds down
Several PIHL hockey teams in Division I (Class AAA, AA, A) and Division 2 have clinched Penguins Cup playoff spots and are working to position

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Riverview girls basketball finishes section play with win
February 9, 2018
The Riverview girls basketball team clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Thursday without playing. Northgate's loss to Sto-Rox meant the Raiders will

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

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Leechburg girls basketball team trounces Brentwood
The Leechburg girls basketball team is not taking it easy as it closes out the regular season and turns its focus to the WPIAL Class

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Plum, Riverview girls basketball teams control own destinies for playoffs
February 7, 2018
The Plum and Riverview girls basketball teams have followed similar paths this season. Both began with only one senior, several young starters and questions as

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Freeport's Madeline Clark scores past Burrell's Brittany Dunn Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Freeport Middle School.
Freeport girls lock up 2nd in Section 1 with win over Burrell
February 5, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team added to its playoff resume Monday as it closed the regular season with a resounding Section 1-4A victory over Burrell,

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Plum girls remain in playoff hunt
With only one senior, one returning starter, several young players and several questions entering the season, first-year Plum girls basketball coach Steve Elsier said he

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Gateway football players ready to finalize college plans on signing day
February 4, 2018
The Gateway football team garnered a great deal of attention near and far this fall as it earned the program's first WPIAL title in 31

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Gateway football team celebrates memorable season with championship rings
A couple of weeks after the Gateway football team concluded its 2017 football season in the PIAA 5A state championship game, a plan began to

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

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams head into final week with playoff spots up for grabs
February 3, 2018
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Freeport girls fend off Deer Lakes for section win
February 1, 2018
The Freeport girls basketball team had things going its way after one quarter of Thursday's Section 1-4A game at rival Deer Lakes. The Yellowjackets led

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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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North Catholic's Dani Short battles Freeport's Jenna Manke for a rebound during their game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Manke stands tall for Freeport girls basketball
At 5-foot-8, Jenna Manke often gives up a few inches to the player or players she goes up against in the paint. However, the Freeport

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Vincentian Academy's Olivia O'Brien battles Leechburg's Daesha Knight for a rebound during their game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Leechburg High School.
No. 1 Vincentian Academy too much for No. 4 Leechburg in Class 2A matchup
January 29, 2018
The Leechburg girls basketball team had won seven in a row heading into Monday's Section 2-2A matchup with No. 1 Vincentian Academy. The No. 4

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Franklin Regional's Abigail Ramey competes in the girls' 200 yard individual medley during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming championships Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 at Derry High School. Ramey won first place in the event.
After scoring snafu, Franklin Regional girls swim team awarded WCCA title
Members of the Hempfield girls swimming and diving team left Derry High School on Saturday with what they thought was a Westmoreland County Coaches Association

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Paced by 6 all-stars, Franklin Regional hockey enters home stretch
The Franklin Regional ice hockey team is in the thick of a balanced playoff race in the PIHL Class AA South/East division. The Panthers began

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Members of the Plum hockey team who competed at the 2018 PIHL all-star game Jan. 27, 2018, were, from left, freshman Joseph Costa, senior Dom Borriello, senior Colin Patton and junior A.J. Adamski.
Led by all-stars, Plum hockey makes playoff push
The Plum ice hockey team has been making a comeback recently in PIHL Class AAA. Last year's Class AA champion, coach Vinnie Somma said, has

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WPIAL rifle regular season concludes this week ahead of team and individual championships
Only two more match dates remain in the WPIAL rifle regular season, and teams still are in battles for a spot in the team playoffs,

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Area athletes bring home several firsts from second TSTCA indoor meet
January 28, 2018
The Tri-State Track Coaches Association hosted athletes from all throughout western Pennsylvania for a special Friday meet at Edinboro University. The meet, one of the

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Jeannette's Robert Kennedy (1) goes up for a shot during their game on Fri. Jan. 26, 2018 at Springdale. Jeannette won 61-24.
With leading scorer Johnson sidelined, Jeannette rolls past Springdale
January 27, 2018
Both the Jeannette and Springdale boys basketball teams entered Friday's Section 1-2A matchup hoping to avoid a second consecutive loss in section play. The Jayhawks

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Kiski Area swimmer Joshua Madzy poses for a portrait during practice on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
Kiski Area’s Madzy, back with varsity, preps for WCCAs
January 26, 2018
Joshua Madzy is glad to be back. The Kiski Area senior didn't swim high school meets last year as he opted to concentrate on training

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North Catholic's Dani Short battles Freeport's Jenna Manke for a rebound during their game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Freeport girls hang with No. 1 North Catholic before falling
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic got the opening tip in Thursday's Section 1-4A matchup with Freeport, and Dani Short converted a layup after seven seconds. The

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North Catholic head coach Molly Rottmann celebrates her 400th win at the school with her team after defeating Freeport Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Cranberry.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic’s Rottmann wins No. 400 at alma mater
January 25, 2018
When the final buzzer sounded signalling the end of the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team's 47-33 victory over Freeport, the Trojanettes players surrounded

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Apollo-Ridge’s Elizabeth Penrose (14) attempts to drive around Freeport’s Asti Barstensky (3) in the first half at Freeport High School on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.
Apollo-Ridge girls focused on stretch run after last season’s collapse
Last season's stretch run was anything but ideal for the Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team. The Vikings were right in the playoff mix through 12 games

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Mt. Pleasant swimmer Heather Gardner warms up Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 before her team's meet against Valley at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Area swimmers and divers gearing up for annual WCCA championships
January 24, 2018
Westmoreland County's best swimmers and divers will descend on Derry High School on Friday and Saturday for the annual Westmoreland County Coaches Association championships. Diving

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Deer Lakes girls basketball loses close contest to Knoch
January 23, 2018
A number of recent matchups between the Knoch and Deer Lakes girls basketball teams went down to the wire, including a five-point win by the

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Franklin Regional's Patrick Cavanaugh trains Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional’s Cavanaugh shows versatility in pool
January 22, 2018
Patrick Cavanaugh knows what it is like to compete at the WPIAL swimming championships in both individual and relay events. He earned a sixth-place medal

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Plum swimmers Devan Taylor (left) and Charlotte Jones train Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Plum.
Plum’s Taylor adds name to school record board
Devan Taylor already owned the school record for the 100-yard breaststroke when she added the record for the 200 individual medley at Plum's Jan. 11

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

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Highlands girls basketball team growing with each game experience
January 20, 2018
The Highlands girls basketball team is young this season and head coach Drew Jonczak said the players have grown through facing adversities in forms such

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during their game against Riverview on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Leechburg. Leechburg won 72-49.
Leechburg girls basketball gets offense going, tops Riverview
January 19, 2018
By the end of the first quarter of Thursday's Section 2-2A girls basketball game against Riverview, Leechburg had found its offense and the Raiders were

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Burrell's Tyler Stewart fires a shot during a game against Connellsville Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
A-K Valley players earn PIHL all-star nods
January 18, 2018
The top hockey talent in the PIHL will gather Jan. 28 at Robert Morris' Island Sports Center, and Burrell coach Max Rickard said he's honored

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Burrell's Grace Omecinski drives past Valley's Anna Walkowiak in the first half Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Valley High School.
Burrell girls’ WPIAL basketball playoff streak in danger
The Burrell girls basketball team has an active streak of six consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances. The current Bucs players would love to extend that streak,

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Freeport coach Mike Beale coaches against Deer Lakes Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Freeport-Deer Lakes matchup intense as playoff chase heats up
January 17, 2018
Freeport boys basketball coach Mike Beale said he expected intensity between his Yellowjackets and Deer Lakes on Tuesday — with physical defense, players diving everywhere

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Freeport's Jalen Brown pulls up for a shot against Deer Lakes' Jared Colton Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Freeport.
Freeport boys top Deer Lakes to earn key Section 1-4A win
Aiden Skradski was in the starting five for the Freeport boys basketball team Tuesday in its Section 1-4A clash with Deer Lakes. It was the

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After death of freshman classmate, Freeport basketball teams help raise funds for various causes
The Freeport boys and girls basketball teams and their booster organizations, in conjunction with many others in the Freeport community came together Tuesday night to

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Franklin Regional swimming and diving team members eye additional qualifying performances
January 16, 2018
The Franklin Regional swimming and diving teams always are well represented at the WPIAL championships at Pitt's Trees Pool. That is expected to be the

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Burrell's Brittany Dunn is fouled by the Valley's Adriona Lyons in the first half Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Valley High School.
Burrell girls answer early challenge to defeat Valley
The Burrell and Valley girls basketball teams played even over the first six minutes of Monday's Section 1-4A matchup at Valley. The visiting Bucs then

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Plum boys basketball works through challenging season
January 15, 2018
The Plum boys basketball team again finds itself in a challenging section. Section 3 of Class 6A often is regarded as one of the toughest

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Plum swimmers Devan Taylor (left) and Charlotte Jones take a break during training for the 2017-2018 season Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Plum.
Plum swimmers making their marks in WPIAL competition
The Plum swimming team takes to the pool for a pair of meets this week with hopes of building on positive moments in and out

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Meghan Christman warms up before bowling on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at Nesbit's Lanes.
Christman, Mercurio lead Plum bowling teams
Meghan Christman is the defending Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League girls singles champion. With the talent featured throughout the WPIBL this season, the Plum senior

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Gateway hockey alumni winter event helps connect past with present
January 14, 2018
The Gateway ice hockey organization has fielded teams for more than 40 years. The 1975-76 team was honored and enshrined by the Gateway Sports Hall

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Gateway's Jordan Edwards drives past Woodland Hills' Ciara Turner during their game Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Gateway High School in Monroeville.
Gateway girls basketball team earning wins, showing improvement
Gateway girls basketball coach Curtis Williams understands the uphill battles his team faces considering his squad has only one senior and lacks depth. But, he

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Freeport's Sidney Shemanski (22) looks to pass during their game against Valley on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 at Freeport. The Yellowjackets beat Valley 55-15.
Key stretch looms for Freeport girls basketball team
January 13, 2018
When asked to break down the mission for his girls basketball team in the stretch run of the regular season, Freeport coach Fred Soilis kept

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Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow goes to the net under presssure from the Freeport defense during their game on Thurs. Jan 11, 2018 at Lower Burrell. Freeport won 48-37.
Sharrow’s scoring, rebounding key for Burrell girls basketball
January 12, 2018
Kaylen Sharrow's role for the Burrell girls basketball team increased last year as the Bucs continued a streak of six-straight WPIAL playoff appearances. That role

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Burrell's Kaylen Sharrow (1) drives to the net during their game against Freeport on Thurs. Jan 11, 2018 at Lower Burrell. Freeport won 48-37.
Freeport girls hold off Burrell rally in Section 1-4A victory
The Freeport girls basketball team built an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter of Thursday's Section 1-4A game at Burrell. The Yellowjackets

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Plum's Anthony Borriello celebrates with Nolan Puhala after Puhala's goal aginst Downingtown East during the class AA Pennsylvania Cup Championship Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Island Sports Center.
Plum grads gather for annual alumni hockey game
January 11, 2018
A tradition spanning two decades continued Dec. 29 as more than 30 Plum High School graduates and Mustang ice hockey alumni gathered at Pittsburgh Ice

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Kurpakus showing scoring touch for St. Joseph girls basketball
Last year as a junior, Chloe Kurpakus was one of three St. Joseph players to score in double figures as she averaged 12.2 points. Her

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St. Joseph’s Jones again making her mark on the court
January 10, 2018
Alex Jones was first off the bench for the St. Joseph girls basketball team last year, but coach Sally Ackerman looked at her as another

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Gators gunning for second section win Thursday in key matchup with Oakland Catholic
January 9, 2018
The Gateway girls basketball team plays a key Section 2-5A game Thursday at Oakland Catholic. The winner between the Gators (1-1) and the Eagles (2-1)

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Burrell bowling teams set to begin second half of section play
The Burrell girls bowling team placed 13th at last year's WPIBL team championship and finished only 35 pins from the top 10. The Bucs entered

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Plum wrestling in the mix for a section playoff spot
The top three teams from each wrestling subsection in WPIAL Class AAA qualify for the postseason, and Plum is right in the mix at 1-2

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Sewickley Academy scores early, often in win against Deer Lakes
January 8, 2018
The Deer Lakes hockey team hoped to improve its playoff positioning in PIHL Class A Monday when it hosted Sewickley Academy at Frozen Pond in

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Burrell hockey to return to action as playoff race heats up
When the Burrell hockey team returns to PIHL Division II action Jan. 15 against Kennedy Catholic at Pittsburgh Ice, it will end a nearly month

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Gateway's Mark Bozicevic practices Saturday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway’s Mark Bozicevic keeping opponents honest with 3-point shooting
January 7, 2018
The Latrobe and Gateway boys basketball teams engaged in an epic battle Dec. 12 with the Wildcats outlasting the Gators, 92-91, in two overtimes. Gateway

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Confidence growing for Gateway wrestling team
The young Gateway wrestling team continues to find its way in the 2017-18 season, and coach Ryan Sula said success on the mat is giving

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Freeport bowlers improving in inaugural WPIBL season
Every year, new teams debut in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League. Freeport joined this year, and coach Tom Livingston said team members of varying

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Gateway boys relying on defense to find success in Section 3
January 4, 2018
The Gateway boys basketball team started Section 3-5A play Dec. 21 with a lockdown defensive performance in a 44-23 victory over Kiski Area. It was

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Plum bowlers gain momentum after sweeping Franklin Regional
There was a little bit of frustration for the Plum boys bowling team heading into Wednesday's WPIBL East section clash with undefeated Franklin Regional. andquot;Even

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams get back to WPIAL section action
With a majority of the nonsection games behind them, WPIAL girls basketball teams in the A-K Valley turn their attention to the stretch run in

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A-K Valley girls basketball teams improving after period of struggle
January 3, 2018
The Springdale girls basketball team went winless last season and started the campaign with forfeits because of a lack of players. It was a low

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Kiski Area goes down to wire with top Class A team as playoff race heats up
Kiski Area was on the cusp of an upset victory in PIHL Class A. The Cavaliers had undefeated Bishop McCort on the ropes with a

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Proud to be a Gator! In a surprise assembly on Wednesday afternoon, Gateway High Principal Peter Murphy, gathered the student body together in the H.J. Furrie Sports Complex to acknowledge individual students, clubs, and organizations for their accomplishments this past year. Olivia Livingston seeded first in both 50 free and 100 free at PIAA State Swim Championships. She is undefeated in every high school race she swam, breaking the 50 free and 200 free school and WPIAL records. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway’s Livingston hoping to build on record-setting freshman season
Gateway sophomore Olivia Livingston, the defending WPIAL Class AAA 50- and 100-yard freestyle champion and record holder, came out strong in December in her quest

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WPIAL rifle teams, individuals set for section competition
The new year for WPIAL rifle begins with section play and the quest for a number of teams to qualify for the team playoffs early

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Burrell boys come up short in another close game
January 2, 2018
The Burrell boys basketball team was involved in a number of close games in December. The Bucs lost three games by two points or less

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Gateway's Olivia Livingston swims to a meet record in winning the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Gateway swimmers rack up records, qualifying times
December 30, 2017
When the Gateway swimmers and coaches arrived at the high school natatorium for practice last Thursday, they were greeted with cold temperatures as heating issues

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Burrell's Brittany Dunn competes during practice Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at Burrell.
Dunn drives Burrell girls in pursuit of another turnaround
December 28, 2017
Brittany Dunn's approach to athletics, both in basketball and softball, is to take nothing for granted. The Burrell senior basketball guard/forward, also a standout shortstop

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WPIBL leaders post big numbers through December matches
December 27, 2017
Franklin Regional senior Kyle Wilkinson had perhaps the highlight of the first month of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League 2017-18 season. Last week in

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Valley girls pull away from Springdale with late surge
When the Valley and Springdale girls basketball teams met at the season-opening Springdale tournament Dec. 9, the Vikings earned a 16-point victory. Tuesday's rematch was

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Kiski Area's Austin LaPiana (44) takes a shot against Freeport goalie Morgan Penn (1) during their game on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning.
A-K Valley hockey teams gearing up for stretch run of PIHL season
With the PIHL regular season a little more than half complete, teams in playoff contention, including those from the A-K Valley, are beginning to look

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Young Plum team gaining experience through mat action
December 26, 2017
Plum head wrestling coach Steve Stremple said he is encouraged from what he's seen from the effort of his young team over the first few

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Brothers on Highlands swim team dedicated season to grandfather, A-K Valley sports figure
December 23, 2017
Cole Masarik has his sights set on earning a medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL championships and qualifying for states. The Highlands senior

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Kiski Area's Jared Curcio (right) wrestles Plum's Gavin James (left) in the 132-lb match on Wed. Dec. 20, 2017 at Kiski Area High School.
Plum wrestling coaches encouraged by early-season effort
Plum wrestling coach Steve Stremple examined his team's numbers coming into the season and concluded that it would be behind the 8-ball when it came

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Freeport misses mark at buzzer in loss to Indiana
Ben Beale made five 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 15 points Friday as Freeport hoped to score a home win over Indiana, the Tribune-Review's

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Kiski Area girls basketball team hoping for more after ‘signature’ win
December 22, 2017
A section victory over Albert Gallatin late in the 2014-15 season snapped a 24-game section losing streak for the Kiski Area girls basketball team. Little

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Deer Lakes hockey ready for stretch run in PIHL Class A
December 21, 2017
The Deer Lakes hockey team got back in the win column in a big way Monday as it routed Blackhawk, 8-2. The Lancers, now 6-5

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Leechburg's Mikayla Lovelace (21) goes to the net during the tip-off tournament against Kiski Area on Sat. Dec. 9, 2017 in Leechburg.
Leechburg girls driven to compete for section crown
December 20, 2017
The Leechburg girls basketball team is 4-1 overall heading into a Section 2-2A contest Thursday against Northgate. That one loss came at the hands of

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Proving that you're never too young to start bowling, Eddie Dully, 2, attempts to roll a ball down an alley at Family Fun Night on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Hosted by the Rosedale Beach Club, the event was at Sophie's Lanes in Penn Hills.
AK Valley boasts several of WPIBL’s top bowlers in early-season competition
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League is several weeks into its 2017-18 schedule and a number of A-K Valley competitors are at the top of

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Kiski Area girls snap long losing skid in section play
December 18, 2017
With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter of Monday's Section 4-5A girls basketball game between Plum and Kiski Area, the Mustangs held

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Kiski Area's Austin LaPiana (44) skates during their game against Freeport on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at the Belmont Sports Complex in Kittanning.
Kiski Area hockey hopes to maintain winning streak
The Kiski Area hockey team suffered an 11-5 loss to undefeated Meadville on Nov. 20, but since then, the Cavaliers have won three straight games

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Gateway bowlers set lofty postseason goals
December 17, 2017
Heading into this season, Gateway bowling coach Joe Bowman saw the potential in his boys and girls teams. With everyone back for the Gators boys

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Gateway wrestler Evan Whiteside (left) competesduring the Eastern Area wrestling tournament Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Gateway.
Gateway wrestling making progress
Sophomore Evan Whiteside's first season on the Gateway varsity wrestling team featured a team-best 22 victories in 32 matches. andquot;Evan learned a lot last year,andquot;

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Burrell girls basketball team eyes fast starts under new coach
December 14, 2017
One of the things Burrell first-year girls basketball coach Meaghan Volek hoped to see from her team as it got into its early schedule was

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis explains a drill during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Alle-Kiski girls basketball teams find early success
December 13, 2017
Freeport girls basketball coach Fred Soilis said he saw some good things from his team despite season-opening tournament losses to South Fayette and Keystone Oaks,

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Apollo Ridge's Madalyn Moore (17) attempts to pressure Freeport’s Madeline Clark (15) during the first half at Freeport High School.Monday Dec 11, 2017.
Freeport girls basketball runs away with win over Apollo-Ridge
December 11, 2017
With a little more than three minutes elapsed in Monday's nonsection girls basketball game, Freeport had 16 points on its side of the scoreboard. Apollo-Ridge

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Taylor looks to improve record time for Plum swimming
Devan Taylor is the fastest girls 100-yard breaststroker in the history of Plum swimming. She proved it again last year when she set the school

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Gateway's Olivia Livingston swims to a meet record in winning the girls 100-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Pool in Oakland.
Gateway’s Livingston returns to defend WPIAL, PIAA titles
December 10, 2017
Olivia Livingston burst onto the high school swimming scene in a big way last year. She already was known as a high-level racer in club-swimming

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Deer Lakes swimer Renee Robson works on her freestyle stroke during practice Thursday, Dec. 7, at Deer Lakes.
Alle-Kiski Valley swimmers hunt for hardware
Renee Robson made the most of her first varsity swim season. The Deer Lakes sophomore posted one of the area's top WPIAL finishes last year

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New-look Plum opens season with win against Gateway
December 8, 2017
With three new starters and several others playing their first varsity game, first-year Plum boys basketball coach Hart Coleman said he was anxious to see

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Auveonna Perkins, works out with the Girls Valley Viking’s during a recent practice. Monday Dec 4, 2017
Valley looks to add victories with deeper lineup
December 4, 2017
Last year, the Valley girls basketball team struggled with numbers. The Vikings started the season with eight players on the roster and were down to

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Valley boys basketball coach Mark Faulx during basketball practice on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Valley High School.
Valley boys look to maintain momentum after trip to postseason
Two years ago, the Valley boys basketball team had a season most would want to forget. The Vikings went 1-20 overall and were winless in

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Plum High School Basketball player, Mackenzie Lake drives to the basket during a practice on Nov. 29, 2017.
Plum girls learning new system under 1st-year coach Elsier
November 30, 2017
Alexa Seigh understood the process. The Plum junior and a number of her teammates went through the transition of a coaching change 18 months ago,

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Isaiah Horne, left, and Lamar Whiting, pose for a portrait inside the weight room at Plum High School on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.
Plum boys quickly adjust to 1st-year coach Coleman
When first-year Plum boys basketball coach Hart Coleman got settled into the position after his hiring in late June, he quickly realized his team for

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Gateway seniors Abby Herman and John Paul Kromka are all smiles after finalizing their college decisions during the NCAA National Letter of Intent early signing period from Nov. 8 to 15, 2017. Herman will play tennis at Seton Hill University, while Kromka will join the men's basketball team at Pitt-Johnstown.
Gateway’s Herman, Kromka make college choices official
November 26, 2017
November's NCAA national letter of intent early signing period has been fruitful for Gateway seniors the past couple of years. Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) and

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis explains a drill during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Freeport girls basketball sets sights on longer run
The Freeport girls basketball team put a longstanding drought to rest last season by winning a WPIAL playoff game for the first time since 2004

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Freeport captains, from left, Gavin Sradski, Jalen Brown and Ben Beale during practice on Wednesday Nov. 22, 2017 at Freeport.
Freeport boys basketball hoping to build on last season’s playoff berth
The Freeport boys basketball team began last season with uncertainty as it took the court with four new starters. But the Yellowjackets came together throughout

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Freeport's volleyball captains hoist the trophy as PIAA Class 2A state champions after beating Delone Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown. Freeport won in four games; 23-25, 25-9, 25-23, 25-22.
Freeport volleyball celebrates special season
November 20, 2017
The Freeport girls volleyball team scheduled its season-closing banquet for Sunday evening no matter how far it advanced in the WPIAL or state playoffs. It

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North Allegheny sweeps Bishop Shanahan to capture PIAA Class 4A volleyball championship
November 18, 2017
Every member of the North Allegheny girls volleyball team wasn't born when the program last won a PIAA championship. The Tigers captured three straight Class

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Knoch's Kennedy Christy make a play on an Allentown Central Catholic shot during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown.
Knoch outlasts Allentown Central Catholic to win PIAA Class AAA volleyball title
JOHNSTOWN — The Knoch girls volleyball team saw its 2016 season come to an end in the PIAA quarterfinals. From that loss, the Knights players

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Freeport's volleyball captains hoist the trophy as PIAA Class 2A state champions after beating Delone Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Richland High School in Johnstown. Freeport won in four games; 23-25, 25-9, 25-23, 25-22.
Freeport rallies past Delone Catholic to capture 1st PIAA volleyball title
JOHNSTOWN — Freeport knew all about having to rally in the PIAA playoffs. The Yellowjackets lost the first game against District 10 champion Corry in

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Freeport's Lauren Lampas spikes on Corry's Monikah McCray during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball braces for another district champion in bid for 1st PIAA title
At the time the Freeport girls volleyball team played District 6 champion Bald Eagle and District 10 champ Corry in the PIAA Class AA first

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer celebrates with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Freeport girls volleyball set to wrap up season in PIAA title game
November 17, 2017
The Freeport girls volleyball team will hold its final practice of the season Friday afternoon. For the team members, it is expected to be a

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer celebrates with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state semifinal against Beaver Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Seneca Valley High School.
Freeport girls avenge loss to Beaver, advance to PIAA title game
November 14, 2017
Hannah Mason got pretty emotional in anticipation of the final point that clinched the Freeport girls volleyball team's first-ever trip to the PIAA championship game.

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Plum set to induct new class of athletes into Hall of Fame
November 13, 2017
Plum graduates Anthony Cipollone and Jeff Hahn are members of their respective collegiate halls of fame. Cipollone, a 1988 Plum graduate, received enshrinement into the

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Plum baseball players make college decisions final
Each year, the Plum High School baseball program has a knack for celebrating a number of seniors who will take their talents to the next

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Freeport's Courtney Grubbs sets up a shot next to Sarah Hettich during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal against Corry Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball ready for rematch with WPIAL champion Beaver
As soon as Freeport finished its four-game victory over Corry on Saturday in the PIAA Class AA girls volleyball quarterfinals at Slippery Rock High School,

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Freeport's Sarah Hettich celebrates a kill with teammates during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal against Corry Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Amid program’s best run, Freeport girls volleyball team still hungry
The Freeport girls volleyball team celebrated making school history Saturday with dinner and a movie. After beating defending state champion Corry to become the first

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Gateway seniors Olivia Miller (Pitt, gymnastics) and Jordan Edwards (Niagara, basketball) made their college decisions final during the recent NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period.
Gateway’s Jordan Edwards, Olivia Miller finalize college decisions
November 12, 2017
Jordan Edwards saw Gateway athletes celebrate their college choices on signing day year after year, and she knew some day, her time would come. That

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Freeport's Sarah Hettich blocks a shot by Corry's Ryann Brundage next to Hannah Mason during their PIAA Class AA state quarterfinal Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Slippery Rock High School.
Freeport volleyball knocks off defending PIAA champs to advance to semifinals for first time
November 11, 2017
There will be a new PIAA Class AA champion in girls volleyball. Freeport stopped District 10 champion Corry's run to a repeat with a 3-1

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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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Freeport's Claire Crytzer (10) celebrates a point against Beaver in the third set during the WPIAL 2A volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Baldwin.
Freeport volleyball hoping to reach 1st PIAA semifinals, but reigning champ stands in way
Haley Graham remembers the feeling, just two years ago, when Freeport last made it to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinal round. The junior middle hitter

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Freeport's Claire Crytzer (11) makes a diving play during their semifinal match against Serra Catholic on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at North Catholic.
Freeport volleyball’s stellar defense must step up vs. Corry
November 9, 2017
The Bald Eagle Area and Freeport girls volleyball teams were going back and forth early in the third set of Tuesday's PIAA Class AA first-round

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Freeport sweeps into PIAA girls volleyball quarterfinals
November 7, 2017
CRESSON — The Freeport girls volleyball team ran the gamut of emotions after Saturday's five-set loss to Beaver in the WPIAL Class AA championship game.

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Springdale boys soccer regroups for PIAA playoffs
November 5, 2017
As Friday's 2-0 loss to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL Class A title game was still fresh in the minds and on the

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Springdale's Logan Panza (39) battles North Catholic's Ryan Augustine (7) during in the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium. North Catholic won 2-0.
CW North Catholic blanks Springdale to claim WPIAL boys soccer title
November 3, 2017
The Springdale boys soccer team's run to Friday's WPIAL Class A championship game was fueled by upsets against higher-seeded playoff opponents. The No. 7 Dynamos

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Freeport girls volleyball aims for 3rd consecutive WPIAL title
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Moon girls edge Mars to defend WPIAL Class AAA title on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at Highmark Stadium.
Moon girls edge Mars to defend WPIAL Class AAA title
It wasn't easy, but the Moon girls soccer team is a champion again. The Tigers took one-goal leads twice in Friday's WPIAL Class AAA title

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Defending champion Freeport girls advance to WPIAL title game
November 2, 2017
Freeport ran away from Serra Catholic in Game 1 of Thursday's WPIAL Class AA semifinal at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The No. 1-seeded Yellowjackets were

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Fox Chapel senior Caelan Miller bears down on the finish line to take fourth place during the WPIAL girls Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Fox Chapel leads way as A-K Valley runners head to PIAAs
The Fox Chapel girls cross country team made a charge at a WPIAL team championship last week at Cooper's Lake Campground. The Foxes finished as

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Fox Chapel's Jesse Cohen
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 10
November 1, 2017
Isiah Bauman Freeport, so., WR/DB Bauman (6-0, 165) caught a touchdown in last week's 34-6 victory over Valley. It was his second score of the

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Fox Chapel's Nicholas Gizzo (11) runs past Plum's Cam Anderson (20) for his second touchdown Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Plum.
Fox Chapel faces familiar foe Penn-Trafford in opening round
Nick Gizzo was a freshman the most recent time Fox Chapel made the WPIAL playoffs. It was 2014, and the Foxes, as the No. 15

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Freeport goalkeeper Jenna Manke gathers the ball from the net after Waynesburg's first goal in a WPIAL Class AA semifinal Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at Moon Area High School.
Waynesburg girls soccer ends Freeport’s season
October 30, 2017
The Freeport girls soccer team hoped for a repeat performance. The Yellowjackets' run to last year's WPIAL Class AA title game included a victory over

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Springdale's Michael Mitchell moves the ball past Serra Catholic's Chris Salemi during their WPIAL first round playoff game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
Springdale boys soccer set for semifinal match
October 28, 2017
For much of the regular season, the Springdale boys soccer team worked on setting up corner kicks as high-level scoring opportunities. The players knew that

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Freeport's Jacob Sarver (#2) runs against Freeport's Isiah Bauman (#3) during their game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at Valley Memorial Stadium. Freeport won 34-6.
Freeport shows physicality in victory over Valley
Freeport came within seconds of posting its third shutout of the season. But a 45-yard scamper for a touchdown by Valley quarterback Alex Ward on

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Riverview senior Ben Barnes crosses the finish line to take second place during the WPIAL boys Class A championship race Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Cooper's Lake Campground.
Riverview cross country follows Barnes to 2nd-place WPIAL finish
October 26, 2017
Ben Barnes battled the Cooper's Lake cross country course, many of the best runners in the WPIAL and a nagging back issue. In the end,

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Springdale boys soccer edges No. 2 Freedom to reach semifinals
October 25, 2017
Springdale knew of Freedom's offensive and defensive prowess that propelled it to an undefeated record in Class A Section 1, a 17-1 regular-season mark and

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Alex Bellinotti
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 9
Alex Bellinotti Burrell, jr., TE/LB The Bucs hope to end a tough season on a positive note, and the two-way standout is expected to be

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Springdale's Justin McClafferty celebrates his first goal with Brogan McCutcheon during their WPIAL first round playoff game against Serra Catholic Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL boys soccer quarterfinal preview capsules for A-K Valley teams
October 24, 2017
Quarterfinals Class AA No. 12 Beaver (7-8-3) vs. No. 4 Deer Lakes (13-3-2) 8 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca Valley On air: Tribhssn.triblive.com Winner plays: No.

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North Allegheny's Alex Adams carries the ball past Plum's Jasmyn Floyd during their WPIAL first round playoff game Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Plum High School.
Plum girls soccer falls to North Allegheny in 1st round
October 23, 2017
It wasn't the start Plum had envisioned. As a result, it wasn't the ending the Mustangs wanted. North Allegheny jumped out to a quick two-goal

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Plum runners ready for WPIAL meet
Nick Kinek was used to running shorter distances in junior high cross country races. The increase to 3.1 miles for varsity competitions this season apparently

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Upper St. Clair bests Plum boys soccer in overtime
October 21, 2017
Four times in the regular season the Plum boys soccer team scored a goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie or take

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Wesley shines as Imani Christian routs Springdale
October 20, 2017
Tawan Wesley only threw 12 passes in Friday night's Eastern Conference battle between Imani Christian and Springdale, but 11 of them were completed. The Saints

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Fox Chapel's Josh Miller battles Plum's Callan Scharba for a header during their game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Fox Chapel. Plum won, 2-1.
WPIAL boys soccer playoff capsules
October 19, 2017
Class AAAA First round No. 16 Fox Chapel (9-8) at No. 1 Peters Township (14-0-1) 5 p.m. Saturday Winner plays: No. 8 Penn-Trafford or No.

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Springdale's Charlie Sprague
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 8
October 18, 2017
Matt Charlton Freeport, sr., OL/DL The veteran will be key on both sides of the ball in a matchup with Keystone Oaks that will decide

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Deer Lakes' Devin Murray moves the ball past Valley's Greg Guzzo during their game Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in New Kensington.
Deer Lakes boys soccer team excited for postseason
October 16, 2017
In Jordan Wiegand's first stint as coach of the Deer Lakes boys soccer team, he helped the 2013 Lancers snap an 11-year playoff-appearance drought. As

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Abby Herman, a senior on the Gateway girls tennis team, goes through a recent agility and conditioning workout with trainer Erin Racchini.
Much more awaits Gateway tennis standout Abby Herman
October 15, 2017
Abby Herman said the impending conclusion of her high school tennis career is bittersweet. On one hand, the Gateway senior can look back on one

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Freeport's Alec Parker (#27) battles Deer Lakes' Brendan Wangler (#25) during their game on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at Deer Lakes. Deer Lakes won 1-0.
Deer Lakes boys soccer edges Freeport
October 12, 2017
The Deer Lakes boys soccer team had a two-sided goal as it hosted rival Freeport on Thursday in the Section 2-AA finale for both teams.

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Greensburg Central Catholic's Sara Orndoff (left) and Apollo-Ridge's Mayce Anthony battle for the ball Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Owens Field. Greensburg Central Catholic won 1-0.
GCC girls stay atop Section 1-A after topping Apollo-Ridge
October 11, 2017
The Greensburg Central Catholic and Apollo-Ridge girls soccer teams share space with Shady Side Academy at or near the top of the Section 1-A standings.

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Freeport's Patrick Keeley
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 7
Seth Cohen Highlands, jr., QB Highlands nearly pulled off an upset of Montour last week, and the Golden Rams QB was a big part of

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Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) gets his head on a corner kick against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport boys soccer team eyes playoff run
October 9, 2017
Last year, the Freeport boys soccer team was unbeaten in Section 2-AA play. With a core of key returning contributors, the Yellowjackets hoped for a

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Mortty Ivy, an assistant coach with the Gateway varsity football team, is a member of the Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 which will be inducted Saturday evening at the Doubletree in Monroeville.
Gateway Sports Hall of Fame set to induct Class of 2017
October 8, 2017
The Gateway Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 began in the late 1960s with a founding father of Gateway's football success and continued to

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Fox Chapel's Paige Ryan competes during practice Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Fox Chapel field hockey counting on young players as it attempts WPIAL three-peat
Fox Chapel is the two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA field hockey champion. The Foxes knew they would get everyone's top game this season as they

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Gateway's Courtney Jackson (9) scores the Gators' second touchdown against Plum Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at Plum.
Gateway QB Brady Walker throws 6 touchdowns in rout of Plum
October 6, 2017
The Gateway football team wasted little time getting scoring Friday night at Plum. Gators senior quarterback Brady Walker found Jeremiah Josephs for a 12-yard touchdown.

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Riverview's Devon Binz
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 6
October 4, 2017
Devon Binz Riverview, jr., RB/DB The major focus of the offense in recent weeks at tailback, Binz (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) hopes to break out against

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Burrell girls soccer gets section win over Springdale
October 2, 2017
The Burrell girls soccer team called upon its patience and perseverance Monday during its Section 2-AA game with rival Springdale at Buccaneer Stadium. The Bucs

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Plum's Callan Scharba controls the ball in front of Fox Chapel's David Shin during their game Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Fox Chapel. Plum won, 2-1.
Plum boys soccer team chasing section championship
The members of the Plum boys soccer team met Saturday morning — early — for a light 90-minute workout to bridge the gap between last

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East Boros Sports Hall of Fame to enshrine newest class
September 30, 2017
Amy (Williams) Scheuneman was a star in soccer, cross county and track and field at Plum High School in the late 1990s. Just a few

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Springdale's Josh Harmon attempts to break through Riverview's defense when Riverview hosted Springdale in Oakmont, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Springdale tramples Riverview behind ground game that gains 278 yards
September 29, 2017
Legendary football coach Chuck Wagner was honored and celebrated in an emotional time of recognition before Friday's Eastern Conference game between Riverview and Springdale at

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Springdale's Devin Wilks (21), on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 5
September 27, 2017
Logan Bitar Burrell, jr., RB/DB Bitar (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) is the workhorse for the Bucs' offense with 778 rushing yards and five TDs on 105

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Springdale keeper Mike Zolnierczyk (#1) blocks a shot by Riverview's Adam Walker (#6) during their game on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Riverside Park. The game ended tied 1-1.
Riverview, Springdale boys soccer facing crucial stretch in Section 3-A
September 25, 2017
The Springdale and Riverview boys soccer teams enter Tuesday's Section 3-A play date tied for third place with 5-2-1 records. But both the Dynamos and

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Apollo-Ridge's Logan Harmon breaks through the Burrell defense Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Owens Field. Apollo-Ridge won 28-19.
Apollo-Ridge freshmen lead ‘monumental win’ over Burrell
September 23, 2017
Apollo-Ridge faced a sizeable degree of adversity coming into its Allegheny Conference 3A game against rival Burrell on Friday at Owens Field. The Vikings lost

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Riverview keeper Jordan Zatawski (#1) blocks a shot headed by Springdale's Nick Taliani (#25) on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Riverside Park. The game ended tied 1-1.
Rivals Riverview, Springdale play to draw in 1st meeting
September 21, 2017
As the first half of the Section 3-A slate came to a close Thursday afternoon, the Riverview and Springdale boys soccer teams each had three

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Kiski Area's Ross Greece (2) , on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 4
September 20, 2017
Noah Gillette Highlands, jr., LB The Golden Rams used a big defensive performance to upend rival Knoch last week, and Gillette (5-foot-10, 192 pounds) was

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Plum cross country runners Chris Izydore and Steve Leone compete against Allderdice Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Boyce Park.
Plum runners continue to lower times
September 18, 2017
The Plum boys and girls cross country teams were young at last year's WPIAL championships. The Mustangs boys took 18th, and the girls were 25th.

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Highlands' Cris White battles for posession against Valley's Dan Antonacci during a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at Highlands Middle School.
Highlands boys soccer shows marked improvement, eyes postseason berth
A 4-2 home nonsection win last Thursday was the fourth of the season for the Highlands boys soccer team. The Golden Rams, 4-4, won just

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Plum hands Franklin Regional football 1st defeat
September 15, 2017
The Plum offense struggled over the first three weeks of the season. The Mustangs had scored just nine points, and they came on three Jackson

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Apollo-Ridge Vikings Kyle Fitzroy hands off to Logan Harmon during a recent practice at Owens Field in Apollo.Thursday July 27, 2017.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 3
September 13, 2017
Logan Harmon Apollo-Ridge, fr., RB The Vikings are 3-0, and a number of newcomers have helped the cause. Harmon (5-foot-7, 190) tallied 82 rushing yards

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St. Joseph coach Matthew Skoda talks to his team during halftime of their game against Freeport Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Freeport.
A-K Valley boys soccer teams in transition gain early footing
September 11, 2017
The St. Joseph varsity boys soccer team tested its mettle Monday afternoon against an undefeated Freeport squad ranked third in the Tribune-Review's WPIAL Class AA

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Plum golfer Shelby Shumaker set to compete at Pebble Beach
Two years ago this month, Shelby Shumaker traveled to the Pebble Beach Golf Course in California to support older sister Samantha who played in the

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Valley's Vaun Ross (#5) is brought down by Seton LaSalle's Max Schipani (#10) during their game on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Memorial Field. Seton LaSalle won 37-14.
Seton LaSalle rallies to take down Valley in Allegheny Conference
September 9, 2017
Things started well enough for Valley in its Allegheny Conference game Friday against Seton LaSalle at Memorial Stadium. The Vikings scored on the first play

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Shady Side Academy goalkeeper Chester Todd makes a stop on a shot by Freeport's Hunter Hardin (#21) during their game on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Freeport Area High School.
No. 4 Freeport boys soccer tops No. 2 Shady Side Academy in lightning-halted game
September 7, 2017
With 16 minutes and 44 seconds left in the second half of Thursday's Section 2-2A boys soccer match between rivals Freeport and Shady Side Academy,

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Freeport's Kaylee Comperatore (#15) kicks a shot for a goal in the first half of the soccer game against Burrell on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Burrell High School.
Burrell, Freeport girls soccer clash suspended by weather
September 6, 2017
Mother Nature didn't let the Freeport and Burrell girls soccer teams finish their Section 2-AA opener Wednesday evening at Burrell High School. Lightning caused a

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Burrell's Logan Bitar
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 2
Logan Bitar Burrell, jr., RB/DB Despite his team's 12-6 loss to Hopewell on Friday, Bitar (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) tallied 185 yards on 23 carries and

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Plum volleyball not satisfied with ’16 finish
September 4, 2017
Carly Bonk saw her Plum varsity girls volleyball team make strides throughout last season, and those improvements culminated in a third-place finish in Section 4

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Plum basketball coach Steve Elsier during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at Plum High School.
Plum’s Elsier settles in as girls basketball coach
September 3, 2017
Steve Elsier finds himself in unfamiliar territory as the new Plum girls basketball coach, but he is not unfamiliar to coaching at the high school

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Keystone Oaks scores twice in 4th quarter to rally past Valley
September 1, 2017
Through three quarters of Friday's season-opening Allegheny Conference clash with Valley at Dormont Stadium, Keystone Oaks had just three points on its side of the

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Riverview's Ben Blacksmith
A-K Valley players to watch for Week 1
August 30, 2017
Ben Blacksmith Riverview, jr., WR/DB Blacksmith is one of several on a still-young team with returning experience from a playoff squad. Blacksmith (6-foot, 160) should

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Former Biglerville coach Elsier to lead Plum girls
August 28, 2017
A summer search at Plum has landed a new varsity girls basketball coach. Steve Elsier, the boys varsity coach at District 3's Biglerville High School

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Plum boys soccer team looking for more this season after successful 2016
August 27, 2017
Last season was one of growth for the members of the Plum boys soccer team. The Mustangs turned things around from a 2-9-1 section record

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Plum girls soccer coach Caitlin Schuchert directs a recent practice.
Plum girls soccer team eyes next step after winning sectional title
The Plum girls soccer team snapped a long drought last fall, capturing its first section championship since 1988. The Mustangs clinched a tie for the

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Leechburg quarterback Bret Kardos leads the team onto the field before their game against Apollo-Ridge on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Leechburg. Apollo-Ridge won 34-7.
Fitzroy leads Apollo-Ridge in rout of Leechburg
August 26, 2017
Apollo-Ridge's Kyle Fitzroy connected with younger brother Klay on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 8 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter of Friday's

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Kiski Area's Drew DiNunzio-Biss (25), on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
A-K Valley players to watch for Week Zero
August 24, 2017
Drew DiNunzio-Biss Kiski Area, RB/LB, jr. The Cavaliers' veteran will try to pick up where he left off last season against Canon-McMillan on Friday. DiNunzio-Biss

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High school football camps are coming to a close and area teams are gearing up for the first game of their season. RB Isaiah Cameron (wearing #24) carries the ball during the Gateway Gators afternoon practice on Wednesday, August 16. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway football team motivated by how its 2016 season ended
August 20, 2017
Five seconds. That's all that separated Gateway from last year's WPIAL 5A championship game at Heinz Field. But McKeesport's dramatic last-second Hail Mary touchdown in

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Riverview's Billy Conley works out during the first day of practice Monday, Aug. 8, 2017.
Riverview football has big plans for transfer Conley
Riverview sophomore offensive lineman and defensive end Zach Hanlon said the young Raiders, with numbers in the low 20s, will need to overcome adversities this

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Senior Breanna Murray practices drills Thrusday, August 17 at Apollo-Ridge high school.
Apollo-Ridge girls soccer keeps building
Three years ago, a group of girls set out on a journey to establish a soccer program at Apollo-Ridge. The foundation was set for future

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Austin Romanchak runs the ball back after an interception during practice Aug. 9, 2017.
Dual-threat Romanchak ready to lead Freeport back to playoffs
August 15, 2017
Austin Romanchak grew up with a mentor in his backyard. He watched his older brother, Andrew, develop his athletic skills and mold himself into a

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Burrell tight end Alex Bellinotti runs drills during a workout Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the high school practice field.
Alex Bellinotti leads Burrell football into season
August 12, 2017
Two years ago, as a freshman, Burrell's Alex Bellinotti got his chance to show what he could do with playing time on offense, defense and

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Plum graduate Joyce recognized for perseverance, courage
August 7, 2017
Steven Joyce finished his Stampede in the Park 5K race July 22 in eighth place with a time of 19 minutes, 50 seconds. The 23-year-old

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Gateway football hopes 7-on-7 success can translate into wins
August 6, 2017
Preseason camp for WPIAL high school football begins early Monday morning. Gateway has its sights set on a strong season in Class 5A. The Gators

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